• High school football: Caileb Booze, David Wright wreak havoc for Edmond North defense

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Edmond North senior Caileb Booze is generally always smiling. But after Thursday’s scrimmage at Putnam City West, he was smiling more than usual due to a successful debut at outside linebacker. Booze was a nuisance for both Deer Creek and Putnam West’s offenses, gathering multiple sacks, hurrying each quarterback and even covering some receivers. He wasn’t alone, either. Senior David Wright was also impressive in his outside linebacker debut, intercepting a pass from Deer Creek’s Julian Hoskins. “They’re big bodies, they can run well, they’re hard to throw over and they can come set the corners on the run,” Edmond North coach Scott Burger said. “That’s what we have to have with this

  • High school football scrimmages: Big plays for Edmond Santa Fe

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Williams, Preston, Kay have big plays for Edmond Santa Fe A high school field-goal kicker can go through an entire career without the opportunity to attempt a last-minute, go-ahead field goal, but Edmond Santa Fe’s Cameron Kay got his shot in the first scrimmage of his senior season. Kay hit a line drive through the goal posts with 37 seconds left in Santa Fe’s 17-14 win over Norman North in a mini-game on Thursday night at Harve Collins Field in Norman. In fact, all of Santa Fe’s points came off big plays. Junior running back Darran Williams started the scoring with a 65-yard run on the third play of the game, and defensive back Ashton Preston jumped in front of a Norman North pass and returned it for a

  • High school football: District A-1 preview: Thomas picked to win district

    By Jonathan Greco, Staff Writer, jgreco@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Thomas has moved from District A-2 to A-1, and the majority of the district’s coaches pick the Terriers to be the A-1 champions. Thomas knows a lot about two of its district foes — Sayre and Burns Flat-Dill City also made the move from A-2 — and is familiar with the rest of the district. The Terriers faced current district foe Texhoma in a playoff game last year, giving them an idea of what panhandle football is like. “We’ve been out in the panhandle a few different times, and we know the teams we’re playing out there,” Terriers coach Bob Ward said. “The schools are very similar. They’ll be good competition and it’ll be very competitive.

  • High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.

  • High school football: District 2A-7 preview: Adair seeks fourth consecutive championship

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Adair is the pick to win its fourth consecutive District 2A-7 football title, and with good reason. Warriors head coach Mark Lippe is excited about his team’s depth at wide receiver and running back. “We run a four-wide-receiver set and we are two deep at every one of those receiving positions,” Lippe said. “We have two or three running backs that can do the job.” And most of most of Adair’s talent is sophomores and juniors. Tight end James Eastin, who caught five touchdown passes last year, is one of five seniors on the team. “We are going to run a lot of kids in there and play a lot of kids,” Lippe said. “The depth at our skill positions really is a strength for us.” Quarterback B.J.

  • High school notebook: Little Axe plans benefit for Bridge Creek

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Little Axe cheerleaders are planning a spaghetti supper prior to the football scrimmage between Little Axe, Bridge Creek and Southeast at Little Axe on Thursday night. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with proceeds going to the Bridge Creek football program. The team is still in the process of recovering from vandalism inside its fieldhouse that ruined or damaged thousands of dollars worth of equipment, electronics and other items. Just getting on the field for practice has been a challenge over the last 10 days. “We don’t have everything yet, but we have enough to get the kids out there without putting anybody in a 10-year-old helmet,” coach Greg Wallis said. “Cleanup is still continuing, but we just keep

  • High school football: Cashion more experienced this season

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Wildcats return a veteran quarterback in Matt Harman, protected by an offensive line full of seniors.

  • High school football: Transition to new head coach has been easy for Putnam City North

    By Scott Wright | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Last week, for the first time in 23 years, football practice opened at Putnam City North without Bob Wilson in charge, following the longtime coach’s retirement in April. But the appointment of Rod Richardson to fill his former boss’ shoes has made for an incredibly smooth transition.

  • High school football: District 2A-6 preview

    By Jonathan Greco | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Vian feels no pressure in pursuit of fourth straight district title

  • High school football: District 2A-5 preview

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    District favorite Okemah is reloading this season.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Frank Shannon hearing set for Wednesday

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma’s fight to keep starting linebacker Frank Shannon off the field this season will go before the Oklahoma state Supreme Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents.

  • High schools: Midwest City offense hopes to complement a stout defense

    By Scott Wright | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Last season, the Bombers had some ups and downs but began to hit their stride late in the season. Now it’s time to prove they can keep it up.

  • District 2A-3 preview: Washington breaking in new quarterback

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Washington was picked by the coaches to win District 2A-3 this season, just ahead of defending champion Lindsay. The Warriors’ most pressing void to fill from a season ago is at quarterback, where Glenn Stowe is set to be the starter. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior is replacing graduated standout Brock Harmon. “Glenn had been a wide receiver for a long time, but we knew we’d have a day when we’d have to replace Brock, so we started working him at quarterback,” said Washington coach Brad Beller. “We’ve tweaked the offense a little bit, because Brock could do things that other guys just can’t do. Also, Glenn has a lot of veterans around him that can help ease him into his role.

  • High school football: Moore's Blake Brewster returns to the football field

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    OU baseball commitment was brought back to football by a meeting with new coach Paul Hix.

  • District 2A-4 football preview: Defending state champion Davis returns strong nucleus

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    A good nucleus returns for Davis led by senior quarterback Blake Summers, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season and 30 touchdowns. He also had 10 interceptions playing free safety.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon to be arraigned Monday

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon will be arraigned on a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury on Monday, when he is expected to turn himself in, said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.

  • High school notebook: Warren Wand's recruitment remains open

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Edmond Memorial running back Warren Wand isn’t ready to say he’s verbally committed to Arkansas State. It was reported nearly two weeks ago by various media outlets that Wand had committed to the Red Wolves, but Memorial coach Justin Merideth told The Oklahoman on Friday that his star running back hasn’t made that decision, though one could come as early as next week. “He’s not ready to let anybody know,” Merideth said. Wand, who is No. 11 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, also has offers from New Mexico and Southern Mississippi. He rushed for 1,769 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, leading the Bulldogs to the Class 6A playoffs for the second straight season. But he’s also recovering from a

  • HIgh school football: Norman North has great expectations

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    The Timberwolves will play in Class 6A-1 with Tulsa Union and Jenks, but they hope an experienced defense will make them competitive.

  • High school football: District 2A-2 preview: Millwood reloading after runner-up finish

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Darwin Franklin’s first season at Millwood presented one type of challenge, seeing how quickly he could integrate his philosophies into a senior-laden team. After finishing as the Class 2A runner-up and graduating several long-time starters on every level of the offense and defense, the Falcons pose a different coaching challenge in Franklin’s second year. Franklin will try to latch onto the experience of a small but talented senior class led by the likes of Sheldon Bulock and Andre Clanton, who will both play key roles at running back and linebacker. Micah Sanders, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, is one of the team’s most gifted athletes and will be used as a receiver and defensive back.

  • High school football: District 2A-1 preview

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Hennessey’s running back depth increases