Rafe Watkins staying at Guthrie

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: January 28, 2014
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Guthrie football coach Rafe Watkins appears to be returning to the Bluejays after Broken Arrow named assistant coach David Alexander as its new head coach on Tuesday.

Watkins and Alexander were named finalists for the position, which came open when Steve Spavital resigned in December due to health concerns.

Watkins said he plans to remain at Guthrie, where he has guided the team to four state championships during his tenure.

“As far as I know, yeah, that's the plan,” Watkins said about returning to Guthrie.

Alexander, 49, joined Broken Arrow's staff as a running backs coach last season after spending the previous seven years at Jenks. He was the head coach of the af2 Tulsa Talons in 2005-06.

He also played at the University of Tulsa and in the NFL for 10 years.

“I am so honored to be selected for this position, and I firmly believe that everything I have experienced up to this point has me prepared to be the head football coach at Broken Arrow,” Alexander said in a release. “We already have a great football program, but I am eager to begin building upon that tradition, taking it to an even higher level of excellence.”

Broken Arrow went 10-3 last season, losing in the Class 6A semifinals to Tulsa Union.

EMPORIA STATE ADDS BALL, BROWN

El Reno's Justin Brown and Carl Albert's Trenton Ball both recently committed to Emporia (Kan.) State.

Brown did a little bit of everything for the Indians, playing receiver, running back and defensive back. El Reno coach Taylor Schwerdtfeger said Emporia State has Brown recruited as a receiver, but he could move to safety.

Ball, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end, caught 14 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns last season in Carl Albert's run-heavy offense. He announced his commitment via Twitter.

Brown and Ball join Guthrie's Kai Callins and Kingfisher's Landon Nault as recent commitments to Emporia. The Hornets had 14 players from Oklahoma on their roster last season.

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by Scott Wright
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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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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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