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Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oklahoma State football: How Josh Furman went from hardly playing at Michigan to become a key staple of the Cowboy defenseOct 22, 2014
It’s as if Furman simply dropped from the sky at the exact right moment, because the Cowboys entered this season with a massive hole at star linebacker
Oklahoma State football: How Josh Furman went from hardly playing at Michigan to become a key staple of the Cowboy defense
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Oct 22, 2014STILLWATER — He plays nearly every snap and you scratch your head. On third-and-goal he sacks the quarterback and it makes you wonder. He hauls in a game-clinching interception and you hardly believe it. How in the world, you think, did Oklahoma State linebacker Josh Furman not play at Michigan? “You’d have to ask him,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, who knows team rules prohibit first-year players, even a fifth-year transfer senior like Furman, from talking with reporters. “You can quote me on this — they must have an outstanding secondary out there.” Furman over three seasons as a reserve safety and special teams contributor at Michigan: 29 tackles. Furman through seven games at OSU: 39 tackles, five sacks, three pass breakups and one interception. And it’s as if Furman simply dropped from the sky at the exact right moment, because the Cowboys entered this season with a massive hole at star linebacker. Longtime starter Shaun Lewis graduated and his possible replacements — Joe Mitchell, Deion Imade and Lyndell Johnson — were also gone. Furman entered the picture by simply sending an email, a feeling-out message, to the OSU coaching staff to see if they might be interested in utilizing Furman’s talents for his final season of eligibility. “I get tons of them where I just press delete,” Spencer said. “But because of our need and something struck me, I pursued it a little further.” Spencer is sure glad he did. But all that doesn’t explain how Michigan could have missed so badly on a player with Furman’s talent. To truly understand, you’ve got to look deeper into Furman’s history. Much deeper. Back to position change. Back to a coaching change. Back to a police report and allegations of domestic abuse. Do that, and you’ll find there are very good reasons why Furman is only now getting his chance at the spotlight. *** Damian Ferragamo doesn’t coach football anymore at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Md. But as an academic department chair at the school, he regularly walks by a glass case that prominently features a 2009 football state championship trophy and a photo of that team’s star player — Josh Furman. “The kids still talk about him,” said Ferragamo, the coach of that state title team. Ferragamo had a number of Division-I caliber players in 2009, but none quite matched Furman’s talent. He recalled a regional championship game in which Old Mill squeaked out a 58-55 double-overtime victory where Furman rushed for more than 400 yards. He also played outside linebacker. “(Josh) had all the physical tools that you could possibly ask for,” Ferragamo said. “We really just kind of jumped on his back and he led us to victory.” Furman’s primary use was running back and performances like that title game certainly caught the interest of college coaches from top-level programs in the northeast. Pittsburgh specifically recruited Furman as a running back, Ferragamo said. West Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina also wanted in. Even Oklahoma, some thousand miles away, offered a scholarship. But equally impressive as Furman’s rushing ability was his defensive cover skill and rush off the edge. Ferragamo said Furman caused havoc in opponents’ backfields. At 6-foot-2 and about 200 pounds, he had the frame of a Big-10 safety. And when Michigan came calling, Furman was more than ready to commit to the defensive side of the ball. “We hung our hat on him offensively,” Ferragamo said. “So to go to a major college in a major conference like the Big 10, I was anticipating that he was going to need time to really learn how to do that full time.” But as the future would unfold, a position switch would hardly be Furman’s biggest obstacle at the next level. *** Troy Woolfolk was a four-year letterman for Michigan at safety. When Furman made an official visit to Ann Arbor, Woolfolk was a redshirt junior who helped welcome in recruits. “He was a crazy boy,” Woolfolk laughed. Despite an age difference, the two became close as they shared the same position. In those early years, Woolfolk called Furman a “raw” talent who didn’t necessarily rely on the playbook to stand out. “All of his plays that he usually made were just instinctively played,” Woolfolk said. “He’s just a natural, talented football player. I think he’s unique in that aspect.” As Ferragamo predicted, that skill set would need development for Furman to make an impact. So he was redshirted for the 2010 season. But it was bad timing. On Jan. 6, 2011, the coach who brought Furman to Michigan, Rich Rodriguez, was fired after a disappointing three-year stretch where the Wolverines went 15-22. Six days later, Michigan introduced former San Diego State coach Brady Hoke as the Wolverines’ new head man. “Whenever you have a new coach, everything that’s been done in the past doesn’t mean anything,” Woolfolk said. “You have to go back and prove yourself. It definitely was a learning experience for everybody.” Furman was now tasked with impressing a new staff. In his first two years, Furman was climbing the ranks on special teams to claim an open spot in the secondary once more veteran players graduated. Furman appeared in all 24 games through that stretch, played during the 2011 Sugar Bowl victory and got in at safety in two games. It was progress. But everything changed Feb. 11, 2012. In the early hours of that Saturday, a female Michigan student in an off-campus apartment called 911. Furman was arrested on complaints of domestic violence, assault and battery, and illegal entry. “I didn’t believe it at first,” Woolfolk said. “I still don’t know what to think about it.” *** Look back to Oklahoma State for a moment. When Spencer received Furman’s email inquiring about a final year playing in Stillwater, he needed to learn more. And there’s no doubt what he initially found was startling. Furman was suspended from the Michigan football team in 2012 from mid-February to late April as trial took place following a late-night disturbance involving Furman’s ex-girlfriend, a man and two other women, according to reports in the Ann Arbor News. “We addressed that with the coaching staff up there, exactly what happened,” Spencer said. “Talked to him about exactly what happened.” This was Spencer’s warning to Furman: “This is your one and only chance to be totally honest, because I’m going to do my research.” According to news reports and Furman’s attorney, Gerry Mason, this is what took place: Furman received text messages from another man regarding his ex-girlfriend. He responded by going to the apartment where they were located and a confrontation took place. The ex-girlfriend told the court that she initiated the physical contact by grabbing Furman’s arm and hair. Two other women testified they did not feel threatened by Furman during the incident. The prosecutor presented photos of redness on the ex-girlfriend’s chest and a 911-call tape as evidence. No further injuries were reported. When the trial concluded, judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines ruled Furman innocent. “He shouldn’t have done what he did,” said Hines in the Ann Arbor News. “But looking at the law, there is insufficient evidence for assault and battery or domestic violence beyond a reasonable doubt.” Furman was reinstated to the football program, but whether fair or not, the young player trying to work his way up to a more prominent role now had a black mark on his record. “Because of the coaches not really knowing him, it made them kind of put Josh in that category of, ‘Oh, he’s one of those kids’ … because you do come across kids who act bad and that’s a habitual action,” said Woolfolk, who had since graduated when the incident took place. “Unfortunately for him, from having a new coach come in, they really don’t have the same loyalty to you as a person.” The following season, Furman appeared in just four games at safety. He graduated and went searching for a new home. *** In the wake of recent domestic abuse scandals that have shined a negative light on the NFL and college football in recent months, Furman’s story hardly compares with the grisly images that have come to define the Ray Rice saga and likely the pending Joe Mixon situation at OU. But for Spencer — who has the words trust, discipline, toughness, effort and love, painted on the back wall of a Cowboy football meeting room — there needed to be absolutely no doubt that Furman’s character met his high standards. “After we thoroughly investigated that, we had no issues about bringing him in,” Spencer said. Those comments were echoed by Woolfolk and Ferragamo. “If you knew Josh, you would know that he’s a good person and you wouldn’t think too much of it,” Woolfolk said. “I know Josh at the end of the day, so it doesn’t change my perception of him. Everybody has their flaws.” “It wasn’t in his nature,” Ferragamo added. “Totally out of left field … Throughout that adversity in his life, from everything that I gathered, he still remained pretty positive about it.” If Spencer needed any further confirmation, it arrived as soon as Furman hit the practice field. “I love his effort level and I love the way he’s bought in to being a part of this family,” Spencer said. “He’s not an outsider. He’s one of us … He knew he had to come in and become a part of our culture. That’s one reason I think he’s able to give us good snaps right now.” OSU coach Mike Gundy said Furman’s early success is “based on his maturity, it's based on his experience and based on his age." In terms of football talent, the Cowboys are enjoying similar versatility that made Furman such a force in high school. Because he is able to rush the passer and drop back in coverage, OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson said Furman is “like having Tyreek (Hill) on offense.” Like cornerback Tyler Patmon before him, Furman’s one and only season in Stillwater will go without the chance to talk with reporters. But in a short interview release by the OSU athletic department, Furman did open up about how he plans to benefit from his opportunity as a Cowboy. Finally, a clean slate and an opportunity to shine. “My goal is just to make the team better, make myself better,” Furman said. “To show the world my potential.”
Here are the Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D-2. Listings include name of school, season record, previous week's ranking, previous week's result and this week's opponent (NR-not ranked). The rankings are based on a formula that includes ratings from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star plus experts for each class. Class A: Dale Miller,...
Nebraska AP high school football rankings
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 21, 2014Here are the Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D-2. Listings include name of school, season record, previous week's ranking, previous week's result and this week's opponent (NR-not ranked). The rankings are based on a formula that includes ratings from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star plus experts for each class. Class A: Dale Miller, Grand Island Independent. Class B: Jeff Fielder, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. Class C1: Tom Behmer, Norfolk Daily News. Class C2: Brent Wasinius, Fremont Tribune. Class D1: Andrew Bottrell, North Platte Telegraph. Class D2: Nick Blasnitz, Hastings Tribune. CLASS a 1. Omaha North (8-0), 1, def. Omaha Westside 42-14, Bellevue East. 2. Millard North (8-0), 2, def. Papillion-La Vista South 24-21, Papillion-La Vista. 3. Omaha Creighton Prep (7-1), 5, def. Bellevue West 47-43, Papillion-La Vista South. 4. Bellevue West (5-3), 3, lost to Creighton Preparatory School 47-43, at Omaha Central. 5. Papillion-La Vista South (6-2), 4, lost to Millard North 24-21, at Creighton Preparatory School. 6. Omaha Central (6-2), 6, def. South Sioux City 54-14, Bellevue West. 7. Grand Island (7-1), 7, def. Lincoln Northeast 54-0, at North Platte. 8. Lincoln East (6-2), 8, def. Lincoln Southwest 35-21, at Omaha Bryan. 9. Norfolk (7-1), 9, def. North Platte 41-7, at Kearney. 10. Millard West (5-3), 10, def. Kearney 31-14, at Lincoln Southeast. Others receiving votes: None. CLASS B 1. Gretna (8-0), 2, def. Elkhorn 17-14, at Elkhorn South. 2. Elkhorn (7-1), 1, lost to Gretna 17-14, at Omaha Skutt Catholic. 3. Omaha Skutt Catholic (6-2), 5, def. Elkhorn South 37-20, Elkhorn. 4. McCook (7-1), 4, def. Hastings 43-14, at Adams Central. 5. Elkhorn South (6-2), 3, lost to Omaha Skutt Catholic 37-20, Gretna. 6. Scottsbluff (7-1), 6, def. Gering 55-0, at Alliance. 7. Blair (5-3), 8, def. Bennington 48-7, at Mount Michael Benedictine. 8. York (6-2), NR, def. Seward 13-12, Aurora. 9. Sidney (6-2), 10, def. Alliance 58-36, at Gering. 10. Crete (6-2), 9, def. Lincoln Pius X 27-13, Norris. Others receiving votes: Seward. CLASS C1 1. Boone Central/Newman Grove (8-0), 1, def. Wayne 41-0, Norfolk Catholic. 2. Norfolk Catholic (8-0), 2, def. Pierce 56-20, at Boone Central/Newman Grove. 3. Ashland-Greenwood (8-0), 3, def. Boys Town 35-14, Douglas County West. 4. Columbus Scotus (7-1), 4, def. North Bend Central 56-6, at Columbus Lakeview. 5. Wilber-Clatonia (8-0), 5, def. Lincoln Christian 30-0, Milford-Dorchester. 6. Cozad (7-1), 6, def. Valentine 25-7, O'Neill. 7. Chadron (7-1), 7, def. Gordon-Rushville 55-14, bye. 8. Kearney Catholic (7-1), 8, def. Minden 44-14, Holdrege. 9. Falls City (7-1), NR, def. Syracuse 25-16, Conestoga. 10. Grand Island Central Catholic (6-2), NR, def. Holdrege 42-7, St. Paul. Others receiving votes: None. CLASS C2 1. Battle Creek (8-0), 1, def. Ainsworth, 62-8, at Lutheran High Northeast. 2. North Platte St. Patrick's (8-0), 3, def. Cambridge 45-6, at Bayard. 3. Sutton (8-0), 6, def. Hastings St. Cecilia 30-23, at Superior. 4. Aquinas Catholic (7-1), 4, def. Logan View 49-14, Archbishop Bergan. 5. Hastings St. Cecilia (7-1), 2, lost to Sutton 30-23, at Sandy Creek. 6. Oakland-Craig (7-1), 9, def. Homer 50-14, at Wisner-Pilger. 7. Archbishop Bergan (7-1), 5, def. Yutan 21-12, at Aquinas Catholic. 8. Hartington Cedar Catholic (6-2), 7, def. Crofton 19-14, Ainsworth. 9. Lutheran High Northeast (6-2), 10, def. West Holt 29-19, Battle Creek. 10. Freeman (7-1), NR, def. Southern 20-7, Elmwood-Murdock. Others receiving votes: Fillmore Central. CLASS D1 1. Hemingford (7-0), 1, def. Creek Valley 93-8, Sutherland. 2. Creighton (7-0), 2, def. Wakefield 70-14, Hartington-Newcastle. 3. Guardian Angels Central Catholic (7-0), 3, def. Winnebago 74-18, Omaha Nation. 4. Heartland (7-0), 4, def. Harvard 82-16, at Nebraska Lutheran. 5. Amherst (7-0), 5, def. Ansley-Litchfield 28-0, Burwell. 6. Friend (7-0), 6, def. Diller-Odell 40-22, at Omaha Christian Academy. 7. Fullerton (7-0), 7, def. Howells-Dodge 52-46, High Plains Community. 8. BDS (6-1), 8, def. McCool Junction 39-12, Pawnee City. 9. Elm Creek (6-1), 9, def. Axtell 47-14, at Franklin. 10. Blue Hill (4-3), T10, def. Arapahoe 41-12, Axtell. Others receiving votes: Burwell, High Plains. CLASS D2 1. Exeter-Milligan (7-0), 1, def. Meridian 62-13, at Red Cloud. 2. Stuart (7-0), 2, def. Randolph 50-26, at St. Mary's. 3. Humphrey St. Francis (7-0), 3, def. Elkhorn Valley 64-13, Heartland Lutheran. 4. Anselmo-Merna (7-0), 4, def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 70-21, Brady. 5. Falls City Sacred Heart (5-2), 5, def. Sterling 74-16, at Parkview Christian. 6. Kenesaw (6-1), 6, def. Bertrand 73-30, at Elwood. 7. Giltner (5-2), 7, def. Johnson-Brock 73-40, Lawrence-Nelson. 8. Elwood (6-1), 8, def. Alma 66-22, Kenesaw. 9. Garden County (7-0), 10, def. Leyton 68-13, at Crawford. 10. Randolph (5-2), 9, lost to Stuart 50-26, Osmond. Others receiving votes: Maxwell.
WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — A melee erupted on the sideline of a high school football game on Saturday, with the visiting team's coach accusing a home team assistant coach of choking a player, bringing the game to an early end. State police were called to ensure order as the teams and fans left the field.The Glens Falls Post-Star reported (http://bit.ly/1whFiKF ) the Class D game between Whitehall...
Troopers called as school football game turns ugly
Associated Press | Oct 19, 2014WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — A melee erupted on the sideline of a high school football game on Saturday, with the visiting team's coach accusing a home team assistant coach of choking a player, bringing the game to an early end. State police were called to ensure order as the teams and fans left the field. The Glens Falls Post-Star reported (http://bit.ly/1whFiKF ) the Class D game between Whitehall and Rensselaer was halted with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, with Whitehall leading 28-6. A Whitehall player had just been ejected for a personal foul. The game had gotten increasingly rough since a second-quarter brawl that nearly cleared the benches. The brawl erupted after Whitehall quarterback Justin Hoagland was taken down out of bounds. The ensuing maelstrom between players and coaches from both teams led to a prolonged, angry exchange between coaches and officials before things calmed down. "It got ugly quick," Whitehall head coach Justin Culligan told the newspaper. "We saw some things that they did. They probably saw some things that we did. I'm not going to blame either side. Both sides were at fault." Rensselaer coach Joel Preston accused a Whitehall assistant coach of pinning and choking one of his players during the melee in the second quarter. Whitehall's athletic director, Keith Redmond, said he and head coach Justin Culligan looked at videotape but he couldn't see anything. A referee called the contest at Redmond's suggestion. Section II football chairman Bob Dorrance said the Whitehall victory stands because the game was called for safety reasons. There were no arrests and no injuries reported after the game in Whitehall, 65 miles northeast of Albany, the state capital. Meanwhile, fights and stabbings followed two high school football games in as many days on Long Island, although police said the violence didn't appear to stem from the games.
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
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 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
Western Heights enters the fifth week of the football season looking to improve to 4-1 when it faces Southeast at Star Spencer’s Twidwell Stadium on Thursday night. The Jets, under first-year coach Justin Mayhew, are coming off their first loss, 37-22 to Carl Albert last week, ending a three-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 171-8. Running back Gerard Giles is...
High school notebook: J.P. Lewis, Gerard Giles guiding Western Heights' turnaround
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Sep 29, 2014Western Heights enters the fifth week of the football season looking to improve to 4-1 when it faces Southeast at Star Spencer’s Twidwell Stadium on Thursday night. The Jets, under first-year coach Justin Mayhew, are coming off their first loss, 37-22 to Carl Albert last week, ending a three-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 171-8. Running back Gerard Giles is averaging 15.8 yards per carry, with 665 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just 43 carries. Quarterback J.P. Lewis has completed 77 percent of his passes for 701 yards and 13 touchdowns with just one interception. Rudy Thompson and Kevin Rassett each have five touchdown receptions. This is the Jets’ best start to a season since 2008, when they began 4-0 and went on to an 8-3 mark, losing in the first round of the playoffs. SOUTHWEST CONVENANT’S CLOUD BEATS FATHER FOR FIRST WIN Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud isn’t sure how Christmas will be around his family. Cloud is in his first year as the head coach of the Patriots and he got his first career win last week, beating Corn Bible 32-26. It just came at the expense of beating his father and mentor, Curt Cloud. “It’s one of those, he was obviously was not happy but at the same time he told me right after the game, ‘I’m proud of you,’” Trey Cloud said. “It was kinda bittersweet but not really. It was sweet for me, but bitter for him.” Cloud, 23, played for his father at Wesleyan Christian in Bartlesville. He was the assistant coach at Southwest Covenant last season before being promoted this offseason. Little did he know he would beat his father for win No. 1. “Everybody’s asking me how Thanksgiving is going to be,” Cloud said. “I’m having Thanksgiving with my wife’s family. Christmas may be a different story. He was good about it, but he was obviously frustrated about it at the same time. He’ll probably try to get me back next year.” Cloud said freshman quarterback Sam Webb played well against Corn Bible, playing through a stinger that forced his older brother Jack to move from guard to quarterback briefly. Jack later broke his collarbone while playing linebacker. The Patriots host Fox this week. CLASS A POWERS POUR IT ON It was the week of the blowout for Class A’s top 10 teams. Second-ranked Thomas’ 43-13 win over Hooker had the smallest margin of victory of any of the 10 games, which the ranked teams won by an average of 46.2 points per game. Cashion’s 82-0 win over Crescent was the most lopsided defeat, but five other games were decided by 40 or more. WELLSTON TOPS NORTHEAST FOR SECOND WIN OF SEASON Shane Page’s first season as the Wellston football coach is off to a meaningful start. The Tigers defeated Northeast 21-6 on Friday to improve to 2-2 on the year. While it might not sound monumental, it marks the first time since 2008 that the Tigers have won more than one game in a season. Wellston has not surpassed two victories since 2005. Of course, the schedule gets tougher in District 2A-2, with second-ranked Oklahoma Christian School awaiting this week.
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
NEW YORK (AP) — The numbers don't lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape.Troubling trends in recruiting and some reluctance by schools to invest the way it's done in the Southeastern Conference have been dragging down Big Ten football in recent years. This season looks as if it could be rock bottom.The gory details through three weeks:— 1-10 vs. other Big Five conferences.— 24-14 overall in...
Troubling trends lead to Big Ten hitting bottom
RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — The numbers don't lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape. Troubling trends in recruiting and some reluctance by schools to invest the way it's done in the Southeastern Conference have been dragging down Big Ten football in recent years. This season looks as if it could be rock bottom. The gory details through three weeks: — 1-10 vs. other Big Five conferences. — 24-14 overall in nonconference games, worst among record among the Big Five conferences. — 5-3 against the Mid-American Conference — And this one from Mlive.com, 2-12 in nonconference games against FBS teams with winning records. "It's presently as bad as it looks," said former LSU and Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo, who also works as an analyst for the Big Ten Network. "The future is not as bad as predicted." At the heart of the matter is recruiting, and a demographic shift that is far bigger than the Big Ten. The number of people, and quality football players, in the Big Ten's footprint has been shrinking. Only 17 of the top 100 high school players, as rated by Rivals.com, in the 2014 signing class came from states with Big Ten schools, and that's including New York, New Jersey and Maryland, and Washington D.C. Rutgers and Maryland joined the Big Ten this season. The current top 100 for 2015 includes only nine players from Big Ten states. It goes to 10 if you throw Connecticut in the Big Ten's footprint. California, Texas and Florida have for years been the most-talent rich states. Ohio used to be in the next group and Pennsylvania not far behind that. That's changed, according to Mike Farrell, national recruiting analyst for Rivals. He now puts Ohio behind Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia and North Carolina. "These are feeder programs for a lot of the ACC and SEC powers," Farrell said. "Pennsylvania's dropped off as well. They used to be well ahead of New Jersey, in my estimation. Now they're just not." So the Big Ten needs to get more players from outside its footprint, which isn't easy. Players generally go to school close to home. Still, DiNardo said Big Ten schools need to do better. Part of the problem is recruiting rules work against luring kids far away. Football coaches are not allowed to meet face-to-face with recruits off campus until after the players' junior school years. Official recruiting visits to schools, which are paid for by the schools, don't start until players are seniors. Prospects can make unofficial visits before then. "A prospect in the Sun Belt who can't afford to drive to Lincoln, Nebraska, nor do they have any desire to drive from Gulfport, Mississippi, to Lincoln, Nebraska, they'll never be exposed to Big Ten schools," DiNardo said. And if you're not recruiting a player until his senior year, it's often too late. "I suggest part of the solution to this is to allow football prospects to visit in May and June of their junior year," DiNardo said. Basketball recruiting rules allow for earlier contact between coaches and prospects. Bringing in Rutgers and Maryland should help make the northeast corridor Big Ten territory, but the benefits will likely take some time to come to fruition. The Big Ten's football problems are also part cultural and financial. "There are Big Ten institutions that don't want to spend all the money they're making on the sport that's making all the money," DiNardo said. The recent hirings of former Florida coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State and former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin at Penn State could help shake things up. There has never been a doubt about Ohio State's commitment to football, but hiring Meyer upped the ante. "He just tore down a beautiful locker room to build a more beautiful locker room," DiNardo said. Ohio State's biggest problem this season is Braxton Miller's injury. In the long run, the Buckeyes should be fine. Franklin, along with his predecessor, Bill O'Brien, brought a dose of reality to Penn State that could have a ripple effect throughout the conference. "Y'all might think these are the best facilities in the country, but they're not," DiNardo said was the message Franklin and O'Brien sent. "Y'all might think you're paying everyone a lot, but you're not. Y'all might think the staff's big enough, but it's really not." In Rivals' current recruiting rankings for 2015, Penn State is the only Big Ten team in the top 10. The rest are SEC schools, Florida State and Clemson from the ACC and Pac-12 power Southern California. Penn State appears to be heading in the right direction. Michigan is a mess right now, but should be fixable in the long term, DiNardo said. Getting Nebraska back to being a national title contender, DiNardo said, is the toughest fix. If the Big Ten can get its historic powers (Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State) in order, keep Michigan State rolling and Wisconsin steady, it'll be a formidable conference again. "I do think there is going to be a reaction to this, to all the negative publicity," DiNardo said, "and if a Big Ten school doesn't get into the playoff of four it may even speed up." ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tenn., contributed to this report. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
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
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas high school football player is in critical condition after collapsing during a football game.The Kansas City Star reports that Olathe East High School senior James McGinnis was rushed into surgery Friday night at Overland Park Regional Medical Center with bleeding around his brain.His father, Patrick McGinnis, said doctors were removing a piece of his...
Olathe East player rushed to hospital
Associated Press | Sep 13, 2014OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas high school football player is in critical condition after collapsing during a football game. The Kansas City Star reports that Olathe East High School senior James McGinnis was rushed into surgery Friday night at Overland Park Regional Medical Center with bleeding around his brain. His father, Patrick McGinnis, said doctors were removing a piece of his son's skull to relieve pressure. A hospital spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Saturday that James McGinnis remains in critical condition. Olathe East assistant coach Mike Thomas says the 165-pound linebacker and slotback had made a tackle a few plays before collapsing. Olathe East head coach Jeff Meyers also said that James McGinnis had suffered one concussion during his sophomore season, but had not had any other related medical issues.
Oklahoma State football: For quarterback Daxx Garman, opportunity at OSU finally sheds image as jaded transferSep 12, 2014
By now, most know Garman’s backstory of not playing since 2009. But more unusual is what it took for the Cowboy quarterback to overcome in order make it this far
Oklahoma State football: For quarterback Daxx Garman, opportunity at OSU finally sheds image as jaded transfer
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Sep 12, 2014STILLWATER — Much of his early football career was defined by anonymous letters and tips. Veiled accusations against the high-school star and his family. They poured into the email inboxes of principals, administrators, coaches and reporters. In one way or another, each making this statement about the teenager: Daxx Garman is cheating his way to the top. When Garman makes his first career start for Oklahoma State on Saturday night against UTSA, his well-documented backstory will once again be under the microscope. Before his appearance against Missouri State last weekend, Garman hadn’t played in a real game since his junior season at Jones High School in 2009. His prep career was highlighted by three transfers and two seasons lost to ineligibility, followed by a redshirt year at Arizona. Garman was then buried on the Cowboys’ depth chart for two seasons as a walk-on. But missing from that narrative is what’s also hidden in those letters. The evidence — interviews with those close to the family over the past five years and documents obtained by The Oklahoman — show that Garman’s early journey to becoming a Big 12 starter was marred by political battles and the desire for stardom. On Aug. 24, 2010, the athletic director at Southlake Carroll High School, where Garman graduated, received an email from a community member about the media firestorm Garman’s transfer attempt created. Five sentences. Two exclamation points. The final line? You better watch your back. ***** Garman was born and raised in Oklahoma, but little has been reported on his upbringing. Members of the Garman family did not respond to interview requests. What is certain? Garman’s high school football career began in 2007 when he transferred from Choctaw to Carl Albert for his freshman and sophomore seasons. And he came in with genetics that pointed toward a successful athletic future. His father, Pat Garman, played baseball in the Texas Rangers minor league system in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and once hit four home runs in a single game. But his son never got the opportunity to star at Carl Albert. Garman was passed over by upperclassmen quarterbacks, including J.T. Realmuto, a third-round pick by the Florida Marlins in 2010. So the family transferred Garman into Jones, a Class 3A school northeast of Oklahoma City, for his junior season. Kris Vaughn, 22, was a Jones running back who played alongside Garman in 2009. “Daxx was kind of (shy) and it took him a minute to open up,” Vaughn said. “It really didn’t click until like the second or third game.” But it wasn’t long before Jones coach David Martin understood the talent he suddenly had at quarterback. His first impression? “Man, can he spin the football,” Martin said. In his first ever varsity season, Garman totaled 2,500 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. His accuracy on deep and intermediate throws is what impressed Martin most. But Garman’s identity as a passer always came back to arm strength. “I would usually always wear gloves whenever Daxx threw the ball,” Vaughn said. “There was a time we were playing Millwood. I went to go block and then ran out in the flat. He threw it just hard enough to actually cut my hand. I was bleeding.” With one game left in the regular season, Jones was undefeated in district play and a shoe-in for the league crown. But everything changed one school day when Jones administrators pulled football players out of class just after lunch for a team meeting. Someone had tipped off the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association that there was an issue with Garman’s eligibility. Jones would forfeit all its games up to that point. Martin said he still does not know who alerted the rules committee. “The principal came in and said it was his fault,” Vaughn said. “That it was a paperwork thing.” In the hours leading up to Jones’ next game, Garman addressed the team in a group setting. “He said this was one the best experiences he ever had playing football, playing with us,” Vaughn said. “He told everybody thank you and he was sorry … he was collective about it, but just as hurt by it.” Apology accepted. But not by everyone. As Vaughn puts it, when news broke that Garman was the player responsible for a successful season lost, “stuff hit the fan.” The Garman family reported in several transfer documents that Daxx received “death threats” following the OSSAA’s decision and that his car was vandalized. However, Martin said he had no recollection of those events taking place. “I know there were Jones’ parents that weren’t too happy about it, because they’re thinking how it affects their kids,” Vaughn said. “They thought that Daxx and his family — since they had money — that they were some big shots that could run over the system. But that’s not how everybody saw it. “Forget the politics, he was never recruited or anything. Daxx just wanted to be somewhere he could play football and do what he loved to do.” Garman attempted a return to Carl Albert, but was denied because the school had reportedly reached its enrollment capacity. However, Garman’s future was still bright. After less than a season of starting varsity experience, the University of Arizona offered Garman a scholarship and he committed. But he still needed a home for his senior year. So the Garmans moved to Southlake, Texas. A decision that only escalated pressure on the 17-year-old quarterback. “At some point, you’ve got to sit there and go; man, is this really for me? And Daxx kept pushing on,” Martin said. “Most people might start to think; maybe I’m not supposed to be doing this.” ***** Every offseason, Southlake Carroll High School puts on a football camp for aspiring youth players from feeder programs in the community. For $125 at the door, participants received four days of “quality instruction with the opportunity to learn the Dragon Football System at an early age,” according to the 2014 camp flyer. It’s also a chance for SLC coaches to identify and develop incoming talent long before an athlete ever steps on campus. That process begins in first grade — the minimum-age requirement for the camp. It’s a system with proven results. Notable SLC football alumni include a slew of top collegiate quarterbacks, including Chase Daniel (Missouri), Greg McElroy (Alabama) and now Kenny Hill (Texas A&M). So imagine the community reaction in summer 2010, when Garman — the outsider with a history of transferring schools — was named the Dragons’ starter by coach Hal Wasson. “I think it made at least one family very upset,” SLC athletic director Kevin Ozee said. “I think they got into the ear of this particular reporter.” That reporter was Brett Shipp of WFAA-TV in Dallas. Shipp — who did not respond to interview requests — led an investigation into Garman’s eligibility. The governing body of Texas high school sports, the University Interscholastic League, prohibits players from transferring schools solely for athletic purposes. In two district meetings chaired by opposing athletic directors and principals, Garman’s transfer was unanimously approved — as it was shown that the entire Garman family had moved to Southlake and planned on settling down in the area. Five years later, the Garman’s still reside in Southlake. Daxx’s younger brother is currently on the Dragons’ freshman football team, Ozee said. But soon after those initial meetings that approved Garman’s 2010 transfer, Shipp’s investigation reached a tipping point. He caught Pat Garman on camera at an Oklahoma gas station, fueling up for a camping trip, and questioned whether the Garman’s moved to Southlake just so Daxx could play for SLC. Pat Garman responded by chest-passing a bag of ice at Shipp and the video went viral. It created the perception that the Garman family was out of control, Ozee said. “In my opinion, they made it appear like this was a horrible kid, a horrible family and they took advantage of the situation,” Ozee said. “And that was not the case at all.” Shipp also discovered an “out-clause” in the rental contract for the Garman’s home in Southlake. It stated that “in the event the Tenant’s son, Daxx Garman, is not accepted in the Carroll ISD Football program, Tenant will have the option to cancel this Lease…” Ozee said that clause was added in the situation that Garman’s transfer could possibly cause another round of threats against him — a safety precaution. However, there was no hard evidence to prove that theory. In the wake of Shipp’s investigation, another district meeting was called. And this time, Garman was found ineligible by a 4-3 vote. The Garman’s appealed to the state executive committee, but were once again denied. Hours after Ozee and the family left UIL headquarters in Austin, Garman was on the sidelines for the Dragon’s season opener. And that presence continued all season long. “You really feel for Daxx,” Ozee said. “He was 17-years-old, and this kid had been through more than most adults … He asked to be able to come out, practice, be part of the team and come to the games to support his teammates. Man, that spoke volumes.” ***** Soon after Garman passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns Sept. 6 against Missouri State, he spoke with the reporters for the first time as a Cowboy. When asked about the five-year gap in his career: “I’ve moved past that. Just trying to move on.” Hard to blame him. Because the days of Garman’s identity as the jaded transfer who couldn’t find a home are now long gone. However, he did make one last switch to become a Cowboy. Garman spent one season of anonymity as a redshirt at Arizona in 2011 and transferred to OSU when the Wildcats made a coaching change. “I'm getting the opportunity to move closer to home," Garman told local Arizona media. "My family can be more involved in the situation, and I felt like it's a better opportunity for me. Oklahoma State, they have a great football environment.” Garman entered the program as a walk-on. Former OSU quarterback Clint Chelf’s locker was right next to Garman’s when he arrived. Chelf called Garman a “quiet guy” who “doesn’t say a lot.” But any time Chelf put in extra time with his wide receivers outside practice, Garman was usually there, too. “He wanted to always be out there throwing and getting better,” Chelf said. “I think that’s just who he is.” Garman wasn’t put on scholarship until the beginning of this season, and now finds himself in a position he has not been accustomed to prior. After fighting for a chance to become a starting quarterback the past four seasons, the job has dropped into his lap at the expense of someone else. OSU coach Mike Gundy said last week that J.W. Walsh is the Cowboys’ starter when healthy. But with Walsh out indefinitely following lower right leg/foot surgery, it’s now Garman’s job to lose. “(Garman) has always been a self-starter and he’s been motivated to learn,” Gundy said. “That’s why you do it, because you never know when you’re going to be in a game.” OSU fans witnessed the same arm strength that wowed Martin five years ago. His performance Saturday against UTSA will be chapter two in a new story to define his football career. “I’m sure there are a lot of people that would have liked to coach a kid a like that for a number of years,” Martin said. “Especially with how offenses are run in the spread and being able to put the ball all over the place. You’ve got a guy back there that can do that.”
STOW, Ohio (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed four weak tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio Wednesday evening.Meteorologist Gary Garnet says the twisters developed from the same thunderstorm, and all four were given the weakest rating of EF-0.The first occurred near Stow High School in Summit County and lasted about a minute or two with winds reaching 85 mph. The three other...
4 tornadoes confirmed in northeast Ohio
Associated Press | Sep 11, 2014STOW, Ohio (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed four weak tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio Wednesday evening. Meteorologist Gary Garnet says the twisters developed from the same thunderstorm, and all four were given the weakest rating of EF-0. The first occurred near Stow High School in Summit County and lasted about a minute or two with winds reaching 85 mph. The three other touchdowns occurred in Portage County near Franklin Township, Streetsboro and Hiram, each with winds between 74 and 80 mph. The weather service reported some roof damage in Stow as well as minor damage to the Stow High School football field. Minor tree damage was reported from the Portage County tornadoes. No injuries were reported. FirstEnergy says more than 1,600 customers were without power at the storm's peak.
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
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) — About 100 people turned out for a rally Friday night before a football game at an Ohio high school where students are accused of dumping a bucket of feces and body fluids on a special-needs student who thought he was taking part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge."Outraged police in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village are pledging to bring charges against the students...
Ohio rally draws support for pranked student
Associated Press | Sep 5, 2014BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) — About 100 people turned out for a rally Friday night before a football game at an Ohio high school where students are accused of dumping a bucket of feces and body fluids on a special-needs student who thought he was taking part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge." Outraged police in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village are pledging to bring charges against the students responsible for the prank, which the student's mother discovered this week on his cellphone. Since then the incident has gained national publicity and has been shared on social media. The woman said her son was tricked into having feces, urine and spit dumped on him when other kids told him it was part of the popular fundraiser to benefit ALS. The local chapter of Autism Speaks joined supporters for Friday night's rally featuring anti-bullying signs and chants. "We wanted something positive to come out of a horrible act," Bay High graduate and rally organizer Elizabeth Sweeney told The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1pVItZ5). "We got an overwhelming response from everyone." Laura Hoffman, field development director for Autism Speaks in northeast Ohio, said during the day students would collect money for ALS research and Autism Speaks. Students are urging the entire community to wear blue in support of autism awareness. "Unfortunately, these horrifying incidents of bullying and abuse among individuals on the spectrum are far too common and completely unacceptable," C.J. Volpe, who works for the national chapter of Autism Speaks, said in a statement. "It is critical as a community that we work together to prevent such horrific incidents from occurring and that we learn to recognize and respond to them in ways that best support our loved ones with autism." School officials say the act isn't reflective of the Bay Village student body. They say many students and staff have taken part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to fight ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Officials don't know when the incident occurred, but police have identified suspects and continue to investigate.
OSU football: Jordan Sterns, other Cowboys youngsters finally getting their chance inside Boone Pickens StadiumSep 5, 2014
Many an orange blood sees this game against Missouri State as a nothingburger home opener, and after last week’s thriller against Florida State, it’s easy to understand the comedown. But there are a bunch of guys like Jordan Sterns on the OSU roster who feel differently.
OSU football: Jordan Sterns, other Cowboys youngsters finally getting their chance inside Boone Pickens Stadium
BY JENNI CARLSON | Sep 5, 2014STILLWATER — Jordan Sterns played a handful of garbage-time snaps in the Oklahoma State secondary last season. Just so happened that most came away from home in road blowouts against UTSA, Iowa State and Texas. Saturday, then, will be the first time Sterns plays meaningful defensive snaps inside Boone Pickens Stadium. “I haven’t ever really played in front of the Paddle People on defense,” the Cowboy safety said of the students who smack giant wooden paddles against the wall surrounding the field every time the OSU defense takes to the turf. Sterns smiled. “That’s gonna be fun.” Many an orange blood sees this game against Missouri State as a nothingburger home opener, and after last week’s thriller against Florida State, it’s easy to understand the comedown. But there are a bunch of guys like Sterns on the OSU roster who feel differently. Sterns is one of five players who will be making their first career start at BPS after seeing extremely limited or no action last season. And there are a bunch more reserves now being used extensively who were largely relegated to the sideline a year ago. Truth be told, the phenomenon happens on every college team every season, guys finally getting a chance to get on the field. But the volume of players in that position this season at OSU is larger than most. That’s because the Cowboys lost 32 players off last year’s team. Lots of spots to fill. Lots of holes to patch. Lots of opportunity, too. More on this weekend's OSU-Missouri State matchup Getting ready for Missouri State David Glidden explains what it's like to be THAT open Cowboys land first receiver recruit of 2015 class Fountain outside Edmon Low Library dyed Missouri State maroon Cowboys look to move on from inconsistent special teams play OSU-Missouri State: Predictions Sterns is one of the unproven players who has made the most of his chance. He not only claimed the starting free safety spot but also showed himself worthy of the gig. He led the Cowboys with eight tackles in the opener and forced a fumble that the Seminoles managed to recover. “That was my first time really contributing since high school,” said Sterns, who played on several special teams units last season. “It feels good going out there and playing hard for your team.” Sterns knew a year on the fringes would be his destiny when he arrived in Stillwater from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas, a bedroom community northeast of San Antonio. He was a three- or four-star recruit, depending on who you trust. He was sought after by all sorts of Big 12 programs. But he suspected he’d rarely see the field on defense during his first season as a Cowboy. “We had good guys,” he said of starting safeties Shamiel Gary and Daytawion Lowe. “They taught me a lot about the coverages, what we do, the ins and outs of the defense. “I needed a year off to learn the college game.” Knowing that still didn’t make last year any easier. “It’s the reality,” Sterns said. “It’s a humbling experience.” Even the times he got on the field last season could be bittersweet. He made a couple of special teams tackles against Baylor and a couple more against Oklahoma. He heard his name on the loud speaker at BPS. He soaked in the cheers from the Cowboy faithful. But then he went right back to the sideline. That changes Saturday against Missouri State. Sterns and many other Cowboys will be playing in front of the home crowd on the BPS turf for the first time. They’ll be fired up. They’ll be excited. A nothingburger game? Nothing could be further from the truth. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 3, 2014
COMMENTARY — The former Heritage Hall standout will miss the Broncos’ first four games this season because of a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. But the cloud of his violation doesn’t overshadow all the good that he has done and will continue to do in Oklahoma City.
What do we think of Wes Welker now?
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Sep 3, 2014Shannon Hayes heard the news about the Wes Welker suspension. He also heard the crashes and clinks of the new equipment in Millwood High School’s weight room. What does the latter have to do with the former? Plenty. Hayes is the athletic director at Millwood, and earlier this year, the school received a grant from the Welker Foundation that, among other things, allowed it to add to the weight room. Every athlete at the school will use it at some point during the year. Every athlete will benefit from that grant. “It puts us in a whole different league,” Hayes said of the additional funds. The folks at Millwood aren’t the only ones in Oklahoma City who’ve become fans of Welker, on the cusp of his 11th season in the NFL. He gives lots of money here. He spends lots of time here. He does lots of good here. The hometown boy has made his hometown proud. Then on Tuesday, he got suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy — the wide receiver must sit out Denver’s first four games — and everyone in Oklahoma City is left trying to figure out how we’re supposed to look at Welker now. How do we wrap our heads around the good guy getting a black mark? How are we supposed to balance this first transgression with what we know of Welker? The NFL doesn’t provide details when it suspends a player, but reports have indicated that Welker had amphetamines in his system. The Denver Post reported the amphetamine was Adderall, while Pro Football Talk reported that while attending the Kentucky Derby, Welker took Molly that had been cut with amphetamines. Molly is the street name for MDMA, which is an active ingredient in Ecstasy. But Molly is rarely pure MDMA. It is most often cut by amphetamines, which could include Adderall. Welker was adamant Tuesday that he never took anything knowingly, telling the Denver Post that he wondered if someone put something in one of his drinks at the Derby. “I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” he said. We want to believe that. I’ll admit, I want to believe that. But what if Welker had grown up in Kansas City or Cleveland or San Francisco? What if he wasn’t our guy and we were reading his denials in Oklahoma City? We’d laugh and roll our eyes and say, “Just another athlete making an excuse.” Listen, I don’t know what happened, if Welker knowingly took something that he should’nt have or if someone trying to be a wisenheimer got him suspended. But I know this — this suspension puts a cloud over Welker. A massive, ominous thunderhead? No. More of a stray, gray nimbostratus. After all, this isn’t an arrest, isn’t Welker doing something that harms someone else. What’s more, this is very much out of character for him. Welker has been a straight-and-narrow character, and that has only added to his feel-good story. The undersized guy who became a superstar at Heritage Hall. The lightly recruited receiver who became an All-American at Texas Tech. The undrafted free agent who became one of the most productive receivers the NFL has ever seen. What’s more, Welker has been known as a guy who does things the right way, busting his butt and outworking his competition. That endeared the masses, whether he was in West Texas or New England, but here in hard-working, blue-collar-wearing Oklahoma City, it was particularly powerful. Thing is, Welker has loved on Oklahoma City almost as much as fans here have adored him. He often wears a hat adorned with Bronco Drilling, an Edmond company now owned by Chesapeake. He regularly professes his love of the Thunder, even wearing Thunder cowboy boots while playing for the Patriots and living in Celtics-crazy Boston. It’s been sweet. A violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy sours that. Not entirely. But some. It has to. No two ways around that. But for all that we don’t know about what got Welker into trouble, here’s what we do know: the cloud of his violation doesn’t overshadow all the good that he has done and will continue to do in Oklahoma City. Not even close. His foundation alone has given grants to 30 schools and groups around Oklahoma City over the better part of a decade. The money is given in an attempt to level the playing field for at-risk kids through sports, encouraging their full potential and exposing them to positive role models. Capitol Hill, John Marshall, Millwood and Cleats for Kids, which provides equipment to low-income kids, received grants this year. Combined total: $173,200. Average grant: $43,300. That’s significant. Just ask someone like Hayes at Millwood. The small independent district is a sports power, bringing home two or three state titles just about every year, but drawing from neighborhoods on the city’s northeast side, the school isn’t flush with funds. “We have a lot of inner-city kids and low-income families that we deal with,” Hayes said, “so we don’t always have the money for athletics.” With its Welker grant, Millwood not only bought that additional weight room equipment but also purchased a projector and screen so it could have a film room; water coolers that could be wheeled to and from practices and games; and nets to be placed behind the north end zone at the football stadium. A deep ravine at that end of the field has been gobbling up footballs for years. Millwood purchased some additional football helmets. It didn’t have enough to outfit all the kids who wanted to come out for the team before. Who knows the impact that could have? A boy who now gets to play might be motivated to keep his grades up and stay in school. He might graduate and increase his chances of being a productive citizen. Hypothetical, yes, but entirely possible, too. There is no doubt that Welker’s drug suspension taints things. His legacy isn’t as pristine. His career isn’t as feel-good. But in Oklahoma City, our well is deep where Welker is concerned. It took more than one good deed to fill it up, and it will take much more than one unsavory one to drain it. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Sep 1, 2014
Florida State fans have a reputation of being mediocre travelers. Nothing like Alabama or Ohio State. But give the Seminole Nation credit. They were all over North Texas during the weekend for the OSU-FSU game Saturday night. The game at JerryWorld drew over 61,000 fans, and there appeared to be few neutral parties. Virtually everyone […]
Arlington road trip: Florida State fans impressive
Berry Tramel | Sep 1, 2014[img url=https://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/cash.jpg]3375471[/img] Florida State fans have a reputation of being mediocre travelers. Nothing like Alabama or Ohio State. But give the Seminole Nation credit. They were all over North Texas during the weekend for the OSU-FSU game Saturday night. The game at JerryWorld drew over 61,000 fans, and there appeared to be few neutral parties. Virtually everyone was in OSU orange or Florida State garnet. The Cowboys might have had a slight fan advantage, but still, there had to be at least 25,000 Florida State fans in the building. Quite the turnout consider Tallahassee, Fla., is about 900 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth. This was an old-hat road trip for me and for OSU fans. Been to Dallas a lot. This was OSU’s third game in DFW in its last 15 games overall — the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Purdue on Jan. 1, 2013, followed by the Cotton Bowl Classic game last season against Missouri and now Florida State. And the Cowboys play at TCU later this season. Anyway, here are the highlights of our short and familiar trip. DOWNTOWN ARLINGTON We stayed in Las Colinas, just southeast of DFW Airport. We went down to Arlington for dinner Friday night to hook up with Fox- 23 (Tulsa) sports director Nathan Thompson. Nate and our man Johnny Damon went to high school together in Bartlesville, which is an impressive collection of talent in the Oklahoma sports videography realm. But I told them not as impressive as the Norman High School dynasty of Oklahoma sports media, classes of 1974 through 1981. Dean Blevins (KWTV-9), Bob Barry Jr. (KFOR-4), myself and Mike Steely (107.7 the Franchise) all came through Norman High. Anyway, we went to dinner at Babe’s Chicken House. They’ve got 10 spread out over DFW. Fried chicken, fried catfish, chicken fry steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, cream corn, green beans and biscuits, served family style. Each Babe’s is set in old downtowns, with rustic and vintage decor. Really cool spots. I never had been to downtown Arlington. I always think of Arlington as Six Flags, the Ballpark, now JerryWorld and Interstate 30, connecting Dallas and Fort Worth. The old turnpike. Arlington, of course, is a huge place, with a population of 374,000 at the end of 2011. But before it became the size of Tulsa, Arlington was a regular Texas town. And it’s trying to keep its downtown alive. Babe’s sits in sort of a town square, next to the Arlington Music Hall, where a Johnny Cash revue is upcoming. Really neat-looking building. Turns out, city fathers throughout the Metroplex recruit Babe’s to come to their downtowns, helping with revitilzation, because each Babe’s draws as many as 400,000 customers a year. Babe’s are located in Roanoke, Carrollton, Frisco, Sanger, Arlington, Garland, Burleson, Cedar Hill and Granbury. I’ve been to four now, and they’re all outstanding. The cost per person is something $14. You walk away full and thinking of old-time Sunday dinners at your mom’s house. LAS COLINAS The upscale district is an interesting place. Home to the new College Football Playoff headquarters. Home to corporations that attract business visitors en masse during the week. Home to Yuppies (is that still a word?) living in condos. We stay at Las Colinas a lot because you can get fantastic hotel rates on the weekends. We stayed this weekend at a full Marriott for $94 a night. During OU-Texas weekend, the Courtyard goes for $79 a night; it’s $179 a night during the week. The Marriott this time was loaded with Florida State and OSU fans. We shared some TV time with a Florida State group. We came back from dinner Friday night and noticed the Colorado State-Colorado game on a lobby television. Our new OSU beat man, Kyle Fredrick Fieldhouse, grew up in Fort Collins, Colo., so naturally is a big CSU fan. The Marriott, like most swanky hotels, has a meager cable TV lineup, so we didn’t get Fox Sports1 in our rooms. But it was in the lobby. So we sat down and watched the second half. When we got there, Colorado led 17-7. Colorado State dominated the rest of the game and won 28-17. The Fieldhouse was quite pleased. The next morning, I woke up early — I always do on the road — and was rewarded with college football at dawn. Penn State-Central Florida from Dublin was on ESPN2. So I watched football into the afternoon, until Johnny Damon called to grab some lunch. We went down to a little Italian cafe in the heart of Las Colinas and had a slice of pizza and shared a salad. The cafe had UCLA-Virginia on, so we watched more football. Las Colinas is the headquarters of the Cotton Bowl during game week. The Omni hotel hosts the Cotton Bowl functions. We’ll see if OU and OSU make as many Cotton Bowl trips as they have recently (three of the last five years). The Cotton Bowl now is a major bowl and unaffiliated with any conference. DRIVING DFW As I’ve told you in the past, the Bush Turnpike is a game-changer in DFW. Getting from the guts of Dallas to the affluent northeast suburbs of Plano and McKinney and Frisco, getting from North Dallas to Las Colinas, from Las Colinas to Arlington, it’s all gravy now, compared to the old days, thanks to the Bush. We got to the stadium easily and got into the stadium easy. My old days of covering the Dallas Cowboys taught me the easy way to get to JerryWorld’s north parking lot, and we sailed right in. We parked right next to the officiating crew, which was arriving at the same time. They were from the Pac-12 and did an OK job, from what I could tell. Missed that pass interference committed against OSU’s Jhajuan Seales, but those things happen. The stadium remains a marvel. The giant video screen is must-watch television, either live or on replay. My established method is anything on the far side of midfield, I’m watching the video. Anything on my side (we’re in the corner pressbox), I’ll watch live. OSU fans clearly love JerryWorld. They keep coming back strong. We walked half the interior suite level of JerryWorld. An escalator took us up to our level, dumping us at Cotton Bowl headquarters. Then we walked the hallways, which are filled with photos commemorating the Dallas Cowboys’ storied success. Not much of it recent, of course. After the game, we shot a video on the field and you get a different sense of the awesomeness of the place. It’s quite the spectacle, with light shows and Ford trucks dangling in one end zone, the giant video board hanging above your head, the seats and suites that seem to stretch to the sky except you can’t see the sky because the roof is closed. One heck of a place to play a football game. MORNING IN DALLAS The great thing about games in DFW is that you can get home quick. Sometimes, I drove home after the games. I didn’t do that this time, because the older you get, the harder it is. We stagged back to the hotel room sometime around 2:15 a.m., I got to sleep around 3 a.m. and my phone alarm went off at 6:45. I know I was tired because I was disoriented when the alarm went off. I’m a light sleeper. I wake up fully charged almost every morning. Not this time, I didn’t know where I was, I was worried about getting the alarm off so I wouldn’t wake my wife except she wasn’t with me. It was a weird feeling. I had slept with the curtains open. The Dish wants a room pitch-black in which to sleep, but my Marriott room looked out over a beautiful Las Colinas lake, with some cool lighting. I left the curtains opens. I’d rather have the Dish with me, though. Anyway, I got cleaned up, got downstairs by 7:15 and met Johnny Damon for the trip home. I try to get back for church when I can, and I could. So Johnny Damon was a trooper; he had been up all night producing his video packages for newsok, but he rode along with me in the video department’s Jeep Cherokee, then I dropped myself off in Norman and he went on. Driving Dallas early on a Sunday morning is easy. No traffic. The only problem I saw — which I never had seen before — were local peace officers parked off the interstate, ready to pop on for speeders. Not much crime to monitor, I suppose, so they look for interstate income. But once we cleared Denton, that worry was gone. I pulled off in Gainesville to stop at a Whataburger for breakfast, but the Gainesville Whataburger is two miles off I-35, so we weren’t doing that. We zipped back onto I-35 and waited until Ardmore. Whataburger can be slow, and the car in front of us must have ordered breakfast for Cox’s army, but we finally were back on our way. I like Whataburger because I like their milk shakes. They’re thick. Lots of people talk a thick shake. Whataburger actually produces a thick shake. Anyway, we got to Norman at 10 a.m., so our timing was perfect.
Aug 29, 2014
The All-City Preview is hardly your average high school football scrimmage. It has game-like situations and game-like intensity. The latter was the quality that impressed Douglass coach Willis Alexander most in his team’s 21-0 win over John Marshall in the All-City finals Friday night at Moses Miller Stadium.
High school football: Douglass wins All-City Preview
By Scott Wright | Aug 29, 2014The All-City Preview is hardly your average high school football scrimmage. It has game-like situations and game-like intensity. The latter was the quality that impressed Douglass coach Willis Alexander most in his team’s 21-0 win over John Marshall in the All-City finals Friday night at Moses Miller Stadium. “I saw competitiveness. I saw us play through some things that we talk about all the time,” Alexander said. “This is the only time you can really work on that in a live game situation. I think we’re getting game-ready.” The Douglass offense was able to move the ball on the ground, led by Anthony Jackson, and through the air with crisp passing from Patrick McKaufman. Defensively, the secondary came up with some big plays at crucial times, including an interception return for a touchdown by Wyoming commit Dameko Doddles. But Alexander saw enough flaws in all areas to keep his team busy preparing for next week’s season opener vs. Northeast. “Our secondary had a couple of busts, and we tell those guys all the time we can’t afford to make mistakes, because they turn into big plays and touchdowns,” Alexander said. “I thought we missed some blocking mistakes on offense — correctable mistakes, but mistakes. We just have to keep working to get better.” RUNNING BACKS SHOW STRENGTH FOR JOHN MARSHALL Reaching the finals of the All-City Preview was an accomplishment for John Marshall, and Rashaun Woods hopes it’s a sign of things to come in his second year as coach. “We wanted to come out and win, but to get here shows me that we’re getting better at an alarming rate,” Woods said. “It wasn’t too long ago that we couldn’t win a game. We had some guys injured, and we got to see a lot of young guys play. We have so much to learn, and we’re gonna continue to get better.” Returning running back Keyshawn Shells was used in a variety of roles, including slot receiver, on Friday, opening a spot for freshman Devonte Lee to step in at running back. Both players showed a powerful running style. Lee had a spectacular run on a screen pass in the semifinals against Star Spencer, breaking multiple tackles on his way to a 53-yard touchdown. SMITH, LIVINGSTON ANCHOR STAR SPENCER BACKFIELD The Star Spencer run game won’t be a one-man show this season. Fourth-year starter Milon Smith returns, but he had plenty of help from players like Malik Livingston and Richard Maytubby, who both contributed big plays to help the Bobcats seal up third place Friday. “It’s a talented group,” coach James Harding said. “They’re hungry and they want to play.” CENTENNIAL’S BARNES, MORGAN HOOK UP FOR BIG PLAYS Centennial came away with fourth place Friday night, but it revealed a big-play threat that will help to keep defensive backs on their toes this season. Twice Friday, new quarterback Brandon Barnes hit Cory Morgan for long touchdowns, the last a 73-yarder against Star Spencer. “We’re hoping that Cory can step up and be that type of player for us,” coach Don Willis said.
Aug 28, 2014
Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field.According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they're not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions.In the poll, 44 percent of parents weren't...
Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football
KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Aug 28, 2014Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they're not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions. In the poll, 44 percent of parents weren't comfortable with their child playing football. The same percentage was uncomfortable with ice hockey, and 45 percent were uncomfortable with participation in wrestling. Only five percent, though, said they have discouraged their child from playing in the last two years as concern over head injuries has increased at all levels of the game. The majority of parents said they are comfortable with participation in a host of other sports — including swimming, track and field, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball, among others. The AP-GfK poll was conducted from July 24-28. It included interviews with 1,044 adults and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. The parents' concern comes as several high-profile lawsuits have challenged how concussions have been addressed in pro and college sports. Thousands of pro players sued the NFL and a $675 million settlement that would compensate them for concussion-related claims is pending. A tentative settlement with the NCAA, meanwhile, would create a $70 million fund to test thousands of current and former college athletes for brain trauma. Youth and high school programs have increased training available for coaches, and helmet companies are releasing new designs with the hope that they reduce the force of impact. But research is murky about whether or not they will be effective. Participation statistics also show only a slight decline in the overall number of high school students playing football. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, nearly 1.1 million students played 11-man football during the 2012-13 school year. The number was down approximately 10,000 from the year before and more than 20,000 since 2009-08. Cathy Curtin, a high school rifle coach in northeast Pennsylvania, is one parent who has discouraged her children from playing football in recent years. Curtin, 52, has gone through concussion-related training for her job, but one issue that concerns her is how much of identifying a head injury relies on the student's input following a collision. She said her 21-year-old son "would have said anything" to remain in the game while in high school, including hiding symptoms such as dizziness from a trainer or coach. "Our training staff is good, but you can't always know," Curtin said. "You're basing whether they can play on their say. And they are 16-year-old kids, 17-year-old kids who want more than anything to get out there and play." Curtin said her younger son broke his collarbone and leg while playing football as a freshman. "Nowhere in that time did they check him for a concussion," Curtin said. "So, if he got hit hard enough to break his collar bone and his leg, then how hard did he hit the ground, too?" Football wasn't the only sport Curtin said she was uncomfortable with. She also worries about hockey, wrestling and other high-impact competitions such as gymnastics and cheerleading. She's encouraged by new advances — such as chin straps that change color when a player may have suffered a concussion — aimed at reducing and identifying head injuries, but she is also skeptical about school districts' ability to afford new helmets. JeMare Williams, 43, is no stranger to the possibility of getting a concussion while playing football. He thinks he "probably" suffered from one while in high school in St. Louis. "I don't really know, but I remember being hurt, being dizzy," Williams said. "But during that time, there wasn't a specific diagnosis like now." Now living in Henderson, Nevada, and with 17- and 11-year-old sons who play the game, Williams — an auto mechanic — has the same injury concerns as many parents. That said, he's comfortable with his sons playing football — or any other sport they choose. One of the primary reasons for Williams' comfort level is because of the increased attention paid to head injuries over the last few years. He said coaches are trained more closely now to teach proper tackling techniques, as well as watch players for signs of concussions. "There's a lot of publicity on (concussions) now, and I think that makes it better," Williams said. "So, I'm not as worried now." Online: AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.com
Aug 26, 2014
Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up. He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits. Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a...
High school notebook: Clinton's Marquiz Simpkins to attend OU opener
BY ED GODFREY, TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH, AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 26, 2014Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up. He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits. Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a sophomore, he broke out with more than 2,000 yards and 29 TDs while leading Clinton to the Class 4A title. Simpkins currently has scholarship offers from South Dakota and Tulsa. WESTMOORE TO USE RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a multitude of players at the position in 2014. Coach Adam Gaylor expects to have Terrel Skinner and Mike Hotchkins take over most of the carries, and says standout receivers Stephan Robinson and DeShawn Lookout will also appear in the backfield. “We’re going to do it by committee,” Gaylor said. “We’ve got a bunch of good backs. We don’t just have one guy, and I think that’s what works today. I don’t think you can have just one guy anymore.” Quarterback Bryson Lee, who had eight rushing touchdowns last season, says he also expects to take on a more expanded role in the running game. The Jaguars’ running game fell largely on graduated running back Kieron Hardrick last season as he rushed for 1,175 yards and 16 touchdowns. NUMBERS UP AT NORTHEAST New coach Carlos Williams has been working hard to get Northeast's top athletes to come out for football, something that has been a challenge for the last few Vikings coaches. Northeast has 34 kids who have reported for football at the start of the season, almost doubling last year’s total of 18 at the end of the season. It still is to be proven if the increase in numbers will translate to success on the field. The Vikings will be young, with mostly sophomores and juniors on the roster. But one senior, 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman Jervaris Hollingsworth, has really impressed Williams. “He is a stud,” Williams said. “He is a very good football player. I expect him to get some Division I or Division II offers.”
Kevin Foster and the Travelers, led by former Bridge Creek football player Kevin Foster, will headline an outdoor concert called Red Dirt for Big Blue to benefit the Bridge Creek football team as it works to overcome the vandalism inflicted on its football fieldhouse earlier this month.
High school notebook: Red Dirt concert Saturday to benefit Bridge Creek football
By Scott Wright, Trent Shadid and Ed Godfrey | Aug 25, 2014Kevin Foster and the Travelers, led by former Bridge Creek football player Kevin Foster, will headline an outdoor concert called Red Dirt for Big Blue to benefit the Bridge Creek football team as it works to overcome the vandalism inflicted on its football fieldhouse earlier this month. The concert will be held Saturday at Bridge Creek High School. Fans can arrive at 5 p.m. and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Admission is $10, and children under 12 are admitted free. The concert will also include the Nathan Burris Band, along with an acoustic guest. Nathan Burris is originally from Tuttle. The event will have food and children’s activities. No tobacco or alcohol will be allowed. More than $50,000 in damage was done to the Bridge Creek football facility, weight room, coaches’ offices and locker room, and the majority of their equipment was destroyed the week before practice opened on Aug. 11. HENNESSEY’S JOHNS HAS ADDED SIZE SINCE LAST SEASON Hennessey running back Tabor Johns burst onto the scene last season after injuries forced him to move from receiver. After a full spring and summer spent focusing on the position, the junior has added around 15 pounds to his frame, according to coach Rick Luetjen. “We’re real excited about the possibilities that he brings to the table,” Luetjen said. “We’re always a run-first mentality, and we like a kid like him that can get downhill. With that added weight we’re excited to see him as an even stronger runner. He gained a lot of great experience in the way he came on and played last year.” Johns took over at running back last season after starter William Arndt suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6. Johns started the final seven games and racked up 1,147 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground as the Eagles made it to the Class 2A quarterfinals. Luetjen is encouraging his team to set goals for their season, and he has been pleased with the response. “One thing I also forced them to do this spring was to sit down and come up with five goals that were things that would help motivate them throughout the season, because 15 games is a long season,” the coach said. “We felt like there were some things that needed to be accomplished along the way and they came up with some good ones.” NUMBERS UP AT NORTHEAST New coach Carlos Williams has been working hard to get Northeast's top athletes to come play football, something that has been a challenge for the last few Vikings coaches. Northeast has 34 kids who have reported for football at the start of the season, almost doubling last year’s total of 18 at the end of the season. It still is to be proven if the increase in numbers will translate to success on the field. The Vikings will be young with mostly sophomores and juniors on the roster. But one senior, 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman Jervaris Hollingsworth, has really impressed Williams. “He is a stud,” Williams said. “He is a very good football player. I expect him to get some Division I or Division II offers.”
Aug 25, 2014
1. Davis (15-0): Star QB Blake Summers is back to lead the Wolves’ repeat quest. 2. Vian (13-1): Senior QB/LB Rylee Simon has led the Wolverines to a 38-3 record as a three-year starter. 3. Hennessey (11-2): The Eagles are looking for an eighth straight 10-win season with several key players returning. 4. Millwood (14-1): The Falcons are still expected to contend for a state title despite...
High school football: Class 2A preseason rankings
BY TRENT SHADID | Aug 25, 20141. Davis (15-0): Star QB Blake Summers is back to lead the Wolves’ repeat quest. 2. Vian (13-1): Senior QB/LB Rylee Simon has led the Wolverines to a 38-3 record as a three-year starter. 3. Hennessey (11-2): The Eagles are looking for an eighth straight 10-win season with several key players returning. 4. Millwood (14-1): The Falcons are still expected to contend for a state title despite replacing most of their standout players from 2013. 5. Adair (11-2): QB/DB B.J. Bradbury returns after throwing for over 3,300 total yards as a freshman last season. 6. Nowata (10-2): QB Wyatt Steigerwald leads a group of 17 seniors and nine returning offensive starters. 7. Christian Heritage (8-4): Expectations are high with all four defensive line starters and several skill position players returning. 8. Hartshorne (11-3): The Miners must replace their starting QB and RB from last season’s semifinal team. 9. Stroud (6-5): A strong offensive line will be relied on to make holes for RB Alex Boodt. 10. Oklahoma Christian (9-4): Senior RB/LB Luke Frankfurt has led the Saints in tackles the past three years. 11. Washington (8-3): WR Brady Kulbeth and RB Luke Ladlee lead the Warriors’ speedy offense after both accounted for over 1,000 yards last season. 12. Hobart (7-4): RB Aaron Hernandez and QB Kellan Smith are back after helping lead the Bearcats to the playoffs in 2013. 13. Chisholm (9-2): Senior QB Taggart Brown threw for 1,762 yards last season and returns top target Austin Swann. 14. Tonkawa (5-5): The Buccaneers haven’t finished better than 6-5 since winning the Class A title in 2009. 15. Commerce (11-1): Junior RB Trenton Barr will replace 2,000-yard rusher D.C. Chance in the backfield. 16. Okemah (9-3): Senior lineman Tanner Britt and Adam Hill lead a strong front on both sides of the ball. 17. Lindsay (8-3): Expectations are high for Lindsay with eight starters back on each side of the ball including star QB/S Jake Standridge. 18. Colcord (7-4): QB Caleb Shawver threw for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season. 19. Chandler (5-5): The Lions are back in Class 2A after never finishing better than 5-5 during the past four seasons in 3A. 20. Luther (4-6): Junior Maurice Wright accounted for 1,460 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns at RB and WR last season. 21. Alva (7-4): The Goldbugs must replace a four-year starter at QB in Ty Hooper. 22. Crooked Oak (6-5): WR Sanardo Ballard had 740 yards and 10 touchdowns in the Ruf Nex’ rushing offense last season. 23. Hugo (7-4): Reed Wallace leads the defense at linebacker with 12 career sacks. 24. Salina (9-3): The Wildcats will look for success behind their running game and defense. 25. Lexington (5-6): The Bulldogs will rely on an experienced offensive line led by 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior Tyler Brown. 26. Frederick (4-7): The Bombers finished below .500 last season for the first time since 2008. 27. Kansas (6-5): Jared Hogshooter takes the reigns at quarterback after throwing nine touchdowns in eight games last year. 28. Kingston (7-4): Danny Charlie looks to lead the team in tackles for a third straight season. 29. Panama (7-4): Senior linebacker Gabe Harp, a four-year starter, leads a veteran group. 30. Pawhuska (4-7): Senior TE/WR Marshall Tolson is one of five returning starters on offense. 31. Dibble (4-6): Senior DB Braeden James returns with 15 career interceptions. 32. Chouteau (4-6): The Wildcats are looking to improve on their 16 points per game mark in 2013. 33. Marietta (5-6): Entering this season, the Indians are looking for a third straight playoff appearance. 34. Haskell (5-6): The Haymakers look to return to the playoffs after a first-round exit last season. 35. Pocola (3-7): The Indians showed solid offensive production last season, averaging nearly 30 points per game. 36. Chelsea (3-8): The Dragons return seven starters on offense including junior running back Zack Eidschun. 37. Perry (4-6): The Maroons finished last season on a three-game winning streak. 38. Antlers (4-6): Two road losses to finish 2013 cost Antlers a trip to the playoffs. 39. Henryetta (2-8): The Knights move down to 2A after only managing two wins in Class 3A a year ago. 40. Wewoka (6-5): Junior Tre Roberts returns as a three-year starter while the Tigers transition up to 2A. 41. Wyandotte (5-5): Seniors Clayton Stone and Seth Shettlesworth return after combining for over 1,500 yards rushing last season. 42. Oklahoma Union (3-7): The Cougars look to shore up a defense that allowed 26 points per game last season. 43. Pawnee (2-8): Junior QB Nathan Brock leads a group of eight returning starters on offense. 44. Holdenville (2-8): The Wolverines will rely on their running attack to help improve from last season. 45. Tishomingo (2-8): The Indians scored at least 21 points in seven games last season, but faltered defensively. 46. Newkirk (3-7): Senior QB Jaycee Johnston returns for his third straight year as the starter. 47. Hulbert (1-9): The Riders only managed nine points per game last year and never won on the road. 48. Caney Valley (2-8): The Trojans’ two wins came in the final three weeks of the season in 2013. 49. Coalgate (1-9): The Wildcats started 1-1 last season before dropping eight straight. 50. Wellston (1-9): The Tigers managed only one win last year while averaging 167 yards per game on the ground. 51. Northeast (1-9): The Vikings’ only bright spot of 2013 was a 59-0 win over SeeWorth Academy. 52. Atoka (0-10): The Wampus Cats are looking for more success in 2A after going winless in 3A last season. 53. Walters (2-8): Sophomore RB Kyle Graham rushed for 13 touchdowns as a freshman. 54. Prague (0-10): Former Hennessey and Purcell coach Shannon Watford takes over the Red Devils program. 55. Liberty (1-9): The Tigers move up from Class A where they surrendered 38 points per game last season. 56. Wilburton (0-10): The Diggers allowed over 60 points per game in 2013. BY TRENT SHADID, scott wright and chris Brannick
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school levelAug 22, 2014
Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school level
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Aug 22, 2014There’s no denying a young Oklahoma State football team faces an extreme test when it opens the season with Florida State on Aug. 30 in Arlington, Texas. But among the inexperience concerns is a silver lining. Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson. The returning leader in the secondary played high school football at Wagoner in northeast Oklahoma — a Class 4A school that won its first state championship with Peterson as its star. Who did Wagoner schedule for its season openers? “We played 5A schools the first couple games,” Peterson said. While college football has mostly embraced a model of softer nonconference schedules, top teams at the high school level have taken the opposite approach. Last fall, top 6A programs Jenks and Union played two of the best programs from the Dallas area — Euless Trinity and DeSoto — to kick off the year. Three players featured in those matchups are now Cowboy freshmen: safety Dylan Hardy (Jenks), offensive lineman Junior Galea’I (Euless Trinity) and wide receiver Chris Lacy (DeSoto). “The top tier of Oklahoma football is good … but you’ve got to go down and prove it against a very good team in enemy territory,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble told The Dallas Morning News last September. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.” That type of mentality has stuck with Peterson. His confidence trumps the idea that a lesser opponent would benefit OSU in the long run. “I’d rather play the best teams,” Peterson said. “I’m not really a fan of playing the softer schedule, getting a pounding in and getting guys’ confidence behind them. I’d rather go after the best early, to really set a standpoint to see where we’re at.” SIMMONS: DEFENSIVE LINE ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST Ryan Simmons is supposed to have supreme confidence in the OSU defense. It comes with his role as the Cowboys’ projected starting middle linebacker this season. During Thursday’s press conference previewing the opener, Simmons used his platform to praise a specific position group: the defensive line. “One of the best d-lines in the conference and in the nation, in my opinion,” Simmons said. “A lot of the things we can do can definitely put pressure on (FSU quarterback Jameis Winston).” That’s some high praise. And quite the prediction considering the competition for those titles. The Cowboys return a majority of their playmakers on the defensive line — including defensive tackle James Castleman and defensive end Jimmy Bean, who started every game last season. But OU also returns a number of talented defensive linemen, and that group ranked second in the conference in sacks (33) and rush defense (137.6 yards allowed per game) last season. The Cowboys ranked sixth and fifth in those categories, respectively. And none of the current OSU defensive linemen are considered top 2015 NFL draft picks next season — while USC, Nebraska, Michigan State, Florida, Iowa and Ohio State each have pass rushers and run stuffers who might go as high as the first round. Simmons understands his defense isn’t getting that kind of hype, but says it won’t dictate his own expectations. “Right now, nobody knows what we have the potential to be,” Simmons said. “The effort is there, we’re all still learning day by day. We just have to go about it and prepare as if it’s our last day.” CBS SPORTS 2015 MOCK NFL DRAFT PLACES FIVE SEMINOLES IN FIRST ROUND The 2015 NFL Draft won’t take place for another eight months, but that hasn’t stopped draft analysts from making their predictions for who will be chosen in the first round. CBS Sports recently unveiled its guess at how it will shakeout. And there’s plenty of love for the Seminoles. Staff writer Bob Rang estimates five FSU players will come off the board in the first round: No. 5: QB Jameis Winston (Soph.) No. 11: CB PJ Williams (Jr.) No. 22: DE Mario Edwards Jr. (Jr.) No. 24: OT Cameron Erving (Sr.) No. 31: OG Josue Matias (Sr.)
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard...
Tributes: Former Southeastern player, Douglass basketball standout die
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 18, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard line. Problem was, Garner made the stop after charging in from the ECU bench. East Central was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Whaley added an interception later in the third quarter that set up a Southeastern touchdown as the then-Savages rolled to a 26-2 victory. Whaley sandwiched his football career between stints in World War II and the Korean War. Raymond Mitchell, 83, was a principal at several Oklahoma City elementary schools. The former Douglass High School basketball standout was also a physical education teacher and spent fall Friday nights as a football official. He also refereed prep basketball games. Angela Spigner, 44, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Fox High School. Kelly Johnson, 50, was a mat maid at Altus High School. Garland Waldroop, 74, of Minot, N.D., owned a construction business. The former Oklahoma resident built Sooner International Raceway north of Altus in 1983. Beula Combs, 88, of Tahlequah was scorebook keeper at Little League baseball games. Larry Cotter, 73, of Oklahoma City was a body builder. He also enjoyed drag racing and snow skiing. Laura Marble Arledge, 45, of Norman played tennis at Chickasha High School and Austin College. The attorney was a supporter of Norman High School athletics; she was named Fan of the Year for the 2012-13 school year. Gene Hatfield, 67, of Oklahoma City played football and baseball at Crooked Oak High School. The Vietnam veteran was an OU and tennis fan. Steven Smola, 74, of Oklahoma City played football at Kingfisher High School. Showed award-winning sheep as a youngster. A railroad company owner by trade. William Kern, 93, of Lawton played adult league softball for Fairmont Foods. A member of the Lawton Bowling Club. Joe Pete Pellerin Jr., 72, of Wilson played football for Mt. Saint Joseph Academy in his native Rutland, Vt. Dr. Harold Stout, 80, of Norman played football, basketball and ran track at Waurika High School. The physician was involved with the Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Also hunted bear in Alaska. Claudette Trigg Theimer, 81, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Northeast High School. Weldon Roberson, 70, of Wichita Falls, Texas, lettered four years in football, basketball and track at Ryan High School. Bob Graves, 72, of Poteau worked in the banking industry and coached Little League baseball. Steve Robinson, 65, worked the chains at Owasso Rams football games. A golf enthusiast. Bud Mulkey, 82, Durant worked as machinist — which came in handy with his hobby of building and racing stock cars. Billy Little, 68, of Yukon was a manager for Southwestern Bell. Off time was spent working with Little League sports either as an official, director or coach. Allen Cowdery, 71, of Tulsa was an attorney who coached and officiated soccer. Sue Moore Corder, 70, of Midwest City played basketball at Mason High School.
Aug 17, 2014
The two Oklahoma State football defensive standouts were opponents in that state title matchup. Jimmy Bean at Denton Guyer, about 30 miles north of Dallas. Ryan Simmons at Cibolo Steele, about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio.
Oklahoma State football: Former high school foes are now roommates
By Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 17, 2014Two Cowboy football players who had “a little conflict” last season are now roommates. Nothing too serious, but important enough for the duo to make a very specific pact this year. No discussing the 2010 Class 5A Division II Texas high school state championship game. “He doesn’t really like me mentioning that too much,” said linebacker Ryan Simmons last month in an interview with the Denton Record-Chronicle. “We just made a truce to not even talk about it,” defensive end Jimmy Bean said after practice Saturday. The two Oklahoma State football defensive standouts were opponents in that state title matchup. Bean at Denton Guyer, about 30 miles north of Dallas. Simmons at Cibolo Steele, about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio. Both were seniors. Each was ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals and held scholarship offers from top Division-I schools across the nation. But their memories of that game couldn’t be more split. For Simmons, an unforgettable finale to his high school football career. For Bean, the ultimate what-could-have-been moment. Cibolo Steele won 24-21. Simmons’ eight tackles and one interception of now OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh earned him defensive MVP honors. Bean doesn’t hold any grudges. If anything, he said that game was “something that really brought us closer together.” But that doesn’t mean reminiscing on the outcome is all that enjoyable. And these two are far from the only Cowboys who understand that dynamic. There are currently 68 former Texas high school football players listed on OSU’s online roster. That’s more than half of the entire team. “A lot of the guys (at OSU) I competed against in high school,” Bean said. “When we were coming in, we lived close to each other, so the whole recruiting process you see each other at a lot of different places. So when we came up here, a lot of us knew each other pretty well.” As young former Texas opponents bond as teammates in Stillwater, the conversation seems to always circle back to who was the big man on campus back in high school. “Everybody is always up on the training table talking about whose high school is going to make it to the playoffs, how many playoffs they’ve been to, stuff like that,” Bean said. “Everybody likes competition.” Count running back Desmond Roland in that group. He played for Lake Highlands in Dallas, and says he never gets tired of hearing about the glory days in a state that loves its high school football. Especially when he can give his teammates a hard time. “I know their team made it to the championship game a few times, but they never won it,” Roland laughed with Bean after practice Saturday. “That’s always my comeback.” “When I was there,” Bean countered. “The past two years, we won state.” Past success fuels future confidence. Many leaders and expected top contributors in the Cowboys’ 2014 locker room are former Texas high school football players: Bean, Simmons, Walsh, safety Larry Stephens, wide receiver Jhajaun Seals, and the list goes on. “It’s that Texas environment,” Roland said. “It’s a good feeling.”
Aug 15, 2014
Darwin Franklin’s first season at Millwood presented one type of challenge, seeing how quickly he could integrate his philosophies into a senior-laden team. After finishing as the Class 2A runner-up and graduating several long-time starters on every level of the offense and defense, the Falcons pose a different coaching challenge in Franklin’s second year. Franklin will try to latch onto the...
High school football: District 2A-2 preview: Millwood reloading after runner-up finish
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 15, 2014Darwin Franklin’s first season at Millwood presented one type of challenge, seeing how quickly he could integrate his philosophies into a senior-laden team. After finishing as the Class 2A runner-up and graduating several long-time starters on every level of the offense and defense, the Falcons pose a different coaching challenge in Franklin’s second year. Franklin will try to latch onto the experience of a small but talented senior class led by the likes of Sheldon Bulock and Andre Clanton, who will both play key roles at running back and linebacker. Micah Sanders, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, is one of the team’s most gifted athletes and will be used as a receiver and defensive back. The lines took a hit with the loss of Josh Little, a Kansas State commit who moved to Florida in late July, but D’Andre Mays provides consistency on both sides. “Our play will reflect or preparation,” Franklin said. “We must play with a chip on our shoulder and take nothing for granted.” CHA MOVING FORWARD WITH DIFFERENT MERRELL For the first time in three decades, Christian Heritage Academy will have a new football coach. Longtime coach John Merrell resigned over the summer, turning the team over to his son Tony following 31 years in charge. John Merrell will remain the school’s athletic director. “It was just the right thing to do,” he said. “I couldn’t give it the time and energy those players and coaches deserved.” Merrell’s daughter Jenni Kufahl recently died following a lengthy battle with cancer. CHA went 8-4 last season and returns talented receiver Gabe LittleJim, who caught 27 TD passes last season. Braden Mikes is also making the move to receiver and free safety. OCS’ FRANKFURT PICKING UP IVY LEAGUE INTEREST Oklahoma Christian School running back and linebacker Luke Frankfurt saw his recruiting begin to take shape in the spring with interest from multiple Ivy League schools. OCS coach Derek Turner said Harvard, Princeton, Drake and others visited, though they have yet to make a scholarship offer. “He’s just an unbelievably gifted kid,” Turner said. “He’s not only a really good student academically; he’s a gifted football player.” Turner said Frankfurt’s role could expand this season as the Saints could move him to various positions to put him in better position to make plays. Frankfurt has led the Saints in tackles every season since his freshman year, including 116 last season. BALLARD A PLAYMAKER OUTSIDE FOR CROOKED OAK Sanardo Ballard’s numbers from last season might not be jaw-dropping — 740 receiving yards on 48 catches with 10 touchdowns. But when you consider the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete posted those statistics as a receiver in a run-heavy option offense, it changes the tone of his performance. Ballard is receiving a lot of Division II recruiting interest and will be the most dangerous option in the Crooked Oak offense, which is built around a small line that uses speed and experience. Michael Grant, Jose Zuniga and Enrique Matamoros all return as starters on the offensive line. LUTHER’S WRIGHT READY TO BREAK OUT Maurice Wright’s career has gotten off to a strong start already. Luther’s do-it-all weapon is only 44 rushing yards away from reaching 1,000 rushing and receiving yards for his career, and he’s only a junior. At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds with great speed, Wright is sure to catch the eyes of college recruiters this season playing behind an experienced offensive line that includes Dewayne Rhodes, Lucas Durocher and Cody Wharton. Wright is a weapon at free safety and as a kick returner as well. NORTHEAST, WELLSTON WELCOME NEW COACHES Northeast Academy and Wellston both have hopes of breaking through to make the playoffs in 2A-2, with new coaches at the helm. Carlos Williams takes over at Northeast, and Wellston will be under the guidance of Shane Page.
LOWER BURRELL, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school football player who died after collapsing during the year's first practice had a heart tumor, authorities said Thursday.Noah Cornuet, 16, died of natural causes after an autopsy revealed the noncancerous growth, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office ruled.Cornuet was a sophomore at Burrell High School in Lower Burrell, about 25 miles...
Coroner: Player who collapsed died of heart tumor
Associated Press | Aug 7, 2014LOWER BURRELL, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school football player who died after collapsing during the year's first practice had a heart tumor, authorities said Thursday. Noah Cornuet, 16, died of natural causes after an autopsy revealed the noncancerous growth, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office ruled. Cornuet was a sophomore at Burrell High School in Lower Burrell, about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. He had reportedly just finished sprinting when he collapsed while walking off the field Wednesday evening. Paramedics who attended the practice as a precaution immediately went to help the boy, who died at Alle-Kiski Medical Center about an hour later. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association began requiring schools last year to hold three days of practice to get players used to the heat before they're allowed to have contact drills. The PIAA instituted the rule because of an increase in heat-related player deaths nationwide in recent years. The high temperature Wednesday was about 80 degrees. "The Burrell School District community recognizes the tragic loss of a student tonight," Superintendent Shannon Wagner said in a statement Wednesday. A crisis team is available to help students and staff cope with the loss, the statement said. Under the new PIAA rule, players were allowed to wear helmets and shoulder pads Wednesday and Thursday, and full gear on Friday. But there was to be no contact at those practices. Regular, full-contact practices were to begin Monday.