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OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said the association is aware of the fight but has yet to receive an official’s report from the referee crew.
High school football notebook: OSSAA waiting for report on Tecumesh-Meeker fight
BY JACOB UNRUH, TRENT SHADID AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 20, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has yet to open an investigation into a fight Friday between the Tecumseh and Meeker football teams that cleared the benches and led to seven players being ejected. OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said the association is aware of the fight but has yet to receive an official’s report from the referee crew. “We’ve heard there was a fight and several players came off the bench and the game was terminated with a couple minutes left in the game,” Sheakley said. “We don’t know if that’s true or not, but we’re just waiting on an official’s report to start an investigation.” The fight happened on a kickoff during Meeker’s 43-12 victory and caused the game to be halted with 2:39 remaining on the clock. The Shawnee News-Star reports that punches were thrown. Meeker coach Lonnie Nolen said three players from his team were ejected along with four from Tecumseh. Attempts to reach Tecumseh coach Jason Murray were unsuccessful. OSSAA rules state that a player who is ejected for fighting will be suspended for two games, while a player who is ejected for leaving the bench and not participating in the fight will be suspended for one game. Also, the rulebook states that a coach and team can be subject to additional penalties beyond the normal penalties. DURANT PARTICIPATES IN COIN TOSS Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant served as the honorary captain on Friday night at Moore Stadium as Westmoore hosted Norman North. The 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player joined the team captains at midfield for the coin toss. Durant stayed on the Westmoore sideline for the first half of the game. He took time for a photo with the Westmoore cheerleaders, including taking a “selfie” with Westmoore’s J.J. the Jaguar mascot. He also played catch in the end zone before the game and at halftime before leaving at the start of the second half in Westmoore’s 48-41 win. BILL YOUNG EARNS FIRST WIN AS YUKON COACH It took a 16-point fourth quarter to seal it, but Yukon gave Bill Young his first head coaching victory, 36-30 over Deer Creek on Friday night. The Millers got an interception return touchdown from Nick Bryant, a TD run by quarterback Christian Gordon and a 39-yard field goal from Branden Brus to cap the victory. Young was pleased with the progress of his defense. Though Deer Creek QB Clayton Sims was able to make some plays, the Millers kept pressure on him up front and got good coverage on the back end, with Bryant and DeMarcus Owens leading the secondary. “The guys in the secondary played really well,” Young said. “Will Cornelius, a young defensive end, put a lot of pressure on the quarterback and got a couple of sacks.” More than anything, the win brings some much-needed positive vibes to Yukon. “Anytime you’ve been working as hard as our young guys have been working and you haven’t had any success, it’s discouraging,” Young said. “So this is the payback for all the work they’ve been doing and I think it’ll generate a little confidence going into next week’s game against Broken Arrow.” WITHOUT JACOBS, NO. 1 SHAWNEE FALLS Ponca City ended a 14-game losing streak that dated back to Oct. 19, 2012, with a 21-14 upset of Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee Friday. Adam Nicholas’ 7-yard touchdown run capped a 94-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Ponca City shortened the game with a plodding, run-heavy offense that produced 231 rushing yards on 57 attempts. Shawnee was without injured starting quarterback John Jacobs, who is verbally committed to East Carolina. Coach Billy Brown would not disclose the nature of Jacobs’ injury but expects Jacobs to return for the start of district play on Friday. “If this had been a district game, he would’ve played,” Brown said. “He was probably about 80 percent, so we held him out and hopefully he’ll be closer to healthy next week.” Ponca City gets its second straight No. 1 opponent in Week 4, opening District 6A-II-2 action against top-ranked Tulsa Washington. Shawnee hosts a 2-1 Noble squad. TUTTLE GETS FIRST WIN UNDER BALLARD Tuttle is in the win column. After an 0-2 start under new coach Brad Ballard, the Tigers scored 37 unanswered points in a 37-7 win over Elgin. “It was great for me personally, but for those kids it was beautiful,” Ballard said. “We’re trying to improve each week. Again, we’re young and sometimes it’s baby steps.” Running back Jason Biddy rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Jett Jobe completed 15 of 26 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns to overcome three interceptions. The Tuttle defense also forced five turnovers, including a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Tuttle opens district play with Tecumseh next week with a chance to put together a winning streak. “Really, we’re just trying to do some things better next week than we did this week,” Ballard said. “If we do that, we’ll have a chance in the end.” LIEBMANN LEADS WAY FOR CASHION After struggling to run the ball consistently against Mooreland in Week 2, Class A No. 4 Cashion had little problem doing that in a 52-36 win over Luther. There was certainly no problem with Blakely Liebmann running the ball. He finished with 128 yards on 18 carries, while also catching two passes for 82 yards. Liebmann finished with four total touchdowns. “That was the focus coming in,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “We thought we had some matchups that we could kind of exploit against Luther because Luther is pretty good in the secondary.” Shackelford also said sophomore linebacker Matt Farrow had a nice game for the Wildcats, who open district play with rival Crescent next week.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 8, 2014
With three losses to teams in the preseason top five, the Class 4A poll saw the biggest shakeup after Week 1 of the high school football season. Wagoner, with a solid win over Coweta (No. 11 in the 5A preseason poll), jumps from seventh to second in this week’s rankings. Ada’s loss to Ardmore (No. […]
The Oklahoman's Class 4A rankings: Wagoner up, Woodward out of the top 10
Scott Wright | Sep 8, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2014/09/anadarko.jpg]3382760[/img] Tramayne Wauahdooah and the Anadarko Warriors remain No. 1 in the Class 4A poll this week. With three losses to teams in the preseason top five, the Class 4A poll saw the biggest shakeup after Week 1 of the high school football season. Wagoner, with a solid win over Coweta (No. 11 in the 5A preseason poll), jumps from seventh to second in this week’s rankings. Ada’s loss to Ardmore (No. 12 in the 5A preseason poll) and Clinton’s lopsided loss to 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur left the two traditional powers clinging to spots in the top five. Meanwhile, Woodward, which came out on the wrong end of a 38-0 decision at Class 3A No. 1 Kingfisher, dropped out of the top 10. Newcastle moved up, and Metro Christian jumps into the No. 10 spot this week. Here’s The Oklahoman’s Class 4A poll: Class 4A 1. Anadarko, 1-0 (1) 2. Wagoner, 1-0 (7) 3. Cascia Hall, 1-0 (4) 4. Ada, 0-1 (2) 5. Clinton, 0-1 (3) 6. Fort Gibson, 1-0 (8) 7. Newcastle, 1-0 (10) 8. Poteau, 0-1 (9) 9. Tuttle, 0-1 (6) 10. Metro Christian, 1-0 (NR) Dropped out: Woodward, 0-1 (5)
The high school football season opened with some strong performances across the Oklahoma City metro, with six highlighting this week’s top performances. Fans now have a chance to make their voice heard about who had the top performance. The weekly Oklahoma City-area Player of the Week fan poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one […]
The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll
Jacob Unruh | Sep 6, 2014The high school football season opened with some strong performances across the Oklahoma City metro, with six highlighting this week’s top performances. Fans now have a chance to make their voice heard about who had the top performance. The weekly Oklahoma City-area Player of the Week fan poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the results of the poll will appear in Wednesday’s Oklahoman. Here are the candidates: Luke Frankfurt, OCS: The senior running back remained consistent, even against one of Class A’s top teams with 131 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 29-0 victory. Kanon Kirchner, Blanchard: In his debut at quarterback, Kirchner was spectacular. He threw three touchdown passes and also rushed for 102 yards as Blanchard knocked off Tuttle 39-27. John Kolar, Norman North: The Oklahoma State commitment threw for 355 yards and four touchdowns Thursday, leading Norman North past rival Norman 37-13 in the Crosstown Clash. Stephen McClernon, Edmond North: The senior quarterback showed his offseason work paid off, throwing for 237 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Huskies’ game-winning touchdown drive against rival Edmond Santa Fe in a 27-24 w in. Nick Smith, Kingfisher: Much like December’s Class 3A title game, Smith did a little bit of everything on offense. He rushed for 103 yards and scored three times, while also kicking a 53-yard field goal in the top-ranked Yellowjackets’ 38-0 win against Class 4A No. 5 Woodward. Terry Wilson, Del City: The junior quarterback was unstoppable against Putnam City West, completing 22 of 33 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns without an interception in the Eagles’ 44-23 win.
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 1
Trent Shadid | Sep 4, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 38 OCS 24, Ringling 20 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 31, Owasso 17 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Brad Ballard era at Tuttle gets off to a roaring start with a win over a nearby rival and top-10 opponent. Jacob Unruh Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 17 Davis 27, Vian 24 Lawton MacArthur 35, Clinton 28 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 28, Tulsa Union 20 Kingfisher 28, Woodward 21 Tuttle 35, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 24 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 21, Owasso 15 Lock of the week: Kingfisher over Woodward. The Yellowjackets looked impressive in a scrimmage against Blanchard last week and have key weapons like Kaden Jackson and Jace Sternberger back on defense that will cause problems for any offense. Trent Shadid Midwest City 20, Tulsa Washington 13 Davis 35, Vian 34 Lawton MacArthur 28, Clinton 22 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 24, Tulsa Union 21 Kingfisher 27, Woodward 21 Tuttle 38, Blanchard 28 Casady 37, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 30 Southmoore 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Broken Arrow 28, Owasso 13 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Tigers are going through their first coaching change in 21 years, but the Lions have much more to overcome early in the season after graduating nearly every key contributor from last season’s Class 3A runner-up squad. *Heritage Hall at Casady and Edmond Memorial at Southmoore will be played on Thursday night. All the other games, excluding Davis vs. Vian on Saturday afternoon in Choctaw, will be played on Friday night.
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 2, 2014
New offensive coordinator Brian Sauser is putting in an offense that uses no-huddle and shotgun principles similar to what the Millers have run in the past, but he is more focused on one- and two-tight end sets that benefit the run game.
Yukon football: Bill Young's Millers adapting to new offense and defense
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 2, 2014YUKON — Everything seems to be changing at Yukon. New head coach Bill Young, who has spent more than three decades at the top level of college football, and briefly in the NFL, is installing a new defensive system. And Brian Sauser, a former head coach at a couple of Iowa high schools, is bringing a different offensive scheme to Yukon. So the learning curve has made for some tough August practices at Miller Stadium. “We’re a long way from being a good football team,” Young said. “Our players and coaches are all working extremely hard, but we’ve got a long way to go right now.” Sauser is putting in an offense that uses no-huddle and shotgun principles similar to what the Millers have run in the past, but he is more focused on one- and two-tight end sets that benefit the run game. It seems like a perfect marriage, considering Yukon’s offensive strengths this season are at running back and offensive line. Shane Block, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle who has a scholarship offer from North Texas, anchors the front along with Tyler Stilwell (6-3, 265). A trio of running backs will get their chance to carry the ball, and all three have varsity experience. Hunter Sconce and Caleb Davis were useful backs last year, while Morgan Neal rushed for 1,600 yards at Tuttle. “We’ll definitely be a run-first team, but we want to play fast,” Sauser said. “We try to be as diverse as we can, but in a way that’s simple for our kids to learn. “We want to formation people to death, but run five or six basic plays.” Christian Gordon steps into the starting quarterback role, and can provide dual-threat capabilities. “He’s got good speed, a smart kid,” Sauser said. “He’s done a really good job managing the offense. He understands things really quickly, which helps.” Cooper Stanley, Ryan Andraszek, Hunter Blanchard and Noah Gillett anchor the Millers’ front seven, while safety Tucker Doyle (6-2, 200) provides a big body on the back end. “One of our issues is that we have so many guys playing two ways,” Young said. “If our success is going to be based on anything, it’ll be based on us developing a two-deep, because guys at this level just can’t play a whole game both ways.”
The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries.
Oklahoma high school football: Top 10 games for Week 1 of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 31, 2014The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries. Here are the top 10 games of the season’s first week: No. 1 Class 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City No. 2 Class 2A No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian, 3 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw No. 3 Class 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur at Class 4A No. 3 Clinton No. 4 Class 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union at Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas No. 5 Class 4A No. 5 Woodward at 3A No. 1 Kingfisher No. 6 Class 3A No. 6 Blanchard at 4A No. 6 Tuttle No. 7 Class 3A No. 7 Heritage Hall at Casady (1-0), Thursday No. 8 Class 2A No. 10 OCS at Class A No. 2 Ringling No. 9 Class 6A-I No. 6 Edmond Memorial at No. 9 Southmoore No. 10 Class 6A-I No. 10 Owasso at No. 5 Broken Arrow *-All games Friday unless noted
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Aug 26, 2014
BLANCHARD — For the first time in two years, preseason uncertainty surrounds the Blanchard football program. The good news is the Lions answered all the questions in 2012 by winning the Class 3A state championship, their first title since 1979. It’s yet to be seen if Blanchard is capable of producing a similar run in 2014, as the Lions are replacing 3,000-yard running back Braden Stringer and...
High school football: Blanchard has some holes to fill
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Aug 26, 2014BLANCHARD — For the first time in two years, preseason uncertainty surrounds the Blanchard football program. The good news is the Lions answered all the questions in 2012 by winning the Class 3A state championship, their first title since 1979. It’s yet to be seen if Blanchard is capable of producing a similar run in 2014, as the Lions are replacing 3,000-yard running back Braden Stringer and productive starting quarterback Blake Owen from last season’s 3A runner-up team. Seniors Brandon Montano and Hayden Hamlin and sophomore Holden Mayfield are all expected to see time at running back, while senior Kanon Kirchner becomes the new quarterback. “Those other guys are ready to step in and get their shot,” said Blanchard coach Jeff Craig. “We’ve had our time with Braden, and the guys here now at running back have been inspired by his hard work and his work ethic. That’s kind of transcended into their game now, so they’re ready to take things on.” Blanchard also has holes to fill defensively at linebacker. Jalan Daniels, who had over 140 tackles each of the last two seasons, is one of four linebackers the Lions are replacing. “I’m a little nervous about that,” Craig said. “But in 2012 when we won it, we had four new linebackers that year. Putting in that perspective, anything can happen. But we know we’ve got some work with a lot of holes to fill that were filled by some really good players the last two years.” Even with the new faces, the expectation to win has been firmly established after going 26-2 over the past two seasons. “Based on what our kids have done in the offseason, in spring ball and in the weight room, I think we’ve learned how to work at a championship level,” Craig said. “It’s just a question of if each group from year to year will stay hungry enough and healthy enough to have success. But the good thing about it now is our guys know how to win. It may take us a little while to come together, but our kids are still as excited as ever.” At quarterback, Kirchner will have the benefit of playing behind a solid offensive line led by seniors Carson Smith and George Madden. The Lions’ non-district schedule is also viewed as a positive. They’ll face Class 4A opponents Tuttle and Newcastle along with a talented Casady team, giving Blanchard a chance to see how it stacks up against tough competition before district play. “Our whole mindset has changed over these past few with us winning a lot,” Kirchner said. “We’re expecting a lot from ourselves and we’ve worked hard. But we do expect to be good every year now.”
Kevin Foster and the Travelers, led by former Bridge Creek football player Kevin Foster, will headline an outdoor concert called Red Dirt for Big Blue to benefit the Bridge Creek football team as it works to overcome the vandalism inflicted on its football fieldhouse earlier this month.
High school notebook: Red Dirt concert Saturday to benefit Bridge Creek football
By Scott Wright, Trent Shadid and Ed Godfrey | Aug 25, 2014Kevin Foster and the Travelers, led by former Bridge Creek football player Kevin Foster, will headline an outdoor concert called Red Dirt for Big Blue to benefit the Bridge Creek football team as it works to overcome the vandalism inflicted on its football fieldhouse earlier this month. The concert will be held Saturday at Bridge Creek High School. Fans can arrive at 5 p.m. and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Admission is $10, and children under 12 are admitted free. The concert will also include the Nathan Burris Band, along with an acoustic guest. Nathan Burris is originally from Tuttle. The event will have food and children’s activities. No tobacco or alcohol will be allowed. More than $50,000 in damage was done to the Bridge Creek football facility, weight room, coaches’ offices and locker room, and the majority of their equipment was destroyed the week before practice opened on Aug. 11. HENNESSEY’S JOHNS HAS ADDED SIZE SINCE LAST SEASON Hennessey running back Tabor Johns burst onto the scene last season after injuries forced him to move from receiver. After a full spring and summer spent focusing on the position, the junior has added around 15 pounds to his frame, according to coach Rick Luetjen. “We’re real excited about the possibilities that he brings to the table,” Luetjen said. “We’re always a run-first mentality, and we like a kid like him that can get downhill. With that added weight we’re excited to see him as an even stronger runner. He gained a lot of great experience in the way he came on and played last year.” Johns took over at running back last season after starter William Arndt suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6. Johns started the final seven games and racked up 1,147 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground as the Eagles made it to the Class 2A quarterfinals. Luetjen is encouraging his team to set goals for their season, and he has been pleased with the response. “One thing I also forced them to do this spring was to sit down and come up with five goals that were things that would help motivate them throughout the season, because 15 games is a long season,” the coach said. “We felt like there were some things that needed to be accomplished along the way and they came up with some good ones.” NUMBERS UP AT NORTHEAST New coach Carlos Williams has been working hard to get Northeast's top athletes to come play football, something that has been a challenge for the last few Vikings coaches. Northeast has 34 kids who have reported for football at the start of the season, almost doubling last year’s total of 18 at the end of the season. It still is to be proven if the increase in numbers will translate to success on the field. The Vikings will be young with mostly sophomores and juniors on the roster. But one senior, 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman Jervaris Hollingsworth, has really impressed Williams. “He is a stud,” Williams said. “He is a very good football player. I expect him to get some Division I or Division II offers.”
Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly […]
High school football: Bethany eyeing return to elite in 3A
Trent Shadid | Aug 13, 2014Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly at the skill positions, so we’re pretty excited,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “We think we’ve got a chance to a pretty good team in 3A again. With 3A being as tough as it is, I don’t know exactly what that means in terms of wins and losses, but we’ve got a chance to be better than we’ve been the last couple of years for sure.” Senior Kyle Duke returns to start for a third straight year at quarterback. Duke will have one of his top targets back from a season ago in senior receiver Cody Seeds, and 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior Sam Jones will lead the offensive line. Bethany went 7-4 last season, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Tuttle. “We thought we had a pretty good year last year,” Roof said. “We got beat by Seminole, Blanchard, Tuttle, and Beggs. That was some pretty good competition a year ago.”
Aug 13, 2014
The Cyclones lineman has 24 scholarship offers.
High school notebook: Casady's Wariboko-Alali adds Cal offer
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid | Aug 13, 2014The list keeps growing for Casady’s Josh Wariboko-Alali. He picked up yet another scholarship offer Wednesday, this time from California to bring his offer total to 24. Wariboko-Alali confirmed the offer to The Oklahoman through a text message. He is ranked No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 and was verbally committed to Oklahoma at one point. He de-committed from the Sooners in April, but recently told Rivals.com he remains in contact with the Sooners and indicated he is pleased with the direction they are headed and his relationship with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Wariboko-Alali also said he remains interested in Oklahoma State. WESTMOORE’S ROBINSON TURNING HEADS Football fans already know about Westmoore’s talented receiver duo of Dahu Green and DeShawn Lookout, but the Jaguars have a scary third option in the passing game now, too. Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, was at Westmoore as a sophomore, then moved to Moore and has moved back into the Westmoore district for his senior year. He excelled during the Jaguars’ 7-on-7 summer competition and is looking strong early in camp as well. “Pound for pound, he might be the most athletic guy on our team,” first-year coach Adam Gaylor said. “He’s tremendously fast and just so quick. He can change direction and get to full-speed in one step. “He can play any position on defense, probably, outside of noseguard, and probably anything on offense except the offensive line. He could probably run the chains if you asked him to.” An under-the-radar college prospect, Robinson could emerge as a Division I target with a good senior season because of his athletic ability and versatility. He’s likely to play receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the Jags. BETHANY EYEING RETURN TO ELITE IN 3A Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly at the skill positions, so we’re pretty excited,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “We think we’ve got a chance to a pretty good team in 3A again. With 3A being as tough as it is, I don’t know exactly what that means in terms of wins and losses, but we’ve got a chance to be better than we’ve been the last couple of years for sure.” Senior Kyle Duke returns to start for a third straight year at quarterback. Duke will have one of his top targets back from a season ago in senior receiver Cody Seeds, and 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior Sam Jones will lead the offensive line. Bethany went 7-4 last season, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Tuttle. “We thought we had a pretty good year last year,” Roof said. “We got beat by Seminole, Blanchard, Tuttle, and Beggs. That was some pretty good competition a year ago.” THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 NW 50 Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 12, 2014
Quarterback Jett Jobe will get more chances to show his arm this season.
High school football: Tuttle ready to air it out
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 12, 2014TUTTLE — Tuttle quarterback Jett Jobe almost feels free on the football field. After spending the majority of last season handing the ball off to the Tigers’ plethora of talented running backs, it looks like Jobe is going to have a chance to let it fly this season. Welcome to Tuttle, the new home of an up-tempo offense under new coach Brad Ballard. “It’s definitely a lot different, fast-paced, throwing it a lot more,” Jobe said. “It’s a lot different than it was last year. “Last year I didn’t throw it very much, but I think we’ll be really good at the pass game. I think our run game will be just as good as last year’s and it’ll open up a lot more for me.” Jobe, who is 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, did well when he did pass last season, throwing for 725 yards and 13 touchdowns alongside just six interceptions. He was also incredibly efficient, completing 67 percent of his 76 passes. The yardage, TDs and pass attempts should rise this season. “Jett is definitely a good football player,” Ballard said. “I really think he’s got a chance. If we do things right around him, he’s real good.” But don’t think the run-first offense is gone. Ballard said Tuttle ran the ball extremely well in the past — averaging 301.2 yards per game on the ground compared to 61.5 in the air last season — and he plans to keep a similar mindset to that of Philip Koons’ philosophy. “Overall, I think the one thing Tuttle has always done well is run the football,” Ballard said. “Again with the toughness of these kids and how they work, running the football will be Priority No. 1 for us. I do feel like we have a quarterback and some receivers that will give us a chance to maybe spread it out a little more.” Spreading it out appears to be the early focus in practices, with much of Tuesday’s work on quarterbacks and receivers. It was a much different look for the Tigers. “Those are just philosophical differences, you know,” Ballard said. “I don’t think you come in and change because I don’t think it’s broken.” Still, don’t be surprised to see a no-huddle, passing offense appear when the season starts. “It’s kind of like a new start,” offensive lineman Kevin Osborn said. “It’s my senior year and it’s something new we’re trying. I like trying new things. “I’m used to a lot of running plays. It’s going to be different to throw in some passing plays.”
Aug 10, 2014
For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks.
High schools: Three story lines to watch as football practices get started Monday
By Scott Wright | Aug 10, 2014It’s here. With Monday morning comes the opening of high school football season. For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks. Let’s address some of the most prominent ones: Who will be the best in the west? With every Jenks or Tulsa Union state title, the question adds another layer. There are a few different Class 6A programs that look like they have the makings of the west side’s top contender. But who will it be? Westmoore made quite a run last season, but is going through a coaching change, and needs to develop in the trenches. Norman North might have the most complete offense, but the defense still raises questions. Oddly enough, Midwest City and Lawton would likely be among the teams in this conversation, but with the 6A split, those two teams are now in the discussion of the state’s first 6A-II champions. Coaching transitions at prominent programs Two weeks ago, Phil Koons was preparing to be an assistant coach for the first time in 22 years as the defensive coordinator at Clinton, one of the most notable programs in the state. Now, after legendary coach Mike Lee’s unexpected retirement, Koons steps in as the head man. There are only a few programs that were more successful than Tuttle during Koons’ 21 seasons there, with a pair of state titles and more than 200 wins. But one of them is Clinton. Of course, that’s not the only notable school going through a coaching transition. Lots of eyes will be on Bill Young at Yukon and Brad Ballard at Tuttle. All three Moore schools made coaching changes, and a legend stepped down at Putnam City North, with Bob Wilson handing the reins to Rod Richardson. Bridge Creek’s recovery On a more serious note, Bridge Creek coach Greg Wallis has one white board, one marker and one football that survived the extreme vandalism at the school’s football fieldhouse last week, and now he has to try to begin practice without even enough helmets to put on all of his players. Estimates are still coming in on some of the damages, but the grand total should well exceed $50,000. Monday will be reserved for coaches’ meetings, conditioning tests and other basic start-of-the-season chores. And the clean-up is ongoing as well. So it’ll be a busy time for the Bobcats, and actual football will only be a portion of it. Check NewsOK.com throughout the day Monday, and The Oklahoman on Tuesday for updates on Bridge Creek’s battle to get its season started.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
Aug 4, 2014
Ada atop a wide-open district. Tuttle is picked to finish second.
High school football: District 4A-2 preview
By Scott Wright | Aug 4, 2014There’s little debate among the coaches of District 4A-2 that Ada is the favorite to win the crown. But there’s plenty of debate over the next few spots in the poll. Five teams — Ada, Tuttle, Glenpool, Harrah and Bristow — each received at least one second-place vote from the coaches of the district. TUTTLE’S BALLARD EXCITED ABOUT OFFENSE Amid a coaching change and a move from 3A to 4A, Tuttle is still expected to keep churning out success, and it’s likely to start with the offense. New head coach Brad Ballard has an experienced group to work with on that side of the ball, starting with quarterback Jett Jobe, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior who completed 67 percent of his passes last year. Jason Biddy, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior, gives the Tigers a stout running back option, and senior Tate Odam is an experienced receiver. The defense, guided by first-year defensive coordinator Ty Gower, has less experience, but Biddy and Odam are among the small group of returning players. FREDRICKSON, ROBERSON ATTRACT ATTENTION AT HARRAH Looking to get back to the playoffs once again, Harrah will rely on a couple of big players to help get it done. Logan Roberson is one of the top offensive linemen in the state’s junior class. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Roberson has started since he was a freshman and is attracting a lot of Division I interest already. Another three-year starter, Jordan Fredrickson has multiple small-college programs in pursuit of his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. He will play a key role for the Panthers at strong safety and wide receiver. EXTRA POINTS McLoud must replace Joseph Wood, one of the school’s most successful quarterbacks in recent years, but top receiver Bryson Garcia is back after accounting for nearly 900 yards. Coach Eric Cardin calls Garcia “the leader of our team and a very tough player.”... New Tecumseh coach Jason Murray has 17 total returning starters to work with in his first season... Bristow coach Brett Jones will rely on a lot of sophomores, including quarterback Ira Hurst. District 4A-2 coaches’ poll 1. Ada (7-4) 2. Tuttle (8-4) 3. Glenpool (5-5) 4. Harrah (5-6) 5. McLoud (6-5) (Tie) Bristow (3-7) 7. Tecumseh (2-8) 8. Santa Fe South (1-9) *-Last year’s records in parentheses
Aug 1, 2014
Philip Koons said he was at the right place at the right time. After ending a 21-year stint at Tuttle with his resignation in April, Koons was officially named head coach of another tradition-rich program Friday at Clinton. “I left a heck of a program to go to an even better one,” he told The […]
Clinton officially names Philip Koons new football coach
Jacob Unruh | Aug 1, 2014Philip Koons said he was at the right place at the right time. After ending a 21-year stint at Tuttle with his resignation in April, Koons was officially named head coach of another tradition-rich program Friday at Clinton. “I left a heck of a program to go to an even better one,” he told The Oklahoman. Koons, who was on the sidelines for the All-State game at Bixby High School Friday night, was originally going to be Clinton’s defensive coordinator. Now he replaces Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame member Mike Lee, who resigned Monday due to health issues. Lee was in Bixby as well, watching his son, Grant, play in the All-State game. Lee guided the Red Tornadoes for 25 seasons. winning nine state championships. That’s a fact Koons is not overlooking. “Big shoes to fill, but I was honored that he brought me on staff in the first place,” he said. “He had kind of talked about his health — in the future maybe getting out — but it surprised me that it happened so suddenly.” Koons won 205 games and two state titles with Tuttle, using a similar style Lee used at Clinton. But even Koons admits following Lee won’t be easy. “I’m gonna do the best I can,” he said. “It’s intimidating to follow a legend like that, but somebody’s gotta do it. I’m ready.”
Jul 28, 2014
Lee retires after having guided Clinton to nine state titles over his 25 seasons as coach. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
High school notebook: Clinton football coach Mike Lee resigns
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh, and Trent Shadid | Jul 28, 2014Longtime Clinton football coach Mike Lee announced his resignation on Monday. Lee retires after having guided Clinton to nine state titles over his 25 seasons as coach. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. “I’ve got some health issues that I need to get taken care of, and being a head football coach is not conducive to getting that done,” Lee told The Oklahoman. “I owe it to my family to get these things taken care of.” He did not rule out a return to coaching in the future, but did say he would only return to Clinton. Lee’s resignation was first reported by the Clinton Daily News. Former Tuttle coach Philip Koons is believed to be a possible replacement for Lee. “Nothing is official,” Lee said. “I think the administration hopes to make a decision by the end of the week. In my eyes, (Koons) would be a very good decision. He’s a very good football coach. One of the better ones I’ve ever been around.” Koons, who resigned at Tuttle in April, was initially set to become the defensive coordinator under Lee this season. In his 21 years at Tuttle, Koons won 205 games and two state championships. CONNECTICUT OFFERS NORMAN NORTH'S TRAE YOUNG Several Division I basketball programs around the region have long been pursuing Norman North point guard Trae Young, but the 6-foot-1 sophomore made a national splash Monday morning. Defending national champion Connecticut offered Young, the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young, according to the family. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa have already offered Young, as well as Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, SMU and Texas-Arlington. Young started for Norman North as a freshman and has had a strong summer performance on the AAU circuit. EVANS ENJOYING LIFE AT EAST CENTRAL Former Northeastern State football coach Kenny Evans is embarking on a new coaching path. Recently named the new coach at Tulsa East Central, Evans said he is adjusting to high school players and he’s having fun doing so. “In college, you’re responsible for the young man 24-7,” he said. “In high school, you turn them back over to their parents, but at the same time in high school you’re dealing a lot with the parents and the families. The teaching, the school system and all of those things are different, and I’m having to adjust to those things.” Evans has been a college coach for 32 years, never coaching at the high school level. “I probably have adjusted not my expectations but how I react in situations,” he said. “Now I’m dealing with kids that are 14, 15, 16 years old but the great thing about that though is I get to see those guys develop so much more at that age than you do in the college ranks. “Hopefully, I’ll keep learning and do it the right way.” The Cardinals went 4-7 last season, one year after making the Class 5A championship game. Evans was dismissed from NSU in November. METRO OFFICIAL MEETINGS TO RESUME The Oklahoma City Metro Officials Association resumes its meetings on Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Metro Tech Campus. The meeting is open to new and veteran football officials. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Metro Tech is located at 4901 S Bryant. MCGUINNESS PREPARING FOR 6A BASKETBALL Last week’s release of the average daily attendance numbers presented a challenge for the McGuinness boys and girls basketball teams. Both teams will be moved up from Class 5A to 6A for at least the 2014-15 basketball season because of OSSAA’s rules on private-school success rates. By qualifying for the Class 5A state tournament three out of five years, the McGuinness boys met the requirement and both teams will move up to 6A. Coming off a state finals appearance in 5A last March, the boys team has a Division I center to build around for its first 6A season. Will Lienhard, a 6-foot-8 senior, has offers from Oral Roberts, Missouri State and others.
TECUMSEH: ASHLEE BIRCHALL Athletics: Two-time state qualifier in tennis. Received team’s Black and Gold Award. Played four years of varsity tennis, three years of varsity volleyball. Named volleyball team’s utility player of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Link Crew for freshman orientation. Family,...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 6
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014TECUMSEH: ASHLEE BIRCHALL Athletics: Two-time state qualifier in tennis. Received team’s Black and Gold Award. Played four years of varsity tennis, three years of varsity volleyball. Named volleyball team’s utility player of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Link Crew for freshman orientation. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Quote: “Ashlee is a fine example to other students and always puts forth her best effort. She is a joy to be around.” — Jennifer McKnight, tennis coach College choice: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None TUTTLE: PEYTON GARRETT Athletics: All-region and coaches’ all-state reserve in softball as a senior. Member of third-place 3,200-meter relay team at state track as a junior. Played four years varsity in softball, basketball and track. Will play softball at Northwestern Oklahoma State Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Ranked at the top of her class. Superintendent’s Honor Roll for four years. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Church youth group. Quote: “Peyton has high expectations, lofty goals and honorable standards by which she lives, works and plays.” — Connie Traxler, conselor College choice: Northwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None U.S. GRANT: TONY LUGO Athletics: Second place at the conference wrestling meet as a senior. Team captain in soccer as a senior. Four-year varsity starter in soccer and cross country, two-year in wrestling. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Activities: Senior class president. Junior class treasurer. Technology Students Association reporter. Junior Rotarian. Youth Council of OKC. U.S. Grant Leadership Class. Quote: “I have always been proud of Tony because he uses his talents and influence to better the community and our school.” — Stephen Cookson, soccer coach College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: None WASHINGTON: JOSH HARDAGE Athletics: Honorable mention Class 3A All-State and honorable mention Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Member of two state tournament teams. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Scored 30 in the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Activities: Senior class vice president. Student council. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Fish Club. Science Club. Quote: “He is a great role model for the younger generation of Washington Warriors. He is the type of young man parents want their children to aspire to be.” — David Crabbe, principal College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None WAYNE: LOUDEN JOHNSON Athletics: Member of a state championship team in football as a sophomore. Two-time honorable mention All-State running back. Second-team Little All-City as a junior, honorable mention as a senior. Will play football at East Central. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society president. Activities: Future Farmers of America. Student council. Yearbook. Masonic Student of Today. Quote: “Louden has always been a young man that has set goals and worked steadfastly to achieve those goals.” — Brandon Sharp, athletic director College choice: East Central Also nominated: None WELLSTON: BRIANNA NEELY Athletics: Four-year varsity starter in slowpitch softball, three-year in softball. Received softball team’s pitcher award as a junior. Received slowpitch team’s outfielder award as a sophomore. Played four years of varsity basketball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Valedictorian. Scored 22 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Activities: Two-year qualifier for National Fine Arts. Quote: “Brianna’s maturity allows her to understand there is a time to work hard and be serious as well as a time to relax and have fun.” — Matt Hall, basketball coach College choice: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: ELIZABETH DiSALVATORE Athletics: Honorable mention All-City cross country as a senior. Three-time state qualifier. Honorable mention All-City soccer as a junior. Will play soccer at Central Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Academic Scholar. Activities: Student council president. Senior council. Fellowship of Christian Athletes facilitator. OKC Youth Leadership. Quote: “She talked other kids into coming out ... and helped to instill the importance of doing the right thing, being dedicated and finishing what you start.” — Laura Clay, cross country coach College choice: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tripp Fuller
The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple...
High school notebook: Jakolby Long, Trae Young invited to Nike Elite 100 camp
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jun 11, 2014The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple offers, including Oklahoma. Young, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is beginning to pile up offers as well, with both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State showing strong interest. The Nike Elite 100 camp generally takes about 70 players from the upcoming junior class and approximately 30 from the sophomore class. Both players have a strong pedigree as well. Long’s father is Mustang coach Terry Long, and Young is the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young. LITTELL EXPECTED TO ATTEND OSU Stillwater outfielder Jon Littell is expected to attend Oklahoma State after being drafted late in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, his coach confirmed to The Oklahoman. Littell, who was considered by many scouting services to be the state’s top-ranked outfielder, was taken in the 39th round by the Washington Nationals. Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said he has already spoken with Littell and he will play the next three years at OSU, where his father Jim is the women’s basketball coach. Jon Littell hit .446 with five home runs and 39 RBIs this season, helping the Pioneers win their first state championship since 1957. EL RENO’S SCHWERTFEGER STEPS DOWN El Reno is looking for a new football coach for the third time in the last five years. Taylor Schwerdtfeger informed the school last week that he was stepping down to take an assistant coaching position at Alva after one season with the Indians. El Reno went 4-6 last season playing in one of the state’s toughest districts, which included the last two state champions, Guthrie and Carl Albert, as well as McGuinness and Deer Creek. TUTTLE'S OWEN SUSPENDED BY OSSAA Tuttle baseball coach Travis Owen will miss the first half of next season after violating Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules this season. Owen allowed two different freshman players to participate in too many tournaments, exceeding the limit of three tournaments set by the OSSAA. One suited up in four tournaments, while the other suited up in five. However, the two players did not play and that’s a point Owen is arguing. He said he plans to appeal the suspension, which will be for at least 17 games. “It’s one of them things that I feel personally that I thought the rule was kind of vague, because I suited up a kid and it wasn’t because I played a kid,” Owen said. “But them are the rules and I broke them. I don’t want to hurt my team and I don’t want it to be about me. I guess I should be more knowledgeable about the rule and I guess I’ll know it now.” Owen missed the first game of the Class 4A state tournament due to the violation. The Tigers went on to win the Class 4A championship. The OSSAA also suspended Jenks assistant coach Sandy Farrell for one game next season due to his actions following the Trojans’ loss to Stillwater in the Class 6A semifinals on a walk-off walk. He was arguing balls and strikes as umpires left the field following the eight-inning loss. OSSAA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS The OSSAA announced the 12 scholarship winners as part of its program along with Farmers Insurance. Each student honored will receive $750 toward college costs. Winners include Kellan Hostetler of Garber (football); Paige Fingerie of Lincoln Christian (fastpitch softball); Josh Hardage of Washington (boys basketball); Katie McKenna Morrison of Drummong (girls basketball); Nathan Herrman of Stillwater (boys soccer); Aubrey McCutchen of Collinsville (girls soccer); Brian Canfield of McGuinness (baseball); Brittany Bingham of Waukomis (slowpitch softball); Catherine Petty of Stillwater (girls track); Wyatt Johnson of Watonga (boys track); Sarah Carpenter of Stillwater (volleyball); and Cole Reynolds of Woodward (wrestling).
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring footballMay 18, 2014
The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area.
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | May 18, 2014Spring football practice can begin Monday, and it always brings a variety of interesting story lines across the high school landscape. The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area. Here’s a look at the five most interesting coaching changes across the metro: Yukon By far the most intriguing hire of the offseason, longtime college defensive coordinator Bill Young takes over for the Millers. The man who has been an assistant at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Arizona State, Miami, Ohio State, Southern Cal and the Detriot Lions is now Yukon’s head coach. Not only that, Yukon has brought in a proven head coach to be Young’s offensive coordinator. Brian Sauser, 38, had turned Iowa City West into a regular playoff contender in his six years there. He was expected to be introduced to the coaches on Sunday and to the team on Monday. Westmoore Adam Gaylor has been one of the state’s more well-regarded assistant coaches over the last few years, and he’s walking into a good situation at Westmoore. The former Broken Arrow defensive coordinator takes over a program coming off a Class 6A semifinal appearance with several key pieces returning. That includes perhaps the state’s best group of receivers, led by widely recruited senior-to-be Dahu Green. Guthrie It’s not often you see a coaching change following a state championship, but that’s what they’re facing in Guthrie, with Rafe Watkins moving up to Class 6A at Muskogee. The 5A champion Bluejays stayed inside the program to promote Kelly Beeby. Guthrie has some talent returning, but must replace its quarterback and do-everything star Kai Callins. Tuttle The most surprising coaching vacancy came a few weeks ago when Philip Koons stepped down at Tuttle after 21 seasons and 205 victories, leaving an opening at one of the state’s most routinely successful programs. The Tigers brought in Brad Ballard from Lincoln Christian, which has been pretty stout in its own right. Ballard was the defensive coordinator there and seems to be a good fit for a town that is passionate about football. Putnam City North For a school that has only been open for 35 years, PC North has had quite a string of coaches, from Ron Taylor to Mike Little to Bob Wilson. Wilson retired from coaching in April after 22 years as the head Panther, and assistant Rod Richardson will step in. This is Richardson’s first football head coaching job, but the guy is a proven winner. He has more than 100 victories as the Panthers’ baseball coach, with three state tournament appearances. He played quarterback at Midwest City in the mid-1990s, when the Bombers were hugely successful. But Richardson has some work ahead of him, trying to get the Panthers back on track in the middle of the Class 6A split. The large-school side of the split guarantees PC North a brutal schedule that will include district games against Tulsa Union, Owasso, Norman North, Edmond North, Mustang, Southmoore and Moore.
The Tuttle school board approved the hire of Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard as the Tigers’ new football coach on Monday night.
Tuttle picks Lincoln Christian assistant Brad Ballard to be new head coach
Scott Wright | May 13, 2014Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard has been named the new head coach at Tuttle. The Tuttle school board approved the hire of Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard as the Tigers’ new football coach on Monday night. A Claremore native, Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay. “He’s going to do a tremendous job,” Lincoln Christian head coach Darren Melton said. “He brings a lot of passion to the game. He’s a kid magnet. He coaches them hard, but does it with a lot of love. The kids in Tuttle are gonna love him. “He’s creative, he’s cutting-edge. The thing people need to know about him is that he’s got an offensive mind, too. You can’t be a good defensive coordinator without knowing offense. He’s following a guy who had an awful lot of success, but we lost a good one. He’s a great friend and we’re really happy for him.” Ballard replaces Philip Koons, who was the Tigers’ head coach for the last 21 seasons. He won more than 200 games and two state titles before resigning last month. Multiple schools have been in pursuit of Koons, but he has yet to land anywhere.
A Claremore native, Brad Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay.
High school notebook: Tuttle names Brad Ballard new head coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | May 13, 2014The Tuttle school board approved the hire of Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard as the Tigers’ new football coach on Monday night. A Claremore native, Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay. “He’s going to do a tremendous job,” Lincoln Christian head coach Darren Melton said. “He brings a lot of passion to the game. He’s a kid magnet. He coaches them hard, but does it with a lot of love. The kids in Tuttle are gonna love him. “He’s creative, he’s cutting-edge. The thing people need to know about him is that he’s got an offensive mind, too. You can’t be a good defensive coordinator without knowing offense. He’s following a guy who had an awful lot of success, but we lost a good one. He’s a great friend and we’re really happy for him.” Ballard replaces Philip Koons, who was the Tigers’ head coach for the last 21 seasons. He won more than 200 games and two state titles before resigning last month. “We’re very excited to have coach Ballard coming in,” Tuttle superintendent Bobby Waitman said. “He’s energetic, and really just a perfect fit for our football program.” NORMAN NORTH’S CICHERO WINS GATORADE AWARD Norman North soccer standout Mauro Cichero was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior also won the award last year. Cichero had 16 goals and 10 assists in 15 games entering Tuesday night’s Class 6A semifinal match against Broken Arrow. Cichero has a 3.26 grade-point average and mentors students learning English as a second language. He signed with SMU. “Cichero possesses vision and an ability to read the game that makes him stand out from other players his age,” said Gordon Drummond, head coach at crosstown rival Norman High. “He’s a complete soccer player.” SANTA FE’S BYCKO COMMITS TO ARMY Edmond Santa Fe junior baseball player Zac Bycko verbally committed last month to play at Army, his mother told The Oklahoman. Bycko plays third base and catcher for the Wolves, who finished the year 21-19.
A list of all the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports next year.
Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Saturday, April 19
Apr 19, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Chase Byndas, Dale (Connors St.) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Jacob Chappell, Guthrie (Oklahoma State) Blake Clanton, Clinton (Western) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors St.) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Connor Finkhouse, PC North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Austin Kretchmar, Okarche/Redlands CC (William Jewell) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Lane Ramsey, PC North (Newman) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Brett Cannon, Del City (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Dexter Dean, Edmond Santa Fe (NOC) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Jacob Essman, Edmond Memorial (East Central) Tripp Fuller, Westmoore (OC) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Xavier Hunter, Del City (Fort Scott CC) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Michael Majors, Enid (Hillsdale) Torey Noel, Midwest City (NOC-Tonkawa) Jake Seagraves, Choctaw (Hillsdale) Mitchell Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Aaliyah Blakely, Ada (OBU) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Sidney Carolina, PC North (Redlands) McKenzie Cooper, Shawnee (OBU) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Sara Fountain, Stilwell (NSU) Daniela Galindo, Shattuck (Seward County) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Blaire Hall, PC North (OC) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Jetta Smith, Classen SAS (Colby CC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) Mariah Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (Redlands) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Dakota Kappelle, Anadarko (Tabor) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Brenon Smith, Hinton (OBU) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) Schuyler Wood, Putnam City (OU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Evan Lashar, OCS (OBU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Tyler Buchanan, Midwest City (Mid-America Chr.) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Mauro Cichero, Norman North (SMU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue De Paz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abbey Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Brenna Cooper, Westmoore (Tabor) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Shianne Donato, Westmoore (Eastern) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Lauren Martin, Newcastle (SWOSU) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Shelley Mueller, Enid (SWOSU) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) JuliAnne Williamson, Noble (ECU) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Courtney Anderson, Piedmont (Rose St.) Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Paige Finney, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Jamie Lowrie, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Allison Smith, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Mycah Smith, Plainview (Mid-America Chr.) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Bethany Sullivan, Lexington (Cisco College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Lara Gatton, Westmoore (OBU) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Tim Hyland, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) Jaedon Roe, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) TENNIS Travis Christianson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hays, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) Stormi Tipton, Westmoore (Cowley) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville (OSU) Clayton Lamb, Del City (OCU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Chandler Rogers, Stillwater (OSU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Apr 17, 2014
The Tuttle board of education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Friday to discuss the resignation of football coach Philip Koons.
High school football: Tuttle board to hold special meeting regarding Philip Koons' resignation
By Scott Wright | Apr 17, 2014The Tuttle board of education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Friday to discuss the resignation of football coach Philip Koons. Koons handed in his resignation Monday after 21 years at the school. The agenda calls for the board to enter into executive session to discuss the “employment/reassignment/discipline or receiving resignation of personnel,” with Koons listed as the only item for discussion. Koons won 205 games and two state championships during his time at Tuttle.
Apr 16, 2014
Longtime Tuttle coach resigned on Monday with 205 wins and two state titles on his resume.
Tuttle football coach resigns; Former players offer support
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 16, 2014TUTTLE — Jason White remembers the phone calls he got from Tuttle football coach Philip Koons, asking him to come work out with the Tigers during the offseason. White wasn’t even in high school yet. “I was only in eighth grade, so I was kind of hesitant to go,” White said. “But he kept pushing me, and that’s what got it all started for me. He taught me how to work hard. It was his constant support and encouragement to get better and be great at whatever you were doing at the time.” Other former players use words like “hard-nosed,” and “old-school,” to describe Koons, who resigned Monday after 21 seasons at Tuttle. He steps down with a record of 205-50 and two state championships, having sent several players to the college level, including White, who won the Heisman Trophy as Oklahoma’s quarterback in 2003. White said he was shocked to learn the news Monday. “He dedicated everything he had to Tuttle football,” White said. “I know for a fact there were other job opportunities he turned down because of his loyalty to Tuttle football. It won’t be the same without him there.” Koons’ tough, in-your-face coaching style had caused some controversy at times, and speculation swirled recently that another such controversy was brewing. However, no one directly involved with the situation would say whether those coaching tactics ultimately led to his resignation. “I can confirm that we have received coach Koons’ letter of resignation,” Tuttle superintendent Bobby Waitman said. “He has tendered that letter, but that’s all I can share.” Koons did not return calls to The Oklahoman. While his intense attitude and hardcore motivational methods brought many detractors, several former players on Tuesday voiced support for their coach. “I know some of the controversies he’s gone through, and I think now, he’s more misunderstood, because parents think things have to be politically correct,” said Josh Boren, who played for Koons in the late 1990s. “I think it’s a really big loss for Tuttle and I’m really sad about it. “The successes I’ve had in my life professionally, I would directly attribute to the work ethic he instilled in me, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful.” Koons coached Tuttle to state titles in 2001 and 2005, the latter coming in Cooper Bassett’s sophomore season. “You put on the old football movies and coach Koons fits the mold of the mean ol’ football coach,” said Bassett, who played at OSU and is now on the coaching staff at Missouri. “He would dog-cuss us and put the fear of God in us when we were messing up in practice. He demanded a lot of us, and his style was a little harsh, but it was because he cared so much. “After my last game when we lost in the semifinals, he hugged me, and he had tears in his eyes, because he cared about us and he loved us. If you worked hard for him, he loved you. Outside of my family, there’s no other man that I respect as much as coach Koons.” Bassett said he and Josh Henson, Missouri’s offensive coordinator and a Tuttle alum, often share memories of their times playing for Koons. Love him or hate him, Koons’ departure will have an impact on Tuttle football. “I knew coach Koons couldn’t coach at Tuttle forever, but when I heard the news, it kind of made me sick to my stomach,” Bassett said. “I love Tuttle and I’ll always be proud of where I came from. But Tuttle football won’t ever be the same for me. “Coach Koons was Tuttle football. When you brought up Tuttle and you brought up winning, it was because of coach Koons and the program he built. I love Tuttle football and I love coach Koons, but it makes me sad that the two had to be separated.”