• Guide to No. 3 Minco at No. 1 Stratford

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 1 hr ago

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Stratford High School, 341 N Oak Ave. Records: Minco 6-0, 2-0 District A-4; Stratford 5-0, 1-0 Last week: Minco 28, Wynnewood 6 — Running back Tucker Halstead scored three touchdowns and rushed for 139 yards as Minco rolled past a talented Wynnewood team. Stratford 54, Konawa 16 — Senior running back Kyle Qualls was explosive with 179 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries as Stratford piled up 467 yards of total offense. Players to watch: Minco — Halstead, RB. There isn’t much Halstead hasn’t done. He’s already totaled 872 yards and 22 touchdowns in the first six games of the season. The goal is for him to break loose once

  • Guide to No. 4 Tuttle at No. 10 Harrah

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Harrah High School, 20568 Walker St., Harrah Radio: KKWD-FM 104.9; KTST-FM 101.9 Online: www.coxhshub.com Records: Tuttle 6-0, 2-0 District 4A-2; Harrah 4-1, 2-0 Last week: Tuttle 39, Bristow 14; Harrah 35, Glenpool 13 Players to watch: Tuttle — Chandler Anthony, OL. Anthony missed last season with an injury. He’s back and he’s been huge for the Tigers up front. If he continues to progress, he could catch the eye of some recruiters. Harrah — Logan Roberson, OL. An Oklahoma commitment, Roberson needs to have a big game blocking for Grant Martin, last season’s state leading rusher, for the Panthers to take control of the district

  • Guide to No. 5 Southmoore at No. 2 Tulsa Union

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Union-Tuttle Stadium, 6900 S Mingo Rd., Tulsa Radio: KTOK-AM 1000 Records: Southmoore 5-0, 2-0 District 6AI-2; Tulsa Union 3-2, 2-0 Last week: Southmoore 60, Owasso 41 — Southmoore sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson accounted for seven touchdowns for a second time this season as the SaberCats made a huge statement in the win over Owasso. Tulsa Union 52, Norman North 24 — Receiver Adrian Wilson caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns while also scoring on a 75-yard run as Tulsa Union scored 28 points in the second half to pull away. Players to watch: Southmoore — Noah Jones, DL. Sure, Thompson has been electric on offense.

  • J.T. Wullschleger's big plays lift Edmond Santa Fe past Yukon

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Quarterback Julian Hoskins’ pass was tipped near the line of scrimmage, diverting it about five yards behind intended receiver Daviaun Bowler — hitting Wullschleger in stride and he went untouched for a 72-yard touchdown.

  • Journey of Mustang's Blake Williams from sickness to stardom under Friday night lights

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    It’s been a difficult but rewarding journey from sickness to the football spotlight, and Blake Williams can’t even tell you the whole story. Because he can’t remember all of it.

  • High school sports: Prayer policy not discussed at OSSAA meeting

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors held their monthly meeting Wednesday, and they did not discuss the scrutinized prayer policy. OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley also declined to comment following the meeting. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that prayer before high school sporting events can be done legally in his opinion in response to a legislator's complaint about the school prayer ban. The OSSAA's policy prohibits publicly recited prayers at playoff games and championship events. It was adopted in 1992 and revised in June to comply with a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • Brain trauma widespread among high school football players, researchers say

    Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Football is a dangerous sport. Even with the best protective gear, sprained knees, pulled muscles and an occasional broken bone are part of the game. But seven years of research into the impact of head trauma in high school players points to new dangers that parents will find extremely alarming.   "We are seeing changes in brain activity even without a diagnosed concussion, even without any sign or symptoms showing up and that that occurs in a large population of our subjects," Larry Leverenz, a Clinical Professor of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University.

  • The Oklahoman's high school football predictions

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.   Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.

  • High school football: Putnam City West trying to build on first district victory in five years

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Patriots host Capitol Hill — the only team PC West beat last year — at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium, looking for their third win of the season.

  • McGuinness' Josh Berney wins Fans' Choice Player of Week poll

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    McGuinness kicker Josh Berney was the fans’ runaway choice this week in The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll. Berney won with 881 votes, easily topping Stillwater kicker Zach Bryant’s 467 votes. A total of 2,356 votes were cast for seven different players. Berney made a game-winning 46-yard field goal in the Irish’s wild 31-28 win over Deer Creek. McGuinness had trailed 21-0 in the first quarter. The Oklahoman’s staff pick for player of the week, Jake Standlee of Meeker, finished fifth in the poll with 162 votes. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for the Week 6 poll. Here are the results from the Week 5 poll. Josh Berney, McGuinness: 881

  • High school football: Meeker's Jake Standlee excels in move to running back

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Over the offseason, coach Lonny Nolen realized his best offensive playmaker was spending too much time distributing the ball to others.

  • Poteau's Roger Barcheers has huge night in double-overtime win over Metro Christian

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Poteau running back Roger Barcheers has had a great career since he began starting as a freshman, but Friday’s game may top the list of his performances. Barcheers rushed for 324 yards and four touchdowns on 51 carries in a 42-41 double-overtime win against Metro Christian. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back scored both touchdowns in the overtime periods. Poteau won the game by blocking a Metro Christian extra-point kick before Barcheers’ final score and extra point from Jesse Barnes. Barcheers eclipsed the 5,000-yard career mark in a win over Haysville, Kan., earlier this season. To add to his versatility, he also returned a kick for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass this season.

  • Class C rankings: Deer Creek-Lamont moves up

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    After stepping up in class and defeating Garber, unbeaten Deer Creek-Lamont moved up a spot in this week's Class C rankings. Timberlake moved into the 10th spot, though you could make a case for several teams in that spot. At 4-1, Cave Springs has the best record among unranked teams, but hasn't played as tough a schedule as some others. Timberlake's win over Bluejacket and close losses to ranked opponents Coyle and Waynoka gave it an edge this week.

  • Class B rankings: Seiling moves up again

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Seiling has been on a steady climb up the rankings as it establishes itself as the best team in a deep and competitive District B-1. Wins over Turpin and Pioneer in back-to-back weeks have Seiling up to No. 3 this week. Pond Creek-Hunter, with three losses in that same district, falls out of the poll this week, and the Panthers have to take on Seiling this week, so a 2-4 start could be coming. The battle for the fourth playoff spot in B-1 is going to be a thriller. Depew enters the poll this week because of its undefeated record, though you could make an argument for a lot of one-loss teams for the 10th spot as well. Depew hasn't played the most difficult schedule around, but last week's win over Woodland was solid.

  • Class A rankings: Wayne works its way into the top 10

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The battle for the 10th spot in the Class A rankings was a fierce one this week. Wayne, which handed previous No. 10 Community Christian its first loss of the season, earns the spot for now. But there are a half-dozen or more one-loss teams just as qualified as Wayne for the spot.  Apache, Talihina, Morrison, Hominy, Central Sallisaw and a few others are right there with Wayne, and it took some serious nit-picking to  iron it out this week. Wayne's schedule has been solid, and its only loss was to undefeated Minco -- which moved up to No. 3 this week.

  • Class 2A rankings: Unbeaten teams gaining momentum outside of poll

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    All season, we've discussed how unique Class 2A has been, with some teams piling up wins against easier schedules, and others taking their lumps against challenging schedules. The trend continues to make ranking 2A teams difficult, particularly with unbeaten teams like Haskell, Walters and Hulbert sitting just outside the top 10. The longer they last, the harder it is to ignore them, but they'll have to wait another week. The level of competition they've played makes it hard to judge just how good they are. Of those three teams, Haskell has played the toughest schedule, yet its five opponents have combined for just seven wins so far this season, and only one -- Class A Ketchum -- has a winning record.

  • Class 3A rankings: Welcome Meeker, Hilldale to the top 10

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Two new faces joined the Class 3A poll this week, with unbeaten Hilldale and 4-1 Meeker stepping in. Meeker's only loss was at No. 6 Bethany, and the Bulldogs' win over Douglass on Friday was enough to boost them into the 10th spot. Hilldale is 4-0 with wins over Beggs and Stigler, the latter of which keeps looking more impressive, since Stigler has reeled off four straight wins since then.  The top eight spots in the poll remained the same, with all eight teams adding another win to their undefeated seasons.

  • Class 4A rankings: Harrah returns to top 10 entering showdown with Tuttle

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Welcome Harrah back to the Class 4A rankings, just in time for what should be an exciting battle with No. 4 Tuttle on Friday. At 4-1 with a win over Glenpool last week, Harrah was the most deserving team to move into the 10th spot, just ahead of Tulsa McLain. McLain is 4-0, but is missing a signature victory.   The final spot was vacated by Weatherford, which lost to Clinton and Cache in the last two weeks -- after beating 5A McGuinness in Week 3 -- to fall out of the poll. Poteau moved up to No. 3 after its win over Metro Christian in a double-OT thriller. The rest of the poll essentially remained as it was.

  • Class 5A rankings: McAlester, Skiatook move up, McGuinness returns to poll

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    McAlester and Skiatook will face each other in Week 6, and both teams moved up in the Class 5A rankings after key wins last Friday. McAlester whipped Tulsa Kelley 45-0, and Skiatook won 28-27 at Shawnee as the two District 5A-3 teams are among the four unbeaten teams in the class. The class actually saw a lot of movement, with McGuinness' win over Deer Creek, bringing the Irish back into the rankings after a two-week absence. McGuinness took the spot vacated by Tahlequah, which suffered its first loss of the season. Deer Creek fell from fifth to ninth, and Del City, with its narrow victory over Duncan, remained at No. 10.

  • Class 6A-II rankings: Putnam City West enters poll amid major shake-up

    scott wright | Updated: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    A bizarre week in Class 6A-II resulted in Putnam City West joining the top 10 for the first time in several  years.  The long-struggling program defeated Choctaw 32-21 on Friday, to go with a win over Putnam City North on the non-district schedule. And they'll be favored to improve to 3-3, facing Capitol Hill this week.  But PC West's surge into the rankings was only part of the story in 6A-II. Stillwater, which was 1-3 with its only win over U.S. Grant, defeated Midwest City. Bartlesville took down defending champ Bixby. And Sand Springs forfeited two games for using an ineligible player, resulting in a top-five team currently owning a 1-3 record.  So the rankings got shuffled pretty well