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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bishop Gorman High School coach Tony Sanchez is set to take over UNLV's football program.UNLV said Wednesday that President Donald Snyder and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy will introduce Sanchez as the coach Thursday. The University of Nevada board of regents is expected to approve the hiring next week.The 40-year-old Sanchez was 85-5 at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman, the...
UNLV taps Las Vegas high school football coach
Associated Press | Dec 10, 2014LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bishop Gorman High School coach Tony Sanchez is set to take over UNLV's football program. UNLV said Wednesday that President Donald Snyder and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy will introduce Sanchez as the coach Thursday. The University of Nevada board of regents is expected to approve the hiring next week. The 40-year-old Sanchez was 85-5 at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman, the top-ranked high school team in the country. The Gaels finished 15-0 this season and won their sixth consecutive Nevada state championship Saturday. Snyder replaces Bobby Hauck, who announced his resignation in November after compiling a 15-49 record in five seasons at UNLV. The Rebels were 2-11 overall this year and 1-7 in the Mountain West Conference.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas high school football coach who built an 85-5 record with a team that won six consecutive state championships is becoming the new head coach at UNLV.The university says UNLV President Donald Snyder and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy will introduce Tony Sanchez as the new coach on Thursday. Sanchez is leaving Bishop Gorman High School for the Rebels position.The...
Vegas high school football coach tapped by UNLV
Associated Press | Dec 10, 2014LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas high school football coach who built an 85-5 record with a team that won six consecutive state championships is becoming the new head coach at UNLV. The university says UNLV President Donald Snyder and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy will introduce Tony Sanchez as the new coach on Thursday. Sanchez is leaving Bishop Gorman High School for the Rebels position. The University of Nevada board of regents is expected to approve the hire next week. Snyder replaces Bobby Hauck, who announced his resignation in November after compiling a 15-49 record in five seasons at UNLV. The Rebels finished 2-11 this year, the worst in the Mountain West Conference.
Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: Big 12 coaches share why they love awarding scholarships to walk-ons
BY JASON KERSEY AND ERIK HORNE | Nov 29, 2014Nothing makes most college football coaches happier than being able to reward a deserving walk-on with a scholarship at some point during their career. Kansas interim head coach Clint Bowen is especially fond of those moments. He knows exactly what it’s like for those players. Bowen walked on at Kansas in 1990, transferred to Butler County Community College, then walked on a second time with the Jayhawks in 1992. After returning to Kansas, he led the Jayhawks with 114 tackles, which ranks as the third-most tackles by a KU defensive back in program history. “It’s a different path than a scholarship kid,” Bowen said. “I think it takes a special individual because they have to overcome a lot more. To give a kid a scholarship, see their faces light up when that happens, they truly earned it. “They’re the ones with the incentive-based contract. They have to go and earn theirs, and when they do it’s pretty special.” Here’s a look at what other Big 12 coaches had to say about walk-on players and the rare opportunities to reward some of them with scholarships: Texas coach Charlie Strong: “I’ve always held scholarships for walk-ons. … I want them to understand they’re a part of this program. They come out to practice just like the scholarship players. They put in the time like the scholarship players, and if they do something good they’re gonna be rewarded.” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder: “We’ve awarded hundreds in my tenure here, which is a very significant number. Obviously, it’s rewarding because A: There are no gifts — they are all well-deserved, and earned, and, consequently, that forwards the value of hard work and being a good person, and achieving on and off the field. It’s motivation for others as well to do exactly that.” Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: “You can tell by the reaction of the team that the guys really appreciate those guys’ effort. At Oklahoma, it probably doesn’t happen as much as it does at a lot of schools because of the level of players we’re able to recruit. It’s a little tougher for walk-ons to make their name here, but we still have had guys who do it and have done a great job.” Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops: “I think it takes a special guy to be able to do all that.” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen: “Having walk-ons is a huge part of your developmental squad, part of your scout team. You’ve got to treat those guys great. The best rule the NCAA’s done here lately is being able to feed those guys. Having the numbers is why you’re able to be able to have scout teams and developmental squads. The more they develop, the better off it’s gonna help your team down the road.” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury: “That’s one of the funnest parts of our job. … That’s one of the joys of being a coach.” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads: “There’s nothing like it. Awarding a young man a scholarship, period, is a great feeling for a head football coach, whether it’s a high school senior you’re scholarshipping coming into your program or somebody that’s already here. Quite honestly, giving the walk-on a scholarship is probably more euphoric than the other. These are guys who have toiled, they’ve paid their own way. We value them at a very high level.”
Nov 28, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A few years ago, Clint Bowen walked into Bill Snyder's office at Kansas State looking for a job. Things didn't pan out back then and, after a few twists and turns, he's interim coach at Kansas, getting his team ready to face the Wildcats on Saturday.And wouldn't you know it? Bowen once again is pursuing a job.The Lawrence native, Kansas alum and longtime Jayhawks...
No. 11 K-State prepared for Kansas in home finale
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2014MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A few years ago, Clint Bowen walked into Bill Snyder's office at Kansas State looking for a job. Things didn't pan out back then and, after a few twists and turns, he's interim coach at Kansas, getting his team ready to face the Wildcats on Saturday. And wouldn't you know it? Bowen once again is pursuing a job. The Lawrence native, Kansas alum and longtime Jayhawks assistant could prove he deserves the head-coaching position on a full-time basis with a victory over the Wildcats, who are still in the thick of the Big 12 title race with only a trip to Baylor left after Saturday. Not that Bowen is thinking about his future beyond this weekend. "I guess the big thing to me is that it's always about the team," he said. "It's about our players and our program and the people that support us. That's why I buy into it. That's what I believe. That's what I was taught from my high school coach through Glen Mason and beyond. "It's about the team," Bowen said, "and that's the way it'll always be." Bowen has said all the right things since taking over for the fired Charlie Weis two months ago. He's done a lot of good things on the field, too, unearthing a capable quarterback in Michael Cummings and appointing wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau to be co-offensive coordinator. The results have been at times impressive. The Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7) beat Iowa State for a rare conference win, and had sixth-ranked TCU in trouble in a 34-30 defeat. "If you get the right guys, recruit the right guys, you can have a productive, positive football program (at Kansas)," Kiesau said. "I truly believe that." Kiesau said he hopes the majority of the current staff stays in place, pointing to progress in recent weeks. A victory over the Wildcats (8-2, 6-1), who are tied atop the Big 12, would go a long way toward accomplishing that. The Wildcats are coming off a hard-fought win in West Virginia and have had a few extra days to prepare after that Thursday night matchup. Throw in the fact that Snyder has won all five games against Kansas since returning from retirement, and the Jayhawks face a tall task. "You can beat anybody on any given day if they prepare as well as they can and play well," Snyder said. "That has always been our approach no matter who the opponent is." Snyder recalled that day a few years ago when Bowen interviewed for a job with him. Snyder was impressed by him but ultimately offered the defensive assistant job to someone else. Now, he's been impressed by what Bowen has accomplished this season. "I've known Clint for some time," Snyder said. "I talked to him about the possibility of coming to Kansas State at one time. He's just a young coach that I admire. He tries to do it the right way and I always have a great appreciation for that." HOME FINALE: The game will be the last at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for a senior class that includes quarterback Jake Waters and record-setting wide receiver Tyler Lockett. "It's a special brotherhood," Waters said. "We hang out all the time. We talk about everything on and off the field. I think that helps us on the field knowing each other so well." MORE ON LOCKETT: The senior needs five receptions to pass his father Kevin Lockett (217) for most in school history. He has already broken his record for yards receiving. "You want to have fun and enjoy the moment," Lockett said. "You want to go out with a win." RUSHING IT: After the Jayhawks allowed Oklahoma's Samaje Perine to run for a record 427 yards last week, they'll be facing a Kansas State offense held to a single yard on the ground by West Virginia. Of course, Waters also threw for 400 yards in that win. ONE-SIDED SERIES: Kansas State has won five straight and 18 of the past 23 meetings. With Snyder on the sideline, the Wildcats are 10-1 at home against the Jayhawks. BIDDING FAREWELL: Twenty-one seniors will play their final game for Kansas. "This is the week of lasts. The last Monday we'll have together, the last Tuesday," Kiesau told them this week. "At the end of the week, this is the last time you may put a helmet on. Don't let it slip away."
Nov 24, 2014
The kickoff time and TV listing for the Dec. 6 game between OU and OSU have yet to be finalized. The conference tossed out at least four time options for the game: ABC or ESPN at 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN at 6:45, or ABC at 7.
Big 12 notebook: Bedlam football time, TV channel still to be decided
By Erik Horne | Nov 24, 2014The big questions: What time will Bedlam start, and what channel will televise the game? It’s a “wait-and-see” approach in regard Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State. The kickoff time and TV listing for the Dec. 6 game between OU and OSU have yet to be finalized. The conference tossed out at least four time options for the game: ABC or ESPN at 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN at 6:45, or ABC at 7. The Big 12 says it's anticipated that it will know the kickoff times and TV listings for all of its Dec. 6 games following Saturday's games. Networks are exercising six-day selection for Dec. 6's TV designations/times. Other Dec. 6 Big 12 games with TV designations/times to be determined are Iowa State at TCU and Kansas State at Baylor. Those games have the same TV/time possibilities as OU vs. OSU. BOWEN, SNYDER REFLECT ON ‘SUNFLOWER SHOWDOWN’ Kansas State and Kansas will meet for the 112th time on Saturday in a continuation of one of the nation’s longest football rivalries – The Sunflower Showdown. Kansas is having another down year, but the Jayhawks lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 65-41-5. On the other hand, K-State enters with five consecutive wins in the series. “Through the years there’s been a lot of great matchups, and some stories and history behind it,” Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen said. “I remember all of my games playing in it. They were all fun games to play in, fun to be a part of. Obviously, this is one that’s important to the people of Kansas.” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder says that, taking OU (and Samaje Perine’s record performance) out of the equation, there’s been improvement across the board from KU under Bowen. Snyder said he talked to Bowen at one time about the possibility of coming to coach at Kansas State. “It’s probably because he’s a KU guy,” Snyder joked of why Bowen never made it to Manhattan. “I’ve known Clint for some time. He’s a young coach I admire. He tries to do it the right way and I always have a great appreciation for that.” LOCKET, OAKMAN JOIN PERINE AS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OU’s Perine, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman and Kansas State wide receiver/punt returner Tyler Lockett were selected as Big 12 Players of the Week. Perine earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors by rushing for a single-game FBS record 427 yards against Kansas in a 44-7 win for the Sooners. The true freshman added touchdown runs of 49, 33, 34, 66 and 27 yards. Perine was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week. Lockett, a former Tulsa Washington standout, was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior scored on a 43-yard punt return touchdown in Kansas State's 26-20 win at West Virginia, and added 196 yards receiving on 10 receptions. Oakman, a junior, was named the Defensive Player of the Week for recording six tackles, two sacks, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in Baylor's 49-28 win against Oklahoma State. WVU’S HOLGERSON WAITING ON TRICKETT Some turbulence at quarterback doesn’t mean West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is ruling out Clint Trickett this week. The senior suffered what Holgorsen said was a concussion against Kansas State. Trickett struggled in the 26-20 loss, forcing Holgorsen to go to junior college transfer Skylar Howard, who filled in impressively with 198 yards passing and two touchdowns in about a quarter-and-a-half of work. Trickett is No. 1 in the Big 12 and seventh nationally in passing yards (3,285), but hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in 10 quarters. Holgorsen said Howard sparked WVU in limited action, but didn’t have any information on who will start at Iowa State on Saturday in the Mountaineers’ regular-season finale. It appears that if Trickett is cleared, he’ll be the starter. “Clint’s done a good job for the majority of the year,” Holgorsen said. “He didn’t have his best game, but Clint has been our starting quarterback, has played at a high level. I’m not in the business of just replacing people because of a bad game, or because of an average performance.” CAN TEXAS PLAY SPOILER TO TCU? No. 6 TCU still has a chance of making the College Football Playoff. But first up is a Texas team that enters its Thanksgiving matchup against the Horned Frogs with momentum. In addition to keeping up with Baylor, TCU has extra incentive. The Horned Frogs lost 30-7 against Texas at home in 2013. “You’re playing Texas, but you’re also playing for the things you’re trying to accomplish,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Also you’re playing to keep yourself in playoff contention.” Texas’ defense has turned into the Big 12’s best, holding opponents to 16 or fewer points in three consecutive games – all wins. It’s also Senior Night in Austin on Thursday. “TCU’s playing well, but we’ve been playing well ourselves,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said. K-STATE’S BRITZ OUT AGAINST KANSAS Kansas State defensive tackle Travis Britz will be out against Kansas with a left ankle injury, according to Snyder. Britz, a junior starter for the Wildcats, had to leave in the first quarter against West Virginia. He has 27 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks on the season. “Replacing Travis is not an easy thing to do,” Snyder said. “But we’ve had more young guys at that position get on the field and garner experience through the course of the year than any other position on the field.” SIX UP FOR EARL CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD The Big 12 has six semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the top offensive players in Division I football who also exhibits characteristics that define former legendary Texas running back Earl Campbell. Baylor has three players to lead the conference – receiver Corey Coleman, quarterback Bryce Petty, and running back Shock Linwood. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and receiver Josh Doctson are also on the list, along with OU’s Perine. Nominees must have been born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year Texas Division I school. The Big 12’s six semifinalists are more representatives than any other conference. Finalists will be announced Dec. 10, with the winner announced Jan. 14. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Regardless of how poorly we played, I don’t want to take anything away from that kid. With his size, his natural strength and explosion, you see a lot of people just bounce off of him. We call those “roadkills,” where he can take a shot … it’s kinda like on defense when you talk about kids who have that natural hip explosion. There have been some pretty good players in this conference who get some shots on him and just bounce off.” – Bowen when asked about what makes Perine special.
Nov 21, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin sprinted forward and hurled himself into the end zone with an acrobatic somersault.No big deal."I can probably do backflips all the way down the field. I've been doing that since I was little," Boykin said. "I practiced it a little when I was young, but when it started coming to me, it was pretty easy."Much like playing quarterback in TCU's new up-tempo...
TCU quarterback Boykin flipping Frogs forward
STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Nov 21, 2014FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin sprinted forward and hurled himself into the end zone with an acrobatic somersault. No big deal. "I can probably do backflips all the way down the field. I've been doing that since I was little," Boykin said. "I practiced it a little when I was young, but when it started coming to me, it was pretty easy." Much like playing quarterback in TCU's new up-tempo offense this season. The No. 5 Horned Frogs are a playoff contender in only their third year as part of a power conference, and Boykin is increasingly part of the Heisman Trophy conversation. "He just wants to go out there and compete," said David Porter, who used to go through receiver drills with Boykin in practice. "No matter where you put him on the field, he'll succeed." Boykin is the only Horned Frogs player ever with a 200-yard passing game, 100-yard receiving game and 100-yard rushing game in the same season. That was last year, when he started the season opener at receiver and his six starts at quarterback didn't come until after senior Casey Pachall broke his non-throwing arm. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, TCU's inaugural Big 12 season, Boykin had moved to running back in practice with the anticipation of playing in place of some injured teammates. Midway through that same week, less than three days before a game against Iowa State, he instead became the starting quarterback after Pachall was arrested on a DWI charge and left school for the rest of the semester to get treatment for substance abuse. "Being the No. 2 guy, you've got to be ready, so I wasn't really forced into it. It just happened in a short period of time," Boykin said. "I learned a lot from my first start to now. It's been crazy, it's been an up-and-down ride, a roller coaster like the last couple of years. But this year, I feel like we've settled down as a team." The Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 5 CFP) are off this weekend before playing Thanksgiving night at Texas, another prime-time game like two weeks ago at home when Boykin had his spinning 19-yard touchdown run in an eye-catching 41-20 win over Big 12 co-leader Kansas State. In that game, one by which coach Gary Patterson said the quarterback would be judged, Boykin threw for 219 yards with a touchdown and ran for 123 yards and three more scores. "He provides a great deal of spark and leadership to his football team," K-State coach Bill Snyder said. "Obviously his quickness and vision on the field, and ability to make big plays on his own ... It's just his innate ability to get to the right place the right time. He can make people miss. He just has a great sense of where he is and how to get where he needs to go." That came a week after Boykin apologized to teammates in the locker room for what he felt was his subpar performance in a 31-30 win at West Virginia, though he had big plays on the final drive and encouraged the kicker before a game-ending field goal. A week before that, Boykin had thrown a school-record seven TDs in an 82-point outburst against Texas Tech. Boykin and the Frogs have clearly benefited from Patterson's philosophy change to keep up with other high-scoring Big 12 teams. The defensive-minded coach hired co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie after last season. "I don't think it can get any better than it is right now," Boykin said when asked if he and the offense were a perfect match. Patterson has turned many prep quarterbacks into defenders, and often kids with Boykin that he would make a great hybrid safety or linebacker. What he has become is one of the nation's top quarterbacks. The Big 12 leader as a junior with 357 total yards a game, Boykin has thrown for 3,021 yards with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions while also running for 548 yards and seven more scores. TCU is the nation's most improved offense from last season by a wide margin, going from 345 to 542 total yards per game and averaging three more touchdowns, from 25 to 46 points. Boykin accounted for 7,775 total yards and 92 touchdowns his final two seasons at West Mesquite High School in suburban Dallas, but was mostly overlooked as a quarterback in the same recruiting class with dual threats like Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Notre Dame's Everett Golson and current NFL players Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. With offers from UTEP and TCU, Boykin stayed close to home knowing he would get a chance at quarterback with the Frogs. "It's crazy to be one of those guys that's just always under the radar," Boykin said. "I always try to overachieve in everything I do."
Nov 15, 2014
Mike Snyder’s Seminole Chieftains are back in the Class 3A playoffs, the program’s 30th consecutive postseason appearance under its longtime coach. Snyder grew up 20 miles east of Seminole in Holdenville. He first joined the Chieftains program as an assistant in 1972 and became the head coach in 1980.
Collected Wisdom: Mike Snyder, longtime Seminole football coach
By Trent Shadid | Nov 15, 2014Mike Snyder’s Seminole Chieftains are back in the Class 3A playoffs, the program’s 30th consecutive postseason appearance under its longtime coach. Snyder grew up 20 miles east of Seminole in Holdenville. He first joined the Chieftains program as an assistant in 1972 and became the head coach in 1980. He now has a street named after him running alongside the football stadium and is second on the state’s all-time wins list with a career record of 333-100. Under Snyder, Seminole has averaged nearly 10 wins a season with a state title in 1996. My high school coaches were like father figures to me. That’s why I got into coaching. At first, I wanted to go into agriculture. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that’s not what I really wanted, so I got into coaching. Athletics was something I’d done all my life and this was a way to stay involved. I’m amazed I’ve stayed at the same place all this time. I’ve been so fortunate at Seminole that I have to pinch myself every now and then to make sure it’s real. I’ve got a street named after me. How much more could a person ask for from a community than what I’ve received? Being able to stay in the same community has been special in a lot of ways. First, I had the opportunity to coach my son and now he’s coaching here. And then to have my family be so accepted by a community in the way we’ve been isn’t something that happens at a lot of places. Also, here lately I’ve been able to coach the kids of some former players and that’s been a lot of fun for me. All those sorts of things just don’t happen everywhere. I try to focus on giving back as much as I can. My wife and I started a foundation in 2002 for underprivileged kids in Seminole. It might be clothing, meals, donating to our special needs department or whatever kids need here, we try to find a way to get that done. I had moments where I thought I’d end up somewhere else. Over the 43 years I’ve been here, I interviewed for probably two jobs at other schools that I would have taken if they had been offered to me. When I was an assistant we won the state championship in (1977) and I thought that was the time for me to go get a head coaching job. I actually didn’t get offered a couple of jobs at Class A schools that I tried to get in the late 1970s. It’s kind of funny now, because looking back I’m glad I didn’t get them considering how well things have gone for me here. It’s kind of mind blowing to me when people bring up the win totals and records I have. Again, it makes it more special having been at the same school. I haven’t had to move around and chase talent to be successful. One of my heroes in coaching was (former Rush Springs and Lindsay coach) Joe Tunnell. When I passed his win total (last season), that’s when it really hit me on just how much success we’ve had here. He was one of those guys that I tried to be like when I first started coaching. A big key to coaching is starting out under a good head coach. That’s the first thing I tell every young person who wants to get into coaching. There are a lot of people that get into it and for some reason they don’t know how to do it right. That’s probably because they weren’t taught the right way. Wayne Estes taught me the right way to do it and I try to do the same. People ask me all the time how long I’m going to keep coaching. I can’t answer that. My health is good, I’ve got a great administration, an excellent school board and excellent community. When you have those things there’s no reason to quit. I also get asked how I coach kids today. People say kids have changed, and they have, but in most ways it’s still the same as an educator. Kids still want discipline, they want to be told how to do things and they want to do things right. I think sometimes as educators we forget that and we do kids a disservice by saying they can’t do this or that based on having a rough home life or behavior issues, and that’s not right. We have an obligation to help show them the right way. I’ve mellowed some over the years. All of my former players get upset with me about that. But we still get on our kids if they aren’t doing things the right way. When they are in our program, they’ve got to meet a certain standard. All the great programs are that way, and I don’t think that will ever change. We don’t have to fight that winning attitude. Our kids expect to win every time they put that green helmet on. Looking at this year, we had just two offensive starters and a small senior class but we’ve won (10) games and probably beat some teams with more talent than us. I’m proud of that.
Nov 5, 2014
Taking a look at what each team needs to do to secure a playoff berth.
Class A, B and C playoff scenarios for Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014CLASS A District A-1 Key games: Thomas at Fairview; Mooreland at Beaver; Hooker at Texhoma. Thomas: First with win. Second with loss. Fairview: First with win. Second with loss. Mooreland: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Beaver: Third with win and Texhoma win. Fourth with win and Hooker win in which Beaver gains 11 or more district points on Hooker. Hooker: Fourth with win and Beaver loss. Fourth with win and Beaver win in which Beaver gains 10 or fewer district points on Hooker. Texhoma: Fourth with win and Beaver loss. District A-2 Key games: Cordell at Hollis; Carnegie at Apache; Hinton at Snyder. Apache: First. Hollis: Second with win. Third with loss. Cordell: Second with win. Third with loss. Carnegie: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Hinton loss. Hinton: Fourth with win and Carnegie loss. District A-3 Key games: Healdton at Ringling; Velma-Alma at Central Marlow; Empire at Rush Springs. Healdton: First with win. Second with loss. Ringling: First with win. Second with loss. Velma-Alma: Third. Empire: Fourth with win. Rush Springs: Fourth with win. District A-4 Key games: Minco at Elmore City, Wynnewood at Stratford. Wynnewood: First with win. Second with loss. Stratford: First with win. Second with loss. Minco: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Stratford: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District A-5 Key games: Cashion at Oklahoma Bible, Crescent at Okeene. Cashion: First. Crossings Christian: Second Okeene: Third with win or Oklahoma Bible loss. Fourth with loss and Oklahoma Bible win. Oklahoma Bible: Third with win and Okeene loss. Fourth with loss or Okeene win. District A-6 Key games: Morrison at Hominy. Kiefer: First. Hominy: Second with win. Third with loss. Morrison: Second with win. Third with loss. Mounds: Fourth. District A-7 Key games: Fairland at Afton, Quapaw at Summit Christian. Ketchum: First. Afton: Second. Rejoice Christian: Third. Quapaw: Fourth with win or Fairland loss. Fairland: Fourth with win and Summit Christian win. District A-8 Key games: Central Sallisaw at Talihina, Gore at Savanna, Quinton at Warner. Talihina: First with win. First with loss of 10 points or less and Savanna win. Second with loss of 11 points or more and Savanna win. Second with loss and Savanna loss. Central Sallisaw: First with win and Savanna loss. First with win of 11 points or more and Savanna win. Second with win of 10 points or less and Savanna win. Third with loss. Savanna: Second with Talihina win. Third with Central Sallisaw win. Quinton: Fourth with win. Warner: Fourth with win. CLASS B District B-1 Key games: Laverne at Merritt, Pioneer at Turpin, Ringwood at Seiling. Laverne: First. Pond Creek-Hunter: Second Seiling: Third with win. Third with loss, Turpin loss and Merritt loss. Fourth with loss, Turpin win and Merritt loss. Fourth with loss, Turpin loss and Merritt win. Turpin: Third with win and Seiling loss. Fourth with win and Seiling win. Fourth with loss and Merritt loss. Merritt: Third with win, Seiling loss and Turpin loss. Fourth with win, Seilin win and Turpin loss. Fourth with win, Seiling loss and Turpin win. District B-2 Key games: Alex at Geary, Strother at Maud. Alex: First. Maysville: Second. Maud: Third with win or Geary loss. Fourth with loss and Geary win. Geary: Third with win and Maud loss. Fourth with loss or Maud win. District B-3 Key games: Davenport at Oaks, Depew at South Coffeyville, Welch at Garber. Davenport: First with win. Second with loss. Oaks: First with win. Second with loss and Depew loss. Second with loss, Depew win and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks. Third with loss, Depew win and Garber loss. Third with loss of 15 or more points, Depew win of 15 or more points and Garber win. Depew: Second with win, Davenport win and Garber loss. Second with win of 15 or more points, Oaks loss of 15 or more points and Garber win of 14 or fewer points. Third with win, Oaks loss and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks and gains one or more district points on Garber. Third with win, Oaks win and Garber loss. Fourth with win, Oaks win and Garber win. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win, Oaks loss and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks and doesn’t gain district points on Garber. Garber: Third with Depew loss. Third with win, Oaks win and Depew win. Third with win, Oaks loss and Depew win where Garber doesn’t lose district points to Depew. Fourth with loss and Depew win. Fourth with win, Oaks loss and Depew win where Garber loses district points to Depew. District B-4 Key game: Dewar at Keota Dewar: First with win. Second with loss. Keota: First with win. Second with loss. Weleetka: Third. Wetumka: Fourth. Class C District C-1 Key games: Boise City at Cherokee, Shattuck at Balko Cherokee: First with win. First with loss of eight or fewer points and Shattuck win where Shattuck gains 17 or fewer district points on Cherokee. Second with loss and Balko win. Second with loss and Shattuck win where Cherokee loses by eight or fewer points or loses 17 or fewer district points to Shattuck. Third with loss of nine or more points and Shattuck win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee. Boise City: First with win and Balko win. First with win of nine or more points and Shattuck win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck. Second with win and Shattuck win where Boise City wins by nine or more points or Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck. Second with loss and Balko win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck and loses 17 or fewer district points to Balko. Third with win of eight or fewer points and Shattuck win where Boise City doesn’t gain district points on Shattuck. Third with loss and Shattuck win. Third with loss and Balko win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck or loses 17 or fewer district points to Balko. Fourth with loss and Balko win where Boise City doesn’t gain district points on Shattuck and loses 18 or more district points to Balko. Shattuck: First with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee and doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Second with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee or doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Second with win and Cherokee win. Second with loss of eight or fewer points and Boise City loss where Shattuck doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Third with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 17 or fewer points on Cherokee and loses one or more district points to Boise City. Third with loss and Boise City loss where Shattuck loses district points to Boise City or loses by nine or more points. Fourth with loss and Boise City win. Fourth with loss and Boise City loss where Shattuck loses district points to Boise City and loses by nine or more points. Balko: Second with win of nine or more points and Boise City loss where Balko gains 18 or more district points on Boise City. Third with win and Boise City win. Third with win and Boise City loss where Balko wins by nine or more points or gains 18 or more district points on Boise City. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win of eight points or less and Boise City loss where Balko gains 17 or fewer district points on Boise City. District C-2 Key games: Corn Bible at Duke, Mt. View-Gotebo at Ryan, Southwest Covenant at Tipton. Tipton: First. Grandfield: Second. Mt. View-Gotebo: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Ryan: Third with win. Fourth with loss and Corn Bible loss. Fourth with loss, Corn Bible win and Southwest Covenant win where Ryan loses 20 or fewer district points to Corn Bible. Corn Bible: Fourth with win and Mt. View-Gotebo win. Fourth with win, Ryan loss and Southwest Covenant loss where Corn Bible gains 21 or more district points on Ryan. District C-3 Key games: Coyle at Bluejacket, Deer Creek-Lamont at Copan. Coyle: First with win. First with loss of 14 or fewer points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Second with loss and Deer Creek-Lamont loss. Second with loss of 15 or more points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Bluejacket: First with win and Deer Creek-Lamont loss. First with win or 15 or more points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Second with win and Deer Creek-Lamont win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains seven or fewer district points on Bluejacket. Third with win and Deer Creek-Lamont win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains eight or more district points on Bluejacket. Third with loss. Deer Creek-Lamont: Second with Coyle win. Second with win and Bluejacket win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains eight or more district points on Bluejacket. Third with win and Bluejacket win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains seven or fewer district points on Bluejacket. Third with loss and Bluejacket win. Covington-Douglas: Fourth. District C-4 Key games: None. Fox: First. Cave Springs: Second. Thackerville: Third. Webbers Falls: Fourth.
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 1, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Among college football coaches nationally, there is plenty to disagree on. Nonconference scheduling. Offensive playcalling. The best recruiting grounds. Who’s calling plays at Texas. The list goes on. But when it comes to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, there’s no debate.
Pregame primer: Six must-read stories before Oklahoma State faces Kansas State
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 1, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/9b8709e2b66a689104695235751ccacb.jpg]3473323[/img] MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Among college football coaches nationally, there is plenty to disagree on. Nonconference scheduling. Offensive tempo. The best recruiting grounds. Who’s calling plays at Texas. The list goes on. But when it comes to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, there’s no debate. And here’s why. In 23 seasons as the Widcats’ coach, Snyder is 184-91-1. At 75 years old, he has KSU ranked ninth in the college football playoff poll with a team that makes up for its lack of blue-chip recruits by playing nearly mistake-free and fundamental football. This season, KSU is off to a 6-1 start and is the lone unbeaten (4-0) team in the Big 12. “As I’ve said each year, I have a lot of respect for (Snyder),” OSU coach Mike Gundy said on Monday. “You can go back to when Barry Switzer said that he was the coach of the century … It’s a challenge for me as a head coach and for our staff against them.” Go ahead and copy/paste that statement and apply it to any coach who finds himself matched up against Snyder. That opinion wouldn’t change. Snyder’s longevity and success at KSU is something to be marveled. “You don't have to worry about me (coaching) at 75,” Gundy said. As OSU prepares to take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m. on ABC, here are six stories from the NewsOK Sports team to get you ready. —- 1. When OSU faced Dana Holgorsen led West Virginia last week, it was a good opportunity to examine OSU’s shortcomings on offense (a long list with few immediate solutions.) This week, John Helsley dove deeper into why so many young Cowboys have been forced into the spotlight this season. Turns out, the lack of current depth correlates back to two recruiting classes: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/photo4.jpg]3473322[/img] . But recruiting is just one piece of the puzzle. (Click here -> for an in-depth look at all the factors that led to OSU’s roster issues this fall.) —- 2. Happy Halloween weekend from Bill Snyder Family Stadium, home to the scariest of venues for OSU. Here’s why Cowboy fans should be frightened. Since 1990, OSU is 1-7 in Manhattan. And in those losses, a number of spooky occurrences took place, including but not limited to… An injury that ultimately ended the OSU career of one quarterback. A loss that was followed by a head coach’s resignation. Two OSU players suffering game-ending injuries on the same play. (Click here –> for more on the Cowboys haunted past in Manhattan.) —- 3. Here’s a game-by-game look at the number of running back carries / yards OSU’s Mr. Everything Tyreek Hill has in Big 12 play this season: vs TTU: 6 / 39 vs ISU: 9 / 22 at KU: 0 / 0 at TCU: 11 / 52 vs WVU: 14 / 78 Is now the time to solidify Hill’s role in the offense at running back? (Click here –> to learn what former OSU coach Pat Jones thinks.) —- 4. Long before OSU safety Jordan Sterns made 20 tackles against West Virginia last week, he was a high school fullback. Who was he blocking for? The Longhorns’ leading rusher at Texas -- running back Malcolm Brown. That’s just one of many interesting tidbits from Sterns’ past. (Click here –> to learn more about the sophomore’s rise to become a starter in the Cowboy defensive backfield.) —- 5. When Gundy spoke about his respect for Snyder this past week, the Cowboy didn’t embellish his personal relationship with the Wildcat. They’ve spoke briefly when facing one another on game day. They see one another at annual conference meetings. That’s about it. But as columnist Berry Tramel points out, the Gundy-Snyder connection goes way back. All the way to 1989. Gundy was the Cowboys’ senior quarterback. Snyder was the Wildcats’ rookie head coach. They faced one another on homecoming. “We got some points, but not enough,” Snyder told The Oklahoman postgame. “But I take my hat off to Gundy.” (Click here –> for more of Berry’s perspective and what happened in that that ’89 matchup.) —- 6. Take a look at the front page story of The Oklahoman’s pregame coverage for tonight’s matchup: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/photo3.jpg]3473324[/img] . As columnist Jenni Carlson writes, the upward progress OSU has made during Gundy’s coaching tenure has certainly hit a road block. (Click here –> to read Jenni’s take on how it doesn’t get any easier from here on out.)
Oct 30, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Freshmen don't play much at Kansas State.It's not a hard and fast rule, of course. More like a rule of thumb. But that's the way it's been in Bill Snyder's program, where just about every freshman who steps on campus better be ready to redshirt his first season with the hopes of playing the following year.Elijah Lee was ready to do that, too. But the athletic linebacker...
Linebacker Lee rare freshman standout at K-State
DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Oct 30, 2014MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Freshmen don't play much at Kansas State. It's not a hard and fast rule, of course. More like a rule of thumb. But that's the way it's been in Bill Snyder's program, where just about every freshman who steps on campus better be ready to redshirt his first season with the hopes of playing the following year. Elijah Lee was ready to do that, too. But the athletic linebacker from suburban Kansas City has turned out to be the rare exception, playing so well Snyder can't keep him off the field. "He is a talented guy," Snyder said. "He runs around and makes plays. He is a bright young fellow. Right now, it is at the level of needing experience. Every repetition he gets in practice, every repetition he gets in a game just adds to his strength." Oh, that bit about being bright? Yale once recruited him to play basketball. There was never really a doubt that Lee would stick with football, though. There was never much doubt that he wound up at Kansas State, either. He committed to the Wildcats relatively early in the recruiting process, and then held firm to his commitment when Iowa, Missouri and others tried to pluck him away during his senior season at Blue Springs (Missouri) High School. That wound up being a good thing for Kansas State. Lee impressed Snyder and his defensive staff enough during fall camp to warrant playing time in the opener, and he ended up with two sacks in a victory over Stephen F. Austin. That led to something else rare at Kansas State: acclaim from Snyder for a freshman. "I do not want that to be the kiss of death for any of them," he said in praising a bunch of newcomers, Lee among them. "They still all have a long way to go." That is clear in the case of Lee, who has proven his ability to get to the quarterback — he has 3 1/2 sacks this season — but is still learning the nuances of run defense and dropping into pass coverage. But that will come with time and experience. He's gotten more of both after Mike Moore sustained a season-ending injury. "I have become more confident, especially in this game (last week against Texas)," Lee said, "because I got to play more than I usually do because we played our base package." He'll do that again Saturday when Kansas State (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) plays Oklahoma State. While his learning curve remains steep, Lee has already made a believer of the veterans on the Kansas State defense. His never-slow motor combined with raw physical ability is impressive enough, but so is his vast maturity — a rarity for someone fresh out of high school. "He's just been a great student of the game," Kansas State defensive back Morgan Burns said. "He's spent a lot of time with the older guys that have been through the system, asking questions and trying to learn the defense. I think that shows a lot of maturity on his part." Kansas State linebacker Will Davis praised Lee for his relentless optimism. "He definitely does not act like a true freshman walking around the complex or at practice. He brings the same mindset that a junior or senior would," Davis said. "I feel like his biggest upside is his maturity that he brings every day. He is never down or out like a normal freshman might be some days after a bad practice or a bad play. He always has a good mindset." Kansas State has a history of producing talented linebackers, especially in the two-plus decades that Snyder has been in charge. Elijah Alexander and Percell Gaskins started the run in the early 1990s, Mark Simoneau and Ben Lever highlighted a flood of them to the NFL in the early 2000s, and Arthur Brown was a second-round pick of the Ravens last year. Whether Lee lives up to their lofty standards will be played out over the next few years. But at least for now, the freshman linebacker is off to a good start. "Elijah has done well. He's making improvements," Snyder said. "He's going to be a very fine player. He was good enough as a freshman to move up to the backup role at the onset of the season. The more playing time he gets, the better he gets."
Oct 30, 2014
Richards, a high school quarterback a year ago, has been thrown into a starter role due to the ankle injury to starter Ashton Lampkin and a lack of developed depth. He’s had some rough spots. But some bright spots, too.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Ramon Richards learning life on the island
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Oct 30, 2014Glenn Spencer sees what you see: enemy receivers leaving true freshman cornerback Ramon Richards in futile pursuit. But the Cowboys defensive coordinator sees — and knows — other things, too. Like when Richards is supposed to have help, which doesn’t arrive, leaving him alone in the spotlight. Like the way corners are exposed more for their mistakes than any player with the possible exception of the kicker. “That’s part of it,” Spencer said this week. Ofa (Hautau) or James (Castleman) or Jimmy (Bean) or Emmanuel (Ogbah) might get out of their gap and somebody might get by them for a (big) gain. Nobody says a word. “Doesn’t seem right, does it? Doesn’t seem right. And I tell them that. ‘Life isn’t fair to you all the time. For me to tell you another young man should have been in position on that play, this isn’t all you…’ At the top of his lungs he probably wants to yell, ‘Hey, I was supposed to have help here!’ “But he doesn’t. But it is what it is. I’m very pleased with him.” Richards, a high school quarterback a year ago, has been thrown into a starter role due to the ankle injury to starter Ashton Lampkin and a lack of developed depth. He’s had some rough spots. But some bright spots, too. Kevin Peterson, OSU’s star corner opposite Richards, was a freshman once. And he remembers what former corners coach Jason Jones told him. “Coach Jones said, ‘They know you’re a freshman. If I were them, I’d come at you too. It’s not a secret you’re in there. You asked for this. You signed up for this. It’s only going to get you better,’” Peterson said. “Ramon’s taking it really well. He’s going to be really good.” KSU’s Snyder Hypes Hill Kansas State coach Bill Snyder isn’t prone to hyperbole. Yet when the topic turned to OSU running back and return man Tyreek Hill this week, and the threat that he poses defenses, Snyder couldn’t contain himself. “He’s the fastest man in the world,” Snyder said at his weekly luncheon, “that’s probably what makes most of it happen. He has world-class speed. He can run. He doesn’t need another (skill) set. You just give him the ball and he out-runs everyone that’s on the field. That’s pretty simple.” Of course, it hasn’t been that simple for Hill. Hill has been a threat and he’s been effective, and he’s certainly in focus on defensive game plans. “He can play in the backfield and he can play as a wide receiver, so he can catch the ball,” Snyder said. “He’s a good player.” Quotable Cowboys receiver David Glidden on what an upset over Kansas State would mean: “It would be huge. It would be a huge momentum lift going into the rest of the schedule. Going up into Manhattan, prime-time television game, you really can’t ask for much more than that. We’ve got to go up there and just fight. We’ve got to be relentless and execute. We’ve just got to go make plays and execute.” ’Cats Enjoy Fall Home Cooking Fall in Manhattan has become winning time for K-State under Snyder. Since his return to the sidelines in 2009, the Wildcats are 16-6 in conference home games, including a 13-3 mark in their last 16 tries. K-State has always been tough under Snyder in November. Since 1991, the ’Cats are 51-18 in November with Snyder at the helm, good for a 73.9 winning percentage. The calendar flips to Nov. 1 when OSU visits Saturday.
Oklahoma State football: Kansas State's B.J. Finney exemplifies the fighting spirit the Cowboys will face SaturdayOct 30, 2014
The Wildcat center has become an anchor. A fourth-year starter. A third-year captain. But it wasn’t so long ago that he was a redshirt walk-on trying to turn his dream into his reality and reach the goal of playing major college football that his late father had set for him.
Oklahoma State football: Kansas State's B.J. Finney exemplifies the fighting spirit the Cowboys will face Saturday
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Oct 30, 2014Just like the campus and the town, B.J. Finney was still buzzing a couple days after Kansas State’s big win over Miami. It was Sept. 2011, and he was a first-year starter on the offensive line. The Wildcats had gone to the Biscayne Bay and returned to the Flint Hills with their biggest victory of the season. Finney had never played in a bigger game, and with his emotions still running high from Saturday, he decided to write a note to his dad on Monday. Hey, Dad. It’s Bud. Man, you had the best seat in the house for the Miami game this Saturday. I could feel you there with me. Finney wrote online in his dad’s condolences book. J. Finney died in 2004. As Oklahoma State heads to K-State this weekend, the Cowboys had better be ready. The Wildcats aren’t just the top team in the Big 12. They are also a bunch that will pop you in the mouth. They are tough. They are physical. They are fighters. None has fought harder than B.J. Finney. The Wildcat center has become an anchor. A fourth-year starter. A third-year captain. But it wasn’t so long ago that he was a redshirt walk-on trying to turn his dream into his reality. “It would’ve been so much easier for me to go the other way and not be who I am today,” Finney said before the season at Big 12 media days. “But I know at the end of the day, as long as I strive to be the best person that I can, that I’m making my dad proud.” That Miami game, after all, wasn’t the first time that B.J. Finney felt his dad’s presence. Wasn’t the last time either. B.J. was just shy of his 13th birthday when J. had a heart attack and died. The two were close, the only males in a family with three girls. They hunted together. They loved sports together. The elder Finney was often his son’s coach, and they dreamed of the day B.J. would play major-college football. But after his dad died, there was a time that B.J. wondered if he’d ever play sports again. It wasn’t as much fun without his dad. It didn’t mean as much without him either. Slowly, though, B.J. realized that he had a chance to honor his dad through sports, to live the dreams that his dad had for him. He became a standout in football and wrestling at Andale High School near Wichita. Several major-college wrestling programs wanted him, but his heart was set on football. Ohio offered a scholarship, the only major-college program to do so, and Finney had all but decided to commit on his official visit. Then, Ohio called. Another lineman had committed and taken the scholarship that would’ve been Finney’s. That left him with a choice — take a Division-II offer or walk on at K-State. The Wildcats have a strong walk-on program. They have taken many a passed-over recruit, often from Kansas high schools, and transformed them into top-notch talents. Jordy Nelson, now Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in Green Bay, was a K-State walk-on. Ditto for Ryan Mueller and Randall Evans, who are current starters on the K-State defense. Having that kind of track record with walk-ons was important to Finney, but more than anything, he wanted to fulfill a promise he’d made to his dad. Finney had once said that if he played football, it would be at the highest level. “It was just one of those things that I wanted to make happen after he passed,” Finney said. He told his mother, Christy, that he wanted to walk on with the Wildcats. She supported his decision but with one caveat. You have one year to earn a scholarship. Christy was working two jobs and living with her sister. Finances had become tight after J.’s death, and she didn’t want to take out a bunch of student loans and get buried under a mountain of debt. With Christy’s paychecks, B.J.’s savings and what they had left from J.’s life insurance payout, they could afford one year at K-State. B.J. arrived in Manhattan in the summer of 2010 and went right to work. He finished every workout. He attended every meeting. He did everything he could to get noticed. It was more of the same during his redshirt season, grinding on the scout team and hoping it would be enough. The offseason came. So did the summer. Still, no scholarship. Then one July afternoon, with the clock ticking towards a new academic year that Finney couldn’t afford, K-State coach Bill Snyder called him into his office. The Wildcats had a scholarship for him if he wanted it. Finney nearly floated out of Snyder’s office. He appeared in his first game for the Wildcats a couple months later. He didn’t just play in the season opener either. He started at right guard. The next week, he moved to center. Finney has started there every game since, becoming a three-year team captain and a two-time first-team all-conference selection. This season, the 6-foot-4, 303-pound center is on the watch lists for the Outland, Rimington and Lombardi awards. NFL types also think he will be one of the top five centers in next year’s draft. Of course, there’s a lot of football to be played before then. The Wildcats are undefeated in Big 12 play, and if their kicker hadn’t had an off night against Auburn, they’d be undefeated right now. Still, if K-State wins out with tough road games remaining at TCU, West Virginia and Baylor, it will have a great argument for making the College Football Playoff. No one who bleeds purple would love that more than B.J. Finney; fighting to earn a spot and be the best would suit him just fine. “That’s the way I live my life,” he said. He knows that his dad would be proud of that. How could a father not be? Even though B.J. would love to hear it from his dad’s mouth and see it in his dad’s eyes, the motivation remains. “He’s still watching,” Finney said, “and he’s still here.” Keeping alive his dad’s memory is just one more thing that B.J. Finney has fought to do. 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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
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 16, 2014
Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns.
College football: Special teams touchdowns energize teams, fans
By Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 16, 2014A few seconds after Oklahoma’s Alex Ross crossed the goal line last weekend in the Cotton Bowl, several teammates knocked him to the ground and dog-piled him in the end zone. Sooners special teams coordinator Jay Boulware ran around the sideline, pumping his fist and celebrating with players. Only seven games minutes had passed. Oklahoma only led Texas 7-3. But from the team’s wild celebration, you would’ve thought the game was clinched. A few hours later in Lawrence, Kan., Oklahoma State speedster Tyreek Hill broke free for a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown that destroyed a Kansas upset bid and allowed OSU to escape with a 27-20 victory. Nothing energizes a crowd, fires up a team or deflates an opponent like a special teams touchdown, and we’re getting used to them in the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners and Cowboys are two of only five teams in major college football this season with two kickoff return touchdowns. In 21 games nationally this season including such a play, the team that scored on a kickoff return has won 16 times. The Sooners are 15-2 all-time, and the Cowboys are 17-8, when they return a kickoff for a touchdown. “It’s a big momentum changer,” Ross said. “It just helps the team big time because one play turns the tide.” Ross himself proved that on Sept. 20 in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia led the Sooners 24-17 with 1:20 left in the first half when Ross went 100 yards for a kickoff return touchdown, creating a tie game — and killing every bit of momentum the upset-minded Mountaineers hoped to carry into the break. It would be easy to credit Ross and Hill’s track speed for their success in the kick return game, and that certainly is a major part of it. Ross was an Oklahoma state champion sprinter at Jenks High School. Hill was an indoor track All-American last spring for the Cowboys after transferring from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. But speed alone can’t create kickoff return touchdowns. Both players are patient and intelligent when looking for holes and aggressive in hitting them. “He hits the hole super fast, and that actually makes our job a lot easier,” said OU’s Aaron Franklin, a reserve linebacker and kick-return blocker. “We don’t have to stay on our blocks as long because he’s already by the kickoff team.” In addition to those personal attributes, any successful kickoff returner has 10 teammates in front of him that must be tough, competitive and prideful while doing work that is largely thankless. “The timing of those blocks is essential to the return, the location on the field that those blocks take place,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “Sometimes it has to take place on the 40, sometimes on the 32. And then there’s a set of blocks that can take place on the 15 or 20. It’s just based on whoever we’re playing that week and how they’re defending our kickoff return.” As both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State prepare for top-15 opponents this weekend, special teams could very well prove to be the difference. The Cowboys travel to TCU, which upset the Sooners only two weeks ago and has returned one kickoff for a touchdown this season. Oklahoma hosts Kansas State, a team that has become known for its special teams acumen throughout the Bill Snyder era. “We put a lot of emphasis on special teams,” said OU safety Ahmad Thomas. “Every unit has to be great to be a great team.”
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 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
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.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was busy revolutionizing the spread offense, and the idea of a run-pass quarterback, at college football's highest level during the 1990s.Gus Malzahn was watching it all transpire while coaching high schools in Arkansas.On Thursday night, two of the most innovative coaches of their respective generations will match wits under the lights with...
Auburn, K-State get early chance to make statement
DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Sep 17, 2014MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was busy revolutionizing the spread offense, and the idea of a run-pass quarterback, at college football's highest level during the 1990s. Gus Malzahn was watching it all transpire while coaching high schools in Arkansas. On Thursday night, two of the most innovative coaches of their respective generations will match wits under the lights with a national TV audience. Malzahn is coaching fifth-ranked Auburn (2-0) these days, and the Tigers will be visiting the No. 20 Wildcats (2-0) for a non-conference showdown. "Being a high school coach way back when, I had a lot of respect for him, the way he's built the program," Malzahn said of the 74-year-old Snyder, the seemingly ageless wonder who returned from a brief retirement a few years ago to rebuild the program that he first put on the map. "I think he's one of the better coaches to ever walk the planet," Malzahn added. "You can turn on the game film and you can see why. They execute offense and defense and the special teams, and they get the most out of their players. That's what really stands out to me." What stands out to Snyder is the similarity in their offenses. Both feature an athletic quarterback. Both use elements of the read-option, and then create a variety of looks from the same basic sets. And both have proven that the run game is still a vital part of success in an era of pass-happy offenses. "They are still a pretty broad package in regards to their offense, which is similar to us," Snyder said. "Your preparation has to be broad-based as well and be prepared for all of it." That preparation should be somewhat easy for both teams. Since they share so many similarities, Kansas State and Auburn has easily replicated their opponent in practice the past few weeks. The Wildcats have been able to mimic the flashy running style of Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall and the up-tempo, no-huddle approach that carried Auburn to the national title game last year. The Tigers have been able to break down and impersonate Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters, one of the most accurate passers in major college football. "We definitely respect them," Waters said, "but we also know that they are trying to come in here and smack us around and beat us. We have to have that same attitude and that confidence that we can play with anyone in the country. We respect them but we're not scared of them." In a game that could have significant ramifications for the new college football playoff, here are a few things to watch for when Auburn visits Kansas State on Thursday night: LOCKETT VS COATES: Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates, who has been limited by a knee injury, is big and physical. Kansas State's Tyler Lockett, who has been limited by a balky hamstring, is speedy and elusive. Both are expected to play significant roles in the game. And Auburn's secondary will be depleted. Safety Jermaine Whitehead will miss the game because of a violation of team rules. RODNEY DANGERFIELDS: Auburn doesn't believe it's received the respect typically showered on defending SEC champions. Kansas State has played the no-respect card every year that Snyder has prowled the sidelines. "We've always played with a chip on our shoulder," Auburn linebacker Kris Frost said. "I don't ever think that's going to change." GETTING SPECIAL: With so many similarities between Snyder and Malzahn, it makes sense that both programs would value special teams. The Wildcats routinely score on kickoff and punt returns, and it was a dramatic return of a missed field goal against Alabama last season that helped boost the Tigers into the SEC title game. "We've worked extremely hard the last week-and-a-half on special teams," Malzahn acknowledged. "I think that will be a big factor." BIG STAKES: Both teams can rack up some early style points with the new playoff committee with a marquee non-conference win. Perhaps more importantly, both can build some momentum for the rest of the season. "The whole world is watching," Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright said. STAYING LOOSE: With so much on the line, staying loose could prove difficult. Kansas State hasn't faced a top-five, non-conference team at home since 1969, while the Tigers will be playing on the road for the first time this season. "Someone told me that's the only game going on that day," Wildcats wide receiver Deante Burton said. "It's a game you dream about."
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Aug 29, 2014
On the day that Oklahomans ring in the start of the college football season, Carol Stoops’ husband, Bob, will begin his 16th season as Oklahoma’s football coach. He will also coach his 200th game for the Sooners.
Oklahoma football: Why the stability of Bob Stoops' job has been so valuable to the Stoops family
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Aug 29, 2014NORMAN — Carol Stoops went back to her hometown of Cresco, Iowa, recently to visit family. During her stay in the tiny town less than 10 minutes south of the Minnesota state line, she made time to visit the house she grew up in. The house where she had birthday parties and sleepovers and holidays. The house where her parents lived for 56 years. Stoops got a little weepy standing there in the front yard. They were happy tears, not just for her good fortune but for that of her three children. “Boy, our kids are lucky to have an upbringing like I did, to be in the same place the whole way through high school,” she said. “My memories aren’t all over the country. They’re in my little town. “Our kids’ will be here.” Here in Norman. On the day that Oklahomans ring in the start of the college football season, Stoops’ husband, Bob, will begin his 16th season as Oklahoma’s football coach. He will also coach his 200th game for the Sooners. It’s a significant milestone. Only three other active major-college football coaches — Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, Troy’s Larry Blakeney and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder — have coached more games at one school. And if Stoops stays through 2020 and the end of his current contract, he’ll approach the 300-game plateau only reached by six coaches, legends like Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and Tom Osborne. In a nomadic profession, Stoops’ stability is a rarity. “I agree with you — it isn’t easy in today’s world,” Stoops said earlier this week when I asked about it. “A lot of people want change because they always feel the grass is greener on the other side.” Schools often feel that way. So do coaches. But Stoops has stayed, even as attractive and wealthy suitors have come calling, and OU decision makers have never wavered in their support of him. “I consider myself fortunate, lucky, blessed to be at a place like this for so long,” Stoops said. “My family has been raised in one place, which doesn’t happen much in my profession.” That is likely something that few outside of the coaching profession think about. It’s rarely considered. It’s underrated. Unless you’re part of a coaching family. Carol Stoops remembers when Bob got hired at Kansas State. It was their third stop in three years, having gone from a volunteer position at Iowa to an assistant spot at Kent State for a year before landing in Manhattan. Carol, then a math teacher, knew they were living the percentages — coaches on average stayed in one place less than three years — so she didn’t see much reason to spend a bunch of money at the house. She didn’t put up drapes, much less decorate. Then another coach’s wife stopped by. “You need to plant yourself wherever you go,” she told Carol. “You put up drapes. You make a home a home as if you’re going to be there forever.” Her thinking was forever changed. Everywhere that Bob has been since, Carol has thought of it as their forever home. Still, it’s a little crazy in the coaching profession that they have managed to call one place home for 15-plus years. When they arrived in Norman, daughter Mackie was a toddler and twins Drake and Isaac were still in utero. Now, Mackie is a high school senior and the boys are just starting high school. “We just take life as it comes,” she said. “We always have. We’ve never looked for the next job or the next place. If you live like that in our world, you can just never be happy anywhere because you’re always looking for the next. “But looking back now ... it’s amazing that it happened this way. I just consider us all incredibly fortunate.” There are lots of other folks who feel the same about the Stoops clan having stayed in Norman all these years, too. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Class 3A football: Communities like Kingfisher, Bethany, Seminole provide the backing to create contendersAug 26, 2014
Successful football programs in Class 3A often come with a special bond between the school and town. Talent and coaching still trumps all factors in winning, but community support can help turn a program into a yearly contender. Here’s a look at how three of the schools in the preseason top 10 have benefited from that type of backing. Kingfisher: A winning mindset In Kingfisher, the defending...
Class 3A football: Communities like Kingfisher, Bethany, Seminole provide the backing to create contenders
BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer | Aug 26, 2014Successful football programs in Class 3A often come with a special bond between the school and town. Talent and coaching still trumps all factors in winning, but community support can help turn a program into a yearly contender. Here’s a look at how three of the schools in the preseason top 10 have benefited from that type of backing. Kingfisher: A winning mindset In Kingfisher, the defending Class 3A state champions are surrounded by an expectation for success that goes beyond football. The community and school administration has placed an emphasis on fostering the winning mindset. “Kingfisher, I think, is a unique community in the sense that the people expect to do well and succeed in everything,” said Superintendent Jason Sternberger. “It obviously shows in football, but that community support goes through all our sports, and FFA, and band, and whatever else. It just bleeds from one activity to the next.” Over the past 11 years, the Yellowjackets are 125-25 with six trips to the state championship game and two titles. Jeff Myers has been a major part of the recent success since becoming the head coach in 2004. “Coach Myers deserves a lot a credit for organizing the way he runs the program,” said Sternberger, the father of defensive end Jace Sternberger. “As kids go through the system and develop, they just continually turn into good players. He also has a good outreach and communication with the parents. That stuff can go a long way.” Bethany: Top-notch facilities Bethany High School is part of a tight-knit community surrounded by the metro area. The unique bond is especially evident on Friday nights in the fall. “It’s special that we have a small-town atmosphere within our whole school system, yet we’re locked in the heart of the city,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “That’s unheard of today.” A recent rise in success has helped develop that passion. The Bronchos had a sub-par program in the 1990s, but have turned things around in the past 15 years including a Class 2A title in 2003. Bethany’s community support has been as good as any 3A school could ask for, as evidenced by some of the state’s best facilities. In the past five years, the program has raised money for an indoor practice facility, a 3,000 square-foot weight room, and a new locker room. “Every facility at this place is new within the last 10 years,” Roof said. “Since we’ve had a little bit of success it’s kind of been a combination of parents’ support, administration support, and just everyone getting involved. People have donated in every way, not just with money. If someone is an electrician they’ll come do the electrical for a facility, or a plumber, or construction.” Seminole: A coach in it for the long haul At Seminole, the town has rallied around what Mike Snyder has built. Over Snyder’s 34 years as coach, Seminole has averaged 9.5 wins a season. He is second in all-time wins among Oklahoma coaches with a record of 323-99. “I think it’s a unique community in the sense that there’s been so much tradition here that expectations are high from our kids and the town,” Snyder said. “As a result we pretty much fill the bleachers up every Friday night and we travel well to road games.” Snyder has led the Chieftains to the playoffs 29 consecutive years, the second-longest current streak in the state. The community has responded by provided for the program. Last season, a new $100,000 video board was put in at Chieftain Stadium, which Snyder says was paid for by the community. “We’ve got a great administration and when you put that together with a great community, you can get what you need and want for your program,” Snyder said. “Money has never been an object at Seminole with this program. It’s always been a ‘what can I do for you?’ or ‘what do you need?’ situation. I have a lot of former players who are out there in the business world that help take care of us. I think that’s one of the advantages to staying in one place a long time.”
Aug 25, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The top three returning running backs for No. 20 Kansas State this season have combined to carry the ball 11 times for 55 yards. None of them has ever scored a touchdown.Let that sink in for a moment.The graduations of three-year starter John Hubert and longtime backup Robert Rose have left a massive void for the Wildcats in the offensive backfield, and that could lead to...
K-State could use rare running back-by-committee
DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2014MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The top three returning running backs for No. 20 Kansas State this season have combined to carry the ball 11 times for 55 yards. None of them has ever scored a touchdown. Let that sink in for a moment. The graduations of three-year starter John Hubert and longtime backup Robert Rose have left a massive void for the Wildcats in the offensive backfield, and that could lead to a rare events: Bill Snyder just might put a freshman in the starting lineup. Sure, senior DeMarcus Robinson has played in six games over the course of his career, and Charles Jones and Jarvis Leverett Jr. have spent time on the scout squad. But none of them carries the same expectations of incoming freshman Dalvin Warmack, one of the top prep running backs to emerge from the Kansas City area in the past three decades. The first two-time winner of the Simone Award, given to the area's top high school player, Warmack could crack the starting lineup in the first few weeks of the season — though it appears Jones has the inside track for Saturday's opener against Stephen F. Austin. "More often than not, my preference would be to redshirt virtually all our freshman," Snyder explained, "but (Warmack) will have the opportunity to compete in every way." Partly because of his immense talent. Partly because the Wildcats need him. Hubert ran for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, and second-leading rusher Daniel Sams — who played quarterback — transferred in the offseason. That means the top returning rusher is starting QB Jake Waters, who ran for 312 yards and six scores a year ago. That would have been a decent Friday night for Warmack, who piled up 2,300 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns as a junior, and had 2,223 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. Those numbers along with his diminutive nature have led to comparisons to former Kansas State star Darren Sproles, who also attended high school in suburban Kansas City and now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. "That's the one position I feel like has the best chance to play early in college football," Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel said. "At running back, your instincts carry you. "Instinctually, Dalvin is everything I expected when we recruited him, and his football IQ is very good," Dimel added. "Sometimes you get these talented players and their football IQ isn't what you thought it would be, and it is like, 'Oh gosh,' you have to start over every day. He's not like that. He's very much the opposite of that." The rest of the guys aren't willing to cede the job without a fight. Robinson is expected to start the season in the backfield, mostly because he's the only guy who has logged a college carry. But he's plenty talented in his own right, running for close to 5,000 yards during a decorated high school career in Wichita, Kansas. Jones had 1,767 yards and 22 touchdowns during his senior season in Mandeville, Louisiana, while Leverette was rated as one of the best prep running backs in Texas his senior season. "All three of us can easily fill John Hubert's shoes," Leverett said, "and that's my biggest thing, letting the fans know, 'Yeah, we had a three-year starter, but we've been learning from him for two years, three years.' It's just a matter of going out and applying what we know." When asked what thought of being the Wildcats' top returning rusher, Waters laughed and then shrugged. He doesn't expect to be the top gainer this season. And while he's unwilling to guess who it might be, he does expect someone to put up big numbers. "We're going to be good at running back," Waters said. "We have three or four guys that are a capable of doing anything and everything we ask of them, and we're going to have to lean on them throughout the year. I'm really excited to see who steps up."
Hollis expanding Keegan Macias’ role.
High school football: District A-2 preview
By Jacob Unruh | Aug 22, 2014As a fullback last season, Hollis’ Carlos Herrera earned a spot on the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football team with more than 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns. Now coach Reade Box is hoping Keegan Macias can duplicate that at the same position. “He’s going to go from getting 10-12 carries a game to over 20 carries a game,” Box said. “He’s a freak athlete.” Macias rushed for 976 yards and seven touchdowns last season as the Tigers went 14-0 and won the Class A championship. Hollis returns seven starters on each side of the ball, and Box said the talent at skill positions will be big as some new offensive linemen adjust. “We’re going to have speed back there, and those kids know our system,” he said. “They’re really confident in what we do and they believe in what we do.” APACHE BUILT ON SPEED Longtime Apache coach Larry McDaniel believes senior running back Jordan Littrell might be one of the fastest players to come from the Warriors’ program. Littrell runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and presents a problem with his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame for opposing defenses. “He may have had one of the most impressive summers,” McDaniel said. Littrell isn’t the only speed threat for Apache. Senior Jalen Domebo is also an option along with a quick defense that will be big as Apache looks to edge Hollis in the district. “Hollis runs real well themselves,” McDaniel said. “We’ve got to be able to compete with those guys, and you’ve got to be able to run with them. I think we can.” BABCOCK RETURNS TO SNYDER The most successful coach in Snyder’s history is back. Former coach Robert Babcock returns to lead the program for the first time since 2010. This season marks his 20th as head coach at Snyder. “I think I got at least one good year in me, hopefully more,” Babcock said. Babcock, who remained a teacher the past three years at Snyder, led the Cyclones to their only state championship in 1995 and has a career record of 131-85. And even though Snyder went 1-9 last season, he was impressed with what he saw in Thursday’s scrimmage against Frederick. “Better than expected,” he said. “We definitely had some execution issues on offense, but in the first scrimmage of the year you’ve got to expect that. I wasn’t totally happy, but I was impressed with their attitude and defensively.” EXTRA POINTS Hinton coach Larry Lewis joined the Comets after coaching Mangum the past several years and will play his old team after both joined the district from Class 2A. … Junior Kade Wendt is moving from quarterback to receiver at Mangum, making way for Colby Hamlett. … Carnegie will look to find ways to consistently get the ball to receiver Hunter Hollingsworth, a three-year starter. District A-2 coaches’ poll 1. Hollis (14-0) 2. Apache (11-3) 3. Cordell (5-6) T4. Carnegie (2-8) T4. Hinton (4-6) 6. Mangum (1-9) 7. Snyder (1-9) *Last year’s record in parenthesis
The campaign began in 2008 as a friendly competition between mentoring advocates Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Bill Snyder of Kansas State and has grown to include 15 current or retired coaches from the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences.
High school notebook: Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy join Boren Mentoring Initiative
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Aug 8, 2014Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy have teamed up to help the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence through its Boren Mentoring Initiative to host the Oklahoma Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge. The campaign began in 2008 as a friendly competition between mentoring advocates Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Bill Snyder of Kansas State and has grown to include 15 current or retired coaches from the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences. This year, the Big 12 has also endorsed the campaign, which began Aug. 1 and concludes Nov. 30. Last year’s challenge generated 9,000 new volunteer mentors in participating states, and organizers have set a goal of 15,000 new mentors this year. “As coaches, we have the opportunity to positively influence the lives of our athletes both on and off of the field,” Stoops said. “However, more and more youth are in need of a positive role model. The National Mentoring Partnership has identified 15 million children in our nation who are in need of caring and quality mentors.” Added Gundy: “In an effort to help close this ‘mentoring gap,’ we are joining the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge to encourage our fans to become mentors to local youth in need of positive adult influence in their lives.” The Boren Mentoring Initiative has launched a website at www.okcoacheschallenge.org where people can sign up to mentor. The website also offers information for participating mentoring organizations as well as Oklahoma coaches who would like to register to join in the campaign. The site includes ideas and materials for promoting the campaign and recruiting mentors in communities across the state. For more information on the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge, visit www.okcoacheschallenge.org or contact Boren Mentoring Initiative director Beverly Woodrome at (405) 236-0006 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 N.W. 50th Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information.
Jul 22, 2014
DALLAS (AP) — Charlie Strong riled up plenty of Texas fans during a statewide spring tour by saying the Longhorns wouldn't be in the national championship game.The new coach toned down his honest assessment in future stops, then said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 media days that he prefers not even talking about championships."'I've been part of two national championships. The place...
Texas' Strong prefers not talking national title
STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014DALLAS (AP) — Charlie Strong riled up plenty of Texas fans during a statewide spring tour by saying the Longhorns wouldn't be in the national championship game. The new coach toned down his honest assessment in future stops, then said Tuesday in his first appearance at Big 12 media days that he prefers not even talking about championships. "'I've been part of two national championships. The place (Florida) that I won it at, we never talked about going and winning a national championship," Strong said. "You expect them to have expectations at the University of Texas because you're at a premier program. But it's all about our players and just making sure we go compete. I don't ever want to put pressure on our team, on our players at all. I just want them to go out and just go to work each and every day." The Longhorns haven't even won a Big 12 title since the 2009 season, when they made it to the national championship game, which is the primary reason Mack Brown is no longer the Texas coach. Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win its league-high ninth Big 12 title. Texas, which appeared with the Sooners, West Virginia, Kansas State and Iowa State on the second day of media days, is picked fourth. Strong said his national championship comment on the first stop of the spring tour came as the Longhorns had just finished spring practice. "We were not a healthy football team at that time," Strong said. "I can't say just how far off we are and that we will not know that until we go compete this fall. But we still have work to do. Now, we're not as bad as we used to be." Strong said quarterback David Ash played "very well" when healthy last season and is the starter. Ash has been cleared to participate in contact drills after missing most of last season with concussion symptoms and part of spring drills with a broken left foot. Oklahoma coach Bo Stoops sounded hopeful about possibly adding two proven offensive players this season, and not having to wait until 2015 for former Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and quarterback Baker Mayfield, a true freshman starter for Texas Tech last season when he threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games. Green-Beckham was dismissed by Missouri in April after several off-field incidents, and this month got to Oklahoma, where Stoops and receivers coach Jay Norvell had personally recruited him out of high school. The Sooners have filed an appeal seeking for him to be able to play this season, a year after 59 catches and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore at Mizzou. "Through extensive conversations with the people at Missouri and our people, it was something that we felt the person that he is, the potential that he has as a young man and as an individual, that we felt the opportunity to give him a second chance at our place could serve him well and be great for his future," Stoops said. Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury referred to "just team policy" for a decision blocking Mayfield, who wasn't on scholarship at Texas Tech, from being able to play immediately at Oklahoma without losing a season of eligibility. "'A guy that you haven't invested a scholarship in, I don't know why it would be an issue," Stoops said. "It's something that we're working through." Bill Snyder will turn 75 during the upcoming season, his 23rd as Kansas State's coach. Told by one reporter that there have been 48 coaches at other Big 12 schools since he was first hired at Kansas State in 1989, Snyder chuckled. "There's a variety of different reasons. Sometimes people move on," Snyder said. "The age factor, I can't negotiate that. ... I'm as old as time, and that's not going to change." Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads hired former Kansas coach and Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mark Mangino. Rhoads said Mangino has a proven record as a play caller and brings a tough mentality. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said he has never been more excited about going into a season than he is about the Mountaineers' third in the Big 12. They were coming off an Orange Bowl victory before getting to the Big 12 and going 6-12 in conference games the last two years. "I think our players in our locker room understand what the Big 12 is all about," Holgorsen said. "They understand how challenging it is."