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High school notebook: Three football coaches leave state for new jobs
By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Feb 4, 2016Three high school football coaches, including The Oklahoman's All-State Coach of the Year, have taken out-of-state coaching jobs this week. Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler and Grove coach Mike Loyd have taken new positions, along with Altus football coach and athletic director Jeremy Reed, who announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to take over a program in Arkansas. Reed will be the new coach at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Ark., citing Oklahoma's education outlook as his reasoning for leaving. “When some friends of mine told me about the position, I told them on two separate occasions I wasn't interested because I love Altus and I love my kids, my coaches, just everything going on,” said Reed, The Oklahoman's Coach of the Year after leading Altus to the Class 5A state title. “But as time grew on and more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education, I began to think it was more of my responsibility to worry about my 9-year-old, 5-year-old and 6-month old more than anything else. At that point, I told my wife it was my duty to look at what could potentially be a better future for them with not knowing what's going to happen here in this state.” Reed spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, turning the downtrodden program around. Altus was 21-4 in his two seasons. Loyd is moving to Arkansas as well, taking over at Rogers High School. He, too, was critical of the Oklahoma education system, telling the Tulsa World, “We're 49th and working on trying to be in 50th.” Dantzler, who was a state champion track coach at John Marshall before heading to Tulsa Washington, resigned on Wednesday. Originally from Louisiana, Dantzler is taking a head coaching position at Patterson, La. PUTNAM CITY BASKETBALL COURT TO BE NAMED FOR LEGENDARY COACH A.D. BURTSCHI A.D. Burtschi will coach his last home game at Putnam City on the court that will bear his name. Putnam City Schools announced this week that it will name the court A.D. Burtschi Court in honor of its longtime coach in advance of his final home game Feb. 12. The pregame ceremony that night will showcase Burtschi's signature painted on the court near the home bench. In addition, a jersey with Burtschi's name and the number 32 — representing the number of seasons he has coached at Putnam City — will be unveiled. The jersey will hang in the school's Hall of Fame outside the gym. Burtschi will retire after the season following 39 years in coaching and more than 700 wins. In his 32 years at Putnam City, he won four state championships and was state runner-up five more times. Former players and assistant coaches are encouraged to attend his final home game, when the Pirates host rival Putnam City West on Feb. 12. The girls game will begin at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow at 7:30. LAWTON IKE HIRES BURRIS IN HISTORICAL MOVE Lawton Public Schools named former Capitol Hill football coach Mike Burris the new Lawton Eisenhower football coach Monday night, making history in the process. Burris becomes the school system's first black head football coach, according to the Lawton Constitution. “It's a big deal for the town of Lawton and the black community, but I'm just a coach and I'm just here for the kids.” Burris told the paper. Burris coached at Capitol Hill from 1980-1994 before joining the Lawton Eisenhower staff, where he remained an assistant until recently. He replaces Danny Edelman, who went 5-15 in two years with Lawton Eisenhower. Burris said he is hoping to bring some stability to the program, which drops from Class 6A Division II to 5A the next two seasons. “I was excited,” Burris said. “I thought it was the right time. We've been through three coaches in four years, and I thought it needed stability and someone committed to the program.” CHRISTON COUSINS UNITE AT NEO Dreyvon and Jarviear Christon have long shared the goal of playing Division I football. And the cousins have also dreamed of playing on the same team. Now they're getting ready to accomplish the second goal on the path to hopefully reaching the first. Dreyvon, a defensive back from Putnam City, and Jarviear, a receiver from Lawton MacArthur, both signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College on Wednesday. “Our dream has been to play together, and now we are,” Dreyvon said. “We plan to grind it out and go to a big school together from there, no matter what it takes.” The cousins plan to be roommates, and being on opposite sides of the ball, they'll get the opportunity to practice against each other. OU EXPECTED COMPETITION FOR JOSHUA JACOBS Bob Stoops said he knew that once his staff offered Tulsa McLain's Joshua Jacobs a scholarship, the floodgates could open. “As soon as it happened, we said, ‘Here it goes,'” Stoops said during Wednesday's signing day news conference. “And it did.” Jacobs signed with Alabama on Wednesday, choosing the Crimson Tide over Missouri and Oklahoma. He played quarterback for McLain, rushing for 2,704 yards and 36 touchdowns last season and leading his team to the playoffs. Just in the last two weeks, Jacobs saw his recruitment go from almost nothing to insane. Stoops said his staff thought Jacobs could play slot receiver for the Sooners. He was recruited to Alabama as a running back. “He's an excellent player,” Stoops said.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at email@example.com.
Feb 3, 2016
Whether he was coaching at Texas Tech, Arizona, Indiana or North Carolina, Littrell has always recruited Oklahoma players, and he snagged three in the last days before signing day.
New North Texas coach Seth Littrell returns to Oklahoma to fill out recruiting class
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 3, 2016TUTTLE — Hired two months before National Signing Day, new North Texas coach Seth Littrell found himself scrambling to fill up his first recruiting class as a head coach. A native of Muskogee and a former Oklahoma fullback, Littrell went back to his roots — and back to a familiar recruiting trail. Whether he was coaching at Texas Tech, Arizona, Indiana or North Carolina, Littrell has always recruited Oklahoma players, and he snagged three in the last days before signing day. It started with Lawton Eisenhower receiver Rico Bussey. Then Littrell added Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine, the state's all-time leading passer. And over the weekend, Tuttle's Chandler Anthony, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive lineman, switched his commitment from Illinois State to North Texas. “I couldn't be happier with where I ended up,” Anthony said after signing his letter of intent Wednesday. “I hadn't had any contact with the previous coaching staff, but when they changed over and got in touch with me, I was excited to give them a look. “They've got Oklahoma ties, and they really seem committed toward building that program back up the right way.” Littrell hired one of his former OU blockers, Brad Davis, as his offensive line coach, and Davis played a key role in recruiting Anthony. The Mean Green might've landed a diamond in the rough, considering some of Anthony's impressive numbers — 6-7 (his height), and 32 (his ACT score). “I'm anxious to see what those guys can do with him,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard said. “I know he's real excited about what the coaches at UNT have going, and he loved that there are some Oklahoma connections there.” Littrell, 37, let his personality show through on Twitter Wednesday, posting video clips from television shows, movies and pro wrestling individually celebrating each of his signees. Despite being located just 45 miles south of the Oklahoma border in Denton, North Texas hasn't historically recruited Oklahoma hard. The current roster has only three Oklahomans — Edmond Santa Fe defensive back Ashton Preston, Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore and Heritage Hall quarterback Quinn Shanbour. Littrell is doubling that number after two months on the job, not including a preferred walk-on spot he offered to Fine's teammate, Jason Pirtle. And Littrell is likely to keep coming north of the Red River to build his program. “Him being an Oklahoma guy, he knows these high schools and knows what they're all about,” Ballard said. “He knows it's good football up here, and it'll be exciting to see what he does down there.”
Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams:___ILLINOISTop 25 class: No.Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland.Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida.Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon.One...
Big Ten football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams: ___ ILLINOIS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland. Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida. Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon. One that got away: Several players recently de-committed amid the turmoil in the program, among them Tre Johnson, OL, Orlando, Florida, who chose Miami. How they'll fit in: After playing essentially without tight ends last fall, Illinois signed three players at the position, including Holcombe, one of the top 40 or so in the country. If he can play right away, that could be a big help to the Illini attack. Also important will be the 13 defensive players and whether they can add much-needed depth. ___ INDIANA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Richard Lagow, QB, Plano, Texas. Over the past two seasons, he threw for 4,496 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left. Best of the rest: Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron, Ohio. In high school, Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-4, 190 pounds could play either position at Indiana. The Hoosiers must decide where he fits best. Late addition: Shaun Bonner, TE, Moultrie, Georgia. At 6-3, 250, Bonner is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman. One that got away: Jovan Swann, DT, Greenwood, Indiana. The Hoosiers only had two in-state players, and they didn't get Swann, who picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: Lagow and Thompson should make immediate impacts. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future. ___ IOWA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Nathan Stanley, QB, Menomonie, Wisconsin. Stanley will likely be the most scrutinized player in this class over the next few years. Stanley shunned his home-state Badgers for Iowa, and at 6-foot-4 he looks like a prototypical pro passer in Iowa's system. It could be years before Stanley sees the field, with Tyler Wiegers set to take over for Beathard in 2017 and second-year freshmen Ryan Boyle and Drew Cook behind him. Best of the rest: Defensive ends Cedrick Lattimore, a 250-pounder out of Detroit, and Illinois product Romeo McKnight, could be next in line to blossom along Iowa's front. Running back Toks Akinribade had plenty of offers and Alaric Jackson is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound tackle who also played basketball, soccer, baseball and track. Iowa's best linemen have traditionally been multi-sport stars in high school. Late addition: Alaric Jackson, OL, Detroit. He reportedly turned down a late offer from Michigan. One that got away: U.S. Army All-American Bowl pick John Raridon of West Des Moines, Iowa, turned down Iowa and Iowa State in favor of Nebraska. How they'll fit in: Iowa brings back a ton of talent from last season's Big Ten West-winning team and the Hawkeyes usually redshirt most of their freshmen anyway. But Iowa will likely look for a few of them to contribute on special teams. ___ MARYLAND Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Davis, OG, Hyattsville, Maryland Best of the rest: Tino Ellis, WR, Hyattsville, Maryland, Richard Merritt, OL, Silver Spring, Maryland, Adam McLean, DT, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Late addition: Tyrrell Pigrome, QB, Pinson, Alabama. Pigrome, the Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year, announced his decision Wednesday. One that got away: Recruited by former Maryland coach Randy Edsall, standout QB Dwayne Haskins flipped his commitment to Ohio State last month. Returning QB Perry Hills threw 13 INTs compared to eight TD passes in 2015, so getting Pigrome and QB Max Bortenschlager (Indiana) was very important. How they'll fit in: Many of these players will have an opportunity to play immediately as new coach DJ Durkin looks to put his stamp on the struggling program. ___ MICHIGAN Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: DT Rashan Gary chose Michigan over Clemson and Southeastern Conference schools such as Alabama, Mississippi and Auburn. He is the first consensus No. 1 recruit to sign outside of the SEC since 2008, when Terrell Pryor went to Ohio State. Best of the rest: Devin Asiasi, who played for traditional power De La Salle High School in California, will get a chance to make a lot of plays because coach Jim Harbaugh loves having his quarterbacks throw to tight ends. The 6-4, 265 Asiasi is rated as one of the best players at his position in the country. Late addition: Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a linebacker from Georgia, was added relatively recently to the class. He will get a chance to play right away because Michigan will lose some linebackers to graduation. One that got away: Donnie Corley, a wide receiver from Detroit, chose to enroll at Michigan State last month. How they'll fit in: Even though Gary will be in the spotlight next fall, he will be able to ease into a role with a team that has a lot of depth on the defensive line. ___ MICHIGAN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Donnie Corley, WR-CB, Detroit Best of the rest: Josh King, DE, Darien, Ill. Late addition: Luke Campbell, OL-DL, Lewis Center, Ohio One that got away: Michael Jordan, OL, Canton, Mich., who signed with Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The Spartans have to replace QB Connor Cook after last season's run to the national semifinals. Although Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry have been with the program for a while, both are unproven. Michigan State added QB Messiah deWeaver of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Corley could provide immediate help to a receiving corps that loses Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings from last season's team. ___ MINNESOTA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Carter Coughlin, LB, Eden Prairie, Minn. Best of the rest: QB Seth Green, Allen, Texas; Tyler Johnson, WR, Minneapolis North HS; Garrison Wright, OL, Butler CC (Kansas); Sam Schlueter, OL, Victoria (Minnesota)/Mayer Lutheran HS; Kamal Martin, LB, Burnsville (Minnesota) HS; Philip Howard, WR, Minneapolis/Robbinsdale Cooper HS; Coney Durr, CB, Geismar (Louisiana) Dutchtown HS; Thomas Barber, LB, Plymouth (Minnesota)/Robbinsdale Armstrong HS; Vincent Calhoun, OL, Southwest Mississippi CC; Merrick Jackson, DL, Iowa Western CC. Late addition: Mark Williams, QB, Jackson (Alabama) HS. One that got away: Dedrick Snelson, WR, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Signed with Central Florida. How they'll fit in: Green will compete with sophomore Demry Croft to be the backup to Mitch Leidner. Calhoun (335 pounds) and Wright (318 pounds) could be in the starting lineup right away. Johnson and Martin are converted QBs marking a focus on athleticism. ___ NEBRASKA Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Lamar Jackson, CB, Elk Grove, California. He's a top-100 national recruit and Nebraska's highest-rated West Coast signee in more than a decade. With Jackson and safety Marquel Dismuke of Calabasas, California, among the five defensive backs in the fold, the Cornhuskers met their needs in the secondary. Best of the rest: John Raridon, OL, West Des Moines, Iowa. The 6-4, 271-pound guard is the top offensive line recruit and the son of former Nebraska offensive tackle Scott Raridon. Late addition: Matt Farniok, OT, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Bo Pelini staff started pursuing the 6-foot-5, 319-pounder two years ago and Riley's staff picked up the chase before landing his commitment a week ago. One that got away: Nebraska thought it had locked up four-star receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick of Waterford, Michigan. That was before Fitzpatrick took a visit to Louisville. He announced he would become a Cardinal on Tuesday. The Huskers are left with two receivers in the class. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on QB Patrick O'Brien in spring practice. It would be premature to say he could challenge incumbent Tommy Armstrong, but he's well-positioned to be the No. 2 QB come fall. Raridon and Farniok beef up the offensive line, and Jackson and Dismuke could play right away. ___ NORTHWESTERN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Roderick Campbell Jr., DB, St. Louis. Best of the rest: Jeremy Larkin, RB, Cincinnati; Riley Lees, WR, Libertyville, Illinois; Bennett Skowronek, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Aidan Smith, QB, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Late additions: Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, WR, Minneapolis. One that got away: Defensive tackle Jovan Swann from Greenwood, Indiana, picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: With the losses of receivers Miles Shuler and Christian Jones to graduation, Lees, Skowronek and Chiaokhiao-Bowman have the chance to get playing time early. ___ OHIO STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Nick Bosa, DL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The spitting image of his older brother, former Buckeyes All-American Joey Bosa, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder may step right into the spot vacated by his sibling. Best of the rest: Austin Mack, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 6-2, 210-pounder can help fill the void following the loss of Michael Thomas, one of nine Ohio State underclassmen leaving early for the pros. Late addition: Malcolm Pridgeon, OL, Nassau County (N.Y.) Community College. The 6-8 303-pounder chose Ohio State over Baylor on signing day. One that got away: Rashan Gary, DT, Paramus, New Jersey. The nation's No. 1 recruit is headed to Michigan, a signing that Wolverines fans will undoubtedly tout as a victory over the Buckeyes as Harbaugh tries to close the talent gap between the bitter enemies. How they'll fit in: Coach Urban Meyer has already identified Bosa and Jonathon Cooper, a 6-2, 234-pound defensive end from Gahanna, Ohio, as freshmen who will get playing time next season. ___ PENN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: At 5-11, 200 pounds, four-star running back Miles Sanders of Pittsburgh is the key recruit in James Franklin's class. Best of the rest: Shane Simmons, a 6-4, 221-pounder, could make an immediate impact at defensive end and just might end up giving Sanders a run as the best player in the class. Late addition: Junior-college DT Brenon Thrift can help replenish reserves on defensive line with Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney moving on and recent decommitments from DTs Karamo Dioubate and Michael Dwumfour. One that got away: S Andrew Pryts of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, flipped to Stanford on signing day. How they'll fit in: Penn State had to tread water under Franklin in the waning days of the NCAA sanctions. With a full class and full complement of players available at every position, perhaps Big Ten contention is on the horizon. ___ PURDUE Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Landers, WR, Dayton, Ohio. The 6-foot-4 receiver could give the offense a new dimension in 2016, and if he does the Boilers will finally have a solid nucleus of skill position players. Best of the rest: Simeon Smiley, DB, Pensacola, Florida. The transition to college is easier for freshmen to make at safety than cornerback and at 6-foot, 195 pounds, Smiley has the build to make an impact. Late addition: Rob Simmons, DE, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The 6-6, 216-pounder waited until the final week to pick Purdue. One that got away: Dylan Powell, OL, Hannibal, Missouri. Powell announced three weeks ago he was looking for other options and wound up choosing Stanford. How they'll fit in: The Boilermakers are losing both starting cornerbacks and may need some of those young DBs on the field in 2016. Barry Larkin and Lorenzo Neal won't be the only junior college players vying for playing time. Jalen Neal, a 6-8, 315-pound offensive lineman, could, too. __ RUTGERS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Tylin Oden, QB, Columbia, Tennessee. While starter Chris Laviano and backup Hayden Rettig are returning, Oden has the athleticism to run the power spread offense. Best of the rest: Trey Sneed, RB, Orange Park, Fla. He had more than 10 scholarship offers including from North Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisville. Late addition: Ahmed Bah, WR, New York City. He helped Grand Street Campus to a 13-0 record and the school's first-ever New York Public Schools Athletic League State Championship. One that got away: Patrice Rene, DB. He committed to Rutgers in early August but changed his mind after Kyle Flood was fired. He will attend North Carolina. How they'll fit in: First-year coach Chris Ash's guiding rule was to find players who fit his program, who had character, intelligence, toughness and would compete. Four are early enrollees and they are already working out. With little depth, a lot of these players should play a role, even if just on special teams. ___ WISCONSIN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: DL Garrett Rand earned an invite to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Rand, who had 92 tackles and 15 sacks as a high school senior, would also give a relatively young position group even more depth. Best of the rest: RB Sam Brodner of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was one of his state's top players last season. P Anthony Lotti was recruited from Flowery Branch, Georgia and figures to play right away. Late addition: DBs Caesar Williams and Deron Harrell. Harrell might not join the program until January 2017. One that got away: Touted running back prospect Antonio Williams dropped his verbal commitment to Wisconsin in October to commit to Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The sting of losing Williams is eased a bit with the late addition of Brodner, plus the return of Corey Clement to the Wisconsin backfield in 2016. There is depth at the position with Clement joining fellow returnees Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal.
Feb 2, 2016
NORMAN — As is the case with most big-time recruits, Erik Swenson heard a lot of coaches tell him that, if he picked their school, he would be treated like family. Given his experience over the last month, it would be understandable if Swenson was cynical about such platitudes from coaches. But during his official visit to Oklahoma last weekend, as he watched Sooners coach Bob Stoops sit and...
Oklahoma football: After a whirlwind experience, Erik Swenson finds a home in Norman
By Jason Kersey | Feb 2, 2016NORMAN — As is the case with most big-time recruits, Erik Swenson heard a lot of coaches tell him that, if he picked their school, he would be treated like family. Given his experience over the last month, it would be understandable if Swenson was cynical about such platitudes from coaches. But during his official visit to Oklahoma last weekend, as he watched Sooners coach Bob Stoops sit and talk with Swenson's younger sister for more than an hour during a recruiting lunch, he was sold. “A lot of coaching staffs promise that they'll treat you like family and that it's their No. 1 priority, but at Oklahoma I could really see they meant that,” Swenson said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman. “There were a whole lot of other people at the lunch. For him to take an hour to talk to my sister really shows what kind of man he is.” Swenson committed to the Sooners last weekend and will officially become a Sooner on Wednesday, the first day prospects can sign National Letters of Intent. The Downers Grove, Ill., product's signing will complete a wild, turbulent recruiting process that became a national storyline on Jan. 20, when Swenson announced that Michigan coaches had abruptly pulled his scholarship offer. For the two-plus years he was committed to Michigan — even after the head coach that recruited him was fired and replaced — Swenson remained steadfastly loyal to the Wolverines. But Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff decided to go a different direction, leaving Swenson in an incredibly difficult position late in the recruiting cycle. The 15th-ranked offensive tackle in the country and a four-star prospect according to Rivals, Swenson had previously received scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State. But when his high school coach, Mark Molinari, tried calling those schools back in the last few weeks, he was told there was no longer room for Swenson. “I tried not to let anger set in but that was the thing that made me the most upset,” Molinari said. “I went back to those schools and they had not soured on Erik. “They said, ‘Even though we think Erik's a great player, we're not gonna turn around and do to one of our kids what was done to Erik. That's not how we operate.' ” Per NCAA rules, Harbaugh cannot comment on prospective players until they have signed a letter of intent, meaning Wednesday's signing day news conference will be the first time he's able to answer questions about the Swenson saga. But a few days after Swenson's situation became public, an online report, citing Michigan sources, indicated that Swenson had been made aware his scholarship offer was no longer good months earlier. Molinari adamantly denies that. “You're gonna hear a lot of stuff,” Molinari said. “Coach Harbaugh will definitely address the situation, I can assure you. He and I will never agree. But I will tell you that I have nothing to gain from this. It's all about Erik.” Molinari said the first time he had any inkling that Swenson's offer might not be good was January 5, and that they didn't find out for sure until to weeks later. “That is the honest to God truth,” Molinari said. “Whether or not Erik was a good fit for their football program, that's subjective and I'm not gonna argue with Coach Harbaugh about that. It was the timing. “They're spinning it one way, and I'm never gonna win a fight against the University of Michigan, but the bottom line is, the young man needed time to go look for a new opportunity and he wasn't afforded that.” But on the day of Swenson's announcement, OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh followed him on Twitter. A couple days after that, he sent Swenson a direct message to gauge his interest in Oklahoma. Bedenbaugh traveled to Downers Grove last Tuesday to visit with Swenson in person, then invited him to Norman for an official visit a few days later. Everything from that point forward worked out about as perfectly as possible. Swenson was scheduled to play in the Under-19 International Bowl — an all-star game pitting the best United States players against Canada — that weekend in Dallas, but chose to skip that and head to Norman instead. Swenson's parents and sister already had their flights booked to Dallas, so they kept those reservations and drove the few hours north to Oklahoma to join Erik on his visit. During the visit, Swenson learned about OU's business school — he wants to be an entrepreneur — and loved it. The sister of one of Swenson's high school friends happens to be a regular student at OU, so she showed him around the campus and around Norman, giving him another perspective. He was also told that, because OU had dismissed Kenyon Frison from the program in December, the Sooners were in need of another offensive tackle. And then, Stoops' conversation with Erik's sister Kate, who is two years younger than him, sealed the deal. So Wednesday, two weeks to the day after he announced he wouldn't be a Wolverine, he will sign with Oklahoma. “It's a huge relief to know that I ended up with a program like this,” Swenson said. “It's been a crazy January, but everything happens for a reason. “I'm just ready to move on and get ready to play at Oklahoma.”
Feb 2, 2016
Several Oklahoma high school prospects have yet to announce their college decisions, with National Signing Day bearing down on them.
Football recruiting: Looking at Oklahoma's top prospects with decisions to make
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Feb 2, 2016Several Oklahoma high school prospects have yet to announce their college decisions, with National Signing Day bearing down on them. Here's a look at three state prospects with decisions to make: JOSHUA JACOBS Position: Running back Height, weight: 5-10, 200 Stars (service): 3 (Rivals), 3 (Scout), 3 (ESPN), 4 (247Sports) School: Tulsa McLain Announcing at: TBA Choosing between: Alabama, Missouri and others. Jacobs' list of prospective schools remains in flux because several of them have only offered within the last few days. He told the Tulsa World on Sunday that his recruiting remains “wide open” and he might not even sign on Wednesday as he contemplates his options. JEREMY LEWIS Position: Running back Height, weight: 6-1, 195 Stars (service): 2 (Rivals), 3 (Scout), N/A (ESPN), 2 (247Sports) School: Lone Grove Announcing at: TBA Choosing between: Nebraska, Memphis, Arkansas State and others Lewis decommitted from Arkansas State last month and his phone has been ringing like crazy lately as he tries to sort out his future. Lone Grove coach Jeremy Turner said Monday that Lewis likely won't sign on Wednesday. TAVEN BIRDOW Position: Running back Height, weight: 6-1, 215 Stars (service): 2 (Rivals), 3 (Scout), N/A (ESPN), 3 (247Sports) School: Altus Announcing at: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Choosing between: Air Force and Navy The Oklahoman's Offensive Player of the Year, Birdow played fullback in Altus' flexbone offense. He recently announced his final choices out of the four offers he held.
Feb 2, 2016
Oklahoma boosted one of the nation's top recruiting classes with the addition of linebacker Caleb Kelly late Wednesday. Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Clovis West High School in Fresno, California, was listed as a five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. He chose the Sooners over Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas and others. Kelly's addition is critical because Oklahoma lost five of its...
OU football: A look at the Sooners' recruits
From Staff Reports | Feb 2, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4068934[/img] Oklahoma boosted one of the nation's top recruiting classes with the addition of linebacker Caleb Kelly late Wednesday. Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Clovis West High School in Fresno, California, was listed as a five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. He chose the Sooners over Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas and others. Kelly's addition is critical because Oklahoma lost five of its top six linebackers from its squad that reached the College Football Playoff, including second-team All-American Eric Striker. THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OU'S CLASS: * Top 25 Class: Yes. * Best in class: Caleb Kelly, LB, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) * Best of the rest: Zach Farrar, WR, Southlake Carroll (Texas). * Late addition: Mykel Jones, WR, Patterson (La.). * One that got away: DB Calvin Bundage, who chose Oklahoma State. * How they'll fit in: Kelly, Jones and Farrar will likely be expected to contribute immediately. They will help fill critical voids at linebacker and receiver. Here is a look at the full 2016 signing class for the Oklahoma Sooners: [pagebreak] EMMANUEL BEAL, Linebacker STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Lackawanna Community College 6-2 215 @In_EB_We_Trust [img width="100" height="168" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068442[/img]Beal was the last of the Lackawanna College trio to commit to the Sooners. He’s originally from the Columbus, Ohio, area, so OU’s upcoming games against Ohio State will be particularly meaningful to him. [pagebreak] AMANI BLEDSOE, Defensive end STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Lawrence, Kan. 6-5 272 @amani_bledsoe [img width="100" height="178" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068436[/img]Bledsoe is the No. 122 overall prospect in the country according to Rivals. He chose the Sooners over his hometown Kansas Jayhawks, but also had Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State and Ohio State offers. [pagebreak] KAPRI DOUCET, Linebacker STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Lackawanna Community College 6-3 225 @hit_squad_4 [img width="100" height="153" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068447[/img]Doucet committed to Arizona in late December, but after his primary recruiter was fired, chose to open his recruitment back up, choosing the Sooners a couple weeks later. He helps fill an immediate need at linebacker. [pagebreak] CALEB KELLY, Linebacker STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 6-3 214 @calebkkelly [img width="100" height="169" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4072411[/img]The undisputed crown jewel of Oklahoma's signing class. The five-star linebacker picked OU over Notre Dame and Oregon. He won the high school Butkus Award this year as the nation's top prep linebacker. [pagebreak] MARK JACKSON, Linebacker STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Cibolo (Texas) Steele 6-3 235 @Jackson111998 [img width="100" height="166" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068449[/img]Jackson was committed to Texas A&M for several months before flipping to the Sooners on Monday. The four-star prospect is projected to play outside linebacker at OU. [pagebreak] PARNELL MOTLEY, Defensive back STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson 6-1 170 @ayeeepee [img width="100" height="160" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068450[/img]The three-star cornerback was committed to Maryland before flipping to the Sooners in late December. He’s the sixth-ranked 2016 prospect in Washington, D.C., by Rivals.com. [pagebreak] JORDAN PARKER, Defensive back STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Pittsburg, Calif. 5-11 184 None [img width="100" height="161" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068446[/img]Parker gave Oklahoma his verbal commitment in October, choosing the Sooners over offers from Arizona State, California, Tennessee, UCLA and USC, among others. Rivals ranks him as the No. 134 =overall prospect in 2016. [pagebreak] CHANSE SYLVIE, Defensive back STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy 6-0 186 @ChanseSylvie [img width="100" height="163" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068441[/img]Slyvie committed to the Sooners in July and is an early enrollee, already working out with the team on campus. He’s ranked by Rivals as the No. 41 safety in the country. [pagebreak] JON-MICHAEL TERRY, Linebacker STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Tulsa Victory Christian 6-3 220 @JonMichaelTerry [img width="100" height="153" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068445[/img]Terry was among the first 2016 commitments for the Sooners nearly a year ago and shut down his recruitment entirely after that. He could have a shot at early playing time with OU’s lack of experience at linebacker. [pagebreak] ABDUL ADAMS, Running back STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Durham, N.C. (Hillside) 6-0 205 @Abdul_Adams2 [img width="100" height="173" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068435[/img]A four-star prospect, Adams also held scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, among others. He’s the 10th-best running back in the country according to Rivals. [pagebreak] ZACH FARRAR, Wide receiver STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Southlake (Texas) Carroll 6-4 205 @ZachFarrar3 [img width="100" height="160" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068453[/img]Farrar committed to the Sooners for both football and baseball. The three-star prospect was committed to Mississippi State in both sports for a little over a week before flipping to OU late last month. [pagebreak] ADRIAN HARDY, Athlete STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Houston (Delaney) 6-2 185 @HomieEarnest [img width="100" height="166" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4072412[/img]Hardy was one of the Sooners’ very first 2016 commitments. He’s listed as an “athlete,” but projects at wide receiver at Oklahoma. [pagebreak] MYKEL JONES, Wide receiver STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Patterson, La. 6-1 185 @ocho_era8 [img width="100" height="158" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4072413[/img]Jones was a Signing Day addition to the Sooners' 2016 class. Jones, who was widely considered likely to sign with Ole Miss, made a visit to OU's campus last weekend. [pagebreak] AUSTIN KENDALL, Quarterback STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson 6-2 210 @A_Kendall11 [img width="100" height="150" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068438[/img]After the departures of Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas, Kendall finds himself as the Sooners’ No. 2 quarterback all of a sudden. He’s already on campus and will practice with the team this spring. [pagebreak] BEN POWERS, Offensive line STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Butler County Community College 6-5 315 @BenThrDunThat [img width="100" height="161" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068440[/img]Powers picked the Sooners over offers from Illinois, Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech. He’s already enrolled and on campus, set to compete for the starting guard job left open by Nila Kasitati. [pagebreak] LOGAN ROBERSON, Offensive line STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Harrah 6-5 318 @BIGLOGE66 [img width="100" height="152" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068448[/img]Roberson was lightly recruited out of Harrah until a fantastic performance at OU’s summer camp earned him an offer from Bill Bedenbaugh. Roberson quickly accepted and is already on campus. [pagebreak] ERIK SWENSON, Offensive line STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Downers Grove, Ill. 6-5 300 @Eiek77 [img width="100" height="164" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068443[/img]Swenson was committed to Michigan for more than two years until Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh yanked his scholarship offer just a few weeks before signing day. Bedenbaugh jumped on board, got Swenson to Norman for a visit and the four-star prospect quickly committed. [pagebreak] Johncarlo Valentin, Offensive line STATUS: Signed LOI SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT TWITTER Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Charter 6-5 337 @JValentin57 [img width="100" height="147" style="float: left; margin: 0px 15px 0px 0px;" render="w170"]4068444[/img]Valentin committed to the Sooners on Jan. 14. He’s the 20th-ranked guard prospect in the 2016 recruiting class according to Rivals.com.
NORMAN — Oklahoma added another wide receiver to its 2016 recruiting class Sunday night, when three-star prospect Zach Farrar flipped from Mississippi State to become the Sooners’ third commitment of the weekend. Farrar, from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High, committed to Mississippi State on Jan. 21, but received his OU offer a few days later. He visited Norman this weekend and according to the...
Oklahoma football: Wide receiver Zach Farrar flips from Mississippi State, commits to Sooners
Jason Kersey | Jan 31, 2016NORMAN — Oklahoma added another wide receiver to its 2016 recruiting class Sunday night, when three-star prospect Zach Farrar flipped from Mississippi State to become the Sooners’ third commitment of the weekend. Farrar, from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High, committed to Mississippi State on Jan. 21, but received his OU offer a few days later. He visited Norman this weekend and according to the tweet announcing his commitment, will play both football and baseball for the Sooners. He also held scholarship offers from Boston College, BYU, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Washington, among others. The Sooners currently have receiver commits from four-star, Tyler Junior College prospect Ryan Parker — who might not sign due to grade issues — and Adrian Hardy, a three-star “athlete” from Houston who projects as a receiver at the next level. Farrar is ranked by Rivals as the 84th-best 2016 receiver prospect nationally. He was the third high school prospect to commit to Oklahoma this weekend, joining 2016 offensive lineman Erik Swenson of Downers Grove, Ill., and 2017 offensive lineman Tyrese Robinson of McKinney, Texas. Oklahoma loses two of its top-three receivers from last year’s Big 12 championship team, so there is playing time to be had at those positions. The Sooners had a commitment from four-star wideout Velus Jones after they flipped him from USC on Jan. 22, but Jones flipped back to the Trojans after less than 24 hours. In response, the Sooners began more aggressively targeting receivers to be late additions to their recruiting class. In addition to Farrar, the Sooners also hosted a surprise visitor in four-star prospect Mykel Jones (Patterson, La.). Jones was believed to be choosing between Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee, but spent the last few days in Norman and is the 94th-ranked overall 2016 prospect — and the 20th-ranked wide receiver — according to Rivals.com. Prospects cannot sign national letters of intent until Wednesday, which is national signing day.
Jan 31, 2016
Signing day is Wednesday, and plenty of Oklahoma recruits are undecided where they want to play college football.
The Oklahoman's Super 30: State's top two prospects still uncommitted
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 31, 2016National Signing Day for high school football players is Wednesday, and with more than 60 Oklahoma players holding Division I scholarship offers, it looks to be one of the busiest signing days the state has seen. Here is The Oklahoman's fifth and final edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, OL, John Marshall, 6-5, 350 Likely to announce his decision on signing day, Moore is looking hardest at OU and OSU, with Alabama and maybe a couple others still in the picture as well. 2. Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 200 Bundage has taken all of his visits and said his top five — OSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon — but Arkansas also remains heavily involved. 3. Terry Wilson, QB, Del City, 6-3, 190 Wilson signed a financial aid agreement with the Ducks in December and plans to enroll when their spring semester begins in March. 4. Joshua Jacobs, RB, Tulsa McLain, 5-10, 200 The most intriguing prospect on this list the last month, Jacobs exploded after rushing for 2,700 yards as a senior. He has offers from OU, Alabama, Missouri and a few others, and was expected to make trips to Missouri and Alabama over the weekend. 5. Tyler Brown, OL, Lexington, 6-6, 315 The former TCU commitment remains firmly committed to OSU, a place he said he prefers due to having friends already there attending school. 6. Jon-Michael Terry, LB, Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 OU was the first to offer him nearly a year ago, and he promptly committed. His prospects for early playing time are intriguing with the Sooners' vacancies at LB. 7. Dillon Stoner, WR, Jenks, 6-0; 180 A player who simply made plays on offense, defense or special teams, Stoner could excel once he's locked into one role on the Cowboys' receiving corps. 8. Logan Roberson, OL, Harrah, 6-5, 320 Roberson signed a financial aid agreement with OU in December and has already enrolled in Norman, looking to make an early impact up front. 9. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 A long-time Boise State commitment, Wilson recently flipped to Missouri, where his father, Curtis, played in the 1980s. 10. Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 OSU snagged Hill early, and held onto him, despite pursuit from Houston and others. His versatile style is well-suited for the Cowboys' offense. 11. Noah Jones, DE, Southmoore, 6-5, 250 His powerful lower body makes the Texas Tech commit an intriguing prospect once he gets to Lubbock. 12. Austin Quillen, DB, Jenks, 6-0, 190 A linebacker at Jenks, Quillen shifts to a more natural defensive back spot at Vanderbilt. Also had offers from Iowa, Arizona, Washington State and others. 13. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 Decommitted from Arkansas State last month and says he's looking hardest at Nebraska, Memphis and Tulsa as he takes his decision down to the wire. 14. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 The big man remains committed to Tulsa, where he was scheduled to visit over the weekend. 15. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-1, 230 Ideally built to be a middle linebacker, McKinney is Kansas State's only Okie commit in this year's class. 16. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-2, 230 The big, powerful back turned heads with a strong senior season, and ultimately flipped his commitment from SMU to Louisville. 17. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 Opponents avoided him much of the season, and he could have a chance for early playing time at Kansas. 18. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-4, 310 A powerful run blocker in the Hollis offense that keeps the ball almost exclusively on the ground, but his athleticism will help him adapt to pass blocking at Wyoming. 19. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 Previously committed to Tulane, Criddle flipped to Purdue in December. 20. Jackson Winrow, WR, Shawnee, 6-2, 180 Winrow makes his debut on the list after a breakout senior season with more than 1,000 yards and 12 TDs. He recently committed to Vanderbilt after an official visit to Nashville. 21. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 Brown remains committed to Tulsa despite offers from Arkansas State, Navy, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Wyoming. 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 The playmaker recently became Oklahoma-native Seth Littrell's first Oklahoma commitment at North Texas since he took the job. 23. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 210 One of three Oklahoma players committed to Wyoming, Garrett is currently the only quarterback in the Cowboys' signing class. 24. Taven Birdow, RB, Altus, 6-1, 215 The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year has narrowed his choices down to Air Force and Navy. 25. Blake Williams, TE, Mustang, 6-5, 225 Sidelined much of his career by illness, Williams earned offers from North Carolina and Illinois, while drawing attention from several other schools this season. 26. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 220 Hogan has mostly remained quiet about his recruiting, though he quit basketball to focus on getting prepared for the future. Has offers from Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, Arkansas State and Colorado State. 27. K.J. Wells, ATH, Idabel, 6-4, 185 A prolific playmaker, Wells had verbally committed to Wyoming over seven other Division I offers — including OSU and TCU — but recently switched to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. 28. Chandler Anthony, OL, Tuttle, 6-7, 285 After missing his junior season with an injury, Anthony returned and garnered five Division I offers. He recently committed to Illinois State. 29. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 The Highlanders' leader verbally committed to Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, choosing the Warhawks over Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. 30. Nyc Burns, QB, Berryhill, 6-5, 180 Burns burst onto the scene this season — his only as a starting quarterback — and plans to be a preferred walk-on at OSU, turning down multiple Division I scholarship offers.
Four-star prospect Erik Swenson committed to the Sooners during his official visit, becoming OU's fifth offensive commit.
Oklahoma football: Sooners land commitment from offensive lineman Erik Swenson
Jan 30, 2016NORMAN — Oklahoma added another offensive line prospect to its 2016 recruiting class Saturday night. Four-star prospect Erik Swenson committed to the Sooners during his official visit, becoming OU's fifth offensive commit. Swenson was committed to Michigan for more than two years before he announced earlier this month that Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh had pulled his scholarship offer. Swenson is the 227th-ranked overall prospect nationally by Rivals.com, and the 15th-ranked offensive tackle. He is from Downers Grove, Ill., and played at Downers Grove South High School.
Jan 27, 2016
Jacobs is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back with speed, power and elusiveness. He played quarterback for McLain this past season, but that was mostly just a title, because he was the guy taking the snap from center.
Prep Parade: Joshua Jacobs is an 11th-hour recruiting name to know
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 27, 2016National Signing Day for football players is Wednesday, less than a week away, and at this point in the process, you don't see a lot of new scholarship offers going out to seniors. Most of that has been done by now, and college coaches are just making their final pitches to uncommitted kids. But Tulsa McLain running back prospect Joshua Jacobs is one of the exceptions to that rule. Jacobs' recruiting has exploded in recent weeks, most notably with Oklahoma and Missouri offering him on Tuesday. Oklahoma State brought him up for a visit last weekend and Alabama has been sniffing around. Jacobs is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back with speed, power and elusiveness. He played quarterback for McLain this past season, but that was mostly just a title, because he was the guy taking the snap from center. It was more of a full-time Wildcat offense, designed to put the ball in Jacobs' hands and letting him work his magic. In doing so, he turned in a spectacular season, rushing for 2,704 — second-most in the state in any class — with 31 touchdowns on just 179 carries, for an average of 15.1 per rush. As a high school player, he was a virtual unknown across the state in September. From a recruiting perspective, he didn't really begin to emerge until late November. But over the next six days, recruiting followers will want to keep an eye on him, and if you haven't seen his highlight reel, it's worth a Google. COACHING CAROUSEL BEGINNING TO TURN? Most football teams have been finished for more than two months now, and it's been relatively quiet on the coaching change front. Last year, it was the big-school ranks of Class 6A Division I that saw some of the more notable coaching changes, at places like Norman North, Edmond Santa Fe, Yukon and Putnam City. So far, Class 5A looks to be the intriguing class to watch this offseason. Del City is the biggest local opening out there, following Nick Warehime's resignation last month. The Eagles are losing a couple of Division I players in quarterback Terry Wilson and lineman Walter Watson, but there is some young talent in the stable. There are two other job openings that become more interesting because both schools were in 6A-II last fall, but will be dropping down to 5A for the next two years. Lawton Eisenhower has been open since mid-November, and Claremore came open three weeks ago. Both jobs should draw good applicants, considering the schools have had solid athletic success, and should be playoff contenders at the 5A level. Lawton Ike has been mired in 6A for a while, but Claremore won 17 games in 2012-13 the last time it was a 5A program. YUKON CELEBRATING ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS' Yukon will recognize its past state champion boys basketball teams, and their coach at a special Night of Champions Friday when the Millers host Edmond Memorial. Players from the 1974 and 1979 state title teams are returning to honor their coach, Leroy Estes, who retired one day after winning the last title because of health reasons. He died of Leukemia in 1982. Estes won 171 games at Yukon and 378 in his career, also winning a Class B state title at Deer Creek in 1970. The girls game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow at 7:30. UNIQUE TWO-SPORT ACHIEVEMENT Earlier this month, Victory Christian senior Keats Calhoon reached the 1,000-point mark for his basketball career, which is a significant mark. Last fall, Calhoon surpassed the 10,000-yard mark for his career as a quarterback — and that's quite a bit more significant. He's only the third player in state history to reach that mark, and stands second on the state's all-time list for passing yards behind Locust Grove's Mason Fine. When you put his two milestone marks together, Calhoon stands alone as the only player in state history to throw for 10,000 yards and score 1,000 points. OSSAA CONDUCTING BASEBALL UMPIRE CLINICS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is conducting two baseball umpire clinics in February. Each session includes classroom and on-field instruction for beginning umpire fundamental skills and veteran umpire three-man mechanics. Each clinic costs $10 for OSSAA-enrolled umpires and $30 for all others enrolled by Feb. 1. The price increases $5 for each umpire for registration after Feb. 1. Enrollment is at www.ossaa.com on the officials page. The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Tulsa Union from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Mike Sexton at 918-916-9960 or Gene Lewellen at 918-758-8222. The second clinic is Saturday, Feb. 27, at Heritage Hall from 9.a.m-2 p.m. For more information, contact Roger Adair at 405-613-5477 or Doug McClure at 405-414-0293. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report.
Jan 25, 2016
Oklahoma high school football’s all-time leading passer has found a college home. Locust Grove star Mason Fine verbally committed to new North Texas coach Seth Littrell on Monday afternoon, according to the Tulsa World. Fine was mostly considering Division II schools prior to a visit to the Denton, Texas, campus Sunday and Monday. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Fine was lightly recruited because of...
Mason Fine, state's all-time leading passer, commits to North Texas
scott wright | Jan 25, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4054537[/img] Oklahoma high school football’s all-time leading passer has found a college home. Locust Grove star Mason Fine verbally committed to new North Texas coach Seth Littrell on Monday afternoon, according to the Tulsa World. Fine was mostly considering Division II schools prior to a visit to the Denton, Texas, campus Sunday and Monday. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Fine was lightly recruited because of his size but not his passing ability. He threw for 13,081 yards and 166 touchdowns in his career, both of which are state records. He also holds the single-season records in both categories. Fine is the second Oklahoma player the Mean Green have landed in a week, also drawing a commitment from Lawton Eisenhower receiver Rico Bussey.
BENTON, Ark. (AP) — Former Clemson and Citadel coach Jimmy "Red" Parker, who continued coaching at the high school level until retiring last month, died Monday. He was 82.Benton (Ark.) Harmony Grove Superintendent Daniel Henley confirmed the death. A cause of death was not immediately released.Parker coached at Clemson from 1973-76 and finished with a record of 17-25-2. He coached for seven...
Former Clemson, Citadel coach Parker passes away at 82
Associated Press | Jan 4, 2016BENTON, Ark. (AP) — Former Clemson and Citadel coach Jimmy "Red" Parker, who continued coaching at the high school level until retiring last month, died Monday. He was 82. Benton (Ark.) Harmony Grove Superintendent Daniel Henley confirmed the death. A cause of death was not immediately released. Parker coached at Clemson from 1973-76 and finished with a record of 17-25-2. He coached for seven seasons before that at the Citadel, where he was 39-34, and was also an assistant at Vanderbilt and Mississippi in addition to working as the head coach at a number of lower-level colleges. Parker's final collegiate coaching stop came at Ouachita Baptist from 1996-98, but he coached the last six seasons in high school at Harmony Grove — where Henley said he started the school's football program.
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
Dec 24, 2015
Earlier this week, the first-team selections of the 103rd All-State football team visited The Oklahoman offices. We asked them all several questions, including this one: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
High school football: All-State football players and their holiday traditions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Dec 24, 2015Earlier this week, the first-team selections of the 103rd All-State football team visited The Oklahoman offices. We asked them all several questions, including this one: What is your favorite holiday tradition? Here's what some of them had to say: Jayden Benway, DB, Altus: Playing horseshoes. B.J. Bradbury, DB, Adair: Watching ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas' with my family. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow: On Christmas, getting to be with family, opening presents and just spending time with them. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall: Going to my Grandpa's house on Christmas. Tré Lang, DB, Haskell: Going to eat at my great-grandma's with my family. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove: Eating, cracking jokes and spending the day with loved ones. Grant Martin, RB, Harrah: Watching Christmas movies with my family. Tevin McDaniel, WR, Heritage Hall: My favorite family holiday tradition is eating honey ham, sweet potatoes, and mac and cheese. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah: Christmas Eve at Grandma's house. Dillon Stoner, DB, Jenks: Nothing special, just spending time with each other and eating. Jon-Michael Terry, LB, Victory Christian: Going with my family to pick out a Christmas tree.
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 13, 2015The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa Washington (1) 10-1 4. Bartlesville (2) 10-2 5. Lawton (5) 8-2 6. Midwest City (6) 6-4 7. Stillwater (7) 5-6 8. Choctaw (8) 5-6 9. Muskogee (9) 4-6 10. Putnam City West (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None *-Forfeited two games for using ineligible player. Class 5A 1. Altus (3) 13-1 2. Collinsville (9) 8-5 3. Lawton MacArthur (1) 11-1 4. Skiatook (2) 12-1 5. McGuinness (5) 10-3 6. McAlester (4) 10-2 7. Deer Creek (6) 8-4 8. Ardmore (8) 8-3 9. Coweta (7) 7-4 10. Tulsa Kelley (10) 7-3 Dropped out: None Class 4A 1. Wagoner (1) 14-0 2. Oologah (3) 11-3 3. Poteau (2) 12-1 4. Harrah (5) 7-4 5. Weatherford (6) 8-4 6. Cascia Hall (8) 7-5 7. Tuttle (7) 10-1 8. Anadarko (4) 8-3 9. Cache (9) 8-3 10. Clinton (10) 6-6 Dropped out: None Class 3A 1. Heritage Hall (1) 15-0 2. Lincoln Christian (3) 14-1 3. Jones (4) 13-1 4. Lone Grove (NR) 10-4 5. Locust Grove (2) 12-1 6. Roland (8) 11-2 7. Hilldale (5) 12-1 8. Plainview (10) 9-3 9. Sulphur (NR) 9-4 10. John Marshall (7) 10-2 Dropped out: Victory Christian (6) 9-2; Meeker (9) 9-3 Class 2A 1. Adair (1) 14-1 2. Haskell (7) 13-2 3. Chisholm (2) 13-1 4. Davis (5) 9-4 5. Washington (3) 11-2 6. Vian (6) 10-3 7. Kingston (8) 10-2 8. Luther (4) 11-1 9. Lindsay (10) 10-2 10. Prague (NR) 9-5 Dropped out: Millwood (9) 6-3 Class A 1. Stratford (1) 15-0 2. Cashion (8) 12-3 3. Hollis (2) 12-1 4. Ringling (3) 11-1 5. Hominy (6) 12-2 6. Mooreland (4) 12-1 7. Minco (5) 10-2 8. Talihina (9) 10-2 9. Kiefer (7) 10-2 10. Thomas (10) 9-3 Dropped out: None Class B 1. Davenport (2) 14-0 2. Keota (3) 12-1 3. Dewar (4) 11-2 4. Weleetka (7) 9-4 5. Alex (1) 11-1 6. Seiling (5) 10-2 7. Geary (6) 10-2 8. Pioneer (8) 8-4 9. Turpin (9) 8-3 10. Laverne (10) 8-3 Dropped out: None Class C 1. Shattuck (5) 12-1 2. Coyle (4) 13-1 3. Grandfield (2) 11-1 4. Cherokee (1) 11-1 5. Fox (3) 11-1 6. Deer Creek-Lamont (7) 10-2 7. Tipton (6) 8-3 8. Timberlake (8) 7-5 9. Webbers Falls (9) 8-3 10. Thackerville (10) 7-4 Dropped out: None
Dec 7, 2015
McDaniel was unstoppable on both sides of the ball in the Class 3A state semifinal 49-21 win, and for his performance he is The Oklahoman’s staff pick for Player of the Week.
High school football: Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel proving tough to handle on both sides of ball
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 7, 2015Just past the midway point of the first quarter Friday, Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty. But he didn't touch Lone Grove quarterback Grant Harmon. Lone Grove offensive lineman Lyle Graves did. McDaniel, a 5-foot-11, 213 pound defensive end and running back knocked Graves into Harmon. It was the first play in which McDaniel proved too much to handle, a trend the entire season. “He wasn't very big and his teammates weren't too happy with him about it,” McDaniel said. “They started putting the tight end over there to give him a little help.” McDaniel was unstoppable on both sides of the ball in the Class 3A state semifinal 49-21 win, and for his performance he is The Oklahoman's staff pick for Player of the Week. He rushed for 129 yards and accounted for four touchdowns. He also spent a lot of time in the Lone Grove backfield on defense as he brought his season sack number to a crazy total of 17. “It was probably one of the most fun games I've ever played in,” McDaniel said. “We were playing the No. 1 running back in the state and our defense has been playing really well. After that, it was just one of those games where we were just excited, and I think that drove us. That's where all of my excitement came from.” A play in the second half in which McDaniel went through the 6-foot, 210-pound Graves and sacked Harmon in one motion was still being passed around among Heritage Hall coaches Monday afternoon before practice opened to prepare for Saturday's championship matchup with Lincoln Christian. “There's usually a couple of those each Saturday when we're viewing the previous game,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “He's a beast. He's finally grown into his body and he's figured out leverage and all of that stuff. He's explosive.” McDaniel shed 15 pounds before the season, and the result has been an unstoppable force. He's recorded 90 tackles on defense. He's accounted for 33 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 total yards. Twenty-two of those touchdowns have come through the air, where he's averaging 24.4 yards per catch. “It was my mentality of this is my last year,” McDaniel said. “I have nothing else to lose. I remember coming into this year thinking I just need to be better.” He has been better, but yet he enters his final career game with just one opportunity to play Division I football from Air Force, a point that frustrates Chargers coaches. “People say he's too short or too slow, but it doesn't make sense to me,” Bogert said. “Don't give me the size stuff. He's good enough to play Division I football. If nobody else takes a shot, Air Force is going to get a great player.” McDaniel gets one more chance to prove something Saturday. “Now I'm going to go win a state championship,” he said. “I'm going to try to do whatever I can and then after that I guess we'll just see what else happens.”
One week remains in the high school football season with three state championships remaining. Six were decided this week, and fans across the state can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance from every championship and semifinal game. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in...
VOTE: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Dec 6, 2015One week remains in the high school football season with three state championships remaining. Six were decided this week, and fans across the state can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance from every championship and semifinal game. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Wednesday and the results of the poll will appear in Thursday's print editions. Here are the candidates: Gabe Barton, Altus: After missing a 53-yard field goal and an extra-point attempt, Barton made the game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Class 5A championship, a 31-28 win over Collinsville. He actually made the kick twice due to Collinsville calling timeout before the first attempt. B.J. Bradbury, Adair: What didn’t Bradbury do during Adair’s 44-14 rout of Chisholm in a Class 2A semifinal? He passed for 190 yards, ran for 169 and accounted for three touchdowns. He also had three interceptions while playing defense. Braxton Bruce, Shattuck: The running back had a big night as Shattuck returned to the top of Class C with a 60-14 win over Coyle for the school’s first title since 2011. Bruce rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Case Cochran, Cashion: As Cashion dominated Ringling on both sides of the ball in a 32-6 Class A semifinal win, Cochran stood out on both sides. He caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording a sack and recovering a fumble. Nikia Jones, Wagoner: The 6-foot-4 receiver drew up his own game-winning play, catching a 5-yard pass in the end zone with 58 seconds remaining to lift Wagoner past Oologah 15-14 for a second straight Class 4A title. He finished with four catches for 69 yards and two scores. Tre Lang, Haskell: Facing a 13-0 deficit in the second half, Lang accounted for three touchdowns to lift Haskell past Prague 20-13 in a Class 2A semifinal. He finished with 137 yards on the ground and 86 through the air. Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall: Friday’s 49-21 rout of Lone Grove in the Class 3A semifinals became the McDaniel Show. He accounted for four touchdowns and rushed for 129 yards, while also making numerous plays on defense. Kyle Qualls, Stratford: The running back overpowered Hominy in a 27-0 win in a Class A semifinal with 185 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 5 and 20 yards early in the game to give his team control. Nic Roller, Bixby: The bruising running back rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns to help Bixby beat Sand Springs 38-28 for a second straight Class 6A-II title just four weeks after the Sandites held Roller to 44 yards. Rueben Thompson, Jenks: The running back had a huge game, rushing for 117 yards and three touchdowns in Jenks’ 35-14 win over Broken Arrow for a fourth straight state championship. He scored twice in the first eight minutes to give the Trojans control. Jordan West, Davenport: For the second straight week, West had a big night. He scored twice on the ground and totaled 75 yards for the Bulldogs in a 26-14 win over Keota for the Class B championship. Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian: The numbers didn’t pop off the page like usual for the Boise State commitment, but he still delivered in a 39-14 win over Jones in a Class 3A state semifinal. Wilson threw for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 79 yards on nine carries.
Dec 4, 2015
Heritage Hall (14-0) has now won 26 straight games, the longest active streak in the state. The defending champion awaits the winner of Saturday’s game between Jones and Lincoln Christian for next week’s title game at a neutral location and date yet to be determined.
High school football: Tevin McDaniel makes statement in Heritage Hall's 49-21 rout of Lone Grove
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 4, 2015MOORE — Heritage Hall senior Tevin McDaniel made his statement. With the attention centered on Lone Grove star running back Jeremy Lewis entering the Class 3A semifinal Friday night at Moore Schools Stadium, it was McDaniel who put on a show. He accounted for four touchdowns, rushed for 129 yards and made numerous defensive plays in the backfield during the top-ranked Chargers 49-21 demolition of Lone Grove to advance to the Class 3A state championship. “We want to make a statement,” McDaniel said. “We've been just building up to this moment, and now we have to go finish it.” Heritage Hall (14-0) has now won 26 straight games, the longest active streak in the state. The defending champion awaits the winner of Saturday's game between Jones and Lincoln Christian for next week's title game at a neutral location and date yet to be determined. The Chargers piled up 503 yards of offense and held Lone Grove to 268 a week after it rushed for 459 yards in a 64-0 rout of Locust Grove. The difference was McDaniel, who had a relatively quiet performance in last week's rout of Hilldale in poor weather conditions. Friday night, Lone Grove had no answer for him. He opened the second quarter with a 25-yard touchdown run on a backward pass from Blake Adams to increase the Chargers lead to 28-7. Two possessions later, with fellow running back Terrell Love on the sideline getting his ankle re-taped, McDaniel became the primary running back and Lone Grove had no answer. He touched the ball on six straight plays for the final 43 yards, capping the drive with a 2-yard score for a 25-7 advantage. “Tonight, I think he had something to prove,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “He went out there offensively and defensively and he was outstanding. That was a huge statement TD going into the half.” McDaniel added a 20-yard touchdown run on the Chargers' first possession of the third and a 17-yard touchdown reception later in the quarter. He also had multiple tackles for loss, including a play in the second quarter when he ran through an offensive lineman and tackled Lone Grove quarterback Grant Harmon for a 3-yard loss. Each play in the backfield brought a different, wild celebration, too. “I was just really excited,” McDaniel said. “That's all I was.” Lone Grove (10-4) answered Heritage Hall's opening score with a 35-yard touchdown run by Lewis, but it was unable to get going again. Lewis, who is verbally committed to Arkansas State, entered the week leading the state in rushing with 2,800 yards. He finished with 166 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, unable to match McDaniel's explosion. “We knew that Jeremy could break it at any point, so we had to tighten it down,” McDaniel said. “Their O-line wasn't bad, but we had to get back there and tackle and wrap up.”
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 12-8 (60.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,510-363 (80.6 pct.) Class 6A-I Championship At University of Tulsa Friday, 7 p.m. Jenks 30, Broken Arrow 24 Class 6A-II Championship At Tulsa Union Friday, 7 p.m. Bixby 42, Sand Springs 35 ...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 3, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 12-8 (60.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,510-363 (80.6 pct.) Class 6A-I Championship At University of Tulsa Friday, 7 p.m. Jenks 30, Broken Arrow 24 Class 6A-II Championship At Tulsa Union Friday, 7 p.m. Bixby 42, Sand Springs 35 Class 5A Championship At Yukon Saturday, 1 p.m. Altus 35, Collinsville 28 Class 4A Championship At Owasso Friday, 7 p.m. Wagoner 31, Oologah 27 Class 3A Semifinals At Moore Friday, 7 p.m. Heritage Hall 48, Lone Grove 38 At Stillwater Saturday, 1 p.m. Lincoln Christian 28, Jones 24 Class 2A Semifinals At Beggs Friday, 7 p.m. Prague 26, Haskell 20 At Sand Springs Saturday at 1 p.m. Adair 28, Chisholm 21 Class A Semifinals At Noble Friday, 7 p.m. Cashion 34, Ringling 30 At Choctaw Saturday, 1 p.m. Stratford 38, Hominy 31 Class B Championship At Muskogee Friday, 7 p.m. Davenport 50, Keota 46 Class C Championship At Newcastle Saturday, 6 p.m. Coyle 28, Shattuck 26
Dec 3, 2015
Fine just completed his career in which he set the state’s career records for passing yardage (13,084) and touchdowns (166). He already held the single-season records for both categories.
High school notebook: Locust Grove's Mason Fine named state's Gatorade Player of the Year
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Dec 3, 2015For the second straight year, Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year. Fine just completed his career in which he set the state's career records for passing yardage (13,084) and touchdowns (166). He already held the single-season records for both categories. He finished this season with 4,232 passing yards and 53 touchdowns with seven interceptions, completing 65.4 percent of his passes while leading the Pirates to the Class 3A quarterfinals. A 6-foot, 170-pound senior, Fine also rushed for 631 yards and nine touchdowns. He maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class. ALTUS' BENWAY WINS FAN POLL Altus quarterback Jayden Benway rallied the final day in The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week fan poll to edge Prague's Calvin Boyce by nearly 200 votes. Benway won with a vote total of 6,690, the largest total for any player this season. Boyce finished with 6,492. A season-high total of 15,199 votes were cast for eight different players. Benway led Altus to its first state championship game appearance since 2001 with 215 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 49-35 win over McGuinness in the Class 5A state semifinals Monday. He also threw a touchdown pass. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Sunday for next week's poll. Here are the results from this week's poll: Jayden Benway, Altus: 6,690 votes (44.02 pct.) Calvin Boyce, Prague: 6,492 votes (42.71 pct.) Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove: 631 votes (4.15 pct.) B.J. Bradbury, Adair: 497 votes (3.27 pct.) Jared Weathers, Coyle: 291 votes (1.91 pct.) Jordan West, Davenport: 253 votes (1.66 pct.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: 250 votes (1.64 pct.) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah: 95 votes (0.63 pct.) Total: 15,199 votes PONCA CITY GRAD BRENT WILSON UP FOR HILL TROPHY Ponca City native Brent Wilson is one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy, NCAA Division II football's equivalent of the Heisman. Wilson has thrown for 3,920 yards and 39 touchdowns, averaging 347.7 total yards per game while leading Emporia State (Kan.) to an 11-2 record heading into this week's quarterfinal matchup against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday. National voting for the award concludes on Dec. 12 and the winner will be announced Dec. 18. Recent winners of the award include current NFL running backs Danny Woodhead and Joique Bell. Emporia State, coached by Oklahoma native Garin Higgins, defeated Henderson State (Ark.) 29-3 in last week's playoff matchup. Kingfisher grad Landon Nault had a 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. PC NORTH'S SPEIGHT SCORES 21 IN UPSET OF PC WEST Putnam City North opened its basketball season with a big rivalry win, knocking off fifth-ranked Putnam City West 70-67 on Tuesday. Micah Speight scored 21 points, hitting three 3-pointers, for the 14th-ranked Panthers. Speight had 10 of his points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Tyshawn Abernathy added 11 points, and freshman point guard Micah Thomas hit a pair of 3s and finished with eight points. MIDWEST CITY'S EVAN FIELDS OFFERED BY TULSA Following a junior season in which he racked up 126 tackles and four interceptions, Midwest City safety Evan Fields received his second scholarship offer. Tulsa offered the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Fields this week, joining Arkansas State in pursuit of the talented Bomber defensive back. Arkansas State has also offered Fields' teammate in the secondary, Demontre Gatewood, a 6-foot, 200-pound safety.
Two weeks remain in the high school football season, and after an extended weekend of semifinals and quarterfinals across the state fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance around the state. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments...
VOTE: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Dec 1, 2015Two weeks remain in the high school football season, and after an extended weekend of semifinals and quarterfinals across the state fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance around the state. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Thursday and the results of the poll will appear in Friday's print editions. Here are the candidates: Jayden Benway, Altus: The quarterback orchestrated the flexbone offense perfectly, rushing for 215 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries in a 49-35 win over McGuinness in the Class 5A semifinals. He also threw a touchdown pass. Calvin Boyce, Prague: The running back was huge in the second half, rushing for two touchdowns and 120 yards on 33 carries in Prague’s 22-7 upset of Washington in the Class 2A semifinals. B.J. Bradbury, Adair: The quarterback finally got Adair past Davis with a 36-35 win, atoning for three straight playoff losses to Davis. He threw a touchdown pass with 27 seconds left and then scoring the winning two-point conversion. He finished with five total touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards. Breyden DeSpain, Oologah: The receiver finished with a banner night in a 29-7 semifinal win over Poteau, catching six passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns as Oologah rolled in the second half. Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove: The Arkansas State commitment was instrumental in Lone Grove’s potent rushing attack that shocked Locust Grove 64-0, rushing for 229 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries. Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: Tank bowled through muddy conditions for 182 yards and three touchdowns in Heritage Hall’s 41-6 rout of Hilldale in the Class 3A semifinals. His biggest work came in the third quarter, when he rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Weathers, Coyle: The quarterback rushed for three touchdowns, including a big 71-yard run, in Coyle’s 42-22 upset of Cherokee in the Class C semifinals to clinch a berth in the school’s first ever championship game. Jordan West, Davenport: With his brother, Dom, injured, West rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries to guide Davenport past Dewar 40-14 in the Class B semifinals.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Tuesday morning kickoff times and locations for Saturday’s high school football playoff games. Seven games were completed Monday night, finalizing the pairings for Saturday. The Class 5A championship game was already set for 1 p.m. at Yukon High School. Altus beat McGuinness 49-35 on Monday to advance to face Collinsville. The Class...
OSSAA sets times, locations for Saturday's playoff games
Jacob Unruh | Dec 1, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Tuesday morning kickoff times and locations for Saturday’s high school football playoff games. Seven games were completed Monday night, finalizing the pairings for Saturday. The Class 5A championship game was already set for 1 p.m. at Yukon High School. Altus beat McGuinness 49-35 on Monday to advance to face Collinsville. The Class C championship between Coyle and Shattuck is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Newcastle High School, and the Class B championship between Davenport and Keota remains at 7 p.m. Friday in Muskogee. The Class 3A semifinal between Lincoln Christian and Jones is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Stillwater High School. The other semifinal between Heritage Hall and Lone Grove remains at 7 p.m. Friday at Moore High School. The Class 2A semifinal between Chisholm and Adair is set for 1 p.m. at Sand Springs High School. Haskell and Prague are still on for 7 p.m. Friday at Beggs High School. The Class A semifinal between Hominy and Stratford is at 1 p.m. at Choctaw High School. Cashion and Ringling remain on schedule for 7 p.m. Friday at Noble High School. Also, Class 6A returns to action this week with the Division I championship game between Jenks and Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Tulsa. Division II’s championship between Bixby and Sand Springs is at 7 p.m. Friday at Tulsa Union.
High school football: Heritage Hall's Terrell Love leads way to rout of Hilldale following injury scareNov 27, 2015
Heritage Hall (13-0) will play Lone Grove (10-3) next week at a neutral site and date to be determined.
High school football: Heritage Hall's Terrell Love leads way to rout of Hilldale following injury scare
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 27, 2015The snap got past Heritage Hall quarterback Blake Adams midway through the second quarter, and that's when things got scarier than just a bad snap in disastrous weather conditions. Star running back Terrell Love started to grab the ball off the water-logged field, but his left leg went the opposite direction of his right. The Heritage Hall stands fell silent and the sideline of the undefeated, defending Class 3A state champions suddenly looked nervous as the initial thoughts turned to something worse than just a twisted ankle. “It definitely looked bad,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “Him spreading out like that, I was thinking knee or groin. “But he wasn't going to miss his last game on this field.” Love lucked out, only turning his ankle and requiring new tape. The top-ranked Chargers lucked out as well, as Love rushed through the muddy field for 104 yards and two touchdowns following the scare to propel Heritage Hall 41-6 over No. 5 Hilldale on Friday into the Class 3A state semifinals at Pop Murray Memorial Field. “They were talking about how it looked funny,” Love said. “I knew I wanted to finish this game, my last home game. I just toughed it out and the pain went away.” Heritage Hall (13-0) will play Lone Grove (10-3) next week at a neutral site and date to be determined. Love finished the night with 182 yards and three touchdowns in conditions built for him. A 5-foot-10, 239-pound punishing runner known as Tank, the Chargers gave him the ball on 11 of the first 16 plays in the second half to overpower Hilldale. His last carry was a 14-yard score to open the fourth quarter that made it 35-6. “Knowing that field was going to be sloppy in the cold and rainy weather, Tank's a down-hill runner that's hard to stop with great balance,” Bogert said. “I just knew it was going to be a Tank type of game, and he really responded.” Hilldale (12-1) jumped to a 6-0 lead on the game's opening possession when receiver Grant Sikes got behind the defense on a flea-flicker pass from quarterback Mitchell Croftcheck for 62 yards. The Chargers took a 7-6 lead to open the second quarter on Love's first score. But late in the half Hilldale seemed to be gaining some steam when it tried its second hook-and-lateral play, only this time the pitch to Devin Cochran was off the mark and Blake Adams scooped and scored on a 31-yard return with 1:25 left in the half. Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel scored on a 75-yard pass on the first play of the third. The Chargers then turned the game over to Love to guarantee another semifinal berth. “No matter what happens, the harder he runs the better he runs,” Bogert said. “It's huge to have in a game like this.”
Nov 24, 2015
Adams has been calm and collected ever since, turning what many considered a question mark for Class 3A defending state champion Heritage Hall entering the year into a strength entering Friday’s 7:30 p.m. state quarterfinal matchup with undefeated Hilldale.
High school football: Blake Adams has turned Heritage Hall's quarterback concerns into strength
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 24, 2015Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert was struggling to choose between his three quarterbacks locked in a preseason position battle when one play decided it for him. After the Chargers allowed a quick touchdown to Locust Grove in a scrimmage, sophomore Blake Adams took the snap at quarterback in an option play, ran right, gained about 10 yards and then pitched to senior Tevin McDaniel, who finished the play for a 75-yard touchdown. “That's exactly what I wanted to see,” Bogert said. Adams has been calm and collected ever since, turning what many considered a question mark for Class 3A defending state champion Heritage Hall entering the year into a strength entering Friday's 7:30 p.m. state quarterfinal matchup with undefeated Hilldale. Adams has completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,853 yards and 30 touchdowns while only throwing three interceptions. He's also rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns. “I knew I could do it,” said Adams, the son of Chargers defensive coordinator Mark Adams. “People said we're not going to be as good, we're losing our star quarterback. Hopefully, I'm showing them wrong.” Adams is following three-year starter Connor McGinnis, who is now a walk-on quarterback at Oklahoma. McGinnis accounted for 39 touchdowns last season and earned a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team. The pressure was there for a sophomore who started every game as a freshman in the defensive secondary, so much so that he fumbled on the season's opening drive as part of a busted play and Casady returned it for a touchdown. Adams, though, responded and accounted for five touchdowns in the 60-21 rout. “I calmed down after the first quarter,” Adams said. “I was crazy, not doing the right reads.” Making the correct reads on option plays is why Bogert chose Adams. Bogert said he prefers the way Adams has been able to get the ball to stars Tevin McDaniel and Terrell “Tank” Love at the right time. Adams said he expected the offense to be a tad different. “I expected to pretty much turn around and give Tank the ball,” he said. “It's been a lot different. They've been very lenient towards me doing different stuff in each game.” In last week's 63-21 rout of Plainview, Adams accounted for three touchdowns. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 176 yards. In what could be icy weather this week against a big Hilldale team, he likely needs to have a big night on the ground alongside McDaniel and Love to continue proving people wrong. “He's done quite the job, I would say,” Bogert said. “He's really athletic, he's smart with our offense and he takes care of the ball, which has been massive for us. “He's just got to keep doing what he's doing — take care of the ball, make his reads and stay focused in the game. I think he'll do fine for sure.”
Nov 23, 2015
Warehime, 56, said his future plans aren’t clear yet. He could remain at Del City solely as athletic director, or take an assistant coaching position with less stringent time requirements.
High school notebook: Nick Warehime steps down as Del City football coach
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 23, 2015A few Del City players thought he was kidding when he said it. Nick Warehime informed his team of his decision to step down as the Eagles' head football coach on Monday morning, but some of the players weren't buying it. “I play tricks on them from time to time,” Warehime said. But his decision was for real. Warehime stepped down after nine seasons as Del City's coach, following stints at John Marshall and Choctaw. Warehime's oldest son, Derek, is a coach at the University of Houston, and his youngest, Jake, is a sophomore offensive lineman at Emporia State, yet his schedule as Del City's coach hasn't allowed him to see many of their games. He also has three grandchildren and hasn't seen them since the summer. Warehime, 56, said his future plans aren't clear yet. He could remain at Del City solely as athletic director, or take an assistant coaching position with less stringent time requirements. In 2007, Warehime took over a Del City team that had gone 1-9 the year before. His teams were .500 or better in six of his nine seasons, mostly as a Class 6A team. Del City made the playoffs the last four years in 5A. This season ended with a 52-47 loss at McGuinness in the first round earlier this month. “I'm not sure what I'll do next,” he said. “I just knew it was time to do this.” LOCUST GROVE-LONE GROVE GAME SET FOR AFTERNOON KICKOFF With 250 miles between the towns, Locust Grove and Lone Grove have agreed to play their Class 3A quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. Friday. The change will allow Locust Grove to travel on Thursday evening, rather than making the trip on the day of the game. Locust Grove is located 50 miles east of Tulsa. Lone Grove is just west of Ardmore in the southern part of the state. All other games this week are scheduled for 7 p.m. or 7:30 Friday. PRAGUE ON LATE-SEASON WIN STREAK UNDER WATFORD Coach Shannon Watford has made a pretty quick turnaround at Prague, and in his second season, the Red Devils have reached the Class 2A quarterfinals with a home game against third-ranked Washington on Friday night. After a 1-3 start, Prague has won seven of its last eight games, including five straight. The Red Devils opened the playoffs with road wins over Hartshorne and Hulbert, and will return to the home field for Friday's game. Prague reached the playoffs last year in Watford's first season, finishing 6-5. Program turnarounds are nothing new to Watford, who built Hennessey into a regular state title contender, winning back-to-back 2A titles in 2010-11. He coached the 2012 season at Purcell, and was an assistant at Del City in 2013 before taking the Prague job.
Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class...
Updated high school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh | Nov 22, 2015Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class 5A Friday at Owasso Collinsville (7-4) vs. Skiatook (12-0), 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Lawton McGuinness (10-2) vs. Altus (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 4A at Jenks Cascia Hall (7-4) vs. Wagoner (12-0), 7 p.m. at Glenpool Oologah (10-2) vs. Poteau (12-0), 7 p.m. Class 3A Hilldale (12-0) at Heritage Hall (12-0) Locust Grove (12-0) at Lone Grove (9-3), 1 p.m. Lincoln Christian (12-0) at Sulphur (9-3), 7 p.m. Jones (12-0) at Roland (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 2A Vian (12-0) at Chisholm (12-0) Adair (11-1) at Davis (9-3), 7 p.m. Kingston (10-1) at Haskell (11-1) Washington (11-1) at Prague (8-4) Class A Hominy (11-1) at Mooreland (12-0), 7 p.m. Rejoice Christian (9-3) at Stratford (12-0) Hollis (12-0) at Cashion (10-2) Ringling (10-0) at Talihina (10-1) Class B at Beggs Dewar (11-1) vs. Davenport (12-0), 7 p.m. at McAlester Weleetka (9-3) vs. Keota (11-0), 7 p.m. Class C at Enid Cherokee (11-0) vs. Coyle (12-0), 7 p.m. at Southwestern Oklahoma State Grandfield (11-0) vs. Shattuck (10-1), 7 p.m.
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 19, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Semifinals Edmond Santa Fe 28, Broken Arrow 24 (at Yukon) Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 31 (at Owasso) Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington 21, Sand Springs 17 (at Sapulpa) Bartlesville 42, Bixby 28 (at Owasso Saturday) Class 5A Quarterfinals LAWTON MAC 28, Collinsville 14 SKIATOOK 24, Deer Creek 21 McAlester 22, McGUINNESS 17 Altus 35, COWETA 28 Class 4A Quarterfinals ANADARKO 20, Cascia Hall 14 WAGONER 40, Clinton 31 Oologah 27, WEATHERFORD 24 POTEAU 35, Harrah 34 Class 3A Second Round HERITAGE HALL 42, Plainview 34 HILLDALE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 20 Meeker 42, LONE GROVE 38 LOCUST GROVE 49, Berryhill 35 LINCOLN CHR. 48, Idabel 13 JOHN MARSHALL 28, Sulphur 21 Victory Christian 38, ROLAND 34 JONES 21, Douglass 14 Class 2A Second Round CHISHOLM 28, Lindsay 7 VIAN 30, Colcord 20 DAVIS 40, Millwood 32 ADAIR 44, Stroud 34 Haskell 31, OKEMAH 26 LUTHER 42, Kingston 28 Prague 36, HULBERT 28 WASHINGTON 28, Hennessey 27 Class A Second Round MOORELAND 28, Healdton 8 HOMINY 24, Fairland 21 STRATFORD 45, Hooker 30 Crescent 26, REJOICE CHR. 21 CASHION 42, Ketchum 27 HOLLIS 35, Minco 28 Kiefer 28, TALIHINA 22 RINGLING 21, Thomas 14 Class B Quarterfinals SEILING 42, Dewar 36 DAVENPORT 56, Geary 48 ALEX 34, Weleetka 20 KEOTA 46, Pioneer 34 Class C Quarterfinals CHEROKEE 38, Timberlake 28 COYLE 42, Tipton 36 GRANDFIELD 28, DC-Lamont 26 FOX 48, Shattuck 34 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 16, 2015
Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0)...
High school football: Week 2 playoff pairings
scott wright,Jacob Unruh | Nov 16, 2015Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso Class 5A Quarterfinals Collinsville (6-4) at Lawton Mac (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) Altus (10-1) at Coweta (7-3) Class 4A Quarterfinals Cascia Hall (6-4) at Anadarko (8-2) Clinton (6-5) at Wagoner (11-0) Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) Harrah (7-3) at Poteau (11-0) Class 3A Second Round Plainview (9-2) at Heritage Hall (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Seq. Tahlequah (7-4) at Hilldale (11-0) Meeker (9-2) at Lone Grove (8-3) Berryhill (7-3) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (7-4) at Lincoln Christian (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Sulphur (8-3) at John Marshall (10-1) Victory Christian (9-1) at Roland (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) Class 2A Second Round Lindsay (10-1) at Chisholm (11-0) Colcord (8-3) at Vian (9-2) Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) Stroud (10-1) at Adair (10-1) Haskell (10-1) at Okemah (8-3) Kingston (9-1) at Luther (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Prague (7-4) at Hulbert (8-3) Hennessey (7-4) at Washington (10-1) Class A Second Round Healdton (7-4) at Mooreland (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Fairland (7-3) at Hominy (10-1) Hooker (8-3) at Stratford (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Crescent (7-4) at Rejoice Christian (8-3) Ketchum (9-2) at Cashion (9-2) Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) Kiefer (10-1) at Talihina (9-1) Thomas (9-2) at Ringling (9-0) Class B Quarterfinals Dewar (10-1) at Seiling (10-1) Geary (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pioneer (8-3) at Keota (10-0) Class C Quarterfinals Timberlake (7-4) at Cherokee (10-0) Tipton (8-2) at Coyle (11-0) DC-Lamont (10-1) at Grandfield (10-0) Shattuck (9-1) at Fox (11-0)
Here's a look at some fun numbers that help tell the story of Week 1 of the high school football playoffs: 2: Districts that went undefeated, Class 6A-II-1 and 2A-7. 3: District champions eliminated in the opening round, Lawton (6A-II), Tuttle (4A) and Wyandotte (2A). 7: Touchdowns thrown by both Locust Grove's Mason Fine and Southmoore's Casey Thompson Friday night, tying the OSSAA playoff...
High school playoffs: First round by the numbers
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 16, 2015Here's a look at some fun numbers that help tell the story of Week 1 of the high school football playoffs: 2: Districts that went undefeated, Class 6A-II-1 and 2A-7. 3: District champions eliminated in the opening round, Lawton (6A-II), Tuttle (4A) and Wyandotte (2A). 7: Touchdowns thrown by both Locust Grove's Mason Fine and Southmoore's Casey Thompson Friday night, tying the OSSAA playoff record set by Jarrett Radford of Stigler in 2009. Adding to the intrigue, Fine threw all seven of his in the first half, while Thompson's performance — which also included 503 passing yards — came in defeat. Thompson's yardage was the third-highest in state playoff history, behind Fine and Radford. 2: Teams that scored less than 20 points and won, Douglass (17) and Colcord (14). 35: Teams that scored 50 points or more, led by Seiling, which defeated Allen 86-44. 4: Teams that scored 50 points or more and lost, led by Beggs, which was defeated 57-56 in overtime by Berryhill. And you can add in the OCSAA championship, in which Destiny Christian beat the OKC Patriots 70-68.