Jenks Trojans football
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|2012-08-31||vs||Tulsa Union||L||7 - 14|
|2012-09-08||@||DeSoto, Texas||L||27 - 46|
|2012-09-14||@||Owasso||W||20 - 7|
|2012-09-20||@||Tulsa Edison||W||82 - 7|
|2012-09-28||vs||Sapulpa||W||63 - 14|
|2012-10-05||@||Broken Arrow||W||24 - 7|
|2012-10-12||vs||Westmoore||W||38 - 14|
|2012-10-18||@||Muskogee||W||52 - 3|
|2012-10-26||vs||Bixby||W||41 - 6|
|2012-11-01||@||Putnam City||W||46 - 14|
|2012-11-09||vs||Tulsa Washington||W||59 - 14|
|2012-11-16||vs||Edmond North||W||34 - 12|
|2012-11-23||@||Tulsa Union||W||41 - 10|
|2012-11-30||vs||Norman North||W||55 - 20|
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Oct 20, 2014
The running back collected 288 yards and two touchdowns in just three quarters last week in the Bulldogs’ 35-7 rout of Norman.
High school football: Edmond Memorial's Warren Wand is The Oklahoman's Player of the Week
By Jacob Unruh | Oct 20, 2014EDMOND — There’s a moment from Edmond Memorial’s Week 6 loss to Putnam City that stuck out to Warren Wand. The running back fumbled late in the game, setting the stage for the upset and putting the Bulldogs in a desperate situation to make the Class 6A playoffs. That wasn’t a problem last week in a 35-7 rout of Norman, as Wand rushed for 288 yards and two touchdowns in just three quarters of work to earn The Oklahoman’s staff choice for Player of the Week. “Just fixing my mistakes and making sure it doesn’t happen again,” Wand said. “Just playing my game and running behind the blocks I had. (The offensive line) did a great job last week.” Wand has had many impressive performances since he burst onto the scene his sophomore season, but none more crucial to Edmond Memorial. The Bulldogs had lost two straight games they were heavily favored to win before last week. Now, Friday’s matchup with Westmoore at Wantland Stadium has the possibility of being an elimination game for the Bulldogs with Jenks and Broken Arrow looming the final two weeks. “I think we’re going to need a night like that for the rest of the year, at least being effective,” Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “Does it have to be 280 yards; does it have to be 300 yards? Not necessarily, but we have to be effective in the run game. “We need him to be effective; we need him to be able to make to plays in the run game.” Wand has improved each week this season and has 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s also catching the ball more, grabbing a career-high 23 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns. There’s also a new wrinkle with Wand spending some time at safety, a position he will be spotted at Friday sparingly against Westmoore’s talented receivers. As well as Wand is playing, the key for the Bulldogs will be their health. The defense has been banged up and last week was the first time since Week 1 the offensive line was nearly intact. Four of the five starters were healthy, but it’s already likely down one more person with Hayden Kaaiohelo suffering a high ankle sprain. But the group played physically against Norman, a positive sign alongside Wand. “With all of the injuries we’ve had this year, that’s where we’re at,” Merideth said. “We’ve got to play physical, we’ve got to control the ball, we’ve got to be downhill in our run game and Warren’s going to have to make plays for us. That’s just how it is.”
Oct 19, 2014
District title races are heating up, and playoff spots are on the line as Week 8 of the high school football season arrives.
Week 8's Top 10 Oklahoma high school football games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 19, 2014District title races are heating up, and playoff spots are on the line as Week 8 of the high school football season arrives. Midwest City visits Choctaw in a top-five matchup in Class 6A-II, and the winner will still be alive for the district crown. Here are The Oklahoman’s top 10 games of Week 8: No. 1: Midwest City (6-1, 4-0) at Choctaw (6-1, 4-0) No. 2: Jenks (5-2, 4-0) at Broken Arrow (5-2, 4-0) No. 3: Newcastle (7-0, 4-0) at Weatherford (6-1, 4-0) No. 4: Bixby (6-1, 4-0) at Tulsa Washington (7-0, 4-0) No. 5: Apache (6-0, 3-0) at Hollis (7-0, 3-0) No. 6: Millwood (5-2, 3-1) at Christian Heritage (6-1, 3-0) No. 7: Washington (6-1, 4-0) at Lindsay (7-0, 4-0) No. 8: Mustang (6-1, 4-0) at Owasso (6-1, 3-1) No. 9: Stroud (6-0, 3-0) at Chandler (5-2, 3-1) No. 10: Deer Creek (4-3, 4-0) at Carl Albert (6-1, 4-0)
Broken Arrow’s running back tandem of Jamall Shaw and Warren Leak worked together to form an unstoppable rushing attack on Thursday night. The pair combined to rush for 248 yards, as No. 5-ranked Broken Arrow routed No. 4-ranked Westmoore 42-10 at Moore Stadium.
Broken Arrow football: Broken Arrow routs Westmoore in battle of ranked teams
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Oct 16, 2014MOORE — Broken Arrow’s running back tandem of Jamall Shaw and Warren Leak worked together to form an unstoppable rushing attack on Thursday night. The pair combined to rush for 248 yards, as No. 5-ranked Broken Arrow routed No. 4-ranked Westmoore 42-10 at Moore Stadium. “Warren Leak and Jamall Shaw are two great kids with a lot of talent,” said Broken Arrow coach David Alexander. “They complement each other’s styles very well. The best thing is how much we trust them. We allow them to substitute themselves in and out. We’ve said all year we’re going to have to run the football as the identity of our football team, and they’ve done a great job of that for us.” Shaw had 158 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns, and one receiving score. Leak added 90 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown. “My lineman, my wide receivers were all blocking out there and I’m just glad to run behind them,” Shaw said. “(With Leak) we can switch on and off, and we don’t miss a step. It’s perfect.” Westmoore (5-2, 2-2 in District 6A-I-1) had five drives inside the Broken Arrow 20-yard line, but came away with just 10 points. The Tigers’ defense also forced two interceptions, and held the Jaguars to just 3.8 yards per play. “The guys in our secondary are our only guys on defense with experience,” Alexander said. “They have great ball skills and did a great job tonight. With our defensive front and linebackers, we have a bunch of young kids, but they are playing incredibly hard. We we’re able to get pressure with those guys, which allowed our experience in the secondary to break on some balls and make plays.” Westmoore quarterback Bryson Lee struggled to get the offense going while under constant pressure. Lee was just 9 of 25 passing for 86 yards, and had 21 carries for 60 yards. Despite the tough night, Lee received high praise from Alexander. “(Bryson Lee) is a warrior,” Alexander said. “He took lots of hits, lots of sacks, lots of quarterback run play calls and he kept playing. You can tell that kid is a winner.” The Jaguars are still in good position to make the playoffs as they travel to Edmond Memorial next Friday. Broken Arrow (5-2, 4-0 in District 6A-I-1) will face Jenks next week in a game that will likely decide the district title. “I love our team’s chances against anyone,” Alexander said. “Next week we’re going up against the Taj Mahal of high school football. All winning next week does is give you a chance to win the district, but it doesn’t give you the state championship. It puts you in better position, but our ultimate goal is the state title, so win or lose we’ll remain focused on that.”
College football: Meet John Teeters, the Oklahoma State sprinter who has raced both Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill
Long before Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill cemented themselves as two of the top kick return men in the country this football season, the Sooner and Cowboy were known for their speed elsewhere. On the track. Just ask Oklahoma State sprinter John Teeters. He’s raced both.
College football: Meet John Teeters, the Oklahoma State sprinter who has raced both Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill
By Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 16, 2014Long before Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill cemented themselves as two of the top kick return men in the country this football season, the Sooner and Cowboy were known for their speed elsewhere. On the track. Just ask Oklahoma State sprinter John Teeters. He’s raced both. “Alex brings a lot to the table,” Teeters said. “Tyreek is just kind of a freak of nature.” Teeters, a junior who specializes in the 100- and 200-meter dash, was a former football player himself at Edmond Memorial, but his true talent was on the oval surrounding the field. He was a state champion in the 4x100-meter relay and a two-time state runner-up in the 100-meter dash. On two occasions at state meets, he lined up alongside Ross — matchups Teeters won’t soon forget. Ross, a standout at Jenks who won a state title in the 200-meter dash, was without question the largest competitor in those races. “I remember racing him senior year of high school and he was like 6-1 and 215 pounds,” Teeters said. “Racing against something that big, that fast, is just scary in itself. You don’t see that many big guys run under 11 seconds.” Even then, Teeters was able to beat Ross in one of those races. “I guess it’s kind of cool to see him go run kick returns for touchdowns,” Teeters said. “And then be like, ‘Yeah, I raced that guy and I beat him.’” After graduation, Teeters spent one season with the University of Tulsa’s track team before transferring to OSU. And last indoor season, he was introduced to the blinding speed of Hill. Teeters and Hill raced three different times, including the Big 12 championship heat in the 60-meter dash. And all three times, Hill won. “Tyreek the freak, that’s his name,” Teeters said. “Genetically, I think Tyreek is the most gifted I’ve ever seen.” Both Hill and Ross have shown that track-style speed on their combined four kick return touchdowns this season, and there’s little doubt their background as sprinters aids in their success. As Teeters explains, sprinters are very technical in their training in timing steps, making sure each is powerful and in a straight line. “It takes work,” Teeters said. But not all sprinters or kick returners have the same style of speed, and much of that difference relates to body type. Hill is listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds. Ross is listed at 6-foot-1 and 221 pounds. “Usually, shorter and more stout guys like Tyreek , you’re going to get out really fast,” Teeters said. “But longer guys sometimes take maybe 20 meters to get going.” Either way, both approaches get the job done if the talent is there. And that skill set is a big reason why Hill and Ross were both recruited with the plan to utilize their skills in the return game. “(Hill) did it in junior college and he possesses that world-class speed,” said OSU receivers coach Jason Ray, Hill’s primary recruiter. “Anytime you have a kid that can run that fast, I think that you want him back there and to give him as many opportunities as possible to have the ball in his hands.” Same goes for Ross. “If anybody watched what he did in high school and how fast he was, what he’s done for two years with us … I’ve never seen him get caught one time since he’s been here,” said OU running backs coach Cale Gundy. Teeters is currently in the grind of offseason training as the upcoming indoor slate won’t begin for another few months. Until then, he can enjoy watching his teammate light up the football field until he’s able to return back to the track. But here’s the real question. Between Hill and Ross, who would win in a race? “Tyreek would smoke him,” Teeters said. “The difference is, Alex Ross is a speedster, but Tyreek runs an Olympic 200 time. That’s what makes him so special. People don’t understand how fast that guy is moving.” Teeters made sure to follow that statement with some clarification. That’s no disrespect to Ross. “Alex brings a lot to the table because he’s big and fast,” Teeters said. “That combination is rare … I wouldn’t want to line up against him in football pads.” But even Ross’ position coach agrees. Hill is in a class of his own. “If he gets a seam – there’s a guy up north at Oklahoma State that’s probably faster, but besides that, I’d want (Ross) on my team,” Cale Gundy said.
Oct 16, 2014
Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns.
College football: Special teams touchdowns energize teams, fans
By Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 16, 2014A few seconds after Oklahoma’s Alex Ross crossed the goal line last weekend in the Cotton Bowl, several teammates knocked him to the ground and dog-piled him in the end zone. Sooners special teams coordinator Jay Boulware ran around the sideline, pumping his fist and celebrating with players. Only seven games minutes had passed. Oklahoma only led Texas 7-3. But from the team’s wild celebration, you would’ve thought the game was clinched. A few hours later in Lawrence, Kan., Oklahoma State speedster Tyreek Hill broke free for a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown that destroyed a Kansas upset bid and allowed OSU to escape with a 27-20 victory. Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns. In 21 games nationally this season including such a play, the team that scored on a kickoff return has won 16 times. The Sooners are 15-2 all-time, and the Cowboys are 17-8, when they return a kickoff for a touchdown. “It’s a big momentum changer,” Ross said. “It just helps the team big time because one play turns the tide.” Ross himself proved that on Sept. 20 in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia led the Sooners 24-17 with 1:20 left in the first half when Ross went 100 yards for a kickoff return touchdown, creating a tie game — and killing every bit of momentum the upset-minded Mountaineers hoped to carry into the break. It would be easy to credit Ross and Hill’s track speed for their success in the kick return game, and that certainly is a major part of it. Ross was an Oklahoma state champion sprinter at Jenks High School. Hill was an indoor track All-American last spring for the Cowboys after transferring from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. But speed alone can’t create kickoff return touchdowns. Both players are patient and intelligent when looking for holes and aggressive in hitting them. “He hits the hole super fast, and that actually makes our job a lot easier,” said OU’s Aaron Franklin, a reserve linebacker and kick-return blocker. “We don’t have to stay on our blocks as long because he’s already by the kickoff team.” In addition to those personal attributes, any successful kickoff returner has 10 teammates in front of him that must be tough, competitive and prideful while doing work that is largely thankless. “The timing of those blocks is essential to the return, the location on the field that those blocks take place,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “Sometimes it has to take place on the 40, sometimes on the 32. And then there’s a set of blocks that can take place on the 15 or 20. It’s just based on whoever we’re playing that week and how they’re defending our kickoff return.” As both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State prepare for top-15 opponents this weekend, special teams could very well prove to be the difference. The Cowboys travel to TCU, which upset the Sooners only two weeks ago and has returned one kickoff for a touchdown this season. Oklahoma hosts Kansas State, a team that has become known for its special teams acumen throughout the Bill Snyder era. “We put a lot of emphasis on special teams,” said OU safety Ahmad Thomas. “Every unit has to be great to be a great team.”
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
High school football: Putnam City quarterback Braden Hudson is The Oklahoman's City-Area Player of the WeekOct 13, 2014
Hudson threw three touchdown passes before halftime to give the Pirates a 21-13 lead, then he tossed two more TDs in the fourth quarter to seal the Pirates’ 36-33 upset victory over the Edmond Bulldogs.
High school football: Putnam City quarterback Braden Hudson is The Oklahoman's City-Area Player of the Week
By Scott Wright | Oct 13, 2014WARR ACRES — As they went through the toughest two weeks on their schedule, Putnam City’s Braden Hudson and his teammates kept reminding themselves that those two weeks weren’t going to define their football season. Putnam City, the smallest school in Class 6A Division I, opened district play against two of the three largest schools in the state, Jenks and Broken Arrow. While the Pirates played hard — they were leading Jenks in the third quarter — the bigger schools had too much power, and put the Pirates away by multiple touchdowns. “We knew if we could survive that part of our schedule that we had a chance to do something good in the rest of our games,” said Hudson, PC’s junior quarterback. Yet the Pirates still found themselves trailing Edmond Memorial 13-0 in the second quarter last Friday night. Then it clicked. “We just followed along with the plan and really got something going,” Hudson said. “Once somebody did something right, everybody else started doing things right and the chemistry started flowing.” Hudson threw three touchdown passes before halftime to give the Pirates a 21-13 lead, then he tossed two more TDs in the fourth quarter to seal the Pirates’ 36-33 upset victory over the Bulldogs. He finished 18-of-29 for 196 yards and earned The Oklahoman’s staff selection as City-Area Player of the Week. Hudson spread the ball around, hitting Dreyvon Christon for three TDs and Bolu Onifade for one, while using his running backs in the passing game as well. “Braden’s maturing more and more,” said senior running back/receiver Chris Pogi, who was on the receiving end of one of Hudson’s five TDs. “He’s trusting his receivers. It feels like there’s no stopping him now.” Putnam City hosts Yukon on Thursday night in another game with huge playoff implications in District 6A-I-1. And now that they’ve got a win under their belt, the Pirates feel more confident that a playoff berth is attainable. “It feels good, because we know we have a chance,” Hudson said. “Our back isn’t against the wall. We have a chance, if we can just come out and play well.”
Oct 11, 2014
Junior quarterback Braden Hudson threw five touchdown passes to help the Pirates pull off the upset and improve to 2-4 on the season.
High school notebook: Braden Hudson's 5 TD passes lead Putnam City to upset of Edmond Memorial
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Oct 11, 2014After the toughest possible start to district play, Putnam City came to life with an impressive 36-33 win at No. 9 Edmond Memorial on Friday night. Junior quarterback Braden Hudson threw five touchdown passes to help the Pirates pull off the upset and improve to 2-4 on the season. “Braden has been playing really well lately,” Putnam City coach John Wofford said. “He’s staying in the pocket and throwing the ball well. And he’s running when we need him to.” The Pirates’ committee of running backs — Denzel Dean, Ryan Brown and fullback Austin Williams — helped the cause with a solid rushing attack against Edmond Memorial as well. “They ran hard and were able to open some things up for Braden,” Wofford said. Putnam City had lost 49-28 at Jenks to open district play two weeks ago, in a game the Pirates led in the third quarter. And last week, PC was on the wrong end of a 44-0 loss to Broken Arrow. But the win over Memorial keeps postseason possibilities alive for the Pirates, who host Yukon in a game that will be crucial to both teams’ playoff hopes on Thursday night. JOHN MARSHALL RUNS AWAY FROM BRIDGE CREEK Saturday afternoon was much friendlier to John Marshall than Friday night had been. The Bears, ranked eighth in Class 3A, couldn’t get their offense going before thunderstorms led to the postponement of Friday night’s game at Bridge Creek. But John Marshall broke away from a 12-12 halftime deadlock to win 50-12 in the continuation of the game Saturday afternoon. At 6-0 on the season, the Bears have scored at least 35 points in five games, while the defense has yet to allow more than 21. LITTLE AXE GETS BIG WIN OVER JONES Little Axe coach Ted Dorrell spent nearly his entire life in Jones. He graduated from there and even served as offensive coordinator for three years. That made Thursday’s 19-18 win over the Longhorns even sweeter. “It was real neat for our kids to go out and get this win,” the fourth-year coach said. “We did just enough to win it.” Running back Jacob Sheppard scored the winning touchdown on an 80-yard run in the fourth quarter to complete another strong performance for the junior. He finished with 211 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. “Pretty much every time he touches the ball, something special happens,” Dorrell said. The win improves Little Axe to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in District 3A-3 play, leaving open the possibility of still earning a home playoff game. The Indians travel to Star Spencer on Friday. “We can still win the district theoretically,” Dorrell said. “We’ve got to stay positive and keep going out and trying to take care of business on our end.” WEATHERFORD REGAINS FOCUS AGAINST WOODWARD Weatherford coach Dan Kurtenbach said his team’s mental focus throughout this season is a big reason the Eagles are 5-1 following a 21-0 shutout of No. 7 Woodward, even if they struggled against Cache the week before. “We’ve done a really good job of staying composed and staying mentally focused,” he said. “We didn’t execute at times last week against Cache. Cache is a really good football team. They’ve made vast improvements and we didn’t execute very well. “Our mental focus has been really good throughout the season. Then it just comes down to how well we execute on drives.” The Eagles executed a long drive perfectly against Woodward in the third quarter, chewing up 10 minutes and going 83 yards for a 1-yard touchdown run by Jacob Hoffman for a 14-0 lead. Hoffman finished with two touchdowns. “Our offensive line played really well.” Kurtenbach said. “We sprinkled in some pass plays that were executed really well. When you’ve got a guy like Jacob Hoffman at running back, it makes it easy to call plays.” CAVE SPRINGS REMAINS PERFECT BEHIND COINER, BISHOP Class C No. 8 Cave Springs continues to shine this season, routing Webbers Falls 44-0 to remain a perfect 6-0 this season after going just 3-7 last season. And it’s the duo of quarterback Wyatt Coiner and receiver Jake Bishop that made the difference Friday. Coiner threw three touchdown passes — two to Bishop — and finished with 201 yards passing. He also ran a successful two-point conversion. Bishop finished with six receptions for 121 yards. Cave Springs travels to No. 4 Fox this week in a matchup that could possibly decide the district championship. CORN BIBLE’S PENNER RETURNS THREE PUNTS FOR TDS Corn Bible Academy senior fullback Jordan Penner already returned a kick for a touchdown earlier this season. On Friday, he topped that by returning three punts for touchdowns in a 64-14 win over Temple. Penner finished with four total touchdowns after rushing for one, equaling the total of scores by freshman running back Andre Miller. Miller finished with 197 yards on 22 carries. His longest score came on an 80-yard run. Corn Bible (2-4) is off this week before hosting No. 7 Grandfield. HARMON HAS BIG NIGHT FOR GARBER Senior Trenton Harmon did a little bit of everything during Garber’s 68-12 win over Wesleyan Christian. At quarterback, he accounted for six touchdowns and 200 total yards. He threw three touchdowns and rushed for three, and also ran two two-point conversions. On defense, he was equally impressive with 10 tackles and a sack at linebacker. He also blocked a kick. Garber (4-2) travels to Watts this week.
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 6: Scott Wright Jenks 34, Westmoore 31 Kingfisher 31, Seminole 28 Lawton 28, Stillwater 24 Mustang 52, Norman North 48 McAlester 34, Skiatook 24 Woodward 28, Weatherford 21 Cascia Hall 28, Oologah 22 Adair 38, Colcord 28 Pond Creek-Hunter […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 6
Trent Shadid | Oct 9, 2014Here's how The Oklahoman's high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 6: Scott Wright Jenks 34, Westmoore 31 Kingfisher 31, Seminole 28 Lawton 28, Stillwater 24 Mustang 52, Norman North 48 McAlester 34, Skiatook 24 Woodward 28, Weatherford 21 Cascia Hall 28, Oologah 22 Adair 38, Colcord 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, Seiling 50 Vian 38, Hartshorne 28 Lock of the week: Pond Creek-Hunter over Seiling. Bruce Hendrickson has No. 6 Seiling heading in the right direction, but teams have been able to put up points on them. Pond Creek’s defense has been a little softer than the past couple years, too, so expect a lot of points in this one. But second-ranked PC-H should pull it out. Jacob Unruh Westmoore 28, Jenks 27 Kingfisher 35, Seminole 28 Lawton 31, Stillwater 27 Mustang 49, Norman North 45 McAlester 24, Skiatook 20 Woodward 21, Weatherford 14 Cascia Hall 20, Oologah 17 Adair 35, Colcord 27 Pond Creek-Hunter 48, Seiling 42 Vian 38, Hartshorne 30 Lock of the week: Kingfisher over Seminole. Kingfisher makes a statement to be labeled the best team in Class 3A behind a stout defensive front with Kaden Jackson and Jace Sternberger that proves too much for Seminole. Trent Shadid Jenks 28, Westmoore 21 Kingfisher 20, Seminole 14 Lawton 34, Stillwater 31 Norman North 38, Mustang 35 McAlester 42, Skiatook 35 Weatherford 14, Woodward 13 Cascia Hall 17, Oologah 14 Adair 30, Colcord 27 Pond Creek-Hunter 40, Seiling 30 Vian 37, Hartshorne 30 Lock of the week: Vian over Hartshorne. Vian has rebounded with four consecutive big wins since a Week 1 loss to No. 1-ranked Davis. While Hartshorne will be the Wolverines' toughest test since, expect the winning streak to continue. Here are the standings after Week 5: Jacob (30-20, 4-1) Scott (29-21, 3-2) Trent (29-21, 3-2)
Oct 9, 2014
Growing up with seven older sisters and a single mother, Louisville commit Dahu Green of Westmoore learned to work hard and remain humble
Friday Night Lights: Westmoore's Dahu Green has strong family foundation
By Scott Wright | Oct 9, 2014One day last spring, following a football practice at Westmoore High School, Evelyn Gordon approached coach Adam Gaylor to ask why her son, Dahu Green, was getting all these recruiting phone calls and letters from colleges across the country. “She asked me, ‘Coach, what’s all the fuss about Dahu?’” Gaylor recalls with a laugh. “I told her, well, he’s a pretty special player. I’ve never been around one like him.” “Well, I just don’t see it,” Gordon responded. Plenty of colleges see something special in the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Green, who will lead the third-ranked Jaguars into one of the biggest games of the year at Class 6A defending champion Jenks at 7:30 Friday night. Louisville fell in love with Green, and he with them, which is why he is verbally committed to the Cardinals now. For every touchdown Green scores, or every highlight-reel catch he makes — like the one-handed grab in double-coverage falling out of the back of the end zone that landed him on ESPN a couple weeks ago — Gordon deserves a little salute. She has been a single mother to the 17-year-old Green essentially his entire life. And even if she didn’t always see the talent her son possesses, she certainly helped foster some of it — while also raising Green’s seven older sisters. “I know it’s hard for her just raising me right now,” said Green, the only child still living at home. “And she had eight of us.” Until two years ago, Gordon had raised her family in Southern California, particularly Riverside and a couple other cities in the area. But she got tired of California. One of her daughters was living in Oklahoma City and convinced her mother to move. “I was done out there,” Gordon said. “We left most of our stuff behind. Dahu had two bags and I had three. We got on a Greyhound bus on Friday, got to Oklahoma City on Sunday, and Dahu was enrolled at Westmoore on Monday.” His sisters call Green the glue that holds the family together, proven in the fact that over the last two years, five of them have moved to Oklahoma City. “Dahu was everybody’s baby,” Gordon said. “All seven girls had their own ways of taking care of him.” Of course, growing up as the only boy in a house with seven sisters and his mother wasn’t always easy. “It was crazy,” Green said. “A lot of girls, so a lot of different personalities and attitudes and stuff like that. But we all got along.” One of Gordon’s primary objectives in raising her only son in a house full of girls was to give him opportunities to do boy things. “I had seven girls. I didn’t want eight,” she said. “I would take Dahu to the river. We would go fishing or he would go out in a canoe. He had some uncles who were just great with him. One of them would come rescue him from that house full of girls just about every weekend and go do fun things with him.” Green spent a lot of time outside as a young boy in California. In fact, he traces some of his natural abilities on the football field back to those days. “We were always outside. We didn’t play video games,” he said. “Me and my friends would go climb trees and jump out. Somebody would throw something at you while you were jumping out, and you’d have to catch it. Or we’d jump off the top of the slide at the park and try to tag somebody while they’re running away.” When recruiters started looking at Green last year, they were drawn to his big body and big hands, but the quality that truly sets him apart is his ability to catch the ball in any situation. The football term for it is “ball skills.” Green has the ability to adjust to the location of the ball while it’s in the air, or to jump over a defender — or two — and maintain concentration to make the catch. “It all just comes natural now,” he said. “It’s just like that stuff we used to do, but it’s a football I’m catching now.” Louisville isn’t only getting a talented receiver, but a student and person who knows he has to be his best — because his mother won’t allow anything less. “She runs the show,” Gaylor said. “And she has done a great job. She is a disciplinarian, and she expects Dahu to do right on the football field and off it. Academically, she makes sure that he stays on top of things. If he doesn’t toe the line, she gets right down the middle of him.” Gordon also keeps her son humble, amid all the recruiting and media attention he has drawn over the last two seasons. “I gotta give mom her props,” Green said. “She’s been working her whole life, gets up at 4 in the morning and goes to work. Coming home and raising eight kids. She’s just naturally a hard worker. She hustles. We all learned a lot from watching her. That’s just how she is. That’s my mom.”
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 5, 2014
It’s an interesting week with a couple of East vs. West showdowns of top-five teams, and a nondistrict meeting between two Class 3A heavyweights. Here are The Oklahoman’s top 10 games of Week 6:
Top 10 Oklahoma high school football games of Week 6
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 5, 2014It’s an interesting week with a couple of East vs. West showdowns of top-five teams, and a nondistrict meeting between two Class 3A heavyweights. Here are The Oklahoman’s top 10 games of Week 6: No. 1: Westmoore (5-0) at Jenks (3-2) No. 2: Kingfisher (4-1) at Seminole (5-0) No. 3: Stillwater (4-1) at Lawton (4-1) No. 4: Mustang (4-1) at Norman North (2-3), Thursday No. 5: Skiatook (4-1) at McAlester (5-0) No. 6: Weatherford (4-1) at Woodward (3-2) No. 7: Cascia Hall (5-0) at Oologah (3-2) No. 8: Colcord (5-0) at Adair (5-0) No. 9: Pond Creek-Hunter (4-1) at Seiling (5-0) No. 10: Vian (4-1) at Hartshorne (4-1) *-All games Friday unless noted.
Oct 5, 2014
The quality of football games on the field every Friday night has been far more entertaining than anyone could have projected.
High schools: Class 6A split has meant more exciting games to watch
By Scott Wright | Oct 5, 2014Welcome to the new world of Class 6A football. Halfway into the first season of the 6A split, the new class has produced almost exactly what we all expected. Almost. It did nothing to threaten the Jenks-Tulsa Union stronghold — at least so far. It added travel and will limit playoff chances for good teams. But the quality of football games on the field every Friday night has been far more entertaining than anyone could have projected. Last week was probably the least exciting week of the season in 6A-I, yet we were still treated to games like Westmoore’s thrilling come-from-behind win at Edmond Santa Fe, Yukon’s upset of Edmond Memorial and Southmoore pushing No. 2 Owasso to the brink in a game the Rams won 13-9. But looking ahead to this week, the 6A-I playoff races have already begun, and we’ve only played two district games. Norman North, which is 0-2 in district play and has lost three straight, hosts Mustang on Thursday night. The winner will be in the mix for a home playoff game, while the loser will be one misstep away from elimination. Yukon had looked like a team struggling to find its footing under first-year coach Bill Young. But the upset of Memorial has the Millers right in the thick of the playoff hunt, with an even more critical game against visiting Edmond Santa Fe on Friday. And we still haven’t even discussed the biggest game of the week, Westmoore at Jenks. A rematch of the semifinals from a year ago, but with a less dominant Jenks team against an undefeated Westmoore team that just finds ways to win. Class 6A-II offers some added drama in matchups like last week’s game between Midwest City and Stillwater, or this week’s Stillwater-Lawton showdown. But the depth isn’t quite the same. After four weeks, only eight of the 15 teams in 6A-II had a record better than 1-3. Obviously, the split hasn’t been all great. Travel has increased for teams and fans, especially in the Tulsa area, where 6A-I schools now find themselves coming to OKC three or four times a season. Good 6A-I teams will be staying home for the postseason, simply because the level of competition has increased so much, and the number of playoff spots decreased. Teams that were previously playing for one of 16 playoff spots are now playing for one of eight. And teams that are trying to rebuild have an even higher wall to climb to get back into contention. For instance, Moore appears to have made notable improvement this season, yet might not win a game. A dead week in the playoffs — over Thanksgiving weekend before the championship games — will be a little odd. In general, fans seem to be mostly torn on the 6A split. It’s not perfect, but it’s not all bad, either. Whichever side you fall on, try to forget the politics on Friday night, and enjoy the show.
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Collected Wisdom: Joey Witcher, Bristow High School athletic director, former OSU and Midwest City football playerSep 27, 2014
Joey Witcher played alongside Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy at Midwest City, and the two were roommates and teammates at OSU.
Collected Wisdom: Joey Witcher, Bristow High School athletic director, former OSU and Midwest City football player
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Sep 27, 2014Joey Witcher played alongside Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy at Midwest City, and the two were roommates and teammates at OSU. As a Cowboy, Witcher played on special teams and in a reserve role at wide receiver. Upon graduation, Gundy went on to pursue a college football coaching career and Witcher did the same at the high school level. Over the course of about 20 years, Witcher made coaching stops at Holdenville, Midwest City, Sallisaw, Cushing, Union and Broken Arrow. Last month, the Witcher family was devastated when Joey’s daughter — Taylor Witcher, 20, an OU student — died in a car accident. Gundy missed one of the Cowboys’ first fall camp practices to attend her funral. Witcher, 46, is now the athletic director at Bristow High School. I started playing sports as a 5-year-old with my two older brothers. Just playing in the backyard or in the neighborhood. We lived in a cul-de-sac and you played with all the neighborhood kids … We’re too old (to play now). Our eligibility has been up for a long time. Midwest City was like Jenks back then, as far as athletics. Back then, ninth graders were at the junior high, we weren’t even part of the high school … My sophomore year, the very first game of the year, I got to suit up, and that was huge, that was a big deal. Then toward the end of my sophomore year, I got to play, I got put on special teams and got to play some receiver. The state championship in ’85 — Midwest City hadn’t won a state championship since 1960, so that was huge. Because we broke the 25-year curse and all that. It was a big deal … Right at the end, Mike (Gundy) throws an interception and they run it for a touchdown. And all of a sudden, we’re down with two minutes left. Midwest City had been notoriously famous for choking in the state finals, I guess for a lack of a better word, and I’m sure the thought in the stands was, ‘Oh boy, here we go again.’ But the thing about it, we never thought that way. Mike got in the huddle and said, ‘OK, let’s go win this thing.’ And we did. Basically, I was either going to go to OSU or OU, depending on where Mike went because we were going to room together. Because I didn’t have a scholarship, I had to walk on. He chose OSU, that’s where I decided to go … Financially, I had enough money to go there basically a year. I was already looking at the possibility of transferring to UCO, because it was closer to home. Then Coach (Pat) Jones called me in the summer and said, ‘We’re going to put you on scholarship.’ It was huge for me and my mom. Probably the best thing I can say about Pat Jones is that he was straight up with you. I appreciated that. He was honest. I was never going to be a great college player. I knew that going into it. The fact that he put me on scholarship my last two years and gave me the opportunity to play special teams and letter was huge for me … The year (Barry) Sanders won the Heisman, I got to play a ton, because the second and third team came in to play a lot. The thing about Barry, he was so genuine. What you see is what he really is. He hated the limelight. He was a team player. He wasn’t about records or about himself. He was one of those humble hall-of-famers … That’s a neat experience I get to tell my kids, that I got to play with Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas. I knew when I was a junior in high school, that (coaching) is what I wanted to do. (Coaches) were such an influence on my life. I thought it would be fun. I wanted to do what they did … I coached for 20 years and I enjoyed all of them. I really enjoy what I’m doing now. My focus now is more coaching coaches … more so than kids. I like watching baseball. I like playing golf, which is what I’m doing right now, and spending time with my family. I’m a huge Yankees fan. My son and I were watching (Derek Jeter’s final home game) … We were flipping back and forth from the OSU game, he kept going, ‘Dad we’re missing the OSU game.’ And I said, ‘Wade, we have to see Jeter’s last game at Yankee’s stadium.’ … (Jeter) is one of those guys, we always talk about him, to be in New York and do what he does with all the negativity that’s going on in pro sports, to be who he is — is awesome. Even if you’re not a Yankee fan, you’re a Derek Jeter fan. For not having played in five years, I think Daxx Garman is doing a great job. I think Mike has done a great job of building the program to where it is; in the top-25 every year, going to a bowl game every year. When we were roommates in college, he talked about being the coach at OSU at one time and things that he would do if he were ever the coach there. And he’s done them. So that’s kind of neat to see all that come to fruition. They’re young, but I think Glenn Spencer is doing a great job with the defense. They’re fun to watch. There’s a couple kids there from Broken Arrow that I coached that are playing, so it’s fun to watch them. Zac Veatch is starting at right guard and I coached him … That’s kind of cool. We text, but (Gundy) is so busy. I went up there in the preseason to watch practice and to see him, spend some time with him … Our schedules don’t allow us to spend a whole lot of time together. (On Gundy skipping practice to attend his daughter’s funeral.) I think that in itself says a lot about who he is and our friendship. That wraps it up in a nutshell. He’s got his priorities in the right spot.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
With Austin Williams and Chris Pogi anchoring the defensive line, Putnam City was able to hold off rival Putnam City West 10-9 Friday night. Williams and Pogi paired up for the Pirates’ only touchdown as well, with Williams blocking a punt and Pogi returning it 35 yards for the team’s only touchdown.
High school football notebook: Defense lifts Putnam City to first victory
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 21, 2014With Austin Williams and Chris Pogi anchoring the defensive line, Putnam City was able to hold off rival Putnam City West 10-9 Friday night. Williams and Pogi paired up for the Pirates’ only touchdown as well, with Williams blocking a punt and Pogi returning it 35 yards for the team’s only touchdown. “Our defense played really well,” coach John Wofford said. “Alonzo Fuller played another good game for us at linebacker. Through three games, he has 44 tackles.” Dre Christmon and Bolu Onifade led the secondary against the Patriots’ solid passing attack. With Jenks and Broken Arrow waiting the next two weeks, a win was helpful for the Pirates. “It’s nice to get a ‘W’ before you go into our district,” Wofford said. “We started with two tough losses, so this is good for the kids. They’re excited to get a nice win.” STILLWATER’S NOBLE OUT FOR SEASON AGAIN Stillwater quarterback Braxton Noble will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder this week, cutting short his season for a third straight year. Noble, a senior, suffered season-ending injuries in Week 5 his sophomore year and Week 4 his junior year. He played one full game this season, but injured his shoulder in a Week 2 win over Mustang. “It’s been a tough road for him,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “He’s taking it well and being encouraging to his teammates. He told me even the night it happened all he wanted to do was encourage his teammates and do whatever he could do to help them win.” Entering this season, Noble had completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,899 yards and 15 touchdowns. Marlon McDonald III started in Noble’s place Friday during the Pioneers’ 38-14 win over Edmond North. Stillwater almost exclusively ran the ball, rushing 65 times and passing only six times. Barnard said there is no plan to abandon the pass moving forward. “We think we’re going to be able to throw the ball,” he said. “Marlon had two big passes (Friday) night. We’re not ever going to line up and throw it 25 times or anything, but we will be able to throw the football.” POTEAU RUNNING BACKS SHINE Poteau junior running backs Roger Barcheers and Elijah Price both found a rhythm in Friday’s 66-26 win over Campus High in Haysville, Kan. Barcheers crossed the 3,000-yard career mark, rushing for 255 yards on 17 carries. He scored four touchdowns and now has 3,201 career yards. Price also carried the ball 13 times for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Sep 21, 2014
The Oklahoman’s writers discuss who’s been the biggest surprise of the season, who has the most promising future and who’s most in need of the clean slate that district play provides.
High school football: Answering three big questions after three weeks of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Sep 21, 2014For most teams in the state, Week 4 of the football season represents the beginning of district play — the games that really count. The first three weeks provide little more than momentum and bragging rights. So as the season really begins this week, The Oklahoman high school sports staff addresses three big questions after three weeks of football: 1. Which 3-0 team has been the biggest surprise? Scott Wright: Idabel After three wins in the previous two seasons combined, Idabel is off to a red-hot start. Coach Dennis Parker has orchestrated a turnaround that includes two wins of 50-plus points and an upset of rival Broken Bow, a game Idabel hadn’t won in over a decade. Jacob Unruh: Stillwater The Pioneers won just two games last season, but fought their way through a grueling nondistrict schedule that included Deer Creek, Mustang and Edmond North. It was even more impressive that part of this span was without quarterback Braxton Noble, the team’s leader. Trent Shadid: Owasso Not because the Rams lack talent, but because of the schedule. Owasso defeated preseason No. 5-ranked Broken Arrow in Week 1 and defending state champion Jenks — for the first time since 1993 — in Week 3. The defense has led the way, surrendering just 13 points over three games. Others: Fort Gibson, Skiatook, Western Heights 2. Which 0-3 team has the most promising future? Scott Wright: Coweta Jay Wilkinson’s first season coaching the Tigers hasn’t produced a victory yet, but all three losses have been by eight points or less against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. The offense is averaging 40 points per game against some talented defenses, and the district schedule offers opportunities to get in the win column. Jacob Unruh: Deer Creek The Antlers are creeping their way to Class 6A with the number of students in the school, but they appeared overmatched against three Class 6A opponents. They get a chance to rebound against rival and new district foe Piedmont this week in a matchup they have owned of late. Trent Shadid: Southmoore The SaberCats have yet to produce a win despite improving each week against a challenging nondistrict schedule. Southmoore’s biggest issue has been inexperience on offense, specifically at quarterback where talented freshman Casey Thompson is now the starter. As Thompson begins to improve, expect the team to do the same. Others: Catoosa, Duncan, Stigler 3. Which team is most in need of the clean slate that district play provides? Scott Wright: Muskogee The Roughers could also be considered one of the most promising 0-3 teams, with losses to the likes of McAlester and Owasso. A fresh start in District 6A-II-2 will be a big boost for Rafe Watkins’ squad. With several winnable games on the district schedule, Muskogee still has the potential to go into the postseason with some momentum. Jacob Unruh: Poteau The Pirates are just happy to remain in Oklahoma. Last year’s Class 4A runner-up is off to an unfortunate 1-2 start against three teams out of the state, but it’ll get a chance to turn the record around in a favorable district that includes powerful Fort Gibson. Trent Shadid: Blanchard At 1-2, the Lions have as many losses this season as they had in the previous two seasons combined. However, they are yet to face a Class 3A opponent as they head into 3A-2 action this week. The slow start will be easily forgotten if Blanchard can regain its winning ways when it counts. Others: Clinton, Del City, Texhoma
Sep 20, 2014
Jones scored with less than a minute left in the game as the Longhorns defeated Class 2A’s second-ranked Hennessey, 21-17, a week after the Eagles had knocked off Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher.
High school football roundup: Jones rallies to defeat Hennessey
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Sep 20, 2014Jones scored with less than a minute left in the game as the Longhorns defeated Class 2A’s second-ranked Hennessey, 21-17, a week after the Eagles had knocked off Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher. A 2-yard scoring pass from Brandon George to Sean Shaw on a quick slant was the game-winner for Jones. The Longhorns’ Ty Hughes forced four Hennessey fumbles in the game, including one late in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning touchdown. George tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score for Jones. SAINTS STRIKE EARLY TO DOWN LINCOLN CHRISTIAN Oklahoma Christian quarterback Thomas Qualls tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as the Saints routed Lincoln Christian 38-8. Qualls connected with Connor Sikes for a 62-yard touchdown for the Saints’ first points. Luke Frankfurt added an 8-yard scoring run and caught 41-yard touchdown pass from Qualls for the Saints’ next two scores. Qualls added a 43-yard touchdown run to give the Saints a 28-0 halftime lead then had a 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter. OWASSO BREAKS 23-GAME LOSING STREAK TO JENKS Class 6A’s No. 6-ranked Owasso beat No. 2 Jenks for the first time since 1993, knocking off the Trojans 7-6. The victory snapped the Rams' 23-game losing streak to Jenks. The Trojans, who lost for the second straight week, missed a potential winning field goal with less than three minutes left in the game. FAST START PROPELS MCGUINNESS TO WIN McGuinness scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to defeat Weatherford 21-7. The Irish’s first score came on a 15-yard touchdown run by Zac Segell who had 15 carries for 71 yards and two receptions for 51 yards. McGuinness scored again on a 29-yard touchdown pass by Jacob Mullins to Rubell Goe. Braden Roy returned an interception 25 yards for a score for the Irish’s final score of the opening period and the game. Issaac Fuller had 145 yards rushing on 29 carries for Weatherford, including a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. MINCO ROLLS OVER RUSH SPRINGS Junior receiver Tyler Rose returned the opening kickoff of the game 92 yards for a touchdown as Minco blitzed Rush Springs, 42-8, to remain unbeaten. Rose also caught touchdown passes of 46 and 58 yards from quarterback Hunter Jones and had 137 yards receiving on four catches. Jones was 14 of 17 through the air for 226 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Asher Baade had two touchdown receptions, and Dayon Johnson returned an interception 96 yards for another score for the Bulldogs. BLUEJAYS EDGE SAND SPRINGS BEHIND MALTZ Zane Maltz scored three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Guthrie past Sand Springs 23-20. Maltz had scoring runs of 4, 4, and 7 yards for the Bluejays. Nataneal Luevano kicked a 35-yard field goal for Guthrie. ROCKETS BLANK SANTA FE SOUTH Mount St. Mary quarterback Matt Peace threw two touchdown passes, including a 93-yard scoring strike to Jimmy Turner, as the Rockets shut out Santa Fe South 28-0. Peace passed for 160 yards and rushed for 90 in the game, including a 40-yard touchdown run. Turner also had 59-yard touchdown run. MEEKER BLASTS TECUMSEH IN GAME THAT ENDS EARLY Levi Bagwell scored three touchdowns and kicked a 28-yard field goal as Meeker defeated Tecumseh 43-6. Bagwell caught three touchdown passes from Meeker quarterback Jake Standlee on receptions of 7, 78 and 35 yards. The game was called with 2:39 remaining in the fourth quarter after a fight led to three players from Meeker and four from Tecumseh being ejected. JETS ROMP TO EASY WIN OVER EL RENO Western Heights' J.P. Lewis completed just eight passes, but five were for touchdowns as the Jets dominated El Reno 59-6. Lewis was 8 of 14 through the air for 230 yards in the game. Rudy Thompson had three receptions for 139 yards and two scores for the Jets. Western Height’s Jarod Giles carried the ball 11 times for 167 yards and one touchdown. CASADY’S WALLACE HAS BIG NIGHT Senior quarterback T'Quan Wallace passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns as Casady ripped previously unbeaten Trinity Valley 45-7. Wallace also ran for two scores and didn’t play in the fourth quarter. Denver Johnson caught two touchdown passes and Colin Morris had four catches for 171 yards and a score. Casady’s defense held Trinity Valley to minus-3 yards rushing. CANTRELL LEADS ROLAND PAST OKMULGEE Austin Cantrell, a verbal commit to the University of Arkansas, scored four touchdowns and rushed for 137 yards on 11 carries as Roland pounded Okmulgee 34-8. Cantrell had scoring runs of 42, 1, 1 and 73 for the Rangers. He also caught two passes for 42 yards.
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)
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
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
Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, […]
Prep football picks: Week 2 staff has split opinions on Union-Jenks
Trent Shadid | Sep 11, 2014Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Heritage Hall 24, Clinton 21 Oklahoma Christian 24, Metro Christian 20 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 22 Lock of the Week: Tulsa Union over Jenks. Last year, Jenks made an early statement with a big win against one of Texas’ best teams. Union didn’t pull off the win last week, but took Southlake Carroll to overtime. Last year’s Backyard Bowl came down to playmakers, and the team with the most won. Right now, I think Union has the most. Jacob Unruh Tulsa Union 35, Jenks 28 Lawton 35, Lawton MacArthur 34 Douglass 21, Millwood 14 Midwest City 17, Carl Albert 15 Edmond Memorial 28, Edmond North 20 Kingfisher 27, Hennessey 17 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Clinton 21, Heritage Hall 20 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian School 31 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 24 Lock of the Week: Edmond Memorial over Edmond North. The Bulldogs’ defense was very impressive last week against Southmoore, and if it plays nearly that well it will be enough to slow down a gritty Edmond North team. Trent Shadid Jenks 27, Tulsa Union 24 Lawton 34, Lawton MacArthur 30 Douglass 22, Millwood 20 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 14 Edmond Memorial 14, Edmond North 13 Kingfisher 35, Hennessey 20 Pryor 37, Wagoner 30 Clinton 28, Heritage Hall 27 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian 28 Broken Bow 20, Idabel 19 Lock of the Week: Kingfisher over Hennessey. The Yellowjackets defeated Class 4A preseason top-10 Woodward 38-0 last week. While Hennessey is expected to contend for a title in 2A, don’t expect the Eagles to pull off an upset over the top team in 3A. Here are the standings after Week 1: Jacob (6-4, 1-0) Scott (5-5, 0-1) Trent (5-5, 0-1)
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Media notes: Jenks featured this week on Weather Channel's 'Friday Night Lightning'
By Mel Bracht | Sep 10, 2014Jenks High School will be featured in new Weather Channel series, “Friday Night Lightning,” on Friday in advance of its rivalry game against Tulsa Union at 7 p.m. Featured throughout the day will be game-time forecasts and human interest stories. Producers are celebrating the best of high school football and spotlighting 12 towns in 12 weeks. Other towns featured include Joplin, Mo.; Washington, Ill.; and Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. The Jenks-Tulsa Union game will air on The Cox Channel (3 and 703). SHORT TAKES ESPN’s “College GameDay” is making a return trip to Fargo, N.D., home to the North Dakota State Bison and their record 26-game win streak in FCS play, on Saturday. The three-hour show (8-11 a.m. Saturday) will originate from downtown Fargo ahead of that afternoon’s Incarnate Word at North Dakota State matchup on ESPN3 (2:30 p.m.). Host Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit then will fly to Oklahoma City to cover the Tennessee at OU game at 7 p.m. in Norman on ABC. ESPN has announced kickoff times for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, when it televises all six bowl games under the new College Football Playoff rotation system. Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 11:30 a.m., ESPN will televise the first of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. At 3 p.m., fans will see the Fiesta Bowl followed by the Orange Bowl at 7 p.m. On New Year’s Day, ESPN will air the Cotton Bowl at 11:30 a.m. Then, the College Football Playoff semifinals will air from the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. and Sugar Bowl at 7:30 p.m. Former Thunder TV announcer Grant Long was a guest analyst Saturday on NBA TV. The fourth season of the NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series “A Football Life” will debut at 8 p.m. Friday with a profile of Pitttsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle “Mean Joe” Greene. ESPN has added two pennant race baseball games to its schedule: Milwaukee at St. Louis at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Detroit at Kansas City at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling will rejoin ESPN and resume his MLB analyst role starting with the 9 p.m. Thursday edition of Baseball Tonight (ESPN2). Schilling was undergoing treatment for mouth cancer.
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 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)
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).
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school levelAug 22, 2014
Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school level
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Aug 22, 2014There’s no denying a young Oklahoma State football team faces an extreme test when it opens the season with Florida State on Aug. 30 in Arlington, Texas. But among the inexperience concerns is a silver lining. Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson. The returning leader in the secondary played high school football at Wagoner in northeast Oklahoma — a Class 4A school that won its first state championship with Peterson as its star. Who did Wagoner schedule for its season openers? “We played 5A schools the first couple games,” Peterson said. While college football has mostly embraced a model of softer nonconference schedules, top teams at the high school level have taken the opposite approach. Last fall, top 6A programs Jenks and Union played two of the best programs from the Dallas area — Euless Trinity and DeSoto — to kick off the year. Three players featured in those matchups are now Cowboy freshmen: safety Dylan Hardy (Jenks), offensive lineman Junior Galea’I (Euless Trinity) and wide receiver Chris Lacy (DeSoto). “The top tier of Oklahoma football is good … but you’ve got to go down and prove it against a very good team in enemy territory,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble told The Dallas Morning News last September. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.” That type of mentality has stuck with Peterson. His confidence trumps the idea that a lesser opponent would benefit OSU in the long run. “I’d rather play the best teams,” Peterson said. “I’m not really a fan of playing the softer schedule, getting a pounding in and getting guys’ confidence behind them. I’d rather go after the best early, to really set a standpoint to see where we’re at.” SIMMONS: DEFENSIVE LINE ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST Ryan Simmons is supposed to have supreme confidence in the OSU defense. It comes with his role as the Cowboys’ projected starting middle linebacker this season. During Thursday’s press conference previewing the opener, Simmons used his platform to praise a specific position group: the defensive line. “One of the best d-lines in the conference and in the nation, in my opinion,” Simmons said. “A lot of the things we can do can definitely put pressure on (FSU quarterback Jameis Winston).” That’s some high praise. And quite the prediction considering the competition for those titles. The Cowboys return a majority of their playmakers on the defensive line — including defensive tackle James Castleman and defensive end Jimmy Bean, who started every game last season. But OU also returns a number of talented defensive linemen, and that group ranked second in the conference in sacks (33) and rush defense (137.6 yards allowed per game) last season. The Cowboys ranked sixth and fifth in those categories, respectively. And none of the current OSU defensive linemen are considered top 2015 NFL draft picks next season — while USC, Nebraska, Michigan State, Florida, Iowa and Ohio State each have pass rushers and run stuffers who might go as high as the first round. Simmons understands his defense isn’t getting that kind of hype, but says it won’t dictate his own expectations. “Right now, nobody knows what we have the potential to be,” Simmons said. “The effort is there, we’re all still learning day by day. We just have to go about it and prepare as if it’s our last day.” CBS SPORTS 2015 MOCK NFL DRAFT PLACES FIVE SEMINOLES IN FIRST ROUND The 2015 NFL Draft won’t take place for another eight months, but that hasn’t stopped draft analysts from making their predictions for who will be chosen in the first round. CBS Sports recently unveiled its guess at how it will shakeout. And there’s plenty of love for the Seminoles. Staff writer Bob Rang estimates five FSU players will come off the board in the first round: No. 5: QB Jameis Winston (Soph.) No. 11: CB PJ Williams (Jr.) No. 22: DE Mario Edwards Jr. (Jr.) No. 24: OT Cameron Erving (Sr.) No. 31: OG Josue Matias (Sr.)