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Nov 28, 2014
Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finally shaved the bushy and overgrown beard he'd been sporting the entire season this week.And on the day he debuted his closely trimmed facial hair, he scolded reporters for not telling him how terrible his old look was."I'm kind of mad you guys didn't tell me I looked like that," he said. "I finally had time to look in the mirror and thought it was...
Fitzpatrick gets trim _ and job back
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2014Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finally shaved the bushy and overgrown beard he'd been sporting the entire season this week. And on the day he debuted his closely trimmed facial hair, he scolded reporters for not telling him how terrible his old look was. "I'm kind of mad you guys didn't tell me I looked like that," he said. "I finally had time to look in the mirror and thought it was disgusting and decided to trim it down a little bit." He said getting rid of the wild look was not an easy task. "We had to chop it down piece by piece," he said. "It was definitely a significant amount of time to take it off." He said a bonus of the change is that his young daughters aren't scared of him anymore. One of his sons remarked that he had "the longest neck in the world." Fitzpatrick, who was benched two games ago, will return to the starting lineup Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out with a season-ending chest injury. Some wondered if he decided to get a new look to go with his fresh start on the field? "It was more just me getting tired with having to pick corn out of it," Fitzpatrick joked. "When I eat pancakes in the morning with the syrup and stuff, it would be there for days. My wife asks me, 'Did you have pancakes this morning?' (I say) 'No, it was four days ago.' No more of those questions, which will be good." I KNOW THAT GUY: Zach Mettenberger had an up-close view of Odell Beckham Jr. and his great hands at LSU. For the record, the Titans quarterback wasn't surprised by that three-fingered grab Beckham made Sunday night for the Giants. "Him and Jarvis (Landry) used to have some pretty cool ones at practice," Mettenberger said of his former teammates. "I knew he could do that." That was a loaded offense at LSU with Beckham, Landry, Mettenberger and Alfred Blue, who has been filling in for Arian Foster with the Texans. Mettenberger said it's cool to see them all having success now knowing they were all together a year ago. But for all the great catches Beckham made at LSU, Mettenberger said he hadn't seen anything like what the wide receiver did for Eli Manning. "He's a really special athlete," Mettenberger said. "Once in a generation really." Another Manning was very impressed, too. Peyton Manning studies film like he's cramming for the bar exam. He has a mental rolodex of all the plays and calls and games he's ever experienced or witnessed. And he's as big a student of the game as anybody in the NFL. He said of all the receptions etched in his memory bank, none beats Beckham's. "That's as fine a catch as I've seen," Manning said, before deadpanning: "I was watching it on TV and it's just what Newman graduates do. It's what happens." The Mannings and Beckham all attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. MORE BECKHAM: Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr isn't the type to shy away from anything reporters want to ask him. But he hasn't taken kindly to questions about Beckham's spectacular catch, even if the Cowboys got a 31-28 win over the Giants last weekend. Carr was on the wrong side of history on the play, captured in the many images and the viral video stumbling to the ground as Beckham holds the ball in the fingertips of his fully outstretched right hand. "I don't really get into the hoopla with the media and whatever y'all be talking about," Carr said. "We won the game. In this league, you play long enough, you're on both sides of the fence. You're making plays, you get plays made on you." By the third question two days after the catch, Carr was on edge. "I won't address it anymore," he said. "If you all ask me, I'll just go lift weights in like three seconds." Coach Jason Garrett believes Carr will have the same short memory for Beckham's catch that he's had throughout a seven-year career. "He's a good football player," Garrett said. "The guys who are mentally strong enough to keep coming back and handle success themselves, but also handle the adversities that happen, are the ones that are the best players." RUNNING RUSSELL: Before the big NFC West showdown on Thanksgiving night won easily by Seattle, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was comparing mobile, running Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to Barry Sanders. That's just how hard Wilson can be to stop when he keeps the ball himself. "When Wilson has the ball in his hand, he's like defending Barry Sanders with his quickness and speed and elusiveness," Fangio said. "He's a tough assignment. He's got more rushing yards than most of the running backs in the league." "Vic coached against Barry, too, back in the day," Carroll said. "I don't know if there's been a player that made a defensive coach or coordinator cringe more and tense up more. Because he could score from anywhere on the field. I think he's one of the great open-field guys that ever played this game. "I don't know if Russell's ready for that right now. Every now and then he gets out and makes a few yards and tries to get out of bounds without getting hit. That's not at all like Barry Sanders." Wilson ran for a team-high 73 yards on 10 carries in last week's 19-3 win against Arizona, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. Marshawn Lynch managed just 39 yards on 15 carries. ___ AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Arnie Stapleton and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Schuyler Dixon and Teresa M. Walker contributed to this notebook. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 26, 2014
Will Johnson didn’t expect to hear from a program like Oklahoma for a long time. But after a whirlwind recruitment that went from initial contact to visit to commit in the span of less than a week, the 6-foot, 180-pound Johnson plans on being in Norman by January to get to work on earning a place in the Sooners’ secondary.
Oklahoma football: Sooners turn to junior college recruiting to shore up secondary
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Nov 26, 2014NORMAN — Will Johnson didn’t expect to hear from a program like Oklahoma for a long time. He thought it would come eventually, but the junior college cornerback from Baltimore expected to have to wait until even after signing day to get his chance. “Maybe after they didn’t get the guy that they really wanted,” Johnson said. “Maybe I’d be the fallback kind of guy.” But after a whirlwind recruitment that went from initial contact to visit to commit in the span of less than a week, the 6-foot, 180-pound Johnson plans on being in Norman by January to get to work on earning a place in the Sooners’ secondary. Oklahoma has struggled in the back end defensively and loses senior cornerback Julian Wilson and safety Quentin Hayes after this season. While Sooners’ coaches say they are confident in the young defenders coming up behind them, OU clearly needs an upgrade in the secondary. “It isn’t any indication that we’re not happy with the guys we have,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said of the pursuit of junior college defensive backs. “We’re thin back there. We need more guys. In our league, the way people play, you’re gonna play five or six DBs a lot. We just need more guys back there.” At corner, the Sooners will return Zack Sanchez and Jordan Thomas next season. Sanchez has been a starter the last two seasons and Thomas — a true freshman — took over for Wilson after he suffered a broken thumb against Baylor. Outside of that, things are plenty uncertain. Junior Cortez Johnson, who started two games last season, finally dressed out again a couple weeks ago and then played a bit against Kansas. But Johnson doesn’t look like he’ll be a factor moving forward. Sophomore Dakota Austin looked like he might be a starter this season after playing in five games last year but has appeared in just four games. Stanvon Taylor played in 13 games, starting one, as a true freshman, but has been on the fringe of the Sooners’ rotation this year. Will Johnson is one of three defensive back commitments for the Sooners, joining high school cornerback P.J. Mbanasor of Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson and Midwest City safety Will Sunderland. Johnson will have three years to play in Norman. Out of high school in Baltimore — Johnson has known OU defensive end Charles Tapper for several years — he went to prep school in Atlanta before landing at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. There, he’s been focused on growth both as a player and a person. He had a sub-2.00 grade-point average coming out of high school, then barely missed qualifying out of prep school when his test scores fell just short. “It just came together — my weight, school work and recruiting,” Johnson said of his time at Monroe. And he said he won’t get complacent once he gets to a Division I campus. “A lot of guys, their mindset will change because they’ll feel like they’ve made it getting to another level,” Johnson said. “Going through this long journey, you can’t stop until you meet that goal. Failing so many times, you know it can happen again. Johnson doesn’t mind being seen as a last resort kind of player. “I didn’t mind being last on a guy’s recruiting board,” Johnson said. “I’m one of those guys who feeds off of being at the bottom. Being an underdog my whole life, it’s my life. I’m used to coming from the bottom anyway. “I’m a humble guy. I’m always going to stay grounded.”
Nov 21, 2014
Wood guided the Buffs to touchdowns on all eight offensive series he played, putting the game away early.
McAlester football: Dalton Wood accounts for five TDs as McAlester rips Del City
By Scott Wright | Nov 21, 2014DEL CITY — Dalton Wood’s future might be as a college tight end, but he’s still focused on the work he has left to do as a high school quarterback. Verbally committed to Oklahoma, the McAlester quarterback had three passing touchdowns and rushed for two more, while leading the third-ranked Buffaloes to a 56-8 rout of No. 9 Del City in the Class 5A quarterfinals Friday night at Kalsu Stadium. Wood guided the Buffs to touchdowns on all eight offensive series he played, putting the game away early. “We knew with bigger games against better teams, you can’t start slow,” the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Wood said. “You’ve got to get after them, and that’s when teams start quitting. “We knew Del City had some good athletes, so we knew we had to get on them. That’s when stuff goes right for you and wrong for them.” Contributing to the fast start, McAlester attempted four onside kicks in the first half, recovering two of them — one to start the game and one after taking a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. But the primary goal of the onside kicks was to limit Del City kick returner Davion Freeman’s opportunities for big plays. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Eagles’ upset of Deer Creek last week. “He’s a Division I kid back there,” McAlester coach Bryan Pratt said. “If you squib it, you give it to them about the 40, so I figured we might as well try it. Our kicker is really good at it.” Because of the two onside recoveries, McAlester promptly found itself leading 21-0 less than six minutes into the game, when Del City had run just four offensive plays. “I don’t think in all my years coaching that I’ve ever seen that, so give credit to them for trying it,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “We have about five guys back there who can really go, and they kept it away from them. “Our kids were ready to play. They were just a better team than us today.” Wood was sharp from the start, completing seven of his first nine passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He finished 15-of-26 for 287 yards and three scores, adding 70 rushing yards on seven attempts, with two touchdowns, playing only one series in the second half. On the other side, Del City junior quarterback Terry Wilson was 13-of-27 for 104 yards, scoring the Eagles’ only touchdown with an 8-yard rush in the third quarter. He was intercepted twice and had multiple on-point passes dropped by receivers. Del City concluded the season at 6-6. McAlester (11-1), making its fourth consecutive 5A semifinal appearance, advances to face top-ranked Lawton MacArthur, which defeated Collinsville 35-14 Friday night. The site of the game has not been officially announced, but is likely to be held at Choctaw. It will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal, which McAlester won 56-20.
The milestone came and went, chronicled with a blurb that got second billing to the news that his team actually won a game.So much has happened between the time Michael Vick came into the NFL, with the promise of a man who might change offense forever, and a week ago Sunday, when he led the Jets to their second win of the season while also becoming the first quarterback to reach 6,000 yards...
Vick changed NFL with legs, but arms still win
EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014The milestone came and went, chronicled with a blurb that got second billing to the news that his team actually won a game. So much has happened between the time Michael Vick came into the NFL, with the promise of a man who might change offense forever, and a week ago Sunday, when he led the Jets to their second win of the season while also becoming the first quarterback to reach 6,000 yards rushing in his career. "People would tell me that I could revolutionize the game," Vick said of the reaction he received when he was drafted No. 1 out of Virginia Tech in 2001. In the 13 years since his arrival as the fastest man on the field who also happened to have the strongest arm, Vick may not have changed the game completely. But his impact has been palpable — most notably, in the way quarterbacks and offenses have evolved in high school, college and the pros. Robert Griffin III, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are among those who can thank Vick for clearing their path into the NFL. "There have been plenty of others like us, and plenty more to come," Vick said. But while Wilson has a Super Bowl ring and Kaepernick has been to the big game, they have not, by any means, redefined success at the quarterback position. This season's five highest-rated quarterbacks are Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady. All of them pocket passers who have a total of 4,920 career yards rushing among them; heading into Week 12, all their teams were leading their respective divisions in wins, too. "Being able to run the ball is nice," says mobile Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who played receiver for a good chunk of his college career. "But at the end of the day, a quarterback's job is to get the ball to the receivers." Now 34 and in his 12th NFL season, Vick has spent most of his career trying to find a comfort zone in the pocket. That transformation started before he ever took an NFL snap, and kept progressing after his forced two-year hiatus while he was in prison for running a dogfighting ring. Vick's first NFL coach, Dan Reeves, had worked with a mobile quarterback named John Elway through the 1980s and also played with Roger Staubach in the 1960s and '70s. Reeves was well aware of the way a running QB could alter a game plan. "I don't know that (Vick) changed anything," Reeves said. "The thing that was different about Mike was that, in a lot of instances, he was the fastest guy on the field. You could put a spy on him and still not have anyone be able to catch him. You went in hoping he could use that to his advantage, but also get more comfortable going through progressions and being able to deliver the ball on time." The project has had mixed results. Vick accomplished a lot of firsts, among them the first to throw for 250 yards and run for 100 in a game, and first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. But his career passer rating sits at 80.7. He has a 61-52-1 record as a starter. He's won only two playoff games. Clearly, though, his impact is measured in more than wins, losses and statistics. Without Vick, many of the wide-open college schemes seen today wouldn't have gained acceptance as quickly to best exploit the talents of RG3, Tebow, Newton, Kaepernick, Johnny Manziel and, most notably this year, Marcus Mariota at Oregon and Dak Prescott at Mississippi State. Those quarterbacks, and eventually, the high-octane offenses they run, filter from college to the pros. Now, high school quarterbacks are being taught how to line up in the pistol and throw from a five-receiver set. "I didn't realize it then, but now it makes me feel great," Vick said. "I'm like, 'I started this. I started this trend.'" Among those still finding their way is Newton, who has been asked to tailor his game to what works in the NFL, not at Auburn. He was sacked nine times two Sundays ago in a loss to the Eagles. Griffin has been injured or ineffective through most of Years 2-3 in the league after winning the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Tebow, famously, is out of the NFL, in large part because he couldn't master the pocket pass. Wilson has been a success, though whether it's because of his mobility or in spite of it is up for debate. He has rushed for 100 yards in four games; the Seahawks are 2-2 in those contests. Kaepernick's critics are quick to point out his career 93.2 passer rating — pedestrian in an era when 100s and 110s win the most. Then there are the quarterbacks who were doing what Vick does well before he became a force. Among his most-cited predecessors: Steve Young and Randall Cunningham. "I was Randall times 10," Vick said. "I'm not boasting about it. It's just what God created." Young led the 49ers to the 1995 Super Bowl title during a season in which both his rushing attempts and yardage went down about 33 percent from the three previous years. Also that season, he completed more than 70 percent of his passes for the only time. The closest Cunningham got to a Super Bowl was during the 1998 season with Minnesota, when he ran only 32 times for 132 yards and had a passer rating of more than 100 for the only time in his career. In other words, both before Vick and since, mobile quarterbacks who made it their first priority to throw have enjoyed the most success. "The game has changed," Reeves said. "But you've still got to be able to throw the football." ___ AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr., in New York contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 19, 2014
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch.The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers.He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball."Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice.It's a quandary NFL teams face...
Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions
HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press | Nov 19, 2014FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball. "Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice. It's a quandary NFL teams face against Gronkowski and many others in this era of big receiving tight ends. "Every offense in the league wants a guy like that," said Tony Gonzalez, who helped usher in the trend during a brilliant 17-year career that ended after last season. "It is unguardable." Top tight ends are heavier than defensive backs, often faster than linebackers, and taller than both. The eight tight ends with the most catches this season are all at least 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. Just five years ago, only two of the top eight had that height-weight combination. They're athletic and line up all over the offense — next to the tackle, in the slot, split out or in the backfield. Their wide wingspans and large bodies shield defenders from the ball. The crackdown on illegal contact makes it easier to get open. And many play with outstanding quarterbacks who put the pass in the perfect spot: Gronkowski (6-6, 265 pounds) with Brady; Jimmy Graham (6-7, 265) with Drew Brees in New Orleans; Julius Thomas (6-5, 250) with Peyton Manning in Denver. What's a poor defender to do? "It's a big challenge," Tennessee safety George Wilson said, "week in and week out." Graham leads all tight ends with 59 receptions. Gronkowski is tied for third with 53. Thomas is tied for the NFL lead with 12 touchdown catches. They often are double-teamed, making it easier for wide receivers to get free. "It's a constant struggle," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. In none of the 13 seasons from 1994-2006 did tight ends catch more than a total of 2,000 passes, according to STATS. They've surpassed that number in each full season since. Their 1,500 catches this year are more than the totals in all of 1994 (1,412) and 1996 (1,458), and they're on pace for the fourth straight full season of more than 2,300. Gronkowski has some highlight-reel plays in this year's batch. In the Patriots' eighth game, he caught a pass, flicked off safety Ryan Mundy like a pesky gnat at the Chicago 25, and scored his third touchdown of the day, a 46-yarder, in a 51-23 rout. "He's just a beast," Mundy said. "His size is just his best asset." The next week, Gronkowski jumped and swiveled his body to reach for a pass thrown behind him. He hauled it in with his left hand while surrounded by defenders for a 20-yard gain to the Denver 1. He caught a touchdown pass on the next play of the Patriots' 43-21 victory. In last Sunday night's 42-20 rout of Indianapolis, he caught the ball at the Colts 20, was hit by four defenders, outran a fifth, then flattened cornerback Vontae Davis while leaping into the end zone for a 26-yard score. "When you see the ball," the sure-handed Gronkowski said simply, "you want to go for it." Graham did that at the end of regulation of a 27-24 overtime loss to San Francisco on Nov. 9. Brees passed from the 50. Graham jumped over defenders and caught it in the end zone, but was penalized for pass interference. "I'm not always going to outrun everyone," he said, "Drew just says go up and get the rebound." Skills he used in college basketball — boxing out opponents, soaring for dunks — translate to his position. Thomas, Antonio Gates of San Diego and Jordan Cameron of Cleveland also played college hoops. Gonzalez was a trailblazer from the hardwood to the turf. "Going up for those passes is like going up for an alley-oop and dunking," New York Giants tight end and former high school basketball standout Larry Donnell (6-6, 265) said with a laugh. "I use that now to catch passes from Eli (Manning)." After going undrafted in 2012 and making three catches as a rookie, Donnell has 44 this season. Some shorter tight ends also are productive receivers. "It's all about angles," said Gates (6-4, 255), "being able to reach the ball at its highest point. That's what I brought to the table from playing basketball." Delanie Walker (6-0, 248) has 38 receptions for Tennessee. "I never categorized him by size," said Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, a former NFL tight end. It's impossible to ignore Gronkowski's, but he claims he can be guarded. "If I'm not running the route how I was coached and not going full speed, I feel like I can be covered by anyone," he said. It's not easy. "You've got to play a near-perfect game with him," Buffalo safety Da'Norris Searcy said. "You have to try to anticipate routes and be able to jump routes on him." But if Gronkowski gets to the right spot, the defender "can't do anything about it," Brady said. "I think they know that, too. So then they panic and then when they panic, it's even more of an advantage to the offense." Gronkowski is the most powerful example of that. But not the only one. "It's the No. 1 mismatch in the NFL," Gonzalez said. "Even when you're guarded, you're not guarded." ___ AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Arnie Stapleton and Teresa Walker, Sports Writers Brett Martel, John Wawrow and Bernie Wilson, and AP freelancer Gene Chamberlain contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The only thing more magnetic than Colorado State receiver Rashard Higgins' hands may be his personality.The sophomore simply enjoys standing out in a crowd, especially around campus. He wears a dyed gold streak through his hair, just so "all eyes are on me," he laughed.His nickname of "Hollywood" — which he tattooed across his back — seems rather appropriate, since...
Higgins leads nation in receiving for Colorado St.
PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press | Nov 5, 2014FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The only thing more magnetic than Colorado State receiver Rashard Higgins' hands may be his personality. The sophomore simply enjoys standing out in a crowd, especially around campus. He wears a dyed gold streak through his hair, just so "all eyes are on me," he laughed. His nickname of "Hollywood" — which he tattooed across his back — seems rather appropriate, since Higgins has been a star attraction all season for the Rams, who are 8-1 for the first time since 2000. The speedy wideout leads the nation in yards receiving (1,280) and TDs (13). Pretty impressive stats, right? Not for Higgins, who's envisioning twice that yardage and double those scores. He sets lofty standards for himself because he's fueled a little bit by a grudge — he wasn't highly recruited out of high school — and even more by a memory. Before his father died last January of what Higgins said was kidney failure following years of dialysis, the two had a conversation he took to heart. His father, a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, wanted to see Higgins one day wear that iconic star on the side of his helmet. "I can picture that (talk) — in the hospital, being there with him, telling him I love him, us talking about the Cowboys," said Higgins, who's dealing with a sore shoulder and is questionable when the Rams host Hawaii on Saturday. "I recall those memories ..." He paused, nudging the grass with his shoe. "My birthday was Oct. 7," the 20-year-old continued. "He always called me on my birthday. It was hard not hearing from him this year." So Higgins went out that weekend and honored his father the best way he knew how — with a big game. Higgins caught 10 passes for 194 yards in a win over Nevada. He also had two touchdowns, pointing up to the sky after each one as a salute to his dad. This weekend at Hughes Stadium, Higgins is poised to break David Anderson's single-season mark for yards receiving (1,293 in 2003). Sore shoulder willing, of course. Higgins was banged up last weekend in a win at San Jose State when he awkwardly landed while making a catch. "He actually is a lot farther along than we anticipated," coach Jim McElwain said of Higgins, who's on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, the annual honor for the country's top college receiver. "I wouldn't mark him out because of his competitive nature." That's precisely what drew Higgins to the Rams. Sure, they liked the 6-foot-2 Higgins after he caught 69 passes for 1,136 yards as a senior at Mesquite High School in Texas. But what really awed the coaches were his hops on the basketball court. They've been using that leaping ability ever since. Like late in a tie game against Utah State on Oct. 18, when quarterback Garrett Grayson threw the ball deep into double coverage. Of course, Higgins hauled it in for a 46-yard gain, which led to a game-winning field goal. "Great players make big plays at the right time," said Grayson, who became the school's all-time leading passer this season. "That's why he's the great player that he is." Higgins' biggest fan has yet to see him play in person at Colorado State, but hasn't missed a snap. His mom, Jeanette Jackson, watches either on satellite TV or on the internet from her home in Texas. Her favorite game this season? Easy, Tulsa on Oct. 4, when Higgins had four touchdowns and 178 yards. Last Saturday was up there too, as he turned in his fifth straight game with at least 100 yards. "Hard to pick one," she chuckled in a phone interview. "Words can't explain how I feel about the great job he's doing." Growing up, Higgins' dad was often sick as he underwent dialysis treatment. His mom's longtime boyfriend, Cleophus Wilson, served as a father figure, often taking him fishing, to school and football practice. He even bought Higgins his first pair of cleats, which the family is trying to locate in order to bronze as a keepsake. "We've all been right there with him, for him," she said. "Everyone knew he was going to be successful, because he always carried around a football." As for his nickname, that was given to him when he was in grade school. He kept making big-time plays, so his coach dubbed him "Hollywood." It stuck. And it's certainly fitting given his charismatic disposition. "Everybody loves being around me, because I make everybody smile," Higgins said. "There's not one person who wouldn't say 'Hollywood' isn't funny. I bring a lot of joy to the team. When I'm around, it brightens up everybody's day."
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 4, 2014
My life has been a bit out of balance for the past few weeks, but it's really not my fault. The lack of balance was based on my decisions, but the real fault lies with a baseball team and the 16-year-old version of me.
World Series fever disrupts quest for balance
Greg Kratz, Deseret News | Nov 4, 2014My life has been a bit out of balance for the past few weeks, but it's really not my fault. Sure, I have to take the blame. The lack of balance was based on my decisions. But the real fault lies with a baseball team and the 16-year-old version of me. Sound strange? Let me explain. As a child in eastern South Dakota, many of my friends were fans of the pro sports teams in Minnesota, such as the Twins in baseball and the Vikings in football. But they weren't for me. Instead, I looked to Kansas City, Missouri, for pro teams to adore. I have an amazing aunt and uncle who live there, and they're passionate fans of baseball's Royals and football's Chiefs. We visited them often when I was a child, and they taught me to love those teams, too. Those were good days to be a Royals fan. Especially when I was a teenager, players like George Brett, Willie Wilson and Bret Saberhagen made the team fun to watch. My fandom reached its peak in 1985, when I was 16, and the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. I can still remember sitting in the high school cafeteria the day after they won Game 7, savoring the victory while listening to some of my acquaintances complain about the outcome. Since 1985, though, it's been much harder to be a Royals fan. The team's long playoff drought has been well-documented. And as the team struggled, I lost interest in Major League Baseball. Sure, I still watched the standings and hoped the Royals would succeed, but my attention waned. After all, it was frustrating to be a fan, and I had plenty of other things to keep my attention, such as going to college, getting married, working and raising a family. In other words, life. And then this year happened. The Royals earned a spot in the playoffs and miraculously won the wild card game. Then they swept through two more opponents to win the American League championship and a trip to the World Series. As they made their amazing run, 16-year-old me reappeared in a way I never expected. I altered my schedule to watch Royals playoff games. I tried to figure out where I needed to sit and which Royals shirts and/or hats I needed to wear to help them win. (I know that sounds crazy, but almost any honest sports fan will admit to weird superstitions.) I lived and died with every pitch, hit and out. When they won, I was energized and happy. When they lost, I was down and dejected. The roller-coaster World Series was especially tough, culminating in a hard-fought Game 7 that, unfortunately, the Royals lost. As I sat on my couch after the last out, I was surprised how sad I felt. But within a few minutes, 45-year-old me came back. I reflected on how exciting it had been to cheer on my team in the playoffs once again and how glad I was to have had that chance. Then I thought about the time I spent watching baseball games over the previous weeks, and I felt a little guilty. I write every week about work-life balance and my attempts to make time for family. While my wife and children watched parts of some of the Royals games with me, most of my viewing was solitary. Concerned, I asked my two younger daughters what they thought about my baseball-watching binge. Did they feel I had neglected them as I reconnected with Royals fandom? To my relief, they both said I shouldn't worry. And I was interested in their reasoning. My youngest daughter said she realized it was the first time my favorite team had been in the World Series in 29 years, and it was important for me to have a chance to watch that. My second-youngest daughter agreed. "It's very time-consuming, but it's also fun to watch," she said. "When I watched it with you, it was cool to see stuff, like when it showed how fast the pitchers would throw." My youngest girl said she also enjoyed learning more about my favorite team and seeing how happy I was when it was winning. In fact, even when I was watching alone, I was apparently entertaining my family. "It was cute hearing you freaking out about it when they would win," my second-youngest daughter said. "I was upstairs, and I could hear you laughing a lot. It was cool to see how passionate you were about it." I do tend to get passionate about my favorite sports teams — probably too much so at times. I asked my girls about that, too, and they both said they don't like it when I get upset when one of my favorite teams is struggling. (Since I'm also a BYU football fan, they've seen a fair amount of frustration from me this season.) But does all of this mean I should avoid watching sports if I really want to build better work-life balance? Is it taking too much away from my family? I've thought about this quite a bit, and I don't think that is the case. While I watched a lot of the World Series alone, much of our sports watching is a family activity, whether it's the Super Bowl on TV or one of my nephew's baseball games at a local park. In fact, my two younger daughters both mentioned they have great family memories based on sporting events. "When we're watching, like, the Super Bowl and big BYU games, it helps us get closer as a family, because we're all together, and we're engaged in everything," my youngest daughter said. "And it's a good excuse to make yummy food," my second-youngest girl added. Sports and food — what could be better to bring a family together? Seriously, though, I think they make a good point. All families — and individuals within them — have different interests. If you can find something that helps everyone share a common experience, that's a good thing. As I've written before, we all find our own path to work-life balance. I may have taken a bit of a detour in October, courtesy of 16-year-old me. But if that experience also helped me share something new with my family, something that might spark a lifelong fandom in them, it's OK. In fact, it's great. And it's all part of the balancing act.
Nov 2, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored.So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach."We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than...
Lynch's 2 TDs lead Seattle past Oakland 30-24
TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Nov 2, 2014SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored. So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach. "We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than I should have with our team so they realize how tough it is. ... I know you all would like it easier and smoother and cleaner and all that, but it's a battle. Suck it up." Fortunately for the Seahawks, they still have Marshawn Lynch to lean on. Lynch scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and Bruce Irvin returned an interception 35 yards for another score as the Seahawks (5-3) jumped to a 24-3 lead then held on through a sloppy second half. Lynch carried tacklers and teammates into the end zone in the first quarter on his 3-yard scoring run, but was an important option for Russell Wilson as a pass catcher. Lynch finished with 67 yards rushing and another 76 receiving, and his day could have been far more productive if not for gains of 43, 20 and 11 yards on either runs or passes called back by penalties. His 5-yard run at the end of the first half gave the Seahawks a 21-point lead that seemed plenty comfortable at the time. "I think maybe six of them was my own team, so it's all good," Lynch said of his first TD. Not all was perfect for Seattle. Wilson struggled through one of his worst passing games and the Seahawks failed to capitalize on numerous chances to rout the winless Raiders. It made for an uncomfortable final minutes as Derek Carr's second TD pass to Mychal Rivera with 1:52 left pulled the Raiders within six. Sebastian Janikowski's onside kick was misplayed by Seattle's Cooper Helfet, but Jermaine Kearse fell on the loose ball and Seattle ran out the clock to hand the Raiders (0-8) their 14th straight loss dating to last season. "I don't think I played well at all for whatever reason," said Wilson, who finished 17 of 35 for 179 yards. "Usually I know why something was off ... but I just felt like I was in it and whatever I was trying to do didn't work." Part of Wilson's problem was the continued shuffling on Seattle's offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung was inactive. Patrick Lewis made his first start at center with Max Unger and Stephen Schilling injured. Left guard James Carpenter suffered an ankle injury in the second half and undrafted rookie Garry Gilliam — a tackle — was his replacement. Injuries were an issue for Seattle's defense, but clearly not as much of a factor. Linebacker Brock Coyle and safety DeShawn Shead made their first career starts, but Seattle still allowed only 226 total yards. Seattle also got turnovers to bounce its way. Irvin tipped Carr's pass intended for James Jones, located to the ball in the air then beat Carr to the pylon for his first career touchdown. Later in the first half, Richard Sherman got his first interception of the season, getting better position than Andre Holmes on a back-shoulder pass and pulling in the pick with his left hand. T.J. Carrie also fumbled a kickoff that kicker Steven Hauschka recovered. Sherman held the ball on his way out of the locker room to add to his collection. "Just waiting. There hasn't been a year yet I haven't got one," Sherman said. "I knew eventually; if you're out there long enough and you're in position and you're playing the game the way you are supposed to, the football Gods will get what you need." Denico Autry blocked Jon Ryan's punt on the first possession of the second half and Brice Butler recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to spark Oakland. It was the first punt block for a touchdown against Seattle since 2003 and the second for Oakland in the past two seasons. Carrie later had a 27-yard punt return to set up Carr's first TD toss to Rivera late in the third quarter. Carr, who finished 24 of 41 for 194 yards, gave the Raiders a chance late with his second TD toss. "This thing is starting to turn," interim Oakland coach Tony Sparano said. "We're playing better and better here as we go on. We've just got to get all phases to play better, so that we can get the feeling of what it's like to be in their locker room right now." NOTES: Seattle paid tribute to the recent school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School with a moment of silence before the game and "MP" decals on the Seahawks helmets. DE Greg Scruggs also ran out of the tunnel during pregame intros carrying an "MP" flag. ... Oakland is off to its worst start since 1962. ... Hall of Fame LT Walter Jones was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 29, 2014
When the Saints returned to the field for the first time since Goff’s unexpected death two days earlier, the emotion hit them harder than a 300-pound nose guard.
High school football: Jason Goff still had a presence with the OCS football team
By Scott Wright | Oct 29, 2014EDMOND — Cole Holleyman didn’t cry until he got onto the football field last Friday night. After all, that’s where he and many of his Oklahoma Christian teammates became brothers with Jason Goff. And when the Saints returned to the field for the first time since Goff’s unexpected death two days earlier, the emotion hit them harder than a 300-pound nose guard. “I think that’s why we had such a tough time that first quarter,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “Some of the guys probably couldn’t see through all the tears.” Goff’s last football season at OCS was 2012 when his play on the offensive line was a crucial part of the Saints’ Class 2A state championship run. A natural leader, all the players on the team back then looked up to the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Goff — and still did, two years later. “He was at our game against Millwood earlier this year and he was still getting on me just like he did when we played together,” Holleyman said with a laugh. “He was my mentor. He was like the team dad. He could say something and have every player’s attention with just one word.” After OCS, Goff played one year of football at Oklahoma Baptist. He wanted to go into medicine, and left football behind to focus on his pre-med course work at OU. Last month, he was diagnosed with a rare infection that attacked his heart, causing it to swell. Doctors were getting his condition under control, and last week, he was scheduled for an MRI that could have led to him being put on the list for a heart transplant. But days before the MRI, on Oct. 18, he was driving with his friend Nick Lovelace in Edmond when Goff collapsed at the wheel of his pickup, which was pulling a trailer down Memorial Road. His foot pressed hard on the accelerator and the pickup was traveling at over 70 miles per hour as Lovelace unbuckled from the passenger seat and tried to get control of the vehicle. Lovelace was able to steer the pickup through on-coming traffic and into a field. The trailer swung out of control and caused the pickup to roll at least twice. Lovelace suffered minor injuries, but Goff was still unconscious when paramedics arrived. “There could’ve been a lot more people really hurt,” Turner said. “Nick was a real hero to a lot of people.” Paramedics revived Goff on the way to the hospital, but his brain had been without oxygen for too long. He died four days later, on Wednesday, Oct. 22. “I actually thought he was gonna come out of it,” OCS senior lineman Asher Martel said. “When he did pass, I didn’t know what to think. I was shell-shocked for a while. “When he was a senior and I was a sophomore, I was a lot smaller than I am now, and I played right next to him. So the defenses would always say, ‘Hey, let’s go after the smaller guy.’ Jason always protected me and helped me out. I would get angry, and he would calm me down.” The Saints had been honoring another former player, Wilson Holloway, this season, carrying one of his University of Tulsa jerseys onto the field before each game. The jersey was a gift from Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship when OCS took part in Tulsa’s summer camp. Holloway died in 2011 from Hodgkins lymphoma. Last Friday, next to Holloway’s jersey, was Goff’s No. 66 Saints jersey. “It was just surreal,” Holleyman said. “The same way we play for Wilson and his memory, that’s what we’ll do for Jason. It’s just fuel to the fire for the next state championship.” Playing to honor their former teammate wasn’t so easy at first. OCS led Crooked Oak 15-0 after the first quarter last Friday night. That’s when Turner told his team to start having fun and playing the way Goff would want them. “We scored 42 points in the second quarter,” Turner said. “We had some fun.” The Saints will wear a No. 66 sticker on their helmets the rest of the season as well, a small way to honor the memory of a young man who was loved and respected teammate and friend. “A lot of us learned so much from Jason out on that field,” Martel said. “He taught me how to be a man through football. And he did the same for a lot of guys. That’s what I’ll remember most about Jason.”
Oct 28, 2014
Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive lineman. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys add fifth offensive line commit to 2015 class with Vaimoe Sekona
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 28, 2014Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive lineman. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark. Vaimoe Sekona -- a 6-foot-4, 289-pound two-way lineman at Crespi High School (Encino, Calif.) -- announced on twitter his intentions to play for OSU next season. . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/photo36.jpg]3468557[/img] . Sekona, a Rivals-rated three-star recruit, told Scout recruiting analyst Greg Biggins that he’s “locked in with Oklahoma State, that’s the only school I’m going to focus on.” More from Sekona: “Coach Connelly was my primary recruiter and I like him a lot. The whole staff has been great with me and I have a great comfort level already. They recruited me to play offensive guard and I’m totally fine with that. I’ve actually played offensive line longer than I’ve played defense so I have no problem playing anywhere they want me.” Sekona turned down a number of scholarship offers from top-tier programs to play in Stillwater. A look at his Rivals page: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/photo43.jpg]3468556[/img] . Sekona was the second recruit to verbally commit to the Cowboys’ 2015 class -- which now stands at 15 players -- on Monday as junior-college transfer Todd Mays, who will likely play running back or receiver, also confirmed his commitment on Twitter. OSU’s offensive line commits for the class now include Sekona, Josh Jones (Richmond, Texas) and Johnny Wilson (Midland, Texas.) As well as junior-college transfers Brandon Pertile (Mesa, Ariz.) and Deya Mhiesen (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Oct 28, 2014
In 2005, Gundy’s first season as head coach, the Cowboys went 0-5 in October with consecutive losses against Colorado, Missouri, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Texas.
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy talks about difficult upcoming schedule
By Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 28, 2014When the 2014 college football schedule was released, there’s no doubt Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy saw the slate of games from November on and understood the challenge. But now that the Cowboys will soon put October in the rear-view mirror carrying a two-game losing streak with a sputtering offense, those final four matchups have become increasingly daunting. “I’ve been in this 10 years now and this is the most difficult stretch of games that we’ve had since I’ve been the head coach, other than my first year,” Gundy said Monday on SiriusXM College Sports Nation radio with hosts Jack Arute and Gino Torretta. “Because everybody we’re playing is ranked in the top 20 or very, very talented, basically meaning Texas … you combine that with the youth we have and breaking in a back-up quarterback.” The Cowboys finish up on the road at No. 11 Kansas State, at home against unranked Texas, then back on the road at No. 12 Baylor and No. 19 OU. In 2005, Gundy’s first season, the Cowboys went 0-5 in October. Their losses: vs. Colorado, vs. Missouri, at Texas A&M, at Iowa State and vs. Texas. COWBOYS ADD FIFTH O-LINEMAN TO 2015 CLASS OSU offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive linemen. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark. Vaimoe Sekona — a 6-foot-4, 289-pound two-way lineman at Crespi High School (Encino, Calif.) — announced on Twitter his intentions to play for OSU next season. Sekona, a Rivals-rated three-star recruit, told Scout recruiting analyst Greg Biggins that he’s “locked in with Oklahoma State, that’s the only school I’m going to focus on.” More from Sekona: “Coach Connelly was my primary recruiter, and I like him a lot. The whole staff has been great with me and I have a great comfort level already. They recruited me to play offensive guard and I’m totally fine with that. I’ve actually played offensive line longer than I’ve played defense, so I have no problem playing anywhere they want me.” Sekona turned down scholarship offers from Miami, USC, Texas Tech and others. Sekona was the second recruit to verbally commit to the Cowboys’ 2015 class — which now stands at 15 players — on Monday as junior-college transfer Todd Mays, who will likely play running back or receiver, also confirmed his commitment on Twitter. OSU’s offensive line commits for the class now include Sekona, Josh Jones (Richmond, Texas) and Johnny Wilson (Midland, Texas). As well as junior-college transfers Brandon Pertile (Mesa, Ariz.) and Deya Mhiesen (Los Angeles) OSU LOWEST OF BIG 12 SCHOOLS IN GSR The OSU men’s basketball program graduated just 22 percent of players who enrolled in the fall of 2007, according to a report released Tuesday by the NCAA. It was the lowest among Big 12 teams by 42 percentage points. The same data set shows the OSU football team graduated 59 percent of its players who enrolled in 2007, tied for eighth in the Big 12 with Oklahoma. But the Cowboy basketball team’s poor performance, added to the graduation rates of all other scholarship athletes in the same time frame, led OSU to be the lowest scoring of all Big 12 universities for a final tally of 70 percent. That figure is based on what the NCAA calls its Graduation Success Rate. NCAA legislation requires every college and university to provide yearly academic records for their student athletes, and those numbers are plugged into a formula to create a GSR percentage. The data released Monday is for student athletes who enrolled in the fall of 2007 with their graduation progress tracked up to the spring of 2013.
Oct 26, 2014
There will be some highly recruited linemen in the class, from both sides of the ball. But the emphasis is going to be on the playmakers — primarily quarterbacks and running backs.
2016 football recruiting class is beginning to look like the Year of the Playmaker
By Scott Wright | Oct 26, 2014Last week, The Oklahoman high school sports staff brought you the midseason update of our Super 30 list, ranking the recruiting prospects of the 2015 class. Of course, college coaches are already looking hard at the class of 2016, so why don’t we take a peek as well? Each recruiting class seems to take on its own personality. Last year’s class was headed by perhaps the state’s most highly recruited quarterback duo of David Cornwell and Justice Hansen. The current class is all about linemen. The top two spots belong to offensive linemen — Casady’s Josh Wariboko-Alali and Lawton’s Josh Barnett — with Jenks defensive tackle Marquis Overton defensive tackle in the fourth spot. If you include tight ends, 12 of the 30 spots in all belong to offensive or defensive linemen. Right now, the 2016 class is beginning to look like the Year of the Playmaker. Rivals.com lists seven players in the class with scholarship offers so far. The breakdown: Three quarterbacks, two running backs, a receiver and a defensive back. There will be some highly recruited linemen in the class, from both sides of the ball. But the emphasis is going to be on the playmakers — primarily quarterbacks and running backs. The Quarterbacks Edmond Santa Fe’s Keaton Torre is the only player in the class to verbally commit, when he chose Louisville a few weeks ago. Rivals.com lists him as the state’s only four-star recruit in 2016 right now, and there’s an easy case to make for him as the No. 1 prospect in the class. But a lot of players are right on his tail for that recognition. Arkansas State has offered Del City’s Terry Wilson, the most unique prospect in the class because of his combination of size, speed, throwing ability and elusiveness on the run. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior has had a rough season, moreso because the team hasn’t held up to preseason expectations than his own lack of success. Scott Gilkey at Broken Arrow has offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Louisville, though it’s unclear how Torre’s commitment impacts Louisville’s pursuit of Gilkey. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has the frame and the arm to wow a coach, but he hasn’t been starting for Broken Arrow lately. Mustang’s Chandler Garrett hasn’t received an offer yet, but they’re coming. He’s right there with the first three players mentioned in terms of talent, and he’s having a more productive season than any of them. Beyond that, there are still several quarterbacks who could garner significant college attention, like Keats Calhoon at Victory Christian, Patrick McKaufman at Douglass, Micah Wilson at Lincoln Christian and Quint Scoufos at Sallisaw, as well as a few others. The running backs A popular discussion this season has been about the running backs in the junior class, and the topic of which one will ultimately be the best. Right now, Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Lone Grove’s Jeremy Lewis have offers from Tulsa. Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams has been a workhorse, and has shown incredible strength, despite his 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame. And like the quarterback conversation, this list keeps going. Justice Hill at Tulsa Washington, Tyler Adkins at Tulsa Union and Jamall Shaw at Broken Arrow are already on the radar There are some who might still be hidden gems on the recruiting scene. Nick Smith at Kingfisher, Maurice Wright at Luther and Grant Martin at Harrah certainly make that list. Plenty of players at other positions will deserve notice as the recruiting process heats up for 2016. Casady defensive back Max Wariboko-Alali already has offers from UCLA, Louisville and Tulsa, while Westmoore receiver DeShawn Lookout has an Arkansas State offer. All the names mentioned to this point only scratch the surface of what stands to be an outstanding group of recruits. Our first official Super 30 for the 2016 recruiting class won’t debut until February, and narrowing it to 30 is going to be a challenge.
Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0.
High school football roundup: Kyle Duke's five touchdowns leads to Bethany rout
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 25, 2014Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0. Hattler had touchdown receptions of 2, 6, and 63 yards from Duke, who also connected on a 78-yard scoring strike to Bryton Schmidt. Duke also had a 5-yard scoring run in the game as the Bronchos rolled up 526 yards of total offense, 335 passing and 191 on the ground. Bethany led 35-0 at halftime. DEL CITY DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT, SCORES THREE TIMES Terry Wilson rushed for two scores, including a 79-yard touchdown run, and passed for two more as Del City routed El Reno 69-0. Kobe Bryer caught both scoring strikes from Wilson from 54 and 28 yards. The Del City defense had three pick sixes in the game. Davion Freeman returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 60 and 50 yards. Matt Lamb returned a pick 25 yards for another score. The Eagles’ defense recorded three quarterback sacks and held El Reno to 104 yards of total offense, YELLOWJACKETS BLANK PERKINS BEHIND STERNBERGER Kingfisher romped to a 37-0 win over Perkins as senior Jace Sternberger had a strong game on both sides of the ball. Playing tight end on offense, Sternberger caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Playing defensive end, Sternberger returned a fumble 21 yards for a score and had three pass deflections plus a quarterback sack. Senior wide receiver Brady Smith caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Docker Haub, who threw for three scores and was 15 of 19 in the game for 149 yards. The Yellowjackets improved to 7-1 on the season. Perkins fell to 5-3. McGUINNESS ROLLS TO EASY WIN OVER GUYMON Sophomore Zach Segell and senior Jennings Jarman each ran for two scores as McGuinness dumped Guymon 62-8. Segel rushed for 128 yards on 10 carries while Jarman gained 110 yards on just three carries, one of which was a 95-yard touchdown run. Senior Braden Roy had two receptions for 59 yards for the Irish, including a 54-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Mullins. Rubell Goe also caught a 41-touchdown pass from Mullins. McGuinness had 538 yards of total offense in the game, including 380 through the air. CASTIGLIONE, TURNER SPARK MOUNT ST. MARY Joe Castiglione Jr. rushed for two touchdowns and 149 yards on 30 carries as Mount St. Mary cruised to a 54-22 victory over Dickson. The Rockets’ Jimmy Turner rushed for one score and had a touchdown reception. On defense, Turner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble. Dickson running back Chris Bamburg rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN DOMINATES CROOKED OAK Oklahoma Christian School erupted for 42 points in the second quarter as the Saints crushed Crooked Oak 70-7. Luke Frankfurt rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 42, 14 and 18 yards. Quarterback Thomas Qualls had a 16-yard touchdown pass to Connor Sikes and also scored on a 45-yard run. Kade Van Meter returned a kick 82 yards for a touchdown for the Saints. BLACKWELL’S SCHUERMANN THROWS SIX TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST CENTENNIAL Sam Schuermann tossed six touchdown passes to lift Blackwell to a 54-18 victory over Centennial. Schuermann completed three scoring strikes to Johnny Strahorn of 15, 10 and 14 yards. Steven Perry scored all three touchowns for Centennial. He returned a kick 93 yards for one score and caught two touchdown passes from Kahlan McDaniel of 34 and 46 yards. WHITFIELD, STANDLEE HAVE BIG NIGHT FOR MEEKER Senior running back Tim Whitfield rushed for 308 yards and quarterback Jake Standlee accounted for six touchdowns as Meeker rolled over Bridge Creek 49-21. Whitfield scored two touchdowns in the game, one on a 55-yard run and the other on a 24-yard pass reception. Standlee ran for three scores, passed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 85 yards to the end zone. Meeker totaled 703 yards of offense in the game, including 565 on the ground. Bridge Creek rolled up 453 yards of offense, 359 rushing. MORRIS LEADS CASADY TO VICTORY Casady rallied from an early deficit to defeat Arlington Oakridge 41-24. Quarterback Collin Morris rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores to lead the Cyclones. He also had two interceptions in the game. Denver Johnson caught three passes, including a 66-yard scoring strike from Morris. Junior running back Jay Bozalis rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries. Gary Woods had touchdown runs of 10 and 4 yards for Casady. The Cyclones trailed 17-7 after the first quarter before scoring 34 consecutive points. MARTIN RUNS WILD FOR HARRAH Harrah running back Grant Martin rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns as Harrah defeated Tecumseh 52-13. Martin also had a 63-yard reception in the game, giving him 423 yards of total offense.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When De'Runnya Wilson arrived at Mississippi State less than two years ago, he didn't really know how to study a football playbook or have any idea about the technique needed to play receiver in the Southeastern Conference.Turns out the 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore is a very fast learner.The 20-year-old Wilson has emerged as No. 1 Mississippi State's primary big-play...
Wilson big-play threat for No. 1 Mississippi State
DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Oct 21, 2014STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When De'Runnya Wilson arrived at Mississippi State less than two years ago, he didn't really know how to study a football playbook or have any idea about the technique needed to play receiver in the Southeastern Conference. Turns out the 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore is a very fast learner. The 20-year-old Wilson has emerged as No. 1 Mississippi State's primary big-play threat in the passing game, catching six touchdown passes so far this season. The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) will be trying to win their 10th straight game, dating back to last season, when they travel to face Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday. Most of Wilson's high school days were spent on the basketball court, where he was a standout player in Birmingham, Alabama. But he also played football during his senior season and quickly caught the attention of college scouts. Now that raw potential has turned into real results. Wilson said he's heard teammates and coaches compare his skillset to Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson, but he tries to ignore that talk. Wilson made a brief foray into college hoops last year, appearing in seven games off the bench for Mississippi State. Basketball coach Rick Ray liked having Wilson's energy off the bench, but even he admitted Wilson should probably stick with football because "he's got a chance to play on Sundays." "Sometimes I wonder what my potential is — what I'm capable of doing," Wilson said. "But I just keep trying to have that mindset of improving and making my team better. I don't want to ever get comfortable because I'm afraid I won't work as hard today or tomorrow." Wilson leads the team with 18 catches for 319 yards through six games. Maybe his most impressive moment came two weeks ago in a win against Auburn, when he made a catch on a deep ball and then dragged Auburn defender Jonathan Jones into the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown. The play highlighted Wilson's rare blend of size and speed. Quarterback Dak Prescott says he gains more confidence in Wilson every week. "He's very athletic and his basketball career really gives him an advantage," Prescott said. "He goes up and knows how to box out a defender without using his hands. He has good body control and goes up for every pass like it's a rebound." Wilson's emergence has been especially important because the Bulldogs have been without last year's leading receiver Jameon Lewis, who has missed the past two games with a leg injury. Mullen expects Lewis to return for the Kentucky game, but Wilson will still have a major role. "That shook me up a little to see (Lewis) go down," Wilson said. "But when you have people around you to push you harder, you feed off each other, and when we found out he wasn't playing, we locked in as a group and wanted to make the plays he's been making." Wilson said Lewis' return should help both receivers because Kentucky will have to figure to account for each of them. Lewis is a 5-foot-9, 183-pound receiver who is a constant threat on short passing plays over the middle. That could draw attention away from Wilson, leaving one-on-one matchups down the field. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Wilson is a hard worker in practice, which has allowed him to pick up the nuances of playing receiver. "I still think he has a lot of improvement he can make, but he's got very, very natural ball skills," Mullen said. "I think the ability with his ball skills and his body control certainly helps him, and his size (creates mismatches). When he gets himself in position, he's very natural catching the ball and it allows him to make a lot of big plays." _____ Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP
Mary Phillips: Oklahoma has two bois d’ arcs. One is a tree, the other is late Choctaw Indian educator A(rthur) W(illiam) “Bois D’Arc“ Beames.
The Archivist: Oklahoma has two bois d' arcs
by Mary Phillips, For The Oklahoman | Oct 20, 2014Oklahoma has two bois d’arcs. One is the bois d’arc tree, also called bodark, hedge apple and Osage Orange. It produces yellowish, bumpy-looking “apples” that are sticky, not very tasty and attract insects. But the wood of the bois d’arc (bow wood) is strong, straight and flexible and is still prized for making bows. The other bois d’arc is the late Choctaw Indian educator A(rthur) W(illiam) “Bois D’Arc” Beames. For 45 years he educated and guided sudents attending Murray State College in Tishomingo. The Oklahoman Dec. 13, 1978 published his obituary:. “A.W. “Bois D’Arc” Beames who turned out state championship teams in football, basketball, track and boxing in 32 years of junior college coaching at Murray State and Northern, will be buried today in the Tishomingo cemetery. “‘He was better known for developing boys more than developing teams,’ said Sid Beames, one of Bois D’Arc’s three sons. Yet Bois D’Arc’s teams won more than 60 percent of their games through the years.” “At Murray before his retirement in 1967, Beames served as coach, athletic director, dean of students, registrar, head of the counseling services and chairman of the social sciences department.” “He was at Murray from 1929 until his retirement except for six years (1935-1940) when he was at Northern. Prior to moving to Murray, he was a high school coach at Cliff, Willis, Kingston and Wilson. His 1927 Wilson football team was 10-0, won two conferences and was a strong claimant to the mythical state championship.” In 1971 The Oklahoman reported when Speaker of the House Carl Albert came to Tishomingo to dedicate several public buildings. One of six new buildings on the Murray State campus was the field house. “Also appearing with the delegation was A.W. Bois D’Arc” Beames, once known as ‘Mr. Football’ of Oklahoma, after whom the Beames Field House was named.” Beames was also a civic leader in Tishomingo. When Richard G. Miller, longtime writer of The Oklahoman’s column The Smoking Room, wanted to meet with a couple of Tishomingo leaders about the new Lake Texoma, he called on A.W. Beames. “The Smoking Room’s’ date in Tishomingo was with Prof. Arthur Beames, dean of Murray state college. Everybody there calls him ‘Bodark.’ It seems that when any civic movement is to be ramrodded in the old Chickasaw capital Beames is given the call. We had asked him to arrange a session for us with four or five Tishomingo men who know everybody and everything.“ Beames brought together most of the town’s businessmen to meet with Miller. In 1958 The Smoking Room mentioned that Beames was no longer coaching but he was keeping busy as athletic director and teaching American History. I don’t know if Bois D’Arc was A.W. Beames’ Choctaw name or a nickname but I do know he left a legacy of education and service. Email Mary Phillips at email@example.com.
Oct 19, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With Florida State's perfect record still intact and a second-half rally against Notre Dame complete, Jameis Winston and coach Jimbo Fisher shared a hug as the crowd exploded in celebration.Winston had done it again."He has a drive to win," Fisher said. "He has a drive for greatness."No. 2 Florida State bounced back from a 17-10 halftime deficit and won its 23rd...
No. 2 'Noles survive scare from No. 5 Irish, 31-27
KAREEM COPELAND, Associated Press | Oct 19, 2014TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With Florida State's perfect record still intact and a second-half rally against Notre Dame complete, Jameis Winston and coach Jimbo Fisher shared a hug as the crowd exploded in celebration. Winston had done it again. "He has a drive to win," Fisher said. "He has a drive for greatness." No. 2 Florida State bounced back from a 17-10 halftime deficit and won its 23rd consecutive game by holding off No. 5 Notre Dame 31-27 on Saturday night. The win came after another week of controversy for Winston, who has been the subject of a sexual assault allegation and a student conduct code inquiry over the past two years. This week, the school said it was investigating whether Winston received benefits for autographs being sold online. But on Saturday night, Winston's mission was to dig the Seminoles out of trouble. And he did. Florida State had protection issues in the first half and Winston never seemed completely comfortable. Fisher said those were cleaned up at halftime and suddenly Winston had room to operate. The reigning Heisman winner drove the Seminoles to touchdowns on three of their first four drives, each taking a minimum of seven plays. He spread the ball around and hit big plays to receivers Rashad Greene, Travis Rudolph and Jesus Wilson. Even running back Karlos Williams caught a 21-yarder. Williams called Winston's work "poetry in motion." This wasn't the first time Winston had to shine in the second half. Oklahoma State pushed the Seminoles in the season opener, but lost by six. He outplayed an on-fire Jacoby Brissett to hang 56 points on N.C. State. Winston missed just six passes and threw for 317 yards against Syracuse last week. "One thing that people need to realize about this Seminoles team is when we have our backs against the wall, we always rise and we start playing harder," Winston said. "This was a big game. We're playing Notre Dame. We're not playing a high school team." The Irish nearly pulled off the upset, moving to the 2-yard line in the game's final moments. Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass to Corey Robinson with 13 seconds remaining. But Notre Dame was called for pass interference when a receiver blocked the defender responsible for Robinson, and the touchdown was erased. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was not happy with the call. "We execute that play every day," Kelly said. "And we do it legally and that's the way we coach it. We don't coach illegal plays." The Irish moved back to fourth and goal from the 18-yard line. Linebacker Jacob Pugh picked off the desperation pass in the back of the end zone. Ballgame. "We fight for each other, it's a brotherhood," FSU linebacker Terrance Smith said. "We fight for the guys next to us and we're not going to let the guys next to us down." Golson threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns, but Winston won the duel in the second half as he completed his first 13 passes against a defense that had Florida State flustered for the first 30 minutes. Notre Dame running back Tarean Folston ran for 120 yards on 21 carries. The Seminoles (7-0, 5-0 ACC) had their season on the line. Notre Dame (6-1) is the last ranked team on FSU's schedule and the win may be its last chance to make a decisive impression on the College Football Playoff selection committee. "I ain't worried about the doubters," FSU cornerback P.J. Williams said. "We just know we will do whatever we have to do to win games. We're not going down."
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Iowa City Press-Citizen. Oct. 9, 2014.Collateral damage in the UI-ISU-UNI enrollment warGo up to the fifth floor of the University of Iowa Main Library and start walking through the stacks of the Government Information section. If you're patient — and if you're willing to look through a few misfiled documents — you'll eventually come upon 17-R333 7:U58.At first, you might not take much notice...
Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 13, 2014Iowa City Press-Citizen. Oct. 9, 2014. Collateral damage in the UI-ISU-UNI enrollment war Go up to the fifth floor of the University of Iowa Main Library and start walking through the stacks of the Government Information section. If you're patient — and if you're willing to look through a few misfiled documents — you'll eventually come upon 17-R333 7:U58. At first, you might not take much notice of the four-page pamphlet, which was printed in 1982 under the title, "Iowa's Universities: Our Best Hope." Yet the 32-year-old document is proof that — at least at one time — the Iowa state Board of Regents advocated for the needs of all three public universities jointly, rather than pitting each university against the others. The pamphlet was a companion piece to a presentation that UI supporters could show at service clubs and other meetings across the state. The narration, written by Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Ken McCullough, stressed that the public university system, as a whole, was the state's "one best hope" in terms of producing the "research, teaching and service" that would help Iowans meet the difficult challenges of the 1980s and future decades. The sections balanced the best qualities of each institution in describing how the regent system — again, as a whole — would help lead the state in "conservation," ''production," ''health care," ''human development," ''leadership" and "educational opportunity." "The universities need such public support, now more than ever," the pamphlet reads. "And certainly at no time in the history of their state have Iowans needed, to the extent they do today, the educated mindpower that flows from their state universities." Contrast that joint, collective approach from three decades ago to the recent fallout from the regents' decision to divvy up the bulk of its public support based — not on the various teaching, research and service being conducted at the different universities — but on the percentage of in-state high school graduates that each school enrolls. Rather than market the value of Iowa's public universities as a joint system, the regents' decision has caused each individual university to start going aggressively after the same, small cadre of in-state students. The University of Iowa, which stands to lose the most money under the new formula, has begun a million-dollar recruitment campaign to re-brand itself as the University for Iowa. Moreover, UI recently announced that, because of private donations, the children and grandchildren of UI graduates would be eligible for up to $12,000 in new scholarships if they were to decide to follow in their family's Hawk prints. The increased level of competition also means that UI, ISU and UNI are recruiting in-state graduates that, for many other educational and financial reasons, may be better served by two-year or private colleges. Earlier this week, the online news site Inside Higher Ed reported that several leaders of Iowa's community and private colleges are worried about their institutions becoming collateral damage in the enrollment war among the universities (http://bit.ly/1uARasz). The regents already have taken some important steps to lessen the immediate impact of the new funding formula on UI. And there is still a chance that the Iowa Legislature, because of the unintended consequences, will force the regents to make needed changes to the new funding formula. (If not, the regents have asked state lawmakers to cough up an extra $13 million next year to make sure that UI wouldn't have to take so much of a hit.) But the regents still need to do much more than ask the state to cover UI's shortfall. They need to return to the earlier joint approaches for advancing the universities' collective interests. They need to demonstrate they understand that the system they oversee — as a whole, not as individual parts — remains the state's "best hope" for meeting the challenges of today and the next 32 years. ___ The Des Moines Register. Oct. 9, 2014. No public accountability for $420,000 mess Pity the Iowa taxpayers. Six months ago, a judge found that the Iowa Department of Transportation was being run, in part, by a district administrator who fired a couple of hard-working employees to save has own hide and then lied under oath about his actions. Now it appears that taxpayers will have to pay $421,000 — and possibly much more — to compensate the wronged workers for this injustice. As for the DOT administrator who engineered this mess, he is still on the payroll. It was two years ago that the DOT fired highway maintenance supervisor Steven Scott and his manager, Ken Morrow. At the time, their dismissals were attributed to complaints made by a close-knit group of 10 to 12 DOT employees who worked under them at the DOT's highway maintenance garage in Osceola. The workers had a long, well-documented history of making unfounded accusations against every supervisor who was not part of their group. Between 2007 and 2012, the Osceola workers accused Scott and Morrow of all sorts of things, including workplace-safety violations and saying "hello" to them at Wal-Mart during non-work hours. Time and again, the complaints were investigated and ruled unfounded. But when the workers started directing their complaints to state politicians, including Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, an Osceola resident, a few of the DOT brass began worrying about their own jobs. One of those worrying was Brian Morrisey, then a DOT district engineer. He reportedly told Scott that if he couldn't control the Osceola workers, he would likely be fired, as it would be a lot easier for management to jettison one supervisor than to dispose of a dozen or so malcontents. Morrisey didn't fire Scott, but his successor, Jim Armstrong, did. Armstrong allegedly told Scott that he knew Morrisey had "almost lost his job over this Osceola deal and that's not going to happen to me." A few months later, Armstrong and a small group of other DOT administrators fired Scott, a 29-year employee with an almost unblemished work history, without even looking at his past job-performance reviews. At the same time, they also fired Morrow. The two appealed their dismissals. Earlier this year, Administrative Law Judge Robert Wilson ruled in their favor. He said Scott's firing was "arbitrary, unfair and based on petty vendettas" waged by the "good ol' boys" who worked in the Osceola garage. In a blistering critique of DOT management, Wilson wrote that Armstrong had concocted a string of falsehoods, half-truths and "egregious lies" to fire Scott and Morrow, and later tried to cover his tracks through false testimony. Scott and Morrow won back their jobs. Morrow now stands to collect at least $263,400 in compensation from the state, while Scott stands to collect $158,000. Both men still hope to have the state pay their legal expenses, which could add another $150,000 to the final tab taxpayers will pick up. It's bad enough that Iowans have to pay for Armstrong's actions. Do they really need to suffer the indignity of continuing to pay Armstrong's salary, too? The Branstad administration won't say whether Armstrong was even disciplined, describing that as a personnel matter that cannot be discussed publicly. But that is fiction. When it comes to employee misconduct, Iowa law gives the state the option of either staying silent or talking publicly about the matter. Gov. Tom Vilsack, to his credit, publicly talked about his reasons for firing state officials. Gov. Terry Branstad, though, typically chooses secrecy over disclosure. That should come as no surprise. Scott and Morrow say that before their cases went before Judge Wilson, the state tried to buy their silence, offering them a cash settlement, payable only if the two agreed never to discuss their claims publicly. The most disheartening aspect of all this is the Branstad administration's refusal to hold anyone publicly accountable for their actions. The public is left to assume that for Armstrong, the "good ol' boys" in Osceola and all of the administrators who had a hand in firing Scott and Morrow, it's business as usual. If that's the case, it's only matter of time before another scandal erupts and taxpayers are presented with yet another six-figure bill to pay. ___ Sioux City Journal. Oct. 8, 2014. More work remains to prevent bullying in Iowa We were pleased to hear Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, during a recent visit to Sioux City, talking again about bullying. The Sept. 24 stop at West High School was one of three bullying forums Branstad held in the state this fall. "This is a tough problem to take on, but one that is critically important," Branstad said in Sioux City. "Every student deserves to be safe and respected in school." As we have said in this space many times before, we couldn't agree more. Iowa is an engaged leader in the fight to protect children from the scourge of bullying, but the fact 57 percent of students in a 2012 Iowa Youth Survey said they were bullied within the last 30 days speaks to the need for more work in this area. For the second consecutive year this year, the Legislature failed to pass a package of anti-bullying proposals introduced by Branstad. Strengthening Iowa's anti-bullying law was discussed during the last legislative session, but talks fell short of producing a compromise bill acceptable to both chambers. Our hope is the Legislature picks up next year where it left off this year. In particular, we advocate for strengthening state law with respect to the growing problem of cyberbullying - tormenting, threatening, harassing or embarrassing someone using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. Half the battle of making Iowa's anti-bullying law stronger is making sure the profile of this issue remains high. To this end, we commend Branstad for continued efforts to keep bullying in the spotlight and on the radar screens of the general public, educators and state lawmakers. ___ Telegraph Herald. Oct. 8, 2014. Breast cancer support more than pink ribbons This time of year might bring to mind autumn leaves and black-and-orange Halloween decor, but there is another color that's taken over the month: October is awash in pink. In what might be the greatest health care marketing in history, the color pink has taken October by storm, putting Breast Cancer Awareness reminders virtually everywhere. Of course, there is the pink ribbon apparel, which you can purchase from North Face or Wal-Mart and most stops in between. But the pink stuff doesn't end there. You can buy pink ribbon bath salts, file folders, sweatbands, carabiners and dog tags. And if you've got a child in a youth football league, you probably own a pair of pink football socks. After all, the little guys have to be just like the big guys they see on TV. And the NFL is all about the pink. You'll see a giant pink ribbon adorning midfield at NFL stadiums. Players, coaches and referees are wearing pink game apparel, passing around special pink game balls and tossing pink coins before kick-off. All this is a fraction of the league merchandise purchased by consumers in the name of breast cancer awareness. Fans so inclined can get their favorite team jerseys, hand warmers, hats, and just about anything else sporting the pink ribbon or done in a pink color scheme. But just what does breast cancer research get out of this? Not much. According to the League, about 5 percent of purchases of officially licensed gear actually goes toward finding a cure. It's not nothing — the NFL has raised about a million dollars a year for breast cancer research the last few years. But the NFL rakes in about $10 billion a year, so you would think they could give breast cancer research say, 20 percent of the profits that come off pink ribbon jerseys. That doesn't seem too much to ask. Of course, NFL officials say it isn't just about the money — it's about raising awareness. Here's the thing: Breast cancer does not have an awareness problem. Even without "Check your headlights" T-shirts (thank you, NASCAR), people are aware that women get breast cancer. We know that it can sometimes run in families and sometimes be totally random. It can be deadly, and it is almost never as much fun as the plethora of perky pink products might imply. In fact, some of the "awareness raising" includes the spread of misinformation. The NFL likes the clever semantics of its "Crucial Catch" campaign -- highlighting the importance of early detection. But today's approach to breast cancer research is more nuanced than something that can be reduced to a simple catch phrase like "early detection is your best protection." There's simply more to it than that. For all October's pink, it doesn't do much for the other less popular but no less debilitating cancers. Prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women. Men don't want to wear ribbons for that. Most people who wear pink ribbon apparel are doing so as a show of support for loved ones with breast cancer. That's a noble gesture. The thing to keep in mind this October is that before you purchase something adorned with a pink ribbon, check yourself. If the goal is to support cancer research, give directly to an organization that does research for the cure or to an advocacy group that seeks actual cures. Even though your intentions are good, the pink ribbon on your Packers jersey gives much more money to the NFL than it does to cancer research.
Oct 9, 2014
After leading Utah to a 30-28 upset of eighth-ranked UCLA, Kendal Thompson re-opened the discussion amongst coaches and fans about whether he or junior Travis Wilson should lead the Utes' offense. Following an injury to Wilson, the former OU and Southmoore High School signal caller took over Utah's offense on the fourth series of the game against UCLA. And all Thompson did was go 10 of 13...
Can Kendal Thompson nail down the starting quarterback job at Utah?
Oct 9, 2014After leading Utah to a 30-28 upset of eighth-ranked UCLA, Kendal Thompson re-opened the discussion amongst coaches and fans about whether he or junior Travis Wilson should lead the Utes' offense. Following an injury to Wilson, the former OU and Southmoore High School signal caller took over Utah's offense on the fourth series of the game against UCLA. And all Thompson did was go 10 of 13 passing for 95 yards and a touchdown, adding 83 yards rushing on 19 carries in one of college football's biggest stunners last week. Now, Utah's coaches are expected to make a decision by Wednesday on who will start for Utah -- Thompson or Wilson. Following the bye this week, Thompson and No. 24 Utah (4-1) travel to Oregon State Oct. 16. From Deseret News' Amy Donaldson: "Before the UCLA game, Kendal’s ability to run was simply an asset to Utah, used in special circumstances or when they wanted to give junior starter Travis Wilson a rest. "That changed with his performance at UCLA."
Oct 8, 2014
The Cowboys are in deep on one of the nation’s premier defensive tackles, five-star prospect Tim Settle out of Manassas, Va. Settle visited OSU last weekend, arriving in time to watch Saturday’s 37-20 win over Iowa State. “I had a great time,” Settle told GoPokes.com. “I love the football staff and they are all great […]
OSU football: Recruiting focus on linemen, particularly five-star DT Tim Settle
John Helsley | Oct 8, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/Tim-Settle.jpg]3416524[/img] The Cowboys are in deep on one of the nation's premier defensive tackles, five-star prospect Tim Settle out of Manassas, Va. Settle visited OSU last weekend, arriving in time to watch Saturday's 37-20 win over Iowa State. "I had a great time," Settle told GoPokes.com. "I love the football staff and they are all great people down there. The town is beautiful." At 6-3, 325 pounds, Settle already looks the part of a college defensive tackle. Along with the Cowboys, Settle is also considering Penn State, UCLA, Tennessee and West Virginia. He has an official visit set up for Oct. 18 at West Virginia. Settle plans to announce his college destination Dec. 20. Along with Settle, California junior college offensive lineman Zach Bateman of Orange Coast College made an official visit over the weekend. Bateman is massive at 6-7 and 320 pounds. The Cowboys will need immediate help on the offensive line next fall and continue to focus on a mixture of high school and juco linemen. Already, OSU has two juco commits in Deya Mhiesen and Brandon Pertile, as well as prep prospects Josh Jones and Johnny Wilson.
Oct 8, 2014
That may not settle well with Cowboys fans pleading for more variety. At times, the crowd has gotten vocal in its displeasure with perceived conservative play-calling. But for now, the coaches believe it’s the safest way to success.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys keep things simple on offense
By John Helsley | Oct 8, 2014OSU hasn’t peeled back many pages of its offensive playbook through five games. And it may not, at least for the foreseeable future, Mike Gundy said this week. The reasons are familiar with this Cowboys team, led by inexperience up front and the change at quarterback to Daxx Garman, removing much of the run-game element from the position. “There’s three things now,” Gundy said. “One is Daxx. Two is the offensive line. And three, we can’t run the ball very well. So we’re basic vanilla for the most part. “Until we improve in some areas, it’s difficult to really get out of our box. We have to do the best we can with the inexperience we have at those positions.” That may not settle well with Cowboys fans pleading for more variety. At times, the crowd has gotten vocal in its displeasure with perceived conservative play-calling. But for now, the coaches believe it’s the safest way to success. And the Cowboys are 4-1, with four straight wins. “You know, I don’t know what people are saying, because I try to stay out of it,” said OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “I stay off Twitter. I don’t listen to talk radio and I only watch the world news. “I don’t really pay attention to what everyone is saying.” KANSAS OFFERING $20 TICKETS Cowboys fans looking for a favorable road trip might consider Saturday’s game at Kansas. KU is offering $20 tickets through its website at KUAthletics.com, in conjunction with the day devoted to “Jayhawks For A Cure.” The promo code CURE is required, with $5 of the cost of the ticket going to the “Jayhawks For A Cure” cause. RECRUITING: SETTLE ENJOYS VISIT The Cowboys are in deep on one of the nation’s premier defensive tackles, five-star prospect Tim Settle out of Manassas, Va. Settle visited OSU last weekend, arriving in time to watch Saturday’s 37-20 win over Iowa State. “I had a great time,” Settle told GoPokes.com. “I love the football staff and they are all great people down there. The town is beautiful.” At 6-3, 325 pounds, Settle already looks the part of a college defensive tackle. Along with the Cowboys, Settle is also considering Penn State, UCLA, Tennessee and West Virginia. He has an official visit set up for Oct. 18 at West Virginia. Settle plans to announce his college destination Dec. 20. Along with Settle, California junior college offensive lineman Zach Bateman of Orange Coast College made an official visit over the weekend. Bateman is massive at 6-7 and 320 pounds. The Cowboys will need immediate help on the offensive line next fall and continue to focus on a mixture of high school and juco linemen. Already, OSU has two juco commitments in Deya Mhiesen and Brandon Pertile, as well as pledges from prep prospects Josh Jones and Johnny Wilson. QUOTABLE Cowboys safety Tre Flowers on what makes him special: “My dad was athletic, so was my mom. I guess it just runs in the family.” OPPONENT WATCH: KU PUNTER BUSY Kansas, scuffling with the Big 12’s worst passing and scoring offense, at least has a weapon for fourth downs. Jayhawks punter Trevor Pardula leads the conference and ranks No. 20 nationally with a 45.0 yards per punt average. Pardula was busy in last week’s loss at West Virginia, punting 14 times and setting a single-game school record of 621 yards. The 14 punts set a Milan Puskar Stadium record. The Jayhawk senior now has 40 career punts of 50 yards or longer.
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 5, 2014
Cornerback Ashton Lampkin and safety Larry Stephens were already out, then offensive right tackle Zach Crabtree went down in the first quarter against Iowa State. All three are starters. And on a team already marked by youth and inexperience, their absences meant more kids were called into the fray.
Oklahoma State football: More injuries mean more pups in Cowboys' lineup
By John Helsley | Oct 5, 2014OSU’s list of missing persons grew Saturday. Cornerback Ashton Lampkin and safety Larry Stephens were already out, then offensive right tackle Zach Crabtree went down in the first quarter against Iowa State. All three are starters. And on a team already marked by youth and inexperience, their absences meant more kids were called into the fray. Ramon Richards, a true freshman who was playing quarterback in high school a year ago, scored his first start in Lampkin’s spot. Tre Flowers, a redshirt freshman, filled in for Stephens. And sophomore Michael Wilson stepped in for Crabtree on a unit already under duress due to playing guys before their time. Next man up? Next pup up. “You can’t control those sorts of things, so you have to roll with the punches,” said OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “Say a nice prayer, let it ride. “You can’t control injuries. It’s a part of the game, always has been and always will.” Cowboys coaches were concerned about youth and inexperience and depth back before the season started. But this – losing starters to the sideline, and exposing more youth – was always the worst nightmare. Because, after all, who’s backing up the backups? And we haven’t mentioned quarterback J.W. Walsh, who’s been replaced by a junior in Daxx Garman, although a junior seeing his first game action in five years. OSU visits downtrodden Kansas this week, then the schedule turns stiff. Coming up: No. 5 Baylor, No. 9 TCU, No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 17 Kansas State, not in that order. So after the Jayhawks, four of the Cowboys’ final six games are against top-20 teams... all on the road. The home games are hardly automatic, with dangerous West Virginia and defensive Texas due in Boone Pickens Stadium. So clearly, the sentiments around Stillwater are simple: Get Well Soon. Lampkin and Stephens are expected back, although there may be no rush with KU on deck. If anything, the forced exposure for Richards and Flowers could turn out to be a positive. They have excited coaches with their combination of skill and speed and athleticism. Yeah, they’re being rushed, but Cowboys coach Mike Gundy has said that talented players often respond in such situations. The bigger issue would be at tackle. Wilson, once a prized prospect, could provide needed depth for an offensive front that has drawn regularly criticism from Gundy. But there’s a reason Crabtree was playing, and Wilson wasn’t, despite the struggles up front. Crabtree’s injury initially looked devastating, with a cart required to remove him from the field. But he eventually returned to the field and even appeared on some special teams, creating optimism about his availability going forward. “It’s concerning any time a guy goes down, especially in that area, where we don’t have the greatest depth,” Yurcich said. Who knows, maybe Wilson will be one of those guys Gundy was referring to, who just needs an opportunity to thrive. Against the Cyclones, there was good and bad. “I thought he played OK,” Gundy said. “I know he got undercut on the pass rush twice, which I wasn’t fired up about. It put Daxx in a vulnerable position. “Another young guy who hasn’t played before. So he’s kind of thrown into the fire and is going to have to figure it out really fast. If Crabtree’s going to be out a while, then he better learn to play, because next week we still have a game, 3 o’clock.” Next pup up.
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 4: Scott Wright Owasso 24, Norman North 22 OCS 21, Millwood 20 Edmond Santa Fe 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 35, Enid 28 Guthrie 28, McGuinness 20 Tipton 56, Grandfield 16 Roland 35, Spiro […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 4
Trent Shadid | Sep 25, 2014Here's how The Oklahoman's high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 4: Scott Wright Owasso 24, Norman North 22 OCS 21, Millwood 20 Edmond Santa Fe 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 35, Enid 28 Guthrie 28, McGuinness 20 Tipton 56, Grandfield 16 Roland 35, Spiro 28 Del City 34, Ardmore 31 Tulsa Kelley 31, Tulsa Memorial 28 Lock of the week: Choctaw over Enid. Coming off its first loss of the season, Choctaw will bounce back strong. And with the Yellowjackets’ motivation to get to the playoffs for the first time in 30 years, the district opener is a big motivator for them. Enid is a solid team, but Bartlesville showed last week that you can score on that stout defense, which hadn’t allowed more than 16 points in a game the first two weeks. Jacob Unruh Owasso 21, Norman North 17 OCS 28, Millwood 20 Edmond Memorial 24, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 30, Enid 21 Guthrie 21, McGuinness 15 Tipton 40, Grandfield 32 Roland 34, Spiro 29 Del City 35, Ardmore 28 Tulsa Kelley 30, Tulsa Memorial 27 Lock of the week: Del City over Ardmore. The Eagles had a tough time the past two weeks, falling to Class 6A foes. But they'll rebound this week behind Terry Wilson, who looked very impressive in last week's loss to rival Midwest City. Trent Shadid Norman North 28, Owasso 27 OCS 17, Millwood 13 Edmond Memorial 31, Edmond Santa Fe 28 Fort Gibson 23, Sallisaw 20 Choctaw 35, Enid 30 Guthrie 24, McGuinness 21 Tipton 50, Grandfield 36 Roland 42, Spiro 35 Del City 27, Ardmore 21 Tulsa Kelley 24, Tulsa Memorial 20 Lock of the week: OCS over Millwood. Both teams showed the ability to be serious contenders once again in Class 2A while going 3-0 against tough non-district opponents, so expect this game to go a long ways towards deciding District 2A-2 champion. The Saints get my pick behind an offense averaging better than 36 points per game. Here are the standings after Week 2: Jacob (15-15, 3-0) Scott (15-15, 1-2) Trent (15-15, 1-2)
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
Sep 22, 2014
OU quarterback Trevor Knight caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Durron Neal against West Virginia. That was rare.
Big 12 Notebook: OU trickeration trending into NFL?
By Erik Horne | Sep 22, 2014OU TRICKERATION TRENDING INTO NFL? OU quarterback Trevor Knight caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Durron Neal against West Virginia. That was rare. What was rarer was quarterbacks catching passes all over the NFL just one day after the Sooners broke out the trickeration against the Mountaineers. Johnny Manziel of Cleveland, Russell Wilson of Seattle and Andy Dalton of Cincinnati each caught passes in Week 3. Dalton, a TCU alum, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from receiver Mohamed Sanu. When asked if the Sooners started a trend Saturday night, Bob Stoops deflected the idea. “I don’t think they put it in Saturday night for their game on Sunday,” Stoops joked. “It’s just something I think you’re seeing more of from everybody. “(But) we beat ’em to it since we played earlier.” CHARLIE WEIS SAYS KANSAS FINALLY FINISHED Even after two full seasons and 27 games in Lawrence, Kansas coach Charlie Weis is still experiencing firsts. In the Jayhawks’ 24-10 win over Central Michigan last week, Weis said his team finally finished off an opponent. The Jayhawks outscored the Chippewas 14-0 in the fourth quarter. “All of a sudden, what we hadn’t done in the two years I’ve been here, we hadn’t finished a team in the fourth quarter yet,” Weis said. “We’ve won a few games but not by finishing them off in the fourth quarter. “This is new territory for our team and hopefully there will be carryover going into the Texas game.” GUNDY: EXPECTATIONS SAME FOR RUN GAME VS. TECH Arkansas gashed Texas Tech on the ground for 438 yards in a 49-28 win on Sept. 13. Mike Gundy wants more from his running attack. Put two and two together: the Cowboys are going to run Thursday. But Gundy said the expectations aren’t any different from his ground game even though Tech ranks dead last among Big 12 teams in rushing defense (297.7 yards allowed per game) and total defense (432.7 yards per game). “I wouldn’t say higher expectations,” Gundy said. “We really just need to improve in our running game. Tech faced a team that lives by the run. Arkansas is one of the top five teams in the country when it comes to running the ball; they make a living that way. There’s a number of teams that don’t really match up well against a team like that.” SNYDER BACKS KICKER, SAYS DECODING SIGNALS ‘PART OF THE GAME’ Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he didn’t say Auburn was stealing play signals during the Wildcats’ 20-14 loss last week. Snyder said he was attributed as saying the Tigers were “stealing,” which he denied saying on Monday. Rather, Snyder said that picking up on signals through the course of a game is commonplace in college football. “They may have had an awareness of what some of our signals were,” Snyder said. “That’s extremely common in athletics. That’s just part of the game. It’s not ‘stealing’ it’s just the way the game is coached and conducted.” Snyder also backed his embattled kicker, Jack Cantele, who missed three field goals against the Tigers in the narrow loss. “He’s a great young guy; he stepped up and took the shots and defended his teammates, accepted the responsibility,” Snyder said. “I admire his fortitude. We all make mistakes. I made more than he did, I assure you that.” KINGSBURY HIGH ON DAXX GARMAN Texas Tech faces OSU on Thursday, and Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury is familiar with new Cowboys starter Daxx Garman. When Kingsbury was at Texas A&M as offensive coordinator, he recruited Garman, who was a quarterback at Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. “He’s an impressive thrower of the football. He can really spin it,” Kingsbury said. “He did a great job in his first start there, made some big time throws, has a big time arm. Having recruiting him in high school and being familiar with what he brings, he’s a heck of a talent. “With J.W. (Walsh) or (Clint) Chelf, they probably ran a little bit more. You can tell Daxx likes to throw it, likes to keep his eyes down field. We’ll see, but we’re not going to approach it any different if it was anyone else.” PATTERSON, TCU PREPPING FOR OU, BAYLOR SINCE SUMMER TCU is facing quite possibly the worst team in college football this weekend. The Horned Frogs get an easy one against SMU before getting into a Big 12 gauntlet of Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State in consecutive weeks. Gary Patterson admitted that some preparation for the Big 12 slate started in the offseason. “We did preparation for OU, Baylor in the summertime,” Patterson said. “The biggest thing is we got a lot of work against Minnesota (against) some of the stuff in the run game that Oklahoma, where we got basically got – against them (Minnesota) and Samford – 3-4 weeks of work against that. “But once we turned to this week, all we’ve talked about is SMU.” SMU has been outscored 146-12 in its first three games, all losses. FORMER TEXAS TECH DC: ‘DON’T BELIEVE THE RUMORS’ When Texas Tech's defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt abruptly resigned last week, many wondered if there was more to the story. Was it a forced resignation because of the Red Raiders' porous defensive start? Was the exit drug related? ESPN.com reported that Wallerstedt had been sent home from the football facility for allegedly being under the influence of an unknown substance. According to SI.com, Wallerstedt refuted the ESPN report with a text message last Friday that read “All good! Don’t believe all the rumors!! My statement yesterday says why I resigned and that’s the truth!!” Texas Tech's statement announcing Wallerstedt's decision said he resigned for "personal reasons." “I have submitted my resignation to Coach Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense,” Wallerstedt said in the school's statement. “I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season.” When asked about it Monday, Kingsbury chose not to comment on the ESPN report. “We both said what we needed to say and moved passed it,” Kingsbury said. QUOTE OF THE WEEK “After watching that tape (Texas Tech vs. Arkansas), I’d try to hand it off every time.” – Kingsbury on whether or not he anticipates OSU focusing on the run game against Texas Tech on Thursday. The Red Raiders gave up 438 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in their loss to Arkansas. PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OU standouts Samaje Perine (Offensive Player of the Week) and Alex Ross (Special Teams Player of the Week) took home Big 12 honors this week, as did Kansas State linebacker Dakorey Johnson. Johnson recorded six tackles (career high), two for a loss, and an interception in the Wildcats’ 20-14 loss to No. 5 Auburn. EXTRA POINTS Snyder said his top wide receiver, Tyler Lockett, isn’t in a slump, even though the Tulsa Washington product has numbers below his lofty standard through three games. Lockett had 136 yards receiving against Iowa State in Week 2, but has combined for just 54 yards in his other two games and has only scored one touchdown this season. “I don’t necessarily think his production is down,” Snyder said. “I think Auburn did a good job of defending him. I think Tyler is playing every bit as well, if not better than he did a year ago.” … On Monday, the Big 12 announced the following times and TV schedules for games on Oct. 4: Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m., Fox Sports 1; Baylor at Texas, 2:30 p.m., ABC; Oklahoma at TCU, 2:30 p.m., FOX; Kansas at West Virginia, 3 p.m., FSN; and Texas Tech at Kansas State, 6 p.m., ESPN U. ... Remember the scuffle in the second quarter of OU-West Virginia where an official went down injured? Well, during that play, head linesman Rick Smith suffered a broken leg, according to the Big 12 Conference. Smith underwent surgery Monday to place three screws in the bone.