Chandler Lions football
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|2013-09-20||@||Harrah||W||14 - 7|
|2013-09-27||@||Bethany||L||27 - 45|
|2013-10-04||vs||Prague||W||62 - 20|
|2013-10-11||@||Bristow||L||33 - 37|
|2013-10-17||vs||Cushing||L||14 - 48|
|2013-10-25||vs||Kellyville||W||63 - 18|
|2013-11-01||@||Perkins||W||56 - 26|
|2013-11-08||vs||Seminole||L||26 - 52|
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Apr 2, 2016
You know how we laud some sporting venues? Say there’s no bad seat in the house? Welcome to the Final Four. Where there’s no good seat in the house. And that’s not much of an exaggeration. The NCAA’s ridiculous setup for the Final Four — a stage in the middle of a massive dome — guarantees more people than ever can get into the NCAA basketball semifinals and championship game, but it also...
Houston travelblog: Trying to find a good Final Four seat
Berry Tramel | Apr 2, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4184581[/img]You know how we laud some sporting venues? Say there’s no bad seat in the house? Welcome to the Final Four. Where there’s no good seat in the house. And that’s not much of an exaggeration. The NCAA’s ridiculous setup for the Final Four — a stage in the middle of a massive dome — guarantees more people than ever can get into the NCAA basketball semifinals and championship game, but it also guarantees that even the best seats are bad and the bad seats are awful. I walked around the NRG Stadium floor Friday during workouts and tried to find a seat that was as good as a normal seat at Chesapeake or Lloyd Noble Center or Gallagher-Iba Arena. There aren’t many. Maybe 15-20 rows up, on the side. But maybe not. The Final Four configuration is horizontal. The best basketball arenas are vertical. Let me explain. In the old days, when the Final Four was in a dome, the court was set up near one side of the permanent seats. Then huge temporary bleachers were placed on the other side of the court. I don’t know the numbers, but even the temporary bleachers had to seat between 5,000-10,000. The permanent-seat side would account for many more than that. Attendance at the Final Four in San Antonio in 2004 was 44,000-plus. Attendance at the Final Four in Atlanta in 2002 was 53,378. But the NCAA basketball committee has changed that. Now it places the court in the middle of the football field, on a stage. It puts seats on the floor and then gradually builds up temporary seats, some of them over the permanent seats, until the permanent seats take over. The effect is that the seats are much farther from the court than typical basketball floor, with a flat view. Here’s another way to think of it. Many of the seats are as far from the court as the top row of Lloyd Noble or Chesapeake or Gallagher, only not nearly as high. The angles are awful. This is the one basketball viewing experience where the higher you are, the better off you are, except to get high enough to see well, you’re going to be so far away you can’t see well. The good news, NRG has monster video boards. Not like JerryWorld, but still giant. And that’s how many of the fans will have to watch the game. That’s how I plan to watch the game. Otherwise, you’d know a lot more watching on TV than I would in the arena. FAMILIAR FACES Like I’ve been writing, one of the great things about the Final Four is all the people you come across. During OU’s practice, I ran into Lauren Sampson, Kelvin’s daughter. She called out my name, and it was great to see her. The Sampsons always were a great family. Kelvin was intense at times, but he mostly was a pleasure to cover, and his family was an absolute jewel in their 12 OU seasons. Lauren is back working at the University of Houston, where Kelvin coaches and Kellen is an assistant coach. So the Sampsons are together in Houston. Also Friday, while on a video conference call with the office, I was walking around the bowels of the stadium, because I was sitting next to Jackie O., and there’s feedback on the production if we’re sitting too close together. A large man was walking in my direction and suddenly smiled and stuck out his hand. I put the conference call on mute, pulled off my earphones and the guy reminded me who he was. Ryan Humphrey, the great Tulsa Washington high school all-American who spent two years at OU, 1997-99, then transferred to Notre Dame. Hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since Humphrey arrived at OU. Humphrey played three years in the NBA, and he’s now on the basketball staff at Northwestern, under coach Chris Collins. Collins’ father, long-time NBA coach and broadcaster Doug Collins, was coaching the College All-Star Game on Friday, and Humphrey was an assistant coach for Doug Collins. AUNTIES PASTA For dinner, the Dish and I, JackO, Nate Billings and Ryan Aber went to a mom-and-pop Italian place in Bellaire, recommended by reader Jim Chandler. Aunties Pasta was excellent. Not pretentious. Not overpriced. Just good in every way. I had seafood pasta, the Dish got some chicken something, JackO got chicken parmesan, Nate had fettucine and I forget what Bobby Hebert had. But it was all good. Then we shared three desserts, all reasonably priced. The whole bill for five was less than $100. Good service. Good atmosphere. Good food. I would definitely go back. That’s the kind of place I like to try on the road. I love Pappadeaux and Pappasito’s and places that are proven. But I like a little adventure, too.
Mar 26, 2016
Purcell will soon hire its fifth head football coach in six years. Scott O'Hara told the school on Friday he is leaving to become head track coach at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, sources told The Oklahoman. O'Hara was 4-7 in his only season at Purcell, losing to Sulphur in the first round of the playoffs. Since Mike Wilson — the second-winningest coach in Purcell history —...
High school notebook: Purcell football coach Scott O'Hara leaves for college track job
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Mar 26, 2016Purcell will soon hire its fifth head football coach in six years. Scott O'Hara told the school on Friday he is leaving to become head track coach at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, sources told The Oklahoman. O'Hara was 4-7 in his only season at Purcell, losing to Sulphur in the first round of the playoffs. Since Mike Wilson — the second-winningest coach in Purcell history — stepped down in 2011, the Dragons have been coached by Shannon Watford for one season and Greg Willis for two, prior to O'Hara's hire. OSSAA APPROVES REDUCED CONTACT FOR SPRING FOOTBALL Full contact at Oklahoma high school football spring practices will be reduced to six practices starting in 2017. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors approved the football committee's recommendation to reduce the number of spring full-contact practices. Teams will still be allowed 10 full-contact practices this spring. Next spring, there will be four fewer days and they cannot occur on consecutive days. Also, schools will be allowed a 21-day period from the conclusion of spring activities for each school to complete spring practices. Currently, schools are allowed 10 practices and they must be completed by June 1. The board also approved language in the football manual that allows use of hand-held dummies and shields during non-pad practices. CASHION'S RANEY TAKES TOP HONOR IN THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE Cashion senior point guard Vaughn Raney was named the Most Valuable Player of the Three Rivers Conference. Raney, who is verbally committed to Rogers State, averaged 21.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Here's the full list of all-conference selections: Cashion: Vaughn Raney, Braden Schenk, Luke Jenkins; Hennessey: Carlos Rojo, Dalton Vinson; Oklahoma Bible: Camden Roggow, Hunter Grimm; Okarche: Kyle Pfaff, Jake Banfield; Okeene: Jayce Osmus; Crescent: Wyat McElfresh, Tanner Heiden; Watonga: Nate Coffey, Kaleb McSperitt; Thomas: Duncan Dyck. CARL ALBERT'S HARRELL NAMED SUBURBAN CONFERENCE MVP Carl Albert sophomore Mason Harrell was named the Most Valuable Player of the Suburban Conference after leading the Titans to the Class 5A state championship. Noble picked up a pair of top honors, with Jalal Gondal being named the conference's Defensive MVP and Daniel Lee named Newcomer of the Year. Chickasha's Wes Pulliam was chosen as the Coach of the Year. Here's the Suburban Conference honor squads: First team: Mason Harrell, Carl Albert; Callen Haydon, El Reno; Trey Hopkins, Carl Albert; Christian Wassana, El Reno; Adokieya Iyaye, Piedmont; Brock Henderson, Chickasha. Second team: Jalal Gondal, Noble; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee; David Sumo, Guthrie; J.D. Honeycutt, Guthrie; Brandon Shumway, Chickasha. Third team: Kevin Rassatt, Western Heights; Chris Nimsey, Noble; Daniel Lee, Noble; Coby Barham, Shawnee; Addaryl Quinn, Piedmont. All-Defensive Team: Jalal Gondal, Noble; Jaedon Pool, Carl Albert; Brock Henderson, Chickasha; T.C. Ellis, Guthrie; Seth Maston, Shawnee; Tony Evans, El Reno. Honorable mention: Carl Albert: Quavon Pearson, Bryce Mooreland; Chickasha: Colton Christian, Magyver Boles; El Reno: Cale Owens, Drew Wassana; Guthrie: T.C. Ellis; Noble: Christian Robinson Moore, Zach Coffey; Piedmont: Trevor Bailey; Shawnee: Carson Meier; Western Heights: Lacorian Ballard, Saylon Chavers, Quinton Garrett. YOUNG, GOMEZ NAMED COAC PLAYERS OF YEAR Norman North star Trae Young and Westmoore's Ashley Gomez have received Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference boys and girls Player of the Year honors. Young, a junior, has interest from all over the country. He helped lead Norman North to the Class 6A state championship game. His teammate Marcus Dickinson was named Defensive Player of the Year. Gomez has committed to Xavier. She led Westmoore to its first state tournament appearance since 2003. Her teammate Jessi Murcer was named the girls Offensive Player of the Year and Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec was named Coach of the Year. Edmond North senior Tre Evans was named the boys Offensive Player of the Year. His father and coach Terry Evans was named Coach of the Year. Here are the conference awards: Boys MVP: Trae Young, Norman North Offensive Player of the Year: Tre Evans, Edmond North Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Dickinson, Norman North Newcomer of the Year: Tauriawn Knight, Edmond Santa Fe; Will Graham, Westmoore Coach of the Year: Terry Evans, Edmond North First team: Elyjah Clark, Deer Creek; Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial; Curtis Haywood, Mustang; Jakolby Long, Mustang; Marques Wilson, Edmond North Second team: York Benjamin, Mustang; Cameron Martin, Norman North; Harrison Stoddart, Edmond North; Damoriea Vick, Westmoore; Tyler Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Third team: Marlik Depp, Edmond Memorial; Kristoff Haydon, Edmond Santa Fe; Conner Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Dayne Taylor, Southmoore; Vernon Turner, Yukon Honorable mention: Deer Creek:Tanner Rehl, Jonathan Richardson; Edmond Memorial: Travis Glover, Payton Moore; Edmond North: Tyson Anderson, Brock Butler, Mason Turner; Edmond Santa Fe: DeAngelo Adkins,James Bagwell, Titus Wallace; Moore: Quincy Dockins, Charles Watkins; Mustang: DeAryus Colbert, Kejuan Frazier, Chandler Garrett, Karl Madison, Bryce Roberts; Norman: Jordan Nick, Jake Ogle; Stillwater: Kelton Carter, Brooks Ford; Southmoore: Tinsley Payne, Quian Williams; Stillwater, Alec Noftsger, Mark Smith, Hunter Staten; Westmoore: Dakota Foster, Kody Gilliand; Yukon: Jeramiah Gibson, Drake Landeros, Daunte McGee, Sam O'Bannon, Jordan Williams. Girls MVP: Ashley Gomez, Westmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Jessi Murcer, Westmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Andrea Cooper, Edmond Santa Fe Newcomer of the Year: RaVon Nero, Edmond Santa Fe Freshman of the Year: CurTiera Haywood, Mustang Coach of the Year: Andrea Guziec, Westmoore First team: Sydney Manning, Deer Creek; Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial; Jo'Nah Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Kaci Richardson, Westmoore; Jamia Sheppard, Southmoore Second team: Alexa Scott, Norman North; Sydney Chastain, Westmoore; Veronica Harjo, Edmond North; Shala Robinson, Moore; Turner Mattingly, Norman Third team: Ashlyn Basler, Yukon; Logan Haller, Mustang; Taylor Norman, Edmond Memorial; Addy Lawson, Mustang; Maddie Rehl, Deer Creek Honorable mention: Deer Creek: Mk Brinska, Kendall Blackburn; Edmond Memorial: Sydney Webb, Avery Ogle, Jazmyne Laskey, Maddie Huelskamp; Edmond North: Hayli Hoffman, Kamri Heath, Kendall Burdge, Elise Dilkes; Edmond Santa Fe:Makayla Foy, Michaela Mack, Euresia Brown, Summer Jones; Moore: Tamera Shaver, Alysha Michaelson, Kaylea Massey, Fortuniet Traylor, Morgan Cooper; Mustang: Tytianna Mustin; Norman: Shelby Thrailkill, Darieana Hunter;Norman North: Kenna Sturgell, Jacie Evans, Daisha Reece; Stillwater: Dylan Fix, Jaci Littell; Westmoore: Whitney Outon; Yukon: Becka Cammon, Megan Sailer, Shariah Anderson, Jules Martin
Feb 23, 2016
Heritage Hall football coach Brett Bogert said Harris was offered a scholarship at Eastern Illinois by offensive line coach Mike Simmonds, who was the coach at North Texas to offer Harris. The UNT offer was Harris’ first.
High school notebook: Heritage Hall's Luther Harris signs with Eastern Illinois
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Feb 23, 2016Heritage Hall senior offensive lineman Luther Harris signed with Eastern Illinois last week, Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert told The Oklahoman. Harris, who is 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds, also had scholarship offers from North Texas, Ohio and Tulsa. He chose to wait until after National Signing Day to make a decision, though. Bogert said Harris was offered a scholarship at Eastern Illinois by offensive line coach Mike Simmonds, who was the coach at North Texas to offer Harris. The UNT offer was Harris' first. Harris was on The Oklahoman's All-State and Little All-City teams after leading the way up front for a powerful Chargers offense that rolled to a second straight Class 3A state championship. He's the second player in the state to sign with Eastern Illinois. Tulsa Edison quarterback Scotty Gilkey also signed there this month. BROILES, ROBINSON, FIELDS, THOMAS ADD OFFERS Lately it seems that not a day goes by without a few Oklahoma high school football players picking up more Division I scholarship offers. Four metro-area juniors added offers recently, starting with Putnam City West receiver Nick Robinson drawing an offer from Baylor late Monday night. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Robinson visited Oklahoma State last week following the Cowboys' offer. He now has 13 offers, including Louisville, Tennessee, Houston, Indiana and Iowa State. John Marshall cornerback Justin Broiles continues to be the hottest commodity on the market locally, now with more than two dozen offers. The 6-foot, 170-pound Broiles was offered by Boise State on Tuesday, following Miami, Cincinnati, Mississippi State and Kansas in the last four days. Texas State joined Tulsa and Arkansas State in pursuit of Midwest City's 6-2, 190-pound safety Evan Fields on Tuesday. Mustang defensive tackle Deontre Thomas was offered by Arkansas State and Wyoming, which recently signed Mustang QB Chandler Garrett in the 2016 class. Thomas, 6-3, 275, also has offers Kansas State, Iowa State, Colorado State and UT-San Antonio. LITTLEJIM POWERING CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Christian Heritage heads into the Class 2A boys basketball regional Thursday night riding the strong play of Caleb LittleJim. The 6-foot-2 senior scored 35 points in last week's 72-61 district championship win over Amber-Pocasset and is averaging 27 points per game during the eighth-ranked Crusaders' 17-7 season. CHA faces Mangum at 8 p.m. Thursday in Amber-Pocasset in the winner's bracket regional semifinal.
Feb 23, 2016
Lately it seems that not a day goes by without a few Oklahoma high school football players picking up more Division I scholarship offers. Four metro-area juniors added offers recently, starting with Putnam City West receiver Nick Robinson drawing an offer from Baylor late Monday night. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Robinson visited Oklahoma State last week following the Cowboys’ offer. He now has 13...
Justin Broiles, Nick Robinson, Deontre Thomas and Evan Fields add offers
scott wright | Feb 23, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4109708[/img] Lately it seems that not a day goes by without a few Oklahoma high school football players picking up more Division I scholarship offers. Four metro-area juniors added offers recently, starting with Putnam City West receiver Nick Robinson drawing an offer from Baylor late Monday night. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Robinson visited Oklahoma State last week following the Cowboys’ offer. He now has 13 offers, including Louisville, Tennessee, Houston, Indiana and Iowa State. John Marshall cornerback Justin Broiles continues to be the hottest commodity on the market locally, now with more than two dozen offers. The 6-foot, 170-pound Broiles was offered by Boise State on Tuesday, following Miami, Cincinnati, Mississippi State and Kansas in the last four days. Texas State joined Tulsa and Arkansas State in pursuit of Midwest City’s 6-2, 190-pound safety Evan Fields on Tuesday. Mustang defensive tackle Deontre Thomas was offered by Arkansas State and Wyoming, which recently signed Mustang QB Chandler Garrett in the 2016 class. Thomas, 6-3, 275, also has offers Kansas State, Iowa State, Colorado State and UT-San Antonio.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Feb 5, 2016
Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.
Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings
Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Feb 5, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4074717[/img] Super Bowl 50 is Sunday, and by the end of the night more than 50 players from either the Carolina Panthers or Denver Broncos will join the exclusive club of men who can boast of owning Super Bowl rings. We caught up with a few Oklahomans who were fortunate enough to join the illustrious club and picked their brains about what their rings mean to them, where they are now and all the wacky stuff that might have happened to them in between. "For me, it's just a very, very strong sense of achievement," said Clifford Thrift, the former Purcell linebacker who went on to win Super Bowl 20 with Chicago. "When I look at the Super Bowl ring, it's not just the fact that we won a Super Bowl, but I got to be part of something that literally made history. It's not just about that achievement, but all the little achievements getting to that point. That's really why I cherish it so much and wear it all the time. Not a reminder just that we won that game, bit all the little victories." [pagebreak] R.W. McQuarters, Tulsa Washington Super Bowl 42, 44 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]2990364[/img] "The ring is called the 'Ten Table Ring.' We had the captains, Michael Strahan, Eli Manning and probably Amani Toomer at that time, plus some of the older guys who had been in the New York system at the time and were a little bit older than I was. They had a meeting and came up with how we want the ring to be, here’s what the owners like, here’s what the players like. It was sort of a voice between the owners and the locker room. "The name of the ring is the 'Ten Table Ring' because you can basically see the ring from 10 tables away. That’s the theory behind the ring. Sometimes people ask to see it when they come by, but I don’t keep it at home. It doesn’t bother me that they ask. There are certain things I’d like to see that I haven’t seen before, and I’m sure if I had an opportunity to see them, I’d probably ask. I pretty much keep it put up. When I first got it, I wore it for a while. Then I put it up. A holiday, I might put it on. For me, it means hard work. A lot of perseverance. A lot of adversity. A lot of good. A lot of bad. Just the process of starting football all the way to the end and everything in between." [pagebreak] Tony Casillas, Tulsa East Central Super Bowl 27, 28 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3025606[/img] “I don’t wear it as much as people think. The first thing they ask you, ‘Where are your Super Bowlrings?’ One, it gives away my age. The ongoing joke around here is, ‘What do you call a Dallas Cowboy with a Super Bowl ring? Ancient.’ I used to wear them a lot more. I wore them quite a bit when I first got ‘em. Believe it or not, I’ll leave ‘em laying around, in my kitchen, on the nightstand, stupid places. I was actually going on a USO Tour about five years ago. I was going to take it with me. I couldn’t find it. I was like, anxiety attack, calling my insurance. Finally caught up with me being careless where I put ‘em. The day before, right after Christmas, sick to my stomach, a space in the very back of my closet, a place under my clothes, there’s my Super Bowl ring, right on a jewelry box. Seems like the last three-four years, kind of bring ’em out, because it becomes a timeless piece. "There’s a market for older players because of what we did in that era. People love ‘em. Wow. Never seen a Super Bowl ring. They’re looking at ‘em, their eyes light up. It’s like Christmas. As you get older, you realize the value of it, what it represents. When you’re actually in the moment, you don’t think about it. Everyone wants to try ‘em on. OK, first time I did that, little more naïve about it. ‘I don’t care.’ I gave my ring to someone, and they dropped it. Four sapphire diamonds, two karats each. And I lost a diamond. I was so (ticked) off. I looked all over it. Wore it about a month, looked like it had a hole in it. Had to get it replaced. So I’m not doing that anymore.” [pagebreak] Spencer Tillman, Tulsa Edison Super Bowl 24 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3534954[/img] “There’s an old Hebraic proverb that says don’t hide your candle under a bushel. I don’t wear it every day, but I will wear it to big events or events where it might be a conversation piece. And when I’m on television, I’ll wear it. I was doing Sean Hannity’s show, and he puts on my ring, and you know how he likes to throw his football? Sean had just lost about 14 pounds. He said, ‘Look, I’m doing the next segment. Give me your ring.’ So, he puts on the ring. He had the ring on and he threw a football to break, and the ring comes flying off. It goes sailing across the corner of the wall. You hear one of the camera people, go, ‘Whoaaaa!’ I’m like, ‘Whoa, what?’ He’s like, ‘Did you see that?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Good.’ So, Sean threw my ring across the studio floor there because his fingers were too small for it. But when I picked it up, it hadn’t been damaged at all. “I remember George Seifert delivering a speech — Bill Walsh had moved upstairs and was in kind of a GM role — and I remember him giving a pregame speech. He went around and related to each player based on their core values. I remember him going to Joe Montana, and saying, ‘Joe, you’ve been taking pilot lessons, I know it’s not cheap. You win this game, they’re paid for. In matter of fact, you may even be able to get yourself a small Cessna or something like that.’ He did that to four or five different guys. He said, ‘Spencer, I know you’re into broadcasting. Believe me, you win a couple of these, your value skyrockets.’ It’s like a degree in some ways — it only gives you an opportunity to compete. How do you convert an asset to a benefit. That, in essence, is what you’re doing with that ring.” [pagebreak] Tony Peters, Pauls Valley Super Bowl 17 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4059879[/img] “When you always have this goal of reaching that pinnacle and, of course, to be recognized as a world champion, it’s quite an honor. You know that a lot of people go their entire career without having an opportunity, so you’re very appreciative of that.” Peters’ son, Justin, said, “He’d let us take it for show and tell when we were kids, so you’d take it to school. He’d just put it in our backpacks. It was always kind of fun having that growing up.” [pagebreak] Jon Kolb, Owasso Super Bowl 9, 10, 13, 14 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]635637[/img] “We didn’t even know we got Super Bowl rings. My roommate at Oklahoma State, Terry Brown, was the one who broke the news to me. We had just finished eating dinner the night before the Super Bowl. He said, ‘Oh, look at the ring you’re going to get.’ He showed me his (NFC) championship ring from the year before with the Minnesota Vikings. ‘You’re going to get one of these.’ He was over there laughing at me. I went back to the hotel and told my roommate, Sam Davis, we were getting rings. He said, ‘really?’ Most of us didn’t know you got a ring. It was the game that was important. "One reason Pittsburgh won four Super Bowls in six years, it was never about the ring. It was about the process. Now, it tends to be about the ring. I never wanted it to be just once. It was always, ‘that was fun, let’s do it again.’ My Super Bowl rings are in Oklahoma (in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame). We (the Steelers) were together a month ago. I don’t remember seeing any rings. My son was a wrestler. He won a championship medal, I said, ‘put it in a drawer and move on.’ That’s how we did things.” [pagebreak] Randy Hughes, Tulsa Memorial Super Bowl 12 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]2748675[/img] “My Super Bowl ring disappeared out of my house about seven or eight years ago. I don’t know exactly what happened to the ring. It was at Christmas time and all my kids were in college. Must have had 100 people in and out of the house over Christmas. My ring disappeared. I never replaced it. But I haven’t had it in about five years. I am getting ready to re-order it in the next few days. I’m not sure whether mine was taken or I just misplaced it, but it disappeared. I was upset about it. I loved it. I remembered when I had worn it last. Put it on my nightstand. I didn’t wear it every day, so I didn’t notice missing it for a few days. One day I was looking for it, couldn’t find it. Haven’t seen anything on it on the Internet.” [pagebreak] Oklahomans with Super Bowl rings [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4074899[/img] HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER POS. NFL TEAM SUPER BOWL Ada Jeremy Shockey TE N.Y. Giants 42 Broken Arrow Alvin Bailey OL Seattle 48 Douglass Thomas Henderson LB Dallas 10, 12, 13 Edmond Memorial Scott Case S Dallas 30 Edmond Memorial Marcus Nash WR Baltimore 35 Enid Jim Riley DE Miami 6 Henryetta Troy Aikman QB Dallas 27, 28, 30 Lawton Eddie Hinton WR Baltimore 5 Lawton James Trapp DB Baltimore 35 Millwood Donovan Woods LB Pittsburgh 43 Moore Corey Ivy CB Tampa Bay 37 Owasso Jon Kolb OL Pittsburgh 9, 10, 13, 14 Pauls Valley Tony Peters S Washington 17 Pauls Valley T.J. Rushing DB Indianapolis 40 Purcell Cliff Thrift LB Chicago 20 Sand Springs Michael Bowie OL Seattle 48 Shawnee Darrien Gordon CB San Diego Denver 32 33 Tulsa East Central Tony Casillas DT Dallas 17, 18 Tulsa Edison Spencer Tillman RB San Francisco 24 Tulsa Memorial Randy Hughes S Dallas 12 Tulsa Rogers Don Chandler K Green Bay 1, 2 Tulsa Washington R.W. McQuarters DB N.Y. Giants New Orleans 42 44 Tulsa Washington Robert Meachem WR New Orleans 44 Westmoore Billy Bajema TE Baltimore 47
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at email@example.com.
Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams:___ARIZONATop 25 Class: No.Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense.Best of...
Pac-12 football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams: ___ ARIZONA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense. Best of the rest: OL Michael Eletise. The 4-star recruit from Hawaii is considered one of the best guards in the country. At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Eletise should give the Wildcats some much-needed depth on the offensive line. Late addition: WR Shawn Poindexter. Arizona got a last-second flip on this one. Poindexter, of Glendale Community College, committed to Marshall on Tuesday, but changed his mind a day later and signed with the Wildcats. One that got away: QB Victor Viramontes whittled his decision down to Arizona and California, ultimately signing with the Bears on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: Arizona has had one of the Pac-12's worst defenses over the past few years and the new recruits should help provide the Wildcats with some size and depth. The Wildcats also signed receiver Devaughn Cooper and running back J.J. Taylor, adding to their cache of offensive playmakers. ___ ARIZONA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: N'Keal Harry. Big and athletic, the 6-foot-4 200-pound Harry not only gives the Sun Devils a big-play threat, but is a local product who decided to stay in the Valley of the Sun. "I can't tell you how excited I am about this guy," coach Todd Graham said. Best of the rest: ATH Chase Lucas. Though thin for his frame — 6-foot, 170 pounds — Lucas can play safety or cornerback and could play slot receiver. He was a teammate of Harry's at Chandler High School. Late addition: none. One that got away: DB Byron Murphy. The Sun Devils made a big push to get the local product, but he signed with Washington on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: The Sun Devils have some holes to fill after a disappointing six-win season in 2015. Harry should have an immediate impact in ASU's high-octane offense and two JUCO transfers should solidify the O-line. Arizona State also took steps to shore up its pass rush and shaky secondary. ___ CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: No Best in class: WR Melquise Stoval, California Best of the rest: CB Nygel Edmonds, Tennessee Late addition: RB Zion Echols, California. One that got away: Three-star offensive guard Francisco Perez had verbally committed to Cal before switching plans and instead signing with UCLA. How they'll fit in: Because he arrived on campus in September, three-star early enrollee Max Gilliam has a slight edge on the starting quarterback job but don't make too much of it just yet. Three-star signee Victor Viramontes is a 240-pound athlete who has a strong arm and is a capable runner, two traits that fit in well with coach Sonny Dykes' Bear Raid offense. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster, including Luke Rubenzer who was Jared Goff's backup in 2014 before switching to defense in 2015. ___ COLORADO Top 25 class: No Best in class: Beau Bisharat, RB, Sacramento, California. Best of the rest: WR Johnny Huntley III, Plantation, Florida; Anthony Julmisse, WR, Plantation, Florida; Ronnie Blackmon, DB, Atlanta; Drew Lewis, LB, Coffeyville; Juwann Winfree, WR, Coffeyville One that got away: Craig Watts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Signed with South Florida. How they'll fit in: Bisharat and Winfree could step in and start right away. A three-year starter in high school, Bisharat rushed for 4,130 yards along with 43 TDs. Winfree had 55 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Coffeyville. ___ OREGON Top 25 Class: Yes. No. 23. Best in class: Tristan Wallace, an athletic 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, hails from DeSoto, Texas. He could make an impact right away. Coach Mark Helfrich said Wallace wants to play at receiver, so the Ducks will go with that at the start, but he did not rule out moving him in the future. "I don't know what he is, but he's great," Helfrich said, adding that the position coaches will likely fight for him. Best of the rest: Dillon Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of Memphis, Tennessee, was wooed by many elite programs, including Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State. Part of his appeal is that he also plays basketball, although it's not certain that he'll double up at the college level. He's already enrolled in classes. Late addition: Four-star linebacker Keith Simms of Maryland had offers from Stanford, Cal, Michigan State and Virginia Tech, among other schools, but over the weekend committed to the Ducks. One that got away: Running back Vavae Malepeai verbally committed to Oregon but signed with USC. Malepeai holds the career prep rushing record for the state of Hawaii. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on the quarterback situation at Oregon and how it evolves over the next few years. But the Ducks got a solid recruiting class that included 17 high school players and a junior college transfer. While some fans grumbled that there were no five-star recruits and that most national class rankings put the Ducks in the 20s, Helfrich maintained the importance of signing players who will enroll at Oregon and play, as opposed to players who won't ultimately qualify. ___ OREGON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Shurod Thompson, a safety out of Brentwood, California, had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Washington State, among others. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, the speedy Thompson was considered among the top 10 players in the nation at his position. Best of the rest: Christian Wallace, a cornerback out of Sealy, Texas, was considered among the top 25 prospects out of Texas. He also rushed for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and Andersen said he will also carry for the Beavers. Late addition: Defensive tackle David Fangupo, a 350-pound JC transfer from Cerritos College who signed with the Beavers after earlier committing to Utah. One that got away: Four-star offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa, who decided to go to Washington State. How they'll fit in: Coach Gary Andersen addressed his needs on defense, but the Beavers remain short at quarterback after both Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell decided to transfer. Marcus McMaryion will return and Andersen announced Wednesday that Utah State transfer Darell Garrettson, who had to sit out last year under NCAA rules, had earned a scholarship. The only quarterback in the recruiting class is Mason Moran out of Arizona's Chandler High School, who was recruited as a defensive player by other schools. Andersen said that the Beavers may have to bring in a walk-on at the position. ___ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Oluwole Betiku, DL, Gardena, California. The Trojans plugged a hole on their line with the commitment of a powerful prospect joining the pipeline of talent running a few miles north from Serra High School to USC. Best of the rest: Tyler Vaughns, WR, La Puente, California, and WR Michael Pittman Jr., Westlake Village, California. USC landed two of the top receiving prospects in the country to bolster their enviable depth at the skill positions for the next starting quarterback. Late addition: Jack Jones, WR/CB, Long Beach, California. The Trojans' next possible two-way star chose to stay close to home on decision day, announcing it with a video featuring fellow LBC denizen Snoop Dogg. "I thought it was absolutely awesome," coach Clay Helton said. "I'm amazed how creative it gets every year." One that got away: Jonathan Kongbo, DT, Arizona Western College. The junior college standout passed on a chance to contribute immediately for the Trojans, choosing Tennessee instead. How they'll fit in: USC has rarely hesitated to play freshmen during Helton's six seasons in the program, and this class should be no exception. The Trojans are flush with speedy juniors at their skill positions, but the new recruits will help out until it's their turn to shine in 2017. ___ STANFORD Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Curtis Robinson, OLB, Irvine, Calif. Best of the rest: K.J. Costello, QB, Coto de Caza, California; Clark Yarbrough, OT, Rumson, New Jersey; Kaden Smith, TE, Flower Mound, Texas; Scooter Harrington, TE, Riverside, Connecticut.; Andrew Pryts, S, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.; Treyjohn Butler, CB/S, Rancho Cucamonga, California; Obi Eboh, CB, Southlake, Texas; Richard McNitzky, LS, San Antonio. Late addition: Jet Toner, P/K, Honolulu One that got away: OLB Jeffrey McCulloch. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen signed Wednesday have termed themselves the 'Phat Five,' and several of them will have a chance to help remake the line in their first years. Outland Trophy winner Joshua Garnett was the last true freshman to start at Stanford. Cardinal coach David Shaw also stressed the importance of signing four defensive linemen. That was Stanford's most worrisome position after losing Harrison Phillips to a season-ending injury in the first game of the season and having to convert offensive players to fill in. Shaw also expects Costello to have an impact. Stanford will carry three scholarship quarterbacks next year, none of whom have ever started a game. ___ UCLA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Mique Juarez, LB, Torrance, California. Juarez, who was previously committed to the Trojans, could replace Myles Jack as a versatile outside linebacker capable of defending slot receivers and tight ends. Best of the rest: Brandon Burton, DB, Gardena, California. Mora finally cracked the Serra-to-USC pipeline by landing Burton, a four-star prospect who could contribute on offense or defense. Making recruiting inroads into a high school that has produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Adoree Jackson can help UCLA vault into college football's elite. Late addition: Boss Tagaloa, DL, Concord, California. UCLA struggled to stop the run even before standout lineman Kenny Clark declared for the NFL draft, so there will be opportunities for the 6-foot-1 300-pound Tagaloa to help shore up the middle of the Bruins defense. One that got away: Devin Asiasi, TE, Concord, California. New offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu plans to feature tight ends and fullbacks in a more physical scheme that could echo defending Pac-12 champion Stanford, but that wasn't enough to keep Tagaloa's high school teammate from signing with former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. How they'll fit in: After losing four of the top five receivers from quarterback Josh Rosen's promising freshman season, UCLA will need immediate contributions from early enrollee Theo Howard and the other new receivers. Coach Jim Mora also identified tight end Jordan Wilson and the special teams battery of snapper Johnny Den Bleyker, punter Austin Kent and kicker JJ Molson among players who should see the field early. ___ UTAH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Garett Bolles, OL, Snow College, Lehi, Utah Best of the rest: Troy Williams, QB, Santa Monica College, Carson, California Late addition: David Luafatasaga, LB, Arizona Western, Honolulu, Hawaii One that got away: Wayne Kirby, DT, Pocatello, Idaho How they'll fit in: All eyes are on the offensive side of the ball with quarterback Travis Wilson and running back Devontae Booker gone. As junior college transfers, both Williams and Bolles are expected to contribute immediately. But coach Kyle Whittingham is all about defense and the linebacker corps got an infusion with Luafatasaga, Davir Hamilton, Snow College transfer Kurtis Taufa and Donovan Thompson. Luafatasaga "is exceptional at rushing the passer," Whittingham said. "He can also play inside linebacker. His real strength is coming off the edge." ___ WASHINGTON Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Byron Murphy, DB, Scottsdale, Arizona. Rated a four-star cornerback, Murphy was the top-rated player in the state of Arizona and heavily recruited by Arizona State. He decided to leave the desert for the Pacific Northwest and a chance to contribute early in his career. Best of the rest: Outside linebacker Camilo Eifler was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country at his position coming out of Bishop O'Dowd High School in the Bay Area. Right behind Eifler is RB Sean McGrew from Torrance, California. McGrew was the Gatorade state player of the year for California after rushing for 5,762 yards and 76 touchdowns in his prep career despite being undersized at 5-foot-7 and 173 pounds. Late addition: Jordan Chin, WR, San Fernando, California. Chin was more of a track and field athlete in high school and ran the leadoff leg for the reigning state champions in the 4x100 meter relay. Washington is hoping that speed will translate to wide receiver. One that got away: Washington made a late run at QB Jacob Eason, the top player in the state of Washington, but Eason stuck by his verbal commitment to Georgia. How they'll fit in: The depth of Washington's class is in the secondary with Murphy, Kentrell Lowe, Isaiah Gilchrist and Taylor Rapp. They'll be joining an already talented secondary that returns three starters, but someone out of that group is likely to make contributions in 2016. ___ WASHINGTON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Receiver Isaiah Johnson of Belle Glade, Florida, was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, and among the top 20 receivers in the state. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound product of Dwyer High School caught 44 passes for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Best of the rest: Running back Romello Harris rushed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns in just nine games as a senior, and is rated the No. 57 running back prospect in the nation. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder totaled 7,311 rushing yards in his prep career at Tulare Union High in California. Late addition: Linebacker Suli Tamaivena of Kirkland, Washington. His father, Levi, was a national rugby star in Fiji. One that got away: Athlete Tayler Hawkins of Palm Springs, California, who chose San Diego State. How they'll fit in: Washington State has plenty of returning veterans from a nine-win season that was the best in more than a decade. The new players should have time to learn the system and earn playing time without being rushed into the breach. With three quarterbacks on the roster, the Cougars apparently did not feel the need to sign a top passer this year to run the Air Raid down the road.
Mike Coats Jr. and Jaylon Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends.
Recruiting notebook: Sons of former OU linebackers Coats, Bowden joining up at Lamar
By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Feb 3, 2016EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. tweeted his commitment to Lamar on Jan. 16. A few minutes later, so did Jaylon Bowden, a Blinn College (Texas) defensive back. It certainly wasn't a coincidence. Coats and Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends. “We didn't plan it at all,” Mike Coats Jr. said. “It's been a dream. We always said it would be cool when we were little.” Coats was on The Oklahoman's Big All-City team after recording 104 tackles, a sack and an interception last season. He will also play for former OU center Chuck Langston, who is now Lamar's offensive coordinator. But nothing will top playing with Bowden. “It's kinda like life going in a complete circle,” the elder Coats said. “It's special because a lot of other friends and former Sooners we've talked about that. It's been a blessing for our family and Joe's family to be able to come back together and be able to share that for the next five years.” Another Edmond Santa Fe linebacker, Dillon Hall, signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, returning to the town he called home until a couple years ago. Hall didn't base his decision on being able to return to Miami, OK. But it certainly played a small factor. “I had some options, but I felt NEO was best,” Hall said. “My dad went there, and he really enjoyed it. I love Miami. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to go back. But I think my best opportunity lies there, and if I go there and do good I think I have great things ahead of me.” Hall moved from Miami to Edmond before his junior season. He was joined by four teammates in signing with NEO — offensive linemen Jacob Goss, defensive back Charles Gaines, defensive lineman Diamen House and star running back Darran Williams. GARRETT FOLLOWING MUSTANG COACH'S PATH TO WYOMING Two-and-a-half years ago, Mustang's Chandler Garrett stood in a room at coach Jeremy Dombek's home surrounded by Wyoming football memorabilia. Now Garrett is about to be immersed in Wyoming football once again, only this time as a player, following in his coach's footsteps. “It's really ironic, because he was No. 11 and I'm No. 11,” the 6-5, 210-pound Garrett said Wednesday after signing his letter of intent with the Cowboys. “He played at Nebraska , and I'll play there in my second game. There are a lot of cool things like that. I think it's definitely where I'm supposed to be.” Much of the Wyoming coaching staff, led by Craig Bohl, was at North Dakota State when it began its run of Division I FCS national titles. While there, Bohl's staff recruited Carson Wentz, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback who is being speculated as a potential a top-five pick in this year's NFL Draft. “That coaching staff, they know what they're doing,” Dombek said. “They've sold out to recruiting Oklahoma kids. They like big, physical, tough quarterbacks. “It's a good fit. They think Chandler's a competitor, and they wanted him from the get-go.” Along with Garrett, tight end Bryce Roberts signed with New Mexico State and safety Kiante Miles signed with Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. HERITAGE HALL'S MCDANIEL, LOVE FIND IDEAL FITS Heritage Hall star Tevin McDaniel already has a date circled on his calendar two seasons into his college career at Air Force. Sept. 16, 2017, a game in the Big House against Michigan. “It's not like we're playing other teams,” McDaniel said. “These are teams that compete for national championships and we get to go play them.” McDaniel signed a Certificate of Intent with the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, pledging to join the academy that has hit Oklahoma hard this recruiting season. He was joined Wednesday by Altus star Taven Birdow, Edmond Memorial linebacker Zeke Mammen and John Marshall quarterback Lenard Leviston III. “There's a lot of good places elsewhere, but you look at Air Force and you think benefits,” McDaniel said. But when he first approached his mom Kartina about committing, she wasn't having it. “My initial thought was no way,” she said. “I'm not from a military family. My husband has some members in his family. Man, after the first time going up there, though, being part of the facility and understanding more of what the academy is offering all of those fears went out of my mind.” McDaniel said he wants to be a physical therapist and will major in behavioral sciences. He was especially excited to hear Birdow had signed Wednesday, which could lead to a powerful backfield with the duo that made The Oklahoman's All-State team. “From what I've heard, the dude is an animal on the football field,” McDaniel said. “I can't wait to get down there and get practicing to see what we can do together.” All Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love needed was a visit to Texas Southern's campus in Houston to seal the deal. The powerful senior known as “Tank,” did that last week, met his father's former Langston coach and reaffirmed his commitment to the university. “It played a little role,” Love said about his father, Terrell, playing for offensive line coach John Montgomery. “It was pretty cool I could play for someone who coached my dad. There's some trust between them. They still talk to this day. It's cool to think I'll be able to do that.” The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Love rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns last season while helping the Chargers win a second straight state championship. He finished his career fourth on the school's all-time scoring list, behind Wes Welker, Barry J. Sanders and Sterling Shepard. NORMAN NORTH'S HOGAN WAITING TO SIGN Norman North running back Quan Hogan did not sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, choosing to wait until after his upcoming visit to Southeast Missouri State to make a decision. Hogan, a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, held offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Ohio, Tulsa and Wyoming, but those schools' classes filled up while Hogan waited to make a commitment. He recently picked up the offer from Southeast Missouri State, Timberwolves coach Brent Barnes said, and is setting up a visit there soon. Hogan — ranked No. 26 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list — rushed for 1,309 yards and 28 touchdowns last season for the Timberwolves, and finished his high school career with 5,046 yards from scrimmage with 65 total touchdowns. DEL CITY'S TERRY WILSON SEALS THE DEAL WITH OREGON About six weeks after he made it sort-of-official, Del City's Terry Wilson made it officially official. And next month, it'll be real life. The Eagles' quarterback signed a non-binding financial aid agreement with Oregon in December, but he signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, alongside five of his teammates who signed with other college football programs. Wilson is on track to complete his high school coursework in the next couple of weeks, and he'll enroll at Oregon for the start of their spring term in March to take part in spring practice. “This seals the deal,” Wilson said. “I'll be in Oregon next month. I can't wait to get up there, try to get up the depth chart and possibly get on the field next year.” In addition to Wilson, Walter Watson signed with Missouri State, Sean Talley signed with Emporia State, Jeremiah Wilson and Percy Craig signed with Langston and Asjon Reeves signed with Southwestern Oklahoma State. Over their four-year high school careers, those players helped Del City reach the playoffs each season. “I feel like we left a legacy here,” Watson said. “The four years we were here, we really did big stuff, the whole 2016 class that we had here.”
Feb 3, 2016
CHANDLER — Family and friends, coaches and teammates surrounded Mason Myers as he sat inside the library at Chandler High School. A smile rarely left his face. And yet, there was also sadness on Wednesday morning. On the day he signed a national letter of intent to play football at Central Oklahoma, Myers thought often about the person who wasn't there...
National Signing Day: Why Chandler's Mason Myers chose a college coach just like his father
By Jenni Carlson Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 3, 2016CHANDLER — Family and friends, coaches and teammates surrounded Mason Myers as he sat inside the library at Chandler High School. A smile rarely left his face. And yet, there was also sadness on Wednesday morning. On the day he signed a national letter of intent to play football at Central Oklahoma, Myers thought often about the person who wasn't there — his dad. Scott Myers, a longtime high school football coach, died in 2012 after a courageous and difficult three-year battle with cancer. "I wish he was here," Mason Myers said. "I knew he would've been sitting right there next to me." It was another in a string of bittersweet days for Myers and his family. The summer before Scott died, he took the head coaching job at Chandler, his alma mater. It had always been a dream to coach in the place where he grew up playing football, at the school where he won a state championship as a player in 1984. His other dream was to coach his only son. And for a few months, Scott got to live out both dreams as he coached Mason, then a freshman, at Chandler. Renal kidney cancer took Scott's life in Nov. 2012. Times were tough for his wife, Shelley, his daughter, Morgan, and his son, Mason. There were football games without Scott. There were holidays and birthdays without him. There were so many milestones along the way that they experienced without him. Wednesday was another one of those moments, and yet, the Myers clan felt Scott's presence. After Mason went to UCO's football camp this past summer, he told his mom how much he loved it. Shelley knew he like the school; Morgan attended UCO, so the family had been on campus and even to football games numerous times. But being around UCO coach Nick Bobeck only deepened Mason's interest. "Mom," he told Shelley, "he reminds me of Dad." Bobeck is energetic, running around the field, offering praise to everyone. "As soon as I saw him coaching and everything," Mason said Wednesday, "that's the one I knew I wanted to go to." Mason called his signing day a dream come true. After watching other athletes sign letters of intent over the years, it was something he'd always wanted to do. And even though his ceremony was low-key — no balloons and no pep bands in the library, only a table covered in a royal blue Chandler High School cloth and sugar cookies with yellow and blue UCO icing — the pride and joy was evident in the smiles. Mason knew his dad would've approved. "I think he'd be really proud," he said.
Feb 3, 2016
PHOENIX (AP) — Southern California has again become the epicenter of Pac-12 recruiting.USC and UCLA had the conference's top two recruiting classes on national signing day, putting them among the nation's best.Helped by two players who made last-minute decisions, the Trojans had the nation's No. 9 recruiting class, based on a consensus of the top four most popular recruiting websites. The...
USC, UCLA reign in Pac-12 recruiting battles
By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016PHOENIX (AP) — Southern California has again become the epicenter of Pac-12 recruiting. USC and UCLA had the conference's top two recruiting classes on national signing day, putting them among the nation's best. Helped by two players who made last-minute decisions, the Trojans had the nation's No. 9 recruiting class, based on a consensus of the top four most popular recruiting websites. The Bruins weren't far behind their SoCal rivals, checking in at No. 12. USC had a solid class going under new coach Clay Helton and bolstered it by luring two players away from other schools: safety Jamel Cook from Florida State and running back Vavae Malepeai from Oregon. The Trojans also beat out Michigan for Arizona linebacker Connor Murphy, catapulting a strong recruiting class into a top-10. "You have a lot of battles that last night and there were some nerves, but I'm glad it worked out," Helton said Wednesday. UCLA also had a strong class heading into signing day and got a big boost with the addition of Mique Juarez, one of the nation's top outside linebackers who had considered Alabama and Ole Miss before heading to Westwood. The Bruins also signed a strong group of receivers to play with sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen. "We've filled some needs, we've added depth to our team with quality football players and quality young men, so we're pleased," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. A few more things from around the Pac-12 on national signing day: STANFORD'S HAUL: Stanford's return to prominence last season led to its best recruiting class in four years. The Cardinal already had commitments from K.J. Costello, one of the nation's top pocket passers, and added a big target with one of the nation's best tight ends, Kaden Smith. Coach David Shaw added another notch to his recruiting belt when safety Andrew Pryts de-committed from Penn State to help the Cardinal pull in the nation's No. 21 recruiting class. GOFF'S SHOES: California has some big cleats to fill with quarterback Jared Goff headed to the NFL. The Bears took a couple of steps toward finding his replacement by signing a pair of midlevel recruits: Victor Viramontes from California and early enrollee Max Gilliam. Gillam might have an advantage because he's already been on campus, but Viramontes is big, athletic and has a strong arm. Cal has three other quarterbacks on its roster. ASU'S BIG GET: Arizona State coaches were frustrated the past two years as the state's top recruit left for SEC schools. The Sun Devils reversed that trend by signing N'Keal Harry, a five-star receiver from nearby Chandler High School who committed to the Sun Devils in November. Another top in-state player spurned the Sun Devils, though; Scottsdale defensive back Byron Murphy left the desert to play at Washington. AIR RAID FOUNDATION: Washington State has stocked up on the foundation of its Air Raid offense, signing six offensive linemen. The Cougars have record-setting quarterback Luke Falk coming back for his junior year and need players to help protect him — and whoever his replacement will be down the line. DUCK FLIPS: Oregon has annually had one of the nation's best recruiting classes. A drop to No. 23 this year was precipitated by several players flipping their commitments and going to other schools, notably Vavae, who had verbally committed to the Ducks. Oregon still ended up with some quality players and a strong class, so coach Mark Helfrich didn't seem too concerned. "Part of life in the big city," he said. LEACH SURPRISED: Washington State coach Mike Leach was able to build upon the Cougars' success last season by bringing in a solid recruiting class. He also did it without a lot of hassle; no players who committed to Washington State switched to new schools on signing day. "The most notable thing about this class is it went almost entirely as expected," he said. "That'd be the first time in history that's ever happened, at least for me."
Feb 3, 2016
Whether he was coaching at Texas Tech, Arizona, Indiana or North Carolina, Littrell has always recruited Oklahoma players, and he snagged three in the last days before signing day.
New North Texas coach Seth Littrell returns to Oklahoma to fill out recruiting class
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Feb 3, 2016TUTTLE — Hired two months before National Signing Day, new North Texas coach Seth Littrell found himself scrambling to fill up his first recruiting class as a head coach. A native of Muskogee and a former Oklahoma fullback, Littrell went back to his roots — and back to a familiar recruiting trail. Whether he was coaching at Texas Tech, Arizona, Indiana or North Carolina, Littrell has always recruited Oklahoma players, and he snagged three in the last days before signing day. It started with Lawton Eisenhower receiver Rico Bussey. Then Littrell added Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine, the state's all-time leading passer. And over the weekend, Tuttle's Chandler Anthony, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive lineman, switched his commitment from Illinois State to North Texas. “I couldn't be happier with where I ended up,” Anthony said after signing his letter of intent Wednesday. “I hadn't had any contact with the previous coaching staff, but when they changed over and got in touch with me, I was excited to give them a look. “They've got Oklahoma ties, and they really seem committed toward building that program back up the right way.” Littrell hired one of his former OU blockers, Brad Davis, as his offensive line coach, and Davis played a key role in recruiting Anthony. The Mean Green might've landed a diamond in the rough, considering some of Anthony's impressive numbers — 6-7 (his height), and 32 (his ACT score). “I'm anxious to see what those guys can do with him,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard said. “I know he's real excited about what the coaches at UNT have going, and he loved that there are some Oklahoma connections there.” Littrell, 37, let his personality show through on Twitter Wednesday, posting video clips from television shows, movies and pro wrestling individually celebrating each of his signees. Despite being located just 45 miles south of the Oklahoma border in Denton, North Texas hasn't historically recruited Oklahoma hard. The current roster has only three Oklahomans — Edmond Santa Fe defensive back Ashton Preston, Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore and Heritage Hall quarterback Quinn Shanbour. Littrell is doubling that number after two months on the job, not including a preferred walk-on spot he offered to Fine's teammate, Jason Pirtle. And Littrell is likely to keep coming north of the Red River to build his program. “Him being an Oklahoma guy, he knows these high schools and knows what they're all about,” Ballard said. “He knows it's good football up here, and it'll be exciting to see what he does down there.”
Feb 2, 2016
Imagine if your kid was talking to a stranger on the phone or on social media — and you had no idea who the person even was. Stuff like that makes most everyone squeamish. But that's seen as normal nowadays in recruiting.
How technology shifted the recruiting sands and left parents on an island
By Jenni Carlson Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 2, 2016Shecoeta Garrett would see the headlights as her teenage son pulled his car into the driveway, but he wouldn't always come into the house right away. Sometimes, she would look out and see him sitting in the driver's seat, talking on his cell phone. As the mom of one of the state's top-ranked high school quarterbacks, she would know in general who her son Chandler was likely talking with — a college football coach. But specifically? She had no clue. She had that in-the-dark feeling a lot over the past couple years. Even though mom and son talk openly about all sorts of things, Shecoeta realized early in Chandler's recruitment that she didn't always know who was talking with her son, who plans to sign Wednesday with Wyoming. "You have no idea," she said. "You have no idea." Imagine if your kid was talking to a stranger on the phone or on social media — and you had no idea who the person even was. Stuff like that makes most everyone squeamish. But that's seen as normal nowadays in recruiting. "As a parent, you don't have any access to that," Shecoeta Garrett said. "It's crazy. Really, really, it's crazy." Recruiting, which comes to a head Wednesday with National Signing Day, hasn't always been this way. Recruiters used to call a player at home or through his high school coach. They used to send mail to the house or to the school. Those adults who most often provide a safety net for the recruits — parents or guardians, high school coaches or teachers — would be in the loop. Now, recruiters contact players mostly through cell phones and social media. The NCAA's recruiting rules have made it easier for college coaches to contact recruits, and as a result, those recruits better know the men who they hope to spend four or five years playing for. But the flip side is that parents and high school coaches have been largely cut out of the process. The safety net frays. This isn't the recruiting-related social-media fallout most people are talking about in the sports world; the way coaches and fans are using Twitter to try and sway recruits gets a vast majority of the attention. It can be extremely flattering, but it can also be ugly and quite frankly creepy. But that's largely a product of the lunatic fringe. What is happening with recruiters and recruits has become the norm. A part of the system. Somewhere along the line, it became acceptable for adults to interact with kids without parents always knowing who was talking to their children. *** Ron Smith marvels at the amount of mail that his son received from recruiters. The envelopes and the letters fill five big brown paper grocery sacks today. But if Paul Smith, one of the state's top quarterbacks back in 2003, was coming out of high school now, his dad wonders if he'd end up with even one bag. "The mail that comes in to a kid nowadays is literally one-fourth the mail that universities sent out in the past," Ron Smith said. As a longtime high school football coach in Oklahoma who now coaches at Victory Christian in Tulsa, he has seen how recruiting has changed over the years. He currently has several players who are being recruited, including Oklahoma commit Jon-Michael Terry and Central Oklahoma commit Keats Calhoon. When Paul was being recruited, Ron interacted with recruiters all the time. Part of that was because he was the dad, but part of that was because he was the coach. Recruiters wanted to get game film, wanted to talk strengths and weaknesses, wanted to glean as much information as they could. But all the while, Smith was gleaning information, too. He wanted to know what the coaches were like, their personalities and their styles. Then, he could share those details with Paul. Now? "The high school head coach is pretty much completely out of the loop on what's going on," Smith said. He admitted that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sure, he doesn't always know who's recruiting his players — one recently went on a visit to a school that Smith had no idea was even recruiting him — but gone are the days when Smith spent hours upon hours sending out game film or talking on the phone with recruiters. That took a lot of valuable time, often during the football season. But when Smith visits with players' parents at a required meeting before every season, he gives them a word of warning should any find themselves in a position where their son is being recruited. "Because of social media, you as a parent must be more active," he will say. "It's your job to stay up with the Facebook and the Twitter and all the things that are going on with your son because I don't have access to any of his personal, inside stuff." It's important to remember that college coaches who are using social media to contact recruits aren't necessarily doing anything that violates NCAA rules. The NCAA considers direct messages on social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook to be the equivalent of e-mails, which are allowed. A recruiter can also send a direct message and ask a recruit to call him. Nowhere in the NCAA manual does it say that is impermissible — and even if it were, it would be next to impossible to monitor — and that can pay big dividends in recruiting. College coaches, after all, are limited in how many times they can call a recruit. But the recruit? He can call as many times as he wants. J.D. Runnels thinks that type of thing is positive for players. The former Oklahoma fullback now trains several high school football players who are signing letters of intent Wednesday, and he insists they know way more about the men for whom they will be playing than he did in 2002 when he signed with the Sooners out of Carl Albert High School. "I didn't know what Mark Mangino or Jonathan Hayes or Cale Gundy ... were thinking, what they were doing, how they recruited," Runnels said of the OU coaches who recruited him then. "I had no idea." Nowadays, recruits can follow coaches on Twitter and get a glimpse of their personalities. Maybe a coach posts a picture of players over at his house for dinner. Perhaps another mentions going to play paintball. Runnels acknowledges coaches only post what they want seen, so it's a measured message. Still, he wishes there had been more available info in his day. "That was at a point where you sent your stuff in," Runnels remembered, "and waited on a call." Ron Smith isn't so sure he would want his son Paul to be a recruit today. Even though he tells parents of his players to pay close attention — and many of them heed that advice — they still end up out of the loop more than they used to be. "They're a little bit in the dark," he said. "(Their children are) having contact with college coaches that some parents are not aware of." *** There's a scene in the movie "The Blind Side" that Shecoeta Garrett has been thinking about lately. Sandra Bullock's character, Leigh Anne Tuohy, comes home to find the light blinking on the answering machine (remember those?!). She hits the button, and the machine starts spitting out messages. The voice of one college coach after another wanting to recruit her adopted son, Michael Oher, comes from the answering machine. Some, she deletes. Others, she keeps. Shecoeta Garrett never wanted to have that much power in her son's recruitment. Ultimately, she and her husband, Bodie, have always believed the best decision for Chandler was a decision made by Chandler. But she worries that she has missed opportunities to teach her son, to help him grow and mature. Recruiting, after all, boils down to a six-figure business deal between recruiters and teenagers. Yes, they are talented teenagers, otherwise they wouldn't be receiving scholarships worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and books, room and board, but they are still teenagers. How are they communicating? What are they saying? How are they acting? Are they being respectful? Shecoeta Garrett hopes her son has been raised to do the right things in the recruiting process, but in large part, she doesn't know. Yes, there is a time coming soon when Chandler Garrett will be on his own, when he will have to be a young man without his parents around to help. But as long as he is still a teenager living at home, his parents see an obligation to protect and teach. Recruiting doesn't always make that easy. "They can message them on Facebook. They can message them all day on Twitter," Shecoeta Garrett said of recruiters' interaction with players. "They have total access to kids." Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or email@example.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Jan 31, 2016
Signing day is Wednesday, and plenty of Oklahoma recruits are undecided where they want to play college football.
The Oklahoman's Super 30: State's top two prospects still uncommitted
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 31, 2016National Signing Day for high school football players is Wednesday, and with more than 60 Oklahoma players holding Division I scholarship offers, it looks to be one of the busiest signing days the state has seen. Here is The Oklahoman's fifth and final edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, OL, John Marshall, 6-5, 350 Likely to announce his decision on signing day, Moore is looking hardest at OU and OSU, with Alabama and maybe a couple others still in the picture as well. 2. Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 200 Bundage has taken all of his visits and said his top five — OSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon — but Arkansas also remains heavily involved. 3. Terry Wilson, QB, Del City, 6-3, 190 Wilson signed a financial aid agreement with the Ducks in December and plans to enroll when their spring semester begins in March. 4. Joshua Jacobs, RB, Tulsa McLain, 5-10, 200 The most intriguing prospect on this list the last month, Jacobs exploded after rushing for 2,700 yards as a senior. He has offers from OU, Alabama, Missouri and a few others, and was expected to make trips to Missouri and Alabama over the weekend. 5. Tyler Brown, OL, Lexington, 6-6, 315 The former TCU commitment remains firmly committed to OSU, a place he said he prefers due to having friends already there attending school. 6. Jon-Michael Terry, LB, Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 OU was the first to offer him nearly a year ago, and he promptly committed. His prospects for early playing time are intriguing with the Sooners' vacancies at LB. 7. Dillon Stoner, WR, Jenks, 6-0; 180 A player who simply made plays on offense, defense or special teams, Stoner could excel once he's locked into one role on the Cowboys' receiving corps. 8. Logan Roberson, OL, Harrah, 6-5, 320 Roberson signed a financial aid agreement with OU in December and has already enrolled in Norman, looking to make an early impact up front. 9. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 A long-time Boise State commitment, Wilson recently flipped to Missouri, where his father, Curtis, played in the 1980s. 10. Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 OSU snagged Hill early, and held onto him, despite pursuit from Houston and others. His versatile style is well-suited for the Cowboys' offense. 11. Noah Jones, DE, Southmoore, 6-5, 250 His powerful lower body makes the Texas Tech commit an intriguing prospect once he gets to Lubbock. 12. Austin Quillen, DB, Jenks, 6-0, 190 A linebacker at Jenks, Quillen shifts to a more natural defensive back spot at Vanderbilt. Also had offers from Iowa, Arizona, Washington State and others. 13. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 Decommitted from Arkansas State last month and says he's looking hardest at Nebraska, Memphis and Tulsa as he takes his decision down to the wire. 14. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 The big man remains committed to Tulsa, where he was scheduled to visit over the weekend. 15. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-1, 230 Ideally built to be a middle linebacker, McKinney is Kansas State's only Okie commit in this year's class. 16. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-2, 230 The big, powerful back turned heads with a strong senior season, and ultimately flipped his commitment from SMU to Louisville. 17. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 Opponents avoided him much of the season, and he could have a chance for early playing time at Kansas. 18. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-4, 310 A powerful run blocker in the Hollis offense that keeps the ball almost exclusively on the ground, but his athleticism will help him adapt to pass blocking at Wyoming. 19. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 Previously committed to Tulane, Criddle flipped to Purdue in December. 20. Jackson Winrow, WR, Shawnee, 6-2, 180 Winrow makes his debut on the list after a breakout senior season with more than 1,000 yards and 12 TDs. He recently committed to Vanderbilt after an official visit to Nashville. 21. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 Brown remains committed to Tulsa despite offers from Arkansas State, Navy, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Wyoming. 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 The playmaker recently became Oklahoma-native Seth Littrell's first Oklahoma commitment at North Texas since he took the job. 23. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 210 One of three Oklahoma players committed to Wyoming, Garrett is currently the only quarterback in the Cowboys' signing class. 24. Taven Birdow, RB, Altus, 6-1, 215 The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year has narrowed his choices down to Air Force and Navy. 25. Blake Williams, TE, Mustang, 6-5, 225 Sidelined much of his career by illness, Williams earned offers from North Carolina and Illinois, while drawing attention from several other schools this season. 26. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 220 Hogan has mostly remained quiet about his recruiting, though he quit basketball to focus on getting prepared for the future. Has offers from Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, Arkansas State and Colorado State. 27. K.J. Wells, ATH, Idabel, 6-4, 185 A prolific playmaker, Wells had verbally committed to Wyoming over seven other Division I offers — including OSU and TCU — but recently switched to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. 28. Chandler Anthony, OL, Tuttle, 6-7, 285 After missing his junior season with an injury, Anthony returned and garnered five Division I offers. He recently committed to Illinois State. 29. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 The Highlanders' leader verbally committed to Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, choosing the Warhawks over Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. 30. Nyc Burns, QB, Berryhill, 6-5, 180 Burns burst onto the scene this season — his only as a starting quarterback — and plans to be a preferred walk-on at OSU, turning down multiple Division I scholarship offers.
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
Dec 28, 2015
She also holds offers from University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State.
High school notebook: Westmoore's Ashley Gomez offered by Xavier
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 28, 2015Westmoore senior Ashley Gomez's college interest has expanded to the Big East. Xavier offered the sharp-shooting guard Tuesday, marking her fourth scholarship offer, according to basketball coach Andrea Guziec. Gomez was on The Oklahoman's Big All-City team last season after averaging 16.9 points per game. She is regarded by many as one of the best 3-point shooters in the area and is a big reason the Jaguars are undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Class 6A. She also holds offers from University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State. SOUTHMOORE'S THOMPSON, STARK AMONG HONOREES IN COAC Southmoore garnered a pair of the top awards on the All-Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference football team. Sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson was named Offensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Stark was named Coach of the Year, the conference announced. Southmoore was the conference champion as well. Deer Creek linebacker Blake Landon was named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is the full list of conference honorees: Conference champion: Southmoore Coach of the Year: Jeremy Stark, Southmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Casey Thompson, Southmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Blake Landon, Deer Creek Offensive Back of the Year: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Receiver of the Year: Dunya Rice, Southmoore Offensive Lineman of the Year: Jude Richardson, Norman North Defensive Lineman of the Year: Noah Jones, Southmoore Linebacker of the Year: Austin Malicott, Westmoore Defensive Back of the Year: Kiante Miles, Mustang Special Teams Player of the Year: Dalton Witherspoon, Moore First-Team selections Quarterback: Chandler Garrett, Mustang Running back: Darrian Moss, Southmoore; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial Receiver: Jordan Brown, Stillwater; Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North; Nathan Womack, Norman North; Dylan Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore Offensive line: Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Walker Reed, Norman North; Jackson Denny, Norman North; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive line: Tre Towery, Westmoore; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe; Corey Tipsword, Norman North Linebacker: Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Kaden Truelove, Mustang; Tyler Adkinson, Westmoore; Mike Coats, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive back: Kyle Sander, Deer Creek; Antonio Williams, Edmond North; Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Ezra Harper, Mustang Kicker: Parker Noble, Deer Creek Punter: Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial Return Specialist: Jordan Prince, Edmond North Deep snapper: Jonah Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial Second-team selections Quarterback: Cameron Hardesty, Norman North Running back: AaRon Kinchion, Mustang; Tahj Davidson, Deer Creek; J.R. Bryson, Edmond Santa Fe Receiver: Noah McGraw, Deer Creek; Cooper Coyle, Edmond North; Jack Fronheiser, Norman; Rylan Redding, Yukon Offensive line: Bryce Barker, Southmoore; Trace Pack, Norman North; Elijah Smith, Norman; Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe; D.J. Taylor, Yukon Defensive line: Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Parker Jurae, Edmodn North; Ethan Robinson, Norman North; Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe Linebacker: Cooper Stanley, Yukon; Cole Daniel, Mustang; Trey Carter, Stillwater; Dylan Hall, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive back: Jake Brewer, Norman North; Jase George, Edmond Memorial; Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Nick Farmer, Deer Creek; Hayden Fox, Deer Creek Kicker: Zach Bryant, Stillwater Punter: Preston Porter, Norman North Return specialist: Ryan Houser, Moore Deep snapper: Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe ADAIR'S EBY TOPS DISTRICT 2A-7 HONORS Adair senior Cody Eby was recently named the District 2A-7 MVP after helping lead his team to the school's first ever football championship. Eby accounted for 30 touchdowns — 17 receiving and 13 rushing — as a big part of Adair's high-powered offense that rolled to a Class 2A title. Adair coach Mark Lippe was also named Coach of the Year, Walker Graves was named Defensive Player of the Year and Bo Rogers was named Special Teams Player of the Year. Adair quarterback B.J. Bradbury, who is on The Oklahoman's All-State team as a defensive back, was named Quarterback of the Year. Another member of the All-State team, Tré Lang of Haskell, was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District team as voted by the coaches: MVP: Cody Eby, Adair Offensive Player of the Year: Tré Lang, Haskell Defensive Player of the Year: Walker Graves, Adair Special Teams Player of the Year: Bo Rogers, Adair Newcomer of the Year: Jacob Bruce, Hulbert Coach of the Year: Mark Lippe, Adair Quarterback of the Year: B.J. Bradbury, Adair Running Back of the Year: Anthony Howard, Hulbert Wide Receiver of the Year: Brock Martin, Adair Offensive Lineman of the Year: McQuay Shaw, Haskell; Nick Richmond, Hulbert; Lane Yoder, Adair; Chance Brown, Colcord Tight End of the Year: Dexter Nichols, Kansas; Adam Davis, Hulbert Injured Athlete of the Year: Brandon Roeder, Adair; Cody Daniels, Salina; Chris King, Choteau Defensive Lineman of the Year: Kanyon Kelley, Haskell Defensive End of the Year: Bryce McCutceon, Adair Inside Linebacker of the Year: Caleb Crites, Colcord; Austin Junghans, Haskell Outside Linebacker of the Year: Jesse Copeland, Colcord; Ethan Autry, Hulbert Defensive Back of the Year: Will Hefner, Adair ALL DISTRICT Adair: Blane Dean, Alec Brand, Jason Kincade, Ben Woolman, Joe Smith, Noah McKnight, Heath Kerr, Nick King, Trevor Brachtenbach Choteau: Ben Cowan, Joe Quigley, Trevor Searcy Colcord: JJ Potter, Cash Hayes, James Parsons, River Craghead Hulbert: Jordan Gibson, Spencer West, Parker Taylor, Jon McGowan, Dillon Stanley, Greg Landaverde, Gunner Cleveland Kansas: Mark Blizzard, Jared Hogshooter, Jordan Robbins Salina: Billy Shea, Jared Mellowbug, Bryce Kerns, Matt Ogle HONORABLE MENTION Choteau: Curtis Smallwood, Justin Chupp, Tyler McMahan, Zac Primeaux Colcord: Mandan Shawver, Spencer Earp Hulbert: Noah Thompson, Trenton Justice, Josh Hardison, Gabe Scott Kansas: Cody Blackfox, Jon Noe, Ty Whorton Salina: Chase Mellowbug, Trenton Pritchett, Isaiah Sapp, Jake Sitsler
2015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAMPLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, WestlakeWestlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP...
2015 All-Central Texas football team
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Dec 26, 20152015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, Westlake Westlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP — was backed up by a stat line that included an area-high 3,833 yards passing, 1,419 yards rushing and 71 total touchdowns, one of which was a reception. Ehlinger led Westlake to a 14-2 record and an appearance in the Class 6A, Division I championship game. His whirlwind year also featured a commitment to the University of Texas, a championship at the state 7-on-7 tournament in July and his surpassing of Nick Foles and Drew Brees on Westlake's all-time passing chart. Also in the mix: Vandegrift RB Travis Brannan; Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer; La Grange RB JK Dobbins; Vista Ridge QB Matt Snow NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Chandler Herman, jr., QB, Georgetown Herman completed 13 of 17 passes in his varsity debut, and he totaled four touchdowns in his second start. En route to leading Georgetown back into the postseason, Herman threw for 2,719 yards on 222-of-334 passing and eight of his 24 TD passes were compiled over the Eagles' two playoff games. This probably isn't the last time that you'll hear about Herman during the 2015-16 school year. The Georgetown basketball team's leading scorer as a sophomore, Herman is averaging 7.4 points per game this season. Also in the mix: Lake Travis K Cameron Dicker; Hendrickson RB DJ Jackson; Liberty Hill DB Dyllon Joiner; Cedar Park QB Mak Sexton COACH OF THE YEAR: Carl Abseck, Cedar Park Under their first-time head coach, Cedar Park knocked off Aledo, Class 5A's top-ranked team, in Abseck's debut, and the Timberwolves then held the No. 1 ranking throughout an undefeated season. Cedar Park's 16 victories came by an average of 31.9 points and included a triumph in the Class 5A, Division II championship game. Formerly the Timberwolves' offensive coordinator, Abseck took charge of a team that lost five offensive starters in the off-season — including the 2014 All-Central Texas player of the year plus the team's starting quarterback — but Cedar Park showcased its depth while averaging 45.8 points per game. Also in the mix: Hank Carter, Lake Travis; Todd Dodge, Westlake; Chris Jones, Gidding; Rodney Vincent, Vista Ridge FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB: Sam Ehlinger, jr., Westlake All-Central Texas MVP led Chaps to title game with 5,257 total yards, 71 TDs. RB: JK Dobbins, jr., La Grange Put together area's second-best rushing season in only 11 games (2,740 yards). RB: Travis Brannan, sr., Vandegrift Navy pledge scored 47 times, topped 2,600 rushing yards for second straight year. WR: Josh Wainwright, sr., Bowie Deep threat averaged 18.6 yards per catch and scored on 16 of his 57 receptions. WR: Steven Gallardo, jr., Burnet Turned 84 catches into 1,212 yards, and scored 12 of his 16 TDs through the air. WR: Paxton Segina, sr., Vandegrift Rice recruit played in only eight games this season but recorded 48 catches, 16 TDs. OL: Holton Greenfield, jr., Vandegrift APSE all-state honoree recorded 105 knockdowns and a 94 percent grade. OL: Shea Baker, jr., Cedar Ridge Top lineman in District 13-6A helped Raiders to share of district championship. OL: Harper Geracci, sr., Vista Ridge Repeat All-Centex pick blocked for two 1,800-yard rushers from his center position. OL: Jack Merrill, sr., Cedar Park Returning starter earned all-district nod and state title with offense that averaged 45.8 PPG. OL: Brycen Foreman, sr., Westlake All-state honoree helped keep Ehlinger upright for much of this past season. K: Cameron Dicker, soph., Lake Travis Varsity-debut season included 11 FGs, 74 PATs and APSE all-state honors. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL: Anthony Ekpe, sr., Hendrickson Rice recruit recorded 15 sacks and blocked three punts during all-state campaign. DL: Denton Meiske, sr., Thrall Small-school standout posted huge numbers in 2015 (123 tackles, 13 sacks). DL: Elias Garcia, sr., Westlake Had nine sacks and recorded 11 of his 87 tackles in 6A-I championship game. LB: Mac McCaskill, sr., Cedar Park Defensive MVP of 5A-II title game finished year with 130 tackles, 16.5 sacks. LB: RJ Phillips, sr., Vista Ridge District 25-5A defensive MVP in hoops was a force in football, too (162 tackles). LB: Chris Sanders, jr., LBJ Piled up 16 sacks on way to winning 26-5A's defensive MVP award. LB: Aidan Estrada, jr., Lake Travis Recorded 162 tackles, forced seven fumbles for unit that allowed 13.4 PPG. DB: Jordan Williams, sr., Hendrickson Future Toledo Rocket was tabbed 13-6 MVP after a 101-tackle season. DB: Dyllon Joiner, jr., Liberty Hill Newcomer was district MVP after debut season included nine INTs, 13 PBUs. DB: Austin Hiller, jr., Lake Travis Blocked three kicks and had six INTs as Cavs allowed two passing TDs in playoffs. DB: Jav Guidry, jr., Cedar Park Rushed for 707 yards, but did most damage as champ's shutdown CB (12 PBUs). P: Smith Carlton, soph., St. Michael's Preseason All-Centex pick delivered with average of 38.6 yards over 47 punts. UTIL: Mulbah Car, sr., Reagan City's all-time leading rusher scored 34 times, had 70 tackles as 7-4 Raiders' LB. SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matt Snow, sr., Vista Ridge Topped 2,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing while accounting for 47 TDs. RB: Isaiah Vilaire, sr., Vista Ridge Other half of 5A-I semifinalist's 1-2 punch had 1,856 yards, 25 TDs on 173 attempts. RB: DJ Ellison, sr., Lockhart Rushed 238 times while leading area finalist's Slot-T offense with 1,754 yards, 22 TDs. WR: Jo'Vonta Grimble, sr., Georgetown Area leader in receptions (87) added 1,229 yards, 14 TDs to All-Centex rèsumè. WR: Chase Cokley, sr., Westlake Explosive North Texas recruit converted 67 catches into 1,281 yards, 17 TDs. WR: Kadarius Daniels, sr., Cedar Ridge Led Raiders to a share of 13-6A title with 84 catches, 1,112 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Travis Arroyo, sr., Hendrickson Contributed 107 knockdown blocks as Hendrickson rushed to postseason's second round. OL: Jacob Seggern, sr., Thrall Earned a 94.2 percent grade and all-state honors as Thrall qualified for playoffs. OL: Ian Burnette, soph., Wimberley Second-year starter led Texans to a surprising third-round playoff appearance. OL: Justin Wilson, sr., Liberty Hill Had 46 pancake blocks and a 90 percent grade as Panthers rushed for 4,624 yards. OL: Fabian Becerra, sr., Giddings Turned in a blocking grade of 96 percent on a line that allowed 11 sacks in 13 games. K: Luiz Diaz, jr., Georgetown Kicked three of his 10 FGs in the bi-district round, and had 32 touchbacks in 2015. SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL: Tevin Paul, sr., Lake Travis Cal pledge posted eight sacks, 68 tackles for 6A-II finalist's dominating defense. DL: James Lynch, jr., Round Rock District 13-6A's defensive lineman of the year had six sacks, 24 QB pressures. DL: Corbin Truslow, sr., East View Had 82 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 17 QB pressures during a down year at East View. LB: Keith Bazzle, sr., Cedar Ridge 6A-I area finalist received 120 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT from all-district honoree. LB: Darien Townsend, sr., St. Michael's Led Crusaders' defense with 108 tackles, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles. LB: Augustine Tambe, sr., Cedar Park Injury ended year in Cedar Park's 11th game, but 21 of 88 tackles were for a loss. LB: Adrian Hunter, sr., Manor Defensive MVP of 17-5A had 97 tackles, two fumble recoveries for 7-4 Mustangs. DB: Deon Collins, soph., LBJ Emerged as a threat to opposing QBs (six INTs) and punters (two punt-return TDs). DB: Matthew Wright, sr., McNeil Offensive duties didn't hinder defensive production in 2015 (152 tackles, 4 PBUs). DB: Alex Shillow, sr., Pflugerville APSE all-state honoree recorded five interceptions, 14 PBUs, two defensive TDs. DB: Damarcus Fields, sr., Taylor Texas Tech recruit led Ducks' defense with 96 tackles, four INTs, five forced fumbles. P: Culver Sumner, sr., Vandegrift All-district honoree at DB, WR positions landed 13 of his 23 punts inside the 20. UTIL: Tony Brown, sr., Jarrell Cougars QB rushed for 2,363 yards, accounted for 44 TDs and had 5 INTs on defense. THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB: Charlie Brewer, jr., Lake Travis Threw for 3,426 yards, 42 TDs while completing 68.4 percent of passes for 6A-II finalist. RB: Cole Baker, sr., St. Andrew's Crusaders posted an 8-1 record as Baker ran for 1,574 yards, 25 TDs on 174 attempts. RB: Jon Shannon, sr., Liberty Hill Top Centex newcomer in 2014 missed three games this fall, but ran for 1,399 yards, 19 TDs. WR: Cade Green, jr., Lake Travis Led Cavaliers in receptions (72), receiving yards (1,172) and TD catches (16). WR: Tommy Lavine, sr., Cedar Park Topped 1,000 receiving yards in run-first offense and scored in each of team's final 10 games. WR: Reed Klubnik, sr., Westlake Ehlinger's top target had 75 receptions, and he also contributed 1,228 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Jake Helton, jr., Vandegrift Had 103 knockdowns and 41 pancake blocks as Vipers averaged 46.1 PPG this fall. OL: Ryan Becker, sr., Marble Falls After winning bronze in the Class 5A discus in May, SMU recruit had 74 pancake blocks. OL: Dan Babyak, jr., Lago Vista Vikings offense received a 91 percent grade and 83 knockdown blocks from its top lineman in 2015. OL: Ian Moore, sr., Lockhart Had 105 knockdown blocks as 5A-I area finalists exceeded 4,500 rushing yards. OL: Kade Clapper, sr., Georgetown All-district honoree allowed only one sack and exited his senior season with 92 percent grade. K: Chris Orocio, sr., Giddings Buffaloes kicker made six of his eight FG attempts as team reached postseason's third round. THIRD TEAM DL: Dylan Hudson, jr., Vandegrift Unanimous all-district honoree had 74 tackles and eight sacks for the Vipers this year. DL: Carter Ware, jr., Liberty Hill Fourteen of his 60 tackles were for a loss, and he also scored once for the Panthers. DL: Tim Douglas, jr., Stony Point Coin-toss result thwarted Tigers' playoff plans, but Douglas contributed 77 tackles, 5 sacks. LB: Elijah Lewis, sr., Giddings Buffaloes' leading rusher also anchored the regional qualifier's defense with 120 tackles. LB: Joseph Wilburn, sr., San Marcos Had 107 tackles, three fumble recoveries as Rattlers reached playoffs for first time since 2007. LB: John Garza, jr., La Grange Returns to All-Central Texas team after recordeding 123 tackles, 2 sacks during 2015 season. LB: Matthew Long, sr., Leander Had 68 tackles and a defensive TD to complement offensive work (seven TDs, 6.9 YPC). DB: Dawson Solis, sr., Thrall Scored 10 times on offense, but his 106 tackles, 3 INTs also boosted the Tigers this fall. DB: Mack Kelley, sr., Westlake Piled up 101 tackles and scored two defensive touchdowns as Chaps reached 6A-I finale. DB: Peyton Tuggle, jr., Cedar Creek First-time playoff qualifiers received four interceptions, 12 PBUs from cornerback. DB: Brian Bullock, sr., Round Rock Had 81 tackles and three INTs as Dragons grabbed a share of 13-6A championship. P: Josh Marini, sr., Bowie Bulldogs' all-district punter also earned first-team honors as a kicker. UTIL: Ethan Fernea, sr., Dripping Springs First-team all-district pick at WR, DB positions also returned three kickoffs for TDs. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007241,t000007235,t000007060,t000007261,t000046469,t000003183,t000040517,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
Dec 19, 2015
Williams’ versatility led to him being used as a receiver, blocker and running back in short-yardage situations.
High school notebook: Illinois offers Mustang's Blake Williams
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Dec 19, 2015Illinois became the second Division I football program to offer a scholarship to Mustang tight end Blake Williams, who has been a late-rising prospect in the recruiting world after missing two seasons in high school. North Carolina offered the 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior last summer. Williams' versatility led to him being used as a receiver, blocker and running back in short-yardage situations. He finished with 25 catches for 378 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for two more scores. Williams missed the previous two seasons because of rare medical condition that disrupts the automatic functions of his nervous system. With the condition finally under control, he was able to play his senior season. Williams is one of three Division I prospects for the Broncos. Quarterback Chandler Garrett is verbally committed to Wyoming, and tight end Bryce Roberts has offers from New Mexico State and Stephen F. Austin. KETCHUM'S JANWAY CHOSEN FOR USA FOOTBALL UNDER-19 TEAM Ketchum senior Garret Janway will participate in the International Bowl as part of the USA Football under-19 team next month. Janway, a 6-foot, 260-pound lineman, was selected for the team, which will compete against the Canadian national team Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. USA Football fields teams in five different age groups, from under-14 to under-19. Players practice together for a week prior to the games. COACHES RECOGNIZE BETHANY'S HUDSON HAWS IN DISTRICT AWARDS With several important awards to give out, the top of the list for the coaches of District 3A-2 was an easy selection. Before they got around to naming the top offensive or defensive players in the district, the coaches chose to make special recognition of injured Bethany linebacker Hudson Haws with the Courage Award. Haws suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck and back during a game at Blanchard in late October. He is currently paralyzed below the chest and is undergoing treatment at Craig Hospital in Denver with hopes of regaining movement in his legs. In addition to their recognition of Haws, the district coaches chose Meeker running back Jake Standlee as the 3A-2 Player of the Year. Douglass quarterback Patrick McKaufman was named the Offensive Player of the Year and John Marshall lineman Tramonda Moore earned the top defensive honor. Here's the full All-District list for 3A-2: Courage Award: Hudson Haws, Bethany Player of the Year: Jake Standlee, Meeker Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick McKaufman, Douglass Defensive Player of the Year: Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Alex Williams, Mount St. Mary; Xavier Canady, John Marshall Receiver of the Year: Levi Bagwell, Meeker Offensive Lineman of the Year: Kasey Wagoner, Douglass Co-Quarterbacks of the Year: Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Michael Nolen, Meeker Offensive Back of the Year: Archie Browne, Mount St. Mary Tight End of the Year: Ryan Trevino, Meeker Defensive End of the Year: Xavier Mason, Douglass Defensive Tackle of the Year: Stephen Giggers, John Marshall Co-Inside Linebackers of the Year: Dajon Wilkins, Douglass; Will Moore, Meeker Co-Outside Linebacker of the Year: Parker Williams, Blanchard; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary Co-Safeties of the Year: Landon Stout, Bethany; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard Cornerback of the Year: Dez Jackson, John Marshall Special Recognition for injured athlete: Cole Pinion, Bethany; Anthony Jackson, Douglass Coach of the Year: Lonny Nolen, Meeker All-District selections by team Douglass: Quasean Sims, Dominique Jones Bridge Creek: Cade Mitchell, Gio Pantajoa, Brett Hodges, Joe Morris, Ryan Getner, Zack Hodges, Johnny Ojeda, Christian Longin Bethany: Graham Croslin, Rob Greer, Dakota Snow, Brock Holliday, Robert Melkovitz, Bryton Schmitt Blanchard: Ashton Yeargin, Dylan Mercer, Hunter McDonald, Garrett Wehrer, Austin Gee Meeker: Austin Roberts, Kayden Edmonds, Jarrod Speight, Mason Lucas Mount St. Mary: Jack Turner, Blaine Elder, Ethan Cooksey John Marshall: Charles Young, Malik Hall, London Matthews, Isiah Clark, Jeremiah Patton, Greg Wright, Elijah Jackson HERITAGE HALL DOMINATES DISTRICT 3A-1 AWARDS Class 3A state champion Heritage Hall took home three of the four major District 3A-1 awards recently, with star Tevin McDaniel being named the MVP. Coach Brett Bogert was named Coach of the Year and powerful running back Terrell Love was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Cushing's Levi Herren was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District team as voted by the coaches: MVP: Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall Offensive Player of the Year: Terrell Love, Heritage Hall Defensive Player of the Year: Levi Herren, Cushing Coach of the Year: Brett Bogert, Heritage Hall Quarterback of the Year: Kyler Patterson, Cushing Running Back of the Year: Chrys Bell, Perkins-Tryon Wide receiver of the Year: George Carvijall, Mannford; Drew Shults, Kingfisher Tight end of the Year: ShaBryan Baker, Centennial; Cole McDaniel, Heritage Hall Offensive lineman of the Year: Adam Loftis, Cushing; Luther Harris, Heritage Hall Defensive tackle of the Year: Daniel Wall, Perkins-Tryon; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall Defensive end of the Year: Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon Inside linebacker of the Year: Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Jaron James, Mannford Outside linebacker of the Year: Mike McCleary, Blackwell; Brandon Ezell, Heritage Hall Defensive back of the Year: Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall; Dillon Longbrake, Perkins-Tryon Kicker of the Year: Sean Bozworth, Cushing; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall Punter of the Year: Bryce Wells, Perkins-Tryon Snapper of the Year: Tyler Scott, Mannford Injured Athlete of the Year: Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Reid Trout, Kingfisher
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — In Dwight Freeney's 14th NFL season, his trademark spin move still works just fine.Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was its latest victim.Freeney spun around tackle Matt Kalil and stripped the ball from Bridgewater's hands in the waning seconds of the game, thus preserving Arizona's 23-20 win over the Vikings last Thursday night.The play gave him 115 1/2 sacks, good...
In 14th year in the NFL, Freeney's spin move still works
By BOB BAUM, Associated Press | Dec 16, 2015TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — In Dwight Freeney's 14th NFL season, his trademark spin move still works just fine. Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was its latest victim. Freeney spun around tackle Matt Kalil and stripped the ball from Bridgewater's hands in the waning seconds of the game, thus preserving Arizona's 23-20 win over the Vikings last Thursday night. The play gave him 115 1/2 sacks, good enough for 19th on the NFL career list. His 46 forced fumbles are tied with his former teammate Robert Mathis for most among active players. A big share of those sacks came when he spun around the would-be blocker, a move he says dates back to his basketball days at Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, Connecticut. "Every single time I got the ball in the post I had a little spin move I got called for traveling," Freeney said. "So I decided to play football. In football there's no traveling, right? It's funny but I think it probably started from there." Freeney went on to become a first-round draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts, joining Mathis to wreak havoc on the opposing quarterbacks. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians recalled facing Freeney in those days. "You had to know where he was all the time and game plan for him," Arians said after Wednesday's practice. "...Of course you had Robert Mathis on the other side. It was no piece of cake. Sometimes one of them (you) had to single block and you held your breath." Freeney made the Pro Bowl seven times and was a three-time All-Pro selection. He left the Colts in 2012 and spent the last two years with the San Diego Chargers. Freeney found himself out of work when this season began and was considering retirement when the Cardinals came calling. Arizona had lost its top pass rusher off the edge, Alex Okafor, with a calf injury. Freeney signed a one-year contract on Oct. 13. His role is limited to obvious passing situations and he did well enough that, when Okafor returned, Freeney stayed in the rotation on an Arizona team that's 11-2, has won seven in a row and can clinch the NFC West title with a win Sunday night in Philadelphia. "Two months ago I didn't know if I was going to play," Freeney said. "But the things we're going through now is why I decided to come back, to have these types of feelings, and this camaraderie with this team and just be able to go after another ring." He compared his spin move to a pitcher's "out" pitch. "I don't spin every time," Freeney said. "Sometimes I try to beat you inside. Sometimes I bull rush you. But I try to make them all kind of look the same. I guess the longer you play, you can figure it out, figure out how to make everything look the same so he doesn't know what's going to happen." The staple in his repertoire, though, is that spin. "I'm spinning when I get off the bus, I'm spinning when I get out of the locker room," he said. "That's just me." Freeney signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $870,000 with incentives that could tack on another $1 million. The sack of Bridgewater was Freeney's fourth of the season, earning him an extra $200,000. From here on out, he gets $100,000 per sack up to $1 million. "I'm not going to try harder because there's incentives," Freeney said. "I'm already giving 110 (percent). There isn't much more to give. But it makes it a little more fun, something to talk about." And a little something to put in his pocket. Notes: Kicker Chandler Catanzaro was named NFC special teams player of the week after kicking three field goals, including the game-winning 47-yarder, against the Vikings. ... Six players didn't practice Wednesday: CB Patrick Peterson (ankle), RB Andre Ellington (turf toe), TE Jermaine Gresham (knee), S Rashad Johnson (ankle), C Lyle Sendlein (knee) and ILB Sean Weatherspoon (illness). ... Arians said Peterson has been dealing with a sore ankle and he aggravated it again against Minnesota. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Dec 14, 2015
McDaniel was selected based on his performance at a combine for the event over the summer in Dallas.
High school journal: Heritage Hall's McDaniel to play in Blue-Grey All-America Bowl
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 14, 2015Heritage Hall senior Tevin McDaniel will play Sunday in the East vs. West Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. McDaniel was selected based on his performance at a combine for the event over the summer in Dallas. The 6-foot, 220-pound senior just finished helping Heritage Hall win a second straight Class 3A championship. He entered the game with 1,158 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns to go along with 618 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 17 sacks as a defensive end. McDaniel holds a scholarship offer from Air Force, currently his lone Division I offer. It was announced in September that Del City quarterback Terry Wilson was chosen to participate in the North vs. South Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. Wilson has signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon. TWO OKLAHOMANS ON NJCAA ALL-AMERICA LIST Two former Oklahoma high school football players were named NJCAA All-Americans on Monday. Muskogee native Tramal Ivy, who had been verbally committed to Oklahoma State before changing his mind on Monday, was a second-team selection. The 6-5, 245-pound sophomore is a defensive end for Butler (Kan.) Community College. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive back Terrell Williams, a 6-4, 210-pound senior, was a third-team selection. The Lawton High product recently committed to Houston, choosing the Cougars out of his 10 offers. ADKINS, GARRETT, JONES TAKE TOP DISTRICT 6A-I-2 AWARDS Tulsa Union running back Tyler Adkins was joined by Mustang's Chandler Garrett and Southmoore's Noah Jones on the list of top honors for District 6A-I-2. Adkins was voted District Player of the Year by the 6A-I-2 coaches, and Union's Kirk Fridrich was named Coach of the Year. Garrett, Mustang's quarterback, was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Jones, a defensive end for the SaberCats, was the Defensive Player of the Year. Here is the full list of award winners, and the All-District team: Coach of the Year: Kirk Fridrich, Tulsa Union Player of the Year: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union Offensive Player of the Year: Chandler Garrett, Mustang Defensive Player of the Year: Noah Jones, Southmoore Co-Special Teams Players of the Year: Dalton Witherspoon, Moore; Landon Sailing, Owasso Offensive Lineman of the Year: Jude Richardson, Norman North Co-Defensive Linemen of the Year: Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Corey Tipsword, Norman North All-District team by position Quarterback: Cameron Hardesty, Norman North; Brandon Burch, Tulsa Union Running back: Quan Hogan, Norman North; Darrian Moss, Southmoore Receiver: Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Nathan Womack, Norman North; Bobby Brown, Mustang; Demond Sampson, Owasso; Daeonte Calvert, Tulsa Union; Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North Tight end: Randy Lollis, Putnam City North; Bryce Roberts, Mustang; David Warriner, Tulsa Union Offensive line: Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Walker Reed, Norman North; Jackson Denny, Norman North; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Jacob Conley, Mustang Defensive line: Ethan Robinson, Norman North; Parker Jure, Edmond North; Triston Grant, Owasso; Kavon Graham, Owasso; Myles Brown, Moore Linebacker: Josh Diggs, Southmoore; Cole Daniel, Mustang; Kaden Truelove, Mustang; Jacob Tucker, Owasso Defensive back: Ayo Ologolo, Tulsa Union; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Antonio Williams, Edmond North; Noah Wells, Putnam City North; Kiante Miles, Mustang; Jake Brewer, Norman North; Quinton Colberson, Putnam City North Punter: Jace Holt, Tulsa Union Kicker: Preston Porter, Norman North Returner: DaRyan Houser, Moore
Dec 8, 2015
Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to...
High school notebook: Lamar offers three local football players
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 8, 2015Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State. As a senior for the Wolves, Coats recorded 104 tackles, one sack and an interception. He also has multiple Division II offers. Westmoore defensive coordinator Ty Gower confirmed the offers for Towery and Loccident to The Oklahoman via text message. Towery is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman. Loccident, a defensive back, had 53 tackles and an interception this season. EDMOND NORTH'S FROHLING WINS GATORADE AWARD Edmond North senior Hannah Rose Frohling was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday. Frohling, who was announced as The Oklahoman's All-City Player of the Year last week, led the Huskies to a 32-1 record and the Class 6A state championship. The 6-foot senior recorded 408 digs, 330 kills and 104 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .438. She maintained a weighted 4.25 grade-point average and serves as a volunteer in her community. “Hannah Rose Frohling leads her team not only with her skill set, but also with a great attitude and tons of energy,” Norman North coach Stephanie Kane said. “She really stepped up this year in her senior role to help her team win a state championship.” JENKS' NUNLEY, BROKEN ARROW'S SHAW SHARE DISTRICT HONORS Jenks quarterback Cooper Nunley and Broken Arrow running back Jamall Shaw were recently both honored as the District 6A-I-1 Players of the Year. Nunley just led Jenks to its fourth straight championship and third with him as the starting quarterback. Shaw led Broken Arrow to the state championship game, where it lost to Jenks. Nunley passes for 2,853 yards and 35 touchdowns, while Shaw rushed for 1,959 yards and 27 touchdowns. Edmond Santa Fe star running back Darran Williams was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He finished the year with 1,744 yards and 22 touchdowns on 248 carries. Jenks' Dillon Stoner, an Oklahoma State commitment, was named Defensive Player of the Year. Stoner had 50 tackles and an interception, while also catching 36 passes for 724 yards and 10 TDs. Broken Arrow coach David Alexander was named Coach of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Jamall Shaw, Broken Arrow Offensive Player of the Year: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive Player of the Year: Dillon Stoner, Jenks Coach of the Year: David Alexander, Broken Arrow Back of the Year: Braden Hudson, Putnam City Receiver of the Year: Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City Offensive Lineman of the Year: Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Defensive Lineman of the Year: Tre Towery, Westmoore; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow Linebacker of the Year: Mike Coats, Edmond Santa Fe; Austin Malicott, Westmoore Defensive Back of the Year: Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Special Teams Player of the Year: Allan Dinh, Putnam City; Devon Johnson, Broken Arrow Kicker/Punter of the Year: Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial ALL-DISTRIC TEAM Edmond Memorial: Tate Troxell, Imani Woodley, Zeke Mammen, Jase George, Christian Gabriel, Evan Green, Grifffin Amen; Edmond Santa Fe: Grant Newton, Zeke Jenkins, Dillon Hall, Dustin Anthony, Jacob Goss, Jerome Bryson Jr., Vessy Parrish, Dylan Williams, Charles Gaines, Juan Johnson, Justin Richardson, Cameron Walker, Micah Gaston; Broken Arrow: Ethan Bullard, Andy Smith, Micah Mebane, Levi Vandeventer, Taylor Stines, Samuel Akem, Brendon Franklin, Israel Tristan, Jay Ivy, Michael Willis, Caleb Elder, Jordan Davis; Norman: Romero Gatewood, Jack Fronheiser, Riley McGill, Elijah Smith, Bryce Burkhart, Brandon Lee; Yukon: Cooper Stanley, DJ Taylor, Kyle Menge, Rylan Redding, JT Kearby, Parker Hodge; Putnam City: Ryan Brown, Austin Williams, Alonzo Fuller, Oscar Anyabola, Zach Hester, Dariyon Weeden;Westmoore: Tyler Addison, Desmond Vick, Noel Maul, DeShawn Lookout, Anthony Adams, Derek Loccident; Jenks: Andrew Wyatt, Austin Quillen, Stephen Lyles, T.J. Lynn, Antwan Woods, Abdul Alhou, Ryan Robinson, Carter Nelson, Zach Neal, Logan Corwin, Morgan Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Mason Minnix, Wyatt Scribner, Sam Wilson, Sheldon Barnes. HARRAH'S MARTIN NAMED DISTRICT 4A-2 PLAYER OF YEAR Harrah senior running back Grant Martin was recently named the District 4A-2 Player of the Year after leading Harrah to its first playoff victory in 21 years, Martin was on The Oklahoman's 2014 All-State team. He finished with nearly identical numbers to his junior season of 2,589 yards and 37 touchdowns. This season, he finished with 2,543 yards and 32 touchdowns in the same amount of games. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry. Tuttle coach Brad Ballard was honored as the Coach of the Year after the Tigers finished the regular season undefeated. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Grant Martin, Harrah Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Gus Hall, Tecumseh Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Mason, Tuttle Special Teams Player of the Year: Jon Cain, Glenpool Coach of the Year: Brad Ballard, Tuttle OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Quarterback: Gabe Simons, Ada; Kostner Ingraham, Harrah Running back: Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Jason Biddy, Tuttle Receiver: Dalton Lewis, McLoud; Jake Martinez, Ada Tight end: Jeremy McDonald, Harrah Offensive line: Chandler Anthony, Tuttle; Logan Roberson, Harrah; Teague Fox, Tuttle; Kyle Townsend, Harrah; Jake Bailey, Ada; Andrew Sturm, McLoud; Trip Hall, Tecumseh DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Defensive end: Dalton Cooper, Tuttle; Michael Spencer, Bristow; Jon Cain, Glenpool Defensive tackle: Dalton Hanson, Harrah; Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh Inside linebacker: Blake Berryhill, Tuttle; Braden Hobbs, Harrah Outside linebacker: Cale Smith, Tuttle; Levi Grimes, Ada Safety: Dakota Buie, Tuttle; Braden Jennings, Harrah Cornerback: Hunter Hughart, Glenpool; Austin Steele, Harrah SPECIAL TEAMS Kicker: Rylee Jones, Harrah Special recognition: Bryce Remington, Glenpool; Dillon Briggs, Ada ALL-DISTRICT TEAM Tuttle: Keegan Riley, Trenton Slattery, Brecken Waitman; Ada: Avery Logan, Kane Moore; Harrah: Kevin Carroll, Drew Webster, Chase Smiley, Hunter Goodwin, Steven Byers, Wyatt Laymon, Colton Guinn, Preston Griffin; Bristow:Robert Chacon, Ryan Lee, Tyran Proctor, Trever Miller, Jacoby Gantz; Glenpool: Anthony Burns, Austin LaCroix, Colton Hughart, Andrew Gossett, Bailey Bennett, Nick Heck, Kyle Harders; Tecumseh: Jordan Brown, Triston Grayson, Brayden Begley; McLoud: Tristan Keith, Johnny Poff, Christian Alba, Will Carroll
Dec 8, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boz was never getting into the College Football Hall of Fame."My name was on the ballot, but I wasn't accepted," Brian Bosworth said Tuesday.Bosworth was an All-America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award winner at Oklahoma from 1984-86. He helped the Sooners win a national title in '85. He should have been a Hall of Famer a long time ago, but the obnoxious persona he...
Bosworth becomes Hall of Famer the 'Boz' never could be
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Dec 8, 2015NEW YORK (AP) — The Boz was never getting into the College Football Hall of Fame. "My name was on the ballot, but I wasn't accepted," Brian Bosworth said Tuesday. Bosworth was an All-America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award winner at Oklahoma from 1984-86. He helped the Sooners win a national title in '85. He should have been a Hall of Famer a long time ago, but the obnoxious persona he created, the brash-talking Boz, was not so well-received. He failed a drug test that got him suspended from a bowl game. He taunted the NCAA. After he left Norman, Oklahoma, for an NFL career that flamed out quickly, he was not welcomed back. The Boz is gone now, replaced by a 50-year-old man who has reconnected with his school, developed spirituality and found humility. That's the guy who is going into the Hall of Fame, part of a class of 15 former players and two coaches who were set to be inducted Tuesday night by the National Football Foundation at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. "I've lived my life so impatiently, and I fought to hurry things up and not allow God to let things happen in God's time. And I wanted it to happen more in Brian's time," Bosworth said. "As long as I continued to try to fight that battle, I knew my life was always going to be in a sense of frustration and high anxiety." The players heading into the hall with Bosworth were Trev Alberts from Nebraska, Bob Breunig from Arizona State, Sean Brewer from Millsaps College, Ruben Brown from Pittsburgh, Wes Chandler from Florida, Thom Gatewood from Notre Dame, Dick Jauron from Yale, Clinton Jones from Michigan State, Lincoln Kennedy from Washington, Michael Payton from Marshall, Art Still from Kentucky, Zach Thomas from Texas Tech, Heisman Trophy winner Rick Williams from Texas and the late Rob Lytle from Michigan. The coaches were Jim Tressel, who led Ohio State to a national championship in 2002, and 76-year-old Bill Snyder, who has won 193 games in 24 seasons with Kansas State. "It's strange coming to me under any circumstances," Snyder said of the honor while still active. The NFF allows coaches who are 75 and older to be inducted while they are still coaching. In 2006, the late Joe Paterno was inducted while at Penn State and Bobby Bowden went in while coaching at Florida State. Kansas State won its last three games to become bowl eligible this season at 6-6 and will play Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2. "If they had to re-vote today, they probably wouldn't vote that way considering the past season," Snyder said. "Obviously, it's special, and I've tried to put it all off, just because of being in the season and not get wrapped up in it at all. I'm honored." Snyder took over at Kansas State in 1989 when it was maybe the worst program in major college football. He built it into a Big Eight and Big 12 power, a transformation dubbed the Miracle in Manhattan. As for coming back for a 25th season, Snyder said: "As of right now, I have no reason not to, but I take some time after each season and process that and go from there." Thomas, a three-year starter at linebacker for the Red Raiders, said Bosworth was one of the players he tried to emulate when he was playing high school ball in Texas. "He was the prototypical linebacker," said Thomas, who was Southwest Conference defensive player of the year in 1994 and '95. Bosworth played for another Hall of Fame coach during his time at Oklahoma. Barry Switzer won three national titles with the Sooners. He was in New York on Tuesday to attend the induction ceremony, and nothing meant more to Bosworth than sharing the moment with his old coach. "That's why it was so emotional," Bosworth said. "Because it's really all about him. Without him believing in me as a high school kid, giving me that chance, reaching down and telling me you're good enough and I'm proud of you and I love you; those are things I didn't get when I was growing up with my father. Being able to share that with him and really express how much I loved our football team." ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Dec 3, 2015
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Scott Chandler knows he can't try to be Rob Gronkowski while the star tight end is out with a knee injury."There's not a lot of Robs walking around," the veteran said Thursday. "I'm just doing what I can here, I'm focused on that. I'm not trying to be Rob."Gronkowski suffered a right knee sprain and bone bruise Sunday night in New England's loss at Denver. He will be...
Chandler not trying to fully replace Gronk for Pats
Associated Press | Dec 3, 2015FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Scott Chandler knows he can't try to be Rob Gronkowski while the star tight end is out with a knee injury. "There's not a lot of Robs walking around," the veteran said Thursday. "I'm just doing what I can here, I'm focused on that. I'm not trying to be Rob." Gronkowski suffered a right knee sprain and bone bruise Sunday night in New England's loss at Denver. He will be out an undetermined amount of time. So Chandler, who has been the No. 2 tight end since signing with the Patriots, now figures to be thrust into a great role with Gronkowski out. But that really doesn't affect the way he gets ready for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'm kind of approaching it the same way (as usual)," he said. "Whatever I'm asked to do I'm going to do it to the best of my ability. That's kind of the approach I've had my whole career and that's not going to change this weekend." The 30-year-old Chandler averaged 45.3 catches and caught 20 touchdowns over the last four years with the Buffalo Bills. He knew signing with New England would lower his numbers and it has - he has 19 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns but also some drops among his 15 missed targets. "My whole goal coming here was to be a part a part of a winning team," he said. "So far we've been pretty successful. ... Being where I'm at in my career and having been where I was, 10-1 is the only thing that really matters to me. I'm pretty excited about that." And clearly glad to be playing important games in November and December. "I'm excited to have it be meaningful this time of year," he said. "I just want to do my part and whatever I can to help this team stack up some more wins and get into the playoffs and make a run there." The Iowa grad was wearing an Iowa Football sweat shirt, his alma mater, trying to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff with a win this weekend in the Big Ten championship. "Coach (Kirk) Ferentz has done an amazing job this year," Chandler said. "I'm proud to have played for him. He's such a great man and a great coach." ___ NOTES: Michigan grad Tom Brady was wearing an Ohio State T-shirt in the locker room after losing a bet with Ohio State alum Nate Ebner over last week's Buckeyes win. ... Rookie running back Trey Williams, claimed on waivers Tuesday and with his third team even though he hasn't seen any action, said he slept with his playbook Wednesday trying to learn the team's complicated system. He also revealed he played his high school football for new teammate Danny Amendola's dad, Willy. Williams said of his new job: "For the most part, the Patriots have been doing their thing, and I hope I can contribute and help this team win a Super Bowl." ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick needs a win Sunday for his 13th 11-win season, which would tie him with Don Shula for the NFL record.
Nov 19, 2015
Weatherford assistant coach Preston Roof's autism limits some of his physical and mental capabilities, but it cannot restrain his passion ... for his family and for Weatherford football. His dad, Woody Roof, is the team's head coach.
Friday Night Lights: Special father-son coaching duo is at heart of Weatherford football success
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 19, 2015WEATHERFORD — Preston Roof came home one day from his new job with something important to tell his parents. “They call me Coach Roof now, Dad,” he said. Woody Roof — Preston's father, and the most famous coach Roof in this western Oklahoma town — still gets a glow in his eyes when he tells the story of that conversation eight years ago. Being Coach Roof is the most important, most valuable job Preston has ever had. He's never quite as happy as he is when the Friday night lights come on at Eagle Field, he pulls the headset over his worn black Weatherford visor and goes to work coaching the team that means so much to him. He's been eagerly waiting all week for 7:30 p.m. Friday, when the Eagles kick off their Class 4A quarterfinal game against visiting Oologah. Preston Roof is 26 years old. He's in his eighth season as a Weatherford assistant coach after four years as a player for the Eagles. He's also autistic. It limits some of his physical and mental capabilities. It cannot restrain his passion. Passion for his family, and for Weatherford football. And it has never stopped him from affecting lives in an incredibly positive way. “There's not a person I think more highly of than Preston Roof,” said former Weatherford head coach Mickey Seifried, who brought Preston on as his assistant in 2008 and gave him the title of Coach Roof. “He cares so much about the kids on that team. He wants them to succeed so badly, and the kids can tell that. He wants it for them, and they want it for him.” More than a title Last June, it was announced that Woody Roof was returning for his fourth stint as Weatherford's head coach. It was announced by Preston, who broke the news on social media. “Something like that,” Preston said with a grin. There was no way to contain his excitement when his father decided to come back. Preston had played for his father as a senior in 2007, but Woody retired at the end of the year. Preston never had the chance to coach with his dad. More importantly, Woody had never coached alongside Preston. That weighed heavily in Woody's decision to return at age 65. “With the opportunity to come back, and how it all came about, I was debating whether to do it or not,” Woody said. “I've been around the block a few times, so I had to really consider if it was the right thing to do. “Preston was a big influence, talking to me and telling me he thought I could still do it. There's not a more positive person that I've ever been around. He's a true Weatherford Eagle. With him feeling like I could do it, and both of us knowing how fun it would be to be back together, that was a big influence. “And he's helped me. In coaching, you go through the peaks and valleys, and he won't let me stay in that valley for long.” The title of Coach Roof isn't just a label given to Preston because he hangs out at practice and wears a headset on game nights. It's his job. He helps coach receivers and defensive backs. He's on the field working with them and talking to them every day. He's in the meetings and the film study. “He jumped right in and started talking to the players,” Seifried said of Preston's early days on the coaching staff. “He coached the kids, and they listened to him and respected him.” That hasn't changed with the current players. “He means everything to this team,” senior Spencer Ard said. “He picks us up when we need it, and he lets us know when we're slacking. “He's out there messing with us and giving us a hard time. If you slip up, he'll be the first one to let you know. We really feed off his energy, because it's always at the highest level.” Coaching isn't his only job. Preston has worked for several years at the Pizza Hut down the street from the high school. Five days a week, Preston works there through lunch. Then he changes into his coaching gear and joins Woody at the fieldhouse to get busy on the day's work. A coaching family Preston's passion for coaching comes naturally. Woody Roof is one of the most successful coaches in Oklahoma history, with 214 career victories and five state championships, two at Weatherford in 1991-92. He also won titles at Elk City and Watonga, and is one of just 11 Oklahoma coaches to win at least five state championships. Preston's grandfather, Kenneth Roof, was part of 439 wins and seven state titles as an assistant and head coach at Thomas from 1951-87, following his stellar playing career as a running back at Oklahoma State. Kenneth died in January at 89. Some of Preston's favorite memories with his grandfather were when they got the chance to talk football. Maybe they'd sit around at Kenneth's house in Thomas, or head up the road to chat with the other regulars at Miller's Diner. “We'd go down to Miller's and have a Mountain Dew together,” Preston said. “We'd talk Oklahoma State football, Weatherford football, Thomas football.” Kenneth loved his visits from Preston. He'd often call Woody and encourage him to go out to the family farm near Kenneth's home, because it gave Woody a reason to bring Preston to the house. “I'd drop him off, and they'd start talking football,” Woody said. “I'd go out to the farm and come back a couple hours later, and they'd still be sitting there talking about the same things.” Preston is the third of four children for Woody and Lynn Roof. After the oldest son, Adam, was grown and gone, Preston and Woody found themselves outnumbered by the three females in the house — Lynn and Preston's sisters, Megan and Chandler. So they would manage to find their way downstairs for some guy time. “We have a big basement with a big TV,” Woody said. “We go down there and watch some football.” Preston's respect for coaches goes beyond his family. Thomas coaches Bob Ward and Mike Tyson are high on the list. Weatherford football assistants and baseball coaches Charles Teasley and Todd Gaunt have played key roles for Preston, as well. “They've been a very big part of his coaching career,” Woody said. “They took him under their wing. They'd be in football, and when it was over, they'd bring him over to help with baseball. “I owe Mickey Seifried a lot of gratitude, as well, because he was the one who first asked Preston to be part of the program and developing him and giving him that positive environment.” Preston has even become good friends with one of Weatherford's biggest rivals, former Clinton coach Mike Lee. The two met when Preston was about 10. Woody was coaching at Elk City, and before a game at Clinton, he took his son across the field to talk to Lee. “Preston wouldn't even acknowledge me,” Lee said. “He knew I was the enemy. I could tell he was really competitive. But Woody finally got him to speak to me, and over the years, I would see them anytime Weatherford and Clinton would play in anything. “Now, every time Preston sees me, he shakes my hand and gives me a hug. He's a good guy, and he comes from a good family.” Eagle pride Preston doesn't mask his passion for Weatherford football. “When we lost in the state finals in 2002, Preston was just in middle school,” Seifried said. “He cried so hard. It hurt him more than anybody on the team or the coaching staff.” These days, though, Preston is a little more proactive with his displays of emotion. Last Friday, with Weatherford trailing unbeaten Tuttle 21-3 at halftime, Preston addressed the team in the locker room. “He was yelling at us about how we need to have Eagle pride,” senior lineman Dyllan Haworth said. “He just kept telling us we needed to come out in the second half and play for pride, and be a better Eagle.” Weatherford rallied to win 25-21, and the celebration that followed was magical. “He even danced a little,” senior Jay Whitson said. “He's got some pretty good moves.” Preston has a lot of names on the football field. Coach Roof, of course. And Pres, or Presto. Some occasionally refer to him as Echo — “If a coach tells you to do something, Preston's gonna emphasize it with a lot more heart, just to make sure you heard it,” Whitson said. But there's one title that best sums up Preston Roof. “He's the biggest Weatherford Eagle fan there's ever been,” senior receiver Wade Haugen said. “Out of everybody who's ever gone through here, he's our biggest fan. “And he's our biggest motivator, too. He speaks from the heart. We love that he's part of this team.”
Nov 14, 2015
Mustang upset Broken Arrow in the first round of the playoffs last season but the Broncos couldn’t repeat the feat Friday night in a 24-17 loss to the Tigers.
High school football playoff rewind: Mustang comes up short against Broken Arrow
Compiled by Ed Godfrey | Nov 14, 2015Mustang upset Broken Arrow in the first round of the playoffs last season but the Broncos couldn't repeat the feat Friday night in a 24-17 loss to the Tigers. With the game tied 10-10 in the third quarter, Broken Arrow cashed in on an 80-yard touchdown pass after Mustang missed a short field goal that would have given the Broncos the lead. Star running back Jamall Shaw then hauled in a 36-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter for a 24-10 Broken Arrow lead. Mustang rallied with quarterback Chandler Garrett tossing an 8-yard touchdown pass to get the Broncos within 24-17 with more than four minutes left. Mustang had one more shot to tie the game before Broken Arrow's defense stuffed a Bronco drive in the final minute. HERITAGE HALL CRUSHES BLANCHARD Defending state champion Heritage Hall opened up the 2015 postseason by rolling over Blanchard, 49-7, in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Unbeaten Heritage Hall led 49-0 at halftime as sophomore quarterback Blake Adams tossed three touchdown passes, two to senior wide receiver Tevin McDaniel of 21 and 54 yards. Senior running back Terrell Love rushed for 91 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Chargers. Blanchard ended its season at 7-4. HARMAN ACCOUNTS FOR FOUR TOUCHDOWNS IN CASHION WIN Quarterback Matt Harman rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Wildcats trounced Morrison, 50-22, in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Harman scored on runs of 5, 69, and 1 while tossing a 19-yard scoring strike to Ryan Harrel. Trae Cochran returned a punt 67 yards for another Wildcats' score. Matthew Pharrow and Blakely Liebman also had touchdown runs for Cashion, which compiled 468 yards of total offense. STANDLEE CARRIES MEEKER PAST PERKINS Jake Standlee gained 197 yards on the ground and rushed for two touchdowns to lead Meeker to a 27-13 victory over Perkins in a Class 3A playoff game. Standlee scored on runs of 10 and 8 yards and carried the ball 27 times in the game. Levi Bagwell returned a punt 80 yards for a score and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Michael Nolen for the Bulldogs. Meeker improved to 9-2 on the season. Perkins finished its season at 6-5. JONES EDGES MARLOW Quarterback Brandon George's 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter lifted Jones over Marlow, 21-14, in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. George also threw two second quarter touchdown passes — a 32-yard scoring strike to Dalton May and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Sean Shaw — as the Longhorns and Marlow were tied 14-14 at halftime. The game was tight despite Jones rolling up 485 yards of total offense to Marlow's 171 yards. HALSTEAD HAS BIG NIGHT FOR MINCO Tucker Halstead rushed for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as Minco downed Velma-Alma, 41-27, in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Halstead ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns and also had two catches for 93 yards and a score. Halstead found the end zone on runs of 50, 4 and 18 yards while hauling in a 75-yard scoring reception from quarterback Hunter Jones, who was 13 of 21 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also had 60 yards rushing on seven carries. JOHNS SCORES FOUR TOUCHDOWNS FOR HENNESSEY Running back Tabor Johns rushed for four touchdowns to lead Hennessey past Christian Heritage, 45-34, in a Class 2A first round playoff game. Johns scored on runs of 2, 30, 64 and 58 yards. Johns' last two touchdowns came after Christian Heritage had taken a 27-24 lead on 50-yard scoring pass from Camden Cargill to Joseph Lemieux. Lemieux scored four touchdowns in the game for Christian Heritage, including three on short-yard runs near the goal line. The Eagles' Zane Hugaboom tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wymore and also scored Hennessey's final touchdown on a 10-yard run. WRIGHT SCORES FOUR TIMES TO LEAD LUTHER Luther remained unbeaten by routing Alva, 49-12, in a Class 2A playoff game. The Lions led 40-0 at halftime. Maurice Wright had two touchdowns rushing and receiving, scoring on runs of 29 and 18 yards while catching touchdown passes of 35 and 67 yards from Chad Pridemore, who had three scores through the air.
Nov 11, 2015
The link to a story by the Broken Arrow Ledger began to circulate among Mustang players on social media Wednesday, mostly because of a quote from a Broken Arrow player suggesting last year’s win by Mustang was a fluke.
High school notebook: Mustang-Broken Arrow rivalry brewing?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Nov 11, 2015With their third consecutive playoff meeting on tap, Mustang and Broken Arrow might be developing a bit of a postseason rivalry. The link to a story by the Broken Arrow Ledger began to circulate among Mustang players on social media Wednesday, mostly because of a quote from a Broken Arrow player suggesting last year's win by Mustang was a fluke. “I feel like this is destiny for us to see them again this year,” Broken Arrow senior Sammy Akem told the Ledger. “We want to show them last year was just a fluke.” Multiple Mustang players and fans reposted the link to the story on social media Wednesday, quoting Akem's words, “last year was just a fluke.” Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett rushed for all three Mustang touchdowns in last year's 22-19 win at Broken Arrow. The Tigers won 43-20 at Mustang in 2013. Second-ranked Broken Arrow (9-1) hosts the No. 6 Broncos (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. WIN-WIN WEEK RAISES $60,000 The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association annual Win-Win Week raised $60,000 this fall, OSSAA assistant director Amy Cassell said at Wednesday's board meeting. The total brings the six-year total for the event to $580,000. Win-Win Week is an annual collaborative effort of the OSSAA and the Stephenson Cancer Center. It is used to showcase cancer awareness and prevention among high school students, who use their athletic events for the cause. ALL-CITY BASKETBALL PREVIEWS THURSDAY With no football games on the schedule Thursday night, fans can get a look at some of Oklahoma City's top basketball players in action at the All-City Conference Preview scrimmages. Games will begin at 3 p.m. at John Marshall and 5 at Douglass, which will host the championship game at the end of the night. DEPEW'S QUINONES RUNS WILD In a win that helped Depew close out a 9-1 regular season, running back Steve Quinones piled up an impressive stat line last Friday. The sophomore rushed for 389 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries, eclipsing the 2,200-yard mark for the season. Depew defeated South Coffeyville 58-40 to seal up a home playoff game this week. Tenth-ranked Depew will host Weleetka at 7:30 p.m. Friday. COLLEGE POSTCARD: MOORE GRAD SHIELDS WINS HONOR AT ST. GREG'S Moore High product Richard Shields was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his performance in three games last week for St. Gregory's University in Shawnee. The 6-foot-3 senior guard averaged 24.0 points and 5.7 rebounds as SGU went 2-1 on the week. He made 50.0 percent of his field-goal tries and 78.6 percent of his free throws. SANTA FE SOUTH WINS ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP Santa Fe South won the SandRidge Energy Youth Rowing League Championship, hosted by OKC Riversport, last weekend. Santa Fe South won the event with a time of 1:47.3, just ahead of Oklahoma School of Science and Math at 1:47.7. ASTEC Charter was third at 1:50. Northwest Classen, U.S. Grant and Roosevelt Middle School also competed. The Youth Rowing League is open to all middle schools and high schools, and the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation is currently seeking additional teams for the spring season.
Nov 11, 2015
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and possibly vote to take action regarding the organization's prayer policy at Wednesday's monthly meeting. What will be voted on or possibly changed has not been revealed. “It's just for discussion to see if we want to go a different direction with the policy,” OSSAA executive director Ed...
High school notebook: OSSAA to discuss public prayer policy
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Nov 11, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and possibly vote to take action regarding the organization's prayer policy at Wednesday's monthly meeting. What will be voted on or possibly changed has not been revealed. “It's just for discussion to see if we want to go a different direction with the policy,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman. “I can't say anything as of right now.” The OSSAA's policy — which was adopted in 1992 — prohibits publicly recited prayers at playoff games and championship events. The OSSAA revised the policy in June to comply with a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt said in October that prayer before high school sporting events can be done legally in his opinion in a response to a Rep. Bobby Cleveland's complaint about the school prayer ban. Following Pruitt's opinion, the OSSAA released a statement saying the policy would remain in effect while the opinion is reviewed. DEER CREEK'S KERSTETTER WINS FAN POLL In a tight race, Deer Creek receiver Zach Kerstetter edged Southmoore kicker Chris Nemecek to win The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. Kerstetter won the vote 1,203-1,152. The junior receiver caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Antlers' 27-20 win over Guthrie last week to clinch a home playoff game. The Oklahoman's staff choice for player of the week, Braden Hudson of Putnam City, finished third with 243 votes. A total of 2,956 votes were cast for seven players. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for this week's poll from the first round of the playoffs. Here are this week's results: Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek: 1,203 votes (40.7 pct.) Chris Nemecek, Southmoore: 1,152 votes (38.97 pct.) Braden Hudson, Putnam City: 243 votes (8.22 pct.) Zack Tyler, Bethel: 155 votes (5.24 pct.) Caleb Powell, OCA: 93 votes (3.15 pct.) Terry Wilson, Del City: 61 votes (2.06 pct.) Chandler Garrett, Mustang: 49 votes (1.66 pct.) Total: 2,956 votes INVESTIGATION BEGINS IN MORRIS-OKMULGEE BRAWL A fight between Morris and Okmulgee players early in the second half Friday that led to officials ending the game is under investigation by both schools and the OSSAA. Early in the third quarter a fight broke out between two players and led to other players joining in the fight sparked officials to meet with school administrators and end the game with around 11 minutes remaining in the quarter. Morris won the game 30-0. An officials report has been filed to the OSSAA, which has sent the report to both schools and requested an internal investigation. “My official told me he collaborated with administration from both schools and it was a mutual agreement to stop the game at that point,” OSSAA assistant director Mike Whaley said. “I don't know exactly numbers-wise” how many were involved. Under OSSAA rules, athletes involved in a fight are suspended the next two games. Any player who is not in the field of play that leaves the team bench is subject to a one-game suspension. Neither team made the football playoffs, which means suspensions would be applied to the next sport the athlete participates. JONES DEFENSE GOING STRONG After registering a few big wins early in the season, Jones has slipped under the radar, despite piling up more victories. The Longhorns closed the regular season undefeated behind a defense that proved difficult to score on. Jones allowed 7.7 points per game, with just three opponents scoring in double-digits. One of those was Bethel in Week 9, which scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after Jones built a 56-3 lead. Anchored by defensive tackle Ty Hughes up front, and with several talented athletes on the back end, Jones has allowed just 166.1 total yards per game. Fourth-ranked Jones will host Marlow in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. DEPEW'S QUINONES RUNS WILD In a win that helped Depew close out a 9-1 regular season, running back Steve Quinones piled up an impressive stat line last Friday. The sophomore rushed for 389 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries, eclipsing the 2,200-yard mark for the season. Depew defeated South Coffeyville 58-40 to seal up a home playoff game this week. Tenth-ranked Depew will host Weleetka at 7:30 p.m. Friday. COLLEGE POSTCARD: MOORE GRAD SHIELDS WINS HONOR AT ST. GREG'S Moore High School product Richard Shields was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his performance in three games last week for St. Gregory's University in Shawnee. The 6-foot-3 senior guard averaged 24.0 points and 5.7 rebounds as SGU went 2-1 on the week. He made 50.0 percent of his field-goal tries and 78.6 percent of his free throws.
Nov 5, 2015
To open the playoffs next week, the Broncos (7-3, 4-3) will travel to Broken Arrow, the same place they went — and won — in last year’s first round.
High school football: Mustang routs Moore to clinch playoff spot
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 5, 2015MOORE — Three weeks ago at Moore Stadium, Mustang's season had bottomed out. That night, the Broncos walked off the field after an ugly loss to Southmoore wounded and worried that their playoff hopes might be fading. Once thought to be among Class 6A Division I's best teams outside of Jenks and Tulsa Union, Mustang was one more loss away from becoming an afterthought. Yet on Thursday night, a revitalized Mustang team appeared on that same Moore Stadium turf, piling up over 500 yards of offense in a 56-9 rout of Moore that clinched the No. 4 seed in District 6A-I-2. To open the playoffs next week, the Broncos (7-3, 4-3) will travel to Broken Arrow, the same place they went — and won — in last year's first round. “It's a roller-coaster of a season,” said quarterback Chandler Garrett, who threw for 299 yards and five touchdowns, completing 21 of 26 passes. “We rode that roller-coaster, didn't get too high, didn't get too low. “We're in the playoffs, and that's all that matters.” The blowout win over Moore (1-9, 0-7) isn't the only sign of Mustang's turnaround. In fact, it's probably the least significant. Following the Southmoore defeat, Mustang beat Owasso in a must-win game. Last week in sloppy conditions, the Broncos went to the wire at No. 1 Tulsa Union. They were inside the Union 20, throwing to the end zone for a potential game-tying touchdown when time ran out. “We finally found the right mix of guys up front. We simplified some things offensively, and by controlling the ball the last few weeks, it's helped our defense out,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We're playing our best football of the year right now, no doubt about it.” Mustang's midseason slump was unexpected, and the resurgence was equally so. Yet the Broncos head into the playoffs boosted by a renewed confidence with next week's trip to Broken Arrow looming. “It's gonna be a fight,” said junior defensive back Carter Rees, who intercepted two passes Thursday night, returning one for a touchdown. “We have to get in there, study film, have hard practices and get ready for a fight.”
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 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 email@example.com | 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