The “Oklahoma Play 4Kay” fundraising effort will be held across the state Jan. 1-Feb. 14 to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in conjunction with OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale, the Oklahoma Coaches Association and the Oklahoma FCA.
The Oklahoma Play 4Kay initiative works with high schools and middle schools across the state with a goal of raising $214,000 by Feb. 14.
The North Carolina-based Kay Yow Cancer Fund hopes the Oklahoma initiative will be the first of many statewide efforts to help raise funds for women's cancer research and to raise breast cancer awareness. Kay Yow was the North Carolina State women's basketball coach who won more than 700 games before dying of breast cancer in 2009.
The Oklahoma Play 4Kay effort will feature a competition to determine which schools and conferences can raise the most money at Play 4Kay events.
To donate, register a Play 4Kay fundraising event or learn more about the initiative, visit www.Play 4Kay.org.
BETHANY EMPHASIZING NO-HUDDLE
Bethany displayed a fast-paced no-huddle offense during Thursday night's scrimmage against Harrah and Jones.
The up-tempo offense is a style the Bronchos used last season, but they've focused on being even faster this year.
“The tempo is something we're emphasizing a little bit more this year,” coach Reagan Roof said. “We've done it before, but we're going to try to be in a little bit better condition so we can sort of tinker with it throughout the season.”
The no-huddle features predominantly zone-read plays that allow dual-threat quarterback Kyle Duke to use his legs or arm.
CHA HAS OFFENSIVE WEAPONS
Christian Heritage quarterback Colton Lindsey has plenty of weapons to throw to this season.
The Crusaders return four wide receivers and tight end Nathan Sosa, making the offense tough to defend all over the field.
“It's huge because you can't just cover one guy,” CHA coach John Merrell said. “Of course, our offense pretty much doesn't predicate that anyway; you're throwing to the people based on what the defense has done. If he's done a good job on the pre-snap reads, most of the time if people don't move, he knows who he's supposed to throw to, and the good thing is we've got confidence in whoever that is.”
Sosa is primed for a big season, Merrell said. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior caught 10 passes for 91 yards and a TD last season, but has looked strong in the preseason.
WARIBOKO-ALALI DEALING WITH HAMSTRING
Casady lineman and Oklahoma commitment Josh Wariboko-Alali made his presence known Friday night in the Cyclones' 27-21 victory against Holland Hall by blocking two extra points.
But there were times he missed entire series while dealing with a bothersome hamstring.
“I played all right, it's just I've got to get 100 percent with my hamstring,” Wariboko-Alali said. “I don't think I played bad, but I think I was a little bit sloppy.”
Casady was noticeably without Wariboko-Alali on its first touchdown drive, a 96-yarder late in the first half.
But later in the third quarter, the Cyclones were also without him and they went three-and-out while losing 15 yards.
“Just trying to keep him fresh,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said. “He was not in perfect first-game shape; we've just go to keep him moving.”
Casady also failed to run the ball with any success Friday, totaling minus-24 yards on 23 carries. That was a concern entering the game and will remain one this week against Heritage Hall in the Polo Bowl.
“We knew that was our weakness,” Scoville said. “We'll have to improve that if we want to be a well-rounded contender for the championship.”