Westmoore senior principal Brian Fitzgerald a candidate to replace Carl Franks as district AD. Jeremy Stark a candidate to take over as head football coach at Southmoore.
High school notebook: Moore board to name district athletic director, Southmoore coach
By Jacob Unruh | Jun 29, 2014
The Moore Board of Education will discuss and take action regarding naming a new district athletic director and Southmoore football coach during Monday night’s special meeting.
Former Moore athletic director Carl Franks was recently reassigned within the district. The agenda says the board is considering Brian Fitzgerald, the senior principal at Westmoore, to replace Franks.
Also, the board will consider the promotion of Southmoore defensive coordinator Jeremy Stark to head coach, replacing Jeff Brickman.
The board will also vote on naming former Crooked Oak soccer coach Mike Fadum the new boys soccer coach at Moore.
KRALIK NAMED CAPITOL HILL COACH
Longtime Blanchard boys basketball coach William Kralik has been named the coach at Capitol Hill.
Kralik spent the past 10 years with the Lions, going 129-127.
Kralik, a U.S. Grant alumnus, also led the Lions to 22-win seasons in 2009 and 2013.
Capitol Hill went 6-12 last season, losing to Carl Albert in the Class 5A regionals.
EDMOND NORTH’S OLSEN PICKS UP FIRST OFFER
Edmond North’s Abby Olsen picked up her first scholarship offer last week when Brigham Young University offered the sophomore guard.
Olsen picked up the offer at an elite camp.
A freshman last season, Olsen joins standouts Ana Llanusa of Choctaw, Bethany Franks of Norman and Jo’Nah Johnson of Edmond Santa Fe with Division I offers in the 2017 class.
The Homestead native, according to a family obituary, “was every boy's favorite dad for many years.”
Tributes: Cecil Outhier spent spare time teaching neighborhood kids the basics of sports
By Scott Munn, Assistant Sports Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 24, 2014
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience:
*Cecil Outhier was a Homestead native who worked 37 years for Haliburton Oil Services. He took great pleasure in teaching neighborhood boys how to pitch, hit and catch a baseball; kick and pass a football; shoot a basketball; and safely fire a rifle. A family obituary said Outhier “was every boy's favorite dad for many years.” He died recently at age 86.
*Carla Hertzog Elam, 42, of Chickasha was a supervisor for United Parcel Service. She was the mother of three, softball player Lynnsie and wrestlers Austin and Cael. The kids' athletic ability came naturally. Carla played softball and basketball at Lawton High School. She went on to play college softball while earning a business administration degree at Cameron. Carla also coached youth softball.
*Mitchell McElmurry, 61, of Muskogee was a three-sport letterman at Fort Gibson High School in the early 1970s. He played football, basketball and baseball, before moving on to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. McElmurry played competitive softball for several state championship teams. He returned to Fort Gibson High and served as an assistant football coach for more than 15 years.
*Jimmy Banks, 88, of Elk City was asked to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization out of high school. He instead chose the Navy, signing up in September 1942 as America faced the challenge of a two-front war. Afterward, he went home to southwestern Oklahoma and played semi-pro baseball in the Elk City League. Banks spent one season in professional ball, 1951, with the Pampa Oilers and Borger Gassers of the West Texas-New Mexico League. He wound up spending several years working for the postal service.
*Talala resident Errol Calvert Sr., 73, was an accomplished archer who bagged a state-record buck in 1963. Calvert was a body builder into his late 50s, receiving the Mr. Oklahoma Spirit Award after defeating kidney cancer.
*Jerry Meyers Jr., 66, graduated from Ada High School, which was about 10 miles from his hometown of Francis. Meyers served in the Vietnam War, and then worked in the oil fields as a mechanic. Free time was spent fixing and driving race cars.
*Ken Hopkins, 61, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was an all-area offensive lineman in 1970 for Lawton High. He earned a football scholarship to Northwestern Oklahoma State, although he finished an economics degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Hopkins, a supporter of youth sports, worked in health care while living in Florida.
*Ed Buddrus, 92, of Muskogee was president and chairman of the board of Acme Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. The World War II veteran was a disciplined athlete, running in many marathons during his life.
*Sharon Davis Ellwanger of Shawnee liked to tell people she grew up playing baseball with a kid who would go on to become a pretty good catcher — Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Ellwanger, who grew up in the Oney area, died eight days before her 67th birthday.
*Jon Arrasmith, 33, was a silver medalist in tennis at the 1997 Sooner State Games. He was an All-City honorable mention selection as a senior, in 1998, at Choctaw High School and then played two seasons at Seminole Junior College. A die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan who worked for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as an internal auditor for the game commission.
*Buddy Leake, 80, of Oklahoma City starred at halfback for the Oklahoma Sooners under coach Bud Wilkinson. For more on Leake's career, read staff writer Berry Tramel's story on NewsOK.com.
*Shirley Fulton Finley, 68, of Velma was an Army wife who coached youth baseball and bowling. ... Ernie Cox, who died on his 77th birthday, played baseball at Dale High School. ... Ben Morgan, 20, of Locust Grove was a swimming instructor at the Boys & Girls Club. ... Bob Perry, 73, of Enid coached youth basketball. ... Carl White, 52, of Choctaw wrestled at Carl Albert High School. The commercial plumber was a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Oklahoma City Thunder and the OU sports teams.
*Ward McCaskill, 93, of Hennipen spent 30 years as a faculty member at Star Spencer. The World War II veteran coached eighth-grade boys and girls sports. ... Army veteran Richard Stokes, 64, coached soccer at Park Lane Elementary School in Lawton. He was Cibalo, Texas, resident at the time of death. ... Allen Blaylock, 73, of Chickasha played football at Douglass High School. Also an avid golfer. ... Neva Dunbar Huffman, 78, of Vinita played basketball at Bluejacket High School. ...
*Richard Jack, 71, played basketball and wrestled for Sapulpa High School. ... Robert Adair, 76, was a longtime industrial arts teacher at Chouteau High School who participated in tractor pulls. ... Kathy Spess Bell, 63, of Stillwater played high school basketball at Mannford. ... Mike Blonien, 58, of Altus attended the University of Tulsa on a baseball scholarship. ... Ocie Davis, 82, was an Air Force veteran and longtime Department of Transportation employee. He was an avid Rush Springs High School athletics supporter.
BY SCOTT MUNN
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience.
Tributes: Former State Fair Speedway driver Jerry Morrison dies on 76th birthday
BY SCOTT MUNN | Feb 17, 2014
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience:
*Anything that had wheels and Jerry Morrison was willing to race it. Local dirt car racing fans will remember the El Reno resident for driving a No. 8 Pontiac Grand Prix pro stock at State Fair Speedway. Pro stocks were a highly competitive division over the 1989-2009 seasons, and although Steve Smith, Perry Robb Jr. and Mark Brill dominated headlines by combining for 15 championships, Morrison could make it tough for that trio on any given Friday night. He was often a top-10 driver during his career at the landmark Oklahoma City track, winning six A features and finishing fourth in points for the 1991, 2001 and 2007 seasons.
Morrison raced drag cars in the 1960s, twice finishing runner-up in the National Hot Rod Association's World Finals in a B dragster. He later competed in motocross, then moved to oval track car racing. Before becoming a Friday night staple in Oklahoma City, Morrison won three mini-stock championships at Dutton Speedway in Fort Cobb and one title at Clinton Motorsports Park. Morrison's love for speed extended into the family — his granddaughter is Kenzie Ruston, who is a rising star on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Morrison died recently on his 76th birthday.
*Dr. Tom Stough, 74, of Okarche was a 123-pound wrestler and quarterbacked the Geary High School football team. Stough earned a wrestling scholarship to Oklahoma, although he soon joined the Army and trained as an X-ray technician. After Stough was discharged, he returned to OU to begin studying medicine.
*Michael Raines, 40, was a broker for Midtown Mortgage. The Tulsa Union High School graduate was an All-State golfer in 1992.
*Francis Francoeur, 91, of Lawton worked as a gunner and navigator — and eventually became a pilot — on a B-17 bomber during World War II. After the Allied victories, he worked in lumber and also coached boys basketball at St. Mary High School in Ponca City. He guided St. Mary to an Oklahoma Catholic League championship in the 1950s. Francoeur was an avid fisherman who made trips to Mexico and Canada to drop a line.
*Jim Pugh died on his 69th birthday. He played football for Cushing High School, when it defeated Harding 15-14 for the Class A state championship in 1961. Pugh went on to serve in Vietnam as a reconnaissance helicopter pilot.
*Shirley Willcox Johnson, 72, of Choctaw held OU season football tickets for more than 35 years. She was an international traveler who never left home without her golf clubs and a founding member of the Choctaw Women's Golf Association.
*Horace Anderson, 88, of Tulsa played football, basketball and baseball at Wayne High School. The World War II veteran played semi-pro baseball, and he was an avid golfer who, in 1968, was the Mohawk Men's Association champion. By trade, he worked for a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Tulsa.
*Don Nelson graduated from Shawnee High School and went on to play tennis for Oklahoma State. Nelson, who spent 36 years working for Southwestern Bell, was a longtime Cowboys football season ticket holder. During off time, Nelson entered several water skiing competitions. He died at age 76.
*Virginia Edwards Elkins, 90, of Del City was a 1940 graduate of Crooked Oak High School, where she was an exceptional basketball and softball player.
*Darrell Long, 66, of Oklahoma City spent 42 years working at Tinker Air Force Base. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter who spent his post-Tinker years as an archery technician for Bass Pro Shops in Bricktown. Long was also the father-in-law of former Oklahoma City Blazers star Tyler Fleck.
*Iona Patterson Flippin, 91, of Norman was devoted supporter of Oklahoma Sooner athletics. The retired teacher attended her last OU-Texas football game at age 90, traveling to Dallas the old-fashioned way — by train.
*Oklahoma City resident Eldon Watts, 80, played football and basketball at Cherokee High School in his native Kansas. ... Willie Salyer, 84, of Blanchard played baseball at Binger High School. ... Irene Haynes, 48, played basketball and softball and ran track for Lawton Eisenhower High School. ... Randy Ragsdale, 52, of Oklahoma City was a four-year letterman in football at Dewey High School.
Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the information to Scott Wright at email@example.com.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: Feb. 8, 2014
Feb 8, 2014
Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County)
Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State)
Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU)
Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor)
Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman)
Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines)
Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors State)
Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville)
Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC)
Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU)
Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands)
Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan)
Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.)
Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland)
Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State)
Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU)
Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU)
Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC)
Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.)
Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County)
Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips)
Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech)
Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College)
Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County)
Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding)
Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.)
Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU)
Reid Wall, Byng (OSU)
Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU)
Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin)
Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU)
Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara)
Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP)
Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC)
Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO)
Mitch Solomon, Bixby (OSU)
Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts)
Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American)
Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU)
Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts)
Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU)
Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver)
Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts)
Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC)
Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa)
LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU)
Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell)
Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU)
Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU)
Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa)
Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC)
Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU)
Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist)
Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU)
Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia)
Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell)
Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU)
Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU)
Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas)
Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU)
Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO)
John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO)
Fre'Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO)
Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe)
Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)*
Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.)
Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech)
Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU)
Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU)
Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston)
Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.)
Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston)
Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO)
Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU)
Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO)
Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO)
Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa)
Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston)
Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU)
D'Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa)
Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU)
Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU)
Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU)
Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO)
Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO)
Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO)
Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University)
Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.)
Mason Camp, Enid (Baker)
Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU)
Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU)
Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa)
Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)*
D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO)
Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO)
Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO)
Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker)
Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU)
Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.)
David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama)
John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU)
Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO)
R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.)
Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU)
Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas)
Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU)
Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech)
Mike'Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO)
Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.)
Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU)
Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)*
Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.)
Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU)
Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO)
Josh Farley, Norman (NSU)
Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)
T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO)
Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO)
Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU)
Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston)
Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)*
Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor)
Janari Glover, Millwood (Western Illinois)
Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.)
Karson Green, Madill (NEO)
Jessie Gregory, Tuttle (NEO)
Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings)
Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU)
Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College)
Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO)
Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU)
Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU)
Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU)
Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU)
Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU)
Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO)
Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU)
Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston)
Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane)
Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU)
Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern)
Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston)
Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.)
Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)*
Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO)
Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU)
Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.)
Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston)
Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU)
Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU)
Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU)
Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston)
Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU)
Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO)
Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU)
Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU)
Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO)
Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff)
Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)*
Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU)
Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor)
Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU)
Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO)
Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU)
Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU)
Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State)
Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern)
Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.)
Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU)
JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU)
Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.)
Camron Large, Ada (ECU)
Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU)
Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU)
Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO)
Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU)
Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)*
Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton)
Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO)
Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO)
Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU)
Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa)
Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO)
Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU)
Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.)
Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)
Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU)
Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)*
Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU)
Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU)
Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO)
Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO)
Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.)
Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU)
Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.)
Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO)
John McQueen, Claremore (NEO)
Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU)
Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU)
Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU)
Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU)
Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker)
Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa)
Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO)
Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa)
Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO)
Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston)
Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore
Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa)
Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.)
Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO)
Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas)
Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU)
Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)*
Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston)
Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU)
Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO)
Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.)
Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.)
John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)*
Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU)
Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio)
Brendan O'Steen, Seminole (NEO)
Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU)
Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO)
Cade Parker, Norman (OU)*
Steven Parker, Jenks (OU)
Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO)
Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU)
Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU)
Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU)
Stephen Price, Empire (SNU)
Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa)
Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU)
Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO)
Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU)
Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO)
Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia)
Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU)
Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO)
Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO)
Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings)
Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO)
Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)*
A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.)
John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU)
David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO)
Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian)
Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO)
Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings)
Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO)
Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas)
Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO)
Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU)
Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO)
Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO)
Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU)
Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa)
Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO)
Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU)
Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston)
Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU)
Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU)
Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO)
Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO)
Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.)
Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO)
Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech)
Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston)
Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC)
Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)*
Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)*
Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO)
Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU)
Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU)
Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)*
Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.)
Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU)
Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)*
Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God)
Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU)
Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel)
Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO)
Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO)
Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO)
Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU)
Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO)
Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State)
Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO)
Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU)
Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU)
Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force)
Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)
Papi White, Seminole (Ohio)
Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston)
Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio)
Terrell Williams, Lawton (NEO)
Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.)
Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO)
Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO)
Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO)
Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU)
Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU)
Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO)
Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU)
Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU)
Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU)
Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU)
Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State)
Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State)
Talor Fisher, Bethel (Arizona Christian)
Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU)
Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU)
Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU)
Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU)
Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO)
Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa)
Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake)
Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU)
Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands)
Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa)
Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU)
Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC)
Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO)
Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC)
Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO
Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock)
Emilee White, Comanche (SNU)
Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State)
Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU)
Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State)
Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood)
Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood)
Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton)
Hannah Naylor, Edmond Memorial (OU)
Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa)
Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU)
Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO)
Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC)
Josue Depaz, Putnam City West (OBU)
Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding)
Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois)
Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa)
Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas)
Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU)
Abby Bright, Edmond North (OSU)*
Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU)
Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO)
Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU)
Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)*
Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO)
Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara)
Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist)
Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham)
Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU)
Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC)
Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO)
Kali Newman, Norman North (OU)
Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU)
Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO)
Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood)
Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic)
Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU)
K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott)
Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC)
Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO)
Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU)
Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb)
Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU)
Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO)
Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU)
Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO)
Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central)
Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU)
Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO)
Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.)
Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan)
Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU)
Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU)
Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO)
Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan)
Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU)
Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central)
Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa)
Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC)
Randee O'Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU)
Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.)
Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian)
Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC)
Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris)
Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas)
Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO)
Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.)
Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU)
Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa)
MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State)
Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson)
Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville)
Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville)
Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding)
David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson)
Annie Hayes, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis)
Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa)
Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU)
McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU)
Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU)
Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU)
Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God)
Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU)
Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale)
Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU)
Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue)
Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU)
Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU)
Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU)
Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU)
Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU)
Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska)
*-Will walk on
Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the information to Scott Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Putnam City West is No. 1 in Class 6 boys basketball. U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill looking for head football coaches.
High schools: Discussing the 6A split, basketball surprises and football coaching moves
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Jan 19, 2014
Topics of conversation have been broad lately, so it seemed like a good time to address the three most popular — the potential Class 6A split, the biggest surprises of basketball season, and the future ramifications of the football coaching carousel — in question-and-answer form:
Will the Class 6A split in all sports actually happen?
Too early to tell. Dr. Dick Balenseifen, the Putnam City Schools athletic director, put a lot of work into the proposal he presented to the OSSAA last week, which suggested the need to split the 32 Class 6A schools into two 16-team divisions in all sports, based on the number of championships won by the 16 largest schools as compared to the 16 smallest.
The number is pretty staggering: 87 percent of all state titles over the last 16 years have gone to the largest 16 schools, according to Balenseifen's research.
And that number is the bedrock of his argument. But Balenseifen and his supporters know they have a lot of work left to do if they're going to get the OSSAA fully on board with his idea. There's a lot of support for the idea, especially from the schools outside the top 16, for obvious reasons. But there are a lot of hurdles left to clear before the proposal will ever go out to a vote of the member schools involved.
The item will be up for discussion and possible action at the February board meeting, and the direction it goes from there will be most telling of its potential success.
What has been the biggest surprise of the first half of the basketball season?
My initial reaction is to say the Putnam City West boys, who are now No. 1 in Class 6A, but in reality, I've been more impressed than surprised by them. The Patriots were No. 2 in The Oklahoman's preseason poll, and knocking off Tulsa Union was impressive — but not a huge surprise. That team has a lot of talent and a really good coach in Lenny Bert. The ceiling is high for the Pats, not just this season but in the future as well.
So, as for actual surprises, the Choctaw girls would fall into that category. They've hit a couple speed bumps against really good teams lately, but showed enough to prove that the 9-0 start wasn't a fluke. Now at 10-2, they've moved into the top 5 in Class 6A, and deservingly so.
And I'll add the Centennial boys to the list of surprises as well. Not the fact that they're having success, but the fact that they're unbeaten and have hardly been challenged through 14 games. The Bison have a pair of two-point victories. All the other wins have been by 12 points or more.
Coach Scott Raper built that program into a winner from the ground up, and in doing so had earned the respect of his players. For Garrette Mantle to do the same with just a few months on the job, and keep the program on track like he has, says a lot about the coaching job he's done there so far.
Will the football coaching carousel stop spinning anytime soon?
Not likely. This all started when Steve Spavital stepped down at Broken Arrow, leaving an opening at the largest school in the state. Now it's down to two men, Broken Arrow assistant David Alexander and Guthrie head coach Rafe Watkins. Signs point to the odds being in Alexander's favor.
The Westmoore opening could knock over some other dominoes, though. Billy Langford did a fantastic job taking a program that fallen and reviving it. It's a good job now, and in the future, so it's very possible that it could lure another good head coach.
There are some other good openings out there now, at places like Grove and Duncan, that could shake things up as well.
And here are two unique yet intriguing job openings currently on the market: U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill.
Both football teams will begin their four-year independence from the OSSAA in the fall, meaning they will not be a part of a district and are allowed to schedule teams of any level.
It's part of the process designed to build those programs back to the point where they have a chance to compete against schools their size when the four-year period ends in 2018.
For a coach looking to build a program from a clean slate, and have chance to greatly impact the lives of his players, there's no place with a greater opportunity than what's available at Grant and Capitol Hill.
Many of the coaches who've been at those two schools over the last several years have worked hard to touch the lives of the children who come to play for them. But now, there's a new opportunity to impact your players and win games.
The latter might sound superficial, but it has meaning to a 17-year-old boy who maybe hasn't experienced it much. And it might keep him on the team when he wouldn't have stayed before.
White has 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns through three weeks of the Class 3A football playoffs.
High school notebook: Seminole's Papi White still running wild
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writers | Dec 1, 2013
Seminole running back Papi White rushed for 303 yards in Friday's 43-28 win at Hilldale in the Class 3A quarterfinals — which would statistically be defined as White's “worst” game of the playoffs.
The 303 yards and four touchdowns hardly compares to the state playoff record of 466 yards he had in the first round, and still falls behind his second-round total of 347 yards.
That brings his playoff total to 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns — a good season for many backs. The 303 yards also took White over 3,000 for the season with 38 rushing touchdowns.
White and the Chieftains will face another top back in Class 3A this week, facing Kingfisher in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Choctaw High School.
Kingfisher is led by Landon Nault, a four-year starter who has rushed for 2,199 yards and 44 touchdowns this year.
LONG ROAD BACK TO FINALS FOR POTEAU
Friday will mark Poteau's third appearance in a football state championship game, but only a small portion of the town's population would likely remember the first two.
Poteau is 0-2 in finals appearances, both in Class B. The Pirates first reached the finals in 1946, losing to Fairview 14-6 at Taft Stadium.
They returned to the finals in 1950, when the Pirates were defeated by Sayre 39-21 at Owen Field in Norman.
Sixth-ranked Poteau (12-1) will face undefeated and top-ranked Anadarko at 1 p.m. Friday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater for the Class 4A title.
NORMAN NORTH'S BARRETT SIXTH AN FOOT LOCKER EVENT
Ben Barrett, recently named The Oklahoman's All-City Cross Country Runner of the Year, qualified for the Foot Locker National Finals with his performance Saturday in a regional event.
Barrett ran a time of 14:51 at the regional in Charlotte, N.C., to finish sixth.
The top 10 boys from the event qualified to compete against runners from the three other regionals at the Foot Locker National finals on Dec. 14 at Balboa Park in San Diego.
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
Larry Mantle talked with The Oklahoman about his brother, his coaching career and more.
Collected Wisdom: Larry Mantle, retired high school coach and brother of Mickey Mantle
INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | Sep 28, 2013
Larry Mantle handles the questions about his brother with grace.
Mantle is the younger brother of Hall of Fame baseball player Mickey Mantle, but he's also an accomplished high school football coach who now teaches General Education Development at the Lawton Correctional Facility.
Still, he is often asked about his famous brother, who died in 1995 from liver cancer.
Friday night, though, was Larry's night as he was honored by Cashion at halftime for guiding the Wildcats to the state championship in 1977 and setting the school's record for career wins.
He also spent time at Cordell, Northwest Classen, Cyril and even a period in Texas coaching six-man football.
Mantle talked with The Oklahoman about his brother, his coaching career and more.
Of course the first 18 years of my life at Commerce it wasn't that big of a deal. I really think it's a bigger deal with people now more than ever. I work out at the prison, so those guys out there are all in awe that I'm Mickey Mantle's brother.
I used to go to New York about every summer. Kind of a two-day deal: I liked to go to the games and all of that, but I think the main purpose was he had four boys and Merlyn needed help when he was on the road.
One thing that people also get awed at was we carpooled from New Jersey to Yankee Stadium. Our carpool was Bill Skowron, Hank Bauer and Yogi Berra. But my experience in New York was just mainly going to ballgames and whatever Merlyn wanted to do.
We were a pretty athletic family. I played (basketball) in three national tournaments in college and was one of the main players. When I went to junior college, I played for Cotton Fitzsimmons at Worley Junior College and finished third in the nation my first year and then my second year in the National Junior College Tournament we got beat in overtime in the finals.
I went into the Navy and when I came back I was just looking for a job. Of course I thought I was probably going to be a basketball coach, but come to find out I was a lot better football coach.
I was the head football coach and student teacher my first year. Cashion itself had just been playing for three years and they had won one game in their lifetime. Really, I played high school football but that didn't amount to nothing. So here's a guy who coached football but hadn't really played much, so what I did was what I think a lot of people do when they don't know what to do is they work the kids' hind ends off. I realized that I'm not teaching these guys anything; I'm just working them to death.
We never practiced in full pads ever from about my third year on. What we would do was practice in shoulder pads and shorts, and just teach technique. It worked out good for me.
I had coached nine years of eight-man football. I was just ready to see what 11-man is like. Come to find out, it's not a whole lot different. Some people may think so, but still yet with three less people you still needed to teach blocking, tackling and strategy. That's the main reason I went from Cashion to Cordell.
You just have to adjust to (six-man football). Again, you still do the same thing, though. The reason I think we were pretty successful was we blocked and tackled, ran and caught things better than anyone else.
There's good people down there and good people up here. They carry on that Texas is such a football state, but Oklahoma's pretty much a football state, too.
The first thing was when I got to Northwest Classen we had 22 kids report to practice out of about 1,900 students. I said, “There's something the matter with this.”
They were 0-38 when I got there and in our fifth game we beat Choctaw and you would have thought that we won the state championship at that point.
I got to checking around with the kids (about why they weren't playing) and the main reason talking to them in the hallway, “Hey, I'd love to play but I can't get home after school and certainly not after practices.” So I went to Mr. (Robert) Vrooman and said, “I think if you give me a bus, I can drive a bus route after practice and after games, and we'll get more people.” Then my third year out we had 105 people come out for football.
Where I'm working at right now, it's the same type of deal. Those young men made a mistake in their life. It's just like (Friday), from Wednesday to this Friday we had GED tests and they work hard, at least it seems like for me.
Let me tell you what, we have a thing for them to recap their experience and the one that stays with me is the one where the young man said he appreciates Coach Mantle, “Because for the first time in my life I accomplished what I set out to do.”
Early, I thought that was the best place for my kids to grow up (in a small town). I never regretted that at all.
I've been very lucky. Of course, my greatest accomplishment is keeping my wife and having this family.
The biggest benefit of high school athletic conferences is for basketball scheduling purposes. So the newly formed Big 10 Conference is off to a good start.
Teams claiming 16 boys basketball state championships since 1998 are now in the same conference, which became official when Big 10 officials released the information to the media Tuesday morning.
Putnam City and Midwest City, which have...
High school notebook: New Big 10 Conference set
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Sep 17, 2013
The biggest benefit of high school athletic conferences is for basketball scheduling purposes. So the newly formed Big 10 Conference is off to a good start.
Teams claiming 16 boys basketball state championships since 1998 are now in the same conference, which became official when Big 10 officials released the information to the media Tuesday morning.
Putnam City and Midwest City, which have four Class 6A titles each in the last 16 years — along with multiple runner-up finishes — are joined in the conference by Bishop McGuinness, which won seven 4A championships and the 2012 Class 5A title in that same span.
PC North, PC West, Del City, Choctaw, Enid, Lawton and Lawton Eisenhower are all a part of the conference, which has been in the works since the formation of the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference in mid-August. That conference included the schools from Edmond, Norman, Moore, Yukon, Mustang, Deer Creek and Stillwater.
The Big 10 Conference will begin play for the 2014-15 seasons.
BATTLE OF UNBEATENS SET FOR THURSDAY
Last season, Crooked Oak and John Marshall were a combined 4-17, but this is a different season.
Crooked Oak went 4-7 a year ago, sneaking into the playoffs, while John Marshall was winless.
But on Thursday night, the teams will meet at Star Spencer's Twidwell Stadium, each with an unbeaten record on the line.
Crooked Oak is coming off wins over Mount St. Mary and Frederick.
WARIBOKO-ALALI ADDS OFFERS, STILL COMMITTED TO OU
Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali is verbally committed to Oklahoma for the 2015 class, but he still picked up two more scholarship offers Sunday and Monday.
Wariboko-Alali said in text messages that Southern California offered on Sunday and Texas A&M offered on Monday.
However, Wariboko-Alali said he still remains committed to the Sooners.
"Well, I've loved USC for the longest of time, when I was young," he said via text message. "But I'm a Sooner!"
CENTRAL MARLOW'S HARRIS SCORES 9 TOUCHDOWNS
Central Marlow senior Kevin Harris put on quite the performance during Friday's 74-34 victory against Oklahoma Christian Academy.
Harris scored nine touchdowns and a two-point conversion, totaling 56 points on the night.
“I've never seen anything quite like it,” Central Marlow coach Keith Burton said. “Kevin is really something. He's quite talented.”
Harris carried the ball 20 times for 360 yards and six TDs. He also caught a TD pass, while returning both a kick and interception for a touchdown.
“He has good vision for one thing,” Burton said. “He has good agility and he's hard to tackle out in space.
“Our guys the other night did a good job blocking, getting bodies on bodies and creating some room for him.”
The scoring started early for Harris, as he took the first offensive play for the Bronchos (2-0, 1-0 District B-2) for a touchdown from near midfield.
He also scored right before halftime on a 45-yard run when Central Marlow was attempting to run out the clock.
“It's just one of those nights you're lucky if you get to see something like that,” Burton said, “We're thankful that we have him on our side.”
USA FOOTBALL AWARDS GRANTS TO OKLAHOMA PROGRAMS
USA Football has awarded grants to five Oklahoma youth and high school football programs.
The sport's national governing body annually distributes $1 million in equipment and uniform grants to programs across the country through the support of the NFL Foundation.
The group recently gave $80,000 in equipment and uniforms to a Moore youth league that lost its equipment in the May 20 tornado.
Included in the current selection of grant winners were high school programs at Douglass and Bluejacket, as well as the Owasso youth organization, Stillwater Youth Football and the East Tulsa Trojans youth organization.
The grants range between $1,000-$1,500 in equipment and uniform options for the programs to choose from.
MEMORIAL'S CATCHER COMMITS TO OSU
Edmond Memorial catcher Colin Simpson verbally committed to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Simpson, a junior, turned down an offer from Arkansas to commit to the Cowboys.
“I think that's where he's always wanted to go,” Memorial coach Kyle Roberts said. “That's just one of those deals as a little kid you always say you want to play at this place. Oklahoma State has been there for him and with Coach (Josh) Holliday getting the job and turning the program in the direction that he has now has really been a selling point for Colin.”
Simpson is a strong defensive catcher with a 1.9 second throw time from home to second base. But it's his work ethic that stands out to Roberts.
“What really impresses me more than how talented the kid is, is his approach to the game,” he said. “We constantly try to get kids to play the game so hard, and he is such an example of what we try to get kids to do. What makes it even better is how talented he is, but still plays the game so hard.”
Simpson hit .531 with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 41 RBIs last season for the Bulldogs.
PIERCE WINS HEFNER SHOOTOUT
With a final-round 65 on Sunday, Edmond North senior Griffin Pierce won the OJGT Lake Hefner Shootout, played at Hefner's North course.
Pierce's two-day total of 133 was good for a four-stroke victory over Mason Overstreet of Laverne.
Kaitlin Milligan of Norman shot a 140 total to defeat Brinn Fariss by one stroke in the girls tournament.
Colter Baca of Edmond shot 140 to win the boys 12-14 age division.
'Cats coach hopes Walker, Spead can surpass 1,000-yard rushing mark behind a good offensive line.
High school notebook: Southmoore hoping Jaelon Walker, Pierce Spead can be tough rushing duo
BY JACOB UNRUH, STEPHANIE KUZYDYM AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 26, 2013
Southmoore football coach Jeff Brickman pulled both Jaelon Walker and Pierce Spead into his office this offseason to show them the 2012 statistics of Alabama's Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.
Both rushed for more than 1,000 yards and combined for 29 touchdowns. It's those types of numbers Brickman hopes to see this season from his two seniors.
“We've got a good offensive line, and we're going to run the football,” he said following Friday night's scrimmage against Edmond North. “We expect them to be interchangeable.”
Brickman refers to them both as starters and option 1A and 1B. He even goes as far to let them play Rock-Paper-Scissors to see who starts.
Walker got the start Friday, but it was Spead who scored Southmoore's lone touchdown.
NORMAN'S DEAN IMPRESSING AT QB
New Norman quarterback Jakcob Dean is probably throwing better than he thinks.
At least that's what Norman coach Greg Nation said.
“He's looking good,” Nation said.
In the Tigers recent scrimmage at Bixby, Dean went 4-of-5 with a touchdown to a tight end.
Nation added that senior running back Dupree Young is also doing well.
The Tigers coach is hoping for more older guys to step up, however. They'll have another chance this Friday when Norman hosts the Top of the World Classic, which includes Choctaw, Deer Creek, Sapulpa, McAlester, Noble, Shawnee and Stillwater.
SON, PIERCE TAKE KICKINGBIRD TITLES
Norman's Yujeong Son is barely old enough to compete in the 12-18 age division of the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour, but she's clearly old enough to win.
The 12-year-old fired back-to-back 71s to win the OJGT Kickingbird Fall Challenge Sunday in Edmond. Her 142 total edged Bishop McGuinness senior Alexis Sadeghy by five strokes.
In boys competition, Edmond North junior Griffin Pierce rallied with a second-round 65 to win the 15-18 division in a playoff over Austin Eckroat, an incoming freshman at Edmond North.
Pierce shot 66-65 to tie Eckroat at 131. Eckroat's first-round 64 was the low round of the event.
Yukon's Lane Wallace shot 69-75 to win the boys 12-14 age group by two shots.
STILLWATER'S WICKLINE HEALTHY, READY TO GO
Stillwater senior offensive lineman Kelby Wickline didn't think he could play this season.
Wickline, the son of Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline, had been dealing with an elbow impingement for the better part of nine months. But he rehabbed successfully over the summer in Dallas.
“My elbow was great, and I gained some weight so I was like why not just give it one more try and play with my team one more time,” said Wickline, who added 30 pounds to his 6-foot-4 frame.
Wickline returning gives Stillwater depth up front to allow younger players more time to develop.
“We were so thin on the offensive line and the defensive line,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “We had some of those kids we were training both ways, and we're still training them both ways, but it just gives us an opportunity to add some depth.
“He makes us a lot better on the offensive line immediately.”
Wickline is already receiving interest from Arkansas State, Houston, Louisiana Tech and North Texas.
LAWTON IKE SPUTTERS OFFENSIVELY
After running the spread-option offense for multiple years, Lawton Eisenhower coach Boone Copeland felt it was time to change the offense this season based on personnel.
Quarterback Bentley Bross is back, but the players around him work well in the traditional spread offense.
But the new look didn't bode well to start Thursday's scrimmage against Westmoore with the Eagles failing to score early and falling behind four touchdowns.
“It's so different than what we've been doing,” Copeland said. “We're trying to speed the pace up, and that's all fine and good until you don't make first downs and you're putting the defense back up there.”
Lawton Ike ended up losing the half-game scrimmage, 28-13.
As high school football practice opens across the state on Monday, several coaches are holding the first official workouts leading new programs. Here's a look at six well-known coaches starting practice in new places this week.
High school football practice preview: Familiar faces in new places
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND STEPHANIE KUZYDYM | Aug 11, 2013
As high school football practice opens across the state on Monday, several coaches are holding the first official workouts leading new programs. Here's a look at six well-known coaches starting practice in new places this week.
New coach brings excitement to Choctaw
Every day, it seems there's something new popping up on the Choctaw High School campus.
From a bond issue passed three years ago targeting the improvement of the school's athletic facilities, the new face of Choctaw sports is beginning to take shape.
And along with it, the Yellowjackets have a new football coach who has breathed life into a program that hasn't been to the playoffs since 1984.
Todd Dilbeck, who is best known for taking Mustang to the state finals in 2005, before leaving for a college assistant's job, is Choctaw's new coach, bringing excitement as fall camp opens on Monday.
Dilbeck has five other coaches on his staff with head coaching experience, including defensive coordinator Mark Ryan and offensive coordinator Ty Prestidge, Dilbeck's right-hand man for a number of years.
“Getting Ty was the biggest piece of the puzzle,” Dilbeck said of the man who spent the last seven years as Mustang's head coach. “I tried to get him for the last six years while I was coaching in Arkansas. We work so well together and I don't have to worry about anything with him.
“We've got guys who have been in the fire.”
Dilbeck and Prestidge built Mustang from a middle-of-the-road Class 6A program to a regular contender for playoff berths and district titles.
Now, as they take in their new surroundings at Choctaw, Dilbeck and Prestidge sense a familiar feel.
“It reminds me a lot of Mustang when we got there 10 years ago, except the facilities here are nicer than what we had back then,” Dilbeck said. “Our kids are excited. Our community is excited, and we're excited about the opportunity here.”
Prestidge, who watched Mustang's athletic facilities grow around him over the last decade, also sees promise in the program itself, not just the structures that can be built with money.
“I think you have similar type of kids here, and the community is very similar to Mustang,” Prestidge said. “They're hardworking people, and they expect their kids to go work.
“We all really believe in what's happening here. There's a great vision from the superintendent and the board. It's a great time to be here.”
Dombek eager to begin at Mustang
Jeremy Dombek noticed the excitement from the moment he took the head job at Mustang in the spring, and he watched it grow through the summer.
Players have responded well to Dombek and his staff. Having come from Edmond North, Dombek knows what to expect at a big school, but the response at Mustang has still surprised him.
“We're ready to go,” he said. “We probably had the best summer pride program that I've been a part of in many, many years. Our attendance has been phenomenal. The excitement level in the community seems to be extremely high.
“This time of year, everybody's excited for football, and we can't wait to get started.”
At Edmond North, Dombek won at least one playoff game in four of the last five years. Mustang has come up short of the postseason the last two seasons.
Franklin like an old friend at Millwood
New coach Darwin Franklin's coaching personality has made for a smooth transition as he took over at Millwood.
Maybe that's because most of his players are on his father's basketball team.
Franklin, the son of legendary Falcon basketball coach Varryl Franklin, takes over one of the top football teams in Class 2A, and brings a coaching style similar to his father, with toughness and discipline backed by a genuine caring nature.
“It'll always be hard with a coaching change, trying to implement things he wants to bring into the system,” quarterback Cameron Batson said. “But it's been real good so far. Not too hard for us. I like Coach Franklin. He reminds me of his dad. I think it's a good thing for us.”
Woods begins new era at John Marshall
Rashaun Woods reached legendary status in Oklahoma City as a wide receiver at Millwood before going to Oklahoma State then the NFL. Now, after spending time as an assistant at Star Spencer and Millwood, Woods has taken his coaching career to the next level.
The new John Marshall coach takes over a program with several returning starters, many of whom have been playing since they were freshmen.
Of course, the new gig is a learning experience for Woods, too, in a varsity head coaching role for the first time.
“It's a daylight-to-dark job, and if you want to be successful, that's something that you have to do,” Woods said. “I want to be a success, so I'm at that point now where I'll do whatever it takes to make sure that John Marshall is a top-notch program.
Purcell coach trying to maintain tradition
Greg Willis is the new Purcell football coach, but his title may as well be “maintainer of tradition.”
Willis knows about the 37 playoff appearances, one state championship and two state runner-up titles.
“Purcell has been a solid program through all the decades,” Willis said.
That's why he knows his new job isn't to establish the Dragons. It's to continue their winning ways.
That makes it a more stressful job. There are expectations to uphold, young boys to guide and games to win. There are players that needed to be added to the Purcell Football Hall of Fame housed inside the field house. There is a stadium to remain proud of.
All of that excites Willis. He grew up with the tradition of high school football. He played at Hobart: a program of five state championships, multiple district titles and a roster that once included his grandfather, father and brothers.
“There's a special bond that exists in high school football,” Willis said. “That's the reason why I'm a high-school coach.”
That experience makes him understand the importance of this year and the following years to his players. No group of kids wants to be the start, middle or end of the group that fell off. The group that didn't continue the tradition.
Willis, though, won't focus their mentality around strictly victories. His short-term and long-term goals are to keep them in the best position to be successful. For him, that means being a mentor and a leader.
So taking over a tradition-rich program has its downsides: the stress, the expectations. But the upside?
“The community,” Willis said. “This community is really involved and that says a lot about the program.”
Veteran coach begins first season as head coach at Edmond North
Scott Burger knows what to expect on the first day of football practice. Monday, though, will be different for the veteran coach as it's his first official day as a head coach.
Burger took over Edmond North in May after spending the past 29 seasons at Putnam City North as an assistant coach.
And he hopes his first day runs as well as possible.
“Hopefully a normal day, but I think anybody will tell you that's been doing this that the first day is — no matter how long you've been coaching — is always hectic,” Burger said. “There's just a lot of things that can happen on the first day, so you've just got surge through it and get through it the best you can. You've got to be very flexible, especially on the first day.”
The Huskies went 10-2 last season and enter this season with high expectations.
Burger is taking over the offense and is hoping to continue implementing his system this week.
He's also hoping the weather remains the same as opposed to last summer's blistering temperatures.
“I love to see chances of rain on Tuesday or Wednesday,” Burger said. “That adds a little anticipation in to it also at the same time.
“It's a pleasant surprise.”