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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. is continuing a recent Volunteers tradition by emerging as an impact performer on defense as a freshman.Kirkland has found a home as Tennessee's starting middle linebacker. He heads into Saturday's regular-season finale against Vanderbilt (4-7, 2-5 SEC) with 57 tackles, the fifth-highest total of any Tennessee true freshman in...
Vols' Kirkland emerges as major contributor in freshman year
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Nov 26, 2015KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. is continuing a recent Volunteers tradition by emerging as an impact performer on defense as a freshman. Kirkland has found a home as Tennessee's starting middle linebacker. He heads into Saturday's regular-season finale against Vanderbilt (4-7, 2-5 SEC) with 57 tackles, the fifth-highest total of any Tennessee true freshman in school history. Arkansas' Dre Greenlaw is the only freshman in the Southeastern Conference with more tackles this season. "I feel like I've gotten better throughout the year," Kirkland said. "I'm really proud of everything I've gotten to showcase so far. Hopefully I can just build on it in the future." Kirkland is following a familiar pattern by making an immediate contribution his first year on campus. Tennessee (7-4, 4-3) has received a big performance from a freshman defender each season since Butch Jones took over the program. Cam Sutton started every game for Tennessee two seasons ago and has since developed into one of the Southeastern Conference's better cover corners as a junior. Derek Barnett had 10 sacks and 20 ½ tackles for loss last season to set Tennessee freshman records in both categories. Now it's Kirkland's turn. He has solidified a middle linebacker situation that was so unsettled in training camp that six different candidates competed for the job. After opening the season as a reserve, Kirkland moved into the starting lineup for good in early October. His progress over the course of the season has coincided with the improvement of the entire defense, which has sparked the Vols' four-game winning streak. "Really what separates great football players in going from good to great are the instincts, the things you can't coach, the ability, the knack to find the football and do those little things," Jones said. "Darrin does those things." Kirkland's coaches praise his head for the game and his ability to handle such a demanding position so early in his career. Although Kirkland did enroll in college in January to give him a head start on most of his classmates, he didn't participate in spring practice because he tore his pectoral muscle during a weight -training session soon after arriving on campus. He also has plenty of physical talent, most notably the sideline-to-sideline speed that has made him a natural fit for the middle linebacker spot. "One thing I told him about himself is he's got talent I've never seen before, the way he goes to the ball and makes plays," senior safety Brian Randolph said. "He's running out there like a safety. He's just as fast as I am running out there, and that's definitely something you can't coach." Kirkland said he has benefited from playing alongside junior Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who has a team-high 96 tackles and ranks fifth in the SEC with 8.7 tackles per game. Kirkland frequently has discussed how much of a role Reeves-Maybin has played in his own development. "He really just told me to stay consistent with everything I do, to study the film like I'm a madman," Kirkland said. "Being with him, he just really brings me along. He's a great mentor overall." Those lessons from Reeves-Maybin clearly have paid off lately. Kirkland has made 22 tackles over his last three games and had a fumble recovery last week in a 19-8 victory at Missouri. The development of former freshman standouts Sutton and Barnett give Tennessee plenty of confidence in what Kirkland could accomplish down the road. He already has come a long way in a short time. "It's a lot different from being in high school," Kirkland said. "Playing college football provides a whole new challenge. I'm just happy I'm able to grasp it." ___ AP college website: collegefootball.ap.org
Nov 25, 2015
Thanksgiving Day practices are a sign of success in high school football, a reward for still being alive in the postseason in late November.
High school football: Jones glad to be practicing on Thanksgiving again
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 25, 2015JONES — Jones coach Dave Martin has been waiting a long time for Thursday's practice. Thanksgiving Day practices are a sign of success in high school football, a reward for still being alive in the postseason in late November. Jones played for the Class 2A state title in 2011, and reached the semifinals of Class 3A the next season. But the Longhorns' practice field has been quiet the last two Thanksgivings. With Friday's 7 p.m. kickoff at Roland (11-1), unbeaten Jones is looking to reach the semifinals for the second time in four years since moving up to Class 3A. “There are no more bad teams left when you get to the third round of the playoffs,” senior defensive tackle Ty Hughes said. “There aren't going to be any blowouts. They're all gonna be close games, four-quarter games.” Toughness often prevails in the postseason, and that's a quality the Longhorns have taken a lot of pride in this season, particularly on defense. The Longhorns are giving up an average of 9.3 points per game and no one has scored more than 21 against them. It starts up front with Hughes, and fellow linemen Dalton May and Harrison Walls. Cody Yelton anchors a solid group of linebackers, and the back end is protected by two athletic safeties, Callen Houston and Ryan Mansell. “When you feel like you're strong right up the middle, through the heart of your defense, you have a chance to be pretty good,” Martin said. “Then we've got some really athletic kids out on the edges who can run to the football and make plays.” With junior quarterback Brandon George guiding a balanced offense that averages 37.6 points per game, the Longhorns' talented defense accentuates the offensive production. And the offense has picked it up when defensive mistakes happen. “One side of the ball's gotta be able to take care of the other side,” Martin said. “Last week, each time we had a defensive breakdown, the offense answered for us.” Like Douglass last week, Roland has a long line of athletic offensive weapons. The group is headed by quarterback Manny Bunch, who is verbally committed to Tulsa as an athlete. Jones, though, has benefited this season from a deep roster, which has allowed Martin to only ask two players to start on both sides of the ball. “We have 20 kids starting at the 22 positions,” he said. “That helps us a ton on defense, and allows us to be explosive on offense. When it gets down to it, some of our offensive guys will have to play more on defense, but it's been a big key for us to be able to play that many kids at our level.” The Longhorns will try to count on experience, depth and leadership to get past Roland Friday night. “The effort level has been really high this year, and I think that's what has made our defense so dominant,” Hughes said. “Our senior captains have brought a mindset of punishing the opponent, staying physical and getting after them every play. Just not giving up.”
Nov 24, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA linebackers Kenny Young and Jayon Brown have different perspectives on the rivalry game against Southern California.Young, who grew up in New Orleans, was only aware of the Trojans' successes under Pete Carroll until the Bruins started recruiting him as a high school junior.Brown attended local football factory Long Beach Poly, the site of so many fierce recruiting...
No. 22 UCLA begins ramping up for USC rivalry showdown
By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press | Nov 24, 2015LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA linebackers Kenny Young and Jayon Brown have different perspectives on the rivalry game against Southern California. Young, who grew up in New Orleans, was only aware of the Trojans' successes under Pete Carroll until the Bruins started recruiting him as a high school junior. Brown attended local football factory Long Beach Poly, the site of so many fierce recruiting battles between UCLA and USC. Brown played with USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and cornerback Iman Marshall, but there but won't be talking to either one this week. While their understanding of the rivalry may differ, Young and Brown will be at the crux of No. 22 UCLA's push for a fourth straight win over USC. With it would come not only another year in possession of the Victory Bell, but a place in the Pac-12 title game against No. 13 Stanford. "I know it's a week like no other," Young said. "There is going to be a lot of intensity, a lot of hype, a lot of emotions going on this week because we are competing for the next phase after this win." To reach that next phase against the Cardinal, the UCLA rush defense will have to deliver its best performance against USC. After being gutted early in conference play following injuries to defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes and linebacker Myles Jack, Brown saw signs of progress in the 17-9 win at Utah. The Utes rushed for 197 yards on 49 carries, with backup running back Joe Williams accounting for 121 yards in place of injured star Devontae Booker. However, UCLA was able to tighten up and hold Utah without a touchdown for the first time since 2013. "We're a lot better, a lot better," Brown said. "We struggled a little bit in the first half and got it together in the second half." Thanks to Oregon State's offensive ineptitude and Washington State's insistence on passing on almost every play, UCLA now ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in yards allowed per rush. However, five conference opponents have matched or exceeded their rushing average against UCLA, which does not bode well headed into the Coliseum. USC has reinvented itself as a power running team under interim coach Clay Helton, averaging 40 carries for 165.8 yards in the six games since replacing Steve Sarkisian. Justin Davis had a career-high 141 yards rushing in the loss at Oregon, and explosive freshman Ronald Jones II can score any time he touches the ball. Helton will want to stick with the run after allowing six sacks to UCLA in each of the last two meetings, staying on schedule to avoid obvious passing situations and giving Smith-Schuster opportunities off play-action. Smith-Schuster's violent stiff-arm of Utah corner Dominique Hatfield became a viral sensation earlier this season, matching Brown's recollections from high school that the sensational sophomore won't talk trash unless provoked, even in a rivalry game. "From my experience with JuJu, he doesn't talk initially," Brown said. "If you talk first, he'll say something back. He just plays the game. He is a really good player." Brown will be playing for bragging rights around town, an aspect of the rivalry Young did not appreciate until he arrived on campus. "The whole vibe is different. Everybody is excited. Professors are excited, students are excited. Everybody is so hyped up about the game it just brings that energy to the team that we need to go out with a bang," Young said. Yet Young cautioned the need to keep those emotions in check with a chance to play for the Pac-12 title on the line. Said Young: "Our biggest thing is to stay focused and keep moving forward because we are fingertips away from what we worked so hard for."
High school football: McGuinness' Matt Chancellor earns Player of the Week selection with 322-yard performanceNov 23, 2015
Twelve catches for 322 yards and four touchdowns, with his last two catches going for touchdowns of 63 and 45 yards to pull McGuinness out of a 12-point hole for a 41-40 win over McAlester.
High school football: McGuinness' Matt Chancellor earns Player of the Week selection with 322-yard performance
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 23, 2015Last Friday night, with McGuinness' season on the line, junior Matt Chancellor turned in one of the most impressive performances you could expect to see from a wide receiver. Twelve catches for 322 yards and four touchdowns, with his last two catches going for touchdowns of 63 and 45 yards to pull McGuinness out of a 12-point hole for a 41-40 win over McAlester. Yet statistically, it wasn't even the best performance by a member of his own family. Three years and almost two months ago, Matt's big brother, Cody Chancellor had 366 yards and four touchdowns on six — yes, only six — receptions in a huge 42-32 district victory at Carl Albert. Of course, Matt's big game came in the second round of the playoffs, so maybe he deserves bonus points for that. But that debate can be left to the Chancellor family. In between his late TD catches, Matt Chancellor also recovered the onside kick that kept McGuinness alive with less than two minutes to go against McAlester, earning The Oklahoman's staff selection as the Oklahoma City-area High School Player of the Week. “That's the mindset of our team, we're never out of games,” Matt Chancellor said after Friday's rally. “This feels good, but we've got to go get ready for Altus now.” The fifth-ranked Irish face No. 3 Altus in the Class 5A semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Cameron Stadium in Lawton. It'll take Chancellor and all the rest of the McGuinness playmakers to keep their magical season going. Quarterback Jacob Mullins threw for 424 yards last week, including 292 in the second half alone. Zach Segell rushed 25 times for 106 hard-fought yards, which helped Mullins, Chancellor and receiver Rubell Goe get the passing game on track. “I know his statistics aren't great sometimes, but he runs well enough that teams can't fully commit to stopping the pass,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said of Segell. “That opens up those deep shots down the field.”
Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class...
Updated high school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh | Nov 22, 2015Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class 5A Friday at Owasso Collinsville (7-4) vs. Skiatook (12-0), 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Lawton McGuinness (10-2) vs. Altus (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 4A at Jenks Cascia Hall (7-4) vs. Wagoner (12-0), 7 p.m. at Glenpool Oologah (10-2) vs. Poteau (12-0), 7 p.m. Class 3A Hilldale (12-0) at Heritage Hall (12-0) Locust Grove (12-0) at Lone Grove (9-3), 1 p.m. Lincoln Christian (12-0) at Sulphur (9-3), 7 p.m. Jones (12-0) at Roland (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 2A Vian (12-0) at Chisholm (12-0) Adair (11-1) at Davis (9-3), 7 p.m. Kingston (10-1) at Haskell (11-1) Washington (11-1) at Prague (8-4) Class A Hominy (11-1) at Mooreland (12-0), 7 p.m. Rejoice Christian (9-3) at Stratford (12-0) Hollis (12-0) at Cashion (10-2) Ringling (10-0) at Talihina (10-1) Class B at Beggs Dewar (11-1) vs. Davenport (12-0), 7 p.m. at McAlester Weleetka (9-3) vs. Keota (11-0), 7 p.m. Class C at Enid Cherokee (11-0) vs. Coyle (12-0), 7 p.m. at Southwestern Oklahoma State Grandfield (11-0) vs. Shattuck (10-1), 7 p.m.
Nov 21, 2015
The ball kept finding its way into Matt Chancellor's hands, just like McGuinness keeps finding its way out of dire situations to pull out incredible victories. Chancellor caught touchdown passes of 63 and 45 yards from Jacob Mullins in the final two minutes — and recovered an onside kick in between — to pull the fifth-ranked Irish back from a two-touchdown deficit for a 41-40 victory over No. 4...
High school football: McGuinness finds another miracle in 41-40 win over McAlester
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 21, 2015The ball kept finding its way into Matt Chancellor's hands, just like McGuinness keeps finding its way out of dire situations to pull out incredible victories. Chancellor caught touchdown passes of 63 and 45 yards from Jacob Mullins in the final two minutes — and recovered an onside kick in between — to pull the fifth-ranked Irish back from a two-touchdown deficit for a 41-40 victory over No. 4 McAlester in the Class 5A quarterfinals Friday night at Pribil Stadium. McAlester (10-2) drove down to the McGuinness 23 but missed a 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play, setting off yet another wild celebration for the Irish (10-2). McGuinness will face No. 3 Altus in next week's semifinals at a neutral site. This was McGuinness' third game this season decided by the outcome of the final play, including a game-winning field goal against Deer Creek after rallying from 21 down, and a defensive stop at the 1-yard line against Carl Albert, both as time expired. And last week's back-and-forth 52-47 win over Del City was just as wild. “It's unbelievable from the standpoint that we have a group of kids who never stop believing,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “We just kept plugging. “I'm out of emotions. I've run the gamut this whole year. After the Deer Creek win, I was crying. After the Carl Albert win, I was ecstatic. I'm just out of emotions, but I'm so happy.” Mullins threw for 424 yards and six touchdowns on 21-of-35 passing. Chancellor finished with 12 catches for 322 yards and four scores. Facing fourth-and-17 with just under two minutes to go and the Irish trailing 40-28, Mullins scrambled away from would-be tacklers 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage and got free to throw to Chancellor, who had slipped behind the defense. He went the distance for a 63-yard touchdown. On the onside kick that followed, McGuinness receiver Rubell Goe tipped the ball and Chancellor fell on it. Neither player was part of the onside kick team until a few days ago. “They moved us over there this week,” Chancellor said. “Some taller guys with good hands. It worked out.” Moments later, facing third-and-21 at the McAlester 45, Chancellor got behind the defense again, catching a perfectly thrown pass from Mullins. “I was two plays away from my career being over,” Mullins said. “I didn't want that. I saw Chancellor had him beat, and I knew if I threw it out there far enough, he'd go get it. “This season has been crazy. We've gone through everything and we're still going. It's just unreal.”
Nov 20, 2015
George got better as the night went on, finishing 16-for-31 for 308 yards and five passing touchdowns. As if that weren’t enough, he added a 43-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
High school football: Brandon George's six TDs lead Jones past Douglass
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 20, 2015JONES — Quarterback Brandon George and the Jones Longhorns never had much trouble deciding which play to run Friday. In the second round of the Class 3A playoffs, anything and everything seemed to work. And if you're George, it's hard to ask for a better game. Behind George's six touchdowns, Jones beat Douglass 54-21 in a contest filled with big plays from start to finish. “Whatever we wanted to run (worked),” George said. “If you just run it how we're supposed to, how we're coached, it works.” George's dream night started early when he hit OC Floyd for a 71-yard touchdown on Jones' second play from scrimmage. Douglass (8-4) looked as if it might have the firepower to hang around early in the game, but the Longhorns had other ideas. George got better as the night went on, finishing 16-for-31 for 308 yards and five passing touchdowns. As if that weren't enough, he added a 43-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. “Brandon's incredible, Sean Shaw is incredible on the receiving end of it,” Jones coach Dave Martin said. “We had a bunch of kids step up and make plays for us, and in games like this, you've gotta have that.” Shaw led Jones' group of big receivers with eight catches for 129 yards and a score. But powerful as the offense was, the Jones defense looked exceptional as usual. The Longhorns limited Douglass' quarterback tandem of Patrick McKaufman and Trejion Edwards to only 12-of-29 passing with interceptions from Logan Yelton and David Nelson. Douglass did the best it could facing an array of injuries highlighted by McKaufman and running back Chris Friday. McKaufman was noticeably limited with an ankle injury, but still played both ways. Friday did not start with an ankle injury of his own and appeared on only one possession before leaving the game. Jones (12-0) used its depth to outlast Douglass and eventually took total control. The reward is a trip to Roland next week, but Martin said he believes his team is up for the challenge. “It's one of those things we talk about in the offseason and the summer time,” Martin said. “You've got to train in uncomfortable environments, and sometimes, if you're gonna win this whole thing you may have to beat somebody who's better than you.”
Nov 20, 2015
NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob...
OU football: The chip on Baker Mayfield's shoulder has more than a tint of crimson
By Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 20, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob Stoops assistant coach. The Mayfields watched pregame warmup, checking out quarterbacks Landry Jones, Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel, a high school opponent of Mayfield who won the Heisman in 2012. Then Wright took the Mayfields into the Switzer Center. They met offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and long-time lieutenant Cale Gundy, both former OU quarterback stars. The coaches had heard of Baker Mayfield. What they met was a 5-foot-11, 185-pound kid. And the air went out of the room. “I could tell,” James Mayfield said. They were unimpressed. “Josh towered over him. Cale's no giant, but he was taller. We never heard from them again.” It's another Saturday at Owen Field, with Baker Mayfield in the house and quarterback talent galore on both sides of OU-TCU, only this time he's not the dreaming kid gawking at the college stars present and future. He's the star. He's the Heisman Trophy contender. He's the new Johnny Manziel. But Mayfield remembers the rejections of schools all over the Southwest. Literally half the Big 12 said no to Baker Mayfield, either with no scholarship offer or nary an invitation to join the team without financial aid. So with not just a spring in his step but a chip on his shoulder, Mayfield has ran and passed the Sooners into national championship contention. “I feel like I've had a chip on my shoulder,” Mayfield said. “If you guys haven't seen that, then I don't know what you're looking at. I've always played like that, no matter who I'm playing. That's just how I am. If it's something personal, I'm going to have a little bit bigger chip on my shoulder.” It's a chip well-earned. Coming out of Lake Travis, Mayfield's top scholarship offers were from Washington State and Southwest Conference expatriates Houston, SMU and Rice. Mayfield wanted a bigger stage than Texas mid-majors, and his parents didn't want him strolling a campus in Pullman, Wash. TCU had been recruiting Baker Mayfield, but no scholarship offer came. “If they would have just offered me, I would have gone,” Mayfield said this week. “But they didn't. Kind of been the story of my high school career. I was close. I wanted to go there. But it didn't happen.” So James Mayfield began marketing his son. He called his old OU pal, Johnny Barr, who then and now was on Mike Gundy's administrative staff at OSU. “He asked me, ‘how tall is he?'” James Mayfield said of Barr. “He said they were ‘stacked up' at quarterback.” James Mayfield called another former Sooner assistant, Mack Brown, who was coaching the Texas Longhorns. “Mack said he had five quarterbacks on scholarship,” Mayfield said. “I responded that he had five kids that could not play at Lake Travis. Turns out I was correct.” James Mayfield tried Bobby Jack Wright again. Never made connections. “Never talked to him,” Mayfield said. “We got complete rejection. I was just trying to secure a walk-on opportunity. The process was unbelievable, not to mention insulting. Not fun at all to watch your guy go through it.” You know much of the rest of the story. A Washington State assistant, Eric Morris, joined Kliff Kingsbury's staff at Texas Tech. Mayfield was invited to join the Red Raiders, sans scholarship. He famously won the quarterback job in August and played well, though injuries limited him to seven starts. Mayfield didn't like the direction of the December quarterback derby to start the bowl game, he decided to transfer and the school search resumed. And this time, Mayfield wasn't interested in OU. “He was angry with them,” James Mayfield said. “‘Dad, that's your vision. That's not mine.'” But James Mayfield was undeterred. “It was crushing to him that it didn't happen from the initial meeting, but I think that's where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. The Sooners seemed set at quarterback, with Trevor Knight becoming a Sugar Bowl hero literally the week before Baker Mayfield enrolled at OU. But James Mayfield said he encouraged his son to go to Norman and compete for the job. Compete Mayfield has. He was ruled ineligible for 2014 but won the job this August and has been a breakout sensation to rival any in Sooner history. The Heisman, the College Football Playoff, a national championship. Nothing seems out of the reach of Baker Mayfield, who might have grown a little from those days of being a 5-foot-11 reject but hasn't grown much. Except in status. That chip on his shoulder has a heavy tint of crimson. The rejection of Baker Mayfield? It's hard to blame anybody when you can blame everybody. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Nov 20, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Texas A&M looked like a Southeastern Conference contender after winning its first five games then a recent slide dropped the Aggies out of contention.Quarterback issues and run defense have been the biggest problems for Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3 SEC West), which has dropped three of its last five games heading into Saturday night's matchup with Vanderbilt (4-6, 2-4) in the...
Texas A&M heads to Vanderbilt with uncertain QB situation
By CHIP CIRILLO, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2015NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Texas A&M looked like a Southeastern Conference contender after winning its first five games then a recent slide dropped the Aggies out of contention. Quarterback issues and run defense have been the biggest problems for Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3 SEC West), which has dropped three of its last five games heading into Saturday night's matchup with Vanderbilt (4-6, 2-4) in the Commodores' home finale. Kyler Murray, Kyle Allen and Jake Hubenak battled for the starting job at quarterback this week after the coaching staff opened the competition back up. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said he would announce a starter shortly before the start of the game. "I think all quarterbacks that have been in the game have had good moments and some bad moments," Sumlin said. "What we're looking for is consistency in position. Not here and there." Allen started the first seven games, but he threw three interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in an Oct. 17 loss to No. 3 Alabama (No. 2 College Football Playoff). Allen threw for just 88 yards the following week as the Aggies fell 23-3 to No. 25 Mississippi (No. 25 CFP). That's when Murray took over. The highly touted freshman is 2-1 as a starter after going 42-0 with three state titles at Allen High School in Texas. But Murray has thrown five interceptions in his last two games, including three in a 26-10 loss to Auburn on Nov. 7. On defense, the Aggies have allowed 210.2 yards rushing per game, the highest average of any SEC team. Vanderbilt will probably try to exploit that with running back Ralph Webb, who has averaged 107.3 yards rushing over his last four games. "What Ralph told me (Tuesday), though, is he needs to jump in the ice tub," Commodores coach Derek Mason said. "He's been going at it pretty hard and I think . he knows, where we're at in the season, he's got to continue to push." ___ Here are some other things to watch when Vanderbilt hosts Texas A&M: DANGEROUS WEAPONS: Texas A&M freshman Christian Kirk, the SEC's second-leading receiver, has 63 catches for 826 yards and six touchdowns. Teammate Ricky Seals-Jones, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, is the only Aggie with at least three receptions in each of Texas A&M's last six games. He has 37 catches for 473 yards and two TDs. "Those guys can put you on ESPN real quick," Mason said. Kirk also is the nation's leading punt return, as he averages 24.5 yards with two TDs. When Mason was Stanford's defensive coordinator, he recruited Kirk. SACK FACTORY: Texas A&M has 28 sacks to rank third in the SEC. Defensive end Myles Garrett leads the SEC with 10 ½ sacks, while Daeshon Hall is ninth with six. "It's a sack factory," Mason said. "If they get you behind the chains, they're going to come after you and they're good at it." STRONG LEG: Texas A&M's Taylor Bertolet leads the nation with five field goals from 50-plus yards this season. He's three short of tying the Football Bowl Subdivision single-season record of eight, set by Tennessee's Fuad Reveiz in 1982. Tony Franklin holds the Texas A&M record with seven in 1976. Bertolet's career long was a 55-yarder in a win over Mississippi State. He is 16 off 22 on field goals and has 185 career touchbacks on kickoffs. RUSHING MILESTONE: Webb ranks fourth in the SEC with 924 yards rushing, putting him 76 shy of the 1,000-yard plateau. Texas A&M's Tra Carson is 136 yards from the 1,000 mark. BLACK DEATH: Vanderbilt's defense, nicknamed "Black Death," made two goal-line stands in a victory over Kentucky. The Commodores rank fourth nationally in red zone defense. "We just go out there with a tough mentality that they're not going to score on us," said linebacker Darreon Herring, who is second on the team with 52 tackles. Vanderbilt safety Oren Burks is the SEC's reigning defensive player of the week after intercepting two passes and scoring a touchdown against Kentucky. ___ AP college website: collegefootball.ap.org
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Charleston Southern is already headed where Alabama hopes to land: The playoffs.The third-ranked Crimson Tide's home finale Saturday can't do much to help the team's cause in that regard. The focus instead is on avoiding a lackluster performance against an outmanned FCS opponent and presumably getting Derrick Henry and some other starters a bit of rest.The Buccaneers...
No. 3 Alabama hosting FCS playoff-bound Charleston Southern
By JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2015TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Charleston Southern is already headed where Alabama hopes to land: The playoffs. The third-ranked Crimson Tide's home finale Saturday can't do much to help the team's cause in that regard. The focus instead is on avoiding a lackluster performance against an outmanned FCS opponent and presumably getting Derrick Henry and some other starters a bit of rest. The Buccaneers (9-2) have already clinched a Big South championship and their first trip to the playoffs. Alabama (9-1, No. 2 College Football Playoff), can clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference title game against No. 8 Florida with a victory over Auburn next week or an LSU win over No. 25 Mississippi. Alabama coach Nick Saban got riled over the perception that this game represented a breather for the players. He cited the Tide's win over Georgia Southern in 2011, when the nation's top run defense gave up 302 rushing yards to a triple-option team. "A lot of people take a lot of things for granted, and I get asked questions like 'Well, how important is it for the young guys to get to play this week?'" Saban said during an at times profane rant to reporters. "Well how in the hell do you know they're gonna get to play? What makes you think that you can just assume that they're gonna get to play? Because you're assuming that the other team isn't very good?" Alabama has been one of the nation's hottest teams, winning six straight. Ditto in FCS for Charleston Southern, which has eight consecutive victories. The divide between top teams at the two levels is clear but Buccaneers coach Jamey Chadwell doesn't seem the least bit uptight. "If we can somehow pull an upset, I don't know if any of us will come back to Charleston," Chadwell said. "We might stay down there and celebrate in Tuscaloosa after the game." Charleston Southern hasn't won in 16 games against FBS teams but did come within a point against Vanderbilt (21-20) last season. Henry has been on a dominant run that's thrust him into the Heisman Trophy race while averaging 29 carries over the last six games. A little rest might be in order. He's a former high school teammate of Charleston Southern's starting middle linebacker Zane Cruz, and the two stay in touch. "We've asked (Cruz) to tell him to take it easy on us and only play a quarter," Chadwell said. "But he says coach Saban won't let him do that right now." ___ Here are some other things to watch in the Charleston Southern-Alabama matchup: TOP DEFENSES: The game features two of the top defenses in their respective divisions. Alabama is second nationally against the run, fourth in total defense and seventh in points allowed. The Tide also sacked Mississippi State's Dak Prescott nine times last week. Charleston Southern has the top defense in FCS, allowing 252.9 yards a game. SENIOR CELEBRATION: It's the final home game for 25 Alabama seniors, including quarterback Jake Coker, cornerback Cyrus Jones, linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive tackle Jarran Reed. UPSET HOPES: The benefits for Charleston Southern's program include rare national exposure, a $500,000 payday and the experience of playing in one of college football's biggest stadiums. Chadwell said his players still go in with the mind-set of winning the game. HENRY'S BACKUP: If Henry does get some respite in the game, it will be a chance for playing time for freshmen Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. Backup tailback Kenyan Drake is out with a broken arm. Both are former 5-star recruits who have had limited roles. MINKAH'S STATUS: Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't expecting cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick to play in the game. A sprained right knee kept him out of practice early in the week. His backup is sophomore Tony Brown, who has played in all 10 games.
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: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 19, 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: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Semifinals Edmond Santa Fe 28, Broken Arrow 24 (at Yukon) Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 31 (at Owasso) Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington 21, Sand Springs 17 (at Sapulpa) Bartlesville 42, Bixby 28 (at Owasso Saturday) Class 5A Quarterfinals LAWTON MAC 28, Collinsville 14 SKIATOOK 24, Deer Creek 21 McAlester 22, McGUINNESS 17 Altus 35, COWETA 28 Class 4A Quarterfinals ANADARKO 20, Cascia Hall 14 WAGONER 40, Clinton 31 Oologah 27, WEATHERFORD 24 POTEAU 35, Harrah 34 Class 3A Second Round HERITAGE HALL 42, Plainview 34 HILLDALE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 20 Meeker 42, LONE GROVE 38 LOCUST GROVE 49, Berryhill 35 LINCOLN CHR. 48, Idabel 13 JOHN MARSHALL 28, Sulphur 21 Victory Christian 38, ROLAND 34 JONES 21, Douglass 14 Class 2A Second Round CHISHOLM 28, Lindsay 7 VIAN 30, Colcord 20 DAVIS 40, Millwood 32 ADAIR 44, Stroud 34 Haskell 31, OKEMAH 26 LUTHER 42, Kingston 28 Prague 36, HULBERT 28 WASHINGTON 28, Hennessey 27 Class A Second Round MOORELAND 28, Healdton 8 HOMINY 24, Fairland 21 STRATFORD 45, Hooker 30 Crescent 26, REJOICE CHR. 21 CASHION 42, Ketchum 27 HOLLIS 35, Minco 28 Kiefer 28, TALIHINA 22 RINGLING 21, Thomas 14 Class B Quarterfinals SEILING 42, Dewar 36 DAVENPORT 56, Geary 48 ALEX 34, Weleetka 20 KEOTA 46, Pioneer 34 Class C Quarterfinals CHEROKEE 38, Timberlake 28 COYLE 42, Tipton 36 GRANDFIELD 28, DC-Lamont 26 FOX 48, Shattuck 34 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 16, 2015
Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0)...
High school football: Week 2 playoff pairings
scott wright,Jacob Unruh | Nov 16, 2015Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso Class 5A Quarterfinals Collinsville (6-4) at Lawton Mac (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) Altus (10-1) at Coweta (7-3) Class 4A Quarterfinals Cascia Hall (6-4) at Anadarko (8-2) Clinton (6-5) at Wagoner (11-0) Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) Harrah (7-3) at Poteau (11-0) Class 3A Second Round Plainview (9-2) at Heritage Hall (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Seq. Tahlequah (7-4) at Hilldale (11-0) Meeker (9-2) at Lone Grove (8-3) Berryhill (7-3) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (7-4) at Lincoln Christian (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Sulphur (8-3) at John Marshall (10-1) Victory Christian (9-1) at Roland (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) Class 2A Second Round Lindsay (10-1) at Chisholm (11-0) Colcord (8-3) at Vian (9-2) Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) Stroud (10-1) at Adair (10-1) Haskell (10-1) at Okemah (8-3) Kingston (9-1) at Luther (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Prague (7-4) at Hulbert (8-3) Hennessey (7-4) at Washington (10-1) Class A Second Round Healdton (7-4) at Mooreland (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Fairland (7-3) at Hominy (10-1) Hooker (8-3) at Stratford (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Crescent (7-4) at Rejoice Christian (8-3) Ketchum (9-2) at Cashion (9-2) Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) Kiefer (10-1) at Talihina (9-1) Thomas (9-2) at Ringling (9-0) Class B Quarterfinals Dewar (10-1) at Seiling (10-1) Geary (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pioneer (8-3) at Keota (10-0) Class C Quarterfinals Timberlake (7-4) at Cherokee (10-0) Tipton (8-2) at Coyle (11-0) DC-Lamont (10-1) at Grandfield (10-0) Shattuck (9-1) at Fox (11-0)
Nov 16, 2015
The quarterback who didn’t get an offer from any Big 12 program out of high school and walked on twice is turning in a season that compares plenty favorably to seasons put up by Jason White and Sam Bradford during their Heisman Trophy-winning years; to Josh Heupel’s national championship performance in 2000; and the huge numbers Landry Jones posted in 2010.
OU football: Baker Mayfield's numbers compare favorably to Sooner greats
By Ryan Aber Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 16, 2015NORMAN—Forget the argument about whether or not Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield should be considered Heisman Trophy contender. That's been decided. He is. The online sportsbook Bovada might disagree, not listing Mayfield among its six Heisman Trophy favorites on Monday, but the Mayfield push gathered momentum with his performance at Baylor and has continued to gain strength in the two days since. The real question now is: Is Mayfield having the best season ever for an Oklahoma quarterback? The quarterback who didn't get an offer from any Big 12 program out of high school and walked on twice is turning in a season that compares plenty favorably to seasons put up by Jason White and Sam Bradford during their Heisman Trophy-winning years; to Josh Heupel's national championship performance in 2000; and the huge numbers Landry Jones posted in 2010. Mayfield's case begins with what he's done with his arm. Through 10 games, he's completed more than 70 percent of his 309 pass attempts. Of those four great seasons by Sooner quarterbacks, Bradford has the best completion percentage at 67.9 percent and yards per attempt at 10.0. Mayfield's quarterback rating is 183.9. Only Bradford's 180.8 rating is even within 25 points of Mayfield's. The Lake Travis, Texas, product won't catch Bradford or Jones in passing yards. He needs seven touchdown passes to tie Jones' 2010 mark of 38 and Bradford's school record of 50 appears safe for now. But what sets Mayfield apart are the plays he's made with his feet. Mayfield hasn't put up one singular Heisman moment to this point but has built a resume of them in the Sooners' biggest games. Against Tennessee earlier this season, he kept Oklahoma alive with his escapability and his vision to find receivers down the field when plays broke down. He then made several critical plays in the fourth quarter and overtime to lift the Sooners. Then Saturday against Baylor, he battled the rainy conditions and once against showed his escape artistry, especially on Oklahoma's final touchdown of the night. The Bears' coverage kept Mayfield from finding an open receiver immediately on the third-and-goal play from the 7. His first instinct was to run, but after taking two steps toward the line of scrimmage, Mayfield retreated and rolled out, soon hitting Dimitri Flowers for a touchdown and effectively putting the game away. “That play is kind of symbolic of the night and the season that Baker Mayfield has had for this Oklahoma Sooners offense,” ABC analyst Kirk Herbstreit said immediately after the touchdown. “You thought he might give up on the play. You thought he might throw it away.” Well, those who've watched Mayfield play all year likely weren't thinking such things. The double-edged sword of being able to evade pressure and make plays seemingly out of thin air is that sometimes Mayfield takes extra sacks because he refuses to throw the ball away at times. “You have to live with that because he makes more plays doing that than he doesn't,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. Oklahoma officially kicked off its Heisman Trophy push for Mayfield on Monday with an old-school-look, video-game-like animation of a Mayfield character getting into the Heisman pose. The Sooners weekly game notes included a chart of how Mayfield stacks up to the 13 quarterbacks who have won the Heisman Trophy since 2000. He isn't leading in any category but is third in completion percentage behind only Robert Griffin III and Jameis Winston and tied for third in fewest interceptions with five. Mayfield was no worse than seventh in any of the 12 categories listed. Only Griffin was also in the top seven in every category. “I don't see how he couldn't be,” center Ty Darlington said when asked if Mayfield deserved Heisman consideration. “I know that the way he's playing has done the talking for him. He doesn't need to say anything else. I don't think he's going to need a campaign after these next two games. We go out and take care of business this week and then you move on to the next week and if we do what we need to do on the field, I think all of the off-the-field stuff — whether you want to talk about the postseason stuff, or Bake and postseason awards and that stuff — that stuff takes care of itself when you go and play your best on Saturday.”
The second week of playoff action brings quite a mix of excitement, with the Class 6A divisions already in the semifinals, and the 3A, 2A and A brackets playing to decide who will advance to the quarterfinals. Topping the list of The Oklahoman's 10 biggest games of Week 2 of the playoffs is the one that will decide who gets a shot at ending the Jenks/Tulsa Union streak of dominance in the...
The Oklahoman's top 10 high school football games of Week 2 of the playoffs
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 16, 2015The second week of playoff action brings quite a mix of excitement, with the Class 6A divisions already in the semifinals, and the 3A, 2A and A brackets playing to decide who will advance to the quarterfinals. Topping the list of The Oklahoman's 10 biggest games of Week 2 of the playoffs is the one that will decide who gets a shot at ending the Jenks/Tulsa Union streak of dominance in the state's largest class. With Jenks and Union meeting in the other semifinal, Broken Arrow and Edmond Santa Fe will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon for a spot in the title game. The teams are just three weeks removed from a regular-season meeting in which Edmond Santa Fe saw a 27-14 lead disappear as Broken Arrow escaped with a 28-27 win. Here are this week's top 10 games: 1. Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Edmond Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon 2. Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso 3. McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) 4. Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa 5. Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0) 6. Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) 7. Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) 8. Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) 9. Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) 10. Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso
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 13, 2015
On a night that featured 99 total points and nearly 1,200 yards of offense, it was only fitting that a defensive play won the game.
High school football: McGuinness fights off Terry Wilson, Del City in offensive slugfest, 52-47
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 13, 2015With Del City quarterback Terry Wilson running wild, there was no comfort along the McGuinness sideline with a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter. But on a night that featured 99 total points and nearly 1,200 yards of offense, it was only fitting that a defensive play won the game. With 3:31 remaining, McGuinness' defense is the one that delivered when defensive lineman Tyler Kippenberger knocked the ball loose from running back Percy Craig and linebacker James Blanchard fell on it near midfield. “Our defense has been like that all year,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “They came up with that last play.” That play helped seal a wild 52-47 victory for the seventh-ranked Irish in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday at Pribil Stadium. McGuinness (9-2) will host McAlester (10-1) next Friday. McAlester beat Tahlequah 52-13 to advance. And it might not get any crazier than this game. The teams combined for 1,187 yards — 642 from Del City — and combined for three turnovers. Wilson, an Oregon commitment, looked unstoppable in his career finale. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 141 yards and five touchdowns. “That was just an offensive shootout,” McGuinness quarterback Jacob Mullins said. “That was probably the best high school player I've ever seen. We just knew we had to do what we could to outscore them, which we did.” The Irish posted 545 total yards on offense — 466 through the air from Mullins. He completed 21 of 33 passes and threw four touchdowns while also rushing for one. “We were just firing on all cylinders,” said junior receiver Matt Chancellor, who had nine catches for 219 yards and two TDs. “Everyone was feeling good about what we could do.” McGuinness took a 14-0 lead early in the game and even led 28-14 early in the second quarter before Del City (6-5) came storming back to take a 29-28 lead on a 55-yard TD pass from Wilson to Issac Beverly, who caught the ball in his fingertips behind the defense. The teams then exchanged the lead seven times in the second half until Mullins threw a 10-yard touchdown to Alec Minielly with 4:36 remaining. This came five plays after he extended the drive with his legs on a fourth-and-5 run for 7 yards. “He usually doesn't have the wheels, but he put them on his foot on that one,” Chancellor said. The Irish then forced the turnover one play after Zeke Downs got a rare tackle in the backfield on Wilson to finally restore some order. “We just had to live and play another down,” Jones said. “Anytime you make the playoffs and you can go another round you do feel fortunate. I've been a part of semifinal and championship runs and you've got to win games like this, and it doesn't matter what seed you are.”
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: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 12, 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: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.T. Barrett is back at quarterback for top-ranked Ohio State after a one-game suspension.Coach Urban Meyer had said Barrett would regain the starting job over Cardale Jones if he practiced well, and Barrett came through."He's looked sharp," Meyer said Wednesday. "J.T.'s a unique guy, a guy who's an extreme competitor. He's a very focused guy. It's not like, 'Boy, he's...
No. 2 Ohio State expects no letdown against Illinois
By CRAIG MERZ, Associated Press | Nov 11, 2015COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.T. Barrett is back at quarterback for top-ranked Ohio State after a one-game suspension. Coach Urban Meyer had said Barrett would regain the starting job over Cardale Jones if he practiced well, and Barrett came through. "He's looked sharp," Meyer said Wednesday. "J.T.'s a unique guy, a guy who's an extreme competitor. He's a very focused guy. It's not like, 'Boy, he's working much harder this week.' He's a professional who's going to work to play quarterback for Ohio State." The second-ranked Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten; No. 3 CFP) are at Illinois on Saturday. They are trying to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games and avoid looking ahead to the final two games of the regular season against Michigan State and Michigan. "We have a fairly mature team so letdown is probably not the proper word; (it's) execution and doing the right things, just the grind involved in college football right now," Meyer said. "I don't think there's a chance of a letdown." The defending national champions will play their second noon Eastern game this season and first since Oct. 10. "The atmosphere might not be what we're used to the past couple of weeks, a few nights games, and this being our first noon game in a long time, and actually being 11 o'clock their time," defensive tackle Tommy Schutt said. "That's something we had to address this week to really get up and being ready for that noon kickoff." Linebacker Joshua Perry loves playing under the lights like he did in high school outside of Columbus but said the early start has a benefit. "Generally they're not as juiced up in terms of fans and all that stuff, but it's fun to get out there early and get the anticipation out of the way," he said. "Obviously, a night-game atmosphere is second to none. We know it's going to be a little bit different of an atmosphere, so we're preparing for that now." Another factor could be the wind at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Not that Ohio State's kickers need more of a challenge. Meyer this week replaced Jack Willoughby with Sean Nuernberger for field goals and extra points, although Willoughby will retain the kickoff duties. It's something you have to evaluate," Meyer said. "We made the decision to go with Jack and he struggled. So when he struggles, the other guy you give him chances." ___ AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org
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.
Here is a look at how we see the Class 3A bracket: Team to watch — John Marshall: The Bears' lone hiccup this season was a loss to Meeker. Otherwise, they've been dominant with running back Devonte Lee rushing for well over 1,000 yards behind top recruit Tramonda Moore. Player to watch — Nyc Burns, Berryhill: The senior quarterback is making his way onto recruiter's radars with his...
High school football: Class 3A bracket breakdown
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at how we see the Class 3A bracket: Team to watch — John Marshall: The Bears' lone hiccup this season was a loss to Meeker. Otherwise, they've been dominant with running back Devonte Lee rushing for well over 1,000 yards behind top recruit Tramonda Moore. Player to watch — Nyc Burns, Berryhill: The senior quarterback is making his way onto recruiter's radars with his dual-threat style. He's passed for 2,142 yards and 26 touchdowns while also rushing for 478 yards and eight TDs. Roughest road — Locust Grove: After falling short in the semifinals last season, Mason Fine and Co. have only thought of taking that next step. But that may have to go through a tough side of the bracket with defending champion Heritage Hall, Berryhill, Beggs, Lone Grove, Hilldale and Meeker. Best first-round matchup — Douglass at Cushing: Last year's state runner-up hosts a team in Douglass that can cause a lot of problems for opponents with athletes like Patrick McKaufman and Chris Friday. The winner likely gets a matchup with talent-heavy Jones.
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Nov 8, 2015
Team to watch — John Marshall: The Bears' lone hiccup this season was a loss to Meeker. Otherwise, they've been dominant with running back Devonte Lee rushing for well over 1,000 yards behind top recruit Tramonda Moore. Player to watch — Nyc Burns, Berryhill: The senior quarterback is making his way onto recruiter's radars with his dual-threat style. He's passed for 2,142 yards and 26...
High school football: Class 3A bracket breakdown
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 8, 2015Team to watch — John Marshall: The Bears' lone hiccup this season was a loss to Meeker. Otherwise, they've been dominant with running back Devonte Lee rushing for well over 1,000 yards behind top recruit Tramonda Moore. Player to watch — Nyc Burns, Berryhill: The senior quarterback is making his way onto recruiter's radars with his dual-threat style. He's passed for 2,142 yards and 26 touchdowns while also rushing for 478 yards and eight TDs. Roughest road — Locust Grove: After falling short in the semifinals last season, Mason Fine and Co. have only thought of taking that next step. But that may have to go through a tough side of the bracket with defending champion Heritage Hall, Berryhill, Beggs, Lone Grove, Hilldale and Meeker. Best first-round matchup — Douglass at Cushing: Last year's state runner-up hosts a team in Douglass that can cause a lot of problems for opponents with athletes like Patrick McKaufman and Chris Friday. The winner likely gets a matchup with talent-heavy Jones.
Nov 7, 2015
The Oklahoman's high school sports writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, offer their championship picks for Class 6A-4A.
High school football playoffs: Championship picks
From Staff Reports | Nov 7, 2015The Oklahoman's high school sports writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, offer their championship picks for Class 6A-4A. See Monday's Oklahoman for the Class 3A-C predictions: Class 6A-I Wright: Jenks. The loss to Broken Arrow shook them up, but the Trojans are still the best team in the state. Unruh: Jenks. Sure, the Trojans lost to Broken Arrow a few weeks ago, but by all accounts they remain the top team in the class with talented players like OSU commitment Dillon Stoner and Austin Quillen. Class 6A-II Wright: Tulsa Washington. The Hornets have skated by with a couple of game-winning field goals, but the talent for a title run is in place, particularly with the run game and defense. Unruh: Tulsa Washington. This is a wide-open class, but Tulsa Washington has been the one consistent team. Having OSU commitment Justice Hill in the backfield also helps. Class 5A Wright: Skiatook. Class 5A is loaded with tough defenses at the top, but Skiatook might have the best of the bunch. Unruh: Lawton MacArthur. The defending champions have been unflappable this season, putting together an undefeated season with 19 new starters despite the loss of QB Anthony Love. Class 4A Wright: Wagoner. The defending champion Bulldogs have done nothing to show they're not the best team in the class. Unruh: Wagoner. The defending champions are simply too talented with players like K.J Lee, A.J. Freeth and Nikia Jones.
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck
Nov 5, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Evan Berry has become well known around campus for more than his family connections.As the nation's leading kickoff returner, the younger brother of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back and former Tennessee All-America selection Eric Berry is making a name for himself.Berry's average of 42.6 yards per kickoff return has him on pace to set the Football Bowl...
Tennessee's Berry emerges as nation's top kickoff returner
By STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Nov 5, 2015KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Evan Berry has become well known around campus for more than his family connections. As the nation's leading kickoff returner, the younger brother of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back and former Tennessee All-America selection Eric Berry is making a name for himself. Berry's average of 42.6 yards per kickoff return has him on pace to set the Football Bowl Subdivision single-season record. He has three touchdowns on kickoff returns to tie the school single-season record Willie Gault has held since 1980. Although Gault set that mark 15 years before Berry was born, the Tennessee sophomore is familiar with the former NFL receiver and Olympian. Berry's father, James Berry, played running back for Tennessee from 1978-81 and he and Gault were teammates. "My dad was telling me about him, and I remember watching clips of him when he was here and with the (Chicago) Bears just running, and I was like, 'Man, how does he do it'" Berry said. "Just knowing that I'm in that category with him, it's kind of a dream to me." Berry's knowledge of Gault reflects his keen understanding of Tennessee football history. He wears No. 29 — which is also Eric's number at Kansas City — to honor Inky Johnson, who suffered nerve damage in his right shoulder while making a tackle in a 2006 Tennessee game. Not only are his father and brother former Volunteers, his fraternal twin, Elliott Berry, is a reserve linebacker on the current roster. Berry said he isn't bothered when people refer to him as Eric's younger brother or Elliott's twin. Eric Berry made an inspirational return to the Chiefs after missing most of last season while being treated for cancer. He was on the sidelines earlier this season when Evan scored his first career touchdown on an 88-yard return against Western Carolina. Eric returns to campus Saturday to be honored as Tennessee's legend of the week when the Volunteers (4-4, 2-3 SEC) host South Carolina (3-5, 1-5). "Every game's a big game, but with him being there, it makes it that much sweeter," said Evan, who also is a second-team safety. "It's going to be a good one. I'll have to come ready to make plays." He has made plenty of plays already. Since getting that first touchdown against Western Carolina, Berry has scored on a 96-yard return against Arkansas and a 100-yarder against Kentucky. The FBS record for kickoff return touchdowns in a season is five by Tulsa's Ashlan Davis in 2004. "Who's kicking it to him, and why?" South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott asked. "I don't know. I told (kickoff specialist Landon) Ard, 'Let me tell you one thing, it better be out of the end zone.' Because even when you kick it in the end zone, he brings it out." The FBS record for highest kickoff return average in a season for anyone with at least 1.2 attempts per game is 40.1 by BYU's Paul Allen in 1961. Berry knows that record is within reach but isn't dwelling on it. "I really don't try to look at any stats or anything to clutter my mind," Berry said. "I just go out there and just play hard." Berry said he didn't start returning kickoffs until his senior year at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia, and that he hadn't scored on a kickoff return until this year. He ranked second in the SEC with 29.5 yards per return last season. Now he leads a Tennessee special-teams unit that has a combined five touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns, the most by any FBS team since North Carolina had seven in 2013, according to STATS LLC. "He has a great drive to be the best," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. Berry also brings a bit of personality to the Vols, which became apparent last week when he wore a gorilla mask into the postgame interview room. Berry said he brought the mask to celebrate Halloween because he felt guilty about forgetting to leave candy for trick-or-treaters. His outgoing approach is something Berry learned from his family. Eric "and my dad always tell me just saying 'Hi' to someone could make their day," Berry said. "You never know what kind of mood someone's in." ___ This story has been corrected to show the location of Creekside High School is in Fairburn, not Canton, Georgia. ___ AP Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed to this report. ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Nov 4, 2015
Boykin, among the Heisman Trophy frontrunners, has few peers as a dual-threat quarterback.
OSU football journal: Trevone Boykin has Cowboys' full attention
By John Helsley Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Through eight games, OSU has faced some good quarterbacks. No one, however, like Trevone Boykin. No one close. Boykin, among the Heisman Trophy frontrunners, has few peers as a dual-threat quarterback. He's got the stats: 365 passing yards per game, with 28 touchdowns, completing 67 percent of his throws; 524 rushing yards, with six more TDs. He's the Big 12 total offense leader. And he's got clutch credentials, too, rallying the Horned Frogs to wins at Texas Tech and Kansas State. “If there's a more dynamic player out there in college football, I haven't seen it,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. So heading into Saturday's showdown with No. 8 TCU (CFP Rankings), much focus centers on Boykin. And that still might not be enough. “He creates a lot of issues,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “It doesn't take long on film to see that he can throw, he can elude the rush, he's got an unbelievable release and he's a tremendous running back with the ball in his hand. He's got great vision. “They do a great job of game-planning for him and creating plays for him. Even with it's not there, he'll create something for himself. I don't think he gets tackled much, he just runs out of field. “I don't have the answer on how to slow him down yet. And who knows if we'll have it on Saturday?” No team has found that answer yet. “If there were an answer scheme-wise, Xs and Os, I'm guessing someone would have come up with a solution by now,” Gundy said. “He's going to make plays.” Still, the Cowboys won't be conceding anything. “I also want to make sure that everyone understands,” Gundy said, “our defense is going to come out and play hard and we'll use our team speed and I'll be surprised if our guys don't play well.” QUOTABLE Cowboys safety Jordan Sterns on his team's many down-to-the-wire wins: “That's all you have to do, find a way. It doesn't have to be pretty. People love to see you win by big numbers, of course, but at the same time, if you get the job done, you get the job done. Sometimes I think it makes it even better that we've been through all those close games. When it comes to crunch time, we've been there before. You keep that attitude, I feel like things can't go wrong.” TCU RULING THE ROAD The Horned Frogs have a history of solid play on the road. They're 11-6 in enemy stadiums as a member of the Big 12. And it's gotten better of late, even when the games get tight. Four of TCU's last six Big 12 road tests have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Frogs are 4-0 in those games. TCU is tied for sixth nationally for the most road wins over AP Top 25 teams (6) since 2009 and has the nation's third-best road record overall (29-7, .806 winning percentage) since 2009. JONESING FOR A RB? ONE WHO GOT AWAY Remember Ronald Jones II, OSU's prized running back commitment who flipped to Southern Cal last January. He's doing fine. Better than fine, actually. Jones II stands as USC's leading rusher as a true freshman, taking command of the position with big games in recent weeks. With an increasingly expanding role, Jones II has produced 533 rushing yards on a 7.6 per-carry average. And his five rushing scores are tied for the team lead. For OSU, he's one that got away, because he sure seemed destined to be a Cowboy. A four-star running back out of McKinney, Texas, Jones II had been committed to the Cowboys since early April of 2014. He and his family attended several Cowboys practices, always decked out in OSU gear. Gundy had a much-needed running back for the future, and Jones II was all but guaranteed of being an instant starter. The long-term relationship between OSU and Ronald Jones II reached an abrupt end during last season, as the Cowboys spun through a five-game losing streak and the offensive line revealed as lacking. Then in December, Jones II backed off his commitment to the Cowboys, eventually going with the Trojans. EXTRA POINTS * Saturday's OSU-TCU game matches the all-time winningest coaches at the two schools. Gundy has 92 wins to lead the Cowboys, while Gary Patterson's 140 wins are tops for the Horned Frogs. * Two TCU starters hail from Oklahoma high schools. Left guard Jamelle Naff, a Del City product, has started the last 21 games and 23 overall in his career. Defensive tackle Davion Pierson, out of Millwood, is in his fourth year as a regular and his 35 career starts rank second among current Frogs.
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 2, 2015
Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and...
High school football: Class 4A and 3A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright, Staff Writers | Nov 2, 2015Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and Weatherford loss. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Weatherford win. Elk City: Third with win and Weatherford loss. Fourth with win of seven or points and Weatherford win. Weatherford: Third with win and Elk City win. Fourth with loss and Elk City loss. District 4A-2 Key Games: Bristow at Tecumseh, Glenpool at McLoud, Harrah at Ada. Tuttle: First Harrah: Second with win. Third with loss. Ada: Second with win. Third with loss. Bristow: Fourth with win or McLoud win. Tecumseh: Fourth with win and McLoud loss. District 4A-3 Key Games: Oologah at Tulsa McLain, Wagoner at Catoosa, Cascia Hall at Cleveland Wagoner: First. Oologah: Second with win. Third with loss. Tulsa McLain: Second with win. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss. Third with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall and Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall or Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa loss. Cascia Hall: Third with win, Oologah win and Catoosa loss. Third with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Catoosa loss. Catoosa: Third with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with Cascia Hall loss. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Cascia Hall win. District 4A-4 Key Games: Metro Christian at Sallisaw, Muldrow at Broken Bow. Poteau: First Metro Christian: Second with win. Third with loss. Sallisaw: Second with win. Third with loss and Broken Bow win. Fourth with loss and Muldrow win. Muldrow: Third with win and Metro Christian win. Fourth with win and Metro Christian loss. Broken Bow: Fourth with win. CLASS 3A District 3A-1 Key Games: Kingfisher at Centennial, Mannford at Cushing. Heritage Hall: First. Cushing: Second. Perkins: Third. Kingfisher: Fourth with win or Mannford loss. Mannford: Fourth with win and Kingfisher loss. District 3A-2 Key Games: Blanchard at Mount St. Mary, Bridge Creek at Douglass, John Marshall at Bethany. John Marshall: First with win. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard and Douglass. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard or Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Blanchard. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Douglass. Meeker: First with Blanchard win, Bethany win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. First with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses three or fewer district points to Bethany. First with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany win and Douglass loss. Second with Douglass win, John Marshall win, Blanchard win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses four or more district points to Bethany. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Third with Blanchard win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Bethany: First with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. First with regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. First with regulation win of four or more points, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Second with win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Blanchard: Second with win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and one or more district points on Douglass. Third with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss and Bethany loss. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or one or more district points on Douglass. Fourth with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. Douglass: Third with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Third with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses no district points to Blanchard. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Third with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and John Marshall win. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Bethany win. Fourth with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. District 3A-3 Key Games: Seminole at Pauls Valley, Star Spencer at Jones Jones: First. Seminole: Second with win. Third with loss. Pauls Valley: Second with win. Third with loss and Star Spencer win. Fourth with loss and Star Spencer loss. Purcell: Third with Seminole win and Star Spencer loss. Fourth with Seminole win and Star Spencer win. Fourth with Pauls Valley win and Star Spencer loss. Star Spencer: Fourth with win and Pauls Valley win. District 3A-4 Key Games: Marlow at Dickson, Plainview at Madill, Sulphur at Lone Grove. Lone Grove: First with win. First with loss of 12 or fewer points an Plainview win. Second with loss and Madill win. Second with loss of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Sulphur: First with win and Madill win. First with win of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Second with win of 12 or fewer points and Plainview win where Sulphur loses 13 or fewer district points to Plainview. Third with one-point or overtime win and Plainview win of 15 or more points. Third with loss. Plainview: Second with Lone Grove win. Second with win of 15 or more points and Sulphur one-point or overtime win. Third with loss and Sulphur win. Third with win and Sulphur win where Plainview gains 13 or fewer district points on Sulphur. Marlow: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Plainview win. Madill: Fourth with win and Marlow loss. District 3A-5 Key Games: Berryhill at Lincoln Christian. Lincoln Christian: First with win. Second with loss. Berryhill: First with win. Second with loss. Verdigris: Third. Sperry: Fourth with win or loss of eight or fewer points. Tulsa Webster: Fourth with win of nine or more points. District 3A-6 Key Games: Beggs at Checotah. Hilldale: First. Victory Christian: Second. Checotah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Beggs: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-7 Key Games: Sequoyah Claremore at Sequoyah Tahlequah. Locust Grove: First. Westville: Second. Sequoyah-Tahlequah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Sequoyah-Claremore: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-8 Key Games: Roland at Eufaula, Heavener at Idabel Roland: First. Stigler: Second. Eufaula: Third with win and Heavener win. Third with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 12 or more district points on Idabel. Fourth with Idabel win. Fourth with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 11 or fewer district points on Idabel. Idabel: Third with win. Third with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 11 or fewer district points to Eufaula. Fourth with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 12 or more district points to Eufaula. Heavener: Fourth with win and Eufaula win.
Nov 1, 2015
The Horned Frogs face the task of defending J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph on Saturday when they play the Cowboys in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State football: TCU faces difficult task of preparing for Cowboys’ two-quarterback system
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Reporter email@example.com | Nov 1, 2015STILLWATER — Mike Yurcich sat in a metal folding chair Saturday night in the tunnel outside the visiting locker room at AT&T Jones Stadium as reporters cycled through. He was a popular guy. Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator answered an abundance of questions about his two-quarterback game plan that produced 56 points in the Cowboys' 70-53 victory at Texas Tech, and next week, a 2:30 p.m. home showdown with undefeated TCU. But before heading to the team bus to catch a flight back to Stillwater, Yurcich had a question of his own. It wasn't directed at TCU coach Gary Patterson, however, it might as well have been. “How much of your game plan is for J-Dub?” J-Dub, of course, is quarterback J.W. Walsh. And if Patterson paid any attention to what took place in Lubbock, the question has almost certainly already run through his mind. Walsh accounted for 247 total yards of offense and was responsible for three touchdowns. Unlike the past seven games in which the fifth-year senior backup was mostly a red-zone weapon, Walsh took the majority of second half snaps to help erase a 10-point halftime deficit. Starting quarterback Mason Rudolph struggled early, tossing an interception and allowing the ball to slip from his hand pre-throw in the first quarter, but finished with a respectable 60 percent completion percentage, 285 yards passing and two touchdowns. There's no OSU quarterback controversy. Just a big problem for opposing defensive coordinators tasked with preparing their players to face the duo. “If J-Dub is 10 percent or 15 percent of what you do, that's taking away from probably 60 percent of their study time,” Yurcich said. “Maybe it's only 40 percent. I don't know. I guess it depends on what defense you're going at and how the coordinator sees it. “That's why I don't like to coach defense. I want to coach offense. That's probably too hard to do.” No matter the quarter, down or distance to gain, the difference in OSU's offensive philosophy with each quarterback is clear. With Rudolph, OSU has the prototypical pocket passer best suited to spread the ball around to his many weapons at receiver. On Saturday, 10 different Cowboys recorded at least one reception. With Walsh, OSU has a zone-read specialist. His ability to read defenses and decide whether to handoff or keep it himself allows for play-calling flexibility, confuses defenses and alleviates pressure on the offensive line. Walsh ran the zone read at least five times Saturday, including on his 64-yard fourth quarter run. Walsh took a shotgun snap and two-hopped alongside tailback Jeff Carr, the ball placed against his chest, before Walsh pulled it back in and charged upfield for the huge gain. It's a system Walsh has run since high school, or if you ask Yurcich, long before then. “(Walsh) has been running the zone read since probably he was out of the womb,” Yurcich said. “He was probably reading defensive ends in kindergarten.” So, how does TCU go about properly preparing for both quarterbacks? Dave Campo has an idea. Campo, Kansas' defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2015, is a retired coaching veteran with more than 40 years of experience in college and the NFL. Campo is well aware of OSU's dual-quarterback system, too. In his final seasons at KU, he recruited some of Walsh's teammates at Denton Guyer (Texas) High School. “It does present a definite problem, especially if they're different types of quarterbacks,” said Campo in the press box at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, during halftime of the Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys game. “You approach things a little bit differently in practice, but the base of your defense, you really don't change. You do things that you like and you do things that work for you, because you don't have the time to change a bunch of stuff. “But if you have a running quarterback, obviously, you want to be a little bit more spy conscience with a guy breaking containment. So, you might use that with one guy and not the other guy.” Campo says his approach in game planning for two quarterbacks with different skill sets is similar to preparing for any star player with breakout potential: Identify what he does well and try to take that away. “It is splitting time,” Campo said, “but in reality, the base of your defense doesn't change.” Easier said than done. TTU coach Kliff Kingsbury knows all too well. He addressed Walsh's impact during his postgame press conference. “He's a great competitor,” Kingsbury said. “I talked about him all week. I have a tremendous amount of respect for that young man. Sticking around, sticking it out, waiting his turn. When he's in the game they tend to play up. He made some great throws, made some great runs. Can't give him enough credit.”
Nov 1, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense.Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21...
No. 9 Notre Dame survives No. 21 Temple, 24-20, with late TD
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Nov 1, 2015PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense. Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21 Temple on Saturday night. It was the third time this season Kizer has led Notre Dame (7-1) from behind in the fourth quarter, first against Virginia in his memorable debut and then against Southern California. "It all comes with experience. When you go out there and you do it once or twice, that's how it's going to end up being," said Kizer, the redshirt freshman who took over for the injured Malik Zaire at Virginia. "We know how to go about a fourth-quarter comeback now." The Owls (7-1) took a 20-17 lead with 4:45 left on a 36-yard field goal by Austin Jones. But Kizer came right back with a long scoring drive, capped by the TD to his star receiver who hails from Philadelphia to make it 24-20. "They were crowding me and DeShone just threw a perfect ball," said Fuller, who went to Roman Catholic High School. Then the Notre Dame defense stepped up. Temple's P.J. Walker went deep down the right side, but Russell cut underneath the throw and made a diving pick. Not until the very last play, when Kizer dropped the ball, picked it up and then threw it away to kill the clock, did the Irish get to celebrate. Kizer finished with 299 yards passing and a 79-yard touchdown run. "He got the game ball," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. The Fighting Irish had chances to distance themselves from the Owls, but four red-zone trips produced only 10 points in the first three quarters against a defense that ranked eighth in the country. "I knew that those were probably going to put us in a position where it would be a dog fight in the second half," Kelly said. The Owls entered the fourth quarter down seven. All they could have wanted. After a targeting penalty in the end zone by Notre Dame's Elijah Shumate gave Temple a new set of downs, the Owls got it down to the 1 on fourth down. Coach Matt Rhule decided to go for it and Jahad Thomas made a crisp cut to turn the corner and tie the game at 17 with 10:51 left. "I thought they had tremendous poise," Rhule said of his players. "I thought they were excited to be there, excited for the moment." And there it was: Temple, laughingstock for so long, leading the most famous college football team in the world on Halloween night in front of a national television audience. The Owls fans were making noise and dreaming big. With 5:12 left in the game and Temple in field-goal range, security at Lincoln Financial Field started lining up metal parade barricades behind the end zone to keep the Temple student section from rushing the field. Soon afterward, Jones' boot gave Temple its first lead of the second half. A result that just a few years ago would have been unimaginable, Temple beating Notre Dame, was just an Owl stop or two from becoming a reality. Notre Dame would not let it happen. Temple came in 7-0 for the first time in school history, playing as a ranked team against a ranked team for the first time ever. This was an unprecedented weekend for college football in Philadelphia. ESPN "GameDay" drew a big and loud crowd to Independence Mall. The Phillie Phanantic was the guest picker, using Lee Corso as his straight man. At the start, it looked as if Temple wasn't ready for the big stage. The Irish marched 74 yards on their first drive with Kizer, Fuller and C.J. Prosise doing most of the work against a Temple defense that is the team's strength. Kizer finished with a 4-yard keeper to make it 7-0. Trouble for Temple? Nope. The Owls settled in and got a field goal and a red-zone interception of Kizer by Praise Martin-Oguike. Temple marched 94 yards for a touchdown, Walker hitting Brandon Shippen from 12 yards out to make it 10-7 with 6:17 left. A few minutes later, the lead was gone. Several Temple defenders converged on Prosise, but Kizer kept the ball and found a wide-open lane to sprint 79 yards for a touchdown. Another red-zone interception by Temple, this time by star linebacker Tyler Matakevich on a deflected ball, kept the score 14-10 Irish going into halftime. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ Online: www.collegefootball.ap.org