Westmoore Jaguars football
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|2012-08-31||@||Moore||W||62 - 14|
|2012-09-07||vs||Southmoore||L||27 - 33||2 OT|
|2012-09-13||vs||Norman North||W||29 - 16|
|2012-09-21||vs||Bixby||W||35 - 6|
|2012-09-28||@||Muskogee||W||55 - 14|
|2012-10-04||vs||Putnam City||L||16 - 26|
|2012-10-12||@||Jenks||L||14 - 38|
|2012-10-19||vs||Sapulpa||W||56 - 6|
|2012-10-26||@||Tulsa Edison||W||56 - 0|
|2012-11-02||@||Broken Arrow||L||13 - 26|
|2012-11-09||@||Tulsa Union||L||14 - 17|
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With NBA training camp less than two weeks away, Kevin Durant has made his way back to Oklahoma City. But basketball season can wait a bit. Durant is still in football mode, having attended the Redskins home opener last Sunday and, on Friday night, showing up at the Norman North-Westmoore high school football game. Here […]
Kevin Durant shows up at Westmoore-Norman North football game, shows off throwing arm
Anthony Slater | Sep 19, 2014With NBA training camp less than two weeks away, Kevin Durant has made his way back to Oklahoma City. But basketball season can wait a bit. Durant is still in football mode, having attended the Redskins home opener last Sunday and, on Friday night, showing up at the Norman North-Westmoore high school football game. Here Durant is, in an Instagram post, showing off his throwing arm, along with a caption boldly telling his followers: “I can go 20-25 for 316 and 4 touchdowns. What u think?” Nice spiral. Decent footwork. Likely stands tall in the pocket. Maybe the Bucs could use him.
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 3: Scott Wright Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 Heritage Hall 28, Davis 27 McAlester 28, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 27, Millwood 22 Tulsa Union 31, Broken Arrow 17 Jenks 31, Owasso 24 Wagoner 28, Fort Gibson 22 Christian Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 3
Trent Shadid | Sep 18, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 3: Scott Wright Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 Heritage Hall 28, Davis 27 McAlester 28, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 27, Millwood 22 Tulsa Union 31, Broken Arrow 17 Jenks 31, Owasso 24 Wagoner 28, Fort Gibson 22 Christian Heritage 22, Talihina 14 Midwest City 24, Del City 22 Edmond Memorial 28, Mustang 24 Lock of the week: Wagoner over Fort Gibson. Fort Gibson played well in its first game without starting QB J.R. Singleton, defeating Hilldale last week. But the experience of the four-year starter will be missed this week against a Wagoner team that won’t make many mistakes. Jacob Unruh Norman North 45, Westmoore 38 Heritage Hall 31, Davis 28 McAlester 21, Pryor 17 Cascia Hall 28, Millwood 21 Tulsa Union 35, Broken Arrow 21 Jenks 28, Owasso 20 Wagoner 28, Ft. Gibson 24 Talihina 35, Christian Heritage 21 Midwest City 21, Del City 18 Edmond Memorial 24, Mustang 17 Lock of the week: Talihina over Christian Heritage. Talihina quarterback Alan Lockhart had crazy numbers last season and is off to another strong start this season. He’ll be too much for the CHA defense. Trent Shadid Westmoore 35, Norman North 28 Davis 21, Heritage Hall 20 McAlester 27, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 20, Millwood 13 Tulsa Union 38, Broken Arrow 28 Jenks 35, Owasso 24 Wagoner 22, Fort Gibson 20 Talihina 30, Christian Heritage 28 Midwest City 20, Del City 14 Edmond Memorial 24, Mustang 13 Lock of the week: Westmoore over Norman North. Both teams are loaded on offense, and Norman North quarterback John Kolar may be the best player on the field. But defense will be needed to win this Class 6A-I showdown, and Westmoore appears to be the better team on that side of the ball. Here are the standings after Week 2: Scott (11-9, 1-1) Jacob (10-10, 2-0) Trent (8-12, 0-2)
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Southmoore at Ed. Santa Fe, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Norman North at Westmoore, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normannorthlive.com 7 p.m., Yukon at Deer Creek, KZLS-AM 1640/KTOK-AM 1000/www.coxhshub.com 7 p.m., Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union, Cox 703 7 p.m., Mceachern Ga. vs. Lovejoy, Ga., ESPNU (Cox 253) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m., L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs, WGN (Cox...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, Sept. 19
Sep 18, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Southmoore at Ed. Santa Fe, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Norman North at Westmoore, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normannorthlive.com 7 p.m., Yukon at Deer Creek, KZLS-AM 1640/KTOK-AM 1000/www.coxhshub.com 7 p.m., Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union, Cox 703 7 p.m., Mceachern Ga. vs. Lovejoy, Ga., ESPNU (Cox 253) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m., L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs, WGN (Cox 2) 7 p.m., Detroit at Kansas City, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Cincinnati at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) AUTO RACING 8:30 a.m., Formula One Practice, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 12:30 p.m., Truck Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Truck Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 5:30 p.m., Nationwide Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., ARCA, FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., UConn at South Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 9 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 6:30 p.m., Pacific Links, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 9 p.m., Colorado at Salt Lake, NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN’S SOCCER 6 p.m., Mississippi at Mississippi St., SECN (Cox 275) 7:30 p.m., UCLA at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Iowa at Pittsburgh, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Troy at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., Bowling Green at Wisconsin, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., W. Illinois at Northwestern, ESPNews (Cox 254) 11 a.m., Maryland at Syracuse, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 11 a.m., Old Dominion at Rice, FSOK (Cox 37) 11:30 a.m., Tulane at Duke, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m., UCO at Emporia State, KNAH-FM 99.7 2:30 p.m., Florida at Alabama, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/KGHM-AM 1340 2:30 p.m., Texas A&M at SMU, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., N. Carolina at E. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Virginia at BYU, ESPN (Cox 29) 2:30 p.m., Utah at Michigan, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Rutgers at Navy, CBSS (Cox 249) 2:30 p.m., Nicholls St. at North Texas, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 2:30 p.m., Cent. Michigan at Kansas, FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m., Louisville at Florida Int., FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Texas State at Illinois, ESPNews (Cox 254) 3 p.m., Indiana at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Mississippi St. at LSU, ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m., N. Illinois at Arkansas, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., App. State at S. Mississippi, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 6:30 p.m., Oklahoma at West Virginia, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520 6:30 p.m., S. Carolina at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., Clemson at Florida State, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 7 p.m., Miami, Fla. at Nebraska, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/WWLS-AM 640 9:30 p.m., Oregon at Washington St., ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., S.D. State at Oregon St., FS1 (Cox 67) 9:30 p.m., La. Lafayette at Boise St., CBSS (Cox 249) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon, Detroit at Kansas City, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 8 p.m., Texas at L.A. Angels, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 AUTO RACING 8 a.m., Formula One Qualifying, CNBC (Cox 41) 8 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 9 p.m., Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 10:30 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, Truck Series, FS1 (Cox 67) 6:30 p.m., Nationwide Series, ESPNews (Cox 254) GOLF 7:30 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 6:30 p.m., Pacific Links, GOLF (Cox 60) BOXING 2 p.m., T. Mchunu vs. G. Wilson, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., Queens Park vs. Stoke City, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11 a.m., West Ham vs. Liverpool, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., Whitecaps FC at Portland, NBCSN (Cox 251) 6:30 p.m., Seattle at New York, NBCSN (Cox 251) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Dallas at St. Louis, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Houston at N.Y. Giants, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Indianapolis at Jacksonville, WWLS-AM 640 3:25 p.m., Denver at Seattle, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7:20 p.m., Pittsburgh at Carolina, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)/WWLS-FM 98.1 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 12:30 p.m., Chi. White Sox at Tampa Bay, WGN (Cox 2) 1 p.m., Detroit at Kansas City, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/TBS (Cox 62) 2:30 p.m., Texas at L.A. Angels, FSOK (Cox 37) 7 p.m., Cincinnati at St. Louis, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640 AUTO RACING 1 p.m., NASCAR, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 7 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 7 p.m., Pacific Links, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., Leicester City vs. Man. United, CNBC (Cox 41) 11 a.m., Notre Dame at Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S SOCCER Noon, South Carolina at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., Vanderbilt at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) CANADIAN FOOTBALL Noon, Calgary at Montreal, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Mustang at Edmond Memorial, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Norman at Moore, Cox 703/KOKC-AM 1520/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normanhighlive.com 8 p.m., Lubbock Cooper at Stephenville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Auburn at Kansas State, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640 6:30 p.m., Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Southeastern (OK) at...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Sept. 18
Sep 17, 2014THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Mustang at Edmond Memorial, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Norman at Moore, Cox 703/KOKC-AM 1520/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normanhighlive.com 8 p.m., Lubbock Cooper at Stephenville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Auburn at Kansas State, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640 6:30 p.m., Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Southeastern (OK) at Henderson St., CBSS (Cox 249) NFL 7:20 p.m., Tampa Bay at Atlanta, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/WWLS-FM 98.1 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2:30 p.m., Texas at Oakland, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs, MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m., Milwaukee at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 4:30 a.m. (Fri.), Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 9 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER Noon, Part. Belgrade vs. Tottenham, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Everton vs. Wolfsburg, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Kansas City vs. Saprisso, FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 6 p.m., USA vs. Mexico, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Tennessee at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Southmoore at Ed. Santa Fe, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Norman North at Westmoore, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normannorthlive.com 7 p.m., Yukon at Deer Creek, KZLS-AM 1640/KTOK-AM 1000/www.coxhshub.com 7 p.m., Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union, Cox 703 7 p.m., McEachern vs. Lovejoy (Ga.), ESPNU (Cox 253) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m., L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs, WGN (Cox 2) 7 p.m., Detroit at Kansas City, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Cincinnati at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) AUTO RACING 8:30 a.m., Formula One Practice, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 12:30 p.m., Truck Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Truck Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 5:30 p.m., Nationwide Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., ARCA, FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., UConn at South Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 9 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 6:30 p.m., Pacific Links, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 9 p.m., Colorado at Salt Lake, NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN’S SOCCER 6 p.m., Mississippi at Mississippi St., SECN (Cox 275) 7:30 p.m., UCLA at Texas, LHN (Cox 274)
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
The controversy caused by a sign at last Friday night’s football game between Westmoore and Southmoore has been resolved by the rival schools. According to a report from KOCO, Southmoore parents were upset over a Westmoore student holding a “We Buy Houses” sign. The parents, who were not named in the report, felt the sign […]
Westmoore football sign controversy resolved
Trent Shadid | Sep 15, 2014The controversy caused by a sign at last Friday night’s football game between Westmoore and Southmoore has been resolved by the rival schools. According to a report from KOCO, Southmoore parents were upset over a Westmoore student holding a “We Buy Houses” sign. The parents, who were not named in the report, felt the sign was a reference to the devastation caused by the May 2013 tornado. On Monday, a Southmoore school official told The Oklahoman the situation has been resolved as students from both schools met and determined the sign was not meant to be offensive. Moore Public Schools Superintendent Robert Romines released the following statement Monday on Facebook: “This morning I had the extreme pleasure of meeting with the leadership classes at both Southmoore and Westmoore High Schools. We discussed the conversations that have been circulating concerning the signs in the Westmoore student section at the SW Showdown football game Friday night. The Southmoore students indicated that they did not feel any malicious intent in relation to the signs held by Westmoore students. The Westmoore students indicated that the signs were not intended to offend anyone; however, they did feel regret that the signs were misinterpreted and have been the subject of controversy. Rivalries are part of athletics! They are what make the games fun and interesting as long as the activities in the stands are tasteful and not hurtful. After speaking with both groups, I truly believe that the students with the different signs were just being “kids” and there was no intent to offend anyone. Dr. Romines Superintendent” A Southmoore official said the school stands behind the statement made by Dr. Romines. The report from KOCO states that Westmoore student Hunter Southerland was holding the sign. Southerland is a standout catcher on the baseball team and is verbally committed to play at the University of Oklahoma. Southerland posted on his Twitter account just moments after the game had ended on Friday night: “I sincerely apologize if Southmoore thought that sign dealt with the tornado. It honestly did not. It was just something random and stupid.” Several students from both schools have indicated on social media that the tornado greatly affected families in both districts.
Sep 15, 2014
On Monday, a Southmoore school official told The Oklahoman the situation has been resolved as students from both schools met and determined a sign was not meant to be offensive.
High school notebook: Controversy resolved in Westmoore sign flap
By Trent Shadid, Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Sep 15, 2014The controversy caused by a sign at last Friday night’s football game between Westmoore and Southmoore has been resolved by the rival schools. According to a report from KOCO-5, Southmoore parents were upset over a Westmoore student holding a “We Buy Houses” sign. The parents, who were not named in the report, felt the sign was a reference to the devastation caused by the May 2013 tornado. On Monday, a Southmoore school official told The Oklahoman the situation has been resolved as students from both schools met and determined the sign was not meant to be offensive. Moore Public Schools superintendent Robert Romines released the following statement on Facebook Monday: “This morning I had the extreme pleasure of meeting with the leadership classes at both Southmoore and Westmoore High Schools. We discussed the conversations that have been circulating concerning the signs in the Westmoore student section at the SW Showdown football game Friday night. The Southmoore students indicated that they did not feel any malicious intent in relation to the signs held by Westmoore students. The Westmoore students indicated that the signs were not intended to offend anyone; however, they did feel regret that the signs were misinterpreted and have been the subject of controversy. Rivalries are part of athletics! They are what make the games fun and interesting as long as the activities in the stands are tasteful and not hurtful. After speaking with both groups, I truly believe that the students with the different signs were just being “kids” and there was no intent to offend anyone. Dr. Romines Superintendent” A Southmoore official said the school stands behind the statement made by Dr. Romines. The report from KOCO states that Westmoore student Hunter Southerland was holding the sign. Southerland is a standout catcher on the baseball team and is verbally committed to play at the University of Oklahoma. Southerland posted on his Twitter account just moments after the game had ended on Friday night: “I sincerely apologize if Southmoore thought that sign dealt with the tornado. It honestly did not. It was just something random and stupid.” Several students from both schools have indicated on social media that the tornado greatly affected families in both districts. OCS ADJUSTING WELL TO DIFFERENT OPPONENTS Oklahoma Christian School football coach Derek Turner lauded his team’s general IQ before the season started. With the Saints 2-0 and partly through a tough four-game stretch to open the season, he appears to be right on the mark. “The biggest thing is they’ve just worked really hard,” Turner said. “We’ve had two totally different types of teams to play, a power-running team and a team that spreads the ball and moves the ball well. They’ve had to pay close attention to what we’re doing in practice, and they’ve done a good job of that.” Kade VanMeter was a star for the Saints in last week’s 43-32 win over Class 4A’s Metro Christian, returning the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and then grabbing two interceptions. Callen Crockett later had a pick-six. It’s a good sign the secondary made big plays with Lincoln Christian’s Micah Wilson coming to town. He’s the best quarterback the Saints have faced to date, making the Bulldogs’ plethora of formations even more challenging. “I don’t think I’ve seen a team that has as many formations and combinations of stuff they do,” Turner said. “It’s very confusing. What they do, they do really, really well. They really are a tough team to figure out.” JOHN MARSHALL LOOKING FOR 3-0 START The John Marshall Bears continue to provide proof that they’ve made significant strides since last season, and the latest evidence came last Friday. They defeated rival Centennial 45-12 to improve to 2-0 in coach Rashaun Woods’ second season. In last year’s meeting with Centennial — a Week 10 showdown with a playoff berth on the line — the Bears lost 21-2 to finish the year at 4-6. John Marshall travels to Crooked Oak on Friday night looking for its first 3-0 start since 2009, when it was in Class 2A. That was also the last time John Marshall finished with a winning record (9-3) or made the playoffs. “These guys have the talent,” Woods said of his team. “A lot of the teams at the top of 3A have been there awhile. We have so much to learn, and we’re gonna continue to get better. “The players are committed. The coaches are committed. And it won’t be long before we’re gonna be able to play against these teams with great tradition.”
Sep 14, 2014
Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west.
Top 10 games for Week 3 of Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 14, 2014The final week of non-district games for most teams, Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west. Here are the top 10 games of Week 3: No. 1: Norman North (2-0) at Westmoore (2-0) No. 2: Heritage Hall (2-0) at Davis (2-0) No. 3: Pryor (2-0) at McAlester (2-0) No. 4: Cascia Hall (2-0) at Millwood (2-0) No. 5: Broken Arrow (1-1) at Tulsa Union (1-1) No. 6: Jenks (1-1) at Owasso (2-0) No. 7: Wagoner (1-1) at Fort Gibson (2-0) No. 8: Talihina (2-0) at Christian Heritage (2-0) No. 9: Del City (1-1) at Midwest City (1-1) No. 10: Mustang (1-1) at Edmond Memorial (2-0), Thursday
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 9, 2014
The Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, will highlight the Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game on Friday night at Moore Stadium. According to the series’ website, the game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see rivalries for this season. The Great American Rivalry Series was created in 2004, and has spotlighted rivalries in 36...
High school notebook: Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game featured in series
BY TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2014The Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, will highlight the Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game on Friday night at Moore Stadium. According to the series’ website, the game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see rivalries for this season. The Great American Rivalry Series was created in 2004, and has spotlighted rivalries in 36 different states. The winner will receive a trophy, presented by the Marines, and the Most Valuable Player of the game along with the top student-athlete from each school will also be recognized. The series has also teamed up with AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to help educate teens on the dangers of texting and driving. The promotion encourages students from Southmoore and Westmoore to utilize their Twitter to tweet #X and their school’s hashtag along with a unique message encouraging friends and families to not text and drive. A total of 42 high schools nationwide will participate in the promotion on Sept. 12, Sept. 13, and Sept. 19. OSSAA TO HEAR PRESENTATION FROM PUTNAM CITY The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will hear and possibly take action Wednesday on a presentation from Putnam City regarding a potential penalty for not attending a mandatory workshop before the school year. At last month’s board meeting, it was revealed that Putnam City was among schools penalized for not attending the required workshop. The penalty is that the school is not allowed to host any playoff activities for the school year. The presentation will be made by Putnam City Schools athletic director Dr. Dick Balenseifen and A.D. Burtschi, who is Putnam City High School’s site athletic director. Also on the agenda is the McGuinness lawsuit that was filed Monday, but that discussion is expected to take place in executive session. The OSSAA will also discuss and possibly take action on a partnership with Special Olympics Oklahoma, among other things. MOORE NAMED C-USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF WEEK Former Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore was honored by Conference USA on Monday after tying a University of North Texas record and nearly setting an NCAA freshman record. Moore made five field goals, which tied North Texas’ record for field goals in one game and fell one shy of breaking the NCAA record for total field goals by a freshman in one game, in a 43-6 win over SMU. He was named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week. He made field goals from 44, 21, 23, 41 and 47 yards. Moore was The Oklahoman’s All-State kicker last season after making 12 of 15 field goals and 33 extra-point tries. PONCA CITY’S SCHILTZ SIGNED BY CHIEFS Former Ponca City football player Adam Schiltz, who played collegiately at Emporia (Kan.) State, was signed to the practice squad of the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Schiltz spent his first pro season on the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad last year.
Sep 8, 2014
The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a […]
The Oklahoman's Class 6A-I rankings: Edmond Memorial, North move up heading into Week 2 showdown
Scott Wright | Sep 8, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2014/09/Mayerske.jpg]3382733[/img] Edmond Memorial’s Mick Mayerske (15) quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a win over Southmoore that bumped Memorial up to No. 5 in this week’s rankings. The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a spot to No. 5, and Edmond North knocked off Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 to jump into the top 10. Owasso was also a big mover after upsetting Broken Arrow. Here’s The Oklahoman’s top 10 heading into Week 2: Class 6A-I 1. Jenks, 1-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union, 0-1 (2) 3. Norman North, 1-0 (3) 4. Westmoore, 1-0 (4) 5. Edmond Memorial, 1-0 (6) 6. Owasso, 1-0 (10) 7. Mustang, 1-0 (8) 8. Edmond North, 1-0 (NR) 9. Broken Arrow, 0-1 (5) 10. Edmond Santa Fe, 0-1 (7) Dropped out: Southmoore, 0-1 (9)
In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20.
High school football notebook: Moore's Josh Detweiler impressive in first start
BY TRENT SHADID, SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH | Sep 7, 2014First-year Moore coach Paul Hix believes his team has plenty of positives to build on despite a lopsided loss to Westmoore in the season opener on Friday night. The most obvious being the play of sophomore quarterback Josh Detweiler. In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20. Detweiler did not play as a freshman after suffering an elbow injury. His most recent quarterback experience before Friday night came in eighth grade running the run-heavy wishbone offense. “I’m absolutely glowing over him right now,” Hix said. “He came in with no real expectations, so to step into a game like that as a sophomore and play the way he did was something we were very pleased with. He’s so calm, under control, and I thought he threw the ball magnificently. “For him to pick up the complexity of our air-raid offense so quickly has been awesome to watch and I’m excited to see him develop.” Detweiler did throw two interceptions, one coming on a miscommunication with a receiver inside the 10-yard line. His first touchdown pass came on an eight-yard connection with tight end Jordan Jones. Jones, who didn’t play football last season, had a team-high six catches for 56 yards. Hix says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior will continue to be a go-to target for Detweiler. “(Jones) loves football, and he’s still learning how to play,” Hix said. “He came to us as just a basketball player, and I told him he had a chance to be a possible college prospect as a tight end. He certainly showed flashes of that last night.” MCLOUD QB LAMBERT STRONG IN DEBUT McLoud quarterback Jesse Lambert’s first career start couldn’t have gone much better. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior threw three touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores in a 49-0 win over Bethel that was called at halftime because of lightning. McLoud visits Perkins-Tryon for its first road game of the season Friday. OVERSTREET HAS BIG GAME FOR DRUMRIGHT Drumright equaled its win total from last season with a 25-13 win Friday over Wellston behind the play of Tre’von Overstreet. Overstreet, a junior, rushed for 214 yards on 25 carries, scoring four touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 8.6 yards per carry. Drumright went 1-9 last year, beating only Liberty in Week 3.
First-year Moore coach Paul Hix believes his team has plenty of positives to build on despite a lopsided loss to Westmoore in the season opener on Friday night. The most obvious being the play of sophomore quarterback Josh Detweiler. In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15 of 29 passing for 243 yards and […]
High school football: Moore quarterback Josh Detweiler impressive in first start
Trent Shadid | Sep 6, 2014First-year Moore coach Paul Hix believes his team has plenty of positives to build on despite a lopsided loss to Westmoore in the season opener on Friday night. The most obvious being the play of sophomore quarterback Josh Detweiler. In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15 of 29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20. Detweiler did not play as a freshman after suffering an elbow injury. His most recent quarterback experience before Friday night came in eighth grade running the run-heavy wishbone. “I’m absolutely glowing over him right now,” Hix said. “He came in with no real expectations, so to step into a game like that as a sophomore and play the way he did was something we were very pleased with. He’s so calm, under control, and I thought he threw the ball magnificently. “For him to pick up the complexity of our air-raid offense so quickly has been awesome to watch and I’m excited to see him develop.” Detweiler did throw two interceptions, one coming on a miscommunication with a receiver inside the 10-yard line. His first touchdown pass came on an eight-yard connection with tight end Jordan Jones. Jones, who didn’t play football last season, had a team-high six catches for 56 yards. Hix says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior will continue to be a go-to target for Detweiler. “(Jones) loves football, and he’s still learning how to play,” Hix said. “He came to us as just a basketball player, and I told him he had a chance to be a possible college prospect as a tight end. He certainly showed flashes of that last night.”
Sep 4, 2014
By bringing in assistant coaches who have played in Division I and the NFL, Bears’ head coach hopes to strengthen his program.
Former Oklahoma State star Rashaun Woods builds an all-star staff at John Marshall
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2014When Rashaun Woods took over the John Marshall football program last year, he knew he wanted the Bears to be coached the same way he had been coached coming up through Millwood, Oklahoma State and the NFL. After the Bears saw some success in his first season, Woods decided to take another step and bring in a few assistants he knew had been coached the same way — starting with his younger brother, Donovan, and his former OSU teammate Billy Bajema. Derrick Locke, a Hugo native who was a standout running back at Kentucky, was added as well, joining a staff that already included John Marshall grad Tango McCauley, who was an All-Big 12 selection at Texas A&M and played six years of pro ball in the Canadian and Arena leagues. The new coaching staff’s first game together comes Friday night, when John Marshall faces Northwest Classen at 7 p.m. at Douglass High School. In all, the Bears have five coaches on the staff who were stars in the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences, and spent time at the professional level. “I learned so much about football from the guys who coached me as a player, and I took away from that the knowledge to teach kids how to play,” Rashaun Woods said. “I know all the coaches I have on staff were a part of that same type of teaching. “When you look at a guy’s experience, maybe he’s got 10 years of coaching, but when you’re a player, that’s a level of experience that you can’t get in a lot of places, especially for a coach working at the high school level.” The coaches have some pretty impressive playing resumes, starting with Rashaun Woods, who was one of Oklahoma State’s greatest receivers and a first-round draft choice in the NFL. Donovan Woods starred at quarterback, then safety for OSU, and was on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad in 2008 when they won the Super Bowl. Locke was a two-time All-SEC running back before his pro career was cut short by a neck injury. McCauley was an All-Big 12 offensive lineman before his six-year pro career. And Bajema, a former Westmoore quarterback, became a star tight end at OSU, then played nine years in the NFL, winning the Super Bowl title with Baltimore in the 2012 season. Coming back to the high school ranks has been an adjustment for Bajema after nearly a decade in the NFL. “This is the first year for me not getting to strap the pads on and hit somebody,” Bajema said. “It’s just different, and I think it’s something everybody goes through when they finish playing. “It’s been good for me for the first training camp and start of the season where I’m not playing myself. Being around these guys has made the transition a lot easier. When you’ve worked at something like football for so long and have so much of your life invested in it, it’s definitely a change when you’re not out there anymore.” The beefed-up coaching staff looks to be making a promising impact so far. John Marshall reached the finals of the All-City Preview scrimmage tournament last week — something the Bears hadn’t done in the last few years — and is a team on the rise in Class 3A. Helping the cause along, the coaches have an instant level of respect from the players because of their unique experiences at the highest levels of football. “Having these type of coaches out here, it’s pretty much everything I could ask for,” junior Jeremiah Patton said. “They’re helping make me a much more confident player because I know everything I need to be doing to be the player I want to be. “We want to let every team we play know that John Marshall is here to be successful and work to get to the top.” Most of the assistant coaches have other jobs. Bajema is working on a couple of business ventures in the restaurant world. But the opportunity to still be on the football field in some capacity is valuable. And their value in the kids’ lives is even more important. “Those are the kind of guys I look for — guys with a good head on their shoulders, with high character, who can pass on their knowledge to our kids,” Rashaun Woods said. “The coaches I have on staff are exactly the guys I need to be a positive influence on the kids. “When you talk about all the influences in their lives — whether it’s gangs or a bad home life or anything negative — those are powerful negative influences to the point kids can see positives in them. So I have to offset that by bringing coaches to get these kids excited about something positive.”
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 1, 2014
Despite the success last season, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior hasn’t received the recruiting attention of other Class 6A-I quarterbacks such as Oklahoma State commit John Kolar at Norman North and highly touted Edmond Santa Fe junior Keaton Torre.
High school football: Westmoore's Bryson Lee is a hidden gem at quarterback
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Sep 1, 2014MOORE — Bryson Lee surprised many with how well he made the transition from linebacker to quarterback a year ago. After starting on the Westmoore defense for two seasons, Lee became the leader of the offense and passed for 2,019 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes in 2013. He added 378 yards on the ground with eight touchdowns. Despite the success last season, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior hasn’t received the recruiting attention of other Class 6A-I quarterbacks such as Oklahoma State commit John Kolar at Norman North and highly touted Edmond Santa Fe junior Keaton Torre. “I feel like I do get overlooked at times,” said Lee, who has received interest from Missouri, OSU, Air Force, and New Mexico, but has no Division-I scholarship offers. “Still, I think my time will come and I’ll get the attention and offers that I deserve. If we keep winning ballgames people will take notice.” Following a 45-31 win at Norman North in the third game of last season, Lee admitted even he didn’t necessarily expect to play so well so soon. He scored four times against the Timberwolves with 442 all-purpose yards and connected on 23 of his 31 passes. The performance served as a springboard to a strong season as he led the Westmoore to the Class 6A semifinals before falling to eventual champion Jenks. “Maybe he doesn’t get the press he deserves, but you watch him on film and you know how special of a player he is,” said Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor. “Hopefully, he’ll start to get the credit that he deserves, but if not, we know the people who really understand and watch high school football know he’s a great quarterback.” As a senior, Lee expects to have an even better season for the fourth-ranked Jaguars with help from a deep and talented receiving corps. His top two targets, Dahu Green and DeShawn Lookout, are back along with the addition of speedy Moore transfer Stephan Robinson. “I can drop back, look downfield, and I see Dahu or Stephan pulling away from the secondary,” said Lee, whose team opens the season against rival Moore at 7 p.m. on Friday. “That makes it easier for me, and it’s a great thing to have as a team. I also think I’ll be more involved running the ball this season, and just doing whatever it takes to win.” Gaylor, who spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, says Lee would likely be one of the team’s top defensive players if not for his value as the quarterback. “He’s still got that tough, linebacker mentality and would be a leader for us at any position,” said Gaylor, who noted Lee could still see time at linebacker. “He’s one of those guys that’s the first guy in the weight room, works harder than anybody, and he wins every sprint. He’s just a winner, and that’s the kind of kid you like to have leading your offense.”
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Aug 26, 2014
Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up. He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits. Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a...
High school notebook: Clinton's Marquiz Simpkins to attend OU opener
BY ED GODFREY, TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH, AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 26, 2014Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up. He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits. Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a sophomore, he broke out with more than 2,000 yards and 29 TDs while leading Clinton to the Class 4A title. Simpkins currently has scholarship offers from South Dakota and Tulsa. WESTMOORE TO USE RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a multitude of players at the position in 2014. Coach Adam Gaylor expects to have Terrel Skinner and Mike Hotchkins take over most of the carries, and says standout receivers Stephan Robinson and DeShawn Lookout will also appear in the backfield. “We’re going to do it by committee,” Gaylor said. “We’ve got a bunch of good backs. We don’t just have one guy, and I think that’s what works today. I don’t think you can have just one guy anymore.” Quarterback Bryson Lee, who had eight rushing touchdowns last season, says he also expects to take on a more expanded role in the running game. The Jaguars’ running game fell largely on graduated running back Kieron Hardrick last season as he rushed for 1,175 yards and 16 touchdowns. NUMBERS UP AT NORTHEAST New coach Carlos Williams has been working hard to get Northeast's top athletes to come out for football, something that has been a challenge for the last few Vikings coaches. Northeast has 34 kids who have reported for football at the start of the season, almost doubling last year’s total of 18 at the end of the season. It still is to be proven if the increase in numbers will translate to success on the field. The Vikings will be young, with mostly sophomores and juniors on the roster. But one senior, 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman Jervaris Hollingsworth, has really impressed Williams. “He is a stud,” Williams said. “He is a very good football player. I expect him to get some Division I or Division II offers.”
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...
High school football scrimmages: Big plays for Edmond Santa Fe
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 21, 2014A 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 touchdown. “That was a big-time play, and that’s the type of thing we need Ashton to do, being a Division I kid out there,” coach Lance Manning said. “He had a great break on the ball, and after he got it, he was athletic enough to take it for six.” RUNNING BACKS PUT ON A SHOW The state’s junior class is full of talented running backs, and three of the best were on the same field Thursday. In addition to Santa Fe’s Williams, Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins and Norman North’s Quan Hogan also performed well. The more compact Adkins showed his strength by running through tackles, while Hogan’s versatility was on display. Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and had 830 receiving yards last season, and his role looks to be much the same this year. “We want to find ways to get the ball in his hands,” coach Wade Standley said. “He’s an explosive player and obviously made some big plays for us. Hopefully we’ll continue to be able to do that.” Williams said Thursday’s performance was just the start of what he hopes will be a strong season for the Wolves’ rushing attack, providing a good balance with quarterback Keaton Torre’s passing ability. “We’re just trying to get better, but this is just the beginning,” he said. “We’re just getting started. We’ve got to keep pushing forward to be the best.” Of course, a lot of eyes were on the two Division I quarterbacks in action, Torre and Norman North’s John Kolar, who is committed to Oklahoma State. Each player threw an interception, but they made some impressive throws as well. WESTMOORE O-LINE RECOVERS FROM ROUGH START If you only watched the first few plays of Westmoore’s offense in its 27-14 mini-game loss to Union, you probably came away thinking the Jaguars weren’t going to be able to block anyone this year. But after the rough start, Westmoore’s front five settled in and helped the offense score a pair of touchdowns. “They got better as we went on, and that’s what was important,” first-year coach Adam Gaylor said. “Early on, we didn’t have success, missed a couple of assignments. But the guys kept battling up there. They’re a tough bunch, and that’s what we need from them.” John Delmoral, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior, was in action for the first time in camp, and his presence will aid the group. As the scrimmage went on, Jags quarterback Bryson Lee was getting more and more time to throw, and it paid off with a big play, when he hit Stephan Robinson on a slant route. Robinson blazed through the secondary for a 63-yard touchdown.
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: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. 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 beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
Aug 13, 2014
The Cyclones lineman has 24 scholarship offers.
High school notebook: Casady's Wariboko-Alali adds Cal offer
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid | Aug 13, 2014The list keeps growing for Casady’s Josh Wariboko-Alali. He picked up yet another scholarship offer Wednesday, this time from California to bring his offer total to 24. Wariboko-Alali confirmed the offer to The Oklahoman through a text message. He is ranked No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 and was verbally committed to Oklahoma at one point. He de-committed from the Sooners in April, but recently told Rivals.com he remains in contact with the Sooners and indicated he is pleased with the direction they are headed and his relationship with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Wariboko-Alali also said he remains interested in Oklahoma State. WESTMOORE’S ROBINSON TURNING HEADS Football fans already know about Westmoore’s talented receiver duo of Dahu Green and DeShawn Lookout, but the Jaguars have a scary third option in the passing game now, too. Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, was at Westmoore as a sophomore, then moved to Moore and has moved back into the Westmoore district for his senior year. He excelled during the Jaguars’ 7-on-7 summer competition and is looking strong early in camp as well. “Pound for pound, he might be the most athletic guy on our team,” first-year coach Adam Gaylor said. “He’s tremendously fast and just so quick. He can change direction and get to full-speed in one step. “He can play any position on defense, probably, outside of noseguard, and probably anything on offense except the offensive line. He could probably run the chains if you asked him to.” An under-the-radar college prospect, Robinson could emerge as a Division I target with a good senior season because of his athletic ability and versatility. He’s likely to play receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the Jags. BETHANY EYEING RETURN TO ELITE IN 3A Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly at the skill positions, so we’re pretty excited,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “We think we’ve got a chance to a pretty good team in 3A again. With 3A being as tough as it is, I don’t know exactly what that means in terms of wins and losses, but we’ve got a chance to be better than we’ve been the last couple of years for sure.” Senior Kyle Duke returns to start for a third straight year at quarterback. Duke will have one of his top targets back from a season ago in senior receiver Cody Seeds, and 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior Sam Jones will lead the offensive line. Bethany went 7-4 last season, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Tuttle. “We thought we had a pretty good year last year,” Roof said. “We got beat by Seminole, Blanchard, Tuttle, and Beggs. That was some pretty good competition a year ago.” THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 NW 50 Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 11, 2014
With nine years of experience as a tight end in the National Football League, becoming an assistant at an established Class 5A or 6A program was an obvious option for the former Westmoore and Oklahoma State standout. Instead, Bajema chose to join former OSU teammate Rashaun Woods’ rebuilding project at Class 3A John Marshall.
High schools: Former NFL tight end Billy Bajema joins John Marshall staff
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Aug 11, 2014When Billy Bajema decided he would return to the Oklahoma City area this year to coach high school football, he had plenty of options. With nine years of experience as a tight end in the National Football League, becoming an assistant at an established Class 5A or 6A program was an obvious option for the former Westmoore and Oklahoma State standout. Instead, Bajema chose to join former OSU teammate Rashaun Woods’ rebuilding project at Class 3A John Marshall. “I like the idea of coming here with Rashaun because of what he wants to do with the program,” said Bajema, who spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens during his playing career. “He’s about not only coaching football, but trying to make a difference in their lives and that’s something I want to do as well.” Bajema and Woods spent three seasons together in Stillwater, including playing significant roles in Cowboys’ offense during back-to-back bowl appearances in 2002-03. Woods, a first-round pick by the 49ers in 2004 after a record-setting career at OSU as a receiver, inherited a John Marshall team coming off a 0-10 season in 2012. “Back then, nobody came prepared or anything,” said junior offensive and defensive lineman Jeremiah Patton. “There wasn’t really any effort. Everyone was out here playing around. When Coach Woods got here, we started getting everything we need to be prepared. He’s showed us how we need to be to be successful.” In 2013, the Bears improved to 4-6 in Woods’ first season and remained in playoff contention until a loss in their final game. “As coaches, we’re excited about seeing how far these players can go,” Bajema said. “Physically they are capable, but they’ve got to continually learn the technique of football better. It’s a challenge to them and us, but we feel like the sky is the limit.” Bajema will be coaching the offensive and defensive line alongside former Texas A&M and Alabama State offensive lineman Tango McCauley, who is a John Marshall graduate. McCauley spent six years playing in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League from 2003-08. “Having these type of coaches out here, it’s pretty much everything I could ask for,” Patton said. “They’re helping make me a much more confident player because I know everything I need to be doing to be the player I want to be. “We want to let every team we play know that John Marshall is here to be successful and work to get to the top. We want to show people that this isn’t that 0-10 team anymore.”
Aug 10, 2014
For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks.
High schools: Three story lines to watch as football practices get started Monday
By Scott Wright | Aug 10, 2014It’s here. With Monday morning comes the opening of high school football season. For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks. Let’s address some of the most prominent ones: Who will be the best in the west? With every Jenks or Tulsa Union state title, the question adds another layer. There are a few different Class 6A programs that look like they have the makings of the west side’s top contender. But who will it be? Westmoore made quite a run last season, but is going through a coaching change, and needs to develop in the trenches. Norman North might have the most complete offense, but the defense still raises questions. Oddly enough, Midwest City and Lawton would likely be among the teams in this conversation, but with the 6A split, those two teams are now in the discussion of the state’s first 6A-II champions. Coaching transitions at prominent programs Two weeks ago, Phil Koons was preparing to be an assistant coach for the first time in 22 years as the defensive coordinator at Clinton, one of the most notable programs in the state. Now, after legendary coach Mike Lee’s unexpected retirement, Koons steps in as the head man. There are only a few programs that were more successful than Tuttle during Koons’ 21 seasons there, with a pair of state titles and more than 200 wins. But one of them is Clinton. Of course, that’s not the only notable school going through a coaching transition. Lots of eyes will be on Bill Young at Yukon and Brad Ballard at Tuttle. All three Moore schools made coaching changes, and a legend stepped down at Putnam City North, with Bob Wilson handing the reins to Rod Richardson. Bridge Creek’s recovery On a more serious note, Bridge Creek coach Greg Wallis has one white board, one marker and one football that survived the extreme vandalism at the school’s football fieldhouse last week, and now he has to try to begin practice without even enough helmets to put on all of his players. Estimates are still coming in on some of the damages, but the grand total should well exceed $50,000. Monday will be reserved for coaches’ meetings, conditioning tests and other basic start-of-the-season chores. And the clean-up is ongoing as well. So it’ll be a busy time for the Bobcats, and actual football will only be a portion of it. Check NewsOK.com throughout the day Monday, and The Oklahoman on Tuesday for updates on Bridge Creek’s battle to get its season started.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
High school notebook: Carl Albert's Corey Zangari named to Under Armour All-America Baseball Game rosterAug 5, 2014
Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari continued his impressive summer Tuesday when he was selected for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 16.
High school notebook: Carl Albert's Corey Zangari named to Under Armour All-America Baseball Game roster
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 5, 2014Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari continued his impressive summer Tuesday when he was selected for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 16. There’s a slight change in position for Zangari, too. Normally a catcher for the Titans, Zangari is listed as a pitcher for the game. He saw limited action on the mound for Carl Albert the past few seasons, but is regularly clocked on the radar gun in the upper 90s. “With a powerful arm and a sharp breaking ball, Corey is an intimidating presence on the mound,” said Steve Bernhardt, Executive Vice President of Baseball at Baseball Factory and Chairman of the selection committee for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. “A talented all-around prospect who can swing the bat as well, we are excited to see Corey impress the scouts at Wrigley Field this summer in the Under Armour All-America Game.” Zangari, who is 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds, hit .505 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs last season. He is also verbally committed to Oklahoma State. He was selected earlier in the summer for the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Aug. 10 at San Diego’s Petco Park. The Under Armour game will be televised at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 — a day after it is played — on MLB Network (Cox 264). It features 38 players from across the country. FIRST APPEALS PANEL MEETING WEDNESDAY The first meeting for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Intermediate Appeals Panel is at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. The panel has been formed to rule on appeals 12 times per year, including twice in August and September. There will be five members of the panel, which includes Oklahoma City Schools district administrator Charles Carpenter, Alva superintendent Steve Parkhurst, Verdigris athletic director Gary Kennemer, Burns Flat-Dill City superintendent Ron Hughes and Talihina superintendent Jason Lockhart. Six appeals are scheduled for Wednesday. CASADY’S JOHNSON COMMITS TO IOWA STATE Just weeks after de-committing from Tulsa, Casady’s Denver Johnson has decided on another college destination. The wide receiver verbally committed to Iowa State on Monday, announcing his decision via Twitter. “I’ve decided to further my education and football career and verbally commit to Iowa State University,” he tweeted. Johnson, who is No. 23 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, caught 39 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns last season. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful. MCGUINNESS HOPING DEFENSE CARRIES TEAM EARLY With McGuinness replacing so many parts on its offense, including quarterback, Irish coach Justin Jones is looking for his defense to carry the load. “You know as well as I do in this game that if you play good defense and you can hang on offensively,” he said. “That’s the boat we’re in especially in the beginning of the year.” McGuinness returns an experienced secondary, which Jones said is key in Class 5A. That allows him to focus on the defensive line and linebackers. And he’s impressed with a few of the options at linebacker in junior Conor Maguire, sophomore Clay Morris and senior Jennings Jarman. “We’ve got the people there, it’s just finding the right guys and the right mix,” Jones said. MURCER, FIELDS HELP AAU TEAM WIN FRESHMAN TOURNAMENT Jessica Murcer and Lauren Fields recently helped guide the Oklahoma Stars to the PrimeTime Nationals freshman title in Frisco, Texas, and were recognized for their strong performance. Murcer will be a freshman at Westmoore, while Fields attends Deer Creek.
Jul 31, 2014
With OSU football on the verge of losing two hours of practice time a week due to inadequate academic progress, someone in the athletic department discovered a 1990s-era walk-on who unknowingly redeemed the Cowboys by keeping a promise.
Oklahoma State football: The old Cowboy who saved OSU from an NCAA sanction
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Jul 31, 2014MOORE — He couldn’t believe the TV report. So he picked up his remote to rewind and start from the beginning. The former Oklahoma State wide receiver heard the news late Tuesday as he relaxed at home after another day at the office. He and his longtime girlfriend had just finished a grilled chicken dinner and were sitting on a living room loveseat. The NCAA was dropping its penalty against the OSU football team for poor academics over the past four years, the reporter said. The Cowboys no longer faced a two-hour practice cut from their weekly schedule this season. Great news, hopefully I can get tickets for the opener, Larry Mahsetky thought. He loved that live college football atmosphere. It reminded him of the glory days playing for coach Pat Jones. The TV report continued. Academic records from a 1990s-era football player had not been included in OSU’s original report that led to the sanctions. That player had only recently graduated, giving the Cowboys a needed grades boost to meet the NCAA’s minimum academic requirement. No way. Mahsetky looked over to his girlfriend. He said she called it from the start. But really, how many people could have played OSU football in the 1990s, but graduated less than four years ago? Just one. Larry Mahsetky. He’s the man whose academic achievements gave his alma mater two more hours of practice each week this season. The man who will forever be remembered for his contributions to the program — nothing to do with anything he’s ever done on the playing field. By returning to school more than 20 years after he first stepped into a college classroom, the 41-year-old might have changed the course of a college football season. “Getting OSU out of NCAA sanctions,” Mahsetky said, “is just icing on the cake.” The only thing Mahsetky really cared about through the whole process? Keeping a promise to his mother. Tommy Boy route Mahsetky first arrived on campus in Stillwater as a freshman in 1991. At 6-foot-1 and barely 180 pounds, he fit the bill as a walk-on wide receiver for a Cowboy football team that won just four games the year before. Mahsetky was a standout at Westmoore High School, earning all-conference, all-district and Oklahoman All-City honors. He could have played on scholarship at a number of small schools in the state, but he grew up idolizing the heroics of Barry Sanders and Hart Lee Dykes. Mahsetky always dreamt of being a Cowboy. He played for OSU from 1991 to 1995. Coach Pat Jones put Mahsetky on scholarship after he shined in the 1992 spring game. But Mahsetky wanted to be a sports broadcaster someday and even interned at KWTV under the late Bill Teegins for two summers. But everything changed in the spring of 1996. That’s when Mahsetky received a job offer from an information technology company in Austin. It wasn’t in broadcast journalism and he was just a few classes away from graduation. But the move and the pay was too good to pass up. However, not everyone close to Mahsetky agreed. “After five years of being in school and being three classes short of graduation, my mother was not happy at all,” Mahsetky said. “But I gave her my word that I would go back and graduate.” Mahetsky worked in Texas the next 13 years for various technology companies but returned to Oklahoma in 2008 for another business venture. By 2011, he was speaking with OSU counselors about how to finish his degree. By the fall of 2012, he was enrolled in classes at Oklahoma City Community College that would transfer as OSU credit. Native-American Studies, algebra and another history course; with his aspirations as a broadcast journalist long gone, all he needed was passing grades in those three courses to complete a university studies degree. “When I walked into class for the first time,” Mahsetky said. “They thought I was the professor.” As the old-guy persona wore off, Mahsetky got to work. For the first time in more than 20 years, he was calculating algebra equations as homework, reading history textbooks and studying for final exams. By December, he had passed all three courses with ease. Promise fulfilled. “I want this to be motivation for other people out there, young and old,” Mahsetky said. “You can go back out there and finish your degree no matter how late in time that it is ... I took the Tommy Boy route, you could say.” Scavenger hunt The series of events that led to the NCAA relinquishing its penalty against the OSU football program had to be exact, making it all the more unlikely. Had Mahsetky earned his diploma as he returned to Oklahoma in 2008 or if he were still in classes today, the sanctions would likely remain in place. Had Jones not put Mahsetky on scholarship, his academic record wouldn’t impact the athletic department’s current standing. But the good timing doesn’t stop there. The NCAA penalized OSU because its football team failed to meet academic standards, known as Academic Progress Rate (APR), when averaged over a four-year period. The APR is a sport-based metric built on two factors for each scholarship athlete per term: eligibility (1 point) and retention (1 point). Athletes can earn as many four points for their program in any given year, according to the NCAA. The Cowboys needed a 930 score to pass in 2014. They posted a 929.41. So when the punishment dropped in May, the OSU compliance office went on a scavenger hunt of sorts. All they needed was a single point to get those two hours of practice time back. That meant countless hours of studying old football rosters and graduation lists — hoping to catch something they missed in October when OSU’s initial academic reports were sent to the NCAA. And the department had reason to be hopeful. Kevin Fite, senior associate athletic director for compliance, said a “records-keeping issue” prevents former OSU student athletes before 1999 from being flagged in its institutional system. That’s where Mahsetky’s timing comes in. APR guidelines award a single point if a scholarship student athlete leaves his or her institution without graduating and then comes back to earn a diploma later on. The point is applied to the school’s APR score for the term in which that person graduates, not when he or she was last a scholarship athlete, according to NCAA bylaws. So, back to the scavenger hunt. About a month ago, Fite said a senior staffer was pouring over anything that could have been missed because of the gap in the system. And then suddenly — jackpot. “A staff member, who has been here a long time, saw a graduation roll and said, ‘Hey, that guy’s a football player,’” Fite said. “We were able to go to our bursar’s office and determined he was on aid. And we basically catch an extra point.” Fite would not provide the football player’s name, citing federal privacy laws, but did say the player was a fall 2012 graduate. The Oklahoman confirmed the player was Mahsetky by comparing 1990s-era OSU football media guide rosters to an online database of fall 2012 OSU graduates. Roughly 400 names were entered before “Mahsetky” provided a match. A quick internet search found his employer. When contacted and asked if he was the player in question, even Mahsetky didn’t know. He had suspicions it might be him after the news report but had since brushed it off. So Mahsetky called OSU compliance to find out. Sure enough, he was the guy. “It does have some impact on some people and it does feel good,” Mahsetky said. “I never thought I would be in this position.” Gift for mom Mahsetky didn’t walk across the stage for graduation back in December 2012. It just didn’t seem necessary. He told his mother, Susie Carey, he had finished. But that was it. “I thought, that’s great,” Carey said. “But I want to see the diploma.” On a cool July evening this week, mother and son sat together just outside Moore in Carey’s backyard near a newly installed pool to reflect on the moment it all came together. A few months after graduation, the large white envelope came in the mail with a “DO NOT BEND” sticker plastered the front. “I opened it up and sure enough, it was this diploma sitting right here,” Mahsetky said, holding up the now framed document. “And I cried,” Carey added. Mahsetky won’t attempt to embellish his football career. In his words, he “did not contribute much on the field.” What he takes most from his experience as a Cowboy football player are the friendships and the memories — locker room chats with the likes of Daryl “Boogie” Johnson, Jay Grosfield, Ronnie Fisher and Jevon Langford; a 12-0 Bedlam victory in 1995; and the list goes on. Today, Mahsetky is the marketing director for the Whitten Newman Family Foundation, a non-profit based in downtown Oklahoma City. He oversees a number of charitable organizations that help everyone from impoverished children of war in Africa to Native American students in Oklahoma. Mahsetky said he’s looking forward to game days in Stillwater this fall. He understands it’s possible his role in OSU receiving more practice time might make him a sort-of celebrity among fans. So what will happen if he’s offered a free beer as thanks while tailgating? “Not a beer, I don’t drink anymore,” Mahsetky laughed. “But I would definitely take some cheese fries from Eskimo Joe’s.” Carey said she’s obviously proud of her son and echoed his statement that his story should be proof that age shouldn’t dictate educational goals. Now, she has a constant reminder. When Mahsetky received the diploma, he knew exactly where to place it. “I’ve got it nicely framed in my mother’s house, in her office,” Mahsetky said. “I gave it to her.”
Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4:...
The Oklahoman's Super 30: Full list for the Class of 2015
Jul 26, 2014Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4: Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks No. 5: Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore No. 6: John Kolar, QB, Norman North No. 7: Darryel Patterson, DB, Lawton No. 8: Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland No. 9: McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro No. 10: Josh Little, DE, Millwood No. 11: Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial No. 12: Michael Anderson, DE, Owasso No. 13: Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton No. 14: Davion Freeman, WR/DB, Del City No. 15: Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko No. 16: Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling No. 17: Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison No. 18: Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee No. 19: Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher No. 20: Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall No. 21: John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee No. 22: Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial No. 23: Denver Johnson, WR, Casady No. 24: Dameko Doddles, DB, Douglass No. 25: Aaron McKinney, DB/LB, Midwest City No. 26: J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe No. 27: Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North No. 28: Kalin Sadler, WR, Lawton No. 29: Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City No. 30: T.J. Harris, DE, Tulsa Washington
Jul 22, 2014
Green, No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings, hauled in 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unfortunately for defensive backs, his advantages have expanded.
Super 30: Westmoore's Dahu Green is taller, stronger
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Jul 22, 2014Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green used his 6-foot-3 frame and raw talent to burst onto the high school football scene as a junior last season. Green, No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings, hauled in 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unfortunately for defensive backs, his advantages have expanded. Now standing nearly 6-foot-5 with a 34-inch vertical leap and added strength, he’ll enter his senior season as a more polished and athletically gifted talent. “At Tennessee’s camp this summer I got measured at 6-4¾,” Green said. “And that’s flatfoot, so I’m right around 6-5. It’s definitely given me more of an advantage. I’m not going to face any defensive backs that are even 6-4, so now I can catch a ball over some corners without even jumping.” Green, an unknown talent heading into last season, quickly became recognized as one of the top receivers in Class 6A with four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ first three games. The most memorable was a five-yard hitch route he turned into a 90-yard touchdown in a Week 3 win at Norman North. “I’m naturally a confident person, so I knew what I could do coming into last season,” Green said. “But that Norman North game, seeing myself on the news and stuff, I realized other people were seeing how I can play.” New Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor was well aware of Green’s talent before being hired in the spring. Gaylor spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, a district opponent of Westmoore. “We were breaking down film on Westmoore the week we played them, and we saw that play against Norman North and all said, ‘Wow, this guy is really special,’” Gaylor said. “Then they’re playing us and they throw a screen to him, he makes one guy miss and goes 70 or 80 yards. At Broken Arrow we were pretty athletic and could run, and he just ran away from us. To see it live proved how special he is.” Green, who verbally committed to Louisville in June, has scholarship offers from 14 Football Bowl Division programs. “He has the best ball skills of anyone I’ve ever been around,” Gaylor said. “He just goes up and finds a way to get the football. I’ve coached Division II, junior college, high school, and I’ve never coached anyone as good at going up and getting the ball. “He’s still developing, too. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to maxed out. I think his upside is huge.”
TECUMSEH: ASHLEE BIRCHALL Athletics: Two-time state qualifier in tennis. Received team’s Black and Gold Award. Played four years of varsity tennis, three years of varsity volleyball. Named volleyball team’s utility player of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Link Crew for freshman orientation. Family,...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 6
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014TECUMSEH: ASHLEE BIRCHALL Athletics: Two-time state qualifier in tennis. Received team’s Black and Gold Award. Played four years of varsity tennis, three years of varsity volleyball. Named volleyball team’s utility player of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Link Crew for freshman orientation. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Quote: “Ashlee is a fine example to other students and always puts forth her best effort. She is a joy to be around.” — Jennifer McKnight, tennis coach College choice: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None TUTTLE: PEYTON GARRETT Athletics: All-region and coaches’ all-state reserve in softball as a senior. Member of third-place 3,200-meter relay team at state track as a junior. Played four years varsity in softball, basketball and track. Will play softball at Northwestern Oklahoma State Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Ranked at the top of her class. Superintendent’s Honor Roll for four years. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Church youth group. Quote: “Peyton has high expectations, lofty goals and honorable standards by which she lives, works and plays.” — Connie Traxler, conselor College choice: Northwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None U.S. GRANT: TONY LUGO Athletics: Second place at the conference wrestling meet as a senior. Team captain in soccer as a senior. Four-year varsity starter in soccer and cross country, two-year in wrestling. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Activities: Senior class president. Junior class treasurer. Technology Students Association reporter. Junior Rotarian. Youth Council of OKC. U.S. Grant Leadership Class. Quote: “I have always been proud of Tony because he uses his talents and influence to better the community and our school.” — Stephen Cookson, soccer coach College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: None WASHINGTON: JOSH HARDAGE Athletics: Honorable mention Class 3A All-State and honorable mention Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Member of two state tournament teams. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Scored 30 in the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Activities: Senior class vice president. Student council. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Fish Club. Science Club. Quote: “He is a great role model for the younger generation of Washington Warriors. He is the type of young man parents want their children to aspire to be.” — David Crabbe, principal College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None WAYNE: LOUDEN JOHNSON Athletics: Member of a state championship team in football as a sophomore. Two-time honorable mention All-State running back. Second-team Little All-City as a junior, honorable mention as a senior. Will play football at East Central. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society president. Activities: Future Farmers of America. Student council. Yearbook. Masonic Student of Today. Quote: “Louden has always been a young man that has set goals and worked steadfastly to achieve those goals.” — Brandon Sharp, athletic director College choice: East Central Also nominated: None WELLSTON: BRIANNA NEELY Athletics: Four-year varsity starter in slowpitch softball, three-year in softball. Received softball team’s pitcher award as a junior. Received slowpitch team’s outfielder award as a sophomore. Played four years of varsity basketball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Valedictorian. Scored 22 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Activities: Two-year qualifier for National Fine Arts. Quote: “Brianna’s maturity allows her to understand there is a time to work hard and be serious as well as a time to relax and have fun.” — Matt Hall, basketball coach College choice: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: ELIZABETH DiSALVATORE Athletics: Honorable mention All-City cross country as a senior. Three-time state qualifier. Honorable mention All-City soccer as a junior. Will play soccer at Central Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Academic Scholar. Activities: Student council president. Senior council. Fellowship of Christian Athletes facilitator. OKC Youth Leadership. Quote: “She talked other kids into coming out ... and helped to instill the importance of doing the right thing, being dedicated and finishing what you start.” — Laura Clay, cross country coach College choice: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tripp Fuller