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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — You might think the Nebraska game back in late September is a memory Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole would like to forget.The Illini lost 45-14. O'Toole, starting for the injured Wes Lunt, finished with three interceptions.But as O'Toole gets ready to lead Illinois (6-6) at the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, he says there was a moment in that lopsided loss that made...
O'Toole emerges to lead Illini in bowl season
By DAVID MERCER, Associated Press | Dec 22, 2014CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — You might think the Nebraska game back in late September is a memory Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole would like to forget. The Illini lost 45-14. O'Toole, starting for the injured Wes Lunt, finished with three interceptions. But as O'Toole gets ready to lead Illinois (6-6) at the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, he says there was a moment in that lopsided loss that made the team's 3-2 finish — most of it with O'Toole under center — possible. Tied 7-7 in the first quarter of a game they believed they would have to score a lot to stay in, the Illini had a third-and-goal at the Nebraska 4. O'Toole tried to force the ball to a receiver in the end zone but found Cornhusker cornerback Daniel Davie instead. The interception swung momentum Nebraska's way, for good. "I was trying to do too much," O'Toole said. "We got to the red zone and you can't turn the ball over down there — be OK with a field goal." "I hadn't played a full game in a really long time," he added, "so I think that helped a lot." After playing in 10 games his freshman season, O'Toole's time at Illinois looked promising. Sure, he had well-respected sophomore Nathan Scheelhaase ahead of him on the depth chart. But the mobile O'Toole figured to sub a good bit for Scheelhaase when injuries happened while he waited for a senior season that would be his. It didn't work out that way. O'Toole played seven times as a sophomore, six as a junior and, this season, found himself behind Wes Lunt. Few thought O'Toole would see much playing time behind the transfer from Oklahoma State, a player whose arm has NFL potential. "I think he was just kind of content," offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said of O'Toole. "I think there were some confidence issues." O'Toole came to Illinois with a handful of state player-of-the-year awards from newspapers, fresh off two state championships at Wheaton Warrenville South High School. But at a Big Ten program, even a middle-of-the-pack school like Illinois, just about everyone who sees the field was all-this or all-that — accustomed to winning. So O'Toole played and practiced mostly in the shadows. A great teammate and great guy, his coaches and the other Illini say. "He's just a likable (guy)," Illinois coach Tim Beckman said — just not the guy. But Lunt's injuries, including a broken leg, opened the door for O'Toole. Like a good relief pitcher, four years of playing regularly off the bench has taught him to always be ready, he said. "You owe it to your teammates," O'Toole said. "You're one play away from playing." And even after Lunt returned late in the season, the team found that O'Toole's ability to run — something Lunt lacks — kept defenses honest and gave the Illini a spark they'd been missing. He ran and passed for just enough to get Illinois past Minnesota when the season looked like it was about to implode. Then O'Toole led the Illini past Penn State and Northwestern to get to six wins and bowl eligibility. The last two were high-pressure games for O'Toole, freshman receiver Mike Dudek said. "(He) knew that if he didn't win, his career, his season, would be over," Dudek said. Illinois faces Louisiana Tech (8-5) on Friday, a team O'Toole has played before. It was in 2012, in the mop-up role he knows too well. He relieved Scheelhaase in a 52-24 loss that started a nine-game losing streak for the Illini. This time, he'll be the starter, the kind of career finish that a football coach finds hard to resist. "I think he deserves it," Cubit said. "I think it's kind of what college football is all about." ___ Follow David Mercer on Twitter: twitter.com/davidmercerap
Dec 21, 2014
Here’s a look at what our staff considers some of the top games, moments and surprises of the 2014 season.
A look back at the best of the 2014 Oklahoma high school football season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Dec 21, 2014Another high school football season has come to a close, and The Oklahoman will be announcing its All-State and All-City teams throughout the day Monday on NewsOK.com. To go with that, here’s a look at what our staff considers some of the top games, moments and surprises of the 2014 season: Best moment Scott Wright: Mustang’s playoff win at Broken Arrow. Sure, it wasn’t a championship, and it wasn’t even a win over one of the two teams that every Class 6A team desperately wants to beat — Jenks and Tulsa Union. But it was big. In 6A-I, it was the only win by an OKC-area team over a Tulsa-area team in 29 attempts. And it set the tone for what Mustang is trying to build at the largest high school outside of the four Tulsa-area mammoths. Jacob Unruh: Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert winning one last championship in his final game before retirement. The win capped an impressive and impactful career with the Chargers that included four total gold balls. He also leaves as the school's all-time wins leader. Trent Shadid: Bixby and Lawton MacArthur winning state titles. Bixby (6A-II) and Lawton MacArthur (5A) finally brought home long-awaited championships this season, ending the state’s longest winless streaks in title games. The Spartans’ 35-21 win over Lawton gave them their first crown in eight trips, and the Highlanders’ 39-12 rout of Skiatook was their first championship win in seven tries. Best game Scott Wright: I wish I had been in the stadium for Lawton MacArthur’s 50-49 overtime victory against McAlester in the Class 5A semifinals. Considering the circumstances, I think it’s clearly the game of the year. As for the best one I witnessed, Heritage Hall’s 53-42 win over Locust Grove is the topper. Locust Grove QB Mason Fine and WR Jason Pirtle were setting ridiculous records, but Heritage Hall rallied from 11 down for the win. Jacob Unruh: There were a few games I didn't see in person this season that could top this list, but nothing tops the Class 5A playoff opening weekend for me in which I saw two equally fun games. First, Lawton MacArthur nearly exited in the first round despite a huge lead against Carl Albert. The Titans' rally only fell short thanks to a personal foul late in the game. The next night, fourth-seeded Del City upset Deer Creek on a last-minute drive by junior quarterback Terry Wilson. Doesn't get much better than that in one week. Trent Shadid: Westmoore 48, Norman North 41. In this Week 3 non-district contest, the Jaguars and Timberwolves combined to score 33 points in the final three minutes. OSU signee John Kolar kept Norman North in the game with 355 passing yards, but Westmoore QB Bryson Lee gave the Jaguars a win by scoring his fifth touchdown of the game with 42 seconds remaining. Biggest surprise Scott Wright: Only two repeat performances. The 2013 season was unique in that all eight state champions were undefeated. Seven of them began 2014 as the preseason No. 1 in their respective classes. Yet only two — Jenks and Davis — were still standing atop their respective classes at the end of the year. Only four of the eight reigning champs even reached the finals. Jacob Unruh: There were plenty of surprises this season, but Alex upsetting Laverne in the Class B championship stands out. Kyler Thornburg had an incredible night helping his team end what was the state's longest winning streak. Trent Shadid: Thomas’ 28-0 win over Cashion in the Class A title game. It wasn’t a complete surprise to see Thomas beat Cashion to win the Class A state title. But the way the Terriers’ defense dominated an offense averaging 50 points per game was a shocker. The shutout loss was the Wildcats’ first since Week 1 of 2011.
Dec 20, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is starting to play the kind of defense its coach has wanted to see from the Lady Volunteers.Ariel Massengale scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Saturday as the 11th-ranked Lady Vols breezed past No. 7 Stanford 59-40 for their fifth consecutive victory. Never before in its storied history had Tennessee held a top-10 opponent to such a low point...
No. 11 Lady Vols trounce No. 7 Stanford 59-40
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Dec 20, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is starting to play the kind of defense its coach has wanted to see from the Lady Volunteers. Ariel Massengale scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Saturday as the 11th-ranked Lady Vols breezed past No. 7 Stanford 59-40 for their fifth consecutive victory. Never before in its storied history had Tennessee held a top-10 opponent to such a low point total. "I loved it," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. "I'm sure everybody else loved watching it. I enjoyed watching it." Her former boss enjoyed it as well. After viewing the game from her seat at Thompson-Boling Arena, former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt tweeted, "Great defensive effort today by Lady Vol hoops! A lot of fun to watch. Enjoy your five-day Christmas break." Stanford (6-4) has lost consecutive games for the first time since December 2010 and has been held below 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1976-77. The Cardinal lost 54-46 at Chattanooga on Wednesday. "Well, we've played a lot better than that," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "To compliment Tennessee, they came out with a lot of energy. They worked really hard. They were extremely physical. I don't think we adjusted." Tennessee hasn't allowed any of its last five opponents to exceed 51 points. "I think it's finally starting to click for us," Massengale said. "We're starting to see how good we really can be on the defensive end of the floor." Stanford had 20 turnovers and two assists. After Lili Thompson's 3-pointer cut Tennessee's lead to 31-22 with 14:44 remaining, Massengale scored the game's next eight points to put the Lady Vols in command. Massengale sank four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in a span of just over five minutes to spark a 16-2 run. Tennessee's football and men's basketball teams watched the game from the student section. But the Lady Vols made the biggest impression on the spectator who led this program win eight national titles. "I don't have a stare and I'm not Pat Summitt," said Warlick, a former assistant on Summitt's staff. "But you form your philosophies and I was with her when she did that. If she didn't teach me anything (else), she taught me how to know the game and understand what's important. That's going to continue with us -- defense, rebounding and playing hard and giving your effort. "When you have great effort, great things happen." TIP-INS Stanford: The Cardinal shot below 30 percent for a second straight game. After shooting 27.7 percent in its loss to Chattanooga, Stanford shot 25.5 percent against Tennessee. Tennessee: Redshirt freshman guard Jannah Tucker played Saturday for the first time in two years. Tucker redshirted last year while recovering from a knee injury that also prevented her from playing her senior season in high school. PREGAME RALLY About 100 fans gathered at the Pat Summitt Plaza across the street from the arena for a pregame rally to keep the Lady Vols nickname and logo for all women's sports. Tennessee announced last month that all women's sports other than the basketball squad would simply be named the Volunteers starting next year. The rally included Tennessee state Rep. Roger Kane, the father of former Lady Vols javelin thrower Holly Kane Douglas. Kane said "to wipe this away marginalizes the accomplishment of women across this state" and called the school's decision "wrong on so many levels." DIFFERENT RANKINGS This was just the second time in the 32-game history of this series that Tennessee and Stanford had faced each other with neither team ranked in the top five. The only other time it happened was when No. 7 Tennessee beat No. 8 Stanford 84-77 on Dec. 30, 1990. UP NEXT Stanford: Hosts UC Davis on Monday. Tennessee: Hosts No. 16 Oregon State on Dec. 28.
Dec 18, 2014
Saturday, the 41-year-old Wells coaches his alma mater, Utah State, against Texas-El Paso in the New Mexico Bowl.
Matt Wells, the pride of Sallisaw, is a rising star in college coaching
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Dec 18, 2014Back in the 1980s, when Sallisaw dentist Jim Wells was the public-address voice of Black Diamond football, he would pop into the coaches’ office before games, his young sons in tow, and get the lineup. One night, Sallisaw coach Ron Etheridge pointed over at Matt Wells and said, “Doc, look at this boy.” Matt Wells, maybe five years old, had a yellow legal pad and had drawn out the X’s and O’s, in perfect I formation manner, to mimic Sallisaw’s offense. “Look,” said Etheridge, “there’s not a mistake on it. He’s going to be a coach.” Good call. Saturday, 41-year-old Matt Wells, the pride of Sallisaw, coaches his alma mater, Utah State, against Texas-El Paso in the New Mexico Bowl. Wells is a rising star in the profession. His first Utah State team went 9-5 last season and upset 24th-ranked Northern Illinois 21-14 in the Poinsettia Bowl, even though star quarterback Chuckie Keeton missed the final eight games with an injury. Now the Aggies are 9-4 despite a rash of injuries that have forced Wells to use four quarterbacks. Utah State beat in-state rival Brigham Young in Provo for the first time since 1978 and is seeking just the second double-digit victory total in school history. Wells, a 1992 Sallisaw graduate, is building upon the success of Gary Andersen, who hired Wells after the 2010 season. The 2011 Aggies went 7-6, Utah State’s first winning season since 1996 and just the third in 30 years. In 2012, Wells became offensive coordinator, and Utah State went 11-2 and won the WAC title. Andersen got the Wisconsin job, Wells was hired to replace him and no one in Logan, Utah, is unhappy. Last spring, Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes signed Wells to a contract extension through 2018, worth $800,000 a year. Wells was thought to be high on Oregon State’s list to replace Mike Riley, before Andersen surprisingly left Wisconsin to take the Beaver job. “The fact that he played the game and he is young makes him valuable, because he has a real insight into players,” sports agent Ken Vierra told the Salt Lake Tribune. “He has a good offensive mind, and people like that.” That mind was apparent at an early age, although current Sallisaw coach Scott Bethel, a high school teammate of Wells, wasn’t sure Wells would go into coaching. “That kind of surprised me,” Bethel said. “I thought he’d be a doctor, smart as he was, dad being a dentist. As smart as he was, and being around athletics, I see how he became as good a coach as he is.” Virgil Terry’s not surprised. He was Wells’ offensive coordinator at Sallisaw and later the Black Diamonds’ head coach. In 1990, Wells’ junior year, Sallisaw made the Class 5A state semifinals. But the Black Diamonds weren’t as good in 1991. “He was one of the few things we had going for us,” Terry said. The Black Diamonds were in a tough district and were underdogs against Okmulgee. Terry designed a gameplan that gave Wells plenty of options to change the play. On game night, Wells ran “maybe four or five of the plays I called … we won a game we weren’t supposed to win, 15-14. And he’s carried that over.” Wells was recruited by Arkansas, Texas and OU but ended up without a scholarship offer from any of the three. The Sooners signed Chad Davis, the Longhorns Shea Morenz and the Razorbacks Barry Lunney. During the recruiting process, Arkansas offensive coordinator Charlie Weatherbie was named head coach at Utah State, and Weatherbie in turn recruited Wells. Wells quarterbacked 16 games for Utah State in 1994 and 1995, then moved to safety. By then, Weatherbie had moved on to Navy and in 1997 brought along the 23-year-old Wells to his staff. Wells coached five years at both Navy and Tulsa, then made stops at New Mexico and Louisville before landing back in Logan. Now, Luke Wells is Utah State’s co-offensive coordinator, having left the Iowa State staff to join his big brother. “I talk to him weekly,” Virgil Terry said. “He’s just a really sharp guy and got a really sharp brother working for him. “I remember him being extremely savvy and very knowledgeable. Matt always was a great student, but he carried that over onto the football field, too. He’s constantly learning. A great kid. The kind of kid you’d want your daughter to date. As a matter of fact, my daughter was his girlfriend for awhile. And that was fine with me. Please mention the fact that I’m extremely happy with my present son-in-law.” And Utah State is extremely happy with its football coach. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Heritage Hall to face Cushing at 7 p.m. Friday
Media notes: Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus to air Class 3A championship game
By Mel Bracht | Dec 17, 2014Fox Sports Oklahoma has added the Class 3A football championship to its program schedule and will televise the Heritage Hall vs. Cushing at 7 p.m. Friday on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus due to overlap with the Thunder-Lakers telecast on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Jeremie Poplin (play-by-play), Mark Rodgers (analyst) and Mike Ziegenhorn (sideline reporter) will call the game from Stillwater High School. Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus is used by FSOK to simultaneously show multiple events on two channels and is available to all video providers that carry the network. The game also will be replayed at 5 p.m. Saturday on FSOK. ESPN2 to air women’s volleyball Final Four ESPN2 will televise the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball semifinals and final from Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday, BYU will face No. 2 seed Texas in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. and No. 1 Stanford will play No. 5 Penn State, the defending national champions, in the second semifinal at 8:30 p.m. The winners will meet for the national title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Beth Mowins will call the matches with analyst Karch Kiraly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and reporter Holly Rowe. Short takes The Thunder will make two more national appearances this week as part of the late game on network doubleheaders. On Thursday, TNT will air Oklahoma City at Golden State at 9:30 p.m. (Marv Albert, Chris Webber and reporter Lewis Johnson). On Friday, ESPN will air the Thunder’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Mark Jackson and reporter J.A. Adande). Both games also will air on FSOK (Brian Davis, Michael Cage and reporter Lesley McCaslin). NBA TV’s “The Association: Los Angeles Clippers” will debut at 5 p.m. Wednesday with an in-depth look at the team as it contends with high expectations in the competitive Western Conference. The episode, which features coach Doc Rivers and stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, among others, is the second installment in a season-long series featuring a variety of NBA teams. The NFL moves to Saturday this week with two telecasts. The NFL Network will air Philadelphia at Washington at 3:30 p.m. (Kevin Harland, Rich Gannon and reporter Stacey Dales). CBS and The NFL Network will air San Diego at San Francisco at 7:25 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and reporter Jenny Dell).
Dec 16, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have been forced to cope with mounting trauma and tragedy in the four years since winning the national championship, and the latest emotional strain to hit the team was the weekend shooting death of redshirt freshman Jakell Mitchell.The 18-year-old from Opelika, Alabama, is the fourth recent Auburn player to die in the last 2 1/2 years, and the third in a...
Auburn football team again coping with death
By JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Dec 16, 2014AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have been forced to cope with mounting trauma and tragedy in the four years since winning the national championship, and the latest emotional strain to hit the team was the weekend shooting death of redshirt freshman Jakell Mitchell. The 18-year-old from Opelika, Alabama, is the fourth recent Auburn player to die in the last 2 1/2 years, and the third in a shooting at the same apartment complex a few miles from campus. It left coaches and players once again dealing with the pain of losing a friend and teammate. "I've been through a lot of tragedies since I've been here," wide receiver Sammie Coates said on Monday. "Every time something like that happens, it breaks your heart because you don't want to see something like that happen to your family member. "It broke my heart when I heard it." Mitchell, a tight end/H-back, died after being shot in the chest early Sunday morning at the off-campus apartments where two ex-Auburn players and another man were killed, and a third player wounded in June 2012. Police arrested Markale Deandra Hart, 22, of Camp Hill, Alabama on murder charges in the latest shooting, not long before the Tigers started preparation Monday for the Outback Bowl against Wisconsin. Auburn players will wear Mitchell's No. 31 on their helmets at the Jan. 1 bowl game. The school made counselors available at a team meeting Sunday, and coach Gus Malzahn said they'll be around "as long as needed." "The last 48 hours have been tough and challenging," Malzahn said. "We lost a member of our family that was very close to our players, our coaches. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jakell's family in this time." He said no other players were at the apartment complex when Mitchell was shot and none live there. Malzahn stopped short of saying he didn't want players hanging around Tiger Lodge Apartments going forward. "You tell your players we want them in positive places," he said. Emotionally, remaining positive has been challenging at times since Auburn won the 2010 national championship. A 3-9 debacle two years after the title season and the subsequent firing of coach Gene Chizik now seem mild compared to the off-the-field travails, including the two shootings and the death of popular former player Philip Lutzenkirchen: —The first occurred two months after the Tigers won the national championship. Four Auburn players were arrested on robbery charges, including starting safety Mike McNeil. Dakota Mosley, Shaun Kitchens and McNeil all pleaded guilty last year and were sentenced to three years in prison. A fourth player, Antonio Goodwin, was convicted and received a 15-year sentence. Chizik swiftly kicked all four off the team following their arrest but the case lingered in the headlines during their legal proceedings. —The apartment complex has been renamed since the 2012 shooting. Former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips and a third man, DeMario Pitts, were shot to death during an argument at a late-night gathering. Then-offensive lineman Eric Mack was one of three wounded in the incident. Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery was convicted of murder and is scheduled to be sentenced next month in the triple slaying. — Lutzenkirchen died in a one-car crash where he was a passenger on June 30. He and driver Joseph Ian Davis, who was also killed, were both well above the legal blood-alcohol level, according to authorities. The tight end was a fan favorite who was the first player Malzahn recruited when he arrived as Auburn's offensive coordinator after the 2008 season. Malzahn was among hundreds who attended Lutzenkirchen's memorial service at his former Georgia high school. "He'll be remembered as one of the best players to ever put on an Auburn jersey. No doubt," Malzahn said at the service. Sadly, for Coates and the Tigers, the list of lost teammates got longer over the weekend. "All my brothers that I lost, it hurts still," Coates said. "I still think about all of them, every single one of them. It's something that's always going to be there until I leave this earth. It just hurts so bad to lose people you care about who are part of your family. "It tears you apart." ___ Follow John Zenor on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jzenor
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin said he's mystified by the 49ers' 7-6 record heading into their game at Seattle on Sunday."No one expected this," Boldin said Friday. "If you asked us at the beginning of the season, we would have said 14-2 or something like that. Things don't always work out like you plan."The 49ers' playoff hopes are still alive, through a...
Boldin says 49ers have something to play for
By RICK EYMER, Associated Press | Dec 12, 2014SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin said he's mystified by the 49ers' 7-6 record heading into their game at Seattle on Sunday. "No one expected this," Boldin said Friday. "If you asked us at the beginning of the season, we would have said 14-2 or something like that. Things don't always work out like you plan." The 49ers' playoff hopes are still alive, through a loss to the Seahawks would virtually knock them out though. "We had a pretty good week and guys look ready," Boldin said. "The feeling in the locker room is we still have a lot to play for." Boldin, on the verge of his second straight 1,000-yard season, knows that playing in Seattle presents its own set of problems. The 49ers have lost four of their last five meetings at CenturyLink Field and have scored a combined 58 points (11.6 per game) in that span. The Seahawks are 6-1 at home this season and own the second-best home mark since joining the NFC 12 years ago. "It's always been at the highest level defensively; number one defense," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "That's not a new level for them. People talk about the noise, the crowd noise. That's at the highest level as well, but it's the football team that's the highest level and the biggest challenge." The Seahawks (9-4) have won three in a row and six of their last seven to draw close to division-leading Arizona (11-3). Seattle controls its own destiny. If the Seahawks win out, they are the division champions. They play at the Cardinals next week. The 49ers, on a two-game slide, need help. In addition to winning out, the 49ers need two of three teams among the Seahawks, the loser of the Dallas-Philadelphia game this week, and the Detroit Lions to lose at least two of their last three games. Seattle smothered the 49ers less than three weeks ago in Santa Clara. "I've been involved in a lot of rivalry games since high school," Boldin said. "This is right up there at the top. This rivalry has always been tough." Tackle Jonathan Martin, who starts in place of Anthony Davis, has never played in Seattle but the Stanford grad has had experience playing in Eugene during his Pac-12 days. "It's like you're off by yourself," he said of Autzen Stadium. "You can barely hear yourself think. It comes down to being focused. There are a variety of things we can do." NOTES: Harbaugh and Seattle coach Pete Carroll exchanged pleasantries through the media during the week. Carroll called Harbaugh a stud and said he enjoys their teams' confrontations. Harbaugh returned the compliment, saying he feels the same way about Carroll. "He's a great competitor. He's a great football coach. Been in a lot of big games. Very much look forward to playing against their team because they're such a good football team; always well prepared. At the highest level every time you play against them," Harbaugh said. ... The 49ers were unable to practice outside Thursday because of the storm that hit the area. "We weren't able to run full speed, so, it physically impacted us quite a bit," Harbaugh said. "But, still got some good things out of it. Felt we were full speed mentally and had good work in that regard. But it does impact you, yes." ... Davis continues to show concussion-like symptoms. LB NaVorro Bowman (knee), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm) and WR Stevie Johnson (knee) were also declared out. ... DB Chris Culliver (knee), C Marcus Martin (knee) and S Raymond Ventrone (groin) are listed as questionable while G Mike Iupati (elbow), DE Ray McDonald (finger) and DE Justin Smith (back) are probable.
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N....
Sports TV listings for Friday, Dec. 12-Sunday, Dec. 14
Dec 11, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N. Hampshire, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas Southern at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m., M. Tenn. St. at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 6:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, GOLF (Cox 60) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) 12 a.m., Sat. Thailand Golf, GOLF (Cox 60) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., UMBC vs. Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Providence vs. UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) HOCKEY 6:30 p.m., Sarnia at. Kitchener, NHLNET (Cox 263) VOLLEYBALL 8:30 p.m., Nebraska at Washington, ESPNU (Cox 253) SATURDAY NBA 9 p.m., Detroit at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Detroit at Toronto, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., New Jersey at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., St. Louis at Colorado, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., C. Carolina vs. N. Dak. St., ESPN (Cox 29) 2 p.m., Army vs. Navy, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Heisman Presentation, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Wichita State at Detroit, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., N. Carolina at Kentucky, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 11 a.m., Stony Brook at Providence, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Radford at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Dayton at Arkansas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., St. Bonaventure at Pitt., ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., St. Mary’s, at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Oklahoma at Tulsa, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KRMG-AM 740 2:15 p.m., Utah vs. Kansas, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., Xavier at Missouri, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:30 p.m., W. Kentucky at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 4:15 p.m., Michigan at Arizona, ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Memphis, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6 p.m., Sam Houston St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Northern Iowa at VCU, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Florida St. at Notre Dame, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., Purdue at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 9 p.m., Gonzaga at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., English Premier, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal FC vs. Newcastle U., NBCSN (Cox 251) VOLLEYBALL 3 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KGHM-AM 1340 GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Pop Warner, ESPN2 (Cox 28) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Oakland at Kansas City, KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Miami at New England, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Green Bay at Buffalo, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Cincinnati at Cleveland, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., San Francisco at Seattle, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., Dallas at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)/KGHM-AM 1340 NBA 6 p.m., Phoenix at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. Peter’s at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Butler at Tennessee, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Prairie V.A.M at Texas T., FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Temple at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Jacksonville at Florida, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., La. Tech at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Illinois St. at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Savannah St. at Kansas St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 5 p.m., UNC Wilmington at Louisville, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Oakland at Michigan St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Mercer at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., NW State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 2 p.m., Tennessee at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m., Stephen F.A at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 4 p.m., Oklahoma at Ark.-L.R., KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 5 p.m., Belmont at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Bowl Mania, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S SOCCER 11 a.m., NCAA Final, ESPNU (Cox 253) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of the Class 2A and A championships and the Class 3A semifinals.
Oklahoma high school football Week 5 playoff picks
Dec 11, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 5-6 (45.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,573-350 (81.8 pct.) All games at 7 p.m. Friday Championships Class 2A at Stillwater Davis 34, Nowata 28 Class A at Enid Cashion 35, Thomas 31 Semifinals Class 3A at Sapulpa Heritage Hall 28, Locust Grove 24 *All games at neutral sites
The Class 2A and A championships will be played Friday. The Class 3A semifinal has yet to be determined because of the Douglass-Locust Grove controversy.
Oklahoma high school football Week 5 playoff schedule
Dec 7, 2014Championships Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Class 2A At Stillwater H.S. Friday, 7 p.m. Davis (14-0) vs. Nowata (14-0) Class A At Enid H.S. Friday, 7 p.m. Thomas (14-0) vs. Cashion (13-0)
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top Week 4 playoff games: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 34, Jenks 31 Lawton 42, Bixby 38 Lawton MacArthur 35, Skiatook 34 Oologah 28, Wagoner 24 Laverne 48, Alex 34 Tipton 54, Cherokee 48 Kingfisher 34, Cushing 21 Davis 28, Hennessey 27 OCS 38, Nowata 30 […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top Week 4 playoff games
Trent Shadid | Dec 5, 2014Here's how The Oklahoman's high school sports staff picked the top Week 4 playoff games: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 34, Jenks 31 Lawton 42, Bixby 38 Lawton MacArthur 35, Skiatook 34 Oologah 28, Wagoner 24 Laverne 48, Alex 34 Tipton 54, Cherokee 48 Kingfisher 34, Cushing 21 Davis 28, Hennessey 27 OCS 38, Nowata 30 Thomas 21, Wynnewood 20 Cashion 40, Talihina 32 Lock of the week: Laverne over Alex. Not only is it my Lock of the Week, it’s also the only title game this week that I think will be decided by more than a touchdown. Laverne is just too strong. Jacob Unruh Jenks 31, Tulsa Union 27 Lawton 35, Bixby 28 Lawton MacArthur 35, Skiatook 31 Oologah 28, Wagoner 27 Laverne 48, Alex 32 Tipton 40, Cherokee 38 Kingfisher 35, Cushing 24 Davis 21, Hennessey 20 OCS 35, Nowata 27 Thomas 33, Wynnewood 28 Cashion 40, Talihina 35 Lock of the week: Kingfisher over Cushing. The Yellowjackets were completely dominant last week, especially up front. That proves too much in the rematch of district foes. Trent Shadid Tulsa Union 27, Jenks 24 Bixby 28, Lawton 27 Lawton MacArthur 33, Skiatook 30 Wagoner 22, Oologah 20 Laverne 52, Alex 30 Tipton 50, Cherokee 44 Kingfisher 42, Cushing 20 Davis 26, Hennessey 23 Nowata 49, OCS 42 Thomas 27, Wynnewood 21 Talihina 34, Cashion 33 Lock of the week: Lawton MacArthur over Skiatook. It’s been quite a turnaround for Skiatook from 0-10 two seasons ago to the Class 5A championship this season. But the Highlanders are likely too talented for the Bulldogs’ dream run to end with a title. Here are the standings: Scott (85-44, 9-4) Jacob (84-45, 9-3) Trent (78-51, 8-5)
Dec 4, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for this week’s games.
Oklahoma Week 4 high school football playoff picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Dec 4, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 15-5 (75.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,568-344 (82.0 pct.) All games at 7 p.m. Friday unless noted Championships Class 6A-I Tulsa Union 34, Jenks 31 Class 6A-II Lawton 42, Bixby 38 Class 5A Lawton MacArthur 35, Skiatook 34 (Saturday) Class 4A Oologah 28, Wagoner 24 Class B Laverne 48, Alex 34 (Saturday) Class C Tipton 54, Cherokee 48 (Saturday) Semifinals Class 3A Kingfisher 34, Cushing 21 Class 2A Davis 28, Hennessey 27 Oklahoma Christian 38, Nowata 30 Class A Thomas 21, Wynnewood 20 Cashion 40, Talihina 32 *All games at neutral sites
Dec 1, 2014
DALLAS (AP) — Chad Morris gave a nod to Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the SMU basketball coach who had a front-row seat for the introduction of the football program's new leader.And then Morris, who was Clemson's offensive coordinator the past four seasons, took a moment to thank a high school coach for attending Monday's news conference."Even though you did kick my tail not too long ago," Morris...
Dallas native Morris comes home as SMU coach
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2014DALLAS (AP) — Chad Morris gave a nod to Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the SMU basketball coach who had a front-row seat for the introduction of the football program's new leader. And then Morris, who was Clemson's offensive coordinator the past four seasons, took a moment to thank a high school coach for attending Monday's news conference. "Even though you did kick my tail not too long ago," Morris said, drawing laughter in a rotunda filled with students, players and administrators. "That's OK." It was Morris' way of illustrating one of the reasons he got this shot at his first college head coaching job — and why he decided a moribund SMU program was the right fit. "I'm a Texas high school football coach. That's who I am," said Morris, a Dallas native who attended SMU games as a kid at old Texas Stadium. "I think that Texas high school football coaches do it the right way." The 45-year-old Morris spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas, going 32-0 and winning a pair of state championships in his only two seasons at Lake Travis in the Austin area. That's when another former Texas high school coach, Arizona State's Todd Graham, hired him as Tulsa's offensive coordinator. Morris moved on to Clemson a year later and helped the Tigers to a 41-11 record, the 2011 ACC championship and four bowl berths with an up-tempo spread offense that previously produced some of the top high school quarterbacks in Texas. He also was in charge of recruiting his home state. "I've learned over my career every place is different and here the connection to Texas high schools is more important than anywhere else I've ever been," SMU athletic director Rick Hart said. "It was certainly something we were looking for." Morris has a major rebuilding job in front of him, with the Mustangs (0-11) a loss at Connecticut away from their second winless season since 2003. June Jones took SMU to the first of four bowl games in 2009 — just a year after he was hired — but he quit two weeks into this season with the program in disarray again. "You're going to see an exciting brand of football," said Morris, whose high school record as a head coach was 169-38 at five schools. "We're going to be one of the biggest turnarounds in college football before this is over with. But it's going to take a lot of work." Morris coached former SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert at Lake Travis, and 2012 ACC Player of the Year Tajh Boyd at Clemson. The Tigers have had the top three scoring seasons in school history since Morris arrived. Finding a quarterback will be Morris' first priority. The Mustangs have had four different starters this season in Garrett Krstich, Matt Davis, Neal Burcham and Kolney Cassel. "That's top on our list in recruiting," Morris said. "That's top on our list in development in the spring. And that'll be the same thing next year as we talk." Morris graduated from Texas A&M in 1992, the same year he started his high school coaching career at tiny Eustace, about 60 miles southeast of Dallas. His head coaching stops included Stephenville after Baylor coach Art Briles won multiple state championships there in the 1990s. Morris also won a state title at Bay City, near Houston. "I think he's a great hire," Briles said. "I know him. He's a very innovative coach, very dynamic, and I think he'll do a great job there." For Morris, the recruiting of Texas high schools now starts in the Dallas area. "There are some great players right here underneath our own wing span, within a quarter of a tank of gas drive," he said. "We're just going to make it real hard for these guys to leave here. We're not going to play second fiddle to anybody."
Dec 1, 2014
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway had Terrell Davis to give Denver a different dimension in the late 1990s. Now, Peyton Manning has C.J. Anderson.The undrafted second-year back from Cal has gouged opponents for an average of 164.5 yards from scrimmage since leapfrogging injured running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball a month ago.And he's provided a toughness and balance that Manning...
Anderson brings toughness to Broncos offense
By ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2014ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway had Terrell Davis to give Denver a different dimension in the late 1990s. Now, Peyton Manning has C.J. Anderson. The undrafted second-year back from Cal has gouged opponents for an average of 164.5 yards from scrimmage since leapfrogging injured running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball a month ago. And he's provided a toughness and balance that Manning appreciates. "I like it. We kept the defense on their heels," Manning said after Anderson ran for a career-best 168 yards in Denver's 29-16 pounding of the Chiefs. That bested the 167-yard performance he had a week earlier against Miami. "He has been special," said Manning. When Anderson hasn't had his head buried in his playbook lately, he's been immersed in his cellphone. He had 165 texts to go through Monday morning, including this nugget from his mother: "Just keep grinding. Stay humble." Anderson promised her once more that he'll never let this sudden success go to his head. "I'm just playing the same ball I've been playing since I was 8," he said. "Just trying to have 18 (Manning) and the coaching staff trust me a lot more and just trying to do a lot more to help my team win." He did plenty against the Chiefs, gaining 90 yards after contact and helping the Broncos control the clock for nearly 39 minutes, running 79 plays to Kansas City's 38. That, in turn, kept Denver's defense fresh enough to pile up six sacks and another half-dozen QB knockdowns. Anderson's churning style was still paying dividends a day later. "Man, I turned on the film and we only got like 21 minutes of watching," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "Usually it's like 40. So, I mean that's a huge difference. And it's something we need every week. Time of possession is huge. We don't want to put all of the onus on Peyton. It's a team game this year, a total team this year. So, we want to everybody to make his job a lot easier." Last year, Manning set NFL records by throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. But that one-dimensional offense was exposed in the Super Bowl, and the Broncos vowed to become a well-rounded team this season. Enter Anderson, the 5-foot-8, 224-pound wrecking ball whose smarts help him hit the holes fast and whose low center of gravity keeps him mowing over linebackers and defensive backs once he eludes the linemen. "It's just running hard and letting people feel my story," Anderson said. That story is one of growing up in the Country Club Crest neighborhood in Vallejo, California. It's one of dodging danger on the streets. It's a story of being smart but also the wise guy in high school and having to go to Laney College for two years, where he learned to hit the books with the same passion that he hit the holes. He transferred to Cal, where he would rise from seventh string to second string but make just two starts in two years before being bypassed in the 2013 NFL draft. He signed with the Broncos, he said, because "for one, I knew I had the football IQ to play with 18. Two, I felt the running back position wasn't solidified." Anderson gave half of his $12,500 signing bonus to his mom, Neva Craig, who works as an elementary school lunch lady. He rushed for 69 yards in his first preseason game but a knee injury set him back and he ended up rushing just seven times for 38 yards his rookie season. This year, he hit the halfway point with just 82 yards rushing and one catch. Over the last month, he scored three times and gained 658 yards from scrimmage while averaging 5.6 yards a carry and 11.3 yards per catch. Anderson and his two brothers were raised by a single mother who taught her boys to be humble and never forget their roots. "My mom says it best: We were never fed with a silver spoon," Anderson said. "There were nights where dinner was peanut butter and jelly. I mean, there was so many things that we've been through. Every time I'm on the field when I break a tackle or lay the boom, I'm just letting them know this is what I've been through at home and what I did to get here." Notes: Although new K Connor Barth was 5-for-5 on FGs, all eight of his kickoffs were returned, for an average of 25 yards. Asked if he'd consider signing a kickoff specialist, John Fox said: "I've done it before. ... You consider everything but you can consider nothing, as well." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Championships Class 6A-I At Univ. of Tulsa Friday, 7 p.m. Jenks (10-2) vs. Tulsa Union (11-1) Class 6A-II At Moore H.S. Friday, 7 p.m. Bixby (11-1) vs. Lawton (11-1) Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Class 5A Skiatook (12-1) vs. Lawton Mac (12-1) Class 4A Wagoner (10-3) vs. Oologah (8-5) Class B Laverne (12-0) vs. Alex (13-0) Class C Cherokee (12-0) vs. Tipton (13-0) Semifinals Note:...
Oklahoma high school football Week 4 playoff pairings
Nov 29, 2014Championships Class 6A-I At Univ. of Tulsa Friday, 7 p.m. Jenks (10-2) vs. Tulsa Union (11-1) Class 6A-II At Moore H.S. Friday, 7 p.m. Bixby (11-1) vs. Lawton (11-1) Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Class 5A Skiatook (12-1) vs. Lawton Mac (12-1) Class 4A Wagoner (10-3) vs. Oologah (8-5) Class B Laverne (12-0) vs. Alex (13-0) Class C Cherokee (12-0) vs. Tipton (13-0) Semifinals Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Class 3A Heritage Hall (12-1) vs. Locust Grove (13-0) Cushing (9-4) vs. Kingfisher (11-2) Class 2A Hennessey (12-1) vs. Davis (13-0) Okla. Christian (13-0) vs. Nowata (13-0) Class A Thomas (13-0) vs. Wynnewood (13-0) Cashion (12-0) vs. Talihina (12-0)
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week’s state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams […]
OSSAA sets championship, semifinal locations, dates
Jacob Unruh | Nov 29, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week's state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams playing. The Class 5A championship between Skiatook and Lawton MacArthur is Saturday at Yukon. A time has not yet been announced. Also on Saturday, the Class B and Class C title games will be played in a doubleheader at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Class C between Tipton and Cherokee is at 1 p.m.. Class B between Alex and Laverne is at 7 p.m. The Class 4A championship involving Wagoner and Oologah will be played Friday at Broken Arrow High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Class 3A semifinals will be played at Sapulpa and Stillwater High School. Top-ranked Locust Grove and No. 2 Heritage Hall play at 7 p.m. Friday in Sapulpa, while Kingfisher and Cushing meet at the same time in Stillwater. The Class 2A semifinal between Davis and Hennessey will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Putnam City Stadium, while the Oklahoma Christian School and Nowata game will be at Owasso. In Class A, the Cashion and Talihina game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Glenpool and the Thomas and Wynnewood game will be at Cache. The Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games were set last week. Jenks and Union will play Friday at 7 p.m. at Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium. Bixby and Lawton will play at Moore High School.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week’s state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams playing. The Class 5A championship...
High school notebook: OSSAA sets championship, semifinal sites, dates
BY JACOB UNRUH | Nov 29, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week’s state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams playing. The Class 5A championship between Skiatook and Lawton MacArthur is Saturday at Yukon. A time has not yet been announced. Also on Saturday, the Class B and Class C title games will be played in a doubleheader at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Class C between Tipton and Cherokee is at 1 p.m. Class B between Alex and Laverne is at 7 p.m. The Class 4A championship involving Wagoner and Oologah will be played Friday at Broken Arrow High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Class 3A semifinals will be played at Sapulpa and Stillwater High School. Top-ranked Locust Grove and No. 2 Heritage Hall play at 7 p.m. Friday in Sapulpa, while Kingfisher and Cushing meet at the same time in Stillwater. The Class 2A semifinal between Davis and Hennessey will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Putnam City Stadium, while the Oklahoma Christian School and Nowata game will be at Owasso. In Class A, the Cashion and Talihina game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Glenpool, and the Thomas and Wynnewood game will be at Cache. The Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games were set last week. Jenks and Union will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium. Bixby and Lawton will play at Moore High School. WASHINGTON’S KULBETH RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL Washington senior running back Brady Kulbeth was released from the hospital early Saturday morning following an injury he suffered against Nowata that delayed the playoff game for more than 25 minutes Friday. Kulbeth suffered an injury around his spine and neck that caused him to initially lose feeling in his upper body late in the second quarter. He regained feeling and movement before leaving the field. “It was mainly precautionary,” Washington coach Brad Beller said. “They wanted to check for any major damage and they were able to let him go.” Washington lost the game 42-35. Part of the delay was due to an ambulance not being on site when the injury occurred. Beller said that’s the first time the entire season that has happened and that he was told an emergency call was placed that required the ambulance just before the start of the game. “It still was a scary situation that we need to make sure next year we’ll have one there for sure at the start of each game,” Beller said. SIKES FINDS RHYTHM IN OCS WIN Oklahoma Christian School senior Conner Sikes appears to be getting more and more comfortable each week he plays quarterback. Sikes threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns in OCS’ 35-25 win over Colcord in the Class 2A semifinals, dishing out his best performance in the past three weeks he’s filled in for injured Thomas Qualls. “He threw some really, really pretty passes,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “He really did a phenomenal job and led the team well.” Each touchdown pass went to a different receiver, including a 52-yard strike to Luke Frankfurt and a 65-yard pass to Andrew McKinnis. Receiver Callen Crockett also had a big night, catching seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. He also had an interception on defense. OCS travels to Owasso on Friday and will play undefeated Nowata in the Class 2A semifinals. CASHION GETS ANOTHER CRACK AT TALIHINA For the third straight year, Cashion will face Talihina in the Class A playoffs. After falling last year, the Wildcats are looking to win for the second time in that span and advance to the championship game. The semifinal game is 7 p.m. Friday at Glenpool. “We definitely are familiar with each other,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “They do a lot of good things and they’ve got some talent. We need all hands on deck for the remainder of the year.” Cashion (13-0) got help from an unexpected place Friday in a 20-13 win over Stratford when senior Kaleb George scored twice and had a big game defensively with seven tackles. George, a senior, was due for a breakout game. “He’s really good,” Shackelford said. “I think it probably helps too that we’ve got so many other kids that have had good years he was probably not somebody Stratford was keying on last night.” HENNESSEY TURNS TO PASS TO ADVANCE Throughout the week, Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen noticed some opportunities on film that would allow the Eagles to throw the ball against Hartshorne. It’s a different pace for Hennessey and it’s normal run-heavy offense, but it worked well as the Eagles won 28-14 to advance to the Class 2A semifinals Friday in Putnam City against No. 1 Davis. “We ran into a very, very tough, physical football team real similar to what we are,” Luetjen said. “We knew that going in and they were able to force us to throw the football a little bit more and spread some things out. We were able to capitalize on some things we saw going into the game. “But we were still able to sustain a couple big drives with our run game, which I thought put them behind the eight ball.” Hennessey quarterback Tony Mendoza threw three touchdown passes, completing 9 of 17 passes for 123 yards. The different element of the offense may benefit the Eagles against Davis, too. At least, that’s what Luetjen hopes. “I think this gives us an opportunity going into that game that’s going to make them think a little bit more about loading the box because we have the ability to throw the football around a little bit,” he said.
Nov 27, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his predictions for this week’s games.
Oklahoma high school football third-round playoff picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 27, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 42-4 (91.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,553-339 (82.1 pct.) Friday’s games Semifinals Class 5A At Yukon Skiatook 24, Ardmore 21 At Choctaw Lawton MacArthur 35, McAlester 34 Class 4A At Glenpool Metro Christian 35, Wagoner 28 At Sapulpa Fort Gibson 35, Oologah 21 Class B At Enid Laverne 34, Davenport 28 At Del City Alex 48, Dewar 36 Class C At SWOSU, Weatherford Cherokee 38, Grandfield 20 At Cache Tipton 50, Fox 34 Quarterfinals Class 3A Heritage Hall 31, BEGGS 28 Locust Grove 35, DOUGLASS 28 Lincoln Christian 28, CUSHING 27 KINGFISHER 27, Roland 17 Class 2A Hennessey 34, HARTSHORNE 30 Davis 35, ADAIR 21 Oklahoma Christian 28, COLCORD 24 WASHINGTON 21, Nowata 20 Class A Thomas 27, KIEFER 22 Wynnewood 32, HOMINY 28 Cashion 42, STRATFORD 30 RINGLING 28, Talihina 27 *-Home team in CAPS. Semifinal games at neutral sites.
Nov 22, 2014
A look at the next round of matchups.
Oklahoma high school football third-round playoff pairings
Nov 22, 2014Semifinals Note: All semifinal games will be played at 7 p.m. Friday. Class 5A Ardmore (11-1) vs. Skiatook (11-1) at Yukon McAlester (11-1) vs. Lawton MacArthur (11-1) at Choctaw Class 4A Metro Christian (10-2) vs. Wagoner (9-3) at Glenpool Oologah (7-5) vs. Fort Gibson (12-0) at Sapulpa Class B Laverne (11-0) vs. Davenport (12-0) at Enid Alex (12-0) vs. Dewar (12-0) at Del City Class C Cherokee (11-0) vs. Grandfield (11-1) at Southwestern, Weatherford Tipton (12-0) vs. Fox (11-1) at Cache Quarterfinals Note: All games will be played Friday, 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Class 3A Heritage Hall (11-1) at Beggs (11-1) Locust Grove (12-0) at Douglass (10-2) Lincoln Christian (10-2) at Cushing (8-4) Roland (11-1) at Kingfisher (10-2) Class 2A Hennessey (11-1) at Hartshorne (11-1) Davis (12-0) at Adair (12-0) Okla. Christian (12-0) at Colcord (11-1) Nowata (12-0) at Washington (11-1) Class A Thomas (12-0) at Kiefer (12-0) Wynnewood (12-0) at Hominy (9-3) Cashion (11-0) at Stratford (11-1) Talihina (11-0) at Ringling (10-1) Championships Note: Will be played at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 Class 6A-I Jenks (10-2) vs. Tulsa Union (11-1) at Tulsa University Class 6A-II Bixby (11-1) vs. Lawton (11-1) at Moore
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top second-round playoff games: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Mustang 28 Jenks 21, Owasso 7 Lawton 24, Tulsa Washington 21 Bixby 38, Sand Springs 34 Wynnewood 21, Hollis 14 Kingfisher 21, Seminole 17 Guthrie 28, Skiatook 22 Davis 42, Christian Heritage 30 Fort Gibson […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top second-round playoff games
Trent Shadid | Nov 21, 2014Here's how The Oklahoman's high school sports staff picked the top second-round playoff games: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Mustang 28 Jenks 21, Owasso 7 Lawton 24, Tulsa Washington 21 Bixby 38, Sand Springs 34 Wynnewood 21, Hollis 14 Kingfisher 21, Seminole 17 Guthrie 28, Skiatook 22 Davis 42, Christian Heritage 30 Fort Gibson 28, Newcastle 27 Anadarko 35, Metro Christian 28 Lock of the week: Jenks over Owasso. Owasso took the first meeting 7-6, but Jenks is playing on a different level than it was nine weeks ago. The Trojans’ offense will be more productive this time around, and the two-time defending champions will be back in the title game. Jacob Unruh Tulsa Union 28, Mustang 24 Lawton 27, Tulsa Washington 21 Jenks 28, Owasso 7 Bixby 38, Sand Springs 27 Wynnewood 21, Hollis 20 Kingfisher 20, Seminole 17 Guthrie 31, Skiatook 21 Davis 35, Christian Heritage 21 Newcastle 28, Fort Gibson 27 Anadarko 40, Metro Christian 35 Lock of the week: Guthrie over Skiatook. There’s just something about Guthrie in the playoffs, even on the road. The Bluejays usually find a way to win. In this round last season, they escaped Shawnee. This time, their run defense will come through against Kyle McLaughlin and Co. Trent Shadid Tulsa Union 21, Mustang 20 Lawton 31, Tulsa Washington 27 Jenks 21, Owasso 14 Bixby 37, Sand Springs 34 Hollis 34, Wynnewood 31 Kingfisher 20, Seminole 13 Guthrie 26, Skiatook 20 Davis 42, Christian Heritage 20 Fort Gibson 30, Newcastle 28 Anadarko 42, Metro Christian 28 Lock of the week: Guthrie over Skiatook. The Bluejays’ loss to Deer Creek in Week 10 showed the defending champs are beatable and has them on the road in this quarterfinal game. But last week’s 30-point win over Altus proved Guthrie is refocused and primed for another deep run. Here are the standings: Jacob (70-40, 9-2) Scott (69-41, 7-4) Trent (65-45, 7-4)
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Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 72-16 (81.8 pct) Overall record: 1,511-335 (81.9 pct.
High school football: Predictions for week 2 of the playoffs
By Scott Wright | Nov 20, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 72-16 (81.8 pct) Overall record: 1,511-335 (81.9 pct.) All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I semifinals Jenks 21, Owasso 7 Tulsa Union 31, Mustang 28 (Saturday) Class 6A-II semifinals Bixby 38, Sand Springs 34 Lawton 24, Tulsa Washington 21 Class 5A quarterfinals ARDMORE 30, Shawnee 28 Guthrie 28, SKIATOOK 22 McAlester 49, DEL CITY 38 Lawton MacArthur 28, COLLINSVILLE 14 Class 4A quarterfinals ANADARKO 35, Metro Christian 28 WAGONER 27, Weatherford 20 Oologah 21, CLINTON 18 FORT GIBSON 28, Newcastle 27 Class 3A second round HERITAGE HALL 35, Plainview 20 BEGGS 26, Eufaula 22 Douglass 32, LONE GROVE 28 LOCUST GROVE 42, Berryhill 27 Idabel 34, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 28 CUSHING 21, Marlow 14 ROLAND 34, Checotah 30 Kingfisher 21, SEMINOLE 17 Class 2A second round HENNESSEY 28, Lindsay 20 HARTSHORNE 40, Wyandotte 18 DAVIS 42, Christian Heritage 30 ADAIR 44, Panama 14 Colcord 28, STROUD 21 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Kingston 7 NOWATA 20, Vian 16 WASHINGTON 28, Chisholm 24 Class A second round THOMAS 34, Minco 20 KIEFER 38, Rejoice Christian 14 WYNNEWOOD 21, Hollis 14 Hominy 33, KETCHUM 28 CASHION 49, Afton 20 APACHE 22, Stratford 18 TALIHINA 35, Morrison 24 RINGLING 28, Fairview 12 Class B quarterfinals LAVERNE 44, Keota 14 DAVENPORT 36, Maysville 16 ALEX 42, Weleetka 20 DEWAR 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 34 Class C quarterfinals CHEROKEE 48, DC-Lamont 28 Grandfield 34, BLUEJACKET 28 TIPTON 56, Thackerville 8 FOX 44, Balko 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 19, 2014
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch.The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers.He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball."Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice.It's a quandary NFL teams face...
Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions
HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press | Nov 19, 2014FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball. "Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice. It's a quandary NFL teams face against Gronkowski and many others in this era of big receiving tight ends. "Every offense in the league wants a guy like that," said Tony Gonzalez, who helped usher in the trend during a brilliant 17-year career that ended after last season. "It is unguardable." Top tight ends are heavier than defensive backs, often faster than linebackers, and taller than both. The eight tight ends with the most catches this season are all at least 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. Just five years ago, only two of the top eight had that height-weight combination. They're athletic and line up all over the offense — next to the tackle, in the slot, split out or in the backfield. Their wide wingspans and large bodies shield defenders from the ball. The crackdown on illegal contact makes it easier to get open. And many play with outstanding quarterbacks who put the pass in the perfect spot: Gronkowski (6-6, 265 pounds) with Brady; Jimmy Graham (6-7, 265) with Drew Brees in New Orleans; Julius Thomas (6-5, 250) with Peyton Manning in Denver. What's a poor defender to do? "It's a big challenge," Tennessee safety George Wilson said, "week in and week out." Graham leads all tight ends with 59 receptions. Gronkowski is tied for third with 53. Thomas is tied for the NFL lead with 12 touchdown catches. They often are double-teamed, making it easier for wide receivers to get free. "It's a constant struggle," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. In none of the 13 seasons from 1994-2006 did tight ends catch more than a total of 2,000 passes, according to STATS. They've surpassed that number in each full season since. Their 1,500 catches this year are more than the totals in all of 1994 (1,412) and 1996 (1,458), and they're on pace for the fourth straight full season of more than 2,300. Gronkowski has some highlight-reel plays in this year's batch. In the Patriots' eighth game, he caught a pass, flicked off safety Ryan Mundy like a pesky gnat at the Chicago 25, and scored his third touchdown of the day, a 46-yarder, in a 51-23 rout. "He's just a beast," Mundy said. "His size is just his best asset." The next week, Gronkowski jumped and swiveled his body to reach for a pass thrown behind him. He hauled it in with his left hand while surrounded by defenders for a 20-yard gain to the Denver 1. He caught a touchdown pass on the next play of the Patriots' 43-21 victory. In last Sunday night's 42-20 rout of Indianapolis, he caught the ball at the Colts 20, was hit by four defenders, outran a fifth, then flattened cornerback Vontae Davis while leaping into the end zone for a 26-yard score. "When you see the ball," the sure-handed Gronkowski said simply, "you want to go for it." Graham did that at the end of regulation of a 27-24 overtime loss to San Francisco on Nov. 9. Brees passed from the 50. Graham jumped over defenders and caught it in the end zone, but was penalized for pass interference. "I'm not always going to outrun everyone," he said, "Drew just says go up and get the rebound." Skills he used in college basketball — boxing out opponents, soaring for dunks — translate to his position. Thomas, Antonio Gates of San Diego and Jordan Cameron of Cleveland also played college hoops. Gonzalez was a trailblazer from the hardwood to the turf. "Going up for those passes is like going up for an alley-oop and dunking," New York Giants tight end and former high school basketball standout Larry Donnell (6-6, 265) said with a laugh. "I use that now to catch passes from Eli (Manning)." After going undrafted in 2012 and making three catches as a rookie, Donnell has 44 this season. Some shorter tight ends also are productive receivers. "It's all about angles," said Gates (6-4, 255), "being able to reach the ball at its highest point. That's what I brought to the table from playing basketball." Delanie Walker (6-0, 248) has 38 receptions for Tennessee. "I never categorized him by size," said Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, a former NFL tight end. It's impossible to ignore Gronkowski's, but he claims he can be guarded. "If I'm not running the route how I was coached and not going full speed, I feel like I can be covered by anyone," he said. It's not easy. "You've got to play a near-perfect game with him," Buffalo safety Da'Norris Searcy said. "You have to try to anticipate routes and be able to jump routes on him." But if Gronkowski gets to the right spot, the defender "can't do anything about it," Brady said. "I think they know that, too. So then they panic and then when they panic, it's even more of an advantage to the offense." Gronkowski is the most powerful example of that. But not the only one. "It's the No. 1 mismatch in the NFL," Gonzalez said. "Even when you're guarded, you're not guarded." ___ AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Arnie Stapleton and Teresa Walker, Sports Writers Brett Martel, John Wawrow and Bernie Wilson, and AP freelancer Gene Chamberlain contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 19, 2014
Friday is a rematch in the same exact week of the playoffs in Davis at 7 p.m., only this time Christian Heritage feels it’s ready to get over the hump and come away with the win while solving the triple-option offense Davis features.
High school football: Christian Heritage Academy gets a long-awaited crack at Davis
By Jacob Unruh | Nov 19, 2014DEL CITY — Christian Heritage Academy linebacker Preston Whitmill remembers all too well the play that changed the Crusaders’ upset bid of Davis in the playoffs last season. Whitmill was lined up at middle linebacker and he was the beginning of a chain of events that allowed Davis quarterback Blake Summers to break free for a long touchdown run with just more than one minute left. Christian Heritage lost 34-29 and Davis went on to win the Class 2A state championship a few weeks later. Friday is a rematch in the same exact week of the playoffs in Davis at 7 p.m., only this time Christian Heritage feels it’s ready to get over the hump and come away with the win while solving the triple-option offense Davis features. “We had them beat last year,” Whitmill said. “We knew if we held them to about 30 points, we could beat them and we did that. That last play it was just a simple technique error that lost us the game. Last year we were there … “People see Davis and think they’re unbeatable. We don’t see it that way, but obviously they’re good. It’s going to be a great game.” Christian Heritage’s defense has allowed 31.8 points per game and just 153.3 rushing yards per game, battling a plethora of injuries to key players throughout the season. But over the past seven games the Crusaders have allowed an average of 17.4 points per game as injured players return to the lineup. Those numbers could be challenged by Summers himself. He’s averaging around 16 yards per carry this season and is the focal point of the Crusaders’ defensive gameplan. “You have to contain Summers,” Christian Heritage defensive coordinator Troop Bullard said. “The thing about it, I don’t know that anybody can contain him for four quarters. You just try to limit the damage he does. Hopefully we’re better this year, a little more experienced at what we’re doing and we know him a little better. We know he’s a little better.” Preparing for Davis (11-0) comes with its challenges, such as forming a scout team in practice that can simulate its offense. Christian Heritage (9-2) has struggled with that all week being a team that spreads the ball and relies on its passing game behind quarterback Spencer Lindsey. “It’s not going to be that way in the game,” Whitmill said. “We can’t really replicate it. We just have to put guys in those spots and work our technique.” Should the technique hold this time, there’s a strong belief around the team that Friday could be a different result. “Part of it was wondering if we could play with those guys and we found out we could last year,” Christian Heritage coach Tony Merrell said. “We just keep getting better, which is good. We feel like we have a pretty good gameplan, so we need to go out and make plays.”
Nov 18, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa thought it had Melvin Gordon in its grasp back when he was in high school.The Hawkeyes will likely find themselves chasing Gordon all over again on Saturday.Last weekend, Gordon gave Iowa yet another tantalizing glimpse into what could have been if he had stuck to his verbal commitment and played for coach Kirk Ferentz. Gordon rushed for an Bowl Subdivision-record...
Iowa focused on stopping Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon
LUKE MEREDITH, Associated Press | Nov 18, 2014IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa thought it had Melvin Gordon in its grasp back when he was in high school. The Hawkeyes will likely find themselves chasing Gordon all over again on Saturday. Last weekend, Gordon gave Iowa yet another tantalizing glimpse into what could have been if he had stuck to his verbal commitment and played for coach Kirk Ferentz. Gordon rushed for an Bowl Subdivision-record 408 yards on just 25 carries — in three quarters, no less — as No. 14 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) routed Nebraska 59-24. Gordon leads the nation in rushing yards (1,909) and touchdowns (25) and is on the short list of Heisman Trophy front runners heading into this weekend's pivotal Big Ten West game at Iowa. "It's going to take a really — I don't want to say perfect because that puts probably an unreal pressure on you — but it's going to take our best football. We're going to have to play really well at all 11 positions," Ferentz about stopping Gordon. What has to be concerning for Iowa (7-3, 4-2) is that Nebraska's run defense had been playing well — right before it ran into Gordon, of course. Iowa's rush defense has been up and down since August. The Hawkeyes are very strong up front, with tackles Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat and end Drew Ott in consideration for All-Big Ten honors. But they've been forced to lean on young linebackers behind them, and the results have been predictably spotty. Iowa did look much better stopping the run in last week's win at Illinois. Granted, the Fighting Illini were more focused on throwing than running since they finally got quarterback Wes Lunt back. But Iowa's defense wouldn't let Illinois do either, holding them to just 235 yards — and just 88 on the ground — of a 30-14 win. The key for the Hawkeyes could be to simply keep the ball out of Gordon's hands as much as possible. Iowa's offense finally showed it could control the clock against Illinois. The Hawkeyes held the ball for nearly 36 minutes and gained a season-high 587 yards, and senior running back Mark Weisman cracked 100 yards for the first time in 2014. But Wisconsin will be the toughest defense the Hawkeyes have faced this season. "They pose a lot of challenges," Ferentz said. "They play with great enthusiasm, toughness. They're where they should be all the time." Iowa actually did a nice job stopping Gordon in Kinnick Stadium a year ago. Gordon ran for just 62 yards on 17 carries, but James White had 132 on 19 tries as Wisconsin pulled away for a 28-9 win. If the Hawkeyes can slow the nation's top running back, they might head into the season finale against the Huskers with a shot at the division title. "He's strong, powerful and fast. He has breakaway speed and he's got moves," Iowa defensive end Drew Ott said. "He's the total package." ___ Follow Luke Meredith on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LukeMeredithAP
Nov 16, 2014
On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game."One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females," Kevin Murray told his players at Woodland Hills High. "We'd be doing you a very big disservice by not holding you accountable."At the jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina, a sterner version of that message...
Better strategies sought to curb domestic violence
DAVID CRARY, Associated Press | Nov 16, 2014On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game. "One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females," Kevin Murray told his players at Woodland Hills High. "We'd be doing you a very big disservice by not holding you accountable." At the jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina, a sterner version of that message is now given routinely to men detained for domestic-violence offenses and considered at risk of re-offending. "We're putting these guys on notice that domestic violence is not going to be tolerated here," said Police Chief Marty Sumner. "The message is very clear: 'We know who you are, we know what you're doing. It has to stop.'" The two programs target different audiences. But in the realm of domestic-violence prevention, where the record of success is spotty, they share a status as two of the nation's most promising initiatives. Coaching Boys Into Men is one of the flagship programs developed by Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit working to curb abuse of women and children. Thousands of high school coaches across the country, now joined by some middle school coaches, have received training in how to convey to their players the importance of treating young women with respect and avoiding abusive behavior. The program has attracted the notice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency funded a three-year evaluation, involving more than 2,000 high school athletes in Sacramento County, California, which found that participating players were more likely to intervene to stop abuse and less likely to perpetrate it. High Point's program — the Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative — was conceived in 2009 based on an approach developed by David M. Kennedy, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. While many programs focus on helping victims of domestic violence, High Point's initiative targets the offender with a strategy of aggressive deterrence. Since the program was fully implemented in 2012, the recidivism rate for domestic-violence offenders in High Point has been cut to about 9 percent, which the police department says is about one-third the national rate. There's been one intimate-partner homicide since 2009, compared to 17 between 2004 and 2008. "We'd get 5,000 domestic-violence calls a year — every year it's our No. 1 call," Chief Sumner said. "It gets passed on from generation to generation, but this program is a really good shot at breaking that cycle citywide." Efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence have been vigorously pursued in the U.S. for more than three decades. After Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, domestic violence committed by intimate partners — current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends — declined by more than 60 percent over the next 10 years. Since then, however, the numbers have stayed relatively flat. Even as incidents involving National Football League players and other pro athletes refocus attention on domestic violence, leading prevention advocates say more resources and smarter strategies are needed to combat it. "We now have a safety net for victims, we have the laws in place, judges who understand the seriousness of the issue," said Esta Soler, president of Futures Without Violence. "We need to do more to prevent the problems, not just treat the problems." For decades, so-called batterer intervention programs have been one of the main forms of prevention, with offenders participating in group sessions aimed at promoting non-abusive behavior. A range of local programs have won praise — such as Wisdom Walk, which focuses on African-American men in Milwaukee, and Caminar Latino, which runs a 24-week program for Latino men in Atlanta. However, research on the effectiveness of group intervention programs has produced mixed findings — causing some judges and probation officers to mandate that men participate, others saying there's no evidence of success. And what about the much-discussed programs in High Point and Pittsburgh? Here's a closer look at each: ___ The new regimen in High Point, a city of about 107,000, kicks into gear whenever police respond to a domestic disturbance call. Even if there's no arrest, and no previous record of domestic violence, the alleged aggressors receive another visit from a police officer within 48 hours and are notified that they are henceforth on a "watch list." With any subsequent domestic violence offense, there's an escalating series of consequences, including a face-to-face warning from a detective at the time of arrest and — for some repeat offenders — a summons to appear in person before a panel of police, prosecutors and members of the community. "In an hour, we explain how it's going to be different," Sumner said. "We will use any means to sanction you." The pressure tactics include threatening to classify any further domestic violence offense as a felony and to expedite prosecution of any other criminal case pending against the offender. Sumner's department has found that many domestic-violence offenders have a record of other violent crimes, and uses those records to help decide which targets of the program might deserve extra scrutiny. The community panel makes clear that the police will maintain their aggressive stance regardless of whether the offender's victim plays an active role in any future case or seeks to stay out of it. David Kennedy noted that in the traditional responses to domestic violence, the onus often was on the victim to report the abuse and testify about it in court, sometimes incurring threats and further violence in the process. "We wanted to be able to say to the offender, 'You're dealing with us, you're not dealing with her. The state is going to make you stop,'" Kennedy said. "The feedback from the women is, 'You've got his attention. Things are better. Keep it up, and keep me out of it.'" If victimized women do want services, they are offered through a Victim's Justice Center that opened in April. It's a one-stop site where victims can meet with police, get protective orders from legal aid attorneys, and be informed of other available services. "In the past, it was up to the victim to do all the work while dealing with the threats," said Tiffany Atkins, a domestic violence attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina. "Now we take the responsibility." Sumner said his department has been able to implement the program without increasing its budget — primarily by adding some new training and reassigning two detectives to specialize in domestic-violence cases. Said Kennedy of the approach, "If you do it smart, it doesn't need to be costly." ___ If any high school was tailor-made for Coaching Boys Into Men, it might be Woodland Hills. It's a perennial football powerhouse in western Pennsylvania, sending many of its players on to major college teams and even to the NFL. It also serves a 12-town district that includes some of greater Pittsburgh's roughest neighborhoods. "The community of kids we deal with — there are a lot of broken homes," said Keith Davis, who attended the school and now, at 30, is in his third year on the football coaching staff. "A lot of players have seen where their father has beaten their mother, beaten their sister — it's no wonder they grow up the same way," Davis said. "The program — they're actually living it. In some schools, it might not hit home the way it did with us." Davis recalled how players followed news reports of the Steubenville, Ohio, case in which two high school football players were convicted last year of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. "A lot of our guys came back and said, 'Coach, I've been in situations like that,'" Davis said. "We have to put a stop to it." Launched as a public service announcement campaign in 2001, Coaching Boys Into Men has since expanded to schools and coaches associations across the country — with new pilot programs this year involving coaches of 7th- and 8th-grade athletes. It's based on the premise that young athletes will take exhortations from their coaches seriously, and then — as role models among their peers — will be taken seriously by other students as they re-think their attitudes about relationships and abuse. "If you're a student athlete, you're also a student leader — respected by peers, by underclassmen, with a degree of influence and power," said Alan Johnson, superintendent of the Woodland Hills School District. "You can be a leader for good, or a leader for bad. You have to make the decision which kind you're going to be." One of the team's top linemen on offense and defense, 265-pound senior Daniel Gibson, said the players, by taking the program to heart, had indeed had an influence on other students. "Whatever we do, everyone else would like to do," he said. "They get off on our vibe" Another advocate of Coaching Boys Into Men is Wendell Say, head football coach for 35 years at Aiea High School near Honolulu. He's been using the program for five years — it's now a routine prelude to practices on Wednesdays. "The curriculum is simple — it just takes 15 minutes at most, unless you let the kids talk," Say said. "I sometimes take 45 minutes." Say says his players — many from low-income housing projects — often convey their firsthand knowledge of domestic violence. They've seen it in their family, or abused their own girlfriends, and they've also followed the domestic-violence cases involving Ray Rice and other NFL players. "We still have kids who make wrong choices," Say said. "But hopefully every year you learn more — a little understanding that just because you're stronger doesn't give you the right to hurt someone." The program — broken down thematically on a series of "training cards" — targets such behavior as catcalling and demeaning boasts about girlfriends. It also advises coaches on how to handle actual incidents of physical and sexual violence committed by team members. The ethos is summed up in a pledge to be taken by players and coaches: "I believe in treating women and girls with honor and respect. I know that violence is neither a solution nor a sign of strength. I believe that real men lead with conviction and speak out against violence against women and girls. I believe that I can be a role model to others by taking this pledge." ___ Online: Coaching Boys Into Men: http://www.coachescorner.org/ The High Point initiative: http://cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/09-2014/a_different_response_to_ipv.asp ___ Follow David Crary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CraryAP
Nov 16, 2014
The 6A-I semifinals are both rematches, rebooting two of the regular season’s best games. Tulsa Union came from behind in the fourth quarter to win 30-24 at Mustang on Halloween night, and Owasso held off Jenks 7-6 in a September thriller.
Breaking down Week 2's Top 10 Oklahoma high school football playoff games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Nov 16, 2014It’s strange to think that the Class 6A playoffs have already reached the semifinal round. It seems like the postseason just began a few days ago — because it did. But the new eight-team playoff format that came with the 6A split has fast-forwarded us to this point, even though the championship games are still two weeks away following a Thanksgiving bye week. The 6A-I semifinals are both rematches, rebooting two of the regular season’s best games. Tulsa Union came from behind in the fourth quarter to win 30-24 at Mustang on Halloween night, and Owasso held off Jenks 7-6 in a September thriller. Here’s an in-depth look at the top 10 games of the second week of the high school playoffs: 1. Tulsa Union (10-1) vs. Mustang (8-3), 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Tulsa Ranking-wise and record-wise, Jenks-Owasso could be considered a bigger matchup, but this is the game all eyes will be on. Can Mustang pull off the upset and get a west-side squad back in the title game? Union QB Mason Farquhar missed Week 10 with an injury suffered against Mustang, but returned in last Friday’s 59-28 win over Edmond Memorial. 2. Lawton (10-1) vs. Tulsa Washington (10-1) at Yukon Even the strongest detractors of the 6A split can’t complain about the intensity this matchup will create. Two physical teams, each with multiple Division I prospects fighting it out with a spot in the title game on the line. 3. Jenks (9-2) vs. Owasso (10-1) at Tulsa University Jenks lost that regular-season showdown, but has turned the corner and is playing much better nine weeks later. Owasso hasn’t been as dominant as it was early in the season, but still has the defense to keep itself in just about any game. 4. Bixby (10-1) vs. Sand Springs (8-3) at Broken Arrow A rematch of a Week 10 game that was won by Bixby 34-31, this game is as much of a toss-up as any game this week. The Bixby offense just keeps rolling, putting up 61 on Stillwater last week, while Sand Springs upset Midwest City on the Bombers’ home field. 5. Hollis (10-1) at Wynnewood (11-0) A championship-worthy matchup in the quarterfinals. Hollis is the defending champion and has been dominant in three wins since suffering its only loss of the year. Wynnewood is one of six unbeatens left in Class A and has allowed more than a touchdown in just two of its 11 wins. 6. Kingfisher (9-2) at Seminole (10-1) This will be the fourth meeting of these two powerhouse programs since Dec. 1, 2012, and third in the playoffs. The first two were semifinal matchups, then they met in a nondistrict game on Oct. 10. Kingfisher has won the previous three meetings. 7. Guthrie (10-1) at Skiatook (10-1) Heading into Week 10, these teams were ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. Guthrie’s one-point loss to Deer Creek changed that, but the matchup is still worthy of such recognition, especially after Guthrie’s dominant performance against Altus. 8. Christian Heritage (9-2) at Davis (11-0) Christian Heritage has played one of the more challenging schedules among Class 2A teams and will be the toughest opponent for Davis since 3A Heritage Hall in Week 3. Only Vian in Week 1 has played the Wolves closer than 21 points. 9. Newcastle (10-1) at Fort Gibson (11-0) It’s unfortunate one of these teams has to be eliminated in the quarterfinals. They account for two of the most impressive performances in 4A this season. Fort Gibson has overcome some key injuries, and Newcastle came out of nowhere in its first season up from 3A battling through the most challenging district in the class. 10. Metro Christian (9-2) at Anadarko (11-0) Defending champion Anadarko clearly has been 4A’s best team all season, but some injuries have the Warriors looking a little more like mortals. Metro Christian’s high-powered passing offense could attack some of Anadarko’s areas weakened by injuries. *-All games Friday unless noted.
Second Round Note: All games are Friday, 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Jenks (9-2) vs. Owasso (10-1) Tulsa Union (10-1) vs. Mustang (8-3) CLASS 6A-II Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Bixby (10-1) vs. Sand Springs (8-3) Lawton (10-1) vs.
Oklahoma high school football second round playoff pairings
Nov 15, 2014Second Round Note: All games are Friday, 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Jenks (9-2) vs. Owasso (10-1) Tulsa Union (10-1) vs. Mustang (8-3) CLASS 6A-II Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Bixby (10-1) vs. Sand Springs (8-3) Lawton (10-1) vs. Tulsa Washington (10-1) Class 5A Shawnee (8-3) at Ardmore (10-1) Guthrie (10-1) at Skiatook (10-1) McAlester (10-1) at Del City (6-5) Lawton MacArthur (10-1) at Collinsville (8-2) Class 4A Metro Christian (9-2) at Anadarko (11-0) Weatherford (7-4) at Wagoner (8-3) Oologah (6-5) at Clinton (6-5) Newcastle (10-1) at Fort Gibson (11-0) Class 3A Plainview (5-6) at Heritage Hall (10-1) Eufaula (9-2) at Beggs (10-1) Douglass (9-2) at Lone Grove (9-1) Berryhill (10-1) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (9-2) at Lincoln Christian (9-2) Marlow (7-4) at Cushing (7-4) Checotah (8-3) at Roland (10-1) Kingfisher (9-2) at Seminole (10-1) Class 2A Lindsay (9-2) at Hennessey (10-1) Wyandotte (7-4) at Hartshorne (10-1) Chr. Heritage (9-2) at Davis (11-0) Panama (8-3) at Adair (11-0) Colcord (10-1) at Stroud (9-1) Kingston (9-1) at Okla. Christian (11-0) Vian (8-3) at Nowata (11-0) Chisholm (9-2) at Washington (10-1) Class A Minco (8-2) at Thomas (11-0) Rejoice Christian (6-5) at Kiefer (11-0) Hollis (10-1) at Wynnewood (11-0) Hominy (8-3) at Ketchum (9-2) Afton (9-2) at Cashion (11-0) Stratford (10-1) at Apache (10-0) Morrison (9-2) at Talihina (10-0) Fairview (7-4) at Ringling (9-1) Class B Keota (10-1) at Laverne (10-0) Maysville (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pond Creek-Hunter (10-1) at Dewar (11-0) Class C DC-Lamont (8-3) at Cherokee (10-0) Grandfield (10-1) at Bluejacket (10-1) Thackerville (8-3) at Tipton (11-0) Balko (9-2) at Fox (10-1)
As an old point guard, Travis Ford might covet quality at the point above all positions.
National Signing Day notebook: OSU signs Jawun Evans, Igor Ibaka
By John Helsley, Ryan Aber, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Nov 12, 2014As an old point guard, Travis Ford might covet quality at the point above all positions. So Wednesday was a good day for Ford and the Cowboys, who officially scored one of the nation's premier point guard prospects with the signing of Dallas standout Jawun Evans. A five-star rated recruit by Scout.com, Evans had been committed to Oklahoma State since early October. He made it official Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's early signing period. OSU also announced the signing of power forward Igor Ibaka, the younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder standout Serge Ibaka, who is sitting out this year at junior college in hopes of having three seasons of eligibility at OSU. In Evans, the Cowboys get a playmaking point man known for his speed on the floor and for getting his teammates involved. As a junior a year ago, Evans led Kimball High School to the Texas Class 4A state title, averaging 22.4 points, 8.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game. “We throw the term pure point guard around a lot,” said ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, “but he's got all the attributes to be a classic college point guard.” Evans chose the Cowboys after whittling a long list of suitors to OSU, Illinois, Southern Cal and Texas. 7-FOOTER HIGHLIGHTS OU’S SIGNING CLASS Akolda Manyang, a 7-foot center from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, was one of three players that signed with Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team Wednesday. Manyang is the cousin of former Sooners center Longar Longar. Oklahoma also signed 6-foot-6 shooting guards Christian James of Houston Bellaire and Rashard Odomes of Copperas Cove, Texas. “Really good bunch of guys,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “A lot of upside, a lot of potential, lot of energy, enthusiasm. Good, long, rangy guys.” Manyang averaged 8.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks last season. Through two games this season, he’s averaging 15.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. James averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior. He broke his tibia in August. Kruger said James is expected to return to the court later this season. Odomes averaged 26.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game. The Sooners have two seniors on the roster, D.J. Bennett and TaShawn Thomas. Thomas, though, could be back next year depending on how the NCAA rules on his appeal for immediate eligibility after transferring from Houston. Oklahoma is one under the scholarship limit right now. OSU GETS TWO LOCAL CATCHERS Carl Albert senior Corey Zangari, arguably the state’s top baseball player, signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday with Oklahoma State, becoming the Cowboys’ second catcher of the recruiting class. Joining Zangari is Edmond Memorial senior Colin Simpson, a standout catcher who is a career .404 hitter. Zangari might be the latest pro prospect to come from the Titans, who have won the past three Class 5A state championships. He could follow last year’s Player of the Year Gavin LaValley in the draft next summer, either as a pitcher or catcher. Zangari started on the mound in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in August, throwing two scoreless innings and also competing in the home run derby. He was the catcher on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City team last season after hitting .505 with 11 homers and 56 RBIs. He has been clocked in the mid-upper 90s while possessing a sharp breaking ball on the mound. OU BASEBALL CLASS FILLED WITH MOORE NATIVES Oklahoma recruited well in its own backyard, signing four players from two Moore schools and one Norman North player. Westmoore standouts Hunter Southerland and Kyle Tyler both signed a National Letter of Intent, giving them an all-Sooners battery next spring. They may not be the only future Sooners on the team with junior DeShawn Lookout being verbally committed to OU as well. Tyler was electric last season, posting a 9-1 record with a 0.96 ERA to lead the Jaguars to the Class 6A semifinals. But OU didn’t stop there in Moore, signing both Dylan Grove and Blake Brewster from Moore High. Grove is a right-handed pitcher and Brewster is an outfielder. The Sooners also locked up Norman North’s Thomas Hughes, a pitcher and infielder. SOONERS ADD CHESTNUT, CLIFTON Both Jayden Chestnut of Mustang and Caleigh Clifton of Wayne have been committed to OU since their sophomore season. Now the softball standouts are officially signed with the Sooners, having signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Chestnut, who led Mustang to the Class 6A state championship last month, is one of two pitchers signed by OU. She is joined by Brittany Finney of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kan. “I’m very proud of Jayden and her continued growth as a pitcher,” OU coach Patty Gasso said in a release. “I'm especially proud of the way she finished her high school career as a state champion. Jayden will bring an added force to our mound and will turn some heads as a freshman.” Clifton led Wayne to the state championship in 2012 and helped her team to the semifinals this season. A natural shortstop, she is joined by three other infielders in the signing class. “Caleigh is a phenomenal athlete and a very good leader on the field," Gasso said. “She has a great sense for the game and is very instinctive. She has all the tools necessary to make a name for herself while at OU.” DAVIS SIGNS WITH TEXAS A&M Former Midwest City standout Joel Davis’ comeback story continued Wednesday when he signed to play baseball at Texas A&M. Davis was a standout for the Bombers on the football and baseball fields before graduating in 2013, but he missed his senior football season due to tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and undergoing Tommy John surgery two days before practice began. He was back on the baseball field that spring, serving as the designated hitter in the beginning of the season before returning to shortstop. He has since been at Seminole State. As a senior for the Bombers, Davis hit .451 with five home runs and 36 RBIs, earning a spot on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City first team. BRAD DALKE LEADS SOONERS’ STRONG GOLF CLASS OU golf coach Ryan Hybl pulled in three of the state’s top golfers on Wednesday, headed by long-time Sooner commit Brad Dalke. Verbally committed to OU since he was 12, Dalke has been a top junior player on the national scene for the last five years, and was recently named a Rolex Junior All-American for the third straight year. Dalke, the son of Hobart football coach and former OU linebacker Bill Dalke, would be classified as a junior this year, but on pace to graduate early and join the Sooners for the 2015-16 season. In addition, the Sooners signed Weatherford’s Quade Cummins, a former Class 4A state champion, and Norman North’s Thomas Johnson, who has twice finished in the top three at state in Class 6A.
Nov 12, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football playoff picks
By Scott Wright | Nov 12, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.) First Round Thursday’s game LAWTON MACARTHUR 28, Carl Albert 21 Friday’s games Class 6A-I JENKS 31, Southmoore 13 OWASSO 21, Westmoore 14 TULSA UNION 34, Edmond Memorial 20 BROKEN ARROW 24, Mustang 21 Class 6A-II BIXBY 42, Stillwater 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Sand Springs 21 LAWTON 44, Bartlesville 17 TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Choctaw 28 Class 5A ARDMORE 24, Bishop McGuinness 17 COWETA 21, Shawnee 20 SKIATOOK 28, Tahlequah 14 GUTHRIE 30, Altus 22 DEER CREEK 42, Del City 34 MCALESTER 45, Tulsa Edison 14 COLLINSVILLE 32, Tulsa Memorial 26 Class 4A ANADARKO 35, Tuttle 14 METRO CHR. 30, Catoosa 22 WAGONER 34, Sallisaw 18 ADA 28, Weatherford 14 HARRAH 38, Clinton 20 OOLOGAH 17, Poteau 14 FORT GIBSON 24, Cascia Hall 20 NEWCASTLE 28, Glenpool 7 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 14 PURCELL 27, Plainview 16 BEGGS 28, Verdigris 13 EUFAULA 30, Seq. Claremore 10 LONE GROVE 21, Jones 20 DOUGLASS 42, Perkins 35 LOCUST GROVE 49, Spiro 14 BERRYHILL 28, Victory Christian 27 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Hilldale 17 Idabel 36, WESTVILLE 20 BETHANY 28, Cushing 20 MARLOW 20, Little Axe 14 ROLAND 28, Seq. Tahlequah 7 CHECOTAH 34, Sperry 27 SEMINOLE 28, Sulphur 7 KINGFISHER 26, John Marshall 22 Class 2A HENNESSEY 44, Luther 30 LINDSAY 21, Coalgate 12 HARTSHORNE 38, Wewoka 14 Haskell 21, WYANDOTTE 20 DAVIS, 49, Walters 7 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 27, Perry 12 ADAIR 40, Commerce 6 CHANDLER 35, Panama 30 STROUD 21, Antlers 14 COLCORD 32, Pawhuska 14 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Newkirk 7 KINGSTON 28, Dibble 27 NOWATA 42, Salina 7 VIAN 24, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 27, Hugo 14 CHISHOLM 28, Millwood 27 Class A THOMAS 42, Carnegie 0 Minco 28, HEALDTON 24 KIEFER 42, Oklahoma Bible 6 SAVANNA 28, Rejoice Christian 21 WYNNEWOOD 35, Rush Springs 6 HOLLIS 32, Mooreland 16 KETCHUM 26, Quinton 12 CROSSINGS CHR. 31, Hominy 28 CASHION 48, Mounds 6 Central Sallisaw 27, AFTON 24 APACHE 30, Texhoma 18 STRATFORD 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 42, Quapaw 7 MORRISON 34, Okeene 14 RINGLING 38, Elmore City 20 Cordell 27, FAIRVIEW 22 Class B LAVERNE 54, Geary 8 KEOTA 34, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 46, Wetumka 0 MAYSVILLE 46, Seiling 36 ALEX 42, Turpin 28 Weleetka 38, OAKS 32 DEWAR 48, Depew 34 POND CREEK-HUNTER 50, Maud 22 Class C CHEROKEE 52, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Deer Creek-Lamont 30 BLUEJACKET 44, Webbers Falls 12 Shattuck 28, GRANDFIELD 24 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 COYLE 56, Thackerville 24 FOX 52, Covington-Douglas 6 BALKO 38, Ryan 20 * Home team in CAPS