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Jan 14, 2015
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders hired Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach on Wednesday in hopes that the Bay Area native who grew up cheering for the Raiders can return the team to its glory days.A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed on condition of anonymity that Del Rio signed a four-year deal to replace interim coach Tony Sparano. The person...
AP Source: Jack Del Rio to be new Raiders coach
By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Jan 14, 2015ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders hired Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach on Wednesday in hopes that the Bay Area native who grew up cheering for the Raiders can return the team to its glory days. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed on condition of anonymity that Del Rio signed a four-year deal to replace interim coach Tony Sparano. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement from the team wasn't expected until Thursday. Del Rio becomes Oakland's ninth head coach since the start of the 2003 season. The Raiders have the NFL's worst record in that span, having failed to produce a single winning season or playoff berth. Del Rio replaces Sparano, who was elevated from offensive line coach during the past season to replace the fired Dennis Allen and had hoped to keep the job. Oakland went 3-9 under Sparano after losing the first four games under Allen. The Raiders interviewed at least seven candidates but only Del Rio got a formal second interview. He emerged as the favorite after Denver's season ended Sunday with a playoff loss to Indianapolis. After meeting with owner Mark Davis in Denver during the Broncos' bye week, Del Rio had his second interview in the Bay Area on Tuesday with Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie. This marks the second straight time the Raiders hired a Denver defensive coordinator as their coach. Allen spent one year running the Broncos defense before being hired by McKenzie in 2012. He went 8-28 before getting fired last season. Del Rio grew up in Hayward, just a short drive from the Coliseum. He went to Raiders games as a kid and even played a high school championship game at the Coliseum. His parents are still season-ticket holders and now will get the chance to watch their son coach their favorite team. Del Rio has been defensive coordinator in Denver for the past three seasons, helping the Broncos win three straight AFC West titles. Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, a teammate of Del Rio's in football, basketball and baseball at Hayward High School, said he is thrilled Del Rio will get to go back and coach near his family. Wakamatsu and Del Rio have stayed close through the years, and Del Rio visited spring training when Wakamatsu managed the Seattle Mariners. He came to San Francisco for a World Series game in October. "He's one of the best ones out there," Wakamatsu said. "I don't think they could have made a better hire. That's not just me as a friend talking. That's knowing the intelligence and leadership skills he has. I've always had utmost respect for him as an athlete, coach and friend." Denver ranked third in total defense and tied for 16th in scoring defense this past season. The Broncos were third in total defense and 10th in scoring defense in Del Rio's three years with the team. Before that, he was head coach in Jacksonville for nine seasons. Del Rio had a 68-71 regular-season record with the Jaguars and made the playoffs in 2005 and 2007, winning one playoff game in his second postseason trip. He was fired with five games remaining in the 2011 season. He has extensive NFL experience, having played 12 seasons as a linebacker and coaching with New Orleans, Baltimore and Carolina before getting the head coaching job with the Jaguars. This is just the fourth time the Raiders have hired a coach with previous head coaching experience. Neither Joe Bugel, Norv Turner nor Art Shell in his second stint managed to get into the playoffs. Despite the 3-13 record last season, the Raiders do have some pieces to build around led by quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack. Those two were part of a talented rookie class that also included guard Gabe Jackson, defensive tackle Justin Ellis and cornerback TJ Carrie. The other candidates who interviewed for the job were former Raiders, Denver and Washington coach Mike Shanahan, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, San Francisco tight ends coach Eric Mangini, Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and Indianapolis offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Del Rio's hiring in Oakland might also facilitate the acquisition of unrestricted free agent nose tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, who has thrived under Del Rio's tutelage in Jacksonville and Denver. While Knighton has said repeatedly he wanted to stay in Denver, he recently told The Associated Press, "I want to be wherever Jack is. I'll just leave it at that." ___ AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 13, 2015
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Mariota's season ended without the honor that mattered to him most. Now Oregon waits to see if he will be back for another try.Going into Monday night's game against Ohio State, the standout junior quarterback said he would trade the Heisman Trophy he won this season for a national championship because the team honor was more important to him.Instead, the Buckeyes...
The Ducks fall in what may be Mariota's last game
By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press | Jan 13, 2015ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Mariota's season ended without the honor that mattered to him most. Now Oregon waits to see if he will be back for another try. Going into Monday night's game against Ohio State, the standout junior quarterback said he would trade the Heisman Trophy he won this season for a national championship because the team honor was more important to him. Instead, the Buckeyes bottled up Mariota and overpowered the Ducks for a 42-20 victory in the first College Football Playoff championship. It may have been Mariota's final game at Oregon. He has until Thursday to decide if he will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Mariota, who has already completed his degree, is expected to be a top pick. Did the devastating loss change his mind about coming back? "I'm sure it will weigh in a little bit, but there's a lot of other things that have to play into that decision," he said. "There's starting grad school, coming back for another year to improve, there's a lot of other things that could bring me back. It's just not specifically this loss." Despite the loss, the soft-spoken, lead-by-example team leader had a stellar season. In addition to the Heisman, Mariota was named AP Player of the Year and the Pac-12's offensive player of the year and a slew of other awards. He set conference records for most touchdowns in a single season with 58. He had 42 via pass, 15 on the run and a touchdown catch. He has also set the conference mark for career touchdowns with 134. He has also thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 41 games he has started in his career, the second-longest streak in NCAA history behind Marshall's Rakeem Cato (46). And he's one of four quarterbacks in FBS history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and run for more than 2,000 in his career. Not that any of that mattered much to Mariota on this night. "My main focus was to be a great teammate. That's all I hoped to accomplish," he said. "I don't care about legacies." All season his bold moves on the field belied his shy demeanor off it. Against Wyoming he flipped into the end zone for a touchdown, and against Arizona he caught a touchdown pass from running back Royce Freeman. "The impact he's had on the field is extremely significant," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "Off the field, probably even bigger." Senior center Hroniss Grasu said he'll miss his good friend. Last season both Grasu and Mariota decided they'd return to the Ducks for another year. "He's just an unbelievable leader. Unbelievable guy. Unbelievable person," Grasu said. "Anyone can learn from that guy because of the way he handles everything that's thrown at him, the way he handles the success, the way he handles the attention. Nothing fazes him." But Mariota faced challenges against Ohio State. Oregon's receiver corps was hit earlier in the week when redshirt freshman Darren Carrington was declared ineligible for the game because of a failed NCAA drug test. Carrington did not travel to Texas for the biggest game of the season. The team had already lost freshman receiver Devon Allen, who also runs on Oregon's track team, on the opening kickoff of the Ducks' 59-20 victory over Florida State in the Rose Bowl. Junior tight end Pharaoh Brown had six touchdown catches for the Ducks this season before he sustained a season-ending knee injury against Utah. And before the season started, junior receiver Bralon Addison tore a ligament in his left knee. That left Oregon, which regularly uses three- and four-receiver formations, with just Dwayne Stanford, Keanon Lowe, Charles Nelson and converted running back Byron Marshall. While Mariota found Lowe on Oregon's opening drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass, both Nelson and Stanford dropped third-down passes in the first half and the Ducks trailed 21-10. He seemed to find more of a groove with his receivers as the game wore on, hitting Marshall with a 70-yard scoring pass to close the gap to 21-17 in the third quarter. Oregon got closer with Aiden Schneider's 23-yard field goal. Ezekiel Elliott answered the threat with a pair of rushing touchdown to put Ohio State up 35-20 and Oregon couldn't catch up. "It's tough. It happens. It's a part of football," Mariota said about the injuries. "But I thought that the guys who played stepped up and made plays." Mariota found ways all season to overcome injuries. Oregon's best offensive lineman, tackle Tyler Johnstone, injured his knee before the season started and was done for the year. Fellow O-linemen Andre Yruretagoyena and Jake Fisher also missed games and running back Thomas Tyner was hampered by shoulder and ankle issues. With the exception of the lone loss this season to Arizona, the Ducks kept winning thanks to the dual-threat quarterback's savvy and elusiveness. But ultimately it wasn't enough against the bigger and stronger Buckeyes. Mariota finished with 333 yards passing and two touchdowns and his final attempt of the game was an interception when the game was out of reach. "This is a family. I'm truly grateful for all of them. And everything that we've accomplished this season, it says a lot about these guys," Mariota said. "I feel truly blessed." Oregon has never won a national championship. The Ducks' last appearance in the title game was following the 2010 season, when Mariota was a senior at St. Louis High School in Honolulu. Oregon fell to Auburn 22-19.
Dec 18, 2014
There were no helmets, uniforms, players, practice field or even footballs when Colorado State-Pueblo coach John Wristen was brought on board in 2007.He had a vision, though, and used to bring potential recruits to a plot of land featuring nothing more than a few cacti to simply say: This is where the stadium is going to be and this is where the winning will start. Wristen just wanted them to...
CSU-Pueblo, Minnesota State-Mankato meet for title
By PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press | Dec 18, 2014There were no helmets, uniforms, players, practice field or even footballs when Colorado State-Pueblo coach John Wristen was brought on board in 2007. He had a vision, though, and used to bring potential recruits to a plot of land featuring nothing more than a few cacti to simply say: This is where the stadium is going to be and this is where the winning will start. Wristen just wanted them to visualize his blueprint as he resurrected a program that had been disbanded for more than two decades. Those past teams — through growing pains that first season in 2008 and postseason stumbles the last three years — set the foundation for helping the ThunderWolves advance to the Division II championship game Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato in Kansas City, Kansas. "It's been quite the ride," Wristen said in a phone interview as he prepared to face the undefeated Mavericks. "It's been really special." Wristen was a former quarterback at the school in the early '80s, back when it was known as the University of Southern Colorado. He had a stellar career and graduated as the school's all-time leader in yards passing (3,283) and TD passes (26). He also guided the team to its only NAIA national playoff appearance in 1982. But after the '84 season, the football program was shuttered in a cost-cutting move, along with several other sports programs. "It was weird, because you couldn't even find you own school's score in a newspaper anymore," Wristen said. He went into coaching and spent the next 17 years at Colorado, Northwestern and UCLA. Then, the call arrived. The school was reviving the program and would he be interested? Of course. The Pueblo community certainly stepped up, with business leaders and former players — like Dan DeRose, who's also the former athletic director — helping generate funds to build an on-campus stadium. Wristen enticed players and assistant coaches to town who could envision what he saw — a program able to quickly rise from scratch. Defensive coordinator Hunter Hughes and D-line coach Craig Ward have been with Wristen since day one. Their running backs coach is Steve Sewell, who played for the Denver Broncos. "There was always a winning tradition here and John just came in and frosted the cake," Ward said. "The program took off." The stadium opened on Sept. 6, 2008, for the ThunderWolves' first season back on the field. They won, too, beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 24-13 in front of 10,000 fans. They finished 4-6 that year and rapidly got better. Since 2011, the ThunderWolves are 47-4. But they've struggled in the playoffs, seeing three straight undefeated seasons come to an end early in the postseason. Their motto for 2014 was "Unfinished Business," a reference to all those seasons that didn't end the way they envisioned. Finally, last weekend, CSU-Pueblo cleared a big hurdle, beating West Georgia 10-7 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. The squad features one of the top defenses in the nation, led by senior defensive end Darius Allen, a two-time winner of the Gene Upshaw award as the Division II lineman of the year. Allen grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, in the heart of hoops country, but football was his passion. More specifically, running back since he was so short. He moved to Pueblo in high school — he needed a change of scenery — grew six inches to his current height of 6-foot-4 and was converted into a defensive end. He was recently named to The Associated Press Little All-America team (top players from Division II, III and NAIA) after a 14-sack season. Who knows? He could be in line for an NFL career. After all, his former teammate, Mike Pennel, already plays for the Green Bay Packers. And offensive lineman Ryan Jensen was recently promoted to the active roster in Baltimore. Not that Allen's mind is on anything but Saturday's title game. "Huge," Allen said. "It's all we've talked about since we were freshmen, where we wanted to be at the end of our careers. We got here because of our relentless spirit." That goes for their coach, who had early recruits looking at dirt and picturing national titles. "I don't know if there's any magic, but that's really the part of it that's unique," Wristen said. "We had a clear-cut vision of what we wanted. ... We were able to go find a bunch of guys that believed. "We've validated who we said we were going to be."
Dec 17, 2014
OU officially welcomed three junior college players to the football team on Wednesday as wide receiver Dede Westbrook, offensive lineman Jamal Danley and defensive back William Johnson all signed with the Sooners.
OU football: Juco recruits Dede Westbrook, William Johnson, Jamal Danley sign with Sooners
staff reports | Dec 17, 2014OU officially welcomed three junior college players to the football team on Wednesday as wide receiver Dede Westbrook, offensive lineman Jamal Danley and defensive back William Johnson all signed with the Sooners. All three players are in the top 50 of ESPN.com's junior college recruit rankings for 2015. The top get for the Sooners is Westbrook (Blinn College, Bresham, Texas) who was named a first-team NJCAA All-American after leading the nation in receiving yards (1,485) and receiving yards per game (185.9) in 2014. Danley (East Mississippi Community College, Scooba, Miss.) was named a second-team NJCAA All-American on offense. OU also announced the addition of two high school seniors -- running back Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas) and offensive lineman Bobby Evans (Allen, Texas) as mid-year enrollees. Both Anderson and Evans signed financial aid agreements with the Sooners in September. Anderson and Evans are each consensus four-star recruits by 247sports.com, ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Stoops on JUCO signees: “They’re all guys that we feel can make a contribution immediately.” #Sooners — Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 17, 2014 Stoops: Will Johnson has excellent speed and cover ability. Dede Westbrook capable of making bit plays: “Something we need more of.” — Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seventy small-college football players from across the country have been listed as finalists for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, presented to a player judged as the top defense player in the lower divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA.Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir won the award last year and in the spring was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland...
70 nominees listed for small-college football award
Associated Press | Dec 11, 2014LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seventy small-college football players from across the country have been listed as finalists for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, presented to a player judged as the top defense player in the lower divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA. Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir won the award last year and in the spring was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. The Little Rock Touchdown Club, which sponsors the award with the Wright, Lindsey and Jennings law firm, says 10 percent of last year's finalists made NFL rosters this season. The club and law firm announced the finalists Thursday. This year's nominees include 38 players from NCAA Division II, 18 from NCAA Division III and 14 players from the NAIA. The winner will be announced Dec. 24. Cliff Harris was a high school player in Des Arc, Arkansas, who played at Ouachita Baptist before going on to play in five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls while with the Dallas Cowboys. ___ The finalists are: Ryan Aelker, Bluffton Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo Steve Ambs, Ursinus Justin Avery, University of Charleston LuckyBaar, McKendree Zach Bell, Millsaps Devin Benton, Southwestern Oklahoma Sean Blomquist, Carroll Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne Beau Brewer, Louisiana College Deron Bruce, Ottawa Jake Bussani, Wesleyan George Christas, Lock Haven Tyre Coleman, Hobart Tyler Condit, New Haven Jacob Edleman, Central College Nores Fradi, Wayne State LeronFurr, Fort Valley State Frank Gaffney, Lebanon Valley College Josh Gordon, Minnesota State-Mankato Cameron Grad, Menlo College Brady Grayvold, Wisconsin-Whitewater Michael Gruber, Brevard College Nathan Hancock, Minnesota State-Mankato Connor Harris, Lindenwood Greg Hayward, Saint Xavier Ryan Hogan, Trine Julian Howsare, Clarion Rory Island, Delta State Austin Jacques, Johnson C. Smith Tyler Jenkins, Rowan Takari Johnson, Concordia Colin Kimball, Mercyhurst Alex Kocheff, Mount Union Jared Koster, New Mexico Highlands Phil Latimer, Nebraska Wesleyan MattLongacre, Northwest Missouri Caushaud Lyons, Tusculum College Keshaun Malone, Bacone Derrick Mann, Assumption Alex Markarian, Humboldt State Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock Max Nacewicz, Springfield College Bryan Narcisse, Worcester State Jack Nelson, Willamette Trevor Pesek, Texas A&M-Kingsville Ty Phillips, Missouri Valley College Cole Potter, Dakota State University (S.D.) Nadim Raddar, Bethany CJRoberts, Colorado State-Pueblo Brion Robinson, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Adam Sauder, Taylor Zac Schlueger, Morningside Rush Seaver, Angelo State Al-Hajj Shabazz, West Chester University Jordan Shaw, Shorter Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg GrantSinger, University of Mary Loronza Smith, Warner AndrewStewart, Kentucky Christian Jason Taylor, Catawba David Ternes, Grinnell Bryan Thomson, East Stroudsburg Tyler Thornton, Azusa Pacific CharlesTuaau, Texas A&M Commerce Billy Wendt, Graceland RonellWilliams, West Chester Gary Yeoman, Saint Joseph's, Indiana Jacob Zilbar, Wisconsin - Platteville Justin Zimmer, Ferris State
Dec 10, 2014
The Cougars were 50-29 under Weber, who will remain with the school district as a coach and teacher for the remainder of the school year.
High school notebook: Matt Weber resigns as Ada football coach
By Jacob Unruh | Dec 10, 2014The state’s most decorated football program is looking for a new coach. Ada football coach Matt Weber resigned Tuesday following a seven-year stint with the storied program, the Ada News reports. The Cougars were 50-29 under Weber, who will remain with the school district as a coach and teacher for the remainder of the school year. “I am honored to have worked for the Ada School System,” Weber told the paper. “I work for people and with people that care for kids. I’m also thankful I had the opportunity to work with hard-working kids that act right, which is a reflection of their parents and a great school system. My family and I have made life-long friends in Ada.” Ada has won a state-record 19 state championships in football. The Cougars were 8-3 this past season, falling to Weatherford in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. Ada did make the semifinals in 2012 when it lost to Clinton, another storied program. “For the past seven years, Coach Weber has been a respected and much appreciated asset to Ada High School and our athletic department,” Ada athletic director Mike Anderson told the paper. “He has proven to be an excellent coach and classroom teacher, a positive influence on all students and well respected by his peers. The qualities that coach Weber brings to the table as a coach and teacher are admirable and will provide him many opportunities for continued success.” KANSAS OFFERS STERNBERGER Kingfisher defensive end Jace Sternberger’s recruiting might be on the cusp of taking off. The senior was offered by Kansas on Wednesday, marking his first major scholarship offer and fourth Division I overall. He currently holds offers from New Mexico, Sam Houston State and South Dakota, but Kansas could lead to more. Sternberger recorded 100 tackles, 20 sacks and two interceptions while leading Kingfisher to the Class 3A semifinals. He was also an anchor on the 2013 state championship team. OSSAA APPROVES ENID AS 6A BASEBALL SITE The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors unanimously approved Enid’s David Allen Memorial Ballpark as the site for the spring’s Class 6A state baseball tournament. The stadium will host just the one class, sending Class 5A to another site that’s yet to be determined. The tournament is scheduled for May 14-16. Last season, the tournament was played at the University of Oklahoma. But that stadium is not an option this year and neither is Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma State or Oral Roberts. The OSSAA is also looking at playing the Class A and Class B championships the week before in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, but that has not been finalized.
Dec 6, 2014
Mateen Cleaves now works as an in-studio analyst on Pistons coverage for Fox Sports Detroit, and serves as a co-host for Sirius XM radio and a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network.
Collected Wisdom: Mateen Cleaves, former Michigan State and NBA player and in-studio analyst
Interviewed by Darnell Mayberry, firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 6, 2014Mateen Cleaves grew up 66 miles northwest of Detroit, in the industrial and no-nonsense city of Flint, Michigan. A McDonald’s High School All-American, Cleaves went on to lead Michigan State to the 2000 national championship. He is the school’s only three-time All-American. Cleaves was the 14th overall pick by Detroit in the 2000 NBA Draft and had stints with Sacramento, Cleveland and Seattle. Cleaves now works as an in-studio analyst on Pistons coverage for Fox Sports Detroit, and serves as a co-host for Sirius XM radio and a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network. Growing up in Flint, it was tough because it’s a tough area. But growing up in Flint made me who I am. It’s a hard-working town. Having that attitude, I think that’s what helped me in sports; being a competitor. Always not wanting to lose and having to fight for everything that I wanted. It was very competitive. Growing up in Flint, all we had, we didn’t have much here but it was sports. We took our sports serious. That’s just the attitude. We’re very prideful people. To be a Flintstone, that means you’re a hard worker. You’re a competitor. You fear nobody. We’re not going to back down from nobody. I was blessed to have two parents that kept me on the straight and narrow path. And I was the youngest of five siblings. So my big brothers and sister definitely helped me. I benefited from being the youngest child. I always ran up under my brothers. When they went to the park to play ball, I was right behind them. In the backyard, whether it was football or basketball, I always ran up under my brothers. I always played against older guys. And then when I was playing against people my age, I was a little more advanced because my brothers kept me ahead of the game. My role models coming up, guys I looked up to were Isiah Thomas because he was the leader of the Bad Boys. I benefited from watching them play every night. Magic Johnson because he is from Michigan. I always tried to keep up with him. And Steve Smith. I took a liking to him. He was one of my favorites. So I probably had three. My oldest brother Keith taught me how to play. He’s much older than me. He came back from the military and he would make us jog through the city and run and do pull-ups and exercise at the parks. He always took us out and made us play against grown men. A.J. Guyton at Indiana always made me better. He was a tough guard. He was a very talented player. I knew I had to bring it anytime I went up against him. My best teammate I probably ever had was Chris Webber. That was in Sacramento. Not only was he so talented and made the game easier for everybody else, but also who he was as a person. He was a hard worker and a humble guy. He treated everybody like he wanted to be treated. That lets you know how special he is to me because I don’t hang out with Wolverines like that. Every time people see us together they look at us like, ‘What are you guys doing together?’ But that’s like my big brother. He was in my wedding, and I was in his. The friendship goes beyond basketball. Tom Izzo, to me, is priceless. Great coach. A better person. Along with my mom and dad, he helped mold me into a good person and instilled values in me that are helping me right now as a 37-year-old man. If I got any regrets, it’s probably not getting the playing time that I wanted in the NBA. The business part of the league, I don’t care for. You grow up playing basketball in parks and it’s fun. But sometimes when you get to the NBA and it can be political and it can be a business. I’m not bitter about it, but I do understand it. The game has changed. I was more of a throwback, a pass-first guy. I think it started really changing with Allen Iverson. I think we had the last of the dying breed with Jason Kidd. We got Chris Paul, and he might be the closest thing to it. But he can go out and get 25 (points) if he has to. But I think that pass-first point guard, Jason Kidd might have been the last of a dying breed on that note. I sat in every seat. I’ve been the best player on a team. I’ve been a role player on a team. I’ve been the guy not playing on the team. I’ve been cut from teams. So now, being a broadcaster I can relate to any guy on that team. I’ve always been a people person that likes to talk anyway. So doing broadcasting and doing radio has been pretty much an easy transition for me.
No. 1 Laverne vs. No. 3 Alex When: 7 p.m., Saturday Where: Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 100 E. Campus Dr., Weatherford Online: www.nfhsnetwork.com Records: Laverne 12-0, 9-0 District B-1; Alex 13-0, 9-0 District B-2 How they got here: Laverne — def. Geary 58-0, def. Keota 62-48, def. Davenport 54-20 Alex — def. Turpin 64-14, def. Weleetka 60-14, def. Dewar 60-28 Players to watch:...
High school football: Previewing Class B title game between Laverne, Alex
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Dec 5, 2014No. 1 Laverne vs. No. 3 Alex When: 7 p.m., Saturday Where: Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 100 E. Campus Dr., Weatherford Online: www.nfhsnetwork.com Records: Laverne 12-0, 9-0 District B-1; Alex 13-0, 9-0 District B-2 How they got here: Laverne — def. Geary 58-0, def. Keota 62-48, def. Davenport 54-20 Alex — def. Turpin 64-14, def. Weleetka 60-14, def. Dewar 60-28 Players to watch: Laverne — Tanner Allen, QB. The senior rushed for 133 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s rout of Davenport, overcoming two interceptions. He’s been a steady force for the Tigers. Alex — Kyler Thornburg, RB. Thornburg rushed for more than 230 yards and four touchdowns against Dewar last week, but he didn’t stop there. He took the game’s opening kickoff back for a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass. Storylines: Laverne — The Tigers’ winning streak is now at 40, an impressive number many expect to continue this week. Laverne has allowed just 22 points this season behind its stout defense, which gathered four interceptions last week. Alex — Alex got off to a fast start last week in both halves, which would be a huge benefit in this matchup. Fall behind early, and things could snowball out of control. The pick: Laverne 48, Alex 32
Dec 4, 2014
“Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low,” Ryan Heinrich said. “Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety.”
Oklahoma football: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine
By Jason Kersey | Dec 4, 2014NORMAN — Ryan Heinrich watches Oklahoma football games from his couch in Leander, Texas, and cringes each time a defensive player goes high in an attempt to bring down Sooners running back Samaje Perine. “Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low,” Heinrich said. “Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety.” Heinrich, a linebacker at Rouse High, should know. He’s one of several Texas high school football defenders who were playing Perine only a year ago and now marvel as the former Pflugerville Hendrickson star takes college football by storm. In his last outing nearly two weeks ago, Perine set an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision single-game rushing record with 427 yards and scored five touchdowns against Kansas. He’s rushed for 1,428 yards and 19 touchdowns so far this season entering Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale against rival Oklahoma State. In Bedlam, Perine will look to become the first OU back to rush for 100 yards against the Cowboys since Allen Patrick’s 202 yards in a 49-17 victory on Nov. 24, 2007. “Thinking that he’s only a year older than me and he’s already accomplishing what it takes people four years to do in college, it’s just amazing,” said Christian Benford, a defensive end at Westwood High School in Austin. Benford’s team didn’t fare so well against Perine’s Hendrickson squad last season, losing 58-37 and allowing Perine to rush for 282 yards on 20 carries. “It’s very hard to bring him down,” Benford said. “He’s really big and powerful. He doesn’t stop moving his feet. It’s probably one of the toughest things I’ve done as a football player. “My strategy was just to go low and take out his legs. I just happened to get him unbalanced enough to where he fell to the ground.” Rouse lost 28-0 to Hendrickson last season, but Heinrich and his defense held Perine to only 69 yards on 15 carries. “They blew us out in that game,” Heinrich said. “Yeah, we held him to 69 yards, but they didn’t have to give him the ball the entire game.” Several defenders from West Virginia, Texas Tech and Kansas were slow to get up or had to leave the game injured after trying to bring down Perine. By the end of the Sooners’ Nov. 15 win at Texas Tech, several Red Raiders defensive players had seemingly lost the will to even try to tackle the freshman phenom. So when guys like Heinrich and Benford see Perine trucking over would-be tacklers at the college level, do they feel any sympathy? Not really. “Guy after guy tries to hit him high, and I’m just squirming, thinking, ‘Why? Why are they even trying?’” Heinrich said with a laugh. “You’ve gotta hit him low to have a fighting chance. “Those guys haven’t learned their lesson, and he’s just gonna keep running them over.”
Nov 21, 2014
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After days of cabin fever, the Buffalo Bills were finally able to practice.Then they changed clothes at portable lockers in a hallway — a makeshift setup that underscored just how different this road trip is going to be.The Bills arrived in the Detroit area Friday and held practice that night at the Lions' headquarters in Allen Park. The team's schedule has been in flux...
Bills back on practice field at Lions' facility
NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press | Nov 21, 2014ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — After days of cabin fever, the Buffalo Bills were finally able to practice. Then they changed clothes at portable lockers in a hallway — a makeshift setup that underscored just how different this road trip is going to be. The Bills arrived in the Detroit area Friday and held practice that night at the Lions' headquarters in Allen Park. The team's schedule has been in flux because of a lake-effect storm that dumped more than 5 feet of snow on the Buffalo region since Monday. This weekend's game against the New York Jets was moved from Buffalo to Detroit and will be played Monday night. "It felt really good. Being laid up in the house for a while is not fun," tight end Scott Chandler said. "It was good to get to just focus on football for a few hours, and not have to worry about anything else." Chandler needed a snowmobile ride to leave his neighborhood, and he said some of his teammates did too. "A local guy, lives around the corner from a lot of us, and they were able to flag him down at a gas station, and he was willing to come help us out. They were trying to plow the road, but it wasn't going to get done fast enough," Chandler said. "He was able to come get us and just take us around the corner to where we could get in a car and get to the stadium." Coach Doug Marrone and his staff had been living at the Bills' headquarters, going over the game plan and consulting with the team by phone and computer because players were snowed in. Now the Lions are letting the Bills in their practice facility, where Detroit had a workout earlier Friday. "They've been outstanding," Marrone said. "Opening everything up, that's really not heard of in this league, unless they force you to do it. Detroit wasn't forced to do that, so I have a great appreciation for the organization here. We have everything. We have the locker room right behind us, we have the meeting rooms and things of that nature." The venue is a familiar one for Buffalo defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was fired in December after five seasons as Detroit's coach. Schwartz was carried off the field by the Bills after they beat the Lions in Detroit in October. He'll coach at Ford Field again Monday. Schwartz was not available to reporters Friday. Fans are being offered free tickets to Monday's game, and Bills running back Fred Jackson said he's not sure what kind of environment to expect. "I'm kind of excited to see what happens," he said. "It'll be a different experience for everybody." This is the second time in four years Ford Field has hosted a neutral site game. In 2010, a game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants was moved to Detroit because the Metrodome roof collapsed. Fans who showed up for that game witnessed a bit of history. Brett Favre's streak of 297 regular-season starts came to an end that night. The Bills are hoping conditions will be less harsh back home next week, but next weekend's home game against Cleveland also could be affected by the weather. Bills President Russ Brandon says the team is planning to return to Buffalo after Monday night's game in Detroit. "Our plan is to get right back to Buffalo after the game," Brandon said. "We'll have a short work week as we prepare for Cleveland, but we'll stay nimble and see how the situation evolves and we'll go from there." Lions President Tom Lewand was asked Friday if Ford Field could be available for the Bills again next weekend. Detroit hosts Chicago on Thanksgiving, and there are high school championship games scheduled for the venue Friday and Saturday. "I don't want to get into projections. Let's deal with what's in front of us right now," Lewand said. "I know the folks at the Bills' organization are working awfully hard to get themselves prepared not only to play the Jets on Monday night, but the Browns next week. It wouldn't be fair on me to comment beyond trying to get them as successful as possible for a great game on Monday night." ___ AP Sports Writers John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, Dennis Waszak Jr., in Florham Park, New Jersey, and AP freelance reporter Mark Ludwiczak contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Vin Cherwoo at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800 845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All Times EST. TOP STORIES FBN--WINTRY WEATHER-BILLS BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's "impractical" now for the Bills to host the Jets on Sunday because of the snowstorm battering the Buffalo area. The storm has dumped more than 5 feet of snow since Monday night, with more coming. The Bills missed a second straight day of practice. By John Wawrow. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--CHIEFS-RAIDERS OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders, 0-10 and looking for their first victory in more than a year, play the first-place Chiefs. Still, Kansas City coach Andy Reid is wary of this longtime rivalry: "When you go to the Black Hole, you better be ready." By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:25 p.m. BOX--TIM DAHLBERG MACAU — No one questions Chris Algieri's toughness, not after he got up from two first-round knockdowns and fought half-blinded to win a decision win in his June title fight with the feared Ruslan Provodnikov. Now, this undefeated boxer with a master's degree in clinical nutrition, awaits Manny Pacquiao this weekend. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBN--VICK-CHANGING THE GAME In the 13 years since his arrival as the fastest man on the field who also happened to have the best arm, Michael Vick's impact has been felt — in the way quarterbacks and offenses evolve in high school, college, and eventually, the pros. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos. NEW/DEVELOPING SOC--FIFA-WCUP PROBE GENEVA — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's financial monitoring panel, will study the report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos. FBN--PETERSON APPEAL The NFL players' union appeals the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson. In a letter obtained by the AP, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands that an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 400 words, photos. — With: — VIKINGS-PETERSON'S SON-BOND — Judge adds bond conditions for man charged in death of Adrian Peterson's son. SENT: 250 words. BKN--IVERSON-NIKE SNEAKER PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA star questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 650 words, photos. BBO--OWNERS MEETINGS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baseball owners unanimously approve a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed Bud Selig as commissioner early next year. Owners also discuss a variety of issues, among them pace of play, instant replay and domestic violence initiatives. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos. GLF--LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP NAPLES, Fla. — The biggest payout in women's golf is on the line when the LPGA Tour season finale gets starts at the CME Group Tour Championship. Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko can claim a $1 million bonus by winning the tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. TEN--DAVIS CUP FINAL-DRAW LILLE, France — Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 650 words, photos. NFL FBN--TEXANS-BLUE HOUSTON — Alfred Blue didn't spend any time feeling sorry for himself when he didn't hear his name called until the sixth round of this year's NFL draft. Houston's rookie running back remembered something coaches had long told him: "It's not where you begin, it's how it ends." By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. FBN--REDSKINS-KERRIGAN ASHBURN, Va. — In contrast to, say, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan is perhaps the most drama-free member of the Washington Redskins. He leads the team with 7 1/2 sacks, even though he's been playing hurt. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. — Also: — FBN--EAGLES-TURNOVERS — By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--49ERS-RELIABLE BOLDIN — By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--PACKERS-PROTECTING RODGERS — By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. — FBN--BRONCOS-LATIMER — By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. — FBN--BEARS-CUTLER — By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. COLLEGE FOOTBALL FBC--RUGBY-STYLE PUNTING PHOENIX — The never-ending battle for field position has a new weapon: the rugby-style punt. More teams are turning to the end-over-end punts that are tough to defend and sometimes tougher to catch. By College Football Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--T25-BAYLOR-RIGHT AT HOME Playoff-contending No. 6 Baylor, going for its second Big 12 title in a row, has two home games and a neutral-site game to finish the regular season. The Bears have won 26 of their last 27 such games. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. FBC--T25-COLORADO ST-HART'S RESURGENCE FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Tailback Dee Hart's making the most of a fresh start with No. 22 Colorado State after transferring from Alabama over the summer. He's rushed for 909 yards and 11 TDs, helping the Rams to their best start since 1994. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos. FBC--THE GAME CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard has gotten used to beating Yale in The Game — eight straight victories. But there's something nice about both teams being at their best for one of college football's oldest rivalries. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. — Also: — FBC--T25-KANSAS ST-WEST VIRGINIA — By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. — FBC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE — By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. start. — FBC--CALIFORNIA-GOFF'S TEAM — By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 700 words, photos. — FBC--EAST CAROLINA-HARDY'S RECORD — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos. COLLEGE BASKETBALL BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-POWERHOUSE PLATOONS LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 1 Kentucky is college basketball's answer to the U.S. national team, with two platoons of NBA-caliber talent. The Wildcats feature nine players of at least 6-foot-6 going all out. They don't need to pace themselves because they know relief is minutes away. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. NBA BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-RUBIO RECOVERS MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio was playing some of his best ball with the Timberwolves when he went down Thursday with a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out for a while. The Spanish point guard discusses his injury. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m. AUTO RACING CAR--F1-MERCEDES RIVALRY ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies entering the final race of the season, with Rosberg taunting his Mercedes teammate by urging him to "drive cleanly." By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 600 words, photos. — With: — CAR--F1-DRIVER CHANGES — Two-time Formula One champ Fernando Alonso leaving Ferrari after season; will be replaced by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 650 words, photos. — Also: — CAR--NASCAR-KAHNE-HENDRICK — Hendrick Motorsports gives driver Kasey Kahne three-year contract extension. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 550 words. FEATURES BBN--MARLINS-LORIA'S LEGACY MIAMI — By agreeing to pay Giancarlo Stanton $325 million over the next 13 years, Jeffrey Loria gets to keep one of baseball's premier sluggers with the Marlins. Whether that deal comes with some goodwill for the oft-controversial owner remains to be seen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m. HKO--LOGISTICS MADE EASY Logistics for neighborhood sports leagues is no easy thing. What players are available? Who's supplying the snacks? Now there's an app — with an assist from former NHL player Bret Hedican — helping organizers put their focus where it is needed most — on the games. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. BASEBALL — BBA--BLUE JAYS-MARTIN — Catcher Russell Martin discusses the next phase of his career after signing a $82 million, five-year contract with the Blue Jays. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. — BBO--JAPAN-MLB ALL-STARS — Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game. SENT: 200 words. GOLF — GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Rory McIlroy shares first-round lead at season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos. — GLF--AUSTRALIAN MASTERS — Defending champ Adam Scott trails by six strokes after first round of Australian Masters. SENT: 350 words. — GLF--CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL — Opening round of unofficial event involving PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m. OTHER NEWS — SPORTS BETTING — Judge expects to rule by Friday on whether New Jersey can partially lift the ban on sports gambling. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words, photos. — BOX--JERMAIN TAYLOR-SHOOTING — Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas; boxer could face up to 26 years in prison. SENT: 150 words. — BKC--TARKANIAN HOSPITALIZED — Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, 84, hospitalized for pneumonia. SENT: 130 words, photos. — OLY--RIO-GOLF COURSE-LAWSUIT — Construction on golf course for 2016 Rio Olympics could be halted because of legal obstacles. By Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos. — SOC--BRAZIL-PELE'S SON — Pele's 44-year-old son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction. SENT: 130 words, photos. — BOB--RUSSIA-DOPING — Russian national two-man bobsled champion tests positive for banned substance. SENT: 100 words. CAPSULES — BKN--NBA CAPSULES. — HKN--NHL CAPSULES. — FBC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES. ___ Thursday's Time Schedule (EST) NFL Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. NBA L.A. Clippers at Miami, 8 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. NHL Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. College Football (Top 25) No. 12 Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. No. 25 Duke vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. College Basketball (Top 25) Men No. 10 Texas vs. Iowa at New York (Madison Square Garden), 7 p.m. No. 12 Villanova vs. Bucknell, 8 p.m. No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m. No. 16 San Diego State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 10:30 p.m. No. 17 Connecticut vs. College of Charleston at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m. No. 22 SMU at Indiana, 8 p.m. No. 23 Syracuse vs. California at New York (Madison Square Garden), 9 p.m. No. 24 Michigan vs. Detroit, 6 p.m. Women No. 2 South Carolina vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 10 Texas, 9 p.m. No. 7 Duke at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. No. 12 Louisville vs. Belmont, 7 p.m. No. 17 West Virginia at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Cribbs insists there's plenty of tread left on his wheels — perhaps even more than his recently repaired car.At age 31 and nearly a year removed from his last NFL game, the return specialist is getting another chance to prove himself — this time with the Colts."I was told you're old when you're in your 30s, but I don't feel that old," Cribbs said Wednesday, looking as...
Colts looking for Cribbs to improve return game
MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Nov 19, 2014INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Cribbs insists there's plenty of tread left on his wheels — perhaps even more than his recently repaired car. At age 31 and nearly a year removed from his last NFL game, the return specialist is getting another chance to prove himself — this time with the Colts. "I was told you're old when you're in your 30s, but I don't feel that old," Cribbs said Wednesday, looking as fit as ever. "It's just a stereotype that I'm fighting." Cribbs has been fighting those sorts of images most of his football life. In high school, many of the big-name programs wanted him to redshirt and change positions. Cribbs thought he could play immediately, landed at Kent State and wound up having one of the most productive quarterback careers in college history. Four years later, NFL scouts were so uncertain about where he belonged, they didn't even bother to draft Cribbs in 2005. Instead, the 6-foot-1 undrafted rookie landed with the nearby Browns and found a perfect fit. Cribbs went to the Pro Bowl three times with Cleveland and was an All-Pro in 2009. He is tied with Leon Washington for the most kickoff returns for touchdowns in league history (eight), is third all-time in kickoff return yards (10,505) and is fifth all-time in combined yards on kickoff and punt returns (12,755). But after struggling to recover from knee surgery in time to start the 2013 season and finishing the year on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, most teams figured Cribbs was as broken down as the car that failed him after he drove from Cleveland to Indy for last week's workout. The Colts saw something entirely different on the field. "He was in excellent shape, there was availability, there was room," coach Chuck Pagano said. "We got a really good football player out there that we felt like could help us win." When the Colts contacted Cribbs' agent to work out a deal Monday, Indianapolis already knew running back Ahmad Bradshaw was likely to miss the rest of the season with a broken left leg. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Pagano said he expects his new player to return both punts and kickoffs, possibly as soon as this weekend. And with the Colts (6-4) short on running backs — Trent Richardson missed Wednesday's practice with an illness — Cribbs helps with the offense, too. He has 109 career receptions, two career carries and a history of running the wildcat in Cleveland. "I'll be right behind him (Andrew Luck) going, 'Do you need a breather?' I'll be his break," Cribbs said with a laugh when asked about the possibility of lining up as a wildcat quarterback in Indy. "The coaches are thinking about doing some things with me on offense." While Luck appreciated the offer, the Colts seem to have other plans. With Richardson out, Daniel Herron said he took the bulk of the snaps with the starting offense Wednesday. Indy does not have another running back on the active roster, though they could promote Zurlon Tipton or Michael Hill from the practice squad. Whatever the Colts decide, Cribbs knows this: It's an opportunity to show everyone he's not finished yet. "Trent said it's a place of winners. You come here to rejuvenate your career, to add to something," Cribbs said. "That was what Trent was looking for. He wanted to come here and shine and be with a quarterback that can find him whenever he's in trouble. This is already a great organization, but to be a contributor, to produce and add value to this football team says a lot about you." Notes: Tight end Dwayne Allen (right ankle) and cornerback Greg Toler (concussion) also did not practice Wednesday. Pagano said three players were held out of practice to rest -- right tackle Gosder Cherilus, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and receiver Reggie Wayne. ... Defensive tackle Arthur Jones was a full participant Wednesday, Pagano said. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Favorite: Laverne Winners of 37 straight games, the Tigers have been in the No. 1 spot all season. Running back Dalton Birch has played a key role on the previous two title teams and is causing problems for defenses once again, with Tanner Allen playing well at quarterback. Toughest road: Keota A top-10 team all […]
Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class B bracket
Scott Wright | Nov 9, 2014Favorite: Laverne Winners of 37 straight games, the Tigers have been in the No. 1 spot all season. Running back Dalton Birch has played a key role on the previous two title teams and is causing problems for defenses once again, with Tanner Allen playing well at quarterback. Toughest road: Keota A top-10 team all year, the 9-1 Lions drew another ranked opponent, Garber, in the first round, with potential matchups against No. 1 Laverne and No. 2 Davenport lined up ahead of them. Team to watch: Davenport The Bulldogs climbed to No. 2 behind an impressive defensive performance over the course of the season. They've allowed only 22 points all year, and just eight in the last seven games. Class B picks Scott Wright: Laverne Jacob Unruh: Laverne Trent Shadid: Laverne
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
Oct 31, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M might have a new starting quarterback when the Aggies host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.Kenny Hill, who started the first eight games, could be benched in favor of freshman Kyle Allen after struggling with turnovers in a three-game skid."They've both gotten reps over the last week and will both continue to get reps," coach Kevin Sumlin said. "After what's...
Aggies could have new QB for La-Monroe
KRISTIE RIEKEN, Associated Press | Oct 31, 2014COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M might have a new starting quarterback when the Aggies host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. Kenny Hill, who started the first eight games, could be benched in favor of freshman Kyle Allen after struggling with turnovers in a three-game skid. "They've both gotten reps over the last week and will both continue to get reps," coach Kevin Sumlin said. "After what's happened, there's really nothing off the table at that point." What happened was an embarrassing 59-0 loss to Alabama to extend A&M's skid to three games after a 5-0 start. The Aggies need a win on Saturday to avoid losing four games in a row for the first time since 2005. Hill beat out Allen in fall camp and got off to a great start, throwing for a school-record 511 yards in the season opener and helping the Aggies to their perfect start. The sophomore's 2,649 yards passing lead the Southeastern Conference and are sixth in the nation, but he has seven turnovers in the last three games combined. Allen was one of the top quarterback prospects in the country after throwing for more than 8,000 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career at Desert Mountain high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has 264 yards passing and three touchdowns in four games this season. Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry knows this will be a tough game for his team regardless of who starts at quarterback, and he also brushed off A&M's recent trouble. "We've got a huge challenge this week against a very good Texas A&M football team," Berry said. "I think this is a team that's a top-10 team. They had the unfortunate task of playing Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State in back to back weeks. I would challenge anybody in college football to play those three games in a row and see how they fare." Some things to know about the Louisiana-Monroe-Texas A&M game: THROWBACKS: Texas A&M will wear throwback uniforms to honor its 1939 national championship team on Saturday. The special helmets have a leather-like texture made using photos of helmets worn by the 1939 team. The helmets will have 'AMC' stenciled on the back of them referring to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, which A&M was known as in 1939. The jerseys will feature a patch inspired by the 1939 uniforms and will have rips and tears to mimic wear. Dark brown shoes with metal eyelets will complete the look. LONG DAY: Louisiana-Monroe's day will start at about 7 a.m. on Saturday because the team couldn't get rooms in College Station. "All of the hotels in College Station are full," Berry said. "So we are staying about an hour and 15 minutes away, so we will have an early bus ride with the 11 a.m. kickoff." They're not letting their lodging situation dampen the day though. "This is one of the great venues in college football and one of the great atmospheres in college football, so our players, our staff are excited about going down there and trying to get better this week," Berry said. CHASING CLOWNEY: Texas A&M's Myles Garrett has already set the school record for sacks as a freshman with 7 1/2. He's just one sack away from breaking the SEC freshman sack record of eight set by Jadeveon Clowney in 2011 at South Carolina. Clowney was taken by the Houston Texans with the top overall pick in this year's draft. Louisiana-Monroe has allowed 21 sacks this season. ALL HEALED UP: Sumlin said his team really benefited from its bye last week after playing eight straight games. He said he didn't realize just how tough that stretch was on his team — both physically and mentally — until they had a chance to rest during their off week. "I probably underestimated the eight-game stretch and how we handled it. We didn't handle it the right way," Sumlin said. "We had a substantial amount of guys banged up or beat up, and I would say mentally tired. That's something we tried to address last week. I think the bye week came at a great time for us." GOING BOWLING?: With a win on Saturday, the Aggies will become eligible for a bowl game for a school-record sixth straight season. The Aggies have won their last three bowl games, capped by 52-48 victory over Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl last season.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is going ahead with plans to name its football field for Hall of Famer Andre Reed.The school board in Reed's hometown approved the honor Tuesday after addressing concerns about a profanity-laced Facebook message the ex-wide receiver sent to an alum who criticized the plan.The board met for a special session after tabling a vote last Thursday....
After spat, Pennsylvania school honors Andre Reed
Associated Press | Oct 29, 2014ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is going ahead with plans to name its football field for Hall of Famer Andre Reed. The school board in Reed's hometown approved the honor Tuesday after addressing concerns about a profanity-laced Facebook message the ex-wide receiver sent to an alum who criticized the plan. The board met for a special session after tabling a vote last Thursday. The delay put a Nov. 1 naming ceremony at Allentown's J. Birney Crum Stadium in jeopardy. Reed had planned to visit schools and tailgate with fans before his alma mater Dieruff High School played rival William Allen. An Allentown park and part of a street are also being renamed in honor of the longtime Buffalo Bills player. Reed's college, Kutztown University, recently named its stadium after him.
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
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
The reserve linebacker had an exceptional game during Oklahoma Baptist’s 47-6 victory over Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.). Bishop had seven tackles, including four solo stops.
Oklahoma state college football player of the week: Zack Bishop, Oklahoma Baptist linebacker
BY SCOTT MUNN | Oct 19, 2014Zack Bishop Oklahoma Baptist Position: Linebacker Height, weight: 6-1, 210 Class: Freshman Hometown: Allen, Texas Scouting report: The reserve linebacker had an exceptional game during Oklahoma Baptist’s 47-6 victory over Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.). Bishop had seven tackles, including four solo stops. He added a sack for minus-10 yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he returned 32 yards. The first-year collegian is coming off a standout high school career; he helped Allen win two state championships. 2014 Oklahoma Players of the Week: Sept. 16, Spencer Bond, quarterback, East Central; Sept. 23, Cody Jones, defensive back, Central Oklahoma; Sept. 30, Kevin Pantastico, quarterback, Northeastern State; Oct. 7, Cody Jones, defensive back, Central Oklahoma; Oct. 14, Jared Heim, punter, Southeastern State
Oct 17, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Carson-Newman's Ken Sparks remembers watching practices and sitting in on meetings with Paul "Bear" Bryant's staff as a young high school coach visiting Alabama's campus.Now he's about to catch up to Bryant in the NCAA record book.Sparks, in his 35th season at this Division II program, will attempt to improve his career record to 323-87-2 when Carson-Newman (4-1)...
Carson-Newman's Sparks on verge of tying Bryant
STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Oct 17, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Carson-Newman's Ken Sparks remembers watching practices and sitting in on meetings with Paul "Bear" Bryant's staff as a young high school coach visiting Alabama's campus. Now he's about to catch up to Bryant in the NCAA record book. Sparks, in his 35th season at this Division II program, will attempt to improve his career record to 323-87-2 when Carson-Newman (4-1) plays at Tusculum (1-2) on Saturday. That 323rd victory would allow Sparks to tie Bryant for sixth place on the NCAA's all-time career wins list. "I need to be really careful about (not) thinking that this is all about me," Sparks said. "It's about a whole bunch of players, a whole bunch of coaches, but here's what it really is about. It's about a God that has blessed me - a lot of times when I didn't deserve it - to be in this position." Sparks, 70, is seeking the milestone victory amid virtually no fanfare. Defensive lineman William Alderman said he didn't realize Sparks was one win away from Bryant until a reporter mentioned it to him Wednesday. Defensive coordinator Mike Clowney only found out when athletic director Allen Morgan brought it up last week. They certainly weren't going to hear it from Sparks, who avoids discussing personal accomplishments. He considers coaching a calling that allows him to honor his faith and teach life lessons at this Christian school. "His heart has always been to better us as men and better us as football players - and it's in that order," Alderman said. Sparks' teams have won five NAIA titles and have reached an NAIA or NCAA Division II championship game on four other occasions. The only coaches with more career victories are John Gagliardi (489-138-11), Eddie Robinson (408-165-15), Bobby Bowden (377-129-4), Pop Warner (336-114-32), Larry Kehres (332-24-3) and Bryant (323-85-17). Warner previously was credited with 319 wins, but the NCAA updated his record in 2012. David Worlock, the NCAA's director of media coordination and statistics, said the change occurred after the NCAA discovered Warner had coached at Iowa State in the 1890s and added the victories he accumulated there. NCAA records show Warner coached two schools at the same time from 1895-99. A twist of fate started Sparks along this path. He was attending Tennessee when a case of mononucleosis forced him to stop boxing, his sport of choice at the time. He started coaching a youth football team sponsored by a local Optimist club. Sparks realized this was what he wanted to do with his life. He transferred to Carson-Newman, where he played wide receiver, before getting a coaching job at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was during those years that he visited Alabama thanks to his friendship with former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Ken Donahue. "We'd spend a lot of time with the offensive staff, defensive staff just to pick their brain and try to expand our football world," Sparks said. Sparks has coached Carson-Newman since 1980 and has led his alma mater to 24 playoff appearances. Sparks' players and assistant coaches say his biggest wins have come in the lives he's shaped. "What I've learned over my four years playing for him is how to be a man," running back Andy Hibbett said. "That's what he's instilled." Sparks has continued offering those lessons even after learning he had prostate cancer in the summer of 2012. Sparks earned his 300th victory in the first game after his diagnosis. "It's not good, but that's in the Lord's hands," Sparks said of his health. "I'll let him handle that, and I'll try to handle trusting with it and surrendering to it." Sparks used to participate in regular conditioning runs with his team and doesn't do that as much anymore. Other than that, he's coached the same way as before his diagnosis. "The only difference is every now and then he sneaks off to the doctor and we don't know about it," Clowney said. "His approach has been the same." Sparks believes he was called into coaching and plans to keep doing it until he's called out of it. "I hope I can coach until maybe down there on that practice field, there's some kudzu down there, (so) they'll roll me over in the kudzu and throw some dirt on me (and) I can be coaching when I die," Sparks said. "You know how that works. I don't know how it's going to play out. I really don't. I take it one day at a time."
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
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jonathan Williams sat with his family in a Fayetteville hotel, one night before he reported to Arkansas to play football for the Razorbacks.The standout running back was well aware of what awaited his mother and younger sister when they returned to Allen, Texas, where they had been evicted from their home just a few days ago. But there was his mom, wearing a big smile...
Arkansas' Williams uses hardships as motivation
KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Oct 3, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jonathan Williams sat with his family in a Fayetteville hotel, one night before he reported to Arkansas to play football for the Razorbacks. The standout running back was well aware of what awaited his mother and younger sister when they returned to Allen, Texas, where they had been evicted from their home just a few days ago. But there was his mom, wearing a big smile on her face. "That was the happiest I had seen her," Williams said. "She was happy she was taking her son to the University of Arkansas, where I'd be taken care of. I remember telling her, 'No matter what, I'm going to make it to the NFL to be able to help us out through all these financial problems.'" If Williams, now a junior for the Razorbacks, seems to have more perspective than your average 20-year-old, it's with good reason. When he was a senior in high school, his mom lost her job in real estate and his dad left for New Orleans — to find work supporting the family as a chef and to take care of a mother with Alzheimer's. He arrived at Arkansas in the wake of the Bobby Petrino scandal and the coaching turnover that followed. When Alex Collins joined the Razorbacks, Williams turned a potentially disruptive situation into the leading rushing attack in the Southeastern Conference. More than anything, Williams has used the lessons of his upbringing as a constant reminder of how lucky he is, how far he's come — and how far he still wants to go. "He's a humble guy," Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen said. "Everything about who he is, how hard he works and carries himself is the real thing." Even Constance Williams isn't quite sure how her second born evolved into such a deep thinker. But the stories. Oh, she has stories about the one she calls "Cook" — shortened from the "Cookie Man" nickname given to Jonathan by a childhood babysitter "because he was so thick and so sweet." The sweetness served him well at school, where teachers praised his thoughtfulness. The thickness? Well, from the time the now 6-foot, 225-pound Williams started football as a 5-year-old, he excelled — both as a running back and linebacker. "It was rare that a team ever got a play off," Constance Williams said. As good as Jonathan was on the football field at an early age, he was even more focused on where the game might take him — and his family. He told his father about his plans to play in the NFL at 6, which — unbeknownst initially to his parents — was about the same time he put a plan in place to make that dream a reality. Constance Williams still remembers cleaning Jonathan's room one day and finding a hand-made calendar. On it, squares marking each day were crossed out — a daily progress report of her son's self-planned offseason workout routine. "He never missed a day," Williams said. "I didn't even know he was doing it. That was all him, and I was in awe." As the years went on, Jonathan Williams flourished on the football field even while his family's Dallas home was broken into three times, resulting in the move to Allen — where he starred in high school. No matter how hard his parents tried to hide their financial difficulties, Williams noticed little things that made him aware of how tough times were. His mom would never cook for herself, only eating the kids' leftovers, and he never saw her buy clothes for herself. "Sometimes it felt like we had had all the money in the world, and sometimes it was like, 'Dang, we don't even have the water turned on today,'" Williams said. By the time Williams arrived in Fayetteville, there was no hiding the distress any longer. Evicted from their home, Williams, his mother and younger sister stayed one night in a Dallas hotel before loading all of their belongings in a storage unit and making the drive to Fayetteville. Constance Williams didn't know what awaited her and her daughter when they returned to Texas — they did eventually settle into a small apartment — but she knew Jonathan's future was just beginning, and she didn't want him to worry. "We're still blessed, and I always let him know, 'If you think you're doing bad, there's always somebody that's doing worse,'" she said. That lesson served Jonathan Williams well during his first season at Arkansas in 2012, the season following Petrino's firing. Williams joined what he thought was a national championship contender, only to see the Razorbacks win only four games while he flashed moments of brilliance as Knile Davis' backup. After Bret Bielema was hired after that season, Williams quickly discovered — following Arkansas' signing of Collins out of Florida — that his dreams of being "the guy" wouldn't become a reality without a heavy dose of competition. The two combined for 1,926 yards rushing last season as the Razorbacks struggled to a 3-9 record in Bielema's first year. This season, working in tandem and enjoying their burgeoning friendship, they've been even better — with Collins leading the SEC in rushing with 621 yards and Williams in third with 486 yards on the ground. "Now, I've definitely matured a lot more," Williams said. "I realize Alex makes me a better player as well. If he wasn't here, I probably wouldn't run as hard as I do now or work as hard in the weight room or things like that." Williams still talks with his parents almost daily. He doesn't worry about them, though. Frankly, he doesn't see the need after realizing what they've already overcome. He also knows that NFL dream is closer than ever to reality, though he said he won't leave resurgent Arkansas early "unless it's the right decision." "As much as I love football, and as much as I want to be the best player ever to play football, the way I look at it is it's still a stepping stone to bigger and better things," Williams said.
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
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
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Some Carlsbad residents spent part of the night in a shelter after authorities went door to door early Monday warning them to leave because of Pecos River flooding, while dozens of area roads were closed.The floodwaters began receding later in the morning, and authorities said dams along the river were working properly.Bureau of Reclamation officials said Brantley...
24 spend night in Carlsbad shelter due to flooding
Associated Press | Sep 22, 2014CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Some Carlsbad residents spent part of the night in a shelter after authorities went door to door early Monday warning them to leave because of Pecos River flooding, while dozens of area roads were closed. The floodwaters began receding later in the morning, and authorities said dams along the river were working properly. Bureau of Reclamation officials said Brantley Reservoir, some 10 miles north of Carlsbad, was holding about 59,000 acre-feet of water. The reservoir's flood capacity is about 1 million acre-feet, so officials said there was plenty of room to continue capturing any inflow. An acre foot is nearly 326,000 gallons, or enough to cover a football field with a foot of water. The bureau shut down releases from Brantley late last week in anticipation of the storms. Eddy County emergency center spokesman Kenny Rayroux said the Pecos River, which runs through Carlsbad, was receding after cresting at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. He was not immediately available to provide details on flooding or the river depth. At about 1:30 a.m., police, deputies and National Guard soldiers went door to door to tell residents of 110 homes that they needed to evacuate, Rayroux said. Red Cross spokeswoman Beverly Allen said 24 people took refuge at a shelter at Carlsbad High School. Some others went to stay with friends or relatives. "As far as we can tell, people are pretty much back out of the way," Rayroux said. Dozens of roads and streets in the Carlsbad area were closed, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park officials said the park would remain closed Monday due to hazardous road conditions from high water and debris on the road. The park closed late last week because of road conditions. Meanwhile, state authorities have issued a precautionary boil water advisory Monday for water systems in Eddy County near the Pecos River. New Mexico Drinking Water Bureau officials said no contamination had been detected in the drinking water systems as of Monday. Southeastern New Mexico has experienced flooding since Friday as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Odile. But Rayroux said heavy rain Sunday swelled the Pecos, causing the latest inundation. The New Mexico National Guard on Saturday rescued 40 oilfield workers stranded by floodwaters, and a man was found dead near Loving after his vehicle got stuck in water.
From hybrid running back Byron Marshall, to track champion Devon Allen and former point guard Johnathan Loyd, Oregon's got a varied cast of targets for the quarterback.Marcus Mariota has thrown for 806 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season for the No. 2 Ducks. He's had just 21 incompletions.The early Heisman front-runner has spread his attention around, hitting 13 different teammates...
No. 2 Oregon looks to eclectic receiver corps
ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2014From hybrid running back Byron Marshall, to track champion Devon Allen and former point guard Johnathan Loyd, Oregon's got a varied cast of targets for the quarterback. Marcus Mariota has thrown for 806 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season for the No. 2 Ducks. He's had just 21 incompletions. The early Heisman front-runner has spread his attention around, hitting 13 different teammates with passes, including six different Ducks for touchdowns. Five have collected at least 100 yards in receptions through the first three games of the season. Normally known for a dynamic ground game, Oregon is ranked 18th among FBS programs with an average of 330.3 yards passing per game. "They're very dynamic, they're explosive, we just gotta continue to find ways to get those guys the ball," Mariota said. The Ducks travel to Washington State on Saturday where they'll see the nation's top-ranked passing attack. The Air Raid Cougars are averaging an eye-popping 517 yards a game. There were questions about Oregon's receivers going into this season following the graduation of Josh Huff and an injury to Bralon Addison, the team's top performers last season. Perhaps Marshall has emerged as the biggest surprise. The junior running back leads the Ducks with 12 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns — already passing his total receiving yards from last season. As part of Oregon's so-called "Three-headed Monster" backfield with Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman, he's been spending more time in the slot. Marshall also tops his fellow Ducks with 369 all-purpose yards, while ranking second in rushing yards with 179. "I always could catch, I've always had good hands, I've just never really been a receiver before until now," Marshall said last week before the Ducks defeated Wyoming 48-14 on Saturday to move to 3-0. Loyd scored his first career touchdown against the Cowboys, grabbing a 5-yard scoring pass from Mariota in the third quarter. "I can't even describe it," he said. "Once I realized where I was on the field emotions just took over and I started screaming. It felt good." After four years as a point guard on Oregon's basketball team, Loyd took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows a player a fifth year of eligibility — in a different sport. Since the spring, he has impressed Oregon's coaches with his attitude in practice. "It was great for Johnny to score there. Just like on the hoops court, you can see his smiling face every day at practice, and it's great to see that result in a touchdown for him," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said following the game. Loyd hadn't played football since high school in Las Vegas. The touchdown quieted critics who thought the move was just a stunt. "I've hit a good amount of shots, a good amount of and-one's, but this is my first touchdown in five years," he said. "This is a whole different type of feeling." Allen also pulled down a 16-yard scoring pass from Mariota late in the second quarter against Wyoming. Allen was hurt in camp as a freshman last year so he redshirted, but that didn't preclude him from grabbing attention on the Ducks' track team. In June, he won the NCAA championship in the 110-meter hurdles with a meet-record time of 13.16 seconds. He became the first freshman to win the national title in the event in 38 years. With the football team, Allen has caught seven passes for 157 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns. He had a pair of TDs in Oregon's 46-27 victory over Michigan State in the second game of the season. Other players who have caught TD passes for the Ducks this season include senior starter Keanon Lowe, the leader of the group, as well as Pharaoh Brown and Dwayne Stanford. "In this offense, we never know who is going to be the guy to have a good week," Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost said. "We're going to take what the defenses give us and we feel like we got a lot of guys that can make a play when they get a chance."
Sep 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck is learning to become the fix-it man.First, he critiqued himself for a botched play call at Denver. Then he accepted the blame for throwing a late interception Monday night against Philadelphia.Two games, two mistakes, two losses for the Colts. Nobody expects those sorts of results from the budding third-year quarterback, especially Luck."That pick I threw at the...
Colts' Luck looking to make amends after mistake
MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Sep 17, 2014INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck is learning to become the fix-it man. First, he critiqued himself for a botched play call at Denver. Then he accepted the blame for throwing a late interception Monday night against Philadelphia. Two games, two mistakes, two losses for the Colts. Nobody expects those sorts of results from the budding third-year quarterback, especially Luck. "That pick I threw at the end of the game last week again, disappointed with myself, frustrated with myself for doing that," Luck said Wednesday. "Then the two picks in the Denver game. So those jump out, those jump out." During his first two pro seasons, Luck won 22 games, an AFC South title, engineered 11 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime and produced the second-greatest comeback in playoff history -- all before he turned 25 last week. The emerging star made the made the transition from college football to the NFL look seamless. Like any young quarterback, of course, there have been bumps along the way. He threw 18 interceptions as a rookie and seven interceptions in two playoff games last season. He's been sacked 76 times in 34 career starts and has taken more hits than just about quarterback in the league. But winning overshadowed most of the budding star's flaws. This year's awkward start has put things in a different perspective. For only the second time since 1999, the Colts are 0-2. For the first time in Luck's pro career, he has endured back-to-back losses. And instead of rallying the Colts to late wins, Luck has mostly blamed himself for the struggles that have led to the losses. At Denver, he called a hurry-up quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal and ran it even though he knew he didn't have the right guys on the field to make the play work. The result: Luck was stopped for a loss and wound up losing 31-24. Luck called it a "stupid" decision. Against the Eagles, with the Colts holding a seven-point lead and in field-goal range with about 5 minutes to go, all the Colts needed was to play it safe and set up Adam Vinatieri for what would likely have been a game-sealing field goal. Luck's third-down pass was picked off, prompting Luck to again use the word stupid in his postgame news conference. Teammates and coaches insist the losses are more the result of bad luck than a bad Luck. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said Wednesday he doesn't fault Luck for either play. He noted that at Denver, Luck was initially grabbed by the facemask, a penalty that wasn't called, and against Philly his intended receiver, T.Y. Hilton, had been knocked off the route. "I feel like he's played great the last two weeks," tight end Dwayne Allen said. "As far as the losses, I wouldn't put those on him at all. We all can play better. Look, if we were all playing on the same level he's playing at, we'd be 2-0 instead of 0-2." But this is unprecedented territory for Luck. He never started 0-2 in college, can't remember starting a season 0-2 in high school and has even told the Colts' local radio network that he had played terrible Monday night. And though his completion percentage is up this year, to 63.2 percent from 60.2 percent in 2013, his yards per attempt are down from 6.7 to 6.2. The Colts, who now head to Jacksonville (0-2) for a must-win game Sunday, don't see any discernible problems on film, even though that's where Luck has been looking for answers. Hasselbeck, a former Pro Bowler who led Seattle to its first Super Bowl appearance after the 2005 season, believes poring through tape is the best remedy for a quarterback. "I think it's kind of therapeutic," he said. "When you throw an interception, you feel kind of sick to your stomach till you watch the film. But you don't really start feeling better until after you watch the film." Allen calls Luck meticulous in film study. Hasselbeck insists Luck is "well ahead" of his age in terms of knowledge and points out that quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen will help ensure Luck doesn't overcorrect, become hesitant or start second-guessing himself. "You don't need to freak out and go start wholesale changes just because you've made some mistakes," Luck said. "But you also realize that you can't repeat those mistakes at the same time." Notes: Center Khaled Holmes (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and could reclaim his starting job Sunday. ... Cornerback Darius Butler (neck), linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), defensive tackles Ricky Jean Francois (ankle) and Arthur Jones (ankle) and offensive lineman Joe Reitz (ankle) all missed practice with injuries. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, safety LaRon Landry and receiver Reggie Wayne all sat out to get extra rest. Receiver T.Y. Hilton (groin) and cornerback Greg Toler (ribs) did limited work in practice. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
The Sooners announced, through Twitter, that offensive lineman Bobby Evans and running back Rodney Anderson had signed with the program. It’s the first time the Sooners have made public use of a new rule that allows players who plan on enrolling early to sign financial aid agreements beginning Aug. 1, allowing unlimited contact between the coaches and the recruits, as well as letting schools...
Oklahoma football: Sooners 'sign' recruits Bobby Evans and Rodney Anderson
By Ryan Aber | Sep 17, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up a pair of football “signees” Wednesday. The Sooners announced, through Twitter, that offensive lineman Bobby Evans and running back Rodney Anderson had signed with the program. It’s the first time the Sooners have made public use of a new rule that allows players who plan on enrolling early to sign financial aid agreements beginning Aug. 1, allowing unlimited contact between the coaches and the recruits, as well as letting schools announce the signings. Oklahoma hadn’t sent out an official release on the duo, but Drew Hill, the Sooners’ director of player personnel, tweeted that they’d signed, with pictures of both. “Welcome @BobbyEvans44 & Rodney Anderson II for being the first two signee’s (sic) or the 2015 class! #Unmatched #WhoUWit,” Hill posted. Unlike the National Letter of Intent program, where players can begin signing on the first Wednesday of February, signing the financial aid papers doesn’t bind the athlete to the school. Prospective athletes could even sign with multiple programs. Josh Malone, a freshman wide receiver for Tennessee who had a pair of catches against the Sooners on Saturday night, signed agreements with four programs last season before joining the Volunteers. In December, the NCAA ruled that only the first program a player signed with could publicize the signing and have unlimited contact with the recruit outside of the normal NCAA recruiting calendar. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said earlier this year that he and his staff were still navigating the new rules and deciding how they would approach things. Evans (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) has been committed to the Sooners since July 2013, not long after his older brother, Tay, committed to the Sooners. Tay Evans is a freshman for OU this season. Bobby Evans, from Allen, Texas, has spent time at tight end in high school but figures to play tackle with the Sooners. He also had offers from Ole Miss and Oregon State. Anderson (6-0, 200) has been committed since early June. The four-star back is No. 92 on the latest Rivals 250 ranking of the top prospects in the country in the 2015 class. Anderson is from Katy (Texas) High, the alma mater of current Sooners sophomore defensive end Matt Dimon.
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