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Jan 28, 2015
It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs.
High school notebook: Purcell football coach Greg Willis won't be retained
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 28, 2015Football coach Greg Willis was informed by Purcell administration that he will not be retained next school year. It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs. In 2013, Willis took over a Dragon team that had gone 4-6 the year before and guided them to the playoffs in his two seasons at the helm. Purcell remained in the hunt for the district title last season until their final district game. “At no time (during) my tenure here at PHS have I received a poor evaluation as a teacher, coach or administrator,” said Willis, who also served as a science teacher and athletic director. “As football coach, I am very proud of the progress our program has made over the past two seasons in returning the Dragons to the playoffs and playing for the district title. More importantly, I appreciate the opportunity to develop relationships with and providing leadership for our football players that influence them beyond the football field in a positive and impactful way.” Purcell will now be looking to hire a new football coach, who will be the fourth person to hold the position in the last five years. PC WEST’S TYSON JOLLY OFFERED BY SMU Putnam City West senior Tyson Jolly continues to gain momentum on the recruiting scene, with Larry Brown and SMU becoming the latest team in pursuit of the 6-foot-4 guard. The Mustangs made a scholarship offer to Jolly on Wednesday afternoon, PC West coach Lenny Bert told The Oklahoman. SMU has already signed the state’s top senior prospect, Owasso guard Shake Milton. Jolly has remained off the radar because of a health condition that kept him off the court last spring and summer during prime recruiting periods. But his play this season has elevated his status. Tulsa and UTEP — which signed former PC West guard Omega Harris last season — have offered Jolly so far, and other programs, including Oklahoma, continue to show interest. NFHS RECOGNIZES STATE’S TOP COACHES The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2014 State Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma, along with honoring former football coach Milt Bassett with one of the highest awards presented by the NFHS. The Coach of the Year winners include basketball, football, wrestling, softball, cross country, track and field, and swimming. The winners are Tulsa Memorial boys basketball coach Robert Allison, Alva girls basketball coach Eric Smith, Hollis football coach Reade Box, Stillwater wrestling coach Douglas Chesbro, Stillwater boys swimming coach Kurt Goebel, Norman North girls swimming coach Kent Nicholson, Mount St. Mary volleyball coach Mary Jekel, Southmoore softball coach Jeff Small, Kansas boys cross country coach Cory Steele, Anadarko boys track coach Mike Williams and Henryetta girls track coach Brent Wion. The awards are given in appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The NFHS also honored Section 6 Award winners, including Plainview boys golf coach Andy Bloodworth, Santa Fe South boys soccer coach Wes Furley, Byng boys tennis coach Alan Simpson, Ada girls tennis coach Skip Griese and Washington spirit coach Sheila LeForce. Bassett, who is the Oklahoma Coaches Association executive director, received the NFHS Citation Award, which is given annually to individuals who have made exemplary, significant and long-standing contributions to high school sports and activities. NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION TO HONOR 10 PLAYERS The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced the 10 High School Scholar Athlete Award recipients Monday who will be honored at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Tuesday. The winners are based on their performance on and off the field. Each recipient will receive a scholarship worth $1,000. The recipients are Tanner Bowman of Cherokee, Joe Castiglione Jr. of Mount St. Mary, Jacob Lemons of Quinton, Conan Maltz of Guthrie, Tate Milroy of Morris, Aaron Pierce of Alva, Jacob Rapp of Choctaw, Alexander Ray of Bartlesville, Braden Sweet of Perry and Taylor Witham of Miami.
Jan 27, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — There is an NFL playoff game on the television in the cluttered luxury suite at Gerald J. Ford Stadium that new SMU coach Chad Morris is temporarily using as an office.The 46-year-old Texan who grew up just outside Dallas cannot help but be distracted by the Cowboys and Packers, but Morris doesn't watch football like most fans. He examines and dissects the game. He tries to see...
Morris returns home to rebuild SMU with Texas made materials
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Jan 27, 2015DALLAS (AP) — There is an NFL playoff game on the television in the cluttered luxury suite at Gerald J. Ford Stadium that new SMU coach Chad Morris is temporarily using as an office. The 46-year-old Texan who grew up just outside Dallas cannot help but be distracted by the Cowboys and Packers, but Morris doesn't watch football like most fans. He examines and dissects the game. He tries to see the defense through the eyes of Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, and then figure out how to teach his quarterbacks to see it that way, too. When it comes to football, Morris is always on the clock. "I try but there's no way," to turn it off, he said. "My wife is a bigger football fan than I am. I'll come home and she'll have football on TV. Or she'll be watching College Football Live, and I'll say, 'Paula, can we please turn it?' Give me "American Idol." Give me "Duck Dynasty." Give me some type of reality television or something. Put it on The Weather Channel for me." The former Texas high school coach has returned home to lead a college football team for the first time. After spending four seasons as one of the most successful and highly paid offensive coordinators in major college football, Morris left a comfy gig at Clemson to become the latest coach to try to save SMU. He plans to rebuild the Mustangs with materials made in Texas. "I know what football in this state means," Morris said. "In particular, I know what high school football means. Any coach who comes into this profession, you better be able relate to high school coaches, whatever job you take. I've got that. We now have connections to high school coaches." The Mustangs have been a mess for most of the last 25 years, never fully recovering from a two-year shutdown due to NCAA sanctions in 1987. SMU finally seemed to right its football program under coach June Jones, who led the Ponies to four straight bowl appearance from 2009-12. But it wasn't built to last. The Mustangs went 1-11 last year and Jones resigned after two games. Faced with another reboot, SMU honed in on Morris, who graduated from Texas A&M and coached high school football in the Lone Star state for 16 years. Morris left Texas to start his college coaching career at Tulsa in 2010, but he never did dig up those roots. On the day in December he was introduced by SMU, Morris checked his cellphone to find 690 text messages and 898 email. High school coaches from all over Texas, coaches he had made sure to stay in touch with while he was in South Carolina, wanted to congratulate him and welcome him back. As of a couple weeks ago, he still had 256 unread texts. "I'm going to answer them," Morris said. It was that personal touch, a good luck text on a Friday night, a congratulatory letter for making the playoffs, which helped Morris to keep those Texas ties strong. And that made him an obvious choice for SMU. "I'll stop short of saying it was a requirement, but it was a strong preference that whomever we hired had some tie to the state of Texas," SMU athletic director Rick Hart said. Morris said there are enough good high school football players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to recruit on $10 worth of gas. "I will not drive by or fly over kids in our home state to get kids from outside of here," he said. "That's not right. There's enough talent right here." Despite some success on the field, SMU lost touch with its base under Jones. According to The Dallas Morning News, no FBS team in the state of Texas had fewer Texans on its roster in 2014. Morris pulled two members of his new staff — running backs coach Claude Mathis (DeSoto) and director of recruiting Mark Smith (L.D. Bell) — straight out of Dallas-area high schools. SMU probably won't win most head-to-head recruiting battles with its nearest Big 12 neighbors, TCU and Baylor, but it won't back down from the big boys under Morris. "We feel pretty good sending our kids that way," said Lake Travis coach Hank Carter, who followed Morris at the Austin high school. "We know he understands how things are done in Texas." Morris also understands offense. His hurry up, no-huddle spread didn't just break records at Clemson, it helped establish an identity for the Tigers. He wants it to do the same at SMU. "We are a hurry-up, no-huddle football program," he said. "We don't wait on anything. We go get it." ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced the 10 High School Scholar Athlete Award recipients Monday who will be honored at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Feb. 3. The winners are based on their performance on and off the field. Each recipient will receive a […]
Oklahoma National Football Foundation scholar-athletes named
Jacob Unruh | Jan 26, 2015The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced the 10 High School Scholar Athlete Award recipients Monday who will be honored at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Feb. 3. The winners are based on their performance on and off the field. Each recipient will receive a scholarship worth $1,000. The recipients are Tanner Bowman of Cherokee, Joe Castiglione Jr. of Mount St. Mary, Jacob Lemons of Quinton, Conan Maltz of Guthrie, Tate Milroy of Morris, Aaron Pierce of Alva, Jacob Rapp of Choctaw, Alexander Ray of Bartlesville, Braden Sweet of Perry and Taylor Witham of Miami.
Jan. 11863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville.1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha.1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flagJan. 21939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa.1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska...
Today in Nebraska-January
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 29, 2014Jan. 1 1863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville. 1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha. 1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flag Jan. 2 1939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa. 1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl to win the national collegiate football championship. Jan. 3 1949 — A huge blizzard that Gov. Val Peterson called one of the greatest catastrophes ever to hit Nebraska raged across the state. Twenty-five deaths were attributed to the storm. Jan. 4 1854 — A committee headed by Stephen Douglas reported to the U.S. Senate a bill creating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Jan. 5 1937 — The first session of the unicameral Legislature began in Lincoln. Jan. 6 1910 — Novelist Wright Morris was born in Central City. Jan. 7 1870 — The first 10 miles of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad were completed. 1944 — Three seamen were killed in an explosion at the Naval Ordnance Depot in Hastings. Two more fatal explosions occurred later in the year. Jan. 8 1862 — Saunders County, formerly known as Calhoun County, was organized by an act of the Territorial Legislature. 1881 — Poet John G. Neihardt was born near Sharpsburg, Ill. 1910 — Chadron was chosen the site for the state's fourth normal school, now known as Chadron State College. Jan. 9 1866 — Territorial Gov. Alvin Saunders urged the Legislature to consider statehood. 1879 — A group of Cheyenne Indians broke out of Fort Robinson, leading Army troops on a chase that lasted several days in bitterly cold weather. 1953 — The state Supreme Court ruled that real estate should be assessed at actual value, touching off a controversy that lasted many months. Jan. 10 1917 — Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver. 1975 — A blizzard driven by 60 mph winds struck Omaha, dumping up to 16 inches of snow. 1976 — An explosion and fire destroyed the Hotel Pathfinder in Fremont, killing 18 people. Jan. 11 1860 — Territorial Legislature authorized a special election to consider forming a state constitution. Jan. 12 1858 — William Richardson became governor of the Nebraska Territory. 1872 — Grand Duke Alexis of Russia arrived in North Platte for a bison hunt with Bill Cody. 1888 — The Schoolchildren's Blizzard. Jan. 13 1873 — Gov. Robert Furnas issued a proclamation organizing Sherman County. 1987 — Mayor Mike Boyle, of Omaha, accused of misconduct in office, was recalled in a special election. Jan. 14 1940 — Among manufacturing cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, Omaha is the country's first city in the manufacture of butter. Jan. 15 1919 — The people of Sidney threw a welcome-home victory dance for servicemen returning from World War I. Several foxtrots were on the program. Jan. 16 1855 — The first session of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature opened. Jan. 17 1965 — An early Omaha landmark, the Omaha Paper Co. building, was destroyed by fire. Jan. 18 1856 — The Territorial Legislature chartered the Bank of Florence, which failed three years later. 2008 — An 18-year-old North Platte man pleaded guilty to charges related to a double homicide. Michael Grandon admitted killing Lori Solie and 5-year-old Tiara Solie, the mother and half sister, respectively, of Grandon's teenage girlfriend, Alisha Ochoa. 2012 — President Barack Obama rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through Nebraska and other states on its way to the Gulf Coast. The decision didn't kill the project, however. Jan. 19 1874 — Settlers and a band of Sioux Indians were involved in a skirmish near Elyria that became known as the Battle of Pebble Creek. The Indians withdrew after an exchange of shots with the settlers that left one settler dead. Jan. 20 1965 — The Omaha Benson High School Band, in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural parade, experienced a brief period of panic when members learned that their instruments had not arrived in the Capitol with them. Musicians and instruments were soon reunited when the mix-up was straightened out. Jan. 21 1879 — Cheyenne outbreak at Fort Robinson ends with the Battle of Antelope Creek. 1930 — Longtime Omaha Mayor Jim Dahlman died. Jan. 22 1879 — Nine Northern Cheyenne Indians were captured and about two dozen killed at the end of the Battle of Antelope Creek about 40 miles northwest of Fort Robinson. 1893 — The Capitol National Bank failed in Lincoln during a financial panic. Jan. 24 1949 — The village of Terrytown was incorporated. Jan. 25 1940 — Shattering all records for a movie here, "Gone With the Wind" opened at the Paramount in Omaha, with an advance sale of 17,000 tickets. Jan. 26 1856 — Dixon County was organized. 1916 — Keya Paha High School opened in Springview. Jan. 27 1949 — Thirteen inches of snow fell in Omaha during a blizzard. 1958 — Police found the bodies of three people at a Lincoln home, the first victims discovered in a murder spree by Charles Starkweather. Jan. 28 1940 — John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was not available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library. The Library Board had not taken formal action after a discussion to ban the book, but the librarian said the book had been catalogued and then withdrawn from circulation. Jan. 29 1958 — Mass murderer Charles Starkweather, of Lincoln, was arrested in Douglas, Wyo. Jan. 30 1965 — Noting that it is difficult to determine where to draw the line in laws regulating exotic dancing, the Omaha city attorney told a council member that he didn't think it rational to write an ordinance permitting only one wiggle per drum beat. Jan. 31 1876 — The Sioux Nation was turned over to the War Department. The U.S. government issued a decree the month before requiring that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana turn themselves in at reservations or be considered hostile.
Dec 27, 2014
Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson coach had nothing but praise for Perine.
Oklahoma football notebook: Clemson's Dabo Swinney praises Samaje Perine
BY JASON KERSEY AND BERRY TRAMEL | Dec 27, 2014Clemson has faced its share of good running backs this season, with Georgia star Todd Gurley being the clear best among that group. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked Saturday to compare Oklahoma freshman phenom Samaje Perine to some of the backs the Tigers have seen this season, and the Clemson coach had nothing but praise for Perine. “He’s No. 1 in the world because he’s the only guy that I’ve ever known who has rushed for almost 500 yards in a ballgame,” Swinney said. "He is a load. Great player. “He’s a 240-plus pounder, a bowling ball kind of guy that’s hard to tackle. You can’t arm-tackle this guy. You have to really hit him. You have to wrap him up and gang-tackle him. He’s outstanding. He’s got the numbers to back it up. He’s got a great offensive line leading the way for him.” Perine burst onto the college football scene this season, rushing for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also set the NCAA Division I single-game record with 427 yards in the Sooners’ win over Kansas last month. STRIKER STILL PROVING HIMSELF Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker always played with a chip on his shoulder in high school as many wondered how high his ceiling was as a college prospect. He seemed a little undersized to be a college linebacker, which scared off several potential suitors in the recruiting process. After two seasons of wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks — and establishing himself as one of the nation’s elite pass rushers — Striker said he’s still trying to prove himself. “I knew I had it in me the whole time,” Striker said. “My abilities and the type of heart I’ve got, I can play with anybody. That type of attitude does help. You want to prove a lot of people wrong.” Striker, who played at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., gets to play close to home in Monday’s Russell Athletic Bowl. “I accomplished a lot at Armwood,” Striker said. “That built my confidence up. Shoot, I’m doing it here. And I can do it at the next level. I never really thought about it. Just play football, that’s the type of player I am. The type of heart I’ve got, I feel like I can play with anybody. “My size, people look at it and it comes into effect a lot to be honest. But you know, when you’re playing the game, I don’t think about it. I just play.” VENABLES COULD GET RAISE In his third year as Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables has transformed the Tigers into the nation’s No. 1 total defense this season. He could soon be rewarded financially for that work. Swinney was asked Saturday if he’s started to work through any potential staff raises — and was asked specifically about Venables. “I’ve already worked through all that stuff,” Swinney said. “That’s something I do every year. I sit down with (athletic director) Dan (Radakovich) postseason, and I kinda give him a season review on where I am and what I think and the things we need to discuss moving forward to continue to get better. “All our guys, those are things we’ll take care of as far as finalizing things when we get back. The staff’s done a great job this year. There’s no question.” According to USA Today’s coaching salary database, Venables was the 11th-highest paid assistant coach in the country this season, earning $875,000. Before taking the Clemson job in January 2012, Venables spent 13 seasons on Bob Stoops’ staff at Oklahoma. CLEMSON STREAK IMPRESSIVE Clemson has won 27 straight games against unranked opponents. Only Alabama (54 straight over unranked foes) has a longer streak. OU is unranked coming into the Russell Athletic Bowl. But Swinney compared the Sooners to undefeated Florida State. “They like to run the football,” Swinney said. “And they can run the football. A very experienced offensive line just like Florida State. Florida State was all seniors … this is the biggest bunch we’ve seen. These are mammoth guys. They have a couple of similar guys outside at wideout. The No. 3 (Sterling Shepard) that they’ve got is an electric football player, kind of like that 80 (Rashad Greene) on Florida State. “We’ve seen a lot of good teams and we kind of judge them each week on their own merits. These guys were picked No. 1 because everyone looked at their personnel coming back. They had a lot of people back. Those same people and the same reasons they were picked No. 1 are still there. They’ve had a couple of tough losses and had some key injuries, but they are getting their quarterback (Trevor Knight) back. He’s a real good football player.” ELLIOTT TO CALL PLAYS FOR TIGERS Clemson lost its offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, after the regular season when Morris became head coach at SMU. Swinney announced on Dec. 2 that running backs coach Tony Elliott and receivers coach Jeff Scott will be co-coordinators for the bowl game but that Elliott will call plays. “We have always had a collaborative effort when it comes to calling the plays,” Swinney said. “I am confident in Tony and Jeff. The positive of Chad leaving when he did is that we have had the bowl season this year to get us prepared for next year. We will be a lot further ahead when we start spring practice. And we already have Brandon Streeter involved as the quarterbacks coach.” Streeter was recently hired away from the University of Richmond. Both Elliott and Scott were wide receivers at Clemson. Elliott graduated in 2002, Scott in 2003. Elliott also coached at South Carolina State and Furman. Scott was promoted to full-time status as a coach when Swinney became interim head coach in 2008, upon the firing of Tommy Bowden. Scott’s father, Brad Scott, is the former head coach at South Carolina. VENABLES CAN’T ‘HATE’ OU When Venables left OU for Clemson in early 2012, there were no Big 12/ACC bowl tie-ins. But that changed in 2014 with the Russell Athletic Bowl, and Venables goes against his old pals, the Stoops brothers, in the first year of the new contract. “I thought I’d have to deal with Mark (Stoops) at Florida State, and then he took off” for Kentucky, Venables said. “That made things a little bit easier because you could hate your opponent a little bit more. “I’m fired up about playing a bowl game … it’s not a lot of fun going into it. But at some point, you put that over here and now you’re looking at schemes and matchups and that kind of stuff. We’re all big boys and understand we have jobs to do. You put all that stuff to the side for a couple hours and got to work.” QUOTABLE Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, on the bowl game: “This is a great venue. We’ve been treated so well since we’ve been down here. We have the same mindset (as last season’s bowl game). It’s bowl season and you have to go win the bowl game.”
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Promising a brand of football that is "fun, fast and physical," new Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said he can't wait to get busy installing the wide-open spread offense that has led to enormous success at Baylor.Montgomery, 42, was hired Thursday and has already met with returning Tulsa players and talked with committed recruits. He said he has also had numerous contacts...
Montgomery promises fast, physical football
Associated Press | Dec 15, 2014TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Promising a brand of football that is "fun, fast and physical," new Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said he can't wait to get busy installing the wide-open spread offense that has led to enormous success at Baylor. Montgomery, 42, was hired Thursday and has already met with returning Tulsa players and talked with committed recruits. He said he has also had numerous contacts with coaches about putting together his new staff but made one thing clear. "I will be calling the plays," he said Monday. "Obviously, that's why you hired me." Tulsa has a proud passing tradition going back to the 1960s when it set numerous NCAA records under the guidance of coach Glenn Dobbs, the passing of Jerry Rhome and Billy Guy Anderson and the receiving of Howard Twilley and others. It was an early adopter of the modern spread offense as well, having great success with offensive coordinators Gus Malzahn (2007-08) and Chad Morris (2010), now the head coaches of Auburn and Clemson, respectively. Tulsa got away from the spread the past four years under Bill Blankenship, who was fired after going 5-17 the past two seasons. "That was a theme I heard over and over again," athletic director Derrick Gragg said. "Our fans are really excited and ready to score some points. I think it's obvious we hit a home run with this hire." Montgomery, a Texas native, was an assistant to Baylor coach Art Briles the past 16 years, starting at Stephenville High School and through five years at Houston and seven at Baylor. Briles was originally a wishbone proponent. "The offense just morphed into what it is today," Montgomery said. "We're always trying to stay on the cutting edge and see how we can gain an advantage. Every time the rules change, you've got to adapt and change with it. What Chad and Gus did here was unbelievable. They do a great job with their systems. Our system is a little different. Hopefully we're a little more balanced and attack the ball down the field a little more than they did." At Baylor, Montgomery tutored quarterback Bryce Petty, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence. The Bears have been ranked among the top offenses in the country each of the last four years. Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans, who threw for 3,102 yards as a sophomore, and receiver Keevan Lucas, who caught 101 passes for 1,219 yards in 2014, are both looking forward to the transition. Both played high school football in Texas and were visited by Montgomery. "It's what I ran in high school and what I like the best," Evans said. "We can't wait to get started. This is exactly what we need. I've already watched tape of Baylor's offense and it was amazing to watch them and imagine yourself in that situation." "I'm just really excited to play for him," Lucas said. "We're all excited to play in that system. He's going to find we have some really good receivers here, including some that the fans haven't even seen yet." Montgomery plans to put his extensive contacts with Texas high school coaches to use in the next two months while working to salvage a recruiting class that had 10 commitments prior to Blankenship's firing. He said recruiting to a small private school such as Tulsa is an advantage. "I felt like I was ready (to be a head coach) for many years, but it had to be the right place and right timing and right situation for my family," he said. "When this opportunity came up, I knew it was the place for us."
Dec 8, 2014
Young and Yukon athletic director David Fisher confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday afternoon that Young would be leaving to become the defensive line coach on new coach Chad Morris’ staff at SMU.
High school football: Bill Young leaves Yukon to become assistant at SMU
By Scott Wright | Dec 8, 2014YUKON — Last week, when Internet reports surfaced suggesting Yukon football coach Bill Young was expected to take an assistant coaching position at SMU, Young quickly shot down the rumors. But on Monday, similar rumors began to leak out again. And this time around the reports came to fruition. Young and Yukon athletic director David Fisher confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday afternoon that Young would be leaving to become the defensive line coach on new coach Chad Morris’ staff at SMU. Morris recently hired Oklahoma State assistant Van Malone as his defensive coordinator. Malone worked under Young at OSU until Young stepped down after the 2012 season, and the two have remained close. “As of last Friday, I had spoken to Van Malone about the defensive staff they were putting together, but at that point, the job had been offered to someone else,” Young said. “I hadn’t spoken to Chad Morris until Sunday, when the other coach backed out. The job opened back up, and I was fortunate enough to get it.” Young was 4-6 in his first season as head coach at Yukon. The team overcame a rough start to threaten for a postseason berth, tying for fourth place in Class 6A-I District 1 and missing the playoffs via points tiebreaker. Now, Yukon — the third-largest high school in the Oklahoma City metro area, according to OSSAA average daily attendance numbers — is looking for a new head coach for the second straight year. “On Sunday evening, Bill called me, and as soon as I saw his name pop up on the phone, I thought the worst,” Fisher said. “We’ll start looking for his replacement as soon as possible.” Fisher will post the job publicly, but will also look at internal candidates to promote to the head coaching position. As for Young, the opportunity to return to college coaching was an offer he couldn’t turn down. “I’ve got some mixed emotions,” Young said. “I really enjoyed working with the players and coaches there at Yukon. David Fisher was phenomenal. It was a great situation. But my heart is in college coaching. I’m really excited about the opportunity to go in and build a program. “Returning to the high school level was an eye-opener, because I don’t think the average individual has any clue how hard these high school coaches — and I’m referring to the assistant coaches — are working and the amount they get paid for doing it.”
Dec 1, 2014
DALLAS (AP) — Chad Morris gave a nod to Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the SMU basketball coach who had a front-row seat for the introduction of the football program's new leader.And then Morris, who was Clemson's offensive coordinator the past four seasons, took a moment to thank a high school coach for attending Monday's news conference."Even though you did kick my tail not too long ago," Morris...
Dallas native Morris comes home as SMU coach
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2014DALLAS (AP) — Chad Morris gave a nod to Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the SMU basketball coach who had a front-row seat for the introduction of the football program's new leader. And then Morris, who was Clemson's offensive coordinator the past four seasons, took a moment to thank a high school coach for attending Monday's news conference. "Even though you did kick my tail not too long ago," Morris said, drawing laughter in a rotunda filled with students, players and administrators. "That's OK." It was Morris' way of illustrating one of the reasons he got this shot at his first college head coaching job — and why he decided a moribund SMU program was the right fit. "I'm a Texas high school football coach. That's who I am," said Morris, a Dallas native who attended SMU games as a kid at old Texas Stadium. "I think that Texas high school football coaches do it the right way." The 45-year-old Morris spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas, going 32-0 and winning a pair of state championships in his only two seasons at Lake Travis in the Austin area. That's when another former Texas high school coach, Arizona State's Todd Graham, hired him as Tulsa's offensive coordinator. Morris moved on to Clemson a year later and helped the Tigers to a 41-11 record, the 2011 ACC championship and four bowl berths with an up-tempo spread offense that previously produced some of the top high school quarterbacks in Texas. He also was in charge of recruiting his home state. "I've learned over my career every place is different and here the connection to Texas high schools is more important than anywhere else I've ever been," SMU athletic director Rick Hart said. "It was certainly something we were looking for." Morris has a major rebuilding job in front of him, with the Mustangs (0-11) a loss at Connecticut away from their second winless season since 2003. June Jones took SMU to the first of four bowl games in 2009 — just a year after he was hired — but he quit two weeks into this season with the program in disarray again. "You're going to see an exciting brand of football," said Morris, whose high school record as a head coach was 169-38 at five schools. "We're going to be one of the biggest turnarounds in college football before this is over with. But it's going to take a lot of work." Morris coached former SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert at Lake Travis, and 2012 ACC Player of the Year Tajh Boyd at Clemson. The Tigers have had the top three scoring seasons in school history since Morris arrived. Finding a quarterback will be Morris' first priority. The Mustangs have had four different starters this season in Garrett Krstich, Matt Davis, Neal Burcham and Kolney Cassel. "That's top on our list in recruiting," Morris said. "That's top on our list in development in the spring. And that'll be the same thing next year as we talk." Morris graduated from Texas A&M in 1992, the same year he started his high school coaching career at tiny Eustace, about 60 miles southeast of Dallas. His head coaching stops included Stephenville after Baylor coach Art Briles won multiple state championships there in the 1990s. Morris also won a state title at Bay City, near Houston. "I think he's a great hire," Briles said. "I know him. He's a very innovative coach, very dynamic, and I think he'll do a great job there." For Morris, the recruiting of Texas high schools now starts in the Dallas area. "There are some great players right here underneath our own wing span, within a quarter of a tank of gas drive," he said. "We're just going to make it real hard for these guys to leave here. We're not going to play second fiddle to anybody."
Dec 1, 2014
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — One of the lowest points of Washington State's disappointing season also set the stage for one of the bright spots.Senior quarterback Connor Halliday led an offense that set numerous passing records before he broke his leg in the ninth game of the season, ending his college career. That opened the door for Luke Falk to become the first freshman to start at quarterback for...
Washington State closes out disappointing season
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2014SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — One of the lowest points of Washington State's disappointing season also set the stage for one of the bright spots. Senior quarterback Connor Halliday led an offense that set numerous passing records before he broke his leg in the ninth game of the season, ending his college career. That opened the door for Luke Falk to become the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Cougars in a decade and he made the most of it. In six total appearances, Falk threw for 1,859 yards, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and he'll return next season as the presumptive starter. Coach Mike Leach said the playing time this season "helps him a bunch." Leach said much the same about the large number of freshmen who played during the season, which ended with a 31-13 loss to archrival Washington on Saturday night. "There's a ton of kids that played earlier than they should have and will develop their skill," Leach said. "In the end it will help them. The experience will help them a lot." Hopes were high for this season after the Cougars went to their first bowl game in a decade in 2013. But they opened with consecutive losses to Rutgers and Nevada. Then they appeared to right themselves. They beat Portland State, lost by a touchdown to No. 3 Oregon and beat No. 24 Utah on the road. A debacle against California followed, and the Cougars (3-9, 2-7 Pac-12) lost six of their final seven games. Leach is already busy making changes. On Sunday, he fired defensive coordinator Mike Breske and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero. He elevated defensive line coach Joe Salave'a to assistant head coach. Washington State's defense, which was a strength in 2013, was porous this season. The Cougars finished 10th in the Pac-12 in scoring defense and total defense, allowing 38.6 points and 442.2 yards per game. In the 60-59 loss to California in Pullman, the Golden Bears scored touchdowns on all seven drives in the second half to pull out the win. The defensive secondary also saw a lot of freshmen in action, and gave up a lot of big plays. Three different freshmen started at cornerback and two different redshirt freshmen started at safety. "We just have to compete when we hit adversity and we didn't do that a lot of the time this year," said cornerback Daquawn Brown, the team's leading tackler. "That's what we've got to work on heading into this offseason, building that killer instinct to step on some teams' throats." Breske came to Washington State in 2012 from Montana. Last year, the Cougars were second in the league in producing turnovers with 30. This season, the Cougars finished with just three interceptions and five fumbles recovered. Volero also came to WSU with Leach in 2012. He previously coached at Central Michigan and then spent two years coaching high school football in Key West, Florida, where he established a rapport with Leach. Salave'a is a good recruiter and WSU's defensive line played well this season. Of the original nine members of Leach's coaching staff, only four are still with the Cougars. Special teams coordinator Eric Russell was fired earlier this season. The Cougars allowed a combined six punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns. Coaches Jeff Choate and Eric Morris left for other positions. "I think we can coach better and we can play better," Leach said after Saturday's loss.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will be SMU's new football coach, a person familiar with the school's decision told The Associated Press on Sunday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had a news conference planned Monday to introduce the new head coach.The Mustangs (0-11) have one game left in a dreadful season, during which coach June Jones stepped down after...
AP Source: Clemson's Morris to become SMU coach
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Nov 30, 2014Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will be SMU's new football coach, a person familiar with the school's decision told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school had a news conference planned Monday to introduce the new head coach. The Mustangs (0-11) have one game left in a dreadful season, during which coach June Jones stepped down after two games. They've been outscored 441-97 and end the season next Saturday at Connecticut. The 45-year-old Morris is a Texas native and longtime high school coach in the state. He has been Clemson's offensive coordinator since 2011 and is one of the highest paid assistants in college football, making $1.3 million per season. Morris acknowledged speaking with SMU representatives about the position after Clemson's game Saturday. "We all know, I do have a goal, I'd love to be a head coach one day," Morris said after the Tigers beat South Carolina 35-17. "When and where, we'll find out soon enough if it's part of the plan. If not, I'm extremely happy here and I love this group of guys. How 'bout that?" SMU athletic director Rick Hart did not return a text message left by the AP on Sunday night. Morris' first college job was as offensive coordinator at Tulsa under Todd Graham in 2010. He up-tempo spread offense has produced record-setting results during his stint at Clemson. ___ AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas, contributed to this report.
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Mustang at Broken Arrow, Cox 703/KNAH-99.7 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Tulsa at Central Florida, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 6 p.m., Denver at Indiana, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Detroit at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m., San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 10:30 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 11:30 a.m., Sprint...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City area: Friday, Nov. 14-Sunday, Nov. 16
Nov 13, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Mustang at Broken Arrow, Cox 703/KNAH-99.7 FM COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Tulsa at Central Florida, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 6 p.m., Denver at Indiana, NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m., Detroit at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m., San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 10:30 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 11:30 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Truck Series, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Lorena Ochoa, GOLF (Cox 60) 3 a.m., Sat., Turkish Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S BASKETBALL Noon, Hampden-S. vs. Coast Guard. ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., Presbyterian at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m., William&Mary at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) 5:30 p.m., Tennessee vs. VCU, CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m., Minnesota vs. Louisville, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., North Dakota St. at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., SE, Louisiana at OSU, KXXY-FM 96.1 7 p.m., Grand Canyon at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., N.C. Central at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., Loyola. MD at Texas Tech, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 8 p.m., Michigan State vs. Navy, CBSS (Cox 249) 9 p.m., Milwaukee at Auburn, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Loyola Marymount at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 6 p.m., ORU at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Washington at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520 AHL 7 p.m., OKC at Iowa, KGHM-AM 1340 TENNIS 2 p.m., Barclays ATP Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., USA vs. Colombia, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S SOCCER 2 p.m., Arizona at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 BASEBALL 3 a.m., Sat., MLB A.S. vs. Japan A.S., MLBN (Cox 264) Saturday COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., S. Carolina at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., Ohio State at Minnesota, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 11 a.m., Clemson at Georgia Tech, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., Virginia Tech at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Temple at Penn State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., Army at W. Kentucky, CBSS (Cox 249) 11:30 a.m., Pittsburgh at N. Carolina, KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 11:30 a.m., James Madison at Richmond, NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m., Pittsburg St. at UCO, KNAH-FM 99.7 1:30 p.m., Rice at Marshall, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m., TCU at Kansas, FS1 (Cox 67) 2:30 p.m., Oklahoma at Texas Tech, ESPN (Cox 29)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Washington at Arizona, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 2:30 p.m., Nebraska at Wisconsin, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/KGHM-AM 1340 2:30 p.m., Memphis at Tulane, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Midd. Tenn. St. at Fla, Int., KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 2:30 p.m., Northwestern at Notre Dame, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2:30 p.m., Mississippi State at Alabama, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., Ga. Southern at Navy, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., New Mexico at Utah St., ESPNews (Cox 254) 3 p.m., Kentucky at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., UNLV at BYU, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:15 p.m., Auburn at Georgia, ESPN (Cox 29) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6:30 p.m., Missouri at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., LSU at Arkansas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Florida State at Miami, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 7 p.m., USF at SMU, CBSS (Cox 249) 9 p.m., North Texas at UTEP, FS1 (Cox 67) 9:15 p.m., San Diego St. at Boise St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 9:45 p.m., Arizona St. at Oregon St., ESPN (Cox 29) NBA 7 p.m., Indiana at Chicago, WGN (Cox 2) 9 p.m., Brooklyn at Portland, NBATV (Cox 256) AUTO RACING 11 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, Nationwide Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Nationwide Series, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NHL 1 p.m., Minnesota at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Lorena Ochoa, GOLF (Cox 60) 2:30 a.m., Sun., Turkish Open, GOLF (Cox 60) AHL 7 p.m., OKC at Iowa, KGHM-AM 1340 MEN’S BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. Fr. Brook. at Georgetown, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Tulsa at Oral Roberts, KRMG-AM 740 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2 p.m., UTSA at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) BASEBALL 2 p.m., Arizona Fall League, MLBN (Cox 264) Sunday NFL Noon, Denver at St. Louis, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM Noon, Seattle at Kansas City, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., Philadelphia at Green Bay, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., New England at Indianapolis, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 6 p.m., Houston at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM AUTO RACING 2 p.m., NASCAR, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Dallas at Chicago, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 1 p.m., OHL Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Buffalo at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Mercer at Seton Hall, FSOK (Cox 37) Noon, Samford at Pittsburgh, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, Chattanooga at Wisconsin, ESPNews (Cox 254) 2 p.m., SE, Louisiana at Oklahoma, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/The Franchis-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520 2 p.m., Prairie View A&M at OSU, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 273)/KXXY-FM 96.1 3 p.m., Hampton at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 4:30 p.m., Chicago St. at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Valparaiso at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Robert Morris at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Alcorn State at Texas, ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas Southern at OSU, KGFY-FM 105.5 7 p.m., Duke at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) TENNIS Noon, Barclays ATP Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 1 p.m., ACC Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1:30 p.m., Italy N.T. vs. Croatia N.T., FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE WRESTLING 4 p.m., OSU at NE, Okla., KSPI-AM 780 6 p.m., OSU vs. S. Dakota St., KSPI-AM 780 VOLLEYBALL 11 a.m., Florida at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Georgia at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Mississippi at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) CANADIAN FOOTBALL 3:30 p.m., Saskatchewan at Edmonton, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
Oklahoma football: Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield won't be playing Saturday, but his presence looms large over the matchupNov 11, 2014
Just like he was against TCU and former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, Mayfield will be on the Sooners’ sidelines in Lubbock. As an ineligible player, Mayfield can’t travel with the team so he’ll make the drive to Lubbock to join the Sooners. After the TCU game, Horned Frogs quarterback Treyvone Boykin accused Mayfield of stealing signals in a 37-33 TCU win.
Oklahoma football: Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield won't be playing Saturday, but his presence looms large over the matchup
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Nov 11, 2014NORMAN — A two-time walk-on quarterback who isn’t even playing Saturday looms large over Oklahoma’s visit to Texas Tech. A year ago, Baker Mayfield was a darling for the Red Raiders, having won the starting quarterback job to become the first true freshman walk-on to start his team’s season opener in major college history. A little more than a year later, Mayfield is spending this week emulating his former teammate, Davis Webb, as the Sooners’ scout-team quarterback. Mayfield was eventually placed on scholarship at Oklahoma, though his appeal for immediate eligibility was denied after a long back-and-forth with Tech concerning his status. Just like he was against TCU and former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, Mayfield will be on the Sooners’ sidelines in Lubbock, Texas. As an ineligible player, Mayfield can’t travel with the team so he’ll make the drive to Lubbock, likely with teammate Joe Palange, to join the Sooners. After the TCU game, Horned Frogs quarterback Treyvone Boykin accused Mayfield of stealing signals in a 37-33 TCU win. “To me, everybody steals everybody’s signals,” Sooner defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said Tuesday. “Why do you think people are hiding all their signals? “Some people look at you and try to figure out what you’re running and what your calls are. If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” Mayfield was recruited by TCU out of Lake Travis High School, near Austin, Texas. But when an opportunity with the Horned Frogs never came, Mayfield turned his attentions elsewhere. He had scholarship offers from Rice, Florida Atlantic and Washington State but wanted to stay in the Big 12. Texas Tech assistant Eric Morris had recruited Mayfield when he was at Washington State and worked to get Mayfield to Lubbock after joining Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. Mayfield knew Red Raiders quarterback Michael Brewer, who also went to Lake Travis. Brewer encouraged Mayfield to join him. After Brewer was hurt in the offseason before Mayfield’s freshman year, Mayfield beat out Webb for the starting spot. He called his parents, James and Gina Mayfield, and had them put the phone on speaker to tell them the news. “He said something cute like, ‘You’re talking to the starting quarterback at Texas Tech,’” James Mayfield said. “That was kind of a special deal. He went out there to Tech, Tech’s offense was exactly like Lake Travis. Even the colors were the same. He had a certain confidence level just because of the familiarity. That was a huge deal.” In his first game, a 41-23 win over SMU, Mayfield threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns while running for another score. Things started going sour not long after Mayfield hurt his knee in the season’s fifth game. Mayfield, like other players who are ineligible, has not been made available to the media this season, but his father said communication with Kingsbury dried up during that time. When he went to sign paperwork before the Red Raiders’ trip to Texas, a Texas Tech athletics official asked Mayfield if Kingsbury had talked to him about the team’s scholarship situation — there would not be a scholarship available until at least the fall. He hadn’t heard from Kingsbury on the matter. Mayfield felt he warranted a scholarship earlier, and the communication breakdown between the two was difficult for the quarterback. Even after he was healthy, Mayfield didn’t return to the lineup. He returned to play in three more games, finishing the regular season with 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions through the air. After the season, Kingsbury told the quarterback trio that they would compete for the job in the Holiday Bowl. Three practices in, Mayfield thought he was outperforming the others, but the feedback he was getting from Kingsbury didn’t match that. That’s when Mayfield, who grew up an OU fan, decided to leave and walk on with the Sooners. His first meeting with an OU coach came with Mike Stoops, who was the only coach in the office when Mayfield visited the coach’s office. The two have developed a strong relationship. This week, the two have spent plenty of time talking, from Sunday meetings to out on the practice field as he runs the scout team. “He can help quite a bit,” Bob Stoops said. “He can’t make any plays for you, but he can go through all the reads with us and what they’re looking for.” Mayfield will be careful during his trip to Lubbock. “He understands that he can’t do anything silly,” James Mayfield said. “I don’t know that he’ll get called out like he did at TCU but he’ll be down on the sidelines.” Had Mayfield been granted immediate eligibility, there’s a good chance he’d be making his first start this weekend at Texas Tech as starter Trevor Knight is questionable with an injury. “It’s kind of a unique situation,” James Mayfield said. “It’d be even more unique if he was playing.”
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 1, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Less than a year after taking over Michigan's athletic department, Dave Brandon hired Brady Hoke to be his football coach.Now, with that football program floundering through a dismal season, Brandon is done as athletic director. Will Hoke be the next to go?That's the most obvious question after Brandon's resignation, which was announced by school President Mark Schlissel...
Brandon's exit may not be only change at Michigan
NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press | Nov 1, 2014ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Less than a year after taking over Michigan's athletic department, Dave Brandon hired Brady Hoke to be his football coach. Now, with that football program floundering through a dismal season, Brandon is done as athletic director. Will Hoke be the next to go? That's the most obvious question after Brandon's resignation, which was announced by school President Mark Schlissel on Friday. Michigan named Jim Hackett interim athletic director, and Schlissel indicated Hackett could potentially have a say in whether Hoke returns after this season. "Football, like all of our programs, are evaluated by the athletic department through the season, but particularly at the end of the season, so I would imagine that the interim athletic director will be intimately involved in charge of the evaluation of football," Schlissel said. "The interim AD is the athletic director until we hire a permanent AD. I feel comfortable hiring deans and provosts. I feel a little bit less comfortable — I'm not the guy to make a decision about a particular coach. We have an athletic program that I delegate that authority to." Schlissel announced Brandon's resignation at a news conference, and although the tone was respectful and appreciative, the president acknowledged that the athletic department has gone through a rough stretch recently. Brandon's departure comes amid another disappointing football season — and concerns over everything from the school's concussions protocol to student attendance at games. Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while because of his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students. Schlissel was asked if he was prepared to fire Brandon if the athletic director hadn't resigned. "I'm not at all prepared to deal in a hypothetical," Schlissel said. "But he and I had been working closely, as you might imagine, through the controversial events of recent weeks. "We discussed iteratively the best way to set the athletic program in a stronger and positive direction, and we've been working closely together on that. It was Dave that mentioned and raised the prospect of his decision to resign." Hackett graduated from the university in 1977 and played football for Michigan. "I'd like to thank Dave Brandon for his commitment to Michigan," Hackett said. "The athletic department is in great financial condition. We have new varsity sports that will continue to make Michigan a destination for aspiring student-athletes, and Dave worked extremely hard to modernize Michigan's athletic facilities." But those successes have a hard time registering when the football team is playing poorly. Michigan for years was a power both in the Big Ten and nationally, but not anymore. The Wolverines are 3-5 heading into Saturday's homecoming game against Indiana. Brandon, a former university regent, became Michigan's athletic director in 2010, stepping down as CEO of Domino's Pizza Inc. and returning to his alma mater to take over the sports program. Almost immediately, he had to decide whether to dismiss football coach Rich Rodriguez or keep him. Rodriguez was fired, and Hoke replaced him and took Michigan to the Sugar Bowl in his first season. But the program has declined steadily since then. Hoke and Brandon faced sharp criticism for the coaching staff's handling of quarterback Shane Morris' head injury in a game this September against Minnesota. Morris was allowed to play briefly after a hard hit. He was later diagnosed with a probable concussion. Brandon said communication was a problem — both during the game when Morris was hit, and over the next couple of days. The school announced a change in protocol soon after. The team's lackluster performance has been accompanied by a growing sense of malaise among fans. Empty seats in the area at Michigan Stadium where students sit have become common. Brandon has acknowledged that the decision to replace assigned seating for students with general admission in 2013 did not go over well. That policy was quickly changed, and the school recently announced that it was cutting student ticket prices next year. "I've spoken regularly with Dave over the last few weeks, and we both want what's best for Michigan athletics, which is to be able to pursue the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of our programs," Schlissel said. "I believe Dave has always had the best interests of the University of Michigan in his mind and in his heart."
Nov 1, 2014
The offense struggled after scoring two quick touchdowns, but the defense nearly delivered a shutout in a 12-7 victory over Houston Christian to advance to the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship game for the first time since winning it in 2006.
Casady football: Casady shuts down Houston Christian to advance to SPC championship game
BY JACOB UNRUH | Nov 1, 2014Casady has proven the entire season that it can score quickly and often with multiple Division I caliber players. Saturday, the Cyclones proved they can play a little defense, too, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The offense struggled after scoring two quick touchdowns, but the defense nearly delivered a shutout in a 12-7 victory over Houston Christian to advance to the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship game for the first time since winning it in 2006. “We’ve been saying that defense is going to win the big games and it’s no more prevalent than today,” Casady lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali said. “It’s a testament to how hard we’ve worked since the summer.” Casady (8-2) will face Dallas Episcopal in next Saturday’s game, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Dallas Jesuit High School. Scoville gushed about the Cyclones’ defense, which allowed 267 yards of offense and did not allow the Mustangs to score until the early in the fourth quarter when Ryland Hennessey scored on a 38-yard run. Casady forced two fumbles and pressured quarterback Shane Johnson multiple times. “The pass rush has been the anchor of our defense,” safety Gary Woods II said. “The big boys up front are the reason we’re so great. Defense wins championships and finally we’ve gotten the guys matured.” Wariboko-Alali, who is ranked No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, was big up front, forcing a fumble and pressuring the quarterback multiple times. His younger brother Max also had a big game, scoring what would be the decisive touchdown on a 19-yard reverse in the first quarter. This came after Casady took a 6-0 lead on the opening drive when quarterback Colin Morris threw a jump ball to Iowa State commitment Denver Johnson, who caught it and broke free for a 66-yard score. But that would be all the scoring Casady would muster, totaling just 263 yards of offense and turning the ball over twice to put even more pressure on the stout defense. The unit just kept delivering and will need to deliver next week. “We put ourselves in a class to be elite,” Josh Wariboko-Alali said. “We’ve practiced like a championship team since the beginning of the summer, so words can’t describe how much we want this game and how much we need it for our community and our school.”
Oct 31, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Dave Brandon took over Michigan's athletic department four years ago with so many of the right qualifications: success as a businessman, experience as a university regent — and he'd played football for Bo Schembechler, too.That football program is the barometer of sporting success at Michigan, but the Wolverines have fallen on hard times recently.Those struggles — and...
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns
NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press | Oct 31, 2014ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Dave Brandon took over Michigan's athletic department four years ago with so many of the right qualifications: success as a businessman, experience as a university regent — and he'd played football for Bo Schembechler, too. That football program is the barometer of sporting success at Michigan, but the Wolverines have fallen on hard times recently. Those struggles — and the handful of other problems they helped magnify — led to the end of Brandon's tenure as athletic director. "Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions," school President Mark Schlissel said. "I agree with this decision." Schlissel announced Brandon's resignation at a news conference Friday, and although the tone was respectful and appreciative, the president acknowledged that the athletic department has gone through a rough stretch recently. Brandon's departure comes amid another disappointing football season — and concerns over everything from the school's concussions protocol to student attendance at games. Football coach Brady Hoke's future has been in doubt for a while because of his team's lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students. Schlissel was asked if he was prepared to fire Brandon if the athletic director hadn't resigned. "I'm not at all prepared to deal in a hypothetical," Schlissel said. "But he and I had been working closely, as you might imagine, through the controversial events of recent weeks. "We discussed iteratively the best way to set the athletic program in a stronger and positive direction, and we've been working closely together on that. It was Dave that mentioned and raised the prospect of his decision to resign." Will Hoke be the next to go? The timing of Brandon's departure gives Michigan a chance to find a replacement athletic director before the end of the football season, when a decision on Hoke's status could come. But Schlissel indicated he would take as long as necessary to find a new AD. Jim Hackett, who graduated from the university in 1977 and like Brandon played football for Michigan, will serve as interim athletic director. Schlissel indicated Hackett could potentially be empowered to make the decision on Hoke's status. "Football, like all of our programs, are evaluated by the athletic department through the season, but particularly at the end of the season, so I would imagine that the interim athletic director will be intimately involved in charge of the evaluation of football," Schlissel said. "The interim AD is the athletic director until we hire a permanent AD. I feel comfortable hiring deans and provosts. I feel a little bit less comfortable — I'm not the guy to make a decision about a particular coach. We have an athletic program that I delegate that authority to." Brandon did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. His resignation becomes official Saturday, and the university has agreed to pay him a total of $3 million through 2018. "I'd like to thank Dave Brandon for his commitment to Michigan," Hackett said. "The athletic department is in great financial condition. We have new varsity sports that will continue to make Michigan a destination for aspiring student-athletes, and Dave worked extremely hard to modernize Michigan's athletic facilities." But those successes have a hard time registering when the football team is playing poorly. Michigan for years was a power both in the Big Ten and nationally, but not anymore. The Wolverines are 3-5 heading into Saturday's homecoming game against Indiana. Brandon, a former university regent, became Michigan's athletic director in 2010, stepping down as CEO of Domino's Pizza Inc. and returning to his alma mater to take over the sports program. He made a major change after less than a year on the job, firing Rich Rodriguez after three tumultuous seasons as football coach. Hoke was hired to replace Rodriguez and took Michigan to the Sugar Bowl in his first season, but the program has declined steadily since then. Hoke and Brandon faced sharp criticism for the coaching staff's handling of quarterback Shane Morris' head injury in a game this September against Minnesota. Morris was allowed to play briefly after a hard hit. He was later diagnosed with a probable concussion. Brandon said communication was a problem — both during the game when Morris was hit, and over the next couple of days. The school announced a change in protocol soon after. The team's lackluster performance has been accompanied by a growing sense of malaise among fans. Empty seats in the area at Michigan Stadium where students sit have become common. Brandon has acknowledged that the decision to replace assigned seating for students with general admission in 2013 did not go over well. That policy was quickly changed, and the school recently announced that it was cutting student ticket prices next year. Brandon was not without his supporters. John Beilein — the school's successful basketball coach who was hired before Brandon took over — called the AD a "great leader" recently. Under Brandon, Michigan began playing night football games at the Big House, a move that proved fairly popular. "I've spoken regularly with Dave over the last few weeks, and we both want what's best for Michigan athletics, which is to be able to pursue the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of our programs," Schlissel said. "I believe Dave has always had the best interests of the University of Michigan in his mind and in his heart."
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 27, 2014
In last week’s win, the receiver-turned-quarterback accounted for four touchdowns — two rushing and two passing — to lead Casady to a 41-24 comeback win over Arlington Oakridge to earn The Oklahoman’s staff pick for Player of the Week.
High school football: Colin Morris steps into tough situation, succeeds for Casady
By Jacob Unruh | Oct 27, 2014Colin Morris wasn’t supposed to play quarterback for Casady this season unless it was a wrinkle in the offense. The Cyclones had a third-year starter at quarterback in T’Quan Wallace and two young backups with promise. Morris was the fourth and last option. Then injuries mounted, and they mounted quickly. Wallace, who suffered a knee injury, and his two backups are out the rest of the season, leaving Morris to run the offense. He’s making the most out of the opportunity, too. “I definitely didn’t expect that,” said Morris, who verbally committed to the Colorado School of Mines last week as a receiver. “Maybe the Wildcat or something like that. I really expected to be catching the ball all year, so it was a big change. Everything happens for a reason, but I still wish I could have T’Quan behind me throwing me the ball all of the time.” In last week’s win, Morris accounted for four touchdowns — two rushing and two passing — to lead Casady to a 41-24 comeback win over Arlington Oakridge to earn The Oklahoman’s staff pick for Player of the Week. It’s a sign of how far Morris has come since moving from receiver on Oct. 2. He’s led multiple comeback efforts since then and will be a big factor in Saturday’s Southwest Preparatory Conference Small School Division playoff opener against Houston Christian the Cyclones host at 1 p.m. “It’s not T’Quan, but he’s stepped up big-time for us,” said senior receiver Denver Johnson, who is verbally committed to Iowa State. “He’s been making plays. He’s a runner so when routes aren’t there, he can get out of the pocket. His passing has gotten better from week to week. He’s stepping up and I’m sure he’ll have a big game this weekend.” Casady last won the SPC title in 2006 and this is its first playoff berth under the new SPC format, which added a semifinal round instead of the top two teams playing for the championship. Morris transferred to Casady over the summer from Westmoore. He said he was looking to better his education with the move for Ivy League-type schools. He immediately became the fastest player on the Cyclones’ roster, and perhaps the most dangerous. “I’m blessed with being fast sometimes, so I can make some things happen sometimes,” Morris said. “But passing is what I really stressed and what I worked on because that’s what we were known for before. We have great receivers and I really want to utilize them.” As a result, the Cyclones remain a dangerous team, even if the system has changed. “It just says a ton about his athleticism, but more than anything his character,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said. “That’s not an easy role you just switch to. There’s a lot of pressure with that role. To step in for T’Quan, who was doing such a good job and the season going well, I can’t say enough about the young man’s character and his hard work. “We are truly blessed to have him and tickled to death on how he’s doing.”
Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0.
High school football roundup: Kyle Duke's five touchdowns leads to Bethany rout
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 25, 2014Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0. Hattler had touchdown receptions of 2, 6, and 63 yards from Duke, who also connected on a 78-yard scoring strike to Bryton Schmidt. Duke also had a 5-yard scoring run in the game as the Bronchos rolled up 526 yards of total offense, 335 passing and 191 on the ground. Bethany led 35-0 at halftime. DEL CITY DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT, SCORES THREE TIMES Terry Wilson rushed for two scores, including a 79-yard touchdown run, and passed for two more as Del City routed El Reno 69-0. Kobe Bryer caught both scoring strikes from Wilson from 54 and 28 yards. The Del City defense had three pick sixes in the game. Davion Freeman returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 60 and 50 yards. Matt Lamb returned a pick 25 yards for another score. The Eagles’ defense recorded three quarterback sacks and held El Reno to 104 yards of total offense, YELLOWJACKETS BLANK PERKINS BEHIND STERNBERGER Kingfisher romped to a 37-0 win over Perkins as senior Jace Sternberger had a strong game on both sides of the ball. Playing tight end on offense, Sternberger caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Playing defensive end, Sternberger returned a fumble 21 yards for a score and had three pass deflections plus a quarterback sack. Senior wide receiver Brady Smith caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Docker Haub, who threw for three scores and was 15 of 19 in the game for 149 yards. The Yellowjackets improved to 7-1 on the season. Perkins fell to 5-3. McGUINNESS ROLLS TO EASY WIN OVER GUYMON Sophomore Zach Segell and senior Jennings Jarman each ran for two scores as McGuinness dumped Guymon 62-8. Segel rushed for 128 yards on 10 carries while Jarman gained 110 yards on just three carries, one of which was a 95-yard touchdown run. Senior Braden Roy had two receptions for 59 yards for the Irish, including a 54-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Mullins. Rubell Goe also caught a 41-touchdown pass from Mullins. McGuinness had 538 yards of total offense in the game, including 380 through the air. CASTIGLIONE, TURNER SPARK MOUNT ST. MARY Joe Castiglione Jr. rushed for two touchdowns and 149 yards on 30 carries as Mount St. Mary cruised to a 54-22 victory over Dickson. The Rockets’ Jimmy Turner rushed for one score and had a touchdown reception. On defense, Turner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble. Dickson running back Chris Bamburg rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN DOMINATES CROOKED OAK Oklahoma Christian School erupted for 42 points in the second quarter as the Saints crushed Crooked Oak 70-7. Luke Frankfurt rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 42, 14 and 18 yards. Quarterback Thomas Qualls had a 16-yard touchdown pass to Connor Sikes and also scored on a 45-yard run. Kade Van Meter returned a kick 82 yards for a touchdown for the Saints. BLACKWELL’S SCHUERMANN THROWS SIX TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST CENTENNIAL Sam Schuermann tossed six touchdown passes to lift Blackwell to a 54-18 victory over Centennial. Schuermann completed three scoring strikes to Johnny Strahorn of 15, 10 and 14 yards. Steven Perry scored all three touchowns for Centennial. He returned a kick 93 yards for one score and caught two touchdown passes from Kahlan McDaniel of 34 and 46 yards. WHITFIELD, STANDLEE HAVE BIG NIGHT FOR MEEKER Senior running back Tim Whitfield rushed for 308 yards and quarterback Jake Standlee accounted for six touchdowns as Meeker rolled over Bridge Creek 49-21. Whitfield scored two touchdowns in the game, one on a 55-yard run and the other on a 24-yard pass reception. Standlee ran for three scores, passed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 85 yards to the end zone. Meeker totaled 703 yards of offense in the game, including 565 on the ground. Bridge Creek rolled up 453 yards of offense, 359 rushing. MORRIS LEADS CASADY TO VICTORY Casady rallied from an early deficit to defeat Arlington Oakridge 41-24. Quarterback Collin Morris rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores to lead the Cyclones. He also had two interceptions in the game. Denver Johnson caught three passes, including a 66-yard scoring strike from Morris. Junior running back Jay Bozalis rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries. Gary Woods had touchdown runs of 10 and 4 yards for Casady. The Cyclones trailed 17-7 after the first quarter before scoring 34 consecutive points. MARTIN RUNS WILD FOR HARRAH Harrah running back Grant Martin rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns as Harrah defeated Tecumseh 52-13. Martin also had a 63-yard reception in the game, giving him 423 yards of total offense.
Oct 24, 2014
Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger shaved off the beard he's been growing since July on Thursday, grabbing the spare clippers he keeps in his locker after practice.Tennessee had just announced he will make his first career start Sunday against Houston, and reporters were headed his way. Mettenberger kept a moustache and a soul patch just above his chin, and he wore a red headband,...
Rookie getting his Halloween look on
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 24, 2014Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger shaved off the beard he's been growing since July on Thursday, grabbing the spare clippers he keeps in his locker after practice. Tennessee had just announced he will make his first career start Sunday against Houston, and reporters were headed his way. Mettenberger kept a moustache and a soul patch just above his chin, and he wore a red headband, too. Asked if he shaved because he knew the media was coming, Mettenberger said he thought it would a good look for the front page of the local newspaper. His beard had gotten pretty thick and shaggy, but Mettenberger didn't shave just to avoid a beard comparison with Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "My beard is in the minor leagues compared to his," Mettenberger said. "Yeah, I definitely have a little beard envy toward Fitz." Mettenberger said he shaved because Halloween is close, so he wanted to go ahead and start looking like the character he plans to be. So exactly what will his costume be? "Ben Stiller, 'Dodgeball,'" Mettenberger said. "Can't you see it?" CATCHING ON: Ahmad Bradshaw might not be the most memorable Bradshaw in Pittsburgh. But the Steelers (4-3) know he's someone they must defend Sunday when Indianapolis (5-2) comes to town. Bradshaw has rejuvenated his career in Indy with his powerful trademark runs — and catching passes. The two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants started his eighth NFL season with 139 catches, 1,129 yards and five touchdowns. This year, in seven games Bradshaw is averaging 4.8 yards rushing, but with 24 catches, 212 yards and six touchdowns is on pace to shatter his previous career best receiving numbers. It's not unfamiliar territory for the 5-foot-10, 217-pound power runner. "I started high school as a receiver backing up my cousin. We ran the wishbone. That year when I finally got to high school we finally opened it up and took WVU's offense and spread it out," Bradshaw said. "From then on, that's when I was able to start catching the ball, becoming a receiver. From then on, I felt that I could be a weapon out of the backfield if I had to. Coming into the NFL, that's just how I saw myself, as a scat type of back." REDSKINS' RUN WOES: Washington coach Jay Gruden heard the question about the lackluster state of his team's running game and immediately rubbed his eyes, then let out a loud sigh. "Where do you want to start?" Gruden replied. His Redskins (2-5) rank 21st in the 32-club NFL with 99.4 yards rushing per game. That's down from the 135.3 yards that Washington averaged last season, and way down from the 169.3 the team ran for per game in 2012, when NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III gained 815, fifth most in a season by a quarterback. "Right now, we're just not working in concert together the way I think we should," Gruden said. "It's not all the line. It's not all the tight ends. It's not all the backs. It's not all the receivers. It's a combination of everything. We're going to continue to run it, continue to work on it, and hopefully it will click." With Griffin less of a runner in his second season because of knee surgery — and sidelined since Week 2 in 2014 with a dislocated left ankle — teams have paid more attention to running back Alfred Morris. The third-year player's numbers have slipped across the board. After rushing for 1,613 yards (100.8 per game) as a rookie in 2012, Morris ran for 1,275 (79.7 ypg) last season, and he's at 440 (62.9 ypg) heading into Washington's game Monday night at the Dallas Cowboys. Morris has yet to top 100 yards in any game this season, and his totals the past three weeks were 29, 41 and 54 yards. Against the Titans last week, Gruden said, Morris missed a couple of cuts. "I still think he's the same guy. I think he's a good, productive running back in the NFL. We've just got to get him better looks, and when he has a good look, he's got to make the right reads," Gruden said. "So it's a little bit of a combination of everything. We still like Alfred. We still feel like he's going to carry us to where we need to go." JON & JAY: The Washington Redskins are playing their second Monday night game of the season, which means a second pregame production meeting between coach Jay Gruden and "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden, his brother. "It's entertaining. They ought to film it," Jay Gruden said. "It's always good to see him. We don't get a chance to see each other very much this time of year, obviously, but it's always good to see him. He's a pro at what he does. He'll throw out a couple of ideas to me every now and then." Jay Gruden's counterpart on Monday night, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, said he's not concerned about a potential conflict of interest. "I've known coach Gruden and Jay for a long time, and they're certainly professional," Garrett said. "They've demonstrated that throughout their careers. It's something that is kind of part of this game, and it's something that I know we're going to handle the right way, and I'm sure they're going to handle it the right way as well." LET ME THROW THE BALL: Miami Dolphins wideout Mike Wallace was a bit envious of former teammate Antonio Brown when he saw the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver throw a touchdown pass on a gadget play last week. Wallace has never attempted a pass in his six-year NFL career and has never thrown for a touchdown, even in high school. He says he's overdue. "I've got a good arm," Wallace says. "I can throw it 60 yards. I might throw it 80." Wallace does have five touchdown receptions this year. But for two years he and Ryan Tannehill have struggled to click on deep passes, even though the speedy Wallace frequently gets open. If Tannehill is open deep on a gadget play, would Wallace hit him? "I'll get it to him," Wallace said. "I'm nice." A GAME OF SWITCHEROO: Bubba Ventrone should probably keep his place in the Bay Area and remain on standby for the San Francisco 49ers. Same for quarterback Josh Johnson, back on the team — for this week at least. Just because the 49ers are on their bye week doesn't mean they're not making what has become a regular, revolving transaction list with a trio of players. It's usually all for the purpose of practice and game planning. On Tuesday, the Niners re-signed Johnson, who played in college for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at San Diego. Special teams standout and safety Ventrone was released to clear roster room. Only four days earlier, on Oct. 17, Ventrone was signed and Johnson cut. Three days prior, on Oct. 14, Johnson was signed and Ventrone waived. Before that, Ventrone was re-signed on Oct. 8 and wide receiver Kassim Osgood was released, then Osgood was back two days later and Johnson cut on Oct. 10. While Harbaugh hasn't offered specifics into strategy behind the moves, when Johnson has been back during certain weeks the coach said it's to get him ample practice time. So, is he playing the opponents' quarterbacks on the scout team? "No, he's a 49ers quarterback," Harbaugh said. ___ Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Teresa M. Walker and Howard Fendrich, and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Steven Wine, Joseph White and Michael Marot contributed to this story. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 10, 2014
Kanon Kirchner’s 10-yard touchdown run with one minute remaining lifted Blanchard past Meeker, 26-25, Friday night. The Lions led 19-6 at halftime before Meeker stormed back with the next 19 points of the game behind Tim Whitfield and Jake Standlee.
High school football roundup: Late touchdowns gives Blanchard one-point win
Compiled from staff reports by Ed Godfrey | Oct 10, 2014Kanon Kirchner’s 10-yard touchdown run with one minute remaining lifted Blanchard past Meeker, 26-25, Friday night. The Lions led 19-6 at halftime before Meeker stormed back with the next 19 points of the game behind Tim Whitfield and Jake Standlee. Whitfield scored on a 43-yard run for the first touchdown of the second half and then Standlee intercepted a Blanchard pass and raced 75 yards to the end zone for the next score. Standlee, who rushed for 155 yards on 20 carries, then had a 53-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give Meeker the lead before Kirchner’s game-winner. Kirchner connected with Keegan Lawson for a 34-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Blanchard’s Brandon Montano had touchdown runs of 34 and 4 yards in the first half as the Lions built an early lead. CARL ALBERT RUNS OVER PIEDMONT Braxton Dickerson and Dillon Lohr each scored twice as Carl Albert blasted Piedmont 47-7. Dickerson had touchdown runs of 38 and 56 yards while Lohr scored on runs of 5 and 32 yards. The Titans’ Johnny Bizzell added two late touchdown runs and Brevin Ghoran returned an interception 78 yards for a score. Carl Albert rushed for 374 yards as a team and held Piedmont to 17 rushing yards. The Titans improved to 5-1 on the season. CASADY RALLIES IN SECOND HALF Quarterback Collin Morris tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Casady rallied to defeat Fort Worth Country Day 35-30. Casady trailed 17-7 when Morris raced 80 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 17-14. The Cyclones trailed 20-14 at halftime but erupted for three third quarter touchdowns then held on for the win. Cyclones wide receiver Denver Johnson caught three passes for 141 yards, including a 48-yard scoring strike from Morris in the pivotal third period. Casady rolled up 528 yards of offense in the game, including 359 on the ground and 169 through the air. The Cyclones improved to 6-1 on the season. LEMIEUX LEADS CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TO WIN Junior running back Joseph Lemieux scored three touchdowns and rushed for 153 yards as Christian Heritage downed Crooked Oak 35-8 in a game that was stopped at halftime because of bad weather. Lemieux scored on runs of 35, 1 and 29 yards in the game. Spencer Lindsey threw two touchdown passes, a 31-yard toss to Tatum Chapman and 11-yard scoring strike to Logan LaNou. Lindsey was 6-of-10 through the air for 89 yards in the shortened game. Christian Heritage improved to 2-0 in district play and 5-1 on the season. CASHION DEFEATS PERRY TO REMAIN UNBEATEN Cashion intercepted three Perry passes, including Ryan Harrel’s 38-yard pick six, as the Wildcats rolled over the Maroons 52-14. Running back Blakely Liebmann rushed for two touchdowns and 86 yards on 11 carries for Cashion. Quarterback Matt Harmon tossed two touchdown passes to Peyton Maroney, who had seven receptions for 77 yards. The Wildcats improve to 6-0 on the season. McGREGOR SPARKS PURCELL Quarterback Matt McGregor only threw three passes, but two were for touchdowns, as Purcell routed Star Spencer 41-0 in a game that was called at halftime because of the weather. McGregor completed all three of his passes in the shortened game, including scoring strikes of 72 yards to Nic Northcutt and 26 yards to Barrett Huey, who scored two touchdowns. Huey scored the first touchdown of the game on a 58-yard run. McGregor also had a 19-yard touchdown run as Purcell improved to 5-1 on the season. Darius Polk was the leading tackler for the Dragons with seven, including five solo. ORTEGA SCORES FOUR TIMES IN HENNESSEY’S ROMP Abraham Ortega scored four touchdowns as Hennessey throttled Pawnee 49-0 to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Eagles led 35-0 at halftime as Ortega dominated on both sides of the ball. On offense, Ortega rushed for 72 yards on just nine carries, scoring four times. On defense, Ortega recorded 14 tackles in addition to intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Tabor Johns added two touchdowns, one on a 17-yard run and another on a fumble recovery in the end zone.
Oct 8, 2014
Wallace suffered a knee injury in last week’s game against Dallas Greenhill. MRI results remain unknown.
High school notebook: Casady quarterback T'Quan Wallace is out this week
By Jacob Unruh | Oct 8, 2014Casady quarterback T’Quan Wallace’s future remains up in the air after suffering a knee injury last week in the Cyclones’ 36-8 win over Dallas Greenhill. But it is certain that he will miss this week’s game against Forth Worth Country Day. “We’re still waiting on MRI results,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said, “but he’s definitely out this week.” Casady will turn to senior receiver Colin Morris and sophomore Dillon Rhodes during Wallace’s absence. Morris guided the Cyclones last week following Wallace’s injury. A week to prepare as the starter should only help him improve. “Doesn’t’ change much,” Scoville said. “Colin’s a good athlete and he can handle it. We’re just coaching him up. We need all the kids to step up.” OSSAA MAKES DONATION TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association officially formed a partnership with Special Olympics Oklahoma last month and then made a $2,500 donation to the organization during Wednesday’s board of directors meeting. The OSSAA plans to donate leftover equipment following each season to Special Olympics. Also, the OSSAA will host a unified volleyball match of Special Olympics athletes and able-bodied athletes before Saturday’s Class 3A and Class 4A championship matches at Westmoore High School. The match will feature two teams from Yukon. REPORT: HOLLIS ATHLETE, TEAMMATE’S PARENT GET IN ALTERCATION A practice late last month turned ugly for Hollis when senior quarterback Khalil Johnson was attacked by a parent of a teammate during practice, KSWO-TV in Lawton reports. Johnson, 19, allegedly approached the parent’s vehicle during a water break after hearing rumors the parent called him by a derogatory term. The news station reports that witnesses saw the parent get out of his vehicle, grab Johnson by his shoulder pads and neck when Johnson attempted to defend himself. The report says another teammate stepped in and pushed the parent to the ground. No charges have been filed by the district attorney’s office in Harmon County. The school has since banned the parent from school property, including home football games. The parent plans to appeal the school’s ban Thursday morning to the Hollis Board of Education. Hollis won the Class A state championship last season and is 5-0 this season.
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 7, 2014
PARLIN, N.J. (AP) — A town that found encouragement in its winning high school football team after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy was left to absorb another blow Tuesday after school officials canceled the season over allegations of bullying, intimidation and harassment among players.School officials in Sayreville, childhood home of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, made the announcement Monday night...
High school cancels football season over bullying
DAVID PORTER, Associated Press | Oct 7, 2014PARLIN, N.J. (AP) — A town that found encouragement in its winning high school football team after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy was left to absorb another blow Tuesday after school officials canceled the season over allegations of bullying, intimidation and harassment among players. School officials in Sayreville, childhood home of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, made the announcement Monday night during a meeting with the players' parents. The district already had canceled and forfeited a game that was scheduled last week between Sayreville War Memorial and South Brunswick and announced that the Middlesex County prosecutor's office was investigating the allegations. "There was enough evidence that there were incidents of harassment, of intimidation and bullying that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level and at a level at which the players knew, tolerated and generally accepted," Superintendent Richard Labbe told reporters Monday night. "Based upon what has been substantiated to have occurred, we have canceled the remainder of the football season." Labbe said he could not discuss the investigation, and the prosecutor's office has declined to release details. No charges have been filed, but Labbe said Prosecutor Andrew Carey told him there is credible evidence to back up the allegations of bullying and harassment within the program. Sayreville sits next to the Raritan River and just inland from the Raritan Bay, site of devastating flooding from Sandy in October 2012. The town was one of those targeted by the state for a buyout program, and demolitions began earlier this year to improve flood protection. Football was a constant through the storm's aftermath, and the school has won three sectional titles over four years. The news of this season's cancellation hit students hard Tuesday. "The football team is, like, the whole school," senior X Ali, 17, said. "It's big. Everybody likes going to the games." Asked what he would do now on football game days, Ali replied: "I don't know what I'm going to do. Just hang out, I guess." Several students expressed disappointment and, in some cases anger, at Labbe's decision. Sam Morris, 15, said he plays on the junior varsity team and would normally have been in pads and on the field Tuesday afternoon. Instead, he faced a wall of microphones and cameras as he walked across the street in front of the school. Morris said he hadn't seen any of the conduct referred to by the superintendent and said players on the team were "upset, angry, annoyed." "I understand it's his decision, but he went a little too harsh on this one," Morris said. Kishan Patel, a 17-year-old senior, said a lot of students expressed support for the football players during classes and said many felt the alleged incidents were "blown out of proportion." "It's all people were talking about all day. ... Everybody's got the football players' backs," Patel said. Corinne Kalev, whose daughter attends the middle school adjacent to high school, said football is a big part of fall for the town. "I think the parents might be more upset than the kids, because this might be these kids' future," Kalev said. "Some of them are really good players and it seems like because of a couple of kids, the whole team is being punished." Labbe said Monday he was sending a message with his decision. "We need all of our student-athletes, all of our students, heck, all students in the state, in this nation, to understand that the one true way to stop bullying is for those bystanders to do the right thing and become up-standers and report to an adult or someone at an authority level of what is going on." Also last week, an assistant football coach at the high school resigned amid allegations that he possessed steroids. Labbe said at the time that the allegations against the former defensive coordinator were the focus of a separate investigation and were not related to the cancellation of last week's game.
Oct 6, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.His grades tanked. His parents fretted.A few years later, the 20-year-old from the San Francisco area leads a team of headset-wearing players into virtual battle in a darkened room at a small private university in Chicago. He's...
School bets video game scholarship can draw talent
JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | Oct 6, 2014CHICAGO (AP) — As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted. His grades tanked. His parents fretted. A few years later, the 20-year-old from the San Francisco area leads a team of headset-wearing players into virtual battle in a darkened room at a small private university in Chicago. He's studying computer networking there on a nearly $15,000 a year athletic scholarship — for playing League of Legends, the video game that once jeopardized his high school diploma. "I never thought in my life I'm going to get a scholarship playing a game," said Chung, one of 35 students attending Robert Morris University on the school's first-in-the-nation video game scholarship. Once regarded as anti-social slackers or nerds in a basement, gamers have become megastars in what are now called esports. In professional leagues, they compete for millions of dollars in prizes and pull in six-figure incomes for vanquishing their enemies in what have become huge spectator events packing tens of thousands into sports stadiums around the world. Games have evolved from the days of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong into something much more complex. They demand hyper mental acuity and involve multiple players communicating with each other in teams, plotting strategy, predicting opponents' moves and reacting in milliseconds. Robert Morris, a not-for-profit university with about 3,000 students, believes those are not so different from the skills one uses on a football field or a basketball court and that spending money to recruit these students, too, will enrich campus life and add to its ranks of high-achieving graduates. "It's coming; it's coming big time," Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher said of the esports trend and what he's sure is its looming recognition by a bigger chunk of the collegiate sports world. Hundreds of other colleges and universities have esports clubs, but Robert Morris is the first to recognize it as a varsity sport under its athletic department. The scholarships, which cover up to half off tuition and half off room and board (worth a total of $19,000 in a typical three-quarter academic year) are for a single game, League of Legends, in which teams of five on five use keyboards and mouses to control mythical fighters battling it out in a science fiction-like setting. The first practices started last month in a $100,000 classroom outfitted with an expansive video screen, computers and an array of eye-dazzling gaming paraphernalia. The space is dimly lit and window blinds are drawn to keep glare off monitors. In the darkness, dozens of students wearing microphone headsets flit fingers and thumbs over the controls with blistering intensity and concentration. Death comes in a multitude of forms and is often sudden. Accordingly, the hum of game chatter is punctuated by the occasional whooping cry of victory or anguished sigh of defeat. The Robert Morris Eagles will play teams in two leagues that include the likes of Harvard and MIT with hopes of making it to the League of Legends North American Collegiate Championship, where the members of the first-place team take home $30,000 each in scholarships. Melcher dreamed up the scholarship idea while searching online for the video games he used to play. Some soccer players were bemused, but he said there was no real pushback from the university, which already has scholarships for everything from bowling to dressing as the mascot. Some 27 million people play League of Legends each day, according to developer Riot Games Inc. This year's professional championship is Oct. 19 in Seoul at the stadium South Korea built to host the 2002 soccer World Cup. The 45,000 seats are expected to sell out. The top team will take home $1 million. The traditional sports world is still trying to figure out what to make of the phenomenon. ESPN has dabbled in esports coverage, but network President John Skipper recently declared it a non-sport. "It's not a sport," he said at a conference in New York. "It's a competition, right? I mean, chess is a competition, and checkers is a competition. ... I'm mostly interested in doing real sports." Still, he added, "You can't really ignore it."
Oct 3, 2014
Deer Creek stopped McGuinness on a two-point conversion in the final overtime to seal the victory when Joseph Winfield and Jake Strickland tackled third-string quarterback Clay Morris on a keeper.
Deer Creek football: Deer Creek survives McGuinness in triple OT
By Jacob Unruh | Oct 3, 2014EDMOND — Deer Creek coach Grant Gower had tears in his eyes after he had just delivered a heart-felt speech to his team. Deer Creek’s 0-3 start to the season suddenly felt like a distant memory. The Antlers survived a triple-overtime thriller 41-40 Friday night against No. 10-ranked McGuinness, proving to themselves more than anything how tough they can be. “Our young men, they’ve worked so hard to get to this point, going through the nondistrict schedule and fighting through all of those things,” Gower said. “This is a great payoff for that.” Deer Creek (2-3, 2-0 District 5A-2) stopped McGuinness on a two-point conversion in the final overtime to seal the victory when Joseph Winfield and Jake Strickland tackled third-string quarterback Clay Morris on a keeper. That set off a frenzy that included fans rushing the field. “That was probably one of the greatest moments of my entire life,” Deer Creek linebacker Blake Landon said. “That was awesome. “We just came together as a family. It just gives us a lot of momentum, faith and energy.” Deer Creek took a 41-34 lead to open triple overtime on a 3-yard touchdown reception by Noah McGraw, his second of the night. The Irish (2-3, 0-2) responded with Morris scoring on a 4-yard run before taking the chance to end the game. “It was one of those deals, if we would have kept trading I don’t know how much offense we would have had left,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “It was a deal where I took a shot there and if you hit it you win it and if not, you go home. Great high school game; you talk about two teams that battled for a spot there.” McGuinness had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but kicker Josh Berney missed a 40-yard field goal as time expired. That set up heroics by multiple players, including Sims who had already scored the tying touchdown near the midway point of the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run. For the night, Sims finished 20 of 38 for 169 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards. “He’s making the right decisions and putting the ball where we need to be,” McGraw said about Sims. “I couldn’t be prouder of him.” Mullins finished 23 of 34 for 377 yards and a touchdown before he was injured in overtime. Braden Roy caught eight of those passes for 138 yards and Rubell Goe added seven receptions for 120 yards, oftentimes getting behind the Antlers’ secondary. But ultimately it was the defense that came through in the end, sparking a team that was still looking to forget its dreadful start. “The momentum shifts just in the overtimes were unbelievable,” Gower said. “The reality is our guys continued to battle and so did McGuinness. That was one of the most classic football games I’ve ever been a part of. It was unfortunate either team had to lose that game because both teams fought so hard.”
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 30, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Deshaun Watson is more concerned about building on his successful start at Clemson rather than celebrating what he accomplished.The freshman quarterback passed for a school record six touchdowns and 435 yards passing — the second best total in Tigers' history — to defeat North Carolina 50-35 last week. He's been stopped frequently for pictures and congratulations ever...
Clemson's young quarterback off to fast start
PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Sep 30, 2014CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Deshaun Watson is more concerned about building on his successful start at Clemson rather than celebrating what he accomplished. The freshman quarterback passed for a school record six touchdowns and 435 yards passing — the second best total in Tigers' history — to defeat North Carolina 50-35 last week. He's been stopped frequently for pictures and congratulations ever since, yet would rather focus on taking the next step forward before Clemson (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays North Carolina State (4-1, 0-1) Saturday. "We can do a lot more than what we did" against the Tar Heels, Watson said this week. That's hard to fathom for anyone who watched Watson run Clemson's fast-paced attack. Watson had TD passes of 74, 50, 24, 33 and 33 before ending his barrage with a 5-yard scoring pass in the final period. He completed 27 of 36 throws with one interception. The performance earned the 19-year-old several national honors, including the Davey O'Brien Award's national quarterback of the week. He was the ACC's rookie of the week and shared offensive honors with North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who Watson will square off against at Death Valley this weekend. More than the arm strength and accuracy was Watson's poise, something Clemson coach Dabo Swinney found rare in a teenager leading a major college team at its most important position. "I've never been around a freshman like him," Swinney said Tuesday. Neither had most of Clemson's players. Senior safety Robert Smith recalls when he arrived on campus in summer 2011 before his freshman year, the high-school quarterback watched prep passers at Clemson's yearly camp and noticed a gangly quarterback who was prepping for his sophomore season at Gainesville High in Georgia. Smith, a quarterback in high school too, said Watson instantly stood out. "There's no way," Smith remembered telling teammates, "this guy's not going to get offered. I didn't know who he was. Everything after that is just history." Or at least history in the making. A crack in his collarbone in the spring kept Watson from playing in the Orange-and-White game last April as senior Cole Stoudt was named starting quarterback. Watson played as backup in a loss at Georgia and a victory over South Carolina State the first two weeks. Watson entered on Clemson's fourth series at Florida State and stood strong in the face of the Seminoles' fierce defense. Swinney kept looking for evidence of freshman errors with Watson and didn't find that many. Clemson's seventh-year coach said Watson combines a strong work ethic, talent and an ability to accept coaching that's unique in young players. "He's just a very serious person about what he's doing," Swinney said. "Very purposeful. He just has a different presence." North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren said preparing for Watson will be similar to the dual threat posed by Clemson's previous quarterback in Tajh Boyd. "Tajh was a guy that could throw it down the field and he could run," Doeren said. "We know what this guy (Watson) was like in high school. He was the no. 1 spread quarterback in the nation coming out. We know he has legs." Not everything went perfectly for Watson, Swinney said. Watson had three or four errors where he put the Tigers in a bad spot, the coach said. "There's also some plays on there you just go, 'Wow,'" Swinney said. "He just makes us look good." Watson is grateful for the praise, just not yet ready to fully embrace it with so much left to achieve. He wants to add about 15 pounds to his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame so he better handles the hits he'll take as he runs the football more frequently. While he's comfortable guiding the offense, Watson understands he's still gaining the trust of coordinator Chad Morris. That won't be an issue if Watson keeps playing like he has so far. "What I'm most proud of is getting that win, especially my first win as a starter and just keep on continuing to get better every week," Watson said. ___ AP Sports Writer Aaron Beard contributed to this report from Raleigh, North Carolina