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Nov 28, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has revived Michigan's football program. He still has work to do to help the Wolverines beat their rivals.Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout the 12th-ranked Wolverines 42-13 Saturday.Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) simply could not stop Ohio State from running at will. The Wolverines botched a punt on...
No. 12 Michigan routed 42-13 by No. 8 Ohio State
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has revived Michigan's football program. He still has work to do to help the Wolverines beat their rivals. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout the 12th-ranked Wolverines 42-13 Saturday. Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) simply could not stop Ohio State from running at will. The Wolverines botched a punt on the final play against Michigan State in their only other loss in the conference. "I'm very proud of the team the way they've worked and the way they've progressed," Harbaugh said. "We've closed a lot of ground. More ground to make up, but knowing our team, we will keep working hard." The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1, No. 8 CFP) have won 11 of the last 12 games in what has become a lopsided series. Michigan trailed the entire game and pulled within four points twice in the first half. The Buckeyes' no-huddle, up-tempo offense gave the Wolverines problems much like Indiana did when the Hoosiers ran for 307 yards two weeks ago. "We've got to get better at that," Michigan defensive tackle Chris Wormley said. Elliott's performance came a week after he was held to 12 carries for 33 yards against the Spartans, then criticized the team's play calling and said he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He had a 5-yard run that put Ohio State up 14-3 in the second quarter and a 10-yard run put the Buckeyes ahead 35-13 early in the fourth. "We couldn't make tackles, especially on No. 15," Wormley said. "A guy like that takes more than one person to tackle him." J.T. Barrett, who had 19 carries for a season-high 139 yards, started the scoring barrage with a 7-yard run late in the first quarter. His 13-yard run late in the third quarter gave the Buckeyes an 18-point cushion and his 17-yard run midway through the fourth made mercifully ended the scoring for Michigan. As a team, Ohio State ran for 369 yards. "The biggest thing is they were getting tired and they weren't getting lined up," Elliott said. When the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter, Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder and left the game. Rudock was injured by former high school teammate Joey Bosa and was replaced by Wilton Speight. Rudock and Bosa played together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rudock was 19 of 32 for 263 yards and a TD. Unlike Ohio State, the Wolverines struggled to move the ball on the ground. Three-way player Jabrill Peppers had 29 yards rushing on seven carries and No. 1 running back De'Veon Smith had 10 carries for just 23 yards. Harbaugh has generated a lot of hype this year for coming back to lead Michigan, were he was the starting quarterback two decades ago, he has to improve a program that is 0-4 against Meyer. Michigan kept the game competitive — in the first half. Kenny Allen kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull the Wolverines within four points early in the second quarter. Rudock made a 5-yard TD pass to Jehu Chesson to cut Ohio State's lead to 14-10 just before halftime. This wasn't the year for Michigan to gain an edge in The Game. In the fourth quarter, red-clad fans were easy to see in the emptying stadium and could be heard shouting, "OH-IO! OH-IO!" toward the end of another blowout. "We're down right now, but we can always come back," Chesson said. "The sun will rise." ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org __ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
Nov 28, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout No. 12 Michigan 42-13 Saturday.The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) have won 11 of the last 12 games in what has become a lopsided series.Elliott's performance came a week after he was held to 12 carries for 33 yards against Michigan State, then criticized the team's play calling...
No. 8 Ohio State tops No. 12 Michigan 42-13 with ground game
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout No. 12 Michigan 42-13 Saturday. The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) have won 11 of the last 12 games in what has become a lopsided series. Elliott's performance came a week after he was held to 12 carries for 33 yards against Michigan State, then criticized the team's play calling and said he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He had a 5-yard run that put Ohio State up 14-3 in the second quarter and a 10-yard run put the Buckeyes ahead 35-13 early in the fourth. Even with the win, the Buckeyes need Penn State to beat No. 6 Michigan State later in the day to reach the Big Ten championship game against Iowa. Their fans at the Big House knew it as they chanted: "Go Penn State! Go Pen State!" The Wolverines (9-3, 6-2, No. 10 CFP) simply could not stop their rivals from running at will. They fell behind early, and quarterback Jake Rudock was knocked out of the game when he was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder. J.T. Barrett, who had 19 carries for a season-high 139 yards, started the scoring barrage with a 7-yard run late in the first quarter. His 13-yard run late in the third quarter gave the Buckeyes an 18-point cushion and his 17-yard run midway through the fourth made mercifully ended the scoring for Michigan. As a team, Ohio State ran for 369 yards. Barrett was nine of 15 — throwing fewer times than he ran — for 113 yards and a 24-yard TD pass to Jalin Marshall 25 yard TD pass early that capped the first drive of the second half to give Ohio State a 21-10 lead. Rudock was injured by former high school teammate Joey Bosa early in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Wilton Speight. Rudock and Bosa played together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rudock was 19 of 32 for 263 yards and a TD. Unlike Ohio State, the Wolverines struggled to move the ball on the ground. Three-way player Jabrill Peppers had 29 yards rushing on seven carries and No. 1 running back De'Veon Smith had 10 carries for just 23 yards. Michigan kept the game competitive — in the first half. Kenny Allen kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull the Wolverines within four points early in the second quarter. Rudock made a 5-yard TD pass to Jehu Chesson to cut Ohio State's lead to 14-10 just before halftime. The Wolverines never caught up. While Jim Harbaugh has generated a lot of hype this year for coming back to lead Michigan, were he was the starting quarterback two decades ago, he has to improve a program that is 0-4 against Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer. This wasn't the year for Michigan to gain an edge in The Game. In the fourth quarter, red-clad fans were easy to see in the emptying stadium and could be heard shouting, "OH-IO! OH-IO!" toward the end of another blowout. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org __ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
Nov 28, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 12 Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock has been knocked out of the game against No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday.Rudock was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder by former high school teammate Joey Bosa early in the fourth quarter. They played together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Rudock was replaced by Wilton Speight.The graduate transfer from Iowa...
No. 12 Michigan QB Rudock injured against No. 8 Ohio State
Associated Press | Nov 28, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 12 Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock has been knocked out of the game against No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday. Rudock was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder by former high school teammate Joey Bosa early in the fourth quarter. They played together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rudock was replaced by Wilton Speight. The graduate transfer from Iowa held his left arm across his stomach as he walked to the Wolverines' sideline, trying to protect his left shoulder. Rudock was 9 of 14 for 113 yards with a touchdown in a game that the Buckeyes having been dominating since late in the first quarter. ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Nov 27, 2015
Ahead of the annual Oklahoma-Oklahoma State Bedlam game, it may be hard for some fans to wrap their heads around a photo of rival quarterbacks spending spring break together on a Florida beach.
OU vs. OSU football: Bedlam foes on the field; Bedlam bros on the beach
By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, email@example.com | Nov 27, 2015STILLWATER — The image of five guys in swim trunks would rate as fairly harmless in the history of spring break photos. They are standing side by side, arms around each other's shoulders, and they are smiling. Mundane, right? Except for who is in the photo — Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Trevor Knight, Cody Thomas and Daxx Garman. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State quarterbacks. Sooners and Cowboys. Together. During a week when crimson and orange just don't mix, it's hard for some fans to wrap their heads around such a thing. How could these guys get along? How could they like each other? But what started with high school teammates who ended up on opposite sides of the Bedlam divide has grown to include about a dozen players from both teams. They like each other so much, they went to Destin, Fla., on spring break together. "We got a three-story house on the beach and 20 of us stayed in it, all together," Cowboy receiver Austin Hays said. "It was awesome." The picture of the quarterbacks was snapped one day on the beach. "Of course, the whole time we're thinking, 'As soon as one of y'all tweets this, everyone is going to see it and comment,'" Hays said. "We had a little fun with it." Hays is one of the players at the genesis of this Bedlam bromance. He and Knight were high school teammates at Ronald Reagan High in San Antonio. They were friends, and even though Hays went to Stillwater and Knight to Norman, they not only stayed in touch but visited each other. That meant Hays met Knight's Sooner friends and Knight met Hays' Cowboy buddies. "And it's just kind of grown," said Mayfield, the Sooner starting quarterback. "Pretty cool." J.W. Walsh, the Cowboy backup quarterback, said, "It's fun having those connections in a rivalry game with those guys." No doubt such talk causes past generations of Sooners and Cowboys to roll their eyes — or worse. Disdain has always run deep between the Bedlam rivals. Wasn't all that many years ago that outspoken Sooner tight end Trent Smith was talking about "a freakin' orange Christmas", and of course, it was just earlier this week that Sooner center Ty Darlington was retelling stories about family who made everyone say why they hated OSU before they could eat Thanksgiving turkey. But nowadays, there isn't as much animosity on the field. "It's not just Oklahoma and Oklahoma State," Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. "Look at any game on Saturday or watch the NFL. When an NFL game is over, it's like a family reunion. Everybody out there on the field, coaches hugging each other, players hugging each other." That's long been the case in the NFL, though. As players move teams, they leave behind friends. When players have the same agent, they become friends. But in college football, players haven't always had many avenues to get to know each other. Other college sports are different. The explosion of national tournaments and summer camps for youth sports of all ilks has been a friendship breeding ground. Young athletes meet, get to know each other, then build a bond over the years. That sort of thing has largely been missing in football until recently. In the past decade, the number of football camps has exploded. Seven-on-seven camps. Team camps. Passing camps. Linemen camps. And it's not just young players who get to know each other at those events. College players are often used as counselors. This past summer, Knight and Rudolph worked at the renowned Manning Passing Academy, run by former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and his current NFL quarterback sons, Peyton and Eli. At one point, they posed for a picture with Scotty Gilkey, who quarterbacked Tulsa Edison High this season. Knight and Rudolph are both wearing green shirts and big smiles. Those sorts of experiences have helped bond the bigger group of players. They've visited each other to hang out. They've played a golf tournament in Norman. They've gone to Calf Fry in Stillwater. Both Sooners and Cowboys know some folks might not agree with their friendship. "It's frowned upon because we're supposed to hate 'em," Mayfield said, "but when you have a bond with those guys, you have to respect 'em. I respect 'em because they're doing the exact same thing (we're doing)." Hays said, "I know from the outside looking in, it might look kind of weird. "To us, we're just friends." But rest easy, Bedlam fans — these guys still want to beat each other. "Come Saturday, we'll both be trying to win obviously," Mayfield said, "but after the game, we're still friends." Consider them Bedlam bros.
Dec. 11868 — The first state capitol was ready for occupancy.1946 — A $4 million contract was let for construction of the Enders dam on Frenchman Creek in Chase County.1948 — Timothy Iron Bear was executed in the electric chair in Lincoln for killing a ranch woman who lived near Rushville.Dec. 21863 — President Abraham Lincoln designated Omaha as the starting point for the transcontinental...
Today in Nebraska-December
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Nov 27, 2015Dec. 1 1868 — The first state capitol was ready for occupancy. 1946 — A $4 million contract was let for construction of the Enders dam on Frenchman Creek in Chase County. 1948 — Timothy Iron Bear was executed in the electric chair in Lincoln for killing a ranch woman who lived near Rushville. Dec. 2 1863 — President Abraham Lincoln designated Omaha as the starting point for the transcontinental railroad's westward push. Ground was broken on the same date one year later. 1919 — A state constitutional convention began. Dec. 3 1873 — The city of Kearney incorporated. Dec. 4 1951 — Robert D. Harrison, a Norfolk oil man and Republican, defeated Fremont Mayor Carl F. Olson, a Democrat, in a race for the U.S. House seat from Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District. 1959 — Keith Neville, a Democrat who was Nebraska governor, 1917-1919, died in North Platte. He was 75. Dec. 5 1858 — William Richardson resigned as territorial governor in protest of President James Buchanan's pro-slavery policy for Kansas. J. Sterling Morton became acting governor. 1972 — Johnny Rodgers, the University of Nebraska's all-purpose back, won the Heisman Trophy as the nation's outstanding college football player. 2007 — A 19-year-old fatally wounded eight people at the Von Maur department store at Omaha's Westroads Mall. The gunman, Robert Hawkins, then killed himself. Dec. 6 1875 — The federal government decreed that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska must report to a reservation or be considered hostile. 1890 — The city of Gering was incorporated. Dec. 7 1873 — Author Willa Cather, whose novels were often set on the plains of Nebraska, was born in Winchester, Va. Dec. 8 1934 — A nationwide federal cleanup drive against drug users and dealers resulted in more than 500 arrests, and 28 of those arrested were taken to Omaha. Dec. 9 1854 — Residents of Bellevue accused acting Gov. Thomas Cuming of accepting and even exacting bribes from the Omaha town company for consideration as territorial capital. 1874 — The military post on the North Loup River was named Fort Hartsuff, in honor of Maj. Gen. George Hartsuff. Dec. 10 1934 — The athletic advisory board gave formal approval for Omaha University to join the North Central conference. Dec. 11 1970 — In Wahoo, students at John F. Kennedy College defied 18-degree weather to begin a 30-hour "dig-in," digging the basement for the foundation of a new campus student union. Dec. 12 1854 — The Nebraska Territory held its first elections. 1871 — Adams County was organized. 1917 — The Rev. Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha, officially known as Father Flanagan's Boys' Home. 1919 — The National Park Service acquired land to create Scotts Bluff National Monument. Dec. 13 1867 — Gen. Christopher Augur, commanding officer of the Army's Department of the Platte, ordered Company E of the 30th Infantry to be stationed at Sidney Barracks. Dec. 14 1970 — The University of Nebraska Board of Regents directed all student organizations to comply with anti-discrimination policies by Feb. 1 or lose their official sanction. 1984 — Nebraska Attorney General Paul Douglas, who resigned Dec. 26, 1984, was convicted of perjury by a county court jury in Lincoln. The state Supreme Court later overturned the conviction. Dec. 15 1969 — Durward B. "Woody" Varner was named chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dec. 16 1941 — Peace officers from nine western Nebraska counties met in Sidney and drafted a resolution for a radio communications system for the national defense. Dec. 17 1934 — The Rev. William J. Corboy resigned as faculty regent of athletics at Creighton University in Omaha. He had held the post since 1914. Dec. 18 1900 — Meatpacking heir Edward Cudahy Jr. was kidnapped and then ransomed for $25,000 in gold. Dec. 19 1896 — Sgt. Leodegan Schnyder, a Swiss immigrant who was in the U.S. Army for 53 years, died on his farm near Tobias. Dec. 20 1854 — Acting Gov. Thomas Cuming announced that the territorial legislature would meet in Omaha. Dec. 21 1944 — State officials approved a petition to create the Custer Public Power District in Broken Bow. Dec. 22 1970 — The state school districts reorganization committee approved plans for creating a high school district in Colfax County. Dec. 23 1934 — The McCook City Council accepts a land donation to serve as a site for McCook Junior College, forerunner of McCook Community College. Dec. 24 1913 — Joseph Cullen Root, founder of the Omaha-based Modern Woodmen of America fraternal organization, died in Hendersonville, N.C. 1985 — A passer-by discovered the body of a young boy in a roadside ditch near Chester. The town later buried the child, who was eventually identified as 9-year-old Danny Stutzman. His father was convicted of abandoning the body. Dec. 25 1799 — Mark Izard, an early territorial governor, was born in Lexington, Ky. 1917 — The Rev. Edward Flanagan and 25 boys living at his newly founded home that would eventually be called Boys Town had sauerkraut for Christmas dinner. Dec. 26 1975 — Arizona State defeated Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, breaking the Cornhuskers' six-game bowl winning streak. Dec. 27 1980 — Nebraska defeated Mississippi State in the Sun Bowl, 31-17. Dec. 28 1934 — Judge L. B. Day of the state Supreme Court was elected president of the Nebraska Bar Association. Dec. 29 1913 — Joseph Cullen Root, founder of the Woodmen of America fraternal organization, was buried in Omaha. Dec. 30 1848 — Fort Childs was renamed Fort Kearny in honor of Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Kearny, who had died a year earlier. Dec. 31 1885 — A blizzard struck Ogallala. 1974 — Nebraska defeated Florida 13-10 in the Sugar Bowl.
Nov 27, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — If either Ohio State or Michigan had held on to beat Michigan State, a bid to the Big Ten title game would be at stake again on Saturday in the latest iteration of one of college football's greatest rivalries.But both lost to the Spartans on the final play of the game. The Buckeyes watched a field goal sail through the uprights, and the Wolverines infamously botched a...
Ohio State and Michigan meet, potentially just for pride
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 27, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — If either Ohio State or Michigan had held on to beat Michigan State, a bid to the Big Ten title game would be at stake again on Saturday in the latest iteration of one of college football's greatest rivalries. But both lost to the Spartans on the final play of the game. The Buckeyes watched a field goal sail through the uprights, and the Wolverines infamously botched a punt. Sure, Ohio State or Michigan will be pleased to win the first Urban Meyer-Jim Harbaugh matchup. They will walk off the field and up a steep tunnel, though, not knowing if they will play next week in Indianapolis for the conference championship. And later in the day, they will root for the sixth-ranked Spartans to get upset at home by Penn State. The eighth-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) and 12th-ranked Wolverines (9-2, 6-1, No. 10 CFP) insist they are going to play as if a spot in the conference championship is absolutely on the line when they face each other. "It could be at stake, so why not prepare for it?" Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden said. Here are some things to watch in the 112th Ohio State-Michigan game: A NEW ERA: Meyer and Harbaugh will match wits against each other for the first time. The first-year Michigan coach and former quarterback refused to add to the angle, dismissing the importance of people who will not block or tackle. At least some of Harbaugh's players, including tight end Jack Butt, were a little more forthcoming. "I think it is going to mean a lot to him to be back here and coaching in this game," Butt said. HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: A key to the game likely will be how much pressure Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa can get on Michigan QB Jake Rudock, once a teammate at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Bosa skips his senior season, he might be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Bosa ranks among Ohio State's all-time leaders with 25 sacks and 49 1/2 tackles for losses in his career. The defending national champion Buckeyes had won 23 straight overall and 30 consecutive in Big Ten regular season games before losing to Michigan State. What if they lose consecutive games? "That would be a failure," Bosa said. THEY'RE STREAKING: Ohio State has won three straight and 10 of 11 in the series, its most dominant stretch since winning 11 of 15 from 1954-1968 — that span led Michigan to hire Woody Hayes' pupil Bo Schembechler. The Harbaugh-led Wolverines appear to be set up to make the series competitive again. "It's back to the way it used to be, two of the top teams in college football going at it," he said. "It makes it more exciting." BACK ON TRACK: The Buckeyes will probably give running back Ezekiel Elliott the ball early and often a week after he lashed out about getting 12 carries for 33 yards against Michigan State. On Twitter, he later apologized for criticizing the play calling and for announcing he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He has run for 1,458 yards and 17 touchdowns this season after having 1,878 yards rushing and 18 scores last year. THROUGH THE AIR: Rudock is the first Michigan QB to throw for 250-plus yards in three straight games. He has a pair of big-play receivers, Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson; multiple tight ends, including Butt; running backs and fullbacks as options in the passing game. And, it will not be a surprise if Harbaugh slips Jabrill Peppers on the field for a lot of snaps on offense to get him the ball and to use him as a decoy. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org __ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
Gary Reid was inducted into the Guthrie High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Former OSU third baseman Reid dies at 75
By Scott Munn, Staff Writer | Nov 24, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: • Gary Reid, 75, of Edmond played third base for Oklahoma State over the 1961-63 seasons. He was inducted into the Guthrie High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements in football, basketball, baseball and track. A diehard NASCAR fan who attended the 50th running of the Daytona 500. Reid also loved to play golf. • Allan Long, 94, of Geary. He coached football, baseball and girls basketball for Geary High. But he was best known for coaching the wrestling team from 1949-75. Geary had eight individual state champs under Long, who in 2010 was honored with the Lifetime Service Award by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. • Tracey Haliburton Jr., 50, of Oklahoma City starred in football at Putnam City West High School. The All-State defensive lineman went on to play ball at Northeastern A&M. Owned and operated his own food service business. • John Criswell, 84, of Stigler raised pointer bird dogs and won several championships in field trial sport. He was also an official and judge at trials in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame. • Evelyn Bushree White, 87, of Oklahoma City played basketball at Sayre High School. A former registrar at Putnam City North High School. • James Cox, 78, of Moore coached Little League baseball. • John Stice, 84, of Huntsville, Texas, was a Norman native who earned a football scholarship to OU. A knee injury ended his playing career. Went on to serve two tours in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star. A 30-year Army man who retired as a colonel. • Donald Kellison, 84, of Midwest City umpired baseball and officiated basketball. He was the concession stand manager for the Midwest City Baseball Association. Spent 32 years in aircraft maintenance at Tinker Air Force Base. • Roy Huffman, 88, of Vinita was race horse trainer. A member of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Association. • Josh Whitehead, 26, of Lawton. Played football and basketball for the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders. Attended Southwestern State, where he was studying to become a physical therapist. • Tom Baker, 76, of Oklahoma City. He starred in basketball at Indiahoma High School. • Bert Elliott, 74, of Oklahoma City was a standout football and baseball player at Capitol Hill High School. He was a prep All-American in football and went on to Central State, helping the Bronchos go 11-0 and win the 1962 NAIA championship. That team was recently inducted into the UCO Athletics Hall of Fame. • Larry Bruce, 68, of Oklahoma City was a drum major for Capitol Hill High School. • Bob Lawrence, 80, of Oklahoma City was an avid golfer with a hole-in-one to his credit. • Bob Fay, 88, of Norman was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan. As a youngster, he watched games through holes in the Sportsman's Park fence. • Arthur Rawson, 89, of Oklahoma City was a hardcore Oklahoma football fan. He attended OU-Texas games and every home game at Owen Field. A family obituary said, “If OU lost, it would be advised to avoid his company.” • Elray Autrey, 75, of Oklahoma City spent 28 years as a fireman. He spent many retirement days on the golf course, where he had three holes-in-one. An old car enthusiast. • Alford Glass, 75, of Okmulgee loved to coach Little League baseball. • Thomas McDonald, 56, of Comanche played football and basketball and ran track for the hometown Indians. He was passionate about golf and OU sports. • Ken Qualls, 48, of Oklahoma City had a career in law enforcement. He had a blackbelt in Hakko Ryu Jujitsu. An avid fan of anything Oklahoma State. • James Shelton, 63, of Tipton was a heavy equipment operator who helped shape golf courses in 38 states. • George McGuire, 56, Stigler liked to participate in rodeo, particularly bull riding. • David McKinney Jr., 78, of Spiro dedicated his life to coaching young athletes. He coached football, basketball and baseball at Keota from 1963-68, then moved on to Spiro. McKinney guided the Bulldogs track team to three state championships and two runner-up titles. He was named Track Coach of the Year in 1974 and ‘75 by the Oklahoma Coaches Association. The Bokoshe native was selected as an All-State football coach in 1981. • Chester Armbruster, 90, of Oklahoma City. An outfielder for a semi-pro baseball team in Kansas. Following World War II — when Armbruster served as a B-25 and B-26 flight instructor — he walked-on to play football at the University of New Mexico. Also liked to play golf and tennis. • Robert Hall, 84, of Oklahoma City had a hole-in-one at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club in 1971. • Jason Owen, 38, of Midwest City. A graduate of Midwest City High School, where he starred in football. The lineman was an All-Stater and Athlon All-American while helping the Bombers to a 14-0, Class 6A state championship season as a senior. He created Bomber Football Bible Study, which continues today under the name Bomber Brotherhood. Owen went on to play offensive line for Missouri Southern and also lettered in track. He was a marital and family therapist after his athletic career.
Nov 23, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Rudock was scanning the country earlier this year, looking for a place to play while taking steps toward his goal of being a pediatric heart specialist.At Michigan, he got both.Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, became a starting quarterback for the 12th-ranked Wolverines (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) this season and is working on a master's degree in kinesiology.He will...
Rudock has rewarded Harbaugh's faith in him at Michigan
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 23, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Rudock was scanning the country earlier this year, looking for a place to play while taking steps toward his goal of being a pediatric heart specialist. At Michigan, he got both. Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, became a starting quarterback for the 12th-ranked Wolverines (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) this season and is working on a master's degree in kinesiology. He will likely have to play well for Michigan to beat No. 8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) for the first time since 2011 and just the second time in 12 years on Saturday at the Big House. If Rudock makes more plays than mistakes, he will be following a recent trend. After a rocky start in which Rudock was among the nation's leaders in turnovers, he has validated Jim Harbaugh's faith in him by flourishing during the team's four-game winning streak despite taking some hard hits. "Tough as a $2 steak doesn't do it real justice," Harbaugh said Monday. "He has been a godsend for our football team." Rudock beat out Shane Morris, who had played in 10 games the previous two years, to be the No. 1 QB during Harbaugh's debut season as the leader of the program he starred for at the same position. Through the first two games, Rudock had six turnovers and only one player had more at the highest level of college football. Harbaugh steadfastly stuck by him, though, saying the competition wasn't even close to have a conversation about making a change. "When you hear your coach standing up for you like that, it gives you so much confidence," Rudock said in an interview with The Associated Press while sipping on a smoothie and holding a thick playbook. "I could just focus on improving and not looking over my shoulder." Rudock has been at his best when Michigan needed him most, coming off a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State on a botched punt. He has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just three interceptions over the last four games while completing 69 percent of his passes and averaging 293 yards passing. Harbaugh, a star signal caller with the Wolverines in the mid-1980s and a solid starter in the NFL, is regarded as a QB guru. He helped groom Andrew Luck for the league while he coached him at Stanford and played a key part in the success Colin Kaepernick had in San Francisco. Now, he is turning a relatively pedestrian QB into a standout. One of the reasons Rudock wanted to play at Michigan was because his high school coach heard Harbaugh had his eye on him while he was leading the 49ers. "When coach Harbaugh was at San Francisco, Jake was on the board (of NFL prospects) because of his intelligence," said George Smith, who coached Rudock at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and assisted him during his search for a school to transfer to this year. "Now, I've got three NFL scouts talking to me about how well he manages a game. The thing people don't seem to talk about is how tough he is. I talked to him the day after he took a brutal hit in Minnesota and he said it felt like he got hit by a truck." Rudock was knocked out against the Golden Gophers with what Harbaugh called a torso injury, then bounced back to play in the next week's win against Rutgers. The following game, he set a school record with six touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 440 yards against Indiana. Along the way, Harbaugh publicly said Rudock has developed into an NFL-caliber quarterback. "I was surprised that he would come out and say something like that," Rudock said. "I was like, 'Wow. All the work is paying off.' It was a tough transition coming here as the new guy who is supposed to lead, but it has definitely worked out." The 22-year-old Rudock is an elder statesman among his teammates, and he's referred to as "dad," by his fellow quarterbacks. "The QBs are kind of like 'Mean Girls,'" Michigan center Graham Glasgow said. "They talk about girls and stuff, they gossip. He doesn't want to be bothered by that. He's all business, all time." ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org __ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 19, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Semifinals Edmond Santa Fe 28, Broken Arrow 24 (at Yukon) Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 31 (at Owasso) Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington 21, Sand Springs 17 (at Sapulpa) Bartlesville 42, Bixby 28 (at Owasso Saturday) Class 5A Quarterfinals LAWTON MAC 28, Collinsville 14 SKIATOOK 24, Deer Creek 21 McAlester 22, McGUINNESS 17 Altus 35, COWETA 28 Class 4A Quarterfinals ANADARKO 20, Cascia Hall 14 WAGONER 40, Clinton 31 Oologah 27, WEATHERFORD 24 POTEAU 35, Harrah 34 Class 3A Second Round HERITAGE HALL 42, Plainview 34 HILLDALE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 20 Meeker 42, LONE GROVE 38 LOCUST GROVE 49, Berryhill 35 LINCOLN CHR. 48, Idabel 13 JOHN MARSHALL 28, Sulphur 21 Victory Christian 38, ROLAND 34 JONES 21, Douglass 14 Class 2A Second Round CHISHOLM 28, Lindsay 7 VIAN 30, Colcord 20 DAVIS 40, Millwood 32 ADAIR 44, Stroud 34 Haskell 31, OKEMAH 26 LUTHER 42, Kingston 28 Prague 36, HULBERT 28 WASHINGTON 28, Hennessey 27 Class A Second Round MOORELAND 28, Healdton 8 HOMINY 24, Fairland 21 STRATFORD 45, Hooker 30 Crescent 26, REJOICE CHR. 21 CASHION 42, Ketchum 27 HOLLIS 35, Minco 28 Kiefer 28, TALIHINA 22 RINGLING 21, Thomas 14 Class B Quarterfinals SEILING 42, Dewar 36 DAVENPORT 56, Geary 48 ALEX 34, Weleetka 20 KEOTA 46, Pioneer 34 Class C Quarterfinals CHEROKEE 38, Timberlake 28 COYLE 42, Tipton 36 GRANDFIELD 28, DC-Lamont 26 FOX 48, Shattuck 34 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 19, 2015
Weatherford assistant coach Preston Roof's autism limits some of his physical and mental capabilities, but it cannot restrain his passion ... for his family and for Weatherford football. His dad, Woody Roof, is the team's head coach.
Friday Night Lights: Special father-son coaching duo is at heart of Weatherford football success
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 19, 2015WEATHERFORD — Preston Roof came home one day from his new job with something important to tell his parents. “They call me Coach Roof now, Dad,” he said. Woody Roof — Preston's father, and the most famous coach Roof in this western Oklahoma town — still gets a glow in his eyes when he tells the story of that conversation eight years ago. Being Coach Roof is the most important, most valuable job Preston has ever had. He's never quite as happy as he is when the Friday night lights come on at Eagle Field, he pulls the headset over his worn black Weatherford visor and goes to work coaching the team that means so much to him. He's been eagerly waiting all week for 7:30 p.m. Friday, when the Eagles kick off their Class 4A quarterfinal game against visiting Oologah. Preston Roof is 26 years old. He's in his eighth season as a Weatherford assistant coach after four years as a player for the Eagles. He's also autistic. It limits some of his physical and mental capabilities. It cannot restrain his passion. Passion for his family, and for Weatherford football. And it has never stopped him from affecting lives in an incredibly positive way. “There's not a person I think more highly of than Preston Roof,” said former Weatherford head coach Mickey Seifried, who brought Preston on as his assistant in 2008 and gave him the title of Coach Roof. “He cares so much about the kids on that team. He wants them to succeed so badly, and the kids can tell that. He wants it for them, and they want it for him.” More than a title Last June, it was announced that Woody Roof was returning for his fourth stint as Weatherford's head coach. It was announced by Preston, who broke the news on social media. “Something like that,” Preston said with a grin. There was no way to contain his excitement when his father decided to come back. Preston had played for his father as a senior in 2007, but Woody retired at the end of the year. Preston never had the chance to coach with his dad. More importantly, Woody had never coached alongside Preston. That weighed heavily in Woody's decision to return at age 65. “With the opportunity to come back, and how it all came about, I was debating whether to do it or not,” Woody said. “I've been around the block a few times, so I had to really consider if it was the right thing to do. “Preston was a big influence, talking to me and telling me he thought I could still do it. There's not a more positive person that I've ever been around. He's a true Weatherford Eagle. With him feeling like I could do it, and both of us knowing how fun it would be to be back together, that was a big influence. “And he's helped me. In coaching, you go through the peaks and valleys, and he won't let me stay in that valley for long.” The title of Coach Roof isn't just a label given to Preston because he hangs out at practice and wears a headset on game nights. It's his job. He helps coach receivers and defensive backs. He's on the field working with them and talking to them every day. He's in the meetings and the film study. “He jumped right in and started talking to the players,” Seifried said of Preston's early days on the coaching staff. “He coached the kids, and they listened to him and respected him.” That hasn't changed with the current players. “He means everything to this team,” senior Spencer Ard said. “He picks us up when we need it, and he lets us know when we're slacking. “He's out there messing with us and giving us a hard time. If you slip up, he'll be the first one to let you know. We really feed off his energy, because it's always at the highest level.” Coaching isn't his only job. Preston has worked for several years at the Pizza Hut down the street from the high school. Five days a week, Preston works there through lunch. Then he changes into his coaching gear and joins Woody at the fieldhouse to get busy on the day's work. A coaching family Preston's passion for coaching comes naturally. Woody Roof is one of the most successful coaches in Oklahoma history, with 214 career victories and five state championships, two at Weatherford in 1991-92. He also won titles at Elk City and Watonga, and is one of just 11 Oklahoma coaches to win at least five state championships. Preston's grandfather, Kenneth Roof, was part of 439 wins and seven state titles as an assistant and head coach at Thomas from 1951-87, following his stellar playing career as a running back at Oklahoma State. Kenneth died in January at 89. Some of Preston's favorite memories with his grandfather were when they got the chance to talk football. Maybe they'd sit around at Kenneth's house in Thomas, or head up the road to chat with the other regulars at Miller's Diner. “We'd go down to Miller's and have a Mountain Dew together,” Preston said. “We'd talk Oklahoma State football, Weatherford football, Thomas football.” Kenneth loved his visits from Preston. He'd often call Woody and encourage him to go out to the family farm near Kenneth's home, because it gave Woody a reason to bring Preston to the house. “I'd drop him off, and they'd start talking football,” Woody said. “I'd go out to the farm and come back a couple hours later, and they'd still be sitting there talking about the same things.” Preston is the third of four children for Woody and Lynn Roof. After the oldest son, Adam, was grown and gone, Preston and Woody found themselves outnumbered by the three females in the house — Lynn and Preston's sisters, Megan and Chandler. So they would manage to find their way downstairs for some guy time. “We have a big basement with a big TV,” Woody said. “We go down there and watch some football.” Preston's respect for coaches goes beyond his family. Thomas coaches Bob Ward and Mike Tyson are high on the list. Weatherford football assistants and baseball coaches Charles Teasley and Todd Gaunt have played key roles for Preston, as well. “They've been a very big part of his coaching career,” Woody said. “They took him under their wing. They'd be in football, and when it was over, they'd bring him over to help with baseball. “I owe Mickey Seifried a lot of gratitude, as well, because he was the one who first asked Preston to be part of the program and developing him and giving him that positive environment.” Preston has even become good friends with one of Weatherford's biggest rivals, former Clinton coach Mike Lee. The two met when Preston was about 10. Woody was coaching at Elk City, and before a game at Clinton, he took his son across the field to talk to Lee. “Preston wouldn't even acknowledge me,” Lee said. “He knew I was the enemy. I could tell he was really competitive. But Woody finally got him to speak to me, and over the years, I would see them anytime Weatherford and Clinton would play in anything. “Now, every time Preston sees me, he shakes my hand and gives me a hug. He's a good guy, and he comes from a good family.” Eagle pride Preston doesn't mask his passion for Weatherford football. “When we lost in the state finals in 2002, Preston was just in middle school,” Seifried said. “He cried so hard. It hurt him more than anybody on the team or the coaching staff.” These days, though, Preston is a little more proactive with his displays of emotion. Last Friday, with Weatherford trailing unbeaten Tuttle 21-3 at halftime, Preston addressed the team in the locker room. “He was yelling at us about how we need to have Eagle pride,” senior lineman Dyllan Haworth said. “He just kept telling us we needed to come out in the second half and play for pride, and be a better Eagle.” Weatherford rallied to win 25-21, and the celebration that followed was magical. “He even danced a little,” senior Jay Whitson said. “He's got some pretty good moves.” Preston has a lot of names on the football field. Coach Roof, of course. And Pres, or Presto. Some occasionally refer to him as Echo — “If a coach tells you to do something, Preston's gonna emphasize it with a lot more heart, just to make sure you heard it,” Whitson said. But there's one title that best sums up Preston Roof. “He's the biggest Weatherford Eagle fan there's ever been,” senior receiver Wade Haugen said. “Out of everybody who's ever gone through here, he's our biggest fan. “And he's our biggest motivator, too. He speaks from the heart. We love that he's part of this team.”
Nov 16, 2015
Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0)...
High school football: Week 2 playoff pairings
scott wright,Jacob Unruh | Nov 16, 2015Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso Class 5A Quarterfinals Collinsville (6-4) at Lawton Mac (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) Altus (10-1) at Coweta (7-3) Class 4A Quarterfinals Cascia Hall (6-4) at Anadarko (8-2) Clinton (6-5) at Wagoner (11-0) Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) Harrah (7-3) at Poteau (11-0) Class 3A Second Round Plainview (9-2) at Heritage Hall (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Seq. Tahlequah (7-4) at Hilldale (11-0) Meeker (9-2) at Lone Grove (8-3) Berryhill (7-3) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (7-4) at Lincoln Christian (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Sulphur (8-3) at John Marshall (10-1) Victory Christian (9-1) at Roland (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) Class 2A Second Round Lindsay (10-1) at Chisholm (11-0) Colcord (8-3) at Vian (9-2) Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) Stroud (10-1) at Adair (10-1) Haskell (10-1) at Okemah (8-3) Kingston (9-1) at Luther (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Prague (7-4) at Hulbert (8-3) Hennessey (7-4) at Washington (10-1) Class A Second Round Healdton (7-4) at Mooreland (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Fairland (7-3) at Hominy (10-1) Hooker (8-3) at Stratford (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Crescent (7-4) at Rejoice Christian (8-3) Ketchum (9-2) at Cashion (9-2) Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) Kiefer (10-1) at Talihina (9-1) Thomas (9-2) at Ringling (9-0) Class B Quarterfinals Dewar (10-1) at Seiling (10-1) Geary (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pioneer (8-3) at Keota (10-0) Class C Quarterfinals Timberlake (7-4) at Cherokee (10-0) Tipton (8-2) at Coyle (11-0) DC-Lamont (10-1) at Grandfield (10-0) Shattuck (9-1) at Fox (11-0)
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 12, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 12, 2015
Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday.
OU football journal: Jordan Thomas says ‘playoffs have already started’
By Ryan Aber | Nov 12, 2015Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday. “This is what you live for,” Sooners center Ty Darlington said. “This is what you play for right here. This is like high school playoffs. I feel like I'm back in high school and it's one at a time. The next one doesn't matter without the first one and we can't look past or look ahead to anything. Even though we know there are gonna be some big ones coming, this one is so huge, and there's not gonna be anything more important than this game. “And I guarantee you, they will get our absolute best shot with all the preparation and intensity and focus that we can muster. Cornerback Jordan Thomas said there's been a different feel in practice this week. “In reality in the Big 12, the playoffs have already started with these last three games with us, Baylor, TCU and Okie State,” Thomas said. “This is the playoffs. There's no need to get anyone fired up for these practices. We're out there flying around and having fun. But also, we're focused.” STOOPS: BLOCKING TO BLAME FOR KICK RETURN WOES Last season, Alex Ross was one of the nation's top kick returners. He averaged 31.2 yards per return, had two return touchdowns and earned All-America honors from some outlets for his kick return prowess. This season, he's averaging 17.5 yards per return and has yet to have a return longer than 28 yards. “Blocking,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said when asked about the reason for the struggles. We're teaching the same schemes that have been so successful for us not just last year, for several years. “We just haven't been able to execute it quite as well on the field with the players. We continue to push it and try and work it.” STRIKER NAMED LOTT SEMIFINALIST Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is one of nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, recognizing college football's top defensive player who exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The award is named after hall of famer Ronnie Lott. Striker has 40 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery so far this season. Striker is one of two Big 12 players on the list of semifinalists. Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is the other. Other semifinalists include Duke's Jeremy Cash, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Temple's Tyler Matakevich, Penn State's Carl Nassib, Ohio State's Joshua Perry, Florida State's Jaylen Ramsey and Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith. The award winner will be announced Dec. 13 at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runners up.
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Favorite for the title: Stratford The Bulldogs have dominated everyone they've played, and they are on the easier side of the bracket, opposite teams like Hollis, Ringling and Cashion. First-round showdown: Cordell at Thomas Thomas is the defending champion, and Cordell was in the mix for a district title until a Week 10 loss to Hollis dropped it to third, setting up the meeting of 8-2 teams in...
High school football: Class A bracket breakdown
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 8, 2015Favorite for the title: Stratford The Bulldogs have dominated everyone they've played, and they are on the easier side of the bracket, opposite teams like Hollis, Ringling and Cashion. First-round showdown: Cordell at Thomas Thomas is the defending champion, and Cordell was in the mix for a district title until a Week 10 loss to Hollis dropped it to third, setting up the meeting of 8-2 teams in the opening round. Team to watch: Mooreland The Bearcats allowed just 34 points in 10 regular-season games, including wins over Cashion and Thomas. Roughest road: Minco The Bulldogs open with a solid Velma-Alma team, then likely face second-ranked Hollis in the second round. If they're fortunate enough to get through that, Cashion could be waiting in the quarterfinals.
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck
The term “blessing in disguise,” may be a cliche, but it’s the most accurate description of Toddrick Gotcher’s career at Texas Tech.His life has been full of blessings, but not because they’ve strictly been given.Gotcher has worked for them all — from earning a college basketball scholarship, to expanding the scope of his game under Tubby Smith to expecting to graduate in May with his third...
Gotcher teaching young Texas Tech team
Krista Pirtle, Associated Press | Nov 6, 2015The term “blessing in disguise,” may be a cliche, but it’s the most accurate description of Toddrick Gotcher’s career at Texas Tech. His life has been full of blessings, but not because they’ve strictly been given. Gotcher has worked for them all — from earning a college basketball scholarship, to expanding the scope of his game under Tubby Smith to expecting to graduate in May with his third Texas Tech degree. But the biggest blessing of all for Gotcher wasn’t realized until now. Gotcher understood the only way he was going to go to college was through a scholarship. As an eighth-grader, Gotcher set a goal to strive for over the next four years. “I worked hard every day to try to get to that point where I earned the scholarship to go to college for free, because I wanted to be debt free and not have a burden on my family,” he said. Gotcher’s father, Troy, played football at Baylor before graduating with a degree in kinesiology and a career as a middle school football and basketball coach. But Toddrick wanted to forge his own path. He mostly remembers some pictures his mom, Rachel, took when he was 2-years-old of him trying to make a little basket. “The teamwork (caught my attention) because in basketball you’ve got five players,” Toddrick said. “In football you’ve got offense, defense, both sides. You have to be a good athlete to play this game.” A few years into high school, Toddrick received the offer he was striving to get from Pat Knight and Texas Tech. Toddrick received offers from his father’s alma mater, as well as USC, West Virginia, SMU and San Diego, but he knew in his heart he was going to be a Red Raider. “As soon as I got that offer, me and my family sat down and talked about what I needed to do,” Toddrick said. “It was very emotional. I can’t believe it’s here now. The vision was there from the beginning. Now, it’s a reality.” New leadership Gotcher’s first season in Lubbock didn’t go like he expected. Instead, it was the first year of the revolving door of coaches for Texas Tech men’s basketball from Knight to Billy Gillispie his first season, then Chris Walker to finally Smith. Gotcher heard all the names considered to replace Walker. But he didn’t expect it to be Tubby Smith. “That was also a blessing,” Gotcher said. “He’s a legend. That made me happy to stay here, and I wanted to stay here and play for him for a couple of years. He’s one of the greatest coaches I’ve ever played for.” The summer before Gotcher’s junior year at Texas Tech, he received a phone call that caught him off guard. Morris Michalski was on the phone, coach of the Athletes in Action team, a strong Christian organization where international competing teams partner with in-country staff and other mission organizations to resource Christian ministry around the world. “Coach Mo” asked Gotcher if he wanted to go on a Philippine trip and play basketball against some of the top competition there. “My first thought was like, ‘Oh no. I wouldn’t even imagine I’d be in that position,’” Gotcher said. “It was amazing. It grew my faith and helped me express my faith to others. It was the best experience of my life.” Final preparations Gotcher’s first trip out of the country was recently followed by a trip to Canada this past August with his teammates. Now, he’s preparing for his final season at Texas Tech. Smith hopes to send the senior off in the right way. “He strives to do good things for people, for his teammates,” Smith said. “You just want a kid like him to leave on a good note and be successful. I’m his fourth coach in five years. He deserves better.” To say Gotcher’s first season at Texas Tech didn’t go as planned is an understatement. As a true freshman, Gotcher started eight games and averaged 30 minutes per contest before he was sidelined for the rest of the year with a broken foot. “That season was a learning experience,” Gotcher said. “It opened my eyes to life because I had choices to make.” Gotcher decided to stay at Texas Tech and not transfer, despite the coaching carousel happening. He also made the dedicated effort to fight back from injury, an experience he’s used to inspire one of his current teammates. When Justin Gray underwent season ending knee surgery this past January, Gotcher was there to help him through it. “He talked to me about how he took it and how frustrating it was for him trying to get back,” Gray said. “All those emotions he felt were the same ones I was feeling. Sitting out and watching the team play, he told me how to handle that, how to handle rehab and remain positive. He’s been there every step of the way.” The leader Gotcher’s effect isn’t limited to one player. His example is looked up to and duplicated each day by his teammates this season, old and new. “He’s really looking like a mentor to us,” senior Devaugntah Williams said. “He’s a great leader for the team to have.” Added junior college transfer Devon Thomas, “He’s definitely like a big brother on the team. He’s like everybody’s big brother. He always does the right thing.” Gotcher is such an influential leader for this squad, Smith thinks, because he’s not just saying the right things and doing something different. The way he leads his life is example enough to follow. “The effect is very visual in they see him doing all this,” Smith said. “He’s one of 10 athletes in the Big 12 to be named a ‘Champion for Life.’ There’s no one more deserving or who’s done more.” Gotcher possesses a 3.636 GPA and earned his undergraduate degree in exercise and sports science degree in only three years. He is scheduled to graduate with master’s degrees in sports management in December and in sports media next August. Gotcher wants to get into athletics administration, following in current Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt’s footsteps. Had he not injured his foot and received a fifth year of eligibility, none of this would have happened. “It’s been a tough road,” Gotcher said. “I ended out at a good spot where I am today. Texas Tech is a great school. I’m very fortunate and blessed this all happened. It’s once in a lifetime.” firstname.lastname@example.org • 766-8735 Follow Krista on Twitter @AJ_KristaPirtle ——— ©2015 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) Visit the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) at www.lubbockonline.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049144,t000143329,t000002786
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — This Stanford quarterback doesn't have NFL teams hoping to finish bad enough to draft him with the No. 1 pick. Or a "Horrible For Hogan" type slogan like there was during the "Suck For Luck" sweepstakes a few years ago.Still, Kevin Hogan is on the verge of holding a hallowed place in program history. He can pass Andrew Luck as the winningest starting QB at Stanford on...
Hogan on verge of becoming Stanford's all-time winningest QB
By PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press | Nov 6, 2015BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — This Stanford quarterback doesn't have NFL teams hoping to finish bad enough to draft him with the No. 1 pick. Or a "Horrible For Hogan" type slogan like there was during the "Suck For Luck" sweepstakes a few years ago. Still, Kevin Hogan is on the verge of holding a hallowed place in program history. He can pass Andrew Luck as the winningest starting QB at Stanford on Saturday when the ninth-ranked Cardinal (7-1, 6-0 Pac-12, No. 11 CFP) travel to Colorado (4-5, 1-4). A fourth-year starter, Hogan has 31 victories, which is tied with Luck for the top spot. That's more than other Cardinal luminaries to play the position — familiar names like John Elway and Jim Plunkett. Unlike Luck, he doesn't have the NFL watching his every throw, hoping to draft him with the top pick. Although, Hogan's team sure understands his importance. "He doesn't blink an eye. He's got ice in his veins," said sophomore tailback Christian McCaffrey, who's from Denver and the son of former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey. "He's helped us out so much." Hogan and Stanford need to be virtually perfect over the final month to have any sort of chance at crashing the College Football Playoff party. Since a season-opening loss to Northwestern, the Cardinal have won by an average of 18.6 points. However, they narrowly escaped Washington State 30-28 last weekend when the Cougars missed a 43-yard field goal as time expired. In Hogan, the Buffaloes face a quarterback who has 14 TD tosses and two more rushing. "The thing that he does really well is he understands where he is supposed to go with the ball," Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He gets them in the right protections and in the right running plays." It's simple, really: Call McCaffrey's number. A lot. A dangerous tailback and receiving threat, he also returns kicks and punt. The 6-foot, 201-pound McCaffrey leads the nation with 244.3 all-purpose yards a game. "I don't remember a guy that can do as many things as he does," MacIntyre said. "He's just a really good football player." Here are things to know as Colorado hosts Stanford and tries to break a 20-game skid against ranked teams: LOPSIDED: Stanford has outscored Colorado 96-7 in two games since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12 in 2011. "They play hard, the way you want your team to play," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "The mistakes you make, they're going to capitalize." BIG AUDIENCE: McCaffrey has been searching for extra tickets because there are quite a few people who want to see him play at Folsom Field. His Valor Christian High School team is even planning to show up to catch a glimpse of the possible Heisman Trophy candidate. "Christian is an exceptional role model in every way," his high school coach, Rod Sherman, said. FULL NELSON: With an 11-catch performance at UCLA last weekend, Buffs receiver Nelson Spruce became the all-time receptions leader in the Pac-12. He's hauled in 267 career passes, surpassing the mark held by Arizona's Mike Thomas (259 catches from 2005-08). HARDLY A BLUEPRINT: It would be easy to say Colorado should replicate what Northwestern did in holding off Stanford 16-6 during the season opener. The Wildcats held Stanford to a season-low 85 yards rushing. "But Stanford wasn't really clicking in the first game," MacIntyre said. "Traveling all the way to Chicago and it's the opening game, sometimes you don't do as well as you would have liked to. If Northwestern came all the way to Palo Alto, it might have been a different result." RANKLED: The Buffaloes haven't beaten a ranked team since Oct. 17, 2009, when they knocked off Kansas, 34-30. "We want to play as close to a perfect game as we possibly can," said Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, who's 232 yards away from breaking the school's all-time passing mark held by Cody Hawkins (7,409 from 2007-10). ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 3, 2015
Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason.
High school football: Class 2A and A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Nov 3, 2015Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We've covered Class 3A-6A, and continue with Class 2A and A: CLASS 2A District 2A-1 Key Games: Alva at Perry, Chisholm at Hennessey, Pawnee at Tonkawa. Chisholm: First with win. Second with loss. Hennessey: First with win. Second with loss. Tonkawa: Third with win. Third with loss of 10 or fewer points and Alva win. Fourth with loss of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Pawnee: Third with win and Alva loss. Third with win of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Fourth with win of 10 of fewer points and Alva win. Alva: Fourth with win and Tonkawa win. District 2A-2 Key Games: Christian Heritage at Northeast, Luther at OCS. Luther: First. Millwood: Second. Christian Heritage: Third with win or OCS loss. Fourth with loss and OCS win. OCS: Third with win and Christian Heritage loss. Fourth with loss or OCS win. District 2A-3 Key Games: Frederick at Dibble, Lexington at Hobart, Walters at Lindsay Washington: First. Walters: Second with win. Third with loss. Lindsay: Second with win. Third with loss. Lexington: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Dibble win where Lexington loses eight or fewer district points to Dibble Hobart: Fourth with win and Dibble loss. Fourth with win of seven or more points and Dibble win where Hobart gains six or more district points on Dibble. Dibble: Fourth with win and Hobart win where Dibble loses five or fewer district points to Hobart and gains nine or more district points on Lexington. District 2A-4 Key Games: Coalgate at Marietta, Kingston at Davis, Kingston: First with win. Second with loss. Davis: First with win. Second with loss. Coalgate: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Marietta: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 2A-5 Key Games: Henryetta at Prague, Okemah at Holdenville, Wewoka at Stroud. Okemah: First with win. First with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains seven or more district points on Stroud. Second with loss, Stroud win and Henryetta win. Second with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains six or fewer district points on Stroud. Third with loss, Stroud win and Prague win. Stroud: First with win and Okemah loss. First with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses six or fewer district points to Okemah. Second with Okemah win. Second with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses seven or more district points to Okemah. Henryetta: Third with win and Stroud win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 13 or more district points on Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 12 or fewer district points on Wewoka. Wewoka: Third with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka loses 12 or fewer district points to Henryetta. Third with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains nine or more district points on Prague. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka gains 13 or more district points on Henryetta. Fourth with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains eight or fewer district points on Prague. Prague: Second with win, Stroud win and Okemah loss. Third with win, Stroud win and Okemah win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses eight or fewer district points to Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses nine or more district points to Wewoka. District 2A-6 Key Games: Hartshorne at Pocola, Vian at Panama. Vian: First with win or Hartshorne win. Second with loss and Hartshorne loss. Hartshorne: Second with win. Second with loss and Vian win. Third with loss and Panama win. Panama: First with win and Hartshorne loss. Third otherwise. Antlers: Fourth. District 2A-7 Key Game: Colcord at Haskell. Adair: First. Haskell: Second with win. Third with loss. Colcord: Second with win. Third with loss. Hulbert: Fourth. District 2A-8 Key Game: Commerce at Chelsea. Wyandotte: First. Nowata: Second. Commerce: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Chelsea: Third with win. Fourth with loss. CLASS A District A-1 Key Games: Fairview at Thomas, Texhoma at Hooker. Mooreland: First. Fairview: Second with win and Texhoma win. Second with regulation win of five or more points and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker. Third with win and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker or wins by five or more in regulation. Fourth with loss. Fourth with regulation win of four or fewer points or overtime win and Hooker win where Fairview gains three or fewer district points on Hooker. If win of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding for second spot would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Fairview would be fourth. If Hooker wins lot, Fairview would be third. Thomas: Second with win. Second with regulation loss of four or fewer points or overtime loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Third with loss and Texhoma win. Third with loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses in regulation by four or fewer points or in overtime or Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Fourth with regulation loss of five or more points and Hooker win where Thomas loses eight or more district points to Hooker. If loss of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Fairview win lot, Thomas would be third. If Hooker wins lot, Thomas would be fourth. Hooker: Second with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview and gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Third with Thomas win. Third with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview or gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Fourth with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses four or more district points to Fairview and gains seven or fewer district points on Thomas. If win of two points and Fairview win of five points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Hooker would be third. If Fairview wins lot, Hooker would be fourth. Texhoma: Fourth with win and Fairview win. District A-2 Key Games: Apache at Carnegie, Hollis at Cordell. Hollis: First with win. Second with loss. Cordell: First with win. Second with loss and Apache win. Second with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 23 or fewer district points to Carnegie. Third with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 24 or more district points to Carnegie. Mangum: Third with Cordell win. Third with Hollis win and Apache win. Fourth with Hollis win and Carnegie win. Carnegie: Second with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 24 or more district points on Cordell. Third with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 23 or fewer district points on Cordell. Fourth with win and Cordell win. Apache: Fourth with win. District A-3 Key Game: Ringling at Healdton Ringling: First with win. Second with loss. Healdton: First with win. Second with loss. Velma-Alma: Third. Rush Springs: Fourth. District A-4 Key Games: Elmore City at Minco, Stratford at Wynnewood, Wayne at Konawa. Stratford: First. Minco: Second. Wynnewood: Third with win. Third with loss and Elmore City loss. Third with loss, Wayne win and Elmore City win. Fourth with loss, Wayne loss and Elmore City win. Wayne: Fourth with win and Wynnewood win. Fourth with Wynnewood loss and Elmore City loss. Fourth with loss, Wynnewood win and Elmore City loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Elmore City win where Wayne gains nine or more district points on Elmore City. Elmore City: Third with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood win and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne win where Elmore City loses eight or fewer district points to Wayne. District A-5 Key Games: Okeene at Crescent, Watonga at Crossings Christian. Cashion: First. Crescent: Second with win and Crossings Christian loss. Fourth with loss and Watonga win where Crescent loses 16 or fewer district points to Watonga. Fourth with Crossings Christian win. OCA: Second with Crescent loss or Crossings Christian win. Third with Crescent win and Watonga win. Crossings Christian: Third with win or Crescent loss. Watonga: Fourth with win and Crescent win. Fourth with win and Crescent loss where Watonga gains 17 or more district points on Crescent. District A-6 Key Games: Hominy at Morrison, Kiefer at Drumright. Hominy: First. Kiefer: Second with win. Third with loss. Drumright: Second with win. Third with loss and Morrison loss. Fourth with loss and Morrison win. Morrison: Third with win and Kiefer win. Fourth with loss or Kiefer loss. District A-7 Key Games: Afton at Fairland, Foyil at Ketchum. Rejoice Christian: First. Fairland: Second with win. Third with loss and Ketchum loss. Third with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 19 or fewer district points to Ketchum. Fourth with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 20 or more district points on Ketchum. Afton: Second with win. Fourth with loss. Ketchum: Third with Fairland win. Third with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 20 or more district points on Fairland. Fourth with loss and Afton win. Fourth with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 19 or fewer district points on Fairland. District A-8 Key Games: Quinton at Warner, Talihina at Central Sallisaw. Central Sallisaw: First with win. Second with loss. Talihina: First with win. Second with loss. Porter: Third with Quinton win. Fourth with Warner win. Warner: Third with win. Quinton: Fourth with win.
Nov 1, 2015
With Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer’s announcement that he would retire after the season, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is likely to move up to the top spot on the list of longest-serving active coaches.
OU football journal: Frank Beamer's retirement moves Bob Stoops up list
By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer | Nov 1, 2015With Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer's announcement that he would retire after the season, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is likely to move up to the top spot on the list of longest-serving active coaches. Stoops is tied with Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, who also took over for the 1999 season. Stoops was hired days before Ferentz, though. Stoops has been second, behind Beamer who began with the Hokies in 1987. Here are the top five active coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision: 1. Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech), 1987 2T. Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), 1999 2T. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa), 1999 4. Gary Patterson (TCU), 2000 5T. Mark Richt (Georgia), 2001 5T. Gary Pinkel (Missouri), 2001 SOONERS HAVE FUN WITH FANS Near the end of Oklahoma's 62-7 win over Kansas on Saturday, the Sooners players were in a jovial mood. Running back Joe Mixon stood on the bench, alternating between waving his arms at the large crowd of Sooners fans behind him and tossing a football with cornerback Jordan Thomas. Linebacker Eric Striker also got involved, joking with the OU fans nearby and even tossing the football into the stands for a quick game of catch with a young Sooners fan. After the game finally ended, Striker returned to the spot just in front of the stands near midfield and waved his arms. “Who's your favorite college football player?” Striker shouted. “Eric Striker,” they responded, nearly in unison. UHLES FAMILY ENJOYS THE WIN In the seconds after the win, Oklahoma sophomore fullback Jaxon Uhles found his parents, Holly and Ron Uhles, in the front row of Memorial Stadium and shared a hug and a quick picture. It was a special moment for the family. Jaxon Uhles was a standout at Norman North and signed with Pittsburg State (Kan.) out of high school but the draw of home — and the chance to play for the Sooners —was too much to avoid and he transferred to Oklahoma and walked on to the football team. Uhles has been a special teams regular this season but saw time on offense a bit Saturday during the second half of the blowout. “Just to see his hard work really pay off is kind of emotional really,” Ron Uhles said. Ron remembered bringing his young son to an OU-Kansas game in, he believes, 2001. “We came here as a kid and now you're suiting up as a Sooner,” Ron Uhles texted his son Saturday morning. Uhles' uncle, Ric Uhles, played for Oklahoma's 1985 national title team and his grandmother, Jequita Uhles, was a cheerleader for the 1953 team. QUOTABLE Frank Shannon, Oklahoma linebacker, on the Sooners handling the atmosphere at Kansas' Memorial Stadium on Saturday: “Coach (Bob) Stoops, he emphasized to us all week that we needed to create our own energy going into this game based on the crowd, how quiet it is here. I feel like we did a real good job of doing that before the game. "We came out ready to play." EXTRA POINTS Nick Hodgson hit his first career field goal attempt, a 33-yarder, late in Saturday's game. … The Sooners' 16-game winning streak against Iowa State is its longest active streak. The second longest is Kansas, which the Sooners have beaten 11 consecutive times. … Both P.L. Lindley and Khalil Haughton had their first career sacks vs. Kansas.
Nov 1, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense.Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21...
No. 9 Notre Dame survives No. 21 Temple, 24-20, with late TD
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Nov 1, 2015PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense. Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21 Temple on Saturday night. It was the third time this season Kizer has led Notre Dame (7-1) from behind in the fourth quarter, first against Virginia in his memorable debut and then against Southern California. "It all comes with experience. When you go out there and you do it once or twice, that's how it's going to end up being," said Kizer, the redshirt freshman who took over for the injured Malik Zaire at Virginia. "We know how to go about a fourth-quarter comeback now." The Owls (7-1) took a 20-17 lead with 4:45 left on a 36-yard field goal by Austin Jones. But Kizer came right back with a long scoring drive, capped by the TD to his star receiver who hails from Philadelphia to make it 24-20. "They were crowding me and DeShone just threw a perfect ball," said Fuller, who went to Roman Catholic High School. Then the Notre Dame defense stepped up. Temple's P.J. Walker went deep down the right side, but Russell cut underneath the throw and made a diving pick. Not until the very last play, when Kizer dropped the ball, picked it up and then threw it away to kill the clock, did the Irish get to celebrate. Kizer finished with 299 yards passing and a 79-yard touchdown run. "He got the game ball," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. The Fighting Irish had chances to distance themselves from the Owls, but four red-zone trips produced only 10 points in the first three quarters against a defense that ranked eighth in the country. "I knew that those were probably going to put us in a position where it would be a dog fight in the second half," Kelly said. The Owls entered the fourth quarter down seven. All they could have wanted. After a targeting penalty in the end zone by Notre Dame's Elijah Shumate gave Temple a new set of downs, the Owls got it down to the 1 on fourth down. Coach Matt Rhule decided to go for it and Jahad Thomas made a crisp cut to turn the corner and tie the game at 17 with 10:51 left. "I thought they had tremendous poise," Rhule said of his players. "I thought they were excited to be there, excited for the moment." And there it was: Temple, laughingstock for so long, leading the most famous college football team in the world on Halloween night in front of a national television audience. The Owls fans were making noise and dreaming big. With 5:12 left in the game and Temple in field-goal range, security at Lincoln Financial Field started lining up metal parade barricades behind the end zone to keep the Temple student section from rushing the field. Soon afterward, Jones' boot gave Temple its first lead of the second half. A result that just a few years ago would have been unimaginable, Temple beating Notre Dame, was just an Owl stop or two from becoming a reality. Notre Dame would not let it happen. Temple came in 7-0 for the first time in school history, playing as a ranked team against a ranked team for the first time ever. This was an unprecedented weekend for college football in Philadelphia. ESPN "GameDay" drew a big and loud crowd to Independence Mall. The Phillie Phanantic was the guest picker, using Lee Corso as his straight man. At the start, it looked as if Temple wasn't ready for the big stage. The Irish marched 74 yards on their first drive with Kizer, Fuller and C.J. Prosise doing most of the work against a Temple defense that is the team's strength. Kizer finished with a 4-yard keeper to make it 7-0. Trouble for Temple? Nope. The Owls settled in and got a field goal and a red-zone interception of Kizer by Praise Martin-Oguike. Temple marched 94 yards for a touchdown, Walker hitting Brandon Shippen from 12 yards out to make it 10-7 with 6:17 left. A few minutes later, the lead was gone. Several Temple defenders converged on Prosise, but Kizer kept the ball and found a wide-open lane to sprint 79 yards for a touchdown. Another red-zone interception by Temple, this time by star linebacker Tyler Matakevich on a deflected ball, kept the score 14-10 Irish going into halftime. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ Online: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 31, 2015
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Dakota Austin shifted his weight from one foot to the other and shoved his hands even deeper into his hand-warmer. Still, he felt a chill as the late afternoon shadows grew longer. He’s frozen on the sidelines several times before in his Oklahoma career. So it goes when you are buried deep on the depth chart for the better part of three seasons. But Saturday, the junior...
OU football: Dakota Austin’s rise from the depths of the two-deep continues against Kansas
By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 31, 2015LAWRENCE, Kan. – Dakota Austin shifted his weight from one foot to the other and shoved his hands even deeper into his hand-warmer. Still, he felt a chill as the late afternoon shadows grew longer. He’s frozen on the sidelines several times before in his Oklahoma career. So it goes when you are buried deep on the depth chart for the better part of three seasons. But Saturday, the junior cornerback was struggling to stay warm not because he wasn’t playing. Rather, he was already done. “It’s crazy how times change,” Austin said. On a day that OU demolished Kansas 62-7, there were plenty of reasons to be disinterested. Bad opponent. Small crowd. Obvious outcome. How do you weigh what happened against such a terrible team? How do you find meaning in a game against the hapless Hawks? Who cares? Dakota Austin cared -- and so should Sooner types who see the gauntlet that awaits this month. Before last season, Austin was pushing for the starting cornerback spot opposite Zack Sanchez. There was a great chance for the Lancaster, Texas, product to land the job, to get lots of playing time. But after he got beat out by Julian Wilson, Austin almost completely disappeared. He played in only five games, and the ones he did were blowouts. He was largely relegated to mop-up duty against cupcakes. And coming out of fall practice this season, Austin was nowhere to be found on the two-deep. There were moments of frustration. But when those happened, Austin often found himself dialing up highlights from his high school days. He watched himself making plays, breaking up passes, intercepting balls. “You just have to remind yourself what you’re capable of and why you’re here,” he said. “Just keep believing that.” Austin did, and it paid off. Last week against pass-happy Texas Tech, Sanchez went down with a sprained ankle on the first play from scrimmage. His back-up, Marcus Green, was out with an injury of his own. That put Austin in the crosshairs. Not an easy position to be in. We learned earlier this season when Thomas was suspended right before the Tulsa game and P.J. Mbanasor was thrown into the fire that back-up cornerbacks don’t always get a ton of practice reps. But Austin played well last week, making 11 tackles, second on the team only to Frank Shannon, and intercepting one pass. Saturday in Lawrence, Austin got his first career start and was solid again. Five tackles. Two pass breakups. “Dakota’s done a really good job,” Sooner defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “They nickeled and dimed him a little bit today, but he really stood in there and contested a lot of throws.” One, Austin contested a little too aggressively. Early in the second quarter, he tried to jump a route and pick a pass. Instead, Kansas connected for its first and only touchdown of the day. “I broke on that … ” Austin said, shaking his head. Got a little greedy? “Yeah,” he said, laughing. “I saw green grass … and I bit. I jumped it too early, but that happens. There are a lot of areas we can improve, but that was just one of them.” Sometimes those learning experiences can only come in games. There are situations that you have to live and feel and sense before you can really know how to best handle them. And even though it’s out of necessity, Austin is getting that experience. That is to Austin’s benefit. It’s also to the Sooners’. “We’re developing depth,” Stoops said. “Any good team should have depth at most positions. (We have) young depth, but we’re starting to grow as a group.” And against the schedule that looms in November, the Sooners need all the depth that they can muster in the secondary. As good as Thomas and Sanchez have been, the Sooners will need more than two against Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State. “I’m another option,” Austin said. “I feel like they can trust me more now. It’s not just a one-deep.” Even though tough games are on the horizon and Austin knows how much these past two weeks will help him then, he still took some time to enjoy Saturday. His dad, Mark, who played at cornerback at Kansas State, made the trip to Kansas, and after the game, father and son spent a long moment talking. They discussed the touchdown. They dissected a couple other plays. But Mark also let Dakota know how proud he was. “I never got too down on myself,” Austin said. “Just stay patient and stay ready, and it paid off.” Not only for him but also for the Sooners. --------------- Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or email@example.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Oct 30, 2015
With the win, Lawton MacArthur (9-0, 5-0) wrapped up the district championship.
High school football: Lawton Mac clinches district title with rout of Del City
By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Oct 30, 2015DEL CITY — Top-ranked Lawton MacArthur looked like it might be in trouble against Del City in the early going of Friday night's District 5A-1 football game. The Highlanders fumbled away a punt and then turned the ball over on their own 2-yard line when the punter couldn't handle a high snap. Del City and heralded quarterback Terry Wilson, however, couldn't convert the turnovers into points, and the defending Class 5A champs rolled a 37-0 win at Kalsu Stadium. With the win, Lawton MacArthur (9-0, 5-0) wrapped up the district championship. “It's a good feeling,” said Lawton Mac coach Brett Manning. “Everybody said at the beginning of the season that this was the toughest district in the state regardless of class. I don't think it's disappointed. To win this is a big deal for us.” Del City (5-4, 3-3) was no match for Manning's defense, which limited Wilson and the Eagles to 181 yards of total offense and nine first downs. Del City didn't register a first down until 8:21 remained in the first half. “I thought our defense played great early on and gave us an opportunity,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime. “But the margin of error is not very much against Lawton MacArthur.” Wilson, who is committed to the University of Oregon, completed 7-of-22 passes for 125 yards and one interception. The Eagles rushed for 56 yards. Wilson, who was sacked three times, totaled minus-35 yards rushing. Twice in the first half, when the Highlanders built a 30-0 lead, the defense held Del City without points inside the five-yard line. Both times, Lawton MacArthur's offense made the Eagles pay. The first time, receiver Ronnie Kimball took a screen pass from quarterback JR Winningham and raced 82 yards for the team's first touchdown. The second, Winningham found Marcus Taylor for 84 yards to the Eagles' 14-yard line. Three plays later, running back Teddy Thomas scored from the 1 to make it 23-0 and the rout was on. “You've got to put those guys down early then be willing to stand toe-to-toe with them,” Warehime said. “They're good in every phase of the game. Every phase.”
Oct 30, 2015
Rarely in college football can it be said with a high degree of certainty that a school is playing the biggest football game in program history.This is one of those times.No. 21 Temple hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first game the Owls have ever played featuring two ranked teams.Temple is also 7-0 for the first time in school history. And the ultimate stamp of authenticity:...
Temple time: No. 21 Owls take big stage against No. 9 Irish
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Oct 30, 2015Rarely in college football can it be said with a high degree of certainty that a school is playing the biggest football game in program history. This is one of those times. No. 21 Temple hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first game the Owls have ever played featuring two ranked teams. Temple is also 7-0 for the first time in school history. And the ultimate stamp of authenticity: ESPN's "College GameDay" is setting up shop in Philadelphia this weekend for Temple. Temple! A program that was an FBS outpost for decades. Temple football was so bad at one point it was essentially kicked out of the Big East. Now, Temple is playing the game of the week on Halloween Night at a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles. "People are stopping me on the street. They're excited. I just think it's a small window of all the great things happening at Temple," coach Matt Rhule said. Notre Dame (6-1) is right at home on the big stage. The Fighting Irish spend much of the season being their opponent's marquee game, playing in prime time with high stakes. "We just have to stay within ourselves. We know they're going to be really hyped, they're going to be really into it. We just have to come in and play our game," Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise said. The Irish are heading down the stretch thinking playoffs. Their only loss came at Clemson on a soggy night when they couldn't convert a last-minute 2-point conversion to tie. If they can avoid another loss, the College Football Playoff selection committee will have to consider the Fighting Irish for the final four. But what about Temple? Yes, it sounds crazy, but the Owls have already beaten Penn State. If they can do the same to Notre Dame and continue winning when they return to American Athletic Conference play, they will have be part of the discussion when it comes time for playoff bids. Picture this: Undefeated Temple hosting undefeated AAC rival Memphis on Nov. 21. The 16th-ranked Tigers have already nudged their way into the national conversation with a victory against No. 19 Mississippi. The way things have been going for Temple, why not dream big? "I want us to enjoy each and every moment," Rhule said. "I'm not concerned at all we won't be ready to play the game. I'm not concerned that the moment will be too big. Now are we good enough to hang with Notre Dame? That's the concern." Here are some other things to know about Temple's time to shine: GROUND AND POUND: Temple takes it slow offensively. The Owls lean heavily on tailback Jahad Thomas, who leads the American in rushing (117.43) and they are 13th in the nation in time of possession per game (33:11). Keep away seems like a solid idea against Notre Dame for two reasons. The Fighting Irish offense is fourth in the country in yards per play (7.31). It is in Temple's best interest to keep Prosise, receiver Will Fuller and quarterback DeShone Kizer on the sideline. The second reason is run defense has been a problem for the Fighting Irish. They rank 101st in the nation in yards allowed per rush at 4.79. HOMECOMING: Fuller played at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and will have a large rooting section. He said his mother has 100 tickets for the game. "I don't think I know all of them — but people that know me," Fuller said. Fuller is among the many who never would have dreamed Temple would be involved in a huge game. "No, growing up, it was always the Eagles. I don't think college football was really that important in Philadelphia," he said. The junior has become one of the best receivers in the country, averaging nearly 21.9 yards per catch with eight touchdowns. TACKLE MACHINE: Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich leads the Owls in tackles, just as he has done each of his first three seasons. He leads all active FBS players with 420 tackles and is on pace to become the seventh major college player with four 100-plus tackle seasons. ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ___ AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston in Philadelphia contributed to this report. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAp
High school football: Christian Heritage honors longtime coach John Merrell, tops Oklahoma ChristianOct 29, 2015
Down one at halftime, the Crusaders got a spark from freshman Bridge Bullard and senior Joseph Lemieux took over in a wild 28-24 victory at Crusader Field.
High school football: Christian Heritage honors longtime coach John Merrell, tops Oklahoma Christian
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 29, 2015DEL CITY — Second-year Christian Heritage coach Tony Merrell was feeling the pressure Thursday. On the night his parents were being honored for their long, successful tenures as coaches at CHA, Merrell felt he needed a win over Oklahoma Christian School to really complete the festivities. Down one at halftime, the Crusaders got a spark from freshman Bridge Bullard and senior Joseph Lemieux took over in a wild 28-24 victory at Crusader Field. “That was a little bit of pressure,” Merrell said. “Nobody was putting it on me, but I was putting a lot on myself. I definitely didn't want to do this after a loss. I'm just proud of (my parents). I'm glad we get to honor them.” Following the game, the school surprised longtime coach and athletic director John Merrell when it announced plans to name the athletic complex Christian Heritage Academy John Merrell Athletic Complex. “I told my wife I thought you had to die before they name something after you,” said John Merrell, who coached CHA from 1983-2013 and went 257-91 overall before retiring. Merrell's wife Deani was also honored for her accomplishments as a cheerleading coach with the school. Deani led the Crusaders to 22 National Christian Cheerleading championships, five Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association titles and two Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association titles. “My mom, she might be the best coach of them all,” Tony Merrell said. “I'm not kidding. I've got a pretty good lineage.” CHA (4-5, 3-2 District 2A-2) trailed 8-7 at halftime. It started gaining momentum on the opening possession of the third when Lemieux scored on a 28-yard pass from receiver Tatum Chapman. But the real spark came when Bullard forced Dawson Schick to fumble on the next play and CHA's Josh Condreay recovered. Five plays later, Lemieux scampered into the end zone from 8 yards out for a 21-8 lead. “We just took the momentum and went with it in the second half,” said Lemieux, who finished with three total touchdowns. OCS (4-5, 3-2) attempted a comeback late in the fourth quarter after falling behind 28-8. The Saints perfectly executed a hook-and-ladder play with 1:39 remaining. Quarterback Thomas Qualls threw 8 yards to Austin Puckett, who then pitched it to Schick, who beat defenders down the sideline for the final 53 yards. Schick and Qualls then hooked up on the two-point conversion to make the deficit 28-16. OCS recovered the ensuing onside kick, and three plays later London Crytzer scored on a 39-yard run. Jacob Smith ran the ball in on the two-point conversion, and the CHA lead was down to 28-24 with 1:11 left. But CHA recovered the next onside kick and ran out the clock, preserving a victory on a night that everything went right in front of the program's longtime leader. “He's a great man and he knows a lot about what he's doing,” Lemieux said about his former coach John Merrell. “He's just a great Godly influence on me and the other guys. It's definitely more enjoyable to know we got the good win, especially when he was being honored.”
Nov. 11933 — The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District was formed.1983 — The state closed the Commonwealth Savings Co. of Lincoln. Many customers lost thousands of dollars in deposits.Nov. 21886 — Box Butte County was formed from Dawes County.1909 — Garden County was formed from Deuel County.Nov. 31932 — The Public Works Administration approved plans for power by the Platte...
Today in Nebraska-November
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 29, 2015Nov. 1 1933 — The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District was formed. 1983 — The state closed the Commonwealth Savings Co. of Lincoln. Many customers lost thousands of dollars in deposits. Nov. 2 1886 — Box Butte County was formed from Dawes County. 1909 — Garden County was formed from Deuel County. Nov. 3 1932 — The Public Works Administration approved plans for power by the Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District. Nov. 4 1858 — The Legislature organized Merrick County. 1919 — A special election was held to pick 100 delegates to a state constitutional convention. 1950 — Grover Cleveland Alexander, a pitcher in baseball's Hall of Fame, died in his hometown of St. Paul, Neb. 1986 — Kay Orr defeated Helen Boosalis in the nation's first woman-versus-woman gubernatorial election. 1988 — The National Credit Union Administration closed Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha. Nov. 5 1947 — Warren Batterson, secretary of the Iowa-Nebraska District of the Communist Party, was expelled from membership in the American Legion. Nov. 6 1869 — Crews began grading in earnest for the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley railroad. 1888 — Banner and Kimball counties were formed, splitting from Cheyenne County. 1934 — Voters approved a constitutional amendment creating a one-house legislature. Nov. 7 1930 — The Fremont Daily Tribune published an editorial on U.S. Sen. George W. Norris that later won a Pulitzer Prize. The editorial called Norris "the burr Nebraska delights in putting under the Eastern saddle." 1987 — The Nebraska Cornhuskers racked up a record 666 total yards against Iowa State in football. Nov. 8 1887 — Perkins County, named for Burlington railroad President Charles Perkins, was formed from Keith County. 1891 — Garfield County, named for President James A. Garfield, was formed from Wheeler County. Nov. 9 1935 — Bob Gibson, a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, was born in Omaha. 1948 — The Strategic Air Command officially moved its headquarters to Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha. Nov. 10 1946 — A 4-year-old girl became ill suddenly on her way to church and died. She was the 22nd person to die from polio in Omaha that year. Nov. 11 1979 — Omaha businessman and philanthropist A.C. Nelsen died at an Omaha hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 89. Nov. 12 1947 — Omaha added a boxcar with 50,000 pounds of flour to a Friendship Food train to aid western Europe. In all, Nebraskans contributed 11 carloads of food. Nov. 13 1962 — Nebraska coach Bob Devaney received a $200,000 insurance policy from Husker football supporters. Nov. 14 1962 — After pedaling a bicycle 1,041 miles, Mark Dustin of Durham, N.C., arrived to see the old town of Dustin in northwest Holt County, but found only a faded sign. Nov. 15 1932 — The Public Works Administration approved funds for Loup River Public Power District construction. Nov. 16 1982 — The Raymond Co-Op Grain Co. elevator exploded, killing five people and injuring two. Nov. 17 1956 — An Air National Guard jet crashed at the Lincoln air base, striking two parked B-47 bombers. Three people were killed and seven people injured. Nov. 18 1860 — Edward Creighton, general agent for Western Union, took a stage coach west from Omaha to make plans to extend the telegraph line from St. Joseph, Mo., to San Francisco. Nov. 19 1867 — The Army established Sidney Barracks, later Fort Sidney, to protect the Union Pacific railroad in western Nebraska. 1936 — Comedian Dick Cavett was born in Gibbon. Nov. 20 2006 — Gov. Dave Heineman orders that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of a slain Marine: Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl, who graduated from Lincoln High School. The 21-year-old died Nov. 14 from wounds he suffered in Iraq. 1854 — Gov. Thomas Cuming announced the results of the first territorial census, showing that Nebraska had 2,732 residents. 1955 — Ten people were killed when two cars collided near Waterbury in northeast Nebraska. Nov. 21 1983 — A major winter storm hit Nebraska with more than 12 inches of snow reported on the ground at Harrison and 12 inches at Crawford. Nov. 22 1932 — Two shipments of Nebraska hogs left the state on their way to Cuba for breeding purposes. 1983 — The world premiere of the award-winning movie "Terms of Endearment" was held in Lincoln, where part of the movie was filmed. Nov. 23 1875 — The first plat was filed for the town of Ogallala. Nov. 24 1929 — The Fox Theater, named for movie pioneer William Fox, opened in North Platte. Nov. 25 1884 — The village of Ogallala was incorporated. Nov. 26 1982 — Two state prison inmates — one serving life for murder and the other serving five to 10 years for robbery — became the first convicts in 10 years to compete in Omaha amateur boxing matches. Nov. 27 1932 — In Cheyenne, Wyo., a tri-state conference involving Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming adjourned after it apparently is unable to reach an agreement over allocation of water from the North Platte River. 1983 — A blizzard dumped more than 7 inches of snow on Omaha and forced the temporary closing of a 120-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Ogallala and the Wyoming state line. Nov. 28 1987 — University of Nebraska running back Keith Jones gained 248 yards against Colorado. Nov. 29 1951 — U.S. Sen. Kenneth Wherry died. Nov. 30 1962 — Gov. Frank Morrison signs a proclamation making the legislative reapportionment part of the Nebraska Constitution. The amendment eliminates a provision that population be the sole basis for redistricting the Legislature
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 26, 2015
Haws, a senior linebacker, has been hospitalized since Friday night when he broke three vertebrae in his neck and back during a football game at Blanchard. The injury required emergency surgery at the OU Medicine trauma center in Oklahoma City.
High school notebook: Bethany's Hudson Haws shows more improvement Monday
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 26, 2015Injured Bethany football player Hudson Haws showed another significant sign of improvement on Monday when his breathing strengthened to the point that he could be taken off a ventilator. Haws, a senior linebacker, has been hospitalized since Friday night when he broke three vertebrae in his neck and back during a football game at Blanchard. The injury required emergency surgery at the OU Medicine trauma center in Oklahoma City. He still has no feeling or movement below his chest, but his arm strength has improved in the last couple of days. Being taken off the breathing machine is a major step. As the swelling in his spinal cord continues to recede, it will become easier for doctors to determine the extent of the injury to his spinal cord. LAWTON MAC'S FIAILOA INVITED TO POLYNESIAN ALL-AMERICAN BOWL Lawton MacArthur offensive lineman T.J. Fiailoa was invited to play in the annual Polynesian All-American Bowl game. The game is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2016, at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, Calif. Fiailoa said he has not accepted the invitation yet. “It means a lot,” Fiailoa said. “My family is proud, and I'm just humbled to be recognized. It's not one of those big bowls like Under Armour, but as a Samoan it means a lot.” Fiailoa is one of the top offensive linemen in the state. He holds scholarship offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. He's ranked No. 27 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 rankings of the state's top college recruits for the 2016 class. The event is sponsored by the Aiga Foundation, a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, assists student-athletes from across the mainland United States, Hawaii and American Samoa in acquiring football athletic scholarships. Aiga means “family” in the Samoan language. RECORD CHASE UPDATE It's rare to have one quarterback challenge a state record, but this season two quarterbacks are chasing former Atoka star L.T. Pfaff's record of 11,357 career passing yards. On Friday, that mark was eclipsed by Locust Grove's Mason Fine, who threw for 457 yards to bring his career total to 11,658 yards. He also holds the career mark for touchdowns. Next up is Victory Christian's Keats Calhoon, who sits 342 yards away from Pfaff's mark. Each week, The Oklahoman will update the chase between Fine and Calhoon. Mason Fine, Locust Grove Total entering week: 11,201 This week: 457 Career total: 11,658 Yards past record: 301 Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian Total entering week: 10,672 This week: 343 Career total: 11,015 Yards to Pfaff: 342 BRAD DALKE NAMED ALL-AMERICAN FOR FIFTH TIME Though he's been in college for two months now, Brad Dalke added one more record to his decorated junior golf career on Monday. The Oklahoma freshman and Hobart native was selected a first-team Rolex Junior All-American on Monday, his fifth time to receive the honor. He's the first player ever to be a first-team selection five times. Dalke concluded his illustrious high school career by winning the Junior PGA Championship in August. He already has a top-10 finish and a stroke average of 72.4 through four college tournaments. Edmond North's Austin Eckroat and Norman's Yujeong Son were second-team All-American selections. SOFTBALL ALL-DISTRICT 6A-2 TEAM ANNOUNCED The All-District team for District 6A-2 was recently announced with Putnam City standout Alexis Perry taking home the top honor of Player of the Year. Perry is verbally committed to Nebraska. Putnam City North's Stephanie Giggers was named Pitcher of the Year. Mustang's Mackenzie Donihoo and Westmoore's Sydnee Ramsey were named the offensive and defensive players of the year. First-year Mustang coach Jamie Roberts was named the Coach of the Year after leading Mustang to the Class 6A state tournament. Here is a full breakdown of the team: Player of the Year: Alexis Perry, Putnam City Pitcher of the Year: Stephanier Giggers, Putnam North Offensive Player of the Year: Mackenzie Donihoo, Mustang Defensive Player of the Year: Sydnee Ramsey, Westmoore Coach of the Year: Jamie Roberts, Mustang FIRST TEAM Pitcher: Kylie Dodson, Mustang; Makayla Jackson, Putnam City; Mckenzie Smith, Westmoore Catcher: Madison Perrigan, Mustang; Hannah Salmon, Putnam City First base: Julie Minter, Edmond North Second base: Josie Tofpi, Westmoore Third base: Alexus Bailey, Putnam North Shortstop: Caleigh Stevenson, Midwest City Outfield: Mason Andrews, Westmoore; Taunna Jefferies, Midwest City; Lorren Kromer, Putnam North Utility: Brookyln Sparkman, Mustang; Ashtyn Crouch, Edmond North; Kennedy Thomas, Edmond North; Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial; Kendall Murphy, Edmond Memoriall Ashlynn Williams, Midwest City HONORABLE MENTION Mustang: Lexi Vargas, Zoe Jones, Audrie Morrison Putnam North: Caroline Hamblin, Kelsie Villabos, Meridee Lawson Westmoore: Alanna Leisy, Erycka Pierce, Bailey Gilliam Edmond Memorial: Crimson Davis, Karsen Heron Edmond North: Kamri Heath, Amy Crabaugh, Katlyn Jones, Jillian Helsley Putnam City: Danielle Stover, Jessica Holt, Sara Price Midwest City: Kylie McCoy, Kierra Williams, Maddi Thompson U.S. Grant: Lexi Merino
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UPCOMING TOMORROW: STANDARDIZED TESTS-MICHIGAN LANSING, Mich. — The state Department of Education releases statewide results from the M-STEP test, Michigan's new, more difficult standardized test aligned to Common Core standards. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 a.m. XGR-ROAD FUNDING LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate could act on a House-approved road plan. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. EARNS-FORD DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor reports quarterly earnings. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 a.m. TOP STORIES: PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder calls for more than two dozen changes aimed at targeting the worsening crisis of prescription drug and painkiller addiction, including $3 million to improve an outdated database that monitors prescriptions. By David Eggert. SENT: 440 words, photos MIDTN105-107. GENERAL MOTORS CONTRACT DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union and General Motors Co. have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, avoiding a strike for now. The UAW said the agreement was reached at 11:43 p.m. Sunday, 16 minutes before the deadline it had set to either reach an agreement or call a strike at GM's U.S. plants. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 380 words, photo NY117. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: XGR-PREVAILING WAGE LANSING. Mich. — A group trying to repeal the prevailing wage law on certain construction projects submitted 25,000 fewer valid signatures than necessary to qualify, critics say. The challenge was filed with the Bureau of Elections. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m. DETROIT AGRICULTURE DETROIT — About 22 blocks of vacant land in Detroit are destined for a future in agriculture. Officials announce a plan that calls for 60 acres on the city's east side to be used for greenhouses and hoop houses where specialty vegetables will be grown. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words. With: — DETROIT AGRICULTURE-FEDERAL FUNDS: Federal funding is helping to boost urban agriculture efforts in Detroit. SENT: 130 words. — FRANKENMUTH FARMERS MARKET: A groundbreaking event is planned this week for the Frankenmuth Farmers Market Pavilion. SENT: 130 words. Also: — CYBER SUMMIT-MICHIGAN: Cybersecurity issues affecting business, education, information technology, economic development, law enforcement and individuals will be the topic of a gathering in Detroit. SENT: 130 words. — FOREST PRODUCTS SUMMIT: The Governor's 2015 Forest Products Summit is planned this week in East Lansing as part of an effort to encourage growth in the industry. SENT: 110 words. — SUPERINTENDENT'S SON-CRASH: The 32-year-old son of Michigan's school superintendent dies in a car crash in Oakland County. SENT: 90 words. BUSINESS: JAPAN-TOYOTA TOKYO — Toyota was the world's top-selling automaker for the first nine months of this year, selling nearly 7.5 million vehicles, and overtaking Volkswagen which was in the No. 1 spot for the half year. Toyota Motor Corp.'s global sales for the first three quarters totaled 7.498 million vehicles, down 1.5 percent from the same period the previous year, according to numbers released Monday. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 275 words on national lines, photos TOK101-103. VOLKSWAGEN FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen is hiring a top strategy executive from competitor Opel as it seeks to recover from a scandal over its cheating on U.S. diesel emissions tests. Taking on Thomas Sedran as Volkswagen's new chief of corporate strategy brings another outside voice to the company as it re-examines its culture in the wake of the scandal. SENT: 250 words on national lines, photo MVW101. Also: — NISSAN RECALL: A Nissan recall for possible fuel leaks in crashes has been expanded to include nearly 59,000 Altima and Maxima sedans worldwide. SENT: 175 words. — GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have increased by about 1 cent within the past week. SENT: 100 words. — FARM BUREAU-WATER REGULATION: The Michigan Farm Bureau is joining a challenge of federal water regulations that supporters say are essential to protect headwaters and wetlands from pollution but opponents describe as government overreach. SENT: 130 words. — BATTERY MAKER-LAYOFFS: A Midland-based battery maker is laying off about 100 employees, or a third of its workforce. SENT: 130 words. AROUND THE STATE: MUSLIM SCHOOL-MICHIGAN DETROIT — The federal government is suing a Washtenaw County township for denying a zoning change that would allow construction of an Islamic school. The government accuses Pittsfield Township of putting illegal burdens on the practice of religion. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words. BABY DEATH-BATHROOM DETROIT — A 26-year-old woman expresses regret for the death of her newborn son who was stuffed into a plastic bag after giving birth to him at her suburban Detroit workplace. Kimberly Pappas was sentenced to 9 to 20 years in prison. SENT: 200 words, photos DT101, MIDTN104. PARTY DISAPPEARANCE-MICHIGAN MONROE, Mich. — The search continues for a suspect in the death of a 22-year-old Michigan woman whose remains were found six months after she disappeared from a Halloween party a year ago, authorities said. Chelsea Bruck went missing Oct. 26, 2014, after attending a large party in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township. Her costume — she had been dressed as the fictional character Poison Ivy — was found April 5 at an abandoned industrial site in Flat Rock and her remains were found in a grave April 24 on a wooded lot in Ash Township. SENT: 250 words. FIGHTING BLIGHT-LAWSUIT DETROIT — A manager overseeing Detroit's nuisance abatement program was sued under the same program last year for violating rules in fixing up a blighted property. Leor Barak, an attorney hired in January to track progress on mandated repairs for dilapidated properties, said he disclosed the lawsuit during his interview. He said his experience makes him uniquely qualified for the $55,000-a-year post with the Detroit Land Bank Authority. SENT: 300 words, photo MIDTN102. EXCHANGE-MICHIGAN COP REDEMPTION BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — An unlikely pair is working side-by-side at Cafe Mosaic in Benton Harbor — a man who was unjustly sent to prison and the former officer who sent him there. Former Benton Harbor police officer Andrew Collins, now the manager at Cafe Mosaic, is the mentor for Jameel McGee of Benton Harbor, who spent four years in federal prison because of Collins' lies. By Louise Wrege of The Herald-Palladium. SENT: 1,700 words, photo MIBEN102. IN BRIEF: — NO FLY-LAWSUIT: A lawsuit challenging a Dearborn man's placement on a government no-fly list is returning to federal court, an appeals court says. SENT: 110 words. — FATAL FIRE-ROMULUS: Authorities are working to determine what caused a suburban Detroit fire that left a young child dead and another critically injured. SENT: 130 words. — BERRIEN COUNTY SHOOTING: Police say a 17-year-old boy has died after being shot in southwestern Michigan. SENT: 130 words. — SHOPLIFTERS-SHOOTING: A customer who shot at shoplifters fleeing a Detroit-area Home Depot parking lot has pleaded no contest to reckless discharge of a firearm. SENT: 130 words, photo NY124. — STUDENT HIGH-RISE-MICHIGAN: Chicago-based company wants to build a 12-story student housing complex in downtown Ann Arbor. SENT: 130 words. — NURSING EDUCATION-MILITARY: Davenport University in Michigan is partnering on a health care education project designed to help members of the U.S. military get medical training. SENT: 130 words. — BROTHERLY WALK-PLAYGROUND: A grand opening celebration is taking place for an accessible playground in southeastern Michigan that was built amid efforts raise awareness for cerebral palsy. SENT: 130 words. — NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM-HALLOWEEN: The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History was transformed into a Halloween attraction over the weekend. SENT: 130 words, photos MIARB101-104. SPORTS: FBN--LIONS SHAKEUP DETROIT — The Detroit Lions fire offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan, a day after the team dropped another game in a listless performance against the Minnesota Vikings. By Noah Trister. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words. FBN--LIONS-LONDON BOUND ALLEN PARK, Mich. — After hearing more boos from the crowd in another home loss Sunday, the Detroit Lions will head far from home to play their next game — in London against Kansas City. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. BKN--PISTONS-HAWKS OPENER ATLANTA — Kent Bazemore was passed over in the NBA draft. He did extensive time in the D-League. Now, he's starting for a team that won 60 games a season ago. Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed what everyone expected: Bazemore will be in the lineup when the Hawks host the Detroit Pistons to open the regular season Tuesday night. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 690 words, photos GAJB103, 106. FBC--T25-MICHIGAN STATE'S REST EAST LANSING, Mich. — Mark Dantonio's team can't win a football game this weekend. But Michigan State can do everything else. The sixth-ranked Spartans (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will use its bye week to get healthier and gear up for a high-stakes stretch run, including games at Nebraska on Nov. 7 and at No. 1 Ohio State two weeks later. SENT: 440 words. FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-LINES ANN ARBOR, Mich. — One thing has become clear about the Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan: The Wolverines are playing tougher on both sides of the ball. 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