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|2012-09-14||vs||Heritage Hall||W||12 - 0|
|2012-09-21||@||Konawa||W||55 - 0|
|2012-09-28||vs||Lexington||W||50 - 0|
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|2012-11-09||vs||Comanche||W||59 - 12|
|2012-11-16||vs||Millwood||W||42 - 28|
|2012-11-23||@||Adair||W||34 - 33|
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|2012-12-08||vs||Oklahoma Christian||L||41 - 44|
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Sep 15, 2014
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have their issues on third down. Goal-line stands are another matter altogether.For the second straight week, Denver's remodeled defense mustered a pair of goal line stands to fend off an opponent in a tight game.Terrance Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe from the 2 with 15 seconds left Sunday, preserving Denver's 24-17 win over...
Denver's defense secures 24-17 win over Chiefs
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 15, 2014DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have their issues on third down. Goal-line stands are another matter altogether. For the second straight week, Denver's remodeled defense mustered a pair of goal line stands to fend off an opponent in a tight game. Terrance Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe from the 2 with 15 seconds left Sunday, preserving Denver's 24-17 win over the injury-riddled Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs (0-2) also came up empty on a 19-play drive to start the second half that ate up 10 minutes and ended when Cairo Santos, who beat out veteran Ryan Succop in camp, was wide right on a 37-yard field-goal try. The Chiefs converted 11 of 16 third downs and controlled the clock in the second half, keeping Peyton Manning on the sideline for all but 9:46. "It's part of football," said Manning, who was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. "I've been in games like that where you get excited on third-and-long, start warming up, ready to get out there. The defense out there, they were maybe bending a little, but not breaking." As coach John Fox told his team afterward: "Never apologize for getting wins in this league, men." The Broncos aren't pretty but they're perfect heading into next week's showdown in Seattle, where they'll face a Seahawks team that handed them a Super Bowl shellacking and then talked trash about them in the offseason. Whenever things got tough during offseason training for the Broncos, players took to hollering, "35!" — their margin of defeat in that nightmare at the Meadowlands eight months ago. The Seahawks lost 30-21 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. "I'm so ready for this week," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "I'm going to make sure everybody's on point and make sure that we don't kill ourselves and beat ourselves. Because if we're going to beat the Seattle Seahawks, we can't go down there with these mental mistakes and dumb penalties that we've been having." Twice before Knighton's game-saver, the Broncos thought they'd turned back the Chiefs on their final drive. Aqib Talib's interception return for a TD earlier in the drive was negated when Quanterus Smith jumped offside. And Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was changed to an incomplete pass after a review. Other takeaways from Denver's 12th win in its last 13 games against AFC West opponents: TWO-WAY TERRANCE? Knighton is a nose tackle with a nose for the ball, and for good reason: he was tight end in high school. "I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Knighton said after deflecting Kansas City's last gasp by reaching up and deflecting Smith's pass with his right arm. So, what would it take for Manning to have Knighton line up with him as a not-so-secret offensive weapon, like J.J. Watt did in Oakland on Sunday? "Might have to send two guys out of the game to put Terrance in there," Manning deadpanned. "Believe it or not, I have thrown some passes to him in practice and he does have good hands. I will vouch for that. High school receiver, he says." VICKERSON'S UNHAPPY HOMECOMING: Chiefs defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson had just one tackle in his return to Denver, dumping Montee Ball for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter. "It was a little bit different. Just my familiarity with these guys helped me out a lot," Vickerson said. "But other than that, the game is the game. Football don't change, players do." The ninth-year veteran was the final cut in Denver this season, beaten out by a younger, cheaper and healthier Mitch Unrein. Vickerson signed a one-year deal with Kansas City last week after defensive tackle Mike DeVito got hurt. "They made a business decision, I made a business decision," Vickerson said. "I get another shot at them. We're going to do a split. They got us this one, but we're going to get them next time." The rematch is Nov. 30 at Arrowhead. INJURY EPIDEMIC: After losing three starters to season-ending injuries in their opener, the Chiefs lost two key starters to ankle injuries. They had hoped to get All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles more carries after he ran just seven times in the opener, but Charles left with an ankle injury in the first half, as did safety Eric Berry. Charles had just two carries for 4 yards and one catch for 8. Backup Knile Davis ran 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, but the Chiefs sorely missed Charles on their two drives that stalled after getting inside Denver's 5-yard line. "Everything is magnified down there," Smith said. "It hurts to have him out." Notes: While Bowe returned from his one-game suspension and caught three passes for 40 yards, the Broncos were without WR Wes Welker again. His four-game suspension could be rescinded this week if the NFL signs off on the new drug policy that the NFLPA rubber-stamped on Friday. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
Sep 14, 2014
DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense."I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to...
Broncos fend off Chiefs 24-17 with goal-line stand
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 14, 2014DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense. "I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to Dwayne Bowe with 15 seconds left. He was engaged with center Rodney Hudson when he reached up and felt the football smack into his right arm, then skitter harmlessly into the end zone. "I'd rather it my arm than theirs," said Knighton. So, what would it take for Peyton Manning to have Knighton line up with him as a not-so-secret offensive weapon, like J.J. Watt did in Oakland on Sunday? "Might have to send two guys out of the game to put Terrance in there," Manning deadpanned. "Believe it or not, I have thrown some passes to him in practice and he does have good hands. I will vouch for that. High school receiver, he says." The Broncos (2-0) didn't think it would come down to another goal line stand, but Aqib Talib's interception return for a TD earlier in the drive was negated when Quanterus Smith jumped offside. Then, Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was changed to an incomplete pass after a review. "We had two takeaways taken away," Broncos coach John Fox said. "There are going to be things we'll look at that we need to improve on. But we'll take every 'W' we get." The Chiefs (0-2), without All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles for much of the game, converted 11 of 16 third-down opportunities overall. They just couldn't capitalize in the biggest moments as the Broncos mustered two goal-line stands for the second straight week. Manning was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, but spent most of the game on the sideline. The Broncos had the ball for less than 10 minutes in the second half. "It's part of football," Manning said. "I've been in games like that where you get excited on third-and-long, start warming up, ready to get out there. The defense out there, they were maybe bending a little, but not breaking." Smith was 26 of 42 for 255 yards, and Knile Davis ran 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City. Charles left with an ankle injury in the first half, as did safety Eric Berry. Without Wes Welker for the second straight game and facing a defense that lost Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and tackle Mike DeVito last week, Manning targeted his tight ends again. He found Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme for 4-yard TDs in the first half. Manning also threw a 12-yarder to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos (2-0) head to Seattle (1-1) next week not exactly with a head of steam. They'll face the Seahawks, who handed them a Super Bowl shellacking and then talked trash about them in the offseason. The Broncos have their issues on third downs, but they certainly have come up big on the goal line. Smith led the Chiefs on a 19-play drive that ate up 10 minutes coming out of halftime. They came up empty after getting to the Denver 4 on the strength of five third-down conversions. "I guess that answered the question if we're out of shape," Knighton said. An offensive holding call and linebacker Brandon Marshall's sack dropped the Chiefs back to the 19. Cairo Santos, who beat out veteran Ryan Succop in camp, was wide right on a 37-yard field goal attempt. "We've got to punch it in, bottom line," said Bowe, who caught three passes for 40 yards in his return from a one-game suspension. The Chiefs got it right the next time, converting three third downs on a 14-play drive that covered 90 yards. Davis trotted in from 4 yards, pulling Kansas City to 21-17 with 7:11 left. Santos, however, failed to kick a touchback and Bubba Caldwell returned it 54 yards, setting up Brandon McManus' 20-yard field goal with 3:27 left. Coach Andy Reid said he doesn't regret cutting Succop and keeping Santos: "Our guy's got to kick better right now but I don't ever look back on those things." Kansas City was trying to get Charles more involved after giving him just seven carries against Tennessee in the opener. But he left after running just twice for 4 yards and catching one pass for 8 yards. Reid blamed himself for poor play calls in the red zone, but Smith said Charles' absence was sorely felt close to the goal line. "Everything is magnified down there," Smith said. "It hurts to have him out." Notes: Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos with eight catches for 108 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career. ... Demaryius Thomas had an 80-yard TD catch negated when right tackle Chris Clark was whistled for being downfield. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Sep 14, 2014
Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west.
Top 10 games for Week 3 of Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 14, 2014The final week of non-district games for most teams, Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west. Here are the top 10 games of Week 3: No. 1: Norman North (2-0) at Westmoore (2-0) No. 2: Heritage Hall (2-0) at Davis (2-0) No. 3: Pryor (2-0) at McAlester (2-0) No. 4: Cascia Hall (2-0) at Millwood (2-0) No. 5: Broken Arrow (1-1) at Tulsa Union (1-1) No. 6: Jenks (1-1) at Owasso (2-0) No. 7: Wagoner (1-1) at Fort Gibson (2-0) No. 8: Talihina (2-0) at Christian Heritage (2-0) No. 9: Del City (1-1) at Midwest City (1-1) No. 10: Mustang (1-1) at Edmond Memorial (2-0), Thursday
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 6, 2014
Victory Christian defeated Jones 37-20 in the opening game, and Davis topped Vian 20-6 in the main event of the TotallyTickets.com Kickoff Classic at Choctaw’s Bill Jensen Field .
High school football doubleheader in Choctaw a big hit
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 6, 2014CHOCTAW — If Choctaw athletic director Todd Dilbeck could have ordered up some better weather, he would have, but otherwise, the first-ever TotallyTickets.com Kickoff Classic at Choctaw’s Bill Jensen Field was a big hit. “It was something different,” said Jones coach Dave Martin, whose team played in the first game of Saturday’s high school football doubleheader. “It brought a little buzz to the kids and the situation. The weather was a damper, but it’s a great event, and I’d like to see more stuff like this early in the season.” Martin and Davis coach Jody Weber were two of the men who began the conversation about the possibility of a neutral-site doubleheader. They got in touch with Dilbeck, and the idea took off. “They contacted me, and we told them we’d love to be a part of it,” Dilbeck said. “We thought it would be great for Oklahoma. No one’s ever really done anything like this. We thought it would be a great one-day event. You can pay $5 and watch two great games.” Dilbeck wants to continue the event, and said they might even add a third game eventually. He brought in sponsors like TotallyTickets.com and Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedics Institute. After Dilbeck paid his workers, the rest of the ticket proceeds were to be split four ways and sent to the participating schools. Victory Christian defeated Jones 37-20 in the opening game, and Davis topped Vian 20-6 in the main event, which matched the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in Class 2A. “It was different than what we’re used to, but we enjoyed that,” Victory Christian quarterback Keats Calhoon said. “It was good playing in the morning, because now we have the whole day to celebrate.” The event took plenty of planning, and Choctaw’s own game made things tough, too. The Yellowjackets played at Sapulpa Friday night. “It was tricky, because I got home at 2 a.m. and had to be back up here at 6 a.m.,” Dilbeck said. “There was a lot of work to be done ahead of time, and it’s a little hectic. But I’m just thankful that I’ve got good coaches and supporters to help out.” The college football folks didn’t help out, aligning the Oklahoma-Tulsa and OSU-Missouri State games with the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. kickoff times at Choctaw. But crowds were still strong, particularly for the Davis-Vian game, with two football-crazy towns in a rematch of last year’s Class 2A semifinals. And the neutral site added a playoff feel, starting with the team preparations. “In the playoffs, we typically have to make one really long trip,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “Now this isn’t a really long trip, but logistically with a 3 p.m. start, trying to get meals and all that — it’s good to go through that stuff now. “Having to get ready for something quite a bit different from normal is gonna be good for our kids in the long run.” The uniqueness of the event generated excitement, and that’s what the organizers hope to build on. “When I was coaching down in Texas, we did it quite a bit. Why not Oklahoma?” Martin said. “It’s a cool deal, and Choctaw did an incredible job hosting this. “If it got big enough, maybe you could even get some television revenue. A lot of other places can do it. I don’t see why we couldn’t do it here in Oklahoma.”
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 1
Trent Shadid | Sep 4, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 38 OCS 24, Ringling 20 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 31, Owasso 17 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Brad Ballard era at Tuttle gets off to a roaring start with a win over a nearby rival and top-10 opponent. Jacob Unruh Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 17 Davis 27, Vian 24 Lawton MacArthur 35, Clinton 28 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 28, Tulsa Union 20 Kingfisher 28, Woodward 21 Tuttle 35, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 24 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 21, Owasso 15 Lock of the week: Kingfisher over Woodward. The Yellowjackets looked impressive in a scrimmage against Blanchard last week and have key weapons like Kaden Jackson and Jace Sternberger back on defense that will cause problems for any offense. Trent Shadid Midwest City 20, Tulsa Washington 13 Davis 35, Vian 34 Lawton MacArthur 28, Clinton 22 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 24, Tulsa Union 21 Kingfisher 27, Woodward 21 Tuttle 38, Blanchard 28 Casady 37, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 30 Southmoore 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Broken Arrow 28, Owasso 13 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Tigers are going through their first coaching change in 21 years, but the Lions have much more to overcome early in the season after graduating nearly every key contributor from last season’s Class 3A runner-up squad. *Heritage Hall at Casady and Edmond Memorial at Southmoore will be played on Thursday night. All the other games, excluding Davis vs. Vian on Saturday afternoon in Choctaw, will be played on Friday night.
Sep 3, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin has something in common with the man writing his paycheck.Bersin was placed on Carolina's 53-man roster over the weekend, becoming only the second player from Wofford College to make an NFL team. The other is Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, a receiver for the Baltimore Colts more than a half century ago."That's an honor,...
Panthers WR Bersin follows NFL owner's footsteps
STEVE REED, Associated Press | Sep 3, 2014CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin has something in common with the man writing his paycheck. Bersin was placed on Carolina's 53-man roster over the weekend, becoming only the second player from Wofford College to make an NFL team. The other is Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, a receiver for the Baltimore Colts more than a half century ago. "That's an honor, right there," Bersin said. The 24-year-old Bersin can only hope for the same success as Richardson, who caught a touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL Championship game — and later his used his rookie signing bonus to open a successful burger chain and eventually bring the expansion Panthers to the Carolinas. Bersin isn't too worried about opening a chain of burger restaurants, let alone owning an NFL team. His goal is much simpler: to make an impact with the Panthers. If Bersin can succeed, it would be the completion of a fairytale story. He grew up in Charlotte and attended high school just minutes from where the Panthers play. He attended the team's first regular-season home game in 1995 at Clemson University as a 5-year-old. He's been following the Panthers ever since, so playing for Richardson is a dream come true. "I haven't talked to him," said Bersin, his shoulder length blond hair pulled back in a ponytail. "I don't think he communicates with the players that much. I haven't gotten a congratulatory call, but if I see him I will talk to him about it." Bersin's story is one of perseverance. He signed with Carolina as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and was cut twice by the team. Earlier this year he thought about getting a "real job" in financing, but instead agreed to play for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena League. Bersin said that experience, along with facing Carolina's No. 2 ranked defense every day in practice as a member of the scout team has elevated his game. Panthers coach Ron Rivera has noticed Bersin's steady progression. "He's a gifted athlete to begin with and he's a smart, intelligent football player," Rivera said. "It was a matter of developing him, and he did that very quickly over the last couple of seasons. It doesn't surprise me he made the team because of the way he plays and how he works. "He made plays (in the preseason) when he had opportunities. He made plays in traffic and made clutch plays." Bersin's next challenge is to find his way on the field in the regular season. He's one of five receivers on Carolina's roster, and it's unclear if he'll be among the 46 active players come Sunday when the Panthers visit Tampa Bay. Rivera has already said he considers rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant his top three receivers, which leaves Bersin in a fight with undrafted rookie Philly Brown for the No. 4 receiver spot. Brown could have an edge because he can return punts and kickoffs. Bersin has plenty of folks rooting for him. "I love him as a player and a person and I've been one of his biggest supporters," veteran linebacker Thomas Davis said. "Now it's about him continuing to grow from what he's accomplished. And I think he'll be big this year for us. I've watched him get better and continue to make plays." Bersin said he thought about giving up on his NFL dream at one point, but decided against it. Now his dream of playing for the Panthers has come true. "It's always been taught to me since I was a little kid — don't quit," Bersin said. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 2, 2014
New offensive coordinator Brian Sauser is putting in an offense that uses no-huddle and shotgun principles similar to what the Millers have run in the past, but he is more focused on one- and two-tight end sets that benefit the run game.
Yukon football: Bill Young's Millers adapting to new offense and defense
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 2, 2014YUKON — Everything seems to be changing at Yukon. New head coach Bill Young, who has spent more than three decades at the top level of college football, and briefly in the NFL, is installing a new defensive system. And Brian Sauser, a former head coach at a couple of Iowa high schools, is bringing a different offensive scheme to Yukon. So the learning curve has made for some tough August practices at Miller Stadium. “We’re a long way from being a good football team,” Young said. “Our players and coaches are all working extremely hard, but we’ve got a long way to go right now.” Sauser is putting in an offense that uses no-huddle and shotgun principles similar to what the Millers have run in the past, but he is more focused on one- and two-tight end sets that benefit the run game. It seems like a perfect marriage, considering Yukon’s offensive strengths this season are at running back and offensive line. Shane Block, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle who has a scholarship offer from North Texas, anchors the front along with Tyler Stilwell (6-3, 265). A trio of running backs will get their chance to carry the ball, and all three have varsity experience. Hunter Sconce and Caleb Davis were useful backs last year, while Morgan Neal rushed for 1,600 yards at Tuttle. “We’ll definitely be a run-first team, but we want to play fast,” Sauser said. “We try to be as diverse as we can, but in a way that’s simple for our kids to learn. “We want to formation people to death, but run five or six basic plays.” Christian Gordon steps into the starting quarterback role, and can provide dual-threat capabilities. “He’s got good speed, a smart kid,” Sauser said. “He’s done a really good job managing the offense. He understands things really quickly, which helps.” Cooper Stanley, Ryan Andraszek, Hunter Blanchard and Noah Gillett anchor the Millers’ front seven, while safety Tucker Doyle (6-2, 200) provides a big body on the back end. “One of our issues is that we have so many guys playing two ways,” Young said. “If our success is going to be based on anything, it’ll be based on us developing a two-deep, because guys at this level just can’t play a whole game both ways.”
The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries.
Oklahoma high school football: Top 10 games for Week 1 of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 31, 2014The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries. Here are the top 10 games of the season’s first week: No. 1 Class 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City No. 2 Class 2A No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian, 3 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw No. 3 Class 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur at Class 4A No. 3 Clinton No. 4 Class 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union at Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas No. 5 Class 4A No. 5 Woodward at 3A No. 1 Kingfisher No. 6 Class 3A No. 6 Blanchard at 4A No. 6 Tuttle No. 7 Class 3A No. 7 Heritage Hall at Casady (1-0), Thursday No. 8 Class 2A No. 10 OCS at Class A No. 2 Ringling No. 9 Class 6A-I No. 6 Edmond Memorial at No. 9 Southmoore No. 10 Class 6A-I No. 10 Owasso at No. 5 Broken Arrow *-All games Friday unless noted
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Aug 26, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — It's easy to lose Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis on the football field. At just 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds, he can often slice through creases in the defense or slip behind the offensive line undetected.And when that happens, the other team is usually in trouble.Lewis might be the most versatile player in the Southeastern Conference. He's listed as a receiver, but pulled...
MSU's Lewis a threat to run, catch and throw
DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Aug 26, 2014STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — It's easy to lose Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis on the football field. At just 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds, he can often slice through creases in the defense or slip behind the offensive line undetected. And when that happens, the other team is usually in trouble. Lewis might be the most versatile player in the Southeastern Conference. He's listed as a receiver, but pulled the rare trifecta last season of accounting for a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game. Even more impressive: He did it twice. "I am glad I caught some eyes last year," Lewis said. "But I think the best is yet to come." Mississippi State opens its season against Southern Mississippi on Saturday at newly remodeled Davis Wade Stadium. Bulldogs' quarterback Dak Prescott is the undeniable focal point of the offense this season after throwing for 1,940 yards and rushing for 829 more in 2013, but Lewis isn't far behind as the second option. The senior led the team with 64 catches for 923 yards and five touchdowns while needing just 13 carries to rush for 117 yards and three touchdowns. Then there was the passing threat: He completed all three of his attempts for 84 yards and three touchdowns. His quarterback efficiency rating? 665.2. For a quick comparison, Johnny Manziel's was 172.9 last season. Lewis and Prescott work together well when paired together in the backfield. And Lewis' throwing ability have even allowed Prescott to moonlight as a receiver: He was the one who caught two of the receiver's touchdown passes. "It's the best, really," Prescott said. "You can get the ball to him quick, hand it off to him. Just get it to him in the open field and he is going to make plays. I have that confidence in him that, down field 1-on-1 with that defender on him, I have the confidence in him and he knows I am going to throw him the ball." Lewis was a high school quarterback and is comfortable throwing passes. The Bulldogs need him to have a big senior season, and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is confident Lewis can still bring an element of surprise. "The key to trick plays is when you call them," Mullen said. "Inherently, you draw up a trick play and there's a lot of danger to call it. It can be a big hit or it can be a big miss. So a lot of times it's more the 'when,' not the 'what' you're calling." Mullen has never been afraid to call trick plays. Lewis was his go-to man last season, but there might be a few more wrinkles in the future. "I think our personnel gives us the flexibility to be able to do that," Mullen said. "When we get guys who are high school quarterbacks — not just with Jameon Lewis but now you've got Gabe Myles — you have guys who are going to be comfortable doing things." Lewis says he's excited about the season opener because he was recruited by Southern Miss and has some former high school teammates who play for the Golden Eagles. But he cautioned against expecting too much in the season opener. "Yeah, we got some of those packages still," said Lewis. "But I am pretty sure we're not gonna pull those out until mid-season when games get real." ___ Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP
Strange but True column by Bill Sones and Rich Sones
Roller coasters date back 400 years
BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D., For The Oklahoman | Aug 26, 2014STRANGE BUT TRUE Q: Who invented the roller coaster and how long can you stay on one? A: “When Russian daredevils got bored sledding down hills in the 1600s, they decided to ramp things up by building ‘flying mountains’ — elaborate five-story ice ramps with drops as steep as 50 degrees,” say Noah Davis and Lucas Reilly in Mental Floss magazine. They sledded on hollowed-out blocks of ice, but in 1804 the French added a track and wheels, though the wheels had a tendency to fly off. “By the 1840s, centrifugal railways featured the first loop-de-loops, flipping riders around a perfect circle that created G-forces three times stronger than most modern coasters.” As to the length of a ride, Richard Rodriguez in 2007 spent 17 straight days and nights on a roller coaster in Blackpool, England — eating, drinking and sleeping there with only a five-minute break every hour to clean up and use the bathroom. Five years later, Rodriguez upped his riding time to 112 consecutive days, though he did take the night off when the park closed. Q: Statistically speaking, there are differences between percentage rates and total numbers, differences between men and women from one country to the next and from one year to the next. Taken together, some of the numbers are encouraging, others are quite deadly. Do you get our drift here? A: We’re talking about smoking. First, the encouraging numbers: From 1980 to 2012, global smoking rates declined from 41 percent to 31 percent among men, and from nearly 11 percent to 6 percent among women, reports Science News magazine, drawing on data from the Journal of the American Medical Association. “But because of population growth, the total number of daily smokers increased from 721 million to 967 million” — for an increase of some 246 million. And in just about every country, many more men than women still smoke. And for one of the truly discouraging numbers: An estimated 5.7 million people worldwide died from smoking in 2010 alone. Q: When you’re a dentist with a longtime interest in craniofacial work, particularly on children with deformities, how might they signal back to you just how important your work has been to them? A: Just ask Dr. Jerold Goldberg, dentist and former dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, who believes such work can be deeply gratifying and can have an enormous impact on kids’ lives, says Bill Lubinger in Think: A Magazine of Case Western Reserve University. The doctor recounts treating one 8-year-old boy who required some segments of hipbone put in his jaw. Over the course of three or four operations, “We moved his whole upper jaw and the middle of his face forward.” Then, when he was a senior and ready to graduate, the only fix-it work remaining was to his slightly asymmetrical nose. Goldberg recalls their conversation: “You and I have been through a lot, so when you get your nose fixed there, you’ll be done.” Looking at the doctor intently, the young man replied, “Doctor, I’m graduating from high school, I’m going to Notre Dame, I have a football scholarship, and I’m dating the best-looking girl in school. Why exactly do I have to get my nose done?” What a question, thought Goldberg, who looked back at him and said, “You know something? Silly me, I guess you don’t.” Send questions to brothers Bill and Rich Sones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 25, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — It's a tough time to be Auburn's coach, no matter how easy Gus Malzahn has made it look.Nick Saban has had rival Alabama collecting five-star recruits and national titles with such relentless regularity that fans and pundits whisper he may be one of the most talented college coaches ever.Then comes Malzahn, a former Arkansas high school coach who led the sixth-ranked Tigers...
Malzahn's impact makes Iron Bowl even more heated
JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2014AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — It's a tough time to be Auburn's coach, no matter how easy Gus Malzahn has made it look. Nick Saban has had rival Alabama collecting five-star recruits and national titles with such relentless regularity that fans and pundits whisper he may be one of the most talented college coaches ever. Then comes Malzahn, a former Arkansas high school coach who led the sixth-ranked Tigers to the Southeastern Conference title and national championship game in his first season. The run included a tense first Iron Bowl matchup decided only when Chris Davis crossed the goal line to cap a 109-yard return of a missed field goal. Then there was a new question: Has Auburn finally found a coach who can stand up to Saban? After all, Malzahn & Co. had stationed Davis in the end zone in the first place. "Without almost any warning, he's being challenged not by Urban Meyer or Bob Stoops, he's being challenged by somebody right down the highway who was a high school football coach eight or nine years ago," ESPN commentator and radio talk show host Paul Finebaum said of Saban. Malzahn has a long way to go to challenge Saban's résumé, which includes three national titles at Alabama and one at LSU. His Tigers open against his home state team, Arkansas, on Saturday. Still, the Iron Bowl suddenly seems even more intriguing than usual going into this season, and that's saying something for a rivalry that permeates offices, churches and just about everywhere else in the state year-round. Alabama and Auburn have combined for four of the last five national titles but are both entering a season with Top 10 rankings for only the fourth time. It's Malzahn's offense versus Saban's defense. Tempo versus pro-style. New-school versus old-school. If one classic Iron Bowl isn't enough evidence that it could be something to watch the next few seasons, then how about two? If Malzahn wins again this season, Finebaum said, "It would be one of the greatest seismic shifts in recent college football history." Malzahn was offensive coordinator during Auburn's national championship season in 2010 that featured the biggest comeback in the rivalry's history, a Cam Newton-fueled 28-27 win by the Tigers. Steve Spurrier is a believer in his pal Malzahn, who shares his knack for playcalling and offensive innovation. Malzahn shaped his offense around Newton's super-sized abilities for passing and power runs. "Gus Malzahn is one of the best coaches in the country, not just the SEC," Spurrier said at the league's media days. "I think everybody knows that. They didn't win that national championship unless he was there." Auburn has fired two head coaches whose tenures were culminated by poundings from Saban and the Tide. Tommy Tuberville's final game at Auburn was a 36-0 defeat. Gene Chizik was gone the day after a 49-0 Iron Bowl loss, and lost 42-14 the year after the comeback win. A final, dreadful season came after Malzahn had left to take over at Arkansas State. Both coaches had directed Auburn to undefeated seasons. Malzahn, like Saban, has singular focus and seems an unlikely candidate to get sidetracked by success. He often celebrates big plays with a fist-pumping "Boom" and victories with a trip to Waffle House, just like when he was coaching high school. "You've just got to take it one game at a time," Malzahn said. "You can enjoy it if you win, right there for that moment. Then you've got to put it behind you and think about the next game and just the process and everything that goes with it." Auburn's offense went from struggling to leading the nation in rushing in Malzahn's first season. His veteran coaching staff also remained intact after last season, a good indicator of stability. Tight end C.J. Uzomah calls him "a football genius" and doesn't worry about rival coaches solving Malzahn's versatile up-tempo offense. "I think he's definitely got enough tricks in his bag to be able to adjust for 50 years," Uzomah said. Associate head coach Rodney Garner played for the Tigers during Pat Dye's run of four straight SEC titles starting in the late 1980s and said Malzahn's competitiveness reminds him of his old coach. Bespectacled and cerebral, he seldom publicly displays much emotion off the sidelines and doesn't have the famous Saban scowl to show off his feisty side. Garner said that's misleading. "I think he is definitely competitive enough. I think he's tough enough. I think it's a bad rap when people question his toughness, he's a tough guy." He added: "He has high expectations for everything that he's touching."
Aug 25, 2014
1. Davis (15-0): Star QB Blake Summers is back to lead the Wolves’ repeat quest. 2. Vian (13-1): Senior QB/LB Rylee Simon has led the Wolverines to a 38-3 record as a three-year starter. 3. Hennessey (11-2): The Eagles are looking for an eighth straight 10-win season with several key players returning. 4. Millwood (14-1): The Falcons are still expected to contend for a state title despite...
High school football: Class 2A preseason rankings
BY TRENT SHADID | Aug 25, 20141. Davis (15-0): Star QB Blake Summers is back to lead the Wolves’ repeat quest. 2. Vian (13-1): Senior QB/LB Rylee Simon has led the Wolverines to a 38-3 record as a three-year starter. 3. Hennessey (11-2): The Eagles are looking for an eighth straight 10-win season with several key players returning. 4. Millwood (14-1): The Falcons are still expected to contend for a state title despite replacing most of their standout players from 2013. 5. Adair (11-2): QB/DB B.J. Bradbury returns after throwing for over 3,300 total yards as a freshman last season. 6. Nowata (10-2): QB Wyatt Steigerwald leads a group of 17 seniors and nine returning offensive starters. 7. Christian Heritage (8-4): Expectations are high with all four defensive line starters and several skill position players returning. 8. Hartshorne (11-3): The Miners must replace their starting QB and RB from last season’s semifinal team. 9. Stroud (6-5): A strong offensive line will be relied on to make holes for RB Alex Boodt. 10. Oklahoma Christian (9-4): Senior RB/LB Luke Frankfurt has led the Saints in tackles the past three years. 11. Washington (8-3): WR Brady Kulbeth and RB Luke Ladlee lead the Warriors’ speedy offense after both accounted for over 1,000 yards last season. 12. Hobart (7-4): RB Aaron Hernandez and QB Kellan Smith are back after helping lead the Bearcats to the playoffs in 2013. 13. Chisholm (9-2): Senior QB Taggart Brown threw for 1,762 yards last season and returns top target Austin Swann. 14. Tonkawa (5-5): The Buccaneers haven’t finished better than 6-5 since winning the Class A title in 2009. 15. Commerce (11-1): Junior RB Trenton Barr will replace 2,000-yard rusher D.C. Chance in the backfield. 16. Okemah (9-3): Senior lineman Tanner Britt and Adam Hill lead a strong front on both sides of the ball. 17. Lindsay (8-3): Expectations are high for Lindsay with eight starters back on each side of the ball including star QB/S Jake Standridge. 18. Colcord (7-4): QB Caleb Shawver threw for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season. 19. Chandler (5-5): The Lions are back in Class 2A after never finishing better than 5-5 during the past four seasons in 3A. 20. Luther (4-6): Junior Maurice Wright accounted for 1,460 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns at RB and WR last season. 21. Alva (7-4): The Goldbugs must replace a four-year starter at QB in Ty Hooper. 22. Crooked Oak (6-5): WR Sanardo Ballard had 740 yards and 10 touchdowns in the Ruf Nex’ rushing offense last season. 23. Hugo (7-4): Reed Wallace leads the defense at linebacker with 12 career sacks. 24. Salina (9-3): The Wildcats will look for success behind their running game and defense. 25. Lexington (5-6): The Bulldogs will rely on an experienced offensive line led by 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior Tyler Brown. 26. Frederick (4-7): The Bombers finished below .500 last season for the first time since 2008. 27. Kansas (6-5): Jared Hogshooter takes the reigns at quarterback after throwing nine touchdowns in eight games last year. 28. Kingston (7-4): Danny Charlie looks to lead the team in tackles for a third straight season. 29. Panama (7-4): Senior linebacker Gabe Harp, a four-year starter, leads a veteran group. 30. Pawhuska (4-7): Senior TE/WR Marshall Tolson is one of five returning starters on offense. 31. Dibble (4-6): Senior DB Braeden James returns with 15 career interceptions. 32. Chouteau (4-6): The Wildcats are looking to improve on their 16 points per game mark in 2013. 33. Marietta (5-6): Entering this season, the Indians are looking for a third straight playoff appearance. 34. Haskell (5-6): The Haymakers look to return to the playoffs after a first-round exit last season. 35. Pocola (3-7): The Indians showed solid offensive production last season, averaging nearly 30 points per game. 36. Chelsea (3-8): The Dragons return seven starters on offense including junior running back Zack Eidschun. 37. Perry (4-6): The Maroons finished last season on a three-game winning streak. 38. Antlers (4-6): Two road losses to finish 2013 cost Antlers a trip to the playoffs. 39. Henryetta (2-8): The Knights move down to 2A after only managing two wins in Class 3A a year ago. 40. Wewoka (6-5): Junior Tre Roberts returns as a three-year starter while the Tigers transition up to 2A. 41. Wyandotte (5-5): Seniors Clayton Stone and Seth Shettlesworth return after combining for over 1,500 yards rushing last season. 42. Oklahoma Union (3-7): The Cougars look to shore up a defense that allowed 26 points per game last season. 43. Pawnee (2-8): Junior QB Nathan Brock leads a group of eight returning starters on offense. 44. Holdenville (2-8): The Wolverines will rely on their running attack to help improve from last season. 45. Tishomingo (2-8): The Indians scored at least 21 points in seven games last season, but faltered defensively. 46. Newkirk (3-7): Senior QB Jaycee Johnston returns for his third straight year as the starter. 47. Hulbert (1-9): The Riders only managed nine points per game last year and never won on the road. 48. Caney Valley (2-8): The Trojans’ two wins came in the final three weeks of the season in 2013. 49. Coalgate (1-9): The Wildcats started 1-1 last season before dropping eight straight. 50. Wellston (1-9): The Tigers managed only one win last year while averaging 167 yards per game on the ground. 51. Northeast (1-9): The Vikings’ only bright spot of 2013 was a 59-0 win over SeeWorth Academy. 52. Atoka (0-10): The Wampus Cats are looking for more success in 2A after going winless in 3A last season. 53. Walters (2-8): Sophomore RB Kyle Graham rushed for 13 touchdowns as a freshman. 54. Prague (0-10): Former Hennessey and Purcell coach Shannon Watford takes over the Red Devils program. 55. Liberty (1-9): The Tigers move up from Class A where they surrendered 38 points per game last season. 56. Wilburton (0-10): The Diggers allowed over 60 points per game in 2013. BY TRENT SHADID, scott wright and chris Brannick
Aug 25, 2014
MAKING OF A CHAMPION: CONTINUITY — Since 1988 it’s been either Joe or Jody Weber in charge of the Wolves’ program. The consistency within the coaching staff, and its style of offense, has been essential to Davis’ five state championships.
Class 2A football: The more things change, the more they stay the same at Davis
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Aug 25, 2014DAVIS — Jody Weber calls his small southern Oklahoma community of Davis one of the best high school football towns in the country. “There might be some that are just as good, but there aren’t any that are better,” Weber said. Weber is referring to the passion and support surrounding the Class 2A program that he and his father Joe have built into a powerhouse. Since 1988 it’s been either Joe or Jody in charge of the Wolves’ program. Joe, now an assistant at Ada, guided the school to titles in 1990 and 1995. Jody took over in 2001 and won his first title last season with four previous runner-up finishes. The consistency within the coaching staff, and its style of offense, has been essential to Davis’ five state championships. The school won its first state title in 1979 running the triple option under coach Mickey Hoy. The offense hasn’t changed since. Hoy guided the Wolves to another title in 1986 with Joe on staff as an assistant. Even as the age of the spread offense began to take over, the Webers kept the triple option going despite most of the world giving up on the philosophy. “A college recruiter once told me it’s like there’s been a fence built around Davis and some of the outside stuff has stayed out,” said Jody Weber. “We’ve had just three coaches here for a long, long time and not much has changed.” The current version of the triple option in use at Davis is primarily based out of the wishbone formation, which was made widely popular by Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma teams. “There’s been wrinkles with it, but the basis of our offense has always been the triple option,” Weber said. “If we can’t do that, we aren’t going to be successful. We’re never going to stop doing that. We have other things that we do, but it’s all based on our ability to run that play.” Davis also currently has one of its most successful quarterbacks ever running the offense in senior Blake Summers, who led the Wolves in rushing with 1,800 yards last season. “I like when I get a chance to pass it, but this is Davis,” Summers said. “We’ve always been a running team. Ever since seventh grade you start learning that offense. People are trying to switch up their offense all the time and we’ve stuck to ours. It’s been good for a long time.” Weber says he’s never been a big proponent of scheme. Instead, success at Davis has been built around repetition and the players’ ability to understand their responsibilities. “We like to say what we do is unique, some people may say antiquated, but it works here because it’s always worked here,” Weber said. “It’s something that our kids identify with and our community identifies with. Our offense, it’s not a fun way to practice, but it works here for those reasons.”
Aug 24, 2014
Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m.
High school notebook: Choctaw to host Saturday doubleheader in Week 1
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 24, 2014When Choctaw began setting up a Sept. 6 doubleheader for the first week of high school football, the school wanted it to be a big event — and accomplished it with a season-opening matchup of Class 2A’s top teams. Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m. “We started talking about this a year ago, about doing something different,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “Most states have some sort of kickoff event (to open the season). We are excited about it.” Choctaw opens its season at Sapulpa on Sept. 5. BLANCHARD’S SHORES STRIKES OUT 18 Blanchard pitcher Jaden Shores has been off to a fast start this season. But nothing was more impressive than her performance Tuesday when she struck out 18 batters in a 1-0 softball win over Little Axe. “My team backed me up when I needed it,” she said. “It wasn’t like it was all me. They had a big part of it. They’re always there to pick me up.” Shores now has 67 strikeouts in 11 games for the Lions, who are 9-4 under first-year coach Desiree Booker. “She’s been pitching really well and all of our games have been very close,” Booker said. “A lot of it is just defensive effort by her. She’s getting them to put it in play but not over the top. They’re just not really getting ahold of her. “It helps a lot with confidence. She already is taking ownership of the mound. She’s completely stepped up for us and has definitely won us some ballgames.” SOUTHMOORE OFF TO DOMINANT START Class 6A defending softball champion Southmoore went 6-0 last week, continuing its dominance early in the season. The SaberCats are now 11-1 on the season — the only loss coming to Edmond North — and outscored their opponents 52-1 last week. “I feel like we are further along,” junior Arielle James said. “I think we’ve all matured during the summer with our travel teams and I think that’s really helped us.” Southmoore travels to Edmond Santa Fe on Monday. EDMOND MEMORIAL TAKES VOLLEYBALL TITLE IN BROKEN ARROW Edmond Memorial improved to 8-0 on the young volleyball season, sweeping its way to the championship at the Broken Arrow Tournament over the weekend. Memorial took out Tulsa Kelley in the title match, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23, getting 13 kills from sophomore Alli Evans, who was named tournament MVP. Bulldog seniors Kelsi Hughes and Livi Schiffner were named to the all-tournament team. Memorial finally gets to play on the home court this week, with tough matches against Norman North on Tuesday and a rematch with Kelley on Thursday.
Aug 23, 2014
While expectations lag for this season, it could be the buildup for 2015 and 2016, when the Cowboys should be primed to compete for the Big 12 title and beyond again.
Oklahoma State football: The re-making of a champion
By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Aug 23, 2014STILLWATER — Nobody in or around the Oklahoma State football program willingly allows for an anticipated drop-off. Nobody. Not even with 28 seniors missing from a year ago, as well as several other key contributors. “The past is the past,” linebacker Ryan Simmons said of the roster turnover. “This is a new year and this is what we have and what we’re working with. “It’s going to raise questions, because people don’t know what to expect. It happens every year. But as far as us going out and getting the job done, we’re held to the same standards as last year.” Of course, that’s the only acceptable attitude, with pride and man cards at risk. That’s the way it is everywhere this time of year, even in the camps of football failures like New Mexico and Tulane and Temple and Florida International. So freshmen and sophomores are waging a two-deep takeover at OSU? So No. 1-ranked and defending national champ Florida State is up first in a rugged schedule that also features road trips to Manhattan and Norman and Waco and Fort Worth — three of which carry Top 25 status? So the Cowboys, used to being in the middle of the Big 12 title chase, are now picked for the middle of the Big 12 standings? So it is. “We don’t try to look at that,” said junior cornerback Kevin Peterson. “We just try to keep going, play our hearts out. Win games. “It’s motivation. You never see yourself down like that. Just play games and let people know what you can do.” Still, anybody in or around the Oklahoma State football team would admit that the Cowboys are best built for 2015 and beyond, when the kids — and we do mean kids — will be past their Big 12 baptisms. That’s when the buzz-worthy players collected from what Cowboys coaches believe to be their best recruiting classes can pair talent with experience. “There’s just really no substitute for having experienced players,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. That’s not to say 2014 doesn’t offer hope and optimism. Oh, it’s there, beginning with the shot at taking on FSU to start the season. Yet no matter how the next three months play out, exceeding expectations or not, the bar for what comes next goes higher. Scouting ahead: The roster OSU’s roster is overrun with youth. Freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores dominate the squad’s overall makeup. The junior class is strong, setting up a vital core of talent and leadership for 2015. At the top, only 11 scholarship seniors can be counted. Youth will be served, too, with underclassmen holding spots all over the depth chart. There’s a lot of developing and growing up to be done. Showing up in practice is one thing. Getting it done on Saturdays is another. Still, by all accounts, this group of OSU youngsters is oozing with talent and a fire to become better. “They’re so eager,” Gundy said. “It’s so enjoyable to be around them. And I see the look in some of the young guys’ eyes. They’re considerably better than when they showed up here, just in this short period of time. It’s a lot of fun to be around. This team’s fun.” Scouting ahead: The playmakers OSU’s offense could be good. Really good. Now and in the coming years. The Cowboys carry but one senior at the skill positions, albeit a good one in running back Desmond Roland. All the other playmakers — and there are many — project to return, many for multiple years. At receiver, the Pokes are deep and talented. And young. And hungry. “I love those guys. Those guys are great,” said receivers coach Kasey Dunn. “It’s so much fun coming to work every day. It really is. I told them the other day, ‘This is a blast for us.’ “And every single one of them is coming back next year. I hope they are. We’re excited about what the future has for all those guys, a lot of young kids who are eager to learn. They come out and play. “They’re athletic. They’ve got really good ability and hands. A good work ethic. It’s fun.” Quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman are juniors, yet freshman Mason Rudolph is closing ground in a bid to be the QB of the future. John Kolar, a current high school commitment from Norman North, prepares to join the mix as well. Roland, a late-season find a year ago, will be missed. Yet already he’s in a job share with newcomer Tyreek Hill, whose speed and skills could make him the focus of the entire offense. Rennie Childs and Sione Palelei are waiting in the wings. And on the way is Ronald Jones II, one of the nation’s elite running back recruits. Scouting ahead: The offensive line An area of concern, especially with left tackle Devin Davis’ career in jeopardy, this year’s offensive line will require major contributions from underclassmen. Daniel Koenig and Chris Grisbhy are senior starters, while senior Brandon Garrett is a key backup. But there’s but one junior offensive lineman on the roster, with younger players filling critical roles. Center Paul Lewis and guard Zac Veatch are sophomore starters. Redshirt freshman Zach Crabtree is due to start at right tackle. And the backups are a mix of freshmen and sophomores, a crisis created by the injury to Davis and would-be starters Jake Jenkins and Travis Cross opting to get on with their lives, rather than return for senior seasons. Relying on so many unproven players can be frightening. Yet it’s also exciting — assuming, of course, the group gets bigger, stronger and better through experience. Scouting ahead: The defense The predominant storyline of the past six months: the Cowboys lost seven senior starters from last year’s defense. And the replacements are mostly raw rookies readying for a baptism by fire against the likes of No. 1 Florida State and a rugged run through the Big 12. OSU’s defensive two-deep features as many as nine true or redshirt freshmen who are all but assured of playing significant roles. That’s the bad news. And it’s the good news, down the road. The kids are alright, already. “Sometimes, that’s what it takes,” said senior tackle James Castleman, “to be thrown in there and forced to play. That’ll make you grow up real fast. “And that’s all it takes sometimes.” Scouting ahead: The schedule Well, for starters, there’s no Florida State on the 2015 nonconference schedule. Nothing close. Where the Seminoles had OSU’s attention from the start of spring this year, providing daily inspiration and motivation, the bigger challenge next fall may be in getting the players’ attention. They’ll have to be prepped on two Central schools — Central Michigan and Central Arkansas — the squads on tap to start the season. Care to take a guess on their mascots? Chippewas and Bears. Then there’s another visit from the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio. Once into Big 12 Conference play, the Cowboys get Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State and TCU at home.
Aug 21, 2014
Edmond North senior Caileb Booze is generally always smiling. But after Thursday’s scrimmage at Putnam City West, he was smiling more than usual due to a successful debut at outside linebacker. Booze was a nuisance for both Deer Creek and Putnam West’s offenses, gathering multiple sacks, hurrying each quarterback and even covering some receivers. He wasn’t alone, either. Senior David Wright was...
High school football: Caileb Booze, David Wright wreak havoc for Edmond North defense
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 21, 2014Edmond North senior Caileb Booze is generally always smiling. But after Thursday’s scrimmage at Putnam City West, he was smiling more than usual due to a successful debut at outside linebacker. Booze was a nuisance for both Deer Creek and Putnam West’s offenses, gathering multiple sacks, hurrying each quarterback and even covering some receivers. He wasn’t alone, either. Senior David Wright was also impressive in his outside linebacker debut, intercepting a pass from Deer Creek’s Julian Hoskins. “They’re big bodies, they can run well, they’re hard to throw over and they can come set the corners on the run,” Edmond North coach Scott Burger said. “That’s what we have to have with this defense.” Booze, who is ranked No. 27 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, said this could be a preview of how dangerous the Huskies’ defense can be after allowing just two touchdowns all night, one of which was negated by a penalty. “I’m excited for this opportunity because I think our defense really needs this and we can be scary,” he said. DEER CREEK QB BATTLE STILL TIGHT There were moments when Clayton Sims looked like he was taking control of the Deer Creek quarterback battle. Then there were moments Hoskins looked to be in control. The result didn’t change much for the Antlers as they move into next week’s scrimmage still unsure who will be the starting quarterback to open the season. “Boy they both did some great things,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said. “They both bring some great things to the table. Both are athletic, both throw well, both run well and move well. Obviously, their ability to create plays for both of them is so good. We’re fortunate to have both of them.” Hoskins made some impressive throws and even led the Antlers to a touchdown on their opening possession of a 15-minute quarter against Putnam West. Sims also made some great throws on the run, including a 40-yard touchdown. He also had a 55-yard TD called back on a penalty. “I don’t know who’s going to start,” Sims said. “That’s not my decision. Whoever they choose, I’m for it. “I think I did good, but I had mistakes. Everyone has mistakes, even Peyton Manning. You’ve just got to learn from them.” PC WEST’S GOOCH OVERCOMES SHAKY START Putnam West sophomore Trey Gooch looked a little overwhelmed when the scrimmage started. He was sacked on the first play he intended to pass by Booze and Parker Hattey and fumbled. He then completed a short route to Derrick Davis on his next pass. “I second-guessed a lot,” Gooch said. “Those guys hit hard. It was pretty fun, though. I got the butterflies before, but once you get in there and get that first hit, it’s time to strap in and play.” By the end of the scrimmage, Gooch was starting to make better throws and decisions. At 6-foot-5, he can be a nice offensive weapon for the Patriots. “I thought overall he did really good for the first time with the first group,” Putnam West coach Rocky Martin said. “I saw a lot of good stuff. Each rep he continues to get better and better, and I think he’ll continue to get better.” Gooch was going to split time with senior Steven Stallings, but he was held out of the first half of the scrimmage and then sprained his ankle shortly into his night. He did throw a touchdown on his first play at quarterback, though.
Aug 20, 2014
STILLWATER — Bob Connelly arrived for spring practice under the gun. First, he was replacing longtime offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who left to join Charlie Strong at Texas. Second, and more importantly, he faced a major overhaul of a line that had been ravaged by injury and defections. Connelly can’t do anything about comparisons to Wickline. But he can – and is – at work piecing together...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys trying to piece together offensive line
By John Helsley | Aug 20, 2014STILLWATER — Bob Connelly arrived for spring practice under the gun. First, he was replacing longtime offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who left to join Charlie Strong at Texas. Second, and more importantly, he faced a major overhaul of a line that had been ravaged by injury and defections. Connelly can’t do anything about comparisons to Wickline. But he can – and is – at work piecing together a capable unit from the wreckage, created at least in part by Wickline, who left the cupboard somewhat barren. Oklahoma State’s two-deep depth chart features three seniors, two of those junior college transfers; just one junior; three sophomores; and two freshman, including a redshirt freshman slated to start at right tackle. The reserves? All freshmen and sophomores. The upper classes are thin on starters and bodies. The good news: the line, at least the starting five, has been a pleasant surprise this preseason. “It’s coming together,” Connelly said. “I’m encouraged.” The Cowboys could have benefited by the return of Travis Cross and Jake Jenkins, who would have been senior starters. But each chose to move into the workforce and forego their final seasons. Still, Connelly remains optimistic. “The relationship process I’ve been trying to build since I got here in February has engrained some confidence in them, I think,” Connelly said. “As long as they respect who I am, understand that I have their best interests in my heart and know that the information I’m providing them will help them become better players, I think we’ll get there as a unit. “They’re starting to buy into who I am. I think we’ve come a long way from Day 1 of spring.” Left Tackle Starter LT 58 Daniel Koenig;;6-6;;300;;Sr.;;Cape Coral, Fla. OSU’s most experienced lineman, with 22 career starts. A two-year regular, Koenig is being counted on to be the anchor to this unit, both physically and mentally, as a leader. Backup 74 Michael Wilson;;6-6;;300;;So.;;Aledo, Texas A coveted recruit from a three-time high school state championship team, Wilson played sparingly as a redshirt freshman a year ago. His role should expand dramatically. Left Guard Starter LG 75 Chris Grisbhy;;6-5;;325;;Sr.;;Clute, Texas With eight career starts, Grisbhy is the second-most veteran offensive lineman, which punctuates the inexperience of the unit. A former juco recruit, he’s made great strides in Year 2. Backup 76 Colby Hegwood;;6-5;;320;;Jr.;;Flowood, Miss. A junior college addition a year ago, Hegwood played a minor role, appearing in two games. He’s moving into a key backup role this season. Center Starter 57 Paul Lewis;;6-3;;295;;So.;;Houston, Texas He earned valuable playing time as a redshirt freshman, starting one game. Now Lewis finds himself as the CPU of the unit and a key cog in OSU’s success. Backup 50 Zac Veatch;;6-4;;290;;So.;;Broken Arrow A tight end and defensive lineman in high school, Veatch has thrived in his move to the offensive line. A rugged competitor, his versatility makes him the backup here and the starter at right guard. Right Guard Starter 50 Zac Veatch;;6-4;;290;;So.;;Broken Arrow See above. Backup 64 Jesse Robinson;;6-0;;300;;Fr.;;Bedford, Texas Probably the backup at the guard spots, Robinson carries high upside according to coaches. A lack of depth will likely rush the redshirt freshman into duty this season. Right Tackle Starter 60 Zach Crabtree;;6-7;;290;;Fr.;;Mansfield, Texas Coaches are high on Crabtree, who has practiced well, even as a redshirt freshman going against OSU’s formidable defensive front. A potential future star. Backup 67 Brandon Garrett;;6-5;;295;;Sr.;;Deer Park, Texas He played in 11 games and started four in his first season a year ago, after arriving from junior college. After surgery to repair a leg injury suffered in the Cotton Bowl, Garrett nearing 100 percent. Reserves 69 Devin Davis;;6-5;;312;;So.;;Nacogdoches, Texas Would have been the starting left tackle a year ago, before a major knee injury in the preseason wrecked his season. Davis is still working his way back. 73 Grant Canis;;6-2;;275;;So.;;Midland, Texas A walk-on who provides depth at the center spot. 66 Lemaefe Galea’i;;6-5;;330;;Fr.;;Trinity, Texas A true freshman, Galea’i already has impressive size and strength. With continued development, he could become a fixture at guard for several seasons. 79 Jack Kurzu;;6-4;;305;;Fr.;;St. Louis, Mo. After redshirting a year ago, Kurzu continues to develop and work toward fitting into OSU’s future on the line. 78 Matthew Mucha;;6-6;;255;;Fr.;;Seabrook, Texas A Top 100 recruit out of Texas, the true freshman will likely redshirt in an effort to add bulk and strength. 77 Jaxon Salinas;;6-4;;305;;Fr.;;Irving, Texas A redshirt freshman, Salinas is working to put himself into the picture.
Adair is the pick to win its fourth consecutive District 2A-7 football title, and with good reason. Warriors head coach Mark Lippe is excited about his team’s depth at wide receiver and running back. “We run a four-wide-receiver set and we are two deep at every one of those receiving positions,” Lippe said. “We have two or three running backs that can do the job.” And most of most of Adair’s...
High school football: District 2A-7 preview: Adair seeks fourth consecutive championship
By Ed Godfrey | Aug 19, 2014Adair is the pick to win its fourth consecutive District 2A-7 football title, and with good reason. Warriors head coach Mark Lippe is excited about his team’s depth at wide receiver and running back. “We run a four-wide-receiver set and we are two deep at every one of those receiving positions,” Lippe said. “We have two or three running backs that can do the job.” Most of Adair’s talent is sophomores and juniors. Tight end James Eastin, who caught five touchdown passes last year, is one of five seniors on the team. “We are going to run a lot of kids in there and play a lot of kids,” Lippe said. “The depth at our skill positions really is a strength for us.” Quarterback B.J. Bradbury, who threw for more than 2,300 yards and 35 touchdowns last season as a freshman, is one of six returning starters on offense. “He does have a live arm,” Lippe said. “He is kind of the key to our passing game, but he has some guys to throw to. He has multiple targets on the field at all times.” Adair returns seven starters on defense from a club that lost a 28-27 decision in the Class 2A quarterfinals to eventual state champion Davis. Adair has been ousted from the playoffs the last two seasons by Davis. The only question mark for Adair this season is in the offensive line, where senior center Levi Hudson (6-0, 230) pounds is the only returning starter. COLCORD EXPECTS TO CHALLENGE FOR CROWN With 19 starters returning from last season’s club, which finished third in the district, Colcord expects to challenge Adair for the title this year. It’s the most experienced team Terrell Denny has seen in his five years coaching at the school, including the last three as head coach. “Last year we didn’t know what we had,” Denny said of Caleb Shawver, who took over as quarterback. “He has great instincts. He is one of those old-school guys who love football.” Shawver has worked hard in the off-season and returns with a stronger arm and quicker release, he said. “We expect him to have a really good season,” Denny said. Running back Brandon Harper is a three-year starter, state power-lifting champion and state runner-up in the 100 meters. Last season, Harper rushed for 1,097 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on just 90 carries. “We would like to get it into his hands a little bit more with his size and speed,” Denny said. “He was dinged up last season a couple of different times.” Depth in the offensive line is a concern, but Colcord should field its best team since it reached the state semifinals four years ago. Colcord’s last district title came in 2005, and Denny thinks year’s club could break the drought. “We are very excited,” he said. “We feel like we can contend. Adair has obviously been really good the last few years. They are going to tough as well as a couple of others. We feel like we have a shot anyway.” NEW COACH HOPES TO BRING NEW LIFE TO HULBERT Rusty Harris came to Hulbert to be a principal but also found himself as the new head football coach. Harris, who has been out of coaching and in school administration the past three years, decided upon arriving in Hulbert that he could handle both jobs. Harris has been a coach for 28 years, with his last coaching stop at Muskogee as offensive coordinator three years ago. Harris is taking over a program that is coming off back-to-back 1-9 seasons. He’s installing new schemes on both sides of the ball. “It will be significantly different than they (Hulbert) have ever done,” Harris said. Harris will run the pistol formation on offense and has moved fullback Dylan Harris (5-11, 230 pounds) to quarterback. “He’s what we want at quarterback, a big, physical presence who can pull it down and run it,” Harris said. Senior Jonathan Hambey, a slot receiver last season, is moving to tailback. Last year’s starting quarterback, Justin Owens, is switching to slot receiver. Senior linebacker Bryson McGowan (6-2, 245 pounds) spearheads the defense. “We have enough athletes to compete if we don’t regress to old ways,” Harris said. EXTRA POINTS Adair’s only losses last season were to the two teams who played for the Class 2A state championship, Davis and Millwood. ... Steve Patterson, who has spent 14 years on staffs at the University of Central Oklahoma, Northeastern Oklahoma State University and NEO, takes over as head coach at Kansas. ... Salina wants to control the clock in the run game and use its size to try and wear down opponents. DISTRICT 2A-7 COACHES’ POLL 1. Adair (11-2) 2. Colcord (7-4) 3. Salina (9-3) 4. Kansas (6-5) 5. Haskell (5-6) 6. Chouteau (4-6) 7. Hulbert (1-9) *Note: Last year’s record in parentheses
Vian feels no pressure in pursuit of fourth straight district title
High school football: District 2A-6 preview
By Jonathan Greco | Aug 18, 2014The Vian Wolverines are predicted to win another district football title, and for good reason. The three-time defending 2A-6 district champs return 10 offensive starters and nine defensive starters from a team that went undefeated and outscored its opponents 401-78 during last year’s regular season. Vian fell short in the playoffs, though, falling to Davis in the semifinals. Vian returns dual-threat quarterback Rylee Simon, who totaled 2,954 yards and 31 touchdowns last year. He has offers from UTEP and Air Force. The Wolverines also have senior running back Eric Casey, who ran for 1,992 yards and 35 touchdowns during his junior season. The expectation to win does not provide extra pressure for the Wolverines. Vian playing championship-style football is expected. “Our kids expect to go out and compete for a district championship every year,” coach Brandon Tyler said. “Ultimately we want to win that gold ball. It’s kind of eluded us. Our kids are hungry and ready to go.” POCOLA HAS PLAYOFFS ON ITS MIND A new attitude has been spreading throughout the Indians’ practices. Last year, making the playoffs was not a conversation Pocola players were having. This year, that’s changed, coach Rick Lang said. “The kids are talking about playoffs now,” he said. “We didn’t talk much about it last year. It was out there, it was mentioned, but this year it’s like we hear it every practice. “You hear that word ‘playoffs’ a lot around here this year, and that’s good.” PANAMA’S RECENT SUCCESS FACES A NUMBERS PROBLEM Two years ago, the Razorbacks snuck into the playoffs with a 4-6 record, including a 3-3 record in district play. Last year, they improved, finishing the regular season with a 4-2 district record and 7-3 overall. Continuing Panama’s rise will be difficult in 2014, though. Coach Brandon Ellis’ team consists of 23 players. “We’re really thin,” Ellis said. “We’re going to have to stay injury free if we need to be successful.” Of Panama’s 23 players, five are returning offensive starters and seven are returning defensive starters. HARTSHORNE COACH’S RESPONSIBILITIES HAVEN’T CHANGED The Sept. 5 season opener against Holdenville will be Justin James’ 12th year on Hartshorne’s coaching staff, but it will mark his first season as head coach. He spent the last seven seasons as the Miners’ offensive coordinator, and the switch to head coach has its changes in an administrative sense, but his coaching responsibilities remain the same. “There’s more delegating, more responsibility,” James said. “But as far as my coaching responsibility, I’m still doing the offense.” EXTRA POINTS Liberty comes to 2A-6 from A-8 and returns a healthy team, including three starting offensive linemen in Ethan Gann, Brett Ragsdill and Lucas Cypert; two experienced fullbacks in John Michael Redmer and Carter Alwardt; transfer Weston Pardue; and returner Austin Miller at running back with a converted fullback at quarterback in Cody Herndon to run the pistol-flex offense. … Panama turns to sophomore Tristan Thompson as its starting quarterback. Ellis said Thompson has looked good during two-a-days and will find success with his legs and finding open receivers on short routes. … Hartshorne running back LaMarcus Morris added 10-15 pounds during the offseason, James said. Along with the personal improvements, Morris will have the benefit of running behind an offensive line featuring four seniors and a junior. District 2A-6 Coaches’ Poll 1. Vian (13-1) 2. Hartshorne (11-3) 3. Panama (7-4) 4. Pocola (3-7) 5. Antlers (4-6) 6. Wilburton (0-10) 7. Liberty (1-9) *Last year’s record in parentheses
Aug 16, 2014
A good nucleus returns for Davis led by senior quarterback Blake Summers, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season and 30 touchdowns. He also had 10 interceptions playing free safety.
District 2A-4 football preview: Defending state champion Davis returns strong nucleus
BY ED GODFREY | Aug 16, 2014Folks in Davis are still celebrating the Wolves’ state championship last season, their first since 1995. Davis had finished as state runner-up five times since 1995 before finally claiming the gold ball last year. The Wolves return five starters on offense and six on defense from last year’s unbeaten club and are the unanimous choice to win District 2A-4 this season. A good nucleus returns for Davis led by senior quarterback Blake Summers, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season and 30 touchdowns. He also had 10 interceptions playing free safety. “He is a very special athlete,” Davis head coach Jody Weber said. “Couple that with he has put in the work.” Junior linebacker Hunter Karlick was the team’s leading tackler last season while senior offensive lineman Lance Riggs (6-3, 304) and defensive end Chazdon Anderson (6-3, 208) are major forces up front. Sophomore nose guard Connor Webb (5-9, 228) started every game last season as a freshman. NEW HUGO COACH MAKING CHANGES Hugo and Aubrey, Texas, made a trade. Sort of. New Hugo coach coach Caleb Bell was defensive coordinator at the north Texas high school last season. Former Hugo coach Dana Bloedel is now the new defensive coordinator in Aubrey. “Basically he and I switched jobs,” Bell said. “It was really an odd turn of events.” Bell, a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is installing new schemes for the Buffaloes. “Their heads are still spinning a bit,” Bell said. Bell is still getting acclimated to his new team but quickly learned that senior linebacker Reed Wallace (6-1, 215), a four-year starter for Hugo, has a high motor. “He is relentless,” Bell said. “He has passion unmatched on that side of the football right now.” Sophomore nose tackle Shamar Brown (6-2, 265) and senior Jadalen King (6-0, 245) anchor what is expected to be a stout defensive front. KINGSTON EYEING DEEPER PLAYOFF RUN For the first time in 25 years, Kingston got to host a playoff game last season. With the majority of last season’s 7-4 team returning, the Redskins are hopeful of making a deeper playoff run this season. The excitement is evident by the number of players who reported for football this season. With 50 kids on the roster, “the numbers are as good as I’ve seen in a while,” Kingston head coach John Caraway said. The Redskins have good overall team speed and several playmakers at the skill positions, including wide receivers Paden Hayes and Joseph Moreno. Junior Noah Hodges (6-2, 185) returns as quarterback. A season finale at home at Davis could be for the district title. “Davis is the measuring stick in our district,” Caraway said. “We got them in Week 10. I wouldn’t say we are circling it (that date), but we are definitely excited about it.” OPTIMISM ABOUNDS IN MARIETTA It’s been more than a decade since Marietta has had a winning season, but this could be the year the drought ends. The Indians return six starters on offense and four on defense from last year’s playoff club that finished 5-6. Third-year coach Matt Suffal is excited about his club’s potential on offense with the return of power running back Braxton Davis, a junior who has started since his freshman season, and a beefed-up offensive line. Through transfers and other players returning from injury, Marietta’s offensive linemen will average 270 pounds this season, Suffal said. “We averaged about 170 across the line last year,” he said. In addition, the Indians have a speedy receiving corps with three players (sophomore Chris Campos and seniors Jonathon Esobodo and Dillon Cox) who were members of Marietta’s Class 3A state-runner-up 4x100 relay team. EXTRA POINTS Linebacker Danny Charlie has led Marietta in tackles the past two seasons while junior quarterback Robert Riley takes over as signal caller. ... Coalgate’s 1-9 record last year was its first losing season since 2008. ... Tishomingo is looking for its first winning season since 2008. ... After four years in Class 3A, Atoka drops back to Class 2A where it last had a winning season in 2009. CLASS 2A-4 COACHES’ POLL 1. Davis (15-0) 2. Kingston (7-4) 3. Hugo (7-4) 4. Marietta (5-6) 5. Tishomingo (2-8) 6. Coalgate (1-9) 7. Atoka (0-10) *Last year’s record in parentheses
Aug 16, 2014
Mike Gundy gave his final fall camp post-practice interview Saturday afternoon outside Boone Pickens Stadium and summarized what he saw during Oklahoma State’s team scrimmage. The Cowboys ran 115 plays. Penalties were limited for the most part. Tackling was improved on defense and offensive skill players were explosive. Then, Gundy said this: “The quarterbacks played really the best that...
Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy has high praise for quarterbacks
By Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 16, 2014Mike Gundy gave his final fall camp post-practice interview Saturday afternoon outside Boone Pickens Stadium and summarized what he saw during Oklahoma State’s team scrimmage. The Cowboys ran 115 plays. Penalties were limited for the most part. Tackling was improved on defense and offensive skill players were explosive. Then, Gundy said this: “The quarterbacks played really the best that they’ve played in a scrimmage in a number of years here … They were very productive.” More high praise for the trio of quarterbacks — J.W. Walsh, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph — who Gundy said could rotate in and out this season. But it did come with a disclaimer. Gundy said at different points during Saturday’s scrimmage inside the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, as many as eight freshmen were on the field at the same time. When asked if the quarterbacks’ success was earned or allowed by new faces on defense, Gundy said it could be a “combination of both.” “They’re obviously a little more vulnerable when there’s youth out there,” he said. “But I have a pretty good feel for when the quarterback is in the right spot mentally and physically. … I thought that they competed and made good plays today.” Bullet points from the rest of Gundy’s interview: Nine different wide receivers played in Saturday’s scrimmage. Gundy would not provide a health update for two Cowboys returning from injury this season: offensive lineman Devin Davis, who tore his ACL and damaged his meniscus last fall camp, or JUCO transfer linebacker Devante Averette, who suffered a knee injury in spring. Players will have about a 60-hour break now that fall camp has wrapped up, Gundy said. With classes starting Monday, the Cowboys won’t hit the practice field again until Tuesday. CONNELLY NOT DONE RECRUITING OFFENSIVE LINEMEN Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said Saturday he’s “slept a little easier at night” over the past week. Apparently, the stress from months of hopping on and off airplanes and scouting hundreds of football players across the nation can wear you out. And when two of those recruits verbally commit like they did last week, rest comes a little easier. Over the span of three days last week, OSU picked up two offensive line commitments for its 2015 class — Joshua Jones of Bush (Texas) High School and Brandon Pertile of Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. The Cowboys also previously received a verbal commitment from Johnny Wilson of Midland Christian (Texas) High School. Each is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals. Connelly can’t comment on those three players until when, or if, they officially sign with the Cowboys come February. But he did explain how important they were to an upcoming class in dire need of offensive linemen. “It’s a big, big, big need of ours,” Connelly said. “Getting those two additions gets us to three and we’re looking to get two more guys. Potentially one junior-college (and) one more high school player, because of the guys we lost last year and then obviously moving forward with three seniors this year.” Connelly was added to the OSU coaching staff after the 2014 class was signed, so these three recruits are the first of his Cowboy tenure. Connelly said he’s been working “tirelessly” in recruiting since he arrived in Stillwater. “For me, it’s been a big challenge,” Connelly said. “I’ve had to scout all over, and when you add junior-college prospects, we have to expand outside Oklahoma and Texas or surrounding states. So it required a lot of travel for me this spring. Through mid-April all the way through the month of May, I was out just about every day in an airport flying all over the country trying to find guys.” GUNDY TALKS FORMER COWBOYS IN THE NFL Gundy said Saturday there’s a new photo addition near a team entryway inside Boone Pickens Stadium. It features seven former OSU players now suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys: quarterback Brandon Weeden, running back Joseph Randle, kicker Dan Bailey, wide receiver Dez Bryant, linebacker Orie Lemon, cornerback Tyler Patmon and safety Johnny Thomas. “We still have communication with them and I hear they’re doing really well,” Gundy said. “I’m not sure that there’s another school that’s in our conferences at this level that’s had that many players that have made it this far on one NFL team.” Gundy also made a comment on former OSU running back Kendall Hunter, who tore an ACL during July drills for the San Francisco 49ers. “It was unfortunate for a very good person that works extremely hard,” Gundy said. “And it’s important to him. But if anybody will battle back, it will be Kendall. And I certainly hope he does. I think he’s got three or four years in him. I hope that he battles back and can still compete.”
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Wins have been scarce in Jon Davis' first three seasons at Illinois, just 13 in all. Seven of those came his freshman year.But the tight end believes this could be the year the Illini turn the corner."Six or seven wins isn't a far-off goal," he said. "This team is good enough to be a bowl team."It may have to be for coach Tim Beckman. His boss, athletic director Mike...
Illini hope to turn the corner with new QB
DAVID MERCER, Associated Press | Aug 13, 2014CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Wins have been scarce in Jon Davis' first three seasons at Illinois, just 13 in all. Seven of those came his freshman year. But the tight end believes this could be the year the Illini turn the corner. "Six or seven wins isn't a far-off goal," he said. "This team is good enough to be a bowl team." It may have to be for coach Tim Beckman. His boss, athletic director Mike Thomas, has said the team needs be better than last season. Those Illini were 4-8 (1-7 Big Ten), a small step up from 2-12 in 2012. "Now, it's not the numbers that we all want, but we did get better," Beckman said. The third-year coach has at least one big weapon to work with this fall in transfer quarterback Wes Lunt. And the Illini have a bunch of returning players who should be better, as well as an influx of junior college talent. Five things to watch at Illinois this season: QB TALENT: The last time Lunt played at Illinois' Memorial Stadium, he was the quarterback for Rochester (Ill.) High School and threw for 590 yards and four touchdowns in winning a state title. He started as a freshman at Oklahoma State before losing the job to injury, then sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules. Now 6-5 and 225 pounds, he is the kind of pure passer who could put serious bite into coordinator Bill Cubit's offense. Illinois scored 29.7 points a game in 2013, sixth in the Big Ten, and was second in passing yards with 287.7 a game. But Lunt's a better passer than last year's starter, Nathan Scheelhaase. And Lunt just plain knows what he's doing, Cubit said. "You could just tell the kids trust him when he's out there and he's making calls," Cubit said. RECEIVING QUESTIONS: If Illinois lacks experience in any one spot, receiver is it. The most productive returning wide receiver, Martize Barr, caught 26 balls for 246 yards. But Illinois added junior college receiving talent in Tyrin Stone-Davis and Geronimo Allison. And two true freshmen, Mike Dudek and Malik Turner, have won early praise. SEEKING DEFENSE: As effective as the offense was last season, the defense was a problem. The Illini gave up 35.4 points a game, 104th in the country and 11th among the 12 Big Ten teams. The team had three interceptions and 15 sacks, both 11th in the conference. At defensive end, junior college transfer Jihad Ward's 6-6, 295-pound physique looks Big Ten-ready. And the secondary, Beckman says, is now experienced enough to let him move Earnest Thomas from safety to star, a hybrid secondary-linebacker position that will put Thomas closer to the line of scrimmage. He is the top returning tackler with 101 tackles. THE SCHEDULE: Illinois ducks Michigan State and Michigan. But after an opening stretch that packs home dates with Youngstown State, Western Kentucky and Texas State around a trip to Washington, the Illini will play five of eight against Big Ten teams that won at least eight games in 2013 (with trips to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State). To get to six wins and a bowl, Illinois will probably need an upset or two. JOB SECURITY: The buzz around Illinois football has faded since the surprise 2008 trip to the Rose Bowl. Attendance has dropped from 61,707 a game the season after that game to 43,787 in 2013. Beckman can't be blamed for all of that, of course, but he's under pressure to turn it around. "That's the life of a football coach," he said. "If you're not going to have that life, then you shouldn't be in this profession." ___ Follow David Mercer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidmercerap
Aug 12, 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown Sr. stood alone in the center of the narrow street where the blood of his namesake son still stained the gray pavement, two days after the 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. He straightened a waist-high wooden cross and re-lit the candles erected as part of a makeshift memorial."Big Mike," as some of his friends called Michael Brown Jr., wasn't the...
Missouri shooting victim called quiet, respectful
DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | Aug 12, 2014FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown Sr. stood alone in the center of the narrow street where the blood of his namesake son still stained the gray pavement, two days after the 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. He straightened a waist-high wooden cross and re-lit the candles erected as part of a makeshift memorial. "Big Mike," as some of his friends called Michael Brown Jr., wasn't the type to fight, family and neighbors said, though he lived in a restless neighborhood where police were on frequent patrol. His parents and neighbors described him as a good-hearted kid with an easy smile who certainly wouldn't have condoned the violence and looting that spread though his north St. Louis suburb following his death. "He was funny, silly, he would make you laugh," his father said, and when there was "any problem going on, any situation, there wasn't nothing that he couldn't solve. He could bring people back together." Brown, who was unarmed, was shot Saturday by a Ferguson police officer while walking with a friend down the center of the street. Police have said a scuffle broke out after the officer asked the boys to move to the side. Witnesses say Brown's arms were in the air — in a sign of surrender — as a white policeman repeatedly shot the black youth. After a vigil Sunday night, an angry crowd looted stores, and a night later police in Ferguson fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters. The U.S. Justice Department has announced that its civil rights division is investigating, and Brown's family retained the same lawyer who represented relatives of Trayvon Martin — the Florida teen killed in a racially charged 2012 shooting. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton joined the family Tuesday to urge protesters to refrain from violence. Brown was among a small group of students who had graduated Aug. 1 from Normandy High School, needing the summer to finish their required credits. He was to have started college his week for a career in heating and air conditioning engineering. "We can't even celebrate; we've got to plan a funeral," said his tearful mother, Lesley McSpadden. Brown had been staying at his grandmother's apartment when the shooting occurred, and family and neighbors said he had long shied away from confrontation. Because he was big, he gave football a try his sophomore year of high school. But he quit before the first game, said cousin Eric Davis. "Him being a gentle spirit, he was like,'I don't like to hit people,'" Davis said Tuesday. "'He would be like, I might hurt him. I don't want to hurt him.'" A couple of weeks before his death, Brown had confessed Jesus as his savior, said a great-uncle, pastor Charles Ewing. Shortly thereafter, Brown had a dream in which he saw a body laying covered by a sheet, Ewing said. "He didn't know whose body it was," Ewing said, his voice cracking. "He said, 'One day, the whole world is going to know my name' ... not knowing this is what was going to happen." Neighbor Sharon Johnson, 58, said Brown frequently stopped to chat with her, including about his faith. "He had a more mature mind than a little boy's mind," she said. On Monday, Johnson was standing at the side of the street where Brown was shot as a woman who had driven in from a nearby community preached loudly to anyone willing to listen about the importance of peaceful protests and parental discipline for teenagers. A passing car stopped, letting out a man wearing a newly made black T-shirt bearing Brown's baby picture and the words "NO JUSTICE NO PEACE." "I'm his father," he said somberly, eliciting hugs. The older Brown picked up a piece of cardboard that had been lying on the ground. "End police brutality," it read. He placed it on a pile of toy animals stacked by a streetlight pole, then set about straightening up his son's mid-street memorial. He had just returned to the grass when a gunshot rang out. Then another. And another. It was time to go. ___ Follow David A. Lieb at: http://www.twitter.com/DavidALieb
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It hit Marcus Smith the same way it does all rookies. No matter how much they prepare, or how high they were drafted, there's still that instant bit of shock in that first game."When I first got out there it was like, 'This is it, I'm in the NFL. Wow," the Philadelphia Eagles' top choice said. "You're playing your first NFL game it takes a while for it to all set in. Then,...
Eagles' top pick Marcus Smith eases into action
Associated Press | Aug 11, 2014PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It hit Marcus Smith the same way it does all rookies. No matter how much they prepare, or how high they were drafted, there's still that instant bit of shock in that first game. "When I first got out there it was like, 'This is it, I'm in the NFL. Wow," the Philadelphia Eagles' top choice said. "You're playing your first NFL game it takes a while for it to all set in. Then, as the game went along, I got into the flow more, and it's just playing football again." Smith, from Louisville and the 26th overall pick in last May's draft, is being eased into action in Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis' 3-4 defense. The rookie has taken snaps in practice at both outside linebacker positions, backing up veteran starters Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. Smith played over 40 snaps in the Eagles' preseason opener Friday night in Chicago. He was mostly on the left side, where Davis employs the "Jack" linebacker, and spent some time on the right side, where he rushed the quarterback. "I'm getting there," Smith said after Monday's walk-through before leaving for a three-day joint practice with the New England Patriots. "I feel I'm learning something every day and getting better every day. By the time that first game rolls around, I'll be ready to go." Despite the fact that he finished second in the nation in sacks last year with 14 1/2, the rookie looked better against the run. He also did well in coverage, where he knocked away one pass and made a great play to tackle wide receiver Josh Morgan for a loss, only to be negated by a penalty on the other side of the field. In a dozen or so pass rushes, he had one hurry. "It's very fair to say that," Davis said of Smith being better in coverage and against the run. "I think you saw his athleticism. Again, those guys are thinking a lot. The very first preseason game is always their hardest. They have the most nerves. They have the 'wow' factor. They're in the NFL. "That settles after a couple plays, couple quarters. Now you typically see the second third and fourth preseason game with young guys, you see big growth because the nervous part, the, 'Oh, my God, that's Jay Cutler over there,' whoever it is, is kind of gone." This week, Smith gets to see Tom Brady and the Patriots. "Everybody knows they're a good team," Smith said. "And Tom Brady, he's a God, especially up there. I'm not going to mess with him. I just want to get close, get some pass rush, let him know I can play." "But Tom Brady is a guy I grew up watching and idolizing a little bit, because remember I was a quarterback in high school. So, he was one of those guys I always watched," he said. Smith's reps will increase this week, as Davis tries to get more and more acclimated into a system that he is picking up fairly well for a rookie. "We'll get some guys in a little more Friday night, but we're also going to try to do it in practice against New England, so we can see our twos or threes against their ones," Davis said. "It's easier to do it there than in the games." "The hard part about the games you don't know how many more reps are left. How many three-and-outs are going to happen?" he said. "So against New England in practice, we'll definitely be moving the roster around for evaluation purposes."
Aug 10, 2014
The junior Oklahoma State wide receiver said “being in the Big 12 is tough,” but 2014 presents a whole new set of challengers. The Cowboys’ strength of schedule is among the conference’s best.
Oklahoma State football notebook: David Glidden knows Cowboys have challenging road ahead
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Aug 10, 2014David Glidden is no stranger to the bright lights of a top-tier college football matchup. Arizona at home in 2011 and on the road in 2012. Mississippi State in the opener last year. Bowl games against Stanford and Missouri. Three Bedlam matchups. The junior Oklahoma State wide receiver said “being in the Big 12 is tough,” but 2014 presents a whole new set of challengers. The Cowboys’ strength of schedule is among the conference’s best. And it’s not just Florida State in the opener. “Down the stretch, it does get tough again,” Glidden said. Nine weeks after the Cowboys take on the Seminoles on Aug. 30, OSU faces a brutal road schedule to close the season — Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma. While the motto hasn’t changed, taking each game as it comes, the prospect of facing the Big 12’s best on the road to finish the year only emphasizes the need for young team to jell and learn on the fly. “Every day when you’re pushing those younger guys, it is something you think about,” Glidden said. “You remind them that’s why we’ve got the music playing at practice and all that kind of stuff. “If they’re complaining late in practice, they’re ready to get off the field. But yet, we’ve got to keep pushing because that’s how it’s going to be when we’re down at OU or Baylor and you’ve got 100,000 fans in Norman just screaming at you. At the same time, that’s what makes it fun.” But from a strictly game-planning perspective, those late season-matchups don’t matter, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. Not yet, at least. “I’d be lying if I said I haven’t looked a lot at Florida State, but thought about the other games?” Spencer asked. “No … I’d be uptight and anxious if we were playing a team we were favored by four touchdowns (in the opener). That’s just me.” CONNELLY PRAISES RUN GAME AS STRENGTH First-year offensive line coach Bob Connelly understands the challenge ahead of him this season. He takes over a position group that features a new starting center. There are questions as to whether his two most experienced returners — Brandon Garrett and Devin Davis — will be at full strength after suffering injuries last season. A handful of underclassmen will get their first shot at starting roles. But through the first two weeks of fall practice, Connelly said he’s been impressed with one aspect of his unit’s development. “You know, I think that we're a very good run team right now,” Connelly said. “We've got to continue to grow and develop, and we're young, as we stated. We're going to continue to get better each and every day. Obviously, that's a goal of mine for them and a goal of Coach (Mike) Gundy for the football team. As long as we take baby steps and show improvement each day, we're doing that. As we develop mentally and understand the scheme structures both offensively and defensively, I think we'll continue to progress.” But Gundy was hesitant to immediately declare the run game a team strength. “We have a long ways to go,” Gundy said. “You’re certainly a better running team when you have running backs that can make plays, and then (offensive) linemen just have to cover up defensive lineman. We still have a ways to go. We’ve got another 10 practices before we can really decide who we are.” MUNCRIEF MAKES SWITCH TO INSIDE RECEIVER Junior Caleb Muncrief is switching positions this fall — from running back to inside receiver. “I just feel like it was a better fit,” Muncrief said. “I just wanted to get out in space and I enjoy receiver. If I can get out in space, it gives me a better opportunity to showcase my skills not.” Muncrief said he played receiver his freshman and sophomore seasons at Madill High School and that he’s “always had confidence in my hands.” “It’s just learning the signals and plays,” Muncrief said. “That’s all I’ve got to do.” Muncrief has been featured at running back and return specialist. He’s totaled 75 rushing yards on 20 carries over the past two seasons.
Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst candidates: A look at the contenders, longshots to replace Grant LongAug 10, 2014
Who will replace Grant Long as the Thunder TV analyst alongside play-by-play man Brian Davis? Here’s our list of contenders, longshots, and some outside of the box names for your entertainment: THE CONTENDERS Stacey King Background: Lawton native, All-American at OU and NBA first-round draft pick. Played a decade of NBA ball, winning three championship with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s....
Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst candidates: A look at the contenders, longshots to replace Grant Long
By Erik Horne | Aug 10, 2014Who will replace Grant Long as the Thunder TV analyst alongside play-by-play man Brian Davis? Here’s our list of contenders, longshots, and some outside of the box names for your entertainment: THE CONTENDERS Stacey King Background: Lawton native, All-American at OU and NBA first-round draft pick. Played a decade of NBA ball, winning three championship with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. Got into broadcasting in 2006, and has worked as the lead color commentator for the Bulls since 2008, earning popularity with a Gus Johnson-esque arsenal of catch phrases. Nancy Lieberman Background: Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer with broadcast experience on ESPN, ABC, FOX and NBC. Currently pre- and post-game TV analyst for Thunder LIVE on Fox Sports, as well as assistant general manager for D-League Texas Legends. Desmond Mason Background: Former Oklahoma State (1996-2000) and Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-2009) player. Mason has roots with the Thunder dating back to his days as a first-round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2000. Spent two seasons in OKC with New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, who were displaced following Hurricane Katrina. Retired since 2009, has delved into art career. Gerry Vaillancourt Background: Served in variety of radio and television analyst roles for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans for more than two decades before being let go in April. Voice of the Hornets during team’s temporary move to Oklahoma City in 2005. Played college basketball at Gardner-Webb University, and has collegiate and high school coaching experience. INTRIGUING LONGSHOTS Ryan Humphrey Background: Tulsa Washington alumnus spent part of college career at OU before earning All-American honors at Notre Dame. Pro career spans 11 years from NBA to overseas. Trying his hand in sports talk in Tulsa. Fits Thunder bill of former player as color commentator. Royal Ivey Background: Former University of Texas guard and 10-year NBA veteran. Knows Thunder well after multiple stints with the team (2010-12, 2013-14). Last played for Guangdong Southern Tigers of China in 2013-14 following 10-day contract with Thunder. Jim Ross Background: Unabashed Sooners supporter has decades of behind-the-mic experience from World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE Hall of Famer has gotten back into commentary with boxing work for Fox Sports 1. Kurt Thomas Background: Dallas native and TCU All-American played for nine teams in 18 NBA seasons. Appeared in 42 games for Seattle SuperSonics in 2007-08 before midseason trade to San Antonio Spurs. Deal that sent Thomas from Phoenix to Seattle in 2007 included a 2008 first-rounder, which turned into Serge Ibaka. OUTSIDE THE BOX/FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT Sherri Coale Background: Healdton native and Sooners women’s basketball coach has roots in Oklahoma and decades of basketball knowledge. Played collegiately at Oklahoma Christian. Guided OU to 15 NCAA Tournament and three Final Four appearances in 18 seasons. Polished in front of the camera and on the radio. Mick Cornett Background: Oklahoma City mayor has a long resume of TV experience and started his career in sports journalism. Played a key role in bringing the Thunder to Oklahoma City. 2014 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Ashley and Courtney Paris Background: Former Sooner stars have long professed their desire to get into sports journalism and basketball commentary. Courtney currently suits up for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, and both sisters still reside in Oklahoma. Jim Traber Background: Oklahoma sports radio personality on The Sports Animal 98.1 deemed “The Ultimate.” Former Oklahoma State baseball and football player. Experience as color analyst with MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks. By Erik Horne