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Dec 22, 2014
NORMAN — The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don’t feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners — widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff — finished the […]
OU football: Jason Kersey's favorite Sooner stories from 2014
Jason Kersey | Dec 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Samaje.jpg]3524433[/img] NORMAN -- The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don't feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners -- widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff -- finished the regular season 8-4 and are preparing for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson next week. But the year had plenty of positives around OU football as well, and this blog post will highlight some of them. I've compiled a list of links to my favorite stories I wrote during the 2014 calendar year. These aren't breaking news stories; they are simply the stories I enjoyed working on the most, and I've tried to keep it positive. Consider it my Christmas gift to our readers who happen to be OU fans. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Trevor-Knight.jpg]3524431[/img] FRIDAY, JAN. 3: Oklahoma stuns Alabama with 45-31 upset victory in the Sugar Bowl Quotable -- Bob Stoops' mother, Dee, on her initial reaction when she found out the Sooners would face Alabama: "I said, 'Oh no.' But I feel very confident in Bobby’s body of work, so I’m not counting the Sooners out." SUNDAY, JAN. 12: The Collected Wisdom of former OU center Bubba Burcham Quotable -- Burcham, on his decision to quit coaching at Coweta High School and enter the ministry: "God puts a path for a man to do something, and you have to follow that path. I couldn’t deny what God was doing in my heart. So I jumped off the school bus." THURSDAY, FEB. 6: Georgia offensive lineman Orlando Brown the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- surprise for Oklahoma Quotable -- Brown, on his maturation through high school: "Through it all, I feel I kept a level head. I stayed humble. I worked hard. I feel as though this Oklahoma opportunity definitely shows that it paid off." SUNDAY, FEB. 9: A closer look at what went into Blake Bell’s decision to move to tight end Quotable -- Former OU center Gabe Ikard, on why Bell changed positions: "He did this for himself, but he also did this because it is the best thing for the team. He loves being at OU; didn’t want to leave the friendships he has established in Norman; and wanted to have an opportunity to play for a national championship next year." SUNDAY, MARCH 16: Trevor Knight taking his newfound fame in stride. Quotable -- Trevor's mom, Tricia Knight, on her son: "I always tell my friends that he makes me a better person, just by listening to the things he says. He's a very humble kid, and that's the way we raised him. He knows that life is gonna have his ups and downs, and he got to really experience that -- probably for the first time in his life -- last year. It builds character and it made him a better person." SATURDAY, APRIL 12: How Trevor Knight’s positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments Quotable -- LaDonna Sutherland, the nurse who cared for George Knight throughout his cancer treatments, on the Sugar Bowl: "It was the best ending to the story, to have that finally come to fruition. George is just so proud of the boys. He just beamed when they walked in. I can tell you I've never seen it before as a nurse, the way those boys look at their dad. Trevor was there during his dad's worst times, and I genuinely think it was a big, huge part of pulling George through." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Jaz.jpg]3524435[/img] WEDNESDAY, MAY 7: Jaz Reynolds praises Bob Stoops in extensive interview about his past -- and his future Quotable -- Reynolds, on Bob Stoops giving him several chances: "That's Coach Stoops for you. He's a good coach, but he's a better man. He understands that people make mistakes. I say the same thing to everybody, I'm just happy that Coach Stoops is who he is and gave me a second chance to come back, even though I didn't deserve it. Honestly, that was the second time I'd been suspended. If I was to do that at any other school, I'm pretty sure they would've been done with me." FRIDAY, MAY 9: Aaron Colvin’s family supported him through tough stretch Quotable -- Colvin, on his parents: "I couldn’t ask for better parents, period. Their mentality, their mindset makes me stronger because they're just so strong-willed. They don't let many things affect them or get them down, and if they do, they're not gonna show it." SUNDAY, JUNE 15: Blake Bell’s resilience, flexibility resonate with residents from his hometown of Wichita Quotable -- Johnnie Bell, Blake's 87-year-old grandfather, on Blake: "He's been blessed with a frame of mind that is pretty much on the happy side. He always looked on the better side of things. He was always proper. In fact, I think he handled (last season) better than I did." SUNDAY, JULY 6: Lynn McGruder, another Sooner who received a second chance, rooting for Dorial Green-Beckham Quotable -- McGruder, on what advice he'd give Green-Beckham: "I would tell him to take it one day at a time. Stay positive. Really, really soak in the fact that he has a second chance, and truly, truly don't let anything negative from the outside come into his life." SUNDAY, JULY 20: Midsummer, Knight's dream: How Trevor Knight spent his summer vacation Quotable -- Trevor's pastor, Adam Barnett: "He keeps a level head and shows a lot of discipline in the way he manages his time. I'm proud of him for keeping his priorities straight. He could very easily get those out of order, but he doesn't." SUNDAY, AUG. 3: Strength coach Jerry Schmidt optimistic about Sooners’ leadership and newcomers Quotable -- Schmidt, on receiver Dorial Green-Beckham's first few summer workouts: "He was in the trash can quite a bit. To me going into it, I thought this guy is going to be a pain and throw our whole karma off as far as leadership and all that stuff. He responded to it. ... He said, 'I'm gonna get there coach.' ... Sometimes guys like that have kinda cruised through because they can kinda get by on their talent." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Lacoltan-Bester.jpg]3524432[/img] SUNDAY, AUG. 10: Lacoltan Bester, Justin Gilbert and 'The Play That Changed It All' Quotable -- OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: "I can't remember a more satisfying season, and it just goes to show, one play can make a difference." MONDAY, AUG. 25: Eric Striker’s mother a continuing source of inspiration for the OU linebacker Quotable -- Striker, on his mother, Lia Skelton: "I'm the person I am because of her. I get my kindness from her. My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her. I always try to project that image of how she raised me." TUESDAY, SEPT. 2: Sterling Shepard’s biggest fan isn’t crazy about his new role in the return game Quotable -- Shepard, on his mom, Cheri: "She remembers seeing my dad get kinda clobbered back there, but I’m not worried about it. That’s the name of the game. You’re gonna get hit." THURSDAY, SEPT. 4: Jordan Thomas’ intelligence, fast learning result in early playing time Quotable -- Thomas, on when he has fun: "I have fun when I sleep. You've got to rest your brain and rest your body from all the work you have to do mentally and physically. That's it." SUNDAY, SEPT. 7: Walk-on Caleb Gastelum rewarded with scholarship after big performance against Tulsa Quotable -- Gastelum, on staying motivated: "I tell myself everyday that hard work pays off. Sometimes you get down because you don't think it'll happen and things aren't going your way. You just remind yourself that if you work hard, good things will happen." TUESDAY, SEPT. 16: Freshman running back Samaje Perine has always looked, played mature beyond his years Quotable -- Samaje's mother, Gloria: "Samaje has worked all his life for this moment. He puts in a ton of work. He goes that extra mile. When everybody else is tired or playing video games, he’s in the gym or watching plays to try to get better. I’m happy that the coaching staff realizes that and trusts him." SATURDAY, OCT. 4: Trevor Knight was almost a TCU Horned Frog Quotable -- Trevor's dad, George Knight: "Trevor really thought he wanted to stay in Texas," George Knight said. "That's until he saw Norman and saw the campus and got to know the coaches there." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Tyrus-Thompson.jpg]3524434[/img] MONDAY, OCT. 27: Tyrus Thompson’s family motivates him to improve, make NFL Quotable -- Tyrus' wife, Olivia, on the challenges of raising two kids, working and having a husband who plays college football: "The road games are the hardest. I can't go because my job doesn't care that he plays football or that I don't have child care. There have been times when I've been on the brink of getting fired because they don't care. I've almost lost my job two or three times." MONDAY, NOV. 3: ‘Sooner Dave’ gets his moment in the sun Quotable -- Smith, on getting his chance against Iowa State: "I've learned that chances don't come often, so when they do come, you have to make the most of them. That's the only thing that was in my head when I was out there." THURSDAY, NOV. 6: Walk-on Oklahoma safety Najee Bissoon working to stand out from the crowd Quotable -- Bissoon, on his red hair: "I know it attracts attention. Not from crowds; I wanted to attract the attention of our coaching staff. I want Coach to always have something to remember me by. As a walk-on, it’s already hard enough to get much attention.” SUNDAY, NOV. 23: Samaje Perine runs for record 427 yards in OU’s 44-7 win over Kansas Quotable -- Legendary former OU running back Joe Washington: "With today's passing offenses, you've got a kid that rushes for 427 yards? It's a thing of beauty." SUNDAY, NOV. 30: Why news of Caleb Gastelum’s scholarship thrilled other walk-ons past and present Quotable -- Former OU tight end Trent Ratterree, on the walk-on brotherhood: "When one of us did well, it was like all of us did well. It is kinda like a sub-group within the team. We were always pulling for each other. Anytime a walk-on got to play, if they messed up. it hurt. If they did well, it felt good." FRIDAY, DEC. 5: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine Quotable -- Rouse High (Leander, Texas) linebacker Ryan Heinrich: "Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low. Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety." FRIDAY, DEC. 11: Sooners fullback Aaron Ripkowski is as tough as they come Quotable -- Marlo Ripkowski, Aaron's mom, on her son receiving the Don Key Award: "To be able to a receive an award like that shows all his hard work and all those years paid off. He's such a good young man."
NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine was named a finalist Thursday for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the top offensive player in NCAA Division I football who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played college football in Texas and also has […]
Oklahoma football: Samaje Perine named finalist for Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Jason Kersey | Dec 11, 2014NORMAN -- Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine was named a finalist Thursday for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes the top offensive player in NCAA Division I football who was born in Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played college football in Texas and also has strong character off-the-field. Perine, who played high school football at Hendrickson High in Pflugerville, Texas, has rushed for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns this season as a true freshman. In the Sooners' 44-7 win at home over Kansas on Nov. 22, Perine set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for single-game rushing yardage with a 427-yard performance. The other finalists for the award are Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. Fans can vote for their favorite finalist once per day at http://www.earlcampbellaward.com.
Dec 5, 2014
We don’t attack many root problems in America. We treat the symptoms, not the disease. So let’s discuss the core problem in the now-infamous Douglass-Locust Grove game. It’s not the OSSAA. It’s not Douglass’ behavior. It’s not Locust Grove’s lack of honor. It’s the shortage of quality officiating across America on the high school and […]
Douglass-Locust Grove: Will officiating shortage get even worse?
Berry Tramel | Dec 5, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/patrick-mckaufman.jpg]3507598[/img] We don't attack many root problems in America. We treat the symptoms, not the disease. So let's discuss the core problem in the now-infamous Douglass-Locust Grove game. It's not the OSSAA. It's not Douglass' behavior. It's not Locust Grove's lack of honor. It's the shortage of quality officiating across America on the high school and youth levels. And it's easy to understand why it exists. Time demands. Parental abuse. Limited financial gain. If every day was like Black Friday, you wouldn't find too many interested in being a store clerk. But every day can be like Black Friday for referees, umpires and game officials. Fewer young people are venturing into officiating. During this Douglass-Locust Grove week, I've heard from two officials concerned about the ramifications of the controversy, fearing that such a spotlight on officiating could keep officiating prospects from deciding to enter the vocation. "There is significant net loss of officials every year because very little new blood enters the system and old guys are retiring," wrote Beau Deen, a Norman engineer and long-time high school football official. "Why? There is no recruiting, and Baby Boomers make up the lion’s share of officials." Jerod Phillips also reached out to me. Phillips is a Big 12 official from Grove. Young guy who just was hired by the conference this season. I wrote about him in the summer, after meeting him at the Big 12 officiating clinic in Irving, Texas. You can read that column here. "Regardless of the outcome on the (Douglass-Locust Grove) issue, my biggest fear is we're trying to recruit young and up-and-coming officials at all levels, and I don't want this to leave a bad taste in people's mouths," Phillips said. "We're really top heavy. Lot of older officials. We're going to have to replace those guys. "If we're getting this bad publicity, we're going to lose some prospects. That kind of bothered me." Earlier this week, I wrote about Mike Whaley, who oversees officiating for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. You can read that post here. Whaley alluded to the shortage, too. Think about the shortage this way. On a typical Friday night, there are 150-170 high school games played. Last Friday night, there were 20 played. And still, one of the crews Whaley appointed to play didn't know the rules. Good officials know the rules. Period. So there's an acute shortage, and every time an official gets attacked by a fan, or an official screws up a game so bad it ends up in district court, it's less likely that a young guy will say, hey, I ought to try that. There are other issues, too. "It's really difficult," Phillips said. "I don't know what that falls back on or why or what we can put our finger on, other than I think life is so much faster. People just don't have time the way we did 10-15 years ago, to starting a new adventure. It's really hard to reach out and get in contact with people willing to do this." So, I asked Phillips, why should a young guy do it? He's not going to get rich. He can make some extra money. Make some extra money and catch a lot of grief. If those are the talking points of officiating, the shortage is not going away. "The positives? The majority of us have been associated with the games," said Phillips, who grew up in Jay, in eastern Oklahoma, south of Grove. "For lack of a better term, I wasn't good enough to play college football, but I still wanted to be in contact with the game. This was an avenue to stay in contact with the game. That's the main driving force behind my story. Being in contact with the kids, the brotherhood, the fellowship with the other guys you're traveling with." Phillips said he's made "lifelong bonds" with fellow officials. "Most of the really, really good guys that I know, have been football or basketball officials. It's a lifelong bond you develop." Deen concurs that pace of life makes it difficult to get certain people involved in officiating. That's why he says we need to market to the younger crowd. "What little unofficial recruiting there is aims at the wrong guys," Deen wrote. "Take me for instance. I’m 35 and just like most guys around my age, I’m married, have a high-pressure job, and have at least one child. There is almost no chance a guy starts officiating in this season of life. I know because I’ve tried to get friends to join. Trying to get new blood from my peer group is almost entirely futile." Deen asked me to use my "bully pulpit" to "stir the interest of the unmarried, unburdened-by-life college kids to put on the stripes and work games." I think it's a solid strategy and needs coordination, through the OSSAA. In the past, universities have had one-hour officiating classes through their health and physical education departments. If those no longer exist, work to reinstate them. Get to not just OU and OSU, but the regional universities and junior colleges. Set up clinics for beginners. Heck, offer free pizza and Dr. Pepper. You'll get a dozen people walk through the door just for that reason. Deen is right. The recruiting has to start with young people. "Whether it's basketball or football or whatever sport, I just really encourage people, for the young guy going to college, or the young guy trying to get into this, just the chance to be a positive influence," Phillips said. "It's the camaraderie and the atmosphere you get to be a part of. Not everybody gets to do that." Phillips acknowledges the problems. The abuse from fans. The pressure-cooker officials are in, no matter the level. "You're making decisions based upon people's young men and young ladies," Phillips said. "Emotions run thin. That's the biggest thing I hear. 'I don't want to put myself in situations where I have to deal with that.'" But, Phillips said, "I don't want that to overall affect what we're doing trying to recruit young officials." And Phillips, who at age 39 is a success story by any measure, said, "I would just say stay the course. The human element is always going to be there. We're human. We're going to make mistakes. Take into consideration the responsibility we have by choosing to do this. The responsibility to the players, the coaches, the fans, we have to do our best, whether it's a Little League game or an NFL game. I look at it as a huge responsibility. We need to be prepared for whatever can come that way. "The human element's always going to be there. At all levels, it's not our intent to go out and make mistakes. The more you prepare yourself, the more you study, the fewer mistakes you're going to make. You can't ever get away from that human element. That's always going to be there." Phillips is worried. He's not distraught. He says in northeastern Oklahoma, he's actually seen an uptick in the last year of young officials. He hadn't seen that in awhile, so he's encouraged. Phillips just didn't want Douglass-Locust Grove to scare off prospects. "I hope we continue to get those young guys," Phillips said. "Always going to be those bumps in the road. Hope we can shed a little light on the situation." Meanwhile, Deen is even more concerned. "I just completed my 18th season officiating," Deen wrote. "I started during my first fall as a freshman at OU. My dad, who retired from officiating after 41 years, got me started along with many others over the years. For a college kid it was great extra money and kept me involved in my favorite sport. "From all the articles I’ve read of yours regarding the DHS/LGHS game, it does appear that you give a rip about having high school officials that know the rules. The way that happens is to get young college guys (and gals if they want to, of course) calling little league and junior high long enough to know the rules so there is a pool of talent to replace the Baby Boomers dropping out in droves each year."
Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: Big 12 coaches share why they love awarding scholarships to walk-ons
BY JASON KERSEY AND ERIK HORNE | Nov 29, 2014Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career. Kansas interim head coach Clint Bowen is especially fond of those moments. He knows exactly what it’s like for those players. Bowen walked on at Kansas in 1990, transferred to Butler County Community College, then walked on a second time with the Jayhawks in 1992. After returning to Kansas, he led the Jayhawks with 114 tackles, which ranks as the third-most tackles by a KU defensive back in program history. “It’s a different path than a scholarship kid,” Bowen said. “I think it takes a special individual because they have to overcome a lot more. To give a kid a scholarship, see their faces light up when that happens, they truly earned it. “They’re the ones with the incentive-based contract. They have to go and earn theirs, and when they do it’s pretty special.” Here’s a look at what other Big 12 coaches had to say about walk-on players and the rare opportunities to reward some of them with scholarships: Texas coach Charlie Strong: “I’ve always held scholarships for walk-ons. … I want them to understand they’re a part of this program. They come out to practice just like the scholarship players. They put in the time like the scholarship players, and if they do something good they’re gonna be rewarded.” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: “We’ve awarded hundreds in my tenure here, which is a very significant number. Obviously, it’s rewarding because A: There are no gifts — they are all well-deserved, and earned, and, consequently, that forwards the value of hard work and being a good person, and achieving on and off the field. It’s motivation for others as well to do exactly that.” Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: “You can tell by the reaction of the team that the guys really appreciate those guys’ effort. At Oklahoma, it probably doesn’t happen as much as it does at a lot of schools because of the level of players we’re able to recruit. It’s a little tougher for walk-ons to make their name here, but we still have had guys who do it and have done a great job.” Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops: “I think it takes a special guy to be able to do all that.” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen: “Having walk-ons is a huge part of your developmental squad, part of your scout team. You’ve got to treat those guys great. The best rule the NCAA’s done here lately is being able to feed those guys. Having the numbers is why you’re able to be able to have scout teams and developmental squads. The more they develop, the better off it’s gonna help your team down the road.” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury: “That’s one of the funnest parts of our job. … That’s one of the joys of being a coach.” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads: “There’s nothing like it. Awarding a young man a scholarship, period, is a great feeling for a head football coach, whether it’s a high school senior you’re scholarshipping coming into your program or somebody that’s already here. Quite honestly, giving the walk-on a scholarship is probably more euphoric than the other. These are guys who have toiled, they’ve paid their own way. We value them at a very high level.”
Nov 23, 2014
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty broke into the open with the end zone in front of him.Petty and the No. 6 Bears weren't about to be tripped up by Oklahoma State again.After throwing touchdowns on Baylor's first two drives that took a minute combined, Petty ran 21 yards for the final score as the playoff-contending Bears won 49-28. They avenged their only regular-season loss of...
No. 6 Baylor beats Oklahoma State 49-28
STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Nov 23, 2014WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty broke into the open with the end zone in front of him. Petty and the No. 6 Bears weren't about to be tripped up by Oklahoma State again. After throwing touchdowns on Baylor's first two drives that took a minute combined, Petty ran 21 yards for the final score as the playoff-contending Bears won 49-28. They avenged their only regular-season loss of a year ago, a game in which Petty inexplicably tripped at the 1 with a clear path to the end zone. "Redemption," Petty said. "To have it go down in that fashion and me be able to get in the open field again, I don't know if it takes away the trip. ... It makes my mind ease up a little bit." Baylor (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 7 CFP) won its 15th consecutive home game on a dreary and rainy night along the banks of the Brazos River, staying in a three-way tie with No. 5 TCU and No. 12 Kansas State for the Big 12 lead with two games left. A year ago, Baylor was No. 3 in the country and undefeated through nine games when Petty fell short of the end zone when the game was still scoreless. The Bears then fumbled and the Cowboys drove 99 yards for their first score in a 49-17 thumping that took Baylor out of the national championship picture even as it still won its first Big 12 title. "I was glad that he got that last touchdown," coach Art Briles said. "To me, that was kind of justification for about 11 1/2 months ago." Devin Chafin ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns, while Shock Linwood had 113 yards rushing with a score for Baylor, whose home winning streak matches No. 2 Alabama for the longest in the country. Corey Coleman extended his nation's best streak with a TD catch in his seventh consecutive game. While rain fell for several hours before kickoff and during much of the game, there was a break in the weather at the start. The Bears took full advantage. Petty completed 18 of 29 passes for 262 yards, 149 of those coming on the opening two drives — the first lasting 36 seconds and the other 25 seconds. Petty hit Jay Lee in stride for a 65-yard TD on the second play of the game and Coleman made an over-the-shoulder grab for a 54-yard score. "We felt like we had to get it while we could," Briles said. "Be real aggressive while the ball was dry and try to get points on the board because we felt rain was coming." Oklahoma State (5-6, 3-5) has lost five games in a row. That is its longest losing streak since also losing five in a row during Mike Gundy's first season as head coach in 2005, and the last time the Cowboys didn't go to a bowl game. Highly touted freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph was 13-of-25 passing for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his debut for the Cowboys, who have to win at No. 23 Oklahoma in two weeks to get to their ninth straight bowl game. "Looks like he played OK. He made some mistakes," Gundy said. "He had a couple of poor throws. Obviously, he made a mistake there at the end on the interception." Rudolph started in place of Daxx Garman, who was in uniform and wearing a baseball cap on the sideline. Gundy gave no explanation for the switch, and the decision that took the redshirt off of the quarterback who finished Northwest High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, early and enrolled at Oklahoma State last spring. Baylor led 42-14 when Chafin scored on a 1-yard run with 14:21 left. But Rudolph threw a 68-yard touchdown to James Washington, whose 38-yard grab on the next drive set up a 2-yard TD run by Rennie Childs. The Cowboys were driving again when Rudolph's pass was intercepted by Orion Stewart to set up Petty's TD run with 3 minutes left. "That's a point in the game where we've got to score, put this thing away," Petty said. "Orion made a fabulous pick. We needed to feed off that." Five teams ranked ahead of Baylor in the College Football Playoff rankings played and won Saturday. The only higher-ranked team idle was TCU, whose only loss was at Baylor six weeks ago after blowing a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes. The Bears play Texas Tech at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium next weekend. Their regular-season finale is at home Dec. 6 against Kansas State.
Nov 20, 2014
Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance:___SNOWBOUND WITH THE BANDThe New York City indie rock band Interpol had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the New York State...
More on the snow: snowbound band, football effects
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance: ___ SNOWBOUND WITH THE BAND The New York City indie rock band Interpol had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the New York State Thruway. The band, touring to promote its new album, "El Pintor," posted messages on Twitter and Facebook announcing Thursday night's show in Montreal was canceled. Members were heading from a show in Columbus, Ohio, to the Toronto gig on Tuesday when their bus became stuck along with scores of other vehicles stranded by the storm. On their Twitter feed, the band posted selfies with vodka and snack bags. At 4 a.m. Thursday, guitarist and vocalist Daniel Kessler tweeted, "Finally just started making a move 50+ hours later. Hoping for some luck today." The band has a sold-out show in Boston on Friday night. ___ BILLS TAKE THEIR SHOW ON THE ROAD The NFL has decided to move the Buffalo Bills' scheduled Sunday home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit. League spokesman Michael Signora announced the change on Thursday. The snowstorm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions' facility. The Lions are at New England on Sunday. ___ BUFFALO HAS COMPANY ... Other areas around the Great Lakes continue to deal with their own bouts of lake-effect snow, albeit not on the scale of Buffalo, situated at the end of 240-mile-long Lake Erie. Parts of northern New York off the eastern end of Lake Ontario have received as much as 2½ feet of snow, with more expected by the time the storms subsides Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. In some areas, the snow is being driven by winds gusting to more than 30 mph. Pennsylvania's two most northwestern counties, Erie and Crawford, are under a lake-effect snow warning through 3 p.m. Friday. And in Michigan, more than 7 inches of snow fell overnight Wednesday in Kent County, home to Grand Rapids, Michigan's second-largest city. ___ ... BUT NOT IN ALASKA The ground is bare in Alaska's largest city. Skiers are hitting the trails on roller skis. High school cross-country ski teams are practicing by running and hitting school gyms. This time of year, Anchorage normally has nearly 17 inches of snowfall. Instead, it's seen less than 4 inches — and that snow has melted in unseasonably warm weather. In fact, a light rain fell this week, only to later freeze into a slick layer on roads and trails. The same system that is pushing frigid conditions from the north to the Lower 48 states is bringing warmer conditions to Alaska from the south, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Dixon. It should wind down over the weekend, he said. ___ TRAPPED TRUCKERS About 300 truckers were idled Thursday at truck stops and service areas along the New York State Thruway as they waited for the highway to be cleared and reopened. An assistant manager at the TravelCenters of America truck stop in Pembroke, 25 miles east of Buffalo, said more than 100 tractor-trailers were parked there. Some have been stuck there since the lake-effect storms began Monday. A spokeswoman for the neighboring Pilot Flying J truck stop said at least 150 trucks were parked on the property, down from 200 Wednesday. State officials say there are 45 trucks waiting out the storm at service areas between Rochester and the Pennsylvania border. That 132-mile stretch of Interstate 90 has been closed since early Tuesday. ____ SEEKING SHELTER The American Red Cross has aided more than 300 people at emergency shelters set up in western New York since the lake-effect snow began Monday. About 130 people spent Wednesday night at the organization's shelters or at others the group is assisting, said spokesman Jay Bonafede. Many are motorists whose vehicles got stuck in deep snow. The shelters have been set up at fire stations, churches and senior and community centers from Ripley on the Pennsylvania border to suburban Buffalo towns. The Buffalo Fire Department provided cots, blankets and toiletries, and local supermarkets and other businesses are donating food and supplies. ___ ABOUT THE LAKE EFFECT The images were striking: a city half awash in daylight, half inundated by a thick bank of snow rolling off Lake Erie. Lake-effect snow happens every year around the Great Lakes, so why was this bout in Buffalo so severe? It's about timing and temperatures, said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Typically, convection draws moisture into the lower atmosphere as cold air moves across a relatively warmer lake, and winds carry the system ashore. This time the air was especially cold, Lake Erie is warmer than it would be later in the year, and the winds stretched the length of the 240-mile-long lake in the right direction, making for an even stronger snow dump that hit land and persisted for an unusually long period, about 30 hours. "In this case, all of those factors have been maximized," Burke said.
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Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Vin Cherwoo at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800 845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All Times EST. TOP STORIES FBN--WINTRY WEATHER-BILLS BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's "impractical" now for the Bills to host the Jets on Sunday because of the snowstorm battering the Buffalo area. The storm has dumped more than 5 feet of snow since Monday night, with more coming. The Bills missed a second straight day of practice. By John Wawrow. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--CHIEFS-RAIDERS OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders, 0-10 and looking for their first victory in more than a year, play the first-place Chiefs. Still, Kansas City coach Andy Reid is wary of this longtime rivalry: "When you go to the Black Hole, you better be ready." By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:25 p.m. BOX--TIM DAHLBERG MACAU — No one questions Chris Algieri's toughness, not after he got up from two first-round knockdowns and fought half-blinded to win a decision win in his June title fight with the feared Ruslan Provodnikov. Now, this undefeated boxer with a master's degree in clinical nutrition, awaits Manny Pacquiao this weekend. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBN--VICK-CHANGING THE GAME In the 13 years since his arrival as the fastest man on the field who also happened to have the best arm, Michael Vick's impact has been felt — in the way quarterbacks and offenses evolve in high school, college, and eventually, the pros. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos. NEW/DEVELOPING SOC--FIFA-WCUP PROBE GENEVA — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's financial monitoring panel, will study the report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos. FBN--PETERSON APPEAL The NFL players' union appeals the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson. In a letter obtained by the AP, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands that an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 400 words, photos. — With: — VIKINGS-PETERSON'S SON-BOND — Judge adds bond conditions for man charged in death of Adrian Peterson's son. SENT: 250 words. BKN--IVERSON-NIKE SNEAKER PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA star questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 650 words, photos. BBO--OWNERS MEETINGS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baseball owners unanimously approve a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed Bud Selig as commissioner early next year. Owners also discuss a variety of issues, among them pace of play, instant replay and domestic violence initiatives. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos. GLF--LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP NAPLES, Fla. — The biggest payout in women's golf is on the line when the LPGA Tour season finale gets starts at the CME Group Tour Championship. Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko can claim a $1 million bonus by winning the tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL-DRAW LILLE, France — Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos. NFL FBN--TEXANS-BLUE HOUSTON — Alfred Blue didn't spend any time feeling sorry for himself when he didn't hear his name called until the sixth round of this year's NFL draft. Houston's rookie running back remembered something coaches had long told him: "It's not where you begin, it's how it ends." By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--REDSKINS-KERRIGAN ASHBURN, Va. — In contrast to, say, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan is perhaps the most drama-free member of the Washington Redskins. He leads the team with 7 1/2 sacks, even though he's been playing hurt. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. — Also: — FBN--EAGLES-TURNOVERS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--49ERS-RELIABLE BOLDIN — By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--PACKERS-PROTECTING RODGERS — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--BRONCOS-LATIMER — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--BEARS-CUTLER — By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. COLLEGE FOOTBALL FBC--RUGBY-STYLE PUNTING PHOENIX — The never-ending battle for field position has a new weapon: the rugby-style punt. More teams are turning to the end-over-end punts that are tough to defend and sometimes tougher to catch. By College Football Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--T25-BAYLOR-RIGHT AT HOME Playoff-contending No. 6 Baylor, going for its second Big 12 title in a row, has two home games and a neutral-site game to finish the regular season. The Bears have won 26 of their last 27 such games. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. FBC--T25-COLORADO ST-HART'S RESURGENCE FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Tailback Dee Hart's making the most of a fresh start with No. 22 Colorado State after transferring from Alabama over the summer. He's rushed for 909 yards and 11 TDs, helping the Rams to their best start since 1994. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--THE GAME CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard has gotten used to beating Yale in The Game — eight straight victories. But there's something nice about both teams being at their best for one of college football's oldest rivalries. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. — Also: — FBC--T25-KANSAS ST-WEST VIRGINIA — By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. — FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE — By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. start. — FBC--CALIFORNIA-GOFF'S TEAM — By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 700 words, photos. — FBC--EAST CAROLINA-HARDY'S RECORD — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos. COLLEGE BASKETBALL BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-POWERHOUSE PLATOONS LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 1 Kentucky is college basketball's answer to the U.S. national team, with two platoons of NBA-caliber talent. The Wildcats feature nine players of at least 6-foot-6 going all out. They don't need to pace themselves because they know relief is minutes away. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. NBA BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-RUBIO RECOVERS MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio was playing some of his best ball with the Timberwolves when he went down Thursday with a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out for a while. The Spanish point guard discusses his injury. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m. AUTO RACING CAR--F1-MERCEDES RIVALRY ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies entering the final race of the season, with Rosberg taunting his Mercedes teammate by urging him to "drive cleanly." By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos. — With: — CAR--F1-DRIVER CHANGES — Two-time Formula One champ Fernando Alonso leaving Ferrari after season; will be replaced by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words, photos. — Also: — CAR--NASCAR-KAHNE-HENDRICK — Hendrick Motorsports gives driver Kasey Kahne three-year contract extension. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 550 words. FEATURES BBN--MARLINS-LORIA'S LEGACY MIAMI — By agreeing to pay Giancarlo Stanton $325 million over the next 13 years, Jeffrey Loria gets to keep one of baseball's premier sluggers with the Marlins. Whether that deal comes with some goodwill for the oft-controversial owner remains to be seen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m. HKO--LOGISTICS MADE EASY Logistics for neighborhood sports leagues is no easy thing. What players are available? Who's supplying the snacks? Now there's an app — with an assist from former NHL player Bret Hedican — helping organizers put their focus where it is needed most — on the games. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. BASEBALL — BBA--BLUE JAYS-MARTIN — Catcher Russell Martin discusses the next phase of his career after signing a $82 million, five-year contract with the Blue Jays. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. — BBO--JAPAN-MLB ALL-STARS — Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game. SENT: 200 words. GOLF — GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Rory McIlroy shares first-round lead at season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos. — GLF--AUSTRALIAN MASTERS — Defending champ Adam Scott trails by six strokes after first round of Australian Masters. SENT: 350 words. — GLF--CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL — Opening round of unofficial event involving PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m. OTHER NEWS — SPORTS BETTING — Judge expects to rule by Friday on whether New Jersey can partially lift the ban on sports gambling. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words, photos. — BOX--JERMAIN TAYLOR-SHOOTING — Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas; boxer could face up to 26 years in prison. SENT: 150 words. — BKC--TARKANIAN HOSPITALIZED — Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, 84, hospitalized for pneumonia. SENT: 130 words, photos. — OLY--RIO-GOLF COURSE-LAWSUIT — Construction on golf course for 2016 Rio Olympics could be halted because of legal obstacles. By Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos. — SOC--BRAZIL-PELE'S SON — Pele's 44-year-old son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction. SENT: 130 words, photos. — BOB--RUSSIA-DOPING — Russian national two-man bobsled champion tests positive for banned substance. SENT: 100 words. CAPSULES — BKN--NBA CAPSULES. — HKN--NHL CAPSULES. — FBC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES. ___ Thursday's Time Schedule (EST) NFL Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. NBA L.A. Clippers at Miami, 8 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. NHL Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. College Football (Top 25) No. 12 Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. No. 25 Duke vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. College Basketball (Top 25) Men No. 10 Texas vs. Iowa at New York (Madison Square Garden), 7 p.m. No. 12 Villanova vs. Bucknell, 8 p.m. No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m. No. 16 San Diego State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 10:30 p.m. No. 17 Connecticut vs. College of Charleston at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m. No. 22 SMU at Indiana, 8 p.m. No. 23 Syracuse vs. California at New York (Madison Square Garden), 9 p.m. No. 24 Michigan vs. Detroit, 6 p.m. Women No. 2 South Carolina vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 10 Texas, 9 p.m. No. 7 Duke at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. No. 12 Louisville vs. Belmont, 7 p.m. No. 17 West Virginia at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.
Nov 16, 2014
On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game."One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females," Kevin Murray told his players at Woodland Hills High. "We'd be doing you a very big disservice by not holding you accountable."At the jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina, a sterner version of that message...
Better strategies sought to curb domestic violence
DAVID CRARY, Associated Press | Nov 16, 2014On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game. "One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females," Kevin Murray told his players at Woodland Hills High. "We'd be doing you a very big disservice by not holding you accountable." At the jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina, a sterner version of that message is now given routinely to men detained for domestic-violence offenses and considered at risk of re-offending. "We're putting these guys on notice that domestic violence is not going to be tolerated here," said Police Chief Marty Sumner. "The message is very clear: 'We know who you are, we know what you're doing. It has to stop.'" The two programs target different audiences. But in the realm of domestic-violence prevention, where the record of success is spotty, they share a status as two of the nation's most promising initiatives. Coaching Boys Into Men is one of the flagship programs developed by Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit working to curb abuse of women and children. Thousands of high school coaches across the country, now joined by some middle school coaches, have received training in how to convey to their players the importance of treating young women with respect and avoiding abusive behavior. The program has attracted the notice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency funded a three-year evaluation, involving more than 2,000 high school athletes in Sacramento County, California, which found that participating players were more likely to intervene to stop abuse and less likely to perpetrate it. High Point's program — the Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative — was conceived in 2009 based on an approach developed by David M. Kennedy, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. While many programs focus on helping victims of domestic violence, High Point's initiative targets the offender with a strategy of aggressive deterrence. Since the program was fully implemented in 2012, the recidivism rate for domestic-violence offenders in High Point has been cut to about 9 percent, which the police department says is about one-third the national rate. There's been one intimate-partner homicide since 2009, compared to 17 between 2004 and 2008. "We'd get 5,000 domestic-violence calls a year — every year it's our No. 1 call," Chief Sumner said. "It gets passed on from generation to generation, but this program is a really good shot at breaking that cycle citywide." Efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence have been vigorously pursued in the U.S. for more than three decades. After Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, domestic violence committed by intimate partners — current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends — declined by more than 60 percent over the next 10 years. Since then, however, the numbers have stayed relatively flat. Even as incidents involving National Football League players and other pro athletes refocus attention on domestic violence, leading prevention advocates say more resources and smarter strategies are needed to combat it. "We now have a safety net for victims, we have the laws in place, judges who understand the seriousness of the issue," said Esta Soler, president of Futures Without Violence. "We need to do more to prevent the problems, not just treat the problems." For decades, so-called batterer intervention programs have been one of the main forms of prevention, with offenders participating in group sessions aimed at promoting non-abusive behavior. A range of local programs have won praise — such as Wisdom Walk, which focuses on African-American men in Milwaukee, and Caminar Latino, which runs a 24-week program for Latino men in Atlanta. However, research on the effectiveness of group intervention programs has produced mixed findings — causing some judges and probation officers to mandate that men participate, others saying there's no evidence of success. And what about the much-discussed programs in High Point and Pittsburgh? Here's a closer look at each: ___ The new regimen in High Point, a city of about 107,000, kicks into gear whenever police respond to a domestic disturbance call. Even if there's no arrest, and no previous record of domestic violence, the alleged aggressors receive another visit from a police officer within 48 hours and are notified that they are henceforth on a "watch list." With any subsequent domestic violence offense, there's an escalating series of consequences, including a face-to-face warning from a detective at the time of arrest and — for some repeat offenders — a summons to appear in person before a panel of police, prosecutors and members of the community. "In an hour, we explain how it's going to be different," Sumner said. "We will use any means to sanction you." The pressure tactics include threatening to classify any further domestic violence offense as a felony and to expedite prosecution of any other criminal case pending against the offender. Sumner's department has found that many domestic-violence offenders have a record of other violent crimes, and uses those records to help decide which targets of the program might deserve extra scrutiny. The community panel makes clear that the police will maintain their aggressive stance regardless of whether the offender's victim plays an active role in any future case or seeks to stay out of it. David Kennedy noted that in the traditional responses to domestic violence, the onus often was on the victim to report the abuse and testify about it in court, sometimes incurring threats and further violence in the process. "We wanted to be able to say to the offender, 'You're dealing with us, you're not dealing with her. The state is going to make you stop,'" Kennedy said. "The feedback from the women is, 'You've got his attention. Things are better. Keep it up, and keep me out of it.'" If victimized women do want services, they are offered through a Victim's Justice Center that opened in April. It's a one-stop site where victims can meet with police, get protective orders from legal aid attorneys, and be informed of other available services. "In the past, it was up to the victim to do all the work while dealing with the threats," said Tiffany Atkins, a domestic violence attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina. "Now we take the responsibility." Sumner said his department has been able to implement the program without increasing its budget — primarily by adding some new training and reassigning two detectives to specialize in domestic-violence cases. Said Kennedy of the approach, "If you do it smart, it doesn't need to be costly." ___ If any high school was tailor-made for Coaching Boys Into Men, it might be Woodland Hills. It's a perennial football powerhouse in western Pennsylvania, sending many of its players on to major college teams and even to the NFL. It also serves a 12-town district that includes some of greater Pittsburgh's roughest neighborhoods. "The community of kids we deal with — there are a lot of broken homes," said Keith Davis, who attended the school and now, at 30, is in his third year on the football coaching staff. "A lot of players have seen where their father has beaten their mother, beaten their sister — it's no wonder they grow up the same way," Davis said. "The program — they're actually living it. In some schools, it might not hit home the way it did with us." Davis recalled how players followed news reports of the Steubenville, Ohio, case in which two high school football players were convicted last year of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. "A lot of our guys came back and said, 'Coach, I've been in situations like that,'" Davis said. "We have to put a stop to it." Launched as a public service announcement campaign in 2001, Coaching Boys Into Men has since expanded to schools and coaches associations across the country — with new pilot programs this year involving coaches of 7th- and 8th-grade athletes. It's based on the premise that young athletes will take exhortations from their coaches seriously, and then — as role models among their peers — will be taken seriously by other students as they re-think their attitudes about relationships and abuse. "If you're a student athlete, you're also a student leader — respected by peers, by underclassmen, with a degree of influence and power," said Alan Johnson, superintendent of the Woodland Hills School District. "You can be a leader for good, or a leader for bad. You have to make the decision which kind you're going to be." One of the team's top linemen on offense and defense, 265-pound senior Daniel Gibson, said the players, by taking the program to heart, had indeed had an influence on other students. "Whatever we do, everyone else would like to do," he said. "They get off on our vibe" Another advocate of Coaching Boys Into Men is Wendell Say, head football coach for 35 years at Aiea High School near Honolulu. He's been using the program for five years — it's now a routine prelude to practices on Wednesdays. "The curriculum is simple — it just takes 15 minutes at most, unless you let the kids talk," Say said. "I sometimes take 45 minutes." Say says his players — many from low-income housing projects — often convey their firsthand knowledge of domestic violence. They've seen it in their family, or abused their own girlfriends, and they've also followed the domestic-violence cases involving Ray Rice and other NFL players. "We still have kids who make wrong choices," Say said. "But hopefully every year you learn more — a little understanding that just because you're stronger doesn't give you the right to hurt someone." The program — broken down thematically on a series of "training cards" — targets such behavior as catcalling and demeaning boasts about girlfriends. It also advises coaches on how to handle actual incidents of physical and sexual violence committed by team members. The ethos is summed up in a pledge to be taken by players and coaches: "I believe in treating women and girls with honor and respect. I know that violence is neither a solution nor a sign of strength. I believe that real men lead with conviction and speak out against violence against women and girls. I believe that I can be a role model to others by taking this pledge." ___ Online: Coaching Boys Into Men: http://www.coachescorner.org/ The High Point initiative: http://cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/09-2014/a_different_response_to_ipv.asp ___ Follow David Crary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CraryAP
Nov 5, 2014
They’ll both fight on Saturday night at Remington Park as part of a six-fight card. Kenzie Witt is set to take on Lucas Queen in the opening bout at 8, with Trey Lippe facing Tim Bronson later in the evening, both in heavyweight bouts.
Boxer Tommy Morrison's sons trying to make a name for themselves in the ring
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Nov 5, 2014Brothers Trey Lippe and Kenzie Witt have stepped into the boxing ring. Those names probably don’t sound familiar to boxing fans, but their father — former World Boxing Organization champion Tommy Morrison — likely brings back some memories for those who followed the sport in the 1990s. Morrison’s sons are off to a promising start, Lippe at 5-0 and Witt at 1-0 with another win as an amateur. None of their opponents have made it out of the second round. They’ll both fight on Saturday night at Remington Park as part of a six-fight card. Witt is set to take on Lucas Queen in the opening bout at 8, with Lippe facing Tim Bronson later in the evening, both in heavyweight bouts. Morrison’s sons have no definite expectations, but each have lofty hopes as they embark on their own boxing careers. Maybe the only thing they know for sure, this isn’t about simply following in the footsteps of a former boxing superstar. “We want to establish our own name,” said Lippe. “We aren’t just trying to copy him.” Witt said: “This is about us. It’s just kind of crazy who we are, but I’d be trying to do this all the same way no matter whose kid I am.” Above all else, they wanted to get back to being athletes. Lippe, 25, now lives in Tulsa after staring on the football field in high school at Vinita and going on to play defensive end at Central Arkansas. Witt, 24, resides in Bartlesville and was once a basketball standout at Colcord before turning down scholarship opportunities to join the workforce out of high school. Lippe and Witt didn’t grow up in the way you’d expect children of a professional athlete who made more than $10 million in his career and once played the role of Tommy “The Machine” Gunn in Rocky V. “We didn’t reap the benefits of anything,” Witt said. Having been too young to understand Morrison’s fame and subsequent downfall after testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus in 1996, Lippe and Witt have relied mostly on stories from those close to him to understand what their father went through. Today, they don’t harbor any harsh feelings for what their father once described as a “permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle” that likely led to contracting HIV. Instead they’ve developed a sense of pride based on his accomplishments in the ring and expressed thankfulness for time spent with him, especially later in his life. For Lippe, who wears a replica of his father’s trunks with “TOMMY” written across the belt, the relationship with his father was somewhat distant. He describes Morrison as a fun-loving friend more than a father figure. Witt explains Morrison’s personality in much the same way, but calls him the only father he ever knew. “He was on me all the time,” Witt said. “I was around him a lot in his later years and I constantly got ragged on, because he always wanted me to do something good with my life. It was a little different from time to time, but it all worked out.” There’s also a protective attitude toward how their father was viewed and treated, specifically in northeastern Oklahoma, after his HIV diagnosis. Lippe and Witt both recalled a story they’d been told of the “Home of Tommy Morrison” sign being taken down in Jay shortly after the press conference announcing he was HIV positive. “In small towns like that, everyone is paranoid and people don’t know what they’re talking about,” Witt said. “He told me a lot of times he would walk into the gym and people would walk circles around him and not want to get close to him. They didn’t know anything about it.” While their boxing careers are about trying to accomplish success for themselves, Lippe and Witt know their father would be proud. They’ve even set goals as lofty as the ones Morrison once achieved. “Hopefully at some point down the road I at least fight for the belt,” Lippe said. “I think I can achieve that.” Witt said: “I’m right there with him. If we’re going to do it, go big or go home.”
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 5, 2014
Norvell said this week that he wished Cavil well, but he also wanted the redshirt freshman to stay.
Oklahoma football notebook: Receivers coach Jay Norvell says Dannon Cavil has to live with decision
By Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Erik Horne | Nov 5, 2014Last week, wide receiver Dannon Cavil left the Oklahoma program and expressed a desire to transfer. Sooners wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said this week that he wished Cavil well, but he also wanted the redshirt freshman to stay. “It’s his decision,” Norvell said. “That’s one thing when kids go to college and they leave home, they get to make their own decisions at some point. We like to see kids fight through adversity. We think it builds character. I’m disappointed that he’s decided not to do that. But that’s something that he has to live with. We all have to live with the decisions we make. “I hope he’s continuing to learn from his day-to-day existence. A lot of times guys think things are going to be a certain way, and they just aren’t. As much as you try to tell them, they have to find out for themselves. So we’ll see.” FIVE THINGS ON STRIKER Sports Illustrated’s Ben Glicksman wrote a feature on Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker that was posted on the magazine’s website Wednesday. Here’s five things we learned from Glicksman’s story on Striker: 1. Striker’s first football memory involves running the Oklahoma drill when he was 6, playing for the Winston Park Warriors in Tampa. Neither he nor his teammate knew how to hit. “We were just going helmet to helmet,” Striker told the magazine. “Like straight up. Damn near about to break our necks.” 2. In middle school, Striker would mow his family’s front and back yard before games to try to settle his nerves. 3. Striker’s mother, Lia Skelton, decided to go to law school after seeing boys in her neighborhood who she thought were good people being sent to jail. “I would see the revolving door,” Skelton told SI. “And I would think, it’s not fair. It’s not right. People aren’t given a chance.” 4. Embattled Florida coach Will Muschamp didn’t want Striker. Striker visited Gainesville for a junior day in 2011 and watched as two of his teammates went into Muschamp’s office and received an offer from the Gators. “So I go in there and he’s like, ‘Hey Striker, I like what you do out there. You do a lot of good things and you play well. But I don’t know where you fit,’” Striker said. 5. Striker nearly transferred after his freshman season. After he had six tackles in his freshman season — all in the Kansas game — Striker asked his high school coach, Sean Callahan, to explore transfer options. “I was like, ‘Man, (this is) not for me,” Striker told SI. “I was education, but I want to play football as well.” When Mike Stoops put the 3-4 back in during the spring of 2013, Striker decided to stay and eventually won the starting spot in the fall.
Nov 4, 2014
On his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners “probably” would wear alternate uniforms Saturday against Baylor. Production issues kept OU from wearing its home alternates Sept. 13 against Tennessee, but a week later, the Sooners debuted their new road alternates at West Virginia in a 45-33 win. The last time OU wore alternate uniforms at home was Aug. 29,...
Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says Sooners will 'probably' wear alternates vs. Baylor
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Nov 4, 2014On his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners “probably” would wear alternate uniforms Saturday against Baylor. Production issues kept OU from wearing its home alternates Sept. 13 against Tennessee, but a week later, the Sooners debuted their new road alternates at West Virginia in a 45-33 win. The last time OU wore alternate uniforms at home was Aug. 29, 2003, against North Texas when the Sooners wore throwback uniforms modeled after the look worn by Bud Wilkinson’s teams of the 1950s. This year’s home alternates feature crimson jerseys with “Oklahoma” on the chest instead of the traditional “Sooners.” The helmets are white with a crimson stripe with an oversized interlocking OU logo. NORVELL: SHEPARD WILL PLAY Sooners co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell has no doubt junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard will play Saturday. “He’ll play,” Norvell said. “I don’t think there’s any question that he’ll play. It’s just a matter of managing the week in practice.” Shepard was hurt on OU’s first offensive play in Saturday’s win over Iowa State, suffering an apparent groin injury. Stoops said after the game that Shepard could’ve returned had the game been close but wasn’t sure how he would respond in the following days. “Practice is harder than the game, just to get through all the plays and prepare and to learn everything and to get the practice reps,” Norvell said. “But no, he’ll play. We’ll get him ready to do that.” KNIGHT EARNS CAMPBELL WEEKLY AWARD Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for his performance against Iowa State. Knight ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more, becoming the first FBS player this season to accomplish that feat. He threw for 230 yards and ran for a career-best 146. To be considered for the award, players must be born in the state of Texas, have played for a Texas high school, played at a Texas-based junior college or play for a Division I school in Texas. GUNDY EXCITED FOR SMITH Sooners running backs coach Cale Gundy enjoyed seeing redshirt sophomore running back David Smith have success at the end of Saturday’s win, even if his carries came with the game out of hand. “He was ready,” Gundy said. “He’s been in our system now for three years so he’s grown up, he’s matured. Everybody was excited for him because it is difficult. It’s difficult sometimes when you’re not a guy that’s getting reps or getting plays and your buddies are out there and they’re having success. The toughest thing is to stay involved. “He’s a third-year guy that cares about this team. That’s why they call him Sooner Dave. It was nice to see him get out there and have some success.” QUOTABLE Stoops on Baylor’s sometimes-overlooked running game: “That’s a lot of people, but not us. They want to run the ball. They’re persistent about it and they’re good at it. And from it is where they try to get all of their big play-action passes. It begins with being great against the run game first.” Not only do the Bears lead the Big 12 with 349 passing yards per game, the Bears average a league-best 241.2 yards per game on the ground.
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 28, 2014
Freshman receiver broke out with first start and first catches of his career against Kansas State.
Oklahoma football: Michiah Quick shows signs of progress
BY RYAN ABER | Oct 28, 2014NORMAN — Michiah Quick tried to bide his time early in the season. A groin injury early in camp slowed down the highly touted freshman wide reciever, and it took him awhile to recover physically and get caught up with the speed of college football. Two weeks ago against Kansas State, Quick finally broke through with a couple of firsts — first start, first catches. For a team needing another pass catcher with the ability to consistently make plays outside of Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal, it was a sign that things could get better. Sooners co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell were both happy with Quick’s performance, not only in his two catches for 27 yards but the things he did away from the ball. “He was strong in the middle, physical blocking, did some nice things as far as his route running, getting to the right spaces,” Heupel said. “I thought really he just competed in a really good way for 60 minutes. For a guy that got his first major action I guess outside of the second half of the Cotton Bowl, he handled himself in a really good way.” Quick said he wasn’t a very good blocker in high school in Fresno, Calif., but that he’s concentrated on improving that deficiency since he’s arrived in Norman. Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight’s eyes light up when asked about Quick’s progression. “He’s really an explosive player and works really hard,” Knight said. “I’m really proud of the way that he communicates out there on the field, especially in practice. If we miss a pass or if we miss a read or something like that, he’s running back asking, ‘What did you want to see?’ It’s really encouraging to see a young guy communicate that way and want to get better and strive to be that way.” Shepard has been touting Quick for a long time. “I told you guys at the beginning of the season, he’s one of those guys that plays big and doesn’t act like a freshman,” Shepard said. “You guys got a chance to see that (against Kansas State).” Quick said it wasn’t difficult finding his way and continuing to make progress as he returned from the early injury. “It was just a learning process,” Quick said. “I’m a young guy. I knew I wasn’t going to come in here and just start automatically unless I really worked for it. I tried but came up short, and it was just a matter of time until now.” Knight said it wasn’t quite that easy, but Quick handled himself the right way as he worked for more playing time. “It’s hard for every guy that comes out as a big-time recruit, coming in thinking, ‘I’m going to start,’ or whatever and then they don’t,” Knight said. “It’s hard. It really is hard mentally. He did a good job of having a really good relationship with me despite that and I stayed close with him and helped him out with the playbook and things like that. “When he got his chance, he went in there and played pretty good and he’s going to continue to do that. I’m excited for him.”
Oklahoma football notebook: Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware wanted another return for touchdownOct 26, 2014
Oklahoma’s Alex Ross has been fantastic in the kick-return game this season. Last week against Kansas State, Ross couldn’t quite break free on one, though he did have returns of 18 and 22 yards. Still, special teams coordinator Jay Boulware was still seething a few days later at his group not returning a third kickoff for a touchdown this season. “I’m still ticked off by that,” Boulware said....
Oklahoma football notebook: Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware wanted another return for touchdown
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Oct 26, 2014Oklahoma’s Alex Ross has been fantastic in the kick-return game this season. Last week against Kansas State, Ross couldn’t quite break free on one, though he did have returns of 18 and 22 yards. Still, special teams coordinator Jay Boulware was still seething a few days later at his group not returning a third kickoff for a touchdown this season. “I’m still ticked off by that,” Boulware said. “We had it pretty well scouted out. We knew what they were doing and what the plan was. There was a couple of them in there, whether we didn’t field the ball right or didn’t block it the way we did it in practice. We had a chance. There were a couple that we should have split right down the middle of the hole. “It would have been a different game. I’m mad at all of them.” SHEPARD STILL GETTING SINGLE COVERAGE Sterling Shepard has had some monster games this season — 177 receiving yards at Tulsa, 215 at TCU, 197 vs. Kansas State. Still, Shepard continues to regularly find himself facing single coverage, something that doesn’t particularly surprise the junior. “I look around the nation and I still see good receivers getting single-covered,” Shepard said. “Some teams feel like they can shut it down. They feel like they can be the defense to shut it down. Hopefully it stays that way.” OU COMMITS HAVE BIG WEEKEND A pair of Sooners 2015 commits had big nights last weekend for their high schools. Running back commit Rodney Anderson of Katy, Texas, had 14 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns — including a 62-yarder — in a 56-7 win over Houston Strake Jesuit. The notable part of Sooners kicking commit Austin Seibert’s night happened well before his team’s game. In pregame warmups before his Belleville (Ill.) West team beat Alton 45-24, Seibert hit a 70-yard field goal. During the game, Seibert was 1 for 2, hitting a 42-yard field goal.
Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0.
High school football roundup: Kyle Duke's five touchdowns leads to Bethany rout
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 25, 2014Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0. Hattler had touchdown receptions of 2, 6, and 63 yards from Duke, who also connected on a 78-yard scoring strike to Bryton Schmidt. Duke also had a 5-yard scoring run in the game as the Bronchos rolled up 526 yards of total offense, 335 passing and 191 on the ground. Bethany led 35-0 at halftime. DEL CITY DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT, SCORES THREE TIMES Terry Wilson rushed for two scores, including a 79-yard touchdown run, and passed for two more as Del City routed El Reno 69-0. Kobe Bryer caught both scoring strikes from Wilson from 54 and 28 yards. The Del City defense had three pick sixes in the game. Davion Freeman returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 60 and 50 yards. Matt Lamb returned a pick 25 yards for another score. The Eagles’ defense recorded three quarterback sacks and held El Reno to 104 yards of total offense, YELLOWJACKETS BLANK PERKINS BEHIND STERNBERGER Kingfisher romped to a 37-0 win over Perkins as senior Jace Sternberger had a strong game on both sides of the ball. Playing tight end on offense, Sternberger caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Playing defensive end, Sternberger returned a fumble 21 yards for a score and had three pass deflections plus a quarterback sack. Senior wide receiver Brady Smith caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Docker Haub, who threw for three scores and was 15 of 19 in the game for 149 yards. The Yellowjackets improved to 7-1 on the season. Perkins fell to 5-3. McGUINNESS ROLLS TO EASY WIN OVER GUYMON Sophomore Zach Segell and senior Jennings Jarman each ran for two scores as McGuinness dumped Guymon 62-8. Segel rushed for 128 yards on 10 carries while Jarman gained 110 yards on just three carries, one of which was a 95-yard touchdown run. Senior Braden Roy had two receptions for 59 yards for the Irish, including a 54-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Mullins. Rubell Goe also caught a 41-touchdown pass from Mullins. McGuinness had 538 yards of total offense in the game, including 380 through the air. CASTIGLIONE, TURNER SPARK MOUNT ST. MARY Joe Castiglione Jr. rushed for two touchdowns and 149 yards on 30 carries as Mount St. Mary cruised to a 54-22 victory over Dickson. The Rockets’ Jimmy Turner rushed for one score and had a touchdown reception. On defense, Turner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble. Dickson running back Chris Bamburg rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN DOMINATES CROOKED OAK Oklahoma Christian School erupted for 42 points in the second quarter as the Saints crushed Crooked Oak 70-7. Luke Frankfurt rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 42, 14 and 18 yards. Quarterback Thomas Qualls had a 16-yard touchdown pass to Connor Sikes and also scored on a 45-yard run. Kade Van Meter returned a kick 82 yards for a touchdown for the Saints. BLACKWELL’S SCHUERMANN THROWS SIX TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST CENTENNIAL Sam Schuermann tossed six touchdown passes to lift Blackwell to a 54-18 victory over Centennial. Schuermann completed three scoring strikes to Johnny Strahorn of 15, 10 and 14 yards. Steven Perry scored all three touchowns for Centennial. He returned a kick 93 yards for one score and caught two touchdown passes from Kahlan McDaniel of 34 and 46 yards. WHITFIELD, STANDLEE HAVE BIG NIGHT FOR MEEKER Senior running back Tim Whitfield rushed for 308 yards and quarterback Jake Standlee accounted for six touchdowns as Meeker rolled over Bridge Creek 49-21. Whitfield scored two touchdowns in the game, one on a 55-yard run and the other on a 24-yard pass reception. Standlee ran for three scores, passed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 85 yards to the end zone. Meeker totaled 703 yards of offense in the game, including 565 on the ground. Bridge Creek rolled up 453 yards of offense, 359 rushing. MORRIS LEADS CASADY TO VICTORY Casady rallied from an early deficit to defeat Arlington Oakridge 41-24. Quarterback Collin Morris rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores to lead the Cyclones. He also had two interceptions in the game. Denver Johnson caught three passes, including a 66-yard scoring strike from Morris. Junior running back Jay Bozalis rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries. Gary Woods had touchdown runs of 10 and 4 yards for Casady. The Cyclones trailed 17-7 after the first quarter before scoring 34 consecutive points. MARTIN RUNS WILD FOR HARRAH Harrah running back Grant Martin rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns as Harrah defeated Tecumseh 52-13. Martin also had a 63-yard reception in the game, giving him 423 yards of total offense.
Oct 24, 2014
Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger shaved off the beard he's been growing since July on Thursday, grabbing the spare clippers he keeps in his locker after practice.Tennessee had just announced he will make his first career start Sunday against Houston, and reporters were headed his way. Mettenberger kept a moustache and a soul patch just above his chin, and he wore a red headband,...
Rookie getting his Halloween look on
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 24, 2014Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger shaved off the beard he's been growing since July on Thursday, grabbing the spare clippers he keeps in his locker after practice. Tennessee had just announced he will make his first career start Sunday against Houston, and reporters were headed his way. Mettenberger kept a moustache and a soul patch just above his chin, and he wore a red headband, too. Asked if he shaved because he knew the media was coming, Mettenberger said he thought it would a good look for the front page of the local newspaper. His beard had gotten pretty thick and shaggy, but Mettenberger didn't shave just to avoid a beard comparison with Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "My beard is in the minor leagues compared to his," Mettenberger said. "Yeah, I definitely have a little beard envy toward Fitz." Mettenberger said he shaved because Halloween is close, so he wanted to go ahead and start looking like the character he plans to be. So exactly what will his costume be? "Ben Stiller, 'Dodgeball,'" Mettenberger said. "Can't you see it?" CATCHING ON: Ahmad Bradshaw might not be the most memorable Bradshaw in Pittsburgh. But the Steelers (4-3) know he's someone they must defend Sunday when Indianapolis (5-2) comes to town. Bradshaw has rejuvenated his career in Indy with his powerful trademark runs — and catching passes. The two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants started his eighth NFL season with 139 catches, 1,129 yards and five touchdowns. This year, in seven games Bradshaw is averaging 4.8 yards rushing, but with 24 catches, 212 yards and six touchdowns is on pace to shatter his previous career best receiving numbers. It's not unfamiliar territory for the 5-foot-10, 217-pound power runner. "I started high school as a receiver backing up my cousin. We ran the wishbone. That year when I finally got to high school we finally opened it up and took WVU's offense and spread it out," Bradshaw said. "From then on, that's when I was able to start catching the ball, becoming a receiver. From then on, I felt that I could be a weapon out of the backfield if I had to. Coming into the NFL, that's just how I saw myself, as a scat type of back." REDSKINS' RUN WOES: Washington coach Jay Gruden heard the question about the lackluster state of his team's running game and immediately rubbed his eyes, then let out a loud sigh. "Where do you want to start?" Gruden replied. His Redskins (2-5) rank 21st in the 32-club NFL with 99.4 yards rushing per game. That's down from the 135.3 yards that Washington averaged last season, and way down from the 169.3 the team ran for per game in 2012, when NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III gained 815, fifth most in a season by a quarterback. "Right now, we're just not working in concert together the way I think we should," Gruden said. "It's not all the line. It's not all the tight ends. It's not all the backs. It's not all the receivers. It's a combination of everything. We're going to continue to run it, continue to work on it, and hopefully it will click." With Griffin less of a runner in his second season because of knee surgery — and sidelined since Week 2 in 2014 with a dislocated left ankle — teams have paid more attention to running back Alfred Morris. The third-year player's numbers have slipped across the board. After rushing for 1,613 yards (100.8 per game) as a rookie in 2012, Morris ran for 1,275 (79.7 ypg) last season, and he's at 440 (62.9 ypg) heading into Washington's game Monday night at the Dallas Cowboys. Morris has yet to top 100 yards in any game this season, and his totals the past three weeks were 29, 41 and 54 yards. Against the Titans last week, Gruden said, Morris missed a couple of cuts. "I still think he's the same guy. I think he's a good, productive running back in the NFL. We've just got to get him better looks, and when he has a good look, he's got to make the right reads," Gruden said. "So it's a little bit of a combination of everything. We still like Alfred. We still feel like he's going to carry us to where we need to go." JON & JAY: The Washington Redskins are playing their second Monday night game of the season, which means a second pregame production meeting between coach Jay Gruden and "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden, his brother. "It's entertaining. They ought to film it," Jay Gruden said. "It's always good to see him. We don't get a chance to see each other very much this time of year, obviously, but it's always good to see him. He's a pro at what he does. He'll throw out a couple of ideas to me every now and then." Jay Gruden's counterpart on Monday night, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, said he's not concerned about a potential conflict of interest. "I've known coach Gruden and Jay for a long time, and they're certainly professional," Garrett said. "They've demonstrated that throughout their careers. It's something that is kind of part of this game, and it's something that I know we're going to handle the right way, and I'm sure they're going to handle it the right way as well." LET ME THROW THE BALL: Miami Dolphins wideout Mike Wallace was a bit envious of former teammate Antonio Brown when he saw the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver throw a touchdown pass on a gadget play last week. Wallace has never attempted a pass in his six-year NFL career and has never thrown for a touchdown, even in high school. He says he's overdue. "I've got a good arm," Wallace says. "I can throw it 60 yards. I might throw it 80." Wallace does have five touchdown receptions this year. But for two years he and Ryan Tannehill have struggled to click on deep passes, even though the speedy Wallace frequently gets open. If Tannehill is open deep on a gadget play, would Wallace hit him? "I'll get it to him," Wallace said. "I'm nice." A GAME OF SWITCHEROO: Bubba Ventrone should probably keep his place in the Bay Area and remain on standby for the San Francisco 49ers. Same for quarterback Josh Johnson, back on the team — for this week at least. Just because the 49ers are on their bye week doesn't mean they're not making what has become a regular, revolving transaction list with a trio of players. It's usually all for the purpose of practice and game planning. On Tuesday, the Niners re-signed Johnson, who played in college for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at San Diego. Special teams standout and safety Ventrone was released to clear roster room. Only four days earlier, on Oct. 17, Ventrone was signed and Johnson cut. Three days prior, on Oct. 14, Johnson was signed and Ventrone waived. Before that, Ventrone was re-signed on Oct. 8 and wide receiver Kassim Osgood was released, then Osgood was back two days later and Johnson cut on Oct. 10. While Harbaugh hasn't offered specifics into strategy behind the moves, when Johnson has been back during certain weeks the coach said it's to get him ample practice time. So, is he playing the opponents' quarterbacks on the scout team? "No, he's a 49ers quarterback," Harbaugh said. ___ Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Teresa M. Walker and Howard Fendrich, and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Steven Wine, Joseph White and Michael Marot contributed to this story. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Clayton Sims completed 13 of 15 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns, leading Deer Creek to a 55-6 victory over Guymon.
High school football roundup: Deer Creek rolls past Guymon
From Staff Reports | Oct 16, 2014Clayton Sims completed 13 of 15 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns, leading Deer Creek to a 55-6 victory over Guymon. Six of Sims’ completions went to Noah McGraw, for 99 yards and four TDs. On defense, Hayden Fox had two interceptions for Deer Creek (4-3). MEEKER SURVIVES IN 3 OTS After a 10-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion by Tim Whitfield, Meeker stopped Mount St. Mary’s 2-point conversion try to beat the Rockets 51-49 in three overtimes. Each team scored and converted 2-point tries in the first two overtimes. After Whitfield made it 51-43, quarterback Matt Peace scored from a yard out. But he was stopped on the 2-point try. Whitfield had 150 yards on 23 carries with three TDs. Jake Standlee ran for 215 yards and was 5 of 10 passing. Peace finished with 28 carries for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Archie Brown ran for 139 yards and two TDs. GUTHRIE SOARS PAST JETS Zane Maltz ran for two scores and threw for two more, leading Class 5A No. 2 Guthrie past Western Heights 62-0. Maltz completed 5 of 7 passes for 119 yards, with TD passes of 32 yards to L’liott Curry and 33 yards to Chance Whitt. Maltz scored on runs of 10 and 18 yards. Idae Alexander scored twice for the Blue Jays (7-0), on runs of 32 and 27 yards. MARTIN CARRIES HARRAH At Harrah, Grant Martin ran for 218 yards on just 12 carries, and scored three times to lead the Panthers past Santa Fe South, 56-15. Martin’s touchdowns covered 23, 89 and 20 yards. Jeremy McDonald added a 49-yard interception return for Harrah (4-3) and scored on a short run. Santa Fe South fell to 0-6. KINGFISHER HANDLES BLACKWELL Nick Smith ran for three touchdowns, one of them a 54-yarder, as Class 3A No. 2 Kingfisher improved to 6-1 with a 48-20 victory over Blackwell. Smith added two 2-yard TDs. Bradyn Shepherd returned an interception 40 yards for a score. Blackwell (3-4) was led by Sam Schuermann, who threw three touchdown passes including a 55-yarder to Billy Moore. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CRUISES Oklahoma Christian, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, scored on the ground, through the air and on defense in a 69-20 victory over winless Alva. The Saints (7-0) were led by Luke Frankfurt, who had two TD runs and a 32-yard fumble recovery for a score. Thomas Qualls threw two touchdown passes, including a 68-yarder, and added a 24-yard TD run. Andrew McKinnis returned a fumble 61 yards for a score. MINCO BOUNCES BACK After dropping out of Class A’s top 10 a week ago, Minco rebounded with a 49-12 victory over Konawa. Hunter Jones completed 11 of 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and Tucker Halstead ran for 184 yards on just 11 carries and scored three times. Minco (5-2) held Konawa to 113 total yards. LAWSON’S BIG PLAYS PACE BLANCHARD Blanchard got four big scoring plays from Kegan Lawson in a 60-18 victory over Bridge Creek. Lawson caught seven passes for 137 yards, including touchdowns of 32, 37 and 24 yards from Kanon Kirchner. Lawson also had a 46-yard TD run. Jimmy Wynne threw for all three Bridge Creek touchdowns, including an 87-yarder to Mason Trevino and a 73-yarder to Marcus McCawley. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE POSTS SHUTOUT Christian Heritage, ranked No. 9 in Class 2A, went on the road and beat Wellston 41-0. Joseph Lemieux had 12 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Spencer Lindsey completed all nine of his passes for 96 yards and two TDs. BIG FIRST QUARTER CARRIES PERKINS An 82-yard kickoff return by Jacob Payton started Perkins on its way to a 42-point first quarter, and the Demons went on to beat Mannford 69-34. Payton added three TD runs in the quarter, one of those a run from 73 yards. Quarterback Zach Bledsoe threw a touchdown pass and scored twice on the ground. He added an 89-yard TD run in the second quarter, when Payton scored on a 34-yard punt return. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the Mount St. Mary's quarterback. His name is Matt Peace.
Oct 16, 2014
Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns.
College football: Special teams touchdowns energize teams, fans
By Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 16, 2014A few seconds after Oklahoma’s Alex Ross crossed the goal line last weekend in the Cotton Bowl, several teammates knocked him to the ground and dog-piled him in the end zone. Sooners special teams coordinator Jay Boulware ran around the sideline, pumping his fist and celebrating with players. Only seven games minutes had passed. Oklahoma only led Texas 7-3. But from the team’s wild celebration, you would’ve thought the game was clinched. A few hours later in Lawrence, Kan., Oklahoma State speedster Tyreek Hill broke free for a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown that destroyed a Kansas upset bid and allowed OSU to escape with a 27-20 victory. Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns. In 21 games nationally this season including such a play, the team that scored on a kickoff return has won 16 times. The Sooners are 15-2 all-time, and the Cowboys are 17-8, when they return a kickoff for a touchdown. “It’s a big momentum changer,” Ross said. “It just helps the team big time because one play turns the tide.” Ross himself proved that on Sept. 20 in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia led the Sooners 24-17 with 1:20 left in the first half when Ross went 100 yards for a kickoff return touchdown, creating a tie game — and killing every bit of momentum the upset-minded Mountaineers hoped to carry into the break. It would be easy to credit Ross and Hill’s track speed for their success in the kick return game, and that certainly is a major part of it. Ross was an Oklahoma state champion sprinter at Jenks High School. Hill was an indoor track All-American last spring for the Cowboys after transferring from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. But speed alone can’t create kickoff return touchdowns. Both players are patient and intelligent when looking for holes and aggressive in hitting them. “He hits the hole super fast, and that actually makes our job a lot easier,” said OU’s Aaron Franklin, a reserve linebacker and kick-return blocker. “We don’t have to stay on our blocks as long because he’s already by the kickoff team.” In addition to those personal attributes, any successful kickoff returner has 10 teammates in front of him that must be tough, competitive and prideful while doing work that is largely thankless. “The timing of those blocks is essential to the return, the location on the field that those blocks take place,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “Sometimes it has to take place on the 40, sometimes on the 32. And then there’s a set of blocks that can take place on the 15 or 20. It’s just based on whoever we’re playing that week and how they’re defending our kickoff return.” As both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State prepare for top-15 opponents this weekend, special teams could very well prove to be the difference. The Cowboys travel to TCU, which upset the Sooners only two weeks ago and has returned one kickoff for a touchdown this season. Oklahoma hosts Kansas State, a team that has become known for its special teams acumen throughout the Bill Snyder era. “We put a lot of emphasis on special teams,” said OU safety Ahmad Thomas. “Every unit has to be great to be a great team.”
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 3, 2014
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden praised Joplin on Friday for its "grit and determination" at the dedication of a combined high school and vocational school that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado more than three years ago.U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon joined Biden at the ceremony as the community marked the completion of the last of its...
Biden praises Joplin at school dedication
HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press | Oct 3, 2014JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden praised Joplin on Friday for its "grit and determination" at the dedication of a combined high school and vocational school that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado more than three years ago. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon joined Biden at the ceremony as the community marked the completion of the last of its major school rebuilding projects after the country's deadliest single tornado in decades. The 480,000-square-foot school opened Sept. 2 for more than 2,200 students and staff. "I am here because you are the heart and soul of America," Biden said. "We never bend, we never break, we never stop, and we always rebuild." On the parking lot, an American flag hung from the outstretched ladder of a fire truck. Two live eagles were there because in the first home football game after the tornado, a single eagle flew over the football field to symbolize that the students — like the bird who returns to the same nesting spot each year — would be home together again. The eagle is also the school's mascot. The city's school system was hit particularly hard by the May 2011 tornado that killed 161 people and flattened thousands of homes and businesses. Seven students and one employee were among the victims, including a senior who was pulled from his car by winds on his way home from attending the Joplin High School graduation ceremony. Friday's dedication ceremony included a moment of silence to remember those who died. The district scrambled to rebuild with federal money, donations, insurance money and a $62 million bond issue, cobbling together a hodgepodge of temporary locations while work was underway. Seniors and juniors took classes in a converted big-box store in a shopping mall, while freshmen and sophomores were in a building across town. The $121.5 million building features storm shelters large enough to house students and the community. It also incorporated elements from the old building, including sculptures cut out of the trees that stood on the old high school's property. The school also redid its curriculum so students can take courses that prepare them for college or a career. The building is textbook-free, and students do their work on laptops. Duncan said that he visited students in the mall school soon after it opened and was struck by the community's "toughness." "I left inspired and full of hope," Duncan said. "Three years later, it blows me away but honestly I'm not surprised. In that one day I had a sense of the fiber of the community. It would be much easier to build a high school that was just here in the past and replicated that. But the community decided the children of Joplin deserved much better. They built a high school not for yesterday, not for today but for tomorrow." Steven Arfin, 15, of Joplin, still recalls seeing the remnants of the school after the tornado hit. "It was crazy," he said. "Words can't describe it." Now, more than three years later, the new school "means a future," he said. As part of the dedication, students, parents and others attempted to set a world record for the longest ribbon used in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 6.5-mile ribbon symbolized the tornado's path through Joplin. The school hopes to find out in a few weeks whether it holds the record, said district spokeswoman Kelli Price.
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 30, 2014
No one questions Sterling Shepard’s fantastic skills at wide receiver, but so far this season, he’s struggled in his newest role as a punt returner. Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said there’s nothing to be too concerned about. “He’s new back there,” Boulware said. “Some guys are new and they drop the ball. Some guys are new and it takes them a little while to know when they can take it...
Oklahoma football: Jay Boulware defends Sterling Shepard
By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Sep 30, 2014No one questions Sterling Shepard’s fantastic skills at wide receiver, but so far this season, he’s struggled in his newest role as a punt returner. Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said there’s nothing to be too concerned about. “He’s new back there,” Boulware said. “Some guys are new and they drop the ball. Some guys are new and it takes them a little while to know when they can take it and when they can’t. Whatever those things are, I mean, he’s a phenomenal football player as we all well know. “He’s doing a good job catching it, so he’ll work his way through anything else that might be coming up in terms of getting a better feel back there.” So far this season, Shepard has six returns for 40 yards, and the Sooners rank 102nd in the nation in punt returns. PERINE HAPPY HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE JOINING HIM AT OU True freshman running back Samaje Perine said he’s excited that he’ll be joined next season by an old high school teammate. Hendrickson High cornerback P.J. Mbanasor committed to the Sooners in early June. Mbanasor and Perine played together at the Pflugerville, Texas, school. “I know him quite well,” Perine said. “He told me when he was committing and we talked about the recruiting process he went through. As many offers as he had, it was great to see him commit to us this early. “Hopefully, he’ll stay with that. He’s a guy of his word. He’s a great guy.” STOOPS NOT WORRIED ABOUT RUN/PASS SPLIT Oklahoma’s offense has been fairly balanced this season — 151 rushing plays vs. 135 passing plays and 891 rushing yards to 1,089 passing yards. But Sooners coach Bob Stoops isn’t worried about the numbers lining up in any way. “I couldn’t care less,” Stoops said. “I’d like to score 50 a game and that’s all I’d be concerned about. “Whenever we say we want to be balanced, it isn’t 50/50. You want to be effective running and throwing just so that if somebody in a particular way tries to defend you that you can take advantage of them. That’s what we mean by being balanced.” QUOTABLE Freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers, on what he’s learning from senior Aaron Ripkowski: “To hit. Rip can hit and that’s no surprise. Coming from high school, I ran the ball and caught ball 90 percent. Here, you actually have to block.”
Sep 28, 2014
Until the past couple weeks, McAlester senior Dalton Wood’s chances to play big-time college football didn’t look good — and through no fault of his own. “Me and my family were starting to get worried,” Wood said. “Everyone has always said that I’ve got the potential to play D1, but I wasn’t getting any calls […]
Oklahoma football: McAlester's Dalton Wood commits to Sooners
Jason Kersey | Sep 28, 2014Until the past couple weeks, McAlester senior Dalton Wood's chances to play big-time college football didn't look good -- and through no fault of his own. "Me and my family were starting to get worried," Wood said. "Everyone has always said that I've got the potential to play D1, but I wasn't getting any calls or any of that." Heart surgery to correct a rare birth defect cost Wood virtually his entire sophomore season. A midseason broken ankle meant missing most of his junior campaign. And all the while, he was playing quarterback, a position Wood knew he would never play at the next level. None of that matters now, though. After the fourth game of his senior year, Wood finally received his first Division I scholarship offer from Oklahoma this weekend and quickly accepted it. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound McAlester star will play tight end for the Sooners. He is the 14th member of Oklahoma's 2015 recruiting class. "I didn't expect OU at all, but that's where I wanted to go the most," Wood said. "My whole family has always been for OU. "This has been crazy. It's all happened in the last two weeks." Wood fainted in the first game of his sophomore season and was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Those suffering from WPW -- about one in 2,000 people -- have an extra electrical pathway in their heart, which can cause rapid heartbeat and, as a result, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting. Wood underwent a nine-hour surgery that fixed the problem, and returned the next season as McAlester's starting quarterback. Early in 2013, though, Wood suffered a broken ankle that cost him five games of that season. "He's really only played in about 14 games in his career," said McAlester coach Bryan Pratt. "It seems like he's been around forever, but as far as game experience, he's still getting better each week because he just hasn't played in that many games." Another big problem that's cost him in recruiting is the fact that he's playing quarterback for the Buffaloes. "I know I'm not a college quarterback," Wood said. "I'm too big. I just play quarterback for high school because that's where they need me." The past couple of weeks, Pratt has worked in some offensive packages that have allowed Wood to play other positions, and he's shined. In a 42-21 win against Pryor on Sept. 19, Wood rushed for three touchdowns and returned a punt 70 yards for another score. That gave Pratt some film to send out to college coaches, and the reaction was pretty swift. Oklahoma tight ends coach Jay Boulware and Oklahoma State receivers coach Jason Ray attended McAlester's game against Durant on Friday, when Wood rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns -- one of which was a 92-yard run -- and caught an 18-yard score. OU jumped on board, offering Wood a scholarship that he quickly accepted. "This is good, but it's something for the future," Wood said. "I've still gotta worry about this year and my high school team, and take care of business there."
Sep 26, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ameer Abdullah has the third-most rushing attempts in the nation and has touched the ball on one-third of Nebraska's plays from scrimmage.He wants to continue with the heavy workload."I feel better in week No. 4 than I have in previous seasons," Abdullah said.That's good for the 21st-ranked Cornhuskers (4-0) and bad for Illinois (3-1), which visits Memorial Stadium on...
No. 21 Nebraska opens Big Ten play against Illini
ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Sep 26, 2014LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ameer Abdullah has the third-most rushing attempts in the nation and has touched the ball on one-third of Nebraska's plays from scrimmage. He wants to continue with the heavy workload. "I feel better in week No. 4 than I have in previous seasons," Abdullah said. That's good for the 21st-ranked Cornhuskers (4-0) and bad for Illinois (3-1), which visits Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Abdullah ran for 229 yards on a career-high 35 carries in last Saturday's 41-31 victory against Miami. "And looked good with the 35th snap just like he did the first snap," Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks said. The more carries Abdullah gets, the more exposure he stands to receive. Nebraska is promoting Abdullah noticeably more for postseason awards than it did for its previous standouts. The athletic department has launched a "Fear Ameer" website chronicling Abdullah's achievements. In a nod to Abdullah's No. 8 and his initials, voters for college football awards received an eight-pack of AA batteries. The red-and-white packet features a picture of Abdullah and says, "Powering Nebraska football since 2011." "It's definitely a blessing because I remember high school and seeing Ndamukong Suh and just wondering why he wasn't promoted when he should have been. I feel like he should have been the first defensive player to win the Heisman," Abdullah said. "For them to push me as well as they have up to this point just shows that they care about me as a person more than just a football player. They want to see me do well." Only Pittsburgh's James Conner (109) and Boise State's Jay Ajayi (98) have more rushing attempts than Abdullah's 92. His average of 156.3 yards a game is second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally. Abdullah will overtake 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier as Nebraska's career rushing leader if he maintains his pace. Coach Bo Pelini said Abdullah merits strong consideration for the Heisman Trophy. "Anybody who pays attention I'm sure has him in the top five," Pelini said. "You've got to not be paying attention and not watching to not recognize the type of year he's having so far. That's my opinion. I'm a little biased maybe." Some things to watch as Illinois and Nebraska open Big Ten play: SLOW STARTERS: Illinois' offense has had a combined 12 of its 16 three-and-outs in the first half of its games. Last week against Texas State, after Josh Ferguson went 75 yards for a touchdown on Illinois' first play from scrimmage, the Illini punted after three plays on their next four possessions. "We're either really good or really bad," offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said. "Sometimes you attribute that to young kids, sometimes it's just the nature of what the (other team's doing). It's just one big mental game for three hours." The Illini will be going against a Nebraska defense that's given up touchdowns on its first series in three of the first four games. WATCH OUT, WES: The game features one of the Big Ten's best defensive fronts against one of the league's worst offensive lines. If Nebraska star end Randy Gregory isn't in pass coverage, look for him in the Illini backfield chasing Wes Lunt. Illinois has allowed nine sacks, including six by Washington two weeks ago. Gregory, fellow end Greg McMullen and tackle Vincent Valentine have combined for 6 1/2 of the Huskers' eight sacks. FOCUS ON FERGUSON: Nebraska's biggest defensive challenge might be keeping Ferguson under control. Ferguson ran for 114 yards and had 82 yards in receptions in last year's game in Lincoln, and he's coming off a career-best 190 yards rushing against Texas State last week. HAPPY RETURN: With a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown last week, V'Angelo Bentley became the second player in Illinois history to return a kick, punt and interception for a TD in his career. The only other player to do it: Harold "Red" Grange. RED ON RED: Nebraska will wear all-red alternate uniforms. The "Red Rising" uniforms feature black metallic stripes on the jersey and pants, black and silver metallic numbers and a large "N'' on the chest. The Huskers wore all-black uniforms against UCLA last year. ___ Associated Press Writer David Mercer in Champaign, Illinois, contributed to this report.
Sep 25, 2014
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — On the Washington Redskins' very first possession Thursday night, Kirk Cousins was sacked and stripped of the football.He was just getting started giving the ball away.Cousins wound up with five turnovers — that early fumble, plus four second-half picks — and the quarterback's generosity helped the New York Giants beat the Redskins 45-14. Washington coach Jay Gruden called...
Cousins has 4 picks in Skins' 45-14 loss to Giants
HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Sep 25, 2014LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — On the Washington Redskins' very first possession Thursday night, Kirk Cousins was sacked and stripped of the football. He was just getting started giving the ball away. Cousins wound up with five turnovers — that early fumble, plus four second-half picks — and the quarterback's generosity helped the New York Giants beat the Redskins 45-14. Washington coach Jay Gruden called it "abysmal," ''a total team debacle," and a "slap in the face." "I don't know if I'd use the word 'slap,'" Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather said. "It's more like a knockout." Antrel Rolle, Prince Amukamara, Quintin Demps and Trumaine McBride each grabbed an interception, and McBride also contributed to Washington's sixth turnover, recovering tight end Logan Paulsen's fumble late in the second quarter. All told, the Giants (2-2) scored 31 points off giveaways by the Redskins (1-3). "I've got to look at my play, because that was killing us at the end there," said Cousins, who finished 19 for 33 for 257 yards, one touchdown pass and all those errors. "There was too many times tonight where I — or we — made mistakes." He was making his second consecutive start in place of 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, who is sidelined by a dislocated left ankle. In one particularly poor third-quarter stretch — one that began when the game actually was still close, with New York's lead only 10 points — Cousins threw three interceptions in a span of five passes. Griffin has never thrown three interceptions in an entire NFL game. "I was trying to get everything back in one play," Cousins said. "I was trying to force things." Cousins, a fourth-round draft pick the same year Heisman Trophy winner Griffin was the No. 1 overall selection, was coming off a 427-yard passing performance in a 37-34 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday. He had his problems that day, too, including failing to gain a single yard when Washington started its final drive at Philadelphia's 41. But this was an entirely different display, with poor throws and poorer judgment. After one of his interceptions, Cousins trudged over to the sideline, plopped himself down on the bench and dropped his head, looking forlorn as could be. "He was trying to create a spark offensively and there was no spark there," Gruden said. He also wanted to make clear he didn't think Cousins deserved all the blame for the lopsided outcome. And others agreed. "Tonight, we wouldn't have beat anybody. We wouldn't have beat Williams & Mary. We wouldn't have beat Virginia Tech," safety Ryan Clark said. "Any other team close to here that they could have picked to play us — I think there's a high school team ranked in the top 10; we wouldn't have beat them." There was plenty of other bad news for Washington, too, not the least of which was the defense's inability to slow Giants quarterback Eli Manning's dink-and-dunk approach. And a Redskins roster already depleted by injuries — in addition to Griffin's extended absence, for example, top cornerback DeAngelo Hall is done for the season — absorbed some more. Left tackle Trent Williams left Thursday's game with a strained right knee, defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins left in the first half for X-rays on his bruised ribs, and tight end Niles Paul walked off woozy with a concussion after being leveled by a helmet-to-helmet hit. Yet the Redskins trailed only by 24-14 after Alfred Morris' 20-yard TD run on the second half's opening drive. Shortly after that, though, Cousins began regularly throwing the ball to the Giants. "After the first turnover, we were still in it. After the second turnover, you still were in it," Cousins said. "It just started to snowball. And then you get late in the fourth and they've got a big lead and it just becomes insurmountable." Notes: Morris ran 12 times for 63 yards. ... Roy Helu led Washington with five catches for 78 yards. Pierre Garcon had only two catches, Andre Roberts one. ... Manning finished 28 for 39 for 300 yards, four touchdown passes and one interception. He also ran for a score. ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
Sep 21, 2014
The Oklahoman’s writers discuss who’s been the biggest surprise of the season, who has the most promising future and who’s most in need of the clean slate that district play provides.
High school football: Answering three big questions after three weeks of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Sep 21, 2014For most teams in the state, Week 4 of the football season represents the beginning of district play — the games that really count. The first three weeks provide little more than momentum and bragging rights. So as the season really begins this week, The Oklahoman high school sports staff addresses three big questions after three weeks of football: 1. Which 3-0 team has been the biggest surprise? Scott Wright: Idabel After three wins in the previous two seasons combined, Idabel is off to a red-hot start. Coach Dennis Parker has orchestrated a turnaround that includes two wins of 50-plus points and an upset of rival Broken Bow, a game Idabel hadn’t won in over a decade. Jacob Unruh: Stillwater The Pioneers won just two games last season, but fought their way through a grueling nondistrict schedule that included Deer Creek, Mustang and Edmond North. It was even more impressive that part of this span was without quarterback Braxton Noble, the team’s leader. Trent Shadid: Owasso Not because the Rams lack talent, but because of the schedule. Owasso defeated preseason No. 5-ranked Broken Arrow in Week 1 and defending state champion Jenks — for the first time since 1993 — in Week 3. The defense has led the way, surrendering just 13 points over three games. Others: Fort Gibson, Skiatook, Western Heights 2. Which 0-3 team has the most promising future? Scott Wright: Coweta Jay Wilkinson’s first season coaching the Tigers hasn’t produced a victory yet, but all three losses have been by eight points or less against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. The offense is averaging 40 points per game against some talented defenses, and the district schedule offers opportunities to get in the win column. Jacob Unruh: Deer Creek The Antlers are creeping their way to Class 6A with the number of students in the school, but they appeared overmatched against three Class 6A opponents. They get a chance to rebound against rival and new district foe Piedmont this week in a matchup they have owned of late. Trent Shadid: Southmoore The SaberCats have yet to produce a win despite improving each week against a challenging nondistrict schedule. Southmoore’s biggest issue has been inexperience on offense, specifically at quarterback where talented freshman Casey Thompson is now the starter. As Thompson begins to improve, expect the team to do the same. Others: Catoosa, Duncan, Stigler 3. Which team is most in need of the clean slate that district play provides? Scott Wright: Muskogee The Roughers could also be considered one of the most promising 0-3 teams, with losses to the likes of McAlester and Owasso. A fresh start in District 6A-II-2 will be a big boost for Rafe Watkins’ squad. With several winnable games on the district schedule, Muskogee still has the potential to go into the postseason with some momentum. Jacob Unruh: Poteau The Pirates are just happy to remain in Oklahoma. Last year’s Class 4A runner-up is off to an unfortunate 1-2 start against three teams out of the state, but it’ll get a chance to turn the record around in a favorable district that includes powerful Fort Gibson. Trent Shadid: Blanchard At 1-2, the Lions have as many losses this season as they had in the previous two seasons combined. However, they are yet to face a Class 3A opponent as they head into 3A-2 action this week. The slow start will be easily forgotten if Blanchard can regain its winning ways when it counts. Others: Clinton, Del City, Texhoma