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Aug 11, 2014
With nine years of experience as a tight end in the National Football League, becoming an assistant at an established Class 5A or 6A program was an obvious option for the former Westmoore and Oklahoma State standout. Instead, Bajema chose to join former OSU teammate Rashaun Woods’ rebuilding project at Class 3A John Marshall.
High schools: Former NFL tight end Billy Bajema joins John Marshall staff
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Aug 11, 2014When Billy Bajema decided he would return to the Oklahoma City area this year to coach high school football, he had plenty of options. With nine years of experience as a tight end in the National Football League, becoming an assistant at an established Class 5A or 6A program was an obvious option for the former Westmoore and Oklahoma State standout. Instead, Bajema chose to join former OSU teammate Rashaun Woods’ rebuilding project at Class 3A John Marshall. “I like the idea of coming here with Rashaun because of what he wants to do with the program,” said Bajema, who spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens during his playing career. “He’s about not only coaching football, but trying to make a difference in their lives and that’s something I want to do as well.” Bajema and Woods spent three seasons together in Stillwater, including playing significant roles in Cowboys’ offense during back-to-back bowl appearances in 2002-03. Woods, a first-round pick by the 49ers in 2004 after a record-setting career at OSU as a receiver, inherited a John Marshall team coming off a 0-10 season in 2012. “Back then, nobody came prepared or anything,” said junior offensive and defensive lineman Jeremiah Patton. “There wasn’t really any effort. Everyone was out here playing around. When Coach Woods got here, we started getting everything we need to be prepared. He’s showed us how we need to be to be successful.” In 2013, the Bears improved to 4-6 in Woods’ first season and remained in playoff contention until a loss in their final game. “As coaches, we’re excited about seeing how far these players can go,” Bajema said. “Physically they are capable, but they’ve got to continually learn the technique of football better. It’s a challenge to them and us, but we feel like the sky is the limit.” Bajema will be coaching the offensive and defensive line alongside former Texas A&M and Alabama State offensive lineman Tango McCauley, who is a John Marshall graduate. McCauley spent six years playing in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League from 2003-08. “Having these type of coaches out here, it’s pretty much everything I could ask for,” Patton said. “They’re helping make me a much more confident player because I know everything I need to be doing to be the player I want to be. “We want to let every team we play know that John Marshall is here to be successful and work to get to the top. We want to show people that this isn’t that 0-10 team anymore.”
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Former Sooner J.C. Watts thankful to the coaches who talked him out of quitting years agoAug 2, 2014
J.C. Watts was a two-time Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player as Oklahoma’s quarterback and was eventually elected to the United States House of Representatives. The four-term congressman will be inducted Monday into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Former Sooner J.C. Watts thankful to the coaches who talked him out of quitting years ago
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer | Aug 2, 2014J.C. Watts packed his bags and loaded everything into his car at 1 o’clock in the morning, ready to say goodbye to the University of Oklahoma after less than a year on campus. The freshman quarterback — who had already quit the team once before during the season — woke up friend and teammate Darrol Ray for help carrying everything to the car that morning in February 1977. “Man, this is it for me,” Watts told Ray. “Watts, after getting me up, you’d better not come back,” Ray responded. Watts did come back, becoming a two-time Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player and eventually being elected to the United States House of Representatives. The four-term congressman will be inducted Monday into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. “Had I quit, it would’ve been one more nail in the coffin that would’ve made it easier for me to quit later in life,” Watts said during an interview with The Oklahoman. “When I faced adversity in other things, I might’ve thought, ‘Hey, I’ve quit two or three other times. It’s easy to do.’” Watts was raised in Eufaula, surrounded by good role models and mentors like the Selmon brothers, football coach Paul Bell and basketball coach Perry Anderson. “I grew up in an old-school system,” Watts said. “I had parents that affirmed the values that my coaches instilled in me: Never quit. Never give up.” Despite that, Watts struggled with urges to quit at various times throughout his young life. When Watts was in the eighth grade, he played on Eufaula’s freshman basketball team. The Ironheads were playing Checotah, and Watts shot a ball into the wrong bucket, resulting in two points for his team’s archrival. “After the game, our coach was just ranting and raving in the gymnasium,” Watts recalled. “He said, ‘Anybody that doesn’t know which goal to shoot at, you don’t need to be out there.’” The next day, the dejected youngster took his jersey to the coach and attempted to turn it in. “He wouldn’t take my jersey; he wouldn’t let me quit,” Watts said. “One of these days I’ll get to tell him, ‘Thanks for not allowing me to quit.’” Watts credits another — much better known — coach for the same reason several years later. He came to OU with grand expectations for immediate glory and when it didn’t happen, thoughts of taking the easy way out crept into his head again. He laughs about his immature brashness today — “Who was I gonna beat out? Thomas Lott or Dean Blevins?” — but his feelings were very real and very crushing at the time. After that early-morning conversation with Ray, Watts made the two-hour trek home down east State Highway 9, believing his Sooner football career to be finished. “J.C. was typical of all young athletes that come,” said former OU coach Barry Switzer. “I can name you one right after another that went through that same growth and maturation. “He was homesick. He was discouraged. He had competition in front of him. J.C. had been a starter since high school.” Switzer called Watts and asked him to return to Norman for a meeting, promising to accept whatever decision the freshman made after they talked. So Watts jumped back on Highway 9 and gave Switzer a chance. “I’m telling you, if you don’t wanna be talked out of something, don’t talk to Barry Switzer,” Watts said with a laugh. In that meeting, Switzer told Watts what he told every confused, impatient young player: If you stay, you’ll play. The pitch worked. Watts sat out the next year, played some in 1978 and started every game of his junior and senior seasons, which each ended with Orange Bowl victories over Florida State. “I always said, ‘Those who stay will play,’” Switzer said. “It always happened. Those that stayed would play. “You’ve just gotta stay. You can’t be in a hurry. You can’t leave.” Watts played six seasons in the Canadian Football League before retiring from football. He’s worked as a minister, a businessman and a politician. Today, he runs a political consulting firm in Washington. Monday, he’ll add another title to his resume: Hall of Famer. “Surely I’ve had my chances to quit and give up, but I’m grateful for what the people in Eufaula and Barry Switzer and his coaching staff did for me,” Watts said. “I’m grateful for what those people will help me accomplish in the future, but I’m most grateful for what those people put inside me: A never quit attitude.”
LEXINGTON: NOAH COLE Athletics: First-team all-district offensive lineman in football as a senior. Two-time first-team all-conference in wrestling. Varsity track. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. Distinguished Scholar Scholarhip at OU. Oklahoma City All-Sports Association...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 4
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014LEXINGTON: NOAH COLE Athletics: First-team all-district offensive lineman in football as a senior. Two-time first-team all-conference in wrestling. Varsity track. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. Distinguished Scholar Scholarhip at OU. Oklahoma City All-Sports Association scholarship. Activities: Senior class president. Spanish Club president. Tribal Council president. Student council sergeant at arms. Show choir secretary. Theater. Quote: “He is an intelligent, honest and punctual young man with a bright future.” — Burse Dills, guidance director College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: None LUTHER: SETH STIVERS Athletics: Second-team Little All-City and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Honorable mention All-State in baseball as a junior. Varsity basketball for two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Ranked at the top of his class. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Student council. Gear Up spokesman. Habitat for Humanity. Quote: “His communication and interpersonal skills make him well-liked by students and staff alike. His future is very bright, and I look forward to seeing just how far he will go.” — Angie Cox, counselor College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Kaily Anderson, Carly Wilson McLOUD: JOSEPH WOOD Athletics: Second-team Little All-City and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Honorable mention Little All-City as a junior. All-district in soccer. Varsity basketball for four years. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 5 percent of his class. Scored 25 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. National Football Foundation scholarship. Activities: Senior class president. Student council president. McLoud School Board student advisor. BancFirst student board of directors. Quote: “I truly believe that this society needs more young adults like Joe Wood.” — Joshua Laney, basketball coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Ashley Boyer, Jordan Murphy MIDWEST CITY: BEAU BUTLER Athletics: All-district and all-conference in football as a senior. Varsity baseball for four years. Will play football and baseball for Wesleyan (Conn.) University. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ranked in the top 1 percent of his class. Valedictorian. Scored 28 on the ACT. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Key Club. German Club. Quote: “Beau is a natural leader. He listens to the thoughts of others and takes into account their opinion ... He understands that a leader leads by example in word and deed.” — Kelly Collins, counselor College choice: Wesleyan (Conn.) University Also nominated: Tashawnya Edwards, Connor Kinsey MINCO: JACOB OVERTON Athletics: Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State in football. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Oklahoman second-team All-State as a senior, honorable mention All-State as a junior. Varsity baseball and basketball. Will play football at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society president. Activities: Student council president. Future Farmers of America president. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chaplain. Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader. Quote: “I feel privileged to have Jacob walking our halls and representing Minco High School.” — Clint Shirley, principal College choice: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: RACHEL NGO Athletics: Three-year state qualifier in swimming, three-year in tennis and one-year in track. Honorable mention All-City in swimming and tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society tresurer. Activities: Pianist at St. Andrew Dung-Lac Catholic Church. Asian Club president. Literary Magazine treasurer. Environmental Club secretary. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Quote: “While she was the first swimmer in the history of our school to qualify for the state championships, it was her leadership that stole the show.” — John Keilty, athletic director College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Andrew Huffine, Katie Wipfli MUSTANG: PAIGE KETCH Athletics: Three-time offensive player of the year on the volleyball team, one-time defensive player of the year. State qualifier in track and field. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Ranked in the top 15 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Mustang Prevention & Coalition Team secretary. Every 15 Minutes co-coordinator. Integris Canadian Valley Hospital Student Governing Board. Relay for Life team captain. Student council. SADD/DARE Club student representative. Quote: “As a leader on and off the courts, Paige works to help anyone in need.” Alecia Day, English and leadership teacher College choice: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: Tanner Robertson NORMAN NORTH: ANDREA RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ Athletics: Honorable mention All-City swimming in the 100 free as a senior. Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State. Eight top-10 finishes at state during her career. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Scored 26 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Activities: OU Precollegiate Program for Chemistry. GEMS Club. Norman Youth Council member. OU Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Quote: “Andrea has alwasy been a very vocal student who is willing to make friends with anyone in class.” Kevin Warren, science teacher College choice: Vermont Also nominated: W.A. White
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver caught a career record 35 touchdown passes, including 21 as a senior.
Tributes: Former Lawton Douglass star Kenneth Wallace dies
By Scott Munn | Jun 16, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Kenneth Wallace, 68, of Houston was a football standout in the 1960s at Lawton Douglass High School. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver caught a career record 35 touchdown passes, including 21 as a senior. Wallace was named to the South All-State Team after snagging 56 balls for 1,338 yards, most of those passes coming from quarterback Curtis Wilson. Wallace also excelled at defensive back and kick returner. In 1999, The Oklahoman selected Wallace for its All-Century Team was a wide receiver. After Wallace finished his prep career with 11 letters — four each in football and baseball and three in basketball — he went on to play the 1966 and ’67 seasons for coach Phil Cutchin at Oklahoma State. Wallace earned a degree in health and physical education and eventually worked as a park director in Markham, Ill., and Houston. *Charles Zink, 64, of Oklahoma City worked for the Department of Human Services. As a young man, he starred in football and baseball at Northeast High School. Zink was a 6-foot, 200-pound All-State football player, starting all four years on the offensive and defensive lines. He was an Oklahoman All-City baseball pick as well as an Oklahoma High School Coaches Association outstanding scholar-athlete selection. Zink signed to play football at Oklahoma, but his career was cut short by injury. *Brian Marchinko, 65, of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, played for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League over the 1969-72 seasons. He had 33 goals and 95 points for the Oilers. Marchinko played 47 games in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders. He worked for the Canadian National Railway after hockey. *Jerry Lee Wells, 70, of Glasgow, Ky., was an All-American basketball player for Oklahoma City University when it was an NCAA Division I program. Wells and Charlie Hunter, also a Glasgow native, were the first African-American players at OCU. Wells led the Chiefs — now known as the Stars — to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a 60-26 record over the 1963-66 seasons. He topped OCU in scoring over his junior and senior seasons, averaging 23.5 points. A two-time All-College Tournament team selection. Wells was chosen in in the second round of the 1966 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but he never played professionally. Shortly after he was picked by Cincy, he was drafted into the Army. *Albert Neel, 88, of Oklahoma City was a boxer as a youngster. He won 10 Golden Glove fights as a welterweight. A World War II veteran who was a renowned swing dancer. *Mike Dunn, 67, of Edmond helped coach the TLC Chargers’ 19-and-under softball team for several years. The Vietnam veteran was a long time season-ticket holder to Oklahoma football games. Friends and family celebrated Dunn’s life with a tailgate lunch, dressed in the colors of his favorite teams — OU, Dallas Cowboys, Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Yankees. *Longtime educator and preacher Elmo Hall spent several years as the public address announcer for Oklahoma Christian University basketball games. Hall loved to play ball, too. He often participated in OC’s noon basketball league. Also played softball. The Edmond resident was 83 at the time of death. *Patricia Ward, 73, of Welling attended the 1972 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and Oakland A’s. Also enjoyed Olympic figure skating. *Glynn Massey, 71, of Norman grew up in Corsicana, Texas, where he excelled in high school football, baseball and track. Also collected baseball cards. A computer analyst at Tinker Air Force Base. *Milton Kalsu, 78, of Oklahoma City was a claims adjuster for Continental Insurance. He coached baseball and enjoyed talking about sports, particularly Oklahoma football. The uncle of former OU lineman and Vietnam hero Robert Kalsu. *Paul Ayres, 86, of Bluejacket was a rodeo judge. *Earlene Parson Rollins, 70, of Mustang was a judge for the USA and Golden Gloves boxing organizations. *Steve Pickle of Edmond died three weeks after his 43rd birthday. He participated in Special Olympics for several years and played in the AnyOne Can Softball League. *Marie Powell Rowlen, 90, of Jones remained active by joining a bowling league in her 80s. *Junior Harris, 45, of Duncan died in a car accident. He was the father of former Oklahoma defensive back Javon Harris. *Loren Mitchell, 90, remained close to home, lettering in basketball and baseball for Bethany High School. The World War II veteran remained a supporter of Bethany athletics. Also supported OU sports and the old Oklahoma City 89ers baseball team. *Dottie Griffin-Guinn, 76, of Oklahoma City helped coordinate the annual Andy Payne Memorial Foot Races. *Raymond Pate, 94, of Oklahoma City worked in the athletic department at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois during World War II. He went into the oil business after the war. *Walter McBride, 84, of Yukon played basketball for Alfalfa High School and Carnegie Junior College. He taught his grandsons how to play golf.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chase Vaughn called in sick last week, telling his bosses at National Jewish Health where he answered phone calls from people wanting to stop smoking or lose weight that he had the stomach flu.He was actually interviewing for another job.And when he was hired for that new gig this week, he had to go back to the hospital and 'fess up."I said, 'Thank you guys for the...
Longshot linebacker playing in his 5th pro league
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | May 20, 2014ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chase Vaughn called in sick last week, telling his bosses at National Jewish Health where he answered phone calls from people wanting to stop smoking or lose weight that he had the stomach flu. He was actually interviewing for another job. And when he was hired for that new gig this week, he had to go back to the hospital and 'fess up. "I said, 'Thank you guys for the opportunity, but this is once in a lifetime. This is what I've been working toward for five years. And I'd like to put in two weeks' notice and be professional about it, but obviously I can't do that right now,'" Vaughn recounted in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. "And they understood. They were like, 'OK, well, it's the Broncos, so go ahead.'" Vaughn is a 25-year-old long-shot linebacker who was added to Denver's 90-man offseason roster this week after an impressive tryout at the team's rookie minicamp last weekend. "Oh man, it's incredible. Probably the first thing I felt, honestly, was relief because it's been such a long, weird journey," said Vaughn, who's playing in his fifth professional football league. Vaughn (6-foot-2 and 248 pounds) attended Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado, and then went to Division II Adams State. But when the coaching staff there was fired after his sophomore season, he was allowed to transfer in conference and he went to Colorado State-Pueblo, where he helped resurrect the ThunderWolves' program. In his first game, he broke the NCAA Division II record with 4½ sacks against Oklahoma Panhandle State and finished with 10½ sacks that season. He added five more as a senior and graduated in 2009 with a degree in exercise science. That's when his long, strange journey really began. It started with his first of three stints with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, where he was cut at the end of training camp. He returned to his home state and played five games for the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League before being summoned back to Las Vegas, where he was cut a second time. This time, though, he immediately signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, where he once again was cut at the end of training camp. So, it was back to Las Vegas, where he made the team this time. "And then halfway through the season, they went bankrupt," Vaughn said with a laugh. "So, the first time I made a team, the league went bankrupt." He then signed with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League, where he lasted most of the season before getting released with three games remaining. "It was more of a numbers thing, injuries at other positions, which was fine," Vaughn said. "I wasn't a huge fan of the Arena Football League. So, I left arena football and got a regular job for a couple of months." Although he appreciated his job at National Jewish Health, a leading respiratory hospital, working in a cubicle wasn't for him, he said. "About a month of that and I was like, I can't do this," Vaughn said. "And I started working out again with my trainer. My trainer said I looked pretty good, probably the best I ever had looked. And that's when the opportunity came along to work out with the Denver Broncos, and I did fantastic, I guess." That earned him an invitation to the team's rookie camp and he turned some heads there, too. Vaughn said he realizes most people will wonder why he doesn't just give up his dream of playing pro football and get on with his life. But deep down he'd always know he sold himself short if he did that. "I know I can play at this level and I had a hard time accepting not getting a chance to," Vaughn said. "I was always a victim of the numbers game or bankruptcy or something ridiculous. So, that ate away at me. Sitting at the cubicle, thinking, I'm the biggest, strongest, fastest guy in this hospital right now who could be playing pro football and I'm not, for whatever reason. That ate away at me." ___ 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
May 10, 2014
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — On the third day of the NFL draft, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome finally gave offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak some ammunition for the 2014 season.After shoring up the defense on Thursday and Friday, Newsome started Saturday's session by taking Virginia defensive end Brent Urban in the fourth round.At that point, Newsome used four of his first five...
Ravens take Urban, then get offensive in draft
DAVID GINSBURG, Associated Press | May 10, 2014OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — On the third day of the NFL draft, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome finally gave offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak some ammunition for the 2014 season. After shoring up the defense on Thursday and Friday, Newsome started Saturday's session by taking Virginia defensive end Brent Urban in the fourth round. At that point, Newsome used four of his first five picks to improve a defense that ranked 12th in the NFL last year. Newsome balanced the ledger by picking four straight offensive players to close out his 19th draft with Baltimore. He selected Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro with the team's second compensatory pick in the fourth round, then picked Penn State guard John Urschel in the fifth round before snagging Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round. That was supposed to be the end of the draft for the Ravens. But Newsome traded Baltimore's sixth-round pick in 2015 to get Cleveland's seventh-round selection and took wide receiver Michael Campanaro, who played high school ball in Maryland before starring at Wake Forest. Final tally for the 2014 Ravens draft: Five offensive players, four defensive players. The early picks, of course, have a far better chance of making an impact. This draft will be judged heavily on the contributions of Baltimore's first three choices (in order): Linebacker C.J. Mosley of Alabama; nose guard Timmy Jernigan of Florida State and strong safety Terrence Brooks, also from FSU. Going into Saturday's session, the hope was that the Ravens could find a few players who would prove to be helpful to Kubiak, who took the offensive reigns during the offseason. "We'd like to get some offensive players, get some more depth," assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said late Friday night. "I think coach Kubiak would like that, too. But we're going to draft the best players we can to make our team better, and if that's offense, that's great. If it's defense, we'll go that way, too." Baltimore never did get a right tackle, which remains the team's most glaring hole. The way it stands now, Rick Wagner, drafted last year in the fifth round, is the heir apparent to the departed Michael Oher. Newsome has a reputation for gleaning talent from the later rounds, but on Saturday he gambled on a former hockey player and a small-school running back. The 6-foot-7, 298-pound Urban had 40 tackles in eight games last year with the Cavaliers, missing time with a high ankle sprain. Drafted 15th overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before his senior season at Virginia, the Canadian-born Urban quit hockey around the age of 16 after realizing his body was better suited for football. "I was definitely the biggest guy and I'd get a lot of penalties that a smaller guy wouldn't have gotten," he said. "So it was right about that time that I decided to switch over." Although Urban didn't take up football until high school and was slowed by injury last year, he displayed enough raw talent at Virginia to convince the Ravens to take a chance with the 134th overall pick. "He has the physical traits in terms of the burst, the speed and the quickness," said Joe Hortiz, director of college scouting for the Ravens. "He is going to have to develop his hand playing and his pad level. But the potential is there to you an inside pass rush presence." Taliaferro rushed for 1,729 yards and scored 27 touchdowns last season before finishing his college career at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot, 230-pounder has sure hands and is expected to back up Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. "When you factor in his running and receiving ability and pass protection as well as special teams value, that's what you really want to get out of a third-day back," Hortiz said. Taliaferro expressed no fear in making the jump from Coastal Carolina to the NFL. "I bring energy as well as a great work ethic," he said. "I think I can move the ball between the tackles, short yardage. Whatever is asked, I'll do." Urschel was a defensive tackle in high school before coming to Penn State. The 6-3, 313-pounder was twice named to the All-Big Ten Conference first team. He won the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the nation's premier college football scholar-athlete. Wenning will compete with Tyrod Taylor to be the backup to Joe Flacco. The 6-3 Wenning set school records at Ball State with 92 touchdown passes, 11,402 passing yards and 1,035 completions. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Apr 18, 2014
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former Wahpeton High School and North Dakota State University football standout Ryan Smith is continuing his career north of the border.The 5-foot-7, 175-pound receiver has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Details of the contract weren't released.Smith caught 147 passes for 1,783 yards and eight touchdowns during his four years at...
NDSU receiver Ryan Smith signs with CFL team
Associated Press | Apr 18, 2014FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former Wahpeton High School and North Dakota State University football standout Ryan Smith is continuing his career north of the border. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound receiver has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Details of the contract weren't released. Smith caught 147 passes for 1,783 yards and eight touchdowns during his four years at NDSU. He also had 271 yards and three touchdowns on 32 rushing attempts. Smith also returned punts and kickoffs for the Bison. He was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was a big part of NDSU's three straight Football Championship Subdivision titles. In high school, Smith was a two-time All-State selection. He holds nine school records, including rushing yards in a season (2,781) and touchdowns in a season (40), according to the Daily News in Wahpeton. Smith told the newspaper that a pro career has always been a dream. "It just shows that if you work your butt off, hard work pays off. It's crazy. It's just really crazy," Smith said. "I think it's a great opportunity for me to play football again. That's all I was asking for the whole time — another opportunity." The Roughriders are the defending Grey Cup champions. Former Bismarck High and University of North Dakota standout Weston Dressler was a receiver for the team for six seasons. He's now pursuing an NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Feb 18, 2014
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, is an Oklahoman and a man for all seasons. He routinely volunteers at every Olympics and gives friends and colleagues a peek at his adventures with daily email dispatches. Everyone looks forward to them, which is why I post them on the blog, so everyone can get a feel for what’s going on around the Olympics.
Bill Hancock's Olympic adventure: the most hated man Sochi
Berry Tramel | Feb 18, 2014[img]2351791[/img] Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, is an Oklahoman and a man for all seasons. He routinely volunteers at every Olympics and gives friends and colleagues a peek at his adventures with daily email dispatches. Everyone looks forward to them, which is why I post them on the blog, so everyone can get a feel for what’s going on around the Olympics. Monday, February 17 (Please excuse the typos and bad writing in this friendly message to family members. They are sweethearts and so will not object to sloppiness. Will hurry. There’s too much Olympics to explore.) Breakfast: Pear chunk, Russian salad (peas, cheese and stuff), toast with nasty orange marmalade, orange juice, corn, plump sausage, yummy mullet porridge, tasty pork cutlet, cheese, and delicious strawberry yogurt drink. Breakfast note No. 1: I know it’s really “millet” porridge. But I think “mullet” is cuter. And the sign at the breakfast buffet does say “mullet.” Breakfast note No. 2: orange marmalade may be the worst food ever invented. It tastes like pureed orange peel with a dash of motor oil. Low overcast this morning. No mountains. A writer went to a place called “The London Bar” in Sochi and had a nifty cheeseburger and beer. That says it all. Did I say the concession sands have bottles of Coke, Coke Light, Fanta and PowerAde. The cost is about $2.75. There’s no ice for drinks, by the way. No ice anywhere, in fact. Of course, the reason is that the ice would come from tap water. And tap water is a no-no. Met and got recruited by four American evangelicals in the park the other day. They were nice enough. I told them I was the choir. Commute from Chistye Prudy to the Main Press Center: 20 minutes by bus. Wow, Nicki and I were SO lucky to have visited the mountains yesterday. The visibility is zero up there today and it’s likely several events will be delayed. Lucky, lucky, lucky. Forgot to mention about the gondola rides in the mountains. The Russians say gon-DOE-luh. We say GONE-du-luh, of course. Tuh-MAY-to, tuh-MAH-to. Let’s don’t call the whole thing off. Not yet. Volunteer du jour: Dominic, young like almost all the others. Stopped us from taking photos of the broadcast positions during practice at the speedskating venue. That’s happened at other Olympics. I’m not sure why. In excellent English, Dominic apologized. He was sheepish and shy. I asked how he had acquired such excellent control of the English language. “I’m from New York City,” he said. Two writers have visited Stalin’s dacha in Sochi. They rolled billiard balls on his pool table, saw his furniture, etc. Note from my favorite seventh grader in Stillwater (well, actually, my favorite seventh grader in the entire world) – How can you not tell Coke from Pepsi? I’m simply flabbergasted. Lunch: Croissant with chocolate filling. Quite delicious, if a little tout d’suite. (Sorry. Punning between language is unfair.) Daily reminder: it’s 10 hours different from Central time. So when it’s 10 a.m. in Chickasha, it’s 8 p.m. in Sochi. Note from Plano — Have you noticed that at several angles ice dancer Charlie Davis looks like Nate Hancock? Three things of interest: (1) a young Russian said Nikita Khrushchev was “popcorn”; which I did not understand at all; no doubt something got lost in the translation; (2) a middle-aged American reporter did not know that Khrushchev had said “we will bury you,” and (3) a 20-something reporter had never heard of Wally Pipp. The wait to get into the only souvenir store in Olympic Park continues to be an hour—two hours at times. It’s not worth the wait. Olga, the woman in charge of marketing for the company that runs the store, said, “we definitely underestimated the interest in this. We didn’t expect this demand….it is far more than we would ever have expected.” She said there is no significant tradition of Russians buying t-shirts and other souvenirs. But folks are going nuts over this shop. There are thousands—millions—of great places to fall and get injured here at the Olympics. And no yellow tape to mark steps. So far, so good for me—except for that little tumble down the hill a few days ago. The American journalists are playing hurt. One sprained her thumb picking up her backpack. Another fell off a curb and sprained his ankle badly. Another stubbed his toe on the threshold of his room and has been hobbling for three days. A photographer spent two days in bed with 103 fever. A press officer did the same thing. I am wondering if skin can come off from washing hands too much. Weather: Foggy, drizzly and dark this morning. It’s conclusion-of-Casablanca weather. And then the sun appeared about mid-day. Here at the coastal cluster, high 52, low 45. Up at Laura cross-country ski and biathlon center, high 34, low 30. Russia Fact that surely must be true because somebody told me: Those onion-spire towers? Word is, they originated because the snow would fall off of them. Anton, a volunteer, said his family lives in St. Petersburg (Russia.) “They call me to say they are jealous of our warm weather here.” They’ve assigned the USA’s quarterfinal hockey game to Shayba arena, the small one. That’ll create a severe ticket crunch. Think playing the BCS championship game at Allen High School: great stadium but not nearly enough seats. And significant demand for ice dance tickets, too. I’ll be a candidate for “most hated person at the Olympics” for a couple of days. Just decided that ice dancing is my second-favorite Winter Olympics sport, right behind cross-country skiing. The music is almost always terrific and so is the dancing. Dinner: Wheat Thins. One-quarter of an excellent chocolate cinnamon roll from the Canadians, who went to the Cinnabon in Sochi. Yes, there’s a Cinnabon store in Sochi! What a great world! Talked to a photographer from Luxembourg today. He’s the only journalist here from his country. “The others could not make arrangements for hotel rooms,” he said. He has been to every Olympics since 1976. Also ran into SI’s Austin Murphy. We discussed his excellent piece on Super Bowl halftimes. We did not discuss at length his one-sided treatment of my employer. He was dashing off to a television shot anyway. Have spent considerable time here with Joe Posnanski, one of the truly good guys. We had discussed heading off for an adventure, but ticketing has bound me to the office. (We climbed the Great Wall of China together, and also went to the James Bond exhibition in London. The Great Wall and a Great Chinese Dinner afterward were a real highlight.) What a privilege to be here! Every day is an adventure. Sochi. Hot. Cool. Yours. Da Svidanya for now.
Feb 14, 2014
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, is an Oklahoman and a man for all seasons. He routinely volunteers at every Olympics and gives friends and colleagues a peek at his adventures with daily email dispatches. Everyone looks forward to them, which is why I post them on the blog, so everyone can get a feel for what’s going on around the Olympics.
Bill Hancock's Olympic adventure: Where Monopoly meets Socialism
Berry Tramel | Feb 14, 2014[img]2347908[/img] Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, is an Oklahoman and a man for all seasons. He routinely volunteers at every Olympics and gives friends and colleagues a peek at his adventures with daily email dispatches. Everyone looks forward to them, which is why I post them on the blog, so everyone can get a feel for what’s going on around the Olympics. Thursday, February 13 (Please excuse the typos and bad writing in this friendly message to family members. They are sweethearts and so will not object to sloppiness. Will hurry. There’s too much Olympics to explore.) Another lovely morning. The mountains were out. The sunrise was Hawaii-like. So was the weather, nearly. Breakfast: Pear chunk, apple chunk, cucumber chunk, green pepper chunk, toast with tasty grape preserves, orange juice, two plump sausages, curd pie, Russian salad (peas, cheese and some other stuff), oatmeal (they didn’t have porridge today), peas, corn and yogurt drink. Commute from Chistye Prudy to the Main Press Center: 20 minutes by bus. Traffic was heavy by the swanky Azimut Hotel and the security people at the hotel driveway gave the bus an extra scrubbing. Volunteer du jour: Masha, 19, green eyes. Just plain delightful. Lives in Moscow. Could have passed for a 19-year-old from Broken Arrow. She works for Olympic Broadcast Service here. Has never been to America, but would like to. “Everyone in Russia would like to,” she said with a giggle. USA ice dance Olympic team members Alex Shibutani and his sister/partner Maia visited the office today. They’re students at the University of Michigan and are bright and charming. They just wanted to see our operation. Of course, he is a college football fan and hopes the Wolverines will be in the playoff soon. Their tour guide was a Buckeye and they shared some happy. Lunch: Crackers, peanut butter, raisins. Weather: Gorgeous. High 59, low 48 here at the coastal cluster. At the alpine center, high 54, low 41. Daily reminder: it’s 10 hours different from Central time. So when it’s 10 a.m. in Claremore, it’s 8 p.m. in Sochi. Russia Fact that surely must be true because somebody told me: Distances: Sochi to Baghdad, about 1100 miles, close to same as PV to New York; Sochi to Moscow, about 1250 miles, close to same as Dallas to Salt Lake; Sochi to Damascus, Syria, about 1250 miles, close to same as Dallas to Salt Lake. For such a big place, the park has a splendid sound system. When I walked in today, it was playing “Ticket to Ride.” All fans must enter Olympic Park through one entrance, through the Olympic Park train station. The park is just over a half-mile walk from the station. Then there’s another quarter-mile stroll inside the park to the venue—maybe more. The Russians don’t seem to mind. Folks in America would writer letters to the editor and go nasty on Twitter if they had to walk that far to a game. There were a few golf carts shuttling a few people to the Olympic Park. I couldn’t tell how to get a pass. And was enjoying the walk, besides. I went to Sochi Park, the amusement park adjacent to Olympic Park. You had to have a ticket, but the tickets were free to everyone with an Olympic credential or a ticket to an event. It was like walking into Disneyland when it was about 10 percent complete. In fact, the girl who took my (complimentary) ticket at the gate said, “enjoy the magic.”’ Inside was a public square surrounded by colorful buildings; only the store and restrooms were occupied. The colorful and high roller coasters were shut down. The teacup ride was under repair. Two carousels and two other children’s rides were operating. The lines were long and there was no discernible fast pass. A two-year-old tripped over my right foot and did a face plant on the paving stones. It (the child’s gender could not undetermined in that space outfit) was wrapped up like Randy in A Christmas Story and could not get up on its own. It cried and cried. A crying child is heartbreaking in any language. I apologized to the unhappy mother on behalf of my too-big feet. But she spoke not a word of English and I have not learned how to say, “I am SO sorry” in Russian. I felt about five inches tall. Still, families were enjoying the amusement park. People walked on stilts, white-faced mimes mimed, children played on 30-foot checkers and chess boards. Fathers drank beer and kids bounded around like four-year-olds. Which several were. Mostly they treated the giant checkers like hockey pucks. There was a front-yard-sized board game that seemed to be a Russian version of Monopoly, with dice the size of clothes hampers. I tried hard to rationalize socialism with Monopoly. And finally decided that everyone could pool their money, build houses for each other, and nationalize the railroads, Marvin Gardens and Ventnor. Community Chest would be the favorite landing spot. There would be an Olympics at Boardwalk. Olympics Park includes a huge building exhibiting Russian industry. Best I could tell, the state is encouraging investment. In any case, there were cute folks in ethnic costumes and some free tea, so the stop was worthwhile. Ethnic singers and dancers cavorted on a stage near the exhibit hall, to the happiness of a couple of hundred Russians. The stage was flanked by two big television screens showing the Russian men’s hockey victory, creating extra happiness. Hungry for souvenirs, people waited in a line the size of about 97 football fields to get into the Bosco Olympics superstore. I spied another door with almost no line and wondered if I could avoid the line by going in that door. Natalia, the volunteer in charge of the throng, said, “that door is the exit.” A man wearing an indigenous costume and a Red Sox beard played “Summertime” on a horn that looked like a recorder and sounded like a saxophone. It sure is fun to hear American music. The footbridge—the size of six lanes of traffic—had two lanes going out and four coming in. Clearly the Russians were catching on to the joys of Olympic Park. A young woman in a lifeguard chair gave instructions in Russian, then in English without missing a beat. Dinner: Crackers, peanut butter, nutri-grain bar, chocolate from the Canadians, half beer. Wow, the mountains were pink again this evening! Nearly crimson, in fact. And then a cream-colored moon popped out of them like toast. My brownie instamatic didn’t do it justice. A bus from the mountains got lost en route to the MPC this evening, causing at least one American writer and one photographer to be really late for the men’s figure skating short program. “People were screaming at the bus driver,” my friend said. “It was an ugly scene.” The good news is that only two of the uglies were American. I think. The moon was nearly full and all enchanting. Took Nicki for a candlelight Valentine’s dinner at The Chalet in Chistye Prudy. We had excellent Russian wine and terrific crackers, the best mushroom soup, and penne pasta baked with cheese and meat. It was too much food, but I don’t know how to say “doggie bag” in Russian. At the next table, a Japanese table laughed; six Germans occupied another spot. Reading menus in foreign countries is charming. The menu was exactly the size of our high school yearbook. The writers had really tried hard to translate things into English. But, well, the results were amusing. The giant menu had photos of each dish, as well as descriptions in English and Russian. Here were some of the offerings: * “Garnish the difficult vegetable.” * “Broth from a dogrose.” * “Swept away with garlic sauce” * “Dairy pig festival” * “Vegetables from a neighbour’s bed” * “The baked shin of a lamb with vegetables on a grill” * Last but not least, a drink named “оргазм” (will print the Russian version only, because this is a family log, but plug it into Google Translate and you will see the )—a mixture of Bailey’s, Cointreau and cream. What a privilege to be here! Every day is an adventure. Sochi. Hot. Cool. Yours. Da Svidanya for now.
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.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Projected starters and key players for the Super Bowl:SEATTLE SEAHAWKSOFFENSERussell Wilson, QB (3), 5-11, 206, 2nd season, WisconsinHolds NFL record for wins at start of career with 24 ... Third-round draftee who immediately seized starting job and led Seattle to 2012 playoffs ... Dynamic runner who excels throwing on the run ... Poised in the pocket, very...
SUPER BOWL: Profiles of key players
BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Jan 29, 2014EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Projected starters and key players for the Super Bowl: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS OFFENSE Russell Wilson, QB (3), 5-11, 206, 2nd season, Wisconsin Holds NFL record for wins at start of career with 24 ... Third-round draftee who immediately seized starting job and led Seattle to 2012 playoffs ... Dynamic runner who excels throwing on the run ... Poised in the pocket, very dangerous outside of it ... Played at North Carolina State, then one year at Wisconsin as grad student. Marshawn Lynch, RB, (24) 5-11, 215, 7th season, California "Beast Mode" with a penchant for Skittles ... Powerful back with a burst, broke 40-yard TD run in NFC title game ... Rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 TDs this season ... Also a threat as receiver out of backfield. Michael Robinson, FB (26), 6-1, 240, 8th season, Penn State Former college QB who made transition to RB and now fullback ... Cut in preseason after three years with Seahawks, then re-signed in October ... Also has excelled on special teams. Doug Baldwin, WR (89), 5-10, 189, 3rd season, Stanford Undrafted out of college, plays with an attitude about it ... Can get deep but is not a speed demon ... Versatile, made a 69-yard kickoff return in NFC title game ... Wilson looks for him in key situations. Golden Tate, WR (81), 5-10, 202, 4th season, Notre Dame Makes some spectacular catches and is a deep threat ... Second-round pick in 2010 who also plays doesn't back down ... Led team with 64 catches, 898 yards and had five TDs this season ... Made infamous TD catch vs. Green Bay in 2013 that was last call by replacement officials. Jermaine Kearse, WR (15), 6-1, 209, 2nd season, Washington Caught winning TD pass in NFC title game for 35 yards on fourth down in final quarter ... Undrafted in 2012, played in seven games as rookie with only three receptions. Took over third receiving spot with injuries to Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, had 15.7-yard average on 22 catches four TDs. Zach Miller, TE (86), 6-5, 255, 7th season, Arizona State Signed away from Oakland as free agent in 2011, has not been as productive with Seahawks ... Had 33 receptions for 387 yards and five TDs in 2013 ... Good target in red zone and over the middle. Russell Okung, LT (76), 6-5, 310, 4th season, Oklahoma State First-round pick 2010 (sixth overall) who has developed into Pro Bowl-level blocker ... Injuries have set him back at times, but a road-grader when healthy ... Missed half of this season with toe injury, was placed on IR designated to return and came back on Nov. 17. James Carpenter, LG (67), 6-5, 321, 3rd season, Alabama A surprise first-round selection in 2011 who has been inconsistent ... Has been in and out of lineup in throughout career, was inactive for Saints playoff game, then started in NFC championship. Max Unger, C (60), 6-5, 205, 5th season, Oregon Among the best centers in the game ... Intelligent, strong, really gets off the ball after he snaps it ... A 2012 All-Pro who missed three games this season with arm injury ... His matchups with NT Terrance Knighton will be a key component in Super Bowl. J.R. Sweezy, RG (64), 6-5, 298, 2nd season, North Carolina State A backup as a rookie who blossomed in his second year and started 15 times ... Missed Seahawks' only home loss of season, to Arizona, with concussion, and Wilson was often overwhelmed by pass rush. Breno Giacomini, RT (68), 6-7, 318, 6th season, Louisville Yet another O-lineman who missed time in 2013 ... Knee problems cost him four games in midseason ... Highly competitive, huge and more maneuverable than might be expected ... Lynch often runs behind him. DEFENSE Red Bryant, DE (79), 6-4, 323, 6th season, Texas A&M Versatile player who can go inside, has the bulk and the movement to be an end or a tackle ... Leader of the defensive line ... Not a big sacks guy, but takes up blockers to free up teammates. Tony McDaniel, DT (99), 6-7, 305, 8th season, Tennessee One of many members of rotation in the trenches, also has played for Jacksonville and Miami ... Joined Seattle this season as free agent, had 52 tackles and two sacks. Brandon Mebane, DT (92), 6-1, 311, 7th season, California Strongest player up front for Seahawks, clogs running lanes effectively ... Was in on 45 tackles this season, high for the role he plays ... Has started every game he appeared in since 2008. Chris Clemons, DE (91), 6-3, 254, 10th season, Georgia Accomplished pass rusher with 58 career sacks ... Had huge 2012 season, then tore knee ligament in playoff win over Washington, missing loss to Atlanta ... Acquired in trade with Eagles in 2010, also played for Redskins ... Sacked Ben Roethlisberger in Clemons' first career start in 2004. Cliff Avril, DE (56), 6-3, 260, 6th season, Purdue Signed as free agent away from Detroit, added burst off the edge in pass rush ... Had sack of Colin Kaepernick and forced fumble in fourth quarter last week ... Had eight sacks among his 34 tackles as rotation player ... Has 47 1-2 career sacks. Michael Bennett, DE (72), 6-4, 274, 5th season, Texas A&M Signed away from Tampa Bay as free agent and has been major contributor on league's top defense ... Recovered fumble in NFC championship game ... Led team with 8 1-2 sacks among his 31 tackles. Bruce Irvin, OLB (51), 6-3, 248, 2nd season, West Virginia First-round pick who had decent rookie year, then was suspended for first four games of 2013 for using banned substance ... Still raw, but can rush the passer ... At some point needs to show he can handle pass coverages, too, and this would be good time to do so. Bobby Wagner, MLB (54), 6-0, 241, 2nd season, Utah State One of the league's most unnoticed stars ... A do-everything LB who stays on the field ... Had 119 tackles this season and 140 as a rookie ... Also had five sacks in 2013 ... Coach Pete Carroll never misses chance to praise Wagner's toughness and versatility. Malcolm Smith, OLB (53), 6-0, 226, 3rd season, Southern California Caught Richard Sherman's deflection for interception to clinch NFC championship and trip to Super Bowl ... Was recruited by Carroll to USC ... Seventh-rounder who has improved each season ... Became more of a regular on defense in second half of 2013 schedule. Also plays special teams. Richard Sherman, CB (25), 6-3, 195, 3rd season, Stanford Forget the post-game diatribe against Michael Crabtree after NFC title game, this is best cornerback in football ... Will play press coverage or lay back and is equally adept ... Hits hard, too ... Led NFL in interceptions with eight, even though man he is covering isn't target as much as other receivers. Byron Maxwell, CB (41), 6-1, 207, 3rd season, Clemson Stepped in when Brandon Browner was suspended and has been just as good ... Finds the football and has good hands ... A sixth-round pick who has flourished ... Mostly played special teams before this season. Earl Thomas, S (29), 5-10, 202, 4th season, Texas Despite lack of size, Thomas is one of league's most rugged safeties ... Versatile, active and smart, gets to the right place nearly all the time ... Sherman calls him leader of the league's top defense ... Two-time All-Pro who was first-round pick in 2010. Kam Chancellor, S (31), 6-3, 232, 4th season, Virginia Tech Monster hits mark his game ... Tall and rangy ... Has 278 tackles in past three seasons, and seven interceptions ... Could face off with Julius Thomas in one of the juicier Super Bowl matchups ... Yet another low draft choice (fifth-round in 2010). SPECIAL TEAMS Steven Hauschka, PK (4), 6-4, 210, 6th season, North Carolina State Also has kicked for Baltimore and, yes, Denver ... Caught on with Seattle in 2011 and has been very strong ... Has made 82 of 92 field goal tries for Seahawks and is particularly solid from distance ... Made six FGs against Jacksonville and five vs. Minnesota this season. Jon Ryan, P (9), 6-0, 217, 8th season, Regina (Canada) A rare exploit from Canadian college ball, Ryan has been a defensive weapon for the Seahawks ... Began career with Green Bay, has been with Seahawks since 2008 ... Put 28 punts inside the 20 and excels at getting them inside the 10, too. Golden Tate, PR (81), 5-10, 202, 4th season, Notre Dame Will gamble a bit too much on punt runbacks, but also has skills to break them ... Averaged 11.5 yards a return, ninth in league. Percy Harvin, KR (11), 5-11, 184, 5th season, Florida Has been injured for most of the season after being signed as free agent away from Vikings ... Comes off concussion sustained in playoff game vs. Saints, when he had three receptions ... Had 58-yard kick return against former team in only regular-season game in 2013. ___ DENVER BRONCOS OFFENSE Peyton Manning, QB (18), 6-5, 230, 16th season, Tennessee One of the all-time greats, will play in third Super Bowl ... Won 2006 NFL title with Indianapolis, lost in 2009 season ... Ironman streak of starting every game (227) from 1998-2010 ended in '11 after neck surgeries sidelined him for year ... Joined Broncos as free agent and has gone 28-7 with them ... Shattered NFL marks with 55 TD passes and 5,477 yards ... First overall draft choice in 1998. Knowshon Moreno, RB (27), 5-11, 220, 5th season, Georgia First-rounder in 2009 whose career seemed to be waning until Manning arrived ... Rushed for 1,038 yards and 10 TDs this season ... Can gain yardage inside or out, and picks up blitzers well ... Also caught 60 balls and scored three times ... Has become a producer in the clutch. Montee Ball, RB (28), 5-10, 215, 1st season, Wisconsin Second-round choice after record-setting NCAA career ... If he protects the ball, he can be dynamic ... Had 559 yards rushing, 20 receptions, scored four times ... Broncos like to avoid overworking Moreno and Ball is the ace reliever. Demaryius Thomas, WR (88), 6-3, 229, 4th season, Georgia Tech Big target with smooth running style who can make some spectacular catches ... Manning's main guy among many receivers, Thomas has 92 catches, 1,430 yards and 14 TDs ... Will be interesting confrontation for him with Seahawks DBs who believe they can handle anyone in man coverage. Eric Decker, WR (87), 6-3, 214, 4th season, Minnesota Another versatile, smart route-runner who has meshed well with Manning ... Made 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 scores ... Deceptively quick, though won't win foot races with DBs ... Decker combined with Demaryius Thomas for the most prolific receiving tandem (2,718 yards) in the league. Wes Welker, WR (83), 5-9, 185, 10th season, Texas Tech Was just slightly less productive with Manning as he was in New England with Tom Brady ... Signed before season as free agent, worked mostly out of slot to gain 778 yards on 73 catches and score 10 times ... Undrafted out of college, played for San Diego and Miami before joining Patriots. Julius Thomas, TE (80), 6-5, 250, 3rd season, Portland State A breakout player, thanks greatly to Manning ... Went from obscure to star with 65 catches for 788 yards and 12 TDs ... Excellent target in red zone, also can break tackles for long gains ... Former college basketball player. Chris Clark, LT (75), 6-5, 305, 5th season, Southern Mississippi First season as full-time starter ... Not drafted, spend time on several practice squads ... Replaced star tackle Ryan Clady (foot), made 14 starts. Zane Beadles, LG (68), 6-4, 305, 4th season, Utah Second-rounder in 2010 who has started all but two of 64 games ... Very solid, Moreno gains lots of yards behind his blocks. Manny Ramirez, C (66), 6-3, 320, 7th season, Texas Tech Stepped in when injuries depleted position, first time snapping for full season since high school ... Helped Broncos yield league-low 17 sacks ... Manning calls him "awesome." Louis Vasquez, RG (65), 6-5, 335, 5th season, Texas Tech All-Pro this season after joining Broncos as free agent ... Equally skilled at run blocking and pass protection ... Best blocker on a terrific line. Orlando Franklin, RT (74), 6-7, 320, 3rd season, Miami, Fla. Massive second-round pick in 2011 who has held down job since being drafted ... Tough to see around, let alone get around into backfield ... Allowed only 3 1-2 sacks in 2012, fewest for position. DEFENSE Malik Jackson, DE (97), 6-5, 293, 2nd season, Tennessee Fifth-rounder in 2012, had 42 tackles in five starts and impressive six sacks ... Has nice burst off the snap, but is not consistent yet ... Also played at Southern Cal before going to Tennessee. Sylvester Williams, DT (92), 6-2, 313, 1st season, North Carolina First-round choice last April who earned more playing time late in regular season ... Benefits from Terrance Knighton being so active next to him ... Must show he can penetrate Seattle's solid inside blockers. Terrance Knighton, DT (94), 6-3, 335, 5th season, Temple An under-the-radar force who has had a terrific postseason ... A rare NFL regular from Temple, Knighton was signed away from Jacksonville as free agent ... Has 31 tackles and three sacks. Shaun Phillips, DE (90), 6-3, 255, 10th season, Purdue Signed away from division rival San Diego as free agent ... Uses moves and smarts to get into backfield, made 10 sacks this season ... Has 79 1-2 sacks for career ... Should be Seattle's primary concern in protection. Robert Ayers, DE (91), 6-3, 274, 5th season, Tennessee Spotty player who has come on recently ... First-round pick in 2009 who never has lived up to billing ... Had 5 1-2 sacks, but only one in final 11 regular-season games. Nate Irving, OLB (56), 6-1, 245, 3rd season, North Carolina State Third-rounder in 2011 has been in and out of lineup ... With star LB Von Miller suspended or hurt, Irving got more playing time ... Seattle will go after him. Wesley Woodyard, MLB (52), 6-0, 233, 6th season, Kentucky Truly broke out in 2012 with 117 tackles, 5 1-2 sacks ... Had another solid season in 2013, but missed two games (neck) ... Made his mark with excellent special teams work. Danny Trevathan, OLB (59), 6-1, 240, 2nd season, Kentucky By far the best defender in Denver this season ... Active, aggressive, versatile ... Sixth-rounder who went from no starts to 16, made 129 tackles, had three picks, and was inspiration to teammates. Champ Bailey, CB (24), 6-0, 192, 15th season, Georgia Getting Bailey to Super Bowl for first time was a rallying cry for defense ... Not nearly the All-Pro defender he once was, but has had solid playoffs ... Has 52 career interceptions, tops among active players. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB (45), 6-2, 193, 6th season, Tennessee State Signed away from Philadelphia as free agent ... Wound up as team's top cornerback after injuries or so-so play by others ... Broke up team-high 15 passes this season ... Also played for Arizona. Tony Carter, CB (32), 5-9, 175, 5th season, Florida State Journeyman who had minor role this season, but has played important minutes in playoffs ... Has only started three games in career ... Seattle will try to get him matched up with Baldwin or Tate. Duke Ihenacho, S (33), 6-1, 207, 2nd season, San Jose State Undrafted free agent who has made his mark after being on practice squad for part of 2012 ... Hits hard, not so great in coverage, but not a real liability ... Had 73 tackles in 2013. Mike Adams, S (20), 5-11, 200, 10th season, Delaware Another journeyman who has plugged a hole in secondary ... Also has played for San Francisco and Cleveland ... Has nine career fumble recoveries. SPECIAL TEAMS Matt Prater, PK (5), 5-10, 195, 7th season, Central Florida Set NFL record with 64-yard field goal this season ... Won't be bothered by playing outdoors in Super Bowl in cold weather ... Very strong leg, had 81 touchbacks on 114 kickoffs ... Missed only one FG, from 52 yards. Britton Colquitt, P (4), 6-3, 205, 5th season, Tennessee With Denver's offense clicking, Colquitt has punted just once in playoffs ... Member of kicking family, brother Dustin is with Chiefs, father Craig Colquitt and uncle Jimmy also were NFL punters. Trindon Holliday, PR-KR (11), 5-5, 170, 4th season, LSU Had all kinds of breakaway potential, and also can drop the ball ... Had 81-yard punt return and 105-yard kickoff runback for TDs this season ... NFL's shortest player. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
Jan 16, 2014
A look at the athletes who will go into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2014
A look at the 2014 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductees
BY MIKE BALDWIN | Jan 16, 2014ROY COOPER One of the most revered cowboys in National Finals Rodeo history, Cooper compiled a record 32 NFR qualifications — 19 in calf roping and 13 in steer roping. Nicknamed “Super Looper” by Sports Illustrated, Cooper won eight world titles. One of only 10 men in pro rodeo history to win the triple crown, Cooper captured the calf roping, steer roping and tie-down national titles in 1983. A Texas native who attended Southeastern State University, Cooper was the first cowboy to reach $2 million in career earnings. MICK CORNETT A former sportscaster who has been mayor of Oklahoma City the past 10 years, Cornett was instrumental in creating the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in the 1980s. One of his career highlights is playing a key role in helping Oklahoma City land an NBA team, first the New Orleans Hornets following Hurricane Katrina, then the Thunder. Newsweek named Cornett, 49, one of the nation's five most innovative mayors. In Europe, a London-based organization that studies mayors listed Cornett as the second-best mayor in the world. LESLIE O'NEAL A two-time All-American defensive end at Oklahoma State, O'Neal was the runner-up for the 1985 National Defensive Player of the Year. At OSU, O'Neal compiled 351 career tackles, fifth most in school history. A first-round pick selected eighth overall, O'Neal played 14 seasons with the Chargers, Chiefs and Rams, recording 136 career NFL sacks. The six-time Pro Bowler was selected NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Two years later, he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after overcoming a career-threatening knee injury. O'Neal, 49, has returned home to his roots in Little Rock, Ark. DARRELL PORTER The Southeast High School product played 17 years in the majors with the Brewers, Royals, Cardinals and Rangers. One of only six catchers in Major League history to score 100 runs and collect 100 RBIs in a season, Porter batted a career .247. His true value was measured by a career .356 on-base percentage and 188 home runs. A first-round pick by the Brewers in 1970, Porter, also an All-State quarterback, turned down an opportunity to play football at OU to pursue pro baseball. Porter died in 2002 at age 50. GERALD TUCKER A two-time All-American at Oklahoma, Tucker was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic team that won 1956 basketball gold medal. The 1947 National Player of the Year when he played for the Sooners, Tucker was named to the 1940s NCAA All-Decade team. Tucker played professionally for Phillips 66 and also coached, leading the Oilers to the 1955 AAU national championship. Also a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Tucker, from Winfield, Kan., will be inducted posthumously. He died in 1979 at age 57. J.C. WATTS A quarterback at Oklahoma, Watts, from Eufaula, led the Sooners to back-to-back Big Eight titles. He was named the Orange Bowl MVP in both 1980 and 1981. After playing six years in the Canadian Football League — leading Calgary to the 1981 Grey Cup finals his rookie season — Watts became a U.S. congressman. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. Watts, 56, is chairman of J.C. Watts Companies, a multi-industry holding company based in Washington, D.C., with operations in Oklahoma and Texas.
Jan 15, 2014
ZURICH (AP) — An American referee was picked to officiate at the World Cup for the first time since 2002.Mark Geiger, a 39-year-old high school math teacher from Beachwood, N.J., was among 25 referees selected Tuesday by FIFA.Geiger has officiated Major League Soccer games since 2004, called matches during the 2012 Olympic men's soccer tournament and refereed during Brazil's 3-2 overtime win...
American Mark Geiger to referee at World Cup
Associated Press | Jan 15, 2014ZURICH (AP) — An American referee was picked to officiate at the World Cup for the first time since 2002. Mark Geiger, a 39-year-old high school math teacher from Beachwood, N.J., was among 25 referees selected Tuesday by FIFA. Geiger has officiated Major League Soccer games since 2004, called matches during the 2012 Olympic men's soccer tournament and refereed during Brazil's 3-2 overtime win over Portugal in the final of the 2011 Under-20 World Cup. Last month he called Monterrey's victory over Egypt's Al-Ahly in the fifth-place match of the Club World Cup. The last American referee at the World Cup was Brian Hall, who officiated Italy-Ecuador and England-Nigeria matches in 2002. Other U.S. referees at recent World Cups were Vincent Mauro (Belgium-South Korea in 1990), Arturo Angeles (Argentina-Greece in 1994) and Esse Baharmast (Spain-Nigeria and Brazil-Norway in 1998). No American has refereed beyond the group stage. Like all the other World Cup refs, Geiger will be joined by his regular team of two assistants: His are American Sean Hurd and Canadian Joe Fletcher. Howard Webb was chosen by FIFA over fellow Englishman Mark Clattenburg. Webb issued 14 yellow cards and one red during Spain's win over the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final. Webb is among five holdovers from the 2010 World Cup, joined by El Salvador's Joel Aguilar, Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov, Japan's Yuichi Nishimura and New Zealand's Peter O'Leary. For the first time since 1974, there will be no French referee at the World Cup. Stephane Lannoy, who worked at the 2010 tournament, was on the original long list of candidates but was cut Wednesday. Referees were picked "on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams' tactical approaches towards each game," FIFA said. Europe provides nine of the 25 officiating teams, South America has five and Asia four. North and Central American and the Caribbean has three along with Africa, and Oceania has one. A referee and his assistants can be dropped if they fail a fitness test before the tournament starts June 12.
Dangerously cold subzero temperatures push into Midwest, Northeast as part of 'polar vortex'CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.For a big chunk of the Midwest, the...
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Associated Press | Jan 5, 2014Dangerously cold subzero temperatures push into Midwest, Northeast as part of 'polar vortex' CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind another winter wallop: more than a foot of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous. Officials closed schools in cities including Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee and warned residents to stay indoors and avoid the frigid cold altogether. The forecast is extreme: 32 below zero in Fargo, N.D.; minus 21 in Madison, Wis.; and 15 below zero in Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Chicago. Wind chills — what it feels like outside when high winds are factored into the temperature — could drop into the minus 50s and 60s. "It's just a dangerous cold," said National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye in Missouri. It hasn't been this cold for almost two decades in many parts of the country. Frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly at 15 to 30 below zero. ___ Gone with the wind chill: Icy gusts spread winter pain across US, make frigid temps unbearable MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's not the heat, it's the humidity, goes the old saying. For the tens of millions of Americans currently trapped in the deep freeze: It's not the cold, it's the wind. Air temperatures plunging into the negative teens, twenties and even thirties Sunday into Monday are bad enough. But add wind speeds of even a few miles per hour, and what's already deeply unpleasant becomes downright dangerous. "It's not so much the absolute cold, though that's certainly not pleasant either," said Mark Seeley, a climatologist for the University of Minnesota. "But what the wind does when it starts blowing it around is force the cold air onto whatever it touches. Whether it's human skin or a car engine, the wind pushes away the warmth being generated and replaces it with cold." Thus the popular term "wind chill," which a couple of Polar explorers originated in 1945 to differentiate between the actual temperature, and the temperature that it feels like thanks to the wind. For instance: In International Falls, Minn., along the Canadian border, it was forecast to reach an air temperature of 30 below zero early Monday. But wind gusts will make it feel more like negative 60. "Fighting a fire on a night like that, a lot of our guys would rather do recon in the burning structure than man the hoses," said Jim Hultman, a veteran firefighter in International Falls, frequently one of the coldest spots in the nation. "I'm not kidding. Because at least you're warm." ___ Congress returns to work with leftover business, politically driven legislation WASHINGTON (AP) — Back to work on Monday, Congress faces a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year that will determine control of the House and Senate. President Barack Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve and a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed are first up in Senate, with votes scheduled Monday night. The rare burst of bipartisanship last month produced a budget agreement, but lawmakers were unable to agree on extending federal benefits for an estimated 1.3 million Americans. The payments stopped on Dec. 28 and Democrats, led by Obama, are pushing hard to revive them. The issue is vital to the party's core voters who are crucial in low-turnout, midterm elections, and Democrats left no doubt that they will use any Republican opposition as a political cudgel. "Dealing with declining middle-class incomes and not enough job growth will be the No. 1 issue," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "And if on the first day of the new session, the Republican Party says they won't even support unemployment benefit extension, the original round was started by George Bush when unemployment was 5.6 percent, they're going to show themselves so far out of the mainstream, it's going to hurt them in the election." Republicans hinted they might go along with extending benefits if Democrats come up with cuts elsewhere or make other concessions. ___ As demand for senior services grows, caregiving workforce fills ranks with other seniors NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Paul Gregoline lies in bed, awaiting the helper who will get him up, bathed and groomed. He is 92 years old, has Alzheimer's disease and needs a hand with nearly every task the day brings. When the aide arrives, though, he doesn't look so different from the client himself — bald and bespectacled. "Just a couple of old geezers," jokes Warren Manchess, the 74-year-old caregiver. As demand for senior services provided by nurses' aides, home health aides and other such workers grows with the aging of baby boomers, so are those professions' employment of other seniors. The new face of America's network of caregivers is increasingly wrinkled. Among the overall population of direct-care workers, 29 percent are projected to be 55 or older by 2018, up from 22 percent a decade earlier, according to an analysis by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, or PHI, a New York-based nonprofit advocating for workers caring for the country's elderly and disabled. In some segments of the workforce, including personal and home care aides, those 55 and older are the largest single age demographic. "I think people are surprised that this workforce is as old as it is," said Abby Marquand, a researcher at PHI. "There's often people who have chronic disease themselves who have to muster up the energy to perform these really physically taxing caregiving needs." ___ Bulgarians celebrate Epiphany by diving after wooden crucifixes in icy water SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of young men are plunging into icy rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes cast by priests in an old ritual marking the feast of Epiphany. By tradition, a crucifix is cast into the waters of a lake or river, and it is believed that the person who retrieves it will be freed from evil spirits and will be healthy through the year. The celebration of Epiphany, or the Apparition of Christ, as Bulgarians call it, began on Monday in Sofia with a water blessing ceremony. The head of Bulgaria's Orthodox Church, Patriarch Neofit, said a prayer for the prosperity of the people and blessed the colors of representative army units — a tradition abandoned in 1946 and re-established in 1992. ___ Girl declared brain dead moved from Calif. hospital; destination not disclosed OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Acting with a court order, the family of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy has had her taken from a California hospital to be cared for elsewhere, the family's attorney says. Jahi McMath was moved by a critical care team while attached to a ventilator but without a feeding tube, Christopher Dolan told The Associated Press. She left from Children's Hospital of Oakland in a private ambulance shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, Dolan said. Her destination was not immediately disclosed. "It was a very tense situation," said Dolan. "Everybody played by the rules." David Durand, the hospital's Chief of Pediatrics, said the girl was released to the coroner. The coroner then released her into the custody of her mother, Nailah Winkfield, as per court order, Durand said in an email. ___ NJ works to curb sex trafficking before Super Bowl; lawmaker calls problem in state 'huge' EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey law enforcement agents are intensifying efforts to combat sex trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl. Officials are training legions of law enforcement personnel, hospitality workers, high school students and airport employees to watch for signs of it before the Feb. 2 football game, when hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on New Jersey. Authorities believe New Jersey's sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population make it an attractive base of operations for traffickers. They say victims of sex trafficking may feel they have little control, look frightened and exhibit signs of physical abuse. The nonprofit Polaris Project says a nationwide human trafficking tip line received about 20,000 calls last year, but many cases go unreported. ___ Plane goes off Aspen runway and bursts into flames, killing 1 man and injuring 2 others DENVER (AP) — A private jet went off the side of a runway in Aspen, flipped over and burst into flames, killing one man and injuring two others, Colorado authorities say. Officials said the flight to the wealthy mountain resort city originated in Mexico and all three aboard were Mexican pilots, two were flying and one was a passenger. Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, identified the man who died as co-pilot Sergio Carranza Brabata. He did not know where in Mexico the 54-year-old Brabata lived. Burchetta said the plane went off the right side of the runway Sunday afternoon, flipped over and burst into flames. "The injuries were traumatic in nature, but they were not thermal," he said. "So the fire never reached inside the cabin as far as we can tell." ___ Published reports: Liz Cheney to abandon her troubled effort to seek Senate seat from Wyoming WASHINGTON (AP) — Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign faced a number of problems. In November, Cheney said she opposed gay marriage, sparking a public feud with her sister, Mary, who is a lesbian and married. Cheney will reportedly cite family reasons when she announces her withdrawal from the contest. The development was reported by CNN, The New York Times and Politico. ___ South Korea's president calls for reunions of families separated by Korean War SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president on Monday called for resuming reunions of families separated by war, expressing hopes that the humanitarian program would improve strained ties between the rival Koreas. The call came amid lingering tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang's fiery rhetoric and threats of nuclear wars last spring. The two Koreas had planned to hold family reunions in September for the first time in three years but Pyongyang cancelled them at the last minute. President Park Geun-hye told a televised news conference that she wants the reunions to take place on the occasion of the Lunar New Year's Day later this month to "heal wounded hearts." She said she hopes the two Koreas would find a new momentum for better ties with the reunions, adding that her government plans to expand inter-Korean civilian exchanges and approve the shipment of more humanitarian assistance to the North. Later Monday, South Korea sent a message proposing talks on Friday to discuss the reunions, according to Park's Unification Ministry.
Jan 1, 2014
The Oklahoman's annual recap of the most memorable quotes of 2013.
The Oklahoman's top quotes of 2013
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Jan 1, 2014For most people, the end of one year and the beginning of the next is a time of reflection, celebration and promise. Again, that's for most people. Newspaper folks are an odder breed. As night drapes its black cloak one last time over 2013, we look back on a year filled with interviews and speeches, news conferences and prepared statements. We remember words — words that aren't usually our own. By and large, we're not clever enough — or, sometimes, foolish enough — to say much that's memorable. Our sources, on the other hand ... well, sometimes they say a lot. So here they are, The Oklahoman's annual Quotes of the Year. We offer for your consideration the funniest, smartest, meanest, saddest, kindest, most truthful, poignant, shocking and unforgettable statements printed in the newspaper in 2013. We'll be back next December with more. The tornadoes • “Haul ass and pray. That's all you can do.” Michael Roberts, who raced from Carney to Moore to find his daughter Addyson, a first-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School, when it was struck by a tornado on May 20. • “She was just laying there helpless. All I could do was sit there and hold her. She was already gone. They say she didn't suffer. So I've got to find peace with that.” Laurinda Vargyas, who found her baby girl, Sydnee, dead in a driveway after the May 20 tornado struck their south Oklahoma City home. Vargyas' 4-year-old daughter, Karrina, also was killed. Both girls were torn from their mother's arms by the twister. • “The picture, to me, it represents depending on each other. I needed that hug as much as that kid did. I needed to touch something tangible that was good coming out of that school.” Jim Routon, 47, on the photograph of him hugging his 6-year-old neighbor, Hezekiah Darbon, outside the wreckage of Briarwood Elementary School. The image, shot by Oklahoman photographer Paul Hellstern, became a symbol of hope and tragedy. • “There are 800 different variables that could have happened. I've played it over in my head a billion times, and then you finally come to the realization there's nothing you could have done.” Cody Futrell, whose wife Megan and infant son Case died May 20 when the Moore tornado destroyed the 7-Eleven where they had taken shelter. • “From the forecasters who issued the warnings, to the first responders who dug through the rubble, to the teachers who shielded with their own bodies their students, Oklahomans have inspired us with their love and their courage and their fellowship.” President Barack Obama, in Moore, on May 26. • “I love my location and would 100 percent want to stay here, somewhere on this corner. It's really a 'new beginning' now.” Jenifer Halstead, owner of A New Beginning Florist in Moore, whose store was damaged by the May 20 tornado. • “My love, we're going to die.” Maria Pol Martin, 26, uttering her last words to her husband before the May 31 tornado pulled her and her infant son from their minivan. She and her 17-day-old baby, Rey Chicoj Pol, were among eight people killed by the massive El Reno tornado. Politics • “Branan, Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it. I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don't hear that this bill will be heard and passed. We will dig into your past, yoru family, your associates and once we start on you there will be no end to it. This is a promise.” Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart, in an email (with one misspelled word) he sent to state Sen. Cliff Branan. Gerhart admitted he sent the message in an effort to influence legislation; instead, he was charged with two felonies. • “Absolutely nothing. We have found another way to kick the can down the road is what we've done.” Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, one of the primary proponents of forcing Democrats' hand on Obamacare and the budget, on what the government shutdown accomplished. • “It is one of the few areas where the government does it right. It has great leadership and great internal controls.” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, referring to the National Security Agency after leaks by a former contractor that the agency was collecting massive amounts of phone and Internet records. • “It is my belief that U.S. military involvement in Syria's civil war is not in our national interest,” Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City. • “I had a horrible loss eight days ago, losing a son.” Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on the Senate floor on Nov. 18. • “It was a loss for the nation but to an extent, our family not only lost a president, they lost a colleague and a friend.” Drew Edmondson speaking about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years later. Sports • “They've had the best team in college football. They haven't had the whole best conference. ... You're listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed to you.” Sooners football coach Bob Stoops, talking in May about the SEC's growing reputation as the best conference in college football. • “As an NFL fan, I have always admired the Washington NFL franchise for its professionalism and excellence. However, like most Native Americans, I find the name of the franchise to be insensitive and offensive.” Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, a Chickasaw, on the Washington Redskins name. • “I want to be the greatest.” Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, speaking in October about what drives him. • “Nobody on the other team, what they got to say about my opinions or anything, I'm not losing sleep over none of that. Because I'm enjoying myself playing this game. I'm blessed to just be in this league. You can bash me. You can bash our team. So what? I mean, at the end of the day, I'm still doing something I love every single day, and I'm fighting for something bigger than myself. And that's a great feeling.” Durant, explaining what he's learned about life in the NBA. Business • “Probably my greatest joy today, as I look out and see you all, is knowing that this company played such a leading role in the transformation of the industry. As a consequence, we have lower energy costs, greater prosperity, cleaner air, less foreign oil and fewer — hopefully no more — foreign entanglements.” Aubrey McClendon, in a farewell speech to his former employees at Chesapeake Energy. McClendon, the company's co-founder and top executive, left the company April 1. • “This thing is going to be a money pit before I get it home.” Dennis Talkington, of Verden, on the 35,000 pound anchor he purchased at a government auction. The anchor cost $2,800 but was going to cost another $2,500 to $2,800 to transport. • “Oklahoma is just crazy, crazy, crazy into Made in Oklahoma.” Garrett Janko, owner of Twister Distillery in Moore, on the demand for locally made products. • “They call it the Super Bowl for women.” Steve Harris, describing An Affair of the Heart, a craft show at State Fair Park. • “We've had that bucket of manure once. We don't need it again.” Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, on Rocketplane, an aerospace company. • “I asked a guy, ‘What would you like on your hot dog?' And he said, ‘Just like Jesus intended it to be!' ... I said, ‘How would that be?'” Gale VanCampen, who works downtown on the Hot Dog OKC cart. Crime and punishment • “My message to the rest of the Legislature would be: You better watch your back. Because if you make the district attorney mad, you may be next.” Former state Rep. Randy Terrill, to reporters, after he was released on bond following a political bribery conviction. • “I'm looking forward today to the future for the first time in a long time.” Former state Sen. Mike Morgan, after being sentenced to five years of probation. Earlier he had been found guilty of accepting $12,000 in bribes to influence legislation. • “The tragedy won't end for the family. I wish I could fix that. I can't.” Canadian County District Judge Gary E. Miller, after sentencing Rebecca Bryan to life in prison without parole. Bryan was convicted of murdering her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan. • “I think Oklahoma, our legislators, and the people in control of all of this are just a bunch of ... damned killers. They want to kill people. They think killing people is a punishment. Why don't we give them life without parole and let God take them in his own good way? But Oklahoma is so damn proud of their death penalty that they're just stupid.” Jim Fowler, son of slaying victim Anna Fowler, whose opinion of the death penalty changed after an innocent man spent 11 years in prison — seven on death row — in his mother's death. The real killer, Ronald Clinton Lott, was executed in December. • “To me, it's not's art-looking. Most of it's just bad.” Brian Maughn, Oklahoma County commissioner for District 2, giving his take on graffiti. • “We're gonna paint until we can't paint no more.” Graffiti artist Merk, while watching his friend, Robert Levering, complete a graffito at the now-defunct 808 Indoor Skate Park. Entertainment • “Vince is great. He's just an Oklahoma, easygoing guy. He's no really big celebrity in his own eyes, I don't think.” Local artist Jack Nortz, who has designed a sculpture of Vince Gill that has been proposed for Bricktown. • “A big part of it is the chance to experience a better world. Gene Roddenberry offered it outstandingly in ‘Star Trek,' which showed not just a future, but the best possible future he could offer. Worlds where good triumphs over evil, dragons are slain, and princesses are saved, all offer an escape.” Jerry Wall, talking about the growth of SoonerCon and other fantasy, comic book and sci-fi conventions. • “There's no way you can actually capture how beautiful it is on a screen. I thought, ‘That's neat, but it's way better than that. It really is.'” Former astronaut John Herrington, a native Oklahoman, on seeing the movie “Gravity” and comparing it to seeing space in person. • “Everyone was confused. The dialogue was unsayable. Everyone just looked as if they were trying to survive the movie.” Actor and author Greg Sestero, talking about his listless performance in “The Room,” a cult film widely regarded as one of the worst movies ever made. • “When I actually remember waking up and being coherent, I remember looking around the room, raising my arm up from under the blanket and saw it was gone.” musician Jake McGehee, who found a way to play the guitar again after losing the lower half of his right arm in a workplace accident. • “Be relentless. Don't let anybody outwork you. I told them the day I signed my record deal, ‘There may be people out-sing or out-write me or sell more tickets than me or more records than me, but they'll never outwork me.' And they never did. There was no one that put in the time that we did.” country singer Toby Keith, offering advice to graduating college students. • “Have they considered Christ's words in Matthew 6:5? Christ never spoke against homosexuals, but he did condemn praying on street corners for the purpose of being seen.” Rachel Irick, the Oklahoma City Theatre Company's artistic director, responding to a prayer vigil organized in opposition to the staging of the play “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a biblical satire with homosexual themes. • “Writing a book is like riding the Colorado River; you're not in charge. You're just riding the rapids and trying to survive.” Kevin Fedarko, relating the lesson he learned from completing his first nonfiction book, “The Emerald Mile.” Miscellaneous • “We don't talk like we're going to lose one or both of them. Even to each other, we talk like we're going to have two babies. I don't think we want to even think that.” Jenni Ezell, whose sons — conjoined at the abdomen — underwent successful separation surgery in August. The odds were against both surviving. • “Before this one, I never had a Christmas. My mother was always trying to pay the bills. ... There was never any Christmas dinner or Christmas gifts under the tree.” Tyler, a Douglass High School student, who is one of about 28 teenagers in the Supporting Kids in Independent Living program run by Youth Services for Oklahoma County. • “Everything I've been through has created the person that I am today and, being where I'm at now, I wouldn't take any of it back. I hated it at the time, I struggled through it, but if I didn't go through it I wouldn't be where I am today.” Tara Simmons, a former foster child who has defied the odds to graduate from college. Contributing: Staff writers Graham Brewer, Chris Casteel, Nolan Clay, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Jason Kersey, Andrew Knittle, Paul Monies, Jennifer Palmer, Matt Price and Ken Raymond
Dec 28, 2013
The Legislature tried to take control of medical marijuana by allowing sales to patients through dispensaries, and joined with the governor to make historic cuts to state employee pensions.Timber counties struggled to provide basic services, such as law enforcement, because federal subsidies were dwindling and taxpayers refused to fill the gap.But as significant as these news stories were in...
Cover Oregon fiasco top Ore. news story in 2013
JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | Dec 28, 2013The Legislature tried to take control of medical marijuana by allowing sales to patients through dispensaries, and joined with the governor to make historic cuts to state employee pensions. Timber counties struggled to provide basic services, such as law enforcement, because federal subsidies were dwindling and taxpayers refused to fill the gap. But as significant as these news stories were in 2013, they were eclipsed by the travails of Cover Oregon. Once considered a national health care leader, Oregon produced the worst rollout in the nation of the new national health insurance program. While the crippled federal website eventually got up and walked, Oregon's remained comatose, unable to enroll a single person online. The state had to resort to hiring 400 people to process paper applications. Officials lay much of the blame on the primary information technology contractor, Oracle Corp., and withheld some $20 million in payments. But state officials' own actions played a role, too. In the face of disaster, they insisted on doing things The Oregon Way, clinging to a grandiose vision of creating a grand health IT system that would not only enroll new people in the national health insurance program, but also provide other vital services. In the midst of the finger-pointing, executive director Rocky King went on indefinite medical leave, and chief information officer Carolyn Lawson resigned. The Cover Oregon fiasco was voted The Associated Press Oregon news story of the year by newspaper editors across the state. While Cover Oregon staggered in the dark, lawmakers tried to shine a light into the shadows of medical marijuana, hoping to wipe out the black market in pot grown under the cover of providing medicine. The Legislature authorized licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to cardholders. Some cities objected, enacting prohibitions. Meanwhile, Washington and Colorado went even further, authorizing the sale of marijuana to anyone old enough to buy a drink, purely for recreational use. Washington lawmakers refused to go along with Oregon's idea of a new bridge across the Columbia River that would include light rail trains to carry commuters between Vancouver and Portland. After sealing a deal with Democrats and Republicans alike, Gov. John Kitzhaber called a special session of the Legislature that adopted sweeping changes to cut costs at the state public employee pension system, known as PERS, and to increase state revenues by boosting cigarette taxes, increasing some corporate taxes, and limiting deductions for seniors' medical expenses Most timber counties continued to struggle. A federal subsidy to make up for logging cutbacks on national forests appeared gone forever. Lane County, the biggest single recipient, managed to win voter approval of a tax increase to stop the revolving door at the jail. But voters in Curry and Josephine counties would not. Then Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pulled another rabbit out of a hat, and Congress approved a one-year extension of the subsidy known as the Secure Rural Schools Act. Curry County voters turned down a tax hike for a second time. For a longer-range fix, Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., produced competing bills to increase logging on a checkerboard of federal lands that were once a gold mine for timber counties. But the projected revenues are years away even if the bills become law, and the money is a far cry from what counties need to restore services. Meanwhile, the last sawmill in Josephine County closed, and the Legislature approved a plan to help the state come to the rescue of counties that go broke. While timber counties dreamed of a return to the good old days of logging, vast swaths of timber were going up in smoke in southwestern Oregon, where forests left tinder-dry by drought were touched off by lightning storms. The fires were eventually doused by rainstorms, but not before producing the most expensive wildfire season ever for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Some lawmakers acknowledged that as climate change makes drought and storms more likely, the state will have to budget more to fight wildfires. The drought also forced cattle ranchers in the upper Klamath Basin to the bargaining table with the Klamath Tribes over sharing scarce water. After a 30-year struggle, the tribes won recognition of their ancient water rights on former reservation lands, which covered key tributaries running into Upper Klamath Lake. To protect fish sacred to the tribes, the tribes invoked water rights dating to time immemorial. That sent watermasters into the irrigated pastures to tell ranchers to pull their pumps from the rivers. Ranchers who had been fighting to overturn the tribes' water rights agreed to limit water withdrawals in return for a promise of federal payments. That gave Wyden the agreement he wanted to try to break a partisan logjam on bills to remove dams from the Klamath River to help salmon, restore environmental damage from a century of agricultural development, and give farmers on a federal irrigation project greater assurances of water in times of drought. Agriculture was the source of another top news story — the discovery of a patch of genetically modified wheat in a farmer's field in Eastern Oregon. The source of the seed resistant to weed killers remains a mystery. Meanwhile, lawmakers left the door open for genetically modified food crops by barring local governments from adopting prohibitions. The Capitol also saw the Legislature follow 12 other states to approve driver's licenses for immigrants who can't show they are in the country legally. Despite support for the drivers' licenses from police chiefs, business groups and Latino groups, opponents easily gathered enough signatures for a repeal measure to go on the ballot next year. Kitzhaber vetoed a bill to prohibit schools from having Native American mascots. Despite evidence that Cover Oregon was a disaster, Kitzhaber, a former emergency room physician, announced he would run for a fourth term. In sports, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly broke the hearts of Duck fans when he signed with the NFL Eagles just 10 days after word leaked he was staying in Eugene. Oregon shot out to a No. 2 ranking, but faded at the end, nearly falling to rival Oregon State in the Civil War. The Ducks went on probation for recruiting violations under Kelly, and unveiled a new football operations center at Autzen Stadium that prompted comparisons with the Star Wars Death Star. Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota's dreams of a Heisman Trophy crumbled. But Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award. Other stories worth remembering: __The Obama administration approved an experiment to see if shooting invasive barred owls would help the threatened spotted owl pull out of a spiral toward extinction. The shooting has begun in Northern California. __ The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that Kitzhaber could deny a plea for execution from death-row inmate Gary Haugen. __Somali immigrant Mohamed Mohamud was found guilty of trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb at Portland's Christmas tree lighting ceremony in 2010. The bomb was a fake provided to Mohamud by undercover FBI agents. __Rebecca Rubin ended seven years on the run to plead guilty to federal charges she was part of an eco-terrorist cell based in Eugene that set fires around the West in hopes of protecting Canadian lynx habitat from ski resort development, freeing wild horses from federal corrals, and stopping lumber production. __Conservation groups filed a lawsuit that forced Oregon to require ranchers take non-lethal steps to protect herds before the state can step in to kill wolves that prey on livestock. __State investigators joined with local police in Klamath County to round up dozens of people on charges they were part of a massive rural drug ring. __Authorities arrested a 17-year-old boy on charges he was plotting to bomb his high school in Albany. In LaGrande, the tragic story of suicide by a 15-year-old boy bullied at school for being gay gave way to an uplifting story of his father's love, manifested in a trek across the country. Jadin Bell was found hanging from playground equipment and died two weeks later. His father, Joe Bell, set off on a walk to New York City in his son's memory. Along the way he shared his son's story with anyone who would listen. The Bell family could not escape even more tragedy. In Colorado, Bell was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer truck and killed. His death prompted volunteers to pledge to raise $1 million in Jadin's memory and continue Joe Bell's trek.
Dec 25, 2013
The Food Dude looks back at a dynamite 2013 in Oklahoma City's growing food scene.
Oklahoma City area dining scene was founded on giving
BY DAVE CATHEY email@example.com | Dec 25, 2013And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun. And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun. The near and the dear one, the old and the young. John Lennon We usually reserve this space for a recipe for you to attempt or a restaurant to try, but since neither grocery stores nor very many restaurants are open, we'll use this time to reflect on a year in the local food scene that will never be matched, and frankly we hope circumstances never arise again for such selfless deeds as were performed to be necessary. Here are some of the most memorable things, in no particular order, that arose in the 2013, in my humble view. OK Chefs Relief OK Chefs Relief was one of the most seminal events in the history of Oklahoma City dining. Unfortunately, it came from necessity. Shortly after the fatal monstrous tornado burst through Moore, Ludivine chef and co-owner Jonathon Stranger started making calls, taking names of those interested in a benefit to raise money for the victims. Ultimately, Oklahoma City chefs and chefs with Oklahoma ties combined to create three events that raised about $125,000 in three days in May and June. The first was on May 26. Chef Kurt Fleischfresser, of The Coach House and Western Concepts, tagged in with Stranger and chefs Marc Dunham and Chris Becker of the School of Culinary Arts at Francis Tuttle to organize the event, which was hosted at the then-vacant restaurant space in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Westmoore High School graduate and New York rising-star chef Danny Bowien flew in from the Big Apple to extend the event into May 27. Bowien wowed crowds with the breathtaking flavors he's developed at Mission Chinese in San Francisco and New York. Bowien helped donations by mentioning the cause on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” only days before the event. Oklahoma City native, Northwest Classen alum and University of Oklahoma graduate Rick Bayless added the third and most spectacular piece of the puzzle with three pop-up restaurants June 24. The most successful U.S. purveyor and educator of interior Mexican cuisine offered a lunch pop-up adjacent to Leadership Square, featuring dishes from his fast-casual concept Xoco in Chicago and drawing lines wrapping around the building. Then he offered a Topolobampo experience that evening for 40 lucky few in The Tasting Room, and a pop-up in the Will Rogers Theatre that featured a menu inspired by Bayless's Frontera Grill in Chicago. Other local chefs joining the fray included Russ Johnson, Ludivine; David Henry, chef de cuisine at the Coach House; Henry Boudreaux, the Museum Cafe; Joseph Royer, Saturn Grill; Tabb Singleton, Singleton's Southern Kitchen in Idabel; Alain Buthion, La Baguette; and dozens of others. OK Chefs Relief was just the most organized effort aimed at helping tornado victims. Local chefs and food truck operators delivered food to affected areas until the work was done. Operation Barbecue Relief brought a convoy of pitmasters to convene at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and stayed a week, cooking food for those who volunteered their time to be a part of the recovery. Chocolate mousse for Rick Bayless usually comes to Oklahoma City once a year: the Friday after Thanksgiving. His arrival triggers an annual family get-together that begins at Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler on Britton Road and escalates into a Thanksgiving feast and general family time. This year, he made it to town three times. Once for the aforementioned family time, again for OK Chefs Relief, but first as guest of honor at Saints Heart and Vascular Institute's annual Celebrity Chef Series. While in town, he spared 20 minutes with me at the OPUBCO studio. Among the subjects discussed were his culinary influences. He grew up working at his family's barbecue restaurant, The Hickory House, but he also told a tale of a trip he took when very young to The Cellar at Hightower, the playground of a young chef named John Bennett. Bayless told in detail of taking a bus downtown to have lunch by himself at the age of 13. He remembered every course, but spoke most sentimentally about the Chocolate Mousse, served in a silver bowl. As luck would have it, chef Bennett has only aged a little in the decades since, and his cooking acumen has sharpened. Knowing Bayless was coming to town for OK Chefs Relief, Bennett whipped up a mousse, served in a silver bowl, and topped it with chocolate shavings, fresh cream and a rose in full bloom. The presentation clearly moved Bayless, who thanked chef Bennett for “making such an impact on the direction of his career.” Chef Bennett has accomplished more than most chefs will in their career, but I can tell you without doubt that few of those accomplishments will overshadow hearing those words come from a chef who has accomplished as much as any American chef who ever lived. I was just lucky to be there to see it all unfold. Pretty cool. Josh Valentine One of the lead chefs in the OK Chefs Relief effort was Josh Valentine, whose great year really began in the spring of 2012 when he was chosen to compete on Bravo's “Top Chef.” But he couldn't tell anyone about it. The world found out in October 2012, but the really cool stuff happened in 2013 when Valentine made it to the cusp of the final showdown before being eliminated. While packing his knives to leave wasn't so cool, making it that far and showing the world that Oklahoma has world-class chefs was. Next up for Valentine is manning the stove at The George Prime Steakhouse, set to open this winter atop Founders Tower. Ludivine When chefs Johnson and Stranger opened Ludivine in 2010, the concept had a built-in protection from becoming stagnant by changing the menu weekly and focusing on local, seasonal ingredients. This year, Oklahoma was part of the focus of a special Midwest edition of Saveur Magazine, and Ludivine was put under the spotlight for its spirit of culinary adventure. Ludivine was also at the center of the upsurge in interest of the H&8th Night Market and the return of chef Jim Denevan's Outstanding in the Field — a touring outdoor culinary experience that travels from California to Europe putting on feasts in rural settings with the help of local chefs and producers. Ludivine encouraged Denevan to bring Outstanding in the Field to Sandy Springs Farms in Hinton on a spectacular fall evening under the stars for 100 or so people with beer from COOP Ale Works. Also there to help were chefs Valentine, and Pepe Rodriguez, formerly of Tamazul. Guernsey Park The Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City is the envy of the country, and we have three Asian markets that are as well stocked as any Asian market from here to the Canadian and Mexican borders. The quality of Asian food outside the district has been on a bullet-train to improvement over the past five years, so it was only a matter of time before something completely new blossomed from the area between NW 23 and NW 30 on Classen Boulevard and Western Avenue. That something is Guernsey Park. Chef Vuong Ngyuen was born and raised in Oklahoma's City's Asian District to a family ensconced in the food industry. Add in 2 ½ -year journey through the Coach House Apprenticeship Program, and you understand why Nguyen is producing some of the most interesting dishes in the city. The dish that best illustrates Ngyuen's point of view is the Thit Kau Tau, a traditional Vietnamese dish. At Guernsey park, the dish consists of a rice cake topped with a square of pan-seared pork rillette topped with a lightly battered four-minute egg. A gentle prick from your fork unleashes rich, savory egg yoke over the pork and rice and reveals one of the best five dishes you will find in the state. Back Door BBQ While Oklahoma is home to some of the country's best pitmasters, the reputation of its barbecue restaurants has been spotty over the years. So when chef Kathryn Mathis and veteran operator Chris Lower — two of the folks behind Big Truck Tacos, and Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs — decided to take on the concept, there was reason for optimism. When the first considerable slice of fatty brisket was carved free from its mother ship, that optimism turned into jubilation. Back Door BBQ immediately rose to the top of the list of quality local barbecue purveyors. Park House/Ice House Speaking of the restaurant space at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, it's no longer vacant thanks to veteran restaurateurs Peter and Sherree Holloway, who solidified their reputation with the Edmond-based concepts Cafe 501, Boulevard Steakhouse and The Martini Bar. First, the Holloways partnered with Justin Nicholas, owner and head fry-cook at Nic's Grill, to create Ice House. Operating out of the ticket booth for the seasonal Devon Ice Rink, Ice House opened in the fall for a short run before closing for the winter. While open, Ice House redefined burger consumption for downtown. Using Nic's unique technique for a crusty burger with a juicy center, chef Jonathan Krell created what will be a phenomena when it reopens in March. While Ice House was in hibernation, Krell and chef Jeffrey Holloway turned their attention to the space next door where OK Chefs Relief was hosted in the spring. The centerpiece of the Park House menu is a rotisserie where whole chickens and stalks of Brussels sprouts go to earn a degree in deliciousness. It opened just before Christmas, and the family-friendly menu in stunning environs is the Holloways' gift to the dining public. The Hirst Hospitality Awards Wayne Hirst might be the least familiar, most important name in the history of Oklahoma dining. Local hospitality industry vets will tell you Hirst was the man who introduced Oklahoma to international beers and developed a pipeline between California's wine country and red dirt country back in the early 1970s. Fifteen years ago he helped developed an event to celebrate and reward those in the industry. The event now bears his name, The Hirst Hospitality Awards. This year's awards were a swan song of sorts. Hirst, who is in the midst of an ongoing battle with cancer, has decided to retire so can spend more time with family. He was honored by friends and colleagues in various tributes throughout the evening. So it was fitting — on a night when the industry honored Hirst — that one of his best friends, David Egan of Cattlemen's Steakhouse, was awarded the Distinguished Industry Leadership Award. The Hirst Awards are generally a night of unbridled good cheer, but this year's incarnation was warmer and more profound. It was a reminder of how one's accomplishments can be the foundation for another's. It was an event that made clear that — no matter the endeavor — we are more productive when we work together. H&8th Night Market Back in late 2011, J.D. Merryweather wondered aloud why food trucks couldn't gather along Hudson Avenue between NW 7 and NW 8 streets to support a gathering of local vendors and purveyors on the last Friday of each month with favorable weather. Laura Massenat, co-owner of Elemental Coffee, was part of that conversation, and together the pair rode herd on what this year developed into one of the largest public gathering of folks not involving professional basketball, college football or international pop stars. What started out as a handful of food trucks, evolved into dozen and a half. Initial crowds numbered several hundred but topped out in 2013 at 8,500. By year's end, crowds gathered not just for the food or coffee at Elemental or the street food menu at Ludivine, but also the considerable retail vendors and an impressive lineup of musicians who play throughout the night. The family-friendly, dog-friendly market concluded its run in October, but it will be back in March. Other things Plenty of other cool things occurred in the local food scene, including the opening of Empire Slice House, which expanded the Plaza District's cool-food factor began by The Mule in 2012. The opening of the US Foods Chefs Store in south Oklahoma City; KD's Southern Cuisine in Bricktown; the growth of Kitchen No. 324 into a dinner spot; the S and B behind S&B Burger Joint opening HillBilly's Po'boys in the NW 9th Street spot Pachinko Parlor vacated; the addition of Packard's between Midtown and Automobile Alley; the quantum leap for Saturn Grill at the Midtown location; a bricks and mortar locale for Waffle Champion; and the launch of Fubelly.com — a locally conceived website that shares the stories of local restaurants through photos and video. And, oh yeah, I wrote a book (“A Culinary History of Pittsburg County: Little Italy, Lamb Fries and Choctaw Beer,” History Press, $19.95). Whew. Time to celebrate Christmas, my birthday and New Year's to gear up for what looks like an even grander 2014.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Stefan Charles' football career will come full circle this Sunday when he returns to Toronto as a member of the Buffalo Bills.After spending some nomadic years through Canada keeping his hopes of playing professional football alive, it will be a day he won't soon forget.Charles has played in each of Buffalo's last three games as a reserve lineman, making three tackles....
Bills DT Charles' long journey leads home
MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press | Nov 29, 2013ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Stefan Charles' football career will come full circle this Sunday when he returns to Toronto as a member of the Buffalo Bills. After spending some nomadic years through Canada keeping his hopes of playing professional football alive, it will be a day he won't soon forget. Charles has played in each of Buffalo's last three games as a reserve lineman, making three tackles. He could have a larger role against the Atlanta Falcons with starting DT Kyle Williams (back) questionable. Charles will have plenty of friends and family at the Rogers Centre. "Everybody, man, everybody," Charles says with a laugh. He plans on soaking it all in when he takes to the Rogers Centre field for the first time. He's come a long way from his days with various junior and minor league Canadian teams. "I don't know if anybody knows my story, but I worked my (butt) off to get here," Charles said. Charles officially made it to the NFL on Oct. 11 when the Bills signed the 6-foot-5, 302-pound defensive tackle off Tennessee's practice squad. But his journey to the big leagues began long before that. Charles excelled in high school at the Eastdale Collegiate & Vocational Institute in Oshawa, Ontario, but didn't receive any offers to play college football. He joined up with the Metro Toronto Wildcats of the Ontario Varsity Football League and the Surrey (now Langley) Rams, a Canadian junior football team. It was in Surrey, British Columbia, while spending his days working in a tire factory, where Charles met Dave Benefield, a former NFL and CFL player. Benefield helped Charles take a step up in competition by passing along his name to the coaches at the University of Regina. It didn't matter that Regina is more than 1,600 miles from Toronto. Charles was willing to do whatever it took to try and make it. "I just wanted to do it," Charles said. "I put so much time into football I didn't want to watch it go through my hands. ... I knew if I kept fighting something had to give." It was anything but smooth sailing once Charles made it to Regina. He worked as a janitor his first year, and was forced to sleep on the floor due to financial constraints his first 1 1-2 years at college. "You look at all the great people that have had success, you get successful by taking risks and sacrifice," Charles said. "You can't just hope for things to happen." On the field, he made rapid progress. As a junior, he had 36 tackles, 10 1-2 tackles for loss and 4 1-2 sacks, and was voted first-team All-Canadian. After his senior season, he was ranked as the second-best overall prospect in the CFL draft by the CFL Scouting Bureau. Charles was chosen 10th overall by the Edmonton Eskimos, but his preference was to play in the NFL. He went undrafted by the NFL but signed with Tennessee as a free agent. Charles spent eight weeks on the Titans practice squad before getting that long-awaited phone call from the Bills in mid-October. "They told me they were looking to bring me up there if I wanted to come," Charles said. "I had talked to the Oakland Raiders, too, that same day, and I was like, 'Man, this is perfect.' It's right close to home, my family, I had been away from my family for so long — five years." True to form, he plans on using the experience as motivation. "I'm blessed and I'm happy and I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm just going to keep working," Charles said. "That's the one thing I've learned since I got here, it's all good when you get here, but you work just as hard to stay. So that's really the one thing I got from this experience: keep running, keep working and never be content. "I just know now more than anything that nothing's impossible if you just put your effort and your time into what you really want, sacrifice, and just do what you need to do to get what you need to get." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
Nov 7, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright makes his predictions for Friday's Week 10 games.
High school football: Week 10 picks for Friday's games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 7, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 144-25 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,274-306 (80.6 pct.) Friday's Games City Area CUSHING 35, Bethany 14 SW COVENANT 48, Bokoshe 14 WESTMOORE 35, Broken Arrow 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Choctaw 31 LEXINGTON 28, Community Christian 24 Coyle 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Crescent 42, PAWNEE 8 Crooked Oak 44, NORTHEAST 20 CASHION 35, Crossings Christian 12 Davenport 56, GANS 8 Del City 49, SOUTHEAST 14 MILLWOOD 56, Dibble 20 Douglass 24, ADA 20 Edmond Memorial 45, PC WEST 18 CARL ALBERT 38, El Reno 13 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Guymon 20 Harrah 33, McLOUD 30 Hennessey 29, ALVA 26 Heritage Hall 42, STAR SPENCER 20 Jones 34, BRIDGE CREEK 14 Kingfisher 44, MARLOW 14 NORMAN NORTH 40, Lawton Eisenhower 22 PAULS VALLEY 28, Madill 27 Mannford 42, TECUMSEH 16 DEER CREEK 35, McGuinness 32 Meeker 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 Newcastle 42, BETHEL 6 LAWTON 35, Norman 21 GUTHRIE 49, Northwest 13 Oklahoma Christian 38, LUTHER 35 Piedmont 32, WEATHERFORD 28 MINCO 44, Pioneer 12 Purcell 34, ATOKA 7 JENKS 49, Putnam City 7 GLENPOOL 47, Santa Fe South 8 Seminole 42, CHANDLER 18 Shawnee 45, NOBLE 16 Southmoore 35, MUSTANG 32 St. Mary 28, LITTLE AXE 27 OWASSO 31, Stillwater 28 CHR. HERITAGE 30, Stroud 26 BLANCHARD 28, Tuttle 21 Washington 34, LINDSAY 28 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 44, Waurika 20 Wayne 35, MAYSVILLE 7 OKEMAH 48, Wellston 12 Class 6A TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Bartlesville 28 Bixby 31, MUSKOGEE 13 Sand Springs 28, ENID 25 SAPULPA 38, Tulsa Edison 7 Tulsa Union 49, PONCA CITY 6 Class 5A Claremore 28, GROVE 22 Collinsville 35, TAHLEQUAH 17 Coweta 40, TULSA CENTRAL 38 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 21 Lawton MacArthur 30, ARDMORE 22 McAlester 45, TULSA MEMORIAL 18 PRYOR 38, Tulsa East Central 34 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 18 Tulsa Kelley 42, SKIATOOK 28 Class 4A Anadarko 42, ELGIN 6 Cascia Hall 46, BROKEN BOW 7 Catoosa 21, OOLOGAH 20 WOODWARD 26, Clinton 22 CACHE 21, Elk City 20 SALLISAW 27, Fort Gibson 24 Miami 30, TULSA WEBSTER 10 STILWELL 24, Muldrow 20 Tulsa McLain 32, CLEVELAND 24 Wagoner 46, VINITA 12 Class 3A Beggs 37, HENRYETTA 7 METRO CHRISTIAN 17, Berryhill 10 Bristow 28, PRAGUE 7 SULPHUR 20, Dickson 16 Eufaula 27, HEAVENER 24 STIGLER 30, Idabel 6 Inola 34, KELLYVILLE 18 Jay 38, BLACKWELL 12 Locust Grove 42, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 PLAINVIEW 40, Lone Grove 12 VICTORY CHR. 49, Morris 6 PERKINS 21, Okmulgee 20 Seq. Claremore 28, DEWEY 24 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Seq. Tahlequah 28 VERDIGRIS 28, Sperry 7 CHECOTAH 27, Spiro 24 ROLAND 30, Valliant 12 HILLDALE 44, Westville 6 Class 2A Adair 34, PAWHUSKA 12 HUGO 28, ANTLERS 27 NOWATA 38, Chelsea 6 Chouteau 28, CANADIAN 20 Comanche 24, HINTON 22 Davis 44, TISHOMINGON 12 Hobart 24, FREDERICK 14 Kingston 30, COALGATE 13 Marietta 28, KONAWA 21 Mounds 28, HASKELL 27 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 CANEY VALLEY 28, Oklahoma Union 24 Pocola 24, MOUNTAINBURG, ARK. 20 KANSAS 27, Salina 22 Thomas 40, MANGUM 6 CHISHOLM 28, Tonkawa 24 HARTSHORNE 48, Wilburton 8 COLCORD 38, Wyandotte 32 Class A Apache 22, CORDELL 14 EMPIRE 40, Bray-Doyle 14 WATONGA 31, Carnegie 27 SAVANNA 42, Central Sallisaw 28 BARNSDALL 34, Depew 26 Fairview 40, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 Hollis 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Hominy 32, DRUMRIGHT 6 TEXHOMA 34, Hooker 7 Kiefer 42, MORRISON 28 Okeene 46, MOORELAND 14 Porter 28, FOYIL 20 Quinton 34, HAILEYVILLE 12 Rush Springs 28, WILSON 12 SAYRE 28, Snyder 22 ELMORE CITY 36, Stratford 28 Summit Christian 30, AFTON 28 Talihina 44, GORE 12 BEAVER 28, Turpin 16 Velma-Alma 42, HEALDTON 30 RINGLING 44, Walters 6 Warner 34, LIBERTY 12 Wynnewood 42, WEWOKA 20 Yale 24, REGENT PREP 20 Class B CAVE SPRINGS 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton at Waukomis Cyril at Central Marlow Fox 58, ALLEN 30 WETUMKA 66, Keota 20 GARBER 54, Medford 8 RINGWOOD 38, Merritt 34 Paoli 42, GEARY 14 LAVERNE 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 28 STROTHER 56, Porum 48 Rejoice Christian 56, WOODLAND 22 Seiling 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Welch 38, WATTS 32 DEWAR 54, Weleetka 20 Class C Balko 58, TYRONE 8 DC-LAMONT 34, Buffalo 24 TIPTON 56, Corn Bible 6 Gracemont 34, DUKE 28 CHEROKEE 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 0 SASAKWA 34, Maud 28 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 38 SHARON-MUTUAL 44, Shattuck 34 MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 40, Temple 28 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 BOISE CITY 56, Waynoka 6 ARKOMA 48, Webbers Falls 20 Independent TULSA NOAH 44, OKC Legion 20
Oct 30, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state, including Edmond North-Midwest City, Cushing-Seminole and McGuinness-Guthrie.
Oklahoma high school football picks: Week 9
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 30, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-29 (83.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,130-281 (80.1 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area LAWTON MAC 45, Capitol Hill 8 WESTMOORE 34, Tulsa Edison 7 Class 6A TULSA UNION JV 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 Class 5A TULSA EAST CENTRAL 31, Tahlequah 20 Class B REJOICE CHR. 58, South Coffeyville 12 Independent Cornerstone Chr. 56, COOKSON HILLS 32 Friday's Games City Area Ada 28, McLOUD 21 Alva 42, DIBBLE 30 Bethany 38, BRISTOW 20 HERITAGE HALL 56, Bethel 7 MARLOW 54, Bridge Creek 12 CASADY 31, John Marshall 28 Cashion 35, CARNEGIE 13 MEEKER 38, Central Sallisaw 14 PERKINS 28, Chandler 24 Chickasha 35, SOUTHEAST 7 Chr. Heritage 48, CROOKED OAK 42 Crossings Chr. 28, PIONEER 22 COMMUNITY CHR. 30, Dallas HSAA Davenport 44, STROTHER 14 Destiny Christian 54, LIFE CHR. 20 Douglass 27, HARRAH 17 DEL CITY 24, Duncan 20 Edmond North 13, MIDWEST CITY 10 EDMOND MEMORIAL 24, Ed. Santa Fe 20 Enid 28, STILLWATER 10 Geary 28, MACOMB 24 EL RENO 42, Guymon 14 Haskell 35, WELLSTON 20 Kingfisher 28, NEWCASTLE 21 LEXINGTON 30, Konawa 22 PUTNAM NORTH 28, Lawton Ike 12 JONES 35, Little Axe 7 MILLWOOD 45, Luther 20 GUTHRIE 34, McGuinness 14 Minco 46, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 LAWTON 45, Mustang 20 DURANT 28, Noble 27 Norman North 49, MOORE 20 OKLAHOMA CHR. 47, Northeast 18 DEER CREEK 42, Northwest 14 BERRYHILL 38, OKC Legion 17 FOX 56, Okla. Christian Aca. 8 Piedmont 32, ELGIN 24 Plainview 48, PAULS VALLEY 12 Putnam City 28, MUSKOGEE 24 NORMAN 44, Putnam West 20 TECUMSEH 30, Santa Fe South 13 OKC PATRIOTS 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Shawnee 49, TULSA HALE 7 Southmoore 49, CHOCTAW 33 TUTTLE 40, St. Mary 13 CENTENNIAL 42, Star Spencer 38 PURCELL 28, Sulphur 7 HENNESSEY 35, Tonkawa 22 YUKON 49, U.S. Grant 8 CRESCENT 28, Watonga 24 WYNNEWOOD 21, Wayne 14 SW COVENANT 32, Webbers Falls 28 CARL ALBERT 56, Western Heights 8 Windsor Hills 34, COLDWATER, KAN. 30 Class 6A Bartlesville 44, PONCA CITY 13 Jenks 45, BIXBY 14 OWASSO 32, Sand Springs 28 BROKEN ARROW 56, Sapulpa 10 TULSA UNION 49, Tulsa Washington 20 Class 5A Ardmore 42, ALTUS 7 PRYOR 28, Collinsville 18 Coweta 38, CLAREMORE 28 McALESTER 44, Skiatook 13 Tulsa Central 35, GROVE 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, TULSA MEMORIAL 24 Class 4A POTEAU 42, Broken Bow 13 CLINTON 34, Cache 10 CATOOSA 28, Cleveland 14 WOODWARD 30, Elk City 13 Glenpool 28, MANNFORD 27 Oologah 28, MIAMI 24 Sallisaw 37, MULDROW 17 FORT GIBSON 32, Stilwell 17 CASCIA HALL 49, Tulsa Rogers 8 WAGONER 56, Tulsa Webster 6 TULSA McLAIN 30, Vinita 14 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 18 Class 3A MADILL 28, Atoka 7 Beggs 39, MORRIS 18 Checotah 34, EUFAULA 20 SEMINOLE 49, Cushing 42 Dewey 44, VERDIGRIS 6 Heavener 28, IDABEL 21 INOLA 30, Henryetta 22 Hilldale 35, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 17 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 OKMULGEE 32, Kellyville 10 LOCUST GROVE 34, Lincoln Christian 17 Lone Grove 28, DICKSON 22 SPIRO 30, Roland 19 METRO CHR. 34, Seq. Claremore 7 Sperry 14, BLACKWELL 6 Stigler 28, VALLIANT 7 Victory Christian 44, PRAGUE 8 ADAIR 36, Westville 6 Class 2A KINGSTON 28, Antlers 24 Caney Valley 18, CHELSEA 14 Chisholm 22, NEWKIRK 15 DAVIS 44, Coalgate 6 FREDERICK 28, Comanche 20 Commerce 36, COLCORD 21 VIAN 35, Hartshorne 14 HOBART 35, Hinton 24 Holdenville 28, MOUNDS 20 Kansas 38, HULBERT 6 WYANDOTTE 44, Ketchum 7 Lindsay 36, MANGUM 12 Nowata 44, CHOUTEAU 14 Okemah 35, STROUD 34 Panama 48, POCOLA 28 Pawhuska 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 Perry 31, PAWNEE 12 SALINA 34, Quapaw 6 MARIETTA 27, Tishomingo 20 HUGO 42, Wilburton 14 Class A Afton 38, WARNER 12 HOLLIS 34, Apache 8 KIEFER 42, Barnsdall 7 FAIRVIEW 32, Beaver 16 QUINTON 22, Canadian 6 DEPEW 28, Drumright 7 Elmore City 34, CADDO 7 VELMA-ALMA 28, Empire 27 SUMMIT CHR. 34, Fairland 12 MORRISON 42, Foyil 6 GORE 28, Haileyville 21 Healdton 24, RUSH SPRINGS 12 PORTER 24, Liberty 22 STRATFORD 32, Maysville 14 Mooreland 33, TURPIN 8 Oklahoma Bible 28, HOOKER 7 Ringling 49, BRAY-DOYLE 0 TALIHINA 29, Savanna 24 CORDELL 22, Sayre 16 OKEENE 28, Texhoma 21 Thomas 42, SNYDER 7 Wewoka 34, REGENT PREP 20 WALTERS 28, Wilson 26 HOMINY 28, Yale 24 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 12 Allen 52, PAOLI 6 Cave Springs 44, PORUM 32 MERRITT 48, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 56, STROTHER 8 Dewar 54, KEOTA 38 Laverne 60, SEILING 14 WAUKOMIS 48, Medford 22 Oaks 42, COPAN 20 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 Ringwood 48, GARBER 28 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Waurika 12 WOODLAND 42, Welch 14 Weleetka 54, BOWLEGS 6 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Boise City 28 WESLEYAN CHR. 46, Claremore Chr. 14 Corn Bible 38, DUKE 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 58, Goodwell 8 Maud 54, BOKOSHE 6 GRANDFIELD 48, Midway 8 Ryan 48, MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 44 Temple 54, GRACEMONT 8 Thackerville 58, SASAKWA 12 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 42 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 42, Waynoka 20
The Oklahoman's staff and others provided coverage of Friday's games, including Deer Creek-Guthrie, Norman-Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial-Southmoore.
Recap: Friday's Week 8 high school football games
Oct 25, 2013@jacobunruh 7:02 p.m. Want to follow all of our live #OKPreps coverage tonight? Click here newsok.com/article/3897580 @ScottWrightOK 7:03 p.m. Ed Santa Fe will kick to Norman to start this one out #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:06 p.m. Tahlequah catches an early break. Brandon Conrad fumbles on an 11yd run, but THS manages to recover in a crowd of Pryor players. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:08 p.m. Norman North goes 3 and out and Panthers will start from own 21. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:10 p.m. PCN also goes 3 and out and punt. NN will have the ball on their own 48. #OKPreps @jacobunruh 7:12 p.m. Guthrie's first possession stalls. Deer Creek takes over on own 12. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 7:12 p.m. NN once again goes 3 and out and are forced to punt. PCN ball at own 27. #OkPreps @jacobunruh 7:14 p.m. Three-and-out for Deer Creek. Kai Callins sets Guthrie up with good field position behind 27-yard punt return. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:15 p.m. Tahlequah punts on its opening possession & Pryor starts on its own 2. #okpreps @Shadid13 7:15 p.m. Pierce Spead 2-yd TD run finishes off a 14-play opening drive for Southmoore. SaberCats lead Edmond Memorial 7-0. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:15 p.m. Pryor promptly converts on 2 3rd downs & goes 98 yds for a TD. QB Brennon Barth scores on a 38-yard run. 7-0 Pryor. #okpreps @Shadid13 7:16 p.m. Southmoore RB Jaelon Walker with nine carries for 60 yards on opening drive. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 7:17 p.m. Chase Sparks finds Cayman Johnson on a wheel route and Johnson finds the end zone. 38yd TD. PCN leads 7-0. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:17 p.m. 4:04 left in the 1st quarter, Pryor leads Tahlequah 7-0. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:18 p.m. Guthrie's Kai Callins scores on 3-yard TD run out of the Wildcat formation. Guthrie leads Deer Creek 7-0 with 1:48 left in first. #OKPreps @ScottWrightOK 7:18 p.m. Norman's Ty Smith pounds it in on 4th-and-goal from the 1. Tigers leading Edmond Santa Fe 7-0 with 4:49 left in 1Q #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:19 p.m. Sitting in the Jones press box chatting with Sam Steele, former superintendent at Atoka in southeastern Okla. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:19 p.m. Panthers kickoff is put in the corner and NN 5. #OKpreps @EyeAmTruth 7:22 p.m. Pierce Speed scores 2nd TD for #Southmoore. SaberCats lead Edmond Memorial 14-0. 2:23 left in 1st. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 7:23 p.m. Putnam City North up early on Norman North. Leading 7-0 with four minutes left in the first quarter. #Okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:23 p.m. Michael Wofford picks off a tipped pass and the Panthers will have the ball at own 36. #OKPreps @Shadid13 7:23 p.m. After an Edmond Memorial INT, Southmoore drives 37 yards in five plays & Spead scores again, this time for 7 yds. SMoore 14, EM 0. #OKPreps @jacobunruh 7:24 p.m. Guthrie leads Deer Creek 7-0 after one quarter. #OKPreps @ScottWrightOK 7:25 p.m. Santa Fe with its second 3-and-out. Norman leading 7-0 #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:28 p.m. Panthers currently have the ball on the NN 31 with 13 seconds in the first. #OkPreps @pcnorthblogger 7:28 p.m. END OF 1st PC North 7, Norman North 0. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:29 p.m. On its next drive, Tahlequah has a 44yd TD pass wiped away by a holding call. Tigers then punted & Pryor takes over at THS' 42. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:31 p.m. View from the press box at Tuttle vs Jones. #okpreps pic.twitter.com/E2VR2maGGe @pcnorthblogger 7:33 p.m. Sparks on 3rd and long connects with Kaedyn Fuller for a 35 yard TD. With 11:27 in the 2nd PCN leads 14-0. #OKpreps @CorbinHosler 7:33 p.m. Putnam City North adds another one. 14-0 Putnam City North over Norman North with 11 minutes left in the half. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:34 p.m. Guthrie's Kai Callins again scores out of the Wildcat, increasing Bluejays' lead against Deer Creek to 14-0 with 7:38 left in half. #OKPreps @ScottWrightOK 7:34 p.m. Norman 7, Edmond Santa Fe 0, END 1Q #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:36 p.m. McAlester leads Bishop Kelley 14-3 after 1Q. #okpreps @CoyoteSports 7:36 p.m. Elgin 7-Weatherford 6 end 1st quarter at Eagle Field. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:36 p.m. PC North leads Norman North 14-0 nearing halftime. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:37 p.m. Guthrie's Beau Davis recovers a fumble by Caden Sander. Guthrie takes over on DC 16. #OKPreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:38 p.m. Poteau caps opening drive with 22-yd TD pass from Jace Pitchford to Jarrett Lowrimore. Pitchford then throws 2-pt pass, 8-0 Pirates #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:38 p.m. Kolar fumbles the ball and Wofford picks up the ball and takes it to the house. PCN leads 21-0 with 10:17 in the second. #OKPreps @RedTornadoes 7:38 p.m. Clinton 13 Elk City 0 2:19 1st Q #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:38 p.m. Pryor picks up a 1st down on 4th & 5 & then scores a 22yd TD by Matt McGouldrick on the next play. Pryor leads 14-0. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 7:38 p.m. Upset alert here. PC North recovers Norman North fumble and returns it 50 yards for another score. 21-0 PC North over Norman North #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:38 p.m. 4A: Clinton 13, Elk City 0 as first quarter winds down. #okpreps @michaelswisher 7:39 p.m. Kingfisher 35, Bethel 0 at the merciful end of the first quarter. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:39 p.m. 9 minutes left in 2nd quarter, Pryor leads Tahlequah 14-0. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:40 p.m. Sallisaw already up 14-0 on Broken Bow less than two minutes in. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:41 p.m. Guthrie QB Reed Roberts with a nice 12-yard TD pass to L'liott Curry. Guthrie leads Deer Creek 21-0 with 5:10 left in half. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 7:41 p.m. Jesse Gregory takes Tuttle's first snap 45 yards for a TD. Tuttle leads 7-0, 9:17 left in the 1st. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:41 p.m. 3A: Purcell leads Lone Grove 7-0 in the first quarter. #okpreps via @PurcellRegister @TreyHunter87 7:41 p.m. Scratch that, Tuttle missed the PAT. They lead Jones 6-0. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:43 p.m. Pryor over Tahlequah 14-0, 2Q. #okpreps via @BenJohnsonTDP @TitanTalkSports 7:44 p.m. Carl Albert leads Guymon 28-0 with 2 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 7:44 p.m. Tuttle 7, Jones 0, first quarter. #okpreps via @TreyHunter87 @BR_TimesRecord 7:44 p.m. Poteau gets ball back after a Muldrow punt, Pirates already inside the 10 up 8-0. #okpreps @Shadid13 7:44 p.m. Edmond Memorial spoils great field position with a missed 31-yd field goal. Southmoore still leading 14-0, 3:32 left in first half. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 7:45 p.m. 6A: Southmoore ahead of Ed. Memorial 14-0 nearing halftime. Follow @Shadid13 for all the game details. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:46 p.m. Seminole leads Bristow 13-0 in the first quarter. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:46 p.m. Muldrow stops Poteau on downs inside the 10. Poteau still up 8-0 5:25 1st. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:46 p.m. East: Poteau leads Muldrow 8-0, 1Q. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:47 p.m. PC north still leads 21-0 over Norman North with 7:50 in the 2nd quarter. #OkPreps @lcjournal 7:48 p.m. Stigler adds a touchdown to go up 14-0 over Heavener #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:48 p.m. Stigler over Heavener 14-0 early. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:49 p.m. McAlester extends lead over Bishop Kelley 21-3, 2Q. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:49 p.m. Norman North turns the ball over on downs. PCN takes over at their own 26. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:49 p.m. Facing third-and-2 from Guthrie 20, Deer Creek's Alec James loses 4 yards, Timeout Antlers. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 7:49 p.m. Jones' Clayton Simms just capped an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard QB sneak. Great drive for Simms. Jones leads Tuttle 7-6, 5:09 1st. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:50 p.m. Small Schools: Wayne leads Wewoka 7-0. Large Schools: Carl Albert leads Guymon 28-0. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:51 p.m. Deer Creek turns the ball over on downs. Caden Sander missed Cole Verble. #OKPreps @mpinedaARD 7:51 p.m. Purcell grabs early 7-0 lead over Lone Grove #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:52 p.m. PCN can’t make anything out of the next drive. They are forced to punt and NN will start from own 28. #OKpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:53 p.m. Sulphur hosting Madill, 7-7 in the first quarter. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 7:53 p.m. Penalty kills a long ESF pass to Malik Earl, Wolves have to punt again, nearing 5 min left in half, Norman leading 7-0 #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:54 p.m. Norman leads Ed. Santa Fe 7-0 in the 2nd quarter. Follow @ScottWrightOK for the game details. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:55 p.m. Guthrie leads Deer Creek 21-0 at halftime. #OKPreps @Shadid13 7:55 p.m. At half: Southmoore 14, Edmond Memorial 0. #OKPreps @TFred23 7:55 p.m. 3:39 2nd McGuinness 21 NW Classen 6 #OKPreps @HSFootballOK @ScottWrightOK @BR_TimesRecord 7:56 p.m. Poteau builds its lead to 15-0 on Muldrow. Jace Pitchford takes a keeper 64 yards for a TD and adds PAT late in the first quarter. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:56 p.m. 5A: McGuinness leads Northwest 21-6, 2Q. #okpreps @jacobunruh 7:56 p.m. Deer Creek has 55 total yards of offense in the first half. Three of those are on the ground. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:56 p.m. 45 seconds left until halftime, Pryor leads Tahlequah 14-0. Tahlequah on Pryor's 13, facing 3rd & 3. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:57 p.m. Poteau 15, Muldrow 0, first quarter. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 7:57 p.m. Another promising drive for Norman North stalled when the T-Wolves get two 15-yard penalties on one play. #okpreps 21-0 PC North @jacobunruh 7:57 p.m. Guthrie has 196 total yards of offense. Kai Callins has 73 on the ground. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 7:57 p.m. Purcell extends lead to 10-3 over Lone Grove after 18-yard FG. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 7:57 p.m. Poteau leads Muldrow 15-0 after one. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 7:57 p.m. Halftime: Enid 13, Owasso 3. #okpreps @MrReynolds12 7:58 p.m. At the end of the first QRT its 0-0 in the Cascia Hall- Ft. Gibson game! Ft. Gibson driving! #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:58 p.m. Tahlequah fumbles the snap & QB David Dick is held to a loss of 1 on a run. Tahlequah now facing 4th & 4 at Pryor's 14. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:58 p.m. Clayton Simms fumbles after a 43-yard run by Colton Story. Tuttle ball. Jones leads 7-6. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 7:58 p.m. TO on the field. Norman North facing 3rd and 37 from own 18 with 4:04 in the 2nd. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 7:59 p.m. Tahlequah QB David Dick throws an incomplete pass & Tahlequah turns the ball over on downs. #okpreps @Shadid13 7:59 p.m. Southmoore RB Jaelon Walker: 20 carries, 116 yards. Edmond Memorial's total offense: 21 plays, 27 yards. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 7:59 p.m. Class 6A No. 1 Jenks leads unranked Muskogee 14-0 in the first quarter. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 7:59 p.m. Great 1st quarter from Tuttle vs. Jones. Two really good offenses tonight. Jones leads 7-6 after the 1st quarter. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:00 p.m. Halftime at the Doc. Pryor leads Tahlequah 14-0. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:00 p.m. Still 1st quarter, Dibble leads Crooked Oak 8-7, #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:00 p.m. NN can’t convert and after a bad punt PCN will take over at the NN 43 with 3:21 in the 2nd. #OkPreps @OKVarsityScores 8:01 p.m. Halftime: Pryor leads Tahlequah 14-0. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:01 p.m. Hobart has an early 6-0 lead over Commanche after one quarter of play. #okpreps via @CBlakeColston @CorbinHosler 8:01 p.m. Three minutes to go before half, and Putnam City North leads Norman North 21-0. The Panthers have the ball in T-Wolves territory #okpreps @v_dawg 8:02 p.m. End of 1 Spiro 14 Valliant 0 4:05 in 1st BB 0 SALISAW 14 #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:02 p.m. Mustang 28, Choctaw 7, 2Q. #okpreps via @Derek_Brown_MT @ftgsports 8:02 p.m. FTG and Cascia no score after 1 qtr. fortgibsontigers.tv #okpreps @KTULNews @NewsOn6 @VYPEOK @GroveSunSports 8:02 p.m. Brandon Weaver with his 2nd short touchdown run of the night and Jay leads Sequoyah 15-0 #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:03 p.m. East: A couple of 14-0 scores, Sallisaw over Broken Bow & Spiro over Valliant. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:04 p.m. More East: Jay with a 14-0 lead over Sequoyah. Central Sallisaw leads Canadian 21-6. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:05 p.m. Halftime: McAlester 24, Bishop Kelley 3. #okpreps @WHSJagsFootball 8:05 p.m. End of first. Score still Jags 0- Sapulpa 3. #okpreps @okprepstv 8:05 p.m. At the half, Coweta leads Grove 14-7. #okpreps okpreps.tv/?p=1028 @pcnorthblogger 8:05 p.m. The panthers go 3 and out and Campbell's punt lands at the NN 5. Timberwolves will have the ball. #okpreps @WeleetkaOutlaws 8:06 p.m. After 1, Class B: Weleetka 26 Strother 0 @HSFootballOK #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:06 p.m. Class 6A: Sapulpa 3, Westmoore 0 after one quarter of play. #okpreps @OKCPS_Athletics 8:06 p.m. Halftime- Douglass 7 McCloud 0 #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:07 p.m. District 3A-7. RT @bdabney3 Lincoln Christian leads Westville 30-0 with 30 secs left in q1. #okpreps @MrReynolds12 8:07 p.m. Anyone know why QB Bryson Lee for Westmoore is not playing?? #okpreps @awathletics 8:08 p.m. End of 1st: Anadarko 14, Piedmont 0. #okpreps @jmac_21 8:08 p.m. Harrah 15 Ada 3 Halfway through the second quarter. #OkPreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:08 p.m. Muldrow gets on the board. 23-yard field goal by Chris Anderson cuts Poteau lead to 15-3 9:42 2nd. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:09 p.m. Santa Fe's Torre to Malik Earl to the 4-yard line with :25 left til half, Norman leading 7-0 #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:10 p.m. HALFTIME: PC North 21, Norman North 0. #OKpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:10 p.m. Just like that, Poteau scores again. Jace Pitchford returns ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a TD. Pirates up 21-3 9:27 2nd. #okpreps @RJKeil 8:11 p.m. .@RedTornadoes 35 Elk City 13 2nd Qtr. #okpreps @UnionFootball 8:11 p.m. HALFTIME - Union leads Bartlesville 35-0 #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:11 p.m. Halftime: Lawton Mac leads Altus 27-7. #okpreps via @KVrska7 @TreyHunter87 8:11 p.m. Tuttle's Jeff Jobe connects with Jesse Gregory for a 70-yard TD pass. 2-pt no good. Tigers lead Jones 12-7, 9:14-2nd. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:12 p.m. Michael Farmer takes the option pitch 6 yds for the Santa Fe TD. Ties it up with Norman at 7 with :13 seconds til half. Huge drive #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:12 p.m. At the half, Tahlequah has 82 rushing yards. Pryor has 163 yards on 19 carries. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:13 p.m. Class 2A-3A state cross country preview: Jones boys, girls, looking for hardware bit.ly/19FNdY9 #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 8:13 p.m. Fort Gibson leads Cascia Hall 7-0, 7:47 2Q on J.R. Singleton's 11-yard TD run, but Cascia has 1st down at FG 23. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 8:14 p.m. Putnam City North leads Norman North 21-0 at halftime. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:15 p.m. In the 1st half, Tahlequah had 4 drives end inside Pryor territory. #okpreps @Derek_Brown_MT 8:15 p.m. Choctaw's Jacob McMullen hits a 50-yd field goal. Mustang leads 35-10, 1:46 2nd qtr. #OKpreps @GroveSunSports 8:15 p.m. At the half Coweta leads Grove 14-7 #okpreps @brunk_bob 8:16 p.m. Central 28 Canadian 6 end 1. @BR_TimesRecord @5NEWSBobby @HSFootballOK #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:17 p.m. Jones' Ryan Mansell takes a reverse 52 yards for a TD. Jones now leads Tuttle 14-12, 7:21-2nd. This has been a fun game. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:17 p.m. Late in the 1st half, Collinsville leads East Central 26-21, via @MikeBrownTW. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:19 p.m. Keep up with all the #okpreps action in our live article newsok.com/article/3897580 @BR_TimesRecord 8:20 p.m. Poteau's Jarrett Lowrimore catches 2nd TD pass from Jace Pitchford, a 15-yarder. Pirates lead Muldrow 28-3 5:17 2nd. #okpreps @kevininok 8:20 p.m. Fort Gibson 7 Cascia Hall 7 7:12 2Q #okpreps @HaroldRKuntz3 8:20 p.m. 4:12 to play in the 2nd q... Cascia Hall and Fort Gibson are tied at 7. #okpreps @KODE_Sports 8:20 p.m. At half Salina leads Commerce 9-6 #okpreps @Jake_Cribbs 8:20 p.m. Christian Heritage 0 #6 OCS 11 @ Half #okpreps @TFred23 8:20 p.m. Halftime McGuinness 34 NW Classen 6 #OKPreps @HSFootballOK @ScottWrightOK @brunk_bob 8:21 p.m. Central Sallisaw 35 Canadian 6 11:27 2nd. @BR_TimesRecord @5NEWSBobby @HSFootballOK #okpreps @ScottWrightOK @TitanTalkSports 8:21 p.m. Half: Carl Albert 35, Guymon 7 #OKPreps @Derek_Brown_MT 8:22 p.m. Mustang leads at home against Choctaw 35-10 at halftime. #OKpreps @awathletics 8:23 p.m. Half: Anadarko 14, Piedmont 0. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 8:24 p.m. Tuttle facing a 3rd-and-6 from Jones' 39-yard line. Jones leads 14-12, 4:50-2nd. #okpreps @Shadid13 8:26 p.m. Justin Marcha hits a 42-yard field goal to get Edmond Memorial on the board. Southmoore 14, Edmond Memorial 3 early third. #OKPreps @jacobunruh 8:26 p.m. About to start the second half here in Deer Creek. Antlers to receive. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 8:29 p.m. Clayton Simms hooks up with Levi Fox for a 47-yard TD pass on a streak down the sideline. Jones leads Tuttle 21-12, 3:08-2nd. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:29 p.m. Pryor starts the 2nd half with the ball & QB Brennon Barth throws an INT. Picked off by Tahlequah LB Colton Wright. #okpreps @okprepstv 8:29 p.m. SCORE UPDATE: Fort Gibson vs Cascia Hall tied at 7-7 3:35 left in the 2nd #okpreps okpreps.tv/?p=1048 @ScottWrightOK 8:30 p.m. Courtesy of six Norman sacks in the first half, Santa Fe has minus-35 rushing yards at halftime. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:30 p.m. Tahlequah takes over at Pryor's 47 but goes backward. Tahlequah punts & Pryor takes over at its own 20. #okpreps @jlindseyARD 8:31 p.m. 30-yd touchdown by @Kaleb_Casey. Davis 20, Kingston 7. #okpreps #ARDsports @jacobunruh 8:32 p.m. Deer Creek's Caden Sander limps off the field with a leg injury. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 8:33 p.m. Tuttle trying to stay in it vs. Jones. The Tigers just gained 26 yards on 2 pass plays. 2nd-and-6 from Jones' 31-yard line. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:33 p.m. Conversely, Norman went without a first down in the second quarter. 110 total yards, 93 on the ground #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:34 p.m. Santa Fe sophomore Keaton Torre has thrown for 116 yards. Malik Earl has four catches for 78 #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:34 p.m. Sophomore Jackson Girod in at QB for Deer Creek. #OKPreps @soonrtillidie 8:34 p.m. Thackerville 20 Arkoma 16 2:00 left in first half. #okpreps @MrReynolds12 8:35 p.m. At halftime it is Cascia Hall 14 Ft Gibson 7 #okpreps @TRBar_ 8:35 p.m. Antlers scores with 8 seconds left in the first half! Antlers 16 Pocola 28 #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:36 p.m. 2nd half underway here between PCN/NN. PCN will start with the ball at their own 10. #OKPreps @TreyHunter87 8:36 p.m. Tuttle's Jesse Gregory scores his 3rd TD of the 1st half with an 18-yard run. Jones leads 21-19, 1:46-2nd. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 8:36 p.m. Poteau leads Muldrow at halftime, 28-3. Pirates outgain Bulldogs, 247-79. Jace Pitchford 2 TD passes, TD run, kickoff ret. for TD. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:37 p.m. Halftime: Class 4A No. 8 Cascia Hall leads Ft. Gibson 14-7. #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 8:37 p.m. Cascia leads Fort Gibson 14-7, Half. CH has outgained FG 167-92. Most of half played on FG's end of the field. #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:37 p.m. Caden Sander returns for Deer Creek. Loses 10 yards on first play. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 8:37 p.m. Halftime: Class 4A No. 9 Poteau leads Muldrow 28-3. #okpreps @v_dawg 8:37 p.m. 35-3 Sallisaw over Broken Bow at half Half Spiro 21 Valliant 0 Halftime panama 7 Hugo 3 Checotah 35, Idabel 0 - Half #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:38 p.m. Then Caden Sander finds Cole Verble for a 37-yard pass and first down. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 8:38 p.m. Carl Albert with a 35-0 lead over Guymon still early in the 2Q. #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:42 p.m. Dillon Noble makes a 25-yard FG. Deer Creek trails Guthrie 21-3 with 6:23 left in third. #OKPreps @CBlakeColston 8:44 p.m. Halftime: Hobart 26, Comanche 0. #okpreps @Shadid13 8:44 p.m. After three quarters: Southmoore 14, Edmond Memorial 3. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:44 p.m. Pryor goes 16 plays in 7:36 & caps off the drive with a 3yd TD run by Matt McGouldrick. Pryor leads 21-0, 1:20 3rd Q. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:44 p.m. NN fumbles the ball in the red zone and the Panthers recover. PCN starts at their own 9. #OkPreps @TreyHunter87 8:44 p.m. Jones leads Tuttle 21-19 at halftime. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:45 p.m. Turnaround: Owasso up on Enid 17-13 in the third quarter. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:45 p.m. PCN goes 3 and out will punt from their own 14. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:46 p.m. Timberwolves will start at the PCN 40 with 6:42 in the third quarter. #OKpreps @pantherman01 8:49 p.m. Stigler 54 Heavener 0 half @HSFootballOK @BR_TimesRecord #okpreps @HSFootballOK2 @SportsMuskogee @pcnorthblogger 8:49 p.m. Norman north in the red zone again. 3rd and goal on the 6. #OkPreps @jacobunruh 8:49 p.m. Guthrie's Kai Callins with a 27-yard TD run. Increases lead against Deer Creek to 28-3 with 3:34 left in third. #OKPreps @brunk_bob 8:49 p.m. Central Sallisaw 49 Canadian 6 2nd Q. @BR_TimesRecord @5NEWSBobby @HSFootballOK #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:49 p.m. Tahlequah goes 3 & out, punts & Pryor scores 2 plays later on Brennon Barth's 1yd TD run. Pryor leads Tahlequah 28-0, 0:01 3rd. #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:50 p.m. Kai Callins is healthy and very impressive. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 8:50 p.m. Class 5A: No. 2 McAlester leads No. 8 Bishop Kelley 31-3 late in the third quarter. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:50 p.m. Norman North drops a ball in the end zone and the panthers take over on downs with 5:25 in the 3rd quarter. #OKPreps @CorbinHosler 8:50 p.m. Norman North dominating the third quarter, but they've failed to score despite twice being inside PC North's 10. 21-0 PCN #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:50 p.m. Kai Callins has 120 yards and three TDs on 16 carries. Last TD was best yet. #OKPreps @GroveSunSports 8:51 p.m. At the half Jay leads Sequoyah 25-14 #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 8:52 p.m. Cade Parker with a 9-yd TD catch from Jakcob Dean to put Norman back on top of Edmond Santa Fe 14-7 with 7:03 left in 3Q #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:52 p.m. Halftime scores: Washington leads Mangum 28-12. Jay leads Sequoyah 25-14. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:53 p.m. Norman north takes over after a PCN punt. Ball at the Panther 32. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:54 p.m. PCN leads Norman North 21-0 with 3:00 in the 3rd. #OKpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:54 p.m. RT @Jarvidus: End of 3Q Owasso 24 Enid 13. Rams holding 3rd leading 6A rusher Raheem Mitchell to 12-27 rush yds. #owassofootball #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:55 p.m. RT @paulbeam: Final Score: Class C number 1 Tipton Tigers defeat the Ryan Cowboys 54-0! #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 8:56 p.m. Final: Class 3A No. 2 Kingfisher 72-0 over Bethel. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 8:56 p.m. Norman North finally punches one in on a 7-yard run by Quan Hogan. 21-7 Putnam City North with 1:20 left in the 3Q. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 8:57 p.m. NN’s Z’Quan Hogan takes it in for a 6 yard score. PCN leads 21-7 with 1:20 in the 3rd. #OkPreps @jacobunruh 8:57 p.m. Guthrie leads Deer Creek 28-3 after three quarters. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 8:58 p.m. Panthers will start at their own 36 yard line. #OKPreps @Shadid13 8:58 p.m. Chris Nemecek 22-yd field goal caps an 18-play drive and puts Southmoore up 17-3 on Edmond Memorial with 6:30 remaining. #OKPreps @v_dawg 8:59 p.m. Stigler 54, Heavener 0- Half #okpreps @jacobunruh 8:59 p.m. Deer Creek's Alec James is down. In a lot of pain and looking at his knee. He has had knee issues this season. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 8:59 p.m. Again, Tahlequah gets deep inside Pryor territory & turns the ball over. Still 28-0 Pryor in the 4th. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:00 p.m. Pryor intercepts Tahlequah at the 1, but then fumbles in the end zone for a safety. It's now 28-2 Pryor over Tahlequah. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:00 p.m. Pryor up on Tahlequah 21-0 nearing the end of the third quarter. #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:01 p.m. Alec James being helped off the field. Putting little to no pressure on his right leg. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 9:01 p.m. PCN’s Cayman Johnson fumbles the ball and NN takes over at the PCN 44 #okpreps @GroveSunSports 9:01 p.m. Midway through the 3rd Coweta leads Grove 28-21 #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:02 p.m. Putnam City North leads Norman North 21-7 after three quarters. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:03 p.m. END OF 3rd: PC north leads Norman North 21-7. #OKpreps @KVrska7 9:03 p.m. End 3Q: MacArthur 41, Altus 14. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:03 p.m. Norman strikes again, Ty Smith with a 1-yd run. Tigers lead Edmond Santa Fe 21-7 with 1:57 left in 3Q #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:04 p.m. Jace Pitchford throws third TD pass of the night to Jarrett Lowrimore. 41-yd pass gives Poteau 35-3 lead 8:25 3rd. #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:05 p.m. Alec James is on the sideline being tended to. Does not have shoulder pads on. Likely done for the night. #OKPreps @Derek_Brown_MT 9:07 p.m. Frankie Edwards carries in a 1-yd TD. Mustang up on Choctaw 49-13, 2:34 3rd qtr. #OKpreps @jacobunruh 9:09 p.m. Guthrie QB Reed Roberts just suffered his first incomplete pass of the night with 9:20 left. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 9:09 p.m. Dylan Peevy recovers a red zone fumble and takes it to the end zone. A 93 yard return! PCN leads 28-7 with 9:44 in the 4th. #OkPreps @TreyHunter87 9:10 p.m. Jones opens the 2nd half with an onside kick and recovers at Tuttle's 38-yard line. #okpreps @ftgsports 9:10 p.m. Cascia Hall scores with 7:44 left in 3rd. 21-7 leading FTG. fortgibsontigers.tv #okpreps @KTULNews @NewsOn6 @VYPEOK @CorbinHosler 9:10 p.m. A cacophony of errors for Norman North. T-Wolves fumble ball on PCN 6-yard line, and Panthers return it for a TD and a 28-7 lead #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:11 p.m. Norman takes over on downs on final play of 3Q, leading Edmond Santa Fe 21-7 #okpreps @Shadid13 9:11 p.m. Southmoore's Quindon Lewis intercepts a pass in the end zone with 1:53 remaining. Southmoore 17, Edmond Memorial 3. #OKPreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:11 p.m. Tahlequah finds the end zone for the first time tonight on David Dick's 6yd TD run. Pryor leads Tahlequah 28-8 in the 4th. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:12 p.m. Tuttle's defense does a great job forcing a 3-and-out after Jones' successful onside kick. Jones leads 21-19, 10:08-3rd. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:15 p.m. Pryor responds with a 45yd TD run by Barth. Pryor now leads Tahlequah 35-8, 6:05 left. #okpreps @Jake_Cribbs 9:15 p.m. Christian Heritage 14 #6 OCS 11 1:20 left in the 3rd #okpreps @MrReynolds12 9:16 p.m. Collinsville scores they go up 40-27 on East Central #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:16 p.m. Edmond Santa Fe fumbles at its 31, Norman ball early 4Q, leading 21-7 #okpreps @brunk_bob 9:18 p.m. Central Sallisaw 49 Canadian 12 3rd quarter. @BR_TimesRecord @5NEWSBobby @HSFootballOK #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:18 p.m. NN’s Braden Kennedy is being carted off the field. Looks like a bad leg injury. #OKPreps @okprepstv 9:18 p.m. 2:18 in the 3rd, Heritage Hall 38, OK Centennial 0. #okpreps okpreps.tv/?p=1042 @pcnorthblogger 9:19 p.m. @TreyWitzel two fumbles and a failed 4th down attempt. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:19 p.m. Madill leads Sulphur 21-7, 3Q. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:19 p.m. Long stoppage as Norman North's Braden Kennedy went down and stayed down. Looks serious. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:20 p.m. 26-0 Hobart leads Commanche in the third quarter. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:20 p.m. Heritage Hall leads Centennial 38-0 in the third quarter. #okpreps @Shadid13 9:21 p.m. FINAL: Southmoore 17, Edmond Memorial 3. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 9:22 p.m. Washington 25, Mangum 12, 2nd half. #okpreps @GroveSunSports 9:22 p.m. Jay takes the 2nd half kickoff and goes 71 yds for another score. Bulldogs lead Sequoyah 32-14 #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:22 p.m. Cascia Hall leads Ft. Gibson 28-7 in the third quarter. #okpreps @awathletics 9:22 p.m. End of 3rd: Anadarko 21, Piedmont 0. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:23 p.m. Touchdown Tahlequah. Tigers score on Colton Wright's 14yd run. Pryor now leads Tahlequah 35-15. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:23 p.m. Class 3A No. 3 Seminole leads Bristow 53-0 after 3. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:24 p.m. Anadarko ahead of Piedmont 21-0 after 3. #okpreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:27 p.m. Poteau makes it 42-3 vs. Muldrow on Roger Barcheers' 4-yd TD run to end the third quarter. #okpreps @TRBar_ 9:27 p.m. Antlers 22 Pocola 34 6:54 left in the third #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:27 p.m. NN’s John Kolar finds Nick Basquine for a 13 yard TD. PCN leads still 28-14 with 7:16 in the 4th. #OKpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:28 p.m. Pryor puts its backups in & scores a TD. Anthony Martinez scores on a 7yd run. Pryor now leads Tahlequah 41-15. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:28 p.m. Final: Wetumka 46, Bowlegs 0. #okpreps @jacobunruh 9:29 p.m. Guthrie beats Deer Creek 28-3. #OKPreps @zacksitton 9:29 p.m. Maud 19 SW Covenant 12 start of the 4th. SW Covenant QB Nick Sitton with 1 TD pass. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores @ScottWrightOK @Jake_Cribbs 9:29 p.m. 99 yrd Touchdown pass from Lindsey to G. Littlejim CHA up 20-11 on #6 OCS! #okpreps @ScottWrightOK @v_dawg 9:30 p.m. 42-3 sallisaw over Broken Bow in 3rd #okpreps @ftgsports 9:30 p.m. 28-7 Cascia Hall leads FTG 2:55 left in 3rd. fortgibsontigers.tv #okpreps @KTULNews @NewsOn6 @VYPEOK @lcjournal 9:30 p.m. Hugo cuts Panama's lead to 13-10 #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:31 p.m. Norman's Jakcob Dean with a 7-yd TD pass to Cal Schone to put the Tigers up 28-7 with 5:53 to play at Edmond Santa Fe #okpreps @Sapulparadio 9:31 p.m. Sapulpa 17-13 end of 3rd quarter over Westmoore #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:31 p.m. PCN close to striking 2nd and 4 on the NN 8. #OKPreps @OKVarsityScores 9:32 p.m. 4th Quarter: Sapulpa leads Westmoore 17-13. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:32 p.m. Class 5A: Collinsville leads East Central 48-27 late in the game. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:32 p.m. Putnam City North recovers an onside kick and gets a big run inside the Norman North 10-yard line. Under 5 minutes to play. #okpreps @TRBar_ 9:33 p.m. Antlers 28 Pocola 34 in the third #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:34 p.m. PCN has 4th and goal on the 7. They lead 28-14 with 3:50 in the 4th. #OkPreps @HSFootballOK 9:35 p.m. Final McGuinness 41 NW Classen 18 #OkPreps @ScottWrightOK via @TFred23 @TreyHunter87 9:36 p.m. Jones missed on 3 scoring opportunities in the 3rd. Tuttle now in Jones-territory looking to take the lead. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:36 p.m. Chace Campbell’s 23 yard attempt is good. PCN leads 31-14. #okpreps @OKCPS_Athletics 9:37 p.m. Final Douglass 13 McCloud 7 #okpreps @zacksitton 9:37 p.m. Nick Sitton with the 35 yd TD pass to Braden Brown! SW Covenant up 20-19 on Maud! #okpreps @ScottWrightOK @OKVarsityScores @OKVarsityScores 9:38 p.m. As scores begin to roll in, head over to newsok.com/varsitystats/f… and catch up with your team's results. #okpreps @UnionFootball 9:38 p.m. It's FINAL! Union 58 Bartlesville 0 #okpreps #7tdsforadkins @CorbinHosler 9:38 p.m. Putnam City North adds a field goal, leads Norman North 31-14 with 3:38 to play. #okpreps @MrReynolds12 9:39 p.m. Sapulpa gets a long 42 yrd FG to put Sapulpa up 20-13 with 6:48 left to play #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:39 p.m. Norman North will start at the PCN 45. #OKpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:40 p.m. Cameron Westbrook with a 31-yd TD catch from Torre and Santa Fe cuts Norman lead to 28-14. Onside kick fails #okpreps @TreyHunter87 9:40 p.m. Tuttle's Ty Stonebraker misses a 36-yard FG attempt. Jones still leads 21-19-4th. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:40 p.m. Final: Class 6A No. 2 Union 58, Bartlesville 0. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:41 p.m. Final: Class 6A, Owasso def. Enid 35-20. #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:43 p.m. Norman North scores, trails Putnam City North 31-21 with 2:06 left. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:43 p.m. Upset Alert: Class 6A No. 7 Norman North trails Putnam City North 31-14 with less than 4:00 to play. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:43 p.m. Kolar finds Tyler Snipe in the end zone for the NN score. PCN leads with 2:06 in the 4th. #OKPreps @Jake_Cribbs 9:44 p.m. 1st and Goal CHA at the 1 yrd line. 2:13 left in the 4th! CHA leads 20-11 #okpreps @okprepstv 9:44 p.m. End of game for Enid vs Owasso. Final score is 20-35 with an Owasso Ram victory #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:44 p.m. RT @pcnorthblogger: Kolar finds Tyler Sipe in the end zone for the NN score. PCN leads with 2:06 in the 4th. #OKPreps @pcnorthblogger 9:45 p.m. The onside attempt fails. PCN ball at own 47. #OkPreps @OKVarsityScores 9:45 p.m. Final: Coweta 41, Grove 34. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 9:47 p.m. FINAL: PC North 31, Norman North 21. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:47 p.m. Questionable running into the kicker call on ESF keeps a Norman drive alive with 4:10 to go, Norman leading 28-14 #okpreps @CorbinHosler 9:48 p.m. Putnam City North holds on to defeat Norman North 31-21. #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 9:51 p.m. “@SportsMuskogee: Final: Hilldale 54, Keys 20” #okpreps @ftgsports 9:52 p.m. FTG scores with 6:33 left in game. 28-21 Cascia leads. fortgibsontigers.tv #okpreps @KTULNews @NewsOn6 @VYPEOK @stilwellindians 9:52 p.m. :35 left on the clock, Rogers touchdown. Stilwell still leads 21-12. #OKPreps @BR_TimesRecord 9:53 p.m. Poteau goes on to a 42-3 win against Muldrow. Pirates move to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in 4A-4. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 9:53 p.m. Final: Class 3A Seminole def. Bristow 54-0. #okpreps @Jeff_Rhodes 9:54 p.m. Panama with the dagger TD. They lead #Hugo 29-16 with 3:59 left #okpreps @zacksitton 9:54 p.m. Nick Sitton picks off a last second throw and SW Covenant holds on to beat Maud 20-19 #okpreps @ScottWrightOK @OKVarsityScores @GroveSunSports 9:56 p.m. Brooks Carroll with a 46-yd touchdown run and Jay leads Sequoyah 48-14 #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 9:57 p.m. Norman misses a FG in hopes of adding one more district point. Ed Santa Fe ball with :38 to go at its 20, trailing 28-14 #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 9:59 p.m. Fort Gibson has 3rd down at CH 1, 22 seconds left. Cascia leads 28-21. FG has no TOs. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK 10:00 p.m. Norman 28, Edmond Santa Fee 14 FINAL #okpreps @BenJohnsonTDP 10:01 p.m. Final in 5A-4: Pryor 41, Tahlequah 15. #okpreps @ftgsports 10:09 p.m. TOUCHDOWN TIGERS 18.5secs tied up at 28. Unbelievable! fortgibsontigers.tv #okpreps @KTULNews @NewsOn6 @VYPEOK @kevininok 10:10 p.m. Ft Gibson 28 Cascia Hall 28 going to Overtime #okpreps @kevininok 10:10 p.m. Roland 22 Eufaula 22 going to overtime #okpreps @lcjournal 10:10 p.m. Hugo scores with 1:46 left to take a 30-29 lead over Panama #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 10:11 p.m. FG doesn't score in OT as Lambert gets INT. Cascia has 1st down at 5. #okpreps @CBlakeColston 10:15 p.m. FINAL: Hobart 45, Comanche 0. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 10:16 p.m. Final: Ada 29, Harrah 24. #okpreps @WHSJagsFootball 10:17 p.m. Overtime! Sapulpa start off first..defense gets the stop, they kick a FG. jaguars turn.. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 10:17 p.m. Final: Class 5A No. 7 Shawnee 56, Durant 44. #okpreps @TreyHunter87 10:18 p.m. Jones holds on in a defensive 2nd half. Upsets Tuttle 21-19. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 10:19 p.m. Class 2A No. 9 Washington def. Mangum 48-12. #okpreps @BarryLewisTW 10:21 p.m. Cooper Bethel's 2-yard TD run wins it for Cascia Hall 34-28 in OT. #okpreps @WHSJagsFootball 10:23 p.m. First play, KIERON HARDRICK INTO THE ENDZONE!!!!! Touchdown jaguars!!!!! Jags win!!! 26-23!! #okpreps @VYPEOK @zacksitton 10:24 p.m. Final SW Covenant 20 Maud 19. SW Covenant QB Nick Sitton finished with 4 TD's. #okpreps @ScottWrightOK @OKVarsityScores @lcjournal 10:25 p.m. Hugo scores with 15 seconds left but misses the extra point Panama up 37-36 #okpreps @lcjournal 10:30 p.m. Panama wins 37-36 over Panama #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 10:30 p.m. Final: Lexington def. Tishomingo 45-23. #okpreps @OKVarsityScores 10:33 p.m. Class A No. 4 Kiefer remained undefeated (8-0) with a 47-8 win over Drumright. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 11:08 p.m. PC North moves to 4-4 on the year (4-1) in district play with their upset win over Norman North. #OKpreps @RandyRuark 11:14 p.m. Christian Heritage. 20 Okla Christian School. 11 Final Dist. 2A-2 #OKPreps @jacobunruh 11:20 p.m. What a great night of #OKPreps football. @awathletics 11:20 p.m. 8:01 4th: Anadarko 27, Piedmont 0. RB #5 R.J. Sink with the TD on the ground. PAT no good. #okpreps @pcnorthblogger 11:24 p.m. 2nd time this year PC North has beaten a top 10 team. They’re on a four game win streak and play Lawton Ike next Friday. #OKPreps
Oct 23, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B...
Picking Week 8's high school football games
By Scott Wright | Oct 23, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B KEOTA 48, Gans 6 DEWAR 52, Porum 8 RINGWOOD 66, Waukomis 28 Class C MIDWAY 48, Cookson Hills Chr. 34 Shattuck 52, GOODWELL 8 Friday's Games City Area Anadarko 35, PIEDMONT 28 KINGFISHER 54, Bethel 7 Bixby 28, PUTNAM CITY 25 Blanchard 42, ST. MARY 14 ARDMORE 56, Capitol Hill 8 Carl Albert 48, GUYMON 7 Casady 28, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 24 DAVENPORT 48, Cave Springs 28 MUSTANG 49, Choctaw 35 ELMORE CITY 38, Community Christian 24 Coyle 46, OAKS 6 Cashion 35, Crescent 32 Crooked Oak 48, DIBBLE 42 Del City 42, CHICKASHA 18 SHAWNEE 35, Durant 14 Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 21 El Reno 44, WESTERN HEIGHTS 13 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 28 ADA 28, Harrah 22 Hennessey 38, NEWKIRK 16 Heritage Hall 49, CENTENNIAL 38 CHANDLER 42, Kellyville 7 Lexington 28, TISHOMINGO 24 Life Christian 48, BOULEVARD CHR. 20 Luther 46, PERRY 18 ALLEN 40, Macomb 6 WASHINGTON 34, Mangum 16 Mannford 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Marlow 35, LITTLE AXE 18 DOUGLASS 38, McLoud 20 Minco 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 14 MEEKER 44, Mounds 6 Newcastle 31, JOHN MARSHALL 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 42, Norman 31 McGUINNESS 45, Northwest 12 OKC Legion 35, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 14 Oklahoma Christian 49, CHR. HERITAGE 30 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 48, Paoli 14 Pauls Valley 38, ATOKA 20 CUSHING 42, Perkins 21 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 17 BETHANY 35, Prague 14 Purcell 32, LONE GROVE 26 DUNCAN 42, Southeast 12 SAND SPRINGS 35, Stillwater 17 MAUD 44, SW Covenant 28 GLENPOOL 38, Tecumseh 10 NOBLE 40, Tulsa Hale 16 Tuttle 28, JONES 14 HOLDENVILLE 28, Wellston 21 Westmoore 35, SAPULPA 17 Wewoka 34, WAYNE 30 WINDSOR HILLS 54, Wright Chr. 12 Class 6A Broken Arrow 47, TULSA EDISON 14 JENKS 56, Muskogee 7 Owasso 28, ENID 27 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Ponca City 7 Tulsa Union 45, BARTLESVILLE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 42, Altus 10 Claremore 28, TULSA CENTRAL 13 COWETA 35, Grove 24 McAlester 40, TULSA KELLEY 28 Pryor 35, TAHLEQUAH 20 Tulsa East Central 34, COLLINSVILLE 31 Tulsa Memorial 28, SKIATOOK 17 Class 4A Catoosa 47, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 14 WEATHERFORD 35, Elgin 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Fort Gibson 21 Miami 31, VINITA 18 Poteau 38, MULDROW 7 Sallisaw 42, BROKEN BOW 12 Tulsa McLain 28, OOLOGAH 20 Tulsa Rogers 28, STILWELL 24 Wagoner 42, CLEVELAND 14 Woodward 35, CACHE 7 Class 3A BERRYHILL 45, Blackwell 8 SEMINOLE 49, Bristow 13 PLAINVIEW 42, Dickson 6 ROLAND 30, Eufaula 28 CHECOTAH 34, Idabel 12 HILLDALE 41, Keys (Park Hill) 7 Locust Grove 42, DEWEY 24 SULPHUR 20, Madill 13 Metro Christian 44, SPERRY 8 INOLA 34, Morris 18 Okmulgee 22, HENRYETTA 14 Seq. Tahlequah 34, JAY 28 Spiro 32, VALLIANT 6 Stigler 34, HEAVENER 8 SEQ. CLAREMORE 44, Verdigris 6 Victory Christian 34, BEGGS 20 LINCOLN CHR. 38, Westville 12 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 26 PAWHUSKA 35, Chelsea 14 Chouteau 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 Colcord 40, KETCHUM 16 Davis 48, KINGSTON 6 Frederick 24, HINTON 20 HARTSHORNE 34, Gore 6 Hobart 32, COMANCHE 24 Hugo 27, PANAMA 20 WYANDOTTE 38, Kansas 34 OKEMAH 28, Konawa 12 Marietta 34, COALGATE 14 ADAIR 42, Oklahoma Union 12 CHISHOLM 34, Pawnee 8 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 26 Quapaw 22, HULBERT 20 NOWATA 34, Regent Prep 16 COMMERCE 38, Salina 34 Stroud 28, HASKELL 12 Vian 48, WILBURTON 8 Class A SNYDER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 24 Caddo 30, MAYSVILLE 12 Central Sallisaw 36, CANADIAN 14 THOMAS 34, Cordell 14 YALE 30, Depew 28 RINGLING 35, Empire 14 TEXHOMA 34, Fairview 30 Foyil 28, LIBERTY 7 Hollis 42, SAYRE 6 SUMMIT CHR. 33, Hominy 14 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 24 Kiefer 56, DRUMRIGHT 6 Morrison 48, BARNSDALL 8 Okeene 50, BEAVER 6 CARNEGIE 22, Pioneer 14 AFTON 32, Porter 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Rush Springs 20 Savanna 42, QUINTON 12 Talihina 46, HAILEYVILLE 8 Tulsa NOAH 34, WATONGA 22 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 26, Turpin 12 HEALDTON 34, Walters 14 Warner 30, FAIRLAND 18 Wynnewood 40, STRATFORD 20 Class B WETUMKA 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton 48, MEDFORD 12 ALEX 60, Central Marlow 28 WATTS 44, Copan 16 Cyril 48, GEARY 12 Fox 56, WAURIKA 8 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 14 LAVERNE 52, Merritt 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 56, Seiling 6 WELEETKA 48, Strother 34 WELCH 38, Wesleyan Christian 34 Woodland 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Class C THACKERVILLE 64, Arkoma 38 Bluejacket 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 14 Buffalo 34, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Cherokee 54, TIMBERLAKE 8 DC-Lamont 52, Claremore Chr. 6 TEMPLE 56, Duke 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, CORN BIBLE 38 BOISE CITY 48, OKC Patriots 34 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 60, BALKO 38 Tipton 60, Ryan 12 Tyrone 44, WAYNOKA 16 Independent Holland Hall 28, DALLAS EPISCOPAL 27
Oct 16, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 150-23 (86.7 pct.) Overall record: 846-222 (79.2 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Bethany 31, BEGGS 28 LITTLE AXE 30, Bridge Creek 20 PERKINS 32, Bristow 24 MINCO 42, Carnegie 14 KINGFISHER 49, Centennial 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Choctaw 21 LEXINGTON 34, Coalgate 18 Cushing 42, CHANDLER...
High school football: Picking Week 7's games
By Scott Wright | Oct 16, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 150-23 (86.7 pct.) Overall record: 846-222 (79.2 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Bethany 31, BEGGS 28 LITTLE AXE 30, Bridge Creek 20 PERKINS 32, Bristow 24 MINCO 42, Carnegie 14 KINGFISHER 49, Centennial 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Choctaw 21 LEXINGTON 34, Coalgate 18 Cushing 42, CHANDLER 14 Davenport 46, PORUM 12 OKLAHOMA CHR. 45, Dibble 21 PURCELL 35, Dickson 28 GUTHRIE 41, El Reno 14 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 10 Hennessey 38, PAWNEE 12 John Marshall 35, BETHEL 8 BLANCHARD 42, Jones 14 Luther 38, CHR. HERITAGE 24 McLoud 28, MANNFORD 17 Meeker 45, WELLSTON 12 Millwood 56, CROOKED OAK 22 Mustang 44, PUTNAM WEST 20 Noble 30, SKIATOOK 24 ST. MARY 35, OKC Patriots 21 Okla. Christian Aca. 44, MACOMB 12 CRESCENT 32, Pioneer 16 BROKEN ARROW 42, Putnam City 20 Putnam North 49, U.S. GRANT 8 NORTHEAST 44, SeeWorth 14 TULSA KELLEY 28, Shawnee 24 ALTUS 34, Southeast 22 NEWCASTLE 35, Star Spencer 24 Stillwater 35, BARTLESVILLE 28 Sulphur 28, PAULS VALLEY 27 Tuttle 30, MARLOW 27 Washington 42, COMANCHE 14 CASHION 28, Watonga 24 COYLE 48, Watts 8 DEER CREEK 48, Western Heights 6 Yukon 45, MOORE 27 Class 6A Bixby 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Enid 28, PONCA CITY 7 SAPULPA 31, Muskogee 14 Owasso 31, TULSA WASHINGTON 28 TULSA UNION 49, Sand Springs 14 Class 5A ARDMORE 28, Chickasha 13 Claremore 34, PRYOR 24 COLLINSVILLE 38, Coweta 34 LAWTON MAC 33, Duncan 13 McALESTER 42, Durant 20 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 35, GROVE 13 Tulsa Central 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Class 4A Ada 33, GLENPOOL 12 Broken Bow 21, TULSA ROGERS 20 ELGIN 35, Cache 28 POTEAU 28, Cascia Hall 27 MIAMI 27, Cleveland 24 WEATHERFORD 28, Elk City 7 FORT GIBSON 35, Muldrow 14 WAGONER 48, Oologah 21 SALLISAW 44, Stilwell 12 TULSA McLAIN 35, Tulsa Webster 7 CATOOSA 49, Vinita 12 ANADARKO 35, Woodward 14 Class 3A STIGLER 28, Checotah 24 Dewey 28, BLACKWELL 14 KELLYVILLE 21, Henryetta 20 Hilldale 34, LOCUST GROVE 31 VICTORY CHR. 49, Inola 12 Jay 35, WESTVILLE 14 Lincoln Chr. 35, KEYS (PARK HILL) 6 Lone Grove 38, MADILL 20 OKMULGEE 28, Morris 21 Plainview 47, ATOKA 7 Roland 28, IDABEL 7 Seminole 49, PRAGUE 6 Seq. Claremore 28, BERRYHILL 24 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 38, Sperry 12 Spiro 34, HEAVENER 8 EUFAULA 28, Valliant 20 METRO CHR. 49, Verdigris 3 Class 2A Adair 44, CHELSEA 8 Barnsdall 28, MOUNDS 14 NOWATA 42, Caney Valley 6 KANSAS 38, Colcord 12 Hartshorne 40, POCOLA 12 OKEMAH 28, Haskell 27 STROUD 35, Holdenville 8 SALINA 42, Hulbert 6 COMMERCE 44, Ketchum 6 Kingston 24, MARIETTA 7 OKLAHOMA UNION 28, Liberty 6 Lindsay 44, HINTON 16 HOBART 35, Mangum 12 ALVA 35, Newkirk 21 Panama 28, QUINTON 7 Pawhuska 35, CHOUTEAU 14 CHISHOLM 34, Perry 12 KONAWA 28, Tishomingo 7 Vian 40, HUGO 13 ANTLERS 42, Wilburton 22 Wyandotte 35, QUAPAW 14 Class A Afton 44, FOYIL 14 HOOKER 28, Beaver 27 TALIHINA 38, Canadian 12 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MORRISON 34, Drumright 6 Fairland 28, PORTER 7 SAVANNA 38, Gore 12 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Haileyville 7 Hominy 28, DEPEW 20 ELMORE CITY 44, Maysville 20 FAIRVIEW 32, Mooreland 28 OKEENE 34, Oklahoma Bible 22 RINGLING 42, Rush Springs 6 APACHE 44, Snyder 6 WEWOKA 34, Stratford 20 Summit Christian 45, WARNER 24 Texhoma 42, TURPIN 6 Thomas 42, HOLLIS 31 Velma-Alma 44, WALTERS 6 EMPIRE 28, Wilson 7 Wynnewood 40, CADDO 12 KIEFER 34, Yale 8 Class B Allen 48, CYRIL 8 Covington-Douglas 54, WAUKOMIS 20 Dewar 54, GANS 6 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Fox 54 ALEX 62, Geary 6 Laverne 56, GARBER 6 REJOICE CHR. 64, Oaks 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 56, MERRITT 38 Ringwood 52, MEDFORD 16 Seiling 44, CANTON 6 Waurika 44, PAOLI 24 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 38, Welch 22 CAVE SPRINGS 50, Weleetka 42 Wetumka 64, STROTHER 20 Class C BLUEJACKET 60, Claremore Chr. 8 TYRONE 48, Boise City 12 Corn Bible 44, TEMPLE 32 CHEROKEE 48, DC-Lamont 20 Grandfield 46, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 12 SASAKWA 38, Midway 12 Ryan 48, GRACEMONT 8 Sharon-Mutual 58, BUFFALO 12 Thackerville 54, BOKOSHE 6 Timberlake 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Tyro, Kan. Christian 34 Waynoka 42, DUKE 12 MAUD 42, Webbers Falls 28 Friday, Oct. 18 City Area Fort Worth All Saints 34, CASADY 28 DEL CITY 48, Capitol Hill 12 Clinton 42, PIEDMONT 16 Douglass 54, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 LAWTON 48, Edmond Santa Fe 45 Frederick 28, COMMUNITY CHR. 24 McGUINNESS 49, Guymon 6 Jenks 31, WESTMOORE 17 MIDWEST CITY 30, Lawton Ike 14 SW COVENANT 34, Life Christian 28 EDMOND NORTH 24, Norman North 21 CARL ALBERT 49, Northwest 8 DAVIS 34, OKC Legion 17 Southmoore 35, NORMAN 34 CROSSINGS CHR. 28, Wayne 21 DESTINY CHR. 42, Woodland 34 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 45, Tulsa Hale 12 Class B Keota 46, BOWLEGS 6 Class C BALKO 54, Goodwell 8 TIPTON 48, Hobart JV 20 Independent Dallas St. Mark's 34, HOLLAND HALL 20 Tulsa NOAH 34, DALLAS HSAA 31
The OSSAA board of directors approved the new football districts to be used for the 2014-15 high school seasons.
High school football: New high school football districts for 2014-2015 seasons released
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Oct 9, 2013The OSSAA board of directors approved the new football districts to be used for the 2014-15 high school seasons: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe Jenks Norman Putnam City Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Bartlesville Bixby Claremore Muskogee Ponca City Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington District 2 Choctaw Enid Lawton Lawton Eisenhower Midwest City Putnam City West Stillwater *U.S. Grant Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Chickasha Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Northwest Classen District 2 Bishop McGuinness Carl Albert Deer Creek Guthrie Guymon Piedmont Southeast Western Heights District 3 Durant McAlester Noble Shawnee Skiatook Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial District 4 *Capitol Hill Collinsville Coweta Grove Pryor Tahlequah Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison Class 4A District 1 Anadarko Cache Clinton Elgin Elk City Newcastle Weatherford Woodward District 2 Ada Bristow Glenpool Harrah McLoud Santa Fe South Tecumseh Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Cleveland Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Metro Christian Muldrow Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Central Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Cushing Heritage Hall Kingfisher Mannford Perkins-Tryon District 2 Bethany Blanchard Bridge Creek Douglass John Marshall Meeker Mount St. Mary District 3 Bethel Jones Little Axe Pauls Valley Purcell Seminole Star Spencer District 4 Comanche Dickson Lone Grove Madill Marlow Plainview Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Kellyville Lincoln Christian Tulsa Webster Verdigris Sperry District 6 Beggs Checotah Hilldale Morris Okmulgee Tulsa Rogers Victory Christian District 7 Inola Jay Keys (Park Hill) Locust Grove Sequoyah-Claremore Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Idabel Heavener Roland Spiro Stigler Valliant Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawnee Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Millwood Northeast Oklahoma Christian Wellston District 3 Dibble Frederick Hobart Lexington Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Hugo Kingston Marietta Tishomingo District 5 Chandler Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Prague Stroud Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Liberty Panama Pocola Vian Wilburton District 7 Adair Chouteau Colcord Haskell Hulbert Kansas Salina District 8 Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Pawhuska Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Burns Flat-Dill City Fairview Hooker Mooreland Sayre Texhoma Thomas District 2 Apache Carnegie Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Snyder District 3 Central Marlow Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma Wilson District 4 Community Christian Elmore City Konawa Minco Stratford Wayne Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Crossings Christian Oklahoma Bible Oklahoma Christian Academy Okeene Watonga District 6 Barnsdall Drumright Hominy Kiefer Morrison Mounds Yale District 7 Afton Fairland Foyil Ketchum Quapaw Rejoice Christian Summit Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Porter Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Kremlin-Hillsdale Merritt Pioneer Pond Creek-Hunter Ringwood Seiling Turpin Waukomis District 2 Alex Allen Bray-Doyle Cyril Geary Macomb Maud Maysville Strother Waurika District 3 Agra Davenport Depew Garber Oaks South Coffeyville Watts Welch Wesleyan Christian Woodland District 4 Arkoma Caddo Canadian Dewar Gans Haileyville Keota Porum Weleetka Wetumka Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Cherokee Goodwell Sharon-Mutual Shattuck Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Corn Bible Duke Gracemont Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Ryan Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Carney Copan Covington-Douglas Coyle Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Prue Timberlake District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Cave Springs Fox Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill will play independent schedules for the 2014-17 seasons and will not be part of the district schedule.
Oct 9, 2013
Scott Wright predicts the score of all the week's games, including Mustang-Edmond Memorial, Heritage Hall-Newcastle and Yukon-Edmond North.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 9, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 155-21 (88.1 pct.) Overall record: 696-199 (77.8 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area DEL CITY 28, Altus 14 STAR SPENCER 24, BETHEL 21 SOUTHEAST 35, Capitol Hill 28 MUSTANG 27, Edmond Memorial 24 YUKON 30, Edmond North 28 Kingfisher 35, JOHN MARSHALL 13 Midwest City 30, PUTNAM NORTH 14 HERITAGE HALL 28, Newcastle 27 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Putnam West 12 NORMAN NORTH 55, U.S. Grant 6 Class C Maud 48, COOKSON HILLS 8 Friday's Games City Area DAVENPORT 42, Bowlegs 6 TUTTLE 49, Bridge Creek 7 CROSSINGS CHR. 42, Carnegie 12 Casady 38, DALLAS CISTERCIAN 34 Cashion 34, MAYSVILLE 14 Chandler 38, BRISTOW 20 CROOKED OAK 36, Chisholm 30 DIBBLE 28, Chr. Heritage 21 MINCO 44, Crescent 34 Cyril 56, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 32 Deer Creek 56, GUYMON 6 Destiny Christian 58, WRIGHT CHR. 12 DOUGLASS 28, Glenpool 21 CARL ALBERT 35, Guthrie 34 WASHINGTON 35, Hinton 21 Jones 21, ST. MARY 14 Lawton 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 KINGSTON 34, Lexington 24 OKC PATRIOTS 44, Life Christian 20 CENTENNIAL 38, Little Axe 27 WAURIKA 34, Macomb 20 HARRAH 28, Mannford 24 BLANCHARD 42, Marlow 31 McGuinness 49, WESTERN HEIGHTS 6 Moore 35, LAWTON IKE 28 CHOCTAW 34, Norman 31 LUTHER 47, Northeast 7 EL RENO 28, Northwest 21 DALLAS PRIME PREP 31, OKC Legion 14 MILLWOOD 42, Oklahoma Chr. 35 LONE GROVE 35, Pauls Valley 20 Perkins 38, PRAGUE 18 HENNESSEY 35, Perry 14 Piedmont 30, ELK CITY 23 PLAINVIEW 28, Purcell 24 ADA 42, Santa Fe South 8 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, SeeWorth Aca. 12 Seminole 49, BETHANY 28 SHAWNEE 35, Skiatook 21 Stratford 20, WAYNE 8 Stroud 34, MEEKER 28 THACKERVILLE 48, SW Covenant 8 McLOUD 31, Tecumseh 13 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 12 Tulsa Washington 45, STILLWATER 42 Wellston 28, MOUNDS 20 Westmoore 45, PUTNAM CITY 24 Class 6A OWASSO 28, Bartlesville 21 JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 SAND SPRINGS 31, Ponca City 14 BIXBY 30, Sapulpa 20 Tulsa Edison 35, MUSKOGEE 29 Tulsa Union 49, ENID 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 18 Collinsville 31, TULSA CENTRAL 27 Lawton MacArthur 47, CHICKASHA 20 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 Pryor 33, GROVE 17 COWETA 35, Tahlequah 28 CLAREMORE 34, Tulsa East Central 22 DURANT 17, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A CLINTON 28, Anadarko 22 Broken Bow 28, STILWELL 27 Cascia Hall 31, MULDROW 17 OOLOGAH 24, Cleveland 20 WOODWARD 27, Elgin 20 WAGONER 42, Miami 12 FORT GIBSON 28, Poteau 27 CATOOSA 34, Tulsa McLain 24 SALLISAW 40, Tulsa Rogers 13 VINITA 29, Tulsa Webster 22 Weatherford 28, CACHE 24 Class 3A SULPHUR 34, Atoka 8 Berryhill 36, SPERRY 12 SEQ. CLAREMORE 44, Blackwell 6 Cushing 42, HENRYETTA 14 SPIRO 20, Eufaula 14 CHECOTAH 35, Heavener 26 Hilldale 34, LINCOLN CHR. 27 VALLIANT 28, Idabel 21 BEGGS 41, Inola 28 MORRIS 28, Kellyville 21 VIAN 48, Keys (Park Hill) 7 Locust Grove 38, JAY 17 Madill 28, DICKSON 27 Metro Christian 35, DEWEY 8 VICTORY CHR. 45, Okmulgee 16 Seq. Tahlequah 50, WESTVILLE 7 Stigler 28, ROLAND 21 TULSA NOAH 31, Verdigris 20 Class 2A PANAMA 27, Antlers 24 DEPEW 28, Caney Valley 20 Chelsea 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 26 ADAIR 34, Chouteau 20 LINDSAY 38, Comanche 22 Commerce 40, HULBERT 6 Frederick 16, MANGUM 14 Hugo 34, HARTSHORNE 31 KANSAS 42, Ketchum 20 Konawa 31, COALGATE 14 DAVIS 55, Marietta 12 TONKAWA 28, Newkirk 27 Nowata 35, PAWHUSKA 18 Okemah 35, HOLDENVILLE 20 ALVA 28, Pawnee 7 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 20 COLCORD 21, Quapaw 14 WYANDOTTE 22, Salina 14 HASKELL 24, Tishomingo 16 Class A Afton 48, LIBERTY 6 Barnsdall 24, DRUMRIGHT 12 VELMA-ALMA 42, Bray-Doyle 6 APACHE 40, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 WEWOKA 30, Caddo 14 WYNNEWOOD 36, Elmore City 16 Empire 34, HEALDTON 24 Fairview 30, HOOKER 14 FAIRLAND 26, Foyil 22 WARNER 32, Haileyville 8 Kiefer 40, HOMINY 6 Mooreland 28, BEAVER 22 Morrison 34, YALE 20 Okeene 42, TURPIN 7 TEXHOMA 34, Oklahoma Bible 20 SUMMIT CHR. 48, Porter 8 Quinton 28, GORE 18 Ringling 56, WILSON 6 Savanna 38, CANADIAN 20 CORDELL 28, Snyder 27 Talihina 41, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Thomas 48, SAYRE 8 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Walters 14 Watonga 38, PIONEER 18 Class B Alex 56, ALLEN 38 RINGWOOD 44, Canton 20 Central Marlow 56, GEARY 12 WELEETKA 48, Gans 14 POND CREEK-HUNTER 60, Garber 22 Keota 48, PORUM 16 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Medford 24 Merritt 44, SEILING 40 FOX 58, Paoli 22 Rejoice Christian 54, WATTS 8 BLUEJACKET 48, South Coffeyville 36 Strother 44, CAVE SPRINGS 30 LAVERNE 56, Waukomis 12 Wetumka 66, DEWAR 50 Woodland 44, OAKS 38 Class C Arkoma 48, MIDWAY 14 SHATTUCK 54, Balko 50 TIMBERLAKE 52, Boise City 22 Bokoshe 36, BOULEVARD CHR. 32 Buffalo 56, GOODWELL 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 60, Carnegie JV 12 Cherokee 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 16 RYAN 28, Duke 22 CORN BIBLE 48, Gracemont 8 Kremlin-Hillsdale 44, TYRONE 6 Tipton 62, GRANDFIELD 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 56, WAYNOKA 8 DC-LAMONT 64, Wesleyan Chr. 12 Independent FT. WORTH All SAINTS 44, Holland Hall 20 Saturday, Oct. 12 Independent OSD 42, Iowa Deaf 34
Oct 2, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts score of every game in the state, including Carl Albert-McGuinness, Deer Creek-El Reno and Norman North-Yukon.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 5 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 2, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 541-178 (75.2 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Chickasha 41, CAPITOL HILL 13 LAWTON 42, Choctaw 28 OKC PATRIOTS 46, Cookson Hills 42 Destiny Christian 52, MAUD 48 EDMOND SANTA FE 48, Mustang 42 TULSA MEMORIAL 20, Noble 17 MOORE 35, Putnam North 34 Class B RINGWOOD 48, Covington-Douglas 44 Independent OSD 56, Arkansas Deaf 40 WRIGHT CHR. 60, Rejoice Chr. JV 38 Friday's Games City Area Ada 42, TECUMSEH 14 Arkoma 52, SW COVENANT 38 Bethany 41, PERKINS 30 Blanchard 42, BRIDGE CREEK 12 PIEDMONT 28, Cache 27 Carl Albert 42, McGUINNESS 34 Casady 28, ST. MARK'S 24 Cashion 35, PIONEER 14 NEWCASTLE 28, Centennial 20 HENNESSEY 28, Chisholm 14 COYLE 54, Copan 6 CRESCENT 44, Crossings Chr. 30 Davenport 56, DEWAR 54 Davis 42, LEXINGTON 12 Del City 45, ARDMORE 28 Dickson 28, PAULS VALLEY 27 Douglass 34, MANNFORD 20 Drumright 22, WELLSTON 18 Edmond Memorial 30, NORMAN 24 DEER CREEK 38, El Reno 20 Fox 56, MACOMB 6 NORTHWEST 28, Guymon 14 GLENPOOL 37, Harrah 24 Heritage Hall 35, JOHN MARSHALL 28 Jones 34, BETHEL 14 EDMOND NORTH 35, Lawton Ike 6 TIMBERLAKE 54, Life Christian 8 TUTTLE 35, Little Axe 7 Luther 44, CROOKED OAK 38 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Meeker 30, OKEMAH 26 Millwood 49, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 24 Minco 42, WATONGA 22 WESTMOORE 45, Muskogee 16 Norman North 41, YUKON 38 DIBBLE 34, Northeast 21 ALEX 54, Okla. Christian Aca. 8 Oklahoma Chr. 38, TULSA NOAH 24 CHANDLER 34, Prague 20 Purcell 35, MADILL 21 Putnam City 44, TULSA EDISON 30 McALESTER 47, Shawnee 42 LAWTON MAC 42, Southeast 14 Southmoore 37, PUTNAM WEST 20 MARLOW 40, St. Mary 24 KINGFISHER 42, Star Spencer 20 TULSA UNION 35, Stillwater 24 MIDWEST CITY 56, U.S. Grant 8 Washington 35, HOBART 21 Wayne 21, CADDO 12 GUTHRIE 49, Western Heights 12 Class 6A BROKEN ARROW 42, Bixby 21 Enid 38, TULSA WASHINGTON 34 Jenks 56, SAPULPA 14 Owasso 48, PONCA CITY 7 BARTLESVILLE 35, Sand Springs 28 Class 5A Claremore 28, TAHLEQUAH 21 Coweta 44, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 42 Duncan 31, ALTUS 27 TULSA KELLEY 33, Durant 26 COLLINSVILLE 27, Grove 17 Tulsa Central 22, PRYOR 20 SKIATOOK 34, Tulsa Hale 16 Class 4A Catoosa 42, MIAMI 28 Clinton 44, ELGIN 20 ANADARKO 48, Elk City 19 Fort Gibson 36, BROKEN BOW 13 Oologah 32, TULSA WEBSTER 12 CASCIA HALL 28, Sallisaw 24 POTEAU 38, Stilwell 14 MULDROW 34, Tulsa Rogers 22 CLEVELAND 35, Vinita 32 Wagoner 40, TULSA McLAIN 21 WEATHERFORD 24, Woodward 21 Class 3A Beggs 44, OKMULGEE 12 Cushing 42, BRISTOW 28 SPERRY 24, Dewey 21 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 20 MORRIS 21, Henryetta 20 HILLDALE 42, Inola 35 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 34, Keys (Park Hill) 14 Lincoln Christian 38, JAY 24 Lone Grove 42, ATOKA 14 Metro Christian 48, BLACKWELL 7 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 30, HEAVENER 13 Seminole 49, SEQ. CLAREMORE 35 Spiro 40, IDABEL 12 CHECOTAH 34, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 31, Verdigris 14 Victory Christian 49, KELLYVILLE 6 LOCUST GROVE 38, Westville 12 Class 2A Adair 28, NOWATA 21 Alva 35, PERRY 14 NEWKIRK 27, Chelsea 13 TISHOMINGO 14, Coalgate 7 SALINA 28, Colcord 18 Hartshorne 30, PANAMA 28 HASKELL 21, Holdenville 20 Hugo 42, POCOLA 20 COMMERCE 24, Kansas 21 Kingston 21, KONAWA 18 Lindsay 37, FREDERICK 14 COMANCHE 28, Mangum 21 STRATFORD 20, Marietta 14 STROUD 35, Mounds 7 CHOUTEAU 28, Oklahoma Union 14 Pawhuska 28, CANEY VALLEY 20 KETCHUM 30, Quapaw 16 Regent Prep 35, WILBURTON 14 Tonkawa 28, PAWNEE 21 Vian 44, ANTLERS 20 Wyandotte 28, HULBERT 7 Class A THOMAS 48, Apache 20 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 25, Beaver 13 CORDELL 28, Carnegie 21 Central Sallisaw 30, QUINTON 12 Gore 32, CANADIAN 16 KIEFER 54, Depew 20 Fairland 28, LIBERTY 14 SAVANNA 36, Haileyville 16 RINGLING 34, Healdton 20 Hollis 44, SNYDER 12 MORRISON 22, Hominy 14 OKEENE 35, Hooker 6 WYNNEWOOD 42, Maysville 28 Rush Springs 30, BRAY-DOYLE 13 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 16 Summit Christian 48, FOYIL 14 Talihina 42, UNION CHR. (ARK.) 20 Texhoma 35, MOORELAND 21 FAIRVIEW 28, Turpin 8 Velma-Alma 40, WILSON 14 EMPIRE 38, Walters 22 Warner 30, PORTER 12 ELMORE CITY 28, Wewoka 27 Yale 34, BARNSDALL 14 Class B Allen 34, GEARY 20 Cave Springs 44, GANS 32 Laverne 56, MEDFORD 6 Merritt 42, CANTON 20 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 44, Oaks 38 CENTRAL MARLOW 40, Paoli 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 56, WAUKOMIS 24 WETUMKA 58, Porum 20 GARBER 54, Seiling 20 Strother 56, BOWLEGS 8 WOODLAND 40, Watts 22 CYRIL 48, Waurika 28 Welch 28, SASAKWA 20 KEOTA 50, Weleetka 40 Class C Balko 42, BUFFALO 22 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 44, Claremore Chr. 20 WAYNOKA 56, Goodwell 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 Midway 44, BOKOSHE 20 CHEROKEE 58, Mount View-Gotebo 12 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 22 Sharon-Mutual 56, BOISE CITY 30 Thackerville 48, WEBBERS FALLS 24 Tipton 60, DUKE 6 SHATTUCK 48, Tyrone 14 BLUEJACKET 56, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Independent Holland Hall 35, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Saturday, Oct. 5 City Area LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 34, Community Chr. 30 OKC Legion 38, AFTON 24
Oct 2, 2013
Tyler Lockett is the latest Lockett to star at Kansas State and Tulsa Washington, following his dad Kevin Lockett and his uncle Aaron Lockett.
Tyler Lockett is the latest chapter in The Book of Lockett at Kansas State
BY JENNI CARLSON | Oct 2, 2013TULSA — Tyler Lockett saw the football jerseys, the game photos and the newspaper clippings that were framed and hung on the back wall of his grandparents' house. Some were from his father's career. Some were from his uncle's. He wondered where his pictures were. “I want to be on The Wall, Papa John,” he told his grandfather one day. John Lockett looked at the teenager with a twinkle in his eye. “You haven't done anything, son,” he told him. “You're in junior high. There's gotta be some accomplishments before you get on The Wall.” He was teasing. Tyler was not. “Well, it's not gonna be long,” he said. “I'll be up there.” After four state titles at Tulsa Washington High and two outstanding seasons at Kansas State, Tyler has several spots on The Wall. For starters, between a No. 85 Jacksonville Jaguar jersey worn by his dad, Kevin, and a No. 14 San Francisco 49ers jersey worn by his uncle, Aaron, are collages celebrating the high school football and basketball titles that Tyler won as a senior at Booker T. And as Tyler and the Wildcats prepare to return to his home state and face Oklahoma State on Saturday, Papa John gets that twinkle in his eye again. “Tyler's a pretty determined young man,” he said. “He does some things sometimes that you don't think he can do.” He is just the latest chapter in The Book of Lockett. *** John Lockett was born and raised in Shelby, N.C., a small city with a big sports history. NBA Hall of Famer David Thompson grew up there. So did Bobby Bell, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and Floyd Patterson, heavyweight boxing champion. Lockett played basketball and football and earned a basketball scholarship to St. Augustine's, a historically black college in Raleigh. He played against the likes of Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier. He remembers sitting in the stands during a tournament the day Frazier scored 68 points and didn't miss a field-goal or free-throw attempt. “Thank God we didn't have to play them that day,” Lockett said. John was quite the player in his own right. Now in the hall of fame at St. Augustine's, he played a year of pro ball before knee injuries ended his career. After serving in Vietnam, he made his way across the U.S. He was going to visit his mom in North Carolina, then heading to Philadelphia to start a job he had lined up with IBM. But when a longtime friend heard about his cross-country trip, she asked him to stop in Tulsa for a visit. “I'm still here,” John said. He laughed. He married that friend in 1971, and John and Beatrice Lockett have been together ever since. She worked for Shell Oil, he for Occidental Petroleum as a petroleum engineer, and in 1975, they welcomed a son, Kevin. Aaron came along four years later. They lived in a four-bedroom house on Xyler Street on the far northwest edge of Tulsa. There was plenty of room to roam, a quiet street to ride a bike, a place to put a basketball goal and a space to throw a football in the backyard. The Lockett boys took to all sorts of sports, but their parents had one hard-and-fast rule. “We tried to instill into our children that education was always first,” Beatrice said. John said, “You get your books, and you can play.” And play, they did. Basketball. Baseball. Football. Track. They excelled in the Tulsa youth leagues, then at Booker T. Recruiters came first for Kevin — a stellar grade-point average made him even more attractive — and by his sophomore year, he realized where his future was. “It was very clear to me by the letters that I was getting that I could be better at football,” he said. “A bunch of Division Is for football and a bunch of smaller schools for basketball.” Kevin had all but made up his mind that he was going to SMU. He wanted to major in accounting, and the accounting department there was outstanding. Then, he decided to take one more recruiting visit to K-State. The trip changed everything. *** John Lockett picked up Kevin from the airport after his K-State visit. John and Beatrice decided that they wanted Kevin to go on recruiting trips by himself. They wanted him to make his own impressions. They didn't want to influence him. As John drove home, Kevin was uncharacteristically quiet. Finally, John broke the silence. “Well, how was the trip?” he asked. “You know what, Daddy?” Kevin said. “I like Kansas State.” “Really? What did you like?” “I liked the accounting department. I liked the school. I really liked Coach Snyder.” Bill Snyder had only been at K-State a short time, taking over a program widely considered the worst in Division-I football history. Even though the Wildcats were showing signs of coming out of many dark decades, a winning record seemed a long ways off, much less bowl games or conference titles. But Snyder had said something that resonated with Kevin. “I'm going to build a program here,” the coach said. “I'm going to be here for the duration. I want you to be a part of that program.” When John and Kevin got home, they called Snyder. Several K-State coaches made a home visit a few days later. Not long after, Kevin committed to the Wildcats. “I don't think he could've made a better choice,” John said. In Snyder, John and Beatrice saw a man who had many of the same values that they did. Solid academics were vital. High character was mandatory. Hard work was demanded. Kevin excelled in that system. He became K-State's all-time leading receiver with 217 catches and 3,032 yards, records that still stand today. Things went so well for Kevin that Aaron decided to follow in his brother's purple footsteps. While he had a completely different style — shorter but faster than Kevin, Aaron was more of a multithreat player — he had similarly outstanding results. In K-State history, he ranks fourth in receiving (2,400 yards) and second in punt return yards (845). Along the way, the Locketts were part of the Manhattan Miracle. K-State became a doormat no more, going to a bowl game every season that the Lockett brothers were Wildcats. And John and Beatrice saw all but two of the games that Kevin and Aaron played for K-State. There were trips to Boulder, Colo., and San Diego and Lubbock, Texas, and Phoenix and Manhattan, Kan. Lots and lots of trips to Manhattan. The Locketts would take Highway 75 north, maybe make a stop at the Casey's Convenience Store in Yates Center or Burlington, then head west when they got to Topeka. It was exactly 4½ hours door to door. “We always told them we were there for them,” John said. “We didn't want to tell them that and not be there.” Kevin said, “Any kid who plays college football wants to have support, so to know that my parents were always going to physically be at every game meant a lot.” Now, another generation is at K-State, but that Lockett family support continues. *** About the time Tyler got on The Wall at Papa John and Mama B's house for the first time, recruiters started taking notice. He was focused like his dad, speedy like his uncle and tenacious like his mom. (John says Nicole Edwards, Tyler's mom, was one of the greatest athletes he ever coached. A sprinter, she had a refuse-to-lose attitude that made her almost unbeatable.) Many colleges were interested in Tyler, but because of his last name, most assumed he was headed to K-State. “I knew he liked Kansas State,” Papa John said, “but I thought in the end, because his daddy and uncle went there, he'd pick somewhere else.” He shook his head. “He bled purple.” Both Tyler's dad and granddad worried about the expectations that would come with playing receiver and wearing a K-State jersey with the name LOCKETT on the back. And when Snyder called them and told them he was thinking about not redshirting Tyler, the worry grew. In a sign that Snyder respects the Locketts as much as they respect him, the coach asked Kevin and Papa John to come to Manhattan and watch a preseason scrimmage to see what they thought about Tyler playing as a true freshman. They watched amazed as he made one play after another and looked like the best receiver on the field at times, then they had to laugh when an assistant coach told them that it wasn't Tyler's best day. They knew he was ready. As a freshman, Tyler amassed nearly a thousand all-purpose yards despite missing the last few games of the season. He suffered a lacerated kidney in K-State's 52-45 loss at OSU, a thriller of a game. He was part of the reason it was thrilling, racking up 315 all-purpose yards. He had another big game against the Cowboys last season, including a Quinn-Sharp-befuddling 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Tyler (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) recently moved into the top 10 of K-State's career all-purpose yards list. In the process, he passed his dad. Another thousand yards or so — a mark that's totally reachable if the junior stays healthy — and he'll take over the top spot and pass his uncle Aaron along the way. The Lockett legacy is alive and well. “I think it's very special,” Tyler said. “Being able to be a part of the Lockett family ... it means a lot. I come from a great family on and off the field, a family who cares for other people, who is not selfish. That's something I cherish. “I thank God that I was actually brought up in the family that I was brought up in.” Snyder is a big fan, too. “Wonderful, wonderful people,” he said. “Each of them are quality young men of tremendous character. Work habits are excellent. They have all the intrinsic values that you deem important in having success on or off the field.” No word on whether Snyder, who sent a congratulatory note earlier this season to North Dakota State's quarterback, sends Christmas cards to the family that has kept his football program stocked with receivers. Here's betting he does. Thing is, the Locketts believe they should be the ones saying thanks. Kevin went on to a seven-year career in the NFL and now works in Kansas City, where he has a charitable foundation and is beloved as a former Wildcat and Chief. Aaron spent two seasons on NFL practice squads before playing three seasons in the Canadian Football League. Now he works in Houston, using a connection made through Wildcat football to get his first job. Who knows where K-State football could take Tyler? “We are so proud of them,” Mama B said. “This is a journey we would not trade for anything.” She and Papa John are still going to the K-State games. They have seen every one that Tyler has played, and they plan to see another one Saturday. Even though the season has gotten off to a disappointing start, Tyler has been a dazzling bright spot. He had 13 catches for 237 yards in a loss to Texas two weeks ago, staking his claim as the best receiver in the Big 12. Have a few more games like that, and he could make a run at the Biletnikoff Award. That might earn him another spot on The Wall. No one would be happier about that the Locketts who he would replace. “That's the way it's supposed to go,” Kevin said. “We're supposed to share whatever knowledge we have with him so that he has the ability to be more successful than we were.” And Tyler might not be the last one. Kevin has three more boys, a 9-year-old and 5-year-old twins. The 9-year-old has already asked about The Wall. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Sep 25, 2013
Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state, including Carl Albert-Deer Creek, Edmond Santa Fe-Southmoore and Kingfisher-Heritage Hall.
Week 4 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 137-46 (74.9 pct.) Overall record: 391-152 (72.0 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Chr. Heritage 35, NORTHEAST 14 STAR SPENCER 34, John Marshall 30 PUTNAM CITY 28, Sapulpa 21 Class C Shattuck 54, BUFFALO 38 Independent REGENT PREP 48, Cookson Hills 38 Friday's Games City Area Bethel 28, CENTENNIAL 22 Blanchard 42, LITTLE AXE 20 ST. MARY 21, Bridge Creek 20 DUNCAN 35, Capitol Hill 14 BETHANY 34, Chandler 30 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Chr. 12 Coyle 44, WELCH 24 Crescent 45, CARNEGIE 16 OKLAHOMA CHR. 35, Crooked Oak 22 CASADY 31, Dallas Greenhill 24 CARL ALBERT 28, Deer Creek 21 Destiny Christian 48, CORN BIBLE 22 Dibble 44, LUTHER 42 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM NORTH 13 Edmond Santa Fe 45, SOUTHMOORE 38 WAYNE 28, Elmore City 24 WASHINGTON 34, Frederick 12 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 36, Geary 28 Glenpool 38, McLOUD 35 Guthrie 50, GUYMON 6 MEEKER 30, Haskell 20 Kingfisher 34, HERITAGE HALL 28 Lawton 35, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 DEL CITY 44, Lawton Mac 38 Lexington 28, MARIETTA 12 PAOLI 24, Macomb 8 Marlow 48, JONES 42 McAlester 42, NOBLE 21 McGuinness 24, EL RENO 13 NORMAN NORTH 30, Midwest City 28 CASHION 35, Minco 32 Moore 41, U.S. GRANT 12 TUTTLE 35, Newcastle 28 Norman 34, MUSTANG 30 Northwest 41, WESTERN HEIGHTS 20 MILLWOOD 52, OKC Legion 20 PURCELL 30, Pauls Valley 22 SEMINOLE 46, Perkins 31 WOODWARD 28, Piedmont 21 STILLWATER 27, Ponca City 17 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam West 35 HARRAH 30, Santa Fe South 14 ARDMORE 38, Southeast 20 Stroud 48, WELLSTON 20 SW Covenant 44, MIDWAY 16 DOUGLASS 42, Tecumseh 12 SHAWNEE 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 HENNESSEY 34, Tulsa NOAH 24 Watonga 28, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 DAVENPORT 50, Weleetka 44 Westmoore 35, BIXBY 28 Windsor Hills 38, LIFE CHRISTIAN 22 OKC PATRIOTS 34, Wright Christian 20 Yukon 42, LAWTON IKE 21 Class 6A ENID 28, Bartlesville 24 Broken Arrow 41, MUSKOGEE 17 JENKS 55, Tulsa Edison 15 Tulsa Union 34, OWASSO 24 Tulsa Washington 35, SAND SPRINGS 27 Class 5A CHICKASHA 28, Altus 19 CLAREMORE 31, Collinsville 27 COWETA 35, Pryor 28 DURANT 17, Skiatook 14 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 21 Tulsa East Central 21, TULSA CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Kelley 35, TULSA HALE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 44, CACHE 24 Cascia Hall 38, STILWELL 12 WAGONER 34, Catoosa 28 ELK CITY 28, Elgin 27 Fort Gibson 33, TULSA ROGERS 20 ADA 27, Mannford 17 BROKEN BOW 38, Muldrow 15 Poteau 28, SALLISAW 24 Tulsa McLain 35, MIAMI 14 CLEVELAND 27, Tulsa Webster 7 OOLOGAH 22, Vinita 14 CLINTON 41, Weatherford 28 Class 3A DICKSON 28, Atoka 14 Berryhill 42, DEWEY 20 VERDIGRIS 14, Blackwell 12 Checotah 34, ROLAND 28 VALLIANT 27, Heavener 14 EUFAULA 28, Idabel 6 HILLDALE 35, Jay 7 BEGGS 42, Kellyville 12 Keys (Park Hill) 28, WESTVILLE 16 Lincoln Christian 31, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 24 Locust Grove 30, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21 PLAINVIEW 34, Madill 14 Metro Christian 48, PAWHUSKA 14 BRISTOW 21, Morris 17 INOLA 20, Okmulgee 14 CUSHING 42, Prague 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 36, Sperry 20 Stigler 31, SPIRO 24 Sulphur 28, LONE GROVE 14 Victory Christian 45, HENRYETTA 12 Class 2A Alva 38, CHISHOLM 18 HARTSHORNE 44, Antlers 14 ADAIR 50, Caney Valley 20 Chouteau 24, CHELSEA 20 Commerce 34, WYANDOTTE 14 Hinton 28, MANGUM 8 Hobart 48, LINDSAY 44 HUGO 28, Holdenville 24 Colcord 24, Hulbert 14 Kansas 30, QUAPAW 12 SALINA 28, Ketchum 22 DAVIS 42, Konawa 20 Nowata 35, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 Okemah 46, MOUNDS 12 WILBURTON 28, Panama 24 Pawnee 20, NEWKIRK 14 TONKAWA 28, Perry 21 VIAN 42, Pocola 12 Savanna 35, COALGATE 20 KINGSTON 21, Tishomingo 20 Class A Afton 30, FAIRLAND 20 HOMINY 21, Barnsdall 12 TEXHOMA 48, Beaver 22 WALTERS 21, Bray-Doyle 20 THOMAS 42, Burns Flat 14 STRATFORD 28, Caddo 7 Canadian 20, HAILEYVILLE 6 HOLLIS 42, Cordell 21 YALE 24, Drumright 8 Empire 20, RUSH SPRINGS 14 OKEENE 23, Fairview 7 WARNER 35, Foyil 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Gore 14 Hooker 40, TURPIN 12 Kiefer 30, PORTER 8 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 28, Liberty 7 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 27, Mooreland 16 Morrison 42, DEPEW 16 SNYDER 22, Pioneer 20 TALIHINA 49, Quinton 28 Ringling 35, VELMA-ALMA 20 APACHE 32, Sayre 14 Wewoka 28, MAYSVILLE 19 HEALDTON 21, Wilson 14 Class B Alex 56, WAURIKA 12 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Canton 34 ALLEN 40, Central Marlow 34 FOX 48, Cyril 8 Dewar 56, BOWLEGS 6 PORUM 48, Gans 24 Garber 62, MERRITT 42 Keota 56, STROTHER 40 POND CREEK-HUNTER 52, Medford 8 Rejoice Christian 60, COPAN 6 LAVERNE 48, Ringwood 8 South Coffeyville 46, WATTS 16 SEILING 66, Waukomis 50 Wetumka 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Woodland 38, AGRA 34 Class C Bluejacket 54, DC-LAMONT 38 Boise City 48, GOODWELL 20 WEBBERS FALLS 44, Bokoshe 26 Cherokee 56, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 12 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Gracemont 8 THACKERVILLE 64, Maud 54 TIPTON 56, Mount View-Gotebo 12 ARKOMA 48, Sasakwa 24 RYAN 42, Temple 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 46, Timberlake 42 BALKO 66, Waynoka 30 Independent HOLLAND HALL 28, Irving Cistercian 21 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 36, Kansas Deaf 12
Sep 18, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of the Week 3 games.
Oklahoma high school football picks: Week 3
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 18, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 125-55 (69.4 pct.) Overall record: 254-106 (70.6 pct.) Thursday City Area BRIDGE CREEK 45, Anadarko JV 6 PUTNAM CITY 42, Choctaw 35 JOHN MARSHALL 30, Crooked Oak 27 St. Mary 28, NORTHEAST 14 Class 4A Poteau 28, Tulsa Webster 7 Class A CADDO 34, Durant JV 16 TALIHINA 36, Sallisaw JV 12 Class C BLUEJACKET 50, Cookson Hills 8 Friday City Area Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 30 MADILL 20, Bethel 16 Capitol Hill 28, TULSA ROGERS 12 Cashion 42, LUTHER 38 Centennial 22, U.S. GRANT 14 Chandler 35, HARRAH 28 Chr. Heritage 34, LINCOLN CHR. 17 DESTINY CHR. 48, Community Chr. 28 REJOICE CHR. 44, Coyle 36 CASADY 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 WETUMKA 50, Davenport 44 Davis 29, HERITAGE HALL 28 Dibble 44, EMPIRE 40 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 14 DEER CREEK 35, Edmond Memorial 34 Edmond Santa 28, EDMOND NORTH 13 Guthrie 31, ENID 21 KINGFISHER 35, Hennessey 28 PURCELL 30, Lexington 16 Lindsay 27, PAULS VALLEY 23 CENTRAL MARLOW 56, Macomb 12 SEMINOLE 49, McLoud 42 Meeker 34, WAYNE 28 Midwest City 28, DEL CITY 27 Millwood 40, ADAIR 22 Minco 42, MAYSVILLE 12 Mustang 48, STILLWATER 42 BLANCHARD 35, Newcastle 24 Noble 28, EL RENO 21 Norman 27, YUKON 24 WOODWARD 28, Northwest 21 OKC Legion 32, TULSA HALE 20 OKC Patriots 26, SUNRISE CHR., KAN. 22 ALLEN 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 34 Oklahoma Christian 27, JONES 21 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 20 PUTNAM NORTH 48, Putnam West 20 SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 12 CLINTON 49, Southeast 21 Southmoore 34, MOORE 21 DOUGLASS 28, Star Spencer 14 Tecumseh 28, LITTLE AXE 24 Tuttle 46, ELGIN 16 PERKINS 30, Verdigris 22 Washington 21, BETHANY 20 WINDSOR HILLS 42, Watts 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 CRESCENT 48, Wellston 14 PIEDMONT 35, Western Heights 22 Westmoore 37, NORMAN NORTH 34 Wright Christian 40, LIFE CHRISTIAN 38 Class 6A Bixby 28, SPRINGDALE, ARK. 21 Fayetteville, Ark. 45, MUSKOGEE 20 Lawton 49, ALTUS 14 LAWTON MAC 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 JENKS 38, Owasso 24 SAND SPRINGS 28, Sapulpa 17 BARTLESVILLE 31, Skiatook 12 TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Tulsa East Central 21 Tulsa Edison 34, ELK CITY 20 BROKEN ARROW 44, Tulsa Union 38 Class 5A Ada 21, DURANT 14 GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 28, Ardmore 21 Chickasha 21, CACHE 20 McALESTER 42, Claremore 35 OOLOGAH 28, Collinsville 24 TULSA KELLEY 31, Coweta 21 WAGONER 28, Grove 14 Hugoton, Kan. 28, GUYMON 21 Pryor 27, MIAMI 12 SALLISAW 24, Tahlequah 18 TULSA McLAIN 34, Tulsa Central 20 Tulsa Memorial 27, TULSA NOAH 17 Class 4A Anadarko 48, PERRY 8 FORT GIBSON 35, Catoosa 31 CUSHING 28, Cleveland 15 VINITA 23, Dewey 14 Glenpool 33, SPERRY 20 Locust Grove 38, STILWELL 22 Mannford 21, BRISTOW 7 BROKEN BOW 21, Metro Christian 20 VIAN 32, Muldrow 20 Class 3A ANTLERS 14, Atoka 7 Berryhill 42, KELLYVILLE 22 Chisholm 42, BLACKWELL 8 Dickson 28, TISHOMINGO 14 LONE GROVE 31, Frederick 12 Hartshorne 33, STIGLER 28 Haskell 28, SPIRO 21 Heavener 22, GORE 20 CHECOTAH 28, Henryetta 21 BEGGS 45, Hilldale 28 HUGO 37, Idabel 20 Jay 28, McDONALD COUNTY 24 Keys (Park Hill) 21, EUFAULA 20 Okemah 28, MORRIS 21 Plainview 31, VALLIANT 7 Roland 22, OKMULGEE 12 Seq. Claremore 34, INOLA 22 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 55, Seq. Tahlequah 48 Stroud 28, PRAGUE 12 MARLOW 42, Sulphur 21 KANSAS 28, Westville 8 Class 2A Chouteau 35, PORTER 14 Coalgate 28, HOLDENVILLE 14 Colcord 35, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Comanche 26, WALTERS 20 Hinton 44, SAYRE 16 ALVA 38, Hobart 28 KIEFER 33, Hulbert 12 FAIRLAND 22, Ketchum 12 CORDELL 20, Mangum 14 YALE 28, Mounds 20 NOWATA 30, Newkirk 14 Oklahoma Union 26, FOYIL 18 COMMERCE 35, Oswego, Kan. 14 Pawhuska 21, HOMINY 20 BARNSDALL 24, Pawnee 16 QUINTON 26, Pocola 20 AFTON 28, Quapaw 22 Ringling 34, MARIETTA 14 BRAY-DOYLE 34, Duke 24 Salina 30, CHELSEA 12 Tonkawa 18, FAIRVIEW 12 PANAMA 28, Warner 18 KONAWA 32, Wewoka 24 SAVANNA 36, Wilburton 20 KINGSTON 40, Wilson 12 Wyandotte 22, CANEY VALLEY 14 Class A Depew 28, CANADIAN 14 Hartford, Ark. 28, HAILEYVILLE 6 WYNNEWOOD 34, Healdton 22 Hollis 34, BEAVER 14 Liberty 14, DRUMRIGHT 8 Mooreland 21, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Okeene 48, PIONEER 20 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 HOOKER 30, San Jacinto Chr., Texas, 12 WATONGA 34, Snyder 14 RUSH SPRINGS 14, Stratford 7 Summit Christian 44, REGENT PREP 34 BOOKER, TEXAS 31, Texhoma 28 Thomas 48, CARNEGIE 14 Velma-Alma 32, ELMORE CITY 26 Class B SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Agra 22 GANS 54, Bowlegs 20 Cave Springs 42, KEOTA 38 WOODLAND 36, Copan 12 Fox 58, ALEX 50 Garber 42, CANTON 30 Laverne 54, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 Merritt 34, WAUKOMIS 20 Paoli 44, CYRIL 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 50, RINGWOOD 42 WELEETKA 42, Porum 22 Seiling 28, MEDFORD 18 DEWAR 60, Strother 54 Waurika 34, GEARY 20 Welch 44, OAKS 42 Class C MAUD 48, Arkoma 20 BALKO 56, Boise City 48 Buffalo 36 WAYNOKA 22 SW COVENANT 40, Claremore Chr. 20 DC-Lamont 54, TIMBERLAKE 34 Grandfield 44, CORN BIBLE 40 Midway 34, WEBBERS FALLS 28 Mount View-Gotebo 54, GRACEMONT 12 Rolla, Kan. 40, GOODWELL 14 Sasakwa 48, BOKOSHE 8 Shattuck 38, SOUTH BARBER, KAN. 30 Tipton 60, TEMPLE 20 SHARON-MUTUAL 52, Tyrone 28 Wesleyan Chr. 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 Independent HOLLAND HALL 28, Arlington Oakridge 21 Cornerstone Chr. 42, BOULEVARD CHR. 30 Saturday, Sept 21 Independent OSD 48, Louisiana Deaf 28 Note: Home team in CAPS
Sep 7, 2013
Defying doctors and his own coaches' plans, Dakota Boxwell authored the comeback story of Week 1. The QB who severed a tendon in his thumb while noodling led Noble to a win over Tecumseh on Friday.
High school football: Return of the Noble noodler
BY JACOB UNRUH | Sep 7, 2013Dakota Boxwell knows what you're thinking. He's the “hillbilly kid” whose barehanded fishing hobby was set to end his high school football career. He's the Noble senior quarterback who tore up his throwing hand on a piece of rebar while trying to snag a catfish. Doctors looked at the severed tendon in his thumb and told Boxwell he'd thrown his last football. And just about the time the Noble noodler became a national story — USA Today and ESPN picked it up — Boxwell recast it. Defying doctors and his own coaches' plans, Boxwell authored the comeback story of Week 1 in Oklahoma high school football. Slated to play receiver the first three weeks because of an inability to take snaps, Boxwell passed for one touchdown and ran for another Friday night in Noble's 35-7 victory at Tecumseh. “I wish people would not look at me as some hillbilly kid that just goes noodling and fishing,” Boxwell said. “I have a 3.9 grade-point average and I am in all AP (Advanced Placement) classes.” Meaning he's smart enough to know noodling comes with risks. Boxwell insists he takes safety precautions, including wearing gloves. But that didn't keep him from snagging his hand on rebar sticking out of a piece of concrete someone threw into the Canadian River. After facing his angry and bewildered coaches, Boxwell started throwing the day after doctors told him he was finished as a passer. “Being from Noble, a lot of people do it. I noodle, but you never would think that you're going to get injured that way,” Noble offensive coordinator Kyle Davidson said. “People think it's crazy to do it. They think it's crazy sticking their hand in a hole when you don't know what's in there.” “It's not that crazy to do it and most of the time everything works out just fine and it's a fun sport.” Davidson said Boxwell looks even better throwing the ball now. “Stepping on the field last night, I was pumped up and ready to actually hit someone being in no-contact for so long,” Boxwell said. “It felt great to get out there and win.” And to move past the noodling incident. Boxwell has aspirations of attending the Naval Academy and becoming a chemical engineer. “I don't know very many kids that could do it, but I know he could do it,” Davidson said. “He's that type of kid. He does everything right for us.” But what about noodling? Said Boxwell, “I'm never going to do it again says my father, and says me, and says my coach and says my town.”