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Nov 26, 2015
Thanksgiving became official in 1863, by the signed declaration of a certain Abraham Lincoln. Football joined the American landscape in 1869, when Princeton played Rutgers. Two great American institutions teamed up less than two weeks after Princeton-Rutgers. On Nov. 17, 1869, the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph reported: “A foot-ball match between twenty-two players of the Young America...
NFL predictions: A Thanksgiving football primer
Berry Tramel | Nov 26, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3952047[/img] Thanksgiving became official in 1863, by the signed declaration of a certain Abraham Lincoln. Football joined the American landscape in 1869, when Princeton played Rutgers. Two great American institutions teamed up less than two weeks after Princeton-Rutgers. On Nov. 17, 1869, the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph reported: “A foot-ball match between twenty-two players of the Young America Cricket Club and the Germantown Cricket Club will take place on Thanksgiving Day at 12 1/2 o'clock, on the grounds of the Germantown Club.” American football soon adopted the tradition. Yale and Princeton started a Thanksgiving series in 1876. Some high schools in Massachusetts have been playing Thanksgiving games since the 1800s. Pro football is no different. Buffalo and Rochester played the championship of the New York Pro Football League on Thanksgiving 1919. The forerunner of the NFL formed in 1920 and soon joined the party. Here are a few NFL Thanksgiving nuggets to nibble on: * The Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears played on Thanksgiving from 1922-33. What a cool idea. Teams from the same city meeting. That way, everyone gets to celebrate Thanksgiving at home. * The NFL schedule was messed up in 1939 and 1940 when president Franklin Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving to a week earlier, to boost retail sales. Some states resisted, and nobody knew when the heck Thanksgiving was. The Steelers and the Eagles played on Thanksgiving in ’39 and ’40, since they were in the same state and could get a little organized. * No Thanksgiving games were held 1941-44, because of World War II and a shortened season. * After the war, the Lions became the traditional Thanksgiving host. Detroit has staged a Thanksgiving game every year since 1945. * The Packers played at Detroit on Thanksgiving for 13 straight years, 1951-63. * Upstart leagues always tried out Thanksgiving. The All-American Football Conference played multiple games on Thanksgiving 1946-49, and the AFL played on Thanksgiving all 10 years of its existence. * The first pro football game played in Dallas on Thanksgiving was not hosted by the Cowboys. The Dallas Texans, who became the Kansas City Chiefs, lost to the New York Titans (Jets) 41-35 on Nov. 24, 1960. * The Dallas Cowboys began hosting annually in 1966, and the Cowboys did it reluctantly. Most NFL teams weren’t interested. * The Cowboys and Lions turned Thanksgiving into a runaway NFL tradition. But Dallas has not hosted every year since. In 1975 and 1977, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted Thanksgiving games. The Cowboys didn’t play on Thanksgiving those years. * The latest NFL television contract allows the Cowboys or Lions to be switched to the Thanksgiving night game on NBC, but so far, it hasn’t happened. * The Philadelphia Eagles are 6-0 all-time on Thanksgiving. Philly plays at Detroit on Thanksgiving. * The Cowboys are 29-17-1 on Thanksgiving. The Lions are 35-38-2. * The Jaguars never have played on Thanksgiving. Neither have the current Cleveland Browns, a 1999 expansion team. But the original Browns, who now are the Ravens, played on Thanksgiving. * The Panthers never have played on Thanksgiving, but that ends today. * The Chargers haven’t played on Thanksgiving since 1969, the last year of the AFL. Let’s get to the predictions: Eagles at Lions: Philadelphia 24-17. Bummer. No Sam Bradford. Slingin’ Sammy B’s shoulder, not the concussion, will keep him out. So the Eagles will start Mark Sanchez, who was a Thanksgiving hero last year in Arlington. Panthers at Cowboys: Carolina 27-20. The Greg Hardy Bowl. Doesn’t that put you in the Thanksgiving spirit? Dallas remains in the playoff race at 3-7, but the Panthers are unbeaten. Bears at Packers: Green Bay 27-19. Sign me up for Packers-Bears any day, and I’ll enjoy it on Thanksgiving night, but geez, who thinks a Green Bay night game in late November is a good idea? Rams at Bengals: Cincinnati 26-13. The Bengals impressed me in Arizona. Which is only fitting, since they laid such a dud game against Houston. Giants at Redskins: Washington 20-19. The 4-6 ‘Skins are playing for the NFC East lead. Is this a great country or what? Bad team, bad ownership, bad attitude. And yet, success still attainable. Vikings at Falcons: Atlanta 26-16. At some point, we’ve got to stop believing in the Falcons. But the NFC is so shallow, Atlanta figures to be a wild-card team. Minnesota, too. Saints at Texans: Houston 18-17. Brian Hoyer is back in the saddle for the Texans. Not that that’s a signal for Houston to rejoice. Buccaneers at Colts: Indianapolis 23-20. Jameis Winston is the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL. Matt Hasselbeck is the oldest. Both used to be recipes for getting beat. But Winston is 5-5, and Hasselbeck is 3-0 (Andrew Luck is 1-5). Strange league. Raiders at Titans: Tennessee 28-20. Has Oakland gone back to being the Raiders? I’ll guess yes. Bills at Chiefs: Kansas City 19-10. Buffalo has a bad combination. Great defense. Bad offense. And penalties galore. You can win some with the first two. Add the infractions, and it’s no chance. Dolphins at Jetropolitans: Miami 24-19. I’ll buy into New York’s demise. Chargers at Jaguars: Jacksonville 30-20. Do you ever picture these two franchises in the same league, much less playing? They’ve met now five times in the last six years, but they seem like ghost teams. You hear about them but never see them. Cardinals at 49ers: Arizona 31-10. If I picked a Super Bowl matchup right, it would be New England-Arizona. Steelers at Seahawks: Seattle 23-19. No one is excited about playing the 5-5 Seahawks. Patriots at Broncos: New England 20-10. Sorry, but I’ll catch up to the Brock Osweiler Bandwagon later. Maybe in the next lifetime. Ravens at Browns: Cleveland 23-16. Ugh. Has to be one of the worst Monday Night Football games ever. All the Raven stars are out, including Joe Flacco. And no Johnny Manziel to watch, although he’ll give the crew plenty to talk about. Last week: 8-6. Season: 97-63.
Friday Night Lights: How OU strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s daughter, Aubrey, became Washington’s best kickerNov 26, 2015
Jerry Schmidt likes to remind people that Aubrey is his daughter — a competitor. That’s why he was openly excited when she approached him with the idea of joining the Washington High School football team as the placekicker a few weeks into the season.
Friday Night Lights: How OU strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s daughter, Aubrey, became Washington’s best kicker
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 26, 2015WASHINGTON — Aubrey Schmidt needed to find a way to pass the time. Kicking did that. Schmidt first started kicking into practice nets to help entertain her younger brother Sam during Oklahoma football workouts as a child while their father Jerry was working. “She'd go down there just to get him to shut up,” said Schmidt, OU's longtime strength and conditioning coach. A dedicated soccer player and runner, Aubrey was a natural. Yet nobody saw her ability translating to the football field, even her father. Jerry likes to remind people, though, that Aubrey is his daughter — a competitor. That's why he was openly excited when she approached him with the idea of joining the Washington High School football team as the placekicker a few weeks into the season. “That would be awesome,” he told her. A day later, Washington coach Brad Beller picked up the phone and called Schmidt to make sure everything was squared away with his blessing. “If you need her, she's there,” Jerry said. Aubrey has since solidified the Warriors' kicking game and become an inspiration for the small community southwest of Norman in a deep playoff run that continues with the Class 2A state quarterfinals in Prague at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Schmidt, a sophomore, has made 105 of 111 extra-point kicks and is 1 for 1 with a 27-yard field goal since joining the team in Week 4. “We don't even think about it,” Beller said. “We're going for one and we're going to let her kick the extra point. Since
Nov 25, 2015
Sophomore running back Samaje Perine has quickly worked his way up Oklahoma’s career rushing lists, and is positioning himself to make a run at becoming one of the greatest backs in school history.
OU football: Looking at the Sooners' all-time leading rushers
By Jason Kersey | Nov 25, 2015NORMAN — Sophomore running back Samaje Perine has quickly worked his way up Oklahoma's career rushing lists, and is positioning himself to make a run at becoming one of the greatest backs in school history. Here's a look at OU's all-time leading rushers and where they were after their second seasons of action. BILLY SIMS (1975-79) After two seasons: 89 rushes, 552 yards, six touchdowns Career: 593 rushes, 4,118 yards, 53 touchdowns JOE WASHINGTON (1972-75) After two seasons: 293 rushes, 1,806 yards, 17 touchdowns Career: 675 rushes, 4,071 yards, 39 touchdowns ADRIAN PETERSON (2004-06) After two seasons: 560 rushes, 3,029 yards, 29 touchdowns Career: 748 rushes, 4,041 yards, 41 touchdowns QUENTIN GRIFFIN (1999-2002) After two seasons: 244 rushes, 1,108 yards, 20 touchdowns Career: 713 rushes, 3,796 yards, 44 touchdowns SAMAJE PERINE (2014-present) Current: 457 rushes, 2,873 yards, 34 touchdowns Note: Oklahoma's fourth all-time leading rusher, Steve Owens, is not included because when he played in the 1960s, freshmen were not eligible to play varsity football per NCAA rules.
OU football: Zack Sanchez wouldn't be starring for the Sooners without the high school buddy he calls KevNov 25, 2015
Kevin Scott Washington II is the reason Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez wears No. 15.
OU football: Zack Sanchez wouldn't be starring for the Sooners without the high school buddy he calls Kev
By Jenni Carlson Columnist email@example.com | Nov 25, 2015NORMAN — Zack Sanchez will run onto the field Saturday night, sprint the length of the Boone Pickens Stadium turf and kneel down. When he does, the hubbub of a Bedlam for the ages and a chance to make the College Football Playoff will disappear. He will trace three letters on the field in front of him. KSW. "It's time to go," the Oklahoma cornerback will say, then lean down and kiss the initials. Kevin Scott Washington II is the reason for the ritual. The reason Sanchez wears No. 15, too. On a day of gratitude, Sanchez has plenty to be thankful for. He is healthy again after an ankle injury sidelined him for three games. He is playing some of the best football of his career, intercepting five passes in his past three full games and becoming the first Sooner in more than a decade to have two games with multiple interceptions in a season. He is the anchor for a secondary that looks ready for a huge test against Oklahoma State's talented receivers. But Sanchez swears he wouldn't be where he is now if not for the high school buddy he calls Kev. "He's always right there," Sanchez said. "He'll say, 'Don't worry about it. You know what you're capable of.' "I can always feel him right there with me." Kev was killed weeks after high school graduation. "I'm just trying to repay him," Sanchez said. *** Zack Sanchez was already a big-time player and a sought-after recruit at Keller Central in Fort Worth when he met Kevin Washington. Kev had lived in North Carolina with his dad, but his mom convinced him to move to Texas where she lived for his senior year. Joining the football team was among his first priorities. Even though Kev had a stout build and broad shoulders perfect for playing fullback, he was quiet and reserved. A teddy bear. A gentle giant. A total opposite from Sanchez, who admittedly was loud and boisterous and rowdy. But the two connected quickly. Kev was such a fun, easy-going guy that everyone loved him and felt like he was their friend. But in his small circle of tight friends were only a few guys. Sanchez was among them. Kev was telling Sanchez that he had to make the most of his opportunities to play college football and be a Sooner. "You gotta be the one that makes it for us," Kev would say. The day after they graduated from Keller Central, Sanchez moved to Norman. Not long after, Kev moved back to North Carolina. A bunch of the guys didn't want him to leave Texas, but he wanted to be near his dad again and planned to start classes in the fall at UNC-Charlotte. Then on the morning of July 15, Sanchez got a call from a friend in Fort Worth. "It was a Sunday," he said. "I'll never forget it." The friend said Kev had been shot. There'd been a party at a house that had gotten out of hand. There's been a fight that led to gunfire. Kev was dead. Sanchez spent the next two weeks going to class, going to workouts, then locking himself in his room. The tough times continued when Sanchez learned he was going to redshirt. Sitting out was agony, and there were several times where he was close to leaving, to transferring from OU or quitting football all together. But those were the moments when Sanchez first felt Kev's presence. "There was always that little voice," he said, "telling me to stick it out." Kev had always been a cheerleader for Sanchez. He would calm him down and build him up. He would tell him to clear his head, then make a decision. And even though Sanchez only knew Kev for a year, those lessons remained. They direct him. Or more succinctly, Kev directs him. Sanchez believes Kev is the reason he's still a Sooner, the reason he's been able to develop into one of the best cornerbacks in the country, the reason he's become not only the player but also the person who he is today. "He was a blessing for me," Sanchez said. A blessing he doesn't take for granted. *** Zack Sanchez wore No. 26 during his redshirt season, but he has never played a game as a Sooner in anything other than No. 15. He didn't just change numbers for Kev. He changed for Kev's mom, too. Sanchez had known Cindy Arnold for as long as he'd known Kev. In the weeks and months after Kev died, Sanchez started texting or calling Arnold regularly. He knew she needed support — "Kev wouldn't want you to cry," Sanchez would say. "We've gotta keep moving" — but in many ways, he needed support from her, too. They would cry together. They would laugh together. They would remember together. Sanchez would tell her about feeling Kev's presence, too. How he might be in the car or in the locker room and how he would hear his voice. Arnold admits she was skeptical at first. "Are people really being for real, or are they saying that because they think you want to hear that?" she said. "From Zack, though, he gets emotional about it." He insists, and she believes. Now, Sanchez and Arnold talk or text almost every day. He thinks of her as a second mom, and she considers him a son, even coming to some games. When Arnold sees No. 15 on the field, she gets emotional. She knows Sanchez wears it not only to honor Kev but also thank her. "I feel like I owe her the world by bringing Kev to Texas," Sanchez said. Arnold said, "My heart's never going to be whole again. But Zack gives me that extra, 'OK, you can do this and keep moving on.' " At the end of many games over the past few years, Sanchez has dropped to his knees and traced Kev's initials on the field again. He wishes that wasn't the way he had to celebrate with his buddy. Why could someone loved so much be the person who was gone too soon? "I don't understand it," Sanchez said, "but the older I get, the more I am starting to realize why God introduced him into my life." Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
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Associated Press | Nov 25, 2015Here is the list of enterprise stories in Texas for the week of Nov. 23. If you have questions, please call South Central Editor Maud Beelman at 972-991-2100 or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-836-9477. FOR IMMEDIATE USE: GOP 2016-CRUZ SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Ted Cruz is among the most hated men in Washington, reviled by leaders of both parties as an ideological hard-liner loyal only to the far-right of the conservative movement. But racing down an Iowa highway on a snowy weekend morning, a solemn Cruz suggested some of his Republican rivals for president have amped up their rhetoric too much — especially on policy toward people who are in the U.S. illegally. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 950 words, photos on Monday. CUBA-MIGRANTS PENAS BLANCAS, Costa Rica — Some 45,000 Cubans are expected to move by bus, boat, taxi and on foot from Ecuador and other South and Central American countries to the Texas and California borders this year, afraid that the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba will mean an imminent end to special immigration privileges that date to the opening of the Cold War. With thousands more taking rafts across the Florida Straits, 2015 may witness the biggest outflow of Cubans since the 1980 Mariel boatlift that hauled 125,000 people across the Florida Straits. By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 1680 words, photos, video on Monday. TEXAS-GIANT SALVINIA DALLAS — An invasive plant that can clog boat motors, block sunlight from lakes and affect aquatic life has turned up in another East Texas waterway, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department announced Tuesday. Confirmation of giant salvinia at Lake Fork Reservoir, 60 miles east of Dallas, has prompted an aggressive effort to remove and kill the fast-growing plants, TPWD spokesman Larry Hodge said. Chemicals are being used on giant salvinia, a floating fern that's native to Brazil and reproduces by budding. The leaves are about the size of a quarter, sometimes larger, the agency said. By Diana Heidgerd. SENT: 330 words, photos on Tuesday. BORDER CROSSINGS SAN ANTONIO — Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. Also, in the figures released Tuesday, the number of family members crossing together nearly tripled from October 2014 — from 2,162 to 6,029. By Seth Robbins. SENT: 640 words, photos on Wednesday. UPCOMING: VETERANS PARADE COLLISION-LAWSUIT LUBBOCK, Texas — Intensive care nurse Angie Boivin had just tended to a woman whose leg was severed near the hip when she saw her husband Larry lying nearby under an American flag blanket. She says that she was with him when he took his last breath. She and 42 other survivors and family members sued Union Pacific Railroad Co. for negligence, saying the railroad knew 10 months before the collision of a defect in the track detection circuitry, which delayed the activation of warning lights, bells and a crossing gate. The problem caused by that defect was further compounded, they allege, by a reduced crossing warning time set by the railroad in violation of a state agreement. Shortly before trial was to begin in January, 26 of the survivors and families of victims settled for an undisclosed amount with Union Pacific, the nation's largest railroad with $5 billion in profits last year. A judge dismissed the remaining case in February, and three widows appealed to the 11th Court of Appeals in Texas. Union Pacific must file a response by Dec. 21. By Betsy Blaney. Moving Thursday for Friday. FISHING CONTROVERSY-ACCESS RIGHTS DALLAS — A novel claim that a fleet of commercial boats on the Texas coast has exclusive rights to thousands of acres of seabed — and the lucrative oysters found there — has spawned a flurry of high-stakes lawsuits and has state officials saying the move undermines their efforts to protect wildlife. Some fear the move could lead to a handful of commercial operators holding rights to depleted fisheries, freezing out smaller competitors. The fight could be fierce, in light of how the oyster market alone yielded 4 million pounds and $19.2 million in sales last year. By David Warren. Moving Saturday for Sunday. MEMBER EXCHANGE: For Sunday: EXCHANGE-LAST RACES LA MARQUE, Texas — Echoes of barking greyhounds reverberated then died in the nearly empty stadium. A woman sprawled on her back across a front-row bench at Gulf Greyhound Park, the last site of full-time dog racing in Texas. The gates opened, and the pack burst forward. There was more bustle inside the building, which has seating on all four floors. But visitors were limited to the ground level. The other floors are closed. It was a sunny, late autumn afternoon in the waning days of dog racing. In August, the La Marque track announced live racing would cease at the end of the year. By Charcour Koop, Galveston County Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25: 1400 words, photos. EXCHANGE-LONG MARCH DALLAS — It had been four months since they were home. Four months living with nothing more than 20-pound packs on their shoulders. Four months spent sleeping most nights on the ground in a tent, sometimes under a starry, clear sky. Four months eating pre-packaged food: Little Debbie honey buns, an assortment of chocolate candy bars and pasta. From the end of June through October, brothers Conor and Mason Puckett of Lake Highlands hiked the more than 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. It took them southbound from the northern border of Washington state to the southern end of California. By Nanette Light, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25: 1000 words, photos. For Monday: EXCHANGE-AMAZING GRACE Marshall High School cheerleader Grace Hargrove loves football, animals, "Frozen" and getting her nails painted — but not in that order. And the graduating senior also loves her fellow cheerleaders who have helped her master the skill of cheering for her Marshall Mavericks. "Some of (the cheerleaders) make me laugh. They're silly," Grace, 18, told the Marshall News-Messenger (http://bit.ly/1I9CzgZ). "I like stretching and I love (junior varsity) football games." Grace, a special education student who was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy and across-the-board developmental delays as a toddler, loves cheering on her team every week and keeping up with football statistics, mom Holly Hargrove said. By Bridget Ortigo, Marshall News-Messenger. SENT IN ADVANCE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25: 950 words, photos. EXCHANGE-BUILDING SUPERMOUSE AUSTIN, Texas — A group of University of Texas researchers think they could unlock new treatments for alcohol abuse with a novel experiment: creating a "supermouse" that cannot get drunk. The difficulty treating the often-debilitating symptoms of alcohol abuse stems partly from an incomplete understanding of the biology behind drunkenness, according to the research team. A supermouse, they hope, could reveal information that could improve treatment for alcoholism. SENT IN ADVANCE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25: 940 words, photos.
Nov 24, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA linebackers Kenny Young and Jayon Brown have different perspectives on the rivalry game against Southern California.Young, who grew up in New Orleans, was only aware of the Trojans' successes under Pete Carroll until the Bruins started recruiting him as a high school junior.Brown attended local football factory Long Beach Poly, the site of so many fierce recruiting...
No. 22 UCLA begins ramping up for USC rivalry showdown
By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press | Nov 24, 2015LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA linebackers Kenny Young and Jayon Brown have different perspectives on the rivalry game against Southern California. Young, who grew up in New Orleans, was only aware of the Trojans' successes under Pete Carroll until the Bruins started recruiting him as a high school junior. Brown attended local football factory Long Beach Poly, the site of so many fierce recruiting battles between UCLA and USC. Brown played with USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and cornerback Iman Marshall, but there but won't be talking to either one this week. While their understanding of the rivalry may differ, Young and Brown will be at the crux of No. 22 UCLA's push for a fourth straight win over USC. With it would come not only another year in possession of the Victory Bell, but a place in the Pac-12 title game against No. 13 Stanford. "I know it's a week like no other," Young said. "There is going to be a lot of intensity, a lot of hype, a lot of emotions going on this week because we are competing for the next phase after this win." To reach that next phase against the Cardinal, the UCLA rush defense will have to deliver its best performance against USC. After being gutted early in conference play following injuries to defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes and linebacker Myles Jack, Brown saw signs of progress in the 17-9 win at Utah. The Utes rushed for 197 yards on 49 carries, with backup running back Joe Williams accounting for 121 yards in place of injured star Devontae Booker. However, UCLA was able to tighten up and hold Utah without a touchdown for the first time since 2013. "We're a lot better, a lot better," Brown said. "We struggled a little bit in the first half and got it together in the second half." Thanks to Oregon State's offensive ineptitude and Washington State's insistence on passing on almost every play, UCLA now ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in yards allowed per rush. However, five conference opponents have matched or exceeded their rushing average against UCLA, which does not bode well headed into the Coliseum. USC has reinvented itself as a power running team under interim coach Clay Helton, averaging 40 carries for 165.8 yards in the six games since replacing Steve Sarkisian. Justin Davis had a career-high 141 yards rushing in the loss at Oregon, and explosive freshman Ronald Jones II can score any time he touches the ball. Helton will want to stick with the run after allowing six sacks to UCLA in each of the last two meetings, staying on schedule to avoid obvious passing situations and giving Smith-Schuster opportunities off play-action. Smith-Schuster's violent stiff-arm of Utah corner Dominique Hatfield became a viral sensation earlier this season, matching Brown's recollections from high school that the sensational sophomore won't talk trash unless provoked, even in a rivalry game. "From my experience with JuJu, he doesn't talk initially," Brown said. "If you talk first, he'll say something back. He just plays the game. He is a really good player." Brown will be playing for bragging rights around town, an aspect of the rivalry Young did not appreciate until he arrived on campus. "The whole vibe is different. Everybody is excited. Professors are excited, students are excited. Everybody is so hyped up about the game it just brings that energy to the team that we need to go out with a bang," Young said. Yet Young cautioned the need to keep those emotions in check with a chance to play for the Pac-12 title on the line. Said Young: "Our biggest thing is to stay focused and keep moving forward because we are fingertips away from what we worked so hard for."
Nov 24, 2015
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Peyton Bender was somewhat of an unknown in high school when he traveled from sunny south Florida to chilly eastern Washington to throw the football for Mike Leach.Now Bender may get the chance at his first college start on Friday when No. 20 Washington State (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) faces rival Washington (5-6, 3-5) in the Apple Cup.Bender has been forced into action in each of...
Bender may get 1st start for No. 20 Cougars in Apple Cup
By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Nov 24, 2015PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Peyton Bender was somewhat of an unknown in high school when he traveled from sunny south Florida to chilly eastern Washington to throw the football for Mike Leach. Now Bender may get the chance at his first college start on Friday when No. 20 Washington State (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) faces rival Washington (5-6, 3-5) in the Apple Cup. Bender has been forced into action in each of the last two games because starting quarterback Luke Falk was taken off the field. Falk was checked for a concussion against UCLA on Nov. 14 and cleared to return, but he was taken off the field on a backboard last Saturday in the third quarter against Colorado. Leach has vehemently declined to provide an update on Falk's status, but indications are he suffered a concussion against the Buffaloes. The decision on who starts against the Huskies will come "27 seconds" before kickoff, Leach said Monday. Considering how Falk was treated and removed from the stadium after his head slammed onto the cold turf, it's likely Bender will get the nod against the Huskies to try to get Washington State a ninth win. "We play the best when we are going up-tempo, and we want to play fast," Leach said. "We have been pushing for a better tempo in practice and I thought Bender did a good job of that. Peyton is a real heads-up player with a flashy arm and a quick release. The ball really explodes off his hand and is still accurate." While Falk has produced one of the best seasons by a quarterback in Pac-12 history, there isn't that much of a drop off to Bender, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There are a few areas where Bender's skills are superior to Falk's, including arm strength and the speed of his release. Falk's advantage is having more time and experience in Leach's Air Raid offense and running it this season with efficient precision. And therein lies the rub with Bender. He doesn't have close to the same amount of experience as Falk and while his arm strength allows him to fit throws into tight spaces, he's also likely to make a few dangerous attempts. Two weeks ago against UCLA, Bender threw just five passes, but one was a perfect fade route to Dom Williams for a touchdown. Last week against Colorado in more extensive action, Bender was 13 of 22 for 133 yards, one touchdown, one interception and another throw that should have been picked off. Against UCLA "my nerves were going a little bit but I thought that was a great experience for me," Bender said. "I think it benefited me (against Colorado). I kind of knew what to expect and went in there and tried to run the offense the way it's supposed to be run." Bender and Falk were in an open competition for the starting quarterback job through the spring and into the beginning of fall camp. Leach eventually went with Falk because of his experience at the end of last year and because he spent more time in the Cougars' offense. Falk made three starts at the end of his freshman season after an injury to starter Connor Halliday. But Bender showed promise during spring practice and the Cougars have confidence in the freshman if he ends up starting against the Huskies. "Peyton can really control a huddle. He is very composed and never seems too frantic," Williams said. "I have seen him grow a lot throughout this season. He plays like we are at practice and that helps the offense stay composed."
NORMAN—Baker Mayfield is a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to college football's best player who began his career as a walk-on. The award winner will be announced Dec. 7 in Springdale, Ark. The other finalists for the award are Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk. Mayfield has thrown for 3,209 yards, 33 touchdowns and...
OU football: Baker Mayfield a finalist for Burlsworth Trophy
Ryan Aber | Nov 24, 2015NORMAN—Baker Mayfield is a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to college football's best player who began his career as a walk-on. The award winner will be announced Dec. 7 in Springdale, Ark. The other finalists for the award are Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk. Mayfield has thrown for 3,209 yards, 33 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season after walking on for the Sooners before the 2014 season. That was Mayfield's second stint as a walk on. He walked on to Texas Tech out of high school and became the first true freshman walk-on quarterback to start his team's season opener at a Power Five school. Mayfield's decision out of high school might've altered Falk's path as well. Washington State was one of a handful of programs—and the only Power Five school—to offer Mayfield out of high school. But he wanted to remain close to home and play at a Big 12 school.
Nov 23, 2015
Warehime, 56, said his future plans aren’t clear yet. He could remain at Del City solely as athletic director, or take an assistant coaching position with less stringent time requirements.
High school notebook: Nick Warehime steps down as Del City football coach
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 23, 2015A few Del City players thought he was kidding when he said it. Nick Warehime informed his team of his decision to step down as the Eagles' head football coach on Monday morning, but some of the players weren't buying it. “I play tricks on them from time to time,” Warehime said. But his decision was for real. Warehime stepped down after nine seasons as Del City's coach, following stints at John Marshall and Choctaw. Warehime's oldest son, Derek, is a coach at the University of Houston, and his youngest, Jake, is a sophomore offensive lineman at Emporia State, yet his schedule as Del City's coach hasn't allowed him to see many of their games. He also has three grandchildren and hasn't seen them since the summer. Warehime, 56, said his future plans aren't clear yet. He could remain at Del City solely as athletic director, or take an assistant coaching position with less stringent time requirements. In 2007, Warehime took over a Del City team that had gone 1-9 the year before. His teams were .500 or better in six of his nine seasons, mostly as a Class 6A team. Del City made the playoffs the last four years in 5A. This season ended with a 52-47 loss at McGuinness in the first round earlier this month. “I'm not sure what I'll do next,” he said. “I just knew it was time to do this.” LOCUST GROVE-LONE GROVE GAME SET FOR AFTERNOON KICKOFF With 250 miles between the towns, Locust Grove and Lone Grove have agreed to play their Class 3A quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. Friday. The change will allow Locust Grove to travel on Thursday evening, rather than making the trip on the day of the game. Locust Grove is located 50 miles east of Tulsa. Lone Grove is just west of Ardmore in the southern part of the state. All other games this week are scheduled for 7 p.m. or 7:30 Friday. PRAGUE ON LATE-SEASON WIN STREAK UNDER WATFORD Coach Shannon Watford has made a pretty quick turnaround at Prague, and in his second season, the Red Devils have reached the Class 2A quarterfinals with a home game against third-ranked Washington on Friday night. After a 1-3 start, Prague has won seven of its last eight games, including five straight. The Red Devils opened the playoffs with road wins over Hartshorne and Hulbert, and will return to the home field for Friday's game. Prague reached the playoffs last year in Watford's first season, finishing 6-5. Program turnarounds are nothing new to Watford, who built Hennessey into a regular state title contender, winning back-to-back 2A titles in 2010-11. He coached the 2012 season at Purcell, and was an assistant at Del City in 2013 before taking the Prague job.
Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class...
Updated high school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh | Nov 22, 2015Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class 5A Friday at Owasso Collinsville (7-4) vs. Skiatook (12-0), 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Lawton McGuinness (10-2) vs. Altus (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 4A at Jenks Cascia Hall (7-4) vs. Wagoner (12-0), 7 p.m. at Glenpool Oologah (10-2) vs. Poteau (12-0), 7 p.m. Class 3A Hilldale (12-0) at Heritage Hall (12-0) Locust Grove (12-0) at Lone Grove (9-3), 1 p.m. Lincoln Christian (12-0) at Sulphur (9-3), 7 p.m. Jones (12-0) at Roland (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 2A Vian (12-0) at Chisholm (12-0) Adair (11-1) at Davis (9-3), 7 p.m. Kingston (10-1) at Haskell (11-1) Washington (11-1) at Prague (8-4) Class A Hominy (11-1) at Mooreland (12-0), 7 p.m. Rejoice Christian (9-3) at Stratford (12-0) Hollis (12-0) at Cashion (10-2) Ringling (10-0) at Talihina (10-1) Class B at Beggs Dewar (11-1) vs. Davenport (12-0), 7 p.m. at McAlester Weleetka (9-3) vs. Keota (11-0), 7 p.m. Class C at Enid Cherokee (11-0) vs. Coyle (12-0), 7 p.m. at Southwestern Oklahoma State Grandfield (11-0) vs. Shattuck (10-1), 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Down by three at halftime in a Class 2A second-round playoff game against Hennessey, the Washington Warriors turned the game over to their offensive line and their running game. The result was a dominant second half, as the Warriors (11-1) scored on three straight possessions and shut down Eagles running back Tabor Johns on their way to a 35-17 win. The Warriors will travel to...
High school football: Washington uses big second half to down Hennessey in Class 2A playoffs
By Richard Stroud For The Oklahoman | Nov 20, 2015WASHINGTON — Down by three at halftime in a Class 2A second-round playoff game against Hennessey, the Washington Warriors turned the game over to their offensive line and their running game. The result was a dominant second half, as the Warriors (11-1) scored on three straight possessions and shut down Eagles running back Tabor Johns on their way to a 35-17 win. The Warriors will travel to Prague next week for a quarterfinal matchup with the Red Devils. “Our offensive line is 100 percent the reason we won the game,” Washington head coach Brad Beller said. “They came in at halftime and said put it on us, and if we don't do it, then it's on us. Those offensive linemen really did a great job in the second half.” The Warriors got 156 yards and four touchdowns from fullback Jarod Andrews, while Tyler Suever ran for 111 of his 114 yards in the second half. Washington threw just two passes in the final two quarters, both incomplete. “Really, there were not a ton of adjustments,” Beller said. “What we did was we fixed our technique.” The Warriors were also able to handle Hennessey running back Tabor Johns, who came in with over 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. Johns ran for 107 yards on 23 carries in the first half, but was held to 21 yards in the second half. “I really think we made him bounce it and go to the outside,” Beller said. “And that's really something that's not his game. It was a great team effort. Our safeties got a lot more involved in the run game (in the second half).” The Eagles (7-5) ran off 15 plays and covered 77 yards on their first drive of the game, with freshman quarterback Zane Hugeboom scoring on a fourth down quarterback sneak to make it 7-0. Andrews answered with scoring runs of 5 and 64 yards before Hugeboom found Dayton Wymore with a 12-yard scoring pass to tie the game midway through the second quarter. A 34-yard field goal late in the half gave Hennessey the lead going into the locker room. But after sputtering on their first two drives of the second half, the Warriors got rolling. Andrews scored from 23 yards out to make it 21-17 with 4:23 left in the third, and Stuever followed with a 4-yard run late in the quarter to make it 28-17. Stuever ran the ball 13 straight times on the Warriors' next possession, which took over six minutes off the fourth quarter clock before Andrews scored from six yards out for the final margin. The win was the ninth in a row for Washington, which finished with 295 yards on the ground.
Nov 20, 2015
NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob...
OU football: The chip on Baker Mayfield's shoulder has more than a tint of crimson
By Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 20, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob Stoops assistant coach. The Mayfields watched pregame warmup, checking out quarterbacks Landry Jones, Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel, a high school opponent of Mayfield who won the Heisman in 2012. Then Wright took the Mayfields into the Switzer Center. They met offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and long-time lieutenant Cale Gundy, both former OU quarterback stars. The coaches had heard of Baker Mayfield. What they met was a 5-foot-11, 185-pound kid. And the air went out of the room. “I could tell,” James Mayfield said. They were unimpressed. “Josh towered over him. Cale's no giant, but he was taller. We never heard from them again.” It's another Saturday at Owen Field, with Baker Mayfield in the house and quarterback talent galore on both sides of OU-TCU, only this time he's not the dreaming kid gawking at the college stars present and future. He's the star. He's the Heisman Trophy contender. He's the new Johnny Manziel. But Mayfield remembers the rejections of schools all over the Southwest. Literally half the Big 12 said no to Baker Mayfield, either with no scholarship offer or nary an invitation to join the team without financial aid. So with not just a spring in his step but a chip on his shoulder, Mayfield has ran and passed the Sooners into national championship contention. “I feel like I've had a chip on my shoulder,” Mayfield said. “If you guys haven't seen that, then I don't know what you're looking at. I've always played like that, no matter who I'm playing. That's just how I am. If it's something personal, I'm going to have a little bit bigger chip on my shoulder.” It's a chip well-earned. Coming out of Lake Travis, Mayfield's top scholarship offers were from Washington State and Southwest Conference expatriates Houston, SMU and Rice. Mayfield wanted a bigger stage than Texas mid-majors, and his parents didn't want him strolling a campus in Pullman, Wash. TCU had been recruiting Baker Mayfield, but no scholarship offer came. “If they would have just offered me, I would have gone,” Mayfield said this week. “But they didn't. Kind of been the story of my high school career. I was close. I wanted to go there. But it didn't happen.” So James Mayfield began marketing his son. He called his old OU pal, Johnny Barr, who then and now was on Mike Gundy's administrative staff at OSU. “He asked me, ‘how tall is he?'” James Mayfield said of Barr. “He said they were ‘stacked up' at quarterback.” James Mayfield called another former Sooner assistant, Mack Brown, who was coaching the Texas Longhorns. “Mack said he had five quarterbacks on scholarship,” Mayfield said. “I responded that he had five kids that could not play at Lake Travis. Turns out I was correct.” James Mayfield tried Bobby Jack Wright again. Never made connections. “Never talked to him,” Mayfield said. “We got complete rejection. I was just trying to secure a walk-on opportunity. The process was unbelievable, not to mention insulting. Not fun at all to watch your guy go through it.” You know much of the rest of the story. A Washington State assistant, Eric Morris, joined Kliff Kingsbury's staff at Texas Tech. Mayfield was invited to join the Red Raiders, sans scholarship. He famously won the quarterback job in August and played well, though injuries limited him to seven starts. Mayfield didn't like the direction of the December quarterback derby to start the bowl game, he decided to transfer and the school search resumed. And this time, Mayfield wasn't interested in OU. “He was angry with them,” James Mayfield said. “‘Dad, that's your vision. That's not mine.'” But James Mayfield was undeterred. “It was crushing to him that it didn't happen from the initial meeting, but I think that's where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. The Sooners seemed set at quarterback, with Trevor Knight becoming a Sugar Bowl hero literally the week before Baker Mayfield enrolled at OU. But James Mayfield said he encouraged his son to go to Norman and compete for the job. Compete Mayfield has. He was ruled ineligible for 2014 but won the job this August and has been a breakout sensation to rival any in Sooner history. The Heisman, the College Football Playoff, a national championship. Nothing seems out of the reach of Baker Mayfield, who might have grown a little from those days of being a 5-foot-11 reject but hasn't grown much. Except in status. That chip on his shoulder has a heavy tint of crimson. The rejection of Baker Mayfield? It's hard to blame anybody when you can blame everybody. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 19, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Semifinals Edmond Santa Fe 28, Broken Arrow 24 (at Yukon) Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 31 (at Owasso) Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington 21, Sand Springs 17 (at Sapulpa) Bartlesville 42, Bixby 28 (at Owasso Saturday) Class 5A Quarterfinals LAWTON MAC 28, Collinsville 14 SKIATOOK 24, Deer Creek 21 McAlester 22, McGUINNESS 17 Altus 35, COWETA 28 Class 4A Quarterfinals ANADARKO 20, Cascia Hall 14 WAGONER 40, Clinton 31 Oologah 27, WEATHERFORD 24 POTEAU 35, Harrah 34 Class 3A Second Round HERITAGE HALL 42, Plainview 34 HILLDALE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 20 Meeker 42, LONE GROVE 38 LOCUST GROVE 49, Berryhill 35 LINCOLN CHR. 48, Idabel 13 JOHN MARSHALL 28, Sulphur 21 Victory Christian 38, ROLAND 34 JONES 21, Douglass 14 Class 2A Second Round CHISHOLM 28, Lindsay 7 VIAN 30, Colcord 20 DAVIS 40, Millwood 32 ADAIR 44, Stroud 34 Haskell 31, OKEMAH 26 LUTHER 42, Kingston 28 Prague 36, HULBERT 28 WASHINGTON 28, Hennessey 27 Class A Second Round MOORELAND 28, Healdton 8 HOMINY 24, Fairland 21 STRATFORD 45, Hooker 30 Crescent 26, REJOICE CHR. 21 CASHION 42, Ketchum 27 HOLLIS 35, Minco 28 Kiefer 28, TALIHINA 22 RINGLING 21, Thomas 14 Class B Quarterfinals SEILING 42, Dewar 36 DAVENPORT 56, Geary 48 ALEX 34, Weleetka 20 KEOTA 46, Pioneer 34 Class C Quarterfinals CHEROKEE 38, Timberlake 28 COYLE 42, Tipton 36 GRANDFIELD 28, DC-Lamont 26 FOX 48, Shattuck 34 *Home team in CAPS
Scott orchestrated a remarkable comeback in a 70-68 double-overtime win over the OKC Patriots to propel Destiny Christian to its fourth straight Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championship.
High school notebook: Caleb Scott leads Destiny Christian rally for OCSAA title
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Nov 18, 2015Down 26 points early, Destiny Christian quarterback Caleb Scott turned to coach Joe Biddle on the sideline Friday night and assured him everything would be fine. “Coach, don't' worry,” Scott said. “I got this.” Scott orchestrated a remarkable comeback in a 70-68 double-overtime win over the OKC Patriots to propel Destiny Christian to its fourth straight Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championship. “His poise and his leadership speak volumes about the kind of guy he is,” Biddle said. “He just never loses control. I don't how to explain it. He's probably the most poised high school kid I've ever been a part of.” Scott accounted for each touchdown and finished 22 of 36 passing for 338 yards and four TDs. He also rushed for 126 yards and five scores. Destiny Christian (11-0) now has a 31-game winning streak. The OKC Patriots (6-6) led 26-8 at halftime and increased that to 34-8 early in the third. They led by two late in the fourth quarter, but Biddle called the final timeout and designed a defensive play to allow a touchdown in an effort to get the ball back. That came with a huge risk, though. Destiny Christian needed to stop the two-point conversion to keep the game within reach, and Gus Sanchez broke up the pass. Scott orchestrated the final drive in regulation to tie the game — the first time Destiny Christian accomplished that the entire game — with three straight plays within 20 seconds. He scored on a short run and threw a two-point conversion pass to James Fellers. After both teams exchanged touchdowns and two-point conversions in overtime, Destiny Christian took an eight-point lead in the second extra period. Linebacker Timmy Fraley then stopped the tying two-point conversion in the backfield to seal the win. “Coming back from way down ... we came back and won it,” Scott said. “Last year and this year, it's been the best football team that I've ever played on.” HENNESSEY PREPARING FOR TOUGH TEST AT WASHINGTON Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen knew the beginning of the season would be rough. With so many inexperienced players facing a stiff non-district schedule, the Eagles battled through an 0-3 start, and fell off the map among Class 2A title contenders. But Hennessey got rolling in Week 4, then reeled off five straight shutouts to turn the season around. “We were playing with so many new faces, we were just trying to get those kids used to knowing what it takes to be successful,” Luetjen said. “We had a pretty good run there in district play, and really found our confidence in what we can do and what we're good at. So we've been able to take that and run with it now.” Hennessey came into the playoffs on a down note after a 15-7 loss to No. 2 Chisholm but opened the postseason with a 45-34 win over Christian Heritage. Now, the Eagles take a trip to No. 4 Washington in the second round of the playoffs Friday night, providing another test to see how far they've come since that 0-3 start. Running back Tabor Johns has been steady all year, and will be the focal point of the Washington defense on Friday night. “Everybody we play comes in with the mindset to shut him down,” Luetjen said. “Tabor has been playing well all year. It just took us a little while to gel up front with a bunch of new linemen.” MUSKOGEE'S WILSON CHOOSES ARKANSAS With national basketball powerhouse Baylor sitting there as an option, Muskogee guard Aaliyah Wilson chose a different path. Wilson signed her National Letter of Intent with Arkansas on Wednesday, choosing the Razorbacks with the idea of making them a powerhouse. “Not too many people expected me to pick this school, so that really made me want to go there even more so,” Wilson said. “What I really wanted to do was I wanted to go to a school and bring that program up to those schools like Baylor, Tennessee, UConn. Everybody's used to those schools being in there, but nobody thinks about Arkansas and it being there. I really want to lead a team to that level.” Wilson was The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Muskogee to a Class 6A state runner-up finish. She is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 5 at guard, according to ESPN's Hoopgurlz rankings. Wilson at one point held 25 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. She had determined a top five recently and whittled that to three entering the week — Arkansas, Baylor and Kansas. “Coach (Jimmy) Dykes, the guy is so passionate about the game, about the future of the program,” Wilson said. “Anytime we talk about it, you can hear it in his voice. I've never talked to someone that passionate about it. That really caught my attention.”
Nov 18, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton has no plans to stop dancing — even though some critics may think his touchdown celebrations are a bit excessive.The Panthers' fifth-year quarterback said he's having the time of his life during Carolina's 9-0 season and plans to keep enjoying every minute.To Newton, that means showing his excitement after things go well.Newton did "the dab" after a 2-yard...
Newton has no plans to stop TD dances, says "I am who I am'
By STEVE REED, Associated Press | Nov 18, 2015CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton has no plans to stop dancing — even though some critics may think his touchdown celebrations are a bit excessive. The Panthers' fifth-year quarterback said he's having the time of his life during Carolina's 9-0 season and plans to keep enjoying every minute. To Newton, that means showing his excitement after things go well. Newton did "the dab" after a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 27-10 win over Tennessee on Sunday, causing some Titans players to begin pushing and shoving in the end zone. The Charlotte Observer ran a letter to the editor this week from a Titans fan who said she thought Newton's celebration was excessive and uncalled for. That opinion reflected some of the Titans players who said after the game they thought Newton's dance was over the top. "Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I can't fault her for that," Newton said. "It is what it is. If she feels offended I apologize to her, but at the end of the day I am who I am." High school football players in the Charlotte area have started impersonating Newton's celebrations, just as they did when he first started his Superman celebration by pretending to rip open his shirt. "That takes me to a happy place," Newton said with a wide smile. "I remember when I was in high school and I used to look up to guys that do things and I would try to mimic it. ... Now they're doing the things I'm doing. When I see them doing the celebration that I do, it just makes me happy." Newton said he stopped caring about what others thought of him when he was drafted by the Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. He's come to grips with the notion that no matter what he does he's not going to please everyone. "As long as you have peace with yourself," Newton said. "It's a maturation thing." Panthers coach Ron Rivera has repeated several times that he's fine with Newton's celebrations, although he did say the quarterback's 10-second dance against the Titans might have been a little too long. "This league now is about entertainment," Rivera said. "It really is. (Fans) want to see guys make great plays whether they are sacks, tackles, catches, runs or throws. But they are also looking for the players to have fun and enjoy it. As long as we can do it in a tasteful manner without getting carried away and taunting, I think we will be OK." Rivera isn't alone. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden, whose team faces the Panthers on Sunday, said on a conference call he's not irritated by Newton's high-energy celebrations. "Anytime an opponent scores on you it bothers you, but I'm a firm believer that anytime you score a touchdown in the National Football League you should show some excitement. I don't have a problem with it whatsoever," Gruden said. Rivera said it's amazing to him that people seem more fixated with Newton's celebration dances than the fact the Panthers are 9-0 for the first time in franchise history. But that's OK with the fifth-year coach. "I'm OK with that if it helps us stay sort of, kind of below the radar," Rivera said. Panthers defensive end Jared Allen finds the entire topic a little laughable, saying NFL players have been dancing for decades after touchdowns. "This isn't Footloose," Allen said. "You are allowed to dance." As for Newton's celebration plans against the Redskins, the quarterback offered a little teaser, saying "You will have to find that out Sunday." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 16, 2015
Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0)...
High school football: Week 2 playoff pairings
scott wright,Jacob Unruh | Nov 16, 2015Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso Class 5A Quarterfinals Collinsville (6-4) at Lawton Mac (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) Altus (10-1) at Coweta (7-3) Class 4A Quarterfinals Cascia Hall (6-4) at Anadarko (8-2) Clinton (6-5) at Wagoner (11-0) Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) Harrah (7-3) at Poteau (11-0) Class 3A Second Round Plainview (9-2) at Heritage Hall (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Seq. Tahlequah (7-4) at Hilldale (11-0) Meeker (9-2) at Lone Grove (8-3) Berryhill (7-3) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (7-4) at Lincoln Christian (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Sulphur (8-3) at John Marshall (10-1) Victory Christian (9-1) at Roland (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) Class 2A Second Round Lindsay (10-1) at Chisholm (11-0) Colcord (8-3) at Vian (9-2) Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) Stroud (10-1) at Adair (10-1) Haskell (10-1) at Okemah (8-3) Kingston (9-1) at Luther (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Prague (7-4) at Hulbert (8-3) Hennessey (7-4) at Washington (10-1) Class A Second Round Healdton (7-4) at Mooreland (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Fairland (7-3) at Hominy (10-1) Hooker (8-3) at Stratford (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Crescent (7-4) at Rejoice Christian (8-3) Ketchum (9-2) at Cashion (9-2) Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) Kiefer (10-1) at Talihina (9-1) Thomas (9-2) at Ringling (9-0) Class B Quarterfinals Dewar (10-1) at Seiling (10-1) Geary (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pioneer (8-3) at Keota (10-0) Class C Quarterfinals Timberlake (7-4) at Cherokee (10-0) Tipton (8-2) at Coyle (11-0) DC-Lamont (10-1) at Grandfield (10-0) Shattuck (9-1) at Fox (11-0)
The second week of playoff action brings quite a mix of excitement, with the Class 6A divisions already in the semifinals, and the 3A, 2A and A brackets playing to decide who will advance to the quarterfinals. Topping the list of The Oklahoman's 10 biggest games of Week 2 of the playoffs is the one that will decide who gets a shot at ending the Jenks/Tulsa Union streak of dominance in the...
The Oklahoman's top 10 high school football games of Week 2 of the playoffs
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 16, 2015The second week of playoff action brings quite a mix of excitement, with the Class 6A divisions already in the semifinals, and the 3A, 2A and A brackets playing to decide who will advance to the quarterfinals. Topping the list of The Oklahoman's 10 biggest games of Week 2 of the playoffs is the one that will decide who gets a shot at ending the Jenks/Tulsa Union streak of dominance in the state's largest class. With Jenks and Union meeting in the other semifinal, Broken Arrow and Edmond Santa Fe will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon for a spot in the title game. The teams are just three weeks removed from a regular-season meeting in which Edmond Santa Fe saw a 27-14 lead disappear as Broken Arrow escaped with a 28-27 win. Here are this week's top 10 games: 1. Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Edmond Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon 2. Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso 3. McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) 4. Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa 5. Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0) 6. Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) 7. Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) 8. Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) 9. Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) 10. Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso
Nov 16, 2015
Cheri Shepard has thought quite a bit about Senior Day. Topping her mental checklist — what should she wear? Since she's going to be on the field for the pregame ceremony, she figures she should go with something crimson. What about crimson jeans? Would that look good on the big screen? She laughs at her frivolity. After all, her only son, an Oklahoma legacy, is about...
Raising Sterling: Cheri Shepard brought up an amazing young man — and did it on her own
By Jenni Carlson Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 16, 2015Cheri Shepard has thought quite a bit about Senior Day. Topping her mental checklist — what should she wear? Since she's going to be on the field for the pregame ceremony, she figures she should go with something crimson. What about crimson jeans? Would that look good on the big screen? She laughs at her frivolity. After all, her only son, an Oklahoma legacy, is about to play his final game on home turf. Sterling Shepard followed in his parents' footsteps by becoming a Sooner and his father's footsteps by becoming a receiver who wears No. 3. But Cheri insisted she won't be overcome by emotion Saturday night. "I'm not real sentimental," she said. Those who know her best say pffft. They say she's sure to cry. They say she must be talking about clothes and not being sentimental because she's trying to keep her emotions in check. "Oh, gosh," her youngest said, "she's going to bawl harder than any of the rest of us." And who could blame her? Cheri Shepard raised one of the greatest receivers to ever wear an Oklahoma uniform. He is one of only three Sooners to have more than 3,000 career receiving yards. He ranks behind only Ryan Broyles and Mark Clayton, and after catching 14 passes for 177 yards, scoring two touchdowns and looking like the best receiver on the field last Saturday in Waco, he may soon take over the second spot. Along the way, Sterling Shepard has become one of the most beloved Sooners of the Bob Stoops era, too. It's not just his football prowess that fans love either. He's an Oklahoma native, a Heritage Hall product, a friendly sort who's quick to sign any autograph or flash that broad smile for a fan's selfie. Cheri has raised an amazing young man — and she did it on her own. Derrick Shepard died 16 years ago, leaving Cheri a single mother with three young kids. "When somebody goes through that big of a loss, you may see people go the opposite direction, maybe go on a downfall from there," Sterling said, "but that wasn't the case with her. She realized that she had three kids she had to take care of. "She put it all on her back and carried the weight for us." The story of Sterling Shepard has been oft told. He's living a dream. He's fulfilling a legacy. He's carrying the torch for his dad. Thing is, he's carrying one for his mom, too. *** Cheri Clay was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Went to Northeast High School. Made the honor roll. Was selected Miss Northeast by her classmates. She met Derrick Shepard during her freshman year at OU. He was three years older, and even though he was one of the best football players on campus, she wasn't impressed by him or his attempts to get her phone number. She had these rules about who she would date and who she wouldn't. He didn't meet her criteria. "I think it was his jheri curl, really," she said, laughing as she sat in her spacious but tidy office in the HR department at Ascent Resources, an oil and gas company under the American Energy Partners umbrella. "I just didn't like jheri curls." But then during the spring of her sophomore year, Cheri saw Derrick again. For the first time since she'd known him, he had his hair cut short. She gave him her number. Six months later, they were engaged. For the first few years of their marriage, Derrick played in the NFL. Washington. New Orleans. Dallas. But when he was cut before the 1992 season, he started chasing his next career. In 1999, he got his first big coaching break — a full-time assistant job coaching wide receivers at Wyoming. Cheri and Derrick decided that she'd stay in Oklahoma with the kids. For starters, Wyoming's head coach believed he would be a candidate for jobs elsewhere. No need to uproot the family, then do it again a few months later. Cheri also wondered where she'd work if they moved. She had a good job in the human relations department at Hitachi Computer Products in Norman. She didn't see many comparable options in Laramie. Cheri and Derrick knew the right decision was for him to go and her and the kids to stay. But it wasn't easy. "I cannot manage these kids for three or four months by myself," Cheri remembers thinking several times. Then, a little over a month after Derrick left, he was gone. He was playing racquetball when he had a heart attack and died. He had a heart condition that had been diagnosed while he was still playing in the NFL. He was on medication and everything had seemed fine. Until it wasn't. Suddenly, Cheri was a single mom. *** There were days when Cheri didn't want to get out of bed. The grief was too much. The pain was too horrible. But there were three kids who needed her. Ashleigh was 9, Sterling 6, Shelby 3. "Dad wouldn't want us to be sad," Ashleigh remembers her mom telling them. "We're still gonna be happy." Cheri made sure the kids kept playing their sports and going to their lessons and seeing their friends. They celebrated birthdays and holidays. They went on vacations. There was a Disney World trip that the kids still talk about. Still, the adjustment to being a single parent was tough for Cheri. She had done the finances and household planning, so that wasn't a new experience. The biggest struggle was simply having enough time for the kids. Cheri's biggest assists came from her parents, James and Edna Clay. Lots of days, they would take the kids to practice or get them from school or make sure they got dinner. And the times Cheri had to go out of town for work, her parents would come to the house and set up shop. The neighborhood kids would flock to the Shepards' house in Norman when James and Edna were there. There would be plays in the backyard. There would be games in the driveway. Cheri would come home to find counter tops covered in Twinkies and a refrigerator stocked with soda. "What do they do when I'm gone?" she would wonder. But Cheri always laughed it off. She knew the kids were loved. She knew they were taken care of. That's all that mattered. While her parents were there for the kids, Cheri was, too. When it came to games or recitals or school programs, she never missed. "My mom always managed to be there for all three of us," Shelby remembered. "She always found a way to make it work and be there. "She always made it happen." Four years after Derrick died, Cheri left her high-ranking job in human relations at Hitachi, took a similar spot at Chesapeake and moved to Oklahoma City to be closer to her parents. They were driving to Norman all the time to help, and it would be easier for them if the kids were closer as they got older. And yet, for all the help that her parents provided, Cheri was still the one making decisions for her children. "At the end of the day," she said, "it was really me and the kids." Where would they go to school? How would they be disciplined? What would be the rules and the principles that she would stress in hopes of shaping her children? Cheri became more of a disciplinarian after Derrick died in large part because she had to. That had been a role he had filled. But beyond that, the only thing she knew how to do in trying to mold her children was to be herself. She worked hard. She spoke her mind. She loved to laugh. And most of all, she cared about people. Her children have followed her lead. Ashleigh got a maternal instinct and a strong spirit, Shelby got an ability to chat with anyone and be comfortable in any situation, and Sterling got a focus and a work ethic that is evident every Saturday. "The way she held things down whenever my dad passed shows what type of woman she is," Sterling said. "She's the definition of strong to me. "She means everything to me." *** To most people, Senior Day will be about the players. But for the Shepards, it will be about more. Cheri, Ashleigh and Shelby will be on the field, then Sterling will join them, and there on the turf, they will remember not only what they've come through but also what they've become. It will be a celebration Team Shepard. "It was us against the world," Cheri said. And the Shepards won. Ashleigh graduated from OU last December and now works at American Energy Partners. Sterling will graduate next month, then turn his attention toward fulfilling his NFL aspirations. Shelby is a broadcast journalism major at OU who plans to get into sports broadcasting. All three of them credit their mom. "She tells us every day that we're just her whole world," Ashleigh said. "I always felt that throughout my childhood. I always felt loved. I'm just so grateful to have her. "My mom, she was the rock that held us together." There have been tough times. There have been moments when Cheri felt tired and frustrated. But she never thought about quitting. Not on her kids. "They motivate me to get through it," she said. "Now, you kind of see the fruit of it, and it's very exciting." Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or email@example.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Harrah football coach Phil Webb had not gotten any sleep as of Saturday morning. A 26-24 playoff victory at Cache — Harrah's first in the postseason since 1994 — ruined any hope of that happening. “I knew this group could help us get over the hump,” Webb said. “Twenty-one years. Twenty-one years since Harrah had won a playoff game. To do that after an emotional loss to Ada and what we've been...
High school notebook: Harrah wins first playoff game in 21 years
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 14, 2015Harrah football coach Phil Webb had not gotten any sleep as of Saturday morning. A 26-24 playoff victory at Cache — Harrah's first in the postseason since 1994 — ruined any hope of that happening. “I knew this group could help us get over the hump,” Webb said. “Twenty-one years. Twenty-one years since Harrah had won a playoff game. To do that after an emotional loss to Ada and what we've been through this year with the Tuttle loss and then to be down there in that situation, I think that kicks the door open for many more generations that come through the program.” Harrah (7-3) travels to Poteau (11-0) next week. The Panthers relied on a gutsy decision from Webb to seal the win. Facing a fourth-and-9 late in the fourth quarter, Webb elected to go for it instead of punt. Quarterback Kostner Ingraham completed a pass to tight end Jeremy McDonald for the first down that allowed Harrah to run out the clock. “I told the guys we came down here to win,” Webb said. “I think I was the only one there that wanted to go for it. The referee on the sidelines next to me, I asked him, ‘What would you do?' He said, ‘I'd punt it.' I said, ‘I bet you would.'” Ingraham threw two touchdowns passes and had an interception on defense. Star running back Grant Martin rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries. ARDMORE'S ROBERTS RECOVERING Ardmore defensive back Jordan Roberts was released from the hospital Saturday morning and is expected to recover after suffering a head injury Friday night that led to him being airlifted to OU Medical Center. “Our high school principal text me earlier and said that all of his CAT scans came back good,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “I think it's all going to end up being OK.” Roberts suffered the injury late in the third quarter of a 42-37 loss to Deer Creek. The game was delayed for nearly an hour. OSSAA ANNOUNCES 6A SEMIFINAL SITES The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the neutral sites for Friday's Class 6A football semifinals. Edmond Santa Fe and Broken Arrow will play at Yukon's Miller Stadium. Tulsa Union and Jenks will face off at Owasso High School. Both games are at 7 p.m. In Class 6A-II, Bixby will play Saturday afternoon against Bartlesville at Owasso and Tulsa Washington will play Sand Springs at Sapulpa at 7 p.m. Friday. DALE GIRLS KNOCK OFF PRESTON Dale's girls basketball team got some payback for last season's state semifinal loss to Preston. Dale (1-0) won 58-49 behind a suffocating defense in the fourth quarter that held Preston to just three points. Dani Manning was instrumental in the final quarter, making all six free throws to finish the night with 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Taylor O'Donnell led Dale with 14 points. Preston (0-2) led 46-41 after three quarters.
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 12, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 11, 2015
SWOSU plays at Northwestern on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Alva, and a win — paired with Henderson State making the playoffs — would give SWOSU its first postseason appearance since joining NCAA Division II.
State college football: Southwestern State playing for postseason
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Nov 11, 2015It took five consecutive wins to get here, and now the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs have a chance at the postseason. SWOSU plays at Northwestern on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Alva, and a win — paired with Henderson State making the playoffs — would give SWOSU its first postseason appearance since joining NCAA Division II. SWOSU is currently in a four-way tie for second place in the Great American Conference, but holds the advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker with the three other teams. The Bulldogs are playing for a chance at the Live United Texarkana Bowl on Dec. 5. There are several reasons for the Bulldogs' strong play as of late, but none is more important that than defense. SWOSU has held its past four opponents to 14 points or fewer. In last week's 28-14 win against Arkansas Tech, Trevon Hartfield was the GAC Defensive Player of the Week after a career-high 10 tackles and two interceptions. "What a big-time game,” SWOSU coach Dan Cocannouer said after the win. "Our defense played unbelievable, and my hat's off to them. It's a tribute to how we've played the last four weeks. They were awesome." Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos have won three straight, and kicker Seth Hiddink is the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association/AstroTurf Special Teams Player of the Week. This is the third time this season for Hiddink to win the award. In a 37-20 win against Lindenwood, Hiddink made field goals of 20, 20 and 28 yards to set school records with 16 field goals this season and 42 for his career. East Central: Despite a 35-26 loss to Southern Arkansas, junior receiver David Moore had 201 receiving yards and a touchdown. His 12 receiving touchdowns this season ties a school record. Panhandle State: Panhandle State has a second round Lone Star Conference playoff game this week at Tarleton State. OPSU allowed 658 yards earlier this year in an 84-47 loss to Tarleton. Southeastern: Southeastern is coming off back-to-back wins and has not allowed a point in seven of the past eight quarters. The Savage Storm forced six turnovers and held Arkansas-Monticello to only 97 yards of offense in last week's 37-0 win. Oklahoma Baptist: OBU just missed an upset of No. 9 Henderson State last week in a 22-14 loss. The Bison led 7-0 at halftime, but allowed three touchdown drives in the second half and weren't able to tie the game on their final drive. Jailen Garrett enters this week four solo tackles short of a school record 56. Northeastern: The Riverhawks enter this week in 10th place in the MIAA standings, but their defensive line has still been fierce. NSU has 26 sacks through 10 games, the most since the 2005 team finished the season with 28. Steffon Heard leads the team with five sacks. Northwestern: Coming into this week's matchup with Southwestern, the Rangers' defense is first in the country with 19 fumble recoveries. Their 32 takeaways is also good for third in the nation. Southern Nazarene: SNU has lost 33 consecutive games and is 0-38 against Division II schools since leaving the NAIA. SNU faces OBU this week. Langston: The Lions' 48-24 win against Wayland Baptist was their fourth straight. This week, Langston hosts Texas College at Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School. Bacone: Bacone's 27-12 loss to first-place Arizona Christian marked the team's fourth loss in five games. STATE COLLEGE SCHEDULE SATURDAY Panhandle State (5-4) vs. Tarleton State (2-7), noon, Stephenville, Texas Northeastern (2-8) at Lindenwood (3-7), 1:30 p.m., St. Charles, Mo. Central Oklahoma (5-5) at Pittsburg State (6-4), 2 p.m., Pittsburg, Kan. Southeastern (5-5) vs. East Central (6-4), 2 p.m., Durant Southern Nazarene (0-10) vs. Oklahoma Baptist (2-8), 2 p.m., Bethany Northwestern (3-7) vs. Southwestern (7-3), 2 p.m., Alva Langston (6-3) vs. Texas College (2-7), 2 p.m., Tulsa Bacone (2-8) at Southwestern Assemblies of God (6-3), 2 p.m., Waxahachie, Texas
Nov 10, 2015
Back in Stamford, Texas, Washington played all the high school sports he could — football, basketball, track, tennis.
Oklahoma State football: Playing multiple sports helped make James Washington a better receiver
By John Helsley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 10, 2015STILLWATER — James Washington hauled in a third long touchdown pass against TCU, adding an element of difficulty to the play, first rising above safety Nick Orr, then pulling off a pirouette on the landing, before completing the 74-yard scoring reception. And the Cowboys wide receiver made it all look so easy. He always makes it look easy; the blow-by deep routes, the jump balls, the one-handed catches, all of it. “He's got a great ability to step on the gas when the ball is in the air to really accelerate and turn on the afterburners, so to speak,” said Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “He's just a very, very good athlete with a lot of explosion.” Washington's got skills. Many and varied skills, it turns out. So, what's Washington's secret? His mother. Back in Stamford, Texas, Washington played all the high school sports he could — football, basketball, track, tennis. Would have played baseball, too, if only there was time. Became a black belt in taekwondo. Oh, and he played golf for fun on the weekends. And it was Chrysta Washington pushing all the way. “I played everything I could possibly play,” said Chrysta, who was a pretty good tennis player in her day. “I guess that rubbed off on him.” What didn't rub off naturally came with a nudge. “We kind of had to steer him,” Chrysta said of her and James Sr. “That tennis, that was a girls' thing for him. But he realized that, ‘Hey, it pays off, too.' “One thing will help the next thing.” Washington was a multi-sport star multiple years at Stamford High. He played on state champion football and basketball teams. He advanced to the state quarterfinals in doubles as a senior, when he also won the triple jump and the 100-meter dash at the state track meet, finished second in the 100, third in the long jump and fourth on the 800-meter relay team. “I'm going to put my kids into just as many sports as he played, so hopefully they come out as good,” said Cowboys safety Tre Flowers. Playing at a tiny 1A high school allowed Washington to thrive in so many sports. With an enrollment of 127, and 45 in his graduating class, every available athlete was needed in every sport. Washington took that personally, and literally. And looking back now, he's happy his mom kept directing him, even toward tennis. “My mom played in high school, she was really good,” Washington said. “She talked me into it. She said it would help me with all my other sports, make me quicker on my feet, quicker to change directions and obviously jumping, too, because I played the net. “All the sports together helped me become one good athlete. Tennis helped me with my agility. Track got me faster. Basketball helped with my jumping ability and timing.” There's not much to do in Stamford, population 3,000 and change. But there is opportunity to play sports. All the sports. “At some schools, particularly the big schools, they don't want you doing it,” Chrysta said. “But in these smaller towns, you get bored when you finish playing one sport. “And I always say, ‘An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' ” In street clothes, Washington doesn't come off as the nation's hottest receiver. At 6-foot and 200 pounds, he's hardly imposing. He's soft-spoken and polite and humble, too. Then on Saturdays, a transformation occurs. “When he straps it on, there's not many people like him,” said Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh. The last three weeks, Washington has outpaced all wideouts with 487 receiving yards and six touchdowns, with 93 percent of his 16 catches going for scores or first downs, all while he's emerged as the clear go-to guy among OSU's bloated receiving corps. Washington's 184 yards and three touchdowns against TCU resulted in an Earl Campbell National Player of the Week nod and an addendum to put him on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. What's next? More big football games for sure. And maybe even a run with the OSU track squad, which has already tried to recruit him to the relay team. Otherwise, Washington's days of playing many sports are likely over. “It was fun while it lasted,” he said. “You meet a lot people. You make friendships. You learn from other people, because there's always somebody better than you. It's a time to enjoy as long as you can. “I wouldn't trade any of it. I learned a lot.”
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Nov 9, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's newest and perhaps most powerful committee chairman is a 60-year-old Texas Republican who began life in a family of stalwart Democrats from South Dakota and lost his father at age 12 in a courtroom shooting.Rep. Kevin Brady, whose bulldog-looks belie a softer manner, took the helm of the Ways and Means Committee last week. That puts the 19-year House veteran at the...
Veteran Texas Rep. ready for powerful chairman's role
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | Nov 9, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's newest and perhaps most powerful committee chairman is a 60-year-old Texas Republican who began life in a family of stalwart Democrats from South Dakota and lost his father at age 12 in a courtroom shooting. Rep. Kevin Brady, whose bulldog-looks belie a softer manner, took the helm of the Ways and Means Committee last week. That puts the 19-year House veteran at the forefront of key issues Congress will tackle heading into the 2016 election year, including taxes, trade and benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Brady's Chamber of Commerce career before entering Congress molded a mainstream conservative viewpoint, yet he is well regarded by harder-line conservatives. But he has a tough act to follow: the popular Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who led the committee until becoming speaker last month after a revolt by staunch conservatives pushed former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to resign. Brady, who falls short of the oratory spark and reputation for generating ideas that Ryan enjoys, has latched himself to the 45-year-old. "We're going to follow the speaker's lead," Brady said in an interview last week. He said House Republicans "want us to tackle the big issues, and they want to be involved." Involvement has been a major demand of the House Freedom Caucus, around 40 hard-core conservatives whose frustration with being muscled aside by Boehner fueled their antipathy for him. Ryan is working with conservatives on giving lawmakers more say on legislation and other decisions. Brady says he, too, is willing to accommodate them, though no Freedom Caucus members serve on Ways and Means. So far, he has won praise from members of the group. "Very, very positive," Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said of Brady, adding that several conservatives floated Brady's name as a potential speaker in the chaotic days after Boehner resigned. "I don't think the chairman will come under pressure" from the Freedom Caucus "because we'll have the opportunity to offer amendments," said another member, Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa. Some conservatives remain wary. Adam Brandon, CEO of FreedomWorks, complimented Brady but said his group of anti-regulation conservatives wants to make sure he does not pursue a narrow agenda "dreamed up by some lobbyists." Democrats consider him someone they can work with. "Kevin and I don't agree probably on any public policy. But he's not an unpleasant person," said Ways and Means veteran Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. Brady, from a solidly Republican district north of Houston, headed the trade subcommittee until 2013. That's when he took over the health subcommittee and helped lead many of the House's GOP's repeated, unsuccessful efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. As chairman, Brady's portfolio is much wider. Measures he hopes will get Obama's signature include legislation making dozens of expiring tax breaks permanent, altering taxation of U.S. companies that operate abroad and easing trade barriers with Pacific Rim countries, though Brady said he has taken no final position on that recently negotiated treaty. Another goal will be longer range — broadly rewriting tax laws with lower rates for individuals and businesses, and fewer loopholes. The issue has gridlocked Washington for decades. "He's coming to this job at a time of expectations, but the expectations have always been there" for Ways and Means chairmen, said former Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, who led the committee in the 1990s. Brady calls Ryan coach of the House Republicans and himself "the quarterback of the Ways and Means team." Sports analogies seem fitting for Brady, a star athlete in baseball and other sports while growing up in Rapid City, South Dakota. As a 12-year-old at football practice one day, Brady's coach tapped his shoulder and guided him to a policeman nearby. That's when he learned his father, Bill, an attorney representing a woman in a divorce trial, had been shot to death in the courtroom by her husband. That left Brady's mother, Nancy, with five children to raise. The family purchased and ran a campground, and Brady threw himself into various sports. His high school wrestling coach recalls that Brady, injured and out of shape, spent one night sweating off pounds in the gym when a teammate was hurt and Brady was too heavy to compete in his 132-pound weight class. He lost the necessary weight — Brady says 12 pounds — and wrestled, losing his match but preventing his team from forfeiting. "They were tough kids," the now-retired coach, David Ploof, said about Brady, his two brothers and two sisters. "They had to be." Brady worked his way through the University of South Dakota with odd jobs including as a maintenance worker and bartender. He took a job at the local Chamber of Commerce, and then started working for Chambers of Commerce in Texas. Brady's parents were active Democrats in South Dakota and an uncle was a Democratic state senator. Brady said he became a Republican while working for the chambers, where he spent time helping businesses. "You can't help but know how government burdens those job creators," he said. "So that is where the light bulb went off for me."
Nov 8, 2015
Player to watch, best first-round matchup and more
High school football playoffs: Class 6A-II bracket breakdown
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 8, 2015Best first-round matchup — Bixby at Lawton: Scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, this game will have the high school stage all to itself — just like last year, when these two teams met for the first-ever 6A-II title. Player to watch — Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington: The Oklahoma State commit is one of the most dynamic players in the state, having rushed for more than 1,600 yards with 25 touchdowns, averaging more than 10 yards per carry. Roughest road — Midwest City: A mid-season loss to Stillwater dropped the Bombers to the No. 3 seed out of District 2, pairing them with one of the top title contenders, Bartlesville. And if Midwest City can get past the Bruins, it'll be either district foe Lawton or defending champ Bixby waiting in the semifinals. Team to watch — Bartlesville: A last-second loss to Tulsa Washington is the only blemish on the Bruins' record, and QB Colton Penrod has put on quite a show this season, throwing for 2,620 yards with 35 touchdowns and five interceptions. By Scott Wright, staff writer
STILLWATER — Trevone Boykin sat motionless on his backside, legs extended out, head drooping, able to move but unwilling to do so for several seconds. The TCU quarterback and Heisman hopeful was seated at the corner of the goal line in the west end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium; a goal line he didn't reach, turned away by Kevin Peterson and the Cowboys defense in what turned into...
OSU football journal: TCU's long drive just what the Cowboys needed
By John Helsley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 7, 2015STILLWATER — Trevone Boykin sat motionless on his backside, legs extended out, head drooping, able to move but unwilling to do so for several seconds. The TCU quarterback and Heisman hopeful was seated at the corner of the goal line in the west end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium; a goal line he didn't reach, turned away by Kevin Peterson and the Cowboys defense in what turned into a dagger play in OSU's 49-29 win. The Horned Frogs, still clinging to hope, down 42-23 in the fourth quarter and with the ball at the 12:22 mark, had gone on a march. Nineteen plays, 89 yards, 7:01 off the clock, to the Cowboys 1. Perfect… for OSU. On a day of deceiving stats, the Cowboys defense forced the Horned Frogs to burn precious time, then went further, denying them the prize as well. “We love that situation,” said OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, “because even though they drove down the field, they still had to enter into the end zone. And we kept them out.” On fourth down, Boykin took the snap and rolled right. The defense pushed him toward the sideline, where Peterson wrapped Boykin in a bear hug and slammed him to the turf. A premium cover corner, Peterson isn't known as a physical tackler. Yet Saturday, he was when needed. His best tackle as a Cowboy? “I feel like it is,” Peterson. “But it is collectively, as a whole. I don't feel like I made that tackle on my own. (Boykin's) a great athlete, a great kid, a great person in general. Our defensive line and linebackers had to push to keep him back there. It allowed me to be where I was.” When the Cowboys took over, only 5:21 remained. And they still led by three scores. “They burned seven minutes and end up not getting anything, which was tremendous,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.” FAN-TASTIC SATURDAY Fans lingered after OSU's big win, with changes of “OOOOO-SSSSSS-UUUU… Cowboys!” rising from various stations of Boone Pickens Stadium. There were chants, too, of “9-and-0,” and “Gundy, Gundy.” It was a memorable mood. And maybe a makeup from two Saturdays prior, when the crowd was somber following the homecoming tragedy just down the road. Beating TCU, in the first November to Remember matchup of the month among Big 12 heavyweights, shifted the focus back to Cowboys football. “I tell you what, I've been an Oklahoma State fan for a really long time and this is a real good win,” said Corey Eubanks, a fan from Oklahoma City. “I'm pretty excited about the future. “This season has been up there with some of the best, with all the last-minute wins and Oklahoma State able to pull it out every time. It's pretty good.” The crowd was good, too. At 59,061, it was the sixth-largest in BPS history. And the stadium rocked with emotion. “I thought the fans were tremendous,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, “with the stadium and the noise level. It was a great day, a great day and a great evening for college football.” Said OSU offensive tackle Zach Crabtree: “It gave us a lot of energy and we appreciate what the crowd did for us. We appreciate the fans, and when this place gets going, it's loud, it's crazy and it's hard for opponents to come into.” WASHINGTON CARRIES ON James Washington went streaking Saturday. Streaking to touchdowns and streaking, surely, into the OSU record book. The sophomore wide receiver hauled in long touchdown passes on his first two targets of the game, scoring on 48- and 50-yard receptions. Combined with last week, when he finished the Texas Tech win with touchdown catches of 75 and 73 yards, Washington produced long scoring plays on four consecutive touches. “He's been on fire lately for us,” said Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph, who delivered both touchdowns, as well as another TD hook up with Washington covering 74 yards. “James just makes plays, man, in big situations. “He's just had a chip on his shoulder from high school. He didn't have many opportunities, not a lot of recruiting attention. And he carried that chip in and he's kept it with him.” BOYKIN STRUGGLES IN STILLWATER, AGAIN Due to a scheduling quirk, Boykin has played three times in Boone Pickens Stadium. And the three visits have resulted in eight interceptions, including four Saturday. “He had a bad game,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson. “It just happened to be the game that we needed him to play well.” Boykin, whose final pick was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Chad Whitener, didn't back away from his responsibility. “You're not going to come into an environment like this and have four turnovers and expect to win the game,” he said. “You go through your senior year and you try to be perfect, and one stumble, it feels like everything has collapsed on you.” INJURIES IMPACT GAME The Cowboys played without starting defensive end Jimmy Bean, whose college career is now over after he was diagnosed with a torn ACL. Cornerbacks Peterson (ankle) and Ashton Lampkin (thumb) did play, after being considered questionable coming in. Although Peterson didn't consider himself questionable. “There was never a doubt,” Peterson said. “I knew we faced a big game, a big receiver (Josh Doctson), a big quarterback – big everything. I wanted to be a part of the win we had today. I felt like we had a good chance to win. I knew I was going to have to play to help it more.” The Horned Frogs suffered a major loss when Doctson was lost to a wrist injury late in the first half. Doctson entered the game as the Big 12's leading receiver in catches (71) and yards (1,250) and led the Frogs with 14 TD receptions. QUOTABLES * Patterson on the loss: “They kicked our butts. You can't give up big plays and you can't turn the ball over. If you do that, you're not going to win big ball games. They had 30 plays and 28 points in the first half.” * TCU safety Derrick Kindred on OSU: “They came out with a lot of fire and energy. They played up to their potential.” TWEET-TWEET A few of the Twitter highlights from Saturday: * Ogbah: “What a great birthday present! 9-0 baby!!!!!” * Former Cowboys and current Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant: “Don't forget about us pokes!!!!!” * ESPN writer Travis Haney: "I've watched a good amount of #OKState this season. This is as good as I've seen them look. Besides Kansas. But Kansas.” * Former OU offensive lineman Gabe Ikard: “Oklahoma State offense is making TCU's defense look like a high school team.”
Nov 7, 2015
The Oklahoman's high school sports writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, offer their championship picks for Class 6A-4A.
High school football playoffs: Championship picks
From Staff Reports | Nov 7, 2015The Oklahoman's high school sports writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, offer their championship picks for Class 6A-4A. See Monday's Oklahoman for the Class 3A-C predictions: Class 6A-I Wright: Jenks. The loss to Broken Arrow shook them up, but the Trojans are still the best team in the state. Unruh: Jenks. Sure, the Trojans lost to Broken Arrow a few weeks ago, but by all accounts they remain the top team in the class with talented players like OSU commitment Dillon Stoner and Austin Quillen. Class 6A-II Wright: Tulsa Washington. The Hornets have skated by with a couple of game-winning field goals, but the talent for a title run is in place, particularly with the run game and defense. Unruh: Tulsa Washington. This is a wide-open class, but Tulsa Washington has been the one consistent team. Having OSU commitment Justice Hill in the backfield also helps. Class 5A Wright: Skiatook. Class 5A is loaded with tough defenses at the top, but Skiatook might have the best of the bunch. Unruh: Lawton MacArthur. The defending champions have been unflappable this season, putting together an undefeated season with 19 new starters despite the loss of QB Anthony Love. Class 4A Wright: Wagoner. The defending champion Bulldogs have done nothing to show they're not the best team in the class. Unruh: Wagoner. The defending champions are simply too talented with players like K.J Lee, A.J. Freeth and Nikia Jones.
First-year Ada coach Wade Standley wants to treat next week's playoff opener like any other game, but it's hard to ignore the historical aspect. Ada and Clinton meet in the Class 4A playoffs next week in Ada, a battle of the programs with the most wins in state history. “There's no question that both programs have been extremely successful over the years, tons of state championships...
High school football: Ada, Clinton to meet in battle of state's winningest programs
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 7, 2015First-year Ada coach Wade Standley wants to treat next week's playoff opener like any other game, but it's hard to ignore the historical aspect. Ada and Clinton meet in the Class 4A playoffs next week in Ada, a battle of the programs with the most wins in state history. “There's no question that both programs have been extremely successful over the years, tons of state championships and both are proud communities,” Standley said.” It'll be a lot of fun playing in the playoffs for both of us and being able to play against each other again.” Clinton owns the state record with 784 wins, which is just one ahead of Ada. Only two other programs in the state have more than 700 wins — Lawton and Tulsa Washington. Ada and Clinton have combined to win 35 state championships, 19 of which belong to Ada. So, there's no doubt Friday's game will be a spectacle for both communities. “I think the community gets fired up about the playoffs,” Standley said. “But yeah, there's a lot of history to the matchup and to both teams, so that'll certainly be added incentive. “Your whole goal is to make the playoffs and win in the playoffs, so that will probably be the task at hand. We'll be focused on the task at hand and I think once seasons are over you look back and put things in context.” Ada (6-3, 5-1 District 4A-2) is coming off a wild 36-33 win over Harrah on a game-winning field goal as time expired. Ada's Shiloh Windsor had a big game. The Wyoming commitment rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns. His return since missing five games with a broken hand has been a big boost with three straight wins. “The last three games he's been back at full speed,” Standley said. “He's healthy and playing well.” Clinton (5-5, 5-2 District 4A-1) beat Elk City 44-36 on Friday for a second straight victory under second-year coach Phil Koons. “We're looking forward to it,” Standley said. “Coach Koons and those guys do an incredible job and they've got a really good football team, so it'll be a lot of fun.”
Nov 7, 2015
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey is a dynamic runner, returner and receiver.He can do a pretty good imitation of a quarterback, too."This guy can really throw the ball," Stanford coach David Shaw said after McCaffrey threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in No. 9 Stanford's 42-10 rout of Colorado on Saturday. "There are not many positions the young man can't play. I'd say offensive...
McCaffrey leads No. 9 Stanford past Colorado 42-10
By ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Nov 7, 2015BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey is a dynamic runner, returner and receiver. He can do a pretty good imitation of a quarterback, too. "This guy can really throw the ball," Stanford coach David Shaw said after McCaffrey threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in No. 9 Stanford's 42-10 rout of Colorado on Saturday. "There are not many positions the young man can't play. I'd say offensive and defensive lines are it. He's one of those phenomenal football players." McCaffrey's 28-yard touchdown toss to tight end Austin Hooper was the highlight of his homecoming in front of family and friends who drove up from nearby Denver, where he starred at Valor Christian High School and where his father, Ed, starred for the Broncos in the 1990s. McCaffrey's TD toss came on the first play of the fourth quarter and was his last play of the game. Kevin Hogan, who surpassed Andrew Luck as the school's winningest quarterback with his 32nd victory, told McCaffrey only to throw it if Hooper were wide open. "Hooper kind of nudged me and said, 'Throw the ball,'" McCaffrey recounted. "We knew I was going to throw it." Hogan needn't have worried about his talented tailback throwing into tight coverage. "We came running up and our corner lost his eyes on the guy that he had and he came open," Buffs coach Mike MacIntyre said. Before his beautiful spiral into the end zone, McCaffrey chipped in 220 all-purpose yards. "One day he's going to be the governor here and he really wanted to put on a show and he did today," Shaw said. His day might have been even better, but a 13-yard TD on Stanford's opening drive was overturned upon review when he was ruled down a foot shy of the goal line, prompting McCaffrey to crack, "I wish the field was 99 yards. I think I would have a lot more touchdowns." Hogan threw two TD passes and ran for another as the Cardinal (8-1, 7-0 Pac-12, No. 11 CFP) bounced back from a scare at Washington in which they escaped with a two-point win on a shanked field goal as time expired. Their final three games are all at home, against Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame. The Buffs (4-6, 1-5) wore throwback uniforms — gold helmets, black jerseys, gold pants — in honor of former coach Bill McCartney, who led Colorado to the national title in 1990, after watching ESPN's 30-for-30 "The Gospel According to Mac" earlier in the week. They looked like that national championship team but sure didn't play like it. After answering Stanford's touchdown on its opening drive with one of their own, the Buffs gave up three consecutive touchdowns, including Hogan's 1-yard run with 2 seconds left in the second quarter, and trudged to the locker room trailing 28-7 at halftime. The Buffaloes, who have lost 21 consecutive games to ranked teams, kicked a short field goal on their opening drive in the second half, then tried an on-side kick. Only, Rollins Stallworth, whom the Buffs expected to turn and run downfield as he'd been doing, instead stayed put and recovered the ball at the Colorado 47. Freshman running back Bryce Love scored on the next play to make it 35-10. Tedric Thompson's 71-yard interception return gave the Buffaloes some hope and their offense the ball at the Stanford 3. But again they were stuffed and on fourth down they went for it. But Liufau threw incomplete. "That was the most disappointing part of the game to me," MacIntyre said. "We score there, it's 35-17, you get a little momentum, you never know. Definitely that was a big downer." The Cardinal offense responded to the defensive stop with a 13-play, 95-yard drive that McCaffrey capped with his TD toss eight seconds into the fourth quarter. ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck