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Quad-City Times. Oct. 17, 2014.Traffic cameras get public trialCompile a list of hot button political issues and automated traffic enforcement is bound to be near the top.That's why we're wonderfully surprised to see Iowa's Supreme Court take the appeal of state traffic camera law out of the Des Moines, Iowa Judicial Branch Building, and to a night session at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake,...
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The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 20, 2014Quad-City Times. Oct. 17, 2014. Traffic cameras get public trial Compile a list of hot button political issues and automated traffic enforcement is bound to be near the top. That's why we're wonderfully surprised to see Iowa's Supreme Court take the appeal of state traffic camera law out of the Des Moines, Iowa Judicial Branch Building, and to a night session at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, just an hour away from where the case began. Sioux City attorney Michael Jacobsma challenged the constitutionality of his town's traffic camera ordinance for the same reason many Quad-Citians flinch: It holds the car owner, not necessarily the driver, responsible for the photographed infraction. Iowa's first challenge of automated traffic enforcement came from Thomas J. Seymour in his lawsuit against Davenport for its automated enforcement. Then, the court held that state law did not preclude Davenport's own traffic camera ordinance. But the court in that ruling specifically did not address other issues, like owner liability. "This court is not a roving commission that offers instinctual legal reactions to interesting issues that have not been raised. ," the court wrote in the 2008 decision. So students and other Iowa citizens at Buena Vista College got a real treat Wednesday night: A vigorous argument on a legal issue that touches just about every driver in the state. Jacobsma is challenging his $168 fine, claiming the local ordinance is unclear about holding drivers, not owners responsible. "Why doesn't the ordinance really spell it out?" Justice Brent Appel asked. "The concern arises that this looks like a little bit of trickery." That's the impression of many Iowans who view cameras as a municipal money-maker, not an accident preventer. We've supported regulated use of traffic cameras because Davenport stats suggest they work, reducing accidents, slowing traffic and freeing up police officers for other duties. But the issues raised by Jacobsma in his appeal — and by some ticketed Quad-Citians in letters to the editor — deserve resolution by the court. Hearing this case Wednesday evening in front of a college audience bolsters the court's transparency and public confidence. Thanks to the justices for choosing to hear this case publicly, just an hour away from the camera in question. ___ The Hawk Eye. Oct. 19, 2014. Troubling development: Ames refuses to play a football game in Des Moines for fear of player and fan safety. We can't let that happen again. This shouldn't happen in Iowa, especially in the shadow of the state capitol. But on Friday, Des Moines East High School's football team was scheduled to host Ames' team. The game wasn't played, and East had to forfeit. The reason was that on the buildup to the game, there were things posted on social media promising violence during the game. Ames administrators took those threats a bit too serious, especially since there was going to be more than enough police presence at the game, and they refused to send their team to Des Moines. That we're even writing about additional police presence to protect players and fans at a high school football game anywhere in Iowa is troubling. This is the stuff that shouldn't happen in Iowa. After consulting with the Iowa High School Athletic Association, East officials were given three choices. They could move the game to Ames, play it on Saturday or forfeit. Why Ames got to dictate the terms of a road game on their schedule wasn't explained, but those were the options given the East administration. East took the forfeit, then school officials unloaded a barrage of criticism at Ames officials, and we can't really blame them for the emotional outburst. "It's unfortunate our students are punished because people living north of here think they know more than us," Phil Roeder, spokesman for the Des Moines school district told the Des Moines Register. There have been too many deadly events at high schools across the country, so we get the hesitation when things are posted on social media about threats of violence. But when a Friday night high school football game is canceled in Iowa — in the state's capital no less — it should grab our attention. Officials never should be in a position where they have to say they fear for their students' well being. Schools should be safe havens, even at athletic events. Threats of violence cannot be tolerated. ___ The Des Moines Register. Oct. 19, 2014. Lawmakers need to fix 'forfeiture' law in 2015 A few weeks ago, two former heads of the federal civil forfeiture program called for abolishing the initiative, which enables police to seize the cash and assets of motorists who are suspected of acquiring the cash and assets through the commission of crimes. But the system doesn't require that those people actually be convicted of a crime. And Brad Cates and John Yoder now describe the program they once championed as corrupt and a "gross perversion of the status of government amid a free citizenry." They are right. The federal civil forfeiture law, along with most of the state forfeiture laws, gives police the broad authority to seize the property of people in a process that then forces the property owners to prove the cash and goods are not the proceeds of criminal acts. In many cases, the seized cash is used for the benefit of law enforcement agencies, giving them a strong interest in using the forfeiture laws. The Des Moines Register reported last month that an Iowa State Patrol trooper seized $100,000 in cash from two California poker players who were pulled over last year on Interstate Highway 80 in Poweshiek County. Their offense? They failed to use the car's turn signal when changing lanes. At the time, the two men were driving back to California from a World Series of Poker event in Illinois. One of the men, who has a California medical marijuana card, was ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia (a device to chop marijuana for smoking). Although that was the only charge tied to the traffic stop, the State Patrol decided to keep the $100,000. The two men had to spend a big chunk of money to hire a lawyer to get their money back, because the trooper did not have to show probable cause to believe the money came from criminal actions. The Register recently asked Attorney General Tom Miller if he saw any problems with Iowa's forfeiture law. He called the law "an important tool needed by law enforcement to deny criminals (especially drug dealers) the fruits of their crimes." He said isolated cases of abuse may occur, but "this is a training issue for law enforcement officers and prosecutors." He's correct: The abuse is a training issue. Like many colleagues around the nation, the Iowa officers involved in the poker-players stop have been trained, at taxpayer expense, in a controversial drug-interdiction program called Desert Snow. As the Washington Post recently reported, Desert Snow hosts an annual competition for the title of Royal Knight, honoring the law officer who has seized the most cash and contraband in the previous 12 months. Desert Snow also encourages officers to post photos of themselves with the cash and contraband they have seized. Adam Gregg, Miller's opponent in the Nov. 4 election, says citizens "should be considered innocent until proven guilty — but our civil forfeiture laws often turn this principle on its head." He said he wants lawmakers to consider "removing any appearance that law enforcement is self-interested in seizing property by requiring funds or assets seized to be used for non-law enforcement purposes." That is one step that is needed to end abuse of the forfeiture law. As long as police agencies know that all or some of the cash they seize will be funneled back into them, the roadside shakedowns are going to continue. When the Legislature convenes in January, lawmakers' "To Do" list needs to include changing the forfeiture law so the government has to prove the cash or property represent the fruits of criminal activity, instead of turning America's "innocent until proven guilty" principle upside down and requiring the citizen to prove a negative — that the cash or property were not derived from a crime. ___ Globe Gazette. Oct. 16, 2014. Awareness, education keys to suicide prevention Many of us can't begin to understand it. We find it sad, unthinkable. We talk about offering help and education and anything else we can think of to try to reach those in need before it's too late. But despite these efforts, some people choose to end their own lives. All the more baffling, in an era where life expectancy in the United States is at its all-time high and rates dropped or held steady for nearly all leading causes of death, the suicide rate in 2012 reached its highest point in 25 years. Experts don't know the reasons for sure, but we do know we have to keep working to convince those living in desperation that someone wants to help them find another way to deal with their issues, that suicide doesn't have to be a final option. That's why there are events like the annual Out of Darkness Community Walk in Mason City. Some 150 people gathered in Southbridge Mall recently for the three-mile walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It was a time for people to come together to talk about suicide, including many who lost someone close to them. Myrna Jorgensen of St. Ansgar was participating with a team from Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado who all had lost someone to suicide. Their T-shirts delivered the message of the day: "Life Is Worth the Walk." "It can definitely happen to anyone," said Kayla Hauge of LeRoy, Minnesota, who lost her father, Rob Eilertson of Northwood, to suicide and organized the team. Coordinator Wendy Martinez of Mason City lost her brother, Ernie-Lee Martinez, to suicide 10 years ago. While she said suicide is obviously something "people don't like to talk about," there is "no greater feeling than walking into a room like this where people understand your pain and what you have been through." Said Leon Christianson of Lake Mills, who lost his youngest brother to suicide, survivors are part of a club that "no one wants to join." Still, this "club" gathered to walk, to reminisce, to console one another in ways only survivors can. And to raise money -- almost $9,000 in this event alone -- to go toward the cause of prevention, education and awareness. Awareness and education are and must continue to be major goals for our society. We need to continually strive to come to grips with potential causes of suicide and learn to deal with them. As reported in an Associated Press story, the increase nationally is "kind of surprising," said Emory University researcher Solveig Cunningham, who studies death rates. We're getting better at medically managing conditions like diabetes and heart disease, she said, but perhaps "we're not able to manage mental health as well, resulting in devastating results." Some also have said the sale and abuse of prescription painkillers in the last decade have been contributing factors, The AP reported. Education and awareness will help. So can reminders of professional help being as close as a phone call -- 800-273-TALK (8255), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7. Those who call are connected to a skilled, trained counselor who can start the help process. Or simply call 911. No, no one likes to talk about suicide. But increasing numbers provide stark evidence that it is a societal situation that demands our increased attention. Potential victims have to know help is available; so do their families. There is no time to wait. How will you help?
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.
Oct 16, 2014
Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns.
College football: Special teams touchdowns energize teams, fans
By Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 16, 2014A few seconds after Oklahoma’s Alex Ross crossed the goal line last weekend in the Cotton Bowl, several teammates knocked him to the ground and dog-piled him in the end zone. Sooners special teams coordinator Jay Boulware ran around the sideline, pumping his fist and celebrating with players. Only seven games minutes had passed. Oklahoma only led Texas 7-3. But from the team’s wild celebration, you would’ve thought the game was clinched. A few hours later in Lawrence, Kan., Oklahoma State speedster Tyreek Hill broke free for a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown that destroyed a Kansas upset bid and allowed OSU to escape with a 27-20 victory. Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns. In 21 games nationally this season including such a play, the team that scored on a kickoff return has won 16 times. The Sooners are 15-2 all-time, and the Cowboys are 17-8, when they return a kickoff for a touchdown. “It’s a big momentum changer,” Ross said. “It just helps the team big time because one play turns the tide.” Ross himself proved that on Sept. 20 in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia led the Sooners 24-17 with 1:20 left in the first half when Ross went 100 yards for a kickoff return touchdown, creating a tie game — and killing every bit of momentum the upset-minded Mountaineers hoped to carry into the break. It would be easy to credit Ross and Hill’s track speed for their success in the kick return game, and that certainly is a major part of it. Ross was an Oklahoma state champion sprinter at Jenks High School. Hill was an indoor track All-American last spring for the Cowboys after transferring from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. But speed alone can’t create kickoff return touchdowns. Both players are patient and intelligent when looking for holes and aggressive in hitting them. “He hits the hole super fast, and that actually makes our job a lot easier,” said OU’s Aaron Franklin, a reserve linebacker and kick-return blocker. “We don’t have to stay on our blocks as long because he’s already by the kickoff team.” In addition to those personal attributes, any successful kickoff returner has 10 teammates in front of him that must be tough, competitive and prideful while doing work that is largely thankless. “The timing of those blocks is essential to the return, the location on the field that those blocks take place,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “Sometimes it has to take place on the 40, sometimes on the 32. And then there’s a set of blocks that can take place on the 15 or 20. It’s just based on whoever we’re playing that week and how they’re defending our kickoff return.” As both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State prepare for top-15 opponents this weekend, special teams could very well prove to be the difference. The Cowboys travel to TCU, which upset the Sooners only two weeks ago and has returned one kickoff for a touchdown this season. Oklahoma hosts Kansas State, a team that has become known for its special teams acumen throughout the Bill Snyder era. “We put a lot of emphasis on special teams,” said OU safety Ahmad Thomas. “Every unit has to be great to be a great team.”
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
After taking a surprising second-quarter lead, the SaberCats surrendered 31 unanswered points to No. 1-ranked Tulsa Union in a 51-21 loss on Thursday night at Moore Stadium.
High school football: Southmoore gives No. 1-ranked Tulsa Union a scare before losing
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Oct 9, 2014MOORE — For a second consecutive week, Southmoore put a scare into one of the top teams in Class 6A-I before faltering in the second half. After taking a surprising second-quarter lead, the SaberCats surrendered 31 unanswered points to No. 1-ranked Tulsa Union in a 51-21 loss on Thursday night at Moore Stadium. “Our kids accepted the challenge that we faced these last two weeks,” said Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark, whose team lost at No. 2-ranked Owasso 13-9 last week. “We came out swinging tonight and had the No. 1 team on the ropes after the first half. Last week, we had Owasso on the ropes and just couldn’t put them away. But I’m really proud of the way our kids have battled.” Southmoore (1-5, 1-2 in District 6A-I-2) took a 21-20 lead with 9:22 left in the second quarter on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Casey Thompson to Darrian Moss. Tulsa Union (5-1, 3-0) answered three minutes later with a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mason Farquhar, one of his four on the night, as it took a 27-21 lead into halftime. The second half was all Tulsa Union as it outscored the SaberCats 24-0 over the final two quarters behind some defensive adjustments and a rushing attack that piled up 406 yards on the ground. “We had some young (linebackers) that were seeing the zone-read and counter (running) plays for the first time, and Southmoore runs those well,” said Tulsa Union coach Kirk Fridrich. “And their speed on offense kind of cut some of our angles off, so we made some adjustments with our guys and you started to see that paying off a little bit in second quarter and especially the second half.” Running back Tyler Adkins led all rushers with 175 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Farquhar added 104 yards on 10 carries to go along with his four scores, and found receiver Robert Thomas on a seven-yard touchdown pass for the final score of the game. “Obviously when your defense is having to make those adjustments like that you want to be able to take control of the game offensively and I thought we did that,” said Fridrich, whose team will host Owasso next Thursday in a showdown of the top teams in 6A-I. “Our offensive line did a really nice job, and Tyler did a good job with second effort and running hard.” Thompson — a freshman who is the younger brother of former Oklahoma and current Utah quarterback Kendal Thompson — put together arguably the best performance of his young career with 175 passing yards, 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns. “Casey is a great football player, a great athlete and he studies the game because he wants to continually get better,” Stark said. “As he’s improved, so has our offense. He’s young, like a lot our offense, but the more reps they all see the more we are improving.” With its two toughest district tests out of the way, Southmoore will now shift its focus to a pivotal game at Mustang next Thursday. “Our kids could’ve folded up and quit on the season with the start we’ve had, but they keep working and improving,” Stark said. “We’ve got four games left and we need to win them all. They are all winnable and they are all losable, but if we continue to improve we like our chances.”
NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a Staten Island football player who died after collapsing at practice say they didn't know he had a heart condition.The New York City medical examiner issued the cause of death Tuesday for 16-year-old Miles Kirkland-Thomas. The autopsy says obesity was a contributing factor in last month's death of the Curtis High School player.His parents tell the Staten Island...
Parents didn't know athlete had heart condition
Associated Press | Oct 8, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a Staten Island football player who died after collapsing at practice say they didn't know he had a heart condition. The New York City medical examiner issued the cause of death Tuesday for 16-year-old Miles Kirkland-Thomas. The autopsy says obesity was a contributing factor in last month's death of the Curtis High School player. His parents tell the Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1rWMFGc ) that routine physicals never caught Miles' heart problem. They say they never would have jeopardized their son's health if they knew he had a pre-existing condition. Still, Miles' father, Jamar Thomas, says the family is not looking to find blame. Miles' devastated loved ones now plan to be tested for genetic disorder that killed him. The heart muscle condition is called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hy-pur-TRAH'-fihk kahr-dee-oh-my-AH'-puh-thee). ___ Information from: Staten Island Advance, http://www.silive.com
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
NEW YORK (AP) — An autopsy has determined that a Staten Island high school football player who collapsed during practice died of a heart condition.The New York City medical examiner issued the findings Tuesday in the death of 16-year-old Miles Kirkland-Thomas.The autopsy says that obesity was a contributing factor in last month's death of the Curtis High School player.The results were issued on...
NYC autopsy: Football player had heart condition
Associated Press | Oct 7, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — An autopsy has determined that a Staten Island high school football player who collapsed during practice died of a heart condition. The New York City medical examiner issued the findings Tuesday in the death of 16-year-old Miles Kirkland-Thomas. The autopsy says that obesity was a contributing factor in last month's death of the Curtis High School player. The results were issued on the same day that the funeral was held for a Long Island high school football player. Tom Cutinella died last week after a collision during a varsity game. Authorities have not revealed the cause of his death. The 16-year-old was a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School.
The Wolves scored 19 points in the second half after Skiatook led 14-3 at halftime.
High school football roundup: Shawnee nips Skiatook with late touchdown
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 3, 2014Cole Humphrey caught an 11-touchdown pass from John Jacobs with 24 seconds left in the game as Shawnee rallied to defeat Skiatook 22-21. The Wolves scored 19 points in the second half after Skiatook led 14-3 at halftime. Shawnee opened the second half with an eight-play, 53-yard drive capped off by Shade Franklin’s 6-yard run. Skiatook answered with a scoring drive of its own but the Wolves narrowed the margin on Jacobs 3-yard run at the end of the third period. Midway through the fourth quarter, Skiatook thwarted a Shawnee drive at the Bulldog 31 when Jacobs was stopped short on fourth down. Skiatook took over with 2:46 remaining, but was forced to punt it away. Working with just 1:12 seconds left, Shawnee worked down the field for the game-winner. SOUTHMOORE BATTLES BUT LOSES AT OWASSO No. 2 Owasso had to come from behind, scoring the game winning touchdown with 5:54 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Rams edged Southmoore, 13-9, Friday night at Owasso Stadium. Southmoore went ahead 6-0 when Gervarrius Owens scooped up a fumble and raced 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, but Owasso answered in the second with an 18-play, 82-yard drive that lasted over six minutes. Southmoore regained the lead, going up 9-7 with 7:38 left in the third quarter, when Chris Nemecek connected on a 42-yard field goal. TULSA UNION HANDLES NORMAN NORTH Top-ranked Tulsa Union rolled to a 56-21 win over Norman North at Union-Tuttle Stadium. Redskins’ quarterback Mason Farquhar threw four TD passes, and running backs Tyler Adkins and Shamari Brooks had long touchdown runs and combined for 283 rushing yards. Norman North lost its third straight and fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in district play. DUKE HAS BIG NIGHT FOR BETHANY Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke accounted for six touchdowns, four on the ground and two through the air, as the Bronchos ran over Bridge Creek 61-14. Duke rushed for 239 yards on 10 carries and scored on runs of 32, 57, 44 and 49 yards. He was 11 of 17 passing for 156 yards. Bethany led 27-14 at half then outscored Bridge Creek 34-0 in the second half. MARTIN, INGRAHAM LEAD HARRAH TO VICTORY Grant Martin rushed for 176 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown run, as Harrah dumped Glenpool 32-7. Harrah quarterback Kostner Ingraham only attempted five passes in the game but completed three, including two for touchdowns. Ingraham had a 72-yard scoring strike to Ryan Gentry in the first quarter and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Frederickson in the third. Ingraham also rushed for one score on a 5-yard run. LLANUSA TOTALS SIX TOUCHDOWNS IN ROUT OF PUTNAM WEST Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa accounted for six touchdowns as the Yellowjackets ripped Putnam West 55-14. Choctaw scored all of its points in the first half. Llanusa tossed four touchdowns passes and ran for two other scores. He was 18 of 24 passing for 228 yards while rushing for 67 yards on 10 carries. Jacob Rapp had 90 yards in receptions, including catching a 42-yard scoring strike from Llanusa. COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SHUTS OUT WAYNE Mikey McClung rushed for 127 yards on 29 carries to lead Community Christian to a 20-0 win over Wayne. McClung scored on a 17 yard touchdown run while J.J. Cortez passed for one score and ran for another. Community Christian’s Zane Campbell led the defensive effort with 16 tackles, including seven solo. BICKERSON, LOHR LEAD CARL ALBERT TO LOPSIDED WIN Braxton Bickerson and Dillon Lohr each scored twice as Carl Albert trampled Guymon 56-6. Bickerson scored on runs of 43 and 1 yards. Lohr had an 8-yard touchdown run and returned a punt 63 yards for another score. The Titans led 42-0 at halftime. DOUGLASS OUTLASTS MEEKER IN SHOOTOUT Domeko Doddles 97-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner as Douglass downed Meeker 50-43. Doddles also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Patrick McKaufman, who tossed three scoring strikes in the game. McKaufman also had touchdown passes of 36 and 45 yards to Anthony Jackson and Qua’seen Sims, respectively. Both teams totaled more than 400 yards of offense in the game. ALEXANDER RUNS GUTHRIE TO VICTORY Senior running back Idae Alexander rushed for 261 yards and scored three touchdowns as Guthrie ripped Piedmont 48-6. Alexander had scoring runs of 19, 1 and 1 yards while quarterback Zane Maltz added two more touchdowns on runs of 9 and 22 yards. Guthrie rushed for 371 yards as a team. QUALLS HAS FIVE TOUCHDOWNS FOR OCS Oklahoma Christian School quarterback Thomas Qualls tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Saints ripped Wellston 49-18. The Saints led 35-0 after the first quarter. Qualls had touchdown passes of 47, 17 and 59 yards in the game. He had scoring runs of 18 and 25 yards. MCGINNIS PROPELS HERITAGE HALL TO WIN Heritage Hall raced to an early lead and romped to an easy 49-27 victory over Blackwell. The Chargers led 42-7 at half as Connor McGinnis rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 177 yards and three scores. He completed 8-of-11 passes. Cole McDaniel caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a score.
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 1, 2014
A five-star prospect from Kimball High in Dallas, Evans is a consensus pick as one of the nation’s premier point guards, rated as the No. 3 point by Scout.com and the No. 24 player overall. Rivals.com pegs Evans as the No. 26 prospect nationally, while ESPN lists him No. 36.
Oklahoma State basketball: Fran Fraschilla says getting PG Jawun Evans 'huge get' for Cowboys
By John Helsley | Oct 1, 2014By lunchtime Wednesday, Jawun Evans changed his Twitter profile to include a picture snapped inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Next season, he plans to be in the photo – on the floor. Evans provided a boost to Oklahoma State’s basketball recruiting class Wednesday morning, committing to the Cowboys and installing a pivotal piece to their plans going forward, both as a player and possibly as a key recruiter. “Blessed to say I’m committed to Oklahoma State,” Evans said on Twitter. A five-star prospect from Kimball High in Dallas, Evans is a consensus pick as one of the nation’s premier point guards, rated as the No. 3 point by Scout.com and the No. 24 player overall. Rivals.com pegs Evans as the No. 26 prospect nationally, while ESPN lists him No. 36. The 6-foot Evans is OSU’s first high school commitment in the 2015 class and the Cowboys’ highest-ranked recruit since Marcus Smart. “In terms of basketball, he’s a floor general, a kid who makes the players around him better,” said Evans’ travel team coach and mentor Lamont Simmons. “That’s his best asset. He’s a pure leader. He’s a winner. And he’s won at every level.” As a junior a year ago, Evans led Kimball to the Texas Class 4A state title, averaging 22.4 points, 8.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game. After whittling a long list of suitors to four schools – OSU, Illinois, Southern Cal and Texas – Evans went with the Cowboys after making his official visit last week, a trip that included watching the football team’s win over Texas Tech. For a program coming off a disappointing 2013-14 season and an aftermath that saw one-time starters Kamari Murphy and Brian Williams transfer out, the commitment from Evans flips the script a bit. “First of all, it’s a huge – huge – get for the Cowboys,” said ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, who lives in Dallas and is familiar with the area’s talent. “They needed some recruiting momentum. They desperately needed a player like Jawun; it recreates some of the recruiting momentum they had with Le’Bryan (Nash), Phil (Forte) and Marcus (Smart). “The simple fact is they needed to do that. The league is getting stronger. It was looking like Oklahoma State was going in the opposite direction and this kind of swings the momentum back to where this young man may lead to one or more quality commitments, because he’s a pure point guard.” As a point guard with a reputation for getting his teammates involved, Evans could now help attract other top prospects to OSU. He has been linked to two other Texas prep standouts: Lancaster, Texas, center Elijah Thomas, and Dallas James Madison shooting guard Admon Gilder, a duo that visited Stillwater together in early September. Thomas and Gilder are four-star prospects who have hinted at playing together in college and who list the Cowboys in their final group of college choices. Among other targets, OSU is also in the final five with Milwaukee five-star center Diamond Stone, Scout.com’s No. 2 center and No. 4 prospect overall. “I wouldn’t be surprised getting Evans didn’t lead to another commitment from someone local soon,” Fraschilla said. “That would be my gut feeling, although I have nothing to base that on. “Jawun’s a really good combination of athleticism, speed, quickness, and yet, he’s like a Maserati that can slow down in city traffic. He’s not going to crash the car when he gets into city traffic. He can play fast. And he gets everyone involved and makes everyone better.” Evans told ESPN that OSU’s system, as well as Travis Ford’s influence, was key in his commitment. “Oklahoma State was the right fit for me,” Evans said. “Coach Ford was a point guard and I feel I can learn under him. I really liked their drills. They are intense and they will get me better… “The style of play at Oklahoma State fits more with the way I already play with my travel team… and that will make the adjustment easier. I like to push the pace and I am great on defense. I will pick up my teammates when they are down. Be a leader.” Evans joins junior college forward Igor Ibaka as the two commitments in the 2015 class. Both are expected to sign with the Cowboy when the early signing period begins November 12.
Western Heights enters the fifth week of the football season looking to improve to 4-1 when it faces Southeast at Star Spencer’s Twidwell Stadium on Thursday night. The Jets, under first-year coach Justin Mayhew, are coming off their first loss, 37-22 to Carl Albert last week, ending a three-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 171-8. Running back Gerard Giles is...
High school notebook: J.P. Lewis, Gerard Giles guiding Western Heights' turnaround
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Sep 29, 2014Western Heights enters the fifth week of the football season looking to improve to 4-1 when it faces Southeast at Star Spencer’s Twidwell Stadium on Thursday night. The Jets, under first-year coach Justin Mayhew, are coming off their first loss, 37-22 to Carl Albert last week, ending a three-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 171-8. Running back Gerard Giles is averaging 15.8 yards per carry, with 665 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just 43 carries. Quarterback J.P. Lewis has completed 77 percent of his passes for 701 yards and 13 touchdowns with just one interception. Rudy Thompson and Kevin Rassett each have five touchdown receptions. This is the Jets’ best start to a season since 2008, when they began 4-0 and went on to an 8-3 mark, losing in the first round of the playoffs. SOUTHWEST CONVENANT’S CLOUD BEATS FATHER FOR FIRST WIN Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud isn’t sure how Christmas will be around his family. Cloud is in his first year as the head coach of the Patriots and he got his first career win last week, beating Corn Bible 32-26. It just came at the expense of beating his father and mentor, Curt Cloud. “It’s one of those, he was obviously was not happy but at the same time he told me right after the game, ‘I’m proud of you,’” Trey Cloud said. “It was kinda bittersweet but not really. It was sweet for me, but bitter for him.” Cloud, 23, played for his father at Wesleyan Christian in Bartlesville. He was the assistant coach at Southwest Covenant last season before being promoted this offseason. Little did he know he would beat his father for win No. 1. “Everybody’s asking me how Thanksgiving is going to be,” Cloud said. “I’m having Thanksgiving with my wife’s family. Christmas may be a different story. He was good about it, but he was obviously frustrated about it at the same time. He’ll probably try to get me back next year.” Cloud said freshman quarterback Sam Webb played well against Corn Bible, playing through a stinger that forced his older brother Jack to move from guard to quarterback briefly. Jack later broke his collarbone while playing linebacker. The Patriots host Fox this week. CLASS A POWERS POUR IT ON It was the week of the blowout for Class A’s top 10 teams. Second-ranked Thomas’ 43-13 win over Hooker had the smallest margin of victory of any of the 10 games, which the ranked teams won by an average of 46.2 points per game. Cashion’s 82-0 win over Crescent was the most lopsided defeat, but five other games were decided by 40 or more. WELLSTON TOPS NORTHEAST FOR SECOND WIN OF SEASON Shane Page’s first season as the Wellston football coach is off to a meaningful start. The Tigers defeated Northeast 21-6 on Friday to improve to 2-2 on the year. While it might not sound monumental, it marks the first time since 2008 that the Tigers have won more than one game in a season. Wellston has not surpassed two victories since 2005. Of course, the schedule gets tougher in District 2A-2, with second-ranked Oklahoma Christian School awaiting this week.
Collected Wisdom: Joey Witcher, Bristow High School athletic director, former OSU and Midwest City football playerSep 27, 2014
Joey Witcher played alongside Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy at Midwest City, and the two were roommates and teammates at OSU.
Collected Wisdom: Joey Witcher, Bristow High School athletic director, former OSU and Midwest City football player
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Sep 27, 2014Joey Witcher played alongside Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy at Midwest City, and the two were roommates and teammates at OSU. As a Cowboy, Witcher played on special teams and in a reserve role at wide receiver. Upon graduation, Gundy went on to pursue a college football coaching career and Witcher did the same at the high school level. Over the course of about 20 years, Witcher made coaching stops at Holdenville, Midwest City, Sallisaw, Cushing, Union and Broken Arrow. Last month, the Witcher family was devastated when Joey’s daughter — Taylor Witcher, 20, an OU student — died in a car accident. Gundy missed one of the Cowboys’ first fall camp practices to attend her funral. Witcher, 46, is now the athletic director at Bristow High School. I started playing sports as a 5-year-old with my two older brothers. Just playing in the backyard or in the neighborhood. We lived in a cul-de-sac and you played with all the neighborhood kids … We’re too old (to play now). Our eligibility has been up for a long time. Midwest City was like Jenks back then, as far as athletics. Back then, ninth graders were at the junior high, we weren’t even part of the high school … My sophomore year, the very first game of the year, I got to suit up, and that was huge, that was a big deal. Then toward the end of my sophomore year, I got to play, I got put on special teams and got to play some receiver. The state championship in ’85 — Midwest City hadn’t won a state championship since 1960, so that was huge. Because we broke the 25-year curse and all that. It was a big deal … Right at the end, Mike (Gundy) throws an interception and they run it for a touchdown. And all of a sudden, we’re down with two minutes left. Midwest City had been notoriously famous for choking in the state finals, I guess for a lack of a better word, and I’m sure the thought in the stands was, ‘Oh boy, here we go again.’ But the thing about it, we never thought that way. Mike got in the huddle and said, ‘OK, let’s go win this thing.’ And we did. Basically, I was either going to go to OSU or OU, depending on where Mike went because we were going to room together. Because I didn’t have a scholarship, I had to walk on. He chose OSU, that’s where I decided to go … Financially, I had enough money to go there basically a year. I was already looking at the possibility of transferring to UCO, because it was closer to home. Then Coach (Pat) Jones called me in the summer and said, ‘We’re going to put you on scholarship.’ It was huge for me and my mom. Probably the best thing I can say about Pat Jones is that he was straight up with you. I appreciated that. He was honest. I was never going to be a great college player. I knew that going into it. The fact that he put me on scholarship my last two years and gave me the opportunity to play special teams and letter was huge for me … The year (Barry) Sanders won the Heisman, I got to play a ton, because the second and third team came in to play a lot. The thing about Barry, he was so genuine. What you see is what he really is. He hated the limelight. He was a team player. He wasn’t about records or about himself. He was one of those humble hall-of-famers … That’s a neat experience I get to tell my kids, that I got to play with Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas. I knew when I was a junior in high school, that (coaching) is what I wanted to do. (Coaches) were such an influence on my life. I thought it would be fun. I wanted to do what they did … I coached for 20 years and I enjoyed all of them. I really enjoy what I’m doing now. My focus now is more coaching coaches … more so than kids. I like watching baseball. I like playing golf, which is what I’m doing right now, and spending time with my family. I’m a huge Yankees fan. My son and I were watching (Derek Jeter’s final home game) … We were flipping back and forth from the OSU game, he kept going, ‘Dad we’re missing the OSU game.’ And I said, ‘Wade, we have to see Jeter’s last game at Yankee’s stadium.’ … (Jeter) is one of those guys, we always talk about him, to be in New York and do what he does with all the negativity that’s going on in pro sports, to be who he is — is awesome. Even if you’re not a Yankee fan, you’re a Derek Jeter fan. For not having played in five years, I think Daxx Garman is doing a great job. I think Mike has done a great job of building the program to where it is; in the top-25 every year, going to a bowl game every year. When we were roommates in college, he talked about being the coach at OSU at one time and things that he would do if he were ever the coach there. And he’s done them. So that’s kind of neat to see all that come to fruition. They’re young, but I think Glenn Spencer is doing a great job with the defense. They’re fun to watch. There’s a couple kids there from Broken Arrow that I coached that are playing, so it’s fun to watch them. Zac Veatch is starting at right guard and I coached him … That’s kind of cool. We text, but (Gundy) is so busy. I went up there in the preseason to watch practice and to see him, spend some time with him … Our schedules don’t allow us to spend a whole lot of time together. (On Gundy skipping practice to attend his daughter’s funeral.) I think that in itself says a lot about who he is and our friendship. That wraps it up in a nutshell. He’s got his priorities in the right spot.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
Sep 20, 2014
Jones scored with less than a minute left in the game as the Longhorns defeated Class 2A’s second-ranked Hennessey, 21-17, a week after the Eagles had knocked off Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher.
High school football roundup: Jones rallies to defeat Hennessey
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Sep 20, 2014Jones scored with less than a minute left in the game as the Longhorns defeated Class 2A’s second-ranked Hennessey, 21-17, a week after the Eagles had knocked off Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher. A 2-yard scoring pass from Brandon George to Sean Shaw on a quick slant was the game-winner for Jones. The Longhorns’ Ty Hughes forced four Hennessey fumbles in the game, including one late in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning touchdown. George tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score for Jones. SAINTS STRIKE EARLY TO DOWN LINCOLN CHRISTIAN Oklahoma Christian quarterback Thomas Qualls tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as the Saints routed Lincoln Christian 38-8. Qualls connected with Connor Sikes for a 62-yard touchdown for the Saints’ first points. Luke Frankfurt added an 8-yard scoring run and caught 41-yard touchdown pass from Qualls for the Saints’ next two scores. Qualls added a 43-yard touchdown run to give the Saints a 28-0 halftime lead then had a 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter. OWASSO BREAKS 23-GAME LOSING STREAK TO JENKS Class 6A’s No. 6-ranked Owasso beat No. 2 Jenks for the first time since 1993, knocking off the Trojans 7-6. The victory snapped the Rams' 23-game losing streak to Jenks. The Trojans, who lost for the second straight week, missed a potential winning field goal with less than three minutes left in the game. FAST START PROPELS MCGUINNESS TO WIN McGuinness scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to defeat Weatherford 21-7. The Irish’s first score came on a 15-yard touchdown run by Zac Segell who had 15 carries for 71 yards and two receptions for 51 yards. McGuinness scored again on a 29-yard touchdown pass by Jacob Mullins to Rubell Goe. Braden Roy returned an interception 25 yards for a score for the Irish’s final score of the opening period and the game. Issaac Fuller had 145 yards rushing on 29 carries for Weatherford, including a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. MINCO ROLLS OVER RUSH SPRINGS Junior receiver Tyler Rose returned the opening kickoff of the game 92 yards for a touchdown as Minco blitzed Rush Springs, 42-8, to remain unbeaten. Rose also caught touchdown passes of 46 and 58 yards from quarterback Hunter Jones and had 137 yards receiving on four catches. Jones was 14 of 17 through the air for 226 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Asher Baade had two touchdown receptions, and Dayon Johnson returned an interception 96 yards for another score for the Bulldogs. BLUEJAYS EDGE SAND SPRINGS BEHIND MALTZ Zane Maltz scored three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Guthrie past Sand Springs 23-20. Maltz had scoring runs of 4, 4, and 7 yards for the Bluejays. Nataneal Luevano kicked a 35-yard field goal for Guthrie. ROCKETS BLANK SANTA FE SOUTH Mount St. Mary quarterback Matt Peace threw two touchdown passes, including a 93-yard scoring strike to Jimmy Turner, as the Rockets shut out Santa Fe South 28-0. Peace passed for 160 yards and rushed for 90 in the game, including a 40-yard touchdown run. Turner also had 59-yard touchdown run. MEEKER BLASTS TECUMSEH IN GAME THAT ENDS EARLY Levi Bagwell scored three touchdowns and kicked a 28-yard field goal as Meeker defeated Tecumseh 43-6. Bagwell caught three touchdown passes from Meeker quarterback Jake Standlee on receptions of 7, 78 and 35 yards. The game was called with 2:39 remaining in the fourth quarter after a fight led to three players from Meeker and four from Tecumseh being ejected. JETS ROMP TO EASY WIN OVER EL RENO Western Heights' J.P. Lewis completed just eight passes, but five were for touchdowns as the Jets dominated El Reno 59-6. Lewis was 8 of 14 through the air for 230 yards in the game. Rudy Thompson had three receptions for 139 yards and two scores for the Jets. Western Height’s Jarod Giles carried the ball 11 times for 167 yards and one touchdown. CASADY’S WALLACE HAS BIG NIGHT Senior quarterback T'Quan Wallace passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns as Casady ripped previously unbeaten Trinity Valley 45-7. Wallace also ran for two scores and didn’t play in the fourth quarter. Denver Johnson caught two touchdown passes and Colin Morris had four catches for 171 yards and a score. Casady’s defense held Trinity Valley to minus-3 yards rushing. CANTRELL LEADS ROLAND PAST OKMULGEE Austin Cantrell, a verbal commit to the University of Arkansas, scored four touchdowns and rushed for 137 yards on 11 carries as Roland pounded Okmulgee 34-8. Cantrell had scoring runs of 42, 1, 1 and 73 for the Rangers. He also caught two passes for 42 yards.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee believes the painful aftermath of its first defeat can lead to brighter moments later in the season.Volunteers coach Butch Jones said he made a point after last week's 34-10 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma to see how each of his players was reacting to it. This was one instance in which he appreciated all the looks of disappointment."I wanted to see the look in their...
Young Tennessee team showing signs of growth
STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Sep 19, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee believes the painful aftermath of its first defeat can lead to brighter moments later in the season. Volunteers coach Butch Jones said he made a point after last week's 34-10 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma to see how each of his players was reacting to it. This was one instance in which he appreciated all the looks of disappointment. "I wanted to see the look in their eyes," Jones said. "I wanted to see if there was pain. I wanted to see if they hurt. And this football team hurt. That's a direct correlation to their investment." That represents a major step forward for a team attempting to end a string of four straight losing seasons. The Vols hope the hard lessons learned against Oklahoma can help them as they enter Southeastern Conference competition. "You can see a big change in our locker room," sophomore cornerback Cam Sutton said. "The mentality that we have, we're just a very hungry team. We want it all. Losses hurt. (For) last year's team losses hurt, and a few minutes after the game or so you'd (be) down, and the next thing you'd know, they're laughing and 'hurrah-ing' like we won. This year you can see a big difference." The Vols will attempt to show how much they've grown up in their next game Sept. 27 at No. 13 Georgia, where they'll attempt to avenge one of their toughest losses from last season. Tennessee fell 34-31 to Georgia last year after giving up a game-tying touchdown with five seconds left in regulation and having an overtime touchdown overturned via replay. Three games into the season, it's already apparent this year's Tennessee team is much different from last year's version. The Vols are tougher on defense, particularly on third down. Tennessee has allowed opponents to convert just 10 of 43 third-down situations. The Vols are tied for third among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in third-down conversion percentage defense. But they're weaker in other areas. Tennessee has allowed the most sacks of any SEC team and is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Tennessee ranks last in the SEC in punting average. The most obvious difference is that the Vols are much younger. Tennessee already has given starts to seven different true freshmen (defensive end Derek Barnett, tight end Daniel Helm, safety Todd Kelly Jr., kicker Aaron Medley, offensive guard Jashon Robertson, offensive tackle Coleman Thomas and tight end Ethan Wolf). "I think there were times I looked out there (against Oklahoma) and the whole right side of our offense was true freshmen," Jones said. "Jashon, Coleman Thomas, Daniel Helm, (wide receiver) Josh Malone and (running back) Jalen Hurd. It is what it is. We have to be careful that we don't put so much stress and expectations on these 17- and 18-year-olds. They're still freshmen." Many of those freshmen came from winning high school programs and aren't accustomed to losing. That's one reason why Jones wanted to discover how the Vols would respond after the Oklahoma game. He found a team upset about the loss but confident about the future. "We were hurting after the game," sophomore linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin said. "Everyone felt like we let them off the hook. We feel we should have come out with the win, but no one got down. We came to work at the beginning of this week, so we'll keep grinding."
From hybrid running back Byron Marshall, to track champion Devon Allen and former point guard Johnathan Loyd, Oregon's got a varied cast of targets for the quarterback.Marcus Mariota has thrown for 806 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season for the No. 2 Ducks. He's had just 21 incompletions.The early Heisman front-runner has spread his attention around, hitting 13 different teammates...
No. 2 Oregon looks to eclectic receiver corps
ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2014From hybrid running back Byron Marshall, to track champion Devon Allen and former point guard Johnathan Loyd, Oregon's got a varied cast of targets for the quarterback. Marcus Mariota has thrown for 806 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season for the No. 2 Ducks. He's had just 21 incompletions. The early Heisman front-runner has spread his attention around, hitting 13 different teammates with passes, including six different Ducks for touchdowns. Five have collected at least 100 yards in receptions through the first three games of the season. Normally known for a dynamic ground game, Oregon is ranked 18th among FBS programs with an average of 330.3 yards passing per game. "They're very dynamic, they're explosive, we just gotta continue to find ways to get those guys the ball," Mariota said. The Ducks travel to Washington State on Saturday where they'll see the nation's top-ranked passing attack. The Air Raid Cougars are averaging an eye-popping 517 yards a game. There were questions about Oregon's receivers going into this season following the graduation of Josh Huff and an injury to Bralon Addison, the team's top performers last season. Perhaps Marshall has emerged as the biggest surprise. The junior running back leads the Ducks with 12 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns — already passing his total receiving yards from last season. As part of Oregon's so-called "Three-headed Monster" backfield with Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman, he's been spending more time in the slot. Marshall also tops his fellow Ducks with 369 all-purpose yards, while ranking second in rushing yards with 179. "I always could catch, I've always had good hands, I've just never really been a receiver before until now," Marshall said last week before the Ducks defeated Wyoming 48-14 on Saturday to move to 3-0. Loyd scored his first career touchdown against the Cowboys, grabbing a 5-yard scoring pass from Mariota in the third quarter. "I can't even describe it," he said. "Once I realized where I was on the field emotions just took over and I started screaming. It felt good." After four years as a point guard on Oregon's basketball team, Loyd took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows a player a fifth year of eligibility — in a different sport. Since the spring, he has impressed Oregon's coaches with his attitude in practice. "It was great for Johnny to score there. Just like on the hoops court, you can see his smiling face every day at practice, and it's great to see that result in a touchdown for him," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said following the game. Loyd hadn't played football since high school in Las Vegas. The touchdown quieted critics who thought the move was just a stunt. "I've hit a good amount of shots, a good amount of and-one's, but this is my first touchdown in five years," he said. "This is a whole different type of feeling." Allen also pulled down a 16-yard scoring pass from Mariota late in the second quarter against Wyoming. Allen was hurt in camp as a freshman last year so he redshirted, but that didn't preclude him from grabbing attention on the Ducks' track team. In June, he won the NCAA championship in the 110-meter hurdles with a meet-record time of 13.16 seconds. He became the first freshman to win the national title in the event in 38 years. With the football team, Allen has caught seven passes for 157 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns. He had a pair of TDs in Oregon's 46-27 victory over Michigan State in the second game of the season. Other players who have caught TD passes for the Ducks this season include senior starter Keanon Lowe, the leader of the group, as well as Pharaoh Brown and Dwayne Stanford. "In this offense, we never know who is going to be the guy to have a good week," Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost said. "We're going to take what the defenses give us and we feel like we got a lot of guys that can make a play when they get a chance."
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 14, 2014
DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense."I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to...
Broncos fend off Chiefs 24-17 with goal-line stand
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 14, 2014DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense. "I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to Dwayne Bowe with 15 seconds left. He was engaged with center Rodney Hudson when he reached up and felt the football smack into his right arm, then skitter harmlessly into the end zone. "I'd rather it my arm than theirs," said Knighton. So, what would it take for Peyton Manning to have Knighton line up with him as a not-so-secret offensive weapon, like J.J. Watt did in Oakland on Sunday? "Might have to send two guys out of the game to put Terrance in there," Manning deadpanned. "Believe it or not, I have thrown some passes to him in practice and he does have good hands. I will vouch for that. High school receiver, he says." The Broncos (2-0) didn't think it would come down to another goal line stand, but Aqib Talib's interception return for a TD earlier in the drive was negated when Quanterus Smith jumped offside. Then, Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was changed to an incomplete pass after a review. "We had two takeaways taken away," Broncos coach John Fox said. "There are going to be things we'll look at that we need to improve on. But we'll take every 'W' we get." The Chiefs (0-2), without All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles for much of the game, converted 11 of 16 third-down opportunities overall. They just couldn't capitalize in the biggest moments as the Broncos mustered two goal-line stands for the second straight week. Manning was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, but spent most of the game on the sideline. The Broncos had the ball for less than 10 minutes in the second half. "It's part of football," Manning said. "I've been in games like that where you get excited on third-and-long, start warming up, ready to get out there. The defense out there, they were maybe bending a little, but not breaking." Smith was 26 of 42 for 255 yards, and Knile Davis ran 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City. Charles left with an ankle injury in the first half, as did safety Eric Berry. Without Wes Welker for the second straight game and facing a defense that lost Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and tackle Mike DeVito last week, Manning targeted his tight ends again. He found Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme for 4-yard TDs in the first half. Manning also threw a 12-yarder to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos (2-0) head to Seattle (1-1) next week not exactly with a head of steam. They'll face the Seahawks, who handed them a Super Bowl shellacking and then talked trash about them in the offseason. The Broncos have their issues on third downs, but they certainly have come up big on the goal line. Smith led the Chiefs on a 19-play drive that ate up 10 minutes coming out of halftime. They came up empty after getting to the Denver 4 on the strength of five third-down conversions. "I guess that answered the question if we're out of shape," Knighton said. An offensive holding call and linebacker Brandon Marshall's sack dropped the Chiefs back to the 19. Cairo Santos, who beat out veteran Ryan Succop in camp, was wide right on a 37-yard field goal attempt. "We've got to punch it in, bottom line," said Bowe, who caught three passes for 40 yards in his return from a one-game suspension. The Chiefs got it right the next time, converting three third downs on a 14-play drive that covered 90 yards. Davis trotted in from 4 yards, pulling Kansas City to 21-17 with 7:11 left. Santos, however, failed to kick a touchback and Bubba Caldwell returned it 54 yards, setting up Brandon McManus' 20-yard field goal with 3:27 left. Coach Andy Reid said he doesn't regret cutting Succop and keeping Santos: "Our guy's got to kick better right now but I don't ever look back on those things." Kansas City was trying to get Charles more involved after giving him just seven carries against Tennessee in the opener. But he left after running just twice for 4 yards and catching one pass for 8 yards. Reid blamed himself for poor play calls in the red zone, but Smith said Charles' absence was sorely felt close to the goal line. "Everything is magnified down there," Smith said. "It hurts to have him out." Notes: Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos with eight catches for 108 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career. ... Demaryius Thomas had an 80-yard TD catch negated when right tackle Chris Clark was whistled for being downfield. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas high school football player is in critical condition after collapsing during a football game.The Kansas City Star reports that Olathe East High School senior James McGinnis was rushed into surgery Friday night at Overland Park Regional Medical Center with bleeding around his brain.His father, Patrick McGinnis, said doctors were removing a piece of his...
Olathe East player rushed to hospital
Associated Press | Sep 13, 2014OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas high school football player is in critical condition after collapsing during a football game. The Kansas City Star reports that Olathe East High School senior James McGinnis was rushed into surgery Friday night at Overland Park Regional Medical Center with bleeding around his brain. His father, Patrick McGinnis, said doctors were removing a piece of his son's skull to relieve pressure. A hospital spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Saturday that James McGinnis remains in critical condition. Olathe East assistant coach Mike Thomas says the 165-pound linebacker and slotback had made a tackle a few plays before collapsing. Olathe East head coach Jeff Meyers also said that James McGinnis had suffered one concussion during his sophomore season, but had not had any other related medical issues.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teenager was killed while trying to protect his mother from her estranged boyfriend, and the woman was abducted and later found dead in Ohio during a multistate police search, a sheriff said Friday.The suspect, Terry Froman, 41, of Brookport, Illinois, was taken into custody in the Cincinnati area and faced murder and kidnapping charges back in Kentucky, said...
Teen found dead in home, mother abducted, killed
BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | Sep 12, 2014LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teenager was killed while trying to protect his mother from her estranged boyfriend, and the woman was abducted and later found dead in Ohio during a multistate police search, a sheriff said Friday. The suspect, Terry Froman, 41, of Brookport, Illinois, was taken into custody in the Cincinnati area and faced murder and kidnapping charges back in Kentucky, said Dewayne Redmon, the Graves County sheriff in western Kentucky. Froman suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said. Froman's vehicle was stopped along Interstate 75 by Ohio authorities, who found 34-year-old Kim Thomas dead inside, the sheriff said. Earlier Friday, authorities found the body of her 17-year-old son, Michael E. Mohney, in the living room of his mother's home in Mayfield, Kentucky, while checking on Thomas after she failed to report to work, Redmon said. There were signs of a struggle, he said. "What we believe, apparently the son intervened and tried to protect his mother, and it cost him his life," the sheriff said. The teenager suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and an autopsy was scheduled, said Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain. Mohney attended Mayfield High School. Students formed prayer circles after learning of the tragedy, and grief counselors and youth ministers were brought to the school, said school district spokeswoman Kim Hamby. Students formed prayer circles after learning of the tragedy, and school counselors and youth ministers were available to help students deal with their grief, said school district spokeswoman Kim Hamby. "He's as good as good gets," said Don Hubbard, the high school's principal. Senior football players and cheerleaders decided to go ahead and play the school's football game Friday night, Hamby said. Afterward, a candlelight vigil was planned at Mohney's parking spot at the school. Kentucky authorities started tracking Froman when video showed a bloodied woman trying to flee from a vehicle at a convenience store in Paducah in western Kentucky, Redmon said. A man caught her, put her back in the vehicle and fled, he said. The vehicle, a white 2004 GMC Yokon, matched the description of Froman's vehicle, authorities said. Investigators also learned that Thomas was Froman's ex-girlfriend and suspected she might have been the woman in the video at the convenience store. Authorities received another call that Froman was covered in blood when he went to his mother's house in Paducah, authorities said. That prompted the multistate police search that included the vehicle's license plate and descriptions of the man and woman inside, Redmon said. Ohio authorities spotted the vehicle Friday afternoon and stopped it in the Middletown-Monroe area north of Cincinnati. Investigators were trying to determine where Thomas was killed, Redmon said. Redmon said investigators also were trying to determine a possible motive. The sheriff said he didn't know how long Thomas and Froman had dated and when their relationship ended. There was no sign of forced entry into the house, he said.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas can't quite put his finger on his butterfingers."First time ever," Denver's star receiver replied when asked when was the last time he dropped three passes in a game as he did in the Broncos' opener.Not at West Laurens High School in Montrose, Ga., where he won a state basketball championship as a senior after earning a college football scholarship.Not...
Thomas vows to bounce back from big drops
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 12, 2014ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas can't quite put his finger on his butterfingers. "First time ever," Denver's star receiver replied when asked when was the last time he dropped three passes in a game as he did in the Broncos' opener. Not at West Laurens High School in Montrose, Ga., where he won a state basketball championship as a senior after earning a college football scholarship. Not at Georgia Tech, where he was lucky to be targeted three times in a game by the run-oriented Yellow Jackets. Then came the Colts on Sunday night, and Thomas dropped two passes on third downs and another in which he was wide open for a big gain. "It was bothering me after the first one and I guess I let it linger on and bother me the other two," Thomas said. This from the two-time Pro Bowler who even made the erratic Tim Tebow look good back in 2011. "I don't know what it was," Thomas said. "Probably thinking too much." In the first quarter, Thomas was running free with two blockers in front of him when the ball skipped off his hands. He dropped another in the third quarter and one in the fourth, helping the Colts whittle away a 24-point deficit to a single touchdown. Thomas dropped eight of the 142 passes thrown his way last season. He dropped three Sunday night when he was targeted 11 times. "You can't figure it out," Thomas said. "You've got to let that go. Once it's a drop, it's a drop. You've got to go on to the next play." And yet, Thomas didn't do that as one dropped turned into two and then three. The Broncos' coaching staff counted five drops altogether from Peyton Manning's pass catchers in Denver's 31-24 win. "It was a little surprising to see that, especially D.T. having a couple of them, which is very unusual," offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. "I think last year he was probably one of our better guys (dropping only 5.6 percent of passes). He's playing a different spot, has a lot on his plate. Maybe that first one got in his head a little bit." All of his drops came within 4 yards of the line of scrimmage with significant yards after the catch a possibility. "My main thing was trying to get the ball up the field too fast," Thomas said. "So, this week has been mainly watch the ball in before I make the move." Thomas led the league in yards after the catch in 2013. Almost half — 704 — of his 1,430 yards on 92 receptions came with the ball in his hands. "He knows the play really well so he knows he's got a chance for a big play sometimes," Gase said. "And you get ready to take off and especially how explosive he is, he's looking to get that ball in his hands as fast as possible and get north. It's just a little bit of a concentration deal and that's the one thing that he's going to do real well. "The guy can refocus and start over and it's a new week." This was Thomas' sixth sub-50-yard game since 2012. In games following those performances, he's bounced back with an average of six catches for 109 yards with four TDs. According to SportingCharts.com, Thomas has been targeted 403 times in his career and dropped 29 passes, or 7.1 percent. This year that number is a whopping 27.3 percent. "It's over with," Thomas said. "It's gone now. New team, new week. That game right there, we won and that's all that really matters." Notes: Another Broncos player who's coming off a career first is All-Pro RG Louis Vasquez. He's been flagged just seven times in his six-year career but two came Sunday, when he was whistled twice for holding. On one of them, he deliberately held his man to keep Manning from getting pummeled. "I'm not going to let it affect my game," Vasquez said. ... Dan Reeves, Gene Mingo and Rick Upchurch will be inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame on Sunday. ... G Ben Garland (ankle) practiced Friday for the first time this month. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
Tony Mendoza threw three long TD passes as Hennessey, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, beat Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher 32-13.
High school football roundup: Hennessey beats top-ranked Kingfisher
From Staff Reports | Sep 12, 2014Three long touchdown passes by Tony Mendoza helped lead Class 2A No. 3 Hennessey to a 32-13 home victory over Kingfisher, the top-ranked team in 3A. Mendoza had a 37-yard TD pass to Tabor Johns and a 25-yarder to Jose Sanchez as Hennessey took a 25-0 lead after three quarters. Kingfisher scored twice in the fourth to make it 25-13, before Mendoza hit Sanchez on an 80-yard TD. Mendoza finished 12 of 14 for 228 yards. Sanchez had 153 yards on seven catches. Javy Renteria led Hennessey’s defense with 13 tackles and two pass deflections. HARMON PACES CASHION Matt Harmon threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class A No. 5 Cashion to a 40-7 victory over Mooreland. Harmon was 13 of 18, including TD passes of 38 and 11 yards to Josh Hampton. Hampton finished with 102 yards on five catches. Dylan Kordeliski scored twice for Cashion, including a 44-yard fumble return. DAVENPORT COASTS Hunter Reid accounted for five touchdows as Davenport, ranked No. 3 in Class B, defeated Watts 46-0 in a game stopped at halftime due to the mercy rule. Reid threw three TD passes, had a 31-yard touchdown run and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score. CURRY-MALTZ CONNECTION LEADS GUTHRIE Class 5A No. 4 Guthrie improved to 2-0 with a 24-6 victory at Ponca City. L’liott Curry caught touchdown passes of 10 and 21 yards from Zane Maltz, and ran for 114 yards on 11 carries. CHOCTAW BOUNCES PUTNAM CITY Jonah Llanusa ran for three scores and threw for another, leading Choctaw past Putnam City 34-3. Two of Llanusa’s TD throws went to Jacob Rapp, covering 17 and 8 yards. Llanusa also connected with Kurt Yandell on a 49-yarder, and scored on a 6-yard run. Choctaw (2-0) is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A-II. JONES GETS PAST HARRAH A 7-yard run by Brandon George in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner in Jones’ 26-20 victory at Harrah. George also had a 16-yard TD pass to Layton Moore. Tarik Leniger had TD runs of 19 and 16 yards for the Longhorns. Grant Martin led the way for Harrah with touchdown runs of 24, 1 and 60 yards. MCGUINNESS EDGES KELLEY Bishop McGuinness scored two first-half touchdowns and held on for a 16-14 victory at Tulsa Kelley. Jacob Mullins completed 15 of 22 passes for 214 yards including a 31-yard touchdown to Rubell Goe. The other TD for the Irish (1-1) came on an 11-yard run by Zach Segell. Kelley scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Comets (0-2) converted the 2-point coversion after their first TD, but failed on the second after a penalty. PAYTON SHINES FOR PERKINS Jacob Payton ran for 227 yards on just 12 carries and scored four touchdowns as Perkins beat McLoud 42-9. Payton had TD runs of 6, 28, 67 and 5 yards. Zac Bledsoe added two TD passes, one of them a 59-yarder to Thunder Sharp. BIG PLAYS SPARK OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN A 99-yard kickoff return by Kade Van Meter was the first of several big scoring plays that helped Oklahoma Christian beat Class 4A No. 10 Metro Christian, 43-32. OCS, No. 10 in Class 2A, got three touchdowns from quarterback Thomas Qualls — on a 75-yard run, and passes of 29 and 15 yards to Connor Sikes. Callen Crockett added a 49-yard interception return for a score, and Luke Frankfurt had a 75-yard TD. He finished with 113 yards. Van Meter also had two interceptions. Abe Anderson threw three touchdown passes for Metro Christian. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TRIMS ROCKETS Spencer Lindsey threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns as Christian Heritage beat Mount St. Mary, 21-14. Lindsey’s TD passes went to Braden Mikes, one of them a 68-yarder. St. Mary got touchdown runs of 33 yards from Archie Browne and 11 yards from Joe Castiglione Jr. RUN GAME CARRIES MEEKER The running of quarterback Jake Stanlee and fullback Tim Whitfield led Meeker to a 62-46 victory over Chandler. Stanley had 222 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and Whitfield had 204 yards and six TDs on 20 carries.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU defensive back Dwayne Thomas doesn't hesitate to run his mouth on the field.If his early season play is a sign of things to come, opposing receivers may tire of the sound of his voice.Thomas has emerged as the 10th-ranked Tigers' second-leading tackler through LSU's opening two games and snagged his first-career interception last Saturday night when he hauled in an...
No. 10 LSU DB Thomas hoping to fulfill promise
BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | Sep 11, 2014BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU defensive back Dwayne Thomas doesn't hesitate to run his mouth on the field. If his early season play is a sign of things to come, opposing receivers may tire of the sound of his voice. Thomas has emerged as the 10th-ranked Tigers' second-leading tackler through LSU's opening two games and snagged his first-career interception last Saturday night when he hauled in an overthrown flea-flicker against Sam Houston State. The 2012 recruit from one of New Orleans' powerhouse high school programs saw the early part of his career derailed by groin injuries, but now is starting to look more like the play-making force in the secondary LSU thought it was getting all along. "Coming out this season, starting off strong, being out there more and knowing the entire defense, I just feel comfortable, getting back to my normal self and just playing football, having fun out there with the other 10 guys," Thomas said this week. "Knowing the defense makes it easier for me now, now that I can just see everything, do my job and plays are just coming to me now." Thomas still hasn't cracked the starting lineup yet, but he's rotating in regularly at safety, a position LSU moved him to in the spring after he'd began his career primarily at cornerback. The change has caused a spike in production. He had five tackles in LSU's season opener at Wisconsin, and added seven tackles last weekend. His 12 tackles are more than he had all of last season, when he was only getting on the field as the "dime" back in six-defensive back formations. "At safety this past spring it came natural to me to have a knack for the ball in the air, or to come down on the running backs, fill the gaps," Thomas said. "It seems easier to me." Thomas was an All-State player and widely rated as a four-star cornerback recruit coming out of O. Perry Walker High School, which has since merged with nearby L.B. Landry High School in the Algiers section of New Orleans, right across the Mississippi River from downtown. As a freshman at LSU, he was eager to learn from former Heisman Trophy candidate and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Although Mathieu wound up leaving the Tigers just before that season because of failed drug tests, Thomas practiced with him enough to learn some lessons that he takes on the field now. "Play fast, play smart, learn your plays and be a ball hawk and an animal out there on the field," Thomas said in summarizing Mathieu's advice. "Talk trash if you want to. Talk trash if you have to. If that's going to bring up your game, be out there making noise. Talk to your opponents, let them know you're here." Because of connections both through high school and LSU, Thomas has become acquainted with a number of NFL players from whom he's constantly seeking to learn. He has spent parts of his offseason working out with New York Giants defensive back Corey Webster, a former LSU star who often returns to Baton Rouge. From White, Thomas said he learned to take his post-workout recovery more seriously, so he would feel ready to work even harder the next day. His relationships with New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis and Miami Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace goes back to when he was a ball boy at O. Perry Walker for former coach Frank Wilson, who is now the running backs coach at LSU. Lewis and Wallace were Walker teammates then. They've since paid periodic visits to their old high school program, working with younger players. Among them was Thomas, who tried covering Wallace on a post route before heading off to his first fall camp at LSU. It was a humbling experience. "He accelerated away from me," Thomas recalled. Still, Lewis saw a lot of potential in Thomas, and still does. "I'm very proud of him, just to watch him come from the park to Walker to where he is now," Lewis said this week after a Saints practice in New Orleans. "That's a guy who works extremely hard. His skills are amazing. ... He'll be on this (NFL) level and I'm just waiting on him with open arms."
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 9, 2014
From ballyhooed quarterback recruit to the Belldozer to starting quarterback to tight end, Bell has had a unique career arc.
Oklahoma football: The long and winding road of Blake Bell
By Jason Kersey | Sep 9, 2014NORMAN — Blake Bell is hardly the first Oklahoma football player to change positions during his collegiate career. He’s not the first quarterback to do so, either. The senior’s touchdown catch last weekend at Tulsa was his first score on a reception, but his 37th overall touchdown. With that grab, he became one of only a handful of OU players to ever throw, run and catch a touchdown during his career. But consider all the different hats Bell has worn throughout his career. He was a ballyhooed quarterback prospect. He was the Belldozer. He was Landry Jones’ backup and heir apparent. Bell was the starting quarterback for eight games last season, leading the Sooners to their first victory over Notre Dame since the Eisenhower administration. He’s a two-time Bedlam hero. Last weekend, he became the first OU tight end in more than two years to catch a touchdown. Through it all, Bell has remained a fan favorite, and when it’s all said and done, he might have completed the most unique career arc in OU’s storied football history. “I mean, how many different things has he done?” said OU football historian Mike Brooks. “He’s been the third-down back as the Belldozer. He was a five-star quarterback prospect. He’s been a tight end. He’s just such an unusual athlete.” Bell joined the Sooners out of Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan., and when he signed, many OU fans thought they’d landed the next great Oklahoma quarterback. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2010, and midway through the 2011 season, with OU struggling in short-yardage situations, became a cult hero by scoring touchdowns and picking up first downs from the “Belldozer” formation. He rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma’s Insight Bowl victory over Iowa to end that season, earning him the game’s offensive most valuable player honors. Before the next season began, coach Bob Stoops named Bell as Jones’ backup. He continued his Belldozer role that year, scoring 11 touchdowns — four of which came in a 63-21 rout of archrival Texas — and plowing into the end zone for the tying score to force overtime in an eventual 51-48 Bedlam victory. A redshirt freshman named Trevor Knight spoiled Bell’s plans to become the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2013, but after Knight struggled and was injured in the second game of the season, Bell took over. He threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start against Tulsa, setting the program record in both categories for a quarterback in his starting debut. Two weeks later, he was spectacular in a 35-21 win at Notre Dame — the Sooners’ first win over the Fighting Irish since 1956, and only the second in the series. Bell started six more games before Knight took back over, playing well in some contests and poor in others, most notably in embarrassing losses to Texas and Baylor. Bell was the third option at quarterback last December at Oklahoma State, but entered the game and led a remarkable last-minute touchdown drive to stun the No. 6 Cowboys on their home field. After Knight’s Sugar Bowl MVP performance against two-time defending national champion Alabama, Bell’s future as Oklahoma’s quarterback was clear. Many expected him to transfer, considering he had graduated from OU and would have immediate eligibility elsewhere, but instead, he chose to stay and change positions. Coaches and teammates insisted he was adapting well to his new position, and he’s proved it with two solid performances to begin his senior season. He caught no passes in the season opener, but blocked well. With his touchdown reception against Tulsa, he became the 21st OU football player to throw for, rush for and catch a touchdown during his career. That list also includes Heisman Trophy winner Billy Vessels and All-Americans like Tommy McDonald, Clendon Thomas and Joe Washington. In all likelihood, Bell won’t win any national awards and probably won’t be an All-American. But what he has accomplished gives him a special, unique place in OU lore. “Blake is special,” Stoops said. “I’m elated that it’s working out as well as it is. “It does speak to his talent, his skill and his overall attitude and how positive he is.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — What was billed as the return of football to the Tulane campus turned into a successful homecoming for Georgia Tech's Tony Zenon Saturday.Zenon and Tim Byerly each rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 38-21 victory over the Green Wave in the first game at Yulman Stadium.Zenon, a fifth-year senior running back who had 45 family members in attendance, was...
Zenon, Byerly power G. Tech past Tulane 38-21
LENNY VANGILDER, Associated Press | Sep 6, 2014NEW ORLEANS (AP) — What was billed as the return of football to the Tulane campus turned into a successful homecoming for Georgia Tech's Tony Zenon Saturday. Zenon and Tim Byerly each rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 38-21 victory over the Green Wave in the first game at Yulman Stadium. Zenon, a fifth-year senior running back who had 45 family members in attendance, was an eighth-grade student at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. While his immediate family relocated to Albany, Georgia, dozens of Zenon's relatives returned to the city. "When I scored, I waved (to my family)," said Zenon. "It was great (to return home). A lot of people hadn't seen me play." In addition to doubling his career touchdown total, Zenon finished with career highs in rushes (eight) and rushing yards (62). Zenon had a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter — the first of 24 consecutive points by the Yellow Jackets — and a 2-yard scoring run in the third quarter. Byerly, the Yellow Jackets' short-yardage quarterback, had 1-yard touchdown runs in the first and fourth quarters. The other Georgia Tech touchdown came on a 10-yard interception return by linebacker Quayshawn Nealy in the second quarter. Georgia Tech (2-0) rushed for 342 yards and converted on 10 of 12 third downs, while the Yellow Jacket defense held Tulane scoreless in the second half. "I think we probably improved in some areas," said Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, "but I told them, this is not the standard. The defense, he added, "bent a little, but they didn't give up any points." Miscues by Tulane (0-2) set up four of Tech's five touchdowns — three interceptions by Tulane redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee and a blocked punt in the fourth quarter. "We have some young players here," said Tulane coach Curtis Johnson. "We made some mental mistakes and did some little things wrong ... that we have to clean up." A sellout crowd of 30,000 was on hand for the first on-campus home game for Tulane since 1974, a year before the Superdome opened. The Tulane fans had plenty to cheer early. On the first play from scrimmage, Tulane linebacker Eric Thomas sacked Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas and forced a fumble, which defensive end Royce LaFrance scooped and return to the 8-yard line. Three plays later, Lee found Justyn Shackleford for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Green Wave a 7-0 lead with just 88 seconds elapsed. Tech responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, using all of the ground elements of its triple-option attack. Byerly came in for the first time on third-and-goal and covered the final yard to tie the game at 7-7. The Green Wave regained the lead on the next possession with a 75-yard drive of its own, capped by a 24-yard end around by freshman wide receiver Teddy Veal. The Jackets got even again when Nealy stepped in front of a Lee pass and returned it for a touchdown to make it 14-14 with 11:10 left in the second quarter. "I didn't see the throw because the tackle was so big," Nealy said. "All I saw was the tip of the ball and I broke on it." Lee and the Green Wave offense answered quickly with a deep slant to Xavier Rush, who outran the Georgia Tech secondary for a 61-yard touchdown to give Tulane a 21-14 lead with 9:38 left in the half. Georgia Tech's second interception of Lee — by Demond Smith — set up another tying touchdown. Zenon raced around left end for a 19-yard score with 2:51 left in the half to make it a 21-21 game. Tech took its first lead of the day, 24-21, on a 46-yard field goal by Harrison Butker as time expired in the half, moments after a failed fourth-down try by Tulane. "We were going to try to block the punt," Paul Johnson said, "then they sent the offense back out. That (field goal) really helped us gain momentum." Tulane got the ball to start the third quarter, but Lee's third interception — this time by Lawrence Austin — set up a 76-yard, 12-play drive by the Jackets that took 6:42 off the clock, capped by Zenon's second score. A blocked punt by Matt Connors and a 46-yard return by Kyle Travis set up the Jackets at the Tulane 1. Three plays later, Byerly scored for the second time to give Tech its final score.
Defending state champion Kingfisher blasted Woodward 38-0 behind a smothering defense and strong running game Friday night. Junior running back Nick Smith rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns for the top-ranked Yellowjackets. Smith also kicked a 53-yard field goal. Kingfisher’s defense limited Woodward to three first downs and 67 yards of total offense as linebacker...
High school football roundup: Defending champion Kingfisher blanks Woodward
Compiled by Ed Godfrey, from staff reports | Sep 5, 2014Defending state champion Kingfisher blasted Woodward 38-0 behind a smothering defense and strong running game Friday night. Junior running back Nick Smith rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns for the top-ranked Yellowjackets. Smith also kicked a 53-yard field goal. Kingfisher’s defense limited Woodward to three first downs and 67 yards of total offense as linebacker Trey Weoman recorded a team-high 11 tackles. The Yellowjackets’ defense also intercepted three passes, including a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Kolton Mueggenborg, who also had eight tackles. Defensive backs Wendell Prim and Trey Borelli also had interceptions as Woodward completed just one pass. Kingfisher’s first score of the game was on a 67-yard pass to Jace Sternberger from quarterback Docker Haub. Giles has big night for Western Heights Running back Gerald Giles rushed for 303 yards on just 12 carries as Western Heights belted U.S. Grant, 54-2. Giles scored three touchdowns, including two 80-yard runs as the Jets led 29-0 after the first quarter. Quarterback J.T. Lewis was 7 of 10 passing for 165 yards and four touchdowns for Western Heights. Duke leads Bethany to victory Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke accounted for four touchdowns and 294 yards of total offense to lead the Bronchos to a 32-26 victory over Marlow. Duke was 19 of 30 through the air for 211 yards with no interceptions and a touchdown. On the ground, Duke ran for three more scores, rushing for 83 yards on 20 carries. Guthrie rolls over Duncan Guthrie compiled 409 yards in total offense, including 323 on the ground, as the Bluejays pounded Duncan 47-6 at Jelsma Stadium. Senior running back Idae Alexander scored three touchdowns while rushing for 197 yards on 25 carries. Alexander added his fourth touchdown and the final score of the game on a 95-yard kickoff return. Cashion trounces Yale behind Liebman’s four TDs Cashion running back Blakely Liebman scored four touchdowns as the fifth-ranked Wildcats rolled to a season-opening 50-14 victory over Yale. Liebman scored on runs of 15, 1 and 1 yards and also returned a punt 61 yards for a score. Payton Maroney returned a kick 90 yards for a touchdown for the Wildcats. Cashion quarterback Matt Harman was 17 of 19 passing for 201 yards in the game. The Wildcats led 44-0 at halftime. Lindsey to LittleJim deady connection for Christian Heritage Quarterback Spencer Lindsey tossed three touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Christian Heritage to a 35-7 victory over Santa Fe South. Gabe LittleJim caught two TD passes and had 83 of Christian Heritage's 202 total passing yards on the night. Joseph Lemieux added two rushing touchdowns as Christian Heritage held Santa Fe South scoreless for the first three quarters. Standlee, Bagwell lead Meeker past Prague Jake Standlee returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Meeker downed Prague, 35-22. Wide receiver Levi Bagwell caught four passes for 91 yards and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score for Meeker. Bagwell and Standless combined for 299 all-purpose yards. Fourth quarter surge carries Hennessey past Elgin Abraham Ortega had 220 yards of total offense, including 125 receiving, as Hennessey defeated Elgin, 30-7. Ortega made an impact on both sides of the ball, recording five tackles and a sack while playing defensive end. He scored twice, one on a 4-yard run and the other on an 80-yard reception from Tony Mendoza, who also added a 10-yard touchdown run for Hennessey. The Eagles broke open a close game with a 17-point fourth quarter. OCS shuts out Ringling Senior running back Luke Frankfurt rushed for 131 yards on 12 carries to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 29-0 victory over Ringling in a battle of ranked teams. Frankfurt scored on a 33-yard run while Connor Sykes added a 3-yard scoring run for the Saints. Corbin Mez caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Qualls. Ringling is ranked No. 2 in Class A while Oklahoma Christian is No. 10 in Class 2A. Seminole nips Harrah behind Harvey’s five touchdowns Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Chieftains edged Harrah, 34-32. The senior quarterback carried the ball 19 times for 111 yards and tossed touchdown passes of 46 yards to Max Guest and 23 yards to Dake Reese. Reese also gained 127 yards on 19 carries for Seminole, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. Sheppard’s two TDs carries Little Axe Little Axe's Jacob Sheppard had touchdown runs of 27 and 25 yards as the Indians defeated Lexington, 22-15. Sheppard rushed for 133 yards on 17 carries and had two receptions for 37 yards. CORRECTION: Two Christian Heritage football players' names -- Spencer Lindsey and Joseph Lemieux -- were spelled incorrectly in Saturday's editions. Lindsey threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Christian Heritage to a 35-7 victory over Santa Fe South, while Lemieux added two rushing touchdowns. (This story has been corrected.)
Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shootingSep 4, 2014
TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World.
Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shooting
Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 4, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/38/2014/09/afd8d0229850a4d51f490f5d24a70775.jpg]3378238[/img] TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World. Willison said Thomas had sent him text messages seeking marijuana and Xanax, then arranged a meeting at a mutual friend’s home. When Willison arrived, Thomas was alone inside sitting on a couch, Willison testified. Willison said he went back outside to grab something from his car and was surrounded by a group of about 15 people. Some of those alleged suspects took $1,000 cash, recently purchased apparel in shopping bags, a 9 mm gun and the shoes Willison was wearing, he testified. As Willison drove away, he said he heard yelling from the group followed by two-to-three gunshots, as well as a bullet “zip past” his right ear. Following Willison’s testimony, two of the five defense attorney’s present cross-examined Willison and questioned how he could identify the suspects. “I know these people, so of course I can pick them out,” Willison said. Thomas, 19, and two others were charged by Tulsa County prosecutors in June with armed robbery, shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary. A preliminary hearing for Thomas and five others accused in the case will be continued in two weeks, a Tulsa County judge ruled Wednesday. An OSU spokesman confirmed Thomas is not enrolled in classes. When football coach Mike Gundy was asked about the possibility of Thomas playing this season, pending the legal process of this case, Gundy said, “he’s not on our team, he’s not on our roster, he’s not on scholarship.” Thomas was a four-star recruit out of Broken Arrow and was among the top-rated recruits in the Cowboys’ 2014 class. ESPN ranked Thomas as the No. 15 running back in the country. Thomas finished his high school career with 3,796 rushing yards. – Follow Kyle Fredrickson on Twitter: @kylefredrickson
Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shootingSep 4, 2014
TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World. […]
Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 4, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/09/afd8d0229850a4d51f490f5d24a70775.jpg]3378273[/img] TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World. Willison said Thomas had sent him text messages seeking marijuana and Xanax, then arranged a meeting at a mutual friend’s home. When Willison arrived, Thomas was alone inside sitting on a couch, Willison testified. Willison said he went back outside to grab something from his car and was surrounded by a group of about 15 people. Some of those alleged suspects took $1,000 cash, recently purchased apparel in shopping bags, a 9 mm gun and the shoes Willison was wearing, he testified. As Willison drove away, he said he heard yelling from the group followed by two-to-three gunshots, as well as a bullet “zip past” his right ear. Following Willison’s testimony, two of the five defense attorney’s present cross-examined Willison and questioned how he could identify the suspects. “I know these people, so of course I can pick them out,” Willison said. Thomas, 19, and two others were charged by Tulsa County prosecutors in June with armed robbery, shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary. A preliminary hearing for Thomas and five others accused in the case will be continued in two weeks, a Tulsa County judge ruled Wednesday. An OSU spokesman confirmed Thomas is not enrolled in classes. When football coach Mike Gundy was asked about the possibility of Thomas playing this season, pending the legal process of this case, Gundy said, “he’s not on our team, he’s not on our roster, he’s not on scholarship.” Thomas was a four-star recruit out of Broken Arrow and was among the top-rated commits in the Cowboys’ 2014 class. ESPN ranked him as the No. 15 running back in the country. Thomas finished his high school career with 3,796 rushing yards. — Follow Kyle Fredrickson on Twitter: @kylefredrickson