High school notebook: Woodward shocks Douglass with 99-yard fumble return

BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JASON KERSEY Published: November 12, 2011

Heritage Hall, Kingfisher, Bethany and Newcastle all won their-first-round games on Friday night, highlighted by Newcastle's 35-28 win over District 3A-4 champion Perkins.

Newcastle quarterback Blake Woodard threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another score as the Racers (5-5) piled up 397 total yards. Brent Ramirez contributed 160 rushing yards on 20 carries with one TD run.

“We think we play in a pretty tough district, and the one thing it does is prepare you for the playoffs,” coach Keith Bolles said. “If you can fight through the district and find a way to get into the playoffs, you'll be prepared for whoever you face.”

Next week the Racers host Plainview, which is coming off a 34-7 win over Weatherford.

SANTA FE'S WALKER TURNS FOCUS TO SEASON

Officially, Edmond Santa Fe guard Courtney Walker signed with the Texas A&M women's basketball team on Wednesday, but publicly, she held a signing ceremony on Saturday so that all of her family and friends could attend.

Now that the signing process is over, Walker is ready to turn her focus to her senior year with defending champion Edmond Santa Fe.

“Yeah, now we can focus on going back-to-back,” Walker said. “This was cool, because all my family and friends are here, and my whole team. The basketball team (at A&M), everybody was really nice, and their engineering program is top-10 in the country. That's what I want to go into.”

Walker was named The Oklahoman's Super 5 Girls Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 17.4 points and seven rebounds per game.

She chose Texas A&M over a variety of top programs, including Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

BENNETT COMMITS TO SAN DIEGO

Casady defensive lineman Graham Bennett committed to San Diego on Friday.

Bennett was being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools.

“I came to camp here in the summer, and I really connected with the coaches,” said Bennett, who was in San Diego for the Toreros' game Saturday against Marist.

Bennett added that he also picked San Diego for its academics, and in particular its business school.

Bennett recorded 37 tackles and eight sacks as a senior for the Cyclones.



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