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Nov 26, 2015
Thanksgiving became official in 1863, by the signed declaration of a certain Abraham Lincoln. Football joined the American landscape in 1869, when Princeton played Rutgers. Two great American institutions teamed up less than two weeks after Princeton-Rutgers. On Nov. 17, 1869, the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph reported: “A foot-ball match between twenty-two players of the Young America...
NFL predictions: A Thanksgiving football primer
Berry Tramel | Nov 26, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3952047[/img] Thanksgiving became official in 1863, by the signed declaration of a certain Abraham Lincoln. Football joined the American landscape in 1869, when Princeton played Rutgers. Two great American institutions teamed up less than two weeks after Princeton-Rutgers. On Nov. 17, 1869, the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph reported: “A foot-ball match between twenty-two players of the Young America Cricket Club and the Germantown Cricket Club will take place on Thanksgiving Day at 12 1/2 o'clock, on the grounds of the Germantown Club.” American football soon adopted the tradition. Yale and Princeton started a Thanksgiving series in 1876. Some high schools in Massachusetts have been playing Thanksgiving games since the 1800s. Pro football is no different. Buffalo and Rochester played the championship of the New York Pro Football League on Thanksgiving 1919. The forerunner of the NFL formed in 1920 and soon joined the party. Here are a few NFL Thanksgiving nuggets to nibble on: * The Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears played on Thanksgiving from 1922-33. What a cool idea. Teams from the same city meeting. That way, everyone gets to celebrate Thanksgiving at home. * The NFL schedule was messed up in 1939 and 1940 when president Franklin Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving to a week earlier, to boost retail sales. Some states resisted, and nobody knew when the heck Thanksgiving was. The Steelers and the Eagles played on Thanksgiving in ’39 and ’40, since they were in the same state and could get a little organized. * No Thanksgiving games were held 1941-44, because of World War II and a shortened season. * After the war, the Lions became the traditional Thanksgiving host. Detroit has staged a Thanksgiving game every year since 1945. * The Packers played at Detroit on Thanksgiving for 13 straight years, 1951-63. * Upstart leagues always tried out Thanksgiving. The All-American Football Conference played multiple games on Thanksgiving 1946-49, and the AFL played on Thanksgiving all 10 years of its existence. * The first pro football game played in Dallas on Thanksgiving was not hosted by the Cowboys. The Dallas Texans, who became the Kansas City Chiefs, lost to the New York Titans (Jets) 41-35 on Nov. 24, 1960. * The Dallas Cowboys began hosting annually in 1966, and the Cowboys did it reluctantly. Most NFL teams weren’t interested. * The Cowboys and Lions turned Thanksgiving into a runaway NFL tradition. But Dallas has not hosted every year since. In 1975 and 1977, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted Thanksgiving games. The Cowboys didn’t play on Thanksgiving those years. * The latest NFL television contract allows the Cowboys or Lions to be switched to the Thanksgiving night game on NBC, but so far, it hasn’t happened. * The Philadelphia Eagles are 6-0 all-time on Thanksgiving. Philly plays at Detroit on Thanksgiving. * The Cowboys are 29-17-1 on Thanksgiving. The Lions are 35-38-2. * The Jaguars never have played on Thanksgiving. Neither have the current Cleveland Browns, a 1999 expansion team. But the original Browns, who now are the Ravens, played on Thanksgiving. * The Panthers never have played on Thanksgiving, but that ends today. * The Chargers haven’t played on Thanksgiving since 1969, the last year of the AFL. Let’s get to the predictions: Eagles at Lions: Philadelphia 24-17. Bummer. No Sam Bradford. Slingin’ Sammy B’s shoulder, not the concussion, will keep him out. So the Eagles will start Mark Sanchez, who was a Thanksgiving hero last year in Arlington. Panthers at Cowboys: Carolina 27-20. The Greg Hardy Bowl. Doesn’t that put you in the Thanksgiving spirit? Dallas remains in the playoff race at 3-7, but the Panthers are unbeaten. Bears at Packers: Green Bay 27-19. Sign me up for Packers-Bears any day, and I’ll enjoy it on Thanksgiving night, but geez, who thinks a Green Bay night game in late November is a good idea? Rams at Bengals: Cincinnati 26-13. The Bengals impressed me in Arizona. Which is only fitting, since they laid such a dud game against Houston. Giants at Redskins: Washington 20-19. The 4-6 ‘Skins are playing for the NFC East lead. Is this a great country or what? Bad team, bad ownership, bad attitude. And yet, success still attainable. Vikings at Falcons: Atlanta 26-16. At some point, we’ve got to stop believing in the Falcons. But the NFC is so shallow, Atlanta figures to be a wild-card team. Minnesota, too. Saints at Texans: Houston 18-17. Brian Hoyer is back in the saddle for the Texans. Not that that’s a signal for Houston to rejoice. Buccaneers at Colts: Indianapolis 23-20. Jameis Winston is the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL. Matt Hasselbeck is the oldest. Both used to be recipes for getting beat. But Winston is 5-5, and Hasselbeck is 3-0 (Andrew Luck is 1-5). Strange league. Raiders at Titans: Tennessee 28-20. Has Oakland gone back to being the Raiders? I’ll guess yes. Bills at Chiefs: Kansas City 19-10. Buffalo has a bad combination. Great defense. Bad offense. And penalties galore. You can win some with the first two. Add the infractions, and it’s no chance. Dolphins at Jetropolitans: Miami 24-19. I’ll buy into New York’s demise. Chargers at Jaguars: Jacksonville 30-20. Do you ever picture these two franchises in the same league, much less playing? They’ve met now five times in the last six years, but they seem like ghost teams. You hear about them but never see them. Cardinals at 49ers: Arizona 31-10. If I picked a Super Bowl matchup right, it would be New England-Arizona. Steelers at Seahawks: Seattle 23-19. No one is excited about playing the 5-5 Seahawks. Patriots at Broncos: New England 20-10. Sorry, but I’ll catch up to the Brock Osweiler Bandwagon later. Maybe in the next lifetime. Ravens at Browns: Cleveland 23-16. Ugh. Has to be one of the worst Monday Night Football games ever. All the Raven stars are out, including Joe Flacco. And no Johnny Manziel to watch, although he’ll give the crew plenty to talk about. Last week: 8-6. Season: 97-63.
Nov 17, 2015
IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys waived quarterback Brandon Weeden on Tuesday with the possibility of Tony Romo's return this weekend after missing seven games with a broken collarbone. Weeden, who played college football at Oklahoma State and high school football and baseball at Edmond Santa Fe, went 0-3 filling in for Romo and Matt Cassel was 0-4. It's the longest slide by Dallas since the...
Dallas Cowboys release former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden
By The Associated Press | Nov 17, 2015IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys waived quarterback Brandon Weeden on Tuesday with the possibility of Tony Romo's return this weekend after missing seven games with a broken collarbone. Weeden, who played college football at Oklahoma State and high school football and baseball at Edmond Santa Fe, went 0-3 filling in for Romo and Matt Cassel was 0-4. It's the longest slide by Dallas since the team lost seven straight while going 1-15 under Jimmy Johnson in 1989. Romo is eligible to play again for Dallas (2-7), but it is not yet known if he will play Sunday at Miami (4-5). Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that the 35-year-old quarterback who's had broken ribs, two broken collarbones and three back injuries will practice this week. If Romo "practices well," Garrett says, he will play against the Dolphins.
Nov 13, 2015
Smith enters his 25th season as wrestling coach at Oklahoma State as a matured, more complete person than the young man who won so many championships. But before he leads his program into its 100th year Saturday with a dual against Iowa in Kinnick Stadium, one expected to draw a record crowd, he acknowledges part of him will always be the same.
Defining Greatness: John Smith enters the 100th year of OSU wrestling better than ever
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 13, 2015One of the greatest competitors in the history of American sports is holding a 23-year-old article about himself. He cracks a grin, chuckles as he reads the introduction to the Los Angeles Times' report on John Smith from the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Smith enters his 25th season as wrestling coach at Oklahoma State as a matured, more complete person than the young man portrayed in the story. But before he leads his program into its 100th year Saturday with a dual against Iowa in Kinnick Stadium, one expected to draw a record crowd, he acknowledges part of him will always be the same. "I make a commitment that no other wrestler does,” Smith says in the article. “There are probably a few wrestlers out there who think they make a commitment. But I really make a commitment. "Anything that gets in my way, I pretty much eliminate. I don't have too many close friends. I don't have too many close relationships. I just can't afford to have them to go where I want to go, to do what I want to do. I really focus on myself. I really figure out and find a way how I can win, how I can beat everybody. I'll do whatever it takes. "Put it this way: I've never had a girlfriend I've been good to, you know. Because I'd blow them off when it was time to go to work. I'd say, 'Don't come around. I don't want to (see you).' It's been hard on some of those girls. They don't understand it. But it's like, 'Hey, I'm in love with this more than I am with you.' "I've probably hurt a lot of people because of this. But you gotta do what you gotta do if this is what you want." Smith, 50, reads the top section then puts the story down, maybe because it would take too much time to read or maybe because he doesn't want to revisit the extreme aspects of his past. Smith won his second Olympic gold medal in the 136½-pound division that year and sealed his record sixth consecutive world championship, solidifying his place as arguably America's greatest wrestler. “That's one of those articles,” Smith says, “that you don't regret. I don't regret it. I knew that was the final run at my career, and whether anyone remembered it or not, I was gonna remember it.” He harpooned what he thought was his white whale. In seventh grade, Smith wrote a paper outlining what he wanted in life. Smith wrote three main goals: Win state. Win the Big Eight. Win Olympic gold. I'll do whatever it takes to accomplish that, he wrote. He noted he would like to be buried next to his parents. Less clear is what he wanted to happen in between. *** Change, as OSU assistant coach Eric Guerrero says, is a weird word. Guerrero calls Smith the most consistent person he has known over their 20-year relationship, making Smith's transition from champion athlete to coach, from self-centered maniac to loyal husband and father of five difficult to explain. “He is who he's always been from the first day I met him,” Guerrero said. “He's extremely true to who he is. That's not to say all of us don't evolve. So has he evolved? Absolutely. But change?” After a year as co-head coach, Smith got the Oklahoma State job in 1992, fresh off Olympic gold. People in Stillwater were thrilled to have their beloved champion leading their storied program. But Lee Roy Smith Jr., Smith's older brother, remembers there were critics to disprove. “There were also those who said, ‘Great, great athletes do not necessarily make great coaches,” Lee Roy Jr. said. “That was the test for him: Can you be a great coach?” Smith took his wrestling career to an unprecedented level by working out at insane times such as 4 a.m., if only because he knew no one else was. He patented his low single-leg takedown because he needed to be different, more innovative. At the peak of his drive, he could have tunnel vision to such a degree he was almost unapproachable. After Smith lost to Iowa's Randy Lewis at the Olympic trials in 1988, Smith's mother, Madalene, says he disappeared for a week. He beat Lewis twice that year to qualify for the Olympics and never lost to him again. As a coach, realizing not everyone is John Smith was the first obstacle. “It was a challenge, a struggle,” Smith said. “When you're training for worlds and Olympics, you tend to focus on yourself. You really tend to become involved in the mission of what you want to accomplish. When you do that for a long period like I did, the transition was not easy to working with 35, 40 athletes and their issues and their problems, sometimes their level of motivation.” In 1994, Smith's Cowboys won the national title. But Smith didn't feel comfortable, wasn't completely fulfilled. His definition of winning, of what constitutes greatness, was beginning to change. To become a great coach, a great husband and a great father meant parting with much of the John Smith who was a force on the mat. *** On a Wednesday morning in the Oklahoma State wrestling room, two rugby coaches from Australia have come to see Smith, hoping to learn a few moves they can apply to their sport. He's wearing cowboy boots and an orange button-down Ralph Lauren shirt that billows in the back. He is 5-foot-8, plain looking if not for his wrecked ears that, in his world, are like war medals. One of Smith's assistants is on the mat with a rubgy coach as Smith watches. He can only watch for so long before he gets on the mat, guiding his assistant and explaining to the Australians things only he can explain. Before they leave, Smith is sure to show off the wall covered with portraits of the 86 wrestlers to win national titles at OSU. It is a history he helped build, winning two NCAA titles as a Cowboy and leading OSU to five team titles as a coach. This year, his team is preseason No. 1. It has been nine years since OSU last won a team title, and Smith craves another. “Nobody is ever going to convince me that winning is not important to Coach Smith,” Guerrero said. “It is on the forefront of his mind at all times. But with that said, making a difference in people's lives is winning. Changing the culture of our society on athlete at a time — that's winning, too.” One of Smith's most prominent success stories also happens to be a key member of this year's team. On March 24, 2014, OSU wrestler Eddie Klimara was dismissed from the program after being arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness and possession of cocaine. Hours before his arrest at Redneck Yacht Club in Oklahoma City, Klimara lost to Iowa's Cory Clark 7-6 in sudden victory, leaving him one match short of being an All-American. He left the match with tears running down his face. The next summer, Smith and Klimara worked out a deal. It consisted of Klimara agreeing to spend the summer doing manual labor to earn his way back into the program. He did roofing back home and worked on Smith's property and for some of Smith's friends, digging up posts and sweating in the fields. The next spring, Klimara finished seventh at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and became an All-American. “He talked to me not just as a coach, but as a person,” Klimara said. “He helped me grow in life in general, not just on the mat teaching me moves.” Smith says he is not perfect. He thinks of times in recent years when he lauded his wrestlers for falling short of national titles. He says he can become so focused on the loss that he has a tendency to forget his athlete's strong performances in wrestlebacks. At the same time, Smith likes to say he is in the business of healing people. He has a tendency to be private, and that means he tends to respect the privacy of others. But he can think of numerous wrestlers whom he had to convince to stay in the program, and it ended up paying off. Think about it this way: Smith has 10 wrestlers who can start each match. His program consists of close to 40. That means three-fourths of wrestlers could be unhappy. It's his job to keep them going. If coaching has healed anyone, it is Smith. “It's really the most healthy lifestyle you can live,” Smith said. “It's not being self-centered. It's not being everything is about my goals. I'm glad I grinded it out because in the long run it's been better for me from the standpoint of not just coaching, but being a better husband, a better father, and really, I believe a better person.” *** This is the same man whose sisters treat him like a dress-up doll. Smith was the seventh of 10 children in one of Oklahoma's most revered families. The first six children were born in an eight-year span. That made John the baby, and his five sisters adored his natural eyelashes. The loved to put bonnets on his head. “We used to carry him around everywhere, tote him around,” said Margaret Smith-Realmuto, the oldest child who also happens to be the mother of Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Smiths live in the same Del City home where they raised 10 children in three bedrooms. There was only one year when they all lived in the same household, and Madalene and Lee Roy Sr. were serious about rules. But chaos always reigned. “It wasn't the Brady Bunch,” Madalene said. Fights of all variety were common. Cathy, one of the sisters, had a tendency to chase Lee Roy Jr. around the small house, swinging at broom at him with malice. Lee Roy, scared, would hide in the bathroom while mom kept watch around the corner. “It was tit-for-tat” Madelene said. “You never knew who was to blame for anything.” John Smith came along at a time where there was so much commotion he had no choice but to learn to be independent. He had to fight for food, underwear, a hot shower, a dry towel. The Smith children share many successes, but the house shaped each of them in different ways. John learned to compete, sure, but self-sufficiency was his most important trait. Madelene never had to worry about where he was, never had to fret if he was doing the wrong thing. “I've never seen a child like him,” she said. He did have a mischievous streak, and he's always been hard-headed, even into adulthood. Nike sponsored the U.S. in the 1988 Olympic Games. In the wrestling team photo, every team member is wearing Nike shoes. Everyone, that is, except Smith, who wore shoes from his individual sponsor, the wrestling brand Brute. In the photo, he stuck his foot out just enough for the color on his shoes to stand out. In 1992, there was another photo. In this one, every wrestler is again wearing Nikes except Smith. He took the picture in socks. But home was also where Smith developed his tendency to draw inward. He was naturally quiet and introspective. Madelene says all of her last four children are that way. Smith also had Lee Roy, an older brother he both idolized and wanted nothing more than to conquer. As soon as Smith could hold himself up, he was subject to Lee Roy's wrestling. Because John was the baby, Lee Roy felt a big brother's call to toughen him up. “I had the dominating hand on him,” Lee Roy said. “And I'd apply that pressure.” Lee Roy, John, Pat and Mark all became All-American wrestlers at OSU. But the interesting thing about the Smiths is that resentment was minimal if it existed at all. Once, Smith's father pulled him aside after one of Lee Roy's first big victories. Lee Roy Sr. told a young John it would be a shame if a sibling's accomplishments became pressure. He told him to embrace what his brother had done, to be proud of his family. “I always wanted to do more than what he did, and I always think he wanted me to do more than what he did,” Smith said. “When I was coaching Pat, I wanted Pat to have a better career than both me and Lee Roy.” It was a loving home, all right, but bragging rights were important. The first time Smith truly beat Lee Roy was in Smith's sophomore year. When the brothers wrestled in the old basement room in Gallagher-Iba Arena, they made sure no one else was around. The duals got intense, but there was also an intimacy to their competition. Smith had just developed what became his signature low single. Lee Roy couldn't stop it. You know John's reaction was priceless because Lee Roy keeps it off the record. Soon, the rest of the world couldn't stop John Smith. Problem was, Smith couldn't stop himself. The more times he was injured, the harder he would press. If he won a match by eight points instead of 10, rage could take over. Did he win six consecutive world titles, or did they win him? “I've often told people I would never want to see another son of mine be that intent,” Madalene said. “He told me one time, he said, ‘I was a little boy, and then I was a grown man.'” *** Today the Smith house is quiet, too quiet for Madelene and Lee Roy Sr. The home is covered with Catholic icons, from the Virgin Mary to Bibles to crucifixes. Even that, though, is outweighed in comparison to the wrestling memorabilia that dons the walls. It's a funny story. The thing that made Smith drop his edge was, of all things, a little competition. Upon his return from the Olympics, Smith had been dating a girl named Toni for years. Smith says he knew she was the one for him about 30 minutes after he met her, but as Smith was out fighting windmills, it never got too serious. The way Madelene tells it, Toni finally got tired of waiting. She was a couple of years younger than Smith and a student at Oklahoma State when she went out with a football player. Smith found out about it, and not long after, he proposed. Madelene is thrilled to talk about Smith, or any of her children, outside the context of wrestling. The sport that consumes them also clouds the personalities that lie below. “John,” Madelene says, “I think he's mellowing out as he gets older.” She says it with a smile. *** When Smith has a problem, whether it's related to wrestling or his children or something else entirely, he likes to go out on his farm. Like his mother, he has always been one to solve problems on his own. It is a great strength, if not also a flaw. His aptitude for the outdoors started with his fishing habit. For Smith, that has always been an escape, even if his competitive urges follow him into a stream. Pat Smith said anytime the brothers go fishing, John is keeping score. If he leaves for another fishing spot and comes up empty, he is sure to say he barely missed a big one. After years of being around Stillwater, Smith got into buying land. And like he is a top-end hunter and fisherman, he became a good farmer. He says he doesn't do it for profit — it's an expensive hobby — but he owns acres on acres, raises animals and owns tractors. “I love to go out and look at it,” Smith said. “I love to know I put some hard work and sweat into it, cut a lot of trees, cleaned up some pastures. Part of the joy is making a piece of property look good.” The farm has also become a fulcrum for his family. Smith has five children, three boys and two girls. The girls are exceptional swimmers, the boys, of course, wrestlers. They also all enter 4-H competitions. Like his father before him, Smith can be a disciplinarian. He takes parenting seriously. Family members say raising his children ranks above even the importance of winning a national title in Smith's mind. But these worlds often collide. This year, Smith's oldest son, Joe, is a freshman on the OSU wrestling team. Joe had a 150-1 record in high school. “The pressure to win is pretty simple compared to the pressure of raising five kids and hoping they all turn out all right,” Smith said. “That was and is much greater pressure for me than to go win an Olympic gold medal.” Although he is revered in countries overseas, Smith can go anywhere in Stillwater and, for the most part, blend in. Even those closest to his universe can overlook his accomplishments. “I think our guys even take for granted the quality of coach they have,” Guerrero said. In a way, that's how Smith prefers it. Stories of his good deeds are rumored but not publicized — the special needs children he wrestles with, the letters he answers of a high school friend in need, the large donations to his church. Even his family is quiet about such acts because they know Smith doesn't want to become the story. He was a great wrestler, but there's something to be said for becoming a good man. “It was kind of like he came full circle,” Margaret said. *** In college, Smith went fishing to a point of obsession. Almost every day, he would visit different Oklahoma ponds in search of the big catch, often alone. He wanted a largemouth bass, maybe 9 pounds. A man's fish. Time, though, has taught him it is fine if most of his catches are small. In the canvas of his mind, Smith paints the perfect fishing spot as a small, calm stream filled with rainbow trout. He would be with his boys, his girls, maybe his closest friends. The stream would have a few 5- or 6-pounders hidden in the water, enough to provide a goal, but that part is less important. This place wasn't on Smith's middle school paper. This place isn't down on any map because, as Melville wrote, true places never are.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 11, The Associated Press reported this will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner...
Clarification: Titans-Mariota story
Associated Press | Nov 12, 2015NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 11, The Associated Press reported this will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner in Saints running back Mark Ingram. A clarified version of the story is below. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another week, another Heisman Trophy matchup for Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. This time, he squares off against Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner in Saints running back Mark Ingram. "Physically, he's very dominant," Mariota said of Newton on Wednesday. "He's really been able to win both from the pocket and outside as well. He's tough to bring down, and really he's just playing at a high level now." Both Mariota and Newton are playing well. Each was named the offensive player of his respective conference Wednesday. Newton earned NFC honors for the fourth time in his career after helping the Panthers (8-0) beat Green Bay. Mariota was named the AFC player of the week after leading the Titans (2-6) to each of their two wins. "I know he's a great football player," Newton said of Mariota. "He went to Oregon and selected highly in the draft. I know he has a lot of talent, but that is pretty much all I know." Newton's coach sees lots of similarities between the quarterbacks. Both are big, strong, athletic and good at making decisions. "At this point in his career, (Mariota) really does resemble Cam in a lot of ways in terms of the way he's playing in his rookie year," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. Mariota already has put himself in some special company. He threw for a career-best 371 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in last week's 34-28 overtime win over New Orleans. That was the second time this season he had thrown four touchdown passes without getting picked off. New England's Tom Brady of New England is the only other quarterback to do that in two games this season. The rest of the NFL's quarterbacks have managed only four such games all season, according to STATS. Those quarterbacks are Oakland's Derek Carr, Eli Manning of the Giants, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Tannehill of Miami. Mariota first was named AFC offensive player of the week after the season-opening win at Tampa Bay. He is just the second rookie to win player of the week twice, joining Robert Griffin III who won the NFC award twice in 2012 on his way to earning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year that season. This latest performance came with Mariota recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee and after the Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt as coach. Mariota leads all NFL rookies with 13 TDs and a 101.5 passer rating that puts him ninth across the league. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly sees Mariota's athleticism is the rookie's biggest attribute so far. "You always have to worry about him keeping it, you always have to worry about him staying inside the pocket," Kuechly said. "That just makes him more dangerous. He can make all the throws and you add that little ability to run the ball, it just makes him a little bit more difficult to prepare for." Titans right guard Chance Warmack has blocked for both Newton and Mariota, though he hasn't protected Newton since they both were in high school in Georgia. Warmack said it's hard to believe that Mariota is just a rookie. "He just does some miraculous things, carries himself really well and overall he's a nice person as well," Warmack said. "That's just icing on the cake. Just being around guys like that definitely improves your game and helps you get better and do better." Newton has earned the nickname of Superman for his touchdown celebrations. The Titans rookie is satisfied with simply being called by his first name. "That's who I am, and that's the name my parents gave me," Mariota said. Notes: Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said CB Jason McCourty was getting a second opinion on his injured groin Wednesday. McCourty missed practice along with RB Dexter McCluster (ankle) and WR Kendall Wright (left knee). CB Perrish Cox (hamstring) and CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring) were limited. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report. ___ Online: AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Back in 2000, Miami interim coach Larry Scott convinced himself that he was done with football. He was taking his degree from South Florida, going into the workforce and leaving the game behind for good.His goal was simple."To get rich quick," Scott said.So he got a job as a child protective investigator with a state agency that oversees at-risk kids. He enjoyed it,...
Scott took the long road to becoming Miami's coach
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Nov 5, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Back in 2000, Miami interim coach Larry Scott convinced himself that he was done with football. He was taking his degree from South Florida, going into the workforce and leaving the game behind for good. His goal was simple. "To get rich quick," Scott said. So he got a job as a child protective investigator with a state agency that oversees at-risk kids. He enjoyed it, but it wasn't long before the lure of the game pulled him back — and now, after rising through the ranks of high school assistant, to low-level assistant in the college game, to a position now and now the interim boss at Miami he's in charge of trying to save the 2015 Hurricanes' season. He's 1-0 in his new role, and looks to go 2-0 Saturday when Miami (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) can become bowl-eligible with a win over Virginia (3-5, 2-2) on the Hurricanes' homecoming weekend. "It's like he was born to do this," Miami safety Dallas Crawford said. That might not be too far from the truth. Scott's best friend growing up was the son of a varsity high school coach, so those boys were called upon to help with certain locker room duties — folding socks, putting together shoulder pads, tinkering with helmets. Some would call it menial labor but it's how Scott fell in love with football, and he's reaped the benefits ever since. "This game has been truly good to me," said the 38-year-old Scott. "If it wasn't for this game, I wouldn't be where I am now. I wouldn't have probably had a chance to go to college and play college athletics on a scholarship if it wasn't for the game of football. In the course of doing that I had an opportunity to meet my wife and have kids ... everything has come as a result of the opportunities that football has provided me." Make no mistake, though: He wasn't handed anything. His resume shows how many dues he paid along the way. He coached at three different high schools before returning to USF as its director of high school relations — where his skills as a recruiter started being forged. That was the first of five positions he held at South Florida before now-former Miami coach Al Golden brought him to the Hurricanes as tight ends coach in 2013. When Golden was fired last month, Miami athletic director Blake James quickly decided Scott was the right man to promote. And Scott's first win certainly didn't lack for drama, as the Hurricanes pulled off an eight-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the game to beat Duke 30-27. "Obviously, credit to Larry and all the coaches for really bringing the kids together," James said. "And credit to the kids. It was a great ending to a tough week." Virginia coach Mike London doesn't know Scott personally, and said he didn't see much of a schematic change from what Miami was doing under Golden to what the Hurricanes did with Scott in charge at Duke last weekend. "It's not like they went in and reinvented an offensive or defensive scheme," London said. "I'm quite sure that they've maybe limited the packages or whatever it might be. But still, they have very skillful players execute their plan." There is one change, Scott said. He felt that football wasn't fun for the Hurricanes, that they weren't enjoying it as they should. So he's being open with his emotions, hoping it helps the players be free with theirs. "A lot of my coaches always told me I was going to be a coach," Scott said. "I said, 'No way. No way.'" Scott changing his mind 15 years ago on that point is already paying dividends for the Hurricanes today.
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 3, 2015
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Corn Elder came to Miami as a running back and a point guard.These days, he's neither.And it's working out just fine.Elder is one of only three players at the FBS level this season to have returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown. The punt return, few probably remember. The kickoff return, his was the last part of the eight-lateral, hotly debated one that...
Elder coming into his own as a Miami big-play threat
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Nov 3, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Corn Elder came to Miami as a running back and a point guard. These days, he's neither. And it's working out just fine. Elder is one of only three players at the FBS level this season to have returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown. The punt return, few probably remember. The kickoff return, his was the last part of the eight-lateral, hotly debated one that lifted Miami to a 30-27 win over Duke last Saturday. "He's a phenomenal person," Miami interim coach Larry Scott said. "Like I've always been taught and has always been said to me, if you show me a good player, I'll show you a better person. That's what Corn is — he's a really good person first. So those characteristics come out and come through in everything that he does. That's why he always finds himself in those positions to make those plays." Elder's first return of the season saw him taking a punt back 72 yards for a score against Bethune-Cookman. He had an interception in overtime to help Miami beat Nebraska in a game where the Hurricanes escaped despite wasting a late 23-point lead. Then Saturday, he went 91 yards after the last of those laterals and gave Miami its almost-unbelievable win over Duke. How many times has he watched it? "Maybe 100," Elder said, grinning. The Atlantic Coast Conference said Sunday that the touchdown shouldn't have happened, ruling that a Miami player's knee was down on one of those laterals. A panel of reporters who cover the ACC, in voting results revealed the next day, gave Elder one of the league's player of the week awards anyway. "He's a tremendous athlete," Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya said. "He can make shots, dunk, all that stuff. He's a crazy athlete, just gifted. Blessed." Oddly enough, Elder — one of the best high school football and basketball players in Tennessee before enrolling at Miami, and someone who helped his teams win multiple state titles — was targeted as a cornerback because of what he showed Hurricane coaches on the basketball floor during the recruiting process. The lateral quickness needed to defend at point guard translates well to the skills needed to play cornerback. His success isn't a surprise to Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga. Elder tried being a two-sport athlete for the Hurricanes, but the schedule demands were ultimately too much. "I wish he was doing it for our basketball team," Larranaga said. "We need some help at the point guard position. ... You can see what he's done in football and the impact he's had there." Elder said he misses basketball, but doesn't regret choosing one sport over the other. But it seems like he made the right call, in that he's now the first Miami player with a kickoff return TD, punt return TD and an interception in the same season since longtime NFL star Devin Hester did it for the Hurricanes in 2004. As an added plus, he cemented a spot in Hurricane lore with that game-winning return against Duke. "It was a very emotional win," Elder said. NOTES: Kaaya (concussion) returned to practice on Tuesday, saying he still has more tests to complete before he can be cleared to play Saturday when Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC) hosts to Virginia (3-5, 2-2). Backup QB Malik Rosier (undisclosed soreness) also practiced Tuesday, but the Hurricanes are listing both as questionable for now. If neither Kaaya nor Rosier can play, Miami would turn to either Vincent Testaverde or Evan Shirreffs, who flip-flopped last week for the next spot on the depth chart. ... Kaaya said he watched Saturday's game with teammates who were either injured or not on the travel roster. His reaction to the finish: "Some guys ran outside, screaming. Kids were trick-or-treating out on the street and looking at us weird. It was a great feeling."
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Wayne Merryman, 84, of Talihina was a Korean War veteran who would spend more than 30 years as a high school basketball coach. Merryman coached both boys and girls, mostly at Colbert. The girls' program won more than 800 games and four state championships under Merryman; the boys program won a single state title....
Nov 3, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Wayne Merryman, 84, of Talihina was a Korean War veteran who would spend more than 30 years as a high school basketball coach. Merryman coached both boys and girls, mostly at Colbert. The girls' program won more than 800 games and four state championships under Merryman; the boys program won a single state title. Merryman was The Oklahoman's Super 6 Coach of the Year in 1979 and the National Coach of the Year in 1984. He is a member of the National High School and Oklahoma basketball halls of fame. *Lee Oliver, 81, of Brooksville. A halfback for Dunbar High School's Class B Negro state championship football team in 1950. Before the integration of the state's school systems in 1955, Oliver and the Bears played exhibition games against all-white Tecumseh teams in 1949, ‘50 and ‘51. He served six years in the Army before entering the ministry. *Ray Leyba, 54, of Choctaw. President of the Nicoma Park basketball organization. A family obituary said: “His true calling was coaching ... every minute he spent motivating kids from the sidelines contributed to the happiest moments of his life.” *George McGuire, 56, of Stigler was a bullrider. He had a passion for training horses. *William Brown Jr., 86 of Ardmore drove a commercial bus. One of his trips was to Mexico with the Harlem Globetrotters. *Mary Bright Porter, 69, of Oklahoma City was an educator, teaching in Oklahoma and her native Montreal. She attended McGill University, where she played women's hockey and was a cheerleader. She was a cyclist and a runner; Porter participated in several Oklahoma free wheel rides and ran her first half-marathon at age 65. *Bill Broughton, 82, of Oklahoma City. The Konawa native attended high school in Kansas, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. Played tennis as an adult. Broughton was a geologist. *David Fisk, 62, of Edmond. A longtime editor at The Oklahoman who loved baseball, particularly the Texas Rangers. After leaving the newspaper business, Fisk, a native Texan, opened Images Gallery, The Art of Sport in Edmond. An avid photographer and past president of the Oklahoma Blues Society. *Jack Phillips, 78, of Joplin, Mo. A Miami High and Northeastern A&M graduate who was an Oklahoma state champion skeet shooter. *Mike Fruitt, 57, of Oklahoma City. He played high school basketball in his native Redkey, Ind. The former General Motors worker liked to watch his grandkids play baseball. *Bobby Yadon Sr., 81, of Waynoka lettered in football and baseball at Northwestern State. He spent one summer playing Class D baseball. Yadon went into coaching and spent many years in Kansas before a move to Waynoka, where he led the Railroaders to the Class C state football championship in 1976. *Harold Cook, 69, of Moore coached Little League sports for many years. He also enjoyed playing pool and softball. *Johnny Walker, 64, of Durant was a former high school and middle school coach in the El Paso, Texas, area. *Huston Parkhurst, 88, of Arapaho spent several years coaching Little League baseball. *Melvin Worcester, 88, of Ada was a saddle bronc rider as a young man. He became a deputy sheriff for Pontotoc County. *Alan Roberts, 68, of Ringling. He was an All-Area football player for Ringling High School. He remained a Blue Devils fan as an adult. An iron worker by trade. *Lauren Swanson Ridener, 33, of Edmond was a Putnam City North High School graduate who enjoyed softball, swimming, diving and gymnastics. An OU football fan. *Kenneth Aaron, 80, of Guymon was a Woodward High School graduate who played center for the Panhandle State football team. A fan of both the OU Sooners and OSU Cowboys. *Rebecca VanderMerwe, 15, was a Texhoma High School student who loved to play softball. *Bernie Duvall, 67, of Miami, OK, played football for Cherokee County High School in his native Kansas. A fan of the Pittsburg State Gorillas, one of the most successful small-college football programs in the country. *Allan Long, 94, was a teacher and wrestling coach for Geary schools. *Gordon Gibson, 67, of Oklahoma City was an avid golfer who liked to play courses all over the state. Gibson had two holes in one at Cedar Valley. Coached wrestling and golf. Worked security for Thunder home games. BY SCOTT MUNN, STAFF WRITER
Nov 2, 2015
Alvarez was injured in last week’s 62-7 win at Kansas. Stoops said after the game that he could have returned to action but coaches didn’t want to risk it. Sanchez was hurt on the first play from scrimmage against Texas Tech on Oct. 24. The junior has 11 career interceptions, including three this season.
OU football journal: Stoops says Alvarez, Sanchez both doubtful
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers | Nov 2, 2015Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that starting left guard Jonathan Alvarez and cornerback Zack Sanchez are both doubtful for Saturday's game against Iowa State. Alvarez was injured in last week's 62-7 win at Kansas. Stoops said after the game that he could have returned to action but coaches didn't want to risk it. Sanchez was hurt on the first play from scrimmage against Texas Tech on Oct. 24. The junior has 11 career interceptions, including three this season. “The rest of them have a good chance of playing,” Stoops said, referring to linebackers Devante Bond and Jordan Evans. Bond has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, and Evans hasn't played since suffering a knee injury Oct. 17 at Kansas State. SOONERS ANNOUNCE SIGNINGS Oklahoma officially announced the signings of a pair of high school players for the 2016 class. Quarterback Austin Kendall and defensive back Chanse Sylvie have each signed financial aid agreements with the school and are expected to join the Sooners in January. Kendall (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) is a four-star recruit from Waxhaw, N.C. He has thrown for 1,693 yards and 15 touchdowns so far this season after sitting out with an injury earlier in the year. He threw for 4,461 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior. Sylvie (6-0, 185) is from Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist Academy. He was recently selected to take part in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Antonio. He's a three-star recruit who also had offers from Arizona, Arkansas and Notre Dame. STOOPS UNDERSTANDS REPLAY FRUSTRATION The ACC announced Sunday that Miami's miracle kickoff return for a touchdown — that included eight laterals — shouldn't have counted because one player's knee touched the ground and there should have been a block in the back penalty called. That's something Stoops understands quite well. The Sooners lost 34-33 at Oregon in September 2006 after officials ruled the Ducks had recovered an onside kick that ultimately allowed them to score the game winning touchdown. But it turned out that OU's Allen Patrick had actually recovered the ball and tried to show it to the officials. Asked about the difficulty of refocusing your team after losing like that, Stoops said, “You did play well enough to win. You always say, ‘Oh this one play didn't matter or you shouldn't have put yourself in that position.' Well, we recovered the onside kick. We did what we were supposed to do. We're showing the football to the crowd to our sideline. You did do what you're supposed to. It is tough. It's really tough when something like that happens to get past it.” The Sooners ended up bouncing back enough that year to finish with 10 wins and a Big 12 championship. MAYFIELD NAMED MAXWELL SEMIFINALIST Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield is one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the country's college football player of the year. Mayfield is second in FBS in pass efficiency rating (185.2) and passing yards per attempt (10.12). He's also in the top 10 in points responsible for per game (21.8), passing touchdown per game (3.13), total offense per game (333.5 yards) and passing yards per completion (14.53). Mayfield has 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Half of the list is made up of quarterbacks. Mayfield is one of four Big 12 representatives on the list. He's joined by Baylor receiver Corey Coleman, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Horned Frogs wide receiver Josh Doctson. Three finalists will be announced Nov. 24 with the winner announced Dec. 10 on the College Football Awards Show. Two Sooners have won the award — Tommy McDonald in 1956 and Jason White in 2004. By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber
Nov 2, 2015
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida receiver Antonio Callaway has a season's worth of highlights — maybe even a career's worth — in just eight games.Callaway had a one-handed catch against Kentucky, a game-winning reception against Tennessee and another one-handed catch as well as a punt return for a touchdown against LSU. Throw in that 66-yard touchdown play against Georgia on Saturday, the one...
Florida's Callaway providing big plays in freshman year
By MARK LONG, Associated Press | Nov 2, 2015GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida receiver Antonio Callaway has a season's worth of highlights — maybe even a career's worth — in just eight games. Callaway had a one-handed catch against Kentucky, a game-winning reception against Tennessee and another one-handed catch as well as a punt return for a touchdown against LSU. Throw in that 66-yard touchdown play against Georgia on Saturday, the one in which he broke a tackle, tiptoed the sideline and then coasted into the end zone, and Callaway is doing things no one has seen from the Gators in years. Simply put, he's the program's most dynamic offensive player since Percy Harvin. And he's only a freshman. "Not a bad player, is he?" coach Jim McElwain said Monday. "Here's what I like: He goes about his business the way it's supposed to be done. He's consistent. He wants to be good. It's important to him. This team is important to him." Callaway has 19 receptions for a team-high 418 yards and three touchdowns for the 11th-ranked Gators (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference). His numbers are far from gaudy, but he's come up huge for Florida, which can clinch the SEC's Eastern Division with a win against Vanderbilt (3-5, 1-3) on Saturday. Callaway has scored in four of the last five games. He's been more consistent than Demarcus Robinson, more explosive than Brandon Powell and more dependable than Ahmad Fulwood. And the best part for the Gators: They have him for at least two more years, making him an offensive cornerstone that McElwain can build around. McElwain doesn't allow freshmen to speak to the media, but teammates and coaches rave about Callaway's talent and tenacity. Tight end Jake McGee said Callaway really hit his stride against Tennessee, beginning with a 63-yard touchdown reception from Will Grier with 1:26 remaining. Callaway turned a simple curl route into one of the biggest plays in series history and helped the Gators overcome a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. "Really I think he started to realize what he could do out there and get comfortable," McGee said. "And each week, it's fun to see what that guy does and just the way he goes about what he does, too. He's a guy that loves football and loves his team. He's fun to be around and has a good energy that he gives off to the guys, which you know the public doesn't get to see as much, but when that guy makes plays it's something that's fun to watch and you can really only smile." Callaway finished with five catches for 112 yards against the Volunteers, becoming Florida's first true freshman receiver to top the century mark since Reidel Anthony in 1994. He's been just as good lately, with six receptions for 210 yards and a score in Florida's last two games. He also returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against the Tigers, a key play that tied the game at 28 late in the third quarter. It's probably no coincidence that Callaway's most recent success came with Treon Harris at quarterback. Callaway and Harris both grew up in Miami and probably played together somewhere along the line. Callaway played his senior year at Booker T. Washington High School, following Harris there and playing for Harris' older brother, Tim Harris Jr. So when Treon Harris scrambles, he seemingly knows exactly where Callaway will be. That was evident on the long pass play against the Bulldogs. "You can tell they're from the same area," cornerback Jalen Tabor said. "You can tell that they've been together. You can just tell their chemistry together is just like you couldn't even put it into words. ... They've been doing this since childhood, hanging out since childhood, probably in the backyard throwing the ball when they were 7 or 8 years old. You could just tell that they had that type of chemistry on the field." It's apparent on his ever-growing highlight reel, too. And Callaway is just getting started. "He's starting to understand the game and the importance of route running and how to get separation," receivers coach Kerry Dixon said. "It's helping him to really grow." ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 28, 2015
Many Atlantic Coast Conference coaches knew that they were going to have to rely on underclassmen coming into the season.Now, a little more than halfway through, the youth movement is noticeable.There are 19 Football Bowl Subdivision teams that have 13 seniors or less, six are in the ACC — the most of any conference. Going into this week's games, 39 freshmen are listed as starters compared to...
Freshmen making immediate impact in ACC this season
By JOE REEDY, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015Many Atlantic Coast Conference coaches knew that they were going to have to rely on underclassmen coming into the season. Now, a little more than halfway through, the youth movement is noticeable. There are 19 Football Bowl Subdivision teams that have 13 seniors or less, six are in the ACC — the most of any conference. Going into this week's games, 39 freshmen are listed as starters compared to 28 at this time last season. As is the case with youth, coaches never know what to expect. Several teams have had success with youngsters, including No. 17 Florida State and 23rd-ranked Pittsburgh, both 6-1, and North Carolina, which is 5-2. But Miami (4-3), Louisville (3-4) and Wake Forest (3-5) have struggled. Wake Forest has the fewest seniors of any FBS school with six. Second-year coach Dave Clawson is working through a steady rebuilding project with six freshmen starters and 18 listed on the two-deep for Saturday's game against Louisville. Clawson said the biggest lesson he's learned when it playing freshmen is to have an abundance of patience. "We've got to demand more, but we can't do things that we lose our players," the Wake Forest coach said. "Again, when you're playing as many freshmen and sophomores as we are, this is not just a one-year project." Syracuse has five freshmen starters and through seven games, freshmen have accounted for 73.8 percent of the Orange's 2,395 yards of total offense (1,767 yards). Eric Dungey is one of three freshmen starting quarterbacks in the conference. Coach Scott Shafer has been impressed with how quickly Dungey has been able to learn the playbook but also adjust to opposing defenses. "In high school, usually you line up against one or two defenses, one or two coverages. At the collegiate level, there's a multitude of combinations," Shafer said. "What they're trying to learn about the defense is probably the most difficult thing to learn." After Boston College's Darius Wade was lost for the season with a broken ankle in a Sept. 18 loss to Florida State, the Eagles have had Troy Flutie, the nephew of 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, and Jeff Smith splitting the quarterback duties. Coach Steve Addazio was hoping to avoid injuries since 64 of his 85 scholarship players were underclassmen. "That is what has really kicked us in the ribs really hard. Because when you take that on when you are as young as we are, that is hard to overcome," Addazio said of injuries. "It caught up with us this year a little bit in this rebuilding process." Louisville, which has had nine freshmen make at least one start on offense, is led by Lamar Jackson, who has accounted for 1,617 yards of offense including 482 rushing. Coach Bobby Petrino has been more patient because of what Jackson adds as a dual threat but has seen Jackson progress as a passer the past three games. Jackson is also one of four freshmen among the conference rushing leaders. Pittsburgh's Qadree Ollison — the conference's leading freshman rusher — likely would not have seen the field much if it wasn't for an injury. When James Conner tore his ACL in the opener that opened the door for Ollison. After entering the season as the Panthers' third-string running back, he is averaging 94.6 yards per game, fourth in the conference Also among the leaders are Georgia Tech's Marcus Marshall (seventh, 72.6 yards per game), Virginia Tech's Travon McMillian (eighth, 70.0) and Jackson (ninth, 68.9). Coaches agree that running back is one of the easier places for freshmen to make an immediate impact because they are playing a lot in space. "The pass protection might take some time to pick up but guys are physically more mature," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Learning five or six running plays is not hard and your ability can take over quicker." But No. 3 Clemson has found a way to get it done. The Tigers rely more on freshmen after Mike Williams was lost the first week with a neck injury. Hunter Renfrow, Deon Cain, Ray-Ray McCloud and Trevian Thompson have 52 of the Tigers' 149 receptions. Only Thompson played receiver in high school. "We knew there'd be some kind of development. They've been able to go through some growing pains," Clemson co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jeff Scott said. "It was not a year where they had go out and be the guy day one. They've been able to play and get a lot of key experience." Along with a cadre of other ACC freshman. ___ AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Gary B. Graves in Louisville, Kentucky, Pete Iacobelli in Clemson, South Carolina and John Kekis in Syracuse, New York, contributed to this report. ___ Follow Joe Reedy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joereedy
Oct 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy.Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.
GOP debate No. 3: A guide to candidates on the big stage
By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy. Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado. Here's a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night's main event on CNBC: DONALD TRUMP Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, "You're fired!" A quick sketch: —Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens —Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania —"The Donald" gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world —Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012 —Starred in reality TV shows "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" Also of note: The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign — and brags about that — but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September. Might Trump be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official. Some other distinguishing issues: —Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration —Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls 'the good ones' to return legally —Renegotiate international trade deals to bring jobs back to the U.S. In a nutshell: Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire. ___ BEN CARSON Key features: Famed pediatric neurosurgeon whose life story was made into a TV movie. A quick sketch: —Raised in Detroit by a divorced, impoverished mother —29 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, now retired —First surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head —Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom —Enhanced his conservative cred with politically charged remarks at 2013 National Prayer Breakfast Also of note: Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on "incredible fairy tales." He's a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility, through Bible readings, and changed his ways. Might Carson be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a doctor to fix the nation's health care policy. Perhaps no, if you're looking for someone with political experience and seasoned rhetoric. Carson once compared President Barack Obama's health care law to slavery. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose the same flat income tax on everyone —Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest —Add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Doctor. Only African-American contender. ___ MARCO RUBIO Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first. A quick sketch: —His Cuban immigrant parents worked as a bartender and a maid —Won a college football scholarship; University of Miami law degree —Elected to Florida House in 2000, rose to speaker —Beat a popular governor to win his U.S. Senate seat —Speaks fluent Spanish, as does his Colombian-American wife Also of note: Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights. Might Rubio be for you? Perhaps yes, if you think it's time for a younger generation (Generation X in this case) to lead. Perhaps no, if you believe human actions cause global warming. Some other distinguishing issues: —Reverse President Barack Obama's diplomatic outreach to Cuba —Stop taxing investment income, give parents a bigger tax break —Freeze federal spending except on the military In a nutshell: Tea party roots. Hispanic. Youthful. ___ JEB BUSH: Key features: Son of a president, little brother of a president, and he's a former Florida governor. A quick sketch: —Born in Texas as John Ellis Bush, shortened to the nickname Jeb —Met his future wife Columba, a native of Mexico, during a high school exchange program, and speaks Spanish comfortably —Worked for father George H.W. Bush's 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns. —Was governor in 2000 when Florida recount gave his brother George W. Bush the presidency —Made a name among religious conservatives by opposing removal of life support in the Terri Schiavo case Also of note: Bush would be the first brother of a president ever elected. If he wins, three of the five most recent White House residents would be named Bush. He says he's not his father or his brother, however: "I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience." Might Bush be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want an immigration overhaul that gives people in the U.S. illegally a path to legal status. Perhaps no, if you think post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs violated civil liberties. Some other distinguishing issues: —Wants states to adopt higher education standards; supports Common Core —Assert U.S. military might more robustly in Iraq and to counter Russian moves in Eastern Europe —Block tax increases, although he won't sign a no-tax-increase pledge In a nutshell: Bush dynasty. Speaks Spanish. Establishment favorite. ___ CARLY FIORINA Key features: She's a businesswoman — a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard — who's run for Senate but never held public office. A quick sketch: —Daughter of a law professor-turned-federal appeals judge and an abstract painter —Trailblazing female executive at AT&T, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard —In over five years of running HP: led major merger, laid off 30,000 workers, ousted by board —Made a name in politics as high-profile adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign —Ran for U.S. Senate seat from California, and lost, while being treated for breast cancer in 2010 Also of note: Her first two debate performances gave a big boost to Fiorina's campaign. In the second debate, however, she described seeing a graphic scene in secretly recorded footage of Planned Parenthood that isn't actually in those anti-abortion videos, and refused to acknowledge the mistake. Might Fiorina be for you? Perhaps yes, if you agree with her that a woman could best take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience serving in government. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose "zero-based budgeting" that evaluates each federal program's spending annually —Shrink the government workforce and base federal workers' pay on performance, not seniority —Use innovation, not regulation, to address global warming In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Political newcomer. GOP's only female contender. ___ TED CRUZ Key features: He's a Republican senator who pushed a government shutdown to fight "Obamacare." A quick sketch: —Father is a Cuban immigrant who became a pastor —Winning debater at Princeton and Harvard Law —Argued nine cases before the Supreme Court —Won Senate seat in 2012 upset, his first elected office —A Texan partial to ostrich-leather boots Also of note: Cruz was born in Canada. His father was born in Cuba. But his mother was born in Nebraska, giving him U.S. citizenship. He's formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic senator from Texas, where many residents are native Spanish speakers. He's not fluent in the language, however, and nixed a proposal for a debate in Spanish in his 2012 Senate campaign. Might Cruz be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want to stop President Barack Obama's health care law at all costs. Perhaps no, if you're looking for bipartisan compromise on immigration. Some other distinguishing issues: —Amend the Constitution so that voters could oust Supreme Court justices —Amend the Constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage —Abolish the IRS, switch to a flat tax In a nutshell: Tea party. Christian conservative. Hispanic. ___ MIKE HUCKABEE Key features: Former Arkansas governor whose 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination focused on social issues. A quick sketch: —Son of a firefighter, he was born in President Bill Clinton's hometown of Hope, Arkansas —Pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas for 12 years; president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention —Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007 —Hosted his own political talk show on Fox News —A bass guitarist who occasionally plays with his classic rock cover band Capitol Offense Also of note: Huckabee's numerous books include a diet guide called "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork," published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. He still struggles with his weight. Might Huckabee be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of people and entities that oppose gay marriage. Perhaps no, if you're a fan of Beyonce and Jay Z. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object. Some other distinguishing issues: —Replace income tax with a national sales tax —Amend the Constitution to outlaw abortion —Import lower-priced medicines from Canada In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Folksy appeal. Second time around. ___ CHRIS CHRISTIE Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation damaged when his appointees were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback. A quick sketch: —Newark-born, ancestors from Ireland and Sicily —Media-savvy U.S. attorney who won dozens of public corruption cases in New Jersey —Defeated incumbent Democratic governor in a heavily Democratic state in 2009 —YouTube-famous for his readiness to call complaining citizens "idiots" or tell them to "shut up" —Lost some presidential momentum when three former political allies were charged in "Bridgegate" case. One has pleaded guilty and two others are awaiting trial. Also of note: Christie isn't shy about sharing the personal stuff. Things he's talked about: his mother's last words to him ("there's nothing left unsaid between us"). The lap band surgery that helped him lose weight. His use of birth control, "and not just the rhythm method," even though he's Roman Catholic. Might Christie be for you? Perhaps yes, if you like letting students in struggling districts attend other public schools or charter schools. Perhaps no, if you oppose raising the age when future retirees can qualify for Social Security and Medicare. Some other distinguishing issues: —Toughen anti-terrorism and surveillance laws to help intelligence services do their job —Lower the corporate tax rate, reduce the top tax rate for individuals —For each new federal regulation added, remove a regulation of equal cost In a nutshell: Centrist appeal. Combative. Sitting governor. ___ JOHN KASICH Key features: Former congressman now in his second term as Ohio governor. A quick sketch: —Son of a Pennsylvania mailman. —Graduated from Ohio State and became, at 26, the youngest person ever elected to Ohio's Senate —Found his Anglican faith in his 30s after his parents were killed by a drunk driver —Served 18 years in Congress, working with lawmakers of both parties to cut spending, balance budget —Ran for president in 2000 but dropped out early; elected governor in 2010 Also of note: Kasich opposes President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, yet he accepted federal money under the law to expand Ohio's Medicaid program. That angered many of his fellow Republicans. Kasich says "real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives" are more important than ideology. Might Kasich be for you? —Perhaps yes, if you want to protect the social safety net for the poor. —Perhaps no, if you don't want U.S. ground troops sent to battle Islamic State militants. Some other distinguishing issues: —Allow some immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for years to stay if they pay a fine —Address the climate change problem without doing economic damage —Use the Common Core standards to raise the bar in education In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Sitting governor. Second time around. ___ RAND PAUL: Key features: He's NOT Ron Paul. That's his father, the former congressman who ran for president three times, once as a Libertarian. A quick sketch: —Helped in his father's campaigns from age 11 —Raised in Texas, settled in his wife's home state of Kentucky —Ophthalmologist known for free eye clinics for the poor —Won Senate seat in 2010 tea party wave, his first elected office —Took over Senate floor for hours at a time to question U.S. drone policy and oppose collection of Americans' phone records Also of note: Rumors aside, he wasn't named for "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand. His given name is Randal, and his wife dubbed him "Rand." But he is a fan of her books. Might Paul be for you? Perhaps yes, if you're upset about the National Security Agency snooping into citizens' private communications. Perhaps no, if you want to see more aggressive use of U.S. military power in the world. Some other distinguishing issues: —Give Congress more power over the Federal Reserve —End the right to abortion, protecting life from conception —Reduce penalties for many drug crimes, let nonviolent felons vote In a nutshell: Libertarian-ish. Tea party. Young voter strategy.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 22, 2015
The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had...
College football predictions: The American Conference riding high
Berry Tramel | Oct 22, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3889790[/img] The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had notable victories. Memphis beat Ole Miss last week. Temple beat Penn State. East Carolina beat Virginia Tech. Cincinnati beat Miami. The American is a respectable 7-14 against Power 5 conference teams plus Notre Dame and Brigham Young. That’s better than the ACC, which is a horrid 4-10 against that caliber of competition. The American is 4-3 straight up against the ACC. The updated standings, of Power-5 (plus Notre Dame and BYU) against each other: SEC 5-2, Independents 5-3, Big Ten 10-9, Pac-12 5-5, Big 12 4-4, ACC 4-10. Add in the American, and the standings are: SEC 8-3, Independents 8-3, Big 12 7-5, Pac-12 6-5, Big Ten 11-10, American 7-14, ACC 7-14. The strong showing by the American makes it likely that its champion will get the major bowl berth afforded to the Group of Five conferences without an automatic berth. It’s even conceivable that Memphis, if it can win out, could at least demand consideration for a national semifinal berth. At 13-0, with wins over Ole Miss, Houston, Cincinnati, Temple, Navy and whoever represents the American East in the conference title game, Memphis would at least have an argument. Let’s get to the predictions: Texas Tech at Oklahoma: Sooners 48-35. Red Raiders have played well in two straight trips to Owen Field, a 41-38 upset win in 2011, a 38-30 loss in 2013. Kansas at Oklahoma State: Cowboys 42-10. Jayhawks showed some life against Texas Tech last week, drawing within 23-20 late. Kansas State at Texas: Wildcats 23-19. Big 12 upset special.K-State historically has played great against the Longhorns, but can the ‘Cats recover from a 55-0 beatdown by OU last week? Iowa State at Baylor: Bears 69-14. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see Baylor in a real road game. Tennessee at Alabama: Crimson Tide 28-16. The Volunteers can physically match up with Bama, which is a big improvement. Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Aggies 29-27. Don’t look now, but the Rebels haven’t played well since beating Alabama. Struggled with Vanderbilt, lost to Florida and Memphis. Western Kentucky at LSU: Tigers 45-27. Don’t sleep on the Hilltoppers. They’re not bad, at 6-1 and averaging 51 points a game. Missouri at Vanderbilt: Tigers 19-6. Sleepy season for Mizzou. In a bad way. Kentucky at Mississippi State: Bulldogs 23-20. Mark Stoops has lost two conference heartbreaks, to Florida and Auburn; otherwise, UK might be the East Division favorite. Auburn at Arkansas: Razorbacks 26-17. Gus Malzahn returns to his roots, when he was head coach of high-flying Springdale High School, just down the road from Fayetteville. Northwestern at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 21-14. Nebraska just scrambling to make a bowl game, but the Wildcats have slumped, too. Wisconsin at Illinois: Badgers 26-14. Wisconsin needs help to win the Big Ten West. Notably, two losses by Iowa, which has an easy schedule. Ohio State at Rutgers: Buckeyes 41-14. Urban Meyer does funny things with his quarterbacks. Indiana at Michigan State: Spartans 49-24. Awful loss for IU and Kevin Wilson last week. Gave up 24 straight points in the final 18 minutes and lost to Rutgers 55-52. That’s no way to make a bowl game. Penn State at Maryland: Nittany Lions 25-10. Old Eastern rivalry, which doesn’t resonate much in the Big Ten. California at UCLA: Bruins 38-31. If UCLA is going to salvage its season, it has to start here. Utah at Southern Cal: Utes 34-17. Can you believe that USC is favored? Pay attention people. Pay attention. Washington at Stanford: Cardinal 27-17. Someone better beat Stanford and Utah soon, else both Pac-12 divisional races will be over before November. Colorado at Oregon State: Buffaloes 36-23. Glory, glory hallelujah. Colorado is not the worst team in the Pac-12. Washington State at Arizona: Wildcats 42-35. Mike Leach has the Cougars playing well. Rich Rodriguez can’t say the same about UofA. Florida State at Georgia Tech: Seminoles 26-10. Unbeaten ‘Noles have two road games after this — at Clemson, at Florida. Virginia at North Carolina: Tar Heels 33-14. Is UNC the worst one-loss team among the Power-5? Let’s see. Duke, Pitt, OU, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M. I’ll vote for the Tar Heels. Duke at Virginia Tech: Blue Devils 30-14. You know, that David Cutcliffe might have a future in this business. Clemson at Miami: Hurricanes 27-21. Upset special. Miami has some talent, it just hasn’t produced a complete game. Could happen against the Tigers. North Carolina State at Wake Forest: Wolfpack 26-22. Wonder if this is any kind of in-state rivalry at all? Boston College at Louisville: Cardinals 20-10. The greatest argument against expansion to 14-team conferences is games like this and NC State-Wake. Pittsburgh at Syracuse: Panthers 22-14. Pitt is quietly having a solid season. Wagner at Brigham Young: Cougars 78-0. I’ll cut BYU some slack, since it has all kinds of scheduling problems. But Wagner is the team that lost to Columbia two weeks ago, ending the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Connecticut at Cincinnati: Bearcats 41-14. How good is the American? Cincy is a solid team. Beat Miami. And UC is 0-2 in the American. Memphis at Tulsa: Tigers 51-21. Justin Fuente makes his return to Tulsa. You’d think Fuente could make some recruiting inroads at Union High School. Houston at Central Florida: Cougars 48-14. Two programs going in opposite directions quite rapidly. SMU at South Florida: Bulls 46-24. Mustangs’ only victory came against North Texas, and Dan McCarney now is out of a job at UNT. Temple at East Carolina: Pirates 33-24. Game could decide the American’s East Division. Tulane at Navy: Midshipmen 41-20. The eternal question. Why can Navy win and Army can’t? Utah State at San Diego State: Aggies 37-31. Great win for Sallisaw’s Matt Wells and his offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, last week in routing Boise State. Fresno State at Air Force: Falcons 28-26. The truth about the Mountain West Conference this season; there are no standout teams. Hawaii at Nevada: Rainbows 25-23. Hawaii has won just once on the Mainland since October 2011. New Mexico at San Jose State: Spartans 28-20. I sometimes forget that Bob Davie still coaches the Lobos. Wyoming at Boise State: Broncos 63-7. Boise State will be plenty mad after melting down against Utah State. Last week: 28-12. Season: 289-74.
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Among Amar’e Stoudemire’s collection of tattoos is a Star of David on his left hand — “a sign of righteousness,” he calls it. Jewish NBA fans all over the world have taken notice.The veteran power forward, who signed with the Heat over the summer, has fasted on Yom Kippur, observed Passover and got married under a chuppah Jewish wedding canopy wearing a yarmulke skull cap. He made a pilgrimage...
Heat’s Stoudemire deeply interested in Hebrew roots
By Michelle Kaufman, Associated Press | Oct 2, 2015Among Amar’e Stoudemire’s collection of tattoos is a Star of David on his left hand — “a sign of righteousness,” he calls it. Jewish NBA fans all over the world have taken notice. The veteran power forward, who signed with the Heat over the summer, has fasted on Yom Kippur, observed Passover and got married under a chuppah Jewish wedding canopy wearing a yarmulke skull cap. He made a pilgrimage to Israel in 2010 and sprinkles Hebrew phrases such as “Shalom,” “L’Chaim” (To Life) and “Boker Tov” (Good Morning) in his Twitter feed. Stoudemire is part-owner of the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem. He has raised more than $400,000 for an Israeli emergency medical-response unit called United Hatzalah. And he is deeply interested in what he calls his Hebrew roots. But the six-time All-Star says he is not “technically” Jewish. He describes himself as a “cultural Jew” and “descendant of Noah and the Hebrews.” What he is is an intellectually curious and spiritual person with an insatiable thirst for historical knowledge and inner peace. He is willing to explore new ideas, even taking red-wine baths because he believes “vinotherapy” is good for body. “My father went to church every Sunday, and my mom was the same way, Bible study on Saturdays,” he said. “I started to study the Bible in detail and breaking it down. I dissected the ancestry from Noah, where they migrated to. That helped me understand that we are all from a Hebrew descent, so in a way, we are all Jews. It was the original culture.” His trip to Israel to explore his roots made international headlines. “Everyone (in the media) took it from there, and it became something massive, but it was never my plan for this to be as big as it is now,” he said. “It’s just that I love to study history and love the Bible.” He says his spirituality helped him cope with a string of hardships as he rose from hardscrabble beginnings to NBA star, father of four and philanthropist. Stoudemire, 32, was born in Lake Wales, Fla., to mother Carrie, an orange picker who battled addiction throughout his childhood and wound up in and out of prison with charges ranging from drug possession to aggravated battery to grand theft to drunken driving. His father, Hazell, a landscaper, died of a heart attack when Amar’e was 12. Hazell used to tell his boys to “stand tall and talented.” Stoudemire’s nickname “STAT” come from the first four letters of his father’s words. He has it etched in ink on his right arm. He also has the words “Poverty” and “Prophesy” tattooed on his arm and chest, a reminder of his childhood. Stoudemire’s older brother, Hazell Jr., once a promising 6-10 basketball player, spent time in prison and died in a car crash in 2012. Stoudemire has a teardrop tattoo under his right eye in his memory. Another half-brother, Marwan Williams, also was in and out of jail. Because of his family instability, Stoudemire bounced around to three states and six different schools before graduating from Cypress Creek High outside Orlando. As a senior, he averaged 29 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks per game. He stood 6-10 and 240 pounds-, and was named Mr. Florida Basketball in 2001-02. His basketball success was remarkable, considering he didn’t play organized ball until he was 14. Before that, he played first baseman and various positions on the football field. He credited his uncle, Earnest Stoudemire, a longtime Lake Wales police captain, and his junior varsity/AAU coach Burney Hayes for keeping him on track. “A lot of us go through these types of situations in poverty,” Stoudemire said. “In my case, I was able to take positive role models and positive images and apply them to my life. “My JV coach was also a police officer, and he was really strict. He’d say ‘Don’t sag your pants. Wear your hat the right way. Don’t say the ‘N’ word.’ If you did, you got pushups in front of everyone. That type of community leadership is always needed.” Stoudemire went straight from high school to the NBA and was selected in the first round of the 2002 draft (ninth overall) by the Phoenix Suns. A year later, he was the first high schooler to win NBA Rookie of the Year, beating Yao Ming and Caron Butler. After eight seasons with the Suns, he became a free agent and signed a $100 million contract with the New York Knicks in July 2010. He was waived in February 2015, briefly signed by the Dallas Mavericks and then signed with the Heat on July 10. Over his 13-year career he has averaged 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 32 minutes per game. The Heat are looking to him for veteran leadership on and off the court. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he is “very encouraged” by what he has seen. “He’s very vocal,” Spoelstra said. “You can tell he’s a student, very detailed in his thought process. He came in this league a force of nature, just overpowering you with his athleticism, jumping ability, fierce competitiveness. Now he has that in spurts. But he’s a skilled basketball player now. You can put him in a lot of different places on the floor, and he’s going to be effective.” ——— ©2015 Miami Herald Visit Miami Herald at www.miamiherald.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000065577,g000362661,g000066164
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Wolfe’s NEO teams went 109-19-3 from 1978-90. His 1980 and 1986 teams were undefeated and won juco national championships.
College football: Former NEO coach Glen Wolfe dies
By Berry Tramel | Sep 30, 2015Glen Wolfe, who coached a junior college football dynasty at Northeastern A&M in Miami, died Tuesday in Rogers, Ark., at the age of 75. Wolfe's NEO teams went 109-19-3 from 1978-90. His 1980 and 1986 teams were undefeated and won juco national championships. Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Stockdale Funeral Home in Rogers. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Tishomingo. “I came here as a young coach and a lot of the things I used in my coaching style came from him,” NEO athletic director Dale Patterson, a former Wolfe assistant, told the Joplin Globe. “He needs to be remembered as one of the great men who helped shape our football program. “He was an old-school coach, and you didn't play and be a member of his team unless you did it his way. That's why NEO won a lot of games ... because he wanted you to be both mentally and physically tough.”Seven NEO players under Wolfe made the NFL, including Marion Butts, Scott Case, Matt Monger and Earnest Givens. Wolfe was born in Holdenville and graduated from Shawnee High School in 1958. He earned degrees from Murray Junior College in Tishomingo and East Central University in Ada. Wolfe was an assistant coach at Pawnee and Lindsay before becoming head coach at Holdenville, Moore and Northwestern Oklahoma State. Wolfe was in the insurance business in Oklahoma City from 1991-2010. He retired in 2010. Wolfe is survived by his wife, Elaine, of Bella Vista, Ark., and two sons, Greg and Mike. Mike Wolfe was a starting offensive tackle on OSU's 1988 team.
The Lawton MacArthur linebacker who played this season while facing charges stemming from a home invasion was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, but will spend considerably less time in state custody. B.J. Davis, 17, will be given the opportunity to complete a rehabilitation program as part of Oklahoma's Youthful Offender Act. Davis, who turns 18 on Jan. 27, has until late July to...
High school notebook: Lawton MacArthur linebacker could serve maximum of 20 years for home invasion
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 29, 2015The Lawton MacArthur linebacker who played this season while facing criminal charges stemming from a home invasion could spend 20 years in prison unless he successfully completes a rehabilitation program. B.J. Davis, 17, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison, but 10 years of the sentence was suspended. Davis will be given the opportunity to avoid prison by completing a rehabilitation program as part of Oklahoma’s Youthful Offender Act. Davis, who turns 18 on Jan. 27, has until late June to complete the program, at which time the charges would be dismissed and expunged. He would then be eligible to return to high school for his senior season. If he does not successfully complete the program by the time he is 18 1/2, Davis could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison. Davis pleaded guilty last week to first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery with a weapon, first-degree robbery with a weapon and resisting an officer. Davis, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior outside linebacker, sat out last season. He played in Lawton Mac’s first three games of this season, but was removed from the team last week after he agreed to a plea deal. According to an affidavit, Davis and Brenan Petit forcibly entered a house on June 18, 2014, where Davis injured a resident by firing a gun through a glass window of a door after initially shoving the gun through the opening. Davis then hit another resident over the head with the gun, and both Davis and Pettit made all three residents get on the ground while passing the gun back and forth, according to the affidavit. Pettit was also sentenced as a youthful offender in December. JOHN MARSHALL'S TRAMONDA MOORE OFFERED BY UCLA Tramonda Moore's list of scholarship offers now reaches from coast to coast. UCLA offered the 6-foot-5, 345-pound John Marshall lineman on Monday, adding to Moore's list of college options. He had been offered by Miami last month, and several top programs throughout the country are pursuing him. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma were the first major programs to offer him in June, and since then Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Arizona State, Missouri and TCU have joined the list of nearly 20 offers. Moore has said he expects to take all five of his official visits and likely won't make a decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. BETHANY'S HARRELL WINS THE OKLAHOMAN'S FANS' PLAYER OF THE WEEK Bethany running back Payton Harrell surged to the top of The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll in the final hour Tuesday to edge Casady running back William Walter. Harrell finished with 1,048 votes, while Walter finished with 1,015. A total of 3,216 votes were cast for seven different players. Last week, Harrell rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns as Bethany took down undefeated Meeker 42-33. Walter was The Oklahoman's staff pick for player of the week. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for the Week 5 poll. Here are the results of this week's poll: Payton Harrell, Bethany: 1,048 votes (32.59 pct.) William Walter, Casady: 1,015 votes (31.56 pct.) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe: 339 votes (10.54 pct.) Montrell Wilson, Millwood: 331 votes (10.29 pct.) Blake Pennington, Crossings Christian: 286 votes (8.89 pct.) Devonte Lee, John Marshall: 166 votes (5.16 pct.) Tabor Johns, Hennessey: 31 votes (0.96 pct.) Total: 3,216 votes CANCER IN REMISSION FOR CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN'S MAYBERRY Crossing Christian senior Ethan Mayberry beat cancer for the second time. Football coach Chris Roberts said Tuesday that Mayberry found out last week that he is remission after being diagnosed a second time this offseason with Hodgkin's lymphoma. “It's just a relief for our kids and excitement for Ethan and his family,” Robert said. “When a kid has cancer, his whole family goes through it, so just excitement for them.” Mayberry missed all of last season with cancer before he fought it off and returned to the team in the winter. He was diagnosed a second time in the spring. Roberts said he does not anticipate Mayberry attempting a comeback this season. “He proved to himself he could do it,” Roberts said. “He came and worked all offseason and then he found out. I think he's just going to concentrate on getting through high school and graduating.” DEL CITY'S WATSON COMFORTABLE AT MISSOURI STATE Del City senior Walter Watson's college choice came down to comfort. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Watson verbally committed to Missouri State earlier this month after his official visit to the campus went well. “I liked the atmosphere there, and the coaching staff,” Watson said. “I really felt comfortable there.” Watson plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for Del City, but says Missouri State likes him as a defensive tackle. Missouri State has had recent success recruiting Oklahoma, with five players currently on the roster — Darius Joseph from Southmoore, Malik Earl from Edmond Santa Fe, Tre Betts from Sand Springs, Calan Crowder from Bartlesville and Robert Thomas from Tulsa Union. VIAN'S MOSES, RYAN'S CARTER WITH BIG PERFORMANCES If you're looking for point production, Terron Moses of Vian and Grant Carter of Ryan had you covered last Friday night. Moses scored eight touchdowns and had 198 yards in Vian's 61-12 win over Wilburton. Not to be outdone, Ryan's Carter scored nine touchdowns, breaking a school record that was believed to be 75 years old. He had 214 yards on 28 carries in the 68-30 win over Cement in an 8-man clash. But perhaps the most interesting stat from Carter's performance: his touchdown count outnumbered the players in uniform for Cement, which took the field with only eight players suited out.
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
The orange Oklahoma City Thunder uniform is a reality. Correction: The “sunset” Thunder uniform is a reality, and you're going to be seeing a lot of it. After an offseason of speculation about whether the Thunder would debut a new alternate orange uniform, the team made it official Friday, announcing that Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Co. will wear their new sunset-colored...
OKC Thunder unveils new 'sunset' uniforms
Anthony Slater | Sep 25, 2015Thunder fans react to new 'sunset' jerseys POLL: What do you think of the Thunder's 'sunset' jerseys? A grainy photo surfaced in late July, sending the Oklahoma City web world abuzz. Kyle Singler rekindled the interest with a not-so cryptic Instagram photo on Thursday afternoon. By Friday, the organization had finally made it official, turning rumors to reality. The Thunder will be wearing orange jerseys this season. A lot. In its press release, the team never mentioned the color orange. It used the word ‘sunset’ 11 times. That’s what the Thunder is labeling these new threads – a way, it seems, to tiptoe past the Bedlam undercurrent. “Nice color,” the Oklahoma State athletic department’s official account tweeted at the Thunder, attaching an Orange Power hashtag. The jerseys will debut on Nov. 1, the second home game of the season, against the Denver Nuggets. Then the Thunder will wear them 17 more times, including all of its 13 Sunday games. Ten of the instances will come at home. This is the third permanent alternate the Thunder has added to its original home-away collection. The first was a navy blue look with unique vertical lettering down the right side. The second, which debuted late last season, was an all white sleeved look. Both will remain in the jersey rotation. This orange look, like the two alternates before it, arrived to mixed reviews. It has a large ‘OKC’ on the front and the player’s last names underneath the number on the back. “Liked them until I saw the names under the numbers,” Thunder fan Zach Friesen tweeted. “Still better than the other alternates though.” “Swag,” one fan said. “It couldn’t be uglier,” another added. “Love them,” tweeted Maggie Fair. “I can already see it,” said a Twitter user named The Rodmeister. “We’re gonna get clowned on so bad.” In recent years, across the country, jerseys have become a fascination for many. There are sites dedicated to the latest uniform news. There are high school recruits who eliminate and choose potential colleges based on their opinion of the school’s color schemes and variety. In every sport, there are teams that have rapidly adjusted to this trend. We’ve seen the impact locally. Back in 2011, the OSU football team scrapped its blander jerseys and unveiled an entire batch of new color combos, able to mix and match nearly 50 varieties. The fans ate it up. Mike Gundy still talks about its positive impact on recruiting. Down in Norman, OU’s football team remains well-known for its crisp traditional look. But last season, for the first time, it debuted a flashier “Bring the Wood” alternate jersey. Bob Stoops called its occasional use a “nice change.” Some fans loved the Sooners new look. Some fans criticized it. But everyone was talking about it. And a bunch of them were purchasing the new merchandize. That’s how it’s been with the Thunder’s alternates. Walk into the arena pregame and you’ll spot a kid in the navy blue look. Look around and you’ll find someone in the sleeved whites or one of the many Christmas threads OKC has worn over the years. The Thunder can call it sunset. Cowboy fans can refer to it as OSU orange. Kevin Durant can pretend it's an ode to his Longhorn roots. Dion Waiters can pretend he's back at Syracuse. Billy Donovan may think he never left Gainesville. But anyone interested in purchasing the new look can preorder on the team's website now. ------------------- Below is a schedule of every game the Thunder will wear the new alternates (home games in bold): Sunday, Nov. 1, vs. Denver Nuggets Sunday, Nov. 8, vs. Phoenix Suns Sunday, Nov. 15, vs. Boston Celtics Sunday, Nov. 22, vs. Dallas Mavericks Sunday, Dec. 6, vs. Sacramento Kings Sunday, Dec. 13, vs. Utah Jazz Sunday, Dec. 27, vs. Denver Nuggets Wednesday, Jan. 6, vs. Memphis Grizzlies Sunday, Jan. 10, at Portland Trail Blazers Sunday, Jan. 17, vs. Miami Heat Sunday, Jan. 24, at Brooklyn Nets Saturday, Feb. 6, at Golden State Warriors Sunday, Feb. 21, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, March 6, at Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 16, at Boston Celtics Monday, March 28, at Toronto Raptors Sunday, April 3, at Houston Rockets Saturday, April 9, at Sacramento Kings Fans can pre-order the sunset jersey at okcthunder.com/shop.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Neither team is ranked, neither program is what it once was.Yet for Nebraska and Miami, it'll feel like old times.The Cornhuskers and Hurricanes — who have met four times in bowl games that decided national championships — renew acquaintances Saturday, in the first regular-season trip Nebraska (1-1) has made to Miami (2-0) since 1951. The teams played last year in...
Nebraska and Miami meet again, renewing classic rivalry
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2015MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Neither team is ranked, neither program is what it once was. Yet for Nebraska and Miami, it'll feel like old times. The Cornhuskers and Hurricanes — who have met four times in bowl games that decided national championships — renew acquaintances Saturday, in the first regular-season trip Nebraska (1-1) has made to Miami (2-0) since 1951. The teams played last year in Lincoln, where Nebraska's 41-31 win drew a record crowd. "I understand the great history of this game and some of the historical ramifications of the game against Miami being played for national championships," first-year Huskers coach Mike Riley said. "That's pretty good stuff." Miami beat Nebraska in three Orange Bowls, two of those being national-title-clinchers for the Hurricanes. Miami also topped Nebraska in a BCS title game to cap a perfect 2001 season, and the Huskers won one of their national championships by downing the Hurricanes in an Orange Bowl to close the 1994 season. All that was a generation or two ago — yet to the players of today, it still resonates. For proof, consider what top Nebraska wide receiver and punt returner De'Mornay Pierson-El told Riley when he got hurt last month and learned he would have to miss a few games. "The first thing De'Mornay said to me when he got hurt is, 'I really want to play in that Miami game,'" Riley said. "So I've been getting a feel for what this means to this team and program." It means plenty to the Hurricanes as well. Miami should get wide receiver Stacy Coley back for this game, which would be a plus against an inconsistent Nebraska secondary. This game starts a very rough stretch for the Hurricanes — after this, Miami's next five opponents are Cincinnati, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Duke — so a win Saturday could be a springboard. "The guys that were there (last year) know and understand the tradition of it, but none of that is going to help us prepare," Miami coach Al Golden said. "I think for us, this team has been very consistent right now in terms of its preparation and just staying consistent and methodical in just trying to get better every day." ___ Here's some of what to know going into Nebraska-Miami: KAAYA AT HOME: Saturday will be Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya's ninth career game at Sun Life Stadium. He's passed for at least two touchdowns in all eight of his previous games on the Hurricanes' home turf, and will be facing a Nebraska defense that has allowed 692 passing yards in its first two outings this season. "Wouldn't trade him for anybody," Golden said. HUSKER OPTIONS: Remember when Nebraska was a program that never seemed to throw? No more. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong has plenty of receiving weapons to choose from, with nine players who've gotten at least one catch of 10 yards in the season's first two games. And new starting RB Terrell Newby — a teammate of Kaaya's from preschool to high school — has 241 yards on 38 carries. CHIP AWAY: Nebraska came into the weekend as one of eight FBS teams without a 35-yard gain so far in 2015, but that's more than a little misleading. Moving the ball has been no problem for Nebraska, which had 18 runs of at least 10 yards and eight passes of at least 20 yards in its first two games. Miami has allowed nine runs of 10-plus yards, and no passes of longer than 17 yards. KICK GAME: Nebraska-Miami is an all-Adidas matchup on national television, and the three-stripe types will take advantage of the marketing opportunity. Both teams will wear custom-painted cleats for the game, replete with fancy designs and in Miami's case some individual messages of thanks to past Hurricane players. (Read more about this here, http://bit.ly/1KkzCrw ) ACC VS. BIG TEN: There's an ACC-Big Ten challenge in basketball, and this weekend there seems to be one in football as well. Nebraska-Miami is among five matchups pitting the conferences head-to-head Saturday, joining Illinois-North Carolina, Northwestern-Duke, Virginia Tech-Purdue and Pittsburgh-Iowa. Out of those 10 teams, only No. 23 Northwestern comes into the weekend ranked in the Top 25.
Sep 17, 2015
You can be certain Urban Meyer will warn his Ohio State players about the attack of the MAC when they host Northern Illinois on Saturday and Western Michigan next week.The Mid-American Conference has won at least one game a season, and 21 in all, against the Big Ten over the last 10 years.Maryland was the latest to lose, falling 48-27 to Bowling Green last week, and there are seven more Big...
MAC sees chance for glory, dollars when it takes on Big Ten
By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Sep 17, 2015You can be certain Urban Meyer will warn his Ohio State players about the attack of the MAC when they host Northern Illinois on Saturday and Western Michigan next week. The Mid-American Conference has won at least one game a season, and 21 in all, against the Big Ten over the last 10 years. Maryland was the latest to lose, falling 48-27 to Bowling Green last week, and there are seven more Big Ten-MAC matchups this season. Meyer's top-ranked Buckeyes are five-touchdown favorites over the Huskies this week, but his first head coaching job was in the MAC, and he understands how its teams relish opportunities against the big boys. The MAC's wins are more than just a feel-good story for the 13-team league that shares the same geographic footprint as the Big Ten. They help enhance the MAC's image and potentially its bottom line. "Where we are in the food chain, all our nonconference games are important," said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who also celebrated Toledo's 16-12 stunner over Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference last Saturday. "We have to do well from the start of the season to the end of the season if we want to gain national notoriety. When you step up and play the real high-profile programs and teams, that goes a long way if you have success in those games." The end game for the MAC is to have the College Football Playoff committee deem its champion the best among the Group of Five conference winners. The highest-ranked champion is guaranteed a New Year's Six bowl berth and the considerable sum of money that goes with it. Boise State's appearance in the Fiesta Bowl last season netted the Mountain West an additional $6 million in bowl revenue, to $23.5 million. The MAC had five teams go to bowls and divided $14.1 million among its members. The league's high point in football came in 2012 when Northern Illinois made it to the Orange Bowl under the old BCS system. "This is a league that has high expectations," Steinbrecher said. "We believe the teams at the top end of our league can compete with most folks in the country." No two conferences have played more games against each other than the Big Ten and MAC. The Big Ten's all-time record in the matchups is 261-47-2, according to the sports website mcubed.net. The MAC beat the Big Ten three times last season. Bowling Green's Matt Johnson was the pride of the MAC this week after throwing for 491 yards and six touchdowns against Maryland. His only scholarship offers coming out of high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were from Falcons, Miami (Ohio) and Temple. Johnson ranks among the top high school passers in his state's history, but he stands only 6-feet — too short for the big time, he was often told. Penn State, 85 miles from his hometown, had no recruiting contact with him other than through form letters. Johnson said he doesn't dwell on being snubbed by bigger schools, but winning does send a message. "You naturally get that feeling that, yeah, we weren't recruited by you guys, but that doesn't mean we can't play with you guys," Johnson said. "You just get that re-assurance after a win. It's big for not only your program but for the MAC as a whole to show that we can play up with these Power Five schools." Meyer said he enjoyed mining for players when he was head coach at Bowling Green in 2001-02. He challenged himself to find under-recruited players who showed great potential. He said he suspects that's the same strategy used by Northern Illinois, his opponent this week. "I would imagine they probably redshirt most of their linemen and let them develop because they're a really big, physical team," Meyer said. "That's kind of what we did at Bowling Green. You redshirt your linemen. You go places and try to find kids an inch too short but have great speed." Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said the Gophers will be lectured about not taking Kent State lightly this week. Claeys and the other Minnesota assistants were with Gophers head coach Jerry Kill at Northern Illinois from 2008-10. "You had every kid in that conference told he ain't good enough to be in the Big Ten," he said. "And so they play with a chip on their shoulders and you've got to be ready to play or you'll be in for a long day. You'll see their best when you play a MAC school and you're in the Big Ten." ___ AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis and College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in Columbus, Ohio, contributed. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 17, 2015
Coker and Young are still on the stage. The two men who more than anyone would vie for the title of Mr. Oklahoma Football still are coaching. The old war horses are front and center Saturday. Coker will be in Stillwater, as head coach of the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners. Young will be in Norman, as defensive coordinator of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Coker & Young have seen half a century of our state's football
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Sep 17, 2015The year Larry Coker graduated high school, 1966, he enrolled in summer school at OSU. Planned to go out for Henry Iba's basketball team. Bill Young already was on campus. A linebacker on Phil Cutchin's football team. Played on the '65 team that ended the Cowboys' 19-game Bedlam losing streak and on the '66 team that beat OU again. Long time ago. Half a century ago. Lot of ballgames under the bridge in 50 years. The game has changed. Uniforms have changed. Stadiums have changed. Twenty-year-olds have changed. This has not changed. Coker and Young are still on the stage. The two men who more than anyone would vie for the title of Mr. Oklahoma Football still are coaching. The old war horses are front and center Saturday. Coker will be in Stillwater, as head coach of the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners. Young will be in Norman, as defensive coordinator of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Both Coker and Young have served as coordinators at all three major schools in Oklahoma. Both coached memorable high school teams in the ‘70s, Young as Mike Little's defensive coordinator at Putnam West and Coker as head coach of Fairfax's back-to-back Class B state champions. Both went on to coach at schools like Miami (both, different times) and Ohio State (both, same time). Young coordinated an Orange Bowl defense at Kansas. Coker was head coach of Miami's 2001 national champions, as good a pick as any as the greatest college team of all time. Both have had their disappointments. Young has the dubious distinction of being fired by both OU and OSU; the former by the incompetent John Blake in 1997, the latter by Mike Gundy in 2012 a year after the Cowboys won the Big 12 title. Coker was fired by Gary Gibbs in 1992, then fired by Miami in 2006 despite a 60-15 record. It happens. Stay in coaching half a century, you're going to get dinged. They've retained their dignity the entire way. Young is a low-key stoic in a world of wild-man defensive coaches. Coker ranks with Bill Hancock as the nicest guy in state sports history. To these guys, it's well worth it to still be in the game. “I really enjoy it,” said Young, who was at Yukon High School last season, his only head coaching job in 47 years in the profession. “I enjoy the camaraderie with other coaches and players. It's a challenge. I was off there for 11 months (much of the 2013 season). Gosh, I was bored to tears.” Coker was off for three years, did a little television work, then jumped at the chance to return to the sport he embraced that summer of '66. Coker found out he had no business trying to play hoops for Henry Iba, so he transferred to Connors Junior College. Connors dropped football while Coker was there, so he transferred to Northeastern State in Tahlequah. Played football, went into coaching and soon enough was turning the Fairfax Red Devils into a state power. “Wouldn't trade my experience at Fairfax for anything,” Coker said. “Been a terrific journey for me. Wouldn't trade it for much of anything.” These guys have seen it all in Oklahoma football. Coached with or against most of the biggest names on our state's gridirons. Young played against OU teams coached by Gomer Jones, Jim Mackenzie and Chuck Fairbanks. Coached against OU teams led by Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops. Coached with Blake. Young played for Cutchin. Coached for Jim Stanley. Coached against Jimmy Johnson, Pat Jones, Bob Simmons, Les Miles and Gundy. Coached with Gundy. Coker coached against Switzer and Gibbs, coached for Gibbs and Jones, coached against Johnson and Jones, and coached for Gundy. And both Young and Coker coached for John Cooper in the salad days of Tulsa football in the 1980s. “I've been here a long time, so I know a little bit about” football in the state of Oklahoma, said the understated Young, who graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1964. Coker, of course, coordinated the great OSU offense of 1988, which featured the eventual Heisman Trophy winner in Barry Sanders and a brash junior quarterback named Mike Gundy. Coker brought his Roadrunners to Stillwater last season, an afternoon that he admits was a little weird. After all, a guy who remembers Gallagher Hall circa 1966 and old Lewis Stadium would be transfixed by the palaces in place today. “It was a strange feeling,” Coker said of that 43-13 OSU victory. “Things are so different now. Got such a great facility. Last time I was there, I had Mike as a quarterback. Seeing him on other side as a head football coach was a strange feeling. I have a special feeling in my mind for Stillwater.” And all Oklahomans who have a fondness for the gridiron should have a special feeling for these ancients, the 67-year-old Coker and the 69-year-old Young, who have experienced a half century of Oklahoma football and have done it not just with success, but with class. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 15, 2015
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — If Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya helps the Hurricanes beat Nebraska, it would perhaps be doubly disappointing for standout Cornhuskers running back Terrell Newby.After all, Newby's father basically got Kaaya his start in football.A reunion awaits Newby and Kaaya — longtime teammates in their native California and still close friends — when Nebraska (1-1) visits Miami...
From preschool to college: Newby and Kaaya still have ties
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Sep 15, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — If Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya helps the Hurricanes beat Nebraska, it would perhaps be doubly disappointing for standout Cornhuskers running back Terrell Newby. After all, Newby's father basically got Kaaya his start in football. A reunion awaits Newby and Kaaya — longtime teammates in their native California and still close friends — when Nebraska (1-1) visits Miami (2-0) on Saturday in a matchup of programs with 10 combined national titles. Kaaya has a touchdown pass in all 15 of his college games, and Newby has made taking over as the Huskers' featured back look easy with 279 total yards and four scores in this season's first two weeks. "My dad was looking for guys to get on a team and Brad was one of the biggest, tallest kids," Newby said when asked how he and Kaaya got their football start together. "He wanted him to play. I don't think his mom wanted him to play at first." Kaaya was 6 at the time. He wound up winning the quarterback job that fall, and the duo was on its way to bigger things. He and Newby were everything from preschool classmates to teammates all the way through high school at Chaminade Prep in West Hills, California, and never squared off as opponents until last fall when Miami played at Nebraska — a 41-31 victory for the Huskers. This weekend, Kaaya gets a shot at regaining bragging rights. "It's a cool feeling lining up against him," Kaaya said. "He's always been good. I've always known that. Now the nation's starting to see it and it's good to see him succeeding." Their college careers haven't exactly mirrored one another. Newby, a junior, waited his turn to become Nebraska's go-to running back while Ameer Abdullah starred in that role for the Huskers during the last two seasons. Kaaya, a sophomore, has started every game of his Hurricane career and is now the program's unquestioned leader — even the face of the university, some would probably argue. "I think its his poise that sets him apart," Newby said. "He's always had the poise as a quarterback. And now he's stepping up as a leader." Seeing both Newby and Kaaya have success comes as no surprise to former Miami kicker Matt Goudis, who played with both in high school. Newby used to wear Nebraska gear often during his high school days, and it was no secret even then that Kaaya was looking at Miami despite having plenty of offers to stay much closer to home. So to those who know the duo best, even though both moved far for college, they're exactly where they're supposed to be in many eyes. "They both come from parents who have instilled great values in them," said Goudis, who had to give up football because of back problems last year but spent some time as Kaaya's teammate with the Hurricanes. "Our high school coach, Ed Croson, is well known in SoCal for having smart and disciplined teams. Terrell and Brad are products of wholesome parenting and being taught smart football at a young age. Both are mature beyond their years."
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills made late head coach Lou Saban the 30th member of their Wall of Fame at halftime of Sunday's home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.The team kept the honor a secret from Saban's four children, who were visibly emotional in celebrating their father's honor during a halftime ceremony.Saban coached the Bills from 1962-65 and again from 1972-76,...
Bills honor late coach Lou Saban
By NICK MENDOLA, Associated Press | Sep 13, 2015ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills made late head coach Lou Saban the 30th member of their Wall of Fame at halftime of Sunday's home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. The team kept the honor a secret from Saban's four children, who were visibly emotional in celebrating their father's honor during a halftime ceremony. Saban coached the Bills from 1962-65 and again from 1972-76, leading the team to consecutive AFL championships in 1964-65. In both title seasons, he was AFL Coach of the Year. An Army veteran, Saban was a four-time champion and two-time All-Pro as a player for the Cleveland Browns from 1946-49 in the All-America Football Conference before embarking on a 50-plus year coaching career in the high school, college and professional ranks. Saban disappointed late Bills owner Ralph Wilson in 1976 when he abruptly left the team, which led to the coach's belated honor. Saban died in March 2009 at the age of 87. A 10th-round draft pick out of Indiana University in 1944, Saban also coached the Denver Broncos and Boston Patriots, as well as the University of Maryland, Army and the University of Miami. He last coached with Chowan University in 2002. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.