• 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    We published a story last week in which reporter Juliana Keeping stepped out of her comfort zone and onto a high school football field. Not as a player, but as an Oklahoman. She admitted she didn't care much for the sport. But, being a dutiful person, went ahead with her assignment: To find out why Oklahomans love football. As she spent time learning the reasons why, she also found her attitude toward the sport had changed. So, what changed it? Here are 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football. No.

  • District C-2 preview: Terence Rushing lone returner for Tipton

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    There's no denying that Terence Rushing played a key role in Tipton's 14-0 season and Class C state championship last fall. But every other starter that joined him on that team is gone, leaving second-year coach Travis White looking to fill some holes. Rushing, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior, averaged 12 yards per carry at running back and also starts at linebacker for Tipton, which opens its title defense against Fox Friday night at Tipton. GRANDFIELD LOOKING TO LOPEZ AGAIN A year ago, Jahred Lopez accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns. Tied with Tipton as the coaches' favorite to win District C-2, Grandfield will be expecting the same type of production once again.

  • District C-1 Preview

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Rusty Thomas has a young team in Balko this season and will be led by a young quarterback trying to duplicate the success of a playoff run from a year ago.

  • High school notebook: The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

  • High school sports: Capitol Hill, U.S. Grant bumped up in new OSSAA ADM

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A change in the average daily membership Tuesday bumped Capitol Hill to Class 6A and also bumped U.S. Grant up a class in football for the next two years. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the official ADM after a near month-long delay due to an appeal from Claremore based on the participation of Emerson High School student-athletes at other Oklahoma City schools in the past. Now settled, Capitol Hill moves to Class 6A and U.S. Grant moves to Class 6A Division I for football while Claremore drops to Class 5A and Enid remains in Class 6A Division II in football. Football and baseball districts will not be approved until next week's board meeting.

  • Tuttle, Davis to split admission from Week Zero game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Last week’s Week Zero game between Tuttle and Davis was originally scheduled to be a scrimmage, but after each team lost an opponent this season the school’s turned it into a game. Now, both schools are reaping the benefit of that. Tuttle athletic director Bobby Odam said the school will split the net profit from admission with Davis. “One of us was going to be void of our fifth home game and we’re not in a year of the two-year cycle that I can return the favor next year,” Odam said. “Since I couldn’t repeat the favor it was only fair to split so both of us would get some benefit of playing it.” Tuttle won the game 31-14, snapping Davis’ 30-game win streak.

  • Tucker Halstead, Minco get off to fast start

    scott wright | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Brock Wardlaw’s first game as the Minco head coach went about as smooth as it could have. The coach opened with a 60-12 road victory over Watonga in Week Zero last Friday, behind a breakout performance from running back Tucker Halstead. The junior had touchdown runs of 19 and 25 yards in the first quarter, ultimately finishing with 183 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Hunter Jones was 8-of-12 passing for 128 yards and a touchdown. Shannon Williams added a pair of big plays for Minco as well, returning a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, then going 64 yards for a rushing score.

  • District B-3 preview: Davenport back in favorite's role

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Bulldogs bring back a strong nucleus of experienced players, particularly on offense, where they graduated just one starter.

  • High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul Hix

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jordan Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore.

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools meets OSSAA deadline; ADM likely coming Tuesday

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The proper average daily attendance numbers for Emerson High School were delivered to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association by Monday’s deadline, executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Public Schools was required to determine from the ADM how many students apply to each OKCPS school based on their previous school or if they never attended an OKCPS school in what district they reside. Eleven students from Emerson competed with other OKCPS schools last year, but were not applied properly to the ADM, an issue Claremore raised in August in an effort to move to Class 5A. Under the new ADM, it’s likely that Capitol Hill will move to Class 6A and Claremore will move to Class 5A.

  • District B-4 preview: Keota's Jace Welch a star

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Welch is a four-year starter who totaled 19 touchdowns as a junior. He rushed for 482 yards and passed for 893.

  • High school notebook: Del City QB Terry Wilson invited to Semper Fidelis All-America Game

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Verbally committed to Nebraska, Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.

  • The Oklahoman's Top 10 Games of Week 1: Midwest City-Tulsa Washington a powerhouse matchup

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A few teams got the high school football season off to a good start with Week Zero last Friday, but a full schedule of Week 1 games are lined up across the state this week. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's top 10 games of the week:   1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Midwest City at 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington Two historically powerful Class 6A-II teams with championship talent — one from Tulsa, one from the Oklahoma City metro — meeting in the season opener. It can't be topped.   2. Class 6A-I No. 1 Jenks at 6A-II No. 1 Bixby Bixby has a big hill to climb to hang with Jenks, but the idea of two top-ranked defending champions meeting up in the opener is still fun.   3. Class 6A-I No. 4 Broken

  • Power Lunch: Chat prep football with Scott Wright

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Power Lunch chat is back! Get your prep football questions in to Scott Wright at 11 a.m. as he goes through all of Week 1's top matchups.

  • District B-2 preview: Alex loaded again

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Alex loaded with several returning starters.

  • District B-1 preview: Laverne favored under new coach Chris Cayot

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Laverne was picked by opposing coaches to win District B-1 with new coach Chris Cayot returning following a 12-year stint at Fairview.

  • District A-7 preview: Ketchum, Afton are coaches' favorites

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Coaches expect a highly contested District A-7 race between Ketchum and Afton. Ketchum narrowly edged Afton in the coaches' voting, with both teams coming off 9-3 seasons. The two teams, along with District A-7 foe Rejoice Christian, reached the second round of the Class A playoffs a year ago. MARLEY TAKES OVER AT REJOICE Class A teams will be keeping an eye on Rejoice Christian this season and in the years to come, following the school's move to hire former Victory Christian coach Brent Marley. Victory had been perennially strong in Class 3A under Marley, who takes over an Eagles program that went 6-6 last season.

  • High school football: Hassan Lawton's interception seals Bethany win over Lone Grove

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Lawton’s pick — his second of the night in a crucial situation — snuffed out Lone Grove’s furious rally and sealed the Bronchos’ 34-29 win in the season-opener Friday night at Bethany/SNU Stadium.

  • High school football: Tuttle's defense steps up, helps end Davis' 30-game winning streak

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The loss is Davis’ first since losing the 2012 Class 2A state championship game to Oklahoma Christian School and first in the regular season since Week 3 in 2011 against Heritage Hall.

  • District A-5 preview: Cashion's defense turning corner

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    With the loss of five linemen and key skill players around quarterback Matt Harman, the Wildcats will have to lean on their defense that allowed 15.3 points per game.