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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 11 a.m. — Miami Cent. vs. Dematha — ESPN (Cox 29) Noon — Spartanburg vs. Wakulla — ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m. — Benedictine vs. Cent. Catholic — ESPNU (Cox 253) 4 p.m. — Arlington Martin vs. Desoto — ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge vs. Archer — ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m. — De La Salle vs. Trinity — ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m. — Chandler vs. Bishop Gorman — ESPNU (Cox 253) COLLEGE...
Sports on TV: Saturday, Aug. 29
By Todd Schoenthaler | Aug 29, 2015HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 11 a.m. — Miami Cent. vs. Dematha — ESPN (Cox 29) Noon — Spartanburg vs. Wakulla — ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m. — Benedictine vs. Cent. Catholic — ESPNU (Cox 253) 4 p.m. — Arlington Martin vs. Desoto — ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge vs. Archer — ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m. — De La Salle vs. Trinity — ESPN2 (Cox 28) 9 p.m. — Chandler vs. Bishop Gorman — ESPNU (Cox 253) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2:30 p.m. — N. Dakota St. at Montana — ESPN (Cox 29) MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 8 p.m. — OKC at El Paso — KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon — Detroit at Toronto — MLBN (Cox 264) 3 p.m. — Boston at N.Y. Mets — FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m. — St. Louis at San Francisco — FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 6 p.m. — N.Y. Yankees at Atlanta — FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m. — Baltimore at Texas — FSOK (Cox 37) 8 p.m. — Chi. Cubs at L.A. Dodgers — KTOK-AM 1000/ 9pm MLBN (Cox 264) JIP NFL PRESEASON 3 p.m. — Pittsburgh at Buffalo — NFLNET (Cox 252) 6 p.m. — Minnesota at Dallas — KOCB-34 (Cox 11)/KRXO-FM 107.7 7 p.m. — Seattle at San Diego — KWTV-9 (Cox 10) AUTO RACING 8:30 a.m. — Truck Practice — FS1 (Cox 67) 11:15 a.m. — Xfinity Qualifying — NBCSN (Cox 251) 12:30 p.m. — IndyCar Practice — NBCSN (Cox 251) 2 p.m. — Xfinity Series — NBCSN (Cox 251) 4:30 p.m. — Truck Qualifying — NBCSN (Cox 251) 5:30 p.m. — IndyCar Qualifying — NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 6 a.m. — Czech Masters — GOLF (Cox 60) Noon — The Barclays — GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m. — The Barclays — KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m. — Dick's Sporting Goods — GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m. — LPGA: Yokohama Tire — GOLF (Cox 60) 6 p.m. — Portland Open — GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 3 p.m. — Travers Stake — KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN'S TENNIS Noon — Winston-Salem Open — ESPN2 (Cox 28) WOMEN'S TENNIS 2 p.m. — Connecticut Open — ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN'S SOCCER 6:45 a.m. — New. UnitedFC vs. ArsenalFC — NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m. — Barclays Premier League — USA (Cox 34) 11:30 a.m. — Tottenham vs. Everton — KFOR-4 (Cox 4) WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL 10 a.m. — LSU vs. Rice — LHN (Cox 274) 12:30 p.m. — UC Irvine at Texas — LHN (Cox 274) 5 p.m. — Rice vs. UC Irvine — LHN (Cox 274) 7:30 p.m. — LSU vs. Texas — LHN (Cox 274) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m. — Jacksonville vs. San Jose — ESPN (Cox 29) WNBA 6 p.m. — Chicago at Atlanta — NBATV (Cox 256) BOXING 9 p.m. — Leo S. Cruz vs. Ab. Mares — ESPN (Cox 29) LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES 11:30 a.m. — International Final — KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m. — U.S. Final — KOCO-5 (Cox 8)
Sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen.
TRIBUTES: Jeri Cocannouer spent 36 years as a football coach's wife
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 24, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Jeri Burch Cocannouer, 58, of Weatherford spent 36 years as a football coach's wife. Husband Dan is the head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State and also had stops at Edmond Santa Fe, John Marshall, Chandler, Alva, Pauls Valley and Walters high schools. But sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen. Don Fowler, 88, of Cleveland, OK, played football for Oklahoma A&M. He was a member of the 1944 Missouri Valley Conference championship team that whipped TCU 34-0 in the Cotton Bowl. Drafted into the Army and finished his football-playing days in the service. Worked in drilling by trade. Bobby Greenberg, 85, of Tulsa. He was a member of Oklahoma's 1950 national championship football squad. The Korean War veteran worked in the oil industry. Cole Fuller, 22, of Bartlesville was an All-State soccer player for Collinsville High School. He was working toward becoming a personal trainer. Perry Tennison Jr., 86, of Guthrie was an accomplished runner. A World War II veteran. Juanita Anderson Robertson, 94, of Oklahoma City was a Shawnee High School cheerleader. Met future husband, Dean Robertson, at a Frederick High football game in 1944. Bob Barr III, 75, of Dover quarterbacked the Hennessey High School football team in 1956. The attorney donated his body to medical research. Mary Jane Hinkel Holman, 97, of Norman was a tennis player and golfer. Attended many PGA tournaments and Grand Slam tennis events. Alvin Lawson, 78, of Edmond was a 1955 graduate of Putnam City High School. He wrestled and ran track for the Pirates. Katie Ranke Cole, 90, of Norman was the 1990 Special Olympics Coach of the Year. The former Trans World Airlines hostess was a teacher for special needs children. Ed Moore Sr., 96, of Muskogee was a Chilocco Indian School graduate who played football at Oklahoma A&M over the 1938-40 seasons. Moore was an All-Missouri Valley Conference receiver and honorable mention All-American. He held OSU season tickets for decades after his playing career. A World War II veteran who was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. An educator by trade. Donnie Bufford, 46, of Crescent. He starred in football and basketball for the hometown Tigers. An All-State guard in basketball. Bufford, who worked for Pioneer Telephone for more than 20 years, died a month after his brother, Terry, also a former Crescent sports hero, passed away. Loyd Garrison, 88, of Tulsa was an all-around sportsman who excelled in softball, basketball, table tennis and bowling. He worked for the John Zink Co. — and in 1962 was a pit crew member for Zink's entry in the Indianapolis 500. Active in the Oklahoma and National Senior Olympics. Walked 4 miles each day. Ronald Fox, 36, of Norman attended Carl Albert High School, where he wrestled and played football. Rebecca Lampton Bayless, 55, of Oklahoma City was an Arabian equestrian rider and trainer. She was awarded the national champion saddle seat equitation in 1978. Herschal Crow, 80, of Oklahoma City was a football and basketball star at Altus High School. He played basketball at Oklahoma A&M under coach Henry Iba and was also a member of the football team. After a brief stint coaching football and hoops in Altus, he began a career in politics. The former senator continued to follow OSU athletics. Joyce Mowdy Thomas, 81, of Oklahoma City was a Capitol Hill High School cheerleader. Jim Glasgow, 84, of Oklahoma City was a golfer who had six aces in his lifetime. Bill Davis, 99, of Oklahoma City was a tennis player. He and friend Dennis Ralston won the Oklahoma City Pro-Am in the 1960s. Linda Stevens Cradduck, 67, of Moore was a supporter of Special Olympics. She directed the Special Olympics for McCall's Chapel in Ada for four years. Darwin Waterman, 84, of Bethany was an educator who coached high school football in California. Ron Smith, 78, of Oklahoma City drove a 1932 Chevrolet factory stock race car at State Fair Speedway in the 1960s. A family obituary said Smith won "his share of trophies, including a rollover trophy or two." Brandon Lockwood, 37, of Edmond was an OU football and Thunder basketball fan. By trade, he was executive chef for the Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team. Emmett Marcum Jr., 68, of El Reno starred in football and set records as a trackster at Hominy High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma State football team. Jim Monroe, 89, of Norman was a journalist. His career began at the Norman Transcript, where he served as the newspaper's sports editor. Rachael Cooper Mason, 87, of Edmond was a cheerleader at the University of Kansas. Reid Mullins, 52, of Bethany was an Oklahoma City radio personality who once played trumpet in the Pride of Oklahoma marching band on Saturdays during football season. Jim Coulson, 65, of Tulsa. He was an accomplished bass tournament fisherman. His favorite fishing spots were Grand, Hudson and Fort Gibson lakes. An avid bowler. Held season tickets for the Tulsa Oilers hockey team for 19 years.
Aug 19, 2015
In a showcase of stellar running backs, Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore.
High school football: Star running backs highlight start of football scrimmages
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma has some talented running backs in the senior class, and over the course of a couple hours Thursday night at Moore Stadium, you can see three of the best in action. Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore. All four teams will participate in the rapid-fire scrimmage portion of the schedule beginning at 4:30 p.m. Half-games will follow junior-varsity action, with Westmoore and Union meeting at 6:45 and Norman North taking on Edmond Santa Fe immediately after. While it’s the most intriguing scrimmage on Thursday’s schedule around the Oklahoma City area, it isn’t the only exciting matchup slated. Class 6A Division II runner-up Lawton will be at Edmond North, and defending 5A champ Lawton MacArthur will visit McGuinness in what could be a preview of an eventual playoff game. Putnam City North will be at Del City, another 5A contender. In the smaller classes, Millwood will host Centennial and Plainview, and Tuttle will get its only scrimmage action of the preseason with a visit from Cache. Tuttle will begin its regular season on Aug. 28 when Davis comes to town. Friday’s scrimmage schedule offers a better variety, including Carl Albert at Southmoore, and four solid small-school teams in action at Casady. The Cyclones will host Kingfisher, John Marshall and Christian Heritage. Here are some notable city-area football scrimmages this week: Thursday Putnam City West at Deer Creek Putnam City North at Del City Lawton at Edmond North Lawton MacArthur at McGuinness Centennial, Plainview at Millwood Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Tulsa Union and Westmoore at Moore Stadium Little Axe at Southeast Cache at Tuttle Friday Crooked Oak, Washington and Holdenville at Bethel Chickasha, Elgin at Blanchard Christian Heritage, Kingfisher, John Marshall at Casady Hennessey at Cashion Western Heights and McLoud at Chandler Clinton at El Reno Meeker, Cushing at Jones Wayne at Lexington Bethany, Harrah at Newcastle Ardmore at Noble Mount St. Mary at OCS Perry at Perkins Enid at Putnam City Carl Albert at Southmoore Norman, Tulsa Edison at Stillwater Choctaw, Shawnee at Tecumseh
Aug 14, 2015
Through one week of practice this season, Daniel and his teammates have spent less time on their bellies and more time executing the defense properly.
High school football: Defense could help Mustang take the next step
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 14, 2015MUSTANG — Mustang senior linebacker Cole Daniel remembers all the up-downs. With every mistake the Bronco defense made in practice came another round — down to their bellies, then back up to their feet. Then again. And again. Two seasons ago, the Mustang defense went through the learning process of new defensive coordinator Mark Yates’ scheme. Last year, there was more learning to be done, and more up-downs with it. But through one week of practice this season, Daniel and his teammates have spent less time on their bellies and more time executing the defense properly. “The last couple years, we were messing up a lot. Lots of up-downs and Coach Yates getting angry,” said Daniel, one of two returning linebackers along with Kaden Truelove. “But this year, everything’s clicking for the most part. Not so many mistakes. We’re just fixing the little things.” That could be the biggest difference for Mustang, which seeks to make another run at the Class 6A Division I state championship this fall. The Broncos reached the semifinals last season and return some central pieces on offense, built around third-year starting quarterback Chandler Garrett, a Wyoming commit. The offense was sharp most of the season, but the defense had to fight through some tough spots, allowing 27 or more points in seven of their 12 games, including all four losses. Yet the Bronco defense is built around a senior core, with several players who are starting for the third season under Yates — Jeremy Dombek’s defensive coordinator at Edmond North who came with him to Mustang when Dombek was hired in 2013. “We struggled covering the pass last year with some guys who were inexperienced, but they came back a lot more mature and a lot more coachable this year,” said senior safety Kiante Miles, one of three returning defensive backs. “We had to learn Coach Yates’ defense, but this being my third year, I feel like I could coach it now.” The defensive line has the least experience returning, with only Deontre Thomas on the three-man front. But Thomas, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound junior, is in his third year in the rotation. “The new guys will be ready,” Thomas said. “Our coaches demand perfection, and that’s what we’re gonna give ‘em. Our defense is mean. We’re tough, and we’ll be ready.”
NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up its ninth 2016 commitment Saturday evening, when cornerback Parrish Cobb gave his verbal pledge to the Sooners. Cobb announced his commitment on Twitter. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback also had offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin, among others. Cobb is a Waco, Texas, native who plays at La Vega High School in nearby...
Oklahoma football: Sooners nab commitment from cornerback Parrish Cobb
Jason Kersey | Aug 8, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up its ninth 2016 commitment Saturday evening, when cornerback Parrish Cobb gave his verbal pledge to the Sooners. Cobb announced his commitment on Twitter. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback also had offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin, among others. Cobb is a Waco, Texas, native who plays at La Vega High School in nearby Bellmead. He is the third defensive back commitment for the Sooners, joining Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Maurice Chandler — a Lawton native — and safety Chanse Sylvie, who committed to OU on July 30. Cobb is a four-star prospect and the 26th-best cornerback prospect in the 2016 class according to Scout.com.
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Friday with No. 17 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 21. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 20. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-5, 292 19. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 320 18.
The Oklahoman's Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 8, 2015The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Friday with No. 17 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 21. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 20. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-5, 292 19. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 320 18. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 200
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Monday with No. 20 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 24. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 23. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 21. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 20.
The Oklahoman's Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 6, 2015The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Monday with No. 20 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 24. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 23. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 21. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 20. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-5, 292
Jul 4, 2015
NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t...
OU football: Sooners making a strong in-state recruiting push
By Ryan Aber | Jul 4, 2015NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t need any time to think, committing on the spot. Roberson is one of three in-state players among OU’s six commitments for the 2016 class, joining Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry and NEO and former Lawton High cornerback Maurice Chandler. Whether it’s a renewed focus on recruiting the state or the high number of Division I-caliber players the state is producing in not only the upcoming class but the one after that, the Sooners are riding a wave of recruiting momentum in Oklahoma this year. They’ve even continued to strengthen their 2015 class within the borders as NEO defensive end Austin Roberts committed to the Sooners in early June, not long before Chandler officially jumped aboard. Chandler’s high school coach, Randy Breeze, said the Sooners’ never stopped pursuing the corner, even after he had to go the junior college route after signing with Texas Tech out of high school. “Every time they’d come by to look at someone, they’d ask how Maurice was doing and talk about him,” Breeze said. “They stayed with him the whole time. That was a big plus.” Oklahoma has offered at least two other state high school players from 2016 — John Marshall offensive lineman Tramonda Moore and Edmond Sante Fe defensive back Calvin Bundage. Several others, including Broken Arrow’s Rowdy Frederick, Southmoore’s Noah Jones and Idabel’s K.J. Wells, have stayed on OU’s radar despite not yet receiving an offer from the Sooners. “I think more and more, OU’s doing a better job of building those secondary relationships,” Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for SoonerScoop.com, said. “It may not be be the first guys they offer, or the first guy they’ve wanted, but they are making sure those guys know that, ‘Hey, we like you,’ and if we have a spot open up or whatever the hangup they may have is — whether it’s grade issues or they don’t have a scholarship spot for them or whatever it may be — they’re communicating those things better to the kids. “I think it shows up more because you get less and less of these stories of kids that have animosity or are hostile about, ‘Why isn’t this school recruiting me when all these are other schools are?’” Breeze has seen that first hand, whether it’s with Chandler or other athletes he’s had in recent years. “They have broken down the recruiting, where I think each coach has a piece of Oklahoma now,” Breeze said. “I think that was a good change they’ve made to get coaches more involved in the state of Oklahoma.” OU running backs coach Jay Boulware is responsible for the Lawton area and Bedenbaugh spent plenty of time there when the Sooners made a strong push for lineman Jalin Barnett last year. Barnett eventually signed with Nebraska. At some points during the Bob Stoops era, the Sooners have been criticized for not making the most of in-state recruiting opportunities or for “slow-playing” local recruits as they make offers to players in other states. “That’s a touchy situation,” Breeze said. “What people in Oklahoma have got to realize is that the program that the University of Oklahoma has now, they can recruit any kid in the country. They don’t have limitations. It’s danged if you do, danged if you don’t. “Our kids love Oklahoma. I’d like to see them stay close to home because maybe I can slip off and watch them on a Saturday if they’re fairly close.” That criticism has been at least partially unfair, McCuistion said. “If you’re recruiting in your own stats and you offer a kid, it’s probably a 50-50 bet right that minute that you get that kid,” McCuistion said. “I think some people forget and say, ‘Well, OU hasn’t offered that many guys.’ When OU offers an in-state kid, they have to be 100 percent they want to take that kid. You can’t just throw that offer out. When Arizona State comes to Oklahoma, for example, and offers a kid that kid’s not going to commit on the spot. They can offer a kid earlier so if a kid blows up, they can say they were on him from very early on. “That’s something out-of-state schools can do and Oklahoma does it in other states. But when you’re in-state and you’re the school that has the dynamic pull that Oklahoma does, you have to know that you want that kid and he’s as good as anybody you could go to Texas and get or go to California and get.” Staff changes the last few years — adding Boulware, Bedenbaugh and the now-departed Jerry Montgomery a few years ago and now adding Lincoln Riley, Diron Reynolds and Kerry Cooks this offseason — have helped as well. “It’s hard to argue that it’s coincidence,” McCuistion said. “Maybe it is but it’s really hard to make that case when the timing of everything matches up so perfectly. YOu just look at it and these things stopped happening or at least slowed down. You’re always going to have kids that are disgruntled but for the most part you don’t hear kids saying, ‘I haven’t heard from Oklahoma in a month,’ or, ‘They offered me and they never called me again.’ You don’t hear stuff like that. “It sounds so simple. It’s tough on the kids because it makes them sound petty. But this is the biggest decision in their lives. They want to communicate with the people that are going to be responsible for their future. That’s reasonable.”
Jun 23, 2015
Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity.
State's football recruiting class growing at unprecedented rate
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Last week, the University of Wyoming football coaching staff held a satellite camp at Bishop McGuinness High School. More than 700 miles from their Laramie, Wyo., campus, the Cowboys’ coaches put on a camp for Oklahoma high school football players. If that’s not a sign that the crop of football talent in the state’s upcoming senior class has significant national pull, then how about this: approximately 50 players in the 2016 class have scholarship offers from Division I FBS and FCS programs — and National Signing Day is still more than seven months away. Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are going hard after the state’s top prospects, already with two commitments each, and a few other offers out. Tulsa’s emphasis on in-state players is strong, as usual. But on the national level, the interest in Oklahoma players is exploding. Programs like Michigan and Colorado, which have rarely recruited Oklahoma kids in the recent years, have offered players in this class. Oregon, just a few months removed from its appearance in the national championship game, has offered Edmond Santa Fe’s Calvin Bundage and Del City’s Terry Wilson, more Oklahoma players than the Ducks have offered in the past 15 years combined. “It’s neat that guys in Oklahoma are starting to get that recognition,” Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark said. “I’ve always felt there are a lot of guys in Oklahoma who can play D-I, so it’s exciting to see these big programs recognizing it. “We’ve seen Michigan coming around, and Arizona State, and programs that haven’t always recruited Oklahoma. But guys who recruited here in the past have moved to other schools and they know they’ve had success with Oklahoma kids, so they come back.” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl has turned Oklahoma into one of the primary building blocks as he tries to grow his program. He signed four Okies last year and has already offered 16 in the upcoming senior class, a couple of which came after last week’s OKC camp. Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett was the Cowboys’ first commitment of the class. “I’ve talked to coach Bohl and when he got the job, he looked back at the times when Wyoming was really having its most success,” said Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek, a former Wyoming quarterback himself. “Those teams had a lot of Oklahoma kids, so they immediately started looking to Oklahoma to rebuild their program.” With Tulsa native Garrick McGee running its offense, Louisville has increased its pursuit of Oklahoma players. Same for Houston, with Okies Derek Warehime and Kenith Pope on the new staff. The influx of college coaches and the improvement of technology with recruiting have helped the hidden gems come to the forefront more easily, particularly from the small schools and rural areas. Lexington’s Tyler Brown is the poster boy, going from no offers to more than a dozen in a month’s span when he committed to TCU in May. Idabel’s K.J. Wells, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete, was already picking up attention from across the country before Oklahoma State extended its offer recently. Hollis offensive lineman Jace Webb was busy helping his basketball team to the state tournament when his first offers started coming in. Mustang is by no means a rural area, but Blake Williams is the definition of a hidden gem. You could’ve watched every Bronco game the last two years and still not know who Williams is, but he has a scholarship offer from North Carolina. Williams, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end prospect, has played less than a handful of snaps the last two seasons because of a serious and rare medical condition. But he’s been able to show his athletic gifts and sure hands at camps this summer to get his name on the radar for multiple programs. Overall, the 2016 class has elite prospects at the top, and unmatched depth throughout. It’s impossible to say just how many players will end up signing D-I letters of intent, but with 11 players already committed, the number seems likely to surpass anything we’ve seen in several years. “I think we have a great 2016 class, and it’s been building,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “I don’t think a lot of these top guys are surprises. A lot of them have been playing since they were sophomores. “These kids see teams play on television and are exposed to a lot more than kids were 25 years ago, so they’re not as dependent on the state schools. These places around the country see somebody who is gifted and it may fit something you do, so why not try to get them to come to your school? “I think it’s great for the state of Oklahoma.”
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
Jun 17, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up a commitment from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Maurice Chandler on Wednesday. Chandler announced his commitment on Twitter. Chandler (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) also held offers from Arizona State, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska and TCU. The former Lawton High standout originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school. Chandler becomes the sixth commitment...
Oklahoma football: NEO cornerback Maurice Chandler commits to Sooners
Jason Kersey | Jun 17, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up a commitment from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Maurice Chandler on Wednesday. Chandler announced his commitment on Twitter. Chandler (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) also held offers from Arizona State, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska and TCU. The former Lawton High standout originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school. Chandler becomes the sixth commitment for the Sooners’ 2016 signing class, and is the second NEO player to commit to OU this summer. Defensive end Austin Roberts committed and became a late addition to the 2015 class earlier this month.
Jun 15, 2015
The ball pops loose from Mustang's Chase Brown as Southmoore's Noah Jones defends during Friday night’s matchup. Photo by Hugh Scott, for The Oklahoman With more than 50 Oklahoma high school football prospects with Division I scholarship offers, those players are starting to settle in on their college decisions. For the second straight day, a top prospect in the Oklahoma City metro area...
Southmoore's Noah Jones commits to Texas Tech
Scott Wright | Jun 15, 2015The ball pops loose from Mustang's Chase Brown as Southmoore's Noah Jones defends during Friday night’s matchup. Photo by Hugh Scott, for The Oklahoman With more than 50 Oklahoma high school football prospects with Division I scholarship offers, those players are starting to settle in on their college decisions. For the second straight day, a top prospect in the Oklahoma City metro area announced his commitment. Southmoore defensive end Noah Jones posted on Twitter that he has verbally committed to Texas Tech. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior was No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings. He picked the Red Raiders over Kansas State, Tulsa, Ohio, Toledo and a variety of other programs that had offered him. Jones is the 10th Oklahoma player in the 2016 class to verbally commit, and the seventh to go out of state. His commitment comes one day after Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett announced his commitment to Wyoming.
May 22, 2015
In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week.
High school football: Oklahoma is loaded with Division I prospects
By Scott Wright | May 22, 2015MOORE — It’s not unusual for 40 Oklahoma high school football players to get Division I scholarship offers in any given year. But it’s incredibly rare for that many players to have offers before the end of May. The state’s 2016 recruiting class has led to one of the busiest spring recruiting periods in years. In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week. Southmoore has been as busy as any school around. Defensive end prospect Noah Jones, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, was offered by Tulsa this week, his ninth offer in all. And Wyatt Whitmarsh, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive lineman, recently broke through with an offer from Central Arkansas, a Division I FCS program. Yet with the SaberCats, it goes beyond next fall’s senior class. You might’ve already heard the name of Brey Walker, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman who just completed his freshman year of high school. He had already been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and SMU before the week began. Then Jim Harbaugh and Michigan came into the picture with an offer. And it’s only just beginning for young Walker. He isn’t the only freshman at Southmoore making recruiting waves. Quarterback Casey Thompson — younger brother of Kendal and son of Charles — was offered by SMU last week as well. Thompson and Walker are the only 2018 prospects in the state with Division I offers to this point, and it might stay that way for a while. Back to the upcoming senior class, Illinois made an impact on Thursday with offers to a pair of big offensive line prospects from small schools — Lexington’s Tyler Brown, 6-6, 315, and Harrah’s Logan Roberson, 6-5, 310, who also got a New Mexico offer Thursday. John Marshall quarterback/athlete Lenard Leviston was offered by Air Force. Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, possibly the top receiver prospect in the state, added to his strong list of offers with one from Arkansas State. And Wyoming keeps increasing its pursuit of Oklahoma players. The Cowboys signed four last year, and have offered 12 in the 2016 class already. Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett, who previously had an Air Force offer, is the latest to join the list. Coincidentally, Garrett is coached by a former Wyoming quarterback, Jeremy Dombek. “I texted one of Wyoming’s coaches an old picture of me playing against Nebraska, and told him that Chandler runs this offense a whole lot better than the guy in that picture,” Dombek said with a laugh. The coach’s response: “I hope so!” Dombek hasn’t been surprised by Wyoming’s increased interest in Oklahoma players. “I’ve talked to some of their coaches, and I think they believe this is an under-recruited area,” he said. “So many people want to focus on Texas, but when you look at the number of Division I signings Oklahoma has had the last few years, it shows you the type of talent we’re producing.” Wyoming isn’t the only one taking notice. Schools from all of the Power Five Conferences have offered Oklahoma players, along with dozens of schools outside the power conferences and from the FCS level. With a wide range of summer camps and combines still on the horizon, the number of Oklahomans with major college football opportunities will only continue to grow.
Apr 30, 2015
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints used their top draft choice on a player whose blocking ability might help extend the career of 36-year-old Drew Brees, selecting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at 13th overall Thursday night.New Orleans then used its second of two first-round picks to take Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, who'll join a Saints defense that could use...
Saints draft offensive tackle Peat, linebacker Anthony
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | Apr 30, 2015METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints used their top draft choice on a player whose blocking ability might help extend the career of 36-year-old Drew Brees, selecting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at 13th overall Thursday night. New Orleans then used its second of two first-round picks to take Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, who'll join a Saints defense that could use some help after ranking second-to-last in the NFL with 384 yards allowed last season. Payton said the 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat will work strictly as an offensive tackle, where the Saints currently have two incumbent starters, two-year veteran Terron Armstead on the left side and nine-year veteran Zach Strief on the right side. While Payton said he didn't want to label Peat as a potential starter next season, he added, "We feel like he certainly has a ceiling that's extremely high. ... I love the way this guy plays. I absolutely love it." Payton also stressed that offensive tackle is a hard position to fill in free agency, so the Saints saw it was a wise move to draft a top-tier prospect at that spot when they had the chance. He said offensive tackle "is certainly a position we'd call a need position — maybe not a must, but a need." Payton said the Saints also saw inside linebacker as a position they needed to address in the draft, and liked Anthony's combination of physical and leadership ability enough to take him with 31st pick they acquired, along with center Max Unger, in a trade that sent start tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle. "We love the makeup. He's sharp. He's the leader of their defense," Payton said of Anthony, who was a co-captain and led Clemson with 90 tackles last season, including 10½ tackles for losses and 2½ sacks. "Then the production on film was real good." Anthony said he met before the draft with Payton, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and linebackers coach Joe Vitt, adding, "There was just something about those guys, we clicked." And while Anthony played inside in college, he said he's equally comfortable on the outside. "I have no preference. I can play all three positions and I'm willing to play whatever they need me to play," he said. Peat, meanwhile, said he could also play guard, although his body type, particularly his height, would make him an atypical interior lineman — even more so when considering Brees is a relatively short quarterback at 6 feet tall. "I'm ready to come in and contribute wherever they need me on the line," said Peat, who visited Saints headquarters before the draft. "I just want to come in and compete. I've always played tackle, so I feel comfortable playing both sides." The Saints are coming off a 7-9 season in which they missed the playoffs despite playing in the NFL's weakest division, the NFC South. Peat, a native of Chandler, Arizona, comes from a football family. His father, Todd, was an NFL offensive lineman for the Cardinals, both in St. Louis and after the franchise moved to Arizona. Payton said he played high school football in Illinois at the same time as the elder Peat and met him when they were both being recruited by Northern Illinois. Andrus Peat's brother, Todd Jr., is a defensive tackle at Nebraska. His younger brother, Cassius, was highly recruited as a high school linebacker in Arizona and was part of Michigan State's 2015 signing class. "I've always had high expectations with my dad playing," Andrus Peat said. "I tried to learn as much as I can from him and take his advice because he's been there." Peat has been a two-year starter at left tackle for Stanford, which plays a "West Coast," pro-style offense that Peat said should help his transition to Payton's offense. The Cardinal uses a zone-blocking scheme in the run, which the Saints have used since 2013. As a junior in 2014, Peat was named All-Pac-12 and second-team AP All-America. He majored in psychology at Stanford, saying he'd be interested in a career as a sports psychologist after pro football. He could play right away in New Orleans, even if he doesn't start. Payton has been known to use three-tackle alignments, with one of them reporting as an eligible receiver. That was a role Strief routinely played before stepping in as starter in 2011 following Jon Stinchcomb's retirement. In any event, New Orleans' decision to draft a top-tier offensive lineman will likely be welcome news to Brees, who tied for the NFL lead in yards passing last season with 4,952 yards, but was also sacked 29 times. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Apr 21, 2015
The offer is the biggest so far for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Terry Wilson, who also has offers from Indiana, Houston, Memphis and four other programs. Colorado is also showing strong interest recently.
High school notebook: Del City quarterback Terry Wilson gets Nebraska offer
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND STAFF REPORTS | Apr 21, 2015Nebraska’s once-strong recruiting of Oklahoma high school football players had faded in the last decade. Since signing Phillip Dillard of Jenks and Craig Roark of Ada in 2005, the Cornhuskers hadn’t landed an Oklahoma prospect until stealing Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett in February. But the Huskers’ new coaching staff under Mike Riley is looking hard at the Sooner State. Nebraska offered a scholarship to Del City junior quarterback Terry Wilson on Tuesday morning, Wilson announced on Twitter. The offer is the biggest so far for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson, who also has offers from Indiana, Houston, Memphis and four other programs. Colorado is also showing strong interest recently. Nebraska has also offered Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, adding to a list that includes Tulsa, Ohio and Texas State. The Huskers are also looking at a pair of the state’s junior-college prospects, with offers out to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M duo of Maurice Chandler, a Lawton High product, and Chris Baccus, originally from Beggs. LEXINGTON’S BROWN GATHERING OFFERS Lexington offensive lineman Tyler Brown's recruiting is gaining momentum quickly. Tulsa extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-6, 315-pound junior on Tuesday, just days after he got his first offer from North Texas. Oklahoma and Texas Tech are among the programs also showing interest in Brown recently. FORMER DEER CREEK COACH SMITH TAKES OVER VICTORY CHRISTIAN Ron Smith didn’t expect to be a high school head football coach again when he stepped down from that position four years ago at Bartlesville. But on Monday, Victory Christian announced that Smith would be its head football coach. Smith has been an assistant the past four years at the Class 3A school, which is 29-5 over the past three seasons. Smith, 60, has a head coaching record of 93-64. He was an assistant coach for 17 years at Midwest City, working with offenses that included the Gundy brothers, Mike and Cale. He was the head coach at Deer Creek from 1997-2000, winning the 2000 Class 3A title with his son, Paul Smith, at quarterback. He also was a head coach at Owasso (2001-05) and Bartlesville (2006-10). Smith is replacing Brent Marley, who was hired as the head coach at Rejoice Christian earlier this month. ZANGARI’S HOT BAT SPARKS CARL ALBERT Carl Albert senior catcher Corey Zangari had a huge week at the plate as the Titans went 4-1. He went 11-for-17, hitting five home runs, a triple and driving in 16 runs. He had a monster game against El Reno with three home runs in the 15-6 win. Zangari is now hitting .479 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs on the year. He has signed with Oklahoma State but is considered the top draft prospect in the state. TUTTLE’S LESTER PICKS OBU The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Tuttle guard Tyler Lester, has chosen Oklahoma Baptist to continue his college career. Lester, a 5-foot-11 senior, led Tuttle to its first state tournament appearance, averaging 18.5 points and 3.2 assists per game while hitting more than 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (113-of-219). “He’s the son of a coach and has a great feel for the game,” Tuttle coach Paul Meuser said. “His father, Brian, has done a great job with our girls, and he’s had a great impact on Tyler. “I never saw Tyler take a bad shot in the two years I coached him. There was never a moment when I was sitting on the bench thinking, ‘What are you doing Tyler?’ He’s a smart player and a great leader.”
Bob West has moved on in his life.Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee.It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words.So how did you get to...
Questions and Answers with Bob West on his career as News sports editor
Gabriel Pruett, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2015Bob West has moved on in his life. Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee. It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words. So how did you get to Southeast Texas from Missouri? To make a long story short, I hated cold weather and wanted to move somewhere, anywhere away from snow and ice in the winter. I had a good friend and golfing buddy named Dave Wilson who felt the same way. We went to a guy named Al Chandler, who was the head pro at Columbia Country Club, as well as the golf coach at the University of Missouri, and asked him he if had any contacts in the South. Turns out, he’d played golf at Lamar in the 1950s. He set it up for us to attend Lamar. I never looked back. What were you first attempts at sports journalism? A part-time job at the Beaumont Enterprise in 1966, taking high school football calls on Friday night for their Louisiana edition. Did you start as sports editor or reporter? When did you become sports editor? Started full time as a reporter at the Beaumont Journal in 1967. Was also attending Lamar full time and writing for the school newspaper. Came to the PA News in August, 1971 as a reporter, mainly covering Beaumont’s six high schools. Became sports editor in June of 1972. Who was the most important person in your success at this job? That one’s easy. Bill Maddox was the managing editor in Port Arthur who hired me. Bill was the best newspaper person I’ve ever been around. What he did that was so important to my career was encourage me to take strong stands and give opinions. I would never have gotten established without Bill because a lot of folks weren’t ready for some of the things I had to say. Bill had only been here for a few months before I was hired, but he set the table for me with the stance he took on the football tab cover in August of 1971. Little Joe Washington was going to be a senior at Lincoln and was a high school All-America. Bill thought he should be on the cover of the football section but was told, “We don’t put ‘n-word’ on the cover of anything.” Bill said, “Well, that’s about to change.” Knowing how things were at that time, I feared he would get fired. But the publisher , a man named Jack Scott, gave him the green light. So Little Joe and Big Joe, who was the football coach at Lincoln, were on the cover of the tab that year. When Bill named me sports editor the next summer, I knew he’d have my back when I changed the entire approach to covering Lincoln’s teams. We both took some serious heat from readers who resented the attention being given to black athletes, but it was worth it. Why sports journalism? What drove you to this job? Just sort of fell into it. I was a pretty good athlete and sports nut as a kid. I devoured the sports section of every newspaper I could get my hands on in the small town of Centralia, Missouri. English was my best subject in high school and I got high marks in creative writing courses. For some reason I can’t explain, I enrolled in business school at Missouri and wound up hating every minute of it. I didn’t really move toward journalism until I was at Lamar. When I took the part-time job at the Enterprise, the light quickly went on that sports writing was the direction I needed to go. I started getting into all the communications courses I could take at Lamar. I learned a lot from a teacher named Bob Wilkerson. As good at this job as you are, were there ever times you almost left for a bigger paper? Why stay? I had a couple of interesting offers, including one in Mesa, Ariz., that I thought about it long and hard. But my wife was from Port Arthur and I preferred my kids attend schools that weren’t too big. A major factor in staying was that newspaper higher ups allowed me to branch out into radio and TV. My first talk show was at KTRH in Houston in 1980 -- four hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays with a guy named Jim Nantz. I also had the opportunity to do color on several Lamar basketball telecasts on Channel 6 in the early and mid ‘80s. My TV highlight was doing the Southland Conference championship game in 1983 with Bill Worrell. The game was shown on a network that was just getting established called ESPN. I also had a sideline writing gig with Pro Football Weekly covering the Houston Oilers. After KTRH, I did sports talk on KLVI in Beaumont for several years. The outside opportunities enabled me to feel comfortable staying at the PA News and helped me to build a treasure trove of contacts I don’t think many guys at small and medium size papers could match. I was also lucky to have good bosses who appreciated my skills and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to do what I wanted as long as the nuts and bolts stuff were handled. To that end, it would have been a lot tougher if I hadn’t been able to hire some guys who were outstanding in their own right in the early years. Guys like Burt Darden, Howard Roden, John Curylo, Tom Halliburton and Anthony Andro. I also should mention two of the greatest “stringers” any sports editor could ever hope to have — John DeVillier and Larry Bodin. You have seen it all. Championships. Bad times and the good. What will you take away from the sports scene in our area? The unbelievable number of guys I was exposed to in Southeast Texas who have gone on to make a name for themselves, both as players and coaches. It’s amazing, really, that from a small town in Missouri I landed in one of the most prolific areas of producing sports talent you could find anywhere. Just getting the opportunity to cover the incredible success of Lamar basketball in the late 1970s and early 1980s under Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster was extraordinary. It’s mind boggling to think during one period I was covering Bum Phillips and the Luv Ya Blue Oilers, Billy Tubbs and a Lamar basketball team that was shocking the college basketball world, an innovative high school football coach named Ronnie Thompson at TJ who was changing attitudes about the passing game in Texas and maybe the best high school basketball coach in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s — James Gamble at Lincoln. You have seen great, great athletes perform in Southeast Texas. Which ones were the best of the best? In football, I always start with Little Joe Washington. For years and years I thought he’d be the greatest I’d have the opportunity to cover. But Jamaal Charles broke Joe’s records and is proving to be one of the premier running backs to ever play in the NFL. That’s terrific bookends to a writing career. In basketball, Lincoln’s Earl Evans, to this day, is far and away the best I covered.. His senior year he was ranked second in the nation to Moses Malone among high school players. In baseball, TJ’s Xavier Hernandez and Lincoln’s Chuck McElroy, as they would go on to prove in MLB, were the top two. And I certainly need to include two golfers — Bruce Lietzke and Chris Stroud — who made their mark on the PGA Tour. Bruce won 14 times on the PGA Tour which is pretty amazing. Friendships have been made with legends like Nantz, the Phillips family and Jimmy Johnson. What has that been like for you? It’s been pretty amazing, both professionally and personally. There was nobody like Bum. I learned so much from being around him, watching him and seeing the impact he had on professional athletes and people in general. I could never repay Bum for all he did for me, what I learned from him and what he meant to me. That’s why I pushed so hard to make the Bum Phillips trophy become a reality, and for it to be a really unique, really special trophy. I was probably closer to Bum than to Wade, although Wade and I are basically the same age, my wife was in his wedding and his wife was in my wedding. I have so much respect for Wade and what he’s accomplished as a football coach. I don’t think he gets proper credit for his genius as a defensive coach. Jim Nantz, to me, is too good to be true. I got to know him when he was a senior at the University of Houston doing that sports talk show with me at KTRH. From there, his ascent to being one of the top guys in network TV sports happened with stunning swiftness. But Jim never changed. He always returns my phone calls and e-mails and has been wonderful about offering a helping hand on special projects when I ask for his assistance. He was the emcee of the very first Homecoming Roast for Jimmy Johnson. He’s been terrific about using tidbits I’ve passed along when he’s doing a telecast involving a Jamaal Charles or a Chris Stroud. I was just amazed at the effort he made to get mention of the Bum Phillips trophy on a CBS national telecast. As for Jimmy Johnson, I didn’t start getting to know him until he won the national championship at Miami and we had that first roast. One year later, he was the head coach of the Cowboys and it put me in a position to witness and write about one of the most remarkable coaching jobs in NFL history. Jimmy is maybe the shrewdest, most intelligent guy I’ve ever been around. I was never as close to him as I was to Bum, but he provided me with amazing material as a columnist. I’ll never forget him mentioning me at the final press conference before the Super Bowl when the Cowboys beat Buffalo in Atlanta. Must have been 2,500 media people in the room and he singled me out in front of them and talked about the roast we had for him in Port Arthur after the first Super Bowl win. To this day, when I need his opinion on something in the NFL, he is quick to respond. The roasts became such a big deal and raised a tremendous amount of money for the Museum of the Gulf Coast. How did they get started? When Jimmy Johnson won the national championship at the University of Miami after the 1987 season, I wrote in a column that Port Arthur needed to put on a special event to honor him. I thought the city would be quick to follow up on the suggestion. When there was nothing but silence from city hall, Richard Marler, the football coach at Stephen F. Austin High School, suggested that I put something together. I loved the roast format and phoned Jimmy, who I didn’t know very well at the time, to see if he would be interested in being honored with a roast in his hometown. He jumped at the idea and said he would use his influence, which was considerable, to help get some big names involved. In that first one, the newspaper didn’t have a role. Marler was my right-hand man on the project, we got Sam Monroe involved and formed a committee. The way the thing came together was amazing, especially since we had no budget, no operating funds, nothing that you really need to pull off something like a big roast. Jim Nantz, who was then doing college football for CBS, agreed to be the emcee. Because Jimmy was such a hot name in the coaching profession, we had people all across college football eager to be a part of it. We probably had reps from half a dozen bowls make arrangements to attend. It got so big I wound up adding a golf tournament the day before the roast. When it was over, and things had gone so well, Marler said this is something you need to do on an annual basis. It seemed like a great idea, so I pitched it to Dub Brown, who was then the editor of the Port Arthur News. I told him the newspaper needed to get behind this as a civic project, that we could call it the Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast. Dub, who was one of the those terrific, old-time newspaper guys, said he thought it was a great idea. We decided we’d donate whatever funds were raised to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, singled out Bum Phillips as the next honoree and the rest, as they say, is history. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with those roasts, the money we were able to raise for the museum and the big names who came to Port Arthur to be a part of them. I am just elated that as I go out the door of the newspaper I’m going to have the opportunity to do another roast to honor Jamaal Charles. Why the hate for Jerry Jones every week? Hate may be a bit strong. I have strongly disliked Jerry since he fired Jimmy, then said there are 500 coaches who could have done what he did with the Cowboys. My stance might have softened a bit if he’d put Jimmy in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not ever going to happen. Jones is obviously a very savvy individual who is a genius when it comes to making money. As an NFL general manager, he’s shown over and over that he’s an abysmal failure. What is it in the last 20 years, two playoff wins? Jethro is just such a perfect foil for somebody who does a notes column on a weekly basis, especially for somebody who grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Every now and then, I try to see if I can go a few weeks without mentioning him in my Sunday column. That’s a real challenge because of the things he says and does, and because he’s just so damn desperate to convince people that he’s a real football guy. I have no doubt he’d make a deal with the devil if it could get him another Super Bowl. You and Tom Halliburton worked together for many years. How special did that working relationship and friendship grow to become? Tom is one of the people I mentioned earlier who made me look good and made my job so much easier. Tom and I were together for more than 30 years, and pretty much knew what each other thought and was going to do next. I don’t even want to think what it would have been like to not have Tom as my right-hand man. Tom had the journalistic background I didn’t. He worked for a newspaper while he was still in high school in Arkansas. He got a journalism degree at the University of Texas. Tom was an excellent writer and the kind of guy who would tackle any assignment. Tom did so much for the sports section that readers would never notice. I’ll always love him for his loyalty to me and for the things he did to make our sports section so strong for so many years. Over the years is there an interview subject that really stuck with you? There were many, but I think the two I remember most were an author named George Plimpton and the comedian, Don Rickles. You have to be a bit of an old timer to remember Plimpton. He was famous for what was called “participatory journalism.” One year he went to training camp with the Detroit Lions, actually played quarterback in a pre-season game and wrote a book about the experience called “Paper Lion.” The book was later made into a movie. Plimpton also wrote a book titled “Bogey Man” about playing on the PGA Tour during the glory days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson and pitched in an exhibition game against Willie Mays and other National League stars at Yankee Stadium. All of it was done for books or magazine pieces he was writing. He was in Beaumont in 1972 for a piece he was doing on the great football player, Bubba Smith. I’d come to know Bubba pretty well, he told me about Plimpton being in town and I talked him in to bringing Plimpton to our home for dinner. Bubba, Plimpton and Tom Vance came down — Genie and I were living in Nederland at the time — and it turned into a fascinating interview. It was one of my favorite pieces ever. GOOGLE George Plimpton and you’ll be amazed at what you find. As far as Rickles, I got to interview him in his dressing room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I have Walter Umphrey to thank for that. Walter was our roastee in 1991. I wanted to get somebody really funny, along with Ann Richards, to roast him. Because of his status as a “whale” in Vegas, I knew Walter had considerable clout. So I asked him if he could lean on somebody out there and arrange to get Rickles for the roast. It was a done deal within hours, which was quite a tribute to Walter. Executives with the Mirage agreed to fly Rickles in on their private jet. To have Don Rickles coming to Port Arthur was off the charts, so I made the “sacrifice” of going to Vegas to interview him in advance of the roast. It was a little intimidating to be honest, but he was delightful. He must have spent an hour with me. Then, the week of the roast, I had Walter on my radio show and Rickles agreed to join us by phone from his home in Beverly Hills. I had to pinch myself. I had watched Rickles so many times when he was on with Johnny Carson and had seen his act several times in Las Vegas. To get a one-on-one with him, to be part of bringing him to Port Arthur, was such a thrill. And it made for a terrific piece in the Port Arthur News. You took on a lot of causes. Is there one that didn’t work out the way you wanted? For years, I advocated in columns that the Beaumont Independent School District needed to come to its senses, do the right thing and name its beautiful football complex after Jerry LeVias. Jerry was such a pioneer in breaking football racial barriers in the Southwest Conference and should be front and center in Beaumont as an inspiration to all young athletes. It was disgusting to see the stadium named after a superintendent who meant nothing to the city’s history. In light of all that’s gone down in that school district the past few years, I’d think this would be the perfect time for a name change. Who cares if the other guy gets his feelings hurt. At the very least, there needs to be a statue of LeVias inside or outside the stadium. How much golf do you plan to play now and will your wife really be comfortable having you home and not at the office? I only plan to play on days ending in “y.” Golf has long been my passion away from family and job. Writing about golf opened the door for me to play many of the world’s greatest courses and with people like Jack Nicklaus, Darrell Royal and astrounaut Alan Sheppard. My game isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but I enjoy playing more than ever. I’ll pretty much be on call seven days a week. Billy Tubbs is already licking his lips thinking about getting into my wallet. As for the second part, I’m pretty sure Genie will be quite comfortable with me being around. For the 46 years we’ve been married, my hours have been long and I’ve been gone a lot. Beyond that, I know our two boxers, Bogey and Champ, will be pleased to see me on a more regular basis. What do you say to all the readers and supporters through the years? I sincerely appreciate all the readers, even those who didn’t agree with a lot of the things I wrote. It’s always nice to get an e-mail or phone call from somebody who liked something I wrote, or somebody who wanted to challenge something I wrote. I didn’t mind criticism as long as it wasn’t nasty or personal. To me, one of the purposes of writing columns is to express opinions. As most folks know, I tended to have strong opinions and I think I backed them up with a degree of expertise. I never expected or wanted everybody to agree with me. That would be pretty boring. My goal with columns was to be informative and entertaining and to give people something to think about. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over the years is having some little old lady come up to me and say she enjoys reading my column. You would be surprised at how often that has happened. I’d also like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been with the e-mails and phone calls since my retirement was announced. They’ve come from all over and have been very humbling. ——— ©2015 The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) Visit The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) at panews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003393,t000003183,t000046469,t000003194,t000003277,t000003270,t000160437,t000007488,t000007666,t000007466,t000007460,t000007684,t000008056,t000155475,t000040517,g000065659,g000219892,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065614
Apr 1, 2015
The Cowboys’ top-returning rusher has gained plenty of confidence since dropping from 205 to 200 pounds this spring
Oklahoma State football notebook: Running back Rennie Childs slims down for 2015 season
By Kyle Fredrickson | Apr 1, 2015Losing five pounds of body weight might not seem like a big deal. Just don’t tell that to Oklahoma State running back Rennie Childs. The Cowboys’ top-returning rusher has gained plenty of confidence since dropping from 205 to 200 pounds this spring. “It’s just five pounds, but it makes a tremendous difference to me,” Childs said. “I feel more elusive and faster. I’ve been using that to get around defenders and to get around the edge. But I’m still 200. I’ve been using strength and everything to power through the line, especially on the goal line.” Childs, a junior this fall, was clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash earlier this offseason, “with a bad start,” he said with a laugh. Childs has also improved his conditioning. “Last year, I was tired after three, four or five plays,” Childs said. “Now, I can stay in there for a longer period of time.” Childs, who tallied 314 yards rushing and three touchdowns last year, is expected to compete for a starting role with Chris Carson, a transfer from Butler Community College (Kan.) who will join the program this summer. OSU HOLDS FIRST SPRING SCRIMMAGE The Cowboys held their first spring scrimmage on Wednesday, running a total of 118 plays. “I wanted the young guys to play and some veteran guys to get some snaps today, essentially an all-scrimmage for us,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Early, the offense played pretty well. Then the defense kind of took over.” Gundy told reporters that starting quarterback Mason Rudolph threw one interception. But the receiving corps also dropped a total of four passes. "I wasn't really very pleased with the way I played,” Rudolph said. “I made a lot of mistakes. There were certain mistakes that were easily correctable, so we'll get back there in the film room this afternoon and tomorrow morning and correct things for Friday.” PAIR OF LOCAL RECRUITS WATCH PRACTICE The Cowboys welcomed two Mustang High School players to view practice on Wednesday — quarterback Chandler Garrett and tight end Bryce Roberts. Both will be seniors this fall. Garrett, a Rivals-rated three-star prospect, was The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year last season. He received his first scholarship offer from Air Force in March. Garrett threw for 2,389 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last fall, while rushing for 303 yards and nine scores. Roberts, who also plays on the Mustang basketball team, is listed at 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds on his Hudl page. QUOTABLE Gundy on UAB transfer Victor Salako: “He’s come in and he’s taken over the left tackle spot for us. He’s the biggest player that we have. He’s a legitimate 6-5, 6-6, 350-pounds … He’s just been so pleasant. It’s tough in our practices in the spring, because we don’t huddle up and we play really fast. I can only imagine being that big and playing at the tempo that we compete at. A smile on his face, he plays hard and plays with effort.”
Mar 18, 2015
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Garrett, The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year last season, received his first scholarship offer on Wednesday, from Air Force.
High school notebook: Mustang QB Chandler Garrett gets first offer
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Mar 18, 2015Add Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett to the ever-growing list of junior football players with Division I scholarship offers. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Garrett, The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year last season, received his first scholarship offer on Wednesday, from Air Force. Garrett was ranked No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the Class of 2016. He threw for 2,389 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last fall, while rushing for 303 yards and nine scores. He has been getting interest from a wide variety of programs, including Notre Dame, Kentucky, Indiana, Wyoming and Missouri. He recently attended Oklahoma’s Junior Day as well. So far, more than 20 players in the state’s 2016 recruiting class have scholarship offers. OSSAA’S CLARK NAMED MID-DEL AD Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association assistant director Mike Clark has been named the new Mid-Del Schools athletic director. Clark has been with the OSSAA since 2009. He oversees volleyball, wrestling, academic bowl and soccer. He is a former athletic director at Mustang. He also coached wrestling at Midwest City for 10 years, coaching 19 individual state champions and two dual state team titles and a team title. Clark will replace Rick Bachman in July. Bachman has announced his retirement following 40 years with Mid-Del Schools. PURCELL’S REIMER RETIRES Longtime Purcell boys basketball coach Lee Reimer recently announced his retirement, bringing to end one of the most successful tenures in school history. Reimer made the announcement to bring to an end his 30-year career with the Dragons following the team’s elimination from the area tournament. During his tenure at Purcell, he went 485-313. He has a total of 545 wins, including 60 at Medford. He won two state championships, including the 1984 Class A title at Medford before leaving the next season to take over Purcell. He led the Dragons to the Class 3A title in 1994. He is the second-winningest coach in Purcell boys basketball history. Boney Matthews went 922-245 over a 40-year career, mostly at Purcell, winning three titles. SUBURBAN CONFERENCE BOYS TEAM NAMED The Suburban Conference named its All-Conference boys basketball team this week with Carl Albert taking home two top honors. Senior Hayden Howell was named the Player of the Year and coach Jay Price was named Coach of the Year after the Titans made the Class 5A championship game. Piedmont freshman Adokiye Iyaye was named Newcomer of the Year and El Reno senior Bryon Elledge was named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a look at the entire roster: Player of the Year: Hayden Howell, Carl Albert Coach of the Year: Jay Price, Carl Albert Newcomer of the Year: Adokiye Iyaye, Piedmont Defensive Player of the Year: Bryon Elledge, El Reno First Team: L’liott Curry, Guthrie; Bryon Elledge, El Reno; Gerard Giles, Western Heights; Brock Henderson, Chickasha; Luke Laster, Shawnee Second Team: Adokiye Iyaye, Piedmont; Christian Wassana, El Reno; Mason Harrell, Carl Albert; Kiahree Kerns, Western Heights; Rudy Thompson, Western Heights Third Team: Jackson Winrow, Shawnee; Brandon Shumway, Chickasha; Wes Smith, Carl Albert Jalal Gondal, Noble; Trey Hopkins, Carl Albert Honorable Mention: Carl Albert: Darren Dobbins; Chickasha: Colton Christian, Magyver Boles; Noble: Chris Nimsey, Casey Harris, Christian Robinson;Piedmont: Addaryl Quinn, Trevor Bailey, Brant Ranney; Shawnee: Tanner Rowland, Tanner Sparks; Western Heights: Kevin Rassat, Quinton Garrett All-Defensive Team: Wes Smith, Carl Albert; Kevin Rassat, Western Heights; Luke Laster, Shawnee Jalal Gondal, Noble; Brock Henderson, Chickasha
LEXINGTON, Ky. — First there was The Dunk, quickly christened by people as the best of the year even though it was only a week into February.Then came The Dunk to End All Dunks, again labeled the best of 2015 and also a slight sign of progress because we were within reasonable distance of March.That they were both delivered by Willie Cauley-Stein was almost an anomaly, something as rare as a...
Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein poses double threat of defense and dunks
By Mike Bresnahan, Associated Press | Mar 2, 2015LEXINGTON, Ky. — First there was The Dunk, quickly christened by people as the best of the year even though it was only a week into February. Then came The Dunk to End All Dunks, again labeled the best of 2015 and also a slight sign of progress because we were within reasonable distance of March. That they were both delivered by Willie Cauley-Stein was almost an anomaly, something as rare as a junior at Kentucky, which Cauley-Stein happened to be. He’s slotted as a high pick in this year’s NBA draft because he plays great defense. The dunks are a sideshow. If the Lakers keep their top-five protected pick after the May 19 lottery, Cauley-Stein will probably be there for their turn. He’s not polished on offense like presumed top picks Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns but NBA front-office types compare him favorably to defensive stopper Tyson Chandler. Or as one said, he’s “a 7-foot Dennis Rodman,” only touching the surface of a 21-year-old whose confidence has come slowly, part of a complex makeup traced to his younger years. They call Spearville the “City of Windmills” and it’s hard to disagree. Dozens of large wind turbines dot the plains in the western Kansas town, spinning and spinning and spinning. Time is measured in farmer’s almanacs, not rush-hour traffic, and twitter still refers to the peaceful sound of birds. Cauley-Stein was a tree without a forest while being raised by his grandparents, towering over a population of 806 that often congregated at the Windmill Restaurant. His mother and father played basketball at nearby small colleges but split when he was young, leaving him in limbo if not for Norma and Valen “Val” Stein. His older brother, Bryce, was interested in the wheat farm owned by the Steins, but Willie avoided the tractors and combine harvesters. “He was shy and pretty much a homebody,” Norma Stein said. “He’s had to work hard to get where he’s at.” His grandparents kept him in check, guiding him as best they could, but his high school was small. Very small. He might not have had enough NCAA-approved classes to be eligible to play college ball down the road, according to people familiar with his situation. That’s when a future Hall of Famer entered his life. Cauley-Stein played AAU basketball with the son of former NFL offensive lineman Will Shields and ended up becoming friends with Shavon Shields, who now plays basketball at Nebraska. Cauley-Stein transferred to a much larger high school near Kansas City and lived with the Shields family by the end of his sophomore year. The transition was mostly seamless. Mostly. “He’s one of those kids that is just used to doing what he wants to do when he wants to do it,” said Shields, who played 14 years with the Kansas City Chiefs and was elected into the Hall of Fame this year. “He struggled with the fact that, hey, you’ve got to make those phone calls and tell us where you’re going to be, when you’re going to be there, when you’re going to be home. And leave us phone numbers so we can find out who you’re with.” Cauley-Stein realized during an orientation session it would take time to adapt to the teeming hallways of Olathe Northwest High. His entire town of Spearville could fit into the school’s main building, he muttered to himself. “We always thought he would do very well, but I don’t know if he always thought he would do really well,” said Athletic Director Jay Novacek, whose cousin of the same name played tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. “He’s one of those guys who has to really do something before he believes it.” Football played a surprising role for Cauley-Stein, who became one of the state’s best wide receivers thanks to 4.6 speed in the 40, Novacek said. A coach from Kansas University even offered him a football scholarship on the spot while watching him play in a seven-on-seven tournament. Kentucky basketball Coach John Calipari once came to watch Cauley-Stein play football against rival Olathe North. Basketball coaches have an ongoing battle with football coaches because they don’t want their star player getting hurt. Not Calipari. Not that night, anyway. “I stood on the sideline with Coach Calipari the whole game, and of course he loved watching Willie catch passes and run with the ball but he was more excited to watch him just knock people out on catch-and-run plays,” Novacek said. Of greater importance to Cauley-Stein’s existence in the athletic universe was basketball. He had plenty of dunks back then, but his defense was what attracted coaches. Calipari signed him to a letter of intent even though Cauley-Stein’s competition was mainly undersized centers. Kentucky would be different, though. It wasn’t surprising to see Cauley-Stein return to college after his freshman season. He’s not of the same scoring mold as Julius Randle and current-day teammate Towns, past and future members of the one-and-done Kentucky club. Going pro after his sophomore year was more sensible but Cauley-Stein suffered a broken ankle during the Wildcats’ Sweet 16 game last year against Louisville. He would have been a first-round pick but not nearly as coveted as now. He has become college basketball’s most versatile defender, an active shot-blocker who can also cover guards. “Any time you have a 7-foot kid start the game defensively on your point guard, that’s pretty unique,” Tennessee Coach Donnie Tyndall said. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) He also has those dunks. Oh, those dunks. Search for one against Florida in early February and you’ll find these phrases in various online headlines: “Annihilated” (in ALL CAPS), “lays waste” and “posterized” (also in capital letters). His more recent dunk achieved instant Internet immortality, a fastbreak windmill effort against Auburn. “I make a highlight dunk or something, I’m getting head-butted, dudes’ faces are looking crazy,” Cauley-Stein told reporters. “Seeing my teammates happy is more fun than me actually doing something.” Calipari, though, wants more from him. Cauley-Stein’s outside shot has improved but still needs work. His confidence wavers there. “I want Willie to risk more. Risk! Go make a play!” Calipari said after Cauley-Stein scored four points in Kentucky’s 74-56 victory Wednesday at Mississippi State. “He shot an airball (near) the foul line so then he stopped playing offensively. That’s crazy. You’re the best player on the floor.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) NBA teams will try to answer a simple question: Who is Willie? The one with the thoughtfulness to add Stein to his given last name of Cauley, a nod to his grandparents and his mother, with whom he has since forged a bond? Or the one with the “hellacious” dunks, to quote his grandmother, a soon-to-be-pro trying to make it in a world that isn’t Kansas anymore. Or, shortly, Kentucky. Shields thinks he knows, remembering the increased discipline in the latter part of Cauley-Stein’s high-school days. “At any point, he could have said, ‘I’m going home, I’m not going to come back if you do it this way or that way,’” Shields said. “He persevered. He worked through it.” ——— ©2015 Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634
Here is The Oklahoman high school sports staff’s first edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s class of 2016.
The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of top football recruits for the Class of 2016
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Feb 14, 2015Here is The Oklahoman high school sports staff’s first edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s class of 2016. The list will be updated again in the spring, summer, preseason and midseason, with the final update prior to National Signing Day in February 2016. 1. Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 190 Bundage’s first year at safety went pretty well, earning 12 scholarship offers, including Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. 2. Terry Wilson, QB, Del City, 6-3, 190 Arkansas State extended an offer early and Houston came in last month, with several more programs watching intently. 3. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 Utah State’s offer was just the start for the big, powerful lineman. 4. Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 The first and only commitment of the 2016 class so far, Hill is headed to Oklahoma State. 5. Max Wariboko-Alali, DB, Casady, 5-10, 170 Wariboko-Alali holds four offers from Louisville, SMU, Tulsa and UCLA, which just signed his brother Josh to a National Letter of Intent. 6. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 200 Tulsa made an early offer to Hogan, who has shown strong receiving skills out of the backfield or the slot, adding to his value. 7. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-1, 220 The state class is short on linebacker talent, but Arkansas State and Stephen F. Austin have already offered McKinney. 8. Darran Williams, RB, Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 165 A load to tackle, Williams’ interest is gradually picking up following a breakout junior season in which he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. 9. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 Notre Dame, Kentucky, Indiana and several others are showing interest in the reigning Oklahoman Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year. 10. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-2, 185 One of the elite small-school talents in a year with lots of prospects in Class 4A and below. 11. Noah Jones, DE, Southmoore, 6-5, 250 Southmoore is on pace to produce several big-name recruits over the next few years, and Jones heads the 2016 SaberCat class. 12. Austin Quillen, DB, Jenks, 6-0, 190 Louisiana Tech was the first program to offer the Jenks safety. 13. Logan Roberson, OL, Harrah, 6-5, 320 The powerfully built Panther blocked for Grant Martin, the state’s leading rusher at the 11-man level last season, and Roberson should attract some big offers for himself this year. 14. Nic Roller, RB, Bixby, 6-0, 235 The first-team Oklahoman All-State selection is hearing from OU, OSU and other big programs around the region. 15. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall, 6-6, 370 Harris is a monster up front, but recruiters have concerns about him being too heavy. He first caught recruiting attention as a defensive tackle before moving full-time to offensive tackle. 16. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 200 Another member of the state’s strong quarterback class, Wilson is drawing a wide variety of interest, from places like Tulsa, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Duke, Harvard and others. 17. Tariq Bitson, WR, Tulsa Washington, 6-3, 190 Multiple receivers in the class are on the verge of breaking through to the elite level, and Bitson is right there with the best of them. 18. Corey Tipsword, OL/DL, Norman North, 6-4, 315 Tipsword is strictly a defensive player at Norman North, but college coaches think he could be a stout offensive lineman, too. 19. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 Brown is starting to turn heads for the Pioneers. Georgia was showing interest early and he was recently invited to LSU’s Junior Day. 20. Jamall Shaw, RB, Broken Arrow, 6-0, 195 Shaw became the motor in the Tigers’ offense last season and has the size and speed to push him up this list. 21. Tyler Banta, OL, Carl Albert, 6-5, 285 Carl Albert coach Gary Rose regularly produces well-coached offensive linemen, and Banta is next in line, with invites to junior days at OU and Kansas State, among others. 22. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 320 Tulsa extended an early offer to the Tigers’ big blocker. 23. Dreyvon Christon, DB, Putnam City, 5-11, 175 A fast and physical cornerback who plays bigger than his listed size. 24. Terrell Love, RB, Heritage Hall, 5-9, 220 Nicknamed “Tank,” Love is a powerful runner who has recently been in contact with SMU, Kansas and Tulsa. 25. Patrick McKaufman, QB, Douglass, 6-6, 185 McKaufman is skinny, but his long, athletic frame catches some eyes; also heading into his fourth year as a starter. 26. Mason Fine, QB, Locust Grove, 6-0, 170 The state’s single-season record holder for passing yards and touchdowns has a D-I arm, but his size will raise some questions from bigger programs. 27. Tyler Adkins, RB, Tulsa Union, 5-9, 185 Yet another gifted running back in the class, Adkins combines power and quickness. 28. Walker Reed, OL, Norman North, 6-6, 300 The prototypical build for an offensive tackle, Reed’s recruiting ceiling is high. 29. DeShawn Lookout, WR, Westmoore, 6-3, 190 Lookout’s future might be in baseball — he’s committed to OU — but he’s also got a football offer from Arkansas State. 30. Scotty Gilkey, QB, Broken Arrow, 6-4, 210 Gilkey has three offers already, though he was demoted to second string last season.
Dec 31, 2014
When previewing Bedlam less than a month ago, Gundy bristled at many reporters’ questions and made almost every key discussion point off limits. On Wednesday, Gundy was as jovial and forthcoming as he’s been all season long.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy surprises Cowboys, reporters with selfie request
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Dec 31, 2014Before Mike Gundy answered a single question at Cactus Bowl media day in Scottsdale, Ariz., he had a request of his own for reporters. “Let me take a selfie with them,” Gundy said. “All of my buddies.” By snapping a cell-phone photo of himself and about 10 members of the media who regularly cover the team and posting it to the Oklahoma State football twitter account (@CowboyFB), Gundy completed a 180-degree turnaround in press conference etiquette. When previewing Bedlam less than a month ago, he bristled at many reporters’ questions and made almost every key discussion point off limits. On Wednesday, Gundy was as jovial and forthcoming as he’s been all season long. His embrace of new-age trends and social media impressed senior defensive tackle James Castleman. “It does seem crazy, because usually we’re the ones trying to take selfies,” Castleman said. “It was cool to see him opening up and doing some crazy stuff like that … It shows that he’s interacting more with kids our age with technology nowadays. He’s not going to be the grumpy old man.” On Dec. 20, the Cowboys hosted their first ever, “OSU Selfie Day,” in Stillwater for fans to take self-portraits with Gundy and players at the indoor practice facility. And 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cowboys’ media hotel — the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Chandler, Ariz. — the team will host its second installment of the event. “We’re kind of setting the trend on selfies,” Gundy said. GLIDDEN ATOP PUNT RETURN DEPTH CHART It’s been over a year since David Glidden returned a punt. But entering OSU’s Cactus Bowl matchup with Washington on Friday, the junior receiver is listed atop the Cowboys’ punt return depth chart alongside junior wideout Brandon Sheperd. “It’s fun,” Glidden said. “I like being back there.” Of the Cowboys’ 29 punt returns this season, Tyreek Hill hauled in 27 while Sheperd and sophomore safety Jordan Sterns each had one. So, after Hill was dismissed from the team on Dec. 12 for allegedly punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend, the Cowboys were in need of a replacement in the return game. Did OSU hold a tryout for the spot? “It’s been kind of like that all year,” Glidden said. “We all practice back there. We all get our reps. When it comes down to it, somebody has to be back there to do it … Right now, there’s definitely a few of us back there working at it.” Glidden wouldn’t confirm whether he’d be the Cowboy to fill in, saying, “we’ll see when the game time comes what actually goes on back there.” As a senior at Mustang High School, Glidden averaged 35.3 yards per punt return and brought back four kickoffs for touchdowns. But through his freshman and sophomore seasons at OSU, he hauled in just 11 punts for 38 yards. Much of that low production relates back to injuries early in his career. However, receivers coach Kasey Dunn told The Oklahoman in September 2012 that Glidden had the intangibles to be dangerous in the return game. "Glidden's really done a nice job,” Dunn said. “He gets under every ball, catches everything, and he'll make that first guy miss. It's hard to see that little joker back there, too." One might think the long layoff would create a daunting mental challenge for Glidden if he is the Cowboys’ punt returner of choice. But he says that’s far from the case. “Not to me,” Glidden said. “Honestly, it’s something that I’ve done for a long time. For a while here, even. To me, it’s just going back there and getting possession back for the offense, but mainly, trying to make a play.” SEATON GLAD TO IMPACT PASSING GAME OSU junior tight end Jeremy Seaton set career highs in receptions (3) and receiving yards (51) in the Cowboys’ upset Bedlam victory earlier this month. “It’s a lot of fun,” Seaton said. “Being able to catch a ball in a D-I game is huge. Knowing you’re helping the team out, it’s awesome. It was a performance that marked the Cowboys’ newfound commitment to include a pass-catching tight end into their offense. If anything, it makes Washington’s task of limiting the production of OSU’s various weapons more difficult. “I don’t want to say that people focus on me on pass routes,” Seaton said. “I’ll just sneak out there every now and then. But if I can take up some of their time on their practices to focus on me a bit, obviously it’s going to help guys like Glidden, (Jhajuan) Seales and (James) Washington get open.” QUOTABLE UW coach Chris Petersen on his reaction to the Big 12 being left out of the College Football Playoff: “I don’t really even think about that stuff, to tell you the truth. I don’t … There’s a lot of good teams in the Big 12, without question. I know this, you’re always going to have that debate. You could move it to eight and someone is getting left out going, ‘Can you believe they got left out?’ And you’re going to go, ‘No, I can’t believe they got left out.’ It is what it is. I knew whoever got left out, you’d be surprised.”
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly hired Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst had more competition for the job than thought.Not that most of the 45 other applicants who sought to succeed Gary Andersen ever had a serious shot. The university on Monday released all applications received for the job, fulfilling an open records request filed by The Associated Press.Chryst, the Pittsburgh coach the past...
Chryst among 46 applicants for Wisconsin job
By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press | Dec 22, 2014MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly hired Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst had more competition for the job than thought. Not that most of the 45 other applicants who sought to succeed Gary Andersen ever had a serious shot. The university on Monday released all applications received for the job, fulfilling an open records request filed by The Associated Press. Chryst, the Pittsburgh coach the past three years, was hired Wednesday under a five-year contract worth $2.3 million in the first year. His hiring came one week after Andersen abruptly quit to coach Oregon State. As previously known, current Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was among the serious candidates who applied. He was one of four people Alvarez interviewed. Records show other applications came from former Army coach Richard Ellerson, Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer and former Arizona State defensive end Tranell Morant. Coaches from various high schools and colleges also made their cases. When athletic director Barry Alvarez introduced Chryst as coach last week, he said, "I interviewed or was contacted by a number of well-known head coaches as well as high-ranking assistant football coaches about this job." He probably wasn't referring to Jarrad Dann of Chandler, Arizona. Dann, who listed his current job title as "The Man, The Myth, The Legend," said in his application he was qualified to lead a Big Ten college football team because he is "ridiculously good" at the NCAA football game for Xbox 360. Arturo Bonomie of Madison said his years coaching kindergarten and first-graders for the YMCA football program made him the ideal candidate. "People tell me I can give one heck of a good pep talk on the sidelines and my wife makes a mean Gatorade," he wrote in his cover letter. Greg Miller, who said he was unemployed and living with his parents in Racine, listed among his football experience the video games Madden '92, Bill Walsh '93 and NCAA Football '96 and '97. "I have further successfully coached from my sofa every Saturday since 1987," he wrote in a letter to Alvarez. Chryst is a Madison native, former Badger quarterback and assistant coach. He was an early favorite for the job in the hours after Andersen's surprise departure Dec. 10. According to records, Chryst submitted his application on Dec. 12. That is the day after Alvarez spoke with him about the job in Florida, where Alvarez was attending an Outback Bowl promotion and Chryst was recruiting. Chryst sent a letter Dec. 15 asking that his application be held "in confidence" unless he was considered a finalist for the job. Two days later, Alvarez introduced him as the Badgers' coach. ___ Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbauerAP
Nov 21, 2014
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After days of cabin fever, the Buffalo Bills were finally able to practice.Then they changed clothes at portable lockers in a hallway — a makeshift setup that underscored just how different this road trip is going to be.The Bills arrived in the Detroit area Friday and held practice that night at the Lions' headquarters in Allen Park. The team's schedule has been in flux...
Bills back on practice field at Lions' facility
NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press | Nov 21, 2014ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After days of cabin fever, the Buffalo Bills were finally able to practice. Then they changed clothes at portable lockers in a hallway — a makeshift setup that underscored just how different this road trip is going to be. The Bills arrived in the Detroit area Friday and held practice that night at the Lions' headquarters in Allen Park. The team's schedule has been in flux because of a lake-effect storm that dumped more than 5 feet of snow on the Buffalo region since Monday. This weekend's game against the New York Jets was moved from Buffalo to Detroit and will be played Monday night. "It felt really good. Being laid up in the house for a while is not fun," tight end Scott Chandler said. "It was good to get to just focus on football for a few hours, and not have to worry about anything else." Chandler needed a snowmobile ride to leave his neighborhood, and he said some of his teammates did too. "A local guy, lives around the corner from a lot of us, and they were able to flag him down at a gas station, and he was willing to come help us out. They were trying to plow the road, but it wasn't going to get done fast enough," Chandler said. "He was able to come get us and just take us around the corner to where we could get in a car and get to the stadium." Coach Doug Marrone and his staff had been living at the Bills' headquarters, going over the game plan and consulting with the team by phone and computer because players were snowed in. Now the Lions are letting the Bills in their practice facility, where Detroit had a workout earlier Friday. "They've been outstanding," Marrone said. "Opening everything up, that's really not heard of in this league, unless they force you to do it. Detroit wasn't forced to do that, so I have a great appreciation for the organization here. We have everything. We have the locker room right behind us, we have the meeting rooms and things of that nature." The venue is a familiar one for Buffalo defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was fired in December after five seasons as Detroit's coach. Schwartz was carried off the field by the Bills after they beat the Lions in Detroit in October. He'll coach at Ford Field again Monday. Schwartz was not available to reporters Friday. Fans are being offered free tickets to Monday's game, and Bills running back Fred Jackson said he's not sure what kind of environment to expect. "I'm kind of excited to see what happens," he said. "It'll be a different experience for everybody." This is the second time in four years Ford Field has hosted a neutral site game. In 2010, a game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants was moved to Detroit because the Metrodome roof collapsed. Fans who showed up for that game witnessed a bit of history. Brett Favre's streak of 297 regular-season starts came to an end that night. The Bills are hoping conditions will be less harsh back home next week, but next weekend's home game against Cleveland also could be affected by the weather. Bills President Russ Brandon says the team is planning to return to Buffalo after Monday night's game in Detroit. "Our plan is to get right back to Buffalo after the game," Brandon said. "We'll have a short work week as we prepare for Cleveland, but we'll stay nimble and see how the situation evolves and we'll go from there." Lions President Tom Lewand was asked Friday if Ford Field could be available for the Bills again next weekend. Detroit hosts Chicago on Thanksgiving, and there are high school championship games scheduled for the venue Friday and Saturday. "I don't want to get into projections. Let's deal with what's in front of us right now," Lewand said. "I know the folks at the Bills' organization are working awfully hard to get themselves prepared not only to play the Jets on Monday night, but the Browns next week. It wouldn't be fair on me to comment beyond trying to get them as successful as possible for a great game on Monday night." ___ AP Sports Writers John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, Dennis Waszak Jr., in Florham Park, New Jersey, and AP freelance reporter Mark Ludwiczak contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Friday Night Lights: Andy Collier was the quiet leader of the 1995 state champion Midwest City BombersNov 20, 2014
Then a 5-foot-11, 175-pound quarterback, Collier completed 11 of 14 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-14 win over Putnam City North in the 1995 title game. It was the last time a west-side team won the big school state title.
Friday Night Lights: Andy Collier was the quiet leader of the 1995 state champion Midwest City Bombers
By Scott Wright | Nov 20, 2014MUSTANG — It’s time for some Jeopardy-style trivia. The category: Oklahoma high school football. The answer: He was the last quarterback to lead a team other than Jenks or Tulsa Union to a Class 6A state championship. You don’t have to be a die-hard Midwest City fan to remember some of the stars off that 1995 Bomber squad. Vernon Maxwell, Rodney Rideau, Eric Gooden, Donavon Laviness, Devane Robinson and Jon Rutherford, just to name a few. But can you name the quarterback? If you said “Who is Andy Collier,” you’re today’s winner. For some context as to how long it’s been since someone other than Jenks or Union was the 6A champ, consider this: Collier is now a 36-year-old father of three young children, working as a middle-school principal, coincidentally, in Mustang, the latest team preparing to take its shot at unseating the Tulsa-area powers atop the state’s largest class. Mustang faces Tulsa Union in a Class 6A Division I semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tulsa University, and Collier will be providing color commentary for Mustang’s web broadcast of the game at MustangBroncos.tv. He’s been ideal for the spot after spending six years on the Broncos’ coaching staff, concluding before the 2013 season when he moved to administration. Nearly two decades later, Collier still marvels at the depth of talent he played with in his senior season at Midwest City. Virtually all 22 offensive and defensive starters went on to play college athletics, mostly football. Maxwell even spent a few years in professional baseball before coming back to Oklahoma to give football another shot. But Collier was the silent leader of that star-studded cast. Then a 5-foot-11, 175-pound quarterback, Collier completed 11 of 14 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-14 win over Putnam City North in the 1995 title game. He scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime to knock off Jenks the week earlier in the semifinals. “He was very steady, very confident. He was the prototypical good leader at quarterback,” said Justin Merideth, who was a linebacker on the 1995 Midwest City squad and is now the head coach at Edmond Memorial. “He wasn’t the loudest guy on the field, but he always had control of the huddle. Those guys liked him and respected him. “He was the perfect guy to lead a bunch of very good players around him.” Collier grew up wanting to be the Midwest City quarterback. His father never discouraged the idea, but he made sure his son was prepared for the expectations the position held. In the early 1990s, Collier was coming into high school following a string of well-known quarterbacks, including the Gundy brothers, Mike and Cale. “My dad asked me, ‘Do you really want to play this position?’” Collier recalled. “I said yes, and he goes, ‘Are you sure?’ He told me to remember that I’d have to hold that banner high, because this team and this community, it’s all on your shoulders. “Going to Midwest City games on Friday nights when we were little was the biggest deal in the world. We would be under the stadium playing, and we’d be fighting over who got to be Drew Christmon or Cale Gundy or Jeremy Woods. These days, kids wear OU and OSU jerseys. Back then, people showed up to Midwest City games wearing Bomber jerseys.” Back in 1995, Jenks was the team in the spot where Mustang finds itself — the talented and growing program with its eyes on overtaking the throne. “It only takes one time,” Collier said. “Jenks took us to overtime in the semifinals in ’95. That’s when they learned they could play with us. They just had to figure out that they could beat us, and they did that in ’96. “The first time they played this year, Mustang figured out that they can play with Tulsa Union. Now they just have to figure out that they can beat them.” Collier’s fingerprints are still on this Bronco team. He began working with Chandler Garrett when the junior quarterback was a seventh-grader. And he coached other Bronco stars such as Kyle Webster and Brandon Taylor. “Andy was in coaching for the right things. He was in it for the kids,” said former Mustang coach Ty Prestidge, who hired Collier as his quarterbacks coach. “He’s not a holler-and-scream guy. Real laid-back. The kids respected him. “A lot of these kids who are coming out now were around Andy a bunch when they were younger.” And now, Collier is watching Prestidge’s son, Clif, coach the Broncos’ quarterbacks under head man Jeremy Dombek. Mustang athletic director Chuck Bailey recruited Collier to be on the team’s webcast before the season, and it went much better than Bailey’s previous attempts to persude Collier. “I tried to recruit Andy twice and he turned me down,” said Bailey, who was an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma in the 1990s. “I recruited Andy out of Midwest City and he decided to go to (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M). Then I recruited him out of NEO two years later and he decided to go to Northeastern State in Tahlequah. “He’s a big-picture guy. He would have been a great head coach if he hadn’t decided to be an administrator. He’s thriving in that role, and he’s gonna be a great administrator for us.” While Mustang is where Collier lives now, and where he is raising his family, Midwest City is still his home. His wife was a team manager, and then a pom girl at Midwest City in the mid-1990s. “I look back on that 1995 season and think about how special those Friday nights were,” Collier said. “That pretty girl on the sidelines holding the ball I was gonna use is my wife now. I was playing football with all those guys I grew up with. “There are a lot of guys on that team who will tell you playing football at Midwest City was the greatest time of their lives. It was really special.”
Nov 15, 2014
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the locations, date and time Saturday morning for all four Class 6A semifinal football games next week, with three of the games being played in the Tulsa metro.
High school notebook: Class 6A semifinals set for next week
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 15, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the locations, date and time Saturday morning for all four Class 6A semifinal football games next week, with three of the games being played in the Tulsa metro. In Class 6A-I, Jenks and Owasso will play Friday night at 7 p.m. at Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium. The other semifinal between Mustang and Tulsa Union will be played at the same stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. The Division II semifinals are both set for 7 p.m. Friday. Bixby and Sand Springs will play at Broken Arrow, while Lawton and Tulsa Washington will play at Yukon. Winners advance to the state championship games two weeks later, which will be played at a site and time to be determined. Last year, the OSSAA approved a bye week following the semifinals to accommodate the smaller brackets with the Class 6A split and avoid Thanksgiving week serving as a championship week. ROAD WINS AT A PREMIUM IN FIRST ROUND A playoff road win never comes easy, and Friday night further proved the theory. Only 16 road teams survived out of 88 first-round games, slightly less than a 20-percent success rate. District champions were 41-3 in the opening round. Class 2A had the strongest home-field advantage with only one road victory, Panama’s 35-21 win at Chandler. Class A and 3A each had three road teams win, the most of any class. Oddly, the 16 road winners on Friday night won by an average of nearly 12 points, with just five of those games being decided by fewer than seven points. “When you go on the road, you’re already about seven points down,” said Minco quarterback Hunter Jones, who guided the Bulldogs to the biggest blowout among road winners, a 36-point win over Healdton. “It’s tough to win on the road this time of year, so if you can get it done, it’s pretty big.” DISTRICT 4A-1 PULLS OFF SWEEP In the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, only two teams won on the road — Clinton and Weatherford, both from District 4A-1. With Anadarko and Newcastle picking up home victories, 4A-1 pulled off the rare playoff sweep in the first round, defeating all four opponents from 4A-2. The most notable such sweep in recent years was District 5A-2’s sweep of 5A-1 in 2012. That year, fourth-seeded Carl Albert opened the playoffs with an upset of 5A-1 champion Del City and the Titans rolled on to the state title. HENNESSEY’S JOHNS SETS SCHOOL RECORD Hennessey junior Tabor Johns’ journey from third-string receiver to starting running back added a school record Friday. Johns scored six touchdowns in a 41-6 rout of Luther to set a single-game record for rushing touchdowns. “He was big for us because we felt like we could run the football,” Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen said. Johns finished with 209 yards on 23 carries, a number much lower than his average of more than 30 per game the past few weeks with Abe Ortega dealing with an ankle injury. Ortega is expected to be back to 100 percent in time for the second-round game against high-powered Lindsay, which would be huge as Hennessey looks to control the game with its rushing attack. “It’s just magnified against a team like Lindsay that is so talented and can score so quick with the offense they run,” Luetjen said. “Tabor’s going to have to be able to run it up in there, get positive yards and then Abe’s really coming around to give us some spell back there, too. That gives us a better 1-2 punch with those guys back there.” LOSS OF QUALLS DOESN’T STOP OCS Even without starting quarterback Thomas Qualls, Oklahoma Christian School continued rolling in a 35-6 rout of Newkirk to open the Class 2A playoffs. Qualls suffered an injury in the Week 10 win over Luther. His status remains uncertain for next week. But if Friday is any indication, he might be able to take another week off to heal. Receiver Connor Sikes moved to quarterback, throwing four touchdown passes, and the Saints’ defense allowed just 29 yards in the first half. “We just keep doing what we do,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “We handled it well.” Turner said Sikes had not played quarterback in a few years, but he was impressed with how well he handled the new duties. That will make preparing for Kingston (9-1) next week even easier. “He’s a great ballplayer, great receiver and he understands our offense,” Turner said about Sikes. “He throws a nice ball and he’s got nice touch.”
Nov 12, 2014
Broncos will open the Class 6A-I playoffs at No. 4-ranked Broken Arrow at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
High school football: Mustang ready for another chance at east-side power
By Scott Wright | Nov 12, 2014MUSTANG — Twenty-four wins, zero losses. That’s the record of the four Tulsa-area football teams in Class 6A Division I this season. Mustang is on that list twice, with close losses to No. 2 Owasso and No. 1 Tulsa Union in consecutive weeks. And both times, Mustang led in the fourth quarter before letting upsets slip away. Now, the fifth-ranked Broncos (7-3) are ready for a third shot at the east-side powers, with a first-round playoff game at No. 4 Broken Arrow (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “We want to prove ourselves to everybody that we’re a legitimate contender and we can go win state,” Mustang running back Chase Brown said. “Those losses to Owasso and Union were really disappointing. You feel like you have them on the ropes, about to win the game, and everything comes crashing down. It’s motivating us this week.” Brown has rushed for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, an ideal complement to the passing game headed by quarterback Chandler Garrett. The junior has thrown for 2,156 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Broncos’ offense averaging 35.6 points per game. The ability of Brown and the offensive line to get the run game going Friday will be vital to the Broncos’ chances of pulling off the upset. Holding onto the ball will be key as well. Late turnovers doomed Mustang in the Owasso and Union games. With a bitterly cold weather forecast for Friday night, defenses will be at an advantage. “Our defense loves the cold,” safety Kiante Miles said. “The offensive guys, they don’t like it. They don’t like getting it, but we feed off it. It doesn’t feel so bad when you’re the ones hitting guys.” Broken Arrow has scored at least 42 points in every game it played against an Oklahoma City-area team, though the Tigers were held to 14 or less against the other Tulsa-area schools. Doubters point to Mustang’s undersized defensive front as a reason for concern, but the speed of the front seven, combined with the complex schemes erase any size disadvantage. Through district play, the Broncos allowed only 16.4 points per game. “The number one thing for us is our mentality,” Miles said. “We knew coming into the year we would be one of the smallest defenses. Our defensive line, all those guys are the same size. But our mentality is to say, we don’t care who we’re going against. We’re gonna stop you. We’re gonna find a way to win. “That’s the mentality our coaches have helped us to instill in every defensive player, and it’s the biggest reason for our success.”
Nov 12, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football playoff picks
By Scott Wright | Nov 12, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.) First Round Thursday’s game LAWTON MACARTHUR 28, Carl Albert 21 Friday’s games Class 6A-I JENKS 31, Southmoore 13 OWASSO 21, Westmoore 14 TULSA UNION 34, Edmond Memorial 20 BROKEN ARROW 24, Mustang 21 Class 6A-II BIXBY 42, Stillwater 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Sand Springs 21 LAWTON 44, Bartlesville 17 TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Choctaw 28 Class 5A ARDMORE 24, Bishop McGuinness 17 COWETA 21, Shawnee 20 SKIATOOK 28, Tahlequah 14 GUTHRIE 30, Altus 22 DEER CREEK 42, Del City 34 MCALESTER 45, Tulsa Edison 14 COLLINSVILLE 32, Tulsa Memorial 26 Class 4A ANADARKO 35, Tuttle 14 METRO CHR. 30, Catoosa 22 WAGONER 34, Sallisaw 18 ADA 28, Weatherford 14 HARRAH 38, Clinton 20 OOLOGAH 17, Poteau 14 FORT GIBSON 24, Cascia Hall 20 NEWCASTLE 28, Glenpool 7 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 14 PURCELL 27, Plainview 16 BEGGS 28, Verdigris 13 EUFAULA 30, Seq. Claremore 10 LONE GROVE 21, Jones 20 DOUGLASS 42, Perkins 35 LOCUST GROVE 49, Spiro 14 BERRYHILL 28, Victory Christian 27 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Hilldale 17 Idabel 36, WESTVILLE 20 BETHANY 28, Cushing 20 MARLOW 20, Little Axe 14 ROLAND 28, Seq. Tahlequah 7 CHECOTAH 34, Sperry 27 SEMINOLE 28, Sulphur 7 KINGFISHER 26, John Marshall 22 Class 2A HENNESSEY 44, Luther 30 LINDSAY 21, Coalgate 12 HARTSHORNE 38, Wewoka 14 Haskell 21, WYANDOTTE 20 DAVIS, 49, Walters 7 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 27, Perry 12 ADAIR 40, Commerce 6 CHANDLER 35, Panama 30 STROUD 21, Antlers 14 COLCORD 32, Pawhuska 14 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Newkirk 7 KINGSTON 28, Dibble 27 NOWATA 42, Salina 7 VIAN 24, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 27, Hugo 14 CHISHOLM 28, Millwood 27 Class A THOMAS 42, Carnegie 0 Minco 28, HEALDTON 24 KIEFER 42, Oklahoma Bible 6 SAVANNA 28, Rejoice Christian 21 WYNNEWOOD 35, Rush Springs 6 HOLLIS 32, Mooreland 16 KETCHUM 26, Quinton 12 CROSSINGS CHR. 31, Hominy 28 CASHION 48, Mounds 6 Central Sallisaw 27, AFTON 24 APACHE 30, Texhoma 18 STRATFORD 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 42, Quapaw 7 MORRISON 34, Okeene 14 RINGLING 38, Elmore City 20 Cordell 27, FAIRVIEW 22 Class B LAVERNE 54, Geary 8 KEOTA 34, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 46, Wetumka 0 MAYSVILLE 46, Seiling 36 ALEX 42, Turpin 28 Weleetka 38, OAKS 32 DEWAR 48, Depew 34 POND CREEK-HUNTER 50, Maud 22 Class C CHEROKEE 52, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Deer Creek-Lamont 30 BLUEJACKET 44, Webbers Falls 12 Shattuck 28, GRANDFIELD 24 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 COYLE 56, Thackerville 24 FOX 52, Covington-Douglas 6 BALKO 38, Ryan 20 * Home team in CAPS
Nov 8, 2014
First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at...
Oklahoma high school football first-round playoff pairings
Nov 8, 2014First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at Coweta (5-5) Tahlequah (5-5) at Skiatook (9-1) Altus (8-2) at Guthrie (9-1) Del City (5-5) at Deer Creek (7-3) Tulsa Edison (6-4) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Collinsville (7-2) Carl Albert (7-3) at Lawton MacArthur (9-1), Thursday Class 4A Tuttle (6-4) at Anadarko (10-0) Catoosa (5-5) at Metro Christian (8-2) Sallisaw (6-4) at Wagoner (6-4) Weatherford (6-4) at Ada (8-2) Clinton (5-5) at Harrah (7-3) Poteau (6-4) at Oologah (8-2) Cascia Hall (8-2) at Fort Gibson (10-0) Glenpool (5-5) at Newcastle (9-1) Class 3A Blanchard (5-5) at Heritage Hall (9-1) Plainview (4-6) at Purcell (7-3) Verdigris (7-3) at Beggs (9-1) Seq. Claremore (4-6) at Eufaula (8-2) Jones (6-4) at Lone Grove (8-1) Perkins (7-3) at Douglass (8-2) Spiro (7-2) at Locust Grove (10-0) Victory Christian (8-2) at Berryhill (9-1) Hilldale (4-6) at Lincoln Chr. (8-2) Idabel (8-2) at Westville (8-2) Cushing (6-4) at Bethany (8-1) Little Axe (6-4) at Marlow (6-4) Seq. Tahlequah (4-6) at Roland (9-1) Sperry (7-3) at Checotah (7-3) Sulphur (4-6) at Seminole (9-1) John Marshall (8-2) at Kingfisher (8-2) Class 2A Luther (6-4) at Hennessey (9-1) Coalgate (5-5) at Lindsay (8-2) Wewoka (6-3) at Hartshorne (9-1) Haskell (7-3) at Wyandotte (6-4) Walters (6-4) at Davis (10-0) Perry (6-4) at Chr. Heritage (8-2) Commerce (3-6) at Adair (10-0) Panama (7-3) at Chandler (7-3) Antlers (6-4) at Stroud (8-1) Pawhuska (5-5) at Colcord (9-1) Newkirk (5-5) at Oklahoma Christian (10-0) Dibble (5-5) at Kingston (8-1) Salina (6-4) at Nowata (10-0) Prague (6-4) at Vian (7-3) Hugo (4-6) at Washington (9-1) Millwood (6-4) at Chisholm (8-2) Class A Carnegie (4-6) at Thomas (10-0) Minco (7-2) at Healdton (8-2) Oklahoma Bible (5-4) at Kiefer (10-0) Rejoice Christian (5-5) at Savanna (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Wynnewood (10-0) Mooreland (7-3) at Hollis (9-1) Quinton (6-4) at Ketchum (8-2) Hominy (7-3) at Crossings Christian (7-3) Mounds (6-4) at Cashion (10-0) Central Sallisaw (8-2) at Afton (8-2) Texhoma (5-5) at Apache (9-0) Velma-Alma ( 7-3) at Stratford (9-1) Quapaw (5-5) at Talihina (9-0) Okeene (6-4) at Morrison (8-2) Elmore City (6-4) at Ringling (8-1) Cordell (8-2) at Fairview (6-4) Class B Geary (6-4) at Laverne (9-0) Garber (8-2) at Keota (9-1) Wetumka (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Seiling (7-3) at Maysville (9-1) Turpin (7-3) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Oaks (8-2) Depew (8-2) at Dewar (10-0) Maud (8-2) at Pond Creek-Hunter (9-1) Class C Mt. View-Gotebo (6-4) at Cherokee (9-0) Deer Creek-Lamont (7-3) at Cave Springs (9-1) Webbers Falls (6-4) at Bluejacket (9-1) Shattuck (6-2) at Grandfield (9-1) Boise City (7-2) at Tipton (10-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Coyle (8-1) Covington-Douglas (6-4) at Fox (9-1) Ryan (6-4) at Balko (8-2)
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS