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PHOENIX (AP) — The Super Bowl turns 50 this year and the NFL is planning a golden yearlong celebration.The league unveiled plans that include sending a gold-colored football to the high school of every player or head coach who played in the big game.The football will have the player's name and the name of the high school. In some cases, the player will go to the school to present the ball in...
NFL unveils plans to mark league's 50th Super Bowl
By BOB BAUM, Associated Press | Mar 24, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — The Super Bowl turns 50 this year and the NFL is planning a golden yearlong celebration. The league unveiled plans that include sending a gold-colored football to the high school of every player or head coach who played in the big game. The football will have the player's name and the name of the high school. In some cases, the player will go to the school to present the ball in person. As part of its 'On the Fifty' celebration, the league will make the number 50 on the 50-yard line in gold for all games and teams will host Super Bowl reunions. In addition to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is still silver, there are big, Tiffany-crafted numbers 5-0 that will go to the Super Bowl winner. The numbers are cast in bronze, plated in 18-karat gold and weigh nearly 33 pounds. "There's going to be gold infused to everything this year," NFL Network analyst and former Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner said. "... Nothing says NFL better than the Super Bowl, so this year is going to really commemorate the last 49 leading up to No. 50." The game will be played Feb. 5 at Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California. There will be 19 games between past Super Bowl opponents, beginning with the Hall of Fame Game when the Minnesota Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of Super Bowl IX. And for one year only, the league has thrown out the Roman numerals. The next one will be Super Bowl 50, plain and simple. The NFL didn't like the looks of the Roman numeral alternative of Super Bowl L. The most interesting aspect of the celebration might be that every player and coach who participated in any of the 49 Super Bowls will have their name on a gold-colored football to be presented to high schools. Warner's football will go to his school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "It will really be a keepsake for that high school to really say 'This is where it all starts,'" Warner said. The Thursday night game telecasts will feature some of these homecomings. "You think about having the dream of playing in the Super Bowl," Warner said. "How many guys are in those situations where somebody's telling them 'There's no way you're going to come from here and go to the Super Bowl. You're never going to have that opportunity. You might as well give up that dream right now.' And they go to their high schools and they go 'Hey, somebody just like me, somebody that was in my shoes, that had the same challenges, that had the same dream, they got a chance to play in the Super Bowl.'" Teams that have played in the Super Bowl will be honored in reunions at games in their home cities. The 43 Super Bowl MVPs will be featured in events through the season and will be recognized at the game. At the draft in Chicago April 30-May 2, draftees will walk on a gold carpet. A gold shield will be added to the back of the team caps they don once they are selected. A Super Bowl museum is planned in conjunction with the draft. There will be gold-themed uniforms for those participating in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, which kicks off Super Bowl week. And, of course, the NFL has apparel and other merchandise for sale with the golden 50-year theme. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Feb 5, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of a Wisconsin man who died in 2012 sued the Pop Warner organization Thursday, saying his suicide was the result of dementia and deep despair caused by brain injuries he suffered while playing youth football.Joseph Chernach was 25 when he hanged himself in his mother's shed in Hixton, Wisconsin, in 2012. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin,...
Pop Warner youth football sued over Wisconsin man's suicide
By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2015MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of a Wisconsin man who died in 2012 sued the Pop Warner organization Thursday, saying his suicide was the result of dementia and deep despair caused by brain injuries he suffered while playing youth football. Joseph Chernach was 25 when he hanged himself in his mother's shed in Hixton, Wisconsin, in 2012. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin, says he suffered from a degenerative brain disease called dementia pugilistica, also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, and that he also had post-concussion syndrome. And it alleges he got them from playing in a Pop Warner league from 1997-2000, beginning when he was 11. The wrongful death lawsuit by Debra Pyka seeks at least $5 million from Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based Pop Warner Little Scholars, the Pop Warner Foundation and their insurance company. It says Pop Warner never warned Chernach, other children or parents about the risks of playing tackle football. It alleges Pop Warner Football is an "ultrahazardous activity" that's intrinsically dangerous to children. "Pop Warner — by engaging in the business of sponsoring, organizing and promoting tackle football for children — engaged in conduct that was outrageous, malicious, intentional and was done with the intentional disregard of Joseph Chernach's rights as well as all other children who played Pop Warner football, not just in the State of Wisconsin but everywhere in the United States," the complaint charges. A Pop Warner spokesman did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday night. According to the lawsuit, Chernach got good grades in his freshman year at Central Michigan University. But it alleges the cumulative effects of CTE and post-concussion syndrome began to impair him in his sophomore year. "From that point on his behavior became increasingly bizarre," the complaint says. "From that point on his mood became progressively depressed and ultimately paranoid, distrusting his closes friends and family. ... Joseph Chernach's suicide was the 'natural and probable consequence' of the brain damage he suffered playing football." Pyka told the AP her son eventually stopped going to class. "The depression got worse as time went on," she said. "The last year was awful. He was in his room a lot. He lived back and forth with his brother and some of his friends. He would come to my house. He just could not stay in any place at once. He tried to hold down a job but it was difficult for him. He would sleep all day and then be up at night." His family didn't learn of his brain damage until they received the autopsy results. Pyka's lawyer, Gordon Johnson, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, told the AP it showed that Chernach was halfway toward the worst form of dementia seen in older football players. "There really is only one thing that could cause CTE in a young person as this and that is repetitive head trauma," he said. "The only repetitive head trauma Joseph Chernach had was from playing football." The attorney acknowledged that Chernach also played high school football, but said he was most vulnerable playing youth football. Johnson said it's the first of what may be many cases against Pop Warner for exposing children to the kinds of risks that even the NFL is concerned about for its players. He said they think there have been hundreds of other suicides in which autopsies, had they been done, would have pointed the finger at youth football. "I think that somebody should be held accountable for Joseph's death," Pyka said. "I want to see tackle football stop for these young kids. ... They should not be banging their brains together." ___ Associated Press writer Doug Glass contributed to this report.
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacksFeb 2, 2015
The rise of seven-on-seven in high school, integration of spread offenses in college and the visibility of NFL stars have, in some ways, redefined the defensive back position
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacks
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Feb 2, 2015Back in 1984, Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones had two defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft. Cleveland nabbed Chris Rockins in the second round. The LA Rams picked Rod Fisher in the 12th. However, what these players became is as noteworthy as where they began. Jones was the Cowboy assistant who signed both out of high school. “Rockins was a very lightly recruited guy that I almost overlooked, but he long jumped over 24 feet,” Jones said. “Fisher was a split-back veer quarterback.” A common scenario in those days: Have a talented athlete lost on a skill-position depth chart? Throw him in at cornerback or safety. Not anymore. Tuesday night’s presentation of the Jim Thorpe Award in Oklahoma City given to college football’s top defensive back and Signing Day on Wednesday provides a fitting time line to examine the evolution of the position. Jones argues, “football players are football players, regardless of generations,” but changes at the high school level have made an imprint on the college and professional game. Gerod Holliman — the 2014 Jim Thorpe winner from Louisville — is a good example. “I knew I wanted to be a defensive back before I got to high school,” Holliman said. “I played corner most of my life in Pop Warner growing up.” With the integration and success of the spread offense, like so many top prep programs in warm-climate areas, Holliman’s high school team in Miami played extensively in seven-on-seven summer leagues. The pass-happy format gave Holliman countless game-speed repetitions that allowed him to develop his talents. It also aided those recruiting Holliman to play at the next level. “With as much seven-on-seven stuff,” Jones said, “it’s easier to evaluate defensive backs and wideouts probably than it was back before there was much of that.” Increased visibility leads to increased scrutiny. Andy Bogert — a 27-year Oklahoma high school football coaching veteran who retired after leading Heritage Hall on its 3A state championship run last season — says pure athleticism for defensive backs isn’t enough. College recruiters are searching for speed, soft hands, hard hitters, flexible hips, leaping ability and more. “You’ve got to find an unbelievable athlete to play defensive back in college or pro football,” Bogert said. “Before, you could have gotten away with a big guy that can run a little bit and really tackle.” Here’s where it gets even trickier. Holliman was well-deserved in winning the Thorpe Award this year. His 14 picks tied the NCAA record for single-season interceptions set by Al Worley (Washington) in 1968. Two of Holliman’s picks came against Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State. He credits his success to, “capitalizing on all the mistakes of the offense and the different schemes that the coach put me in.” But are interceptions a true measure of a defensive backs worth? Darqueze Dennard, a Michigan State turned Cincinnati Bengal cornerback, won the Thorpe Award in 2013. He recorded just four interceptions that season. “I probably went five or six games where the quarterback didn’t throw to my side once,” Dennard said. “If you can take out a player, that’s huge in the game.” While the merits of taking a possession away and taking a threat away can be debated, there’s no doubt dominant defensive back play has become popularized in recent years. The Patriots’ Darrelle Revis and the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman have made sure of that, each becoming household names through their play and often brash public personas. That’s how it all loops back to the high school level. Just look at the latest edition of the Madden football video game series. In 2015, Sherman graces the cover. “As a kid growing up, I saw Michael Vick on the Madden game, I wanted to be like him,” Dennard said. “Now it’s the first-time ever to have a cornerback on the (cover). You’ve got big household names at the position. “Watching the game and listening to commentators saying this and that about them, you might have a different mindset about it. Instead of wanting to play quarterback, you might want to play defensive back.”
Jan 31, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group."I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us."A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed...
Sons represent late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame announcement
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Jan 31, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group. "I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us." A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in 2012, was the only first-time eligible candidate in the Hall's class of 2015. Also getting in Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl, were modern-day players Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. "It's hard when you come into a group of men that have done what they've done, at their caliber, and they're sharing stories and memories that they had together and playing against each other," Tyler Seau said. "It makes you emotional." Researchers who studied Junior Seau's brain said it showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease connected to repeated head injuries, including concussions. His death, less than 2 1/2 years after the end of his playing career, resonated among players in the league, raising worry about the physical and emotional toll the sport takes. Junior Seau played in the NFL for 20 seasons, the first 13 with the San Diego Chargers, followed by three with Miami and four with New England. He was Defensive Player of the Year for San Diego in 1992, made six All-Pro teams, and was a member of the league's All-Decade team of the 1990s. "He never really needed an award to solidify how good he was. This kind of stuff was more for his family, for his mom, his dad, his brothers. Just to make them proud, make his family proud," Tyler Seau said. "For him, he knew what work he put in. So he knew where he was and where he stood amongst these men. And he's rightfully in." Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week he "loved" having Seau on his roster. "I can't imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it," said Belichick, whose team plays the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl. "I'd say the one word that comes to me when I think about Junior and football is 'passion.'" Bettis was a burly running back nicknamed The Bus who began a 13-season career by earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Rams. He capped it by winning the 2006 Super Bowl with the Steelers in a game played in his hometown of Detroit. His 13,662 yards rushing rank fifth in history. "To think a little fat kid who had never played football until high school," Bettis said, "to think I can ascend to this level, this is something I never thought of, never dreamed of." When Brown retired after the 2004 season, he ranked No. 2 in NFL history with 14,934 yards receiving, No. 3 with 1,094 catches, and No. 3 with 100 touchdown catches. This was his sixth year of eligibility. "You know you have to wait your turn," the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner said. "I came in this year hoping for better things." Haley, a defensive end and linebacker, needed to wait 11 years to get in after becoming the first player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams. He called the late 49ers coach Bill Walsh "a father figure to me." Shields was a guard for Kansas City from 1993-2006, never missing a game in his 14 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro three times, a second-team All-Pro four times, and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Polian and Wolf were general managers who built Super Bowl champions. Tingelhoff retired in 1978 after starting all 240 games of his career as the center for the Minnesota Vikings. Five nominees were eliminated in Saturday's final vote: Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Earlier in the day, the 46 members on the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting players Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and John Lynch, and coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson. A candidate needs 80 percent of the vote to get in. The induction ceremony is in August at Canton, Ohio. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story. ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 28, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.But are the laws strong enough?An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws — one in each state and the District of Columbia —...
AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite
By HOWARD FENDRICH and EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. But are the laws strong enough? An Associated Press analysis of the 51 youth concussion laws — one in each state and the District of Columbia — found that fewer than half contain all of the key principles in the initial bill passed in Washington state in 2009. That measure mandated education for coaches about concussion symptoms, removal from a game if a head injury is suspected, written clearance to return, and a concussion information form signed by parents and players. About a third of the laws make no specific reference to which ages or grades are covered. Even fewer explicitly apply to both interscholastic sports and rec leagues such as Pop Warner or Little League. Certain laws make clear they cover public and private schools, others only refer to public schools, while some don't say at all. Almost all lack consequences for schools or leagues that don't comply. "We did make compromises ... in some states where we wanted to get something. A 'B'-level law, as opposed to an 'A'-level law," said NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller, who testified about concussions before Arizona's legislature on Tuesday while in town for the Super Bowl. "Better to get something good, and get something in place," Miller said, "as opposed to shoot for something fantastic in all places — and fail." The laws were passed with remarkable speed, and many were weakened because of concerns about cost. Jay Rodne, the Republican who sponsored Washington's initial law, said putting expensive enforcement mechanisms in the bills would have caused many to fail. Judy Pulice, in charge of state legislation for the National Athletic Trainers' Association, helped guide the NFL as bills were written and was disappointed that the final products didn't include penalties for noncompliance. "What happens if you don't pull the kid out of the game? What happens if you put them back in with no medical release?" Pulice said. "Nothing happens." The AP's review of the laws passed after Washington found that only 21 have all four of the requirements in the model legislation. All but two of the laws call for the immediate removal of an athlete from a game or practice if a concussion is suspected. All but four contain language about education for coaches. Yet only 34 say that before returning to action, an athlete with a head injury must have written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. Just 30 mandate that a concussion information form be signed both by the athlete and a parent or guardian. "They don't all have the (main) principles. Not every state has the same bite as Washington state," said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Washington and co-chairman of the NFL head, neck and spine committee. He treated Zackery Lystedt, the middle-school football player who nearly died after getting two concussions in a game. Washington's law was named for the teen. After that landmark bill was passed, Ellenbogen recalled, he had a conversation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about efforts to replicate the legislation. "The commissioner asked me, 'What do (you) want to get out of this?' I said, 'I want to see, in my lifetime, 10 more states pass a Zack Lystedt law,'" Ellenbogen said. "And he said, 'No. We're going to get all 50 states. And we're going get them in under five years.'" Goodell pushed for the laws at a time his league was facing almost daily reminders of concerns about the link between football and head injuries. Researchers studying brain tissue of deceased former players such as Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, who both committed suicide, found signs of a degenerative disease also found in boxers and often connected to repeated blows to the head. Thousands of ex-players sued the league, saying it didn't do enough to inform them about, and protect them from, concussions. President Barack Obama suggested fans might have a guilty conscience while watching football. Against that backdrop, Ellenbogen said, the NFL held weekly conference calls with state legislators, doctors and other advocates. Miller, who led the lobbying, estimated the effort cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their success was swift. By comparison, it took more than twice as long to get mandatory seat belt laws passed in 49 states; New Hampshire still doesn't have one for adults. "We wouldn't have had 50 states pass these laws," Ellenbogen said, "if it wasn't for the financial backing and political gravitas of the NFL." Goodell wrote 44 governors whose states had not enacted laws. He spoke about the topic at Harvard's School of Public Health and in an address to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. And when, a few days before last year's Super Bowl, Mississippi became the last state to finalize its law — albeit a measure missing elements — the league patted itself on the back, saying it had "actively advocated" for the regulations. In October, the NFL trumpeted that Goodell would accept the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington's 2014 Leadership Award. Now the question becomes how effective these laws might be in a country where, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly a quarter-million people under 19 were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal, sports-related concussions in 2009. For 10 years, Dr. Dawn Comstock has collected data from athletic trainers at hundreds of U.S. high schools, and she is comparing state-by-state concussion statistics from before and after each law was enacted to try to understand the practical effect the legislation is having. "I'm sensitive to people getting a false sense of security," said Comstock, of the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "It's great what (state lawmakers) did. But has it made a difference for any player playing any sport?" Larry Cooper, athletic trainer at a school for grades 7-12 outside of Pittsburgh, charts concussions reported in all sports. In the 2007-08 academic year, three years before Pennsylvania passed its law, there were 10 concussions reported at his school, he said. That rose to 15 in 2013-14, and 18 already in 2014-15. "Parents and student-athletes are much more aware of signs and symptoms," Cooper said. He's not the only one noticing. Despite the weaknesses in a majority of the laws, there does seem to be consensus that they have increased awareness. The NFL's Miller said they can always be amended. "I say, 'Let's go back and make them better.' That's OK, too," he said. "There's only 10 laws that are etched in stone and those are the Ten Commandments. Everything else can be changed. Everything else can be improved." ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Follow AP National Writer Eddie Pells on Twitter at http://twitter.com/epells ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 14, 2015
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Of the four quarterbacks still playing on championship weekend, Seattle's Russell Wilson is the outlier in terms of style.Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers all have their quarterbacking foundations built around being pocket passers first. Luck and Rodgers — when healthy — both bring an element of mobility, but it's not their forte.Wilson? Well, good luck defining the...
In weekend of traditional passers, Russell Wilson stands out
By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Jan 14, 2015RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Of the four quarterbacks still playing on championship weekend, Seattle's Russell Wilson is the outlier in terms of style. Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers all have their quarterbacking foundations built around being pocket passers first. Luck and Rodgers — when healthy — both bring an element of mobility, but it's not their forte. Wilson? Well, good luck defining the way he operates. "He doesn't fit the mold of anything I thought previously would be a franchise quarterback. I think he still gets a lot of hate and discredit because we don't throw the ball that often. However, what he's asked to do in this offense he does it extremely well," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. Headed into Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay, Wilson's postseason achievements can't be disputed even if he doesn't fit any preconceived notions. After six playoff games — five of them victories — Wilson has the highest passer rating in NFL history with a minimum of 150 attempts. Wilson's mark of 109.6 is at the top. He's one of five players in league history with a playoff passer rating of 100 or above. The others are: Rodgers, Bart Starr, Kurt Warner and Drew Brees. "I think one of the things that definitely allows me to play well is the guys around me. I've got great guys around me, guys that want to work every day, guys that are devoted to being successful and no matter what it takes," Wilson said. "I think that when you're in those moments, you either live for them or you fall off." Last week saw Wilson at his finest. He needed just 22 pass attempts to throw for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged more than 12 yards per pass attempt and threw two of the finest touch passes of his career. He dropped a 16-yard TD into the arms of Baldwin, letting go of the pass before Baldwin even made his break. Then in the second quarter, Wilson stayed in the pocket and tossed a deep ball to Jermaine Kearse for a 63-yard touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 14-7 lead. "For the most part he knows how to put touch on the ball and a lot of quarterbacks don't know how to do that," said Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who is part of Seattle's radio broadcast team. "He knows how to make all the different throws. That ball to Jermaine Kearse is the best touch you'll ever see." Wilson's performance against Carolina also countered a season where his best games were not at home. In the regular season, Wilson threw six touchdowns and six interceptions at home versus 14 TDs and one interception on the road. The three touchdown passes were a new playoff best and the 268 yards passing his second-best. Wilson's timing was crisp and his throws came in rhythm. "He gets the advantage that he gives us and kind of the variety of ways that we throw the football," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "It really adds to it, and he's just kind of taken off with it, and it's a beautiful part of our game as it starts to emerge." There's also the matter of how Wilson plays when it matters most. He already owns 14 career comebacks in 54 regular-season and playoff games combined. "Whenever I talk to him, that's all he talks about, is living for those situations. I don't know if it all started back in high school or whatever but he just loves the big time of a game. He wants the ball in his hands. I think he would rather be behind sometimes and have the ball in his hands and be able to go down the field and win the football game," Moon said. "With this team it's not always like that, but he's had as many comebacks as anyone in the game the short time he's been in the game. He loves that. He loves those moments. Has he been successful on every one of them? No. Did Michael Jordan hit every game-winning shot? No. But he wins more of them than he loses and that's because he likes it and he lives for it." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Kingfisher senior Jace Sternberger is already buying into what new Kansas coach David Beaty envisions. Sternberger was one of two Oklahoma football players to announce their verbal commitments Sunday on Twitter. Putnam City defensive end Chris Pogi posted that he had committed to Wyoming.
High school notebook: Kansas, Wyoming snag recruits from Oklahoma
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Dec 14, 2014Kingfisher senior Jace Sternberger is already buying into what new Kansas coach David Beaty envisions for the Jayhawks. Sternberger was one of two Oklahoma football players to announce their verbal commitments Sunday on Twitter. Putnam City defensive end Chris Pogi posted that he had committed to Wyoming. Sternberger made his Kansas commitment official just four days after receiving a scholarship offer and one day after an official visit. “Coach Beaty has a plan and I’m completely sold on it,” said Sternberger, who will play tight end primarily at Kansas. Sternberger, who also plays defensive end for the Yellowjackets, said he was also sold on the atmosphere and the rest of the coaching staff. He also held offers from New Mexico, Sam Houston State and South Dakota. While leading the Yellowjackets to the Class 3A semifinals, Sternberger caught 34 passes for 434 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores. As a defensive end, he recorded 100 tackles, 20 sacks and two interceptions. Pogi’s versatility and athletic ability served him well as a senior for the Pirates. He started at defensive end in their 3-4 scheme, but also played receiver and running back at times. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Pogi, who is the nephew of former Oklahoma State quarterback Aso Pogi, becomes the fifth Oklahoma player to verbally commit to Wyoming, joining Douglass’ Dameko Doddles, Del City’s Davion Freeman, Kingfisher’s Kaden Jackson and Broken Bow’s Jaylon Watson. EDMOND OPEN FINISHES WITH PAIR OF THRILLERS Both Edmond Open basketball championships came down to late free throws to decide a pair of one-point games. Sophomore forward Andrea Cooper became the hero for the Edmond Santa Fe girls, converting a three-point play with less than three seconds remaining to survive a scare against Class 4A Anadarko 44-43 in the finals. Cooper grabbed a rebound off a miss from Jo’Nah Johnson and made the putback despite being fouled to tie the game. She then made the free throw to clinch the tough victory for last year’s Class 6A state runner-up. On the boys side, Edmond Memorial’s Curran Scott hit one of two free throws in the closing seconds for a 47-46 win over Santa Fe, which missed a potential game-winner from just inside half court as the final buzzer sounded. HERITAGE HALL FACING DEPTH ISSUE After nearly making the Class 3A state championship game last season, the Heritage Hall girls basketball team is looking to make another playoff run with just a handful of players. Coach Leslie Warner recently said her rotation barely extends past her starting five, bringing a huge concern along with it. “Hopefully, with this group we can work some of the cheap fouls and not getting in that stuff early in games,” she said. “We stick to our matchup zone, but we play man a lot. I’m sure there will be times when we are forced to be in that situation, but I don’t want to pull back too much early.” The Chargers are 3-0 to start the year and are still looking to replace Erika Wakefield, who was on The Oklahoman’s Little All-City first team and is now playing at the University of Tulsa. “We’re just going to have to be smart,” Madison Moore said. “We’ll have to pick up our own separate roles that we can handle and add to our game. Erika did it all for us. Now we all have to work together and pick up what Erika was doing.”
Dec 12, 2014
The comic space opera “Guardians of the Galaxy” comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week, as does the fine faith film “When the Game Stands Tall.”
‘Guardians’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week
Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Dec 12, 2014Marvel’s hilarious and exciting space opera “Guardians of the Galaxy” arrives on home video this week, as does the excellent faith film “When the Game Stands Tall.” “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Marvel/Disney/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital/On Demand, 2014, PG-13, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, trailers). When “Star Wars” came out in 1977, what made people go back for seconds, thirds, etc.? It was the light-hearted sense of fun. True, there were some serious themes, but in the end it was a romp that was not only filled with action but also liberally laced with humor. How could the audience resist? And Marvel finally jumped on that bandwagon big time with this one, a comedy wrapped in superhero trappings that doesn’t lose sight of the universe from which it sprang but is nonetheless as much a spoof as a straightforward entry in the genre. Chris Pratt is perfect in the lead as Peter Quill (aka “Star-Lord,” thank you very much), blending sardonic humor with heroics (and 1970s pop songs), and the crew he ends up with — the green-skinned Gamora (Zoe Saldana), musclebound warrior Drax (Dave Bautista), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and the anthropomorphic tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) — are a terrific action/comedy team. “When the Game Stands Tall” (TriStar/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital/On Demand, 2014, PG, deleted/extended scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, trailers). The awkward title notwithstanding, this is one of my favorite films this year. It's the true story of high school football coach Bob Ladouceur whose team went on a remarkable winning streak before a tragedy knocked the wind out of them. But the movie is so much more than just rebuilding the team. It’s a faith film that says something profound about humility and service and does so without a sledgehammer approach. Jim Caviezel stars with Michael Chiklis as his assistant and Laura Dern as his wife. “Dolphin Tale 2” (Warner/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital/On Demand, 2014, PG, featurettes, bloopers). This enjoyable family friendly sequel continues the true story of a dolphin that received a prosthetic tale, here with another dolphin with health issues being rescued and rehabilitated. The sterling cast of the first film returns, led by Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble, Ashley Judd, Kriss Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman. Shark-attack survivor and champion surfer Bethany Hamilton appears as herself. (And for those with 3D TVs, the original “Dolphin Tale” has been released for the first time on a 3D Blu-ray.) “As Above, So Below” (Universal/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital/On Demand, 2014, R for violence and language, featurette, trailers). Two archaeologists and their team search for a supernatural philosopher’s stone in the maze of catacombs beneath Paris (where the film was actually shot on location), but along the way they encounter demons that conjure up secrets from each members’ past. “Frank” (Magnolia/Blu-ray/DVD, 2014, R for language and sex, featurette, trailer). Aggressively offbeat Irish comedy-drama about a young musician (Domhnall Gleeson) that joins an eccentric rock band led by a strange fellow (Michael Fassbender) who wears — and never seems to remove — a huge paper-mache head mask. Maggie Gyllenhaal co-stars. “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead” (Well Go/Blu-ray/DVD, 2014, R for violence and language, two discs, international version, audio commentary, featurette, trailer, short film: “Armen”; comic book). Gory sequel to “Dead Snow” picks up immediately where the first film left off as an exercise in creative killing with a plot revolving around Nazi zombies.
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
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N....
Sports TV listings for Friday, Dec. 12-Sunday, Dec. 14
Dec 11, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N. Hampshire, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas Southern at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m., M. Tenn. St. at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 6:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, GOLF (Cox 60) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) 12 a.m., Sat. Thailand Golf, GOLF (Cox 60) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., UMBC vs. Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Providence vs. UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) HOCKEY 6:30 p.m., Sarnia at. Kitchener, NHLNET (Cox 263) VOLLEYBALL 8:30 p.m., Nebraska at Washington, ESPNU (Cox 253) SATURDAY NBA 9 p.m., Detroit at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Detroit at Toronto, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., New Jersey at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., St. Louis at Colorado, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., C. Carolina vs. N. Dak. St., ESPN (Cox 29) 2 p.m., Army vs. Navy, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Heisman Presentation, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Wichita State at Detroit, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., N. Carolina at Kentucky, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 11 a.m., Stony Brook at Providence, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Radford at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Dayton at Arkansas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., St. Bonaventure at Pitt., ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., St. Mary’s, at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Oklahoma at Tulsa, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KRMG-AM 740 2:15 p.m., Utah vs. Kansas, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., Xavier at Missouri, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:30 p.m., W. Kentucky at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 4:15 p.m., Michigan at Arizona, ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Memphis, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6 p.m., Sam Houston St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Northern Iowa at VCU, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Florida St. at Notre Dame, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., Purdue at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 9 p.m., Gonzaga at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., English Premier, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal FC vs. Newcastle U., NBCSN (Cox 251) VOLLEYBALL 3 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KGHM-AM 1340 GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Pop Warner, ESPN2 (Cox 28) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Oakland at Kansas City, KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Miami at New England, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Green Bay at Buffalo, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Cincinnati at Cleveland, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., San Francisco at Seattle, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., Dallas at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)/KGHM-AM 1340 NBA 6 p.m., Phoenix at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. Peter’s at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Butler at Tennessee, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Prairie V.A.M at Texas T., FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Temple at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Jacksonville at Florida, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., La. Tech at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Illinois St. at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Savannah St. at Kansas St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 5 p.m., UNC Wilmington at Louisville, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Oakland at Michigan St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Mercer at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., NW State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 2 p.m., Tennessee at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m., Stephen F.A at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 4 p.m., Oklahoma at Ark.-L.R., KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 5 p.m., Belmont at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Bowl Mania, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S SOCCER 11 a.m., NCAA Final, ESPNU (Cox 253) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
Nov 5, 2014
Taking a look at what each team needs to do to secure a playoff berth.
Class A, B and C playoff scenarios for Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014CLASS A District A-1 Key games: Thomas at Fairview; Mooreland at Beaver; Hooker at Texhoma. Thomas: First with win. Second with loss. Fairview: First with win. Second with loss. Mooreland: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Beaver: Third with win and Texhoma win. Fourth with win and Hooker win in which Beaver gains 11 or more district points on Hooker. Hooker: Fourth with win and Beaver loss. Fourth with win and Beaver win in which Beaver gains 10 or fewer district points on Hooker. Texhoma: Fourth with win and Beaver loss. District A-2 Key games: Cordell at Hollis; Carnegie at Apache; Hinton at Snyder. Apache: First. Hollis: Second with win. Third with loss. Cordell: Second with win. Third with loss. Carnegie: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Hinton loss. Hinton: Fourth with win and Carnegie loss. District A-3 Key games: Healdton at Ringling; Velma-Alma at Central Marlow; Empire at Rush Springs. Healdton: First with win. Second with loss. Ringling: First with win. Second with loss. Velma-Alma: Third. Empire: Fourth with win. Rush Springs: Fourth with win. District A-4 Key games: Minco at Elmore City, Wynnewood at Stratford. Wynnewood: First with win. Second with loss. Stratford: First with win. Second with loss. Minco: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Stratford: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District A-5 Key games: Cashion at Oklahoma Bible, Crescent at Okeene. Cashion: First. Crossings Christian: Second Okeene: Third with win or Oklahoma Bible loss. Fourth with loss and Oklahoma Bible win. Oklahoma Bible: Third with win and Okeene loss. Fourth with loss or Okeene win. District A-6 Key games: Morrison at Hominy. Kiefer: First. Hominy: Second with win. Third with loss. Morrison: Second with win. Third with loss. Mounds: Fourth. District A-7 Key games: Fairland at Afton, Quapaw at Summit Christian. Ketchum: First. Afton: Second. Rejoice Christian: Third. Quapaw: Fourth with win or Fairland loss. Fairland: Fourth with win and Summit Christian win. District A-8 Key games: Central Sallisaw at Talihina, Gore at Savanna, Quinton at Warner. Talihina: First with win. First with loss of 10 points or less and Savanna win. Second with loss of 11 points or more and Savanna win. Second with loss and Savanna loss. Central Sallisaw: First with win and Savanna loss. First with win of 11 points or more and Savanna win. Second with win of 10 points or less and Savanna win. Third with loss. Savanna: Second with Talihina win. Third with Central Sallisaw win. Quinton: Fourth with win. Warner: Fourth with win. CLASS B District B-1 Key games: Laverne at Merritt, Pioneer at Turpin, Ringwood at Seiling. Laverne: First. Pond Creek-Hunter: Second Seiling: Third with win. Third with loss, Turpin loss and Merritt loss. Fourth with loss, Turpin win and Merritt loss. Fourth with loss, Turpin loss and Merritt win. Turpin: Third with win and Seiling loss. Fourth with win and Seiling win. Fourth with loss and Merritt loss. Merritt: Third with win, Seiling loss and Turpin loss. Fourth with win, Seilin win and Turpin loss. Fourth with win, Seiling loss and Turpin win. District B-2 Key games: Alex at Geary, Strother at Maud. Alex: First. Maysville: Second. Maud: Third with win or Geary loss. Fourth with loss and Geary win. Geary: Third with win and Maud loss. Fourth with loss or Maud win. District B-3 Key games: Davenport at Oaks, Depew at South Coffeyville, Welch at Garber. Davenport: First with win. Second with loss. Oaks: First with win. Second with loss and Depew loss. Second with loss, Depew win and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks. Third with loss, Depew win and Garber loss. Third with loss of 15 or more points, Depew win of 15 or more points and Garber win. Depew: Second with win, Davenport win and Garber loss. Second with win of 15 or more points, Oaks loss of 15 or more points and Garber win of 14 or fewer points. Third with win, Oaks loss and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks and gains one or more district points on Garber. Third with win, Oaks win and Garber loss. Fourth with win, Oaks win and Garber win. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win, Oaks loss and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks and doesn’t gain district points on Garber. Garber: Third with Depew loss. Third with win, Oaks win and Depew win. Third with win, Oaks loss and Depew win where Garber doesn’t lose district points to Depew. Fourth with loss and Depew win. Fourth with win, Oaks loss and Depew win where Garber loses district points to Depew. District B-4 Key game: Dewar at Keota Dewar: First with win. Second with loss. Keota: First with win. Second with loss. Weleetka: Third. Wetumka: Fourth. Class C District C-1 Key games: Boise City at Cherokee, Shattuck at Balko Cherokee: First with win. First with loss of eight or fewer points and Shattuck win where Shattuck gains 17 or fewer district points on Cherokee. Second with loss and Balko win. Second with loss and Shattuck win where Cherokee loses by eight or fewer points or loses 17 or fewer district points to Shattuck. Third with loss of nine or more points and Shattuck win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee. Boise City: First with win and Balko win. First with win of nine or more points and Shattuck win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck. Second with win and Shattuck win where Boise City wins by nine or more points or Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck. Second with loss and Balko win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck and loses 17 or fewer district points to Balko. Third with win of eight or fewer points and Shattuck win where Boise City doesn’t gain district points on Shattuck. Third with loss and Shattuck win. Third with loss and Balko win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck or loses 17 or fewer district points to Balko. Fourth with loss and Balko win where Boise City doesn’t gain district points on Shattuck and loses 18 or more district points to Balko. Shattuck: First with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee and doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Second with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee or doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Second with win and Cherokee win. Second with loss of eight or fewer points and Boise City loss where Shattuck doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Third with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 17 or fewer points on Cherokee and loses one or more district points to Boise City. Third with loss and Boise City loss where Shattuck loses district points to Boise City or loses by nine or more points. Fourth with loss and Boise City win. Fourth with loss and Boise City loss where Shattuck loses district points to Boise City and loses by nine or more points. Balko: Second with win of nine or more points and Boise City loss where Balko gains 18 or more district points on Boise City. Third with win and Boise City win. Third with win and Boise City loss where Balko wins by nine or more points or gains 18 or more district points on Boise City. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win of eight points or less and Boise City loss where Balko gains 17 or fewer district points on Boise City. District C-2 Key games: Corn Bible at Duke, Mt. View-Gotebo at Ryan, Southwest Covenant at Tipton. Tipton: First. Grandfield: Second. Mt. View-Gotebo: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Ryan: Third with win. Fourth with loss and Corn Bible loss. Fourth with loss, Corn Bible win and Southwest Covenant win where Ryan loses 20 or fewer district points to Corn Bible. Corn Bible: Fourth with win and Mt. View-Gotebo win. Fourth with win, Ryan loss and Southwest Covenant loss where Corn Bible gains 21 or more district points on Ryan. District C-3 Key games: Coyle at Bluejacket, Deer Creek-Lamont at Copan. Coyle: First with win. First with loss of 14 or fewer points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Second with loss and Deer Creek-Lamont loss. Second with loss of 15 or more points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Bluejacket: First with win and Deer Creek-Lamont loss. First with win or 15 or more points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Second with win and Deer Creek-Lamont win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains seven or fewer district points on Bluejacket. Third with win and Deer Creek-Lamont win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains eight or more district points on Bluejacket. Third with loss. Deer Creek-Lamont: Second with Coyle win. Second with win and Bluejacket win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains eight or more district points on Bluejacket. Third with win and Bluejacket win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains seven or fewer district points on Bluejacket. Third with loss and Bluejacket win. Covington-Douglas: Fourth. District C-4 Key games: None. Fox: First. Cave Springs: Second. Thackerville: Third. Webbers Falls: Fourth.
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 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
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 9, 2014
Throughout his long coaching career, Heritage Hall football coach Andy Bogert has always waited until the weekend to provide scouting reports for his team’s next opponent. He changed that last week, giving the scouting report for Perkins to the Chargers following their blowout win against Blackwell to read on the bus ride home.
High school football: Heritage Hall studies early, coasts to win over Perkins
By Jacob Unruh | Oct 9, 2014Throughout his long coaching career, Heritage Hall football coach Andy Bogert has always waited until the weekend to provide scouting reports for his team’s next opponent. He changed that last week, giving the scouting report for Perkins to the Chargers following their blowout win against Blackwell to read on the bus ride home. The result was impressive as fifth-ranked Heritage Hall dominated Perkins 35-7 Thursday to remain undefeated in district play and give Bogert career win No. 100 in his final season. “That just set the tone,” Heritage Hall senior Connor McGinnis said about the early scouting report. “We knew from then on this was going to be a big week. All of our guys got after it.” The Chargers move to 5-1 on the season and 3-0 in District 3A-1 while handing Perkins (4-2) its first district loss of the season. The win took on added meaning following the game when Bogert was honored by athletic director Rod Warner with a framed jersey with the No. 100 on it and signed football from the team. “It didn’t really hit me until this happened,” Bogert said. “I honestly wasn’t thinking about it. “It kinda hit me. It’s kinda nice. I’ve been around here a long time and I’ve seen a lot of good players go through here, a lot of good kids and this group’s probably pretty special since it’s the last go-round.” The Chargers were overpowering behind a dominant running game led by Terrell Love and a stout defense. Love rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, scoring on runs of 1, 7 and 8 yards. “We wanted to focus on that this week,” Love said. “Our line blocked their tails off today and so did Tevin (McDaniel). “It felt really good. A couple games this season — like Clinton — we let them come back. We just wanted to establish the run and make sure we step on their throat and don’t let them come back.” McDaniel started the scoring for Heritage Hall, scoring from 1-yard out on the game’s opening drive. Love then scored the next two touchdowns. He later capped the scoring on the first play of the fourth quarter. “Our offensive line played one of the best games I’ve seen them play,” said McGinnis, who also threw a touchdown and grabbed an interception. “With that, being able to run the ball and keep a consistent drive going, that’s a really big game-changer for us.” Heritage Hall delivered its best defensive performance of the season by containing Perkins’ duo of quarterback Zac Bledsoe and running back Jacob Peyton to just 105 combined rushing yards. Bledsoe also threw the ball for just 50 yards. “Our goal all week was to shut them down and they really shut them down,” Bogert said. “I think that’s the hardest the kids have worked on an opponent all year too because they knew the importance of the game.”
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 2, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Leonte Carroo didn't impress Gary Nova when they met roughly seven years ago."I remember I was going into my freshman year, he was in eighth grade, it was a (Don) Bosco football camp," Nova said. "He was there in a big white T-shirt, cleats that looked like they were eight years old."Based on what he saw, Nova concluded that Carroo wasn't going to be a good football...
Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo having big year
MATT SUGAM, Associated Press | Oct 2, 2014PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Leonte Carroo didn't impress Gary Nova when they met roughly seven years ago. "I remember I was going into my freshman year, he was in eighth grade, it was a (Don) Bosco football camp," Nova said. "He was there in a big white T-shirt, cleats that looked like they were eight years old." Based on what he saw, Nova concluded that Carroo wasn't going to be a good football player. Then the Edison, N.J. native started running routes and catching passes, and the quarterback's view of the receiver quickly changed, realizing Carroo was the best player on the field. In the years since, Nova and Carroo formed a dynamic combination that started at Don Bosco Prep. It has continued at Rutgers, where the two have helped the Scarlet Knights (4-1) get off to a great start heading into Saturday's Big Ten Conference game against struggling Michigan (2-3). "I was just clueless and wanted to play football," Carroo said of their first meeting. "I was just going out there running around and just playing and I think that's what the Bosco coaches liked about me." Caroo said he really didn't care about new gloves or cleats. "As I started to become a solid player people were like, 'Alright you have to start looking good out there on the field, so let's get you some swag,'" he said. Dressed in a tight red Rutgers warmup suit with a pair of fluorescent sneakers from Kevin Durant's shoe line, Carroo's appearance has improved. But the playful ribbing continues between Carroo, Nova and fellow Don Bosco alum Darius Hamilton. "Why's that shirt so tight?" Nova asked Carrroo while pretending to be a reporter. The trio is still as close as they were in high school off the field. And the chemistry between quarterback and wide receiver is seen every Saturday. "He could have four guys on him and Gary will throw it to him and Leonte usually comes up with it," offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen said over the summer. Carroo has 25 catches on 40 targets and five touchdowns, all of which lead the team. His 475 yards rank third in the Big Ten behind Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis. A junior, Carroo is seventh in career touchdown catches with 14 in just 15 games at wide receiver, and is six touchdowns away from tying Tim Brown's record. The speedy Carroo says his knack for finding the end zone has to do with his will to score. You wouldn't know it, though, based on his mundane TD celebration of simply handing the ball to a referee. That's a habit he formed in Pop Warner after his first touchdown ever. "I caught like a 60-yard post and as soon as I got in the end zone I spiked it," Carroo said. "A flag came and it got called back and I was crying." Now, he's also learned about giving opponents bulletin board material. Prior to the Penn State game, Carroo responded to comments made by Nittany Lions running back Bill Belton over the summer of why he chose Penn State over Rutgers. "(He's) quoted as saying he wanted to go to Penn State because he wanted to play 'big-time football' instead of staying home," Carroo said. "Well, I guess we're going to have to show him that he made a terrible decision." Belton went on to score the game-winning touchdown, and called out Carroo and safety Jonathan Aiken after the game for their verbal jabs during the week. This week, Carroo will face his former high school teammate Jabrill Peppers. Michigan's freshman cornerback was one of the top recruits in the country. Carroo wouldn't take the bait when asked several questions about playing Peppers. "I want to go against the best corners. I hope the best corners line up against me. I hope they press me. I hope they play me man to man coverage," Carroo said. "I like the big stage. I like to go against whoever the best is." He's succeeded when doing so. And just like when he was an eighth grader, his physical appearance doesn't matter to him. "I still just go out there and play. I really still don't care about looking pretty or anything on the field," Carroo said. "I just want to go out there and play."
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
A fight last week during the Meeker-Tecumseh game cost both teams Friday night. Meeker had 22 players sidelined as a result of the brawl, and Tecumseh had 20. Playing short-handed, Meeker lost for the first time this season, 42-0 to Bethany, while Tecumseh lost 41-8 to Tuttle.
High school football roundup: Short-handed Meeker, Tecumseh lose
Sep 26, 2014A fight last week during the Meeker-Tecumseh game cost both teams Friday night. Meeker had 22 players sidelined as a result of the brawl, and Tecumseh had 20. Playing short-handed, Meeker lost for the first time this season, 42-0 to Bethany, while Tecumseh lost 41-8 to Tuttle. The fight resulted in the game being ended with 2:49 left in the fourth quarter. Meeker won that game, 43-12. Llanusa leads Choctaw Jonah Llanusa threw for 184 yards and a touchdown, and ran 22 times for 94 yards and five TDs, in leading Class 5A No. 6 Choctaw past Enid, 41-38. Llanusa was 15 of 25 through the air as Choctaw improved to 3-1. Enid, ranked No. 8, is 2-2. Late TD lifts Perkins Zach Bledsoe’s 16-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds remaining capped a 65-yard drive and gave Perkins a 50-49 victory over Cushing. Bledsoe accounted for six touchdowns — three each on the ground and through the air — as Perkins overcame a 28-7 second-quarter deficit. Two of his TD throws went to Jacob Peyton, who also ran for a score. Cashion cruises Class A’s fifth-ranked Cashion got five touchdowns from Matt Harmon in an 82-0 victory over Crescent. Harman threw for three scores and ran for two others. Peyton Maroney had two TDs, including an 87-yard kickoff return. The Wildcats (4-0) also scored on an interception return by Dylan Kordeliski. Jones wins behind George At Jones, the Class 3A No. 9 Longhorns used four touchdown passes by Brandon George to shut out Holdenville, 42-0. George had TD passes of 43 and 27 yards to David Nelson, a 17-yarder to Ryan Mansell and a 24-yarder to Rowdy Warner. St. Mary runs past Bridge Creek Quarterback Matt Peace scored four times and Mount St. Mary totaled 570 rushing yards in a 50-21 victory at Bridge Creek. Peace had TD runs of 6, 9, 3 and 6 yards and finished with 211 yards rushing. The Rockets also got touchdowns of 21 and 65 yards from Archie Browne, who had 159 yards, and a 94-yarder by Joe Castiglione Jr. He totaled 132 yards on 25 carries. Heritage Hall 62, Centennial 14 Class 3A No. 6 Heritage Hall raced to a 41-0 halftime lead and went on to an easy victory over Centennial. Connor McGinnis threw three touchdown passes, including a 56-yarder to Terrell Love, and ended the night 10 of 15 for 196 yards. Tevin McDaniel had four catches for 87 yards and a TD, and ran for a score. Andrew McDonald gave the Chargers (3-1) a defensive TD with a 33-yard interception return.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Talihina Golden Tigers have sights on gold ball. That’s what happens when a team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense from a team that finished 13-1 last season and reached the state semifinals.
High school football: District A-8 preview
By Ed Godfrey | Aug 27, 2014Talihina has fielded good football teams in recent years. The Golden Tigers have won at least 11 games five of the past six seasons. Kelly Gravitt is entering his ninth season as head coach and thinks the 2014 Golden Tigers could be the best yet. That’s what happens when a team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense from a team that finished 13-1 last season and reached the state semifinals. There are seven senior starters on both sides of the ball, led by Alan Lockhart, a four-year starter at free safety and a two-year starter at quarterback. Running back Bryar Humphreys and cousins Ty (wide receiver/linebacker) and Tucker Trowbridge (center/defensive end) are also four-year starters. Talihina’s two biggest question marks coming into the season were replacing All-State guard Jordan Blue in the offensive line and all-star Preston Derby at strong safety. Gravitt’s worries about replacing those players have been erased by the development of guard Dominck Shedd and safety Keaton Jackson. The Golden Tigers were ousted from the playoffs by Ringling, 26-18, last year and the club still feels the sting of that loss, Gravitt said. “They’re hungry,” Gravitt said. “These guys have had their eyes on the prize for a long time.” Gravitt has never been more confident entering a season. “If we stay healthy, I look to make a strong run,” he said. INJURIES ALREADY PILING UP FOR SAVANNA Staying healthy hasn’t happened in Savanna. The season hasn’t even started and the Bulldogs already have lost three returning starters and two other players for the season due to injuries and illness. Savanna coach James Bond said the lofty expectations for a Bulldog team that went 9-3 last season and was returning seven offensive starters and six defensive starters will now be difficult to reach. “That’s life,” Bond said. “You play with what’s dealt you and go on. You don’t necessarily like the hand you are dealt but you go play it.” Savanna has been buoyed by two move-ins from McAlester in freshman Richie Williams and sophomore Jonathan Impson, but the loss of five key players has forced some lineup shuffling. For example, wide receiver Josh Holloway (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) is now the new starting right tackle. “He is one of my tougher kids,” Bond said. Bond said Savanna has been fortunate to be injury-free in recent years. “It hadn’t happened to us in a while. I guess it was just due,” he said. “We are just going to try and get tougher and figure out what we can do.” GORE LOOKS TO GET BACK IN PLAYOFF PICTURE New Gore coach Jimmy Whitlock is used to winning. He was a guard on Seminole’s 1996 state championship team. For the past 10 years, he was on the Chieftains coaching staff and Seminole was 38-3 over his last three seasons there. He plans to bring the Chieftains’ work ethic to Gore football. “That was our deal in Seminole,” said Whitlock, who is a head coach for the first time. “We were going to outwork whoever we were playing that week.” Whitlock said his current group of Pirates have been working hard in the pre-season. “I am pretty sure it is quite a bit more than they are used to,” he said. “But the kids have really bought into everything. They are really pushing themselves. They want to be successful.” Gore finished just 2-8 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years. The Pirates return eight starters on both sides of the ball, led by quarterback Wade Shanks, who also is a four-year starter in the secondary. “He is a very smart player,” Whitlock said. “He’s one of those kids who is like having another coach on the field.” Senior linebacker Noah Batesole is another four year starter who leads a strong linebacking corps that includes seniors C.J. Lehnick and Tanner Clay plus sophomore Lane McDaniel. EXTRA POINTS Gore has 27 players on its roster and only eight are upperclassmen... Talihina’s Tucker Trowbridge was a running back last season but is moving to center because of the number of concussions he’s had, Gravitt said... Savanna quarterback/linebacker Seth Burke has been a four-year starter for the Bulldogs. DISTRICT 2A-8 COACHES’ POLL 1. Talihina (13-1) 2. Central Sallisaw (5-6) 3. Savanna (9-3) 4. Warner (6-5) 5. Quinton (5-5) 6. Gore (2-8) 7. Porter (3-7) (Last season’s records in parentheses)
Aug 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The foundation of Jimbo Fisher's coaching philosophy began during rides home with his father after Pop Warner games. His dad would pepper him in the car with a single question: Why?John Fisher would ask the young quarterback why did he make a certain throw? Why didn't he make different decisions?The talks continued through high school, and three decades later Florida...
Florida State's Fisher emerging as a top QB coach
KAREEM COPELAND, Associated Press | Aug 26, 2014TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The foundation of Jimbo Fisher's coaching philosophy began during rides home with his father after Pop Warner games. His dad would pepper him in the car with a single question: Why? John Fisher would ask the young quarterback why did he make a certain throw? Why didn't he make different decisions? The talks continued through high school, and three decades later Florida State's Fisher has used those father-son bonding moments to arguably become the pre-eminent quarterback coach in college football. Fisher has had eight quarterbacks drafted to the NFL since 2001, works with reigning Heisman winner Jamies Winston and two of his former Seminole disciples are expected to start for other major college programs this year. "There's one thing I ask them: Why?" Fisher said. "Why'd you do that? Why did you not do that? Why was that successful? Why was that not successful? "If you can't know why you did something and why you didn't, how are you going to repeat it? If you do it well, but you don't understand why you did it, when the moment comes that you have to repeat it In the game for the championship, you can't do it because you never understood in the first place." Fisher, 48, lists former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden and Alabama coach Nick Saban as major influences, but it was his father who first peppered him with the question, "Why?" Fisher always played quarterback through college at Salem College and Samford, but was never the most athletic. His father constantly questioned Fisher with the goal being to outthink other players. The lessons stuck. Fisher helped turn JaMarcus Russell into the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft when he was offensive coordinator at LSU. Former Tiger Matt Flynn is the backup in Green Bay. Former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder was the No. 12 overall pick in 2011. E.J. Manuel was the first quarterback taken in the 2013 draft. Winston is a leading candidate to win his second Heisman trophy. Florida State transfers Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker are likely to start at West Virginia and Alabama, respectively. Fisher is the only head coach in college football that has had three quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2007, according to STATS LLC. "I think a combination of things makes him really, really successful," said Tommy Bowden, who coached with Fisher at Auburn. "One, he played the position. He's an overachiever. He's extremely confident. "He's a hard-nosed guy, coming from that coal-mining background with his father. ... He doesn't baby those guys." Winston, Manuel and Ponder credit their success to how Fisher trains QBs mentally. Fisher drills technique and fundamentals, but he holds quarterbacks accountable for everything in the offense. "He'll test you in practice just to see how you respond," Manuel said. "He'll say things just to get you off your game and see if you can come and battle back because that's what's going to happen in a real game. "Things aren't always going to go perfect. He wants to see if you have the mental makeup to bounce back." The BCS championship victory was one of Fisher's proudest moments as a coach. Not because it validated his status in college football, but because of Winston's performance. He struggled in the first half and the Seminoles fell behind 21-3. Winston responded and eventually drove FSU on an 80-yard drive and threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining. The top-ranked Seminoles begin their title defense Saturday against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas. "His practices are so tough," Winston said of Fisher. "He's constantly on us. He's on us the hardest out of everyone. We are accountable for every mistake." Part of Fisher's drive derives from a constant fear of failure. He uses that motivation to be a better coach, recruiter and teacher. He's never had another job outside of coaching and always yearned to be in charge. Fisher wanted that responsibility regardless of the sport. "I wanted to be involved in play-calling," Fisher said. "I think I liked being in charge. I was competitive as a young kid. I wanted to decide that game, not nobody else. Whether we won or we lost." Florida State runs a complex, quarterback-driven, pro-style offense designed to have an answer for every defensive coverage. Fisher compares it to math where there's a formula for each problem. The quarterback is responsible for knowing where to go with the ball in every situation. The quarterbacks aren't only expected to regurgitate Fisher's ideas, but to come up with their own solutions. He gives homework assignments where they are tasked to come up with concepts to counter certain looks. "I don't want to teach them everything," Fisher said. "I think the greatest teacher in the world is yourself. I don't want them to be robots. I don't want them to learn it because that's what I said. I want them to understand it. There's a difference." It has made his QBs attractive to NFL teams. "He put a lot of things on the quarterback ... with checks and everything," Ponder said. "That helps the team, getting the best look and the best play, and also helps you transition to the NFL game. "Because especially in the offense now, there are so many checks and so much on the quarterback, I feel like from that offense I was prepared for this." ___ Associated Press reporter Dave Campbell in Minnesota contributed to this story.
Aug 21, 2014
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection.A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other...
Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?
DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Aug 21, 2014Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other helmet — can reduce the risk of a devastating head injury. "It's just like everything else — everything advances and you get better at it," Bielema said at a recent Arkansas practice. "I think our kids really like the way (the helmets) feel. They feel snug. They feel fit. So I think that's a step in the right direction." With lawsuits and concern regarding concussions hanging over every level of football, the race to develop safer helmets and other equipment has never been more intense. Even so, experts say it remains to be seen if new technology has made a dent in reducing concussions on the football field. "It's very admirable that they're trying to get better," said Dr. Robert Cantu, a Boston-based neurosurgeon who specializes in sports concussions. "But with regards to concussions, it's a very complex issue ... There really isn't any helmet that has clearly been shown on the football field to be superior to other helmets." The NCAA recently reached a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. Concussions occur when the brain moves inside the skull from an impact or a whiplash effect, but it's still an injury that doctors are learning about. There's also debate about the best way to test for concussion factors or how to even identify when concussions occur. The SpeedFlex's new design features a five-sided indentation on the crown of the helmet and a faceguard that both have some flexibility, which is supposed to allow some force to be absorbed and dispersed instead of going directly to the head. There's also a revamped ratchet chinstrap system for faster adjustments and a quick release for the faceguard that could benefit medical staff seeking access to the face in the event of an emergency. Thad Ide, Riddell's senior vice president for research and product development, said his company isn't claiming that the SpeedFlex can help reduce concussions. But like Bielema, he believes progress is being made in regards to lessening head impacts. "We'll let the medical researchers weigh in on the medical data around concussions, because that's kind of a moving target right now because of all the things that are being learned," Ide said. "But what we can do is try to reduce the forces of impact to the player's head. I think reducing those forces is unequivocally a good thing." Cantu said current football helmet certification tests by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) measure only linear impacts, which are direct blows. But new standards proposed over the summer would also mandate tests for rotational forces — or non-direct blows that could better reflect what actually happens on a football field. NOCSAE's new standards are expected to go into effect sometime next year. Mike Oliver, the executive director of NOCSAE, said helmet technology is improving but there are no simple answers. "I think the helmet manufactures are doing everything they can do to address these issues," Oliver said. "But they labor under the same restrictions that we do, which is until we understand more about the specifics of what causes a particular concussion, it's a little difficult." Riddell spokeswoman Erin Griffin said more than half of NCAA Division I programs are using the SpeedFlex. She said some programs — like Arkansas — have taken an aggressive approach to using the helmets while others have more of a wait-and-see attitude. Mississippi State equipment manager Phil Silva, who is in his 31st year at the school, said he had the opportunity to order the SpeedFlex but declined. He said the technology looked fine, but he wanted to make sure there was demand among players. "Most of our players like to use the brand of helmet they used in high school," Silva said. "We want to make sure guys are going to use them before we order." Dr. Stefan Duma, the department head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has been a pioneer in releasing independent ratings for the safety football helmets provide. He says Riddell's newest modifications for the SpeedFlex are "promising," though he has not tested the helmet because it's not yet available to the public. His team tests helmets by purchasing three and then performing 40 tests on each helmet that measure front, top, side and back impacts. They then aggregate the scores from all impacts and assign each helmet a 1-5 star rating, with a 5-star label being the highest. "It's one of the first really new concepts in helmet technology — having the flexible outer shell," Duma said of the SpeedFlex. Riddell provides helmets to every level of football — all the way from the pros to Pop Warner. Designing a helmet that successfully tests as a 'safer' model would be a boon for the manufacturer. The company was previously the official helmet of the NFL, but that partnership ended after last season. A league spokesman said that in 2013, about 60 percent of the league's players used Riddell helmets. For now, experts say the best way to make football safer is through rule changes. Dr. Julian Bailes, who has advised the NFLPA and NCAA about concussions and is the medical director for Pop Warner, says rules that outlaw targeting the head and limits on how often teams can have full-contact practices are vital advancements. "Every level of play is addressing this issue," Bailes said. "Do you really need to be exposed to that many blows to the head?" _____ Online: www.Riddell.com/SpeedFlex _____ AP Sports Writers Kurt Voigt in Fayetteville, Ark., and Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Marcus Harris was beginning his high school football career as a quarterback at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, he was given a nickname by teammate Jeremy Maclin."He called me 'Superstar,' but I didn't like it much," said Harris, the New York Giants' rookie wide receiver, talking about his friend Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles."So it got shortened to...
Marcus Harris making an impact at Giants camp
JIM HAGUE, Associated Press | Aug 7, 2014EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Marcus Harris was beginning his high school football career as a quarterback at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, he was given a nickname by teammate Jeremy Maclin. "He called me 'Superstar,' but I didn't like it much," said Harris, the New York Giants' rookie wide receiver, talking about his friend Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles. "So it got shortened to 'Soup.' That stuck." Harris signed as a free agent with the Giants out of Murray State last year and spent the season bouncing on and off the Giants' practice squad. His work in training camp has impressed the Giants' coaching staff. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Harris caught four passes for 48 yards to lead the team in the Giants' 17-13 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday night. He's already become a fan favorite, as fans were chanting "Sooooooup," at practice Wednesday night. "I thought they were yelling, 'Cruuuuuuz,' but then I realized it was for me," Harris said Thursday before the team's final practice before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night. "It was pretty cool. Now everyone is calling me that, even some of the coaches." In Sunday night's game, Harris caught a pass and took a big hit, but got up quickly and mimicked with his hands as if he had a bowl and a spoon in his hands. "It's just what I do," said Harris, who was a standout receiver at Murray State, with 216 receptions and 21 touchdowns during his career that ended in 2010. He had 84 catches for 1,057 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior year. Harris spent 2012 playing for Omaha of the United Football League and the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League, the same team that once produced Super Bowl MVP QB Kurt Warner. Harris was with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans' practice squads before signing and re-signing with the Giants a total of five times in 2013. That determination caught the eye of the Giants' staff this year. "He's a tough kid," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He's out there on special teams and he's making plays. He's had some nicks, but he's out there. He's caught the ball well. He's usually been in the right spot. "The person who takes advantage of the opportunity given to him is where it starts. If you come in, be focused, work hard and stay out there day in and day out and be persistent the way this young man has done, well, that's a good thing. He's gotten better enough to be recognized." Harris knows that the Giants have had a history of keeping undrafted free agents. One in particular is fellow receiver Victor Cruz. "It's great to have a guy like that on the team, knowing he's with me and supporting me," Harris said of Cruz. "He knows what this is like and how tough it is. He's a good friend and I'm glad he's pulling for me." Harris is not afraid of any position. "I think kickoff returns are something I really liked doing in college," Harris said. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance in a game. I'm down with whatever they want for me. I can play inside. I can play outside. "I'm comfortable with everything. I have to do it all. The more I do, the better shot I have of making this team. I know I had a good game, but there are things I still have to work on. I still have to prove myself. There are a lot of receivers here and I still have to make my mark." However, hearing his name chanted by fans and getting noticed by a two-time Super Bowl winning head coach is not a bad start for Harris. "Most people just dream about an opportunity like this," Harris said. "I just have to keep doing what I have been doing." NOTES: First-round draft pick Odell Beckham, Jr. said that he is making progress with his strained hamstring, but he's not ready to take the field just yet. "I'm doing a lot more and I feel a lot better," said Beckham, the team's top pick (No. 11 overall) out of LSU. "It's just one of those day-by-day things. I don't feel like I can reach my top speed, so I'm holding off and waiting. Once I get back out there, I definitely feel like I can do things. It's kind of hard just being on the side and watching practice. I see all the fun they're having, so it hurts not to be out there." There is no timetable for Beckham's return to action. ... Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been impressed with rookie LB Devon Kennard, the team's fifth-round pick out of USC. "He's definitely exceeding my expectations," Fewell said of Kennard. "He came in very poised and mature and you don't find that a lot in rookies." ... Fewell also said that fourth-year LB Jacquian Williams has become an every down linebacker and not a specialty player. "His confidence combined with his ability has enabled him to become a good football player." ... The Giants have the day off on Friday. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jul 6, 2014
From the smooth, almost laid-back approaches of Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell to the fiery passion of Mike Zimmer, new NFL coaches are reshaping the environments of their teams.Some have much bigger chores than others.Bringing in a new coaching staff usually means the previous one did too much losing. That's true times seven this year as Smith takes over at Tampa Bay, Caldwell in Detroit, Zimmer...
Change it up: How 7 new coaches are shaping tone
BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Jul 6, 2014From the smooth, almost laid-back approaches of Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell to the fiery passion of Mike Zimmer, new NFL coaches are reshaping the environments of their teams. Some have much bigger chores than others. Bringing in a new coaching staff usually means the previous one did too much losing. That's true times seven this year as Smith takes over at Tampa Bay, Caldwell in Detroit, Zimmer in Minnesota, Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee, Bill O'Brien in Houston, Jay Gruden in Washington and Mike Pettine in Cleveland. PETTINE: BEING BLUNT Pettine might have the biggest challenge because he takes over a perennial loser: Cleveland last made the playoffs in 2002. There's been discord surrounding the franchise ever since Jimmy Haslam bought it in 2012, and he's already on his third head coach. The son of a highly successful high school coach, Pettine is bright, self-confident and media savvy, seemingly lacking the suspicious nature of so many NFL head coaches. He doesn't pull punches, which is critical in engineering a cultural change. "I would say no nonsense," Pettine says. "I have been nicknamed BFT: Blunt Force Trauma. The days are too short to dance around subjects and I think guys appreciate that." SMITH: STAYING LOW-KEY Another necessary skill is communication. Smith, who was 84-66 in nine seasons in Chicago, yet was canned after 2012, is a master at that. After the roughness of Greg Schiano's reign in Tampa, Smith's low-key style easily won over the players. Not that Smith doesn't know how and when to be stern; he learned under Tony Dungy, a master communicator. "It's been a while, I can honestly say, since you've seen guys smile this much and have this much fun," says DT Gerald McCoy, among the Bucs' best players. "It's just a completely different feel around the building." CALDWELL: STAYING CALM Caldwell also comes from the Dungy coaching tree, and he might still be the man in Indianapolis had Peyton Manning not missed 2011 after neck surgery. The Lions needed a steadying influence as head coach after the often unpredictable Jim Schwartz regime. To some, Caldwell was a surprise choice. To others, he is the anti-Schwartz and will bring a calm steadiness to Detroit — along with more discipline for a team that sometimes stepped beyond the bounds of NFL protocol in its on-field behavior. Caldwell has joked about his reputation for remaining even-keeled. "There's no need for a whole lot of cussing, screaming, yelling and all that kind of stuff," Caldwell says. "It's a mini-quiz out here. I never had any of my professors yelling in my ear when I was sitting at the desk filling out those multiple-choice questions." ZIMMER: THE TEACHER Zimmer might be doing some yelling in Minnesota, but it will be in a constructive way. An outstanding defensive coach in Cincinnati since 2008, he was in the running for several jobs before landing the Vikings gig. His forthright manner, confidence in his defensive schemes and tough love approach make him stand out from predecessor Leslie Frazier. Most of all, Zimmer sees himself as an educator. "I think one of the things of being a coach, you're a teacher," he says. "You're trying to teach them about techniques, you're trying to teach them about all the different aspects of the game of football, not just offense or defense, but what the other side of the ball is thinking." GRUDEN: FOLLOWING HIS OWN LEAD Gruden, the younger brother of ESPN analyst and 2003 Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, was Zimmer's alter ego in Cincinnati. Gruden ran the Bengals' offense, and when Washington decided to replace Mike Shanahan, it sought someone who could design an attack around Robert Griffin III, while also protecting the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Nearly everything had fallen apart in the nation's capital last year, one season removed from an NFC East title. Perhaps most damaging was the fractured relationship between veteran coach and dynamic quarterback. So Gruden is charged with fixing things on the field and off it. "I'm not going to try to do something that Shanahan didn't, or not do something that he did, or do something that my brother did or Joe Gibbs did," Gruden says. "I'm just going to try to coach the way I know how, and the way I've done it in the past, and hopefully it'll be good enough." WHISENHUNT: PICKING UP THE PACE Like Gruden, Whisenhunt is considered an offensive guru. With Kurt Warner as his quarterback, he took usually downtrodden Arizona to a Super Bowl. What he likes best is a quick pace — everywhere. His practices in Tennessee are run at a faster tempo than in previous years. Players and coaches jog from drill to drill. Whisenhunt says he hopes that's noticeable because the intent is to better mimic game speed and conditions. "I think you have to create an intensity in practice because the game is so fast," he explains. Veteran receiver Nate Washington, who was with Pittsburgh when Whisenhunt was an assistant there, says the change is impossible to miss. "Before, things have happened in the past and we can't really sit here and try to compare the two or what's been happening before," he says. "But as of right now, I have seen a lot more intensity on this team, period." O'BRIEN: TEAM FIRST The excitement in Houston disappeared with a 14-game losing string that sank the Texans from AFC South champs to worst in the league. O'Brien, who could have written his own ticket at Penn State for years, instead chose to return to the NFL and take on a reclamation project. Not as massive a challenge as the one he faced with the Nittany Lions, perhaps. But certainly a hefty one for the former offensive assistant at New England. O'Brien delivered some not-so-subtle messages early on. Veterans don't have their names on their lockers anymore, only their numbers. A note on the inside of each locker says: "Always put the team first." Rookies have a temporary cubicle set up in the middle of the locker room and won't get real ones until they make the team. That goes for everyone, even top choice Jadeveon Clowney. "Being a head coach is about making sure the team understands the philosophy of what you want to get done: hard work, being a good teammate, team first and all of those things that we talk about every day," O'Brien says. ____ AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell and Sports Writers Noah Trister, Tom Withers, Kristie Rieken, Teresa M. Walker, Fred Goodall and Joseph White contributed to this story. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL