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High school notebook: Sequoyah-Tahlequah out of playoffs after ruling

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: November 3, 2012

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.


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 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.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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