Prime Time is coming to Oklahoma City.
Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, the co-coach of a football team in the Dallas-area school he created, Prime Prep Academy, will bring his squad to Millwood for a game Friday.
Prime Prep has come under scrutiny over its eligibility to play in games governed by the University Interscholastic League, Texas' version of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The school enrolled players from outside its proper boundaries who would not be considered eligible in the first year of the school's existence.
That's why Prime Prep scheduled Millwood, which originally had a bye this week. But Prime Prep had to find opponents outside the UIL, since it could not compete in district play. It opened with a 50-6 loss to Dallas Parish Episcopal on Aug. 31.
Regardless of the circumstances, the Falcons are excited to play in a game that is drawing significant attention in Oklahoma and Texas.
“It's gonna be a big game,” Millwood junior Quincy Dotson said. “People are gonna be paying attention to it. We're gonna try our best to be ready for it.”
Millwood coach Tony Henry doesn't know if he'll have one of his best players in running back/linebacker Larry Lambeth, who suffered a foot injury in the season opener against Star Spencer. At the latest, Lambeth hopes to return for the start of district play.
INJURIES STING HERITAGE HALL
Heritage Hall (No. 7 in 3A) enters Friday night's game against Davis (No. 3, 2A) without two of its key players.
Running back and linebacker A.J. Knowles left last week's 20-12 loss to Clinton with a shoulder injury and will be sidelined two or three weeks, Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said.
Demaria Walters suffered a knee injury against Clinton that Bogert fears will keep his linebacker/receiver out even longer than Knowles.
“Those are two big losses for us,” Bogert said. “Hopefully, we can get them back for the stretch run.”
Knowles, 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, is a punishing runner on offense and run stopper on defense.
“The power yards are what we are going to miss with A.J.,” Bogert said.
Both Knowles and Walters also were two of the Chargers' best pass rushers.
“It's probably not a good time to be playing Davis without two of your linebackers,” Bogert said. “We are going to be a little raw there now. It will probably be two freshmen coming in.”
LOVE STANDING OUT FOR IRISH
A big key to Bishop McGuinness' success through two games has been its defensive play.
The Irish have outscored its opponents 66-23 going in to this week's game at Weatherford.
One of the most critical pieces to the defense so far has been the emergence of senior David Love at defensive end.
Love primarily played tight end last year. He's playing both ways this season as McGuinness moves into Class 5A.
“He's done really well the past couple of weeks,” Irish coach Justin Jones said. “He's one of the best defensive ends to maybe come through McGuinness and that's saying something here.”
Love has a pair of sacks, as does senior defensive tackle Johnathan Higgins. Jones also pointed toward the play of Higgins and fellow defensive tackle Andrew Williams as keys to McGuinness' defensive success.
FRIDAY'S DOGPACK TO FEATURE 5K RUN FOR GIRLS
Edmond Santa Fe High School is hosting the 19th annual Dogpack on Friday, and for the first time in an OSSAA-sanctioned cross country meet, the girls will be running a 5K just like the boys.
Many cross country coaches at the larger high schools are advocating a change for girls' race distances — from 2 miles to 3.1 miles (5K) next season, said Mustang coach Mike McGarry.
Three cross country meets this fall have scheduled optional 5Ks for girls, including the Dogpack in Edmond and the Harrier meet in Mustang on Sept. 20.
“We are about the only state that doesn't run a 5K (for girls), which is ridiculous,” McGarry said. “The large schools want it, but we keep getting voted down.”
Santa Fe coach Kurt Thomas said coaches at smaller schools object to the move because some of their cross country runners also play other fall sports.
“They are concerned it will make it tougher on them,” he said.
McGarry said Oklahoma should make the change in part because the girls must make “too big of a jump” when they go from high school to college and have to run cross country races at much greater distances.
By Scott Wright, Ryan Aber and Ed Godfrey