An estimated 85 players will participate in Oklahoma Baptist's first intrasquad football scrimmage at 1 p.m. Saturday in Shawnee.
The NAIA school continues to work toward its first football season since 1940. OBU had dropped football for financial reasons but was reinstated a few years ago. The Bison will play their first regular season game in August 2013 against Southwestern of Winfield, Kan., in Shawnee. Oklahoma Baptist is scheduled to have its own football facility completed.
The scrimmage Saturday will be played on the infield of the Hurt Memorial Track. The public is invited to attend free of admission charge.
“There's been a lot of excitement generated not only among the players, but we're hearing about excitement in the community,” OBU football coach Chris Jensen said in a statement.
*Southern Nazarene has a good number of first-year starters this season, which is one reason why the Crimson Storm is 0-5 going into Saturday's game vs. McMurry in Grand Prairie, Texas. But veteran — albeit sophomore — linebacker Michael Hicks is having an excellent year. The former Cashion High standout leads SNU with 71 tackles, including seven for minus-28 yards.
Last Saturday night, during Southern Nazarene's 17-14 loss at Langston, press box patrons took notice of jersey No. 42.
“He's everywhere,” one statistician said.
“Unbelievable,” another said after Hicks made a one-on-one stop on a Langston running back.
One Langston coach said, “I'd take Hicks in a minute.”
Hicks finished the game with 12 tackles, though it seemed to be more.
On Sept. 22, in Southern Nazarene's home opener against Harding (Ark.), Hicks set a single-game school record with 19 tackles.
*The 1983 Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) football team will be inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Coffeyville finished 10-1 and was voted by coaches as national champion after defeating Dodge City in the Jayhawk Bowl. That victory was big, sure. But the cherry might have been the game before the Jayhawk Bowl. Coffeyville trimmed unbeaten and defending national champion Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 21-20. The Red Ravens did it in Miami, OK, in front of 6,700 fans. NEO suffered its first home loss in eight years that day.
*Carven Proctor, the lone Oklahoman on the St. Xavier (Ill.) football roster, is the brother of former NFL defensive back/return specialist Bryan McCann. Both played at Putnam City High School. Proctor is a senior defensive back at St Xavier, the defending NAIA champion. McCann is out of football after two NFL seasons that included stints with Dallas, Oakland and Baltimore.
Until Proctor told them otherwise, he said some St. Xavier teammates had the impression Oklahoma was “country, country, country,” he said. “They thought everybody rode horses, we had haystacks everywhere and that everybody knew everybody. I told them Oklahoma was nothing like that, but they didn't believe me.”
*Good season for Del City football fans. The Eagles are doing well this high school season, and an alum is starring for Division II Central Oklahoma. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Marquis Walters leads the Bronchos with 15 catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
*Add Northeastern A&M and Tyler to this football season's offensive blitzkrieg. Tyler beat then-No. 9-ranked NEO 65-59 in double overtime on Sept. 27. The game produced a combined 1,146 yards. Out of 158 snaps on offense, the game ended with just two turnovers. Both were by NEO, one fumble and one interception.
JUST FOR KICKS
*Sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Byars has 18 shutouts in 1½ seasons for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma soccer team. The former Putnam City North star is only three shutouts shy of tying Alexis Vizarelis' career school record. Vizarelis is now an assistant coach at the NAIA school. The Drovers defeated Rogers State 4-0 on Tuesday; it was the eighth consecutive shutout for Byars, whose goals against average is a meager 0.19.
*The Mid-America Christian women's soccer team pulled off a humdinger Tuesday, trimming No. 4-ranked and previously unbeaten Oklahoma City U. 2-1 in overtime. Chelsea Swisher's game-winning goal came on a breakaway at the 94:21 mark. Swisher was assisted by Kassie Byrd, who also scored the Evangels' first goal. OCU coach Brian Harvey was denied career victory No. 300.
Mid-America Christian is 6-4, while OCU is 8-1.