Springfield, Colo. football
|1 - 0||0 - 0||1 - 0||1.000||50||~|
|2012-08-31||@||Boise City||W||50 - 0|
Springfield, Colo. football News
Apr 11, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Tim Beckman is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback, insisting that the competition to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open.But when the Illini wrap up spring football with the Orange and Blue game Saturday, a lot of eyes will be on No. 12, the quarterback many assume will emerge as the starter. At 6-foot-5, Wes Lunt looks the part. He has the...
Illini won't name QB, but eyes are on Lunt
DAVID MERCER, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2014CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Tim Beckman is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback, insisting that the competition to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open. But when the Illini wrap up spring football with the Orange and Blue game Saturday, a lot of eyes will be on No. 12, the quarterback many assume will emerge as the starter. At 6-foot-5, Wes Lunt looks the part. He has the arm and pedigree — one not seen at Illinois in a while — to match. And Beckman said he has something else — leadership and what might loosely define as work ethic. Lunt sat out under NCAA rules last season after transferring from Oklahoma State, a season in which Scheelhaase finished up his career as an Illini favorite. For most, Lunt was out of sight. But working late on week nights, the coaching staff saw plenty of him. "You'd be watching film and come out you'd see Wes Lunt underneath the lights running extra sprints to try to get his body better," Beckman said. Lunt is an Illinois kid. He grew up in Rochester, just east of Springfield and a little more than an hour from the Illinois campus. In high school he led Rochester to back-to-back state titles, big games played in Memorial Stadium, Illinois' home field. But the kid who says he grew up an Illinois fan was lured south by a shot at something new, different. "I definitely looked at Illinois," he said. "But once you have different schools recruit you that you've never heard of ... I went out and visited, fell in love." With the people, with the facilities financed by oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens — "unbelievable," he calls them — and with the offense, he said. While Lunt was a high school senior, the Cowboys were routinely scoring 40, 50, even 60 points a game. The next fall he became the first freshman to start a season opener for Oklahoma State since at least 1950. But a pair of injuries limited his season to six games, and by the time he was healthy, he'd lost his job. Lunt looked to move on, finally deciding to head home. He has skills Illinois hasn't had in more than a decade. Scheelhaase relied on his feet first and his predecessor, Juice Williams, was inconsistent as a passer and valued almost as much for his mobility as his arm. The last big passing quarterback at Illinois was Kurt Kittner, whose last season was 2001. Lunt is strong-armed and accurate, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said. That means he can throw the ball across the width of the field with power. And receivers sometimes accustomed to softer throws are now seeing something else. "All of the sudden that ball is on a line now," Cubit said. "It's a big adjustment for our wideouts, some of our wideouts, that that ball is coming through there (fast)." Mikey Dudek is one of those receivers. An early enrollee, the 5-11, 180-pound slot receiver will be a freshman this fall. "There was an out route I caught in the scrimmage last Friday, and he threw it right over the defender — and I don't know how he did it," Dudek said. Cubit's offense, which was one of the Big Ten's more productive last season, is surprisingly complex, Lunt said. But he loves it. "It's all on the quarterback. Every quarterback wants to have the ball in his hands and make the play and make the right checks and everything," he said. "I've learned as much football in the past year as I've learned in my entire life." All that does not mean that Beckman and Cubit have settled on the redshirt sophomore. Senior Reilly O'Toole has played part or all of 23 games at Illinois, and points out that he's probably more familiar with Cubit's offense than anyone at this point. And sophomore Aaron Bailey, a four-star recruit, saw action in nine games last fall. The decision, Beckman said, will come sometime after spring practice ends. ___ Follow David Mercer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidmercerap
ILLINOISNational rankings (Rivals 71; Scout 68).Best in class: Jihad Ward, 6-6 285, dt, Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.)Best of the rest: Malik Turner, 6-3 205, wr, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-GriffinLate addition: Chris James, 5-11 185, db, Orange-Stark (Texas) High SchoolOne that got away: Tyree Stone-Davis, CB, Pierce College (Calif.).NOTE: The best player Illinois will add may not...
Signing day capsules for each Big Ten school
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014ILLINOIS National rankings (Rivals 71; Scout 68). Best in class: Jihad Ward, 6-6 285, dt, Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.) Best of the rest: Malik Turner, 6-3 205, wr, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-Griffin Late addition: Chris James, 5-11 185, db, Orange-Stark (Texas) High School One that got away: Tyree Stone-Davis, CB, Pierce College (Calif.). NOTE: The best player Illinois will add may not be among the signings. Quarterback Wes Lunt sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State. ___ INDIANA National rankings: (Rivals 36; Scout 44). Best in class: Tim Gardner, ol, Avon, Ind. Best of the rest: Dominque Booth, wr, Indianapolis; Jordan Fuchs, te, Queens, N.Y.; Greg Gooch, lb, Longwood, Fla.; Robert McCray III, Rockdale, Ga.; Tegray Scales, lb, Cincinnati. Late addition: McCray, who didn't make his decision until the final hours leading up to signing day. One that got away: Willie Yarbary, de, Augusta, Ga., decommitted from Indiana and wound up choosing Wake Forest after Indiana changed defensive coordinators. NOTE: "Physically, he (Gooch) is a Mike linebacker, who can come in and rush off the edge. He'll provide tremendous personality for this defense," new coordinator Brian Knorr said. ___ IOWA National rankings (Rivals 60; Scout 41). Best in class: Wiegers, Scheel Best of the rest: Nelson, Keegan Render, OG, Indianola, Iowa Late addition: Taylor One that got away: Ross Pierschbacher, OT, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Alabama) NOTE: Although Iowa signed many of the state's top prospects, Pierschbacher wavered on his oral commitment and wound up with Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa. The Hawkeyes also failed to land the state's No. 1 recruit, wide receiver and Iowa State signee Allen Lazard. But Lazard's father and brother played for the Cyclones, and he's been committed to them for years. ___ MARYLAND National Rankings: (Rivals 51; Scout 60). Best in class: OL Damian Prince, Forestville, Md. Parade All-American picked Maryland over Florida and South Carolina in a nationally televised ceremony at Bishop McNamara High School. Best of the rest: DE Jesse Aniebonam, Olney, Md.; WR Juwann Winfree, Englewood, N.J. Aniebonam is a highly regarded pass rusher who had 30 scholarship offers from schools in just about every major conference. Winfree was offered as a safety by Georgia but wanted to play offense. Late addition: LB Nnamdi Egbuaba, Baltimore. Edsall thinks the Terps got a steal in this under-the-radar prospect, who possesses great size and speed along with a high motor. One that got away: CB Jalen Tabor, Washington, D.C. Five-star cornerback from Friendship Collegiate Academy grew up minutes from the College Park campus and always spoke highly of Maryland, but ultimately signed with Florida. NOTES: Two of Maryland's top recruits are already enrolled at College Park. Derwin Gray and Larry Mazyck, both of whom graduated from Friendship Collegiate Academy in D.C., spent the 2013 season playing at Fork Union Military Academy and Iowa Western Community College, respectively. Gray and Mazyck, who technically count against the Class of 2013 in terms of how their scholarships are assigned, should contend for immediate playing time. ___ MICHIGAN National rankings (Rivals 31; Scout 27). Best in class: Jabrill Peppers, DB, Paramus, N.J. Best of the rest: Drake Harris, WR, Grand Rapids, Mich. Late addition: Jared Wangler, LB, Warren, Mich. One that got away: Damon Webb, DB, Detroit. NOTE: Wangler's father, John, was a quarterback for the Wolverines from 1977-80. ___ MICHIGAN STATE National rankings (Rivals 21; Scout 21). Best in class: Montae Nicholson, db, Monroeville (Pa.). Best of the rest: Brian Allen, ol, Hinsdale (Ill.) Late addition: T.J. Harrell, db, Tampa (Fla.) One that got away: Darius Slade, de, Montclair, N.J. NOTE: Slade committed to Michigan State in mid-January but had a late change of heart and signed with Urban Meyer and Ohio State on Wednesday. ___ MINNESOTA National rankings: Rivals 53, Scout 51. Best in class: Jeff Jones, RB, Minneapolis Washburn HS. Best of the rest: Isaiah Gentry, WR, Cincinnati Moeller HS; Melvin Holland, WR, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods HS; Conner Krizancic, WR, Mentor (Ohio) HS; Brandon Lingen, TE, Wayzata (Minn.) HS; Connor Mayes, OL, Van Alstyne (Texas) HS; Gary Moore, DT, Mobile (Ala.) Murphy HS; Dimonic Roden-McKinzy, QB, Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte HS; Andrew Stelter, DE, Owatonna (Minn.) HS. Late additions: Moore reneged on his verbal commitment to Southern Mississippi and Krizancic did the same to Cincinnati. One that got away: Frank Ragnow, OL, Chanhassen (Minn.) HS. Signed with Arkansas. NOTE: Julien Kafo, a defensive end from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, has an atypical background as a Canadian prospect. He speaks four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. ___ NEBRASKA National Rankings (Rivals 32; Scout 34). Best in class: Monte Harrison, WR, Lee's Summit, Mo. He's a dynamic athlete who led his West High team to a state championship. The question is whether he'll show up in Lincoln or turn pro in baseball. A speedy and strong-armed outfielder, he's pegged as a top-50 MLB draft pick. Best of the rest: Tanner Farmer, OL, Highland, Ill. He made an impressive showing at the Under Armour All-Star Game and is ranked among the best offensive line prospects in the country. He and fellow O-lineman D.J. Foster out of Lincoln will make bids for early playing time. Late addition: Mikale Wilbon, RB, Chicago. He flipped from Vanderbilt after James Franklin took the Penn State coaching job. He's been injury prone but has the tools to be a great one. One that got away: Blake McClain, DL, Jacksonville, Fla. He flipped twice down the stretch, de-committing from Florida State, pledging to Nebraska and signing with South Carolina. NOTE: Nebraska secured verbal commitments from a half-dozen players in the two weeks before signing day, but the strong finish was mitigated by the loss of McClain and three others who went elsewhere. ___ NORTHWESTERN National rankings (Rivals 66; Scout 56). Best in class: Clayton Thorson, QB, Wheaton, Ill. Best of the rest: Austin Anderson, RB, Plano, Texas; Garrett Dickerson, TE, Englewood, N.J.; Justin Jackson, RB, Carol Stream, Ill.; Parrker Westphal, CB, Bolingbrook, Ill. Late addition: Xavier Washington, DE, Cedar Hill, Texas One that got away: Hamilton Anoa'I, LB, San Mateo, Calif. NOTE: DL Fred Wyatt of Lawrence, Kan., comes with a connection to Fitzgerald and Northwestern. His father Buddy was the defensive line coach at Northwestern for two years in the late 1990s, and Buddy and Fitzgerald worked under Gary Barnett at Colorado. ___ OHIO STATE National rankings (Rivals 3; Scout 3). Best in class: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County Best of the rest: Dante Booker, LB, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary; Johnnie Dixon, WR, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer; Jamarco Jones, OL, Chicago De La Salle Late addition: Darius Slade, DL, Montclair (N.J.) One that got away: Malik McDowell, DL, Southfield (Mich.) to Michigan State NOTE: "We signed 23 players with an emphasis on linebacker, a position where we're going through an overhaul. There are four linebackers we recruited and they have to play four us. Just so everybody knows, there's no redshirting (for them)," Meyer said. ___ PENN STATE National rankings: Rivals 21; Scout 21. Best in class: Saeed Blacknall, WR, 6-2, 210, Manalapan, N.J. Best of the rest: De'Andre Thompkins of Swansboro, N.C., and Chris Godwin of Middletown, Del., were two of four wide receivers coach James Franklin recruited to fill void left by Allen Robinson, who left for the NFL draft. . Quarterback Michael O'Connor from Ottawa, Ontario, trained with former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and was one of five of Penn State's 25 signees who began Penn State classes in January. . Franklin also added to his complement of tight ends with Mike Gesicki (6-5, 245) from Manahawkin, N.J. Late addition: Torrence Brown, a three-star defensive lineman (6-4, 240) from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who de-committed from Southern Mississippi. One that got away: Four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn, N.Y., de-committed from Penn State and opted for Florida when longtime Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson became defensive line coach and assistant head coach at Ohio State. NOTE: Recruits who faxed in letters of intent were welcomed by Franklin and his assistants via cellphone and were announced individually in NFL draft day fashion. There was a draft board that listed all players in the football offices as well. ___ PURDUE National rankings (Rivals 75; Scout 64). Best in class: Gelen Robinson, de, St. John, Ind. Best of the rest: David Blough, qb, Carrollton, Texas; Tim Cason, db, Clarkston, Mich. Late addition: Corey Clements, ol, Mesa (Ariz.) CC. One that got away: Ladarius Wiley, wr, Los Angeles, decommitted earlier this week. NOTE: "We're really excited about getting our needs. You look at last season, and I think we've done a lot of good things in addressing those needs." — coach Darrell Hazell. ___ RUTGERS National rankings (Rivals 57; Scout 55). Best in class: Sideny Gorpe, LB, Newark, N.J. Best of the rest: Kevin Wilkins, DL, Mahwah, N.J. Late addition: Giovanni Rescigno, QB, Macomb Township, Mich. One that got away: Saeed Blacknall, WR, Manalapan, N.J. NOTE: "...Rutgers had an abysmal year," Mike Farrell, the national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com said. "They've had 12 de-commitments, which is a record. I've never heard of a program that didn't lose a head coach, that didn't go under NCAA sanctions, lose that many kids. They just had a disastrous recruiting year. I think they're ninth in the Big Ten." ___ WISCONSIN National rankings: (Rivals 33; Scout 28). Best in class: Jaden Gault, OL, Cottage Grove, Wis. Best of the rest: D.J. Gillins, QB, Jacksonville, Fla.; Dareian Watkins, WR, Galion, Ohio; Taiwan Deal, RB, Capitol Heights, Md.; George Panos, OL, Hartland, Wis.; Conor Sheehy, DL, Milwaukee. Late addition: D'Cota Dixon, CB, Oak Hill, Fla. One that got away: Craig Evans, DL, Sun Prairie, Wis. (Michigan St.) NOTES: Panos' father, Joe, played offensive line at Wisconsin from 1990-93 and was captain of the 1993 Big Ten championship team. ... Andersen's son, Chasen, is joining the Badgers as a walk-on inside linebacker.
Dec 14, 2013
The seven fans who made half-court shots at Oklahoma City NBA games share the story of their shot, the aftermath and what it means to them now.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Fans share their half-court shot stories
BY JENNI CARLSON | Dec 14, 2013ROLAND GARRETT Dec. 28, 2005 Garrett was the first Oklahoma City fan to hit a half-court shot and the only one to hit one during the Hornets' two-year stay. Then an Oklahoma City police detective, he won a 2006 Ford Mustang. Now a special agent in charge with the state's attorney general, he actually got picked for the half-court contest again a couple years ago, but he didn't win the free-throw shooting contest. “Walking down to the arena, I missed a step on the curb and pulled my calf a little bit, so I jokingly told my son, ‘Ah, man, I won't be able to shoot the half-court shot tonight if they pick me.' When they came up and approached me ... I had to try it. “They had little miniature basketball goals set up on the concourses. So, I was in the concourse with one of those little basketballs practicing taking off with my steps. “Originally, I thought it was short, but it went through the net. “I never really played organized ball. I played football (at John Marshall High School). But I was still able to go out there and knock that shot down and represent. “Besides passing a pretty rigorous naval swim test, that was a pretty big deal. “People started saying I wasn't going to get a car. I just heard people saying it was going to be a lease for a certain amount of time. Nobody from the Hornets organization ever said that. “And the next week, they got me one. They were real nice and professional about everything. They just told me when to show up and pick it up. Everything worked out good. I just kept it for three or four months and then I traded it off. I enjoyed it.” ROBERT YANDERS Dec. 12, 2010 Yanders was the first fan to make the half-court shot at a Thunder game — and he wasn't even a Thunder fan. A former Missouri State player who was playing professionally overseas, he came to Oklahoma City for the game to visit a friend, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Jamahl Mosley. Now a retired player, Yanders lives in Springfield, Mo. “We got to the game early, and I wanted to watch the skill development they did with the guards and the bigs because I was going to be doing that one day in life. So, they have people that come around and ask, ‘Hey, do you want to shoot a half-court shot?' At first I was like, ‘Get out of our face. I'm trying to watch.' But then he said, ‘Hey, man, you can win $20,000.' My wife kind of looked at me, ‘You can warm up.' “The lights were on ... and I embraced the moment, pumped the crowd up and went out there and shot that shot that I've shot millions of times after practice playing around with the fellas. “All I could think was seams, arch, follow through, and it went straight through the net. I went crazy. Me and the Thunder bear or whatever that thing is. “I took over half of that money and I started my nonprofit. We run a basketball program called the Yanders Law. We do a lot of good work in the community. I'm paying it forward. “They could've picked anyone in the crowd. I guess I looked like a scrub, and they were like, ‘We're going to pick on this little guy.' And I let 'em have it that night.” ROMAN OWEN May 3, 2011 Even though he played high school basketball at tradition-rich Okarche and college ball at Southwestern Christian University, Owen never really practiced half-court shots. But that season as the Mid-America University women's coach — he's now video coordinator for Sherri Coale's Sooners — he had his players end pregame shootaround with half-court shots. They're convinced he was practicing for the Thunder contest. “We were sitting there going ... ‘If you lose the free-throw contest, you'll never live that down.' I said, ‘I've seen most people shoot. I think I can win the free-throw contest, no problem. That's $100. I don't know if it's still the case, but if you just hit the rim or the backboard, they'd give you $500. Just don't leave it short and you get $600. That's a great night. “So, that was the only thought I had in my mind — don't leave it short. “It took me like three or four hours to respond to the 100-plus text messages and so many emails. That was crazy. “I remember getting a call the next day for the tax attorney for my family. I answer the phone and he's like, ‘Roman? ... Bring me $5,000 tomorrow.' And he hung up the phone. “The next day or two days later, I got a call from Berry Tramel. He wrote an article, and I got to be on the front of sports. Growing up in Oklahoma, I've read all of his articles. When he called, I was like, ‘The money's great, but this is really cool to spend time with him.' “We just used it pretty much for a down payment on a house. Big blessing.” JUSTIN DOUGHERTY March 24 Dougherty wins the unofficial award for best celebration. Then a sports reporter for KOLR-TV in Springsfield, Mo., he got tackled by Kevin Durant. Now a news reporter in Oklahoma City at KWTV-9, Dougherty still struggles to believe it all happened. “(A Thunder official) wanted me to be in a free-throw competition. My thinking is, ‘Standing on an NBA court taking some free throws? Sure.' Then he said, if you win the free throws, ‘You get to shoot a half-court shot.' I said, ‘No need to inform me about that. I won't win the free-throw contest, but I'll step on the court for you.' “As soon as I won the free-throw contest ... have you seen “For Love of the Game”? You know when he says, “Clear the mechanism”? That's exactly what happened. I didn't activate it. It just did. “So, I took the dribbles took the shot, and this is where I regained cognitive abilities. It was in the air, and I said, ‘Oh, that's straight. Oh, that might be in. Please God, don't let it bounce out. It's in.' “Then I went ballistic. “I was looking right at Kevin, and we make eye contact, and I was like, ‘Come at me, big fella.' He comes running right at me, and he jumps in my arms. I tried to catch him. I did not want to drop him at all. I thought I could hold him up. I remember thinking, ‘I've got to make sure I hit first because he can't get hurt. I can get hurt. I doesn't matter. But he can't get hurt.' “I guess Skip Bayless called me out the next day. I guess he was like, ‘The fan can't call out Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant cannot get hurt.' I was like, ‘My intention was to catch him and hold him up.' “Went to bed at 4, did a phone interview at 6. Half way through the phone interview, I realized I wasn't talking to my mom. I was so out of it.” LARRY HILL April 21 Making the half-court shot was the continuation of a string of good luck for Hill, then a counselor at Britton Elementary. First, he won the tickets to that game through an NCAA Tournament bracket contest on Power 103.5 FM. Then, the Thunder game just happened to fall on girlfriend Niki's birthday. “I've never practiced on half-court shots. When I played basketball in high school (at Douglass) ... I shot threes a lot and I practiced on my three-point shot, but I never sat and shot three-point shots. “My main thing was just focusing on the rim. Before he even gave me the ball, I zoomed in on the rim. I just made sure I aimed at that. “I lost my mind after that ball sank. I found myself on the Thunder's bench. I don't even remember running over there. “I got some bills paid up and paid off some student loans, and I actually went on a vacation. Then I ended up going back to school. I'm in the grad program at OU now. “I think the shot kind of kick-started me to go back to school. It made me think, ‘If I can hit that $20,000 shot, I can do anything I put my mind to.' With that master's in human relations, it also helps out with my LPC, which is licensed professional counselor, and that's my main goal. I've got to impact the community, especially the community that I come from, the environment that I was raised in. Those kids feel like they don't have an outlet, they feel like there's no hope, so I feel like it's my responsibility to go back and let them know that they can do anything. “I know how hard it is because I know how hard it was for me to make it to where I am. The chances were slim to none — they were just as slim as me hitting that shot.” CAMERON RODRIGUEZ Nov. 18 Rodriguez looked every bit like a former high school basketball standout from Elk City when he nailed the half-court shot. Trouble was, he was also a current college basketball player at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. NAIA rules prohibited him from taking the $20,000 winnings, a rule that he appealed and won. “I'm a shooter. That's what I do. I feel pretty comfortable with the ball in my hands shooting it. I tried to keep my form as much as possible. I tried to shoot it like a real shot. I guess it worked. “I found out that it might be a problem (to keep the money) that night as soon as my coach found out. He saw it on Twitter. He called me. He was like, ‘Man, that's awesome. I'm so happy for you, but don't take it tonight. We want to make sure you're not going to lose your eligibility.' “My first thought was, ‘If I don't get this, worse case it's going to go a charity, and I'll still have all the photos and all the memories and all the articles and everything else to remember it.' That was more worth it to me than the money was. “The next day, I sat down with my head coach and athletic director, and we kind of threw some ideas around. I told my coach and my AD whether I got the money outright or not, I was going to use it for school. Me and my coach were like, ‘Wonder if they'd do a scholarship where you don't take the money and MidFirst gives it to you as a scholarship.' “We talked to the NAIA and the guy who was helping us, and he said, ‘Well, that's actually kind of a good idea. The few people that stuff like this happened to before ... they all tried to appeal to just try to get the cash.' “I think it all worked out. I think God has a reason for everything.” BRAD BRUCKER Nov. 21 Brucker is a high school coach at Piedmont, but he's way more comfortable using his feet, head or forearms. Soccer and volleyball are his sports, but he's a huge Thunder fan. He got a chance to shoot the half-court shot because he left work late and wanted to find a hot dog. “This guy kind of tugs on my arm and says, ‘Hey, man, do you shoot baskets?' I'm like, ‘Nope.' We were walking past all the people that are trying to sell you stuff. I'd just done a section in my business class about not giving your personal information at places like the Thunder game because of identity theft reasons. “Britney kind of grabs my arm. She says, ‘Brad, I think this is for the $20,000 half-court shot.' “Don't step over the line and just throw it down at the white square on the backboard. That's all I was thinkin'. At no moment did I think it was going in — until it splashed in. “Of course, then the whole Jay Z thing happened. “I walked over and shook his hand, and he kind of pulled me in for a hug. I wanted to shake hands with Beyoncé, too, but I went over to shake his hand and she kind of stepped back. I didn't want to be trucked by their security. “The secretaries (at school) were just getting bombarded. Yahoo! Sports. TMZ Sports. ESPN Radio. My assistant principal who'd just won assistant principal of the year, he was like, ‘Why don't you just take my office?' He looked at me and said, ‘Yeah, I've got some phone calls to return, too, but the Piedmont Gazette can wait.' “I was the first person in my family to graduate college, and it took me 10 years and a lot of student loans. I don't want the same thing for my children. This gives me an opportunity to actually invest and maybe go a ways in helping them not have student loans.”
The expected 13 members of the College Football Playoff committee and their backgrounds: * Barry Alvarez, 66 Current job: Wisconsin athletic director Hometown: Langeloth, Pa. Alma mater: Nebraska Former jobs: Wisconsin head coach, Notre Dame assistant coach, Iowa assistant coach and high school coach in Iowa and Nebraska. * Michael Gould, 60 Current job: Retired Lieutenant General. Hometown:...
The College Football Playoff committee
By Berry Tramel | Oct 15, 2013The expected 13 members of the College Football Playoff committee and their backgrounds: * Barry Alvarez, 66 Current job: Wisconsin athletic director Hometown: Langeloth, Pa. Alma mater: Nebraska Former jobs: Wisconsin head coach, Notre Dame assistant coach, Iowa assistant coach and high school coach in Iowa and Nebraska. * Michael Gould, 60 Current job: Retired Lieutenant General. Hometown: Kent, Ohio Alma mater: Air Force Academy, Webster University Former jobs: Air Force officer. * Pat Haden, 60 Current job: Southern Cal athletic director Hometown: La Puente, Calif. Alma mater: Southern Cal, Loyola (Calif.) Law School, Oxford University Former jobs: Director of companies with Riordan, Lewis & Harden, a private equity firm; football analyst with NBC, CBS, Fox and TNT; Los Angeles Rams quarterback. * Tom Jernstedt, 68 Current job: Retired Hometown: Carlton, Ore. Alma mater: Oregon Former jobs: NCAA director of events, NCAA executive vice president, Oregon administration. * Jeff Long, 53 Current job: Arkansas athletic director Hometown: Kettering, Ohio Alma mater: Ohio Wesleyan, Miami-Ohio Former jobs: Pitt AD, OU associate AD, Eastern Kentucky AD, Virginia Tech associate AD, Michigan administration, Rice assistant coach, Duke assistant coach, North Carolina State assistant coach. * Oliver Luck, 53 Current job: West Virginia athletic director Hometown: Cleveland Alma mater: West Virginia, Texas Former jobs: CEO of Houston Sports Authority, which oversees that city's major-league venues; commissioner of NFL Europe; general manager of World League of American football teams; practicing attorney in Germany. * Archie Manning, 64 Current job: Motivational speaker and public relations and consulting for a variety of companies in New Orleans and nationally. Hometown: Drew, Miss. Alma mater: Ole Miss Former jobs: NFL quarterback with the Saints, Oilers and Vikings. * Tom Osborne, 76 Current job: Retired Hometown: Hastings, Neb. Alma mater: Hastings College, Nebraska Former jobs: Nebraska athletic director, U.S. congressman, Nebraska assistant and head coach, NFL receiver with the Redskins and 49ers. * Dan Radakovich, 55 Current job: Clemson athletic director Hometown: Monaca, Pa. Alma mater: Indiana (Pa.), Miami (Fla.) Former jobs: Georgia Tech AD, LSU associate AD, American University AD, South Carolina associate AD, Long Beach State associate AD, Miami administration. * Condoleezza Rice, 58 Current job: Stanford professor of political science Hometown: Denver Alma mater: University of Denver, Notre Dame Former jobs: U.S. Secretary of State, Stanford provost, Soviet expert on the U.S. National Security Council, Stanford professor. * Mike Tranghese, 69 Current job: Retired Hometown: Springfield, Mass. Alma mater: St. Michael's College Former jobs: Big East commissioner, Big East administration, Providence administration, American International College administration. * Steve Wieberg, 59 Current job: Writer, editor, Kansas City public library Hometown: Martinsburg, Mo. Alma mater: Missouri Former jobs: USA Today sportswriter, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader sportswriter, Mexico (Mo.) Ledger sportswriter. * Tyrone Willingham, 59 Current job: Retired Hometown: Jacksonville, N.C. Alma mater: Michigan State Former jobs: Washington U. head coach, Notre Dame head coach, Stanford head coach, Minnesota Vikings assistant, Stanford assistant, Rice assistant, North Carolina State assistant, Michigan State assistant, Central Michigan assistant.
The Oklahoman's high school writers and others provide live coverage of this week's games, including Midwest City-Del City and Westmoore-Norman North.
Live coverage: Friday's Week 3 Oklahoma high school football games
Sep 20, 2013@pcnorthblogger 6:58 p.m. PC West won the toss and will kick off to start the game. #OKPreps @CorbinHosler 7:02 p.m. Underway here at Harve Collins Field for Norman North-Westmoore. T-Wolves receive opening kick and will start at the 20. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:04 p.m. Here in Sallisaw as the Black Diamonds open their home schedule with their last non-district game vs. Tahlequah. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:05 p.m. Prep volleyball: Tahlequah beat Rejoice Chr., East Central & Catoosa at the Claremore tourney today. Lost to Victory Chr. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:06 p.m. Prep volleyball: Tahlequah will wrap up play in the tournament tomorrow in Claremore. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:06 p.m. Home of the 2012 state champion Blanchard Lions. #okpreps pic.twitter.com/F1IA49pdOZ @TimesRecord 7:07 p.m. SPORTS: Football — Seth Clark anchors veteran #Roland line ow.ly/p12s2 #OKpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:08 p.m. On the second play of the game, Chase Sparks is hit from behind and the ball comes out. Patriot ball on the Panther 49. #okpreps @Shadid13 7:08 p.m. Bryson Lee to Terrell Skinner 90-yd TD pass. Westmoore 7, Norman North 0 two minutes into the game. #OKPreps @LionsFBRadio 7:09 p.m. SouthMoore 7 Moore 0 11:26 1stQ #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:09 p.m. Nearing kickoff in Kingfisher for Hennessey-Kingfisher. #OKPreps @jacobunruh 7:10 p.m. Want to follow along with all of the #OKPreps action tonight? Click here newsok.com/article/3884960 @pcnorthblogger 7:11 p.m. 36 yard field goal attempt for the Patriots is good. 3-0 PC West. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 7:11 p.m. The Newcastle Racers warming up in the all-white with blue helmets. #okpreps pic.twitter.com/5bFXbZQsDY @Rich_Lohman 7:14 p.m. Chieftains recover fumble on Sandites second play after kickoff. On first play Sapulpa scores. 14-0 Chieftains. #okpreps @WHSJagsFootball 7:16 p.m. Well, Dahu Green is starting this game off in a big way!! Takes it the length of the field for a TOUCHDOWN!! #okpreps #heGone #7-0 whs. @TitanTalkSports 7:16 p.m. Steven Thompson takes it in from 1 yard to give CA a 7-0 lead over Duncan early in the 1st #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 7:18 p.m. 28 yard strike from Chase Sparks to Kaedyn Fuller puts the Panthers on top 7-3. 6:41 remaining in the 1st. #OKPreps @Tpalmateer83 7:20 p.m. Updating tonight from Sulphur (1-1) at Marlow (2-0). Neither ranked but winner could garner some votes. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:22 p.m. Not much going on early. Midwest City and Del City scoreless after 1Q #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 7:22 p.m. Not much going on early. Midwest City and Del City scoreless after 1Q #okpreps @EyeAmTruth 7:22 p.m. Pierce Speed scores for Southmoore, who now lead Moore 21-0 with 4:23 left in 1st quarter. #okpreps @barnokie 7:22 p.m. Coweta 14 BK 0 #okpreps #fox23okpreps @TitanTalkSports 7:23 p.m. Thompson hooked up with Dillon Lohr for a 99-yard TD pass to make the score 14-0 CA with 2:34 to go in the 1st #OKPreps @oksportsexpress 7:24 p.m. Weatherford 6 McGuinness 0 end of the 1st quarter. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:24 p.m. Nearing kickoff here in Blanchard. The No. 1 Lions (2-0) host the Newcastle Racers (2-0). #okpreps @Shadid13 7:24 p.m. Correction, Dahu Green on the 90-yd TD for Westmoore. Green has three catches for 147 yards just six minutes into the game. #OKPreps @JHaley17 7:25 p.m. McAlester 7, Claremore 7. 4:28 1st. #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 7:25 p.m. Broken Arrow QB Coleman Key is flipped into the end zone on a 2-yard TD, 7-0, 4:38, 1Q #Okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:25 p.m. After the Patriots fumble, the Panthers miss a FG attempt the Patriots take over PCN leads 7-3 with 3:56 in the 1st. #OkPreps @JeremyBuzzard 7:25 p.m. Broken Arrow 7 - Union 0 with 4:38 left in the 1st! @HSFootballOK #okpreps @CorbinHosler 7:25 p.m. That's Matt Whitney, a senior O-lineman at Westmoore, who was carted off the field with what looks like a nasty break in his leg. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:26 p.m. Tahlequah won the toss & has elected to receive. Tigers will defend the south end zone. Kickoff coming in about 4 minutes. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 7:26 p.m. Two plays later, Bryson Lee scores from 5 out for Westmoore. 14-0 over Norman North. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:26 p.m. Blanchard preparing to run out through the inflated maroon helmet. #okpreps pic.twitter.com/ZmlExy2Rbi @BenJohnsonTDP 7:26 p.m. As we speak, Sallisaw kicker Sinue Rodriguez is booting 50-yard field goals with ease. #okpreps pic.twitter.com/6lhjkziOGh @BKComets 7:27 p.m. At the end of 1, Coweta leads Bishop Kelley 14-0. @NewsOn6Sports and @KTULSports are here! #okpreps @Shadid13 7:27 p.m. Westmoore QB Bryson Lee with a 5-yd TD run. Westmoore 14, Norman North 0. #OKPreps @TitanTalkSports 7:28 p.m. End of 1st: CA 14, Duncan 0 #OKPreps @KVrska7 7:28 p.m. Highlanders spoil a good drive with fumble at Ike 27. Mac leads 8-6 4:48 1Q. #okpreps @richtort 7:29 p.m. Class 6A #football: Norman 3, Yukon 0 and of first quarter #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:29 p.m. Kingfisher wins coin toss, defers to second half. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 7:30 p.m. MWC shutting down everything except a couple QB draws so far. Del City can't get anything going. Not much for MWC offense either #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 7:30 p.m. MWC shutting down everything except a couple QB draws so far. Del City can't get anything going. Not much for MWC offense either #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:30 p.m. Blanchard will be receiving to open the game. Newcastle's Reagan Ross set to kick. #okpreps @Derek_Brown_MT 7:31 p.m. Stillwater leads at home 7-0 against Mustang after the first quarter. #OKpreps @intrepidokie 7:32 p.m. Edmond Memorial Bulldogs leading Deer Creek 14-7. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:32 p.m. Sinue Rodriguez puts the ball into the end zone on the opening kickoff. But who didn't see that coming?! #okpreps @GpoolWarriors 7:33 p.m. Glenpool leads Sperry 23-7. 11:49 left in 2nd qtr. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:34 p.m. Blanchard QB Brett Owen fumbles the first snap of the game. Newcastle's Tanner White recovers at the Lions' 44-yard line. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 7:34 p.m. On third-and-17, David Cornwell finds Nick Basquine on a 73-yard TD pass. 14-7 Westmoore over Norman North. #okpreps @LionsFBRadio 7:35 p.m. SouthMoore 35 Moore 0 :54 1stQ #okpreps @fancybuffalo 7:35 p.m. Cushing scores in three plays after Cleveland fumble. Gage Stallworth TD. Just getting started in 1Q. #okpreps @TWSportsExtra 7:35 p.m. The best place for high school football fans to get scores is @ okprepscores.com. Get them on your phone, tablet or desktop. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:35 p.m. Patriots go 3 and out after the Panther score. North takes over at their own 42. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 7:36 p.m. End of 1st: PC North 14 PC West 3. #OkPreps @Shadid13 7:36 p.m. David Cornwell with an impressive 73-yd TD pass to Nick Basquine cuts into the Westmoore lead. Westmoore 14, Norman North 7. #OKPreps @jacobunruh 7:36 p.m. Hennessey three-and-out on game's opening possession. #OKPreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:37 p.m. Sallisaw forces a Tahlequah punt on the opening series. Diamonds take over. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:38 p.m. Scratch that. Blake Owen fumble. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:39 p.m. Del City safety gives the Eagles a 2-0 lead over Midwest City with 4:10 til half #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 7:39 p.m. Del City safety gives the Eagles a 2-0 lead over Midwest City with 4:10 til half #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:40 p.m. Three-and-out for Kingfisher. #OKPreps @CorbinHosler 7:40 p.m. Westmoore immediately responds with a quick drive and a 44-yard TD pass to go up 21-7 on Norman North. #okpreps @Shadid13 7:40 p.m. Westmoore QB Bryson Lee: 9/9, 239 yards, 3 TD. Still 2:36 remaining in the first quarter. Westmoore 21, Norman North 7. #OKPreps @JimQuillen 7:41 p.m. BA scoop and score. BA 14 Union 0 Q1 #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:41 p.m. Sallisaw gets on the board first on a 47-yard FG by Sinue Rodriguez. It would have been good from a lot more than that. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:41 p.m. 7:47 left in the opening quarter, Sallisaw leads Tahlequah 3-0. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:41 p.m. Sallisaw's Sinue Rodriguez ends six-play drive on 1st series by drilling a 47-yard field goal. Diamonds lead Tahlequah 3-0 7:47 1 #okpreps @ColinDeaver 7:42 p.m. Kevin Harris scores 2 quick TDs and Central High leads Macomb 15-0, 6:29 left in first qtr. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 7:42 p.m. Well, we called for offense and we've gotten it. 28 points in and the first quarter isn't even over between Westmoore/Norman North. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:43 p.m. Blanchard's Braden Stringer scores on 1-yard run to give the Lions a 7-0 lead after the PAT. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:43 p.m. After the safety, Davion Freeman returns the free kick 60 for a score. 2-pt try fails, Del City leads Midwest City 8-0 #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 7:43 p.m. After the safety, Davion Freeman returns the free kick 60 for a score. 2-pt try fails, Del City leads Midwest City 8-0 #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:44 p.m. Brandon Jackson recovers a fumble for the Panthers. 1st and 10 near midfield. Still 14-3 PCN. #OKPreps @Derek_Brown_MT 7:44 p.m. Mustang ties the game at 7-7 with 8:59 in second. Mustang's Frankie Edwards ran in a 6-yard TD. #OKpreps @TreyHunter87 7:46 p.m. A 26-yard pass-and-catch from Blake Owen to Kegan Lawson set up the Lions score. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 7:46 p.m. Marlow scores on a 2-yard run from Trey Coffman. Marlow 7, Sulphur 0. 4:35 1Q. #okpreps @1021News 7:47 p.m. Keys 7, Eufaula 6 - in 1st qtr #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:48 p.m. Kingfisher QB Docker Haub hits Jace Sternberge for a 14-yd TD. Lead Hennessey 7-0 with 4:10 left in 1st. #OKPreps @LynnJacobsen 7:51 p.m. Coweta shocking Bishop Kelley, 21-7. #vypeok #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 7:51 p.m. Cascia Hall 7, Springfield Lighthouse 6, 2Q. #okpreps @WeleetkaOutlaws 7:51 p.m. Class B: Weleetka 8 Porum 0 2:39 1Q @HSFootballOK #okpreps @1021News 7:51 p.m. Sequoyah 0, Victory Christian 13 - in 1st qtr #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:54 p.m. Del City 8, Midwest City 0 at the half #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 7:54 p.m. Del City 8, Midwest City 0 at the half #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:54 p.m. Blanchard's Blake Owen scores on a 14-yard QB keeper. After the PAT, the Lions lead Newcastle 14-0. #okpreps @wfwoodie 7:54 p.m. A 34-yd TD pass by Whitfield on 4th down gives Spiro a 14-0 lead over Haskell. 3:38 1st QT #okpreps @kevininok 7:55 p.m. Vian 6 Muldrow 0 Early 2Q #okpreps @TFred23 7:56 p.m. Halftime McGuinness 7 Weatherford 6 #OKPreps @ScottWrightOK @HSFootballOK @BenJohnsonTDP 7:56 p.m. A 5-yard TD run by Triston Brown puts Sallisaw in front 10-0 with 1:23 left in the 1st quarter. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 7:57 p.m. End 1Q: Marlow 7, Sulphur 0. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:58 p.m. On Sallisaw's 2nd drive, it goes 71 yds in 9 plays. Triston Brown ends it with a 5-yd TD in the "Belldozer." Diamonds 10-0 1:23 1. #okpreps @Shadid13 7:58 p.m. After one quarter Norman North QB David Cornwell is on pace to throw it 76 times tonight. He might need to. Westmoore 21, NN 10. #OKPreps @CorbinHosler 7:59 p.m. After an hour-long first quarter, Westmoore leads Norman North 21-10. #okpreps 41 plays ran that quarter. @TreyHunter87 8:00 p.m. The Blanchard Lions lead the Newcastle Racers 14-0 after the 1st quarter. #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:00 p.m. Kingfisher leads Hennessey 7-0 after one quarter. #OKPreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:00 p.m. End of one, Sallisaw leads Tahlequah 10-0. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:01 p.m. Sallisaw's Cale Wilson already with 68 yards rushing on 8 carries. #okpreps @wfwoodie 8:02 p.m. End 1st Quarter -- Spiro leads Haskell 14-0. Bulldogs have the ball 3rd and 7 at Haymaker 17. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:02 p.m. Blanchard's Braden Stringer opens the 2nd quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run. After the PAT, the Lions lead Newcastle 21-0. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:05 p.m. Newcastle starting to throw the ball. They have to play catchup. #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:05 p.m. Kingfisher kicker Nick Smith makes a 34-yd FG to increase lead against Hennessey to 10-0. #OKPreps @wfwoodie 8:06 p.m. Hunter Wilson drills a 30-yard FG. Spiro now leads 17-0 early 2nd QT. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:08 p.m. Timeout Sallisaw with 9:17 left in the 2nd Quarter, Sallisaw leads Tahlequah 10-0. Tigers at Sallisaw's 28yd line, 1st & 10. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:08 p.m. How's this for a defensive Mid-Del battle? DC 46 yds at half, MWC 25 yds. Del City 4 first downs, MWC 1. DC leads 8-0 at half #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:08 p.m. How's this for a defensive Mid-Del battle? DC 46 yds at half, MWC 25 yds. Del City 4 first downs, MWC 1. DC leads 8-0 at half #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:09 p.m. Patriots score on a 5 yard run with 40 seconds remaining in the 1st half. Panthers lead 14-9. #OkPreps @pcnorthblogger 8:11 p.m. HALFTIME: PC North 14 PC West 9. #OKPreps @RedTornadoes 8:12 p.m. Clinton 26 Southeast 0 END of 1st #okpreps @UnionFootball 8:12 p.m. HALFTIME - BA 14 Union 7 #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:12 p.m. Tahlequah caps 16-play drive with a 15yd TD run by David Dick. Sallisaw's lead cut to 10-7, 8:10 in 2nd quarter. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:12 p.m. Tahlequah gets on the board with a TD on a 15-play 80-yard drive. Sallisaw now up 10-7 8:10 2nd. #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:14 p.m. Kingfisher's Nick Smith with a 66-yard TD run. Yellowjackets now lead 17-0 with 7:35 left in half. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:16 p.m. Jadon Davenport loses a fumble on Sallisaw's next drive & Tahlequah takes over at the Black Diamonds' 40. #okpreps @richtort 8:16 p.m. Class 6A #football: Norman 10, Yukon 7 halftime #okpreps @jeremy_milligan 8:16 p.m. Halftime. Davis 34 Heritage Hall 10. #okpreps @BPrzybylo 8:16 p.m. Broken Arrow 14, Union 7- half #okpreps @LionsFBRadio 8:16 p.m. SouthMoore 37 Moore 0 Halftime. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:17 p.m. Newcastle's Brandon Smith intercepts a Blake Owen pass at the Racers' 4-yard line. Brings it back out to the 10-yard line. #okpreps @ekhorneARD 8:17 p.m. Prime Prep DL Devante Kyler recovers an Ardmore fumble at the Ardmore 39. Ardmore 3, Prime Prep 0 #okpreps #ARDsports @NHStigersonair 8:17 p.m. Halftime: Norman leads Yukon, 10-7. #okpreps @Jarvidus 8:17 p.m. Ty Lindsey INT at goal line stops Jenks drive 4:42 left in 1Q. #okpreps #vypeok @JoeyKey_ 8:18 p.m. Arkoma 20 Maud 15 7:21 2nd #okpreps #swtimes @GuthrieSports 8:18 p.m. Halftime in Enid and it's a good one: Enid leads Guthrie 10-8 #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:19 p.m. On 4th & 7, Tahlequah QB David Dick runs 24 yards for a TD. Tigers now lead Sallisaw 14-10, 6:08 2nd quarter. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:19 p.m. After Tahlequah recovers a fumble, Tigers score 25-yd TD on fourth down. Tigers up on Sallisaw 14-10 6:08 2nd. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:21 p.m. Aaron McKinney at QB for first time for MWC to start second half #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:21 p.m. Aaron McKinney at QB for first time for MWC to start second half #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:21 p.m. Sparks is 10-19 with 97 yards for the Panthers. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 8:23 p.m. Newcastle using a wildcat-stle offense and they are now inside the Blanchard 25-yard line. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:24 p.m. Sallisaw quickly regains the lead on Tahlequah. Triston Brown in the "Browndozer" scores from the 1. Diamonds lead 17-14 4:35 2. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:24 p.m. Sallisaw responds with a 43yd drive, capped by Triston Brown's 1yd TD run. Sallisaw back in front 17-14, 4:35 2nd quarter. #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:24 p.m. Kingfisher RB Landon Nault with an 83-yard TD run. Ran all over the place, too. Lead now 24-0 with 4:57 left in half. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 8:24 p.m. For PC West, QB Steven Stallings is 11-18 for 174 yards. Also has 42 yards on the ground. #OkPreps @Tpalmateer83 8:25 p.m. Marlow trying to score from a yard out with 16 seconds left in first half. Have a first-and-goal at Sulphur half-yard line. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:26 p.m. A roughing the passer penalty on Blanchard has Newcastle in the redzone. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:26 p.m. Big plays in the Sallisaw drive included a 37-yd kickoff return by Derek Harris and 35-yd pass from Quint Scoufos to Chase Richey. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:26 p.m. Zone read with Aaron McKinney and KeSean Brown lights the Bomber offense. MWC 8, Del City 8, early 3Q #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:26 p.m. Zone read with Aaron McKinney and KeSean Brown lights the Bomber offense. MWC 8, Del City 8, early 3Q #okpreps @jasonkersey 8:27 p.m. Noble and El Reno tied at 14 at halftime #OKPreps @Tpalmateer83 8:28 p.m. Trey Coffman bulls in from one-yard out for TD. Kick failed. Marlow 13, Sulphur 0 with 11.7 seconds in first half. #okpreps @JoeyKey_ 8:28 p.m. Arkoma 28 Maud 15 3:21 2nd #okpreps #swtimes @BR_TimesRecord @BenJohnsonTDP 8:29 p.m. Well, now Tahlequah answers with a 75yd TD run by Brandon Conrad. Tigers back on top of Sallisaw, 21-17, 4:12 2nd Q. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:29 p.m. Conrad broke through around the right side, did a spin move about 10 yards down the field & zig-zagged his way to a score. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:29 p.m. One play later, Tahlequah back on top. 75-yard TD run gives Tigers 21-17 lead on Sallisaw 4:12 2nd. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:30 p.m. Newcastle facing a 4th-and-12 from the Blanchard 16-yard line. Blanchard leads 21-0 with 1:04 left in the 1st half. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 8:30 p.m. Halftime: Marlow 13, Sulphur 0. #okpreps @michaelswisher 8:30 p.m. Landon Nault with an 83-yard TD run. It's all Kingfisher right now, up 24-0 on Hennessey. #okpreps @Shadid13 8:30 p.m. David Cornwell hooks up with Nick Basquine for another deep TD, this time 64 yards. Westmoore 28, Norman North 17. 1 min. to half. #OKPreps @kevininok 8:31 p.m. Halftime Vian 12 Muldrow 7 #okpreps @NewstalkKCLI 8:32 p.m. Clinton leads Southeast 40-0 8:38 in the 2nd #okpreps @CorbinHosler 8:33 p.m. Westmoore leads Norman North 28-17 at halftime. #okpreps @brunk_bob 8:33 p.m. Halftime Central Sallisaw 10 Colcord 6. @BR_TimesRecord #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:33 p.m. Newcastle's Casey Freeman can't connect with anyone and the Racers turn it over on downs. Blanchard leads 21-0 nearing halftime. #okpreps @SportsMuskogee 8:33 p.m. At the half: Fort Gibson leads Catoosa 13-7 #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:34 p.m. Hennessey driving after Landon Nault fumbles. Timeout with 59.5 seconds left in half from 15. #OKPreps @jacobunruh 8:35 p.m. Hennessey QB Dylan Hatchel's pass knocked down at line to end drive. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 8:35 p.m. The Blanchard Lions lead the Newcastle Racers 21-0 at halftime. #okpreps @TFred23 8:36 p.m. 4:40 3rd McGuinness 14 Weatherford 6 #OKPreps @ScottWrightOK @HSFootballOK @jacobunruh 8:36 p.m. Kingfisher 24, Hennessey 0, halftime. #OKPreps @JoeyKey_ 8:39 p.m. Arkoma 34 Maud 23 2:22 2nd #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord @pcnorthblogger 8:40 p.m. Panthers force 3 and out on the Patriots first drive. Panther ball at the 50. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:40 p.m. Sallisaw takes its final timeout with 17 seconds left in the half. Black Diamonds are at Tahlequah's 1 on 4th down. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:41 p.m. Sallisaw down to the Tahlequah 1, facing a fourth and goal with :17 left until the half. Diamonds trail 21-17. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:41 p.m. MWC offense back in the 3-and-out business. Two straight after TD. Shuffling QBs almost every play. Still tied at 8 with DC #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:41 p.m. MWC offense back in the 3-and-out business. Two straight after TD. Shuffling QBs almost every play. Still tied at 8 with DC #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:41 p.m. Sallisaw is going to go for it from the 1. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:41 p.m. Once again on the second play of the opening half drive, Panthers fumble. Patriots take over. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 8:42 p.m. Riley Sterling picks off PC West on their first play. Panthers ball at the Patriot 47. #OkPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:42 p.m. Triston Brown plunges into the end zone for a 1yd score. Sallisaw goes back on top of Tahlequah 24-21, 0:13 2nd Q. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:43 p.m. And for the third time tonight, Triston Brown scores from the "Browndozer" from a yard out. Sallisaw up 24-21 :13 2nd. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:43 p.m. Midwest City's Demeco Wright with a 59-yard punt return TD, 2-pt try is good. Bombers lead Del City 16-8 with 1:32 left in 3Q #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:43 p.m. Midwest City's Demeco Wright with a 59-yard punt return TD, 2-pt try is good. Bombers lead Del City 16-8 with 1:32 left in 3Q #okpreps @TFred23 8:47 p.m. end of 3 McGuinness 14 Weatherford 6 @HSFootballOK @ScottWrightOK #OKPreps @btv_25 8:48 p.m. 9 minutes left in the third. Edmond Memorial 27 Deer Creek 10. #okpreps @jacrib 8:48 p.m. Christian Heritage 13 Lincoln Christian 21 @ Half #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:48 p.m. David Dick runs 26 yards to get Tahlequah inside Sallisaw territory w/ 2 seconds left, but a pass right before halftime falls INC. #okpreps @JHaley17 8:49 p.m. McAlester 28, Claremore 14. Halftime. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:49 p.m. At the half, Sallisaw leads Tahlequah 24-21. #okpreps @JenksFootball 8:49 p.m. Halftime - Jenks 19 Owasso 14 #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:51 p.m. Sparks is hit in the backfield and loses it. Patriots recover and now have it at the Panther 26. #OKPreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:52 p.m. Tahlequah outgains Sallisaw in 1st half, 251-204. Sallisaw's Cale Wilson 90 yds on 13 carries, Triston Brown 4 rush, 10 yds, 3 TDs. #okpreps @Sapulparadio 8:52 p.m. Thayer touchdown Sand Springs 4:38 to go in 3rd Quarter Sapulpa 28-17 over Sand Springs. #okpreps @KALVradio 8:54 p.m. Halftime: Alva 35 Hobart 12 TyHooper with 5 TD passes 3 to Riley Hess 2 to Cade Pfleider #okpreps @VYPEOK @lcjournal 8:54 p.m. Halftime Heavener 7, Gore 0. #okpreps @RandyRuark 8:54 p.m. OCS. 27 Jones. 6 At the half. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 8:55 p.m. Patriots can’t make anything of the turnover. They turn the ball over on downs and panthers start at their own 18. #OKPreps @RedTornadoes 8:55 p.m. Clinton 62 Southeast 0 HALF #okpreps @EyeAmTruth 8:55 p.m. Dunya Rice 31 yard run for Southmoore. He has 87 yards rushing on 3 carries. SaberCats lead Moore 44-7. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:55 p.m. Del City takes over at MWC 46 with 9:45 to play, trailing 16-8 #okpreps @EyeAmTruth 8:56 p.m. Ryan Lujan with 12 yard TD run for Moore. Southmoore leads 37-7. Lions cut the lead to 30. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:57 p.m. At the half in Tulsa, Victory Christian continues where it left off with Sequoyah last season, leading 41-12. #okpreps @TitanTalkSports 8:57 p.m. CA had the ball on the 7, but Thompson's pass was intercepted. 28-7 CA leads with 1:16 remaining in the 3rd #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 8:59 p.m. Jordan Webster catches an 11 yard TD pass from Sparks. The pat is no good and the panthers lead 20-9 with 2:44 in the 3rd. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 9:00 p.m. Blanchard will kick to Newcastle to open the 2nd half. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:00 p.m. Here are some halftime stats: Tahlequah's David Dick has 89 yards on 15 carries. Brandon Conrad has 108 on 5 rushes. #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 9:01 p.m. Fisher scores PAT on QB draw, Union leads 21-14, 4:58 3Q. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 9:02 p.m. Second half underway and teams trading BOOMING punts. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:02 p.m. For Sallisaw, Cale Wilson has 92 yards on 13 carries. Triston Brown has only 10 yds on 4 rushes, but 3 are for TDs. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:03 p.m. Neither team really airing it out. Combined, Tahlequah & Sallisaw have 91 yards through the air. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:04 p.m. Newcastle opening the half with a wide-open look. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:04 p.m. Del City forces a punt, takes over at its 44 with 4:03 to go. MWC leading 16-8 #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:04 p.m. Del City forces a punt, takes over at its 44 with 4:03 to go. MWC leading 16-8 #okpreps @richtort 9:04 p.m. Matt Hockett 39-yard field goal puts Norman up 13-7 58 seconds left in third #okpreps #football @BenJohnsonTDP 9:04 p.m. For someone who attended Broken Arrow HS, I can tell you how tonight's game will end. I've seen it for close to 30 years now.... #okpreps @LenzyKB 9:05 p.m. And it's halftime at Kiefer. Trojans 43, Hulbert 0. #okpreps @1021News 9:05 p.m. Keys 14, Eufaula 32 - halftime #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:05 p.m. Del City fumbles on first play. Midwest City ball at 50 wtih 3:47 to kill #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:05 p.m. Del City fumbles on first play. Midwest City ball at 50 wtih 3:47 to kill #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:06 p.m. Newcastle punts to Blanchard on their first possession of the 2nd half. #okpreps @jlindseyARD 9:06 p.m. Heritage not giving up. 41-17 with 6:12 left in third. #okpreps #ARDsports @jacobunruh 9:06 p.m. Kingfisher with a three-and-out to start the half. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 9:06 p.m. End of 3rd: PC North 20 PC West 9. #OKPreps @OKCsportsGUY 9:06 p.m. @ScottWrightOK Union kicks the FG 24-14, Union. 2:37 to go in the third. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:07 p.m. Blanchard's Braden Stringer takes it 44 yards into Newcastle territory. #okpreps @chrisbrannick85 9:07 p.m. Everything you could ask for following high school football #okpreps newsok.com/live-coverage-… @TitanTalkSports 9:08 p.m. Lohr intercepted his 2nd pass of the night to stop Ducan scoring threat #OKPreps @DWilliams0177 9:08 p.m. And here comes Muskogee now just down 27-22 to Fayetteville. #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:09 p.m. Hennessey's offense is just off tonight. #OKPreps @jacobunruh 9:09 p.m. Kingfisher's Gatlin Squires just leveled someone with a massive block. Yikes. #OKPreps @brunk_bob 9:09 p.m. Central Sallisaw 17 Colcord 6 9:00 3rd. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord @pcnorthblogger 9:10 p.m. PC west tackles the punter deep in the Panther territory. Will take over at the Panther 12. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 9:10 p.m. Big third-down conversion run by Midwest City's Tre'jon Sherffield wtih 2:05 to go. DC will have to use up its timeouts down 16-8 #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:10 p.m. Big third-down conversion run by Midwest City's Tre'jon Sherffield wtih 2:05 to go. DC will have to use up its timeouts down 16-8 #okpreps @kevininok 9:11 p.m. Vian 19 Muldrow 7 3Q #okpreps @GVTVOK 9:11 p.m. 35-21 McAlester leads Claremore with 2:00 left in the 3rd. #okpreps claremorezebras.tv @CorbinHosler 9:11 p.m. Yukon goes up 14-13 on Norman High early in the fourth quarter. #okpreps @Shadid13 9:11 p.m. Westmoore opens the half with a 13-play drive, but the Norman North defense holds on fourth down at the 20. Westmoore 28, NN 17. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 9:12 p.m. Patriots score on a 12 yard pass from Steven Stallings to Xavier King. 2pt conversion is no good. PCN leads 20-15 with 9:53 left. #OKPreps @TFred23 9:12 p.m. 4:01 4th McGuinness 21 Weatherford 14 @HSFootballOK @ScottWrightOK #OKPreps @jacobunruh 9:12 p.m. Kingfisher's Nick Smith misses a 42-yard FG attempt. Still 24-0 with 6:52 left in third. #OKPreps @richtort 9:13 p.m. Yukon goes up 14-13 Caelan Groce 24-yard TD pass from Hayden Somerville #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:13 p.m. Blanchard now inside Newcastle's 10-yard line. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:14 p.m. Penalties are killing Newcastle on this drive. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 9:15 p.m. Three plays later Sulphur scores on Ryan Rackley's 18-yd TD scramble. Kick failed. Marlow 13, Sulphur 6. 11:30 in 4Q. #okpreps @Shadid13 9:15 p.m. Westmoore forces a turnover on downs and Kieron Hardrick scores his second TD on a 22-yd run. Westmoore 35, Norman North 17. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:16 p.m. Sallisaw RB Cale Wilson goes down holding his knee on the opening play of the 2nd half, but he walks off on his own. #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:16 p.m. Looks like Hennessey QB Dylan Hatchel is down with a leg injury. This night might have gotten worse for the Eagles. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:17 p.m. Wilson is back in & just ran 7 yards for a 1st down. He appears to be fine. #okpreps @oksportsexpress 9:17 p.m. Davis 41 Heritage Hall 17 starting the 4th. #okpreps @brunk_bob 9:18 p.m. Central Sallisaw 24 Colcord 6 5:00 3rd. @BR_TimesRecord #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:18 p.m. Hennessey QB Dylan Hatchel being helped off field. Looks like ankle. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 9:19 p.m. Panthers take a long drive and finish it with a 4 yard TD throw. Sparks to Webster. PCN leads 27-15 with 7:17 left. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 9:19 p.m. Blanchard holds on 4th down and they get the ball on their own 2-yard line. 5:53 left in the 3rd, Blanchard leads 21-0. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:20 p.m. Del City turnover on downs. Midwest City ball with :42 left, leading 16-8. All over with a couple kneel-downs #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:20 p.m. Del City turnover on downs. Midwest City ball with :42 left, leading 16-8. All over with a couple kneel-downs #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:20 p.m. Tony Mendoza is the new QB for Hennessey. #OKPreps @HuntNate 9:20 p.m. Weatherford ties the Irish 14-14 with 5 minutes left to play. #okpreps @Shadid13 @BenJohnsonTDP 9:20 p.m. Sallisaw's opening drive ends with Rodriguez missing a 55yd FG. Tahlequah takes over at its own 20. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:21 p.m. Midwest City 16, Del City 8 FINAL #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:21 p.m. Midwest City 16, Del City 8 FINAL #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:21 p.m. Sallisaw opening drive of second half stalls. Sinue Rodriguez comes on to try a 55-yd field goal but comes up short. Sall 24-21 #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:21 p.m. Newcastle's Dylan Adams fumbles in the end zone. Blanchard's Carson Smith recovers for a TD. After the PAT, Blanchard leads 28-0. #okpreps @Shadid13 9:24 p.m. Cornwell finds Basquine for a 21-yard TD. Great throw and catch. Third time they've scored tonight. Westmoore 35, Norman North 24. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:24 p.m. Tahlequah punts on its opening possession of the 2nd half & Sallisaw responds 1 play later with a TD.... #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:24 p.m. Sallisaw builds its lead. Quint Scoufos hooks up with Chase Richey on 50-yard pitch and catch for TD. Diamonds 31-21 7:06 3rd. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:24 p.m. Blanchard is owning every second of this game. #okpreps @chrisbrannick85 9:25 p.m. More 3A, Newcastle in two games (2-0) 93-17. Down 28-0 to Blanchard, late 3Q. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:25 p.m. Chase Richey hauls in a 50yd TD pas from Quint Scoufos & Sallisaw leads Tahlequah 31-21, 7:06 3rd Q. #okpreps @richtort 9:25 p.m. Parker Bohannan 2-yard pass from Hayden Somerville puts Yukon up 21-13 6:39 left #okpreps #football @jacobunruh 9:27 p.m. Kingfisher leads Hennessey 24-0 after three. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 9:27 p.m. Crucial drive for PCN right here. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 9:27 p.m. CORRECTION: Parker Randels recovered Blanchard's last TD in the end zone. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:28 p.m. A long Tahlequah TD run was just erased by a holding penalty. Sallisaw 31-21. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:29 p.m. A 65yd TD run by Brandon Conrad is wiped away by holding penalty on Tahlequah. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:30 p.m. Newcastle's Casey Freeman takes it in for a 1-yard TD. After the PAT, Blanchard still leads 28-7. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:30 p.m. Panthers face a 3rd and 20 from their own 36. 4:23 left. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 9:30 p.m. Newcastle's TD came on the heels of a 66-yard pass and catch from Casey Freeman to Ben Persall. #okpreps @brunk_bob 9:31 p.m. Central Sallisaw 24 Colcord 12 2:30 3rd. @BR_TimesRecord #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:31 p.m. Tahlequah's Colton Wright fumbles & Sallisaw takes over at its own 35 & up 31-21 with under 5 left in the 3rd. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:32 p.m. Deep pass is incomplete. Patriots get an extra 15 added on because of a personal foul on Evan Hudson. Patriots ball on own 46. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:32 p.m. Sallisaw scores 2 plays later on CAle Wilson's 50yd TD run around the right side. Black Diamonds lead 38-21, 4:23 3rd Q. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:33 p.m. Sallisaw forces turnover, as Jadon Davenport recovers a fumble. Two plays later, Cale Wilson runs it in from the 50. 38-21 4:23 3. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 9:33 p.m. Marlpe punts to Sulphur with 2:04 in 4Q. Marlow leads 13-6, Sulphur on own 15. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:33 p.m. Newcastle's Brandon Smith intercepts a Blake Owen pass and the Racers have the ball in Lion territory. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:34 p.m. That's back-to-back 50-yard scoring plays for Sallisaw. #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:34 p.m. Kingfisher RB Landon Nault with his second TD, a 1-yard dive. Now lead is 31-0 with 8:22 left. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 9:35 p.m. The pass and catch from Freeman to Persall earlier was a great play. Persall reached up through a Blanchard defender for the grab. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 9:36 p.m. Sulphur was driving but Rackley fumbles and Marlow's Tanner Brittain falls on it with 58 seconds in game. #okpreps @kevininok 9:36 p.m. End of 3Q Vian 25 Muldrow 13 #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:36 p.m. Stallings with a Johnny football type pass, 65 yards for a TD pass to Ryan Dunn. 2pt conversion is good. PCW 30 PCN 27. 3:35 left. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 9:37 p.m. Blanchard's defense forces a turnover on downs and the Lions regain possession. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:37 p.m. After 3: Westmoore 35, Norman North 24. #okpreps @Shadid13 9:37 p.m. End of third: Westmoore 35, Norman North 24. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:37 p.m. Defense has become optional. Tahlequah responds with a 65yd TD run & the Tigers now trail Sallisaw 38-28, 3:39 3rd Q. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:38 p.m. Tahlequah not going away. QB David Dick runs a keeper in from 65 yards out. Sallisaw still up 38-28 3:39 3rd. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:38 p.m. Jordan Webster fumbles on the first play of the drive. Patriot ball on the Panther 39. #OkPreps @jlindseyARD 9:40 p.m. Still 41-17 Davis at end third quarter. #okpreps #ARDsports @NLivingstonTLC 9:40 p.m. Tipton 50, Temple 0 #okpreps @Sportstalk1400 9:40 p.m. Correction 21-13 Norman trails. Plus Norman has the ball and had to go 99 yards for a TD #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:40 p.m. Westmoore's Austin Dodd adds a 26-yard field goal and Westmoore leads Norman North 38-24. #okpreps @LionsFBRadio 9:41 p.m. SouthMoore 58 Moore 14 Final #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:41 p.m. Panthers stop the patriots on 4th and short. #OkPreps @mdmayberry 9:41 p.m. Edmond North calls for a timeout as they are 4th & 1 on the 31. Down 24-21 with 1:30 left against Santa Fe. #okpreps @ekhorneARD 9:41 p.m. Timeout with 7:08 to go. Ardmore at its own 35, trailing Prime Prep 7-3. Ugly game kept together by Ardmore D #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:42 p.m. Panthers down 30-27 with 1:53 left. 1 timeout remaining they do have the ball. #OKPreps @jasonkersey 9:42 p.m. Noble and El Reno tied at 28, heading to overtime #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:42 p.m. Norman North will not go away. They return the ball to the Westmoore 20, and Quan Hogan scores on the next play. 38-31 Westmoore. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:42 p.m. Blanchard leads Newcastle 28-7 after the 3rd quarter. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 9:43 p.m. Snap sails over Rackley's head for a safety.., FINAL: Marlow 15, Sulphur 6. #okpreps @Shadid13 9:43 p.m. Quan Hogan scores on a 20-yd run. Norman North back in it. Westmoore 38, Norman North 31. 11:38 remaining. #OKPreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:43 p.m. Sallisaw forced to punt for the first time. Sinue Rodriguez promptly booms a 69-yard kick, pinning Tahlequah inside its 10. #okpreps @JimQuillen 9:44 p.m. Edmond Memorial running away with an easy win over their ranked rivals from the west. EM 34 Deer Creek 10 3:00 Q4 #okpreps @oubp 9:44 p.m. Heading to OT in El Reno. Tied with Noble at 28. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:44 p.m. Blanchard's Kanon Kirchner enters at QB for the Lions. #okpreps @MrReynolds12 9:45 p.m. Kelly 42 Coweta 42 with a min left in the 4th QRT a great game going on! #okpreps @Jarvidus 9:45 p.m. INT by Kinzer, next play 67yd TD pass from Neph to Clay. Jenks 35 Ow 28. Late 3Q. #owassofootball #okpreps #vypeok @BR_TimesRecord 9:45 p.m. End of three, Sallisaw leads Tahlequah 38-28. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:46 p.m. End of the 3rd quarter, Sallisaw leads Tahlequah 38-28. Tahlequah has the ball on its own 36 & it'll be 1st & 10. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:47 p.m. Great game out in Yukon. Looks like Norman High trying to tie it with under a minute left, going for two-point conversion. #okpreps @Shadid13 9:47 p.m. Bryson Lee keeps the ball on three straight option plays, totals 53 yards, & scores from two yards out. Westmoore 45, Norman N 31. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 9:49 p.m. Barring a miracle, Blanchard will move to 3-0 after the next 7 minutes run off the clock. #okpreps @Derek_Brown_MT 9:50 p.m. Chase Brown takes a 4-yard run in for a score. Mustang up at Stillwater 49-19 with 3:26 to go. #OKpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:50 p.m. FINAL: PCW 30 PCN 27 #okpreps @fcjames 9:50 p.m. 54-23 Davis over Heritage Hall. #okpreps @Sportstalk1400 9:50 p.m. 2pt failed for Norman. Trails 21-19 on side kick pending #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:51 p.m. Kingfisher beats Hennessey 31-0. #OKPreps @oksportsexpress 9:51 p.m. Congrats to Putnam City West...big 30-27 win over PC North for the Patriots ! #okpreps @BPrzybylo 9:52 p.m. Union 38, Broken Arrow 21- final #okpreps #foxhsfb @wfwoodie 9:53 p.m. End 3rd Quarter -- Spiro 48, Haskell 0. #okpreps @wfwoodie 9:53 p.m. Final -- Spiro 55, Haskell 6 #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:53 p.m. Timeout Tahlequah, 8:53 left in the 4th. Sallisaw leads 38-28 & Tahlequah has 4th & 6 on Sallisaw's 16 yard line. #okpreps @brunk_bob 9:53 p.m. Central Sallisaw 24 Colcord 19 5:00 left. Tiger ball. @BR_TimesRecord #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:54 p.m. Blanchard's Braden Stringer will be Trey Hunter's player of the game tonight. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:54 p.m. On an option, Tahlequah's Brandon Conrad only picks up 3 yards. Sallisaw takes over at its own 14. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:55 p.m. Blanchard driving again. 3:28 left in the game and the Lions lead Newcastle 28-7. #okpreps @coachrwh 9:58 p.m. Lost to PCW for first time since '94 PCW 30 PCN 27 #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:58 p.m. Tahlequah reaches inside the Sallisaw 15 but is stopped on fourth down. Sallisaw takes over with 8:48 left and leading 38-28. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 10:00 p.m. Norman North catches a break as Westmoore fumbles into the end zone to give the T-Wolves back the ball. North down 45-31, 8 to play #okpreps @Shadid13 10:00 p.m. David Cornwell, an Alabama commit, has been very impressive tonight. 23/37, 319 yds, 3 TD. Team trails 45-31 w/ 8:18 left. #OKPreps @Tpalmateer83 10:05 p.m. FINAL: Hollis 45, Beaver 0. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 10:05 p.m. Sallisaw, who took over with 8:48 on the clock, is melting the clock away. About to snap the ball on the 13th play of the drive. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 10:05 p.m. Black Diamonds are at Tahlequah's 9, up 38-28 with 2:05 left. #okpreps @Tpalmateer83 10:06 p.m. FINAL: Cyril 42, Paoli 16. #okpreps @Shadid13 10:06 p.m. Westmoore has gone over 600 total yards. QB Bryson Lee has accounted for 438. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 10:06 p.m. Then Quint Scoufus runs in from 9 yards out & Sallisaw now leads Tahlequah 45-28 with 1:57 to play. #okpreps @brunk_bob 10:07 p.m. Tigers Hold! Central 24 Colcord 19. 44 seconds left. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord @BR_TimesRecord 10:08 p.m. Sallisaw putting it away. QB Quint Scoufos completes 14-play 86-yard drive with 9-yard TD. Diamonds up 45-28 1:57 left. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 10:08 p.m. Sallisaw's scoring drive went 86 yards in 13 plays & it took 6 minutes & 51 seconds off the clock. #okpreps @brunk_bob 10:10 p.m. Central pulls off the upset. 24-19 over Colcord. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord @JoeyKey_ 10:11 p.m. Arkoma 42 maud 43 2:04 4th #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 10:12 p.m. Final: Sallisaw 45, Tahlequah 28. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 10:18 p.m. Blanchard hands Newcastle their first loss and moves to 3-0 after a 28-7 win. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 10:19 p.m. Westmoore close to wrapping this one up: North facing a long fourth down, trailing 45-31 with 1:42 left. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 10:21 p.m. That should do it. 1:33 left, Westmoore takes over. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 10:22 p.m. Panthers drop to 0-3 on the season. Next week they take on Edmond North Friday @ home. #OkPreps @CorbinHosler 10:22 p.m. Westmoore defeats Norman North 45-31 #okpreps @Shadid13 10:23 p.m. FINAL: Westmoore 45, Norman North 31. #OKPreps @CoachBruster 10:31 p.m. Hobart scores for first lead of night! 52-51 PAT pending. 2 mins left in game #okpreps @HSFootballOK @VYPEOK @JenksFootball 10:33 p.m. Final - Jenks 45 Owasso 28 #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 10:58 p.m. Tahlequah outgained Sallisaw, 449-429. Sallisaw TB Cale Wilson 22 carr., 188 yds., TD. QB Quint Scoufos 8-15-0 142 yds. TD rush TD. #okpreps @richtort 11:03 p.m. Another week, another game decided in the fourth quarter this time Yukon 21, Norman 19! #okpreps #football @richtort 11:08 p.m. All three games I've seen this year have come down to the last minute #okpreps #football @ScottWrightOK 11:18 p.m. Defensive-minded Midwest City stuffs Del City bit.ly/14s5R4o #okpreps @CorbinHosler 11:24 p.m. Norman high lost to Yukon, 21-19. Failed two point conversion to try and tie with 30 seconds left @BeeryMike #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 11:25 p.m. On our website: Tahlequah racks up yards on offense, but loses to Sallisaw, 45-28. shar.es/K1kW1 #okpreps
Jun 18, 2013
Mike Gundy relaxed his restrictions on transferring quarterback Wes Lunt but too late to give Lunt any concrete options beyond Louisville and Illinois, Lunt told Illinois sports station WFMB. Lunt is transferring from OSU to Illinois and sat down for an excellent interview on channel1450.com, a Springfield, Ill.-based outlet.
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy lifts Wes Lunt restrictions, but too late
Berry Tramel | Jun 18, 2013[img]2136219[/img] Mike Gundy relaxed his restrictions on transferring quarterback Wes Lunt but too late to give Lunt any concrete options beyond Louisville and Illinois, Lunt told Illinois sports station WFMB. Lunt is transferring from OSU to Illinois and sat down for an excellent interview on channel1450.com, a Springfield, Ill.-based outlet. You can see that interview here. Lunt said that Gundy called Lunt’s high school coach, Derek Leonard of Rochester, Ill., “about a week and a half ago … and said that I could go to another school if I wanted, but by that time I had lost contact with those coaches. Illinois and Louisville were great choices and I just stuck with them.” Gundy had restricted Lunt from a scholarship at any Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC school, plus Southern Miss and Central Michigan. Lunt’s stated preferences were Louisville, Illinois, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Southern Miss. Which basically reduced his list to Louisville and Illinois. Gundy caught a lot of grief for his restrictions, including from me, which you can read about here in this column from a few weeks ago. Lunt didn’t go into detail about how many of the restrictions were lifted. It’s good that Gundy has seen the light, no matter the reason for it. Enlightenment. Pressure. Whatever. But it’s unfortunate that it came too late. Which it obviously did. Anyway, here are excerpts of the Lunt interview, with some of my responses. On why Lunt transferred: “It kind of happened during the season when I didn’t go back in again (after two injuries). I wanted to play it out through spring ball, because I just loved it there, I didn’t want to leave. After spring ball and talking with Coach Gundy, it was just the right thing to do for me.” Lunt seems to have some doubt about his football future as a Cowboy. He keeps saying he loved it in Stillwater. And while yeah, it’s a total drag to redshirt after starting part of his freshman season, he’s going to have to sit out with the Illini. Why not sit out with the Cowboys and take over one of the nation’s most proven offenses, unless something else is amiss. On Lunt’s relationship with Gundy: “To be honest, when you go to college, you don’t really have a lot of time with the head coach. It’s more the position coach. I didn’t really talk to him too much, to be honest. That’s how all head coaches are. I understand that. But when (offensive coordinator Todd) Monken left, I got to know Coach (Mike) Yurcich, loved him, but just felt like I needed to leave.” That’s an indictment of Gundy. Lunt is right; most head coaches don’t have real tight relationships with every player. But seems like the head coach ought to develop a relationship with the franchise quarterback. Seems like that ought to be a standard procedure. Letting Lunt get away might not cost the Cowboys in the long run. But it might. And this is not a recruit who decided to sign elsewhere. This was a guy who was on campus, had shown he had big-time potential and who keeps admitting he loved it in Stillwater. You can’t let a guy like that feel disconnected enough to leave. On deciding to transfer and discovering the restrictions: “It was hard. I didn’t kind of understand it at first. I just picked those five schools because I had a previous relationships with them before I picked OSU. It was difficult. I didn’t understand the process, so when they were blocked, I knew I could appeal but it was going to take awhile. It was frustrating. But I understand the Big 12. That’s obvious. But the others, it was a little frustrating, but that’s part of it and I understand it. It’s all good.” I’m with you, Wes. I can understand not letting a quarterback go to Texas. I can’t understand not letting a quarterback go to Tennessee or, heaven help us, Vanderbilt. What other schools did Lunt have contact with? “Like Vanderbilt, Alabama, Notre Dame. Those are all schools that I couldn’t go to, except Notre Dame, I could have gone there, the whole Golson (expelled quarterback Everett) thing. Alabama would have been cool to check out, but I couldn’t talk to them. That was difficult.” What’s the deal with Bama and OSU? Ever since the Crimson Tide edged out the Cowboys for a berth in the 2011 national title game, Alabama has been waltzing with the Cowboys over QBs. Luke Del Rio was committed from OSU and ended up at Alabama last winter. Norman North’s David Cornwell, recruited by OSU, committed to Alabama just the other day. Now Lunt was interested in Bama. Makes you cut Gundy some slack for putting Alabama on the famed list. On whether Lunt will be the Illinois savior: “It’s going to take a lot more than one person. I know that. I’ve played football for awhile. It’s not just one person. It’s a team. I just hope I can help the team as much as I can.” Lunt is right. It’s going to take more than great quarterbacking to lift Illinois. The Illini occasionally rise up for a special season but mostly are a Big Ten rumdum. Beckman already seems to be feeling some heat, after just one (2-10) season. On Lunt’s feeling when he was named the starting QB last spring: “It was crazy. It was overwhelming. I use that word a lot. I didn’t know what to expect. It was a whirlwind. But it was a great time at OSU.” The truth about Lunt’s time at OSU? It was mostly hype. Well-deserved hype. Hype that I think would have become fabulous substance. But mostly hype. His games were against Savannah State, Arizona, one series against Louisiana-Lafayette, TCU, 21/2 quarters against Kansas State. And that’s it. The ‘Zona game had some great moments for Lunt, but also some shaky throws. TCU was solid. K-State was about like Arizona. I think Lunt was going to be a star. But his freshman season was spotty. On why he picked Illinois? “There’s a lot of things, going through the process. Illinois, I’ve always loved Illinois. I grew up watching ‘em, really developed a good relationship with Coach (Tim) Beckman and Coach (Bill) Cubit. I landed up there. It was a great thing for me, because I’ve seen his (Cubit’s) other quarterbacks at Western Michigan and Stanford and such. They’ve had tremendous success throwing the ball. Hopefully, I’m fortunate enough to bring that to Illinois.” Maybe so. But if Lunt wants to ruin his own day, he could compare Cubit’s QB production to the OSU QB production of recent years.