Guthrie Blue Jays football
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Oct 18, 2014
The technique has several different tackles: the Hawk tackle, the Hawk roll tackle, the profile tackle, the strike zone for defenseless players and the compression tackle.
Heritage Hall football: A closer look at how to teach Hawk tackling
BY JACOB UNRUH | Oct 18, 2014Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert’s concerns about concussions have increased for years. Last season was the breaking point when the Chargers suffered nine concussions throughout the season, severely hindering a team of less than 40 players who play in all three phases of the game. He isn’t the only one concerned. As awareness for concussions has increased across the country, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has developed a way to limit head injuries while tackling. He released a Seahawks Tackling video on Hudl and the Seahawks’ website teaching the five steps of the technique: the Hawk tackle, the Hawk roll tackle, the profile tackle, the strike zone for defenseless players and the compression tackle. “You watch the NFL now and how they’re tackling,” Bogert said. “They’re literally trying to avoid hits. You see it time and time again. Sometimes they miss tackles, but … “We figured shoulder, going in low was the way to go. We decided to go wholesale that way.” The Chargers are 6-1 this season and have yet to suffer a concussion as a result of the change. Yet other local schools have yet to catch on to the new technique, instead remaining true to how they teach tackling. “I think anything that lends itself to player safety is a benefit, as long as it doesn’t take away from the aggressive, inherent violence of the ballgame,” said Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby, who helped build the Bluejays’ defense that was atop Class 5A last season. “We teach it from the first grade all the way up. The No. 1 thing is eyes up, head up, see what you hit and the helmet is to protect your head not to deliver a blow. That’s never been an issue for us.” Some of those elements are involved in the Seahawks’ technique, which has also caught the attention of some high-profile coaches. “It’s a great video,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “You can pull up the video, and in fact, it’s something that we’re promoting. We’ve used it. High school teams ought to use it. It’s really an effective way to tackle.” Here’s a look at the tackles and how they can be taught: 1. Hawk tackle Heritage Hall's Terrell Love demonstrates Hawk Tackling on teammate Cole McDaniel. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN Modeled after a rugby tackle, this tackle consists of using your shoulder for leverage while tracking the near hip of the ball carrier and keeping the head from going across the body. “This is a little different concept than how I was taught to tackle and how us older cats were taught to tackle,” said Heritage Hall assistant coach Tucker Cason, who teaches the technique at all levels for the Chargers. To teach this tackle, four cones are set up in a diamond shape with a defender at a cone and a runner at the opposite cone. They then run at one of the angle cones at the same time, meeting for the tackle. This can be done safely without pads or helmets. When a defender gets to the ballcarrier, the point of focus is the near hip, which is the hip closest to the defender. The first emphasis is keeping the defender’s eyes focused through the thighs, which basically means the eyes remain up and the head goes level with the ballcarrier’s hip and butt cheek. The defender then wraps tightly around the hip, which is a natural bend zone in the human body, to bring the ballcarrier to the ground. If he does not initially go down, the defender then “drives for five,” which means to push through the ballcarrier with five hard steps to bring him down. 2. Hawk roll tackle Heritage Hall's Cole McDaniel demonstrates Hawk roll tackling on teammate Terrell Love. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN This tackle is taught with four cones in a diamond shape, where a defender runs to the ballcarrier at an angle to perform the tackle. This technique can be taught with or without pads and helmets. The Hawk roll tackle is basically adding a roll to the end of the Hawk tackle, but the point is to use the ballcarrier’s momentum to bring him down. A defender remains focused on the ballcarrier’s near hip, where he keeps his head inside and eyes up. The head should be level with the ballcarrier’s hip and butt cheek. Once the defender makes contact, he is supposed to wrap his arms around the hip, squeeze and roll to the side the ballcarrier is running to use his momentum in the tackle. 3. Profile tackle Heritage Hall's Cole McDaniel demonstrates profile tackling on teammate Terrell Love. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN This is more of a tackle when the angle is not there to attack the near hip for a defender, but the points of emphasis are nearly the same as the Hawk tackle and Hawk roll tackle. Teaching this technique involves four cones set in a diamond shape with a defender and ballcarrier meeting at one cone at the same time with the defender holding a chest shield to similate the near pec. The Seahawks use a pad for players to land on, but Heritage Hall does not. It can be taught with or without pads and helmets. The defender’s focus is no longer the hip, instead the focus turns to the near pectoral muscle with his head remaining on the near side and not across the body. Unlike the Hawk tackle, the ballcarrier is unlikely to go down on contact, so a defender pushing through the tackle for five steps or “drive for five” becomes incredibly important. Another point of emphasis is for a player to club upwards with his hands as he wraps around the ballcarrier’s body. 4. Strike Zone for defenseless players and compression tackles. These two types of tackles taught by the Seattle Seahawks are not emphasized by Heritage Hall coaches due to safety concerns at the high school level. The strike zone teaches a zone like baseball’s strike zone from above the knees to below the neck. A defender is to use his shoulder at all times while making the hard blow in that zone. Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said the Chargers are not teaching this due to fear of hitting a ballcarrier too high. Compression tackles are tackles that take place simultaneously with two defenders with each player striking with his shoulder and owning his own leverage. This can happen with a combination of players from different positions. Bogert said they are not teaching this due to the complexity of it for players at the high school level. Want to see the Seahawks' video? Go to Seahawks.com.
Clayton Sims completed 13 of 15 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns, leading Deer Creek to a 55-6 victory over Guymon.
High school football roundup: Deer Creek rolls past Guymon
From Staff Reports | Oct 16, 2014Clayton Sims completed 13 of 15 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns, leading Deer Creek to a 55-6 victory over Guymon. Six of Sims’ completions went to Noah McGraw, for 99 yards and four TDs. On defense, Hayden Fox had two interceptions for Deer Creek (4-3). MEEKER SURVIVES IN 3 OTS After a 10-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion by Tim Whitfield, Meeker stopped Mount St. Mary’s 2-point conversion try to beat the Rockets 51-49 in three overtimes. Each team scored and converted 2-point tries in the first two overtimes. After Whitfield made it 51-43, quarterback Matt Peace scored from a yard out. But he was stopped on the 2-point try. Whitfield had 150 yards on 23 carries with three TDs. Jake Standlee ran for 215 yards and was 5 of 10 passing. Peace finished with 28 carries for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Archie Brown ran for 139 yards and two TDs. GUTHRIE SOARS PAST JETS Zane Maltz ran for two scores and threw for two more, leading Class 5A No. 2 Guthrie past Western Heights 62-0. Maltz completed 5 of 7 passes for 119 yards, with TD passes of 32 yards to L’liott Curry and 33 yards to Chance Whitt. Maltz scored on runs of 10 and 18 yards. Idae Alexander scored twice for the Blue Jays (7-0), on runs of 32 and 27 yards. MARTIN CARRIES HARRAH At Harrah, Grant Martin ran for 218 yards on just 12 carries, and scored three times to lead the Panthers past Santa Fe South, 56-15. Martin’s touchdowns covered 23, 89 and 20 yards. Jeremy McDonald added a 49-yard interception return for Harrah (4-3) and scored on a short run. Santa Fe South fell to 0-6. KINGFISHER HANDLES BLACKWELL Nick Smith ran for three touchdowns, one of them a 54-yarder, as Class 3A No. 2 Kingfisher improved to 6-1 with a 48-20 victory over Blackwell. Smith added two 2-yard TDs. Bradyn Shepherd returned an interception 40 yards for a score. Blackwell (3-4) was led by Sam Schuermann, who threw three touchdown passes including a 55-yarder to Billy Moore. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CRUISES Oklahoma Christian, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, scored on the ground, through the air and on defense in a 69-20 victory over winless Alva. The Saints (7-0) were led by Luke Frankfurt, who had two TD runs and a 32-yard fumble recovery for a score. Thomas Qualls threw two touchdown passes, including a 68-yarder, and added a 24-yard TD run. Andrew McKinnis returned a fumble 61 yards for a score. MINCO BOUNCES BACK After dropping out of Class A’s top 10 a week ago, Minco rebounded with a 49-12 victory over Konawa. Hunter Jones completed 11 of 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and Tucker Halstead ran for 184 yards on just 11 carries and scored three times. Minco (5-2) held Konawa to 113 total yards. LAWSON’S BIG PLAYS PACE BLANCHARD Blanchard got four big scoring plays from Kegan Lawson in a 60-18 victory over Bridge Creek. Lawson caught seven passes for 137 yards, including touchdowns of 32, 37 and 24 yards from Kanon Kirchner. Lawson also had a 46-yard TD run. Jimmy Wynne threw for all three Bridge Creek touchdowns, including an 87-yarder to Mason Trevino and a 73-yarder to Marcus McCawley. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE POSTS SHUTOUT Christian Heritage, ranked No. 9 in Class 2A, went on the road and beat Wellston 41-0. Joseph Lemieux had 12 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Spencer Lindsey completed all nine of his passes for 96 yards and two TDs. BIG FIRST QUARTER CARRIES PERKINS An 82-yard kickoff return by Jacob Payton started Perkins on its way to a 42-point first quarter, and the Demons went on to beat Mannford 69-34. Payton added three TD runs in the quarter, one of those a run from 73 yards. Quarterback Zach Bledsoe threw a touchdown pass and scored twice on the ground. He added an 89-yard TD run in the second quarter, when Payton scored on a 34-yard punt return. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the Mount St. Mary's quarterback. His name is Matt Peace.
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
The Oklahoma House of Representatives held an interim study Tuesday to examine the need for more athletic trainers at high school sporting events across the state. The study, initiated by Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, focused heavily on head trauma and heat-related illnesses, and the increased responsiveness an on-site athletic trainer can provide. “In order to keep our kids more safe and prevent serious...
Oklahoma House studying need for more athletic trainers at high school events
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Oct 14, 2014The Oklahoma House of Representatives held an interim study Tuesday to examine the need for more athletic trainers at high school sporting events across the state. The study, initiated by Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, focused heavily on head trauma and heat-related illnesses, and the increased responsiveness an on-site athletic trainer can provide. “In order to keep our kids more safe and prevent serious injuries, I would like to find a way to fund or make available the use of athletic trainers at high school sporting events,” Kirby said. “Athletic trainers being on the field helps prevent issues such as detecting early signs of concussion and dehydration, incorporating proper stretching techniques that prevent pulled muscles and sprains, as well as being trained in the sports medicine field. “We want our kids to be physically active and learn about sportsmanship and competition. However, we should also try to protect them from serious injury.” Several speakers, including athletic trainers and former athletes, provided information regarding their experiences. “This was the best interaction we’ve had with a committee on this kind of stuff,” said Leander Walker, the head athletic trainer at Yukon High School. “Nine percent of Oklahoma high schools have athletic trainers on staff, and the national average if 40 percent. Nine percent doesn’t even cover all of Class 5A and 6A.” The primary issue at hand is the cost of having an athletic trainer on staff versus the cost savings an athletic trainer provides in avoidable medical expenses. The committee handling the study will determine what to do with the information gathered, and choose the next step in the process to decide whether to pursue state funding for athletic trainers, another type of action, or nothing at all. GUTHRIE’S CHAPPELL TO STEP IN AS INTERIM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Guthrie has named longtime baseball coach Jon Chappell as the interim athletic director following the recent resignation of Gary Boxley. Chappell has been the school’s baseball coach since 1990, but will not serve as coach next season due to his athletic director duties. The school will name an interim coach in the coming weeks. Chappell will remain an assistant football coach the remainder of the season. “We are pleased that Jon is willing to serve in this capacity,” Guthrie superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said in a release. “The time of Mr. Boxley’s resignation presents some additional challenges, and our goal is to continue the excellence established under his watch while minimizing any effects on classroom instruction in the district.” Boxley resigned late last month to accept a job outside of education. He joined Guthrie in 2000. Chappell was approved by the Guthrie Public Schools Board of Education during Monday night’s monthly meeting. During the meeting, the board also formally accepted Boxley’s resignation. CARL ALBERT PREPPING FOR STRETCH RUN Carl Albert football coach Gary Rose can’t stop drawing the numbers that put district rivals McGuinness, Deer Creek and Guthrie as opponents in consecutive weeks. For a young team like the Titans this season, that stretch can be daunting. But Rose believes his team has improved since the beginning of the season. “We’ve gotten a couple things better than it was,” he said. “Our offensive line continues to get better. We’re still not where I think we need to be, but we’re way better than we were three or four weeks ago.” Carl Albert hosts McGuinness on Thursday, Deer Creek next week and then travels to Guthrie the following week. The Titans (5-1) have won four straight games, including consecutive blowouts of Guymon and Piedmont. It’s those victories that they focused on improving for this stretch run that will determine their playoff fate. “I’d like to be doing a few things better,” Rose said. “For us, we’ve got to get better every day and every week with this team in particular because we’re so young. “Our weeks the last two weeks, we’re not worried about the opponent, we’re worried about us trying to get better, and we’ve done that. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get it done.” Senior Dillon Lohr is playing less defense in favor of carrying the ball more, and it’s produced positive results. He rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Titans also have quarterback Johnny Bizell back after breaking his finger in the preseason. “There’s not as much as I’d like, but we’ve got several kids that have come on,” Rose said.” PAULS VALLEY BUILDING ON FIRST WIN Colton Jolley accounted for four touchdowns to lead Pauls Valley to its first win of the season last Friday, 41-12 over Bethel. Jolley rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more, hitting Eddie Johnson and Treston Williams each for a score. Now the Panthers will try to build on last week’s success during a Thursday night trip to play against Centennial at Star Spencer’s Carl Twidwell Stadium. OWASSO'S MILTON TO PICK SCHOOL The most highly recruited player in the state’s 2015 basketball class is set to make his college announcement official on Wednesday. Owasso guard Shake Milton is expected to choose between Oklahoma, Indiana and SMU at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at his school. Milton, a versatile 6-foot-5 scorer, averaged 29.4 points per game last season and was named to The Oklahoman’s Super 5.
Oct 12, 2014
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Sunday that the tournaments will be played Tuesday due to Monday’s grim forecast filled with rain.
High school notebook: State softball tournaments pushed to Tuesday
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Oct 12, 2014The state softball tournaments for Class 3A-B have been moved back one more day due to inclement weather. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Sunday that the tournaments will be played Tuesday due to Monday’s grim forecast filled with rain. The games will be at The Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee. They were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but heavy rains forced the OSSAA to postpone the tournament. Games are scheduled to begin with the Class A and Class B semifinals at 10 a.m. The semifinals for Class 3A and Class 2A will follow at noon. Championships for Class A and Class B are scheduled for 3 p.m., while the final two title games are scheduled for 5 p.m. GUTHRIE RETURNS 3 INTERCEPTIONS FOR TOUCHDOWNS IN WIN Guthrie made the long trip to Guymon worthwhile on Friday. The Bluejays rolled to a 62-14 win over Guymon, but in the process did something rarely seen in a football game by returning three interceptions for touchdowns. “In 20 years, it’s the only time I’ve seen it,” Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. “We’ve had games where we’ve had four or five interceptions, but never been able to take them all back to the house. That was probably a highlight of that excursion.” Linebacker Beau Davis, cornerback Jalyn Morgan and safety Kelyn Hinds each returned an interception for a score. Beeby said the Bluejays also dropped another potential pick-six. Guthrie, the defending Class 5A champion, is 6-0 and has now won 20 straight games. The Bluejays host Western Heights on Thursday. TULSA WASHINGTON DEFENSE GOING STRONG Tulsa Washington’s defense made a statement with a 17-12 win over then-No. 1 Midwest City in the opening week of the season. That night, Midwest City scored on the final play of the game with a long pass after the game was already in hand. And the Hornets haven’t allowed a point since. Ranked No. 1 in Class 6A-II, Tulsa Washington defeated Claremore 57-0 on Thursday night, and have outscored their last five opponents 227-0.
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
The Wolves scored 19 points in the second half after Skiatook led 14-3 at halftime.
High school football roundup: Shawnee nips Skiatook with late touchdown
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 3, 2014Cole Humphrey caught an 11-touchdown pass from John Jacobs with 24 seconds left in the game as Shawnee rallied to defeat Skiatook 22-21. The Wolves scored 19 points in the second half after Skiatook led 14-3 at halftime. Shawnee opened the second half with an eight-play, 53-yard drive capped off by Shade Franklin’s 6-yard run. Skiatook answered with a scoring drive of its own but the Wolves narrowed the margin on Jacobs 3-yard run at the end of the third period. Midway through the fourth quarter, Skiatook thwarted a Shawnee drive at the Bulldog 31 when Jacobs was stopped short on fourth down. Skiatook took over with 2:46 remaining, but was forced to punt it away. Working with just 1:12 seconds left, Shawnee worked down the field for the game-winner. SOUTHMOORE BATTLES BUT LOSES AT OWASSO No. 2 Owasso had to come from behind, scoring the game winning touchdown with 5:54 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Rams edged Southmoore, 13-9, Friday night at Owasso Stadium. Southmoore went ahead 6-0 when Gervarrius Owens scooped up a fumble and raced 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, but Owasso answered in the second with an 18-play, 82-yard drive that lasted over six minutes. Southmoore regained the lead, going up 9-7 with 7:38 left in the third quarter, when Chris Nemecek connected on a 42-yard field goal. TULSA UNION HANDLES NORMAN NORTH Top-ranked Tulsa Union rolled to a 56-21 win over Norman North at Union-Tuttle Stadium. Redskins’ quarterback Mason Farquhar threw four TD passes, and running backs Tyler Adkins and Shamari Brooks had long touchdown runs and combined for 283 rushing yards. Norman North lost its third straight and fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in district play. DUKE HAS BIG NIGHT FOR BETHANY Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke accounted for six touchdowns, four on the ground and two through the air, as the Bronchos ran over Bridge Creek 61-14. Duke rushed for 239 yards on 10 carries and scored on runs of 32, 57, 44 and 49 yards. He was 11 of 17 passing for 156 yards. Bethany led 27-14 at half then outscored Bridge Creek 34-0 in the second half. MARTIN, INGRAHAM LEAD HARRAH TO VICTORY Grant Martin rushed for 176 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown run, as Harrah dumped Glenpool 32-7. Harrah quarterback Kostner Ingraham only attempted five passes in the game but completed three, including two for touchdowns. Ingraham had a 72-yard scoring strike to Ryan Gentry in the first quarter and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Frederickson in the third. Ingraham also rushed for one score on a 5-yard run. LLANUSA TOTALS SIX TOUCHDOWNS IN ROUT OF PUTNAM WEST Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa accounted for six touchdowns as the Yellowjackets ripped Putnam West 55-14. Choctaw scored all of its points in the first half. Llanusa tossed four touchdowns passes and ran for two other scores. He was 18 of 24 passing for 228 yards while rushing for 67 yards on 10 carries. Jacob Rapp had 90 yards in receptions, including catching a 42-yard scoring strike from Llanusa. COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SHUTS OUT WAYNE Mikey McClung rushed for 127 yards on 29 carries to lead Community Christian to a 20-0 win over Wayne. McClung scored on a 17 yard touchdown run while J.J. Cortez passed for one score and ran for another. Community Christian’s Zane Campbell led the defensive effort with 16 tackles, including seven solo. BICKERSON, LOHR LEAD CARL ALBERT TO LOPSIDED WIN Braxton Bickerson and Dillon Lohr each scored twice as Carl Albert trampled Guymon 56-6. Bickerson scored on runs of 43 and 1 yards. Lohr had an 8-yard touchdown run and returned a punt 63 yards for another score. The Titans led 42-0 at halftime. DOUGLASS OUTLASTS MEEKER IN SHOOTOUT Domeko Doddles 97-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner as Douglass downed Meeker 50-43. Doddles also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Patrick McKaufman, who tossed three scoring strikes in the game. McKaufman also had touchdown passes of 36 and 45 yards to Anthony Jackson and Qua’seen Sims, respectively. Both teams totaled more than 400 yards of offense in the game. ALEXANDER RUNS GUTHRIE TO VICTORY Senior running back Idae Alexander rushed for 261 yards and scored three touchdowns as Guthrie ripped Piedmont 48-6. Alexander had scoring runs of 19, 1 and 1 yards while quarterback Zane Maltz added two more touchdowns on runs of 9 and 22 yards. Guthrie rushed for 371 yards as a team. QUALLS HAS FIVE TOUCHDOWNS FOR OCS Oklahoma Christian School quarterback Thomas Qualls tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Saints ripped Wellston 49-18. The Saints led 35-0 after the first quarter. Qualls had touchdown passes of 47, 17 and 59 yards in the game. He had scoring runs of 18 and 25 yards. MCGINNIS PROPELS HERITAGE HALL TO WIN Heritage Hall raced to an early lead and romped to an easy 49-27 victory over Blackwell. The Chargers led 42-7 at half as Connor McGinnis rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 177 yards and three scores. He completed 8-of-11 passes. Cole McDaniel caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a score.
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
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 4: Scott Wright Owasso 24, Norman North 22 OCS 21, Millwood 20 Edmond Santa Fe 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 35, Enid 28 Guthrie 28, McGuinness 20 Tipton 56, Grandfield 16 Roland 35, Spiro […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 4
Trent Shadid | Sep 25, 2014Here's how The Oklahoman's high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 4: Scott Wright Owasso 24, Norman North 22 OCS 21, Millwood 20 Edmond Santa Fe 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 35, Enid 28 Guthrie 28, McGuinness 20 Tipton 56, Grandfield 16 Roland 35, Spiro 28 Del City 34, Ardmore 31 Tulsa Kelley 31, Tulsa Memorial 28 Lock of the week: Choctaw over Enid. Coming off its first loss of the season, Choctaw will bounce back strong. And with the Yellowjackets’ motivation to get to the playoffs for the first time in 30 years, the district opener is a big motivator for them. Enid is a solid team, but Bartlesville showed last week that you can score on that stout defense, which hadn’t allowed more than 16 points in a game the first two weeks. Jacob Unruh Owasso 21, Norman North 17 OCS 28, Millwood 20 Edmond Memorial 24, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 30, Enid 21 Guthrie 21, McGuinness 15 Tipton 40, Grandfield 32 Roland 34, Spiro 29 Del City 35, Ardmore 28 Tulsa Kelley 30, Tulsa Memorial 27 Lock of the week: Del City over Ardmore. The Eagles had a tough time the past two weeks, falling to Class 6A foes. But they'll rebound this week behind Terry Wilson, who looked very impressive in last week's loss to rival Midwest City. Trent Shadid Norman North 28, Owasso 27 OCS 17, Millwood 13 Edmond Memorial 31, Edmond Santa Fe 28 Fort Gibson 23, Sallisaw 20 Choctaw 35, Enid 30 Guthrie 24, McGuinness 21 Tipton 50, Grandfield 36 Roland 42, Spiro 35 Del City 27, Ardmore 21 Tulsa Kelley 24, Tulsa Memorial 20 Lock of the week: OCS over Millwood. Both teams showed the ability to be serious contenders once again in Class 2A while going 3-0 against tough non-district opponents, so expect this game to go a long ways towards deciding District 2A-2 champion. The Saints get my pick behind an offense averaging better than 36 points per game. Here are the standings after Week 2: Jacob (15-15, 3-0) Scott (15-15, 1-2) Trent (15-15, 1-2)
McGuinness football: How Zack Tillotson learned to excel at football despite missing hand and lower armSep 25, 2014
McGuinness offensive lineman Zack Tillotson was born without his left hand and part of his lower left arm, but he hasn’t let that stop him from playing sports. On Friday, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound guard will anchor an inexperienced offensive line as McGuinness hosts Class 5A defending champion Guthrie.
McGuinness football: How Zack Tillotson learned to excel at football despite missing hand and lower arm
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Sep 25, 2014Ultrasounds before Zack Tillotson’s birth were perfectly normal. But the day he was born, the delivery room went suddenly quiet. Tillotson was born without his left hand and part of his lower left arm. It was the result of Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS), which occurs when the fetus becomes entangled in amniotic bands in the womb. It can cause complete amputations. “After that initial, ‘What the hell moment,’ I talked to several people and there was one in particular who had lost his arm after he was born,” Zack’s father Chris said. “He was like, ‘If you don’t make it an issue, it won’t be.’” It’s never been one since, as Tillotson has overcome countless obstacles to earn a starting spot on the McGuinness’ offensive line this season as a senior. He’s also an inspiration to those around him. On Friday, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound guard will anchor an inexperienced offensive line as McGuinness hosts Class 5A defending champion Guthrie. “What I feel like happens is people see me play, they see what I go through, how successful I can be and I feel like that motivates them to be all that they can be with all they have,” Tillotson said. “Sometimes people don’t realize how fortunate they are to have the smallest things like two fully functioning arms.” Overcome and adapt Zack Tillotson’s arm extends just past his elbow, allowing him to continue doing some everyday activities like normal. Playing sports undoubtedly was going to be a challenge. There was just never a moment he thought he couldn’t. “I can remember the first sport that I played was basketball in first grade,” Tillotson said. “There wasn’t really any awkward moments for me. I’m sure there was for everybody else. There just wasn’t really a moment when I was that young that I was like, ‘OK, this is really different.’ I just adapted as I went.” He played baseball, swinging a bat with his right arm only. He played golf until his junior year, getting good enough to outdrive his father on the course with just one arm. Tillotson even hunts, thanks to his father learning how to sew to modify slings on the guns and teaching his son to adapt with a bow and arrow. He then chose to play football, a sport that generally uses both hands but has a physicality he could easily match. “Everyone told me I’d be good at football,” Tillotson said. “That’s what they tell all the big kids basically.” One-handed football players are far from unusual in Oklahoma. Former Edmond standout Jeff Resler started on Oklahoma’s offensive line in the early ’90s. Stephen Cully played fullback for Konawa in 2011. Tillotson said he draws inspiration from stories like those, but his primary focus has been making things work the way he needs them to on the field. He blocks primarily with his shoulder and helmet on the left side, using his feet and lower legs to gain leverage. He calls it a crooked stance. “We have modified a few things as far as how to get the best leverage with hand placement, body placement and those type of things,” McGuinness offensive line coach Bryan Pierce said. “Sometimes you’ve got guys that fire off the ball and you blow somebody up and you own them off the line of scrimmage. He’s not going to be the guy that necessarily does that, but he’s an effective blocker in the way that he’s able to occupy the person we ask him to.” Eliminating excuses When Tillotson started playing football in the seventh grade, he shocked some people. “It was a little weird, but he could do the same stuff that we could do,” senior offensive lineman Don Perrault recalled. “He molded in pretty quick. I was a little surprised at first. It was impressive how he is able to do everything we can with one arm.” That was around the time Tillotson really began figuring things out, too. Midway through his freshman year, he was able to get a prosthetic arm to lift weights. He was extremely overdeveloped on his right side with little muscle on his left, and to make it on the football field that needed to balance out. Now, his prosthetic is fixed with a strap to wrap around his right shoulder and a clamp on the end to wrap around the various bars for lifting weights. “He was going to eliminate excuses,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “He wanted to be a starter so he and his family went out and sought whatever they needed to do to make it work and was able to do that. Yeah, I think it’s helped him to prepare as a starter for us and to definitely gain some strength and do those things that he needs to do to play good football for us.” An inspiration to all Even while standing on the sidelines during varsity games the past two years, Tillotson’s presence had an effect on his older teammates. He was stuck behind a senior-laden group of offensive linemen last season that was 10 players deep. But even those seniors knew the value of him being there, with one player’s mother telling Tillotson’s parents how her son admired him last season. “Here comes this kid and he was coming onto the football team and the impact he had on the upperclassmen was awe inspiring,” Zack’s mom Linda said. “People come up to me all the time and tell Chris and I both what great parents we are. I’d love to take the credit for all of that.” And now that Tillotson is on the football field every Friday night playing, his impact is even more noticeable. “Seeing him work hard and doing stuff people can’t even do with two arms and starting this year just is an inspiration and motivates people on our team,” quarterback Jennings Jarman said. “I think it’ll motivate a lot of people to work hard.” That’s all Tillotson could ask for, as he’s impressed even himself by earning a spot on the field. “I had to start down here because of my disability,” he said, holding one arm lower than the other. “To me that shows how hard I’ve worked to go up with everybody and be able to start. Honestly, it makes me really proud of all of my accomplishments because nothing was really given.”
Sep 24, 2014
GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation will go into effect Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie...
Guthrie high school athletic director Gary Boxley resigns
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 24, 2014GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation will go into effect Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson told The Oklahoman. “He said he has some professional opportunities,” Simpson said. “He didn’t indicate what. “There was nothing forced (from the school district) or anything like that. I’ve got nothing but respect for him and I’m sorry to see him go.” Attempts to reach Boxley have been unsuccessful. In 2008, Boxley’s title was changed to co-athletic director alongside former football coach Rafe Watkins. He was given the sole responsibility of athletic director when Watkins left for Muskogee last spring. The search is expected to begin immediately for Boxley’s replacement.
After 14 years as the Bluejays’ AD, Boxley is leaving to pursue business opportunities
High schools: Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley resigns
By Jacob Unruh | Sep 24, 2014GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation is effective Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie superintendent Mike Simpson told The Oklahoman. “He said he has some professional opportunities,” Simpson said. “He didn’t indicate what. “There was nothing forced (from the school district) or anything like that. I’ve got nothing but respect for him and I’m sorry to see him go.” Attempts to reach Boxley have been unsuccessful. In 2008, Boxley’s title was changed to co-athletic director alongside former football coach Rafe Watkins. He was returned the sole responsibility of athletic director when Watkins left for Muskogee last spring. During Boxley’s tenure, Guthrie won 11 state championships. He led the Bluejays personally to two state championships in track and three state runner-up finishes. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named the organization’s Coach of the Year in 2009. The search is expected to begin immediately for Boxley’s replacement.
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
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.
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 16, 2014
After leading Class 5A in defense last season, Guthrie is off to another hot start this season with an almost entirely new cast. The Bluejays have allowed six points each game to start the season, rolling to a 2-0 start heading into this week’s matchup with Sand Springs. And new coach Kelly Beeby said it’s the play of some young players standing out. “The effort’s there, and I’ve been pleased...
Guthrie football: Defense off to strong start
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Sep 16, 2014After leading Class 5A in defense last season, Guthrie is off to another hot start this season with an almost entirely new cast. The Bluejays have allowed six points each game to start the season, rolling to a 2-0 start heading into this week’s matchup with Sand Springs. And new coach Kelly Beeby said it’s the play of some young players standing out. “The effort’s there, and I’ve been pleased with that,” he said. “Our defensive line continues to progress. We’re still really young in some spots and making a lot of mistakes, but technically we’re seeing improvement.” Seniors L’liott Curry, Kelyn Hinds and Beau Davis lead the way, but players like sophomore nose guard Christian Blassingame are also making a mark. “He’s undersized, but we’re getting some good time out of him,” Beeby said. “He’s giving up some experience and some size, but he plays hard and I’m pleased with him.” DALKE BOUND FOR JR. RYDER CUP IN SCOTLAND Hobart golfer Brad Dalke leaves this week for Scotland, where he’ll become the state’s first boys golfer to compete in the Junior Ryder Cup international match-play competition. Dalke, the son of Hobart football coach Bill Dalke, is one of 12 junior golfers — six boys and six girls — selected to represent the United States against the European team on Sept. 22-23 at Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. “I get to go over there and play, then I get to stay for the real Ryder Cup,” Dalke said. “It’s a really cool opportunity.” Dalke, a junior in high school, is the only non-senior boy on the U.S. team. Verbally committed to Oklahoma, Dalke is ranked by virtually every junior golf rating system as one of the top-10 junior golfers in the country, regardless of age. YUKON THE LATEST SCHOOL TO ADD RUGBY It isn’t an OSSAA-sanctioned sport, but rugby is gaining popularity at high schools around the metro area. Yukon High School, the latest to add a team, is set to begin preseason drills next Monday. Coach Aric Gilliland is expecting as many as 50 athletes, with the possibility of fielding two varsity teams when the club’s inaugural season begins in the spring. The Yukon Rugby Football Club will compete against other high school teams in Rugby Oklahoma, a division of USA Rugby.
Tony Mendoza threw three long TD passes as Hennessey, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, beat Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher 32-13.
High school football roundup: Hennessey beats top-ranked Kingfisher
From Staff Reports | Sep 12, 2014Three long touchdown passes by Tony Mendoza helped lead Class 2A No. 3 Hennessey to a 32-13 home victory over Kingfisher, the top-ranked team in 3A. Mendoza had a 37-yard TD pass to Tabor Johns and a 25-yarder to Jose Sanchez as Hennessey took a 25-0 lead after three quarters. Kingfisher scored twice in the fourth to make it 25-13, before Mendoza hit Sanchez on an 80-yard TD. Mendoza finished 12 of 14 for 228 yards. Sanchez had 153 yards on seven catches. Javy Renteria led Hennessey’s defense with 13 tackles and two pass deflections. HARMON PACES CASHION Matt Harmon threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class A No. 5 Cashion to a 40-7 victory over Mooreland. Harmon was 13 of 18, including TD passes of 38 and 11 yards to Josh Hampton. Hampton finished with 102 yards on five catches. Dylan Kordeliski scored twice for Cashion, including a 44-yard fumble return. DAVENPORT COASTS Hunter Reid accounted for five touchdows as Davenport, ranked No. 3 in Class B, defeated Watts 46-0 in a game stopped at halftime due to the mercy rule. Reid threw three TD passes, had a 31-yard touchdown run and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score. CURRY-MALTZ CONNECTION LEADS GUTHRIE Class 5A No. 4 Guthrie improved to 2-0 with a 24-6 victory at Ponca City. L’liott Curry caught touchdown passes of 10 and 21 yards from Zane Maltz, and ran for 114 yards on 11 carries. CHOCTAW BOUNCES PUTNAM CITY Jonah Llanusa ran for three scores and threw for another, leading Choctaw past Putnam City 34-3. Two of Llanusa’s TD throws went to Jacob Rapp, covering 17 and 8 yards. Llanusa also connected with Kurt Yandell on a 49-yarder, and scored on a 6-yard run. Choctaw (2-0) is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A-II. JONES GETS PAST HARRAH A 7-yard run by Brandon George in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner in Jones’ 26-20 victory at Harrah. George also had a 16-yard TD pass to Layton Moore. Tarik Leniger had TD runs of 19 and 16 yards for the Longhorns. Grant Martin led the way for Harrah with touchdown runs of 24, 1 and 60 yards. MCGUINNESS EDGES KELLEY Bishop McGuinness scored two first-half touchdowns and held on for a 16-14 victory at Tulsa Kelley. Jacob Mullins completed 15 of 22 passes for 214 yards including a 31-yard touchdown to Rubell Goe. The other TD for the Irish (1-1) came on an 11-yard run by Zach Segell. Kelley scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Comets (0-2) converted the 2-point coversion after their first TD, but failed on the second after a penalty. PAYTON SHINES FOR PERKINS Jacob Payton ran for 227 yards on just 12 carries and scored four touchdowns as Perkins beat McLoud 42-9. Payton had TD runs of 6, 28, 67 and 5 yards. Zac Bledsoe added two TD passes, one of them a 59-yarder to Thunder Sharp. BIG PLAYS SPARK OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN A 99-yard kickoff return by Kade Van Meter was the first of several big scoring plays that helped Oklahoma Christian beat Class 4A No. 10 Metro Christian, 43-32. OCS, No. 10 in Class 2A, got three touchdowns from quarterback Thomas Qualls — on a 75-yard run, and passes of 29 and 15 yards to Connor Sikes. Callen Crockett added a 49-yard interception return for a score, and Luke Frankfurt had a 75-yard TD. He finished with 113 yards. Van Meter also had two interceptions. Abe Anderson threw three touchdown passes for Metro Christian. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TRIMS ROCKETS Spencer Lindsey threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns as Christian Heritage beat Mount St. Mary, 21-14. Lindsey’s TD passes went to Braden Mikes, one of them a 68-yarder. St. Mary got touchdown runs of 33 yards from Archie Browne and 11 yards from Joe Castiglione Jr. RUN GAME CARRIES MEEKER The running of quarterback Jake Stanlee and fullback Tim Whitfield led Meeker to a 62-46 victory over Chandler. Stanley had 222 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and Whitfield had 204 yards and six TDs on 20 carries.
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 7, 2014
Executive Q&A: Jeff Bell, chief executive of Ada-based LegalShield Corp., was born and lived a short while in Oklahoma City, before studying and working in Ohio, Washington D.C., Michigan, New Jersey, Europe and Washington state.
Executive Q&A: LegalShield chief comes home to Oklahoma roots
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Sep 7, 2014ADA — Jeff Bell, chief executive of LegalShield Corp., said he feels like the prodigal son returning home to Oklahoma. Most recently of Seattle, Bell grew up and attended college in Ohio and has a rich career that spans Washington, D.C., Michigan, New Jersey, England and Spain. But Bell was born in Oklahoma City, and his parents and their parents hail from here. Bell feels sure his Sooner roots figured in to his being named LegalShield’s CEO on July 1. That and the fact that he’s got a strong background in sales and marketing, and a history of building companies and products for Ford, Microsoft and others. LegalShield sells pre-paid legal services through network marketing across the United States and Canada. Founded in 1972, the company, which for years was named Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., was acquired and renamed by New York-based MidOcean Partners in 2011. Today, LegalShield employs 700 and is a privately-held company, but its sales numbers speak to its revenues. It has nearly 300,000 associates — one third of whom are insurance agents who add LegalShield to their product offerings — and 1.4 million customers, who pay $20 a month for legal services, including contract review and preparation of wills, living trusts and more. Most choose to pay an additional $10 more a month for identity theft protection. Bell said his joining LegalShield is “a chance to do well, while doing good.” He said he believes in the company’s mission that members, regardless of their demographics, can enjoy the representation of some 1,000 attorneys, including the dedicated counsel of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and 39 other firms nationwide. From LegalShield’s 170,000-square-foot corporate offices, which are situated on 80 acres in Ada, Bell, 52, sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: My parents are natives of Guthrie and graduates of OU. I was born at St. Anthony Hospital and lived in Bethany. But when I was in first grade, my family moved to Centerville, Ohio — which is a suburb of Dayton. My mother had a long career in elementary education, mostly as a reading teacher. My dad worked in public relations for The Standard Register Company. He later ran his own PR business, and a sideline Mr. Zippy printing firm, before dying in a Piper plane accident the summer of 1983, when I was a rising college senior. My mother, who remarried, still lives in Centerville, as well my younger brother, who teaches and coaches at the same high school I attended. When I was there, I competed in oration contests, edited the yearbook, played baseball and football, and wrestled. Q: Growing up in Ohio, did you spend your holidays with family in Oklahoma? A: Yes. We spent many a Thanksgiving and Christmas here. My father’s family moved to Amarillo, but my mom’s mom lived in Norman — where I still have an aunt, uncle and cousin. We just had dinner together last week, and my aunt gave me a new OU T-shirt. I grew up watching the Sooners and root for them to this day. My wife, Colleen, plans to join me in Ada, after our youngest son graduates high school this May. She grew up on a horse ranch outside Medina, Ohio, and is looking forward to getting back to her roots, of horses and wide open spaces, in Ada. Q: And college? A: I was fortunate to attend Kenyon College. My father used to joke that Mr. Zippy paid for it. A history and Spanish graduate, I loved learning and still do. I wrote for the school and town newspapers, worked as a disc jockey, and played outside linebacker and later nose tackle for the Kenyon Lords football team. From my freshman to senior years, our win-loss record improved significantly from 3-6 to 7-2. Q: How’d you meet your wife? A: I met her in Spanish lab at Kenyon the fall semester of my sophomore, her freshman, year. We started dating second semester. I remember it was my birthday, Feb. 18. She’d been absent from class and I assumed, mistakenly, she was sick, so I stopped by her dorm room to see how she was. Later that night, we were crossing the street with some friends when a car came around the corner and I grabbed her hand. That was the moment. We’ve been together ever since, starting with an internship that summer in Bogota, Columbia. Q: What was your first professional job? A: The first year out of college, I worked — during the Reagan Administration — for the State Department, on the Central American desk. During my stint, El Salvador held its first elections and remains a democracy to this day. The following three years, I stayed in D.C. and worked for a small PR firm that served trade associations in solar energy, defense and aerospace. Then, I decided I needed to add a more quantitative aspect to my qualitative education and, thanks to a fellowship from Kenyon, spent the next three years earning first a master’s in international relations at Johns Hopkins in D.C. and then an MBA at The Wharton School in Philadelphia. All the while, Colleen worked. I was a teaching assistant at Penn, which covered my tuition. Q: What are some of the highlights of your career before LegalShield? A: From 1989 through 2001, I worked with Ford in Detroit, New Jersey and London, culminating in Madrid as managing director of Ford-Spain. I wanted to build something, and it felt good to work with a real product like automobiles. Following Ford, I spent five years with Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, starting with running advertising and advancing to VP and GM of Chrysler and Jeep. I met with the chairman of Mercedes-Benz Dieter Zetsche, who invited me to “come and make history.” And we did. Among other things, we re-launched the Dodge brand with a Hemi engine (from hemisphere), with the slogan “Grab life by the horns.” When Dieter left for Germany, I felt I’d done all I could do, so I moved on in 2006 to Microsoft Xbox in Seattle, which we grew to be more family friendly including streaming free Netflix movies on Tuesday night date nights. After Bill Gates and my other mentors and kindred spirits retired, I left in 2009 to join NCT (the Next Cool Thing) Ventures, a venture capital firm that has helped build many successful firms from Clear Sailing boat figurine paperweights to a pet health insurance company. Q: What’s your leadership philosophy? A: I’m purpose-driven and values led. I believe to serve is to lead, and teaching is leading and a way to gain people’s trust.
Defending state champion Kingfisher blasted Woodward 38-0 behind a smothering defense and strong running game Friday night. Junior running back Nick Smith rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns for the top-ranked Yellowjackets. Smith also kicked a 53-yard field goal. Kingfisher’s defense limited Woodward to three first downs and 67 yards of total offense as linebacker...
High school football roundup: Defending champion Kingfisher blanks Woodward
Compiled by Ed Godfrey, from staff reports | Sep 5, 2014Defending state champion Kingfisher blasted Woodward 38-0 behind a smothering defense and strong running game Friday night. Junior running back Nick Smith rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns for the top-ranked Yellowjackets. Smith also kicked a 53-yard field goal. Kingfisher’s defense limited Woodward to three first downs and 67 yards of total offense as linebacker Trey Weoman recorded a team-high 11 tackles. The Yellowjackets’ defense also intercepted three passes, including a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Kolton Mueggenborg, who also had eight tackles. Defensive backs Wendell Prim and Trey Borelli also had interceptions as Woodward completed just one pass. Kingfisher’s first score of the game was on a 67-yard pass to Jace Sternberger from quarterback Docker Haub. Giles has big night for Western Heights Running back Gerald Giles rushed for 303 yards on just 12 carries as Western Heights belted U.S. Grant, 54-2. Giles scored three touchdowns, including two 80-yard runs as the Jets led 29-0 after the first quarter. Quarterback J.T. Lewis was 7 of 10 passing for 165 yards and four touchdowns for Western Heights. Duke leads Bethany to victory Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke accounted for four touchdowns and 294 yards of total offense to lead the Bronchos to a 32-26 victory over Marlow. Duke was 19 of 30 through the air for 211 yards with no interceptions and a touchdown. On the ground, Duke ran for three more scores, rushing for 83 yards on 20 carries. Guthrie rolls over Duncan Guthrie compiled 409 yards in total offense, including 323 on the ground, as the Bluejays pounded Duncan 47-6 at Jelsma Stadium. Senior running back Idae Alexander scored three touchdowns while rushing for 197 yards on 25 carries. Alexander added his fourth touchdown and the final score of the game on a 95-yard kickoff return. Cashion trounces Yale behind Liebman’s four TDs Cashion running back Blakely Liebman scored four touchdowns as the fifth-ranked Wildcats rolled to a season-opening 50-14 victory over Yale. Liebman scored on runs of 15, 1 and 1 yards and also returned a punt 61 yards for a score. Payton Maroney returned a kick 90 yards for a touchdown for the Wildcats. Cashion quarterback Matt Harman was 17 of 19 passing for 201 yards in the game. The Wildcats led 44-0 at halftime. Lindsey to LittleJim deady connection for Christian Heritage Quarterback Spencer Lindsey tossed three touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Christian Heritage to a 35-7 victory over Santa Fe South. Gabe LittleJim caught two TD passes and had 83 of Christian Heritage's 202 total passing yards on the night. Joseph Lemieux added two rushing touchdowns as Christian Heritage held Santa Fe South scoreless for the first three quarters. Standlee, Bagwell lead Meeker past Prague Jake Standlee returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Meeker downed Prague, 35-22. Wide receiver Levi Bagwell caught four passes for 91 yards and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score for Meeker. Bagwell and Standless combined for 299 all-purpose yards. Fourth quarter surge carries Hennessey past Elgin Abraham Ortega had 220 yards of total offense, including 125 receiving, as Hennessey defeated Elgin, 30-7. Ortega made an impact on both sides of the ball, recording five tackles and a sack while playing defensive end. He scored twice, one on a 4-yard run and the other on an 80-yard reception from Tony Mendoza, who also added a 10-yard touchdown run for Hennessey. The Eagles broke open a close game with a 17-point fourth quarter. OCS shuts out Ringling Senior running back Luke Frankfurt rushed for 131 yards on 12 carries to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 29-0 victory over Ringling in a battle of ranked teams. Frankfurt scored on a 33-yard run while Connor Sykes added a 3-yard scoring run for the Saints. Corbin Mez caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Qualls. Ringling is ranked No. 2 in Class A while Oklahoma Christian is No. 10 in Class 2A. Seminole nips Harrah behind Harvey’s five touchdowns Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Chieftains edged Harrah, 34-32. The senior quarterback carried the ball 19 times for 111 yards and tossed touchdown passes of 46 yards to Max Guest and 23 yards to Dake Reese. Reese also gained 127 yards on 19 carries for Seminole, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. Sheppard’s two TDs carries Little Axe Little Axe's Jacob Sheppard had touchdown runs of 27 and 25 yards as the Indians defeated Lexington, 22-15. Sheppard rushed for 133 yards on 17 carries and had two receptions for 37 yards. CORRECTION: Two Christian Heritage football players' names -- Spencer Lindsey and Joseph Lemieux -- were spelled incorrectly in Saturday's editions. Lindsey threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Christian Heritage to a 35-7 victory over Santa Fe South, while Lemieux added two rushing touchdowns. (This story has been corrected.)
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
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Curry and running back Alexander each made big plays for the Guthrie offense, which showed some big-play potential. But Curry also saw plenty of room for growth, too.
High school football: Experience of L'liott Curry, Idae Alexander shows for Guthrie
By Scott Wright | Aug 22, 2014Guthrie receiver L’liott Curry knows he has to be more of a leader this season than he was during the Bluejays’ 14-0 run to the Class 5A state title last fall. And that leadership showed in Guthrie’s first scrimmage of the season, against Douglass and Tulsa Kelley on Friday night at Langston University. Curry and running back Idae Alexander each made big plays for the Guthrie offense, which showed some big-play potential. But Curry also saw plenty of room for growth, too. “We’ve got to get in and watch this film. This film is like gold to us,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of things we can learn from, and a lot of good things, too. We’ve got a lot of inexperience, and we’ve got to pick it up and get going.” The Bluejays are breaking in a new quarterback, with Zane Maltz taking the majority of the snaps Friday night. A talented athlete, the 200-pound Maltz was in line to be the team’s starting defensive end. He showed the ability to both run and throw. “He’s an athletic kid, and he’s a smart kid,” first-year coach Kelly Beeby said. “He’s got good awareness of what his role on the team is, and he won’t make mistakes that will get you beat.” DOUGLASS OFFENSE SHOWS VERSATILITY Douglass quarterback Patrick McKaufman showed significant improvement in the passing game from his freshman to sophomore season, and in the first live action of his junior year, it looks like he’s ready to take another step. The Trojans used a variety of running backs to grind out yardage, consistent with coach Willis Alexander’s style. Meanwhile, the passing game showed the ability to strike for big yards on both short and long routes. “I thought we were better in the passing game than we’ve been in a while,” Alexander said. “I think right now, offensively, we’re ahead and defensively, we’re coming along.” The offensive line has some holes to fill, but has gelled well in the first two weeks of camp. “I think we did pretty good tonight, but we can always do better,” said junior Xavier Mason. “We’re coming together as a group, and I think we’re gonna be ready for the season.” TULSA KELLEY YOUNG BUT TALENTED With one injured senior offensive lineman sidelined Friday, Tulsa Kelley coach J.J. Tappana had three sophomores playing up front, and the youngsters came through. But with only about five seniors expected to start overall, Tappana will be counting on youth at a lot of positions. With the defense also battling injuries, it was the Comets’ offense that carried the load Friday. Third-year starter Ryan Martin, a lanky senior, gave the offense balance in the passing game to go with a rushing attack that will rely on multiple backs. “We’ve got three really good backs that I’m excited about,” Tappana said. “My quarterback’s been playing for a long time and is a real heady kid. “I’m happy with the offense, and I’m even happier there were no injuries.”
Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
Aug 18, 2014
It appears he is fully healthy for his senior season. That could mean similar numbers to his sophomore season when he led the Bluejays in tackles.
High school notebook: Kelyn Hinds looking like old self for Guthrie
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Aug 18, 2014Even with the top defense in Class 5A last season, Guthrie was still missing a key player the majority of the season. Safety Kelyn Hinds missed all but the final three games of the Bluejays’ championship run after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring practice as a sophomore. Now it appears he is fully healthy for his senior season. That could mean similar numbers to his sophomore season when he led the Bluejays in tackles. “He’s a dynamic player that’s a really good tackler,” Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. “He’s the communication guy for our secondary. We may have to have him help us a little bit offensively either as a part of the running game or receiving game. We expect good things from him as the year goes on.” PUTNAM CITY HAS OFFENSIVE WEAPONS As the smallest school in Class 6A-I, Putnam City knows the challenges it faces. But the Pirates have a set of offensive skill-position players prepared to compete at the top level. Braden Hudson returns at quarterback after starting as a sophomore, and Denzel Dean heads a committee of running backs that bring a physical attack. Chris Pogi, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, will be an intriguing player in the passing game. Pogi sat out last year after moving in, but the big, athletic wideout already has a scholarship offer from Tulsa. DEFENDING VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS MEET TUESDAY The volleyball season is only a week old, and fans already have a championship-level match in store. Defending Class 5A champion Heritage Hall, currently ranked No. 4 in the class, is scheduled to visit reigning 4A champ and top-ranked Mount St. Mary at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Both programs are undefeated on the season. The match can be viewed via webcast at www.msmrockets.com. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at the McGuinness High School gym from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Participants are urged to take the I-44 East access road to the gym entrance. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
Aug 2, 2014
John Jacobs ran for more than 800 yards as a junior, scoring 13 times. He also threw for more than 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns, but coach Billy Brown said more can be expected out of Jacobs during his senior campaign.
District 5A-3 football preview: Shawnee's John Jacobs becoming 'a true dual-threat quarterback'
BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Aug 2, 2014Shawnee head coach Billy Brown said senior John Jacobs, who has committed to East Carolina, has become “a true dual-threat quarterback.” Jacobs ran for more than 800 yards as a junior, scoring 13 times. He also threw for more than 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns, but Brown said more can be expected out of Jacobs during his senior campaign. Brown said he’d like to see Jacobs pass more and not rely on his feet to get him out of trouble but said as a team, Shawnee would be more of a run-first team. “He’s always been a good, tough runner,” Brown said. “He’s a better passer after this summer. I think this year he’ll go through his progressions more. He used his legs to get him out of trouble last year and because of his offensive line, I think his passing will be better this year.” MCALESTER’S SUCCESS HINGES ON WOOD’S HEALTH Dalton Wood has earned the starting quarterback job in both his sophomore and junior seasons, so it’s no surprise Wood will take snaps to start games for McAlester, who lost in the state championship to Guthrie in 2013. What will have to change in his senior season is for Wood to stay healthy. Wood hasn’t played a full season in high school yet. McAlester coach Bryan Pratt said with a healthy Wood under center, his team might not just get back to the title game but could win it all in 2014. “He’ll have to stay healthy for us,” Pratt said. “If Dalton can stay healthy we feel we have a chance to be good.” Pratt said move-in wide receiver Cameron Hunter, from Melissa, Texas, should provide plenty of help for Wood and the McAlester offense. “He’s came on really strong,” Pratt said. “He’s gotten bigger and stronger and he’s picked up our offense.” Pratt said it is McAlester’s expectation to go back to where they were in December and to win that game. TULSA KELLEY HOPES YOUTH CAN PROVIDE SPARK Coach JJ Tapana said he’s coaching his youngest team in the ten years he’s been at Tulsa Kelley. That didn’t stop him from talking about winning some ball games though. “We got a really strong sophomore and junior class,” Tapana said. “And our seniors are good there just isn’t very many of them.” Tapana said one of those seniors, Ryan Martin, is drawing interest in from Ivy League schools and that he’ll be the heartbeat of Tulsa Kelley’s offense. “He’s a 3-year starter and he will lead our offense. He’ll make us go,” Tapana said. Tapana also said he expects big contributions from a pair of junior running backs in Jake Percy and Jack Woolflayer, both 6-1 and just over 200 pounds. “Those two guys will be good for us,” Tapana said. “They also catch the ball out of the backfield. They are going to have strong years.” Tapana is also high on sophomore linebacker Matt Smith, saying that in his time at Kelley, no one has played linebacker as good as Smith at Smith’s age. EXTRA POINTS *Tulsa Memorial’s trying to fill some key spots. Head coach Ryan Reed, a Memorial alum, said, “when you lose six kids to college football, which is a good thing for us, we have to replace that and it’s not always easy.” Reed is hoping junior quarterback Trevor Boone can stay healthy and said he has one of the best arms he’s seen in coaching. Reed is also high on junior defensive back Decory Royal, who had nine interceptions last season. *Skiatook coach Vance Miller said being young last year will help his team this year. Specifically Baylor Jenkins, the team’s leading tackler as a sophomore and junior. Miller said if his Skiatook defense can prevent the big plays, their record can improve. *Greg George comes to Noble from Tecumseh and said it helped that his new players studied him as an opponent last season. George is changing Noble’s defense to a 3-4 scheme and said, “They’re learning to grasp the system and they’re on board. We’re in the process of finding out who can do what.” *Tulsa Hale didn’t win a single game last year, but coach Tony Peters said his kids have never given up and summer workouts have been great. DISTRICT 5A-3 COACHES’ POLL 1. Shawnee (9-3) 2. McAlester (12-2) 3. Tulsa Kelley (6-5) 4. Skiatook (4-7) 5. Memorial (6-4) 6. Durant (2-8) 7. Noble (4-6) 8. Hale (0-10) *-Last year’s records in parentheses
Aug 1, 2014
Defending champion Guthrie rebuilding offensive line. Bluejays picked to finish second in district behind Carl Albert.
High school football: District 5A-2 preview
By Jacob Unruh | Aug 1, 2014During last season’s undefeated Class 5A title run, Guthrie was second in the class with 273.2 rushing yards per game behind a strong offensive line. Now the Bluejays enter this football season with just one returning starter in Conan Maltz and are looking to quickly gain some experience. “We’ve got some kids that fit the mold,” first-year coach Kelly Beeby said. “They just haven’t played in the big games, and they work really hard in the weight room. We expect them to grow as the season progresses.” And as the offensive line grows, so will the Bluejays as they rely on returning skill players such as Idae Alexander and L’liott Curry. Still, the question mark about the offensive line left opposing coaches in District 5A-2 nearly split on how Guthrie would finish in the standings. In the six polls outside of its own, Guthrie was picked first three times and second three times. DICKERSON LEADING QB BATTLE AT CARL ALBERT Longtime Carl Albert coach Gary Rose has liked what he’s seen from junior Braxton Dickerson. So much so that Dickerson is the frontrunner to be named the starting quarterback. Dickerson will replace Stevie Thompson, who led the Titans to the 2012 state championship and last season accounted for 29 total touchdowns. “We’re going to always be able to run the football, and we’re going to throw it if we have the guy and the receivers,” Rose said. “Braxton has the potential to do both. “He’s not the runner that Stevie was. He could be eventually if he really works on that aspect, just because of his physical stature.” LANDON LEADING DEER CREEK DEFENSE Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said junior linebacker Blake Landon has only begun to tap into his potential. “I think when it’s all said and done, he’ll have another really good year,” Gower said about his 6-foot-2, 205-pound leading tackler. “Really, the sky’s the limit.” Landon recorded 174 tackles and six sacks along with grabbing at interception last season as a sophomore. He is also beginning to receive interest from multiple Big 12 schools. “He’s the kind of guy you like to rally around as a team,” Gower said. PIEDMONT BUMPS UP, BRINGS DISTRICT RIVALRY With Piedmont coming up from Class 4A, the annual rivalry game against Deer Creek now has even more meaning. As a result, it will be played in Week 4 to open district play. “Being a district game and being the first district game, that takes on a whole new meaning as well,” Gower said. “That one’s always a tough one for us. They’ll be in the mix when it’s all said and done.” Deer Creek won last season’s matchup 35-3 in the opening week of the season and has not lost to the Wildcats since 2006. WESTERN HEIGHTS RELYING ON VETERAN PLAYERS First-year Western Heights coach Justin Mayhew said the strength of the team will be its 19 returning starters. And that starts with players such as running back/linebacker Gerard Giles and receiver/defensive end Rudy Thompson. Giles rushed for 802 yards and seven touchdowns last season, while also gathering 74 tackles and Thompson and 81 tackles and 10 sacks last season. The Jets went 1-9 last season, but the prospects are higher this season as coaches voted them to finish sixth in the district. SOUTHEAST’S DOZIER HEALTHY Southeast coach Chris Vandersypen admits last year’s offense was, well, boring. That should change this season with senior Markel Dozier returning at quarterback after missing last season with an ACL injury. “Last year, we had to basically play two freshmen,” Vandersypen said. “So our offense was bland and stagnant because of limitations. (Dozier) is going to give us freedom to be more diverse.” Southeast went 2-8 last season but moves into the district for the first time this season. District 5A-2 coaches’ poll 1. Carl Albert (9-3) 2. Guthrie (14-0) 3. Deer Creek (6-5) 4. McGuinness (7-5) 5. Piedmont (4-6) 6. Western Heights (1-9) 7. Southeast (2-8) 8. Guymon (0-10) *Last year’s record in parentheses
EDMOND MEMORIAL: MADDI LITTLE Athletics: Finished sixth or better every year at state tennis, including runner-up in No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Second-team All-City as a freshman, monorable mention All-City tennis as a sophomore and junior Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Soceity. Activities: Young Democrats president. Latin Club. New...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 3
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014EDMOND MEMORIAL: MADDI LITTLE Athletics: Finished sixth or better every year at state tennis, including runner-up in No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Second-team All-City as a freshman, monorable mention All-City tennis as a sophomore and junior Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Soceity. Activities: Young Democrats president. Latin Club. New student mentor. Swine Week leader. Mercy Hospital Community Champion Award. Quote: “I have always admired Maddi’s ability to roll with the punches and keep her cool in challenging situations.” — Amanda Fairbairn, tennis coach College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Charlie Dutton, Ricki Scheef EDMOND SANTA FE: GARRETT GREENWOOD Athletics: Three-year varsity baseball starter. Team captain as a senior. Perfect Game USA Underclass All-American. Academics: Scored 34 on the ACT, 2140 on the SAT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Valedictorian. National Merit Scholar finalist. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team. Quote: “He long ago earned the respect of his peers and teachers. Garrett is one of the most outstanding young men I have known in my 18 years as an educator.” — Deanna Fleck, counselor College choice: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Also nominated: Karlie Hamman GUTHRIE: CONNER HOWARD Athletics: Second-team All-City in wrestling as a senior. Third place (185 pounds) at state as a senior, second (220) as a junior. Member of two state championship teams in football. Member of four state qualifying teams in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. Scored 25 on the ACT. Activities: Student council. Senior class president. Junior Prom Committee. United Week leader. Think Pink Week leader. Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader. Boys’ State. Quote: “He is the best role model of a student that a school could want.” — Annie Chadd, counselor College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None HARDING CHARTER PREP: SAIBRA JOURNEY Athletics: Received the track team’s Most Versatile Athlete Award. Three years varsity track. One year varsity basketball. Also played volleyball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Scholastic Achievement Award. Activities: Key Club. Teen Service Board of Youth Services of Oklahoma County. Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled. Muscular Dystrophy Association camp counselor. Quote: “I know that Saibra has faced adversity and has continued to show her will to drive and stride forward and not accept failure as an option.” — Joe Hughes, counselor College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None HARRAH: CARLI BISHOP Athletics: Placed in the top 10 in three events at the state swimming meet as a senior when her team finished third. Placed in the top 10 in two events as a junior. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society service officer. Mu Alpha Theta president. Academic All-State. OU Freshman Engineering Scholarship. OU Distinguished Scholar. Activities: Saxophone. Community service. Quote: “She is a mentor and a leader to her teammates with her attitude and dedication.” — Gwena Dixon, swimming coach College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: Riley Bunyard, Darian Hill HERITAGE HALL: MEREDITH ZERBY Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City in cross country. Finished in the top 20 at state every year, including fourth place as a sophomore. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City track in the 3,200 meters. Member of state qualifiying basketball team as a senior. Academics: Scored 29 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta. Spanish Honor Society. Activities: Student council. Class treasurer. Pep Club president. Peer leader. Quote: “In spite of her many responsibilities, Meredith regularly honors friends with her elaborate, homemade birthday cards.” — Donna Giasson, math teacher College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Lindsey Grace, Peter LeForce JOHN MARSHALL: MALIK FOXX Athletics: Honorable mention Class 4A All-State and honorable mention Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Member of two state championship teams and one state runner-up in basketball while attending Centennial. Honorable mention Little All-City high jump in track as a junior when he finished third at state. Varsity cross country for two years. Academics: Grade point average of 3.3. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. National Honor Society. Activities: Student council. Quote: “He is always kind and courteous to others.” — Chad Campbell, basketball coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Jabril Clay JONES: TEDDI HOMAN Athletics: Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City. Honorable mention All-City in cross country as a senior. Medalist at state track meet. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Key Club. Jones Against Drugs. Planet Earth. Quote: “The trait that sets Teddi apart from others is her character. In my 18 years at Jones, I have truly never met a young person with the determination and work ethic that she possesses.” — David Quinn, track coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None