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Nov 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is trying to recapture its status as the state's dominant football program by relying on players who grew up near Vanderbilt's campus.The Volunteers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) have five part-time or full-time starters who went to high school within about an hour's drive of Vanderbilt Stadium, a figure that increases to six if you add freshman kicker Aaron Medley. That...
Vols get boost from players in Vandy's backyard
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Nov 27, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is trying to recapture its status as the state's dominant football program by relying on players who grew up near Vanderbilt's campus. The Volunteers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) have five part-time or full-time starters who went to high school within about an hour's drive of Vanderbilt Stadium, a figure that increases to six if you add freshman kicker Aaron Medley. That group includes two of the Southeastern Conference's most promising freshmen in defensive end Derek Barnett and running back Jalen Hurd. All of the Nashville-area Volunteers with at least six starts are freshmen or sophomores who signed with Tennessee after coach Butch Jones' arrival, though sophomore linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin of Clarksville verbally committed when Derek Dooley was still running the program. They're returning home Saturday and attempting to snap Vanderbilt's two-game winning streak in this series. "You look at the mid-state in general, it's one of the rising population bases in the country," Jones said. "There are great high school coaches throughout the entire state of Tennessee. There are great football players. We want players that understand what it means to represent the University of Tennessee, the magnitude, the relevance." For comparison's sake, Vanderbilt's only two starters from the middle Tennessee area are senior center Joe Townsend and junior defensive tackle Caleb Azubike. Tennessee's prevalence of Nashville-area underclassmen in prominent roles underscores the emphasis Jones places on this increasingly fertile recruiting territory. "At one point it was a nice area to go in and get one or two players out of, but all of a sudden, it's really been a battleground that's important particularly for Tennessee and Vanderbilt to have a firm control over," said Barton Simmons, the Nashville-based national director of scouting for 247Sports. "I think the talent level right now in middle Tennessee is unprecedented relative to its history." Tennessee, which opens the 2015 season against UAB at Nashville's LP Field, put a billboard up in Nashville last month that had a picture of the Vols' Nashville-area freshmen with the statement "The Mid-State Stars: Giving Their All For Tennessee." That group includes Barnett, who is tied for sixth nationally with 18 ½ tackles for loss. It also features Hurd, who has rushed for 756 yards. Freshman receiver Josh Malone has started six games. Offensive guard Jashon Robertson has started all season long. "A lot of the (Nashville-area) guys who are here now, I grew up with them, I'd seen them play, I went and hung out with them on weekends and stuff like that," Hurd said. "We had a great bond and relationship coming up here." Now the Vols have more of a Nashville flavor than Vanderbilt (3-8, 0-7). Tennessee currently has five 2015 verbal commitments from the middle Tennessee area, whereas Vanderbilt has only three. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is in his first year on the job after replacing James Franklin, who aggressively recruited Nashville-area players during his three-year tenure before leaving for Penn State. "Coach Franklin really made a point to do that, and did a great job," said Philip Shadowens, the coach at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. "He got a lot of players from the Tennessee area. Kind of in some sense, he was doing a better job probably than Tennessee was. Then coach Jones has done so much better since he got there. And I think coach Mason's staff has very little connection to Tennessee, has not looked to recruit this area as hard as the previous staff. "There might be a time it will, but I think right off the bat, it wasn't a focal point for their staff to recruit this area." Mason said he is pursuing local prospects while also looking nationally. "It's always important to recruit your backyard," Mason said. "That's always first and foremost. We aren't going to sacrifice our backyard for going national. We just have a national brand. Our brand is national so that's what we recruit, but we've done a good job of looking at guys that fit who we are." ___ AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report.
Nov 26, 2014
OSU has now lost five-straight games by a total of 201-68. But defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer praised Mike Gundy’s leadership throughout the low period.
Oklahoma State notebook: Cowboy coordinator says Mike Gundy's leadership has been 'tremendous'
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Nov 26, 2014Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said before the Cowboys’ 49-28 loss at Baylor last week that coaching spirit and attitude is “really the most important thing we do.” And it especially rings true this season, as OSU has now lost five-straight games by a combined score of 201-68. The need for encouragement doesn’t stop with players, either. Gundy noted he also needs to embolden his assistant coaching staff. Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is listening. “(Gundy) is in a leadership position and he’s always been tremendous,” Spencer said. “We address the issues. Nobody is happy about the issues. But the biggest thing is to have a plan to fix them and attack it. That’s where he does a tremendous job. As a leader, he serves this institution and he serves this staff. “You know where his heart is. Everybody wants to fight their tail off for a guy like that, and that’s the way we all feel about him. We don’t want to disappoint him because he’s there for us all the time.” RB COMMITMENT RUNS FOR 300 YARDS IN PLAYOFF WIN 2015 OSU running back commitment Ronald Jones, of McKinney North High School (Texas), continued his strong senior campaign in the 5A state playoffs last weekend, as he rushed for 318 yards and four touchdowns — including three of 50 yards or more. “What can you say about Ronald Jones? He's a heck of a football player and he showed that tonight,” North coach Mike Fecci told the McKinney Courier-Gazette. Jones has now rushed for 1,729 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. McKinney North defeated West Mesquite 50-44 and will play in the regional semifinal round against Mansfield Lake Ridge on Saturday. OSU OFFERS BLACK FRIDAY TICKET DEALS The OSU ticket office is offering a number of special discounts Friday for Cowboy fans who purchase season tickets. Some offers are time specific, while others are available throughout the day. Midnight to 8 a.m.: Buy one 2015 football season ticket and receive one extra homecoming football ticket. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Buy one 2015 football season ticket and receive one Olympic sport season ticket. 4 p.m. to Midnight: Buy one football or men’s basketball season ticket and receive one extra Bedlam football ticket or one extra men’s basketball ticket for the Kansas game. All Day offers: Buy one football season ticket and receive a 40-percent off coupon for the university store. Buy one wrestling season ticket and be entered into a raffle to win two NCAA Wrestling Tournament tickets. By an Olympic sport season ticket and receive one women’s basketball, wrestling, baseball or softball season ticket. For more information, visit okstate.com/blackfriday. QUOTABLE OU coach Bob Stoops on OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph’s debut at Baylor: “He looked great. We watched the tape. He threw the ball really well and had some nice plays.”
Nov 21, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sio Moore sacked Alex Smith and started to celebrate in the Kansas City backfield with Oakland Raiders teammate Khalil Mack.The elaborate dance could be forgiven if the game had actually been over considering the Raiders hadn't won a game in more than a year. The only problem was the game was still going and the Chiefs were at the line trying to run a fourth-down play.The...
Raiders snap 16-game skid with 24-20 win vs. KC
JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Nov 21, 2014OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sio Moore sacked Alex Smith and started to celebrate in the Kansas City backfield with Oakland Raiders teammate Khalil Mack. The elaborate dance could be forgiven if the game had actually been over considering the Raiders hadn't won a game in more than a year. The only problem was the game was still going and the Chiefs were at the line trying to run a fourth-down play. The Raiders were forced to call a timeout to stop the clock and then got one last stop, snapping a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. "I don't need any more of that," safety Charles Woodson said. "I couldn't believe it. I told them that was the first time I had ever seen somebody celebrate for a whole 40-second clock. That was ridiculous, and they know it. I told Sio he's lucky we got the win because we really probably would've had to fight." The Raiders (1-10) were able to laugh about it because Justin Tuck alertly called timeout to prevent the Chiefs (7-4) from getting a free play off against a nine-man defense. But Moore knows it could have been a costly mistake. "I was so caught up in the moment, man," Moore said. "That was an error I've got to make sure I clean up, because in another situation — in all seriousness — that can make it the difference and I've got to understand that." After Smith threw an incomplete pass on fourth down, Derek Carr took a knee and the Raiders celebrated their first win in 368 days since beating Houston last Nov. 17. Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining to give the Raiders the long-awaited win. "Hopefully there's many more to come because I like this feeling better than the other one, that's for sure," Carr said. Here are some other takeaways from the Raiders' win: BIG PLAY MURRAY: Third-string running back Latavius Murray got a chance early in the game and made the most of it. He scored on an 11-yard run on second drive of the game and went 90 yards for a score on his next carry for the longest run by a Raiders running back since Bo Jackson had a 92-yarder against Cincinnati in 1989. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a 93-yard TD run last season against Pittsburgh. Murray's 112 yards rushing on four carries were the most by any player since at least 1960 with five or fewer carries. Murray left the game with a concussion. RUN OVER: The Chiefs came into the game having not allowed a rushing touchdown all season. Murray got them twice in the first half and Oakland ran for 179 yards overall on a wet day not suited to passing. "When you line up and it's raining, the weather's no good and they can't throw the ball, you just line up and run the football," Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali said. "We weren't playing our gaps and it's like a high school football game." RELIABLE REECE: Raiders fullback Marcel Reece has been underutilized all season, carrying the ball just six times in Oakland's first 10 games. But with the game on the line, Reece got seven carries for 34 yards and added an 8-yard reception on the winning drive. "Anytime I've ever used him that way or seen him used that way, he can push the pile a little bit," Sparano said. "I felt like we were moving him pretty good a little bit there. He did a heck of a job. He really did." SLOW START: The Chiefs punted on their first five drives and got their only first-half score when Denarius Moore muffed a punt at the 11. Even then Kansas City settled for a field goal. The offense then found its groove by scoring two touchdowns and a field goal on consecutive drives in the second half to take the lead. But it wasn't enough. "It's easy to say — you love to start fast," Smith said. "We talk about that all the time, but it's a matter of going out there and doing it. I think we'll look back, especially those first two series before it started coming down, about lack of execution." LONG WAIT: No one waited longer for this win than Raiders defensive lineman Antonio Smith. He lost the final 14 games with Houston last year and his personal 24-game losing streak was the third longest for any player since 1980. "Like heaven," Smith said. "It feels good, man. It's awesome. That's it, that's the word. Long-time coming. Such a relief." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 20, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On a week when Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson expected to play the final home game of his productive career, the Volunteers instead must find a way to replace the all-Southeastern Conference performer.Johnson and sophomore cornerback Michael Williams were suspended from all team-related activities Monday, one day before a Knoxville police report named them as subjects...
Suspensions leave Vols short-handed on defense
STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On a week when Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson expected to play the final home game of his productive career, the Volunteers instead must find a way to replace the all-Southeastern Conference performer. Johnson and sophomore cornerback Michael Williams were suspended from all team-related activities Monday, one day before a Knoxville police report named them as subjects of a rape investigation. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. While players have insisted the situation hasn't distracted them heading into Saturday's g with No. 19 Missouri (8-2, 5-1, No. 20 CFP), the absences of Johnson and Williams hamper a defense that also must play the first half without junior safety Brian Randolph, who received a targeting penalty last week against Kentucky. "I'm very confident," freshman defensive end Derek Barnett said. "Everybody's going to come ready to play. I'm not worried about it at all. We're going to do our job and everyone's going to be ready to go." Tennessee (5-5, 2-4) might not be quite the same without Johnson, who ranks second in the SEC with 101 tackles and leads the conference with 10.1 tackles per game. His 425 career tackles represent Tennessee's second-highest total since the school started keeping track of that statistic in 1970. "You just don't replace his production," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "Just everyone around our football team has to step up, do their job, not do any more than what's required of them. They will step up." The likely replacement for A.J. Johnson is Jakob Johnson, a freshman who grew up playing football in Germany before moving to Jacksonville, Florida for his senior year of high school. Sophomore Kenny Bynum also is competing for that assignment. Jakob Johnson, who isn't related to A.J., has made six tackles in a reserve role this season. Linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen says the freshman has responded well to the increased responsibility. "I keep forgetting he's only 19 years old and he's only a true freshman," Thigpen said. The Vols will be counting on plenty of freshmen to perform on defense this week. Barnett has been a starter all year and is tied for the SEC lead with 18 tackles for loss. Emmanuel Moseley started ahead of Williams last week and likely will remain a starter against Missouri. Todd Kelly Jr. will probably be the first-team strong safety until Randolph returns in the second half. "They're eager and they're ready to go," sophomore cornerback Cam Sutton said. "It's nothing more than (like) a guy getting hurt and they have to step into that role. It's just another opportunity to go out there on Saturday and showcase what they do, do their job, play well in the system, play for each other, play for this program." Of course, the circumstances surrounding the absences of A.J. Johnson and Williams make this different than someone stepping in for an injured player. "I don't think anybody's been distracted," defensive coordinator John Jancek said. "We've talked about it. We came to grips with (it). It is reality. We have to continue to educate everyone on these matters. Our guys know that we have a job to do. They're not canceling the game, so let's go play. Let's win." While most of the players and coaches spoke only about their preparation for this game without commenting on the investigation itself or how it's impacted the people involved, Thigpen voiced his support for A.J. Johnson when he was asked about having the four-year starter suspended before the home finale. "He's a great player, great kid, great ambassador," Thigpen said. "I look forward to him getting back."
Kenneth McGruder — a 6-foot-1, 209-pound four-star rated safety from Alief Taylor High School (Texas) — announced on Twitter late Thursday that he has decommitted from Oklahoma State. LINK A few hours later: LINK McGruder spoke with scout.com about the decision: “I just need to open my options. I figure that I need to see […]
Oklahoma State football: 4-star cornerback Kenneth McGruder decommits from OSU
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 20, 2014Kenneth McGruder — a 6-foot-1, 209-pound four-star rated safety from Alief Taylor High School (Texas) — announced on Twitter late Thursday that he has decommitted from Oklahoma State. Had a long serious talk with my uncle man got me thinking — Kenneth McGruder (@McGruder20_) November 20, 2014 A few hours later: Opening the options back up — Kenneth McGruder (@McGruder20_) November 21, 2014 McGruder spoke with scout.com about the decision: "I just need to open my options. I figure that I need to see where the right place is for me.” "I've already visited Nebraska, but I'm setting something up right now with Texas Tech. I'm willing to visit whoever else wants to start back recruiting me since it's known that I am opening back up." McGruder verbally committed to OSU in June. But his coach, J.D Jordan, told The Oklahoman in early November that outside recruiting pressure continued: "I get letters every day from other schools for Kenneth. I'll tell coaches he's committed, but that doesn't stop them from trying to come in trying to talk to him or wanting to talk to him ... You can't avoid it." More from The Oklahoman: >> Has the Cowboys sudden fall impacted recruiting? >> 2015 running back Ronald Jones holds steady with OSU commitment, continues strong play. >> Jones schedules visits to USC, Notre Dame.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Cribbs insists there's plenty of tread left on his wheels — perhaps even more than his recently repaired car.At age 31 and nearly a year removed from his last NFL game, the return specialist is getting another chance to prove himself — this time with the Colts."I was told you're old when you're in your 30s, but I don't feel that old," Cribbs said Wednesday, looking as...
Colts looking for Cribbs to improve return game
MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Nov 19, 2014INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Cribbs insists there's plenty of tread left on his wheels — perhaps even more than his recently repaired car. At age 31 and nearly a year removed from his last NFL game, the return specialist is getting another chance to prove himself — this time with the Colts. "I was told you're old when you're in your 30s, but I don't feel that old," Cribbs said Wednesday, looking as fit as ever. "It's just a stereotype that I'm fighting." Cribbs has been fighting those sorts of images most of his football life. In high school, many of the big-name programs wanted him to redshirt and change positions. Cribbs thought he could play immediately, landed at Kent State and wound up having one of the most productive quarterback careers in college history. Four years later, NFL scouts were so uncertain about where he belonged, they didn't even bother to draft Cribbs in 2005. Instead, the 6-foot-1 undrafted rookie landed with the nearby Browns and found a perfect fit. Cribbs went to the Pro Bowl three times with Cleveland and was an All-Pro in 2009. He is tied with Leon Washington for the most kickoff returns for touchdowns in league history (eight), is third all-time in kickoff return yards (10,505) and is fifth all-time in combined yards on kickoff and punt returns (12,755). But after struggling to recover from knee surgery in time to start the 2013 season and finishing the year on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, most teams figured Cribbs was as broken down as the car that failed him after he drove from Cleveland to Indy for last week's workout. The Colts saw something entirely different on the field. "He was in excellent shape, there was availability, there was room," coach Chuck Pagano said. "We got a really good football player out there that we felt like could help us win." When the Colts contacted Cribbs' agent to work out a deal Monday, Indianapolis already knew running back Ahmad Bradshaw was likely to miss the rest of the season with a broken left leg. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Pagano said he expects his new player to return both punts and kickoffs, possibly as soon as this weekend. And with the Colts (6-4) short on running backs — Trent Richardson missed Wednesday's practice with an illness — Cribbs helps with the offense, too. He has 109 career receptions, two career carries and a history of running the wildcat in Cleveland. "I'll be right behind him (Andrew Luck) going, 'Do you need a breather?' I'll be his break," Cribbs said with a laugh when asked about the possibility of lining up as a wildcat quarterback in Indy. "The coaches are thinking about doing some things with me on offense." While Luck appreciated the offer, the Colts seem to have other plans. With Richardson out, Daniel Herron said he took the bulk of the snaps with the starting offense Wednesday. Indy does not have another running back on the active roster, though they could promote Zurlon Tipton or Michael Hill from the practice squad. Whatever the Colts decide, Cribbs knows this: It's an opportunity to show everyone he's not finished yet. "Trent said it's a place of winners. You come here to rejuvenate your career, to add to something," Cribbs said. "That was what Trent was looking for. He wanted to come here and shine and be with a quarterback that can find him whenever he's in trouble. This is already a great organization, but to be a contributor, to produce and add value to this football team says a lot about you." Notes: Tight end Dwayne Allen (right ankle) and cornerback Greg Toler (concussion) also did not practice Wednesday. Pagano said three players were held out of practice to rest -- right tackle Gosder Cherilus, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and receiver Reggie Wayne. ... Defensive tackle Arthur Jones was a full participant Wednesday, Pagano said. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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 14, 2014
Casey Freeman threw three touchdown passes as No. 3 Newcastle opened the Class 4A playoffs with a 41-20 victory over Glenpool.
High school football roundup: Casey Freeman paces Newcastle in win over Glenpool
From Staff Reports | Nov 14, 2014Casey Freeman threw three touchdown passes as No. 3 Newcastle opened the Class 4A playoffs with a 41-20 victory over Glenpool. Freeman was 18 of 27 for 213 yards. Zach Bergt added three TD runs inside of 10 yards for the Racers (10-1). Glenpool ends its season 5-6. Heritage Hall 36, Blanchard 7 No. 2 Heritage Hall fell behind early before a 21-point second quarter sent the Chargers on their way to a 36-7 victory over Blanchard in Class 3A. Connor McGinnis got Heritage Hall on the board with a 10-yard pass to Dawson Evans. After Terrell Love scored on a 3-yard run, McGinnis added a 53-yard TD before halftime. In the third quarter, Love threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Tevin McDaniel, and McGinnis found McDaniel on a 33-yard scoring play. The Chargers are 10-1. Blanchard winds up 5-6. Cushing 28, Bethany 14 Josh Houchens and Guy Parker each scored twice as Cushing upset No. 6 Bethany 28-14 in Class 3A. Houchens scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards for Cushing (7-4). Parker, the quarterback, had TDs of 22 and 14 yards, and finished with 110 yards on 15 carries. Ian Jones added 100 yards on 24 carries. Bethany (8-2) was led by Kyle Duke, who was 27 of 37 passing for 193 yards. Cole Pinion scored both touchdowns. Westmoore falls to Owasso Owasso, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A-I, got a strong defensive effort from Michael Anderson and a big night rushing by quarterback Gabe Neph to beat Westmoore 31-14. Anderson had five sacks and recovered a fumble for the Rams (10-1). Neph had TD runs of 11 and 42 yards and threw for two other scores. Westmoore winds up 7-4. Chr. Heritage 62, Perry 26 Joseph Lemieux accounted for five touchdowns in leading No. 8 Christian Heritage past Perry in Class 2A. Lemieux had TD runs of 6, 12, 55 and 24 yards and wound up with 204 yards on 17 carries. Logan LaNou also returned an interception 30 yards for a score, and Spencer Lindsey completed 17 of 23 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Ardmore runs past McGuinness No. 4 Ardmore gained 490 yards on the ground, led by Kevion McGee and O.J. Walker, in a 47-7 victory over Bishop McGuinness is Class 5A. McGee had 198 yards on just eight carries, with touchdowns of 58 and 61 yards. Walker scored four times — on runs of 8, 16, 57 and 33 yards — and wound up with 132 yards on seven carries. McGuinness (6-5) had just 131 total yards. Ardmore improved to 10-1. Plainview upsets Purcell Eli Paul’s 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave Plainview a 14-6 victory at Purcell in Class 3A. Plainview (5-6) had taken an 8-0 lead in the second quarter on a 20-yard TD by Dillon Lucas and 2-point conversion pass from Kobe Brewster to River Elliott. Purcell (7-4) tied it before halftime when Mac McGregory scored on a 1-yard run and convered the 2-point try. CORRECTION: Christian Heritage's Logan LaNou was misidentified in Saturday's editions. LaNou was the player with an interception return of 30 yards for a touchdown in the Crusaders' win over Perry. (This story has been corrected.)
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 6, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's scarlet and gray ties run deep.Dantonio is from Zanesville, Ohio, and helped Ohio State win a national championship as defensive coordinator in 2002. The teams meet Saturday in East Lansing."The way the standings look right now this game is extremely important," Dantonio said. "You'll win the tiebreakers as well, whoever wins this...
Michigan State's Dantonio has Ohio State roots
Associated Press | Nov 6, 2014EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's scarlet and gray ties run deep. Dantonio is from Zanesville, Ohio, and helped Ohio State win a national championship as defensive coordinator in 2002. The teams meet Saturday in East Lansing. "The way the standings look right now this game is extremely important," Dantonio said. "You'll win the tiebreakers as well, whoever wins this game. So that's what makes it even more important. I think it's more of a conference thing rather than a personal (question of), can we beat Ohio State?" The No. 7 Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) are eighth in the College Football Playoff rankings coming off an off week and have a chance to move up against the No. 13 Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0, No. 14 CFP). The loser will be eliminated from national championship contention. Despite the grand implications, this is still a personal game for Dantonio and 27 Spartans players from Ohio. Dantonio served as Ohio State's defensive coordinator under Jim Tressel from 2001-03 and held his first assistant coaching job at Youngstown State in 1986-1990. Dantonio can also thank Ohio State for some of his recent success in a roundabout way. Michigan State has aggressively recruited in Ohio under Dantonio, and some of the most important players on this team were overlooked by the Buckeyes coming out of high school. Starting safety Kurtis Drummond said he wasn't recruited by Ohio State at all during his prep career at Masury Hubbard. "I'm definitely excited to play this week," Drummond said. "Growing up you definitely have a lot of people around you who watch the Buckeyes, and when you don't have a chance to go there it sits with you a little bit. But coming here to coach Dantonio and his staff was the best thing that could have happened to me." Michigan State will likely start five players from Ohio on defense Saturday, including standout defensive end Marcus Rush, cornerback Darian Hicks and defensive tackle Joel Heath. "I do think that makes it personal," Dantonio said. "You grow up in the state and you listen, you hear, you go home, you listen, you hear, and you know a lot of people that sit on that side of the fence. I think it's just natural you want to measure up. You don't want to measure up to Ohio State, you want to measure up to the people at home." Starting quarterback Connor Cook, an Ohio native, earned MVP honors during the Spartans' 34-24 victory over Ohio State last season in the Big Ten championship game. Prior to that game, Cook said he never even received a recruiting letter from the Buckeyes due in part to the fact that Braxton Miller was already committed in the 2011 class. Starting middle linebacker Taiwan Jones grew up in Michigan, but said he understands what's at stake for some of his teammates this week. "We treat it as a rivalry game because we have a lot of guys on our team who are from Ohio who take this personally," Jones said. "Some (of my teammates), before the game they get up and want to talk to us. They say Ohio State said they weren't good enough, Ohio State never recruited them, and there's a lot of guys that want to prove themselves."
Oklahoma State football: 2015 running back Ronald Jones holds steady with OSU commitment, continues strong playNov 6, 2014
The prize recruit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 recruiting class made his verbal commitment back in April and hasn’t wavered since. That’s what running back Ronald Jones’ coach at McKinney North High School (Texas), Mike Fecci, said when asked if other schools have continued to recruit Jones. “Obviously, there’s a bunch of people out there that […]
Oklahoma State football: 2015 running back Ronald Jones holds steady with OSU commitment, continues strong play
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 6, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/3090466027564c2415fd85bb016d7b59.jpg]3478160[/img] The prize recruit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 class made his verbal commitment back in April and hasn’t wavered since. That’s what running back Ronald Jones’ coach at McKinney North High School (Texas), Mike Fecci, said when asked if other schools have continued to recruit Jones. “Obviously, there’s a bunch of people out there that would love to have him and would love to try and go get him,” Fecci said. “But he’s made it pretty clear to not only me, but to OSU, that he’s an OSU guy. He’s excited about his opportunity to go up to Stillwater and be a Cowboy.” Jones -- a 6-foot, 190-pound, four-star prospect considered one of the nation’s top prep running backs by a number of scouting analysts -- also held scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and more than a dozen other top-tier programs. And even as the Cowboys have struggled this season, leading to possible recruiting concerns moving forward, Jones has held solid on his commitment. Fecci said it points back to the non-football factors that also were key in Jones’ decision, like having an older sister enrolled at OSU and the relatively short drive from McKinney, Texas to Stillwater (about four hours). “I told him at the very beginning of the process, ‘Whatever you pick, it needs to be a place that you would feel comfortable just going to school there if you weren’t playing football.’ He really likes it up there,” Fecci said. “I know he really thinks a lot of coach (Jemal) Singleton and he’s excited about it.” Jones’ stats this season with one game left before postseason play: 150 carries | 1,365 rushing yards | 9.1 yards per carry | 19 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers would likely be much higher had Jones not suffered an ankle injury last month that has limited his production since. Fecci said Jones was finally back at full strength this past week when he rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a 21-16 victory against Sherman. Here’s a look at Jones’ highlight tape this season: More on Jones from The Oklahoman: >> How the passing of his father fueled Jones to become a superstar. >> A midseason look at the huge numbers Jones was producing.
Nov 6, 2014
Grogan entered the year seen as a liability by many fans after an 11-of-18 season kicking field goals. But the sophomore’s production in 2014 has him ranked among the nation’s best.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Ben Grogan named semifinalist for Lou Groza Award
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Nov 6, 2014Ben Grogan was one of 20 players selected Thursday as semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s best collegiate field goal kicker. Grogan — of Martin High School in Arlington, Texas — ranks third nationally this season with 18 made field goals and has connected on 16 of his last 18 attempts. Grogan has shown vast improvement from a season ago when was just 11-of-18. Grogan’s 82 points this season ranks fourth among semifinalists and 11th nationally among all of college football players. Finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 24 and the winner will be revealed Dec. 11. JONES HOLDS STEADY ON COMMITMENT The prize recruit of OSU’s 2015 class made his verbal commitment back in April and hasn’t wavered since. That’s what running back Ronald Jones’ coach at McKinney North High School (Texas), Mike Fecci, said when asked if other schools have continued to recruit Jones. “Obviously, there’s a bunch of people out there that would love to have him and would love to try and go get him,” Fecci said. “But he’s made it pretty clear to not only me, but to OSU, that he’s an OSU guy. He’s excited about his opportunity to go up to Stillwater and be a Cowboy.” Jones — a 6-foot, 190-pound, four-star prospect considered one of the nation’s top prep running backs by a number of scouting analysts — also held scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and more than a dozen other top-tier programs. And even as the Cowboys have struggled this season, leading to possible recruiting concerns moving forward, Jones has held solid on his commitment. Fecci said it points back to the non-football factors that also were key in Jones’ decision, like having an older sister enrolled at OSU and the relatively short drive from McKinney, Texas to Stillwater (about four hours). “I told him at the very beginning of the process, ‘Whatever you pick, it needs to be a place that you would feel comfortable just going to school there if you weren’t playing football.’ He really likes it up there,” Fecci said. “I know he really thinks a lot of Coach (Jemal) Singleton and he’s excited about it.” Jones’ stats this season with one game left before postseason play: 150 carries, 1,365 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers would likely be much higher had Jones not suffered an ankle injury last month that has limited his production since. Fecci said Jones was finally back at full strength this past week when he rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a 21-16 victory against Sherman. GUNDY RECALLS RECRUITMENT OF FORMER STAR RUNNING BACK During OSU coach Mike Gundy’s weekly radio show with Dave Hunziker on Monday, Gundy told the story of recruiting former OSU running back Kendall Hunter with the help of former offensive line coach Joe Wickline. They were in Tyler, Texas, to watch Hunter play. It was a late kickoff and the pair of Cowboy coaches stood at field-level. The following is conversation that took place early on as Hunter dominated. The transcript from the radio show: GUNDY: “My sister used to live in Tyler, Texas … (she) told me there was a great Mexican restaurant there. “So I knew Wick would know. So I said, ‘Wick, is there a good Mexican restaurant around here?’ “He said, ‘Well, we’ve got to watch the game.’ “I said, ‘Unless there’s another player (to scout), there’s no reason for me to watch the game. That kid can play.’ And in three or four or five plays, I said, ‘Let’s go eat before I change my mind.’ “And so, that was history with Kendall.” HUNZIKER: “Meal any good?” GUNDY: “It was good food. Good player, good food in one location … when (Hunter) was running here, we were better on offense.” Hunter would go on to lead the Cowboys in rushing in 2008 and 2010 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Hunter’s NFL stats: three seasons, 43 games, 262 carries, 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns. Even though Hunter tore his right ACL in training camp, on Monday he signed a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season. As for Gundy and Wickline? It will certainly be interesting when they meet Nov. 15 in Stillwater for the Cowboys’ home finale with a bowl berth on the line.
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 4, 2014
Originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, the crucial District 3A-2 matchup between Bethany and John Marshall has been moved to Friday night. John Marshall will host the seventh-ranked Bronchos at 7 p.m. Friday at Crooked Oak High School. While the game isn’t an outright title matchup, it will have significant implications in deciding the 3A-2 championship. John Marshall and other schools in...
High school football: Bethany-John Marshall game moved to Friday night
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Nov 4, 2014Originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, the crucial District 3A-2 matchup between Bethany and John Marshall has been moved to Friday night. John Marshall will host the seventh-ranked Bronchos at 7 p.m. Friday at Crooked Oak High School. While the game isn’t an outright title matchup, it will have significant implications in deciding the 3A-2 championship. John Marshall and other schools in the Oklahoma City Public Schools system have had to play several Thursday night and Saturday games the last two seasons while Taft and Speegle stadiums are being rebuilt. Both stadiums will be back in operation this spring. PRAGUE’S WATFORD GUIDING TURNAROUND In his first season back at the Class 2A level, coach Shannon Watford is organizing an impressive turnaround at Prague. The former Hennessey coach, who guided the Eagles to a pair of 2A state titles, has the Red Devils on the verge of a playoff berth. Prague won just one game the last two seasons while competing in Class 3A. Watford left Hennessey to become the head coach at Purcell two years ago, then spent last season as an assistant at Del City. Since starting 0-2, Prague has won four of its last six games, with the two losses by a combined total of four points. COAC ALL-CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAM NAMED The Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference recently released its first All-Conference fastpitch softball team, with Mustang taking home the top two honors. Senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut was named Player of the Year, while coach Bryan Howard was named Coach of the Year in his first season with the Broncos, who won the Class 6A state championship. Here is the entire list: FIRST TEAM Pitcher: Bailey McKittrick, Moore; Lindsey Stoeckel, Southmoore; Larie Amos, Westmoore. Catcher: Trenity Edwards, Southmoore. First base: Alexia Vargas, Mustang. Second base: Zoe Jones, Mustang. Third base: Bailey Whitmoore, Westmoore. Shortstop: JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe. Outfield: Yesenia Torres, Southmoore; Brenique Wright, Moore; Kaitlyn Thomas, Mustang. Designated Hitter: Halle Melone, Moore. Player of the Year: Jayden Chestnut, Mustang. Coach of the Year: Bryan Howard, Mustang. Offensive Player of the Year: Sydney Sherrill, Southmoore. Defensive Player of the Year: Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek. Pitcher of the Year: Kayla Eichler, Edmond Memorial UTILITY Tori Ritz, Deer Creek; Kristen Perieto, Moore; Kennedy Jackson, Moore; Dru Collins, Norman North; Bridgette White, Edmond North; Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial; Kaylon Dunna, Edmond North; Cheyenne Factor, Yukon; Breley Webb, Yukon; Kylie Dodson, Mustang. HONORABLE MENTION Emily Richardson, Southmoore; Arielle James, Southmoore; Hannah Danielson, Edmond North; Demi Dobbs, Moore; Monica Jones, Edmond Santa Fe; Shelby Baker, Westmoore; Celeste Lagunas, Edmond Santa Fe DISTRICT 6A-2 ALL-DISTRICT TEAM SET The District 6A-2 All-District softball team was recently announced, with Florida State commitment and Southmoore sophomore Sydney Sherill named Player of the Year. Here’s the complete list: FIRST TEAM Pitcher: Lindsey Stoeckel, Southmoore. Catcher: Trenity Edwards, Southmoore. First base: Makayla White, Edmond Memorial. Second base: Dru Collins, Norman North. Third base: Celeste Lagunas, Edmond Santa Fe; Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial. Shortstop: JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe. Outfield: Yesenia Torres, Southmoore; Logan Jegelwivz, Putnam City; Kendall Murphy, Edmond Memorial. Utility: Monica Jones, Edmond Santa Fe; Hannah Salmon, Putnam City; Brittany Cagle, Yukon; Danielle Stover, Putnam City; Kelsey Nadeau, Lawton; Hannah Franklin, Yukon. Player of the Year: Sydney Sherrill, Southmoore. Pitcher of the Year: Kayla Eichler, Edmond Memorial. Defensive Player of the Year: Cheyenne Factor, Yukon. Offensive Player of the Year: Alexis Perry, Putnam City. Newcomer of the Year: Breley Webb, Yukon. Coach of the Year: Tommy Cornish, U.S. Grant; Jeff Small, Southmoore. SECOND TEAM Madison Burk, Lawton; Brenlyn McCoy, Edmond Memorial; Emily Richardson, Southmoore; Arielle James, Southmoore; Kari Briggs, Southmoore, Sarah Everhart, Edmond Santa Fe; Asia Henry, Putnam City; Holly Davis, Putnam City; Makayla Jackson, Putnam City; McKenna Arnold, Yukon; Mady Taylor, Yukon; Desiree Hutchinson, Norman North; Sydney Everhart, Edmond Santa Fe.
Nov 2, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored.So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach."We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than...
Lynch's 2 TDs lead Seattle past Oakland 30-24
TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Nov 2, 2014SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored. So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach. "We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than I should have with our team so they realize how tough it is. ... I know you all would like it easier and smoother and cleaner and all that, but it's a battle. Suck it up." Fortunately for the Seahawks, they still have Marshawn Lynch to lean on. Lynch scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and Bruce Irvin returned an interception 35 yards for another score as the Seahawks (5-3) jumped to a 24-3 lead then held on through a sloppy second half. Lynch carried tacklers and teammates into the end zone in the first quarter on his 3-yard scoring run, but was an important option for Russell Wilson as a pass catcher. Lynch finished with 67 yards rushing and another 76 receiving, and his day could have been far more productive if not for gains of 43, 20 and 11 yards on either runs or passes called back by penalties. His 5-yard run at the end of the first half gave the Seahawks a 21-point lead that seemed plenty comfortable at the time. "I think maybe six of them was my own team, so it's all good," Lynch said of his first TD. Not all was perfect for Seattle. Wilson struggled through one of his worst passing games and the Seahawks failed to capitalize on numerous chances to rout the winless Raiders. It made for an uncomfortable final minutes as Derek Carr's second TD pass to Mychal Rivera with 1:52 left pulled the Raiders within six. Sebastian Janikowski's onside kick was misplayed by Seattle's Cooper Helfet, but Jermaine Kearse fell on the loose ball and Seattle ran out the clock to hand the Raiders (0-8) their 14th straight loss dating to last season. "I don't think I played well at all for whatever reason," said Wilson, who finished 17 of 35 for 179 yards. "Usually I know why something was off ... but I just felt like I was in it and whatever I was trying to do didn't work." Part of Wilson's problem was the continued shuffling on Seattle's offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung was inactive. Patrick Lewis made his first start at center with Max Unger and Stephen Schilling injured. Left guard James Carpenter suffered an ankle injury in the second half and undrafted rookie Garry Gilliam — a tackle — was his replacement. Injuries were an issue for Seattle's defense, but clearly not as much of a factor. Linebacker Brock Coyle and safety DeShawn Shead made their first career starts, but Seattle still allowed only 226 total yards. Seattle also got turnovers to bounce its way. Irvin tipped Carr's pass intended for James Jones, located to the ball in the air then beat Carr to the pylon for his first career touchdown. Later in the first half, Richard Sherman got his first interception of the season, getting better position than Andre Holmes on a back-shoulder pass and pulling in the pick with his left hand. T.J. Carrie also fumbled a kickoff that kicker Steven Hauschka recovered. Sherman held the ball on his way out of the locker room to add to his collection. "Just waiting. There hasn't been a year yet I haven't got one," Sherman said. "I knew eventually; if you're out there long enough and you're in position and you're playing the game the way you are supposed to, the football Gods will get what you need." Denico Autry blocked Jon Ryan's punt on the first possession of the second half and Brice Butler recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to spark Oakland. It was the first punt block for a touchdown against Seattle since 2003 and the second for Oakland in the past two seasons. Carrie later had a 27-yard punt return to set up Carr's first TD toss to Rivera late in the third quarter. Carr, who finished 24 of 41 for 194 yards, gave the Raiders a chance late with his second TD toss. "This thing is starting to turn," interim Oakland coach Tony Sparano said. "We're playing better and better here as we go on. We've just got to get all phases to play better, so that we can get the feeling of what it's like to be in their locker room right now." NOTES: Seattle paid tribute to the recent school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School with a moment of silence before the game and "MP" decals on the Seahawks helmets. DE Greg Scruggs also ran out of the tunnel during pregame intros carrying an "MP" flag. ... Oakland is off to its worst start since 1962. ... Hall of Fame LT Walter Jones was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 2, 2014
Before Art Briles was hired as head coach, Baylor was consistently a Big 12 South Division cellar dweller. The Bears were 35-101 in 12 seasons in the conference, leading many to wonder if perhaps the Big 12 made a mistake in including Baylor as an inaugural member in 1996. Here’s a timeline of Baylor football’s accomplishments since Briles took over before the 2008 season. Nov. 28, 2007: Hired...
OU-Baylor football: Milestones in Art Briles' rebuilding project.
BY JASON KERSEY | Nov 2, 2014Before Art Briles was hired as head coach, Baylor was consistently a Big 12 South Division cellar dweller. The Bears were 35-101 in 12 seasons in the conference, leading many to wonder if perhaps the Big 12 made a mistake in including Baylor as an inaugural member in 1996. Here’s a timeline of Baylor football’s accomplishments since Briles took over before the 2008 season. Nov. 28, 2007: Hired After five more miserable seasons under coach Guy Morriss, Baylor turned to Briles, who had gone 63-34 in five seasons as Houston’s head coach. Briles, a Texas high school coaching legend, made his name at Stephenville High School, where he won four state championships. His 1998 Stephenson team broke a national record with 8,664 offensive yards. Sept. 6, 2008: First win Briles earned his first win as Baylor’s head coach with a 51-6 home victory over Northwestern State behind the strong performance of a true freshman quarterback named Robert Griffin III. Sept. 12, 2008: First FBS win Baylor racked up 555 yards of total offense and beat Washington State 45-17 at home. Oct. 11, 2008: First Big 12 win Griffin threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears beat Iowa State 38-10 at home. Oct. 24, 2010: First appearance in AP Top 25 One day after beating Kansas State 47-42 and improving to 6-2 on the season, Baylor made its first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll since 1993, coming in at No. 22. Oct. 30, 2010: First win over Texas Texas was on its way to its worst season of the Mack Brown era, and Baylor took advantage, beating the Longhorns 30-22 for its first win in the series since 1997, and its first win in Austin, Texas since 1991. Dec. 29, 2010: First bowl appearance Baylor lost 38-14 to Illinois in the Texas Bowl, the Bears’ first football postseason appearance since the 1994 Alamo Bowl. Sept. 2, 2011: First win over ranked team Aaron Jones kicked a game-winning 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left to lift Baylor to a thrilling 50-48 win over No. 14 TCU. Griffin threw for 359 yards and five touchdowns — and added a touchdown reception — in the season-opening victory. Nov. 19, 2011: First win over Oklahoma A Blake Bell touchdown run tied the game at 38 with 51 seconds to play, but Baylor decided not to play for overtime. Robert Griffin III threw a 34-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left — his Heisman moment — and Baylor beat the Sooners for the first time in program history. Dec. 10, 2011: Robert Griffin III wins the Heisman Trophy Griffin won the first Heisman Trophy in Baylor history, besting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Dec. 29, 2011: First bowl win Baylor racked up 777 yards of total offense and won a shootout Alamo Bowl victory over Washington, beating the Huskies 67-56. It was Baylor’s first bowl win since the 1992 Sun Bowl. Nov. 17, 2012: Stunning rout of No. 1 K-State Kansas State entered its game at Baylor with national championship dreams, but Baylor had other ideas. The Bears stomped the Wildcats up and down the field, winning 52-24 and destroying any BCS title hopes for K-State, and any Heisman Trophy hopes for Collin Klein. Baylor hadn’t beaten an opponent so highly ranked since the 1957 Sugar Bowl. Dec. 7, 2013: Big 12 championship A few hours after Oklahoma State was upset in Bedlam, Baylor beat Texas 30-10 at home to claim the Big 12 championship — the Bears’ first conference title since 1994, and first outright league title since winning the Southwest Conference in 1980. The game also marked Baylor’s fourth win over Texas in five years. By Jason Kersey
Nov 1, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Among college football coaches nationally, there is plenty to disagree on. Nonconference scheduling. Offensive playcalling. The best recruiting grounds. Who’s calling plays at Texas. The list goes on. But when it comes to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, there’s no debate.
Pregame primer: Six must-read stories before Oklahoma State faces Kansas State
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 1, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/9b8709e2b66a689104695235751ccacb.jpg]3473323[/img] MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Among college football coaches nationally, there is plenty to disagree on. Nonconference scheduling. Offensive tempo. The best recruiting grounds. Who’s calling plays at Texas. The list goes on. But when it comes to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, there’s no debate. And here’s why. In 23 seasons as the Widcats’ coach, Snyder is 184-91-1. At 75 years old, he has KSU ranked ninth in the college football playoff poll with a team that makes up for its lack of blue-chip recruits by playing nearly mistake-free and fundamental football. This season, KSU is off to a 6-1 start and is the lone unbeaten (4-0) team in the Big 12. “As I’ve said each year, I have a lot of respect for (Snyder),” OSU coach Mike Gundy said on Monday. “You can go back to when Barry Switzer said that he was the coach of the century … It’s a challenge for me as a head coach and for our staff against them.” Go ahead and copy/paste that statement and apply it to any coach who finds himself matched up against Snyder. That opinion wouldn’t change. Snyder’s longevity and success at KSU is something to be marveled. “You don't have to worry about me (coaching) at 75,” Gundy said. As OSU prepares to take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m. on ABC, here are six stories from the NewsOK Sports team to get you ready. —- 1. When OSU faced Dana Holgorsen led West Virginia last week, it was a good opportunity to examine OSU’s shortcomings on offense (a long list with few immediate solutions.) This week, John Helsley dove deeper into why so many young Cowboys have been forced into the spotlight this season. Turns out, the lack of current depth correlates back to two recruiting classes: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/photo4.jpg]3473322[/img] . But recruiting is just one piece of the puzzle. (Click here -> for an in-depth look at all the factors that led to OSU’s roster issues this fall.) —- 2. Happy Halloween weekend from Bill Snyder Family Stadium, home to the scariest of venues for OSU. Here’s why Cowboy fans should be frightened. Since 1990, OSU is 1-7 in Manhattan. And in those losses, a number of spooky occurrences took place, including but not limited to… An injury that ultimately ended the OSU career of one quarterback. A loss that was followed by a head coach’s resignation. Two OSU players suffering game-ending injuries on the same play. (Click here –> for more on the Cowboys haunted past in Manhattan.) —- 3. Here’s a game-by-game look at the number of running back carries / yards OSU’s Mr. Everything Tyreek Hill has in Big 12 play this season: vs TTU: 6 / 39 vs ISU: 9 / 22 at KU: 0 / 0 at TCU: 11 / 52 vs WVU: 14 / 78 Is now the time to solidify Hill’s role in the offense at running back? (Click here –> to learn what former OSU coach Pat Jones thinks.) —- 4. Long before OSU safety Jordan Sterns made 20 tackles against West Virginia last week, he was a high school fullback. Who was he blocking for? The Longhorns’ leading rusher at Texas -- running back Malcolm Brown. That’s just one of many interesting tidbits from Sterns’ past. (Click here –> to learn more about the sophomore’s rise to become a starter in the Cowboy defensive backfield.) —- 5. When Gundy spoke about his respect for Snyder this past week, the Cowboy didn’t embellish his personal relationship with the Wildcat. They’ve spoke briefly when facing one another on game day. They see one another at annual conference meetings. That’s about it. But as columnist Berry Tramel points out, the Gundy-Snyder connection goes way back. All the way to 1989. Gundy was the Cowboys’ senior quarterback. Snyder was the Wildcats’ rookie head coach. They faced one another on homecoming. “We got some points, but not enough,” Snyder told The Oklahoman postgame. “But I take my hat off to Gundy.” (Click here –> for more of Berry’s perspective and what happened in that that ’89 matchup.) —- 6. Take a look at the front page story of The Oklahoman’s pregame coverage for tonight’s matchup: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/photo3.jpg]3473324[/img] . As columnist Jenni Carlson writes, the upward progress OSU has made during Gundy’s coaching tenure has certainly hit a road block. (Click here –> to read Jenni’s take on how it doesn’t get any easier from here on out.)
Oct 30, 2014
Richards, a high school quarterback a year ago, has been thrown into a starter role due to the ankle injury to starter Ashton Lampkin and a lack of developed depth. He’s had some rough spots. But some bright spots, too.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Ramon Richards learning life on the island
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Oct 30, 2014Glenn Spencer sees what you see: enemy receivers leaving true freshman cornerback Ramon Richards in futile pursuit. But the Cowboys defensive coordinator sees — and knows — other things, too. Like when Richards is supposed to have help, which doesn’t arrive, leaving him alone in the spotlight. Like the way corners are exposed more for their mistakes than any player with the possible exception of the kicker. “That’s part of it,” Spencer said this week. Ofa (Hautau) or James (Castleman) or Jimmy (Bean) or Emmanuel (Ogbah) might get out of their gap and somebody might get by them for a (big) gain. Nobody says a word. “Doesn’t seem right, does it? Doesn’t seem right. And I tell them that. ‘Life isn’t fair to you all the time. For me to tell you another young man should have been in position on that play, this isn’t all you…’ At the top of his lungs he probably wants to yell, ‘Hey, I was supposed to have help here!’ “But he doesn’t. But it is what it is. I’m very pleased with him.” Richards, a high school quarterback a year ago, has been thrown into a starter role due to the ankle injury to starter Ashton Lampkin and a lack of developed depth. He’s had some rough spots. But some bright spots, too. Kevin Peterson, OSU’s star corner opposite Richards, was a freshman once. And he remembers what former corners coach Jason Jones told him. “Coach Jones said, ‘They know you’re a freshman. If I were them, I’d come at you too. It’s not a secret you’re in there. You asked for this. You signed up for this. It’s only going to get you better,’” Peterson said. “Ramon’s taking it really well. He’s going to be really good.” KSU’s Snyder Hypes Hill Kansas State coach Bill Snyder isn’t prone to hyperbole. Yet when the topic turned to OSU running back and return man Tyreek Hill this week, and the threat that he poses defenses, Snyder couldn’t contain himself. “He’s the fastest man in the world,” Snyder said at his weekly luncheon, “that’s probably what makes most of it happen. He has world-class speed. He can run. He doesn’t need another (skill) set. You just give him the ball and he out-runs everyone that’s on the field. That’s pretty simple.” Of course, it hasn’t been that simple for Hill. Hill has been a threat and he’s been effective, and he’s certainly in focus on defensive game plans. “He can play in the backfield and he can play as a wide receiver, so he can catch the ball,” Snyder said. “He’s a good player.” Quotable Cowboys receiver David Glidden on what an upset over Kansas State would mean: “It would be huge. It would be a huge momentum lift going into the rest of the schedule. Going up into Manhattan, prime-time television game, you really can’t ask for much more than that. We’ve got to go up there and just fight. We’ve got to be relentless and execute. We’ve just got to go make plays and execute.” ’Cats Enjoy Fall Home Cooking Fall in Manhattan has become winning time for K-State under Snyder. Since his return to the sidelines in 2009, the Wildcats are 16-6 in conference home games, including a 13-3 mark in their last 16 tries. K-State has always been tough under Snyder in November. Since 1991, the ’Cats are 51-18 in November with Snyder at the helm, good for a 73.9 winning percentage. The calendar flips to Nov. 1 when OSU visits Saturday.
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
Oklahoma football: Sooners offensive lineman Derek Farniok will face his brother as an opponent one last timeOct 29, 2014
Christine Farniok-Jones will sport her half-Iowa State, half-Oklahoma jersey one final time Saturday morning inside Jack Trice Stadium, when her two oldest boys — the Cyclones’ Tom and the Sooners’ Derek — will meet for the final time.
Oklahoma football: Sooners offensive lineman Derek Farniok will face his brother as an opponent one last time
By Jason Kersey | Oct 29, 2014Tom and Derek Farniok’s mother isn’t hard to pick out of the crowd when Oklahoma plays football against Iowa State. She’s the one wearing the jersey that is split down the middle — half Iowa State for Tom, half Oklahoma for Derek. “I wanted to do something to represent both of them,” said Christine Farniok-Jones. “I had always worn a Farniok jersey with both their numbers on it, but now that they’re playing for two different teams, I thought, ‘How am I gonna make this happen?’ “Then it just kinda came to me to do half and half.” She’ll sport that look one final time Saturday morning inside Jack Trice Stadium, when her two oldest boys will stand on opposite sidelines for the final time in their college football careers. Tom, a senior, has started 42 career games at center for Iowa State, while Derek, a junior offensive tackle, has appeared in 30 games throughout his OU career. The Farniok brothers played on the same teams from the time they were little until Tom was a senior at Washington High in Sioux Falls, S.D. “When they first started playing tackle football, I was the only parent who would have the ref come over and say, ‘You know, your boys are tackling a little hard,’” their mom remembered with a laugh. “They’ve always had that aggressive nature when it came to playing football.” Christine Farniok-Jones said her two oldest boys are “best friends,” and Derek describes their relationship as still close despite the distance between them. “We always did everything together, really,” Derek said. “When we were little, we were pretty much together whenever. We’d get into fights, and about 10 seconds after we got in a fight we were out there running around together like nothing happened.” They stay in regular contact now through text messaging and phone calls. Derek said that during OU-Iowa State game weeks, their contact is all fun stuff and no football. “It’s kind of an awkward week,” he said. It’s especially strange for their mom, who only roots for offense when her boys are on opposite sidelines. Farniok-Jones and her husband purchased an RV a few years ago to make their cross-country journeys to watch college football a little easier. The family tries to attend an equal amount of games between Tom and Derek, and on a few occasions, has even managed to see both play on the same day when the schedule cooperates. She’s also got two more sons in high school. Matt Farniok is a junior at Washington High and is being heavily recruited by several schools including Nebraska and Iowa State. Her youngest son, Will, is a freshman. “I stress out about it because I want to be at everybody’s event all the time,” Christine said. “I hate missing any of my boys’ stuff. “We go to the Friday night game and then we can drive all night long to get to wherever we need to do, and just take turns sleeping.” She described the final Tom vs. Derek college game as “bittersweet.” It will also mean the retirement of her OU-Iowa State jersey. “It’s one of those moments that seemed so far away, and now it’s here,” she said. “It’s something that makes me a little bit sad.”
Oct 28, 2014
Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive lineman. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys add fifth offensive line commit to 2015 class with Vaimoe Sekona
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 28, 2014Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive lineman. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark. Vaimoe Sekona -- a 6-foot-4, 289-pound two-way lineman at Crespi High School (Encino, Calif.) -- announced on twitter his intentions to play for OSU next season. . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/photo36.jpg]3468557[/img] . Sekona, a Rivals-rated three-star recruit, told Scout recruiting analyst Greg Biggins that he’s “locked in with Oklahoma State, that’s the only school I’m going to focus on.” More from Sekona: “Coach Connelly was my primary recruiter and I like him a lot. The whole staff has been great with me and I have a great comfort level already. They recruited me to play offensive guard and I’m totally fine with that. I’ve actually played offensive line longer than I’ve played defense so I have no problem playing anywhere they want me.” Sekona turned down a number of scholarship offers from top-tier programs to play in Stillwater. A look at his Rivals page: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/photo43.jpg]3468556[/img] . Sekona was the second recruit to verbally commit to the Cowboys’ 2015 class -- which now stands at 15 players -- on Monday as junior-college transfer Todd Mays, who will likely play running back or receiver, also confirmed his commitment on Twitter. OSU’s offensive line commits for the class now include Sekona, Josh Jones (Richmond, Texas) and Johnny Wilson (Midland, Texas.) As well as junior-college transfers Brandon Pertile (Mesa, Ariz.) and Deya Mhiesen (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Oct 28, 2014
In 2005, Gundy’s first season as head coach, the Cowboys went 0-5 in October with consecutive losses against Colorado, Missouri, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Texas.
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy talks about difficult upcoming schedule
By Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 28, 2014When the 2014 college football schedule was released, there’s no doubt Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy saw the slate of games from November on and understood the challenge. But now that the Cowboys will soon put October in the rear-view mirror carrying a two-game losing streak with a sputtering offense, those final four matchups have become increasingly daunting. “I’ve been in this 10 years now and this is the most difficult stretch of games that we’ve had since I’ve been the head coach, other than my first year,” Gundy said Monday on SiriusXM College Sports Nation radio with hosts Jack Arute and Gino Torretta. “Because everybody we’re playing is ranked in the top 20 or very, very talented, basically meaning Texas … you combine that with the youth we have and breaking in a back-up quarterback.” The Cowboys finish up on the road at No. 11 Kansas State, at home against unranked Texas, then back on the road at No. 12 Baylor and No. 19 OU. In 2005, Gundy’s first season, the Cowboys went 0-5 in October. Their losses: vs. Colorado, vs. Missouri, at Texas A&M, at Iowa State and vs. Texas. COWBOYS ADD FIFTH O-LINEMAN TO 2015 CLASS OSU offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive linemen. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark. Vaimoe Sekona — a 6-foot-4, 289-pound two-way lineman at Crespi High School (Encino, Calif.) — announced on Twitter his intentions to play for OSU next season. Sekona, a Rivals-rated three-star recruit, told Scout recruiting analyst Greg Biggins that he’s “locked in with Oklahoma State, that’s the only school I’m going to focus on.” More from Sekona: “Coach Connelly was my primary recruiter, and I like him a lot. The whole staff has been great with me and I have a great comfort level already. They recruited me to play offensive guard and I’m totally fine with that. I’ve actually played offensive line longer than I’ve played defense, so I have no problem playing anywhere they want me.” Sekona turned down scholarship offers from Miami, USC, Texas Tech and others. Sekona was the second recruit to verbally commit to the Cowboys’ 2015 class — which now stands at 15 players — on Monday as junior-college transfer Todd Mays, who will likely play running back or receiver, also confirmed his commitment on Twitter. OSU’s offensive line commits for the class now include Sekona, Josh Jones (Richmond, Texas) and Johnny Wilson (Midland, Texas). As well as junior-college transfers Brandon Pertile (Mesa, Ariz.) and Deya Mhiesen (Los Angeles) OSU LOWEST OF BIG 12 SCHOOLS IN GSR The OSU men’s basketball program graduated just 22 percent of players who enrolled in the fall of 2007, according to a report released Tuesday by the NCAA. It was the lowest among Big 12 teams by 42 percentage points. The same data set shows the OSU football team graduated 59 percent of its players who enrolled in 2007, tied for eighth in the Big 12 with Oklahoma. But the Cowboy basketball team’s poor performance, added to the graduation rates of all other scholarship athletes in the same time frame, led OSU to be the lowest scoring of all Big 12 universities for a final tally of 70 percent. That figure is based on what the NCAA calls its Graduation Success Rate. NCAA legislation requires every college and university to provide yearly academic records for their student athletes, and those numbers are plugged into a formula to create a GSR percentage. The data released Monday is for student athletes who enrolled in the fall of 2007 with their graduation progress tracked up to the spring of 2013.
Oct 28, 2014
The District 5A-1 softball all-district team was released last week, with state runner-up Piedmont dominating the awards. Junior pitcher Kassidy Scott, who is verbally committed to Texas Tech, was named the Player of the Year. Her father, Rick, was named coach of the Year.
High school notebook: Piedmont's Scott named 5A-1 softball Player of the Year
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Oct 28, 2014The District 5A-1 softball all-district team was released last week, with state runner-up Piedmont dominating the awards. Junior pitcher Kassidy Scott, who is verbally committed to Texas Tech, was named the Player of the Year. Her father, Rick, was named coach of the Year. Here's the team: FIRST TEAM Pitcher: Brianna Dow, El Reno Catcher: Kennedy Turner, Deer Creek First base: Madi Powell, El Reno Second base: Michelle Brandon, Piedmont Third base: Perri Cole, Deer Creek Shortstop: Allison Young, McGuinness OF: Kendal Stockstill, Deer Creek; Madison Giggers, Piedmont; Drew Bosler, El Reno Desginated Player: Sagely McAdoo, Piedmont Utility: Kirsten Scott, El Reno Player of the Year: Kassidy Scott, Piedmont Coach of the Year: Rick Scott, Piedmont Offensive Player of the Year: Tori Ritz, Deer Creek Defensive Player of the Year: Sierra Jones, El Reno; Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek KIEFER DEFENSE CHASING EIGHTH STRAIGHT SHUTOUT It probably didn’t seem like much when Kellyville kicked a field goal in a 45-3 loss to Kiefer in Week 1 of the football season. But that was the last time anyone scored against the Class A Trojans. They’ve registered seven consecutive shutouts while averaging 45.1 points per game. The Trojans have a tougher test ahead if they want to keep their shutout streak alive, though. They host Morrison (7-1) Friday in a game with significant district title implications on the line. Morrison has averaged over 40 points per game against Class A opponents. SAPULPA DISMISSES FOOTBALL COACH Sapulpa football coach Mike Gottsch was relieved of his duties as coach and assistant athletic director Monday, according to the Tulsa World. The Chieftains have lost six straight games and are 1-7 this season. They visit Claremore on Friday night and end the season by hosting Ponca City on Nov. 7. “Everybody knew it was going to be difficult after losing 22 seniors (from the 2013 team),” Gottsch told the Tulsa World. “And I realize we’ve been getting beat down, but you certainly wish they would have let you finish out the season. I’ve been coaching for 26 years, and this is the first time I’ve been asked to leave before the season was over.” Athletic director Onis Pankey said, “We realize this doesn’t happen in high school football, but we felt it was something we needed to do at this time. We felt we needed to make a change and get things moving in the right direction.” Rick Patterson will head the program as interim coach, with help from the remainder of the current assistant coaching staff.
Oct 27, 2014
Per OSU coach Mike Gundy’s policy, Garman has been interviewed by reporters just once this season. Here’s a closer look at Garman through social media posts and in the words of current and former teammates and coaches.
Oklahoma State football: Five things you might not know about quarterback Daxx Garman
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Oct 27, 2014STILLWATER — Quarterback Daxx Garman has made six starts at Oklahoma State. He’s given just one interview. It was Sept. 6 after the Cowboys’ 40-23 home victory against Missouri State, as Garman had made his first OSU appearance when J.W. Walsh went down with injury. Garman was mobbed by TV cameras and reporters postgame, with everyone eager to pick his brain about what the experience was like. A quick sampling of what he said: “It was great. That was the most fun I’ve had in a long time to get to play in a game.” “It’s something I’ve been patient with, staying steady. And when my time was called I was just ready to go and do the best I could for my team.” “I couldn’t have definitely done it without the offensive line. They made good blocks.” Nothing beyond the standard team-first responses you’d expect after an easy victory. But ever since, per OSU coach Mike Gundy’s policy, Garman has not been granted media access. It’s left plenty to be desired in learning more about Garman as a person, not just as a football player. Interview requests to family members have yet to be returned. And even Garman’s teammates might have trouble learning more about their quarterback. “Daxx is a quiet guy,” former OSU quarterback Clint Chelf said. “He would come in and there were days where we’d be there an hour or two before he’d say his first word. So it was kind of hard to get a gauge on him.” But with the help of social media, current and former players and coaches, there are a few pieces of the Garman puzzle that stand out. Five things you might not have known about the Cowboy quarterback: 1. The Garmans and the Gundys are linked by geography On Oct. 7, Gundy was asked how Garman ended up at OSU after a long string of transfers. “That’s a long, long story,” Gundy said. Gundy wouldn’t go into much detail — even threw in a “you’d have to ask him,” knowing it’s his call Garman can’t speak with the media — but he did respond with a quick anecdote. “Daxx is from back really where I’m from,” Gundy said. “His mom is a twin and they’re the same age as we are. So they kind of knew us and we kind of knew them. Then we he came back here, I think he had some distant ties with me because of that.” Garman was born raised in his early years in the Oklahoma City area. Gundy got his start in Midwest City. 2. Garman has excelled in the classroom At Southlake Carroll High School (Texas), Garman was a member of the National Honor Society. He even ranked in the top-five percent of his 2010 graduating class. That academic success dates back to his time at Jones High School in 2009. “Daxx was a great student in the classroom and a great student of the game,” said Dave Martin, Garman’s coach at Jones. “He always wanted to go out there and be better … that was a self-driven characteristic that he had.” 3. Garman has friendly ties to OU football players OSU wide receiver Austin Hays and Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight both attended Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. Their friendship has extended the olive branch between Bedlam rivals, as seen from a March 18 Instagram post from Garman. The picture features Garman, Hays, Knight, OSU receiver David Glidden, OU offensive lineman Christian Daimler and others. The group apparently linked up for spring break vacation. — A photo posted by Daxx Garman (@daxxgarman) on Mar 3, 2014 at 8:20pm PDT — “I think they’re really close,” Chelf said. “A lot of our players and a lot of theirs are from Texas, so I think a lot of those guys have known each other for a long time.” It’s a connection that doesn’t bother Garman’s teammates, as OSU linebacker Ryan Simmons explained. “Not at all,” Simmons said. “When it comes game time, they know and I’m sure we all know, it’s a big game. It’s a rivalry. Outside of football, we’re all good people.” 4. Garman has an impressive shoe collection Continue scrolling through Garman’s Instagram page and you’ll find photo after photo featuring different pairs of shoes. The collection includes high-end styles from Nike, Jordan and even Louis Vuitton. “It was unbelievable,” Chelf said. “I actually got it out of him once when we were sitting there. I think he has like over 300 or 400 pairs of shoes. What’s crazy is that half of them are like limited edition. He does it big, I know that. His shoe game is definitely impressive.” — A photo posted by Daxx Garman (@daxxgarman) on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:42pm PST — Glidden agrees. “During two-a-days, I don’t think I ever saw him wear the same pair of shoes twice,” Glidden said. “And they’re all good looking shoes, I will say that … Daxx has style, that’s for sure.” 5. Garman has a number of colorful tattoos You might have noticed that Garman has worn half-sleeves beneath his jersey in every game he’s played this season. They cover up colorful tattoos that Chelf called “wild and well done.” “I never really sat and looked at them,” Simmons said. “But there’s some different types of writing … He’s got half-sleeves. It’s a nice set of tattoos.” It’s not just the designs that have stood out. It’s the meaning behind them, too. “The ones on his back say his sister’s and mom’s name, I believe,” Chelf said. “They’re pretty impressive.”
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When De'Runnya Wilson arrived at Mississippi State less than two years ago, he didn't really know how to study a football playbook or have any idea about the technique needed to play receiver in the Southeastern Conference.Turns out the 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore is a very fast learner.The 20-year-old Wilson has emerged as No. 1 Mississippi State's primary big-play...
Wilson big-play threat for No. 1 Mississippi State
DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Oct 21, 2014STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When De'Runnya Wilson arrived at Mississippi State less than two years ago, he didn't really know how to study a football playbook or have any idea about the technique needed to play receiver in the Southeastern Conference. Turns out the 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore is a very fast learner. The 20-year-old Wilson has emerged as No. 1 Mississippi State's primary big-play threat in the passing game, catching six touchdown passes so far this season. The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) will be trying to win their 10th straight game, dating back to last season, when they travel to face Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday. Most of Wilson's high school days were spent on the basketball court, where he was a standout player in Birmingham, Alabama. But he also played football during his senior season and quickly caught the attention of college scouts. Now that raw potential has turned into real results. Wilson said he's heard teammates and coaches compare his skillset to Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson, but he tries to ignore that talk. Wilson made a brief foray into college hoops last year, appearing in seven games off the bench for Mississippi State. Basketball coach Rick Ray liked having Wilson's energy off the bench, but even he admitted Wilson should probably stick with football because "he's got a chance to play on Sundays." "Sometimes I wonder what my potential is — what I'm capable of doing," Wilson said. "But I just keep trying to have that mindset of improving and making my team better. I don't want to ever get comfortable because I'm afraid I won't work as hard today or tomorrow." Wilson leads the team with 18 catches for 319 yards through six games. Maybe his most impressive moment came two weeks ago in a win against Auburn, when he made a catch on a deep ball and then dragged Auburn defender Jonathan Jones into the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown. The play highlighted Wilson's rare blend of size and speed. Quarterback Dak Prescott says he gains more confidence in Wilson every week. "He's very athletic and his basketball career really gives him an advantage," Prescott said. "He goes up and knows how to box out a defender without using his hands. He has good body control and goes up for every pass like it's a rebound." Wilson's emergence has been especially important because the Bulldogs have been without last year's leading receiver Jameon Lewis, who has missed the past two games with a leg injury. Mullen expects Lewis to return for the Kentucky game, but Wilson will still have a major role. "That shook me up a little to see (Lewis) go down," Wilson said. "But when you have people around you to push you harder, you feed off each other, and when we found out he wasn't playing, we locked in as a group and wanted to make the plays he's been making." Wilson said Lewis' return should help both receivers because Kentucky will have to figure to account for each of them. Lewis is a 5-foot-9, 183-pound receiver who is a constant threat on short passing plays over the middle. That could draw attention away from Wilson, leaving one-on-one matchups down the field. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Wilson is a hard worker in practice, which has allowed him to pick up the nuances of playing receiver. "I still think he has a lot of improvement he can make, but he's got very, very natural ball skills," Mullen said. "I think the ability with his ball skills and his body control certainly helps him, and his size (creates mismatches). When he gets himself in position, he's very natural catching the ball and it allows him to make a lot of big plays." _____ Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP
Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks unsure whether he will rest Russell Westbrook on back-to-backs this seasonOct 19, 2014
Russell Westbrook has looked great in the preseason. So it’s expected that he will have no restrictions once the regular season starts, particularly after the injury to Kevin Durant. But Scott Brooks, at least for now, wasn’t ready to rule that out.
Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks unsure whether he will rest Russell Westbrook on back-to-backs this season
BY ANTHONY SLATER | Oct 19, 2014The last we left regular-season Russell Westbrook, he wasn’t playing back-to-backs. As part of a maintenance program following his return from December knee surgery, the Thunder never played him two straight nights down the stretch last season. It was a precautionary measure that seemed to benefit the energetic point guard come playoff time, when he put up historic numbers. And after a restful summer, he has looked great in the preseason. So it’s expected that Westbrook will have no restrictions once the regular season starts, particularly after the injury to Kevin Durant. But Scott Brooks, at least for now, wasn’t ready to rule that out. He rested Westbrook on the front end of OKC’s only preseason back-to-back and, before Sunday’s game against Minnesota, said it’s a discussion that will take place in the future. “We haven’t talked about that,” Brooks said. “That’s so far down on our list right now. He’s feeling great.” The Thunder’s first back-to-back comes right away this season. Oklahoma City opens in Portland two Wednesdays from now, then plays the next night in Los Angeles against the Clippers. JEREMY LAMB RESTS WITH HEEL CONTUSION From a health perspective, it’s been a nightmare month for the Thunder. And that continued on Sunday. Though it’s only believed to be minor, Jeremy Lamb joined the crowded group of injured players, missing the game against Minnesota with a left heel contusion. He was one of nine guys to sit out with an ailment. SAUNDERS REMAINS HIGH ON OKC Minnesota coach Flip Saunders has a warning for the Western Conference. “The other teams have to watch out just assuming Oklahoma City is not going to be a formidable opponent,” Saunders said. “(Kevin) Durant is a huge part of what they do, there’s no question. But in the long run, it might make them better. It could put them in a situation where he comes back and maybe he doesn’t have to do quite as much.” “It could end up being the kiss of death for the other teams in the West at the end of the year,” Saunders continued. “Because they’re going to make the playoffs. And that’s all you really care about. The key to success in the playoffs is making it and making sure you’re healthy. If you do that, you can win on the road if you’re a good team. That’s probably the message Scott (Brooks) and Sam (Presti) are sending to their team.” BUS RIDE With Sunday’s game just a 90-minute drive up I-44, the Thunder gathered its team and hopped on the bus to Tulsa. It’s the only trip where that’ll be possible this season. And it was something Brooks enjoyed. “It has a fun feel,” Brooks said. “It has that high school feel. We all love the game and we all appreciate what we’re able to do. But it’s good to be on the bus with the group of guys.” What kind of activities did the team do to kill the time? “Kumbaya,” Brooks joked. “We were really getting into it. Passing out marshmallows and chocolate.” QUOTABLE Saunders on the development of point guards: “I was listening to (ESPN football analyst) Herm Edwards the other night talking about quarterbacks. He said when they get 3,000 snaps, that’s who they are. Same thing with young point guards. It’s about getting them repetition.” STATS OF THE NIGHT *The Thunder went 5-of-23 from three on Sunday. Two of those makes were from camp invitee Michael Jenkins. Westbrook, Jones and Anthony Morrow went a combined 2-of-14 *OKC has lost its last three games by a combined 71 points.
The reserve linebacker had an exceptional game during Oklahoma Baptist’s 47-6 victory over Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.). Bishop had seven tackles, including four solo stops.
Oklahoma state college football player of the week: Zack Bishop, Oklahoma Baptist linebacker
BY SCOTT MUNN | Oct 19, 2014Zack Bishop Oklahoma Baptist Position: Linebacker Height, weight: 6-1, 210 Class: Freshman Hometown: Allen, Texas Scouting report: The reserve linebacker had an exceptional game during Oklahoma Baptist’s 47-6 victory over Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.). Bishop had seven tackles, including four solo stops. He added a sack for minus-10 yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he returned 32 yards. The first-year collegian is coming off a standout high school career; he helped Allen win two state championships. 2014 Oklahoma Players of the Week: Sept. 16, Spencer Bond, quarterback, East Central; Sept. 23, Cody Jones, defensive back, Central Oklahoma; Sept. 30, Kevin Pantastico, quarterback, Northeastern State; Oct. 7, Cody Jones, defensive back, Central Oklahoma; Oct. 14, Jared Heim, punter, Southeastern State
Clayton Sims completed 13 of 15 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns, leading Deer Creek to a 55-6 victory over Guymon.
High school football roundup: Deer Creek rolls past Guymon
From Staff Reports | Oct 16, 2014Clayton Sims completed 13 of 15 passes for 183 yards and five touchdowns, leading Deer Creek to a 55-6 victory over Guymon. Six of Sims’ completions went to Noah McGraw, for 99 yards and four TDs. On defense, Hayden Fox had two interceptions for Deer Creek (4-3). MEEKER SURVIVES IN 3 OTS After a 10-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion by Tim Whitfield, Meeker stopped Mount St. Mary’s 2-point conversion try to beat the Rockets 51-49 in three overtimes. Each team scored and converted 2-point tries in the first two overtimes. After Whitfield made it 51-43, quarterback Matt Peace scored from a yard out. But he was stopped on the 2-point try. Whitfield had 150 yards on 23 carries with three TDs. Jake Standlee ran for 215 yards and was 5 of 10 passing. Peace finished with 28 carries for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Archie Brown ran for 139 yards and two TDs. GUTHRIE SOARS PAST JETS Zane Maltz ran for two scores and threw for two more, leading Class 5A No. 2 Guthrie past Western Heights 62-0. Maltz completed 5 of 7 passes for 119 yards, with TD passes of 32 yards to L’liott Curry and 33 yards to Chance Whitt. Maltz scored on runs of 10 and 18 yards. Idae Alexander scored twice for the Blue Jays (7-0), on runs of 32 and 27 yards. MARTIN CARRIES HARRAH At Harrah, Grant Martin ran for 218 yards on just 12 carries, and scored three times to lead the Panthers past Santa Fe South, 56-15. Martin’s touchdowns covered 23, 89 and 20 yards. Jeremy McDonald added a 49-yard interception return for Harrah (4-3) and scored on a short run. Santa Fe South fell to 0-6. KINGFISHER HANDLES BLACKWELL Nick Smith ran for three touchdowns, one of them a 54-yarder, as Class 3A No. 2 Kingfisher improved to 6-1 with a 48-20 victory over Blackwell. Smith added two 2-yard TDs. Bradyn Shepherd returned an interception 40 yards for a score. Blackwell (3-4) was led by Sam Schuermann, who threw three touchdown passes including a 55-yarder to Billy Moore. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CRUISES Oklahoma Christian, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, scored on the ground, through the air and on defense in a 69-20 victory over winless Alva. The Saints (7-0) were led by Luke Frankfurt, who had two TD runs and a 32-yard fumble recovery for a score. Thomas Qualls threw two touchdown passes, including a 68-yarder, and added a 24-yard TD run. Andrew McKinnis returned a fumble 61 yards for a score. MINCO BOUNCES BACK After dropping out of Class A’s top 10 a week ago, Minco rebounded with a 49-12 victory over Konawa. Hunter Jones completed 11 of 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and Tucker Halstead ran for 184 yards on just 11 carries and scored three times. Minco (5-2) held Konawa to 113 total yards. LAWSON’S BIG PLAYS PACE BLANCHARD Blanchard got four big scoring plays from Kegan Lawson in a 60-18 victory over Bridge Creek. Lawson caught seven passes for 137 yards, including touchdowns of 32, 37 and 24 yards from Kanon Kirchner. Lawson also had a 46-yard TD run. Jimmy Wynne threw for all three Bridge Creek touchdowns, including an 87-yarder to Mason Trevino and a 73-yarder to Marcus McCawley. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE POSTS SHUTOUT Christian Heritage, ranked No. 9 in Class 2A, went on the road and beat Wellston 41-0. Joseph Lemieux had 12 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Spencer Lindsey completed all nine of his passes for 96 yards and two TDs. BIG FIRST QUARTER CARRIES PERKINS An 82-yard kickoff return by Jacob Payton started Perkins on its way to a 42-point first quarter, and the Demons went on to beat Mannford 69-34. Payton added three TD runs in the quarter, one of those a run from 73 yards. Quarterback Zach Bledsoe threw a touchdown pass and scored twice on the ground. He added an 89-yard TD run in the second quarter, when Payton scored on a 34-yard punt return. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the Mount St. Mary's quarterback. His name is Matt Peace.