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Associated Press | Mar 18, 2015The Associated Press prefers to receive daybook event listings and comments via email to email@example.com with the word "daybook" in the subject line. For added consideration, mirror the format of the listings below, and submit events at least two business days in advance when possible. For listings submitted with less notice, events attended by national and state figures and government officials may receive precedence. ----- NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST ---- ----------------------------------------- Metro New York Day Schedule Thursday, March 19, 2015 ----------------------------------------- -------------- NEW YORK CITY --------- 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. An investment management conference organized by Quinnipiac University, the "Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education V Forum" or "Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. V Forum," is schedule to open Thursday and continue through Saturday, March 21; Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave. Contact: David Sauer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-582-3754. 8:30 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer participates in these events. —8:30 a.m. — Brewer hosts a meeting of Manhattan Borough Board members; 19th floor, 1 Centre St. —1 p.m. — Brewer and City Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo hold a City Hall news conference to call for state government officials to include Democratic state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins in negotiations about the state budget for the next fiscal year; steps, City Hall. Contact: Kristia M. Beaubrun, KBeaubrun@council.nyc.gov, 917-817-1824 or 718-260-9191 ext. 3. —7 p.m. — Brewer speaks during an event about civic participation, efforts to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or so-called "STEM" subjects, and female technology professionals of minority descent, titled "Black Women & Latinas in Civic Tech: Who is Using STEM for Social Good?"; note: time of Brewer's speech is approximate; Civic Hall, second floor, 156 Fifth Ave. Contact: Andrew William Goldston, email@example.com, 212-669-3539 or 917-960-1187. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Social worker Alexis Carter and Brooklyn interior designer Gail Ressler discuss the topic "Local and Long Distance Caregiving" during the fourth session of a five-part "Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors" program, presented by state Sen. Liz Krueger; Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th St. --Note: Must RSVP. Contact: Tammie Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-490-9535. 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. During Thursday's conclusion of The Diller-Quaile School of Music's "Piano Pedagogy Festival & Conference" that began Tuesday, March 17, titled "A Keyboard Celebration: An Exploration of Traditions and Innovations in Pedagogy," an adviser to Ecuador's education minister, choral conductor Jose Criollo, delivers a 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. presentation about Latin American music education techniques including the system titled "El Sistema"; 24 E. 95th St. --Note: Thursday's 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. conference activities include a 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. presentation by Criollo. Contact: Julie Livingston, email@example.com or 347-239-0249. 10 a.m. Finalists in fifth grade through eighth grade compete in the 51st annual "Daily News New York City Spelling Bee," scheduled to open Thursday and conclude Friday, March 20; Celeste Bartos Forum, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Ave. Contact: Anina Bose, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-792-8494 or 201-532-0891. 10 a.m. Members of the city Taxi and Limousine Commission hold a monthly public meeting; 19th floor, 33 Beaver St. --Note: An Internet broadcast will be accessible through the websites http://nyc.gov/taxi and http://new.livestream.com/nyctaxi/ Contact: Allan J. Fromberg, email@example.com or 212-676-1013, or Greg Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-676-1013. 10 a.m. Members of City Council's Committee on Governmental Operations hold a preliminary budget hearing to discuss the mayor's budget proposals for the next fiscal year, and examine spending during the current fiscal year by eight city agencies, boards, commissions, departments and offices, as well as community boards; Committee Room, City Hall. Contact: Sarah Anders, SAnders@BenKallos.com or 212-860-1950. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. holds an annual event marking the March observance of "Women's History Month," honoring the founder, president and chief executive of the Morris Heights Health Center, Verona Greenland, an actress from the public television children's show "Sesame Street," Sonia Manzano, and communications firm AT&T Inc.'s state president, Marissa Shorenstein; Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Courses, 870 Shore Road, Bronx. Contact: Bharati S. Kemraj, email@example.com, 718-590-3541 or 347-229-3664, or John DeSio, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-209-4974. 10:30 a.m. Transit Wireless LLC CEO William A. Bayne Jr., state Chief Digital Officer Rachel S. Haot, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials including Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and communications firm AT&T Inc.'s state president, Marissa Shorenstein, recognize teams that won an "App Quest 3.0 Challenge" competition featuring $50,000 in prizes, during an event featuring demonstrations of the winning mobile device applications for commuters; Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St. Contact: Aaron Donovan, email@example.com, 212-878-7440 or 212-878-4728. 11 a.m. Representatives and supporters of the Coalition for the Homeless discuss Thursday's release of the coalition's annual "State of the Homeless" report during a news briefing; fourth floor, 129 Fulton St. Contact: Dan Levitan, Dan@Berlinrosen.com, 646-452-5637, 646-200-5315 or 201-67-7475. 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Construction industry representatives, government officials and transportation advocates hold a City Hall news conference to discuss Thursday's release of a report about road conditions in the city and state, and call for increased government funding of public works and renovation projects; steps, City Hall. --Note: Must RSVP. Contact: Joshua Knoller, firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-294-9586 or 212-938-0836, or Jody Fisher, email@example.com or 347-419-0444. Noon About 100 religious officials including state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., the Rev. Johnnie M. Green Jr., and members of the nonprofit coalition Mobilizing Preachers and Communities, or MPAC, and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization Inc. and representatives of the advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools hold a City Hall news conference to call for state government officials to overhaul the school system statewide; steps, City Hall. Contact: Ann Noonan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-251-6069, or Khan Shoieb, Khan@StuLoeser.com or 646-650-5503 or 347-596-6389. 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. During St. John's University's sixth annual fundraiser for two pediatric cancer charities, Locks of Love and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, employees and students will have their heads shaved while honoring a 5-year-old boy from Babylon and a 4-year-old boy from Queens receiving treatment for cancer; living room, D'Angelo Center, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens. Contact: Nancy Haberman, email@example.com or 212-843-8021, or Elizabeth Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-578-1985. 3 p.m. German soprano Diana Damrau, starring in The Metropolitan Opera's production of French composer Jules Massenet's 1884 comic opera "Manon," signs compact discs including her album released Tuesday, Jan. 13, "Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor"; Met Opera Shop, north lobby, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, near Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. --Note: Must RSVP. Contact: Michael Cavarretta, email@example.com, 212-843-9284 or 978-578-7631. 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. To mark this year's 80th anniversary of 1935 publication of the board game "Monopoly" by Parker Brothers, before the company's 1991 purchase by toy manufacturer Hasbro Inc., the parent company's senior vice president of global brand strategy and marketing, Eric Nyman, rings Nasdaq's closing bell; broadcast studio, Nasdaq MarketSite, Four Times Square, near Seventh Avenue and 43rd Street. Contact: Jennifer DeAngelis, firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-727-6833, or Christine Barna, Christine.Barna@nasdaq.com, 646-441-5310. 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Board members from the Police Athletic League of New York City including attorney and broadcaster Rikki Klieman and Chairman Robert J. Morgenthau, the president and chief executive of the New York Giants professional football team, John K. Mara, and the league's Executive Director Frederick J. Watts visit the league's William J. Duncan Center to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completed renovation of the center's first floor, funded by a $250,000 donation from the Mara family to the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation and an additional $100,000 raised by the foundation as part of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee's fundraising initiative; 552 W. 52nd St. Contact: Andrea Kotuk, email@example.com or 212-353-9585, Frederick J. Watts, 212-477-9450 ext. 324, or Caroline Waldman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-353-9585. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets professional basketball player Mason Plumee and members of the team's youth basketball development staff lead a clinic for about 45 children who participate in the Police Athletic League of New York City's programs at the league's Armory Center, organized as part of the team's "Get the Ball Rolling" health initiative and attended by representatives of the initiative's sponsor, beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola Co.; practice court, use Calvin Klein VIP entrance, Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. --Note: Must RSVP; 4 p.m. speaking program followed by 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. basketball clinic. Contact: Josh Gold, email@example.com or 310-920-3666, Barry Baum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-942-9533 or 917-847-1737, Mandy Gutmann, email@example.com, 718-942-9587 or 937-477-1880, or Stuart Bryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-942-9574 or 919-218-0047. 6 p.m. A regional director of the United Auto Workers, Julie Kushner, and the international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Marc Perrone, will receive the Jewish Labor Committee's human rights awards during a dinner where U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler is scheduled to speak; New York Hilton Midtown hotel, 1335 Sixth Ave. --Note: Must RSVP; 6 p.m. cocktail reception followed by 7 p.m. award presentation, dinner and speaking program. Contact: Arieh Lebowitz, email@example.com or 212-477-0707. 6 p.m. The Doe Fund co-founder George T. McDonald and the Rev. Alfonso Wyatt speak during an annual cap-and-gown graduation ceremony for formerly homeless men and former male inmates who completed the fund's yearlong "Ready, Willing & Able" job training program; Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave. Contact: Alexander Horwitz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-672-4236. 6 p.m. Health care workers, including nurses, and union officials publicize a campaign about state budget funding for the next fiscal year and risks of hospital closures, introduced during a Wednesday, March 18, lobbying event in Albany; Service Employees International Union Local 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, 310 W. 43rd St. Contact: Dave Bates, email@example.com or 212-603-3788, or Erin Malone, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-603-0016 or 917-494-2631. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants in the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce's "Young Entrepreneur Academy" program compete in a business pitch competition judged by local business advocates and executives; auditorium, R. 605 Staten Island Technical High School, 485 Clawson St., Staten Island. Contact: Jen Remauro, email@example.com, 347-865-8038 or 347-308-0348. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Diplomatic officials from Germany and the Maldives participate in a forum titled "Countdown to Paris: Update on Global Climate Treaty Negotiations," presented by environmental organization 350.org's city chapter and the New York Society for Ethical Culture; auditorium, first floor, 2 W. 64th St. Contact: Lyna Hinkel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-284-8987, or Mark Dunlea, email@example.com or 518-860-3725. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. During a "Songbirds of Civil Rights" fundraising concert to benefit the Department of Africana Studies of The City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice and mark the March observance of "Women's History Month," more than a dozen dancers, drummers, guitarists, jazz musicians, pianists and singers are scheduled to perform; Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 524 W. 59th St. --Note: Must RSVP. Contact: Doreen Vinas-Pineda, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 212-237-8645 or 212-237-8764. 8 p.m. Choreographer Jamie Benson premieres his modern dance "FOMO," short for the phrase "fear of missing out," during a "Comedy in Dance Festival" scheduled to open Thursday and continue through Sunday, March 22; Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer St., Brooklyn. Contact: Jamie Benson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-704-5298. -------------- LONG ISLAND ----------- 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nassau County attorneys and court employees model spring apparel provided by retailer Hudson's Bay Co.'s department store chain Lord & Taylor and elaborate hats during the Nassau County Bar Association's "Dressed to a Tea" fashion show fundraiser, featuring the theme "A Day at the Races" and benefiting a half-dozen area charities; 15th and West streets, Mineola. Contact: Valerie Zurblis, email@example.com or 516-747-4070 ext. 204, or Jodi B. Zimmerman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-801-3900. -------------- WESTCHESTER ----------- 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, delivers a 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. keynote speech to open Thursday's 14th annual "Human Rights Institute for Student Leaders" and rally at Iona College, attended by about 340 teenagers from 25 high schools in Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties and Connecticut's Fairfield County; 715 North Ave., New Rochelle. Contact: Aaron Biller, email@example.com or 212-663-4862. 4 p.m. Yonkers city officials including Mayor Mike Spano and Superintendent of Schools Michael Yazurlo and the chancellor of The State University of New York, Nancy L. Zimpher, mark the start of a "Yonkers Thrives Partnership" education initiative during an event attended by members of the Yonkers Thrives Partnership Leadership Council; Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In one of the stranger twists in the history of Indianapolis media, it fell to a former professional wrestler from Delaware County, a white guy known as an escape artist, a sort of late 20th century Houdini, to bring rap music to Indianapolis radio.It was 1991, and the guy was Bill Shirk."WTLC wouldn't play rap," Shirk said, referring to the Indianapolis station that...
Radio pioneer Shirk signs off after 4 decades in Indy market
By WILL HIGGINS, Associated Press | Mar 3, 2015INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In one of the stranger twists in the history of Indianapolis media, it fell to a former professional wrestler from Delaware County, a white guy known as an escape artist, a sort of late 20th century Houdini, to bring rap music to Indianapolis radio. It was 1991, and the guy was Bill Shirk. "WTLC wouldn't play rap," Shirk said, referring to the Indianapolis station that dominated the ratings among black listeners, "and I saw an opportunity because, at that time, of the top 30 songs nationally, 15 were rap." Rap was thought to be incendiary. "There was resistance to it in the community," Amos Brown, a WTLC executive then and now who also hosts a black-oriented radio talk show, told The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1DOY8xe ). But younger people, black and white, craved it, as Shirk would happily discover. He was an experienced though small-time radio station operator — over the years Shirk bought and sold nine Indianapolis radio stations — when the Federal Communications Commission awarded him a new FM signal in Indianapolis: 96.3. Despite its 330 watts, puny compared with the city's big stations' 50,000 watts, Shirk quickly made "Hoosier Hot 96" into a ratings powerhouse and forced other stations into playing more progressive hip hop music. "I don't remember all the artists back then," Shirk said, "but I remember we played a lot of Biggie Smalls' 'Mo Money Mo Problems.'" Shirk was doing a phone interview Monday from his 13,500-square-foot house on 12 acres outside Zionsville. It was the first day of his retirement, and he was spending it lazily: lingering with coffee over the newspaper, soaking in a bath tub. He planned to have lunch at Panda Express, and later, for fitness, there would be a 2-mile stroll around the home he shares with his wife and daughter. Shirk turns 70 in May. His last on-air shift was noon to 7 p.m. Saturday on "Radio Mom" 91.1 FM, a low-power, nonprofit station in Lebanon. Shirk sold it last week for $205,000. After 43 years in Indianapolis radio, he is exiting. Shirk arrived in Indianapolis in 1972 after acquiring WXLW on the AM band. He had moved from his hometown of Muncie, where he had been running WERK, a station owned by his father, a Muncie advertising executive. One of Shirk's first competitors was Jeff Smulyan, who would go on to build the Indianapolis-based media conglomerate Emmis Communications. Smulyan bought WNTS the year after Shirk bought WXLW. "Bill was different," said Smulyan, recalling an early Shirk promotion: "'WXLW has balls!' They said that over and over. What it was, they were giving away autographed basketballs." Shirk is one of those people who is skilled in two wildly different disciplines, like a football player who also is a concert pianist. In 1977, he created buzz at the Indianapolis Auto Show as an escape artist. He freed himself from a straitjacket while suspended from the ceiling of the hall. It was the same thing he had done at pro wrestling events staged by the legendary Dick the Bruiser. Later, Shirk actually got in the ring several times and mixed it up with other wrestlers. "It may be choreographed, but out of 10 punches one would land," Shirk said. "I got the hell beat out of me on numerous occasions." He said he hasn't done any stunts in six or seven years, "other than to show someone how to get out of a straitjacket." "Before I got to know him," Brown said, "I thought: 'OK, is he a con man? Is he a carnie? What's up with the magic?" The truth was Shirk, whose real name is William Shirk Poorman, was a top-notch self-promoter, and his radio stations benefited from his wacky brand of fame. The stations also benefited from a hands-on management style that harked to small town 1960, when a station general manager would sell the ads and turn around and do the play-by-play for the high school basketball game. As essentially a sole proprietor (though he did have investors), Shirk was more nimble than his corporate competitors. Shirk's stations could morph in a hurry, depending on market forces. At various times they broadcast Top 40, hip hop, even religion. "The core was Southern Baptist," he said, "teaching and some gospel music. Very popular. We did very well with that." In 1994 he drew fire for airing programming on his WAV TV-53, the one television station he owned, that some people found sexually explicit. Shirk insisted it was merely "borderline." He explained later: "I was in a financial crunch." "We've always said we could make any decision we needed to make in six hours," Smulyan said, "but Bill didn't answer to anybody. He didn't have a board, he didn't have public shareholders. He was just a classic entrepreneur. I always loved his energy. I'm stunned he's really retiring." Although last week Shirk sold his last Indiana station, he retains a 24 percent stake in an 11-station chain in Hawaii. Those stations are for sale, too, he said. Shirk's big score came in 2000 when, as investors' demand for radio stations peaked, he sold 96.3 FM and two smaller stations to the Maryland-based media giant Radio One for $40 million. Half the money was his, the other half belonged to his investment partner, Bill Mays. Mays, who had wide-ranging business interests and was considered one of Indianapolis' top business leaders, died in December on his 69th birthday. But that is not why Shirk, younger than Mays by five months, is retiring. "I loved Bill dearly, incredible individual, but my father is who I idolized. He retired at 70, and he said that's the age to do it." Shirk, who still wears his signature pony tail, says he is an avid hunter and angler. He is heading to Florida in April to fish. "I'm really looking forward to it," he said. ___ Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com
Feb 14, 2015
The scenery will change, but some UAB football players forced to look for new schools after their program was shuttered in December will remain teammates next season.While opponents of UAB President Ray Watts' move have been voicing their objections to University of Alabama system trustees, players had to weigh the option of staying at the school on scholarship or transferring without having to...
Ex-UAB players trying to stick together at their new schools
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Feb 14, 2015The scenery will change, but some UAB football players forced to look for new schools after their program was shuttered in December will remain teammates next season. While opponents of UAB President Ray Watts' move have been voicing their objections to University of Alabama system trustees, players had to weigh the option of staying at the school on scholarship or transferring without having to sit out the 2015 season. "It was kind of like a death in the family," former UAB guard Cameron Blankenship said. "For the first couple of days, there's disbelief and you're mourning. After that, we kind of had to move along and try to find somewhere else to go." More than 40 players have done just that and landed elsewhere, and dozens have found familiar faces at their new campuses. Blankenship is one of seven former players to transfer to South Alabama. The list includes Cody Clements, UAB's starting quarterback in 2014. Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent and tight ends coach Richard Owens took over the same positions at South Alabama. "It's a huge help just having those familiar faces next to you," Clements said. "When you're in a new surrounding and new environment and there are so many different things around you that you're not familiar with, to have someone to lean on and kind of help you get through it is definitely helpful." Georgia State has six players from UAB. Buffalo, Indiana, Western Kentucky and Football Championship Subdivision programs Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Chattanooga also added multiple UAB players. "There's always safety in numbers, right?" Georgia State coach Trent Miles said. "You always feel comfortable when you go someplace, and there are familiar people. ... They've kind of blended right in. Every time I look around, all the UAB guys are hanging out with guys who've already been here. They've mixed in with kind of the general population of our team and have gotten along great." UAB ended its program just as it was finishing a breakthrough season. The Blazers went 6-6 last fall after nine straight losing seasons. The move has drawn criticism on campus. Since the decision, Watts has received no-confidence votes from faculty groups and student government leaders. The day the school announced football was closing, Blazers coach Bill Clark said he got calls from coaches ready to pursue his players. "There were just a few guys (who did that)," Clark said. "It wasn't real smart. I understand recruiting and have been doing it for a while, but that wasn't a good move." In the ensuing days, numerous coaches arrived on UAB's campus. Wide receiver Nyiakki Height, who transferred to Georgia State, said it was like being a high school recruit again. "It was a frenzy after that happened," Clements said. "You have coaches all over the place kind of like roaches trying to pick up the pieces and get some guys to help their programs." Some players moved up to Power 5 schools. Running back Jordan Howard headed to Indiana after rushing for 1,587 yards this past season. Linebacker Jake Ganus, who led UAB in tackles, is now at Georgia. Offensive tackle Victor Salako ended up at Oklahoma State. Others had a tougher time finding new schools. Clark even staged the equivalent of a tryout camp, allowing his players to work out in front of coaches from various schools. That proved particularly beneficial for those who hadn't played much. "We just wanted to do what was best for the kids," Clark said. "We tried to put our feelings out of it and say, 'Look, we've got to get these guys taken care of. They're our family and our responsibility.' " Clark also had to ponder his next move. He does not plan to coach in 2015 but intends to return eventually. Clark saw his former players last weekend at a team banquet and realized how much he'd miss them. "It was hard to see those guys," Clark said. "We felt we had so much potential for next year. It was hard. But at the same time, I'm going to look forward to watching our guys perform. That's what I'm going to be doing. I'm going to be out watching, studying and learning and trying to make myself a better coach."
Jan 10, 2015
The redshirt sophomore offensive tackle became immediately eligible to transfer after UAB shut down its football program in December. Salako says OSU coach Mike Gundy was one of the first to contact him.
Oklahoma State football: How UAB transfer Victor Salako wound up a Cowboy
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Jan 10, 2015To a backdrop of grown men sniffling and crying, their rising voices cracked as they yelled and pleaded to the person standing in front of the room. University of Alabama-Birmingham President Ray Watts informed members of the football program last month it had been cut out of the budget for financial concerns. A six-minute video of the team’s emotional reaction to that announcement has more than one million views on YouTube. Voices shout: It’s more than just numbers, it’s people, it’s families, it’s UAB football … People are going to start losing jobs … My 3-year-old, what am I supposed to explain to him? Victor Salako, a former two-year offensive line starter at UAB, was in attendance at that meeting. “I wanted to say something, but I just kept it to myself,” Salako said. “I didn’t want to say anything I would regret.” Players, coaches, assistants and staffers lingered in the meeting room afterword to exchange tearful goodbyes. Salako and the Blazers needed time to digest that they were no longer a team despite being bowl eligible. But less than an hour after UAB’s decision made national headlines, Salako’s phone rang. It was Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. “He was actually one of the first to call me,” Salako said. “We had a good conversation.” Not even a month later, Salako was practicing with the Cowboys before the Cactus Bowl. He said “it’s still mind-blowing.” The unusual circumstances at UAB allowed its players to become immediately eligible to transfer and play elsewhere. Suddenly, the college football recruiting world had its sights set on Birmingham. “It was like 45 minutes to an hour right after we had the meeting with our president,” Salako said. “Everybody on our team was getting phone calls from schools. Some players were getting friend requested on Facebook and Twitter. Two or three days later after it happened, coaches were all over campus. It was crazy. I never had that much attention.” Salako also received interest from Miami, Louisville, Florida and others. “When all this happened, I had a lot of offers,” Salako said. “But I did my homework on those teams who had a lot of depth and the type of players they have currently. Oklahoma State was a great opportunity.” Over his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, Salako — 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds — started 23 of 24 games. He thrived in an up-tempo system with a high snap-count goal similar to the Cowboys’ offense. In 2014, UAB averaged more than 78 plays and 210 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, OSU graduated starting senior offensive linemen Daniel Koenig and Chris Grisbhy. The returning unit ranked among the nation’s worst in protecting the quarterback last season with 40 allowed sacks. Salako must earn his place on the depth chart through summer conditioning, spring ball and fall camp. But if his experience trumps returning youth, Salako could very well be the Week 1 starter at left tackle. “It’s not going to be hard for me to get adjusted,” he said So, who exactly, is this Blazer-turned-Cowboy? Salako, former UAB offensive linemen Cameron Blankenship (now at South Alabama) and Roscoe Byrd (now at Georgia Southern) were all part of UAB’s 2012 recruiting class. His teammates say Salako blossomed last season as a redshirt sophomore. “Unless one of the twos got in, Victor never came out, not once,” Blankenship said. “He’d never say he was tired and he never looked tired … We always use to say that if he got his hands on you, you weren’t going anywhere. He never would really talk about how big, strong or good he was — but he didn’t have to. Everybody knew.” Salako also packs a personality to match, as Blankenship called him “one of the funniest people I’ve met.” Salako was also known for something else — his dance moves. “You might not think that he can dance, but if you get some music going, he can get down a little bit,” Byrd said. “He’s big, but he has great feet.” Added Blankenship: “Especially after a big win. We’re playing music in the locker room and you want to see somebody dance, just find Victor. If he hasn’t started dancing when you get in there, he’s warming up, stretching.” Salako knows he has stiff competition as best dancer in the Cowboys’ locker room. He’s seen the YouTube clips of Gundy breaking it down after victories. When asked if he could take the coach in a dance-off, Salako’s answer was trailed by laughter. “I got some moves,” Salako said. “I think I could.” Salako, born and raised in Hunstville, Ala., is grateful for the jump from Conference USA to the Big 12. But that doesn’t mean the emotional toll of what happened at UAB is completely healed — or if it ever will be. Roscoe says it will “always be a scar” for every former Blazer. “UAB will always have a place in my heart, because coming out of high school they were the only people to give me a chance to play Division-I football,” Salako said. “But playing at a school like this is always what I dreamed of doing since I was a little kid. I’m happy.”
It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: A look at walk-ons who made an impact at OU, OSU and around the nation
BY JASON KERSEY | Nov 29, 2014It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons. OKLAHOMA Bubba Burcham, C: Burcham walked on at Oklahoma out of Mustang High, and earned a scholarship after two seasons playing for John Blake. By 2000, he was Bob Stoops’ starting center, snapping the ball to Josh Heupel on the Sooners’ national championship football team. Trent Ratterree, TE: Ratterree, from Weatherford, chose to walk on in Norman despite some scholarship offers from smaller schools. He became a special teams contributor as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and earned a scholarship before his senior season in 2011. The tight end ended up catching 31 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns through his carer. Aaron Ripkowski, FB: The strong fullback made an instant impression on OU coaches after he walked on in 2011, and earned a scholarship before his junior season. Ripkowski is now one of the best, most valuable players on Oklahoma’s offense. Derrick Shepard, WR: The ultimate OU walk-on, he joined Barry Switzer’s team in the early 1980s, was a key receiver on the Sooners’ 1985 national title team and went on to a five-year NFL career. He died of a heart attack in 1999, but his son, Sterling, is now a superstar wide receiver for the Sooners. Oklahoma’s team award for the most outstanding walk-on is named after Derrick Shepard. Dominique Whaley, RB: Whaley, a former Lawton MacArthur standout, couldn’t start at Langston, but he walked on at Oklahoma and became the Sooners’ top tailback as a junior in 2011. A devastating ankle injury midway through that season derailed his career, and he played only sparingly as a senior. OKLAHOMA STATE Levy Adcock, RT: The former Sequoyah-Claremore standout walked on at Oklahoma State in 2009 and was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection. He earned consensus All-America honors as a senior in 2011, when the Cowboys won the Big 12 title and the Fiesta Bowl. Tyler Johnson, DE: The Haskell native signed with the Los Angeles Angels out of high school and spent six years with the organization before walking on at Oklahoma State. He ended up starting every game of his senior year in 2013, ranking sixth on the Cowboys with 52 total tackles. Larry Mahsetky, WR: A Westmoore High standout, Mahsetky walked on at Oklahoma State in the early 1990s and earned a scholarship in 1992. But he’s mainly known because his 2012 graduation gave the Cowboys back two hours of practice per week that were initially lost because of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate regulations. Matt Monger, LB: The Miami, Okla., native walked on at Oklahoma State as a fullback in the early 1980s, but was switched to linebacker and excelled, eventually playing five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Brandon Weeden, QB: The former Edmond Santa Fe two-sport standout spent five seasons playing professional baseball before walking on with Oklahoma State’s football program in 2007. He eventually spent two seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, leading Oklahoma State to a 12-1 record, Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl victory during the 2011 season. He’s now the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback. NATIONAL Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State: Nelson walked on at K-State as a safety in 2003, but switched to receiver and became one of the best in Wildcats history. As a senior in 2007, he caught 122 passes for 1,606 yards and was a consensus All-American. He’s now Aaron Rodgers’ top target for the Green Bay Packers and one of the best receivers in the NFL. In the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win in February 2011, he caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Clay Matthews, LB, USC: Matthews walked on at USC in 2004 and didn’t become a starter until his senior season in 2008, but went in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers. He’s been a four-time Pro Bowl selection. Rudy Ruettiger, DE, Notre Dame: Arguably the most famous walk-on of all time, Ruettiger got in the game for three plays late in a November 1975 home win over Georgia Tech and recorded a sack on the game’s final play. He is one of only two players in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field by his teammates. His story was adapted into the 1993 movie “Rudy,” which starred Sean Astin as Ruettiger and is considered one of the greatest sports films of all time. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Watt originally played as a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan, but left CMU and walked on at Wisconsin in 2008 because he always dreamed of being a Badger. He earned a scholarship that first fall, eventually became a first-round NFL Draft pick by the Houston Texans and is currently having one of the most dominant individual defensive seasons in NFL history. Darren Woodson, LB, Arizona State: Woodson walked on at Arizona State in the late 1980s before playing 13 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as a safety. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion.
Nov 24, 2014
Before most television cameras start rolling and fans enter the stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. practices making acrobatic, one-handed catches in pre-game warmups.It paid off for the rookie receiver.Beckham's spectacular, leaping, right-handed grab while falling backward and drawing an interference penalty was the talk of the NFL and the Internet on Monday.Everyone from LeBron James to Hollywood...
Beckham's one-handed grab 1 of many in NFL
By ROB MAADDI, Associated Press | Nov 24, 2014Before most television cameras start rolling and fans enter the stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. practices making acrobatic, one-handed catches in pre-game warmups. It paid off for the rookie receiver. Beckham's spectacular, leaping, right-handed grab while falling backward and drawing an interference penalty was the talk of the NFL and the Internet on Monday. Everyone from LeBron James to Hollywood celebs Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack marveled at Beckham's touchdown catch in the New York Giants' loss to Dallas on Sunday night. "The greatest catch I've ever seen," said James, who was an All-Ohio wide receiver in high school. Banks tweeted: "Just back from the #AMAs and seeing replay of that Odell Beckman Jr. catch. OMG that was sick." Cusack compared it to David Tyree's helmet grab in the Super Bowl and Lynn Swann's diving reception in an earlier Super Bowl. Beckham, however, does it every day in practice and before games. This catch just happened to be in front of a national television audience against the Cowboys. His teammates, coaches and anyone who watched him play weren't surprised. "He practices that one-handed snag," said Eli Manning, who also threw the pass to Tyree that helped the Giants beat New England. "He's got big hands and great concentration and he can make those plays. That was a pretty great one." Beckham made several stunning catches at LSU, including a diving, one-handed grab against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. "I saw him and Jarvis (Landry) do things like that on the practice field all the time. I mean all the time," LSU coach Les Miles said. "They finally caught one on camera, I guess. It's something that we would have expected." NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver in the '80s, repeated: "That might be the greatest catch I've ever seen." When asked about working on one-handed catches recently, Beckham said: "It's something you just have to practice. The opportunity sometimes presents itself and you know you want to be prepared. That is one of those things that I have been doing for a long time. Jarvis Landry and I would always do that every day in practice. We wouldn't compete, but we would see who could make the most ridiculous catch." Many players work on one-handed catches in practice and afterward on the JUGS machine. It's not just receivers, either. Two-time All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt catches balls one-handed before games, too. Of course, Watt has actually lined up as a receiver and has two TD catches this season. "It's partially just hand-eye coordination before the game and it's partially to warm up the hands a little bit, partially for fun," Watt said. "The more you can do, the better athlete you can (be), the better you're going to be on the field. It's all part of it." San Francisco's Stevie Johnson said you can practice the one-handed catches by tossing the ball in the air and out of view and then trying to catch it, but when it comes to games, it's a natural instinct for a soft-handed wideout — with a little assist from those sticky receiver gloves they wear, too. "It's a little bit of both, the gloves and his talent," Johnson said. "It was a solid catch." Several players have made amazing one-handed catches this season, including Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin, Chicago's Brandon Marshall, New England's Rob Gronkowski, Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin and Miami's Mike Wallace. Buffalo's Robert Woods got into the act Monday night against the New York Jets. Woods appeared to get his left arm tangled a bit with a defender, so he reached up with his right, gently bobbling the ball at first before controlling it with that one hand for a 27-yard gain. Benjamin rated Beckham's grab a 9.0 and joked that he only gets a 10 if he would've caught it with his eyes closed. Unlike Beckham and others, the Panthers rookie doesn't practice one-handed catches. "One-handed catches are just reaction catches," he said. "You just go to that zone at the moment. It's entertainment." Swann put Beckham's catch into perspective. "I don't know how many times you throw that pass and how many times you actually catch it," the Hall of Famer said. "He threw it to him one time, he caught it, and for a touchdown. There are a couple of things that make it phenomenal. Fact he caught it with two fingers and a thumb and didn't use all of his hand. He stopped that baby with two fingers and his thumb, that's hard to do." Colts veteran Reggie Wayne often draws a large crowd when he practices one-handed catches on a JUGS machine. His coach, Chuck Pagano, encourages players to work on it. "If you make them in practice, you'll make them in games," Pagano said. "And that's what we talk about all the time. It's all about preparation." Wallace catches 100 balls per hand each day. He also thinks those super-sticky gloves are helping guys make these plays. "Anything you do, if you practice it, you'll get better," Wallace said. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and AP Sports Writers Kristie Rieken, Will Graves, Steven Wine, Janie McCauley, Michael Marot, Tom Withers, Howard Ulman, Tom Canavan, Noah Trister and Steve Reed contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi
Nov 20, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The UAB Blazers are preparing for potentially one of their biggest games amid fears that the program will soon be eliminated.The Blazers (5-5) can become eligible for only their second bowl berth with a win over No. 18 Marshall on Saturday or the following week at Southern Miss even as the university is determining the program's fate.University President Dr. Ray Watts...
UAB faces big game, murky future for program
JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The UAB Blazers are preparing for potentially one of their biggest games amid fears that the program will soon be eliminated. The Blazers (5-5) can become eligible for only their second bowl berth with a win over No. 18 Marshall on Saturday or the following week at Southern Miss even as the university is determining the program's fate. University President Dr. Ray Watts said in a recent statement that a yearlong planning study of a number of departments includes evaluating the financial viability of football. Boosters and former players feel football is in jeopardy at a time when first-year coach Bill Clark has revitalized the team. Clark is working under only a three-year contract, at $600,000 annually, and UAB hasn't scheduled any nonconference games after the 2016 season. "The new coach came in and they're winning a lot of games this year, a lot more" than past years, said Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who played for UAB. "They're about to be bowl eligible. This is a good step for them. So to say they want to end the program when a guy is just taking over, it's kind of tough. It's putting them in a bad situation." Clark and athletic director Brian Mackin declined interview requests to discuss the future of the program. Retired Birmingham businessman and longtime UAB supporter Jimmy Filler started a foundation last month supporting football. Former UAB athletes serving on the board include White and golfer Graeme McDowell. "This is not about money," Filler said. "They're going to say it's about money but in every football program in Conference USA and most of the other ones that are not in big conferences, they all lose money. But it's a part of college life. Athletics is the key. It's also going to hurt our city." No Football Bowl Subdivision school has dropped football since Pacific in 1995. The Blazers have struggled to get a foothold, with no on-campus stadium and Southeastern Conference programs Auburn and Alabama commanding much of the state's attention. UAB's only FBS postseason game was at the Hawaii Bowl in 2004. The past two coaches, Neil Callaway and Garrick McGee, went a combined 23-61. Then came Clark, a former high school coach and South Alabama assistant who made a successful debut as a college head coach for FCS Jacksonville State in 2013. Upon his hiring, Clark said he wouldn't have taken the job if he didn't sense the administration was committed to football. "I had to see how important football was here and that's what I saw," he said at his introductory news conference. "I see there is a commitment here." The football building is modest compared to many FBS programs, including fledgling South Alabama. When it rains, the Blazers still have to either practice at Legion Field or Birmingham-Southern. Former UAB player Justin Craft said Clark is "doing more with less than probably any coach in FBS." Craft said he "absolutely" thinks UAB football can be saved, but left with a bad feeling after he and others met with Watts and Mackin several weeks ago. "The foundation and the city were stepping up to help invest in UAB football, which is something that has been needed for 20 years," Craft said. "There hasn't been any capital investment made in that time. We thought that if you bring free money, you would think that a president and an AD would be very accepting of that, and frankly we were not met in a very positive manner. "We were basically told that if we were looking to invest in the entire athletic department, then that was great. But if it was just football, we were premature. I certainly was confused by that." With the Blazers winning more, attendance has nearly doubled from last season, from a league-worst 10,548 fans per game to 20,138 so far. Like Craft, White believes the program can be saved. "We've just got to keep going, keep pressing the issue," the Falcons receiver said. "UAB has had some good days, had some bad days. Right now, they've got some good players, they've got a good coach. If he can get out there and win some games, you can get people to come to the games. I think he can absolutely do that." ___ AP Sports Writer Paul Newberry contributed to this report.
Nov 12, 2014
Rice came to Oklahoma City on Wednesday for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 60th anniversary celebration. On a night that she shared her story and captivated a capacity crowd at the massive Crossings Community Church, it served as a reminder that the sports world is lucky to have her.
Condoleezza Rice is a right fit for the College Football Playoff selection committee
By Jenni Carlson | Nov 12, 2014J.C. Watts tells a story from the harrowing hours right after the Sept. 11 attacks. The Oklahoma Sooner quarterback turned United States congressman hunkered down in a bunker at an undisclosed location near the nation’s capitol. Republican leaders were there. Democratic leaders were there. All of them gathered to try and make sense of what had happened and figure out what needed to be done. These were some of the brightest, noblest people around, but Condoleezza Rice stood out. “That graceful confidence really helped stabilize things and manage things and keep things calm,” Watts remembered of the woman who was then national security advisor. “You’re always thinking, ‘I’m glad she’s on America’s team.’” To think some people thought she didn’t belong on the College Football Playoff selection committee. Pffft. Rice came to Oklahoma City on Wednesday for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 60th anniversary celebration. On a night that she shared her story and captivated a capacity crowd at the massive Crossings Community Church, it served as a reminder that the sports world is lucky to have her. Even though she could be doing anything, her journey has increasingly put her in the sports sphere. A few years ago, she became one of the first female members of Augusta National. A year ago, she was named to college football’s first playoff selection committee. Rice jokes that her father, who died some years ago, is sitting in heaven rejoicing about her latest appointment. “My goodness,” she imagines him saying, “she finally got a really important job.” Her father, after all, was a coach. Football and basketball. When Condoleezza was born, John Rice was expecting a son, not a daughter. “I was supposed to be his All-American linebacker,” she said. Just because she never played the game doesn’t mean she didn’t learn about it. She went to practices and watched the games. She saw the film and heard the game plans. But as important as football was in her house, church and school were even bigger. It started with her grandfather. Despite being the son of a sharecropper, he had gone to college when college wasn’t the norm for young men with his background. When his tuition money dried up, he learned that scholarships were available for students at his Presbyterian college for those entering the ministry. He became a Presbyterian minister who started schools all over the South. Those roots in faith and learning ran through the generations. Her father was a Presbyterian minister in addition to being teacher and coach. Her mother was a teacher. Even though Rice grew up in Birmingham, Ala., during the time of Jim Crow, segregation didn’t hold her back. She became an accomplished pianist. She graduated high school at 16. She graduated college at 19. She studied at Notre Dame and Stanford. She became the Stanford provost, the U.S. national security advisor under George W. Bush, then the U.S. Secretary of State. She has been in the highest echelons of government. She has been in the brightest halls of academia. And today, she even gets a say in determining who wins the college football national championship. It’s still more than a little wacky to think some folks questioned her credentials for the selection committee. Tommy Bowden, Pat Dye and David Pollack were among the folks who said Rice didn’t know enough about football. Truth is, Rice shouldn’t be on the selection committee because she should probably be leading the SEC. Or the NCAA. Or the NFL. There’s talk that with SEC commissioner Mike Slive retiring, Rice has been floated as a candidate. Frankly, Rice may actually be in line for a job that doesn’t even exist yet — Power Five president. With all of the upheaval in college sports, it only feels like a matter of time before the top five leagues decide to govern themselves, secede from the NCAA and form their own organization. Rice’s diplomacy as Secretary of State was likened to that of Henry Kissinger; if anyone could broker peace between Texas and Texas A&M, it’d be Rice. She is commanding without being overbearing. She has graceful confidence, as Watts called it when he introduced her. One of the first things Rice mentioned as she stepped behind the pulpit in her black sweater and tweed skirt was her much-talked-about part in the playoff selection committee. “I’m glad I’m in Oklahoma not Alabama tonight,” she joked. I suspect she’d managed just fine there – or anywhere. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Nov 7, 2014
Any look at the most memorable plays in the NFL season so far could begin and end with a compilation of J.J. Watt's highlights.Yes, the defensive end for the Houston Texans pretty much has provided enough fodder to fill any such list, from top to bottom.Take your pick: Watt's blocked extra point in Week 1 against the Redskins. Or his touchdown catch after lining up as a tight end in Week 2...
Watt dominates memorable plays from NFL's 1st half
HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Nov 7, 2014Any look at the most memorable plays in the NFL season so far could begin and end with a compilation of J.J. Watt's highlights. Yes, the defensive end for the Houston Texans pretty much has provided enough fodder to fill any such list, from top to bottom. Take your pick: Watt's blocked extra point in Week 1 against the Redskins. Or his touchdown catch after lining up as a tight end in Week 2 against the Raiders. Or his 80-yard interception return for a TD after tipping a pass to himself in Week 4 against the Bills. Or his 45-yard fumble return for a score in Week 6 against the Colts. Or, most creative yet, Watt's post-sack pantomiming of a cell-phone selfie to send a message to rookie Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger in Week 8. Watt then sent some pointed words Mettenberger's way: "Their quarterback had posted a few selfies this week, including one before the game, and it's just kind of a reminder — this is the National Football League, not high school, so welcome to the show." Week after week, it's been Watt's show. Here are some other plays this season worth remembering: FAKE SPIKE: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a page out of Dan Marino's playbook while facing the Hall of Famer's old team, using a fake spike on the drive that led to a go-ahead touchdown in Week 6 at Miami. On second-and-6 from Miami's 16, Rodgers shook his right hand, usually an indication that a QB is about to spike the football to stop the clock. But when the ball was snapped with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Rodgers held on. Teammates helped sell the fake: slot receiver Jordy Nelson didn't move; offensive linemen stood up and stayed put. And Rodgers completed a 12-yard pass to Davante Adams, who got out of bounds. Rodgers then connected with Andrew Quarless for a touchdown. "Yeah," Rodgers said that day, "that was kind of some freestylin' right there." GRONK!: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's leaping, full-extension, one-handed, lefty grab of a pass from Tom Brady in Week 9 against the Broncos made perfectly clear that the man known as "Gronk" is back among the NFL's elite after a series of operations to his left forearm, his right knee and his back. QB CATCH I: Cincinnati's Andy Dalton became the first NFL quarterback to be on the receiving end of a touchdown pass since 2008, corralling a toss from receiver Mohamed Sanu for an 18-yard catch and run in Week 3 against Tennessee. QB CATCH II: That same day, 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, Cleveland's backup QB, also caught a pass — as part of an even zanier trick play. After briefly replacing starter Brian Hoyer, Manziel wandered toward the Browns' sideline, pretending to argue with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan while apparently on his way out of the game. But Manziel never left the field, and he raced along the sideline to haul in a pass from Hoyer for what would have been a 39-yard gain. Alas, it was wiped out by a penalty. SMITH MAKES HIS POINT: In Week 4, Ravens receiver Steve Smith got a chance to face the team that let him go in the offseason, the Panthers, and the 35-year-old scored twice — including grabbing the ball in stride after it deflected off a teammate's hand, then racing in for a 61-yard TD. RAMS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL: St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher's punt unit came up with two gems in one game, a victory against Seattle in Week 7. First, usual returner Tavon Austin lured most of the Seahawks' coverage unit to his side of the field by pretending to track a punt. The ball headed toward the opposite side, where Stedman Bailey ran it back for a 90-yard touchdown. Then, facing fourth-and-3 from their 18 while ahead with about three minutes left, the Rams lined up to punt. But punter Johnny Hekker threw an 18-yard completion for a first down to Benny Cunningham that allowed St. Louis to run out the clock. PEYTON'S RECORD: It wasn't the most spectacular play, but it merits mention nonetheless. In Week 7 against the 49ers, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — one play after ingloriously tripping over the foot of one of his linemen — connected with Demaryius Thomas from 8 yards for his record 509th NFL touchdown pass, one more than Brett Favre's previous record. ___ 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
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
Oct 26, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — J.J. Watt takes the NFL very seriously, so he gave Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger a reminder that this isn't high school by mocking the first-time starter with a pretend selfie.Watt celebrated and sent his message after coming up with two sacks, a batted pass he nearly picked off and a forced fumble as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-16...
Foster scores 3 TDs as Texans beat Titans 30-16
TERESA M. WALKER, Associated Press | Oct 26, 2014NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — J.J. Watt takes the NFL very seriously, so he gave Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger a reminder that this isn't high school by mocking the first-time starter with a pretend selfie. Watt celebrated and sent his message after coming up with two sacks, a batted pass he nearly picked off and a forced fumble as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-16 Sunday for a win in the franchise's 200th game. The Texans defensive end said he noticed Mettenberger posted a few selfies this week, including one a couple hours before kickoff. "I take my job very seriously, and if I was a rookie quarterback and a starter for my first time in the league I'd be a little bit more focused than that," Watt said. "Maybe he'll learn from it, maybe not, but we won the game and that's all that matters." The Texans (4-4) snapped a three-game skid and beat the team they replaced in Houston for the fourth time in five games. Arian Foster ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a pass for a score, topping 100 yards rushing in his fourth straight game for the first time he's done that in his career. The performance marked Foster's 31st career 100-yard rushing game, tying Priest Holmes for the most in NFL history by an undrafted player. "He makes a lot of yards because of his vision," Houston coach Bill O'Brien said. "He sets up blocks well. He has great instincts. He's good in the passing game. It's all the things I've said from day one with him. He's tough and he's a big back. He's hard to tackle. He had a whale of a football game." Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney played for the first time since hurting his knee in the season opener. Clowney played mostly in passing situations and finished with one tackle. Mettenberger turned the ball over twice, finishing with 299 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Titans (2-6) go into their bye having lost two straight. "Nobody quit, nobody gave up," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It was very tough out there today, but we will correct this." The Texans had given up 24 points in a single quarter each of their past two losses. This time, they trailed only 3-0 early before scoring 27 straight points. They had no trouble throttling a Tennessee offense playing three rookies with left tackle Taylor Lewan and running back Bishop Sankey joining Mettenberger. D.J. Swearinger intercepted a Mettenberger pass in the second quarter to end the Titans' first drive into Houston territory, and Tim Jamison recovered the fumble after Watt sacked Mettenberger and popped the ball out to end Tennessee's first drive in the third quarter. Houston led 13-3 at halftime, a lead that should have been much bigger. The Titans forced the Texans to settle for two field goals by Randy Bullock on drives inside the Tennessee 12, and Houston had first-and-goal at the Titans 2 when Fitzpatrick was sacked for the fourth time. Foster broke loose on a 34-yard TD where he cut back to his right and outraced the Titans to the pylon with 6:00 left in the first half to put Houston ahead to stay. He also caught a 5-yard TD pass and scored on a 1-yard run that he set up with a 43-yard run in the third quarter. Bullock finished with three field goals, including a long of 49 yards. Whisenhunt turned his offense over to Mettenberger, the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU, after the Titans had lost five of six with Jake Locker missing three of those with separate injuries. Mettenberger gave glimpses of his strong arm with a 48-yard toss to Kendall Wright and a 43-yarder to Nate Washington. The rookie had his first career TD pass on a 6-yarder to Delanie Walker. The quarterback switch didn't fix Tennessee's other woes. The run game remains nonexistent. Three of the Titans' six penalties were on the offense, and not being flagged once in the second half counted as progress. Notes: Fitzpatrick became the 41st quarterback in NFL history with 1,500 yards rushing. He needed 3 and got 12 on four scrambles. ... The Texans have allowed 10 sacks in the past two games. ... Whisenhunt said Titans WR Nate Washington sprained a joint in his shoulder. ... The Titans now have lost eight of their last 10 at home. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 11, 2014
Junior quarterback Braden Hudson threw five touchdown passes to help the Pirates pull off the upset and improve to 2-4 on the season.
High school notebook: Braden Hudson's 5 TD passes lead Putnam City to upset of Edmond Memorial
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Oct 11, 2014After the toughest possible start to district play, Putnam City came to life with an impressive 36-33 win at No. 9 Edmond Memorial on Friday night. Junior quarterback Braden Hudson threw five touchdown passes to help the Pirates pull off the upset and improve to 2-4 on the season. “Braden has been playing really well lately,” Putnam City coach John Wofford said. “He’s staying in the pocket and throwing the ball well. And he’s running when we need him to.” The Pirates’ committee of running backs — Denzel Dean, Ryan Brown and fullback Austin Williams — helped the cause with a solid rushing attack against Edmond Memorial as well. “They ran hard and were able to open some things up for Braden,” Wofford said. Putnam City had lost 49-28 at Jenks to open district play two weeks ago, in a game the Pirates led in the third quarter. And last week, PC was on the wrong end of a 44-0 loss to Broken Arrow. But the win over Memorial keeps postseason possibilities alive for the Pirates, who host Yukon in a game that will be crucial to both teams’ playoff hopes on Thursday night. JOHN MARSHALL RUNS AWAY FROM BRIDGE CREEK Saturday afternoon was much friendlier to John Marshall than Friday night had been. The Bears, ranked eighth in Class 3A, couldn’t get their offense going before thunderstorms led to the postponement of Friday night’s game at Bridge Creek. But John Marshall broke away from a 12-12 halftime deadlock to win 50-12 in the continuation of the game Saturday afternoon. At 6-0 on the season, the Bears have scored at least 35 points in five games, while the defense has yet to allow more than 21. LITTLE AXE GETS BIG WIN OVER JONES Little Axe coach Ted Dorrell spent nearly his entire life in Jones. He graduated from there and even served as offensive coordinator for three years. That made Thursday’s 19-18 win over the Longhorns even sweeter. “It was real neat for our kids to go out and get this win,” the fourth-year coach said. “We did just enough to win it.” Running back Jacob Sheppard scored the winning touchdown on an 80-yard run in the fourth quarter to complete another strong performance for the junior. He finished with 211 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. “Pretty much every time he touches the ball, something special happens,” Dorrell said. The win improves Little Axe to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in District 3A-3 play, leaving open the possibility of still earning a home playoff game. The Indians travel to Star Spencer on Friday. “We can still win the district theoretically,” Dorrell said. “We’ve got to stay positive and keep going out and trying to take care of business on our end.” WEATHERFORD REGAINS FOCUS AGAINST WOODWARD Weatherford coach Dan Kurtenbach said his team’s mental focus throughout this season is a big reason the Eagles are 5-1 following a 21-0 shutout of No. 7 Woodward, even if they struggled against Cache the week before. “We’ve done a really good job of staying composed and staying mentally focused,” he said. “We didn’t execute at times last week against Cache. Cache is a really good football team. They’ve made vast improvements and we didn’t execute very well. “Our mental focus has been really good throughout the season. Then it just comes down to how well we execute on drives.” The Eagles executed a long drive perfectly against Woodward in the third quarter, chewing up 10 minutes and going 83 yards for a 1-yard touchdown run by Jacob Hoffman for a 14-0 lead. Hoffman finished with two touchdowns. “Our offensive line played really well.” Kurtenbach said. “We sprinkled in some pass plays that were executed really well. When you’ve got a guy like Jacob Hoffman at running back, it makes it easy to call plays.” CAVE SPRINGS REMAINS PERFECT BEHIND COINER, BISHOP Class C No. 8 Cave Springs continues to shine this season, routing Webbers Falls 44-0 to remain a perfect 6-0 this season after going just 3-7 last season. And it’s the duo of quarterback Wyatt Coiner and receiver Jake Bishop that made the difference Friday. Coiner threw three touchdown passes — two to Bishop — and finished with 201 yards passing. He also ran a successful two-point conversion. Bishop finished with six receptions for 121 yards. Cave Springs travels to No. 4 Fox this week in a matchup that could possibly decide the district championship. CORN BIBLE’S PENNER RETURNS THREE PUNTS FOR TDS Corn Bible Academy senior fullback Jordan Penner already returned a kick for a touchdown earlier this season. On Friday, he topped that by returning three punts for touchdowns in a 64-14 win over Temple. Penner finished with four total touchdowns after rushing for one, equaling the total of scores by freshman running back Andre Miller. Miller finished with 197 yards on 22 carries. His longest score came on an 80-yard run. Corn Bible (2-4) is off this week before hosting No. 7 Grandfield. HARMON HAS BIG NIGHT FOR GARBER Senior Trenton Harmon did a little bit of everything during Garber’s 68-12 win over Wesleyan Christian. At quarterback, he accounted for six touchdowns and 200 total yards. He threw three touchdowns and rushed for three, and also ran two two-point conversions. On defense, he was equally impressive with 10 tackles and a sack at linebacker. He also blocked a kick. Garber (4-2) travels to Watts this week.
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 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
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
Sep 15, 2014
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have their issues on third down. Goal-line stands are another matter altogether.For the second straight week, Denver's remodeled defense mustered a pair of goal line stands to fend off an opponent in a tight game.Terrance Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe from the 2 with 15 seconds left Sunday, preserving Denver's 24-17 win over...
Denver's defense secures 24-17 win over Chiefs
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 15, 2014DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have their issues on third down. Goal-line stands are another matter altogether. For the second straight week, Denver's remodeled defense mustered a pair of goal line stands to fend off an opponent in a tight game. Terrance Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe from the 2 with 15 seconds left Sunday, preserving Denver's 24-17 win over the injury-riddled Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs (0-2) also came up empty on a 19-play drive to start the second half that ate up 10 minutes and ended when Cairo Santos, who beat out veteran Ryan Succop in camp, was wide right on a 37-yard field-goal try. The Chiefs converted 11 of 16 third downs and controlled the clock in the second half, keeping Peyton Manning on the sideline for all but 9:46. "It's part of football," said Manning, who was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. "I've been in games like that where you get excited on third-and-long, start warming up, ready to get out there. The defense out there, they were maybe bending a little, but not breaking." As coach John Fox told his team afterward: "Never apologize for getting wins in this league, men." The Broncos aren't pretty but they're perfect heading into next week's showdown in Seattle, where they'll face a Seahawks team that handed them a Super Bowl shellacking and then talked trash about them in the offseason. Whenever things got tough during offseason training for the Broncos, players took to hollering, "35!" — their margin of defeat in that nightmare at the Meadowlands eight months ago. The Seahawks lost 30-21 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. "I'm so ready for this week," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "I'm going to make sure everybody's on point and make sure that we don't kill ourselves and beat ourselves. Because if we're going to beat the Seattle Seahawks, we can't go down there with these mental mistakes and dumb penalties that we've been having." Twice before Knighton's game-saver, the Broncos thought they'd turned back the Chiefs on their final drive. Aqib Talib's interception return for a TD earlier in the drive was negated when Quanterus Smith jumped offside. And Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was changed to an incomplete pass after a review. Other takeaways from Denver's 12th win in its last 13 games against AFC West opponents: TWO-WAY TERRANCE? Knighton is a nose tackle with a nose for the ball, and for good reason: he was tight end in high school. "I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Knighton said after deflecting Kansas City's last gasp by reaching up and deflecting Smith's pass with his right arm. So, what would it take for Manning to have Knighton line up with him as a not-so-secret offensive weapon, like J.J. Watt did in Oakland on Sunday? "Might have to send two guys out of the game to put Terrance in there," Manning deadpanned. "Believe it or not, I have thrown some passes to him in practice and he does have good hands. I will vouch for that. High school receiver, he says." VICKERSON'S UNHAPPY HOMECOMING: Chiefs defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson had just one tackle in his return to Denver, dumping Montee Ball for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter. "It was a little bit different. Just my familiarity with these guys helped me out a lot," Vickerson said. "But other than that, the game is the game. Football don't change, players do." The ninth-year veteran was the final cut in Denver this season, beaten out by a younger, cheaper and healthier Mitch Unrein. Vickerson signed a one-year deal with Kansas City last week after defensive tackle Mike DeVito got hurt. "They made a business decision, I made a business decision," Vickerson said. "I get another shot at them. We're going to do a split. They got us this one, but we're going to get them next time." The rematch is Nov. 30 at Arrowhead. INJURY EPIDEMIC: After losing three starters to season-ending injuries in their opener, the Chiefs lost two key starters to ankle injuries. They had hoped to get All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles more carries after he ran just seven times in the opener, but Charles left with an ankle injury in the first half, as did safety Eric Berry. Charles had just two carries for 4 yards and one catch for 8. Backup Knile Davis ran 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, but the Chiefs sorely missed Charles on their two drives that stalled after getting inside Denver's 5-yard line. "Everything is magnified down there," Smith said. "It hurts to have him out." Notes: While Bowe returned from his one-game suspension and caught three passes for 40 yards, the Broncos were without WR Wes Welker again. His four-game suspension could be rescinded this week if the NFL signs off on the new drug policy that the NFLPA rubber-stamped on Friday. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
Sep 14, 2014
DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense."I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to...
Broncos fend off Chiefs 24-17 with goal-line stand
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 14, 2014DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense. "I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to Dwayne Bowe with 15 seconds left. He was engaged with center Rodney Hudson when he reached up and felt the football smack into his right arm, then skitter harmlessly into the end zone. "I'd rather it my arm than theirs," said Knighton. So, what would it take for Peyton Manning to have Knighton line up with him as a not-so-secret offensive weapon, like J.J. Watt did in Oakland on Sunday? "Might have to send two guys out of the game to put Terrance in there," Manning deadpanned. "Believe it or not, I have thrown some passes to him in practice and he does have good hands. I will vouch for that. High school receiver, he says." The Broncos (2-0) didn't think it would come down to another goal line stand, but Aqib Talib's interception return for a TD earlier in the drive was negated when Quanterus Smith jumped offside. Then, Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was changed to an incomplete pass after a review. "We had two takeaways taken away," Broncos coach John Fox said. "There are going to be things we'll look at that we need to improve on. But we'll take every 'W' we get." The Chiefs (0-2), without All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles for much of the game, converted 11 of 16 third-down opportunities overall. They just couldn't capitalize in the biggest moments as the Broncos mustered two goal-line stands for the second straight week. Manning was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, but spent most of the game on the sideline. The Broncos had the ball for less than 10 minutes in the second half. "It's part of football," Manning said. "I've been in games like that where you get excited on third-and-long, start warming up, ready to get out there. The defense out there, they were maybe bending a little, but not breaking." Smith was 26 of 42 for 255 yards, and Knile Davis ran 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City. Charles left with an ankle injury in the first half, as did safety Eric Berry. Without Wes Welker for the second straight game and facing a defense that lost Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and tackle Mike DeVito last week, Manning targeted his tight ends again. He found Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme for 4-yard TDs in the first half. Manning also threw a 12-yarder to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos (2-0) head to Seattle (1-1) next week not exactly with a head of steam. They'll face the Seahawks, who handed them a Super Bowl shellacking and then talked trash about them in the offseason. The Broncos have their issues on third downs, but they certainly have come up big on the goal line. Smith led the Chiefs on a 19-play drive that ate up 10 minutes coming out of halftime. They came up empty after getting to the Denver 4 on the strength of five third-down conversions. "I guess that answered the question if we're out of shape," Knighton said. An offensive holding call and linebacker Brandon Marshall's sack dropped the Chiefs back to the 19. Cairo Santos, who beat out veteran Ryan Succop in camp, was wide right on a 37-yard field goal attempt. "We've got to punch it in, bottom line," said Bowe, who caught three passes for 40 yards in his return from a one-game suspension. The Chiefs got it right the next time, converting three third downs on a 14-play drive that covered 90 yards. Davis trotted in from 4 yards, pulling Kansas City to 21-17 with 7:11 left. Santos, however, failed to kick a touchback and Bubba Caldwell returned it 54 yards, setting up Brandon McManus' 20-yard field goal with 3:27 left. Coach Andy Reid said he doesn't regret cutting Succop and keeping Santos: "Our guy's got to kick better right now but I don't ever look back on those things." Kansas City was trying to get Charles more involved after giving him just seven carries against Tennessee in the opener. But he left after running just twice for 4 yards and catching one pass for 8 yards. Reid blamed himself for poor play calls in the red zone, but Smith said Charles' absence was sorely felt close to the goal line. "Everything is magnified down there," Smith said. "It hurts to have him out." Notes: Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos with eight catches for 108 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career. ... Demaryius Thomas had an 80-yard TD catch negated when right tackle Chris Clark was whistled for being downfield. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Tony Mendoza threw three long TD passes as Hennessey, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, beat Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher 32-13.
High school football roundup: Hennessey beats top-ranked Kingfisher
From Staff Reports | Sep 12, 2014Three long touchdown passes by Tony Mendoza helped lead Class 2A No. 3 Hennessey to a 32-13 home victory over Kingfisher, the top-ranked team in 3A. Mendoza had a 37-yard TD pass to Tabor Johns and a 25-yarder to Jose Sanchez as Hennessey took a 25-0 lead after three quarters. Kingfisher scored twice in the fourth to make it 25-13, before Mendoza hit Sanchez on an 80-yard TD. Mendoza finished 12 of 14 for 228 yards. Sanchez had 153 yards on seven catches. Javy Renteria led Hennessey’s defense with 13 tackles and two pass deflections. HARMON PACES CASHION Matt Harmon threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class A No. 5 Cashion to a 40-7 victory over Mooreland. Harmon was 13 of 18, including TD passes of 38 and 11 yards to Josh Hampton. Hampton finished with 102 yards on five catches. Dylan Kordeliski scored twice for Cashion, including a 44-yard fumble return. DAVENPORT COASTS Hunter Reid accounted for five touchdows as Davenport, ranked No. 3 in Class B, defeated Watts 46-0 in a game stopped at halftime due to the mercy rule. Reid threw three TD passes, had a 31-yard touchdown run and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score. CURRY-MALTZ CONNECTION LEADS GUTHRIE Class 5A No. 4 Guthrie improved to 2-0 with a 24-6 victory at Ponca City. L’liott Curry caught touchdown passes of 10 and 21 yards from Zane Maltz, and ran for 114 yards on 11 carries. CHOCTAW BOUNCES PUTNAM CITY Jonah Llanusa ran for three scores and threw for another, leading Choctaw past Putnam City 34-3. Two of Llanusa’s TD throws went to Jacob Rapp, covering 17 and 8 yards. Llanusa also connected with Kurt Yandell on a 49-yarder, and scored on a 6-yard run. Choctaw (2-0) is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A-II. JONES GETS PAST HARRAH A 7-yard run by Brandon George in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner in Jones’ 26-20 victory at Harrah. George also had a 16-yard TD pass to Layton Moore. Tarik Leniger had TD runs of 19 and 16 yards for the Longhorns. Grant Martin led the way for Harrah with touchdown runs of 24, 1 and 60 yards. MCGUINNESS EDGES KELLEY Bishop McGuinness scored two first-half touchdowns and held on for a 16-14 victory at Tulsa Kelley. Jacob Mullins completed 15 of 22 passes for 214 yards including a 31-yard touchdown to Rubell Goe. The other TD for the Irish (1-1) came on an 11-yard run by Zach Segell. Kelley scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Comets (0-2) converted the 2-point coversion after their first TD, but failed on the second after a penalty. PAYTON SHINES FOR PERKINS Jacob Payton ran for 227 yards on just 12 carries and scored four touchdowns as Perkins beat McLoud 42-9. Payton had TD runs of 6, 28, 67 and 5 yards. Zac Bledsoe added two TD passes, one of them a 59-yarder to Thunder Sharp. BIG PLAYS SPARK OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN A 99-yard kickoff return by Kade Van Meter was the first of several big scoring plays that helped Oklahoma Christian beat Class 4A No. 10 Metro Christian, 43-32. OCS, No. 10 in Class 2A, got three touchdowns from quarterback Thomas Qualls — on a 75-yard run, and passes of 29 and 15 yards to Connor Sikes. Callen Crockett added a 49-yard interception return for a score, and Luke Frankfurt had a 75-yard TD. He finished with 113 yards. Van Meter also had two interceptions. Abe Anderson threw three touchdown passes for Metro Christian. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TRIMS ROCKETS Spencer Lindsey threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns as Christian Heritage beat Mount St. Mary, 21-14. Lindsey’s TD passes went to Braden Mikes, one of them a 68-yarder. St. Mary got touchdown runs of 33 yards from Archie Browne and 11 yards from Joe Castiglione Jr. RUN GAME CARRIES MEEKER The running of quarterback Jake Stanlee and fullback Tim Whitfield led Meeker to a 62-46 victory over Chandler. Stanley had 222 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and Whitfield had 204 yards and six TDs on 20 carries.
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
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Former Sooner J.C. Watts thankful to the coaches who talked him out of quitting years agoAug 2, 2014
J.C. Watts was a two-time Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player as Oklahoma’s quarterback and was eventually elected to the United States House of Representatives. The four-term congressman will be inducted Monday into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Former Sooner J.C. Watts thankful to the coaches who talked him out of quitting years ago
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer | Aug 2, 2014J.C. Watts packed his bags and loaded everything into his car at 1 o’clock in the morning, ready to say goodbye to the University of Oklahoma after less than a year on campus. The freshman quarterback — who had already quit the team once before during the season — woke up friend and teammate Darrol Ray for help carrying everything to the car that morning in February 1977. “Man, this is it for me,” Watts told Ray. “Watts, after getting me up, you’d better not come back,” Ray responded. Watts did come back, becoming a two-time Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player and eventually being elected to the United States House of Representatives. The four-term congressman will be inducted Monday into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. “Had I quit, it would’ve been one more nail in the coffin that would’ve made it easier for me to quit later in life,” Watts said during an interview with The Oklahoman. “When I faced adversity in other things, I might’ve thought, ‘Hey, I’ve quit two or three other times. It’s easy to do.’” Watts was raised in Eufaula, surrounded by good role models and mentors like the Selmon brothers, football coach Paul Bell and basketball coach Perry Anderson. “I grew up in an old-school system,” Watts said. “I had parents that affirmed the values that my coaches instilled in me: Never quit. Never give up.” Despite that, Watts struggled with urges to quit at various times throughout his young life. When Watts was in the eighth grade, he played on Eufaula’s freshman basketball team. The Ironheads were playing Checotah, and Watts shot a ball into the wrong bucket, resulting in two points for his team’s archrival. “After the game, our coach was just ranting and raving in the gymnasium,” Watts recalled. “He said, ‘Anybody that doesn’t know which goal to shoot at, you don’t need to be out there.’” The next day, the dejected youngster took his jersey to the coach and attempted to turn it in. “He wouldn’t take my jersey; he wouldn’t let me quit,” Watts said. “One of these days I’ll get to tell him, ‘Thanks for not allowing me to quit.’” Watts credits another — much better known — coach for the same reason several years later. He came to OU with grand expectations for immediate glory and when it didn’t happen, thoughts of taking the easy way out crept into his head again. He laughs about his immature brashness today — “Who was I gonna beat out? Thomas Lott or Dean Blevins?” — but his feelings were very real and very crushing at the time. After that early-morning conversation with Ray, Watts made the two-hour trek home down east State Highway 9, believing his Sooner football career to be finished. “J.C. was typical of all young athletes that come,” said former OU coach Barry Switzer. “I can name you one right after another that went through that same growth and maturation. “He was homesick. He was discouraged. He had competition in front of him. J.C. had been a starter since high school.” Switzer called Watts and asked him to return to Norman for a meeting, promising to accept whatever decision the freshman made after they talked. So Watts jumped back on Highway 9 and gave Switzer a chance. “I’m telling you, if you don’t wanna be talked out of something, don’t talk to Barry Switzer,” Watts said with a laugh. In that meeting, Switzer told Watts what he told every confused, impatient young player: If you stay, you’ll play. The pitch worked. Watts sat out the next year, played some in 1978 and started every game of his junior and senior seasons, which each ended with Orange Bowl victories over Florida State. “I always said, ‘Those who stay will play,’” Switzer said. “It always happened. Those that stayed would play. “You’ve just gotta stay. You can’t be in a hurry. You can’t leave.” Watts played six seasons in the Canadian Football League before retiring from football. He’s worked as a minister, a businessman and a politician. Today, he runs a political consulting firm in Washington. Monday, he’ll add another title to his resume: Hall of Famer. “Surely I’ve had my chances to quit and give up, but I’m grateful for what the people in Eufaula and Barry Switzer and his coaching staff did for me,” Watts said. “I’m grateful for what those people will help me accomplish in the future, but I’m most grateful for what those people put inside me: A never quit attitude.”
Other players with state ties in the NFL TULSA QB G.J. Kinne (Philadelphia): The former Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year will attend his third NFL camp after stints with Omaha in the United Football League and San Antonio in the Arena Football League. Kinne went to camp with the Jets two years ago and made the Eagles practice squad last season. Kinne is battling former USC...
Oklahomans in the NFL: Okies in NFL training camps
Jul 27, 2014Other players with state ties in the NFL TULSA QB G.J. Kinne (Philadelphia): The former Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year will attend his third NFL camp after stints with Omaha in the United Football League and San Antonio in the Arena Football League. Kinne went to camp with the Jets two years ago and made the Eagles practice squad last season. Kinne is battling former USC quarterback Matt Barkley for the No. 3 job. WR Demarius Johnson (Philadelphia): The NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards and kickoff return yards. An undrafted free agent, Johnson has compiled only 21 receptions in two seasons with the Eagles. His nitch is he’s averaged 10.3 yards on punt returns, 25.9 yards on kickoffs. DE Tyrunn Walker (New Orleans): An undrafted free agent, Walker made the Saints roster two years ago but never appeared in a game. Last season, he made his NFL debut, playing primarily on special teams, accumulating 12 tackles in seven games. RB Trey Watts (St. Louis): The son of the famous OU quarterback-turned-politician, Watts was an undrafted free agent. There’s a buzz the third all-time leading rusher in TU history might surprise and make the roster with a solid training camp. OTHER COLLEGES DL Armonty Bryant, East Central (Cleveland): Appearing in a dozen games with the Browns, Bryant, a seventh-round pick, recorded 12 tackles and a dozen quarterback hurries last season. DS Bryce Davis, Central Oklahoma (Pittsburgh): After spending two years on the Bengals practice squad, Davis attempts to make the Steelers roster. WR Caleb Holley, East Central (Buffalo): An Alaska native who earned a training camp invite after a strong tryout last spring. Holley hopes to turn some heads during camp. OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS RB Felix Jones, Tulsa Washington (free agent): After playing four years in Dallas, Jones saw limited action (48 carries) last year with the Steelers. He has 2,912 career yards rushing but is looking for work. CB Bryan McCann, Putnam City (Arizona): Signing late in the season with the Cardinals, McCann recorded two special teams tackles in six games. In 35 NFL games, undrafted four years ago, McCann has totaled 29 tackles in 35 games with the Cowboys, Ravens and Raiders. WR Robert Meachem, Tulsa Washington (New Orleans): Age (29) isn’t an issue, but Meachem recorded only 16 catches last season. He’s been bypassed on the depth chart by Kenny Stills and other Saints wideouts. It’s a big camp for Meachem. WR Wes Welker, Heritage Hall (Denver): The Broncos put up video-game like numbers in Welker’s first season with Peyton Manning. The consummate slot receiver, Welker (83 catches, 778 yards, 10 TDs) has compiled 841 career receptions and is only 642 yards shy of becoming the 41st player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. The primary focus is to get that elusive Super Bowl ring.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson defensive lineman Cory Groover died Sunday from injuries sustained in a car accident last week.Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the 31-year-old Groover was involved in car crash and spent several days in the hospital before passing.The Columbia Police Department said the crash occurred April 23 and involved a dump truck.Groover attended...
Former Clemson DL Groover dead from car crash
Associated Press | Apr 29, 2014COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson defensive lineman Cory Groover died Sunday from injuries sustained in a car accident last week. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the 31-year-old Groover was involved in car crash and spent several days in the hospital before passing. The Columbia Police Department said the crash occurred April 23 and involved a dump truck. Groover attended Hannah-Pamplico High School in Florence County and was a defensive MVP in the 2001 Shrine Bowl, contested annually between the top seniors from North and South Carolina. Groover played at Clemson in 2004 and 2005 after attending Southwest Mississippi Community College. He started five of the 22 games he played for the Tigers, finishing his career with 52 tackles and two sacks. After college, Groover played for regional indoor football teams.