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High schools: Deion Sanders bringing his team to Millwood

Prime Prep, coming off a 50-6 loss to Dallas Parish Episcopal, fills a bye week in the Falcons' schedule
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: September 12, 2012
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Deion Sanders attends the Pepsi NFL anthems kick off at Hard Rock Cafe on September 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CAENT102

“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

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
Reporter
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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