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Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 3, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was the kind of guy who would bust your lip, then regretfully drive you to the hospital. A "cool individual" around other guys, but a bit too "touchy-feely" with the ladies, family friend Rod Brown says."He doesn't mean to be creepy; he's just a little off, just a little awkward," says Brown, who's known "LJ" for about 15 years. "If he gets...
UVa kidnap suspect: 'Gentle giant' or predator?
JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press | Oct 3, 2014CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was the kind of guy who would bust your lip, then regretfully drive you to the hospital. A "cool individual" around other guys, but a bit too "touchy-feely" with the ladies, family friend Rod Brown says. "He doesn't mean to be creepy; he's just a little off, just a little awkward," says Brown, who's known "LJ" for about 15 years. "If he gets around women, I've never seen it NOT be awkward." Authorities say Matthew's interactions with women went way beyond awkward. The former college football lineman and sometime cab driver is in jail on a charge of "abduction with intent to defile" in the Sept. 13 disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham. Police say forensic evidence also connects the 32-year-old Charlottesville man to the 2009 murder of another college student, which in turn is linked by DNA to a 2005 sexual assault in northern Virginia. Friends expressed shock that this "gentle giant" — he's 6-foot-2 and weighs 270 pounds — could be suspected of such violence. But court records reveal a man capable of explosive rage, and hounded from one college, then another by allegations of sexual assault. "It's just a sad story," says Brud Bicknell, who coached Matthew on the Monticello High Mustangs. Defense attorney James Camblos III has said only that Matthew comes from a "hardworking, blue-collar" family. "Neither Mr. Matthews (sic) nor I are giving interviews at this time. If you're calling about an interview or to chat, do not leave a message," his answering machine says. Matthew wrestled, played football and ran track at Charlottesville's Albemarle High School. Then in 1998, his junior year, he was transferred from overcrowded Albemarle to the newly completed Monticello High, and his parents separated. Debra Carr Matthew retained custody of Jesse and his younger sister, Latasha. Court records show Jesse Matthew Sr., with a history of public intoxication arrests and one misdemeanor indecent exposure conviction, was living an hour away in Farmville and owed several thousand dollars in support. The younger Matthew seemed destined to rise above all this. He became co-captain of the Monticello football squad as a senior, and then enrolled in psychology at evangelist Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, where he suited up as a redshirt defensive lineman for the Flames. His college career took a sharp wrong turn in his junior year, when a fellow student accused Matthew of raping her. Matthew withdrew from Liberty on Oct. 17, 2002 — hours after a reported sexual assault behind the university's sports arena. The university said privacy laws prevent disclosing more details, or explaining why Matthew withdrew. Prosecutors said the case was dropped when the woman declined to press charges. Matthew returned to school in January 2003, enrolling at Christopher Newport University in southeast Virginia. He joined their football team that August, but the second act was short-lived. On Sept. 7, 2003, a fellow student accused him of sexual assault on the Newport News campus. Five days after the attack, Matthew dropped off the team roster; a month later, he was gone. University spokesman Bruce Bronstein said "the matter was thoroughly investigated by University Police. No physical injuries were reported. The victim chose not to proceed with a criminal prosecution." Student privacy laws cloak that case as well, but another CNU spokeswoman, Lori Jacobs, observed that "students don't usually leave in the second month of the semester or leave the football team within a month." Back in Charlottesville, the former tackle went from rushing quarterbacks to hustling for fares and tips behind the wheel of a taxicab. On June, 4, 2009, Charlottesville attorney Erik Wilke had just pulled out of a convenience store south of UVA's Scott Stadium when he heard persistent honking behind him. Wilke sped up and turned left, but the Access Taxi minivan continued its pursuit, the driver honking and shouting out the window. Wilke finally pulled over, and Matthew boxed him in, angrily accusing the lawyer of cutting him off. When Wilke threatened to call the police after Matthew refused to move, Matthew exploded. "He then got out of his car and walked up to my window," Wilke told police. "He reached in my window and grabbed my cellphone out of my hand. I attempted to get out of the car to get my phone back, and as I was doing so he punched me twice in the face." The blows knocked off Wilke's eyeglasses. Wilke told police that Matthew took his phone to his van, where he "eventually calmed down and actually seemed remorseful." "I was bleeding from a deep cut in my lip and told him that I was going to need a ride to the hospital to get stitches," Wilke said. Matthew returned the phone, helped find Wilke's glasses, and then drove the attorney to the emergency room at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Police arrested Matthew a month later on charges of felony grand larceny and misdemeanor assault and battery on Wilke. In a request for a public defender, Matthew claimed a weekly salary of $150 and $30 cash in total assets. About two months later, on Oct. 17, 2009, Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, disappeared after leaving the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena during a Metallica concert. Her remains were found several months later in an Albemarle County hayfield. Police had no real leads on her killer, but they now had DNA to work with. In the spring of 2010, he was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing at a local garage, and Wilke agreed to drop the assault and larceny charges. In August 2012, he got a job as an operating-room orderly at UVA Medical. He often bumped into volunteer ambulance driver Dave Hansen — the men had prayed together years earlier at Calvary Chapel, where Hansen was an assistant pastor. "I always thought he was a gentle giant," says Hansen. "Just a nice guy." A night owl, Matthew was a fixture in restaurants, bars and clubs along Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Another club-goer, Kirk Ishitani, says he sometimes ran into Matthew there. "If I went to Rapture, either he'd be there or he'd show up," says Ishitani. While he did not know Matthew well, Ishitani says, "You wouldn't get any 'Hey, I'd be scared to walk down a dark alley with this guy' kind of vibe." Graham was last seen disappearing into the early morning darkness of Sept. 13, when a jewelry store's surveillance camera captured Matthew walking off with his arm around her. Dan Harrington, who founded the awareness group "Help Save The Next Girl" after his daughter's slaying, hopes Matthew's arrest might spell the end a violent spree. "If you look at the number of cases in central Virginia, there is a large number," he says. "And it's a little scary to think: If he's not associated with more of them, then there are other people that you have to worry about." ___ Breed reported from Raleigh, N.C.; Associated Press writers Alan Suderman and Michael Felberbaum in Richmond, Virginia, also contributed to this report.
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 26, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Yellow ribbons adorn the streets of Hannah Graham's northern Virginia neighborhood, symbols of hope in a community devastated by the disappearance of a woman known for her intelligence, wit and dry sense of humor.Graham vanished on Sept. 13, her steps recorded by grainy surveillance videos as she walked unaccompanied on the streets of Charlottesville and its popular...
Coach: Missing UVa. Woman witty, with dry humor
MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press | Sep 26, 2014ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Yellow ribbons adorn the streets of Hannah Graham's northern Virginia neighborhood, symbols of hope in a community devastated by the disappearance of a woman known for her intelligence, wit and dry sense of humor. Graham vanished on Sept. 13, her steps recorded by grainy surveillance videos as she walked unaccompanied on the streets of Charlottesville and its popular Downtown Mall, an open air center of shops, bars and restaurants. She is a sophomore at the University of Virginia. A suspect in her disappearance, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., was released from the county jail in Galveston, Texas, and extradited to Charlottesville on Friday evening, said Charlottesville spokeswoman Miriam Dickler. Capt. Aaron Carver of the Charlottesville-Albermarle Regional Jail said Matthew is in custody there. Matthew was being held without bond and is expected to have an initial court appearance Thursday, Dickler said. He was arrested on a beach near Galveston on Wednesday. Police have charged Matthew, 32, with "abduction with intent to defile" the 18-year-old Graham. "Defile," in a legal context, means "sexually molest." Authorities said they had probable cause to support the charge against Matthew after twice searching his apartment and gathering evidence they have not described, saying it ultimately will be presented at trial. A crime lab is testing clothing recovered through search warrants, but police haven't said whose clothing that was. In the meantime, police in Charlottesville have indicated that they have no idea where Graham is. "It's extremely frustrating," said Charlottesville resident Nancy Murphy Spicer, who participated in a volunteer search for Graham last weekend. "I just want to hear that they found her and that she's well." In her hometown of Alexandria, Graham is known as whip smart, with broad interests and eclectic tastes in music. She moved from Britain to the U.S. when she was about 6 and was determined to lose her British accent, said Craig Maniglia, her softball coach at West Potomac High School and a family friend who lives in the Grahams' neighborhood. Maniglia described her as "witty, polite, extremely intelligent, with a very dry British sense of humor." Graham played saxophone in the high school band and had a weakness for Elvis, students and teachers said. At a vigil Wednesday at her old high school, the band played Elvis' "Can't Help falling in Love." Her favorite candy, Starburst, was scattered on the cafeteria tables where the vigil was held. Graham and her softball teammates routinely warmed up to a wide range of music from her iPod that was blasted over the loudspeakers, Maniglia said. "All of a sudden you could hear a classical piece, and then maybe Elvis, and then maybe AC/DC," he said. "It was such a wide variety of music. That's what I liked about it." Now, Maniglia said, one of his daughters, away at college, has been having nightmares since Graham's disappearance. "She'll send me texts at 3:30, 4 in the morning, saying, 'It could've been me. It could've been (my sister). What is wrong with this world?'" Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo, who has made emotional public pleas seeking Graham's recovery, has acknowledged that the longer Graham remains missing, the dimmer the hope she will be found alive. The search for Graham has expanded to rural areas outside the college town of 40,000. "We have an obligation to bring her home, one way or the other. That's what we promised to do," Longo said Thursday. The hunt for Matthew ended in the Texas beach town of Gilchrist, 1,260 miles from Charlottesville. A deputy sheriff responding to a suspicious-person report found him camping on the beach. Authorities say Graham met friends at a restaurant for dinner Sept. 12 before stopping by two off-campus parties. She left the second party alone and eventually texted a friend saying she was lost, authorities said. Matthew attended Liberty University from 2000 to 2002, said officials with the Lynchburg school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. The school's athletics website listed him as a defensive lineman on the football team. While at Liberty, Matthew was accused of raping a student on campus, but the charge was ultimately dropped, Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Doucette said Friday. "The complaining witness said she did not consent; Mr. Matthew said she did consent," Doucette said. Ultimately, the woman said she did not want to move forward with the investigation, he said. "When the investigator called, she never returned his calls, so the decision was made not to place a charge at that time," Doucette said. The Lynchburg Police Department investigative file was being sent to Charlottesville at the request of police investigating Graham's disappearance, he said. Matthew attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News from January 2003 through Oct. 15, 2003, the Newport News university confirmed in an email. He was briefly a member of the football team, according to the university. Citing federal privacy laws, Christopher Newport said it could provide no further information on Matthew. More recently, Matthew volunteered to help coach football at The Covenant School, a private Christian grade school in Charlottesville, where officials said he had passed background and reference checks. ___ Alan Suderman reported from Charlottesville. Associated Press writers Steve Szkotak in Richmond and Terry Wallace in Dallas contributed to this report.
Sep 24, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By all appearances, the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student has led a fairly ordinary life: He worked at a hospital, helped coach youth football for a time and attended a Christian university.Now, however, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., is a central figure in a case that has roiled the college town of Charlottesville. Police have...
Suspect charged in case of missing UVa student
MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | Sep 24, 2014RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By all appearances, the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student has led a fairly ordinary life: He worked at a hospital, helped coach youth football for a time and attended a Christian university. Now, however, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., is a central figure in a case that has roiled the college town of Charlottesville. Police have charged him with abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore who went missing Sept. 13. Police believe Matthew was the last person seen with Graham, and obtained a felony warrant for his arrest late Tuesday. Authorities are still looking for Matthew, who sped away from a police station Saturday after coming with family members to ask for a lawyer. It's not clear whether the longtime area resident knew Graham, who was last seen in an area lined with shops and restaurants where police believe she went into a bar with him. The case has spread fear through the quiet community about 70 miles west of Richmond. Authorities have increased patrols and a late-night transportation program for students, who also have begun walking in pairs at night and are paying closer attention to their surroundings. While police continued searching for Graham and struggled to make sense of what led to her disappearance, a vigil was scheduled Wednesday evening at her alma mater, West Potomac High School in northern Virginia. Graham was an alpine skier and alto saxophone player who had earned straight A's six years in a row, according to family members and police. According to police, Graham met friends at a restaurant for dinner on Sept. 12 before stopping by two parties at off-campus housing units. She left the second party alone, police have said, and sent a text message to a friend saying she was lost. Surveillance videos showed her walking, and at some points running, past a pub and a service station and then onto the Downtown Mall, a seven-block pedestrian strip where police believe she entered a bar with Matthew. The university said he's been employed at the University of Virginia Medical Center since Aug. 12, 2012, as a patient technician in the operating room. The charges against the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Matthew surprised Dave Hansen, who first met him about 11 years ago when Hansen served as an assistant pastor at an area church. "I always thought he was a gentle giant, just a nice guy," Hansen said. "He seemed genuine with his faith and spirituality. ... I don't see him doing this at all, but that's usually the case, I guess." Hansen said he's only kept up with Matthew through Facebook, but ran into him at the university's medical center within the last year. He said the soft-spoken Matthew greeted him in an elevator with a high-five. Matthew attended Liberty University from 2000 to 2002, officials with the Lynchburg school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell said, and its athletics website listed him as a defensive lineman on the football team. More recently he also served as a part-time volunteer for the football team at The Covenant School, a private Christian pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school in Charlottesville. Officials said his involvement with the school began last month following interviews with the athletic director and head football coach, as well as normal background and reference checks. After Matthew was named a person of interest in Graham's disappearance, school officials said in a letter that he will "no longer be working with our football program while this matter is being clarified and resolved." While Matthew has had past brushes with the law, the details of those cases are not clear. Online court records show Matthew was convicted of trespassing in 2010 but provide no details about the incident. Details also were unavailable for two other charges of assault and attempted grand larceny relating to a 2009 incident that were not prosecuted. Matthew, who had a taxi permit from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles from 2007 through 2010, also has several traffic infractions, records show. The latest revelations came late Tuesday, when police, who have searched Matthew's car once and his apartment twice, decided they had probable cause to charge him in the disappearance. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo declined to say what new information police had, but authorities sent several items, including clothing, to a state forensics lab for testing. Longo refused to take questions at a Tuesday night news conference announcing the charges against Matthew, but walked back to the podium when a reporter asked whether police were still looking for Graham. "We absolutely are continuing our search for Hannah, even as we speak, and we will continue our search for Hannah," he said.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20.
High school football notebook: Moore's Josh Detweiler impressive in first start
BY TRENT SHADID, SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH | Sep 7, 2014First-year Moore coach Paul Hix believes his team has plenty of positives to build on despite a lopsided loss to Westmoore in the season opener on Friday night. The most obvious being the play of sophomore quarterback Josh Detweiler. In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20. Detweiler did not play as a freshman after suffering an elbow injury. His most recent quarterback experience before Friday night came in eighth grade running the run-heavy wishbone offense. “I’m absolutely glowing over him right now,” Hix said. “He came in with no real expectations, so to step into a game like that as a sophomore and play the way he did was something we were very pleased with. He’s so calm, under control, and I thought he threw the ball magnificently. “For him to pick up the complexity of our air-raid offense so quickly has been awesome to watch and I’m excited to see him develop.” Detweiler did throw two interceptions, one coming on a miscommunication with a receiver inside the 10-yard line. His first touchdown pass came on an eight-yard connection with tight end Jordan Jones. Jones, who didn’t play football last season, had a team-high six catches for 56 yards. Hix says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior will continue to be a go-to target for Detweiler. “(Jones) loves football, and he’s still learning how to play,” Hix said. “He came to us as just a basketball player, and I told him he had a chance to be a possible college prospect as a tight end. He certainly showed flashes of that last night.” MCLOUD QB LAMBERT STRONG IN DEBUT McLoud quarterback Jesse Lambert’s first career start couldn’t have gone much better. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior threw three touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores in a 49-0 win over Bethel that was called at halftime because of lightning. McLoud visits Perkins-Tryon for its first road game of the season Friday. OVERSTREET HAS BIG GAME FOR DRUMRIGHT Drumright equaled its win total from last season with a 25-13 win Friday over Wellston behind the play of Tre’von Overstreet. Overstreet, a junior, rushed for 214 yards on 25 carries, scoring four touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 8.6 yards per carry. Drumright went 1-9 last year, beating only Liberty in Week 3.
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Aug 25, 2014
1. Davis (15-0): Star QB Blake Summers is back to lead the Wolves’ repeat quest. 2. Vian (13-1): Senior QB/LB Rylee Simon has led the Wolverines to a 38-3 record as a three-year starter. 3. Hennessey (11-2): The Eagles are looking for an eighth straight 10-win season with several key players returning. 4. Millwood (14-1): The Falcons are still expected to contend for a state title despite...
High school football: Class 2A preseason rankings
BY TRENT SHADID | Aug 25, 20141. Davis (15-0): Star QB Blake Summers is back to lead the Wolves’ repeat quest. 2. Vian (13-1): Senior QB/LB Rylee Simon has led the Wolverines to a 38-3 record as a three-year starter. 3. Hennessey (11-2): The Eagles are looking for an eighth straight 10-win season with several key players returning. 4. Millwood (14-1): The Falcons are still expected to contend for a state title despite replacing most of their standout players from 2013. 5. Adair (11-2): QB/DB B.J. Bradbury returns after throwing for over 3,300 total yards as a freshman last season. 6. Nowata (10-2): QB Wyatt Steigerwald leads a group of 17 seniors and nine returning offensive starters. 7. Christian Heritage (8-4): Expectations are high with all four defensive line starters and several skill position players returning. 8. Hartshorne (11-3): The Miners must replace their starting QB and RB from last season’s semifinal team. 9. Stroud (6-5): A strong offensive line will be relied on to make holes for RB Alex Boodt. 10. Oklahoma Christian (9-4): Senior RB/LB Luke Frankfurt has led the Saints in tackles the past three years. 11. Washington (8-3): WR Brady Kulbeth and RB Luke Ladlee lead the Warriors’ speedy offense after both accounted for over 1,000 yards last season. 12. Hobart (7-4): RB Aaron Hernandez and QB Kellan Smith are back after helping lead the Bearcats to the playoffs in 2013. 13. Chisholm (9-2): Senior QB Taggart Brown threw for 1,762 yards last season and returns top target Austin Swann. 14. Tonkawa (5-5): The Buccaneers haven’t finished better than 6-5 since winning the Class A title in 2009. 15. Commerce (11-1): Junior RB Trenton Barr will replace 2,000-yard rusher D.C. Chance in the backfield. 16. Okemah (9-3): Senior lineman Tanner Britt and Adam Hill lead a strong front on both sides of the ball. 17. Lindsay (8-3): Expectations are high for Lindsay with eight starters back on each side of the ball including star QB/S Jake Standridge. 18. Colcord (7-4): QB Caleb Shawver threw for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season. 19. Chandler (5-5): The Lions are back in Class 2A after never finishing better than 5-5 during the past four seasons in 3A. 20. Luther (4-6): Junior Maurice Wright accounted for 1,460 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns at RB and WR last season. 21. Alva (7-4): The Goldbugs must replace a four-year starter at QB in Ty Hooper. 22. Crooked Oak (6-5): WR Sanardo Ballard had 740 yards and 10 touchdowns in the Ruf Nex’ rushing offense last season. 23. Hugo (7-4): Reed Wallace leads the defense at linebacker with 12 career sacks. 24. Salina (9-3): The Wildcats will look for success behind their running game and defense. 25. Lexington (5-6): The Bulldogs will rely on an experienced offensive line led by 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior Tyler Brown. 26. Frederick (4-7): The Bombers finished below .500 last season for the first time since 2008. 27. Kansas (6-5): Jared Hogshooter takes the reigns at quarterback after throwing nine touchdowns in eight games last year. 28. Kingston (7-4): Danny Charlie looks to lead the team in tackles for a third straight season. 29. Panama (7-4): Senior linebacker Gabe Harp, a four-year starter, leads a veteran group. 30. Pawhuska (4-7): Senior TE/WR Marshall Tolson is one of five returning starters on offense. 31. Dibble (4-6): Senior DB Braeden James returns with 15 career interceptions. 32. Chouteau (4-6): The Wildcats are looking to improve on their 16 points per game mark in 2013. 33. Marietta (5-6): Entering this season, the Indians are looking for a third straight playoff appearance. 34. Haskell (5-6): The Haymakers look to return to the playoffs after a first-round exit last season. 35. Pocola (3-7): The Indians showed solid offensive production last season, averaging nearly 30 points per game. 36. Chelsea (3-8): The Dragons return seven starters on offense including junior running back Zack Eidschun. 37. Perry (4-6): The Maroons finished last season on a three-game winning streak. 38. Antlers (4-6): Two road losses to finish 2013 cost Antlers a trip to the playoffs. 39. Henryetta (2-8): The Knights move down to 2A after only managing two wins in Class 3A a year ago. 40. Wewoka (6-5): Junior Tre Roberts returns as a three-year starter while the Tigers transition up to 2A. 41. Wyandotte (5-5): Seniors Clayton Stone and Seth Shettlesworth return after combining for over 1,500 yards rushing last season. 42. Oklahoma Union (3-7): The Cougars look to shore up a defense that allowed 26 points per game last season. 43. Pawnee (2-8): Junior QB Nathan Brock leads a group of eight returning starters on offense. 44. Holdenville (2-8): The Wolverines will rely on their running attack to help improve from last season. 45. Tishomingo (2-8): The Indians scored at least 21 points in seven games last season, but faltered defensively. 46. Newkirk (3-7): Senior QB Jaycee Johnston returns for his third straight year as the starter. 47. Hulbert (1-9): The Riders only managed nine points per game last year and never won on the road. 48. Caney Valley (2-8): The Trojans’ two wins came in the final three weeks of the season in 2013. 49. Coalgate (1-9): The Wildcats started 1-1 last season before dropping eight straight. 50. Wellston (1-9): The Tigers managed only one win last year while averaging 167 yards per game on the ground. 51. Northeast (1-9): The Vikings’ only bright spot of 2013 was a 59-0 win over SeeWorth Academy. 52. Atoka (0-10): The Wampus Cats are looking for more success in 2A after going winless in 3A last season. 53. Walters (2-8): Sophomore RB Kyle Graham rushed for 13 touchdowns as a freshman. 54. Prague (0-10): Former Hennessey and Purcell coach Shannon Watford takes over the Red Devils program. 55. Liberty (1-9): The Tigers move up from Class A where they surrendered 38 points per game last season. 56. Wilburton (0-10): The Diggers allowed over 60 points per game in 2013. BY TRENT SHADID, scott wright and chris Brannick
Vian feels no pressure in pursuit of fourth straight district title
High school football: District 2A-6 preview
By Jonathan Greco | Aug 18, 2014The Vian Wolverines are predicted to win another district football title, and for good reason. The three-time defending 2A-6 district champs return 10 offensive starters and nine defensive starters from a team that went undefeated and outscored its opponents 401-78 during last year’s regular season. Vian fell short in the playoffs, though, falling to Davis in the semifinals. Vian returns dual-threat quarterback Rylee Simon, who totaled 2,954 yards and 31 touchdowns last year. He has offers from UTEP and Air Force. The Wolverines also have senior running back Eric Casey, who ran for 1,992 yards and 35 touchdowns during his junior season. The expectation to win does not provide extra pressure for the Wolverines. Vian playing championship-style football is expected. “Our kids expect to go out and compete for a district championship every year,” coach Brandon Tyler said. “Ultimately we want to win that gold ball. It’s kind of eluded us. Our kids are hungry and ready to go.” POCOLA HAS PLAYOFFS ON ITS MIND A new attitude has been spreading throughout the Indians’ practices. Last year, making the playoffs was not a conversation Pocola players were having. This year, that’s changed, coach Rick Lang said. “The kids are talking about playoffs now,” he said. “We didn’t talk much about it last year. It was out there, it was mentioned, but this year it’s like we hear it every practice. “You hear that word ‘playoffs’ a lot around here this year, and that’s good.” PANAMA’S RECENT SUCCESS FACES A NUMBERS PROBLEM Two years ago, the Razorbacks snuck into the playoffs with a 4-6 record, including a 3-3 record in district play. Last year, they improved, finishing the regular season with a 4-2 district record and 7-3 overall. Continuing Panama’s rise will be difficult in 2014, though. Coach Brandon Ellis’ team consists of 23 players. “We’re really thin,” Ellis said. “We’re going to have to stay injury free if we need to be successful.” Of Panama’s 23 players, five are returning offensive starters and seven are returning defensive starters. HARTSHORNE COACH’S RESPONSIBILITIES HAVEN’T CHANGED The Sept. 5 season opener against Holdenville will be Justin James’ 12th year on Hartshorne’s coaching staff, but it will mark his first season as head coach. He spent the last seven seasons as the Miners’ offensive coordinator, and the switch to head coach has its changes in an administrative sense, but his coaching responsibilities remain the same. “There’s more delegating, more responsibility,” James said. “But as far as my coaching responsibility, I’m still doing the offense.” EXTRA POINTS Liberty comes to 2A-6 from A-8 and returns a healthy team, including three starting offensive linemen in Ethan Gann, Brett Ragsdill and Lucas Cypert; two experienced fullbacks in John Michael Redmer and Carter Alwardt; transfer Weston Pardue; and returner Austin Miller at running back with a converted fullback at quarterback in Cody Herndon to run the pistol-flex offense. … Panama turns to sophomore Tristan Thompson as its starting quarterback. Ellis said Thompson has looked good during two-a-days and will find success with his legs and finding open receivers on short routes. … Hartshorne running back LaMarcus Morris added 10-15 pounds during the offseason, James said. Along with the personal improvements, Morris will have the benefit of running behind an offensive line featuring four seniors and a junior. District 2A-6 Coaches’ Poll 1. Vian (13-1) 2. Hartshorne (11-3) 3. Panama (7-4) 4. Pocola (3-7) 5. Antlers (4-6) 6. Wilburton (0-10) 7. Liberty (1-9) *Last year’s record in parentheses
Jul 24, 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid.Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success."I've had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that's really where my drive is from," Jennings said Thursday. "I was the...
Giants RB Jennings remembers "fat kid"
Associated Press | Jul 24, 2014EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid. Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success. "I've had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that's really where my drive is from," Jennings said Thursday. "I was the dorky kid, overweight, glasses, the 0.6 GPA. Asthma. "I had to really work out and because of that I am appreciative of how much I had to learn." Jennings didn't have high expectations — or much of any expectations, really — growing up in Forest, Virginia. At least not until he realized how badly he was wasting his life. "I got tired of being called the fat kid, tired of hearing it on all these levels," he said. "I woke up one day and ran, literally. I outran asthma. My grades, I got them up. Anything that was against me, I found an answer. "At a point in my life, I did a 180," added Jennings, who runs a camp in Lynchburg, Virginia called, yes, Camp 180. "It was a matter of taking ownership over grades, taking responsibility and being accountable. I stopped making excuses." And he soon began making plays on the football field, going from a self-described scrub to a highly sought prospect. He even transferred from Jefferson Forest High School to Liberty Christian Academy, then was heavily recruited by colleges. Jennings went to Pitt for one year, then transferred back home to Liberty, where no one was calling him anything except a pro prospect. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in all three seasons at the FCS school, including a career-best 1,500 in 2008. That only got him drafted 250th overall, by Jacksonville. Not many seventh-rounders make the NFL. Big deal, Jennings thought. Just another challenge. "I've always felt I had to prove myself," he said. "Since I've entered the league, it's been to prove that I'm a complete back. That's being able to catch the ball out of the backfield; being able to protect the quarterback; being able to hold onto the football. Third and short: can make the play. Fourth and goal: can make the play. Third and long: can make the play. Never having to come off the field. "That's something, entering the league, that I've always wanted to put my name on. So many times as a running back you get labeled. You get labeled a power back. You hear guys get labeled a receiver. You hear guys get labeled as a speedster. I want to be known as a complete back." Jennings, 29, joined the Giants as a free agent in March, making New York his third team in three years. He played his first four NFL seasons in Jacksonville, mostly as a backup to Maurice Jones-Drew. He left for Oakland a year ago and started eight games while showing his versatility with 733 yards rushing and six touchdowns, plus 36 receptions for another 292 yards. This will be the first time he's truly been looked at as the feature back in someone's training camp. David Wilson is coming off neck surgery, Andre Williams is a rookie, and the rest of the running backs don't have the versatility of Jennings. "I think that I'm not going in any differently," Jennings said of needing a new mindset. "To be able to say that is really doing an injustice to the position that I've always had. I've always approached the game as I am a starter. The mental reps, the physical reps, taking care of my body on and off the field — all those apply. As a football player, I can't imagine you stepping out on the field and not caring." NOTES: Coach Tom Coughlin cut short the outdoor practice Thursday to give the players 30 minutes of indoor stretching. He called it a recovery stretch, and when asked if a new, more scientific regimen met his approval, he drew laughs by responding: "I'm doing the best I can." ... Top draft pick WR Odell Beckham Jr. missed his second straight practice with a hamstring problem. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Wide receiver K.J. Williams and defensive back Treevon Prater have failed to qualify academically and will not enroll at Syracuse in the fall, according to head coach Scott Shafer.The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Williams, who played at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, last year, was considered one of the Orange's top recruits. He received a four-star rating by...
2 Syracuse football recruits don't qualify
Associated Press | Jun 27, 2014SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Wide receiver K.J. Williams and defensive back Treevon Prater have failed to qualify academically and will not enroll at Syracuse in the fall, according to head coach Scott Shafer. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Williams, who played at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, last year, was considered one of the Orange's top recruits. He received a four-star rating by Rivals, Scout, and 247 Sports. Prater, a 6-foot, 178-pound defensive back from East St. Louis (Illinois) High School, was a three-star athlete there but was listed by recruiting sites as an athlete because he had played very little organized football. Shafer said both players were deciding whether to go to junior college or prep school.
The Hobby Lobby decision is slated to come this month. But when else did religious freedom reach the Supreme Court? Here's a list to cover that.
13 times religious freedom has reached the Supreme Court
Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Jun 26, 2014Many expect the decision for the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case will be announced by the United States Supreme Court this month as it ends its current session, which will redefine religious freedom in the workplace. The court case concerns Hobby Lobby’s current workplace policy that denies workers from having the right to “potentially life-terminating drugs and devices” — like contraceptives, for example — as it goes against founder David Green and his family’s religious beliefs, according to The Becket Fund. But this case isn’t the first time religious freedom has made its way to the Supreme Court. Here are 13 other religious liberty cases the SCOTUS has offered their judgment on, including more details on the Hobby Lobby case. 1943 – West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette Have you ever refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Well, in West Virginia in 1943 this could have gotten you expelled or made your parents lose custody of you. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that this practice violated the First Amendment, as students shouldn’t be forced to read the Pledge of Allegiance. 1947 — Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township In New Jersey, a taxpayer filed suit when schools reimbursed parents of children for the costs of using public transportation to get to school, including Catcholic schools. The Supreme Court ruled that the state was not in the wrong, as schools were helping the well being of both secular and religious students. 1948 — McCollum v. Board of Education The Champaign County Board of Education once had outside teachers come in to their schools once a week to offer religious education. Attendance was kept, harming students who didn’t attend. The Supreme Court ruled that this was a violation of the Establishment Clause as the government was in a way supporting religious groups. 1962 — Engel v. Vitale Each day New York public schools used to start with a prayer the State Board of Regents wrote. And similar to many other decisions by the Supreme Court, it was ruled that states cannot require a religious exercise during the school day. 1963 — Abington School District v. Schempp Pennsylvania law used to require students to read 10 Bible verses before the beginning of classes on a school day. This was deemed an “impermissible religious exercise” when two families sued the government, claiming it violated the U.S. constitution. 1968 — Epperson v. Arkansas Susan Epperson, a teacher in Arkansas, sued the state over a law that prevented her from teaching about the theory of evolution. The Supreme Court later ruled that the state couldn’t stop teachers from teaching certain theories and educational material that might conflict with religious beliefs. 1971 – Lemon v. Kurtzman Rhode Island and Pennsylvania were giving aid to church-related schools, and taxpayers weren’t exactly down for that. The Supreme Court ruled, then, that the states were violating the Establishment Clause as the government was becoming too involved with religious affairs. 1980 — Stone v. Graham Kentucky once had a law that required public schools to have the Ten Commandments posted on the walls of every public classroom. This case eventually went to the Supreme Court, which, in a close 5-4 decision, decided this was a violation of the Establishment Clause. 1990 — Employment Div. v. Smith Two employees ingested peyote — a hallucinogenic drug — as part of a religious exercise for their Native American church. They were then fired and didn’t receive unemployment benefits. The Supreme Court upheld this decision, saying it was totally within the rights of the employer to withhold benefits from workers. 1990 – Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens All Bridget Mergens wanted was to start a Christian club at school. When she was denied, she sued the Board of Education, saying that the Equal Access Act should allow her to start the club. The Supreme Court ruled in her favor, saying the Equal Access Act was meant to give equal treatment for those of different religions. 1992 – Lee v. Weisman Rhode Island used to have clergy members or religious folks speak at their graduations. But in 1992, the Supreme Court ruled in a close 5-4 decision that schools shouldn’t promote these kind of speeches, as it forces people to partake in a religious exercise. 2000 — Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe In Santa Fe, Texas, it was commonplace for students to give pre-game prayers before their high school football games. But students became upset and filed suit. Soon after, the Supreme Court ruled this was a violation of the Establishment Clause as it was a form of the government intervening with religious affairs. 2014 — Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Hobby Lobby’s owner David Green does not provide employee benefits for contraception and other life-threatening drugs for religious reasons. Even though the 10th Circuit approved of this business practice at Hobby Lobby, the U.S. government appealed the decision. Arguments were heard on March 25 and a decision is likely to come this month.
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BUYING ECSTASY ON UNDERGROUND WEBSITE USING BITCOINSA southwest Florida man has pleaded guilty to using bitcoins to buy a massive amount of drugs via the now-shuttered Silk Road website. Federal authorities say 34-year-old Angel Quinones imported at least 9,193 grams of MDMA,...
5 Things to Know in Florida for May 14
The Associated Press, Associated Press | May 14, 2014Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BUYING ECSTASY ON UNDERGROUND WEBSITE USING BITCOINS A southwest Florida man has pleaded guilty to using bitcoins to buy a massive amount of drugs via the now-shuttered Silk Road website. Federal authorities say 34-year-old Angel Quinones imported at least 9,193 grams of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, from a Dutch supplier between 2012 and 2013, with the intention of selling it in the U.S. FLORIDA GOVERNOR, CABINET VOTE IN FAVOR OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AND POWER LINES FOR SOUTH FLORIDA Florida's largest power company has received the go-ahead from state officials to construct two nuclear reactors in South Florida, a project vehemently opposed by officials in several cities in Miami-Dade County. Gov. Rick Scott voted in favor of a plan that would allow Florida Power & Light to add nuclear generators to its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power, enough for about 750,000 homes. VIDEO SHOWS FLORIDA OFFICER KICK CHILD TO THE GROUND WHILE BOY IS RESTRAINED Boynton Beach police are investigating after a video surfaced of one of their officers kicking a child's legs from under him while the child's hands appear to be restrained behind his back. A police spokeswoman says one officer has been placed on administrative duty after the footage was found online Tuesday. The video shows two boys apparently being arrested. An officer approaches one and appears to kick him, causing the boy to fall to the ground. ACLU CHALLENGES HILLSBOROUGH'S SINGLE-SEX CLASSES IN COMPLAINT The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education challenging Hillsborough County's single-sex classrooms. The complaint says the single-sex classrooms violate federal law prohibiting discrimination based on gender in schools that receive public funding. A spokesman for the Hillsborough County Public Schools says parents can choose whether or not to send children to single-sex schools. FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL COACH CHARGED WITH STEALING MONEY FROM STUDENTS' WALLETS A Florida high school football coach has been arrested after authorities say he repeatedly stole money from students' wallets. Volusia County sheriff's officials said they used invisible luminescent powder sprinkled on decoy money to catch Rodney Barnes. After several thefts in the boys' locker room, the school bought an ultraviolet theft detection kit and the sheriff's office launched "Operation Sticky Fingers."
HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court says a group of southeast Texas high school cheerleaders is not at risk of being kept from displaying banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games.Kountze (Coontz') School District initially said the banners couldn't be displayed after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The cheerleaders' parents sued the district. But the district...
Court: Cheerleaders' Bible signs not threatened
JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | May 8, 2014HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court says a group of southeast Texas high school cheerleaders is not at risk of being kept from displaying banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games. Kountze (Coontz') School District initially said the banners couldn't be displayed after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The cheerleaders' parents sued the district. But the district later changed its policy and asked that the lawsuit be dropped. A judge last year ruled the banners are constitutionally permissible. But the appeals court in Beaumont said Thursday that the lower court shouldn't have heard the case because the policy change resolved the dispute. The school district hailed the ruling as a victory. But an attorney for the cheerleaders says he worries whether religious liberties will be safe without further protections.
The 5-4 Supreme Court decision Monday upholding prayers at local government meetings pleased supporters who cheered the second endorsement of "legislative prayers" in 30 years.
Supreme Court endorsed legislative prayer for second time in 30 years
Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | May 6, 2014WASHINGTON – The 5-4 Supreme Court decision Monday upholding prayers at local government meetings pleased supporters who cheered the second endorsement of "legislative prayers" in 30 years as a victory for freedom of speech. But opponents said the ruling could impose "second-class citizenship" on those who don't share the dominant faith of a given community. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that government could not mandate a legislative prayer "to a generic God" to avoid offending someone in the room. He added that unless legislative prayers show a pattern of proselytizing or denigration of other faiths "a challenge based solely on the content of a prayer will not likely establish a constitutional violation." The decision caps the contentious case of Town of Greece vs. Galloway, in which two residents of the small New York town eight miles northwest of Rochester, complained that only four of 127 "guest chaplains" opening town meetings with prayer were not Christians. Residents Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, each objected to the imbalance, and allege they were told either to stop attending meetings or "not listen" to the prayers. A federal appeals court in New York held the prayers to be unconstitutional and the town appealed. Monday's ruling comes more than three decades after a 1983 case, Marsh v. Chambers, where the court held that the Nebraska Legislature's custom of opening meetings with prayers by a paid chaplain did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which says the state may not "establish" a religion "or prohibit the free exercise thereof." 'Legislative prayer' victory Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which supported the Town of Greece in the case, applauded the latest ruling. "Both the majority opinion and the dissenting opinion affirm legislative prayer is constitutional," he said. "At a very high level, today's opinion is a unanimous victory for legislative prayer, a time-honored tradition of allowing government to reflect the beliefs of its citizens." Blomberg said those who opposed the Town of Greece's prayer policy "want you to create this majoritarian definition of prayer that has to be the way everyone prays. It was an attack on the diverse policy the Town of Greece has: they invited everyone to pray and never refused anyone from participating." He said opponents were "asking for government-mandated type of prayers, and the court soundly rejected that." In referencing "legislative prayer," the ruling says nothing concerning other controversial public prayers that have landed in court, such as those offered at public school football games or public high school graduations. But Blomberg said that the reasoning in Monday's ruling about the role of faith in public life could impact another controversial case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In that case, the Green family, which owns the national craft store chain, is seeking exemption from a government contraceptive mandate, which the family says is against its religious beliefs. "What the Green family is asking is for the (Supreme) Court to recognize the same thing it did in (the) Town of Greece (case), that the government should not be hostile to religion, and recognize that religion is a fundamental part of what citizens are," Blomberg said. Minority religions ignored? But not all religious freedom advocates liked the court's latest legislative prayer ruling. Douglas Laycock, a law professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and who argued the case for Galloway and Stephens before the high court, said the ruling doesn't bode well for minority religions. "The local majority can do anything it wants ... that's what this opinion says," he said. Laycock, who worked with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in representing Galloway and Stephens, said it would be better "not to have prayer in the public part of government meetings." By sanctioning "legislative prayer" at the council meetings, Laycock said, "it's a green light for local majorities to impose their religious practices on anyone who wants to participate in civic affairs." Justice Elena Kagan, who led the dissenting bloc, apparently agreed with Laycock's concern about the content of the prayers. "I think the Town of Greece’s prayer practices violate that norm of religious equality — the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian," she wrote. She chided the town's practice that led to more than a decade of "prayers steeped in only one faith, addressed toward members of the public, commenced meetings to discuss local affairs and distribute government benefits. In my view, that practice does not square with the First Amendment’s promise that every citizen, irrespective of her religion, owns an equal share in her government." But Kennedy, in the majority opinion, dismissed concerns such as those voiced by Laycock and Kagan, noting the sectarian prayers heard in Congress during America's earlier years. "The decidedly Christian nature of these prayers must not be dismissed as the relic of a time when our nation was less pluralistic than it is today," the justice wrote. "Congress continues to permit its appointed and visiting chaplains to express themselves in a religious idiom. It acknowledges our growing diversity not by proscribing sectarian content but by welcoming ministers of many creeds." Kennedy also stated the purpose and practical boundaries for such orations: "Prayer that is solemn and respectful in tone, that invites lawmakers to reflect upon shared ideals and common ends before they embark on the fractious business of governing, serves that legitimate function." Religious reaction While many Christian groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel and the Faith and Freedom Coalition applauded the move, some strict separationists demurred. K. Hollyn Hollman, an attorney for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, which supported the Americans United case, told the Deseret News her group would be happier with a moment of silence at a town council meeting. "I don't think it is good for religion to mix specific worship practices in participatory government meetings," she said. "You shouldn't have to participate in an act of worship in order to attend a local government meeting." But Southern Baptist pastor Russell D. Moore, president of Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the court did the right thing. "This is a victory for all of those who believe in the freedom of speech, including religious speech, as a prized part of our God-given religious liberty." Harsh Voruganti the Hindu American Foundation's associate director of public policy, asserted the "decision is inconsistent with previous Supreme Court decisions preventing government endorsement of specific religious beliefs. Unfortunately, this decision may open the door to government sanctioned sectarian prayers." The ruling may also open the door to further litigation, according to historian John Ragosta, a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and author of the 2013 book, "Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed." He said the main part of the decision "is fairly sensible in a lot of ways: If we can have legislative prayer, government cannot be telling people how to pray. The government should not be in the business of telling people what to say in their prayers. There's a lot of merit to that." However, Ragosta said, the decision "doesn't really resolve a lot of issues" regarding the content of such prayers, and he predicted the matter may come before the high court again. But law professor Laycock disagrees, saying, "It appears to be a final curtain on any attempt to require some sensitivity to religious minorities in anything that can be called legislative."
May 1, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lou Tepper knew exactly what button he could push to motivate linebacker Khalil Mack in the week leading up to Buffalo's daunting season-opening test against Ohio State last year.The Bulls defensive coordinator began referring to Mack as: "JAG — Just A Guy.""I don't know who it was, but somebody from (the Buckeyes) staff said he was 'just a guy,'" said Tepper, the former...
Buffalo LB Khalil Mack separates himself from pack
JOHN WAWROW, Associated Press | May 1, 2014BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lou Tepper knew exactly what button he could push to motivate linebacker Khalil Mack in the week leading up to Buffalo's daunting season-opening test against Ohio State last year. The Bulls defensive coordinator began referring to Mack as: "JAG — Just A Guy." "I don't know who it was, but somebody from (the Buckeyes) staff said he was 'just a guy,'" said Tepper, the former Illinois head coach who has a lengthy history of developing college linebackers. "So after that, we started to call him all that week a 'JAG.' And there's no question that he was motivated to prove that he belonged." Mack can no longer be dismissed. Beginning with his lights-out performance in a 40-20 loss to the Buckeyes in which he had nine tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown, Mack capped a dominating senior season that has him projected to be a top-five selection in the NFL draft next week. "It was funny," Mack said this week, recalling Tepper's motivational ploy. "But even then, I knew what he was trying to do." As for the lingering sting of the nickname, Mack said he's just getting started when it comes to separating himself from the pack. "That's the thing. I'm still working hard to prove it," he said. He's accomplished much already during a season in which he helped the Mid-American Conference team earn its second bowl berth. Mack won the Jack Lambert Award and finished second to Alabama's C.J. Mosley in the Butkus Award voting — both honoring the nation's top linebackers. He set a conference record with 16 career forced fumbles. His 75 career tackles for a loss tied current Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin's college numbers, and were the most at the NCAA level since 2000. At 6-foot-2 and 251 pounds, Mack is touted to have the speed, strength and versatility to play any linebacker position in either a 3-4 or 4-3 system. At the NFL combine in February, Mack topped linebacker prospects in four of six categories: the 40-yard dash (4.65 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.18 seconds), vertical jump (40 inches) and broad jump (128 inches). Though Mack was already on NFL scouts' radars after considering entering the draft last year, he began upping his value following the game against Ohio State. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer was left impressed, saying: "His stock in the draft just went up." After struggling a week later in a loss to Baylor, Mack was difficult to contain against MAC competition. He was a one-man wrecking ball in forcing three fumbles and getting three sacks in a late-season win over Miami, Ohio. NFL general managers, scouts and draft experts have taken notice, too. "The guy looks like the real deal," Browns GM Ray Farmer said. "When he got on bigger stages, he demonstrated he could perform." Added former Dallas Cowboys executive and NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt: "There's nine guys that could be the first pick in the draft, and he's one of the nine guys." All 32 teams were represented at Buffalo' pro day in March. That group included two general managers, Buffalo's Doug Whaley and Oakland's Reggie McKenzie, and newly hired Browns coach Mike Pettine. "The sky's the limit on him," Whaley said. "He can do whatever you need him to do." Over the past month, Mack limited his predraft visits to six teams, including those owning the first three selections, Houston, St. Louis and Jacksonville. He's also drawn interest from Atlanta (No. 6 pick) and Detroit (No. 10). The Bulls, who made the jump to the MAC in 1999, aren't accustomed to having such attention. Since the NFL merger, no Buffalo player has been drafted higher than the fourth round. Mack has a history of being overlooked, too. A devastating knee injury sustained while playing basketball limited him to playing just his senior season at high school in Fort Pierce, Florida. Liberty was the only school to initially offer him a scholarship. The Bulls didn't become interested until Liberty assistant Robert Wimberly was hired by Buffalo and made Mack an offer. Mack acknowledged he thought his chances of playing football were over when he injured his knee. "I felt terrible," he said. "It was a thing where I knew I had to get ready to do something else with my life that didn't involve sports." Some six years later, Mack is both anxious and eager to start the next chapter of his career. "To know what I've been through, and know what I experienced, this means so much," Mack said. "If anything, a lot of hard work is paying off. "I'm trying to embrace this process because it's only going to happen once. And I'm trying to make the most out of it." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
The Rams better get off to a good start this season because the middle of their schedule is savage.Year 3 of the Jeff Fisher Regime opens with a home game against Minnesota, a game at Tampa Bay and a home game against Dallas. The Rams will have every chance to win early.Then comes an early bye week, probably too early to be of value.And then comes serious trouble: Games at Philadelphia, at home...
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By Jeff Gordon, Associated Press | Apr 24, 2014The Rams better get off to a good start this season because the middle of their schedule is savage. Year 3 of the Jeff Fisher Regime opens with a home game against Minnesota, a game at Tampa Bay and a home game against Dallas. The Rams will have every chance to win early. Then comes an early bye week, probably too early to be of value. And then comes serious trouble: Games at Philadelphia, at home to San Francisco (on Monday night), at home to Seattle, at Kansas City, at San Francisco, at Arizona -- three in a row on the road! -- and then back home against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. If the Rams are still in one piece at playing at San Diego next, things ease up a bit with games at home to Oakland, at Washington and at home to Arizona (on short rest on Thursday night) and the New York Giants. Then the season ends with the traditional game in the Seattle madhouse. Whew! That schedule has "7-9" written all over it. In fact, ESPN tabbed the over-under at 7. It's bad enough playing in the NFC West, but forcing that division to play tough AFC West teams this season is just piling on. Based on last season's records, this schedule ranks as the third-hardest in the NFL. They play seven playoff teams during a span of eight games. The Rams will need to rebuild their home-field advantage and beat some powerful teams in The Ed to get to the high side of .500. Wish them well. MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE Questions to ponder of Cardinal hitters will ever heat up this season: What kind of knucklehead hides pine tar on his neck? What does your stadium food choice say about you? Say, what's up in the Russell Wilson household? QUIPS 'R US Here is what some of America's leading sports pundits have been writing: Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports: "Twenty-six men, including (Albert) Pujols, have hit 500 home runs. All kinds of men. All kinds of eras. Some, it's what they did, why they went to work; they hit home runs. Others, the home runs seemed a consequence of the rest of their game. The home runs came with the daily pursuit of the perfect swing, the reliable glove, the secondary lead, the big jump. But, maybe, mostly, the perfect swing." Elizabeth Merrill, ESPN.com: "Blame it on the NFL for pushing back this year's draft two weeks, and the fact that there's nothing else to talk about until May 8. Blame South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who stirred the pot a bit in February when he called (Jadeveon) Clowney's work ethic just 'OK.' But maybe the only one you can blame for this whole mess is Clowney for drawing too much attention to himself. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a 19-year-old sophomore, a rarity for a defensive player. Then there was the hit, on New Year's Day 2013, that has been replayed so many times it almost seems redundant to type. Clowney exploded into the Michigan backfield in the Outback Bowl and hit running back Vincent Smith with such force that it jarred Smith's helmet off his head. From that day on, stories about Clowney's athletic prowess flowed like sweet tea at a Carolina barbecue. He was called the greatest defensive player since Lawrence Taylor; he was Superman and supposedly even wore a cape as a baby. He was projected as a lock for the No. 1 draft pick in 2013, but he couldn't declare because he was just two years removed from high school. So Clowney went back to school, and had a non-superhuman year at South Carolina in which he amassed just a fraction of his sophomore statistics, and here he finds himself, surrounded by questions about motivation. Does he really love football? Has he been skating by on talent? Did he shut it down in 2013, saving his body and bank account? Is he still worth a No. 1 pick? Colin McGowan, Sports on Earth: "I suppose the NFL media operates this way during draft season because it works. I'm using 'works' in a loose sense here, because most everything about it is intellectually bankrupt. I mean it generates clicks and ratings because it appeals to the football fan's id. All of this fevered nothing exists because fans would like to know who their team is going to pick. This is an understandable desire, but what's concerning is that it's apparently strong enough that fans won't take an acceptable answer, which is that they can't know who their team is going to pick until it has already happened. There's a considerable gap between what we want to know and what we can know, and for whatever reason, fans fail to see it, plummeting to their psychic death like stampeding buffalo over a canyon's lip." Tom Verducci, SI.com: "There is nothing grand about Wrigley Field. Its architectural achievement is its very lack of grandness. It's the clapboard house of ballparks, appealing to our need for a sense of home, for not just the familiar but for the familial. Grandpa Wrigley is always there for us. Wrigley Field is the most meaningful sports venue in this country. It is meaningful because of the concrete ramps and steel beams and off-kilter lines that make it resemble the first draft of a ballpark. But it is more meaningful because of the time and place those brick-and-mortar characteristics have come to define. Like the Statue of Liberty, Wrigley has grown to be identified and cherished for its patina. The longer Wrigley stands and the faster, louder and busier everything else outside its brick walls becomes, the more we need it." Norman Chad, Washington Post: "Coaching in the NBA might be easy, but keeping your job is hard. First of all, it's not easy -- what, you want to be calling out plays for J.R. Smith eight months a year? As for staying employed, look at the precarious state of Mark Jackson, who has led the Golden State Warriors to 47-35 and 51-31 records the past two seasons and somehow is in danger of getting fired; the Warriors were 23-43 in 2011-12 The NBA is so tough, back in the day John the Baptist could've led the Orlando Magic to an 81-1 record and still been beheaded. MEGAPHONE "I think the stock market in college football is going through the roof. Four teams is going to draw more interest, and eventually it will go to eight because of the benefits and revenue that comes from the market for college football." Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy, anticipating a bigger NCAA playoff down the road. ——— Follow Jeff Gordon on Twitter @gordoszone and on Facebook at Gordo'sZone. ——— ©2014 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by MCT Information Services _____ Topics: t000046469,t000003183,t000003195,g000362661,g000066164,g000065594
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — For someone who was lightly recruited coming out of high school, linebacker Khalil Mack is attracting an impressive crowd leading up to the NFL draft.Representatives from all 32 teams were on hand Tuesday for the University at Buffalo's pro day, and the projected first-round draft pick was the main attraction inside the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse."Thirty-two teams?...
LB Mack draws impressive crowd to Buffalo workout
JOHN WAWROW, Associated Press | Mar 4, 2014ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — For someone who was lightly recruited coming out of high school, linebacker Khalil Mack is attracting an impressive crowd leading up to the NFL draft. Representatives from all 32 teams were on hand Tuesday for the University at Buffalo's pro day, and the projected first-round draft pick was the main attraction inside the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. "Thirty-two teams? That's a blessing," Mack said. "I don't try to notice that. I try to keep that on the backburner. I'm still working hard, and that's what it's about with me. I don't focus on the attention." Mack is becoming difficult to overlook. At 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, he possesses the size, speed and versatility to play a variety of positions in any type of defensive scheme. He also has impressive numbers over a four-year college career in the Mid-American Conference, which he capped by earning the Jack Lambert award as the nation's top linebacker. He set an FBS career record with 16 forced fumbles and tied another one with 75 career tackles for a loss. Not bad for someone who, coming out of Fort Pierce, Fla., first considered attending Liberty University, before being offered a full scholarship by Buffalo, and only after Liberty assistant Robert Wimberly was hired by the Bulls. Some five years later, Mack had the NFL's attention during a Bulls pro day that traditionally attracts between 15 and 20 scouts. "That just shows you what high regard the NFL has of him," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said of the turnout. "The sky's the limit on him." Among those on hand were Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and Cleveland Browns rookie coach Mike Pettine, the Bills' former defensive coordinator. Pettine joked he just happened to be in town to pick up a few things he left behind. As for his interest in Mack, Pettine broke into a wide smile and said: "Just a little bit." Pettine then spent about 10 minutes on the sideline discussing Mack with Bulls coach Jeff Quinn. "Absolutely the best player I've seen. He's just so complete," Quinn said of Mack. "He's a game-changer." That was evident in a last year's season-opening 40-20 loss at Ohio State. Mack was in on nine tackles and had 2½ sacks. He returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown that put a scare into the Buckeyes by cutting their lead to 20-13 early in the second quarter. "That was his coming-out party. The game wasn't too big for him," Whaley said. "He showed that he belonged out there. And those are the type of guys he'll be playing against on Sundays." His production didn't tail off, either. Mack finished the season with a MAC-best 10½ sacks and 19 tackles for a loss. He also had five forced fumbles and three interceptions while leading Buffalo (8-5) to only its second bowl berth, a 49-24 loss to San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. An NFL scouting report rates Mack as a top-10 draft prospect and lists "disruptive first-step quickness" among his strengths. On Tuesday, Mack limited his workouts to individual drills and one 40-yard dash, in which he was clocked at 4.54 seconds. That was an improvement over the 4.63-second time he had at the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month. "It didn't feel like me. I felt tight," Mack said, referring to his time at Indianapolis. "I finished it up the way I wanted to today." Mack has been highly motivated to succeed since he first arrived in Buffalo. He wore No. 46 after discovering that was the number of his power ranking out of 100 on an NCAA football video game. Though he might consider changing numbers after being drafted, Mack doesn't intend to alter his approach. "I feel like there's a lot more that I have to prove, especially coming out of the MAC," Mack said. "I feel like I've got to go out there and dominate on the next level."
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Associated Press | Feb 27, 2014Louisiana at 2 a.m. on Thursday Good morning, Louisiana editors. If you have any contributions for or questions about the report, call 1-800-662-7717. To report technical problems: 1-800-469-1362. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns are also available from the Service Desk (800-838-4616). The news editor is Brian Schwaner. The breaking news staffer this morning is Bill Fuller. TOP STORIES GULF SPILL-LAWYER SUED NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused Wednesday to halt payments from a BP fund to compensate deckhands and other seafood workers harmed financially by the 2010 Gulf oil spill, turning back arguments by the oil giant that the payment process was tainted by a Texas lawyer's alleged fraud. BP argues the $2.3 billion it agreed to put into the oil spill seafood compensation fund was inflated, based on the belief that attorney Mikal Watts represented more than 40,000 clients. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 479 words. GULF OIL SPILL-INDICTMENT NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has indefinitely delayed the trial of a former BP executive accused of lying to Congress in 2010 about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well. Trial had been scheduled March 10 for David Rainey, who was BP's vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico when the well blew wild in April 2010, causing 200 million gallons of oil to spill over a couple months. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 274 words. DIPLOMA CHANGES BATON ROUGE, La. — Superintendent of Education John White's proposal for overhauling Louisiana's career-track diploma would focus on certifying job skills for high school students who don't intend to go to a four-year college. White described the details Wednesday. He'll ask the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to adopt the proposal next week, with an eye toward full implementation by the 2016-17 school year. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 451 words. CONGRESS-6TH DISTRICT BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. Bobby Jindal's former coastal protection adviser, Garret Graves, said Wednesday he is running for Congress this fall. Graves, a Republican, will seek the vacant 6th District seat, which stretches from Pointe Coupee Parish down into Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and contains most of the metropolitan Baton Rouge area. SENT: 272 words. GIBSLAND MAYOR-GUILTY PLEA BATON ROUGE, La. — State prosecutors said 73-year-old Odell Key has resigned as mayor of Gibsland and pleaded guilty Wednesday to malfeasance in office. State District Judge Glenn Fallin scheduled sentencing May 9 for Key, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office. SENT: 223 words. LOUISIANA SINKHOLE BAYOU CORNE — Authorities say state and parish agencies are testing to see whether newly discovered gas bubbles northeast of the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole are tied to the swampland hole. The state Office of Conservation and contractor CB&I have taken samples of the gas bubbles to determine their source, though officials acknowledge the bubbles likely are connected to the sinkhole. Parish officials say the new bubble site in Grand Bayou is about one-third of a mile north of La. Highway 70 and Highway 69. Scientists think the gas presents an explosion risk for residents and the area remains under an evacuation order 18 months after the sinkhole appeared. SENT: 374 words. LETTEN THREATS BATON ROUGE — A Baton Rouge man who pleaded guilty to threatening to murder former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten — as well as members of Letten's family — has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison. Gerald P. Estrade, 57, will be transferred to a federal prison in the next few weeks to serve his sentence. U.S. District Judge James Brady handed down the sentence Tuesday, which included a recommendation that Estrade get mental help. Brady had previously found Estrade competent to stand trial after having him examined by mental health experts. Court records say Letten met Estrade in 1999 or 2001 while Letten walked his dog and they talked briefly. Estrade allegedly told the FBI that Letten caused him problems over a threatening letter Estrade wrote in 2005 or 2006. SENT: 308 words. HEALTH SURVEY BATON ROUGE — Pennington Biomedical Research Center will host part of a nationwide federal health survey. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has examined and interviewed more than 140,000 people since 1956. That's according to the website for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Baton Rouge-area residents who have been selected for the study will be among 5,000 people across the nation to undergo the free medical tests and examinations in the survey. Pennington has ongoing research projects aimed at determining the health effects of overweight conditions, as well as exercise or lack of exercise on people. SENT: 298 words. IBERIA SCHOOLS NEW IBERIA — The Iberia Parish School Board accepted $250,000 for the sale of two of its old school properties, while another vacant school, Jeanerette Middle, is still on the market. Earlier this month, the Iberia Parish School Board accepted offers of $75,000 for the former Lee Street Alternative School and $200,000 for the former Johnston Street Elementary. The properties were purchased by Stella Lea LLC. Iberia Parish Superintendent Dale Henderson said he was unaware of the buyer's plans for the properties. Henderson says the prices were below the appraised value, but the board was able to accept them as reasonable offers because no acceptable offers were made in prior bid rounds. The board has declared two other properties as surplus, but has not advertised the properties for sale. SENT: 279 words. HOUMA GRAFFITI HOUMA — A vandal is calling for less oil, more art in a series of spray-painted messages scrawled onto the walls of historic buildings and landmarks in downtown Houma. Police are investigating the vandalism, which popped up sporadically over several weeks, the last of which was found Feb. 11. Police say the graffiti, 10 instances in all, was done in black spray-paint and included messages such as "always want more," and "less oil, more art" and has police questioning their meaning. The messages are all signed with the tag LOMA, which authorities suspect is a reiteration of the painter's anti-oil, pro-art message. SENT: 180 words. ORLEANS JAIL NEW ORLEANS — The chief jailer in New Orleans says temporary tent structures used for years to hold inmates at the Orleans Parish Prison are being taken down. Sheriff Marlin Gusman made the announcement Tuesday, saying the dismantling of the eight huge tents has begun and will continue over the next few months. Prisoners are being moved to other facilities at the jail campus and will eventually move to a new jail building that is nearing completion. The parish jail has been the subject of intense criticism and lawsuits for years because of violence, unsanitary conditions and escapes. Gusman, who is facing former Sheriff Charles Foti in a runoff election next month, has been touting the facility that is under construction as a major step in fixing the jail system's many problems. SENT: 180 words. DA EMPLOYEE ARRESTED MANSFIELD — A 12-year employee of the DeSoto Parish District Attorney's office has been arrested on assorted charges related to misappropriation of public funds. Melanie Johnson Barber, 32, of Mansfield, was booked Tuesday on charges of monetary instrument abuse, malfeasance and filing or maintaining false public records. The district attorney's office said a monthlong investigation by Mansfield police alleges Barber of misappropriated funds from accounts related to worthless check collections and diversion fees. Police Chief Gary Hobbs estimated the missing funds to be "several thousands of dollars." District Attorney Richard Z. Johnson Jr. said he would request the Attorney General's office take over prosecution. SENT: 241 words. ENTERTAINMENT/LIFESTYLE MUSIC-ARCADE FIRE NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire aren't your average brothers. Sure, they spent their youngest years at odds, as brothers will. But early on they discovered something that would inform the rest of their lives as creative partners at the heart of one of rock 'n' roll's most creative and single-minded bands. That relationship is at the heart of Arcade Fire's success and creativity, something that is on full display this week as the Grammy Award-winning group flies from one end of the continent to the other, and back. In the space of three weeks, Arcade Fire members will have played in a Mardi Gras parade while in New Orleans, played "The Tonight Show," performed in Haiti, and then returned home to Montreal for two days to pack for a trip to Los Angeles and the Academy Awards, where the band is up for best original score for its work on "Her." By Chris Talbott. SENT: 652 words. AP Photos NYET151-0611112314, NYET152-0506111743 LOUISIANA IN BRIEF Editors: The following brief items moved Wednesday on AP's Louisiana wire and may be of interest for your Thursday editions. OBAMA-REPUBLICANS WASHINGTON — Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his harsh criticism of President Barack Obama within yards of the Oval Office, saying "in America we don't have a king." The Republican was criticized by a Democratic governor Monday after Jindal emerged with others from a meeting with Obama and said the president "seems to be waving the white flag of surrender" on the economy. SENT: 130 words. DEPUTY ARRESTED LAKE CHARLES, La. — A 43-year-old deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has been fired after his arrest on a charge of criminal damage to property over $3,000. Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Myers says Scott Helms, of Lake Charles, surrendered to authorities Tuesday. He was later released from the Calcasieu Correctional Center after posting a $2,500 bond. SENT: 90 words. GAY MARRIAGE-LOUISIANA (Information in the following story is from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com) BATON ROUGE, La. — Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has hired outside legal help to fight challenges to Louisiana's gay marriage ban. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/NxrYAT) that Caldwell's office has sought assistance from Kyle Duncan, former Louisiana solicitor general and current general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. SENT: 158 words. LAFAYETTE SCHOOLS LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Parish Association of Educators has released the results of a study that show more than 1,800 Lafayette Parish School System employees have left the district since 2009. The association says that represents about 41 percent of the district's total workforce. SENT: 118 words. XGR-LOUISIANA EXECUTION BATON ROUGE — With Louisiana having trouble getting lethal injection drugs, a lawmaker is proposing that the state bring back the electric chair. Rep. Joe Lopinto, chairman of the House criminal justice committee, has filed a bill that would let Louisiana's corrections secretary choose between lethal injection and electrocution when carrying out a death sentence. SENT: 129 words. FLEA MARKET SHOOTING LAFAYETTE — Lafayette teenager indicted in the death of an Arnaudville man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. The 15-year-old entered his plea Tuesday in the Feb. 2 shooting death of 49-year-old Michael Patin, an employee of the Jockey Lot, a flea market, near Carencro. SENT: 127 words. ST LANDRY-SECURITY CAMERAS OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish Council has decided to reverse an earlier decision to install security cameras in the Old City Market offices of the council clerks and attorney. Council Chairman Hurlin Dupre said the security cameras aren't needed in the clerk's offices. SENT: 130 words. CALCASIEU-SUPERINTENDENT LAKE CHARLES — The Calcasieu Parish School Board held its second special committee meeting to iron out details for the search for a new superintendent. The committee approved a draft packet Tuesday, which included a tentative job announcement, application forms, online postings, and print advertising costs and schedules. The packet will be voted on by the school board at its next meeting on March 11. SENT: 104 words. JENNINGS SHOOTING JENNINGS — The shooting of a Jennings man found dead in his front yard in January has been ruled accidental. The death was initially investigated as a homicide, but Police Chief Todd D'Albor said forensic and ballistics evidence, along with the autopsy report, confirmed that the shooting death of 50-year-old Kenneth Morrow Sr. was an accident. SENT: 90 words. DOG THEFT CLINTON — An East Feliciana Parish man accused of stealing a state trooper's mastiff last year was found not guilty following a bench trial. State District Judge Michael Carmichael found Kyle Holmes not guilty Tuesday of misdemeanor theft after he was accused of stealing the dog out of a state trooper's yard. SENT: 121 words. WEST FELICIANA-SCHOOL TAX ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish School Board has voted to send a new property tax to voters in May that, if passed, would raise $3.7 million a year. The 10-year, 14-mill tax would be used to pay for teacher recruitment efforts and to increase course offerings, update facilities and stabilize the system's finances. SENT: 110 words. BUSINESS SUPREME COURT-STANFORD-INVESTOR LAWSUITS WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the victims of former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford's massive Ponzi scheme can go forward with class-action lawsuits against the law firms and investment companies that allegedly aided the fraud. The decision is a loss for firms that claimed federal securities law insulated them from state class-action lawsuits and sought to have the cases thrown out. Federal law says class-action suits related to securities fraud cannot be filed under state law, as these suits were. But a federal appeals court said these could move forward because the main part of the fraud involved certificates of deposit, not stocks and other securities. The high court agreed in a 7-2 decision. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 436 words. AP Photo WX106-0824100744 BUSINESS IN BRIEF DANOS EXPANSION BATON ROUGE — Danos, a manufacturer of offshore equipment and piping, will build a $23.2 million, 100-employee plant at the Port of Iberia. Danos president and CEO Hank Danos, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal, made the announcement Tuesday after the signing of a 40-acre lease near New Iberia with the port's board of commissioners. SENT: 130 words. SPORTS PELICANS-MAVERICKS DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki shook off an early shoulder issue to finish with 18 points, New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was knocked out of the game with a similar problem and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Pelicans 108-89 Wednesday night. Nowitzki went to the locker room 31 seconds into the game holding his left shoulder but emerged a short time later and returned to the game. He even had a spin move and finished with a left-handed finger roll in the first half. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 528 words. AP Photos DNA105-0226141939, DNA101-0226141943, DNA104-0226141948, DNA103-0226141912, DNA102-0226141920. TEXAS A&M-LSU BATON ROUGE, La. — Jarell Martin scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and LSU resumed its home-court dominance with a 68-49 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday night. Johnny O'Bryant III had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Andre Stringer added 11 points as LSU (17-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) won its seventh straight at home and improved to 13-2 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. By Brett Martel. SENT: 468 words. SPORTS IN BRIEF PELICANS-DAVIS OUT DALLAS — All-Star forward Anthony Davis has left New Orleans' game against Dallas with a left shoulder sprain and won't return. Davis injured the shoulder late in the first half and went to the locker room after the Pelicans called a timeout with 4:13 left in the first half Wednesday night. Davis had six points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes. SENT: 126 words. AP Photos DNA103-0226141912. INDEPENDENCE BOWL SHREVEPORT, La. — Independence Bowl Foundation officials say Duck Commander, the company run by the stars of the reality television series "Duck Dynasty," is the new title sponsor of Shreveport's annual college football bowl game. Officials say Duck Commander chief operating officer Willie Robertson also has agreed to bring back the game's original name. SENT: 136 words. LA MONROE-MUMFORD MONROE, La. — Louisiana-Monroe head coach Todd Berry says he's hired John Mumford as his new defensive line coach. Mumford, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, has spent the past 14 seasons at Army, which included a stint as defensive line coach under Berry from 2000-03. SENT: 111 words.
ILLINOISNational rankings (Rivals 71; Scout 68).Best in class: Jihad Ward, 6-6 285, dt, Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.)Best of the rest: Malik Turner, 6-3 205, wr, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-GriffinLate addition: Chris James, 5-11 185, db, Orange-Stark (Texas) High SchoolOne that got away: Tyree Stone-Davis, CB, Pierce College (Calif.).NOTE: The best player Illinois will add may not...
Signing day capsules for each Big Ten school
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014ILLINOIS National rankings (Rivals 71; Scout 68). Best in class: Jihad Ward, 6-6 285, dt, Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.) Best of the rest: Malik Turner, 6-3 205, wr, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-Griffin Late addition: Chris James, 5-11 185, db, Orange-Stark (Texas) High School One that got away: Tyree Stone-Davis, CB, Pierce College (Calif.). NOTE: The best player Illinois will add may not be among the signings. Quarterback Wes Lunt sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State. ___ INDIANA National rankings: (Rivals 36; Scout 44). Best in class: Tim Gardner, ol, Avon, Ind. Best of the rest: Dominque Booth, wr, Indianapolis; Jordan Fuchs, te, Queens, N.Y.; Greg Gooch, lb, Longwood, Fla.; Robert McCray III, Rockdale, Ga.; Tegray Scales, lb, Cincinnati. Late addition: McCray, who didn't make his decision until the final hours leading up to signing day. One that got away: Willie Yarbary, de, Augusta, Ga., decommitted from Indiana and wound up choosing Wake Forest after Indiana changed defensive coordinators. NOTE: "Physically, he (Gooch) is a Mike linebacker, who can come in and rush off the edge. He'll provide tremendous personality for this defense," new coordinator Brian Knorr said. ___ IOWA National rankings (Rivals 60; Scout 41). Best in class: Wiegers, Scheel Best of the rest: Nelson, Keegan Render, OG, Indianola, Iowa Late addition: Taylor One that got away: Ross Pierschbacher, OT, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Alabama) NOTE: Although Iowa signed many of the state's top prospects, Pierschbacher wavered on his oral commitment and wound up with Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa. The Hawkeyes also failed to land the state's No. 1 recruit, wide receiver and Iowa State signee Allen Lazard. But Lazard's father and brother played for the Cyclones, and he's been committed to them for years. ___ MARYLAND National Rankings: (Rivals 51; Scout 60). Best in class: OL Damian Prince, Forestville, Md. Parade All-American picked Maryland over Florida and South Carolina in a nationally televised ceremony at Bishop McNamara High School. Best of the rest: DE Jesse Aniebonam, Olney, Md.; WR Juwann Winfree, Englewood, N.J. Aniebonam is a highly regarded pass rusher who had 30 scholarship offers from schools in just about every major conference. Winfree was offered as a safety by Georgia but wanted to play offense. Late addition: LB Nnamdi Egbuaba, Baltimore. Edsall thinks the Terps got a steal in this under-the-radar prospect, who possesses great size and speed along with a high motor. One that got away: CB Jalen Tabor, Washington, D.C. Five-star cornerback from Friendship Collegiate Academy grew up minutes from the College Park campus and always spoke highly of Maryland, but ultimately signed with Florida. NOTES: Two of Maryland's top recruits are already enrolled at College Park. Derwin Gray and Larry Mazyck, both of whom graduated from Friendship Collegiate Academy in D.C., spent the 2013 season playing at Fork Union Military Academy and Iowa Western Community College, respectively. Gray and Mazyck, who technically count against the Class of 2013 in terms of how their scholarships are assigned, should contend for immediate playing time. ___ MICHIGAN National rankings (Rivals 31; Scout 27). Best in class: Jabrill Peppers, DB, Paramus, N.J. Best of the rest: Drake Harris, WR, Grand Rapids, Mich. Late addition: Jared Wangler, LB, Warren, Mich. One that got away: Damon Webb, DB, Detroit. NOTE: Wangler's father, John, was a quarterback for the Wolverines from 1977-80. ___ MICHIGAN STATE National rankings (Rivals 21; Scout 21). Best in class: Montae Nicholson, db, Monroeville (Pa.). Best of the rest: Brian Allen, ol, Hinsdale (Ill.) Late addition: T.J. Harrell, db, Tampa (Fla.) One that got away: Darius Slade, de, Montclair, N.J. NOTE: Slade committed to Michigan State in mid-January but had a late change of heart and signed with Urban Meyer and Ohio State on Wednesday. ___ MINNESOTA National rankings: Rivals 53, Scout 51. Best in class: Jeff Jones, RB, Minneapolis Washburn HS. Best of the rest: Isaiah Gentry, WR, Cincinnati Moeller HS; Melvin Holland, WR, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods HS; Conner Krizancic, WR, Mentor (Ohio) HS; Brandon Lingen, TE, Wayzata (Minn.) HS; Connor Mayes, OL, Van Alstyne (Texas) HS; Gary Moore, DT, Mobile (Ala.) Murphy HS; Dimonic Roden-McKinzy, QB, Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte HS; Andrew Stelter, DE, Owatonna (Minn.) HS. Late additions: Moore reneged on his verbal commitment to Southern Mississippi and Krizancic did the same to Cincinnati. One that got away: Frank Ragnow, OL, Chanhassen (Minn.) HS. Signed with Arkansas. NOTE: Julien Kafo, a defensive end from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, has an atypical background as a Canadian prospect. He speaks four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. ___ NEBRASKA National Rankings (Rivals 32; Scout 34). Best in class: Monte Harrison, WR, Lee's Summit, Mo. He's a dynamic athlete who led his West High team to a state championship. The question is whether he'll show up in Lincoln or turn pro in baseball. A speedy and strong-armed outfielder, he's pegged as a top-50 MLB draft pick. Best of the rest: Tanner Farmer, OL, Highland, Ill. He made an impressive showing at the Under Armour All-Star Game and is ranked among the best offensive line prospects in the country. He and fellow O-lineman D.J. Foster out of Lincoln will make bids for early playing time. Late addition: Mikale Wilbon, RB, Chicago. He flipped from Vanderbilt after James Franklin took the Penn State coaching job. He's been injury prone but has the tools to be a great one. One that got away: Blake McClain, DL, Jacksonville, Fla. He flipped twice down the stretch, de-committing from Florida State, pledging to Nebraska and signing with South Carolina. NOTE: Nebraska secured verbal commitments from a half-dozen players in the two weeks before signing day, but the strong finish was mitigated by the loss of McClain and three others who went elsewhere. ___ NORTHWESTERN National rankings (Rivals 66; Scout 56). Best in class: Clayton Thorson, QB, Wheaton, Ill. Best of the rest: Austin Anderson, RB, Plano, Texas; Garrett Dickerson, TE, Englewood, N.J.; Justin Jackson, RB, Carol Stream, Ill.; Parrker Westphal, CB, Bolingbrook, Ill. Late addition: Xavier Washington, DE, Cedar Hill, Texas One that got away: Hamilton Anoa'I, LB, San Mateo, Calif. NOTE: DL Fred Wyatt of Lawrence, Kan., comes with a connection to Fitzgerald and Northwestern. His father Buddy was the defensive line coach at Northwestern for two years in the late 1990s, and Buddy and Fitzgerald worked under Gary Barnett at Colorado. ___ OHIO STATE National rankings (Rivals 3; Scout 3). Best in class: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County Best of the rest: Dante Booker, LB, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary; Johnnie Dixon, WR, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer; Jamarco Jones, OL, Chicago De La Salle Late addition: Darius Slade, DL, Montclair (N.J.) One that got away: Malik McDowell, DL, Southfield (Mich.) to Michigan State NOTE: "We signed 23 players with an emphasis on linebacker, a position where we're going through an overhaul. There are four linebackers we recruited and they have to play four us. Just so everybody knows, there's no redshirting (for them)," Meyer said. ___ PENN STATE National rankings: Rivals 21; Scout 21. Best in class: Saeed Blacknall, WR, 6-2, 210, Manalapan, N.J. Best of the rest: De'Andre Thompkins of Swansboro, N.C., and Chris Godwin of Middletown, Del., were two of four wide receivers coach James Franklin recruited to fill void left by Allen Robinson, who left for the NFL draft. . Quarterback Michael O'Connor from Ottawa, Ontario, trained with former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and was one of five of Penn State's 25 signees who began Penn State classes in January. . Franklin also added to his complement of tight ends with Mike Gesicki (6-5, 245) from Manahawkin, N.J. Late addition: Torrence Brown, a three-star defensive lineman (6-4, 240) from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who de-committed from Southern Mississippi. One that got away: Four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn, N.Y., de-committed from Penn State and opted for Florida when longtime Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson became defensive line coach and assistant head coach at Ohio State. NOTE: Recruits who faxed in letters of intent were welcomed by Franklin and his assistants via cellphone and were announced individually in NFL draft day fashion. There was a draft board that listed all players in the football offices as well. ___ PURDUE National rankings (Rivals 75; Scout 64). Best in class: Gelen Robinson, de, St. John, Ind. Best of the rest: David Blough, qb, Carrollton, Texas; Tim Cason, db, Clarkston, Mich. Late addition: Corey Clements, ol, Mesa (Ariz.) CC. One that got away: Ladarius Wiley, wr, Los Angeles, decommitted earlier this week. NOTE: "We're really excited about getting our needs. You look at last season, and I think we've done a lot of good things in addressing those needs." — coach Darrell Hazell. ___ RUTGERS National rankings (Rivals 57; Scout 55). Best in class: Sideny Gorpe, LB, Newark, N.J. Best of the rest: Kevin Wilkins, DL, Mahwah, N.J. Late addition: Giovanni Rescigno, QB, Macomb Township, Mich. One that got away: Saeed Blacknall, WR, Manalapan, N.J. NOTE: "...Rutgers had an abysmal year," Mike Farrell, the national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com said. "They've had 12 de-commitments, which is a record. I've never heard of a program that didn't lose a head coach, that didn't go under NCAA sanctions, lose that many kids. They just had a disastrous recruiting year. I think they're ninth in the Big Ten." ___ WISCONSIN National rankings: (Rivals 33; Scout 28). Best in class: Jaden Gault, OL, Cottage Grove, Wis. Best of the rest: D.J. Gillins, QB, Jacksonville, Fla.; Dareian Watkins, WR, Galion, Ohio; Taiwan Deal, RB, Capitol Heights, Md.; George Panos, OL, Hartland, Wis.; Conor Sheehy, DL, Milwaukee. Late addition: D'Cota Dixon, CB, Oak Hill, Fla. One that got away: Craig Evans, DL, Sun Prairie, Wis. (Michigan St.) NOTES: Panos' father, Joe, played offensive line at Wisconsin from 1990-93 and was captain of the 1993 Big Ten championship team. ... Andersen's son, Chasen, is joining the Badgers as a walk-on inside linebacker.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kyle BergerLinebacker / 6-2, 225Cleveland, Ohio / St. IgnatiusDid not play as a senior after injuring a knee in a preseason football scrimmage in August . a consensus four star prospect heading into his senior season, he was one of the top defensive players in Ohio after a junior season in which he had 105 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks among his 44...
A thumbnail look at Ohio State's recruiting class
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kyle Berger Linebacker / 6-2, 225 Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius Did not play as a senior after injuring a knee in a preseason football scrimmage in August . a consensus four star prospect heading into his senior season, he was one of the top defensive players in Ohio after a junior season in which he had 105 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks among his 44 tackles-for-loss. Dante Booker Linebacker / 6-3, 215 Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary The 2013 Ohio Mr. Football, Dante Booker is considered one of the very best players in the nation with a five-star rating from 247Sports and a No. 13 overall ranking . the first defensive player to win Ohio Mr. Football since Andy Katzenmoyer in 1995, Booker is rated the No. 2 outside linebacker by 247Sports, the No. 4 OLB by Scout and the No. 4 inside linebacker by Rivals . ESPN rated him No. 8 on the outside . Associated Press Division III all-state in 2012 and 2013, and the defensive player of the year in 2013 . totaled 126 tackles as a senior and led St. Vincent-St. Mary to back-to-back state championships, including a perfect, 15-0 record in 2013 and a 13-2 mark in 2012. Noah Brown Wide Receiver / 6-2, 225 Sparta, N.J. / Pope John XXIII Listed as high as the No. 9 "athlete" by Rivals and No. 13 by 247Sports . first-team all-New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger as a senior after amassing 1,363 total offensive yards and 21 touchdowns while helping Pope John, coached by Brian Carlson, reach the non-public league Group 3. Parris Campbell Wide Receiver / 6-1, 184 Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary Rankings as high as the No. 14 running back (Scout), No. 15 athlete (Rivals), No. 19 wide receiver (247Sports) and No. 22 athlete (ESPN) . Associated Press Division III all-state in 2013 after rushing for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns and helping lead St. Vincent-St. Mary to a repeat state championship with a 15-0 record. Stephen Collier Quarterback / 6-3, 210 Leesburg, Ga. / Lee County H.S. Passed for more than 4,000 yards, rushed for 1,500 yards and had 78 touchdowns (passing and rushing) at Lee County High School . accounted for a Lee County school-record 44 touchdowns this season to lead his team to a 10-2 record, the Region 1-AAAAA title and a berth in the Georgia state. Johnnie Dixon Wide Receiver / 5-11, 195 West Palm Beach, Fla. / Dwyer H.S. Competed at the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio . has a reported 4.37 time in the 40 . ranked No. 15 at his position by Rivals and No. 30 by Scout . helped Dwyer High School to its second Florida Class 7A state championship in school history and its first-ever unbeaten season (15-0) in 2013. Jalyn Holmes Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 240 Norfolk, Va. / Lake Taylor Registered 59 tackles-for-loss including 21 sacks the last two seasons ... Ranked as high as the No. 4 weak-side defensive end by both Rivals and 247Sports and the No. 13 defensive end, overall, by Scout . helped Lake Taylor to a 10-3 record in 2013 and reach the semifinals of the Virginia 4A state championship tournament. Malik Hooker Safety / 6-2, 190 New Castle, Pa. / New Castle Played just two seasons of high school football - basketball was his preferred sport before that. ... helped New Castle to the WPIAL Class AAA state playoffs in 2013 and to a 7-3 record . named Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAA all-state and all-Western Pennsylvania as a defensive back. Sam Hubbard Linebacker / 6-6, 230 Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller Sam Hubbard was a first-team Associated Press Division I all-state safety in 2013 and was rated by Scout as the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio and a five-star recruit . projects as a linebacker in college . Hubbard led Moeller to consecutive Division I state championships as a junior and senior . he recorded 109 tackles and five interceptions as a senior, including a 10-tackle performance against Mentor in the 2013 state title game to cap a 14-1. Jamarco Jones Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 315 Chicago, Ill. / De La Salle Rated as high as the 63rd-best player in the nation overall by Scout and also had high overall rankings of No. 74 (ESPN), No. 76 (247Sports) and No. 94 (Rivals) . among the 10 best offensive tackle prospects nationally, with No. 6 rankings by both Scout and ESPN and No. 7 rankings by Rivals and 247Sports . despite missing first half of his senior season with a shoulder injury, Jones earned Illinois Coaches Association first-team Class 6A all-state honors and Champaign News-Gazette all-state accolades. Marcelys Jones Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 340 Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville H.S. The 20th of coach Ted Ginn's Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders to attend Ohio State on a football scholarship in the last 13 seasons . as a senior, Jones was the foundation along the offensive line in Glenville's 13-2 campaign that included a run to the state championship game . he was named first-team Associated Press Division II all-state as a senior. Demetrius Knox Offensive Lineman / 6-4, 285 Fort Worth, Texas / All Saints Episcopal Played tackle for an undefeated All Saints Episcopal team but has high national rankings as an offensive guard . Rivals rates Knox as its No. 2 guard prospect and Scout (No. 7), 247Sports (No. 10) and ESPN (No. 11) also have him highly ranked . considered among the top players in the nation regardless of position . helped All Saints Episcopal to consecutive, 11-0, seasons and Southwest Preparatory School championships. Marshon Lattimore Cornerback / 6-0, 180 Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville Ranked No. 44 nationally by 247Sports and No. 45 by ESPN with Scout ranking him No. 51 - and he is a Top 10 cornerback . Lattimore starred in the defensive backfield and as a receiver on a Glenville team that went 13-2 in 2013 and advanced to the Division II state championship game. ... had 40 receptions for 911 yards and 16 TDs as a senior and also had three special teams touchdowns. Terry McLaurin Wide Receiver / 6-0, 190 Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral The 2013 Indiana Mr. Football, a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals, McLaurin is considered a Top 50 wide receiver with a high ranking of No. 28 by 247Sports and additional rankings of No. 43 (Scout), No. 46 (Rivals) and No. 61 (ESPN) . Ranked as the seventh-fastest prospect nationally in his class (4.41 40. Raekwon McMillan Linebacker / 6-2, 242 Hinesville, Ga. / Liberty County H.S. The nation's top-rated ILB by ESPN and Rivals and he was chosen as the 2013 national high school Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in the country . a five-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, McMillan was rated as an overall Top 20 performer nationally by those three services . McMillan accumulated 456 tackles and 10 forced fumbles during his career. K Sean Nuernberger Kicker / 6-1, 235 Buckner, Ky. / Oldham Co. H.S. Rated among the Top 10 kicking prospects nationally by all the recruiting services . a two-time Kentucky first-team all-state kicker as chosen by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Nuernberger connected on 13 of 20 field goal tries, 21 of 23 extra points and he averaged 42.3 yards per punts as a senior. Curtis Samuel Hybrid RB/WR / 5-11, 185 Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall H.S. Rated as the No. 9 receiver by Scout, No. 5 athlete by 247Sports and No. 8 receiver by Rivals . Samuel rushed for 1,461 yards, averaged 15.8 yards per rush and scored 17 touchdowns this season and helped his 10-2 Dutchmen team to a second appearance in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) city title game. Darius Slade Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 240 Montclair, N.J. / Montclair Slade recorded 37 quarterback sacks for 126 yards in losses the past two seasons and helped Montclair High School to consecutive 12-0 seasons and back-to-back New Jersey Group 5 state championships . his school has the distinction of being the first to claim consecutive state titles since the current New Jersey playoff system was implemented in 1974 . Slade had 67 tackles, including 23.5 sacks (and 35 total tackles for loss), as a senior. Erick Smith Safety / 6-1, 195 Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville A consensus four-star recruit and a Top 100 player in the nation with overall national rankings of No. 43 by Scout, No. 51 by Rivals and No. 61 by 247Sports . considered a Top 5 safety prospect by two recruiting services: No. 2 by 247Sports, No. 4 by Scout . rated the No. 11 safety by ESPN . No. 2 ranked player in Ohio by Scout . had 10 tackles and forced a fumble in the state title game and had a "pick six" in the state semifinals. Brady Taylor Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 290 Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Ready A first-team Division VI Associated Press all-state selection as a senior . he helped Ready enjoy one of its finest seasons in school history in 2013, winning 12 of 14 games ... Taylor is rated as a Top 50 offensive tackle prospect nationally by both Rivals (No. 42) and 247Sports (No. 45). Dylan Thompson Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 270 Lombard, Ill. / Montini Catholic Scout ranks him No. 39 at end . Thompson played on Montini Catholic state championship football teams as a freshman, sophomore and junior and on a runner-up, 13-1 team as senior . he tied the school record with 17 quarterback sacks as a senior and also contributed 60 tackles and a total of 35 tackles-for-loss. Kyle Trout Offensive Lineman / 6-6, 300 Lancaster, Ohio / Lancaster H.S. Kyle Trout is a four-star offensive line prospect as determined by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports . he is rated as a Top 25 tackle nationally, with rankings of No. 17 (Rivals), No. 22 by 247Sports, No. 23 (Scout) and No. 26 (ESPN) . Trout is also listed overall on the Rivals 250 (No. 197), the Scout 300 (285) and he is rated No. 246 nationally by 247Sports . a two-time Associated Press all-state performer. Damon Webb Cornerback / 5-11, 180 Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech Considered one of the top players coming out of Michigan this year - he was a 2013 Associated Press Division I-II all-state pick and the state co-player of the year - and is a consensus four-star prospect . he also is considered one of the Top 50 players nationally, with a ranking of No. 40 overall by Rivals with Scout (No. 42) and 247Sports (No. 43) concurring and ESPN rating Webb No. 58 on its ESPN 300.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Seeking reinforcements at several thin spots — principally linebacker and offensive line — Urban Meyer got pretty much what he wanted.The third-year Ohio State coach announced he had locked up 23 players on Wednesday, the first day for signing national letters of intent.The Buckeyes' recruiting class was ranked in the top 10 in the nation.Perhaps the biggest get was...
Ohio State stocks up with several top linebackers
RUSTY MILLER, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Seeking reinforcements at several thin spots — principally linebacker and offensive line — Urban Meyer got pretty much what he wanted. The third-year Ohio State coach announced he had locked up 23 players on Wednesday, the first day for signing national letters of intent. The Buckeyes' recruiting class was ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Perhaps the biggest get was Raekwon McMillan, a 6-foot-2, 249-pound brute out of Georgia who some scouting services called the best linebacker in the nation. For good measure, Meyer also picked up the Ohio Associated Press Mr. Football, linebacker Dante Booker Jr. from LeBron James' high school, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Off a 12-2 season, the Buckeyes also got signatures from five offensive linemen and four receivers. OHIO STATE National rankings (Rivals 3; Scout 3). Best in class: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County Best of the rest: Dante Booker, LB, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary; Johnnie Dixon, WR, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer; Jamarco Jones, OL, Chicago De La Salle Late addition: Darius Slade, DL, Montclair (N.J.) One that got away: Malik McDowell, DL, Southfield (Mich.) to Michigan State NOTE: "We signed 23 players with an emphasis on linebacker, a position where we're going through an overhaul. There are four linebackers we recruited and they have to play four us. Just so everybody knows, there's no redshirting (for them)," Meyer said.
Jan 8, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but folks coming in for the big game on Feb. 2 are likely to spend time across the Hudson River in New York City, if only to check out a 14-block "Super Bowl Boulevard" set up along Broadway.There will also be two-for-one theater tickets and several museum exhibits, including a show of vintage football cards at the Metropolitan Museum...
NYC attractions beckon Super Bowl visitors
BETH J. HARPAZ, Associated Press | Jan 8, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but folks coming in for the big game on Feb. 2 are likely to spend time across the Hudson River in New York City, if only to check out a 14-block "Super Bowl Boulevard" set up along Broadway. There will also be two-for-one theater tickets and several museum exhibits, including a show of vintage football cards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here are details on ways for football fans to enjoy the Big Apple. SUPER BOWL BOULEVARD More than a million people are expected to visit Super Bowl Boulevard, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, noon-10 p.m., along Broadway between 34th and 47th streets, http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48/events/boulevard . Entry will be free, though sliding down a toboggan run at 40th Street will cost $5. The toboggan will operate with or without snow. In honor of the 48th Super Bowl, giant Roman numerals XLVIII will be set up at 42nd Street as a backdrop for photos. Fans can also stop by for autograph sessions with current and former NFL players, noon-6 p.m., at a stage at 39th Street. The stage will also display the Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded each year to the Super Bowl champions, and named for the man considered one of the sport's most successful coaches. Concerts will be held on the stage each evening, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. A 10-minute video celebration of football will be projected on Macy's facade at 34th Street, every 30 minutes between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Macy's will also host an NFL shop on its fourth floor, Jan. 17-Feb. 4. Kids ages 6-13 can check out the animated "NFL PLAY 60 Field" experience, noon-5 p.m. in the NFL Rush Zone in heated tents between 34th and 35th streets. Fans of all ages can take part in interactive games and enjoy Video Park, a video that looks at the host region, in tents between 35th and 36th streets, noon-10 p.m. For sightseeing advice, the city's tourism agency, NYC & Company, has a tent between 43rd and 44th streets and an information desk on Macy's mezzanine; http://www.nycgo.com . FOOTBALL AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM The Metropolitan Museum of Art is more likely to be associated with Egyptian artifacts and Renaissance paintings than football. But the museum on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street is getting into the Super Bowl spirit with an exhibit of vintage football cards called "Gridiron Greats," Jan. 24-Feb. 10, http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/gridiron-greats . About 150 cards printed between 1894 and 1959 will be shown, from the first football cards ever produced to cards featuring legendary coach Knute Rockne and Jim Thorpe, one of the 20th century's greatest athletes. Also on display: rare action photos of early varsity teams. Other museums with football exhibits: the interactive "You Make the Call: Learn to be An NFL Official" at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, through Feb. 28; and at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, "Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running," a look at the enduringly popular football video game, through Feb. 23. BIG APPLE CLASSICS The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have reopened to visitors following months of closure after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. For panoramic views of the city from up high, take your pick of observatories: the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. If you don't mind the cold, there's nothing lovelier or more New York than walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. For the best view, take the A or C train to the High Street stop in Brooklyn and walk back to Manhattan to see the skyscraper canyons coming into view with every step. Skating rinks at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Wollman Rink in Central Park are among the most magical places you will ever take a spin on the ice. Love theater? Two-for-one tickets are on sale now for many shows during Broadway Week, Jan. 21-Feb. 6, http://www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek . Just before the big game, Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade and Festival take place in Lower Manhattan Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.: http://betterchinatown.com/ . If the football card exhibit at the Met whets your appetite for more museums, consider the American Museum of Natural History, a favorite with kids, or the Museum of Modern Art, home to Picassos, Van Goghs and Monets. The Guggenheim is famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, while tours by costumed actors at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side bring the 20th century immigrant experience to life. WHAT'S NEW If you haven't been to New York City in a few years, you'll want to check out its newest attractions, such as the High Line, a unique urban park built on an old West Side railway line, running along 10th Avenue from 30th Street to just below 14th Street. Entry is free. The 9/11 Memorial is a must-see, beautiful tribute to those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. Reservations recommended; timed tickets are $2 from http://www.911memorial.org/visitor-passes . A limited number of walkup passes are available at the entrance at Albany and Washington streets. One World Trade Center is not yet open to the public but it's visible from many vantage points. Calling all hipsters: Take the L train to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to hang with the cool kids. HOCKEY IN A BASEBALL STADIUM Never mind football. For hockey fans, there are games in a baseball stadium, as Yankee Stadium hosts its first hockey games. The New York Rangers play the New Jersey Devils Jan. 26, while the Rangers play the New York Islanders Jan. 29.
Jan 6, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles arrived at UCF as a virtual unknown quarterback with modest expectations. Running back Storm Johnson was a transfer looking for a new start.Both are heading to the NFL after leading to the Knights to the most successful campaign in program history.The players announced Monday that they will skip their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft."After a lot of...
UCF QB Bortles, RB Johnson leaving for NFL
KYLE HIGHTOWER, Associated Press | Jan 6, 2014ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles arrived at UCF as a virtual unknown quarterback with modest expectations. Running back Storm Johnson was a transfer looking for a new start. Both are heading to the NFL after leading to the Knights to the most successful campaign in program history. The players announced Monday that they will skip their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. "After a lot of deliberations and talking with my parents, I've decided to try and pursue my goal to play in the NFL and capture my lifelong dream," Bortles said. "I just couldn't be more proud to say I played football at UCF, and it was the best four years of my life." In his second year as the Knights' starter, Bortles helped UCF bounce back from a narrow early season loss to South Carolina to win end the season on a nine-game winning streak and upset win over heavily favored Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. Bortles was a constant throughout UCF's run to its first BCS bowl, helping the Knights survive in seven games decided by seven or few points. It included a 21-point comeback in an upset win over Louisville. The 12-1 record was a program best. He finished 2013 passing for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns. The season followed a sophomore campaign in which he had 25 touchdowns and threw for more 3,059 yards. Johnson transferred from Miami after his freshman season in 2010. After sitting out in 2011, he spent his first year at UCF in 2012 backing up Latavius Murray. He was then elevated to the starting job as a junior this season and finished with 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns. "This was a tough journey for me and I'm just super proud to have the support of coach (George) O'Leary and the coaching staff," Johnson said. "It was a hard decision, but I had to make the best decision for me." Both Bortles and Johnson sought ratings from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Several analysts project Bortles as one of the top three quarterbacks available in the draft. O'Leary said they were both pleased with how they were graded by the advisory board and by the feedback the coached got through inquiries from team executives he knows. Both still have until Jan. 15 to pull their name from consideration. Daunte Culpepper is UCF's highest-ever draft pick, having been taken 11th overall in 1999. "I just gave them the positives and negatives from my standpoint — that's my job," O'Leary said. "You're gonna be prejudiced as a coach, obviously. I gave them what I thought I learned...They had to make their decisions based on what I told them." Not heavily recruited coming out of nearby Oviedo High School, Bortles redshirted his freshman year in 2010 and was Jeff Godfrey's backup as a redshirt freshman in 2011. Godfrey initially flourished and was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2010 in leading the Knights to an 11-3 finish and Liberty Bowl win over Georgia. But he struggled during a 5-7 season in 2011 that saw Bortles appear in 10 games. Godfrey briefly left the team following that season and Bortles moved into the starting role. UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe said that he saw Bortles' potential early on. "I feel comfortable saying he's the best one I've ever had the chance to coach," Taaffe said. "I've had a few in the NFL, I still have one or two playing. But I think Blake's the best and I think he's got the best upside of anybody...in terms of still growing and still developing." Bortles' departure leaves a huge hole the Knights' offense, though they lose only seven scholarship seniors from this year's roster. Both quarterbacks behind Bortles on the Knights roster — Justin Holman and Pete DiNovo — are both freshmen. O'Leary said walk-on Tyler Harris will also be in the mix this spring. Another freshman, William Stanback, is Johnson's likely replacement in the backfield in 2014. Despite the losses, O'Leary said the future is bright at UCF. "I think right now the university needs to understand while the iron is hot, they need to be firing it," he said. "From an athletic administration we need to be on top of things, and don't lose sight of what was just done and build on it for the next year." ___ Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower