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Nov 25, 2015
Thanksgiving Day practices are a sign of success in high school football, a reward for still being alive in the postseason in late November.
High school football: Jones glad to be practicing on Thanksgiving again
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 25, 2015JONES — Jones coach Dave Martin has been waiting a long time for Thursday's practice. Thanksgiving Day practices are a sign of success in high school football, a reward for still being alive in the postseason in late November. Jones played for the Class 2A state title in 2011, and reached the semifinals of Class 3A the next season. But the Longhorns' practice field has been quiet the last two Thanksgivings. With Friday's 7 p.m. kickoff at Roland (11-1), unbeaten Jones is looking to reach the semifinals for the second time in four years since moving up to Class 3A. “There are no more bad teams left when you get to the third round of the playoffs,” senior defensive tackle Ty Hughes said. “There aren't going to be any blowouts. They're all gonna be close games, four-quarter games.” Toughness often prevails in the postseason, and that's a quality the Longhorns have taken a lot of pride in this season, particularly on defense. The Longhorns are giving up an average of 9.3 points per game and no one has scored more than 21 against them. It starts up front with Hughes, and fellow linemen Dalton May and Harrison Walls. Cody Yelton anchors a solid group of linebackers, and the back end is protected by two athletic safeties, Callen Houston and Ryan Mansell. “When you feel like you're strong right up the middle, through the heart of your defense, you have a chance to be pretty good,” Martin said. “Then we've got some really athletic kids out on the edges who can run to the football and make plays.” With junior quarterback Brandon George guiding a balanced offense that averages 37.6 points per game, the Longhorns' talented defense accentuates the offensive production. And the offense has picked it up when defensive mistakes happen. “One side of the ball's gotta be able to take care of the other side,” Martin said. “Last week, each time we had a defensive breakdown, the offense answered for us.” Like Douglass last week, Roland has a long line of athletic offensive weapons. The group is headed by quarterback Manny Bunch, who is verbally committed to Tulsa as an athlete. Jones, though, has benefited this season from a deep roster, which has allowed Martin to only ask two players to start on both sides of the ball. “We have 20 kids starting at the 22 positions,” he said. “That helps us a ton on defense, and allows us to be explosive on offense. When it gets down to it, some of our offensive guys will have to play more on defense, but it's been a big key for us to be able to play that many kids at our level.” The Longhorns will try to count on experience, depth and leadership to get past Roland Friday night. “The effort level has been really high this year, and I think that's what has made our defense so dominant,” Hughes said. “Our senior captains have brought a mindset of punishing the opponent, staying physical and getting after them every play. Just not giving up.”
Nov 20, 2015
NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob...
OU football: The chip on Baker Mayfield's shoulder has more than a tint of crimson
By Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 20, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob Stoops assistant coach. The Mayfields watched pregame warmup, checking out quarterbacks Landry Jones, Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel, a high school opponent of Mayfield who won the Heisman in 2012. Then Wright took the Mayfields into the Switzer Center. They met offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and long-time lieutenant Cale Gundy, both former OU quarterback stars. The coaches had heard of Baker Mayfield. What they met was a 5-foot-11, 185-pound kid. And the air went out of the room. “I could tell,” James Mayfield said. They were unimpressed. “Josh towered over him. Cale's no giant, but he was taller. We never heard from them again.” It's another Saturday at Owen Field, with Baker Mayfield in the house and quarterback talent galore on both sides of OU-TCU, only this time he's not the dreaming kid gawking at the college stars present and future. He's the star. He's the Heisman Trophy contender. He's the new Johnny Manziel. But Mayfield remembers the rejections of schools all over the Southwest. Literally half the Big 12 said no to Baker Mayfield, either with no scholarship offer or nary an invitation to join the team without financial aid. So with not just a spring in his step but a chip on his shoulder, Mayfield has ran and passed the Sooners into national championship contention. “I feel like I've had a chip on my shoulder,” Mayfield said. “If you guys haven't seen that, then I don't know what you're looking at. I've always played like that, no matter who I'm playing. That's just how I am. If it's something personal, I'm going to have a little bit bigger chip on my shoulder.” It's a chip well-earned. Coming out of Lake Travis, Mayfield's top scholarship offers were from Washington State and Southwest Conference expatriates Houston, SMU and Rice. Mayfield wanted a bigger stage than Texas mid-majors, and his parents didn't want him strolling a campus in Pullman, Wash. TCU had been recruiting Baker Mayfield, but no scholarship offer came. “If they would have just offered me, I would have gone,” Mayfield said this week. “But they didn't. Kind of been the story of my high school career. I was close. I wanted to go there. But it didn't happen.” So James Mayfield began marketing his son. He called his old OU pal, Johnny Barr, who then and now was on Mike Gundy's administrative staff at OSU. “He asked me, ‘how tall is he?'” James Mayfield said of Barr. “He said they were ‘stacked up' at quarterback.” James Mayfield called another former Sooner assistant, Mack Brown, who was coaching the Texas Longhorns. “Mack said he had five quarterbacks on scholarship,” Mayfield said. “I responded that he had five kids that could not play at Lake Travis. Turns out I was correct.” James Mayfield tried Bobby Jack Wright again. Never made connections. “Never talked to him,” Mayfield said. “We got complete rejection. I was just trying to secure a walk-on opportunity. The process was unbelievable, not to mention insulting. Not fun at all to watch your guy go through it.” You know much of the rest of the story. A Washington State assistant, Eric Morris, joined Kliff Kingsbury's staff at Texas Tech. Mayfield was invited to join the Red Raiders, sans scholarship. He famously won the quarterback job in August and played well, though injuries limited him to seven starts. Mayfield didn't like the direction of the December quarterback derby to start the bowl game, he decided to transfer and the school search resumed. And this time, Mayfield wasn't interested in OU. “He was angry with them,” James Mayfield said. “‘Dad, that's your vision. That's not mine.'” But James Mayfield was undeterred. “It was crushing to him that it didn't happen from the initial meeting, but I think that's where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. The Sooners seemed set at quarterback, with Trevor Knight becoming a Sugar Bowl hero literally the week before Baker Mayfield enrolled at OU. But James Mayfield said he encouraged his son to go to Norman and compete for the job. Compete Mayfield has. He was ruled ineligible for 2014 but won the job this August and has been a breakout sensation to rival any in Sooner history. The Heisman, the College Football Playoff, a national championship. Nothing seems out of the reach of Baker Mayfield, who might have grown a little from those days of being a 5-foot-11 reject but hasn't grown much. Except in status. That chip on his shoulder has a heavy tint of crimson. The rejection of Baker Mayfield? It's hard to blame anybody when you can blame everybody. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
No matter how the football playoffs turn out for Broken Arrow the next few weeks, it still won the Internet. The school recently released a huge lip dub video that featured not just one athletic team or club, but the entire school. Check out the 12-minute video below. Broken Arrow video production manager Greg Spencer said in a release that the video took three weeks to make. The only...
VIDEO: Check out Broken Arrow's massive lip dub video
Jacob Unruh | Nov 20, 2015No matter how the football playoffs turn out for Broken Arrow the next few weeks, it still won the Internet. The school recently released a huge lip dub video that featured not just one athletic team or club, but the entire school. Check out the 12-minute video below. Broken Arrow video production manager Greg Spencer said in a release that the video took three weeks to make. The only downfall was that YouTube muted songs performed by the basketball, tennis and cross country teams. Spencer promises an updated version in the future. As USA Today points out, this is impressive. In the video, the choir, cheerleaders, dance team, drama club, soccer teams, baseball team, softball team, golf teams, wrestling team, football team and principals lip sync. The video is capped with a school-wide performance of "We're All in This Together," which is from the hit movie "High School Musical." The mashup includes Kanye West's "We Don't Care," Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance," Taz Da Realist's "All of the Lights," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Downtown," Shawne Mendes' "Stitches," Major Lazer's "Leon On," Fetty Wap's "My Way," Silento's "Watch Me," West's "All Day" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop."
Nov 19, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Michael Nysewander is the guy in front of the guy, blocking for Alabama tailback Derrick Henry in short yardage situations.The former walk on is also a big hitter on special teams for the third-ranked Crimson Tide, earning a scholarship and carving out a low-key role on a roster full of stars.He's also the guy Alabama coach Nick Saban calls "everything that a football...
Ex-Alabama walk on Nysewander draws praise from Nick Saban
By JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Nov 19, 2015TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Michael Nysewander is the guy in front of the guy, blocking for Alabama tailback Derrick Henry in short yardage situations. The former walk on is also a big hitter on special teams for the third-ranked Crimson Tide, earning a scholarship and carving out a low-key role on a roster full of stars. He's also the guy Alabama coach Nick Saban calls "everything that a football player or a competitor should be." "He's just one of those throwback players to me," Saban said. "You've got to love him. I get a smile on my face every time I talk about him. He's just a tough grinder. He does a really good job for us on special teams and he's a very productive fullback. He's a fifth-year guy around here and he's worked hard and it's finally paying off for him." Nysewander will be far from the biggest name playing his final home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday against Charleston Southern, unless you're just counting letters. He's come a long way, though. He was granted a scholarship in the spring and the nickname "Highway 46" — his jersey number — from Henry after helping pave the way for some of the Heisman Trophy candidate's 19 touchdowns. "I'm rocking with him the whole way," Henry said. It's a play on Nysewander's "Highway 70" nickname given to center Ryan Kelly long before he got his own moniker. He arrived from high school powerhouse Hoover with modest goals. No. 1, do well enough that Saban learns his name. The coach did, even helpfully pronouncing it for a reporter. "Second was to win some scout team player awards, stuff like that," said Nysewander, pronounced Nye-swan-der. "I've tried to build a little bit as I go, but I think it's been a great career. I've really enjoyed my time here at Alabama." He's got one catch for 19 yards this season but leads the team with five tackles on kickoff returns. Mostly he blocks and plays special teams, two jobs that typically yield the least glory. That's fine with Nysewander, who insists he'd rather block for a touchdown than score one himself. He returned for his fifth year, finally armed with a scholarship, figuring he could finish his degree and log some more playing time on special teams. Offensively, the Tide needed a replacement for fullback Jalston Fowler. The 6-foot-1, 237-pound Nysewander has helped do that mostly minus the catching and running. Nysewander calls his decision to come back "a no-brainer." "If I had five more years of eligibility I think I'd play 5 more years if I could," he said. "So it was really a no brainer." It also meant a lot to hear praise from Saban, who's as effusive in complimenting Nysewander as he is his top players, if not moreso. Nysewander is loving hearing that after four years laboring in anonymity, mostly on the scout team. "I can't think of one thing that I would say that if you were looking for the perfect attitude player on your team that he wouldn't fit that," Saban said. "The guy is really tough and he plays as close to his full potential as anybody on our team because of the character and attitude he competes with." And the head coach knows his name.
Nov 16, 2015
Cheri Shepard has thought quite a bit about Senior Day. Topping her mental checklist — what should she wear? Since she's going to be on the field for the pregame ceremony, she figures she should go with something crimson. What about crimson jeans? Would that look good on the big screen? She laughs at her frivolity. After all, her only son, an Oklahoma legacy, is about...
Raising Sterling: Cheri Shepard brought up an amazing young man — and did it on her own
By Jenni Carlson Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 16, 2015Cheri Shepard has thought quite a bit about Senior Day. Topping her mental checklist — what should she wear? Since she's going to be on the field for the pregame ceremony, she figures she should go with something crimson. What about crimson jeans? Would that look good on the big screen? She laughs at her frivolity. After all, her only son, an Oklahoma legacy, is about to play his final game on home turf. Sterling Shepard followed in his parents' footsteps by becoming a Sooner and his father's footsteps by becoming a receiver who wears No. 3. But Cheri insisted she won't be overcome by emotion Saturday night. "I'm not real sentimental," she said. Those who know her best say pffft. They say she's sure to cry. They say she must be talking about clothes and not being sentimental because she's trying to keep her emotions in check. "Oh, gosh," her youngest said, "she's going to bawl harder than any of the rest of us." And who could blame her? Cheri Shepard raised one of the greatest receivers to ever wear an Oklahoma uniform. He is one of only three Sooners to have more than 3,000 career receiving yards. He ranks behind only Ryan Broyles and Mark Clayton, and after catching 14 passes for 177 yards, scoring two touchdowns and looking like the best receiver on the field last Saturday in Waco, he may soon take over the second spot. Along the way, Sterling Shepard has become one of the most beloved Sooners of the Bob Stoops era, too. It's not just his football prowess that fans love either. He's an Oklahoma native, a Heritage Hall product, a friendly sort who's quick to sign any autograph or flash that broad smile for a fan's selfie. Cheri has raised an amazing young man — and she did it on her own. Derrick Shepard died 16 years ago, leaving Cheri a single mother with three young kids. "When somebody goes through that big of a loss, you may see people go the opposite direction, maybe go on a downfall from there," Sterling said, "but that wasn't the case with her. She realized that she had three kids she had to take care of. "She put it all on her back and carried the weight for us." The story of Sterling Shepard has been oft told. He's living a dream. He's fulfilling a legacy. He's carrying the torch for his dad. Thing is, he's carrying one for his mom, too. *** Cheri Clay was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Went to Northeast High School. Made the honor roll. Was selected Miss Northeast by her classmates. She met Derrick Shepard during her freshman year at OU. He was three years older, and even though he was one of the best football players on campus, she wasn't impressed by him or his attempts to get her phone number. She had these rules about who she would date and who she wouldn't. He didn't meet her criteria. "I think it was his jheri curl, really," she said, laughing as she sat in her spacious but tidy office in the HR department at Ascent Resources, an oil and gas company under the American Energy Partners umbrella. "I just didn't like jheri curls." But then during the spring of her sophomore year, Cheri saw Derrick again. For the first time since she'd known him, he had his hair cut short. She gave him her number. Six months later, they were engaged. For the first few years of their marriage, Derrick played in the NFL. Washington. New Orleans. Dallas. But when he was cut before the 1992 season, he started chasing his next career. In 1999, he got his first big coaching break — a full-time assistant job coaching wide receivers at Wyoming. Cheri and Derrick decided that she'd stay in Oklahoma with the kids. For starters, Wyoming's head coach believed he would be a candidate for jobs elsewhere. No need to uproot the family, then do it again a few months later. Cheri also wondered where she'd work if they moved. She had a good job in the human relations department at Hitachi Computer Products in Norman. She didn't see many comparable options in Laramie. Cheri and Derrick knew the right decision was for him to go and her and the kids to stay. But it wasn't easy. "I cannot manage these kids for three or four months by myself," Cheri remembers thinking several times. Then, a little over a month after Derrick left, he was gone. He was playing racquetball when he had a heart attack and died. He had a heart condition that had been diagnosed while he was still playing in the NFL. He was on medication and everything had seemed fine. Until it wasn't. Suddenly, Cheri was a single mom. *** There were days when Cheri didn't want to get out of bed. The grief was too much. The pain was too horrible. But there were three kids who needed her. Ashleigh was 9, Sterling 6, Shelby 3. "Dad wouldn't want us to be sad," Ashleigh remembers her mom telling them. "We're still gonna be happy." Cheri made sure the kids kept playing their sports and going to their lessons and seeing their friends. They celebrated birthdays and holidays. They went on vacations. There was a Disney World trip that the kids still talk about. Still, the adjustment to being a single parent was tough for Cheri. She had done the finances and household planning, so that wasn't a new experience. The biggest struggle was simply having enough time for the kids. Cheri's biggest assists came from her parents, James and Edna Clay. Lots of days, they would take the kids to practice or get them from school or make sure they got dinner. And the times Cheri had to go out of town for work, her parents would come to the house and set up shop. The neighborhood kids would flock to the Shepards' house in Norman when James and Edna were there. There would be plays in the backyard. There would be games in the driveway. Cheri would come home to find counter tops covered in Twinkies and a refrigerator stocked with soda. "What do they do when I'm gone?" she would wonder. But Cheri always laughed it off. She knew the kids were loved. She knew they were taken care of. That's all that mattered. While her parents were there for the kids, Cheri was, too. When it came to games or recitals or school programs, she never missed. "My mom always managed to be there for all three of us," Shelby remembered. "She always found a way to make it work and be there. "She always made it happen." Four years after Derrick died, Cheri left her high-ranking job in human relations at Hitachi, took a similar spot at Chesapeake and moved to Oklahoma City to be closer to her parents. They were driving to Norman all the time to help, and it would be easier for them if the kids were closer as they got older. And yet, for all the help that her parents provided, Cheri was still the one making decisions for her children. "At the end of the day," she said, "it was really me and the kids." Where would they go to school? How would they be disciplined? What would be the rules and the principles that she would stress in hopes of shaping her children? Cheri became more of a disciplinarian after Derrick died in large part because she had to. That had been a role he had filled. But beyond that, the only thing she knew how to do in trying to mold her children was to be herself. She worked hard. She spoke her mind. She loved to laugh. And most of all, she cared about people. Her children have followed her lead. Ashleigh got a maternal instinct and a strong spirit, Shelby got an ability to chat with anyone and be comfortable in any situation, and Sterling got a focus and a work ethic that is evident every Saturday. "The way she held things down whenever my dad passed shows what type of woman she is," Sterling said. "She's the definition of strong to me. "She means everything to me." *** To most people, Senior Day will be about the players. But for the Shepards, it will be about more. Cheri, Ashleigh and Shelby will be on the field, then Sterling will join them, and there on the turf, they will remember not only what they've come through but also what they've become. It will be a celebration Team Shepard. "It was us against the world," Cheri said. And the Shepards won. Ashleigh graduated from OU last December and now works at American Energy Partners. Sterling will graduate next month, then turn his attention toward fulfilling his NFL aspirations. Shelby is a broadcast journalism major at OU who plans to get into sports broadcasting. All three of them credit their mom. "She tells us every day that we're just her whole world," Ashleigh said. "I always felt that throughout my childhood. I always felt loved. I'm just so grateful to have her. "My mom, she was the rock that held us together." There have been tough times. There have been moments when Cheri felt tired and frustrated. But she never thought about quitting. Not on her kids. "They motivate me to get through it," she said. "Now, you kind of see the fruit of it, and it's very exciting." Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or email@example.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Nov 14, 2015
Mustang upset Broken Arrow in the first round of the playoffs last season but the Broncos couldn’t repeat the feat Friday night in a 24-17 loss to the Tigers.
High school football playoff rewind: Mustang comes up short against Broken Arrow
Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Nov 14, 2015Mustang upset Broken Arrow in the first round of the playoffs last season but the Broncos couldn't repeat the feat Friday night in a 24-17 loss to the Tigers. With the game tied 10-10 in the third quarter, Broken Arrow cashed in on an 80-yard touchdown pass after Mustang missed a short field goal that would have given the Broncos the lead. Star running back Jamall Shaw then hauled in a 36-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter for a 24-10 Broken Arrow lead. Mustang rallied with quarterback Chandler Garrett tossing an 8-yard touchdown pass to get the Broncos within 24-17 with more than four minutes left. Mustang had one more shot to tie the game before Broken Arrow's defense stuffed a Bronco drive in the final minute. HERITAGE HALL CRUSHES BLANCHARD Defending state champion Heritage Hall opened up the 2015 postseason by rolling over Blanchard, 49-7, in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Unbeaten Heritage Hall led 49-0 at halftime as sophomore quarterback Blake Adams tossed three touchdown passes, two to senior wide receiver Tevin McDaniel of 21 and 54 yards. Senior running back Terrell Love rushed for 91 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Chargers. Blanchard ended its season at 7-4. HARMAN ACCOUNTS FOR FOUR TOUCHDOWNS IN CASHION WIN Quarterback Matt Harman rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Wildcats trounced Morrison, 50-22, in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Harman scored on runs of 5, 69, and 1 while tossing a 19-yard scoring strike to Ryan Harrel. Trae Cochran returned a punt 67 yards for another Wildcats' score. Matthew Pharrow and Blakely Liebman also had touchdown runs for Cashion, which compiled 468 yards of total offense. STANDLEE CARRIES MEEKER PAST PERKINS Jake Standlee gained 197 yards on the ground and rushed for two touchdowns to lead Meeker to a 27-13 victory over Perkins in a Class 3A playoff game. Standlee scored on runs of 10 and 8 yards and carried the ball 27 times in the game. Levi Bagwell returned a punt 80 yards for a score and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Michael Nolen for the Bulldogs. Meeker improved to 9-2 on the season. Perkins finished its season at 6-5. JONES EDGES MARLOW Quarterback Brandon George's 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter lifted Jones over Marlow, 21-14, in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. George also threw two second quarter touchdown passes — a 32-yard scoring strike to Dalton May and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Sean Shaw — as the Longhorns and Marlow were tied 14-14 at halftime. The game was tight despite Jones rolling up 485 yards of total offense to Marlow's 171 yards. HALSTEAD HAS BIG NIGHT FOR MINCO Tucker Halstead rushed for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as Minco downed Velma-Alma, 41-27, in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Halstead ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns and also had two catches for 93 yards and a score. Halstead found the end zone on runs of 50, 4 and 18 yards while hauling in a 75-yard scoring reception from quarterback Hunter Jones, who was 13 of 21 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also had 60 yards rushing on seven carries. JOHNS SCORES FOUR TOUCHDOWNS FOR HENNESSEY Running back Tabor Johns rushed for four touchdowns to lead Hennessey past Christian Heritage, 45-34, in a Class 2A first round playoff game. Johns scored on runs of 2, 30, 64 and 58 yards. Johns' last two touchdowns came after Christian Heritage had taken a 27-24 lead on 50-yard scoring pass from Camden Cargill to Joseph Lemieux. Lemieux scored four touchdowns in the game for Christian Heritage, including three on short-yard runs near the goal line. The Eagles' Zane Hugaboom tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wymore and also scored Hennessey's final touchdown on a 10-yard run. WRIGHT SCORES FOUR TIMES TO LEAD LUTHER Luther remained unbeaten by routing Alva, 49-12, in a Class 2A playoff game. The Lions led 40-0 at halftime. Maurice Wright had two touchdowns rushing and receiving, scoring on runs of 29 and 18 yards while catching touchdown passes of 35 and 67 yards from Chad Pridemore, who had three scores through the air.
Nov 14, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin tried to jog with his TCU teammates to the locker room at halftime after injuring his right ankle early against winless Kansas. This was supposed to be a bounce-back from his first loss in more than a year.The Heisman Trophy candidate just couldn't keep up, eventually slowing and walking gingerly behind the pack. His day was over, and now the 13th-ranked...
Boykin injured, No. 15 TCU holds off winless Kansas 23-17
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Nov 14, 2015FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin tried to jog with his TCU teammates to the locker room at halftime after injuring his right ankle early against winless Kansas. This was supposed to be a bounce-back from his first loss in more than a year. The Heisman Trophy candidate just couldn't keep up, eventually slowing and walking gingerly behind the pack. His day was over, and now the 13th-ranked Horned Frogs are likely to face the tough finish to their schedule with Boykin and standout receiver Josh Doctson slowed by injuries. TCU did enough without the national leader in total offense, getting touchdowns on backup Foster Sawyer's only completion and KaVontae Turpin's zigzagging 49-punt return in a 23-17 win over the Jayhawks on Saturday. But the question now is whether — and how well — Boykin can play on a gimpy ankle while Doctson nurses left arm and wrist damage that limited his availability. The Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) have games remaining against 12th-ranked Oklahoma and No. 4 Baylor. "This group will battle," coach Gary Patterson said. "They'll play hard the next two weeks. So don't get any indication I'm all set to throw in the towel 'cause that's not going to happen." Doctson, who had season lows with one catch for 12 yards, was injured in last week's 49-29 loss to Oklahoma State that ended a 16-game winning streak and severely damaged TCU's national title hopes. Boykin's Heisman chances took a hit with four interceptions against the Cowboys, and his school-record streak of 24 straight games with a touchdown pass, tied for longest in the nation, ended with his early exit against the Jayhawks. On his second play of the game, Boykin turned awkwardly on his right ankle as he slipped while trying to cut and was tackled by Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. He didn't return after getting sacked on TCU's last offensive play of the first quarter. Boykin returned to the sideline in the second quarter, but was clearly limping. He stood on his left leg only while the band played the school song after the game. Asked if the ankle was sprained, Patterson said, "I think so." "I think Trevone will be back," Patterson said. "We just couldn't take a chance. They said he shouldn't go, and I said, 'OK.'" Kansas (0-10, 0-7) didn't trail at halftime for the first time this year, but couldn't avoid a 35th straight road loss and 13th overall. The Jayhawks have their first 10 games for the first time since 1954, when they finished 0-10. "We stressed the heck out of the fact that we thought we matched up pretty well with these guys," Kansas coach David Beaty said. "Go out there and expect to win. Don't be surprised if you're up at halftime." The Horned Frogs tried two backups to Boykin in Bram Kohlhausen, a senior transfer from Houston, and Sawyer, a redshirt freshman who played for a private Fort Worth high school. Shaun Nixon was open over the middle and turned Sawyer's completion into a 42-yard touchdown, breaking a tackle on the catch-and-run score early in the fourth quarter. "He's a Heisman candidate, so you're absolutely going, 'Wow,'" Kansas coach David Beaty said of Boykin's injury. "I hope the kid's OK. Because he's that good of a player." The only other TD for the Horned Frogs was Turpin's flashy return, when he stopped and changed directions twice for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Frogs also leaned on the running game. Aaron Green had a career-high 177 yards and boosted several drives that ended in scoring range, including two on downs and one when Kohlhausen was intercepted by Fish Smithson at the Kansas 10. TCU still managed 487 yards without much from Boykin and Doctson, including 279 on the ground. Nixon had seven catches for 78 yards. Ryan Willis threw for 203 yards, including a 10-yard score to Tyler Patrick on fourth down to get Kansas within 23-17 with 6:19 remaining. The Frogs struggled to move the ball soon after Boykin was injured, and again in the fourth while trying to protect the slim lead. But the defense came through with three straight stops, including an interception by Ty Summers and Terrell Lathan's clinching fourth-down sack of Willis in the final 2 minutes. ___ Previous versions of this story incorrectly stated Kansas' overall losing streak at 12 games instead of 13. ___ AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org
The showdown between 8-2 Ardmore and 7-3 Deer Creek came down to the game's final two minutes. Deer Creek cornerback Ryan Westerhoff picked off a wobbly Ardmore pass to put an end to the Tigers playoff run.
High school football: Deer Creek's passing game to much for Ardmore
By Jeff Raymond, For The Oklahoman | Nov 14, 2015EDMOND — Ardmore came on land. Deer Creek came through the air. Deer Creek's deep ball won. The Antlers pulled out a 42-37 first-round playoff victory on Friday night, advancing to a second-round matchup with Skiatook. The showdown between 8-2 Ardmore and 7-3 Deer Creek came down to the game's final two minutes. Deer Creek cornerback Ryan Westerhoff picked off a wobbly Ardmore pass to put an end to the Tigers playoff run. Deer Creek then took a knee to run out the clock before taking a precautionary safety to end a game delayed almost an hour for an injury. Ardmore defensive back Jordan Roberts went down with an unspecified injury late in the third quarter. Ardmore coach Josh Newby said he heard reports Roberts was doing well but didn't have an update on his condition or where he was taken by a medical helicopter. Ardmore relied on a punishing ground game that got it to the playoffs. Deer Creek had as many 40-plus yard completions in the first half — two — as Ardmore had pass attempts. But as hard as it was to slow down Ardmore's elusive running back, OJ Walker, covering prolific Deer Creek receiver Zach Kerstetter was even tougher. Kerstetter seemed to find himself open whenever the Antlers most needed his help. Quarterback Clayton Sims threw four passes of more than 20 yards to the receiver. Deer Creek coach Grant Gower called Kerstetter's playmaking skills magical and noted the importance of having Noah McGraw and others back from injury. "That's what we talked about all year — we've had a ton of injuries. Eleven guys that go on the field were gonna play hard, and that's what it took to get this thing won," he said, calling the game "playoff football at its best." Newby said his team prepared well and knew Deer Creek had a dynamic offense, but the game came down to one series. "We needed one stop there in the second half to win the game," he said. "They executed it and found a way and we were just a little bit short."
Nov 14, 2015
Tuttle was unbeaten going into the first round game.
High school football: Ryan Terry's TD throws help Weatherford shock Tuttle
By Richard Stroud, For the Oklahoman | Nov 14, 2015TUTTLE — Junior quarterback Ryan Terry threw for two second half touchdowns and ran for the game-winner with just under six minutes left as Weatherford rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to shock previously undefeated Tuttle 25-21 in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night. Terry finished with 211 yards through the air, completing nine of his final 10 attempts, and the Eagles scored twice in the fourth quarter after the Tigers had dominated the first half. Defensively, the Eagles held Tuttle to just four first downs and 62 yards rushing after the Tigers (10-1) had rushed for 134 yards in building the first half lead. “Just better tackling,” Weatherford assistant coach Cody Cantrell said. “We were playing well defensively in the first half, we just weren't making the tackles.” Tuttle shot itself in the foot repeatedly, turning the ball over three times and committing nine penalties. A fumble on the opening kickoff by the Tigers led to a Weatherford field goal and an early 3-0 deficit. But the Tigers gained control behind the running of quarterback Rhett Boles and running back Jason Biddy, who combined for more than 100 yards over the first two quarters. Boles ran for two touchdowns and threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Cale Smith as Tuttle outgained Weatherford 235-82 in the first half. Stymied on the ground, the Eagles (8-3) would take to the air in the third quarter. Kell Parker started the Eagles' second possession of the second half with a 27-yard run. The Tigers then committed offsides penalties on a fourth-and-2 and a third-and-1 to help move the chains before Terry found Wade Haugen for a 16-yard touchdown with four minutes left in the third quarter. Terry's two-point conversion pass made it a 10-point game. After a fourth down stop near midfield early in the fourth quarter, Terry found Haugen for a 28-yard gain to the Tuttle 6 before finding James Mark with another touchdown pass on third down to make it 21-18. After a Tuttle interception set up Weatherford at the Tiger 24, Terry scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out for the lead. Tuttle was stopped at midfield on its subsequent drive, and the Eagles were able to run out the clock. “Everybody makes a big deal out of the halftime speech,” Cantrell said. “But there's nothing really to say. We just needed to play better, and we had kids step up and make plays when they needed to.” Haugen finished with eight catches for 97 yards, with six of those receptions coming in the second half.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 11, The Associated Press reported this will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner...
Clarification: Titans-Mariota story
Associated Press | Nov 12, 2015NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 11, The Associated Press reported this will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner in Saints running back Mark Ingram. A clarified version of the story is below. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another week, another Heisman Trophy matchup for Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. This time, he squares off against Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner in Saints running back Mark Ingram. "Physically, he's very dominant," Mariota said of Newton on Wednesday. "He's really been able to win both from the pocket and outside as well. He's tough to bring down, and really he's just playing at a high level now." Both Mariota and Newton are playing well. Each was named the offensive player of his respective conference Wednesday. Newton earned NFC honors for the fourth time in his career after helping the Panthers (8-0) beat Green Bay. Mariota was named the AFC player of the week after leading the Titans (2-6) to each of their two wins. "I know he's a great football player," Newton said of Mariota. "He went to Oregon and selected highly in the draft. I know he has a lot of talent, but that is pretty much all I know." Newton's coach sees lots of similarities between the quarterbacks. Both are big, strong, athletic and good at making decisions. "At this point in his career, (Mariota) really does resemble Cam in a lot of ways in terms of the way he's playing in his rookie year," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. Mariota already has put himself in some special company. He threw for a career-best 371 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in last week's 34-28 overtime win over New Orleans. That was the second time this season he had thrown four touchdown passes without getting picked off. New England's Tom Brady of New England is the only other quarterback to do that in two games this season. The rest of the NFL's quarterbacks have managed only four such games all season, according to STATS. Those quarterbacks are Oakland's Derek Carr, Eli Manning of the Giants, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Tannehill of Miami. Mariota first was named AFC offensive player of the week after the season-opening win at Tampa Bay. He is just the second rookie to win player of the week twice, joining Robert Griffin III who won the NFC award twice in 2012 on his way to earning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year that season. This latest performance came with Mariota recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee and after the Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt as coach. Mariota leads all NFL rookies with 13 TDs and a 101.5 passer rating that puts him ninth across the league. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly sees Mariota's athleticism is the rookie's biggest attribute so far. "You always have to worry about him keeping it, you always have to worry about him staying inside the pocket," Kuechly said. "That just makes him more dangerous. He can make all the throws and you add that little ability to run the ball, it just makes him a little bit more difficult to prepare for." Titans right guard Chance Warmack has blocked for both Newton and Mariota, though he hasn't protected Newton since they both were in high school in Georgia. Warmack said it's hard to believe that Mariota is just a rookie. "He just does some miraculous things, carries himself really well and overall he's a nice person as well," Warmack said. "That's just icing on the cake. Just being around guys like that definitely improves your game and helps you get better and do better." Newton has earned the nickname of Superman for his touchdown celebrations. The Titans rookie is satisfied with simply being called by his first name. "That's who I am, and that's the name my parents gave me," Mariota said. Notes: Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said CB Jason McCourty was getting a second opinion on his injured groin Wednesday. McCourty missed practice along with RB Dexter McCluster (ankle) and WR Kendall Wright (left knee). CB Perrish Cox (hamstring) and CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring) were limited. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report. ___ Online: AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 9, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's newest and perhaps most powerful committee chairman is a 60-year-old Texas Republican who began life in a family of stalwart Democrats from South Dakota and lost his father at age 12 in a courtroom shooting.Rep. Kevin Brady, whose bulldog-looks belie a softer manner, took the helm of the Ways and Means Committee last week. That puts the 19-year House veteran at the...
Veteran Texas Rep. ready for powerful chairman's role
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | Nov 9, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — The House's newest and perhaps most powerful committee chairman is a 60-year-old Texas Republican who began life in a family of stalwart Democrats from South Dakota and lost his father at age 12 in a courtroom shooting. Rep. Kevin Brady, whose bulldog-looks belie a softer manner, took the helm of the Ways and Means Committee last week. That puts the 19-year House veteran at the forefront of key issues Congress will tackle heading into the 2016 election year, including taxes, trade and benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Brady's Chamber of Commerce career before entering Congress molded a mainstream conservative viewpoint, yet he is well regarded by harder-line conservatives. But he has a tough act to follow: the popular Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who led the committee until becoming speaker last month after a revolt by staunch conservatives pushed former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to resign. Brady, who falls short of the oratory spark and reputation for generating ideas that Ryan enjoys, has latched himself to the 45-year-old. "We're going to follow the speaker's lead," Brady said in an interview last week. He said House Republicans "want us to tackle the big issues, and they want to be involved." Involvement has been a major demand of the House Freedom Caucus, around 40 hard-core conservatives whose frustration with being muscled aside by Boehner fueled their antipathy for him. Ryan is working with conservatives on giving lawmakers more say on legislation and other decisions. Brady says he, too, is willing to accommodate them, though no Freedom Caucus members serve on Ways and Means. So far, he has won praise from members of the group. "Very, very positive," Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said of Brady, adding that several conservatives floated Brady's name as a potential speaker in the chaotic days after Boehner resigned. "I don't think the chairman will come under pressure" from the Freedom Caucus "because we'll have the opportunity to offer amendments," said another member, Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa. Some conservatives remain wary. Adam Brandon, CEO of FreedomWorks, complimented Brady but said his group of anti-regulation conservatives wants to make sure he does not pursue a narrow agenda "dreamed up by some lobbyists." Democrats consider him someone they can work with. "Kevin and I don't agree probably on any public policy. But he's not an unpleasant person," said Ways and Means veteran Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. Brady, from a solidly Republican district north of Houston, headed the trade subcommittee until 2013. That's when he took over the health subcommittee and helped lead many of the House's GOP's repeated, unsuccessful efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. As chairman, Brady's portfolio is much wider. Measures he hopes will get Obama's signature include legislation making dozens of expiring tax breaks permanent, altering taxation of U.S. companies that operate abroad and easing trade barriers with Pacific Rim countries, though Brady said he has taken no final position on that recently negotiated treaty. Another goal will be longer range — broadly rewriting tax laws with lower rates for individuals and businesses, and fewer loopholes. The issue has gridlocked Washington for decades. "He's coming to this job at a time of expectations, but the expectations have always been there" for Ways and Means chairmen, said former Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, who led the committee in the 1990s. Brady calls Ryan coach of the House Republicans and himself "the quarterback of the Ways and Means team." Sports analogies seem fitting for Brady, a star athlete in baseball and other sports while growing up in Rapid City, South Dakota. As a 12-year-old at football practice one day, Brady's coach tapped his shoulder and guided him to a policeman nearby. That's when he learned his father, Bill, an attorney representing a woman in a divorce trial, had been shot to death in the courtroom by her husband. That left Brady's mother, Nancy, with five children to raise. The family purchased and ran a campground, and Brady threw himself into various sports. His high school wrestling coach recalls that Brady, injured and out of shape, spent one night sweating off pounds in the gym when a teammate was hurt and Brady was too heavy to compete in his 132-pound weight class. He lost the necessary weight — Brady says 12 pounds — and wrestled, losing his match but preventing his team from forfeiting. "They were tough kids," the now-retired coach, David Ploof, said about Brady, his two brothers and two sisters. "They had to be." Brady worked his way through the University of South Dakota with odd jobs including as a maintenance worker and bartender. He took a job at the local Chamber of Commerce, and then started working for Chambers of Commerce in Texas. Brady's parents were active Democrats in South Dakota and an uncle was a Democratic state senator. Brady said he became a Republican while working for the chambers, where he spent time helping businesses. "You can't help but know how government burdens those job creators," he said. "So that is where the light bulb went off for me."
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has not won a Big Ten title in 11 years, its longest drought since the gap between 1950 and 1964 conference championships.The 16th-ranked Wolverines (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) will need to keep winning, and they'll need rivals Ohio State and Michigan State to lose, but they're not giving up hope.After having a losing record overall last year and a 3-5 Big Ten mark for a...
Michigan seeks to keep Big Ten title hopes alive with win
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 6, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has not won a Big Ten title in 11 years, its longest drought since the gap between 1950 and 1964 conference championships. The 16th-ranked Wolverines (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) will need to keep winning, and they'll need rivals Ohio State and Michigan State to lose, but they're not giving up hope. After having a losing record overall last year and a 3-5 Big Ten mark for a second straight season, defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow is glad to be going into November with a potential shot to play for a title. "We're really excited about the chance we have to possibly play in the Big Ten Championship game, but right now we're focused on Rutgers," Glasgow said. "They're a good, improving team." The Scarlet Knights (3-5, 1-4) have a lot to play for, too. They need to win three of their last four games to be eligible for a fifth straight bowl and to perhaps help coach Kyle Flood return to lead the program for a fifth year. "These are got-to-win situations," offensive guard Chris Muller said. Here are some things to watch when Rutgers plays at Michigan on Saturday: UNDER CENTER: Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock is expected to start after getting knocked out of last week's game at Minnesota with what coach Jim Harbaugh has described as a torso injury. Rutgers, meanwhile, appears to be sticking with Chris Laviano under center. After a relatively strong start, he was 14 of 34 for 148 yards with two interceptions as the Scarlet Knights lost their last two games 48-10 at Wisconsin and 49-7 to top-ranked Ohio State. MOVING ON: The Wolverines' last two games were decided on the final play. They held on to beat the Golden Gophers with a goal-line stand after blowing a lead by botching a punt against Michigan State. After closely contested losses to Indiana and the Spartans, Rutgers lost its last two games by a total of 80 points. "If you don't turn the page right when you correct the film and you're stuck in last week's game, it's kind of like quick sand," Laviano said. KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Leonte Carroo may give Rutgers a boost, returning to play after missing last week's loss to the Badgers and missing a half against the Buckeyes because of an ankle injury. In just five games, he has caught nine touchdown passes — three more than anyone in the Big Ten — and 28 TDs in 28 games. GARDEN STATE GEMS: If Carroo plays, he will likely be covered at times by defensive back Jabrill Peppers in a matchup of New Jersey natives. "We played against each other in high school," Carroo said. "He's a great player. I'm a great player and I'm just going to go out there and compete." REVENGE FACTOR: The Wolverines have plenty of reasons to be motivated to beat Rutgers, and one of them may be what happened in the last meeting. The Scarlet Knights beat Michigan 26-24 last year for their first victory in the Big Ten. ___ AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ___ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
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Associated Press | Nov 4, 2015Good evening! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or email@example.com. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates. UPCOMING TOMORROW: PENN STATE ABUSE HARRISBURG — The embattled state attorney general has been ordered to answer questions under oath at a closed-door court hearing sbout any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the child sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. By Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: Updates from 1 p.m. EST hearing. AP Photos. PENNSYLVANIA PORN SCANDAL HARRISBURG — Facing criminal charges, stripped of her law license and threatened with removal by the Legislature, Pennsylvania's attorney general seems to have decided that if she's going down, she's taking others with her. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos. OTHER TOP STORIES: TRAFFIC STOP-SHOT IN BACK HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania police officer on trial in the shooting death of an unarmed motorist has told jurors that she believed the man had a gun and she feared for her own safety. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 430 words. PENN STATE-ABUSE BELLEFONTE — A Pennsylvania judge is demanding that the attorney general attend a closed-door hearing to be questioned under oath about any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse investigation. PHILADELPHIA'S NEXT MAYOR PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's next mayor says he wants to get universal prekindergarten in place by next fall. With: PHILADELPHIA-VOTING LOTTERY — Casting a ballot has made one Philadelphia woman $10,000 richer. Bridget Conroy-Varnis headed home from her South Philadelphia polling place on Tuesday with the five-figure prize from The Philadelphia Citizen's election lottery. BILL COSBY-PROSECUTOR ELECTION PHILADELPHIA — A career prosecutor involved in the re-investigation of a decade-old sexual-assault claim against Bill Cosby has been elected district attorney in suburban Philadelphia, a result that could lead to charges being filed in the case. Democrat Kevin Steele on Tuesday defeated Republican Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who had declined in 2005 to bring charges against Cosby. MOVED. 500 words. HEROIN_BEYOND NARCAN CAMDEN, N.J. — It's a truth addicts and health providers know well: Naloxone can reverse heroin overdoses, but it can't cure the addictions that cause them. In a small but growing number of places, people who land in hospitals after being revived by the drug are being guided toward long-term treatment. That's largely because decision makers have heard so many stories about people being brought back from the brink — sometimes repeatedly — and then turned loose to use again. Geoff Mulvihill and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: About 830 words. DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT PITTSBURGH — Law school dean and legal scholar Ken Gormley will become the new president of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in July. By Joe Mandak. SENT: About 450 words. With: HEROIN_BEYOND NARCAN-TIMING. BUSINESS: KRAFT-HEINZ DOWNSIZING IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kraft Heinz says it will close seven factories in North America over the next two years as part of a downsizing that will shed 2,600 jobs. The company said Wednesday it will close U.S. manufacturing facilities in Fullerton and San Leandro, California; Federalsburg, Maryland; Campbell, New York; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; and Madison, Wisconsin. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: About 300 words. With: —KRAFT HEINZ-DOWNSIZING-PENNSYLVANIA — Kraft Heinz will close a plant in the Lehigh Valley with about 400 employees as part of its North American downsizing. EARNS-CHESAPEAKE ENERGY OKLAHOMA CITY — Chesapeake Energy slashed its spending plans for the second time this year after posting third-quarter losses of $4.6 billion as it wrote down the value of its oil and natural gas fields. Natural gas prices have been almost halved in the past year and shares of Chesapeake have fallen even faster, giving up another 8 percent Wednesday. COMCAST-DATA CAPS NEW YORK — Comcast is further expanding its Internet data caps to new markets in 5 Southern states. Also moving: PHARMACEUTICALS-SETTLEMENT — State authorities have reported a $54 million settlement with two drug companies to close an investigation into Medicaid overcharges. CHOP-MOUNT SINAI PARTNERSHIP — The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and New York's Mount Sinai Health System are partnering to offer expanded pediatric care in New York City. EXCHANGE: EXCHANGE-SENSORY CLASSROOMS PITTSBURGH — Evie Cole has a harder time making it through a school day than the typical 8-year-old. Since age 3, Evie has grappled with a combination of developmental delays, an intellectual disability and a form of epilepsy that triggers a few minor seizures daily, said her mother, April Cole, 36, of Kennedy. The effects frequently cause Evie to become so overwhelmed and fidgety that she can't focus and risks distracting her classmates. Evie and students like her are finding solace, however, in a new addition this year to Montour School District's Burkett Elementary School in Robinson: a sensory classroom. There, in a dimly lit, colorful space, Evie can use toys, furniture and stimuli designed to help children dealing with the likes of autism, severe stress or difficulty with motor skills ranging from balance and hand-eye coordination to speech and vision. Natasha Lindstrom, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. SENT: About 930 words. IN BRIEF: PENNSYLVANIA SENATE- RESCHENTHALER— A Republican is claiming victory in a Pittsburgh-area state Senate election, giving the party its largest Senate majority in more than 60 years. OIL TRAINS — A Pennsylvania senator is asking two freight railroad companies to reduce the speed of trains carrying flammable crude oil. RAZOR BLADE IN CANDY — State police say a 16-year-old western Pennsylvania girl who reported finding a razor blade in her Halloween bubble gum made up the incident and self-inflicted a cut in her mouth which took 23 stitches to close. CONGESSMAN'S SON-FRAUD CHARGES — Jurors are to resume deliberations Thursday in the federal bank and tax fraud trial of a veteran Philadelphia congressman's son. CRASH-PASSENGER KILLED — A central Pennsylvania man accused of driving more than 100 mph before an accident that killed his passenger has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. PARKING LOT-PEDESTRIAN KILLED — Police say it appears an 87-year-old woman run down by an elderly driver in a suburban Pittsburgh parking lot was the victim of a "tragic accident." CROSSING GUARD STRUCK — Police say a driver ran a stop sign and hit a school crossing guard after saying glare from the sun obscured his view. SCHOOL SECURITY GUARD FIRED — A western Pennsylvania school security guard who allegedly "initiated aggression" against a student has been fired and could face criminal charges. SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT — A 15-year-old former student is facing juvenile court charges for allegedly threatening to "shoot people up" at a western Pennsylvania high school football game. STUDENT SHOT-ROAD RAGE — A western Pennsylvania man will spend two to five years in prison for shooting a western Pennsylvania university student in a road-rage dispute. WIFE KILLED — A man has been ordered to stand trial in central Pennsylvania in the stabbing death of his estranged wife. INFANT DEATH — A northeastern Pennsylvania father has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of his infant son last year DECAPITATED CAT — State police plan to charge a 17-year-old boy western Pennsylvania boy with animal cruelty for decapitating a cat with a hatchet. CHILD CUSTODY-BURGLARY — State police say a Pennsylvania man took $700 from his estranged wife's bedroom during a child-custody exchange. TRAIN CRASH ESCAPE — Authorities say a woman jumped to safety just before a freight train slammed into her car in Pennsylvania. The crash happened early Wednesday near Depot Street in Bridgeton. SPORTS: FBN--STEELERS-MIDWAY POINT PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger doesn't want to talk about the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers' season. Good idea. Between injuries to Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey and Le'Veon Bell, a team with playoff expectations is sitting at .500 behind unbeaten Cincinnati. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. FBN--EAGLES-OFFENSE PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are hoping a week off will help them rejuvenate an inconsistent offense that has started slow in almost every game this season. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 6 p.m. EST. BKN--SIXERS-BUCKS MILWAUKEE — Forward Jabari Parker is scheduled to make his return from a left ACL injury when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Philadelphia 76ers. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT. FBC--T25-TEMPLE-WHAT'S NEXT PHILADELPHIA -- Temple was the talk of college football for a week. Now that "GameDay" and Notre Dame have left town, the Owls have to regroup and refocus on an AAC title. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 600 words. By 5 p.m. AP Photos. Also moving: CONSOL ENERGY PARK — Consol Energy Inc. won't renew its naming rights deal with minor league baseball's Washington Wild Things. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or 877-836-9477. 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Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 2, 2015
Alvarez was injured in last week’s 62-7 win at Kansas. Stoops said after the game that he could have returned to action but coaches didn’t want to risk it. Sanchez was hurt on the first play from scrimmage against Texas Tech on Oct. 24. The junior has 11 career interceptions, including three this season.
OU football journal: Stoops says Alvarez, Sanchez both doubtful
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers | Nov 2, 2015Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that starting left guard Jonathan Alvarez and cornerback Zack Sanchez are both doubtful for Saturday's game against Iowa State. Alvarez was injured in last week's 62-7 win at Kansas. Stoops said after the game that he could have returned to action but coaches didn't want to risk it. Sanchez was hurt on the first play from scrimmage against Texas Tech on Oct. 24. The junior has 11 career interceptions, including three this season. “The rest of them have a good chance of playing,” Stoops said, referring to linebackers Devante Bond and Jordan Evans. Bond has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, and Evans hasn't played since suffering a knee injury Oct. 17 at Kansas State. SOONERS ANNOUNCE SIGNINGS Oklahoma officially announced the signings of a pair of high school players for the 2016 class. Quarterback Austin Kendall and defensive back Chanse Sylvie have each signed financial aid agreements with the school and are expected to join the Sooners in January. Kendall (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) is a four-star recruit from Waxhaw, N.C. He has thrown for 1,693 yards and 15 touchdowns so far this season after sitting out with an injury earlier in the year. He threw for 4,461 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior. Sylvie (6-0, 185) is from Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist Academy. He was recently selected to take part in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Antonio. He's a three-star recruit who also had offers from Arizona, Arkansas and Notre Dame. STOOPS UNDERSTANDS REPLAY FRUSTRATION The ACC announced Sunday that Miami's miracle kickoff return for a touchdown — that included eight laterals — shouldn't have counted because one player's knee touched the ground and there should have been a block in the back penalty called. That's something Stoops understands quite well. The Sooners lost 34-33 at Oregon in September 2006 after officials ruled the Ducks had recovered an onside kick that ultimately allowed them to score the game winning touchdown. But it turned out that OU's Allen Patrick had actually recovered the ball and tried to show it to the officials. Asked about the difficulty of refocusing your team after losing like that, Stoops said, “You did play well enough to win. You always say, ‘Oh this one play didn't matter or you shouldn't have put yourself in that position.' Well, we recovered the onside kick. We did what we were supposed to do. We're showing the football to the crowd to our sideline. You did do what you're supposed to. It is tough. It's really tough when something like that happens to get past it.” The Sooners ended up bouncing back enough that year to finish with 10 wins and a Big 12 championship. MAYFIELD NAMED MAXWELL SEMIFINALIST Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield is one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the country's college football player of the year. Mayfield is second in FBS in pass efficiency rating (185.2) and passing yards per attempt (10.12). He's also in the top 10 in points responsible for per game (21.8), passing touchdown per game (3.13), total offense per game (333.5 yards) and passing yards per completion (14.53). Mayfield has 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Half of the list is made up of quarterbacks. Mayfield is one of four Big 12 representatives on the list. He's joined by Baylor receiver Corey Coleman, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Horned Frogs wide receiver Josh Doctson. Three finalists will be announced Nov. 24 with the winner announced Dec. 10 on the College Football Awards Show. Two Sooners have won the award — Tommy McDonald in 1956 and Jason White in 2004. By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber
On senior night at Putnam City, it was only fitting that a pair of seniors were in on the game-winning tackle that preserved the Pirates’ 28-21 overtime victory Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium, while also keeping their playoff hopes alive.
High school football: Putnam City stops Norman in overtime
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 29, 2015WARR ACRES — As Norman quarterback Ryan Peoples sprinted toward the goal line, Putnam City linebacker Alonzo Fuller lunged forward to deliver a hit and defensive back Dreyvon Christon came with support, stopping Peoples a yard short of the end zone. On senior night at Putnam City, it was only fitting that a pair of seniors were in on the game-winning tackle that preserved the Pirates' 28-21 overtime victory Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium, while also keeping their playoff hopes alive. Moments earlier, two other seniors — quarterback Braden Hudson and receiver Ryan Brown — connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass that put the Pirates ahead on the first play of overtime. “We thought that wouldn't be open,” Hudson said. “They covered it all night, and then the one play they didn't cover it, we score a touchdown. “The offensive line did great, the receiver did great to get in the end zone, and the defense came up big in the end.” Norman had 274 yards of total offense, with 187 of it coming from workhorse running back Dillon Dougherty on 38 carries. Hudson finished with 370 yards passing, going 26-of-38 with two touchdowns, along with two rushing TDs. “Isn't he outstanding?” PC coach Preston Pearson said of Hudson. “I”ve got the best quarterback in Oklahoma that nobody knows about. “What's awesome is the way he processes coverages. We've got receiver(s) running all different directions, and he is processing the coverage, and he knows who should be open. He's a special player, and it's awesome to coach him.” The win keeps Putnam City (4-5, 2-4 District 6A-I-1) in the playoff hunt heading to next week's regular season finale at Westmoore. “That's our whole goal, Week 11,” said Christon, who had 11 receptions for 180 yards. “One more chance at it, and we're gonna get it done.” The game was stopped briefly in the third quarter when Putnam City linebacker J'Lyn Bryant was injured and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Putnam City administrators said Bryant was moving his extremities while he laid on the field.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Reactions to the retirement of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill, due to the drain of managing epilepsy and the demands of his job:"I've given every ounce that I have for 32 years to the game of football and the kids I've been able to coach. I've never stole from anybody. I'm not going to steal now." — Kill, at his tearful farewell news conference.___"It motivates me a...
Reactions to the retirement of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Reactions to the retirement of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill, due to the drain of managing epilepsy and the demands of his job: "I've given every ounce that I have for 32 years to the game of football and the kids I've been able to coach. I've never stole from anybody. I'm not going to steal now." — Kill, at his tearful farewell news conference. ___ "It motivates me a lot. Motivates me a lot. I'd do anything for that guy. He's done so much for me and my family, and I want to play as hard as I possibly can the rest of the season. I know the rest of the guys here do too. Out there at practice today, the way we rallied around each other for coach Kill is unbelievable. You can just feel it, feel it in the air. People are going to playing hard for him." — Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner. ___ "For all the players, he's definitely still in the back of our minds. His presence is still missed. Can't really shake it." — Minnesota cornerback Eric Murray. ___ "It's kind of like getting kicked in the gut." — Minnesota interim coach Tracy Claeys. ___ "What a tremendous example he is, not only for the 125 guys that get to work with him on a day-to-day basis, but for all of us who have the privilege to stand alongside him and certainly those who have supported him throughout the state of Minnesota. What he's demonstrated today is just the utmost courage and respect for the university. He is a man of unbelievable character, strength, he supports everyone around him, and he has set a tremendous example about what it means to be passionate, going after your dreams, to be fully committed to anything and everything you do. The impact he made on those young men, not just here at Minnesota but throughout his career, is incredible. He's made them better men. We've seen that first hand at Minnesota." — Minnesota interim athletic director Beth Goetz. ___ "There is not a more genuine guy than Jerry Kill. He's unvarnished, is the word Beth used. He is genuine and very connected with people from all walks of life in Minnesota because he is who he is, and people see that." — Minnesota President Eric Kaler. ___ "It's tough for me. I know a lot of guys are having trouble with it, but you've got to take time to get healthy." — former Minnesota wide receiver Isaac Fruechte, now on the practice squad with the Minnesota Vikings. ___ "It's unfortunate, but for someone who's spent his whole life doing everything for everyone around him, I guess I'm just happy that he gets to do what's best for him." — former Minnesota safety Brock Vereen, now on the practice squad with the Minnesota Vikings. ___ "I'm glad that he had the fortitude to be able to do it when he felt like he was ready to do it or needed to do it. And we're all going to miss him in the Twin Cities and I'm sure all of the U of M faithful will miss him as well. He's an awfully good football coach. He's got that program going in the right way." — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. ___ "Coach Kill is an incredible man, and I would have loved to play under his direction. But we committed to a staff and to a team." — Minnesota recruit Carter Coughlin, a linebacker from Eden Prairie High School in the Twin Cities area, on Twitter. ___ "Love and appreciate coach Kill. Gave me an opportunity 2 get an education and play 4 a prestigious university. Couldn't help but cry today." — Minnesota running back Rodney Smith, on Twitter. ___ "A man who gave me a chance. Much love and respect for Coach Kill! His true victories were off the field, impacting the lives of many." — Minnesota kicker Ryan Santoso, on Twitter. ___ "People don't know what this man means to me. He was my father when my own couldn't be. My heart hurts right now." — Minnesota defensive end Gaelin Elmore, on Twitter. ___ "I didn't have to stay in Minnesota. Coach Kill got me to stay and said he would take care of me. Now I work for a Fortune 500 company." — former Minnesota wide receiver Logan Hutton, on Twitter. ___ "Forever grateful. Thank you coach!" — former Minnesota running back David Cobb, now with the Tennessee Titans, on Twitter. ___ "Coach Kill. A great coach but a better man. Love ya Coach." — Illinois interim coach Bill Cubit, on Twitter. ___ "I'm deeply saddened by Coach Kill's resignation. I thank him for his leadership in rebuilding the University of Minnesota's football program. All Minnesotans join me in wishing the coach and his family many years of continuing success and fulfillment." — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, in a prepared statement.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 23, 2015
ALLEN, Texas (AP) — Gregory Little is exactly the type of player coach Charlie Strong needs to make Texas football great again.The 17-year-old offensive lineman with legs like tree trunks is considered the top high school player in the Lone Star state and one of the best prospects in the nation. He was born in Dallas, attends Metroplex football giant Allen High School, and grew up rooting for...
Recruiting in Texas has never been tougher for Longhorns
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Oct 23, 2015ALLEN, Texas (AP) — Gregory Little is exactly the type of player coach Charlie Strong needs to make Texas football great again. The 17-year-old offensive lineman with legs like tree trunks is considered the top high school player in the Lone Star state and one of the best prospects in the nation. He was born in Dallas, attends Metroplex football giant Allen High School, and grew up rooting for the Longhorns. He has no interest in attending the University of Texas. "My dad always says the best conference is the SEC, so I want to play in the SEC," Little said. The state's flagship university has a problem. It's lost a little luster against its neighbors. Recruiting is selling and right now Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU are selling cool, new and different. Spread offenses. Flashy uniforms. Top-five rankings for the Bears and Horned Frogs. In the Aggies' case, the Southeastern Conference. After beating Oklahoma to salvage a season that was slipping away, Strong recently packed up the positive energy and hit the recruiting trail. "It's always good when you come off of a win that you're going to be productive in recruiting and everyone's going to be receptive," the second-year Texas coach said. Recruiting in-state has never been more challenging for Texas, and Strong and the Longhorns have ground to make up. The Longhorns have only nine commitments for 2016, a class that currently ranks 52nd in the nation, according to composite rankings of recruiting websites compiled by 247Sports. That class includes none of the players rated among the top 15 in the state of Texas by 247Sports. Texas A&M has 16 players committed and is ranked 17th in the nation. TCU is 18th with 16 commitments and Baylor is 22nd with 15 players committed. Never before has Texas had this much competition for the best players in the state. Texas A&M's move to the Southeastern Conference swung the gates of the state open to Alabama, Mississippi and the rest of the SEC. TCU's entrance to the Big 12 raised the Horned Frogs' profile in North Texas. Former Texas high school coach Art Briles has transformed Baylor into a national championship contender. Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have veteran coaches who have been recruiting in Texas for years. Even recent head coaches hired at SMU, Houston and Tulsa have extensive experience in Texas. Strong, meanwhile, has roots in the Southeast and is still learning his way around Texas. "His recruiting procedures are totally different from what the majority of coaches in Texas are," said Tim Buchanan, the athletic director and former coach at Aledo High School, west of Fort Worth. "He doesn't have that relationship with the high school coaches in Texas. He doesn't have that relationship with the high school kids in Texas like Mack Brown did or Kevin Sumlin or Art Briles (do). They understand how Texas football works." Brown won a national championship and reached another BCS title game in 16 seasons as Texas coach. He racked up top-ranked recruiting classes by cleaning up in Texas and made every high school coach in the state feel like part of the program. Bruce Chambers, who coached at Dallas Carter High School before working for Brown, used to visit all 129 coaches in his recruiting area every spring. Even if they didn't have top players. "Because you took the time to go by and see (that coach) when he didn't have anybody his mindset is: I'm going to do everything in my ability to help the University of Texas," Chambers said. Chambers was one of the few staffers retained by Strong, but he was let go after one season. Strong hired his own version of Chambers: Jeff Traylor, who coached 15 years at Gilmer High School in East Texas and won three state titles. Allen coach Tom Westerberg said he thought Strong would hire a coach with Texas ties such as Traylor as soon as he got the Longhorns job. "They are trying to now," said Westerberg, who added that Traylor had recently dropped by for a visit. Coach Reggie Samples is in his first season at Duncanville High School after a long stint at Dallas Skyline. He said he hasn't seen or heard much from Texas, but that's because his rebuilding program doesn't have Longhorns-caliber players. When Samples was at Skyline, he got a visit from Strong. "We're going to have a relationship with the high school coaches, we know how important that is," Strong said. Successful high school coaches such as Westerberg, Samples, Traylor and Cedar Hill's Joey McGuire, who Strong approached about the job he hired Traylor to do, are stars in Texas and powerful figures in their communities. "You don't run in, 'Hi, how are you? It's good to see you. Love your player,' and leave," recently fired North Texas coach Dan McCarney said. "You've got to put some time in and everybody understands that." High school coaches in Texas often hire the coaches of the middle school and junior high programs that feed their teams. "They are part of (the player's) lives from sixth, seventh grade to graduation," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "At the end of the day I've heard a lot of coaches tell me, 'Look Kevin, I'm not going to tell him where he's going to go, but ... if he asks me I'm going to give him my opinion' — which is the same thing, by the way." In Texas, high school coaches control the recruiting process, Buchanan said. When he was coaching current Texas running back Johnathan Gray, recruiters first had to speak with him, then Gray's parents. Buchanan, now the school's AD, said he never talked to Strong as Texas recruited receiver Ryan Newsome. Texas coaches directly communicated with Newsome through social media, which led to a scheduling mix-up. In the end, though, Texas got its man, flipping Newsome from a UCLA verbal commitment. "Once Charlie does get his staff in front of a kid, he does a great job when he does get them in his office," Buchanan said. Steve Buechele, the father of quarterback Shane Buechele of Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, the top-rated 2016 commitment for the Longhorns, said Strong does not sell flash. The coach won him and his son over by being "brutally honest." "The thing about coach Strong for me, he's a big family person," Shane Buechele said. "Also, his belief in how he should run a program. How his kids should be in his program. I know he got some looks (when) he came in for kicking off guys. That kind of, in my eyes, was a good thing." Texas could also benefit from Strong's connections throughout the south. While the SEC seeps into Texas and steals away potential Longhorns, he can go into SEC country and find replacements. Especially if he has a few more games like the one against Oklahoma. "This is the University of Texas," Strong said. "The players are going to want to come here." ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Oklahoma State football: Markelle Martin returns as graduate assistant to help coach position he once held for CowboysOct 23, 2015
The player once branded as the Cowboys’ biggest hitter, patrolling the defensive backfield from 2008 to 2011, is now six games into his first season as a graduate assistant in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State football: Markelle Martin returns as graduate assistant to help coach position he once held for Cowboys
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 23, 2015STILLWATER — If Tre Flowers or Jordan Sterns makes a mistake during a game, each heads back to the Oklahoma State sideline knowing they'll get an earful from a coach. Not just from the usual suspects, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt, though. This voice is just a bit different. Especially after a missed tackle, Sterns says it usually goes something like this: “I would have killed that dude.” Flowers laughed. “Oh of course, that's Markelle,” he said. “Coach Markelle is going to talk.” Coach Markelle is former OSU safety Markelle Martin. As thousands of alumni flock to Stillwater for the Cowboys' 2:30 p.m. Saturday matchup with Kansas, Martin will certainly feel at home for homecoming. The player once branded as the Cowboys' biggest hitter, patrolling the defensive backfield from 2008 to 2011, is now six games into his first season as a graduate assistant in Stillwater. Martin was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but a knee injury derailed his career. He signed with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts for a short time, but did not play. Per team policy, an interview request with Martin was denied, but his impact on the safeties he's mentored since summer camp is clear. “I talk to him every day,” Flowers said. “Pick his brain as much as I can.” Said Sterns: “To have him on the sideline is great. He's good with route recognition and formation tendencies. He's just a real good student of the game. Of course, he's still learning just like everybody else. But he knows this game better than I do.” That player-coach relationship is strengthened because of recent history. When OSU faced Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl in January 2012, Sterns and Flowers were high school juniors. But Sterns recalls with clarity watching on television as Martin laid a hit on Stanford tight end Ty Montgomery that sent his helmet rolling across the turf. “That was before I was committed and everything,” Sterns said in a 2014 interview. “But the way (Martin) got up and reacted, the way the crowd reacted … it was something I liked.” Today, the pair tries to emulate that hard-hitting mentality. Martin likes to remind them, too. “He had a lot of big hits,” Flowers said, then smiled. “He always talks about it.” OSU coach Mike Gundy says it usually takes one or two years for former players who get into college coaching to decide whether they're suited for the lifestyle. Martin's sample size is small, but Gundy has liked what he's seen so far. “(Martin) communicates very well with our players, and he's very intelligent,” Gundy said. “There's just such a difference in playing the game and coaching the game.” However, Martin's influence couldn't have arrived a better time. Following middle linebacker Ryan Simmons' season-ending knee injury earlier this month, the Cowboy defense is without its most respected vocal leader. That role could very well shift to Sterns, OSU's leading tackler last season. “When it happened, Coach Spencer came up to me during practice and just told me that it's time for me to be a little bit more vocal,” Sterns said. “Usually, I'm not a very vocal dude. I just do my thing and try to lead by example. But as of lately, I've been trying to cheer everybody up, getting everybody hyped up.” Martin served a similar role during the Cowboys' 2011 run to a Big 12 title, and the defense thrived. OSU led the nation with 44 forced turnovers. “He'll bring it up,” Sterns said. “Being a good leader is also about being able to communicate on the field. It's loud. You can't hear. Things might not be going your way. That's one thing Markelle tells me, Tre, and the other safeties and corners. We need to always communicate and be together as one back there.”
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Of the 14 turnovers caused by Denver's top-ranked defense, one can be counted as a true "takeaway," Von Miller's takedown of Derek Carr last week.Miller snatched the football from the quarterback's grasp on their way to the ground. It wasn't anything he saw on film, the way the Oakland QB holds the ball or anything like that."Yeah, in just that split second" Miller said...
Miller gives new meaning to term 'takeaway'
By ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Oct 16, 2015ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Of the 14 turnovers caused by Denver's top-ranked defense, one can be counted as a true "takeaway," Von Miller's takedown of Derek Carr last week. Miller snatched the football from the quarterback's grasp on their way to the ground. It wasn't anything he saw on film, the way the Oakland QB holds the ball or anything like that. "Yeah, in just that split second" Miller said he saw his opportunity. "I'm just trying to get a sack, but as I was running and I got closer and closer, he was still holding the ball. "I was like, 'I'll just take the ball.'" The astonishing play gave Denver the ball at the Raiders 16 and Brandon McManus' field goal pulled the Broncos to 7-6 on their way to a 16-10 win that kept them unbeaten. Miller has 52 career sacks to go with 33 at Texas A&M and dozens at DeSoto (Texas) High School, but he never had a sack-strip-snatch like this. Still, he said it felt familiar. "I've thought about that stuff many times and they said that it happens in your mind first, or whatever the saying is. I see myself doing all of that stuff all the time," Miller said. "He was just holding on for a split second. He was getting ready to throw it, too, so it was a pretty good play." Even if he has to say so himself. Shaquil Barrett, who will start opposite Miller at Cleveland on Sunday with DeMarcus Ware out with a bad back, said Miller's big play drew whoops and hollers in the film room this week. "It was amazing. He got some 'good jobs' off that play," Barrett said. "That was a great play and we needed it. He was focused on not just getting the sack. He had the opportunity to make a bigger play and he took it." Along with the football. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Miller is among the strongest outside linebackers in the NFL. Asked if there were any quarterbacks in the league who are stronger that him, Miller mentioned Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck as possibilities. "I'm not going to stand here and say that I'm stronger than every quarterback in the league, but the majority of them," Miller said. "I'd be in trouble if I'm not." NOTES: LG Evan Mathis (hamstring) missed practice all week and is a game-time decision. He'd be replaced by rookie Max Garcia, who would likely rotate into the lineup even if Mathis is active, coach Gary Kubiak said. LTs Ryan Harris and Tyler Polumbus will also share snaps with Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) out for a third straight week. ... With RB Juwan Thompson (hamstring) questionable, Kapri Bibbs could be promoted from the practice squad. He took snaps with the first team this week and also worked with Peyton Manning after practices. Bibbs was also the fourth-stringer at Colorado State before starring for the Rams. "That's what I've done my whole life is just been an opportunist," he said. ... WR Demaryius Thomas (neck) and CB Aqib Talib (ankle) practiced Friday for the first time all week. ___ 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
Oct 16, 2015
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The memory of Steve Gleason's blocked punt against Atlanta in 2006, and the emotional, spine-tingling, ear-splitting, drink-spilling pandemonium that accompanied it, has always been a special and personal one for current Saints linebacker Michael Mauti.Mauti was a New Orleans-area high school football player and part of the crowd that jammed the Superdome for its reopening...
Another blocked punt helps Saints top Falcons, 31-21
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | Oct 16, 2015NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The memory of Steve Gleason's blocked punt against Atlanta in 2006, and the emotional, spine-tingling, ear-splitting, drink-spilling pandemonium that accompanied it, has always been a special and personal one for current Saints linebacker Michael Mauti. Mauti was a New Orleans-area high school football player and part of the crowd that jammed the Superdome for its reopening after Hurricane Katrina, and he'd celebrated the Saints' victory over the rival Falcons that night. A decade later, with Gleason watching from the sideline, Mauti blocked a punt against — of all teams — Atlanta, then scooped it up and scored to help the recently reeling Saints rebound with a stunning 31-21 upset of the previously unbeaten Falcons on Thursday night. "I was a fan of Steve Gleason. He's a special-teams guy, and my dad played special teams," Mauti, said, referring to his father, Rich, who also played for the Saints. "To do this is a dream come true. I'm going to meet (Gleason) as soon as a I can. He's one of my heroes." Gleason, now paralyzed by ALS, but world-renowned for the way he lives with his condition and his efforts to improve the lives of those similarly afflicted, was watching from his motorized, computer-equipped wheel chair. He reacted to Mauti's big play with this Twitter post: "Hey, Falcons. #NeverPunt." "The cool thing was that Steve was here to see that," said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who was Gleason's teammate and remains his good friend. "It brought back some good memories. Obviously we got to add to that tonight as well." Mark Ingram scored on a pair of short runs for the Saints, and Watson added a fourth-down touchdown catch. The Falcons (5-1) were left to wonder why their punt protection broke down against New Orleans (2-4) when such plays seemed routine in their five previous games. "The mistakes were ones we executed before, so why did they come up tonight?" said first-year Falcons coach Dan Quinn, speaking for the first time after a loss. "For us to have those come up tonight is hard. I'm going to give a lot of credit to New Orleans, just in terms of the effort they played with. We knew it would be a battle." Some things we learned from the Saints' surprising triumph over rival Atlanta: BETTER BREES: There have been questions about the extent to which a Week 2 throwing shoulder injury to Brees was affecting his performance. His efficiency against the Falcons — 30 of 39 for 312 yards, one TD and no interceptions — should quiet such talk going forward, particularly with the Saints having about 10 days until their next game at Indianapolis. Brees summed up the performance of the Saints' offense as "validation," adding, "For it all to come together like that, it just gives us a glimpse of what we can be." MR. JONES: Receiver Julio Jones continues to play through a nagging hamstring injury, and also continues to look a bit diminished relative to the torrid start he had before the injury. Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw to Jones 10 times, but four of those passes fell incomplete. He finished with a respectable six catches for 93 yards, but did not have a touchdown or any truly pivotal plays. RUSHING RYAN: The Saints have struggled to mount a pass rush much of this season, but with a multiple-score lead and the crowd behind them in the second half, New Orleans went after Ryan with abandon and sacked him five times. Defensive end Cameron Jordan had three sacks, including a strip and fumble recovery. FREEMAN'S FORM: Second-year running back Devonta Freeman once again turned in a solid performance. He gained 100 yards on the ground, highlighted by his 25-yard TD early in the fourth quarter. He also finished with a team-high eight catches for 56 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown. His performance was overshadowed by teammates' mistakes, including a lost fumble by fellow running back Tevin Coleman on the New Orleans 9, then another on a bad snap by James Stone at the New Orleans 17. BIG BEN: Tight end Ben Watson, now more active in the passing game since Jimmy Graham was traded away, gained a career-high 127 yards receiving while tying a career-high with 10 catches. The 12th-year veteran also had a touchdown catch on a fourth-and-goal play late in the third quarter. "Either his number was called or he was just getting open," Brees said of Watson. "He was getting some opportunities and, man, he made the most of it." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
Sooners outside linebacker Devante Bond was expected to return to practice Wednesday but his status for Saturday’s game remains in doubt.
OU football journal: Devante Bond still questionable for Saturday
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers | Oct 14, 2015Sooners outside linebacker Devante Bond was expected to return to practice Wednesday but his status for Saturday's game remains in doubt. “He's good. He's still questionable,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “We'll know more (Wednesday) how well he can push off. As a defensive end, he has to be explosive.” Bond suffered a sprained ankle in the win over West Virginia and missed the loss to Texas. “It's very difficult,” defensive end Charles Tapper said of playing without Bond. “D-Bond is a great player. His presence on the field is a great help. We're gonna need him to get back.” P.L. Lindley started in Bond's place last week. THOMAS: SHOULDER'S FINE Sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas injured his shoulder midway through the second quarter of Saturday's game when he took a hit well behind the play from Texas wide receiver Armanti Foreman. Foreman, a former OU commit, was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. “It's good,” Thomas said of his shoulder. “It's a lot better. Got a cheap shot but at the same time, you've got to recover, get treatment and now I'm feeling a lot better.” SOONERS TYPICALLY BOUNCE BACK WELL The last time the Sooners followed their first loss of the season with a second in their next game was 2003 when a loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game was followed by a loss to LSU in the national title game. In the regular season, it hasn't happened since Bob Stoops' first season, 1999, when the Sooners lost to Texas after dropping a game to Notre Dame. Only one other time during Stoops' tenure have the Sooners dropped back-to-back games. The other instance was at the end of last season when the Bedlam loss was followed by a loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl. WALK-ON WEDNESDAY: JESSE WALKER When Jesse Walker introduces himself to a new person, he always feels compelled to add a footnote. “My real name is Brian.” Walker was born to a 14-year-old mother and his grandmother helped raise him. She read somewhere that the name “Jesse” means “a gift from God,” so she started calling him that. “The name just stuck,” Walker said. Walker, now a redshirt sophomore safety, is the latest Sooner to be featured in The Oklahoman's “Walk-on Wednesday” series, which focuses each week on a non-scholarship OU football player. He played sports at Westmoore and graduated from high school in 2008, but took four years off from school and worked. Walker spent two of those years off working for the University of Oklahoma in the facilities management department, where he essentially served as a mover. He worked hard for OU during that time, but all the while, he wanted to go back to school and earn a college degree. Eventually, he decided to apply for admission to OU and was accepted. “I was doubtful that I would even get back into school,” Walker admitted. “It's hard being out four years and then coming back. It's difficult because a lot of times, you forget some of the knowledge that you learned in high school. “Had I stayed out too long? How's that gonna affect me in the classroom?” His freshman year in 2012, Walker majored in radiology and never gave much thought at all to playing football. Until, that is, he drove down to Dallas for the OU-Texas game with a group of friends. “My grandfather had just passed away,” Walker said. “It's always been a dream since I was a kid to be on the team here at OU.” By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, staff writers
Each October, thousands of pro, college and high school football players add pink to their uniforms in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The members of the Grapevine Mustangs squad got a firsthand account of the struggles of those with cancer from former WFAA-TV anchor/reporter Janet St. James.The Grapevine football team has a team motto of TPW, which stands for Tough People Win.To tell...
Grapevine football players learn from cancer survivor
Marty Sabota, Associated Press | Oct 13, 2015Each October, thousands of pro, college and high school football players add pink to their uniforms in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The members of the Grapevine Mustangs squad got a firsthand account of the struggles of those with cancer from former WFAA-TV anchor/reporter Janet St. James. The Grapevine football team has a team motto of TPW, which stands for Tough People Win. To tell us what she went through was inspiring. She is a tough woman. Grapevine football player Brandon Coffin on cancer survivor Janet St. James St. James was brought in to speak to them about how that motto exemplifies that attitude.“It has taken a lot of mental toughness, just like your coaches tell you,” St. James told them. “I am strong and I am fierce. Those are the words I live by.” St. James was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 1, shortly after leaving the TV news business to go to work for HCA North Texas as vice president of strategic communication. Mustangs head coach Randy Jackson invited St. James to speak to his team so they would know that there are real cancer victims behind the pink mouth guards, shoelaces and towels the team adds to its uniform during October. “When you wear pink, think of the women and men like me and their families who are going through this,” St. James told the players. Grapevine football coach Randy Jackson invited Janet St. James to speak to his team so they would know that there are real cancer victims behind the pink mouth guards, shoelaces and towels the team adds to its uniform during October. St. James talked about her bilateral mastectomy and months of chemo and radiation therapy. She still faces several surgeries. She said cancer is hard on families. “Cancer is tough for parents to talk about with kids, but it has to be done,” she said. She was overwhelmed by how the approximately 100 high school boys gave her their “undivided attention.” “It made me feel really good,” the Grapevine resident said. St. James enjoyed visiting the school, especially because two of her children are students there. Her third child attends Colleyville Middle School. The visit made an impact on the players. Senior wide receiver Brandon Coffin appreciated the message from St. James, saying, “To tell us what she went through was inspiring. She is a tough woman. It was great.” Junior offensive lineman Robert Ryan added, “It was inspiring how she stayed positive during her fight. My mom had breast cancer, so this is very real. She’s been cancer-free for four years. It reminded me what this is all about.” Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367 ——— ©2015 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at www.star-telegram.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002832,t000002828,t000002827,t000412858
Oct 13, 2015
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has scored a few touchdowns and beaten a couple of Atlantic Coast Conference teams under coach Dave Clawson.Just never in the same game.In Clawson's two years, the Demon Deacons have two league wins with one thing in common: Neither team crossed the goal line in the games.That probably won't happen this week, because it's going to be difficult to keep...
Wake's Clawson: 'No apologies' for another TD-free ACC win
By JOEDY McCREARY, Associated Press | Oct 13, 2015WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has scored a few touchdowns and beaten a couple of Atlantic Coast Conference teams under coach Dave Clawson. Just never in the same game. In Clawson's two years, the Demon Deacons have two league wins with one thing in common: Neither team crossed the goal line in the games. That probably won't happen this week, because it's going to be difficult to keep North Carolina's best-in-the-ACC offense out of the end zone. Reflecting Tuesday on last week's 3-0 win over Boston College, Clawson said that "offensively, it was not pretty" but "we make no apologies for how we won." So after finding a way to beat the conference's best defense last week, now Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2) is preparing for the Tar Heels (4-1, 1-0) and the league's best offense. "The whole defense was mad at me the whole week because I kept saying (BC has) the No. 1 defense in the country," Clawson said. "Now the offensive guys will be ticked at me. ... We've got to go play for play, point for point. Now the challenge is on us to do that." That's going to be tough for a Wake Forest program that for the second straight year is riding its defense while the offense matures. The Demon Deacons have perhaps the youngest team in the country, with only five players in their fifth season in the program. The offense has five freshmen or redshirt freshmen listed as starters — and that's not counting the uncertain situation at quarterback, where sophomore John Wolford and freshman Kendall Hinton remain listed as co-starters and are fighting various injuries. Conversely, the defense starts one true sophomore and four seniors or graduate students. So while the offense continues to try to find its legs, a defense ranked 15th in the nation, allowing 296 total yards per game, is once again carrying the load. And that sometimes makes for ugly wins. In a bizarre stat, Clawson is 2-1 in ACC games in which the Demon Deacons fail to score a touchdown. They beat Virginia Tech 6-3 in double overtime last year for Clawson's first ACC victory, a game that was scoreless at the end of regulation. Then something similar happened last week in Boston during what safety Ryan Janvion called "the craziest ending I've ever been a part of in my Little League, high school, college career." Boston College came up empty on two possessions inside the Wake Forest 10-yard line in the final 2 minutes, fumbling the first with 1:09 to play. The Demon Deacons' Matt Colburn coughed the ball up three plays later with 56 seconds remaining. The Eagles had first-and-goal at the 1 with 29 seconds left, but ran a play for no gain and time expired before Jeff Smith could spike the ball. "People call it an ugly game," punter Alex Kinal said. "I don't know, if you know football I guess it wasn't so ugly, if you watched the defense." There's a pretty good chance the Tar Heels will find the end zone: North Carolina averages 38.6 points and 471 total yards, both ACC bests. Since that befuddling 17-13 loss to South Carolina in the opener in Charlotte, the Tar Heels haven't been held to fewer than 38 points. Clawson wants the Demon Deacons to find a way to get another victory. "This is a year that you've got to fight, compete, scrap and find ways to get wins and, at times, steal wins," he said. ___ Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joedyap
Oct 12, 2015
The emails are in, and they aren’t pretty. They started flooding sometime in the first quarter of the OU-Texas game on Saturday, and they’re still coming in. Sooner fans aren’t happy with what they saw in the Cotton Bowl, and who can blame them? Let’s give the fans the podium: Lynn: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and...
Fans react to OU-Texas, and it's not pretty
Berry Tramel | Oct 12, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3873897[/img] The emails are in, and they aren’t pretty. They started flooding sometime in the first quarter of the OU-Texas game on Saturday, and they’re still coming in. Sooner fans aren’t happy with what they saw in the Cotton Bowl, and who can blame them? Let’s give the fans the podium: Lynn: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and witnessed the carnage firsthand. A few points: 1) In 33 years of watching the Sooners, I have to say this is the most infuriating loss I can remember. Of course I've seen bigger losses with more on the line to play for, but I've never been more disgusted than I was on Saturday. I've never seen an OU squad that was softer in the trenches than the one that trotted out there last Saturday. Yes that includes even the John Blake era squads. The way this game played out, it evolved into a simple game; an old-fashioned test of wills. A test of football manhood at the line of scrimmage. And OU's big men flat out wilted. I'm referring to both sides of the ball: the O-line AND the front seven on defense. 2) The Mike Stoops experiment is a total disaster. I've been waiting patiently (an optimistically) to see how it goes, but I've seen enough now to pass judgment. Mike's defenses have now been embarrassed in every way it is possible for a defense to be embarrassed. The failures are already well documented and I don't need to rehash them here. Now we can add an old school punch-in-the-mouth whipping from a down and out arch rival to Coach Mike's growing list of black eyes on his second stint resume. To make things worse, I'm afraid by hiring his brother, Bob has painted himself into a corner. In some ways it's possible that the entire Bob Stoops tenure hinges on how his brother's defense performs. 3) I've personally never seen an Oklahoma squad with a lower talent level than the current one. Even the John Blake and Howard Schnellenberger teams had some top talent sprinkled around the roster. This OU squad is almost totally devoid of playmakers on defense. Only Eric Striker is a real playmaker, and on a really good college defensive squad he would only be a situational edge rusher. The defensive backs are too slow and the overall team speed is no longer elite. Yes the linebackers can really run, but unfortunately they are undersized and are a huge liability against any power running game. And you simply need more playmaking ability from your linebackers if you want to have a strong defense. Have you ever known a great defense that didn't have big time playmakers at linebacker? OU hasn't had a great linebacker since Curtis Lofton, around 8 years ago. Recruiting has really slipped and I would say the drop off in Texas recruiting is the single biggest problem that the program faces. It will not be fixed without a major effort by the entire coaching staff. I'm not convinced this staff is even capable of it. I see a continued slide in this area as the Oklahoma brand name has lost cachet among the high school kids. Just look at the other programs that OU recruits have been receiving offers from (Hint: it ain't what it used to be).” Linebacker is a huge issue. I agree. And talent overall. It’s well-established that OU’s offensive line is rebuilding. And the receivers, despite a good game against West Virginia, reverted back to mediocrity vs. Texas. The DBs are just so-so. The defensive line is OK. The 2014 quarterback was a great character guy, and the 2015 QB is a feisty gamer. But outside of tailback, this isn’t a team of rich talent. Of course, neither is Texas. Ray: “Cut to the chase, Stoops is over rated and has been for more than five years. When you are paid $5 million plus a year, the production should reflect as much, say a national championship every 5-10 years or so. The best career coaches have produced such. The greatest, including Wilkinson and Switzer, have produced more in the same time frame. That puts Stoops on not so strong of turf. This loss was his loss. This loss was a coach loss. Stoops can point his finger where he wants, but he is ultimately responsible. I have told anyone that would listen, ‘Bob Stoops is overpaid and overrated.’ You can write your article the way you see fit. At the end of the field the fact remains, Stoops is paid more than he deserves.” Well, yes, but that goes for a lot of people. Bringing up Stoops’ salary is taking your eye off the ball. Bringing up salary infers that if OU paid a coach $2 million, everyone would be pleased with 8-5. And that ain’t true. Gary: “How much longer must we endure the unprepared and unmotivated play of the Oklahoma Sooners? Big Game Bob is now known as No Game Bob! Everyone knew that Texas could not beat us throwing the ball and Mike Stoops could not come up with a defense to stop the run. Has anybody noticed the high-rated defense of Clemson and Brent Venables? Has anybody noticed how well Arizona is doing without Mike Stoops? Can anyone explain why there is no quick throw passing game in the Air Raid to counter blitzes? Too many unanswered questions and too many mistakes by the Stoops brothers! $5 million a year for too many years means ZERO incentive for No Game Bob. Too many lost games that should have been won. Time for a change!” I thought both coordinators struggled, but that’s nothing new. OU, on both sides of the ball, have been shaky the last three games against Texas. But again, another salary reference. That’s simmering just below the surface. Shlomo: “How do you run 50-60 some odd plays a game unless you're hanging half a hundred on people and hitting long range passes? If you’re running the Air Raid and keeping it short to medium, then you should have more plays than that, right? Air Raid? Arid. Which brings me to this: Exactly how do you spread the field and terrify the D with pass catchers all over the place and have no ability to run the ball, at all? Do you think that just maybe, if you put in, say, a fullback as well, you can....wait for it....RUN THE FREAKIN' BALL IN FROM THE FOUR? Do ya, huh, huh, do ya? More than once I felt like this was the absolute worst, most embarrassing, disgusting display of football that has ever been perpetrated on a loyal fan base. So, I'll get over this one, too. But, dang, even ol' Bud knew when it was time to go. If Bob doesn't, maybe the powers that be could drop a hint or two?” I most definitely would have used Dmitri Flowers more. He could have helped pass block, more than anything. And it’s not like he’s a staff with the ball. Flowers caught a touchdown pass on a nifty play and also made a one-handed catch on third down. Don: “I think he (Bob Stoops) is a good person, but has the fire in his belly diminished?” I don’t detect that. But who knows? Dunlap: “Here are my ratings for the OU-Texas game. Offensive and defensive lines — F. The offensive line could not block for Mayfield or the backs. Coaching — probably a D-. Texas outcoached OU, both offense and defense. Generally it is Bill Snyder who outcoaches Stoops and Co.” I would cut the OU defensive line a little slack. The Sooners’ defensive problems didn’t just stem from the D-line. Heck, same with the O-line. Not much of anyone played well. Royse: “Charlie Strong showed a lot of class today when he chose to run the clock out on Oklahoma’s 1-yard line instead of scoring another touchdown. I’m sure you remember that Mack Brown did the same thing in the Texas/Oklahoma game a couple of years ago. For some reason, I can’t see Bob Stoops cutting Texas slack like that. And, I don’t really think it’s too far out in left field to wonder if maybe Bob’s tenure at OU may be in just a tad of jeopardy.” Stoops most definitely has taken it easy on Texas in the waning seconds of a rout. But there’s no doubt. There are people who increasingly are wondering if Stoops is past his prime. Dave: “We want to thank you for the article regarding OU's game with Texas. We quit watching OU when they lost to Southern Cal several years ago. If you remember, the players quit in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Southern Cal players said they saw it ‘in their eyes.’ The only remedy is to get rid of Stoops, and the sooner (no pun) the better. President David Boren should be held accountable for not stepping in and rectifying the problem. He has forgotten how OU football brought fame and fortune to Oklahoma. Where is the fan outrage? I believe they have become complacent. Tailgating is more important than winning the game.” Well, I think the outrage is in this blog post. But I wonder if they’ve really quit watching OU? If you don’t watch, that means you don’t care. If you don’t care, why the outrage? Larry: “I am done with Bob Stoops and his brand of Sooner football. Losing has become commonplace. This won't work any longer.” Here’s what’s interesting. A loss like this has happened before. Two years ago. Losing to Texas when it had no business losing to Texas, except those Longhorns actually proved to be a solid football team, and these Longhorns can’t possibly do that. They’ve already proven otherwise. Yet the 2013 Sooners rallied to beat OSU and Alabama and have a great season. Not saying the same thing will happen, but sometimes, there’s over-reaction to one game. Kenneth: “As Ernest Tubbs says in one of his songs of many, many years ago, ‘You Hit The Nail Right On The Head’ in every one of your articles for the entire week leading up to the game and the articles in the paper today. Great job. I would love it if you would write an article about how Bob Stoops has lost control of the team. Also, an article about this will be a better team when most of this year’s seniors are gone. Great talent, but thugs and uncoachable.” I don’t really know what you mean by thugs. But will OU miss its seniors. Let’s see. Devante Bond, Ty Darlington, Nila Kasitati, Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard, Eric Striker, Charles Tapper. Those are some good ballplayers. The good news is not that OU is losing them. The good news is that OU is losing so few of them. Damon: “I just need to vent. I'm so tired of Oklahoma football being the poster child for other teams getting monumental wins at OU’s expense (Boise State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, BYU, etc.). Uggghhh.” Look at it this way. OU gets some monumental wins at others' expense. Alabama. OSU. Tennessee. Judd: “After witnessing what I consider as an old coach, the sorriest exhibition of game preparation I believe ever seen! OU should be fined for impersonating a No. 10 ranked team! The offensive line coaches should be docked in their pay for the performance before a nationally televised audience. Our poor QB took a beating today because our lineman can't move their feet, but they can accumulate unwanted yards in penalties. I am just venting because I want them to play like I know they can. It'll be long games against TCU & Baylor!” You know, maybe it’s just me, but I think too much blame has been placed on the offensive line. It wasn’t good at all, but the idea that Baker Mayfield would run around and make great plays if just given a little help, well, I think that’s off base. Mayfield didn’t have a good game, either. His completion percentage was excellent, 20 of 28, but he missed a couple of key throws and seemed a little jittery. Not that you can blame him, considering the circumstances. Adrian: “No energy, no adjustments, no blocking and the worst excuse for tackling I've ever seen on any level of football. All F's for the players and assistant coaches and a big fat F- for the head idiot from Youngstown. Seven years and counting.” Seven years since the national title game, I assume. The biggest indictment of Stoops is that it’s seven years, with just one outright Big 12 championship. And in that year, OU actually tied OSU and Texas A&M for the South Division title. So it’s seven years since the Sooners were dominant within their conference. Jay: “Looking at the potential losses for the rest of this season adds up to a repeat of last season in terms of wins and losses. To me that is an indication that the Stoops boys need to go. I think I mentioned to you last year that Bob Stoops has retired from coaching, he just hasn’t told anyone. The team for OU today was not ready for Texas. This team like last year’s team is not well coached. He fired two capable coaches, when he was the problem all along. I truly believe Bob does not have the passion and drive to think, plan and execute the nuances of football the way he did at one time.” Stoops does look awfully bad. He’s been schooled twice in the last six games by coordinators he invited to work elsewhere, while his current coordinators have been either repeatedly questionable (Mike Stoops) or outfoxed vs. Texas (Lincoln Riley). Greg: “First, fire Boren and JC. Next, fire all except Cale (Gundy). Hire (Justin Fuente). Same old tired crap.” Wouldn’t something a little less severe be a better way to proceed? I don’t know. Keeping the greatest president in school history and one of the most-respected athletic directors in the nation might be a little more prudent way to make decisions. Mike: “The OU defense against Texas was about the most poorly-designed defense you could imagine. Mike Stoops should have been fired last year, and unbelievably Coach Bob puts Mike in charge of the defense. Everything Mike Stoops has been in charge of has failed miserably. Texas was totally run — no pass threat — and OU could still not stop them.” I think it was the biggest indictment of Mike Stoops yet. It’s one thing to get blown up by Baylor. But a one-dimensional offense, with a dimension that OU has historically corralled? Strange. Doc: “I wish Mayfield had Knight’s speed and running ability. Time to get him involved some way. Too much running. The hits he took and the nerves of the game I feel tired Mayfield out today. Need a package for Knight for various reasons. He has proven he can throw the ball. So if you bring him in to run it, teams still have to respect his throwing ability and work it during practice. Also for a change of pace. I hope Bob and Lincoln implement such a package. Noticed when Swoops came in Oklahoma ended up burning timeouts.” I don’t see how Knight could add much to the offense. He’s quite similar to Mayfield in skill set. The Swoopes/Jerrod Heard difference is vast, and the J.W. Walsh/Mason Rudolph difference is vaster. But Knight and Mayfield are fairly similar, it’s just that Mayfield takes better care of the ball. Gary: “Paying these guys to coach $5 million a year and this is what you end up with? Unbelievable. Totally disgraceful. The laughing stock of NCAA football. The big, arrogant coaches, they need to be run out of town. How about the despicable, lazy, carefree attitude with which they approached this game? Terrible gameplanning on both sides of the football. Penalties, worst-run football program in the nation with all the resources they have to compete. They need to go now!” Hyperbole doesn’t get anybody anywhere. Worst-run program in the nation? Laughing stock of NCAA football? Making decisions about your football program requires adult decisions. Adult decisions require adults. Tony: “A question I'm sure you've already contemplated: Where does OU's performance today rank in terms of the most disappointing or infuriating of the Stoops era? The only ones that come to mind quickly are OSU in 2001, West Virginia in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl and Clemson last season.” Great question. Disappointing and infuriating are two different things. Disappointing? Bedlam 2001. LSU 2003. Florida 2008. Texas 2013. Infuriating? Southern Cal 2004. Bedlam 2014. Texas 2015. That’s an early list. Ken: “Well once again, Stoops loses to a big underdog. Very poor defense and O-line play. If you can't stop the run, you're not going to win much.” Failure to stop the run is the biggest disaster of the day. Think about it. This defense was torched by Tulsa’s Baylor offense. But now it’s been torched by the polar opposite of Baylor’s offense. Kent: “Horns dominate line of scrimmage. This is without a doubt another one on Bob. OU had no fire.” Both sides of the line of scrimmage. No doubt about it. Tim: “Would you please ask Stoops why his defense refuses to tackle? It's been that way for years. They won't wrap their arms while attempting to tackle.” The tackling was abysmal. Dom Alexander’s short-armed push of Marcus Johnson along the sideline, after the shovel pass, was the low point in the game for OU. That came early and showed that Texas came to play and the Sooners didn’t. Thomas: “OU was never a championship contender team when Mark Mangino left. For you to be a championship team, your offensive line should hold ground and blow the other team out of the water. That's why Alabama was and is a playoff contender every year. Mark Mangino was the offensive coordinator. Before he left, OU’s offensive line was good. After he left, OU’s offensive line was and is mediocre. How can you be a powerhouse football team with such a slow and week offensive line. I would rather have a 6'5 and 6'6 300-pound athletic offensive lineman rather than a slow 6'9 300-pound offensive lineman. Orlando Brown was too slow. Can you please ask Stoop why we never have a dominant offensive line? The reason Texas out-gained us on yards the last two years in a row because our line sucks.” In times of stress, there’s a natural tendency to overreact. OU has had several excellent offensive lines since 2001. 2004, 2008. OU protected Trevor Knight against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. I love Mark Mangino, but this is a lot of revisionist history. When Mangino left, OU fans were happy. Brett: “Seriously, with a good d-coordinator, we could have beat Texas 6-0. Should have had eight in the box all game. The whole team played poor individually and as a whole. The defense played bad but also had zero chance due to poor coaching. Many times UT used seven to block OU's six spread-out defenders which are only two defensive linemen and four linebackers. UT had a freshman running quarterback and a good running back with five offensive linemen and tight end and fullback. OU runs a 2-4-5 without any muscle. Cannot believe how stupid that is! Heard has not proven to beat a team with his arm and didn't try I Dallas. Yet OU ran a basically 2-4-5 defense the whole game best designed to stop a Hail Mary play. OU puts eight in the box, they disrupt UT and win going away. Fire Mike Stoops yesterday!” Excellent points. OU’s defensive alignment was strange. Very strange. Joe: “Though I played a little football a long time ago, I've never coached or written about it as you have. But I have followed OU since the late '40s, and my one steadfast observation is motivation. This especially is true in college football. In my opinion, Jay Norvell was a factor today. He was super-motivated after OU fired him last year, and he went to call offense at Texas. Also, do you think Mike Stoops is up for the job? I don't, but you know more about it than I do.” I don’t know think motivation affected Norvell. He should have been equally motivated last week against TCU, and I assume he was. But Mike Stoops’ competence is increasingly coming into question. John: “Typical OU today. Played sluggish. Defense couldn’t stop the run. Texas looked like CRAP last week but, what a surprise, plays like Super Bowl champions against OU. Mike Stoops sucks. And I don’t know about Lincoln Riley. I really don’t. Mayfield is great, but Perine barely getting the ball is no good. I know we have adopted this ‘open’ offense with Riley, but I think if you give the ball to Perine 25-30 times a game, we don’t lose. Mixon is unimpressive. The O-line stinks for OU, too. Another huge letdown for OU. Didn’t show up again for what should have been a 2-3 touchdown win. OU gets caught up in complacency on the heels of TCU’s blowout of Texas, plays flat and gets embarrassed. I am sick of this pattern with Stoops’ teams.” Generally, I don’t have a lot of patience with fans who go ballistic after a defeat. But this game was particularly baffling. It indeed was on the coaches. Not the players. Jack: “Oklahoma will lose six games this year. Five in the regular season plus whatever bowl game they go to. How long are people going to support this bum? He needs to go. He’s a has-been. He was a one-hit wonder.” Well, that one-hit wonder stuff is nonsense. But how many losses could OU have? The game at Manhattan now looks rough. The Baylor/TCU/OSU November games are going to be incredibly difficult. The Sooners could be looking at a variety of defeats. Craig: “Wow, offensive line and defensive lines both got their butts whipped. Can't believe I'm seeing this.” It wouldn’t be so bad if the same thing hadn’t happened to the Longhorns. David: “The heat is going to be turned up this week like never before. Sooners still have some very tough games left. I thought at one time Mack Brown was in the ‘can't be fired’ category. I still think OU will find a way to win 10 games.” Ten wins will be tough. Baylor seems a sure loss. Otherwise, who knows? Michael: “I agree with what you wrote, on so many levels. Not quite 24 hours later, and that game just keeps getting worse and worse. Horrible preparation, almost nonexistent in-game adjustments and poor tackling (rooted in taking even poorer angles to the ball). Another 8-5 season is quite possible, and at $5 million per year, that's just not acceptable.” No, probably not. Jim: “Has Bob Stoops entered the Mack Brown Zone?” I’d say so. Gene: “Lots of blame to go around. I agree with you on the defensive game plan. It seemed we were in too many spread sets against a team that was no threat to throw the ball. The Texas offense should've been exactly what we could shut down. I've been a Mike Stoops supporter for a long time, but I'm starting to question his thinking. However, in his defense Texas had 165 yards after contact. That is unacceptable at FBS level football. The first TD the Horns got where we missed four tackles was horrible. We have too many players such as Sanchez who like to throw their shoulder down at a guy’s ankles to try and get him down. When I played, I was taught to wrap up on tackles. That is what I still teach to players. I would have given the offensive gameplan a C+. It's kind of hard to implement a plan when the line can't run block or pass block. Many times Texas was rushing three or four but still able to disrupt everything we tried to do. That was some of the worst O-line play I've ever seen. The only thing Riley could've done was run more draw plays and rollouts for Baker. Considering the pressure he was under the entire game, Baker played his butt off. Until the O-line starts asserting themselves, OU will continue to sputter on offense.” That’s probably true. But on 24 called running plays, OU gained 98 yards. That’s not terrible. Tom: “As a long-time OU fan going as far back at least with Joe Washington, Thomas Lott, etc., I have grown up a Sooner. I graduated in 1989 and remember well the dark days of the ‘90s. While we owe a lot to Coach Stoops, paying him over $5 million a year brings expectations I believe he is unable to fulfill with his brother Mike as the head of our defense. Bob has already hidden Mike from view in an effort to feign change. However, it was only superficial and in my view an attempt only to hide the fact he is still in charge after some of the dismal defensive performances last year. Despite nearly costing him his job, which is the real truth, Bob won't ask his brother to find something else, and if not it just might mean Coach Stoops should look elsewhere, too. His comments following yesterday's loss show he may have just lost the energy we need at the helm. ‘Who is better?’ is a question my friends ask me. I submit the answer is the premise is faulty in that if Bob had us at 11-1, they would be right. An 8-5 Bob can go away.” There’s no doubt, Stoops has lowered the bar on OU football. Any time you’re talking about a change, in most any business, you have to consider replacement level. Can OU find someone who could replicate Stoops’ career accomplishments? Not likely. Can OU find someone who could replicate Stoops’ last several years? Almost surely. Brian: “So happy that someone in print is calling out the inexcusable lack of preparedness that this coaching staff puts on the field sometimes. If I’m not mistaken you did a blog awhile back, I think in 2013, that had Bob Stoops below 90 percent when a double-digit favorite. I believe that Stoops has lost a game when being a double digit favorite every year for the last 9 seasons. That is ridiculous for a program like OU when many programs don’t have that problem whatsoever. Great article calling out something that many of us have been saying for years.” Here’s what I don’t know. How often does anyone lose as a double-digit favorite? And does OU have more opportunity because it is so often a big favorite? I need to research that. Fred: “I am a realistic OU football fan. I remember watching Bud's team on a black and white TV when I was in grade school, then the magic Barry brought. Bob is no Bud or Barry. Saturday was a disgrace to Oklahoma football. How many games can they win? Kansas and Iowa State? I'm not going to say Bob Stoops should be fired, but he should just fade away.” Hard to take someone as realistic when they ask if OU can beat someone besides Kansas and Iowa State. OU stunk against Texas and obviously has some fundamental issues. But that’s no reason to talk crazy. Keith: “How do you get rid of a poor performer when he is your brother? Tough situation in a close family. This is why many organizations have a policy against nepotism.” That’s the problem with nepotism. It’s not the hiring of family members. It’s the problem with trying to fire family members. Or adequately evaluate family members. Kevin: “I enjoyed reading your article this morning regarding 'Just not much more to say.’ I thought the way Mr. Stoops responded to your press conference questions last week showed his arrogance and lack of desire to accept the failures of the 2013/14 rivalry games. Both were failures to perform. It seemed that as of last Monday, Texas should simply roll over and give up because he is Stoops and this is OU. As a fan of the Sooners, I feel Mr. Stoops should humble himself a bit, accept these failures and demand more of himself and the program. This is an unacceptable level of mediocrity when it can be written off as 'they just beat us' or 'we won, what more do you want?’ How about superior performance? This isn't Popcorn State after all.” That was not a particularly good omen, was it? Basically, I asked Stoops why OU hadn’t played well two straight years in the Cotton Bowl, and he said the Sooners did play well last season. Which was goofy. OU was totally dominated on both lines in both 2013 and 2014, yet the Sooners won a year ago because of two long returns. Ryan: “Guess I'm too immature for football, because I am consumed by this loss. It’s got the chance to ruin my week. It's horrible. I grew up hating Texas, so this hurts. Has OU ever played Texas when they were 1-4 and we were ranked and lost?” I don’t think OU ever has lost to a Texas team off to a poorer start. Rich: “If anyone watched our first four 2015 games, it was clear Oklahoma and its coaching staff were waiting to be exposed. Mayfield gets no time in the pocket, the defensive backfield leaks like the Iraqi Navy, we have the wrong players for the offensive scheme, there's no leader in the locker room and the coaching staff doesn't adjust the game plan until it's too late. I think it's time to look at the Stoops era in the rear view mirror. I hope journalists such as yourself will continue to press for accountability and an end to mediocrity in the great OU program. What happened to Lincoln Riley's Air Raid?” It appears the Air Raid is a work in progress. Enough of an Air Raid to render Samaje Perine ineffective, not enough of an Air Raid to not need the zone read. J.D.: “It’s about time our $5 million man get up off his (butt) and on a plane start recruiting and coaching. I among other fans are tired and we want to see results. There’s not fight in the dog. I doubt seriously whether or not the Texas Tech game will be a sellout. As a longtime fan I have become skeptical about the future under Stoops.” The Tech home game will be very interesting. Should we consider it a referendum?
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Rather than playing for one of the best teams in major college football, quarterback Seth Russell was oh-so-close to playing for what is arguably the worst.The talented junior from the Dallas area was recruited by Kansas coach Turner Gill, and for a while had committed there. But when Gill was fired after the 2011 season, Russell backed out of his pledge and chose to play...
Baylor quarterback Russell finally gets to play at Kansas
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Oct 9, 2015LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Rather than playing for one of the best teams in major college football, quarterback Seth Russell was oh-so-close to playing for what is arguably the worst. The talented junior from the Dallas area was recruited by Kansas coach Turner Gill, and for a while had committed there. But when Gill was fired after the 2011 season, Russell backed out of his pledge and chose to play closer to home, signing instead with Art Briles at Baylor. On Saturday, Russell will lead the Bears into Memorial Stadium against the Jayhawks. "Coach Gill was a phenomenal guy. I had high respect for him," Russell said. "I went up there when Coach Gill got released and Coach (Charlie) Weis came in. It just didn't have the same feel." Rather than a family, Kansas suddenly felt like a business. "But when I came to visit Baylor it was just like Kansas all over again, before Coach Weis," Russell explained. "I felt like it was a good fit for myself, and it was." Russell has the third-ranked Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) in prime position for the College Football Playoff heading into Saturday's game at Kansas, directing an offense that is putting up the kind of numbers that you only see in video games. Like 63.8 points per game, and an average of 745 yards of offense. "I think if Turner stayed the coach up there, we wouldn't have Seth," Briles said. "Seth was certainly a guy we always wanted and felt he would fit our system." The Jayhawks (0-4, 0-1) sure could use him these days. After losing Michael Cummings to a knee injury in the spring game, Montell Cozart to a shoulder sprain and third-stringer Deondre Ford to torn tendons in a finger, coach David Beaty is down to freshman Ryan Willis making his first career start against the Bears. Willis has only played a couple dozen snaps this season, briefly in the opener against South Dakota State and then last week at Iowa State, when Cozart went down with his injury. No pressure, kid. "Man, he's excited. I think that's the thing that I'm most encouraged about with him," Beaty said. "He is really excited about this opportunity. He has no shortage of confidence. Man, that's something that you can't give them. They either have it or they don't." Here are some things to watch for as the Bears visit the Jayhawks on Saturday. LONG ODDS: Depending on the odds-maker, Baylor is favored by about 45 points on Saturday. Not that Briles seems to care. "If we can get out of there 7-6, I'll get on the plane as happy as I can be," he said. "This is set up now like it's a playoff situation. You win and advance, win and advance. You don't win and you're fighting an uphill battle." COX RETURNS: Kansas will get running back Taylor Cox back on Saturday. He's had injuries derail each of the last two seasons. While his impact on the game in yards and points may prove to be minimal, Beaty said this week that his leadership is invaluable. SHOCK AND AWE: Baylor running back Shock Linwood is averaging 146 yards rushing per game, fifth-best nationally and tops in the Big 12. "It says a lot about our offense running the ball," he said. "It shows that our offense has another way besides the passing game." CLOSE CALL: There are still a few Baylor players around who were part of the 2011 team, led by Robert Griffin III, that needed overtime to beat Kansas on the road. "They usually have that one game a year where they beat somebody or it's close," Bears offensive lineman Spencer Drango said. "We don't want that to be us." OLD PALS: Briles and Beaty have known each other for years, back when they were both high school coaches in Texas. They even won state titles right after each other in 1999, when Briles coached Stephenville and Beaty was leading Garland. "I've had to match up with him a lot, every place I've been," Beaty said. "Good coach."
Oct 9, 2015
Putnam City earned a hard-fought first district victory this season after Braden Hudson threw two fourth-quarter scoring strikes to Dreyvon Christon.
High school football: Putnam City stuns Edmond Memorial, 31-30
By Richard Tortorelli, For The Oklahoman | Oct 9, 2015Dreyvon Christon ensured that Putnam City can keep its postseason dreams alive with his clutch play. Christon lifted Putnam City to a stunning 31-30 football triumph over Edmond Memorial on Friday at Putnam City Stadium, scoring two touchdowns in the final 11 minutes to help the Pirates overcome a 13-point deficit. Putnam City earned a hard-fought first district victory this season after Braden Hudson threw two fourth-quarter scoring strikes to Christon. Christon cut Edmond Memorial's lead to 30-24 with 11 minutes remaining on a 6-yard TD catch. Christon caught the game winner on a 7-yard slant with 33 seconds left. Luis Martinez's extra-point kick put Putnam City in the lead 31-30. Putnam City got Edmond Memorial to turn the ball over on downs at midfield to clinch the win. “I really just love moments like this,” said Christon, who had seven grabs for 79 yards and two touchdowns. “We really want to win and try to make it to week 11.” Hudson completed 25 of 30 passes for 210 yards and three scores despite pressure from the Memorial defense. Brennon Bothe smothered Hudson in the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 30-17 advantage on a safety midway through the third quarter. Putnam City (3-3 overall, 1-2 in district) came off back-to-back 50-point losses to Jenks and Broken Arrow to open district play. “We got better today, showed who we really are and we played Pirates football,” Hudson said. “It's a huge win. We came into district play, and we had our two toughest teams already. We got that over with. We knew once we got past that, we had a chance to possibly win out and go to the playoffs. We have to go 1-0 each week.” Hudson said of Christon: “I couldn't ask for a better receiver, a better play maker. He's a brother to me. No words can express how great he does in practice. He works every day to get better, and it shows in the game.” The Pirates had 10 unanswered points to take a 17-14 second-quarter lead. J'Lyn Bryant reached the end zone on a 7-yard catch to tie the game just before the end of the first quarter. Martinez kicked a 28-yard field goal to give his team the lead with 5:36 left in the first half. Putnam City used chicanery to score its first touchdown. Ryan Brown caught Hudson's backward pass and tucked the ball appearing to run with it. Once Christon got past the Memorial secondary, Brown reared back and chucked the ball to Christon, who then found open field for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. Just before halftime, Edmond Memorial racked up two quick touchdowns to go up 28-17. Brendan Mitchell's 39-yard reception set the Bulldogs up with first-and-goal at the Putnam City 4-yard line. Delvon McNeely capitalized with a 1-yard scoring plunge. The Bulldogs forced a three-and-out, then got the ball back with 2:13 left in the half. Coleman Chavez covered 20 yards on a catch to put Edmond Memorial with goal-to-go at the 5. Tate Troxell bulldozed across the goal line for a 28-17 Bulldogs lead with 13 seconds to spare in the first half. Troxell led Edmond Memorial by rushing for 185 yards on 21 carries.