After going undefeated in district play, Sequoyah-Tahlequah is, for now at least, out of the playoffs.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association ruled Saturday that the Indians must forfeit all of their wins because of a violation of the OSSAA's rules regarding payment for individual camps and clinics during the offseason.
Twelve Sequoyah-Tahlequah players were ruled ineligible in late October. The players were eventually granted a temporary restraining order by the Cherokee County District Court that allowed them to play in the Indians' final two games.
The ruling means that Jay is in the playoffs and expected to open the postseason at Stigler on Friday.
Hilldale, Keys (Park Hill) and Lincoln Christian each move up a spot in the District 3A-7 order.
Sequoyah-Tahlequah is expected to appeal the players' eligibility to the OSSAA's board of directors in their meeting Wednesday. It could also appeal the forfeiture rulings.
Last season, Guthrie was initially ruled out of the playoffs. After the school imposed sanctions including a suspension of its head coach, the board reversed the decision and placed the Bluejays back in the postseason.
Guthrie went on to win the Class 5A title last season.
Guthrie's violation involved just a single player, though.
SHAWNEE WINS ITS WAY IN
The Shawnee offense piled up 500 yards to defeat Noble 58-34 for the Wolves' third straight win to clinch a playoff berth Friday night.
Sophomore quarterback John Jacobs has come into his own this season, and his performance was key Friday. He rushed for five touchdowns and threw for two more to keep the Wolves' season alive.
Noble running back Jimmy Wood was strong in defeat, finishing with 213 yards on 26 carries.
The Wolves have a tough draw with a trip to District 5A-4 champ Tulsa East Central to open the postseason next week.
TECUMSEH READIES FOR ANADARKO
Tecumseh meets Anadarko next week in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, but the Savages had a must-win game Friday night.
In a game Tecumseh had to win to make the playoffs, the Savages defeated Mannford, 35-20, behind 219 yards rushing from running back Julian Tramble.
Tecumseh coach Greg George said the playoffs really started four weeks ago for the Savages, who won their final four district games after starting 0-3.
“We have been in playoff mode the last four weeks because we had to win out,” George said.
Tramble carried the ball just 11 times but scored on touchdown runs 93, 66 and 5 yards for the Savages. He nearly returned an interception for another score.
Quarterback Colton Owen rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries and tossed a touchdown pass to wide receiver Rylan Pierce.
Wide receiver Tanner Ricky scored on a 25-yard run on the jet sweep.
Tecumseh now has made the playoffs three of the last four years after missing the postseason last year.
“We had a lot of injuries last year,” said George, who has 18 seniors on this year's club. “We had nine starters out after Week 2 and didn't do a very good job of battling adversity. We just didn't get it done.”
The Savages got it done this year, but their reward is a date with the defending 3A state champions in the opening round.
“They are talented, big and fast,” George said. “They are one of the top three or four teams in the state for a reason.”
OCA ALL-STATE VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCED
The Oklahoma Coaches Association released its All-State volleyball team Friday. The All-State game will be played during All-State week July 28-Aug. 2 in the Tulsa area. The exact date and location will be announced at a later date.
Here are the rosters:
Large West: Kristen Macy, Edmond Memorial; McKenna Qualls, Edmond Memorial; Allison Barr, Edmond North; Mallory Fox, Edmond North; Meghan Hook, Edmond Santa Fe; Mandy Dolph, Edmond Santa Fe; Mariah Wagner, Enid; Madison Dobbs, Westmoore.
Large East: Grace Balcerak, Tulsa Kelley; Claire Kelly, Tulsa Kelley; Abigail Cachero, Broken Arrow; Sarah Mangan, Broken Arrow; Cassidy Chappell, Owasso; Kiley Josey, Stillwater; Peyton Meacham, Stillwater; Christina Stuehm, Tulsa Union.
Small West: Lauren Winslow, Christian Heritage; Elizabeth Tracy, Christian Heritage; Brooke Wayman, Oklahoma Bible; Carter Cloud, Heritage Hall; Magan Castlebury, Elgin; Katelynn Martine, Cache; Carley Rother, Clinton; Courtney Bowie, Bethany; Katie Cogburn, Cement; Zori Curry, Southeast.
Small East: Jaime Rahilly, Cascia Hall; Liesl Spoerl, Cascia Hall; Jasmine Robinson, Shawnee; Haiden White, Catoosa; Stacia Payne, Verdigris; Maggie Lannan, Copan; Bristen Graves, Okay; Paige Perkins, Oklahoma Union; Jane Eagleton, Tulsa Washington; Bailey Bergman, Victory Christian.