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PLAYERS TO WATCHSt. Stephen's senior forward Jarrett Allen — Reigning All-Central Texas MVP is a top recruit who averaged 21.4 points per game last season.St. Dominic Savio senior guard Logan Blow — Captain of a young Eagle team hit 182 free throws and scored 648 points during all-state season.Lanier sophomore guard Davion Buster — District 26-5A's Co-Newcomer of the Year contributed 18.3...
Players, teams to watch this prep basketball season
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Nov 15, 2015PLAYERS TO WATCH St. Stephen's senior forward Jarrett Allen — Reigning All-Central Texas MVP is a top recruit who averaged 21.4 points per game last season. St. Dominic Savio senior guard Logan Blow — Captain of a young Eagle team hit 182 free throws and scored 648 points during all-state season. Lanier sophomore guard Davion Buster — District 26-5A's Co-Newcomer of the Year contributed 18.3 points per performance. Cedar Park junior forward Keaton Hervey — Memorable highlight of All-Centex sophomore season was dunk in Class 5A semifinal game. Hays senior forward Jake Krafka — University of Denver recruit scored 11.5 points per game during last season's all-district campaign. San Marcos senior guard Steven Price — Rattler shot 51 percent from the field during a junior year in which he averaged 17 points per game. Taylor senior guard B.J. Tealer — Ducks' fourth-year point guard has been district's unanimous offensive MVP in two straight seasons. Stony Point senior forward Alkaly Traore — Set school's single-season (603) and single-game (33) points records during junior year. Vandegrift senior guard Drayton Whiteside — Area's top newcomer in 2014-15 tallied 15.6 points, 5.0 assists per games as Viper point guard. Reagan junior guard Mark Wilson – Scored 17 points per game and started all but one of Reagan's games during last year's varsity debut. TEAMS TO WATCH Vista Ridge (24-11) — Regional quarterfinalist should improve once RJ Phillips and Tyler Harris return from the football team. LBJ (25-7) — The Austin school district's premier program is looking for its 17th district championship in an 18-season run. Jarrell (24-7) — A regional quarterfinalist in five straight seasons, Cougars return District 25-3A co-MVPs Tucker Sansom and Trevor Ledbetter. Cedar Park (28-7) — Head coach Blake Brown must replace four starters from a Timberwolf team that won the Class 5A, Region IV title. Thorndale (28-7) — Bulldogs graduated three all-district picks, but 2015 regional finalists retain 25-2A honorees Americo Vazquez and Bradley Betak. Cedar Ridge (18-14) —Junior Tim Holland among the returners to a team that missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker in a rebuilding year. Pflugerville (20-13) — The Panthers last missed the playoffs in 2000, but can this team overcome the loss of four all-district hoopsters? Westlake (19-11) — Sophomore Luke Pluymen and senior Mack Kelley both earned District 14-6A superlatives in 2014-15 season. Liberty Hill (32-1) — Unbeaten through the 2014-15 regular season, Panthers have reached 30 wins in six of last seven seasons. St. Stephen's (27-6) — With Jarrett Allen in the middle, Spartans should contend for another SPC championship this winter. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040508,t000003183
OSU football: Cowboys radio crew pulls double header, calls men's basketball game and win over Iowa StateNov 15, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The voices of the Cowboys — Dave Hunziker and John Holcomb — delayed their trip to Ames for the good of the program. The men's basketball program. A day before calling the OSU football team's 35-21 win over Iowa State, Hunziker and Holcomb called the OSU basketball team's season opening 91-57 win over Tennessee-Martin Friday night, then climbed in the car for the eight-hour drive...
OSU football: Cowboys radio crew pulls double header, calls men's basketball game and win over Iowa State
By John Helsley, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Nov 15, 2015AMES, Iowa — The voices of the Cowboys — Dave Hunziker and John Holcomb — delayed their trip to Ames for the good of the program. The men's basketball program. A day before calling the OSU football team's 35-21 win over Iowa State, Hunziker and Holcomb called the OSU basketball team's season opening 91-57 win over Tennessee-Martin Friday night, then climbed in the car for the eight-hour drive up I-35. Typically a part of the travel party on the team charter flights, they arrived safely and timely, calling the football game for what amounted to a night-day doubleheader. “It was a four-four-four,” Hunziker said. “We drove four hours to Liberty, Missouri, we slept four hours, then we drove four more. So it wasn't bad.” Understandably, Hunziker and Holcomb worked fast, leaving Stillwater at 9:45 following the 7 p.m. tip. The duo had pulled similar doubleheaders before, so the experience wasn't new. Still, for Hunziker, a Missouri native, this was a trip he'd been looking forward to, despite the grind. “This one was better for me, because we got to drive through some parts of the country that are very familiar to me,” Hunziker said. “I grew up in northwest Missouri. Even driving on I-35, there's some old-stomping grounds. It makes me think about playing high school sports. I was looking forward to the drive and seeing places.” The trip home was better for the radio tandem, as they joined the charter flight back to Stillwater.
Nov 4, 2015
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: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 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: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy.Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.
GOP debate No. 3: A guide to candidates on the big stage
By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy. Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado. Here's a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night's main event on CNBC: DONALD TRUMP Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, "You're fired!" A quick sketch: —Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens —Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania —"The Donald" gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world —Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012 —Starred in reality TV shows "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" Also of note: The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign — and brags about that — but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September. Might Trump be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official. Some other distinguishing issues: —Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration —Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls 'the good ones' to return legally —Renegotiate international trade deals to bring jobs back to the U.S. In a nutshell: Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire. ___ BEN CARSON Key features: Famed pediatric neurosurgeon whose life story was made into a TV movie. A quick sketch: —Raised in Detroit by a divorced, impoverished mother —29 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, now retired —First surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head —Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom —Enhanced his conservative cred with politically charged remarks at 2013 National Prayer Breakfast Also of note: Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on "incredible fairy tales." He's a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility, through Bible readings, and changed his ways. Might Carson be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a doctor to fix the nation's health care policy. Perhaps no, if you're looking for someone with political experience and seasoned rhetoric. Carson once compared President Barack Obama's health care law to slavery. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose the same flat income tax on everyone —Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest —Add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Doctor. Only African-American contender. ___ MARCO RUBIO Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first. A quick sketch: —His Cuban immigrant parents worked as a bartender and a maid —Won a college football scholarship; University of Miami law degree —Elected to Florida House in 2000, rose to speaker —Beat a popular governor to win his U.S. Senate seat —Speaks fluent Spanish, as does his Colombian-American wife Also of note: Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights. Might Rubio be for you? Perhaps yes, if you think it's time for a younger generation (Generation X in this case) to lead. Perhaps no, if you believe human actions cause global warming. Some other distinguishing issues: —Reverse President Barack Obama's diplomatic outreach to Cuba —Stop taxing investment income, give parents a bigger tax break —Freeze federal spending except on the military In a nutshell: Tea party roots. Hispanic. Youthful. ___ JEB BUSH: Key features: Son of a president, little brother of a president, and he's a former Florida governor. A quick sketch: —Born in Texas as John Ellis Bush, shortened to the nickname Jeb —Met his future wife Columba, a native of Mexico, during a high school exchange program, and speaks Spanish comfortably —Worked for father George H.W. Bush's 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns. —Was governor in 2000 when Florida recount gave his brother George W. Bush the presidency —Made a name among religious conservatives by opposing removal of life support in the Terri Schiavo case Also of note: Bush would be the first brother of a president ever elected. If he wins, three of the five most recent White House residents would be named Bush. He says he's not his father or his brother, however: "I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience." Might Bush be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want an immigration overhaul that gives people in the U.S. illegally a path to legal status. Perhaps no, if you think post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs violated civil liberties. Some other distinguishing issues: —Wants states to adopt higher education standards; supports Common Core —Assert U.S. military might more robustly in Iraq and to counter Russian moves in Eastern Europe —Block tax increases, although he won't sign a no-tax-increase pledge In a nutshell: Bush dynasty. Speaks Spanish. Establishment favorite. ___ CARLY FIORINA Key features: She's a businesswoman — a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard — who's run for Senate but never held public office. A quick sketch: —Daughter of a law professor-turned-federal appeals judge and an abstract painter —Trailblazing female executive at AT&T, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard —In over five years of running HP: led major merger, laid off 30,000 workers, ousted by board —Made a name in politics as high-profile adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign —Ran for U.S. Senate seat from California, and lost, while being treated for breast cancer in 2010 Also of note: Her first two debate performances gave a big boost to Fiorina's campaign. In the second debate, however, she described seeing a graphic scene in secretly recorded footage of Planned Parenthood that isn't actually in those anti-abortion videos, and refused to acknowledge the mistake. Might Fiorina be for you? Perhaps yes, if you agree with her that a woman could best take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience serving in government. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose "zero-based budgeting" that evaluates each federal program's spending annually —Shrink the government workforce and base federal workers' pay on performance, not seniority —Use innovation, not regulation, to address global warming In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Political newcomer. GOP's only female contender. ___ TED CRUZ Key features: He's a Republican senator who pushed a government shutdown to fight "Obamacare." A quick sketch: —Father is a Cuban immigrant who became a pastor —Winning debater at Princeton and Harvard Law —Argued nine cases before the Supreme Court —Won Senate seat in 2012 upset, his first elected office —A Texan partial to ostrich-leather boots Also of note: Cruz was born in Canada. His father was born in Cuba. But his mother was born in Nebraska, giving him U.S. citizenship. He's formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic senator from Texas, where many residents are native Spanish speakers. He's not fluent in the language, however, and nixed a proposal for a debate in Spanish in his 2012 Senate campaign. Might Cruz be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want to stop President Barack Obama's health care law at all costs. Perhaps no, if you're looking for bipartisan compromise on immigration. Some other distinguishing issues: —Amend the Constitution so that voters could oust Supreme Court justices —Amend the Constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage —Abolish the IRS, switch to a flat tax In a nutshell: Tea party. Christian conservative. Hispanic. ___ MIKE HUCKABEE Key features: Former Arkansas governor whose 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination focused on social issues. A quick sketch: —Son of a firefighter, he was born in President Bill Clinton's hometown of Hope, Arkansas —Pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas for 12 years; president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention —Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007 —Hosted his own political talk show on Fox News —A bass guitarist who occasionally plays with his classic rock cover band Capitol Offense Also of note: Huckabee's numerous books include a diet guide called "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork," published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. He still struggles with his weight. Might Huckabee be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of people and entities that oppose gay marriage. Perhaps no, if you're a fan of Beyonce and Jay Z. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object. Some other distinguishing issues: —Replace income tax with a national sales tax —Amend the Constitution to outlaw abortion —Import lower-priced medicines from Canada In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Folksy appeal. Second time around. ___ CHRIS CHRISTIE Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation damaged when his appointees were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback. A quick sketch: —Newark-born, ancestors from Ireland and Sicily —Media-savvy U.S. attorney who won dozens of public corruption cases in New Jersey —Defeated incumbent Democratic governor in a heavily Democratic state in 2009 —YouTube-famous for his readiness to call complaining citizens "idiots" or tell them to "shut up" —Lost some presidential momentum when three former political allies were charged in "Bridgegate" case. One has pleaded guilty and two others are awaiting trial. Also of note: Christie isn't shy about sharing the personal stuff. Things he's talked about: his mother's last words to him ("there's nothing left unsaid between us"). The lap band surgery that helped him lose weight. His use of birth control, "and not just the rhythm method," even though he's Roman Catholic. Might Christie be for you? Perhaps yes, if you like letting students in struggling districts attend other public schools or charter schools. Perhaps no, if you oppose raising the age when future retirees can qualify for Social Security and Medicare. Some other distinguishing issues: —Toughen anti-terrorism and surveillance laws to help intelligence services do their job —Lower the corporate tax rate, reduce the top tax rate for individuals —For each new federal regulation added, remove a regulation of equal cost In a nutshell: Centrist appeal. Combative. Sitting governor. ___ JOHN KASICH Key features: Former congressman now in his second term as Ohio governor. A quick sketch: —Son of a Pennsylvania mailman. —Graduated from Ohio State and became, at 26, the youngest person ever elected to Ohio's Senate —Found his Anglican faith in his 30s after his parents were killed by a drunk driver —Served 18 years in Congress, working with lawmakers of both parties to cut spending, balance budget —Ran for president in 2000 but dropped out early; elected governor in 2010 Also of note: Kasich opposes President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, yet he accepted federal money under the law to expand Ohio's Medicaid program. That angered many of his fellow Republicans. Kasich says "real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives" are more important than ideology. Might Kasich be for you? —Perhaps yes, if you want to protect the social safety net for the poor. —Perhaps no, if you don't want U.S. ground troops sent to battle Islamic State militants. Some other distinguishing issues: —Allow some immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for years to stay if they pay a fine —Address the climate change problem without doing economic damage —Use the Common Core standards to raise the bar in education In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Sitting governor. Second time around. ___ RAND PAUL: Key features: He's NOT Ron Paul. That's his father, the former congressman who ran for president three times, once as a Libertarian. A quick sketch: —Helped in his father's campaigns from age 11 —Raised in Texas, settled in his wife's home state of Kentucky —Ophthalmologist known for free eye clinics for the poor —Won Senate seat in 2010 tea party wave, his first elected office —Took over Senate floor for hours at a time to question U.S. drone policy and oppose collection of Americans' phone records Also of note: Rumors aside, he wasn't named for "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand. His given name is Randal, and his wife dubbed him "Rand." But he is a fan of her books. Might Paul be for you? Perhaps yes, if you're upset about the National Security Agency snooping into citizens' private communications. Perhaps no, if you want to see more aggressive use of U.S. military power in the world. Some other distinguishing issues: —Give Congress more power over the Federal Reserve —End the right to abortion, protecting life from conception —Reduce penalties for many drug crimes, let nonviolent felons vote In a nutshell: Libertarian-ish. Tea party. Young voter strategy.
Oct 28, 2015
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: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 28, 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: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice.Coroner Susan Salemi said Thursday that 17-year-old Roddrick Williams had hypertensive heart disease.Multiple media outlets report that Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say...
Autopsy: Football player's death due to heart disease
Associated Press | Oct 8, 2015WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice. Coroner Susan Salemi said Thursday that 17-year-old Roddrick Williams had hypertensive heart disease. Multiple media outlets report that Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro. Williams' teammate Quan Wilson told the Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1JS9kcs ) that he and his teammates are dedicating the season to Williams. The Burke County Bears play at Liberty County High School in Hinesville on Friday. Funeral arrangements for Williams are set for Saturday. Students and staff gathered at the school's flag pole Tuesday morning to remember Williams.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Burke County High School football player has died after collapsing during practice.Multiple media outlets report that Roddrick "Rod" Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro.Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says she suspects Williams died because...
Burke County football player dies 2 weeks after collapsing
Associated Press | Oct 7, 2015WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Burke County High School football player has died after collapsing during practice. Multiple media outlets report that Roddrick "Rod" Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro. Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says she suspects Williams died because of a heart condition. Salemi says an autopsy has been performed on Williams' body, but the results were not yet available, as of Tuesday. Students and staff gathered at the school's flag pole Tuesday morning to remember Williams. Williams' teammate Quan Wilson told the Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1JS9kcs ) that he and his teammates are dedicating the season to Williams. The Burke County Bears play at Liberty County High School in Hinesville on Friday.
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 16, 2015
Most college football fans know Trevone Boykin, the record-setting dual-threat Heisman Trophy hopeful for third-ranked TCU.So this is an introduction to the other Big 12 quarterbacks, including four players who rank ahead of Boykin in the conference in total offense and passing.OK, it's only two games into the season and Boykin barely played into the second half of a blowout victory last week....
An introduction to Big 12 QBs other than TCU's Boykin
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Sep 16, 2015Most college football fans know Trevone Boykin, the record-setting dual-threat Heisman Trophy hopeful for third-ranked TCU. So this is an introduction to the other Big 12 quarterbacks, including four players who rank ahead of Boykin in the conference in total offense and passing. OK, it's only two games into the season and Boykin barely played into the second half of a blowout victory last week. But Patrick Mahomes, Seth Russell, Skyler Howard and Mason Rudolph are in the same position as Boykin was this time a year ago, before he almost got the Horned Frogs into the first College Football Playoff and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. That quartet went into the season as full-time starters — their team's No. 1 — for the first time. A look at them and other Big 12 quarterbacks: —Mahomes is the latest in a long line of big-passing quarterbacks at Texas Tech. He started four games as a freshman last season, and won the job this year over Davis Webb, who also started multiple games in 2014. Mahomes is the Big 12's leading passer at 393 yards per game, with eight touchdowns and only one interception. He has also run for two scores. He set a Big 12 freshman record with 598 yards against Baylor last year, along with six TDs in that game. —Russell had to wait his turn to run fifth-ranked Baylor's big-play offense. In his only start before this season, he threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns — in only one half filling in for injured Bryce Petty. With Petty now with the New York Jets, Russell has an FBS-best nine TDs this season, but also five turnovers (four interceptions, one lost fumble). The Bears' 785 total yards last week was the second-highest total in school history. —Statistically, West Virginia junior Skyler Howard is the conference's most efficient passer (622 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions). Coach Dana Holgorsen said Howard, a Texas high school player who went to Riverside City College, is playing with confidence and wanting to prove people wrong. "He just wasn't a recruited kid, always been told too slow, too short, and not strong enough to be able to play the game at this level," Holgorsen said. Howard started the Liberty Bowl for injured Clint Trickett, throwing for 346 yards passing and three TDs in a 45-37 loss to Texas A&M. —Mason Rudolph became Oklahoma State's starter the final three games last season as a freshman. After a loss at Baylor, Rudolph led a comeback victory at Oklahoma and then threw for 299 yards and two TDs against Washington to win the Cactus Bowl. In his first home game for the Cowboys on Saturday, he threw for 401 yards with 23 completions (to 11 receivers) in a 32-8 win over Central Arkansas. —Former Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield is now at Oklahoma and earned the No. 1 job over returning starter Trevor Knight. Mayfield started seven games for the Red Raiders a freshman before having to sit out a season. Mayfield has thrown for six TDs and is tied with Boykin for fifth in the Big 12 with 314.5 total yards per game. —Kansas State junior Joe Hubener hadn't started a game at quarterback since junior high before last week's win at Texas-San Antonio. He was a receiver and defensive back in high school before walking on at Kansas State. Jesse Ertz emerged from the quarterback competition as the starter, but hurt his knee on his first play. —After starting five games for Kansas State last season, Montell Cozart was benched for Michael Cummings, who likely would have started this season had he not torn up his knee in the spring game. Cozart could get replaced again after an open date since junior college transfer Deondre Ford finished the last game. —Iowa State's Sam Richardson is the only senior starting quarterback in the league other than Boykin. The only freshman is redshirt Jerrod Heard, who threw two long TDs and ran for 96 yards in his first career start last Saturday in a win over Rice. ___ AP Sports Writers Dave Skretta, Cliff Brunt and John Raby, and AP Writer Betsy Blaney contributed to this report. ___ Online: http://collegefootball.ap.org ___ This version corrects to West Virginia losing Liberty Bowl.
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 15, 2015
HOUSTON (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger published a book focusing on a handful of players and coaches at a West Texas high school, lone stars among a thousand teams and 126,000 young Texans who donned helmets and shoulder pads in 1988, grains of sand amid a hundred years and a million tales of Texas football.He called it "Friday Night Lights," and with almost 2 million...
Remembering 25th anniversary of book 'Friday Night Lights'
By DAVID BARRON, Associated Press | Sep 15, 2015HOUSTON (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger published a book focusing on a handful of players and coaches at a West Texas high school, lone stars among a thousand teams and 126,000 young Texans who donned helmets and shoulder pads in 1988, grains of sand amid a hundred years and a million tales of Texas football. He called it "Friday Night Lights," and with almost 2 million copies in print, it remains arguably the most well-rounded examination ever written of topics that Texas and Texans continue to hold dear — as well as subjects with which they continue to struggle. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1MpSOYk ) reports such an accomplishment deserves a 25-year victory lap. So Bissinger returns to Texas this week, with a Wednesday stop in Houston, to reminisce about those who admired and still admire "Friday Night Lights" and to recall those who were sufficiently offended in 1990 to threaten lawsuits and, in some case, threaten his life. "I am proud of the book, and I am proud of its legacy," Bissinger said. "I'm lucky that I was in the right place at the right time to write a book that really isn't about sports but is about the impact of sports and that is more true than ever today." "Friday Night Lights" chronicles the 1988 season at longtime high school football powerhouse Odessa Permian, focusing on, as its subtitle states, "a town, a team and a dream." From that narrow focus, however, came a larger narrative in which practically every reader could find things to admire or decry and any number of elements with which to identify. "That was the secret sauce," Bissinger said. "I knew there were excesses in the program and the town that had to be pointed out. But all over the country, not just in Texas, it became a parable of what was happening with high school football, both the great part and the scary part. "The book has become timeless, and I know this based on thousands of comments from readers who identify with the book: 'This was my high school.' 'I remember these kids.' 'I was one of these kids.' 'I remember the Friday night lights.'?" In the wake of the "no-pass, no-play" furor of the mid-1980s, some readers focused on Bissinger's descriptions of education taking a backseat to football at Permian. Others marveled at the intensity of Permian fans, including the man who said, "Life really wouldn't be worth living if you didn't have a high school team to support," as West Texas struggled through the aftermath of the oil bust of the mid-'80s. As Bissinger wove personal stories into the larger narrative, many readers focused on the sad tale of running back James "Boobie" Miles, who began the season as Permian's best-known player but, after a season-ending injury, faced ridicule and scorn, some of it of a racial nature, as his importance to the Panthers' football machine faded. Don Billingsley, one of the featured students in the book, said a few weeks before its release, "I think there's too much truth in there for people to handle." Indeed, Bissinger received death threats that prompted his publisher to cancel a book-signing stop to Odessa. In fact, this Texas tour, with stops in Odessa, Midland, San Antonio, Abilene, Dallas and Austin — in addition to his Wednesday night appearance at the Brazos Bookstore in Houston — re-creates his planned 1990 book tour. Time, though, has healed most wounds. In 2004, when the movie based on the book was released, students in Permian's hallways regularly sported "Friday Night Lights" T-shirts. These days, when Bissinger talks to younger men and women about the book, he said a common response is, "There was a book? I thought it was just a movie." "When I've been back to Odessa, people have been friendly and cordial," he said. "I know there have been changes. When you walk into Permian High School now, you don't see flags commemorating football championships. You see flags of colleges that kids have attended, including Harvard." The film, which took generous liberties with the truth, and the TV series, with which Bissinger was not involved, both drew mixed reviews. The book remains a classic, cited in the recent anthology "100 Essential Texas Books" for its mixture of sports and sociology. "It was the first of its kind that explored the whole phenomenon of football and a community and the whole social spectrum rather than just the players and the games," said Carlton Stowers, the former sportswriter and award-winning true crime author who helped compile "100 Essential Texas Books." ''It was an honest book. And, sometimes, that will make you some enemies." In 1990, some of those enemies contacted Gerald Treece, a Houston attorney and Odessa Permian graduate, to explore legal action because they felt betrayed by the manner in which Bissinger portrayed them and their city. "They thought it was going to be 'Hoosiers,'?" Treece said. "The problem was that the story was accurate. Truth is a pretty strong defense." Bissinger acknowledges that he lucked into a treasure trove of material of personalities and circumstances. Permian was not ranked in the Class 5A Top 10 before the 1988 season and required a coin flip to break a three-way tie for the district title to make the playoffs, but the Panthers made it within one game of the championship game before losing to Dallas Carter, which had controversies of its own in 1988 that added to the tense times described in the book. "I had nothing to do with it being such a great story," he said. "There were more twists and turns than you can imagine." The twists continued after the 1988 season and, in some ways, continue today. Permian won a state championship in 1989 but in 1990 was barred from the playoffs because of improper preseason practices. The Panthers won a division title in 1991 and lost in the 1995 division finals and have not played for a championship in 20 years. In fact, Permian has become a relative afterthought, in terms of statewide significance, in the last two decades. After making the playoffs 20 times in 26 years from 1970 through 1995, Permian has made the playoffs only nine times in the last 19 seasons, five times advancing as far as the third of six rounds but no further. Instead, much as Permian emerged in the 1960s as a force, the Panthers specifically, and West Texas football in general, have been overshadowed by Dallas-Fort Worth teams as Texas' population has shifted to the DFW-Houston-San Antonio triangle. "People have assumed I would be happy about that. I wasn't happy about that," Bissinger said. "The landscape changed. I don't get the sense they're committing the excesses of the past. Now it's Katy and Allen and Euless Trinity. "Permian won (in the 1970s and '80s) with undersized, tough kids. Those days are over. It's hard to compete against schools with great facilities and big kids and private trainers. That storybook ending isn't going to happen anymore." While Bissinger senses that football and academics are now more in balance in Permian than they were in the 1980s, he cocks a skeptical eye toward the likes of Allen and Katy, each of which spent or plans to spend nearly $60 million on new stadiums. "Do you need (a $60 million stadium)?" he said. "People need to ask that question. Is that what it's all about? I don't think it is, but I'm not a taxpayer." Bissinger went on to professional success and a degree of personal turmoil in the wake of "Friday Night Lights." He recently wrote one of the year's most-anticipated stories, the tale of 1972 Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn Jenner, for Vanity Fair, and a personal confession of sorts about a shopping addiction that cost him a half-million dollars and, along with other issues, led to a stint in rehab. "There was a time when I was burned out and tired of hearing about 'Friday Night Lights,'?" he said. "Then I went into rehab and got a grip and realized, as my father told me, 'that a book like this is a great problem to have. Shut up and feel good that you wrote something that people cared about and that still sells.'?" Just as he delved so thoroughly into the inner life of Odessa, Bissinger did not spare himself in disclosing the "variety of compulsive and dangerous behavior" that led to rehab. He wrote that using men's and women's clothing "became my venue," as he described it, "into the sexual unknown." "It was part of me believing we are in a profession where we ask people to be honest so you have to be honest about yourself," he said. "Maybe people can derive some benefit from my talking about what I've been through and how I got through it." Similarly, he was impressed with which Jenner shared her story. "I found Caitlyn a flawed person, with a difficult relationship with the four Jenner children," he said. "But she was impeccably honest; I found her candor appealing. People like honesty, even though it's not practiced very much anymore." Still, despite the recent attention surrounding the Jenner story, and even though he thinks he's written better books (notably "A Prayer for the City" about Philadelphia's city government), Bissinger acknowledges that it is "Friday Night Lights" for which he will remain known. "For a lot of writers, the best book you write is not the book that people cling to," he said. "It's been 25 years, and I still get two or three emails a week about 'Friday Night Lights.' I don't get that many on Jenner." He is discouraged by the emphasis that many continue to place on high school football and the occasional off-kilter moments it produces, including the recent attack on a game official by two players in Texas, and said he would hesitate to let his children play the game because of injury concerns. But Bissinger also remains spellbound by the spectacle of it all. "My most indelible memories of Permian are the games and those noble, gladiatorial kids," he said. ". I love the game. I like the violence. The hits are exciting, and you're never going to get them out of the game. "You have to accept football for what it is or get rid of it. We're not going to get rid of it, and I don't think that we should." ___ Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land verbal pledge from 2016 defensive end Jonathan Marshall, a former TCU commitAug 19, 2015
Oklahoma State received its second 2016 defensive line commitment in two days after Jonathan Marshall — a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Shepherd High School (Texas) — flipped his pledge from TCU to the Cowboys on Wednesday. On Tuesday, OSU landed a commitment from Tramal Ivy, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Butler Community College (Kan.). Marshall is a football, basketball...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land verbal pledge from 2016 defensive end Jonathan Marshall, a former TCU commit
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma State received its second 2016 defensive line commitment in two days after Jonathan Marshall — a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Shepherd High School (Texas) — flipped his pledge from TCU to the Cowboys on Wednesday. On Tuesday, OSU landed a commitment from Tramal Ivy, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Butler Community College (Kan.). Marshall is a football, basketball and track standout at Shepherd, about 60 miles northeast of Houston. He attended a June football camp in Stillwater, according to GoPokes.com, and tallied 71 tackles (17 for loss), 10 sacks and five forced fumbles last season, per Scout.com. OSU coaches celebrated the commitment on Twitter. Pistols Firing from El Dorado, KS! Welcome to the Family!! #OKState #BeACowboy — Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) August 18, 2015 // Pistols firing from Shepherd, TX! D-Line is locked and loaded for the future! #GoPokes — Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) August 19, 2015 // Marshall is the Cowboys' 14th pledge of the 2016 class and the second defensive lineman. Here's the list as it stands Wednesday. RB Justice Hill — Tulsa Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas) RB La'Darren Brown — DeSoto HS (Texas) OT Ryan McCollum — Klein Oak HS (Texas) DE Tramal Ivy — Butler CC (Kansas) DE Jonathan Marshall — Shepherd HS (Texas)
Aug 8, 2015
Habern retired from football before his senior season, but was back at Big 12 Media Days last month as a representative of the College Football Playoff, where he interned last year and is now a full-time staffer.
Collected Wisdom with former Sooner and current College Football Playoff staffer Ben Habern
By Jason Kersey Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 8, 2015Ben Habern Former OU center, College Football Playoff staffer Age: 26 Residence: Irving, Texas Ben Habern admits now that Big 12 Media Days in 2012 were a little strange. He was entering his senior season of college football at OU and expected to return from neck surgery. Even as he told reporters in Dallas that he was ready to go, he had doubts in the back of his mind because his spine was still in a lot of pain. Habern retired from football a little over a week later, but was back at Big 12 Media Days last month as a representative of the College Football Playoff, where he interned last year and is now a full-time staffer. Habern came to OU from Argyle, Texas and played high school ball at Liberty Christian. He played some as a true freshman in 2008 — when OU lost to Florida in the BCS National Championship Game — before a foot injury forced him to take a medical redshirt, then started 30 games over the next three years. Habern is part of a long string of OU football centers who are smart, cerebral and good speakers. That list includes Bubba Burcham, Vince Carter, Jon Cooper and Gabe Ikard, and continues today with senior Ty Darlington. I grew up playing baseball my whole life. I guess the thing that stands out is that as I got older, I progressively got worse at baseball, as I just got bigger and bigger. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t as good at baseball. I loved football. I had two older brothers who played football. I remember watching them play all throughout high school and knew that’s what I wanted to do, so I started playing football in seventh grade. It just came natural to me. I was a big kid who was strong and explosive, and as I grew into my body, I became more athletic. Sports was a huge part of my life, but baseball wasn’t the thing for me. I played some my freshman year and started my sophomore year, and that was when I really started growing into my body and was becoming a little more athletic. As a sophomore, I was 6-2 or 6-3 and about 280. I remember doing sprints and things like that in practice, and I would keep up with some of our receivers. I started thinking, “Well, maybe I am pretty good and have a shot at this.” That’s when I started getting more focused on my training and making sure I was eating right, those types of things. I think it was my third game junior year when I was offered by OU, and that’s when it really sank in. Then some other offers came in. I committed in April before my senior year. I grew up an OU fan. It was the school I wanted to go to. Even if I didn’t play football, I probably would’ve just gone there for school. In the back of my mind, it was always OU. My dad’s got family in Oklahoma. We’ve got ties there. That’s why when I was growing up, five, six, seven years old, it was OU football. It was always on. The early workouts that first summer were terrible. I remember calling my dad from my dorm room after the first one and saying, “I don’t know if I can do this.” I barely made it through the workout. It was one of those things where you have to grit your teeth a little bit, keep your head down, and then every day got a little bit easier. It was still extremely hard, but you got into that transition, meeting your teammates, becoming friends with them. That’s one thing that helped all of us get through it was just the bond between your teammates and all the good times in the locker room. Those were the positives that would help you get through. That first year was incredible. Going from a small little private high school in Texas, where I graduated with 60 kids, and then on to playing in front of 85,000 people and playing for the national championship, it was a pretty incredible experience. We had a shot. We were in the red zone a couple of times in the first half and weren’t able to get the ball in the end zone. Coming down to Media Days in 2012, retiring from football was on my mind. And to be honest, it was in my mind all throughout summer camp. There was some pain that I was dealing with, and I had tweaked my back again, so it was one of those things where, I was just kind of like, ”I’m gonna push it as far as I can and see if I really wanna do this or not,” At media day, I remember answering questions and saying, “Yeah, I feel healthy, I’m ready to get going, I’m excited,” and then a few days after that, when camp was about to start, I just had a change of heart. I just didn’t feel ready and knew that I had a long life ahead of me. I didn’t want to risk it. It was a little odd coming in here and thinking that I might not be playing. It was really, really difficult. I was a senior. A lot of my teammates were guys I’d played with two, three, four years, and we were entering the season ranked high. We had a lot of returning starters, Landry (Jones) was back. There were a lot of times when I would waver back and forth, but in the end, I was 22-years old and knew I had a long life ahead of me. I was cleared to play, but just didn’t feel like it was right. That season was hard. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to stay in college sports; that was something I was really passionate about. I was given the title of student coach, so I sat in on some coaching meetings and would try to invest there a little bit. Nothing against college football coaches; it just wasn’t the lifestyle I wanted to live. I know there’s a lot of recruiting they have to do and a lot of long hours. Then I started thinking maybe I’d be more interested in the administrative or business side of college sports. It is a little odd that there has been this string of guys like that at center for OU, but I think it’s a little bit the nature of the position. Even before me, there were guys like Jon Cooper, Vince Carter and Bubba Burcham. You are looked at as the leader of the offensive line and you’re looked at as the one who is supposed to communicate the signals and the calls, and checking pass protections, those types of things. You have to be a very effective communicator, and you have to be a good leader. It is expected of you. I was able to sit back and watch Jon Cooper do it his senior year. I learned a ton from him. I guess you just kinda put an extra weight on your shoulder and know that this is how you have to do it, and this is expected of you. I remember having meetings with Coach (James) Patton, and he told me, “You’re expected to be a leader on this team. A lot of responsibilities come with that.” After the 2012 season, I decided to go back to school and get my master’s degree at OU and became a graduate assistant there. I just graduated last semester with a degree from the college of education, with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic administration. I was working as a graduate assistant at OU in the licensing office. I had gone to an NCAA career in sports forum in Indianapolis, and met a few people there. Some guy created a Facebook group for all the participants. One day he posted the application for the College Football Playoff internship on there, and at the time, I just thought, “Well, I guess I’ll give it a shot.” I talked to Joe Castiglione and Kenny Mossman. They helped me put my resume and everything together. It just ended up working out. I got an internship there and moved down to Dallas last July, and now I’m working full time for them. I’m on the more marketing and sales side of the Playoff. I help sell sponsorship for the national championship game and then some of the premium ticketing and hospitality for corporations that come in and want to entertain some of their clients. It has been a learning experience. There’s a lot of logistical things that I’ve had to learn and tried to get better at. The staff there is incredible. I’m learning from some of the great people in college sports and people who have great track records. Now that I’m here full time, I can put some roots down and get some really good experience for the next few years.
Aug 2, 2015
Oklahoma State landed the third offensive line pledge of its 2016 class on Sunday when Ryan McCollum — a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Klein Oak High School (Spring, Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. McCollum announced his decision with a short video on Twitter. "I want to thank all the schools and coaches for believing (in) me to play college football," McCollum...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys add verbal commitment from 2016 offensive tackle Ryan McCollum
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 2, 2015Oklahoma State landed the third offensive line pledge of its 2016 class on Sunday when Ryan McCollum — a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Klein Oak High School (Spring, Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. McCollum announced his decision with a short video on Twitter. "I want to thank all the schools and coaches for believing (in) me to play college football," McCollum said. "But most importantly, I want to thank God and my parents. I wouldn't be half the person I am today without them. But I'll be taking my talents to Stillwater." McCollum is a two-star rated prospect according to Rivals and Scout, but was given three stars by 24/7 Sports. His final three schools were reportedly OSU, Houston and Louisiana Lafayette. McCollum received the Cowboys' scholarship offer Tuesday. "When Oklahoma State came in that was a school that I really liked and really had always liked," McCollum told GoPokes.com. "I also got my dates mixed up in that I thought tomorrow was August 10th and I was going to commit before then when practice started. I was ready so I went ahead and committed." McCollum is currently the 12th member of OSU's 2016 signing class, joining offensive linemen Teven Jenkins (Topeka, Kan.) and Dylan Galloway (Coppell, Texas). The full 2016 class (as of Aug. 2): RB Justice Hill — Tulsa Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas) RB La'Darren Brown — DeSoto HS (Texas) OT Ryan McCollum — Klein Oak HS (Texas)
Oklahoma State added a second running back to its 2016 recruiting class Monday when La'Darren Brown — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from DeSoto High School (Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. Blessed & proud to say I'm a cowboy I have officially committed to the University of Oklahoma St @coacharroyoosu pic.twitter.com/4HxkTh7sEW — Ldee Brown ✌️ (@LdeeBrown1) July 27,...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys receive verbal commitment from 2016 running back La'Darren Brown
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 27, 2015Oklahoma State added a second running back to its 2016 recruiting class Monday when La'Darren Brown — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from DeSoto High School (Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. Blessed & proud to say I'm a cowboy I have officially committed to the University of Oklahoma St @coacharroyoosu pic.twitter.com/4HxkTh7sEW — Ldee Brown ✌️ (@LdeeBrown1) July 27, 2015 // Brown missed the majority of his junior season last year with a dislocated elbow, but has gained plenty of recruiting traction throughout summer with impressive combine performances. Brown clocked a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at an Alabama football camp, according to Scout.com, and then went sub 4.4 in Stillwater, according to GoPokes.com. "Speed, all day speed," Brown told Scout when asked about his strengths. "My versatility. You can just put me anywhere on the field." Rivals lists Brown as a two-star rated all-purpose back and Scout tagged him as a three-star rated athlete. Brown holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, SMU and Louisville. Three days after OSU extended its offer on June 14, Brown told GoPokes what stood out about his time at camp in Stillwater: "The drills were good and I really liked the facilities. The fields are beautiful and the indoor is really nice. I liked it all." Brown is the second running back and 11th overall player verbally committed to OSU's 2016 signing class. Where the list stands today: RB Justice Hill — Booker T. Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas) RB La'Darren Brown — DeSoto HS (Texas)
2016 Oklahoma State verbal commit Tyrell Alexander — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Lancaster High School (Texas) — has reopened his recruitment, according to Alex King of thefootballbraniacs.com. 2016 Lancaster, TX WR, Tyrell Alexander (@T_Real07) tells me he's decommitted from #OKState and re-opened his recruitment. @WEBOrecruiting1 — Alex King (@AKing_TFB) July 25, 2015 Alexander, an...
Report: 2016 Oklahoma State football verbal commit Tyrell Alexander reopens recruitment
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 26, 20152016 Oklahoma State verbal commit Tyrell Alexander — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Lancaster High School (Texas) — has reopened his recruitment, according to Alex King of thefootballbraniacs.com. 2016 Lancaster, TX WR, Tyrell Alexander (@T_Real07) tells me he's decommitted from #OKState and re-opened his recruitment. @WEBOrecruiting1 — Alex King (@AKing_TFB) July 25, 2015 Alexander, an ESPN-rated four-star prospect, pledged to OSU back in April during the Cowboys' spring game. He's received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Arkansas, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia and others. OSU now has 10 players verbally commited to its 2016 class: RB Justice Hill — Booker T. Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas)
Jul 26, 2015
The small sample sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback.
Oklahoma State football: All eyes fixed on Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Jul 26, 2015STILLWATER – For all the unbridled gushy expectations attached to Mason Rudolph, and in turn this Cowboys season, Mike Gundy offers a gentle reminder: “He’s only played three games." And Gundy is right, although the small sample size sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback. Rudolph looks the part, at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, with a big and accurate arm. His credentials are strong, too, from his high school standout days as a premium recruit to his initial exposure in three games late last season. Still, there’s at least a little curiosity about what’s next for the sophomore. And that’s not limited to outside the program. As soon as last season ended, eyes remained on Rudolph, to see how he’d respond to his instant success. “I watched. I observed,” said senior receiver David Glidden. “I’ve always been a guy who observes things going on around me, especially going into my senior year, it’s a big year for me, whether we’re going to make a bowl game or not. “Yeah, I want to look out for my teammates for one, but I want to see how they handle themselves at the same time.” Rudolph, after all, is now entrusted with a hefty part of Oklahoma State’s near and extended future, installed as the No. 1 quarterback, even with former starter and senior J.W. Walsh back healthy after a mostly lost 2014 season. And life changed dramatically for Rudolph in his first year on campus. As of late November, he remained under wraps as a Cowboy, seemingly embedded as a redshirt and the QB of the future. But with Walsh out as the starter and replacement Daxx Garman battered and dealing with concussion symptoms, Rudolph was needed. “Flip of a switch,” Glidden said. “That’s what it was.” OSU was mired in a four-game losing streak at the time, and Rudolph’s first start, at Baylor, saw the skid reach five. Still, Rudolph played well enough to spur hope in Waco. Then came the upset of Oklahoma and the bowl win over Washington, elevating Rudolph to big man on campus almost overnight. That can be a lot to handle for a kid just 19 at the time. “So did I watch him? Yeah,” Glidden said. “And I’d say he passed with flying colors.” Still, eyes will be firmly fixed on Rudolph going forward, although there’s less curiosity now inside the Cowboys camp. “I think the challenge for him was in the offseason,” said Gundy. “Everybody was looking for him to be a leader and to continue what he started. I think he’s handled it well over the summer.” Glidden is eager to see how Rudolph handles the next step, and how high it goes. “For him, it’s as good as he wants to be,” Glidden said. “If he wants to be that good, he’ll be that good.” Projected starter (height, weight, classification) | Career starts at OSU Mason Rudolph (6-4, 230, sophomore) 3 Backups (height, weight, classification) J.W. Walsh (6-2, 215, senior) 10 John Kolar (6-4, 190, freshman) 0 Future outlook Rudolph is the present and the future, with three years of eligibility remaining. If he excels, there’s the possibility that he could jump to the NFL following his junior season, considering the premium on quarterback play in the pros. Still, that’s assuming a lot at this point. OSU has never had a quarterback declare early for the NFL. Walsh is a senior, so his career is coming to an end. John Kolar, a true freshman from Norman North, enrolled early and went through spring drills with the Cowboys, impressing coaches. He’s a redshirt candidate for 2015. OSU currently claims a commitment from prep quarterback Nick Starkel out of Liberty Christian High School in Texas. Starkel is a three-star prospect and the No. 5 quarterback in Texas by Scout.com.
Oklahoma State football: 2016 quarterback commit Nick Starkel misses cut at Elite 11 finals, but gains something moreJul 11, 2015
A former Super Bowl winning quarterback said he might be among the best pure passers in the history of the Elite 11, the nation’s premier invite-only quarterback camp since 1999. High praise from Trent Dilfer to 2016 Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel. But as night fell Saturday on the final day of camp at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and the 18-member quarterback class was cut...
Oklahoma State football: 2016 quarterback commit Nick Starkel misses cut at Elite 11 finals, but gains something more
By Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 11, 2015A former Super Bowl winning quarterback said he might be among the best pure passers in the history of the Elite 11, the nation’s premier invite-only quarterback camp since 1999. High praise from Trent Dilfer to 2016 Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel. But as night fell Saturday on the final day of camp at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and the 18-member quarterback class was cut to a true Elite 11, Starkel failed to make the cut; despite climbing the leaderboard early in the six-day camp and surpassing prospects with more recruiting stars. So, how did Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, rising senior at Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — reflect on the experience? “My identity is not in football,” Starkel said. “It’s something more than that.” While much of the national spotlight, including live coverage on ESPNU, focused on the athletic talents of the highly touted prospects headed to top programs across the county, Starkel shined in the equally important aspects behind the scenes. Paul Meyerberg, national college football writer for USA Today, explained. “He’s probably the most popular quarterback of the group,” Myerberg wrote on Wednesday, “as well as the quarterback most likely to take the time to congratulate scout team wide receivers — local kids assigned to thanklessly run hundreds of routes — after a nice reception. That Starkel has shined at every stage of the process has really impressed the coaches.” Although Starkel might have been viewed as more of a long-term project player than some of his peers at the Elite 11, there was no questioning his maturity. “I was trying to be the leader that I am when I’m on my own field,” Starkel said. That was evident on day one when Starkel and Columbus, Ga., prospect Jawon Pass competed in an unorthodox challenge. In pairs of two, campers were required to build a Lego helicopter with provided instructions. Once completed, campers ran to the other side of the field to disassemble the model. After a series of quick workouts, they ran back to the starting point with a new goal: reassemble the helicopter, and this time, with just a picture off the box as a reference. Starkel and Pass placed first among pairs of Elite 11 participants. “They’re testing our leadership skills and they’re testing our problem solving skills,” Starkel said. “How we would react when things didn’t go that well.” The camp also showcased guest speakers, including a sports psychologist. That’s what Starkel was referencing in his earlier quote about what defines him. “The sports psychologist said, ‘Listen, if you find your identity in football, that’s not right,'” Starkel said. But make no mistake. The camp wasn’t light on teaching the intricacies of the game, too. With Dilfer at the head, quarterbacks were immersed in new playbooks and given technical training. Starkel said he arrived at the camp with a narrow throwing stance, but left with a wider, stronger base. “I learned a lot about the game, reads and progressions,” Starkel said. “They helped us identify coverages and all that, as well as footwork.” Now, Starkel is looking ahead to his senior year with visions of a deep playoff run. But he also has a trip to Stillwater planned. During the 7-on-7 portion of camp, Starkel linked up with Devin Duvernay, a wide receiver from Sachse High School (Texas) with an OSU scholarship offer. Starkel plans to be his Cowboy tour guide. “They really want him,” Starkel said, “and I really want him there.”
Nick Starkel entered the Elite 11 finals this week as a relative unknown on the national recruiting landscape. He was the 14th invite among 18 prospects sent to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for the nation's premiere quarterback showcase. After three days of competition, Starkel — a 2016 Oklahoma State commit from Liberty Christian High School (Texas) — needs no introduction....
Oklahoma State football: 2016 quarterback commit Nick Starkel's stock rises entering The Opening
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 8, 2015Nick Starkel entered the Elite 11 finals this week as a relative unknown on the national recruiting landscape. He was the 14th invite among 18 prospects sent to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for the nation's premiere quarterback showcase. After three days of competition, Starkel — a 2016 Oklahoma State commit from Liberty Christian High School (Texas) — needs no introduction. His stock has is on the rise. The 2015 #Elite11 Finals rankings heading into Day 4 of the competition #KeepClimbing pic.twitter.com/q6VJ52gFva — Elite11 (@Elite11) July 8, 2015 // Starkel is currently a three-star rated prospect according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals. Among the players he's surpassed on the rankings include Jacob Eason (a five-star Georgia commit), Shea Patterson (a five-star Ole Miss commit) and Malik Henry (a five-star Florida State commit). But the biggest endorsement of Starkel's talent came from ESPN personality Trent Dilfer, a coach at the camp who has been very high on Starkel since June. Trent Dilfer said Okla St commit Nick Starkel may be one of the best pure passers they've ever had at Elite 11. — Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) July 7, 2015 // That's high praise considering the Elite 11 finals alumni includes Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford, Jameis Winston and Teddy Bridgewater. Now, the Elite 11 finals quarterbacks shift their focus to The Opening — a 162 player, invite-only camp broken up into six different teams and coached by prominent NFL stars. Starkel is a member of Team Hypercool. Introducing Team #Hypercool Competing on the summer's biggest stage July 7-10 at Nike World HQ. #GETOPEN pic.twitter.com/kMFgOmWtHQ — The Opening (@TheOpening) June 24, 2015 // The top quarterback on the Elite 11 finals leaderboard has a local tie, too. Shane Buechele, a Texas commit, was heavily recruited by Oklahoma. Buechele's older brother, Garrett, played baseball for the Sooners and both of his sisters attend OU. His father, Steve, played Major League Baseball for 11 seasons. He played in the minor leagues for both the Oklahoma City 89ers and the Tulsa Drillers.
Jul 6, 2015
Oklahoma State's potential quarterback of the future is competing on a national stage this week against the top passers from across the country. Nick Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2016 prospect from Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — is one of 18 quarterbacks currently at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for the Elite 11 finals. Here's a look at the entire 2015 class:...
Oklahoma State football: 2016 quarterback commit Nick Starkel among competition at Elite 11 finals
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 6, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3725920[/img] Oklahoma State's potential quarterback of the future is competing on a national stage this week against the top passers from across the country. Nick Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2016 prospect from Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — is one of 18 quarterbacks currently at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for the Elite 11 finals. Here's a look at the entire 2015 class: [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3726104[/img] The Elite 11 finals is a two-day competition, Monday and Tuesday, that features instruction from former NFL and college stars, including ESPN personality Trent Dilfer. Following the camp's completion, the top 11 performers will be crowned along with an MVP. The finalists prepared for camp with a wide range of non-football activities: Field General Mission #4 #Elite11 QB's hit the pool pic.twitter.com/hLS0b3IQpT — Elite11 (@Elite11) July 6, 2015 // Not your typical QB camp #Legos #Elite11 @TeamRWB pic.twitter.com/B9sr7mAlwh — Brian Stumpf⚡️ (@Stumpf_Brian) July 6, 2015 // Not your typical QB camp #YogaDay #Elite11 pic.twitter.com/DiwJ2zbdnW — Brian Stumpf⚡️ (@Stumpf_Brian) July 6, 2015 // Starkel was the 14th overall invite of the class and ESPN ranked him No. 15 in terms of potential for an instant impact at the college level. But Starkel has certainly impressed early. His team won a Lego building challenge that must make OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich proud: Field General Mission #2 Winners HS/CFB: Malik Henry & Carson Wentz HS/HS: Nick Starkel & Jawon Pass pic.twitter.com/xtQD6ddJrN — Elite11 (@Elite11) July 6, 2015 // Back in June, Dilfer had this to say about Starkel: "He just sees it. He understands timing and tempo and trajectory. He reminds me of (University of California quarterback) Jared Goff, a guy that had a unique trait: his deep ball was better than NFL guys' deep ball. He would throw a 40-yard ball down the sideline like it was a slant. "Nick throws the seam like he's Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers." More Twitter reaction to Starkel's Elite 11 finals performance so far: #OKState QB commit Nick Starkel didn't come into #Elite11 w/ as big of resume as others, but really liked how accurate was in 1st session. — Jeremy Crabtree (@jeremycrabtree) July 6, 2015 // Nick Starkel on the right, they haven't done much yet but he's been on target https://t.co/QbD3p0LRnJ — Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 6, 2015 // Nick Starkel completing a pass. Headed to #OkState. #GoPokes #Elite11 pic.twitter.com/yDzkpUg1Yo — Damon Sayles (@DamonSayles) July 6, 2015 //
2016 Tennessee athlete Devin Harper commits to Oklahoma State with the help of another future Cowboy's fatherJun 24, 2015
Harper, from Karns High School in Knoxville, has the size and speed to match the Cowboys’ star linebacker position
2016 Tennessee athlete Devin Harper commits to Oklahoma State with the help of another future Cowboy's father
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jun 24, 2015Oklahoma State’s most recent football commit lives nearly 900 driving miles east of Stillwater where no current Cowboy calls home. Tennessee is hardly prime recruiting territory for Mike Gundy and there was little big-school buzz surrounding the player. So, how did Devin Harper — a 6-foot-2, 207-pound athlete from Karns High School in Knoxville — receive an OSU scholarship offer June 14? And why did he verbally accept it on Monday? It all stems from Harper’s relationship with a Karns football alum who played eight seasons in the NFL and has a son, Jalen, who is also committed to the Cowboys’ 2015 class: J.J. McCleskey. “They respect him a lot over here,” Harper said. Harper has been a standout starter for Karns since the third game of his freshman year. He thrived at running back, wide receiver and linebacker. Harper also excels on the track with self-reported personal bests of 11.1 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 24.3 seconds in the 200-meter dash. But Harper missed nearly half his football games in each of the past two seasons with injury. While he was recruited by Tennessee and Army, Harper’s only scholarship offers following his junior season were from Chattanooga, Liberty, Morehead State and Murray State. Harper’s road to Stillwater didn’t begin until his high school coach, Tobi Kilgore, called McCleskey for help to attract the Division-I attention he felt Harper deserved. “(Kilgore) reached out to me and told me this guy has some offers, no big offers,” McCleskey said. “But he can flat-out play.” McCleskey, now the director of athlete development camps in Louisiana, first examined Harper’s highlight tape. It needed a facelift. “If your first 10 or 12 plays are not popping off,” McCleskey said, “a college coach is not looking at it.” Then, McCleskey passed the video along to Cowboy defensive assistant Eric Henderson — who played a key role in convincing Jalen, a receiver from Covington, La., that OSU was the right fit. Kilgore also did his homework. “I sent the film on Devin to a quality control coach at Oklahoma State, the first one I could get to follow me on Twitter,” Kilgore said. “It’s amazing how we send film now.” That’s how Harper received an OSU summer camp invite where Cowboy coaches got an up-close look at his versatility. After three days of competition and measurements (Harper recorded a 4.5 second 40-yard dash time), OSU offered a scholarship. “I had a fun time at the camp, awesome staff,” Harper said. “Like a family.” Now the question turns to which position the Cowboys will utilize Harper’s talent. Considering his use at camp, it appears the hybrid role of star linebacker is custom-made for his abilities. “I’m a linebacker and they had me at safety, just to see how I would adjust to it,” Harper said. “At first, it was a little shocking to me.” Kilgore says loyalty played a large factor in Harper’s early commitment, since OSU was the first top-tier program to offer a scholarship. As of now, Harper does not plan on participating in further recruiting camps or official visits to other schools. He’s slated to be a starter at running back and linebacker next season at Karns. Although it was Harper’s physical gifts that first caught the eye of OSU, Kilgore says coaches will soon learn to appreciate Harper’s mental and interpersonal skills. “I told him there are two or three kids I’ve coached in my career where if I had a daughter, they would be allowed to date him,” Kilgore said. “Devin is one of those three.” McCleskey, who also encouraged Harper to follow his son to Stillwater, is a full-on believer in OSU’s track record of discovering hidden talent. “This is why Mike Gundy can win,” McCleskey said. “They get guys that are under the radar.”
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
The Carolina Panthers joined the groundswell of support for removing the Confederate flag from grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.The Panthers, who since their inception have marketed themselves as a team for both Carolinas, indicated they have little tolerance for “divisive symbols and actions.”In the wake of last week’s shooting deaths of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in...
Panthers support removal of Confederate flag from grounds of S.C. Statehouse
By Joseph Person, Associated Press | Jun 22, 2015The Carolina Panthers joined the groundswell of support for removing the Confederate flag from grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. The Panthers, who since their inception have marketed themselves as a team for both Carolinas, indicated they have little tolerance for “divisive symbols and actions.” In the wake of last week’s shooting deaths of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the capital grounds in Columbia. The Panthers, who have held their training camp in South Carolina for their entire, 21-year history, back Haley’s efforts. But until Monday, they had never responded publicly to the flag issue. “Our organization prides itself on bringing people together,” Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in a text to the Observer. “Divisive symbols and actions should not stand in conflict to progress, healing and the unification of all our citizens.” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson last week donated $100,000 to the families of the Charleston victims — $10,000 to each of the nine victims’ families for funeral costs and another $10,000 to Emanuel AME as a memorial honoring the victims. In his letter to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, Richardson wrote: “Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.” As part of a legislative compromise in 2000, the flag was removed from the dome of the capitol as placed on permanent display alongside a Confederate soldier’s monument. Any changes to the placement of the flag would require a two-thirds majority in both houses of South Carolina’s General Assembly. But pressure to bring the flag down intensified after Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white male, shot and killed nine members of Emanuel AME, a historic black church in Charleston, last Wednesday. Authorities have called the shooting a hate crime, and a white supremacist website has photos that appear to show Roof holding the Confederate flag. “We’re not going to allow this symbol to divide us any longer,” Haley said during an afternoon news conference. “The fact that people are choosing to use it as a sign of hate is something we cannot stand. The fact that it causes pain to so many is enough to move it from the capital grounds.” Several University of South Carolina athletics leaders voiced their support for taking the flag down, including athletic director Ray Tanner, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley. Gamecocks football coach Steve Spurrier in 2007 denounced the “dang, damn Confederate flag.” The Panthers have had strong ties to South Carolina throughout their history, incorporating the outlines of both states into their logo. The team played its home games during the 1995 inaugural stadium at Clemson and hold training camp in Spartanburg on the campus of Wofford, where Richardson was an Associated Press Little All-American receiver in 1957 and 1958. The Panthers in February extended their training camp agreement with Wofford for five years through 2019. Spartanburg leaders estimate 49,000 fans visited Wofford last year for the Panthers’ camp, generating a $5.2 million economic impact. Richardson’s donations have funded several buildings at his alma mater, most recently an arts center and basketball arena that are in the works. Panthers president Danny Morrison played basketball at Wofford and later served as the school’s athletics director. Panthers players were reluctant to jump into the divisive issue. The Observer reached out to 10 current or former players about the flag; none responded. New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, who went to high school in Rock Hill, wrote a long, poignant Facebook post about the Confederate flag Monday. Watson wants the flag to come down for the right reasons. “This is not the time for political statements and worrying about national perception. But if we … listen to the cries and concerns of those we say we care about, soften our hearts, and choose to lay our liberties aside to assuage the pain of our brothers, the only suitable option would be a unanimous decision to remove the flag from the public grounds at the Palmetto State Capitol,” Watson wrote. “The past and its people, as acclaimed or afflicted as they may be, should always be remembered. But it is difficult to completely ‘move forward’ if painful, divisive icons continue to stand unchallenged.” Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw, who played for the South Carolina Gamecocks, tweeted his views about the issue: “Any flag that contradicts everything our Country flag represents, it shouldn’t fly. We ALL stand united.” ——— (Staff writer Jonathan Jones contributed.) ——— ©2015 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) Visit The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) at www.charlotteobserver.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007141,t000046469,t000007067,t000003194,t000007087,t000003183,g000362661,g000065792,g000066164,g000225960