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Apr 13, 2016
Here are the first-team selections on The Oklahoman's All-City wrestling team: Triston Cortez, Kingfisher Weight: 106 pounds Class: Senior Record: 43-0 The story: Cortez capped off his career with back-to-back undefeated seasons, a total of 83-0 over his last two years with a pair of Class 3A titles. Paxton Rosen, Edmond North Weight: 113 pounds Class: Junior Record: 43-2 The...
High school wrestling: Meet The Oklahoman's All-City wrestling first-team selections
By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Apr 13, 2016Here are the first-team selections on The Oklahoman's All-City wrestling team: Triston Cortez, Kingfisher Weight: 106 pounds Class: Senior Record: 43-0 The story: Cortez capped off his career with back-to-back undefeated seasons, a total of 83-0 over his last two years with a pair of Class 3A titles. Paxton Rosen, Edmond North Weight: 113 pounds Class: Junior Record: 43-2 The story: Blazed through a competitive schedule with just two losses and finished it off with a Class 6A title. Garrett Rowe, Choctaw Weight: 120 pounds Class: Senior Record: 40-5 The story: The senior leader of Choctaw's resurgent 6A state championship team, Rowe went out as a two-time state champion. Dalton Duffield, Westmoore Weight: 126 pounds Class: Senior Record: 41-4 The story: Reached the state finals three times in his career, winning once. He closed his career as the 6A runner-up. Wrestler of the Year Kaden Gfeller, Heritage Hall Weight: 132 pounds Class: Junior Record: 34-0 The story: Unbeaten in his career at Heritage Hall, Gfeller will look to join the elite club of four-time state champions next year. Brik Filippo, Tuttle Weight: 138 pounds Class: Junior Record: 40-4 The story: One of many talented wrestlers on a dominant Tuttle team, Filippo rounded out a solid year with a 4A championship. Jaryn Curry, Choctaw Weight: 145 pounds Class: Sophomore Record: 41-3 The story: Part of a young group of Yellowjackets who helped boost the team to state champion status, Curry won the individual 6A title as well. Beau Guffey, Tuttle Weight: 152 pounds Class: Senior Record: 35-3 The story: If not for an injury midway through his freshman year, Guffey might've been a four-time champion. He closed out his stellar career with three straight 4A titles. Aryion Young, Heritage Hall Weight: 160 pounds Class: Senior Record: 32-1 The story: Beaten only once on his way to the Class 3A state championship. Tanner Johnson, Tuttle Weight: 170 pounds Class: Junior Record: 35-11 The story: One of 10 Tuttle wrestlers to reach the 4A finals, Johnson finished as a state runner-up. Easton Rendleman, Choctaw Weight: 182 pounds Class: Sophomore Record: 36-6 The story: Another young wrestler hoping to build on this year's success at Choctaw, Rendleman was the 6A runner-up. Kaden Truelove, Mustang Weight: 195 pounds Class: Senior Record: 39-5 The story: After losing his mother to cancer in the fall, Truelove capped off an impressive senior season with a runner-up finish in Class 6A. Blake Berryhill, Tuttle Weight: 220 pounds Class: Senior Record: 43-1 The story: The powerfully built, 6-foot-3 Tiger was unbeaten against Oklahoma competition and strong on the national level as well, capping his career with a 4A title. Brey Walker, Southmoore Weight: 285 pounds Class: Sophomore Record: 29-0 The story: Already committed to Oklahoma as an offensive lineman, Walker had to cut 30 pounds after football to get down to 285, then rolled through the season unbeaten to win the 6A title. Coach of the Year Benny Coleman, Choctaw The story: Coleman's program was dominant in the mid-1990s, and returned to prominence this year, winning both the dual state and team championships in Class 6A.
UPDATED, 9 a.m.COLUMBIA, MO. • Having seen line drives drill two of his pitchers in the head in the past year, Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine has changed his stance on the idea of protective masks in the infield. While Mizzou pitchers Tori Finucane and Paige Lowary continue to recover from what Earleywine called “the demons of the shot to the face,” he’d like to see the NCAA require...
Mizzou pitchers deal with injury aftermath
Dave Matter, Associated Press | Apr 2, 2016UPDATED, 9 a.m. COLUMBIA, MO. • Having seen line drives drill two of his pitchers in the head in the past year, Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine has changed his stance on the idea of protective masks in the infield. While Mizzou pitchers Tori Finucane and Paige Lowary continue to recover from what Earleywine called “the demons of the shot to the face,” he’d like to see the NCAA require pitchers and corner infielders to wear masks like the ones Finucane and Lowary now use in the circle. “A year and a half ago, I would have said, ‘Nah, you don’t see it enough,’” he said this week. “But when two of your pitchers get clocked in the face and it changes the way you perform, it changes your stance.” In last year’s season-ending super-regional loss to UCLA, Finucane took a line drive to her face and had to leave the game to undergo tests at a Los Angeles hospital. The frightening scene also occurred against Oregon on Feb. 27 when a liner smashed into Lowary just above her left eye. “Your heart drops in your stomach,” said Mizzou catcher Kirsten Mack, who was behind the plate for both incidents. “When I went out there,” she added, “she was alert and talking. She kept saying, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine.’ … She knew who she was. She knew exactly where she was. That was really reassuring.” With the game temporarily stopped, trainers checked out Lowary and decided she was fit to resume pitching. Earleywine later said she didn’t show signs of a concussion. Further tests revealed no structural damage other than bruising and a nasty cut along her eyebrow. Lowary insisted she stay in the game. “We told her, ‘Paige, you don’t have to do this,’” Mack said. “She said, ‘No, I want to go out there and compete.’” Mizzou led the Ducks 7-0 when the inning began, but Oregon stormed back with six runs in the inning and went on to win 8-7. Lowary, 13-4 with a 3.63 ERA after Friday’s series-opening 7-3 loss to Tennessee, has since struggled some with confidence and command but has shown glimpses of dominance with three straight wins in relief, enough to earn SEC pitcher of the week honors March 21. She averaged 1.5 walks per seven innings before the Oregon game — and 7.0 walks per seven innings over her next 13 appearances, including six walks in two innings against the Vols on Friday. “Mentally, I didn’t really have a choice to take it in and get scared from it,” she said. “I went right back in the (Oregon) game. The next couple games it was hard for me to find the strike zone. Honestly, ever since then I’ve had a little issue throwing strikes. But I’ve recovered a lot and gotten better.” Both pitchers have worked with the athletics department’s sports psychologists since getting hit. Finucane, also dealing with a minor arm injury, has struggled to crack the rotation this year, sporting a 5.07 ERA in 11 appearances and only three starts. Both pitchers now wear protective masks when they’re in the circle. “After I got hit I realized I don’t really want to die if I get hit again,” Lowary said. “It’s really life-threatening getting hit in the face like that.” Earleywine believes the Tigers will be a strong Women’s College World Series contender if both pitchers can get healthy by season’s end — both physically and mentally. “Those are our two studs,” he said. “They get hit in the face and they have a whole other battle that has nothing to do with the hitter. It’s just unfortunate for them. It really is. I wake up every day hoping today is the day they snap out of it.” Finucane had a promising performance Friday out of the bullpen, giving up one hit in a scoreless seventh inning. BALLARD SIGNS WITH MU On the final day for 2016 football recruits to sign national letters of intent, McCluer North wide receiver Harry Ballard submitted his paperwork to play for Mizzou. Ballard, the No. 3 player in the Post-Dispatch Super 30 for the 2016 recruiting class, did not sign with a college program on national signing day in February but gave the Tigers an oral commitment the following week. The 6-2, 205-pound receiver caught 32 passes for 606 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a senior. There have been questions about Ballard’s academic status the last few years, but he said in February he expects to be eligible to enroll at Mizzou for the upcoming season. If he qualifies and makes it to campus this fall, Ballard will be Mizzou’s seventh newcomer from the St. Louis area, joining kicker Tucker McCann (O'Fallon, Ill.), running back Nate Strong (East St. Louis), safety Greg Taylor (East St. Louis), offensive lineman Tre'Vour Simms (East St. Louis), cornerback Jerod Alton (Kirkwood) and tight end Brendan Scales (Lafayette.) ALDRIDGE COMING HOME As a basketball recruit in Marshfield, Mo., Lauren Aldridge went against the grain when she chose Kansas over her in-state school. Mizzou recruited the point guard, but midway through her junior year of high school she became smitten with the Jayhawks. She’ll soon become the rare Border War refugee. Aldridge, a 5-7 point guard, led KU in scoring (11.1 points a game) and assists (2.4) this season, but after visiting Columbia on March 25 she decided to transfer to Mizzou. She’ll become eligible for the 2017-18 season and have two years of eligibility at MU. Aldridge is close friends with Mizzou forward Cierra Porter, one of four returning starters from a team that won 22 games and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “They’re a program on the rise,” Aldridge said in a phone interview. “They went to the NCAA Tournament. They were ranked in the top 25. What girl doesn’t want to play for their home state? Like my mom told me, ‘I just love that you’re going to have Missouri across your chest.’” Conference realignment might have put the Missouri-Kansas Border War into hibernation, but Aldridge’s misdirection move wasn’t lost on social media. “Twitter has made it very aware that I’ve defied all the odds,” she said. ”But you know it’s a decision that makes sense for me because I am from Missouri. So I kind of defied all the odds coming to KU in the first place.” BASEBALL SKID CONTINUES A ninth-inning rally fell short for Tim Jamieson's baseball team Friday at Arkansas, where the Tigers lost their seventh straight conference game in the series opener in Fayetteville, Ark. Mizzou scored three runs in the ninth on Shane Benes’ solo home run and Brett Bond’s two-run homer, but with Kirby McGuire on second base with two outs, Ryan Howard flied out to end the rally in a 7-6 loss. The Tigers are 0-7 in SEC play with five of those losses coming by one or two runs. “We started the game well and we ended the game well," Jamieson said. "In between it wasn’t very good. We should have put up a huge number in the second inning and it’s a completely different game. But on top of that, we made too many little mistakes and created baserunners in scoring position for Arkansas. We had a runner picked off of second base with nobody out. It ends up being a one-run game, maybe one of those mistakes – we make the plays we are supposed to – it’s a different outcome.” Zach Lavy opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first, followed by a two-run second inning for the Tigers (15-13, 0-7). Mizzou scored on a Razorback throwing error and Bond’s RBI single. Arkansas (19-7, 4-3) took the lead in the sixth with four runs on five singles and an RBI groundout, with four of the five hits coming against starter Reggie McClain (3-1), who gave up six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. “Reggie wasn’t very sharp," Jamieson said. "He missed a lot of spots and if he had his good stuff, I think he would have cruised later into the game. He made a lot of mistakes. They had the leadoff man on seven innings in a row. It’s hard to win a baseball game like that.” Tanner Houck, coming off his 14-strikeout game against Vanderbilt, pitches for Missouri on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. start on SEC Network. 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Mar 17, 2016
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rahim Moore is getting a second chance and shot at redemption with the Browns.Benched midway through last season by Houston, Moore signed a one-year contract on Thursday with Cleveland and will compete for a starting job in training camp."It's a blessing," he said. "It feels like being drafted all over again."The 26-year-old Moore signed a three-year, $12 million contract with...
Browns sign safety Rahim Moore to 1-year contract
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | Mar 17, 2016CLEVELAND (AP) — Rahim Moore is getting a second chance and shot at redemption with the Browns. Benched midway through last season by Houston, Moore signed a one-year contract on Thursday with Cleveland and will compete for a starting job in training camp. "It's a blessing," he said. "It feels like being drafted all over again." The 26-year-old Moore signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Texans last March. He began the 2015 season starting at safety but played poorly and was benched after Week 7. He wasn't just demoted, Moore was inactive for the final nine games and last month the Texans released him. In the meantime, the Browns found themselves in the market for a safety after former Pro Bowler Tashaun Gipson signed as a free agent with Jacksonville. Moore is energized about the changes in Cleveland, where a new front office and coaching staff are trying to revive a moribund franchise. "I can definitely sense the aura on how this program is trying to change things around," he said. "Before I set foot in the premises, I've known the great history of the Cleveland Browns, from former UCLA great Eric Turner to Don Rogers to Thom Darden; it's a great place to be and I really felt like this was a great opportunity for me and a great fit, so I'm really excited." Moore played four seasons with Denver, which drafted him in the second round in 2011. He made 48 starts for the Broncos. Moore is expected to compete with Jordan Poyer to replace Gipson. Moore graduated from the same Los Angeles high school as new Browns coach Hue Jackson. "I want to be a guy who comes in every day to work to be the best," Moore said. "I'm a team guy. I'm a guy that can come help force turnovers, comes in and puts in work in the film room, get in early, leave late, very inquisitive when it comes to the game of football. I'm just a guy that loves the game. I love the history of the NFL. I want to help this program win and compete." Also, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and defensive back Don Jones have signed their qualifying offers as restricted free agents. Pryor played in Cleveland's final three games last season, his first action after converting from quarterback. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The following is the text of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's 2016 State of the State speech prepared for delivery Tuesday night:Lieutenant Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard, President Marsh, distinguished guests, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Moore, members of the Alabama Supreme Court and My Fellow Alabamians.July 1969, the State of Alabama stood...
Text of Alabama governor's State of the State speech
Associated Press | Feb 2, 2016MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The following is the text of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's 2016 State of the State speech prepared for delivery Tuesday night: Lieutenant Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard, President Marsh, distinguished guests, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Moore, members of the Alabama Supreme Court and My Fellow Alabamians. July 1969, the State of Alabama stood midway through a year of celebration, playing host to a collection of events commemorating our state's 150th birthday. From the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast, festivals, plays, parties and ceremonies marked 150 years of Statehood. Those celebrations paused briefly on the night of July 20, 1969, as Alabamians along with our fellow Americans stood breathless, watching and waiting for man to take that first historic step on the moon. With that first giant leap for mankind, America achieved the unthinkable, the incredible, the unbelievable. And it was Alabama that made the impossible, possible. The powerful Saturn V rocket that took man to space, to new heights, was imagined, engineered and built by a brilliant team of scientists right here in Alabama. It was Alabamians who dared to believe they could do the improbable. It was Alabamians who challenged themselves to find a way, where there had never been one before. It was those Alabamians who inspired America and stunned the world when they proved they were worthy of the words of a fallen President, who years earlier challenged us to do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. It was their moonshot. Their one chance to set their aim on a lofty target, to do something no one could have possibly imagined, and to ultimately change the world. Our great state's rich history is made up a series of Alabamians thinking audaciously and courageously in confronting even the most painful problems and the most overwhelming obstacles. We are a people who bravely take up arms to defend our nation's freedoms, and a people who courageously, yet peacefully, confront injustice when those freedoms are compromised even among our own fellow citizens. We are a people who will not be content to see a neighbor in need and not offer an opportunity for help. Where there is urgency, we respond. Where there is a challenge, we accept. Where there is threat, we protect. Where there is scarcity, we provide. And where there is need, we create opportunity. When all children need access to a quality early education, we give them that chance. When our poorest, most vulnerable and most marginalized seek hope, we will lend a hand. Where we fall short of providing even the most basic services to the incarcerated, we will rise up and fulfill our obligation. When access to an education or the ability to learn a viable job skill are hindered, we will clear the path. And when jobs are needed, we will bring industries along with brighter opportunities to our communities and families. Last year alone, Alabama added over 52,000 jobs. So convinced are top industries that our state is the place to grow, they invested over $2 billion to create good, high-skill, well-paying jobs for our people. As many as 2,000 new jobs are coming to north Alabama where Polaris is building a $127 million ATV factory at a new production hub in Huntsville. Three hundred more jobs are coming as Mercedes, the automaker that put Alabama on the world map as an industry contender, is seeing dramatic growth at its Tuscaloosa plant. With its latest expansion, the hands of over 3,400 Alabamians will proudly assemble Mercedes vehicles for the world. This year skilled Alabamians will proudly deliver the first Alabama-made Airbus A320 jetliner off the assembly line of the $600 million Mobile plant. By the end of next year, 50 of the high-tech jetliners will roll off the line, proudly stamped Made in Alabama. GE Aviation has chosen Alabamians as the ones who will revolutionize how jet engines are manufactured at two new plants to be built this year. The Alabama-made Honda Ridgeline truck will make its debut during the Super Bowl and in showrooms across the country this spring. And global giant Google decided in June that Jackson County, Alabama is the best place in the world to locate a $600 million dollar call center. It is no wonder, then, that Alabama's impressive string of coveted economic development projects have rightfully earned us the title "State of the Year" by Business Facilities magazine. The world has discovered what I know and what everyone in this room knows: That of all the rich resources Alabama is blessed to have, there is no greater asset than the skilled hands of the men and women who get up every day - our hardworking Alabamians. Our aggressive efforts to draw industry to Alabama are reflected in the unemployment rate 33 percent lower than when we first took office. Not since 2008 has the State of Alabama seen more of our people employed. And never before have we been so intentional in our efforts to ensure that every Alabamian who wants a job can get a job. Through a series of job fairs conducted across the state by the Alabama Department of Labor, counties with the highest unemployment rates have seen a marked decrease. We've brought business and industry directly into the neediest communities to meet face to face with men and women looking for a job. We've held workshops to teach basic interview and job skills, so men and women in these communities have their best chance to land a good job. The results have been remarkable, counties have seen double-digit unemployment rates go down and jobs are being filled. In Alabama the coal industry has suffered tremendously, leaving thousands of Alabamians looking for work, no thanks to the job-killing policies of the Obama Administration. Over a thousand people poured into a job fair held two weeks ago in Walker County. Fifty-four companies were there meeting with the men and women who need a good job. One of those companies was a Japanese automaker, which days before, had announced it was bringing 300 jobs to the area. This is how we put Alabamians back to work. And I want to commend Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington for his innovative and tireless efforts to connect our people with good jobs. In schools all across our state, teachers and principals have challenged themselves and their students to aim higher, to work smarter, to strive to meet higher standards. Alabama's students have risen to the challenge, and the results are astounding. Alabama's high school graduation rate jumped an impressive 17 percent in the last four years. Today, Alabama's high school seniors are graduating at a rate of 89 percent, up from 72 percent just four years ago. This is a testament to hardworking teachers, principals and support staff who encourage and help our students meet their education goals and graduate. And I appreciate their hard work. That is why in the balanced-budget I will present, I will include a pay-raise for teachers and school support personnel, as well as all state employees - with no strings attached. Twenty-five thousand businesses in Alabama are small businesses and many of those are owned and operated by men and women who have bravely served our country. Alabama has and always will be a state that takes great pride and great care of our men and women who proudly call themselves veterans. With over 420,000 veterans in Alabama we want to make sure we give them every opportunity to succeed. Our veterans have given so much, yet they ask for so little. Working with the Alabama Small Business Commission and the Alabama Veterans Network, we have developed a way for customers to identify a veteran-owned business. Simple stickers displayed in veteran-owned businesses statewide are aimed at helping us know that small business is owned by someone who sacrificed for our country. One of those Alabama veteran business owners is here with us tonight. Clayton Hinchman is the Founder and CEO of USi, an IT company that supports government, private and non-profit clients. Clayton Hinchman served in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. He medically retired as a Captain due to the wounds he sustained during an improvised explosive attack while he was conducting a night raid in Iraq. He is a West Point graduate; he has been awarded the Purple Heart and The Bronze Star. He's also an Alabamian. Tonight Clayton represents all the men and women who not only served our country, but the veterans who are now helping our economy grow. And tonight, Clayton, all our veterans, and our men and women serving in the Military, deserve our thanks and our support. The men and women, who so bravely defend our nation, do not risk their lives or their livelihood so that our freedoms can be easily ignored. Our Founding Fathers did not dedicate themselves to chart a course for democracy so that 200 years later our Constitution could be circumvented or worse, neglected by the power of any one person. I have twice taken the Oath of the Office of Governor. Twice I have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Alabama. It is my solemn duty, as one called by God to this office, and elected by the people I serve, to support the Constitution, and the principles that laid the very foundation for our nation, not to find a way around them, should I ever disagree. We are all endowed by Our Creator with certain, specific rights. Our Constitution serves to protect those rights. It guarantees individual rights and serves to stop any government - especially our own - from taking them away. The right of the people to keep and bear arms, guaranteed by our Second Amendment, shall not be infringed, not by any government, not by any individual, and not by any stroke of a Presidential pen. The United States of America remains, as it has been since the foundation was formed, a national government with limited, enumerated powers. And the Tenth Amendment guarantees not only the limits of those powers, but the broader powers of each one of the fifty states. The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in state governments are numerous and infinite. In declaring our nation's independence our great country dedicated itself to liberty, and equality and declared its sovereignty over other nations. In turn, that same sovereignty belongs to the states, to Alabama, and must be recognized by the federal government. By abandoning sovereignty, we abandon democracy. And worse we undermine a state's reserved right to protect life and liberty of our citizens. The threat of terrorism on U.S. soil is as real today as any time since 9-11. Radical Islamist carry out carefully planned attacks on innocent lives from Paris to California - and our people, finding little comfort from our federal government, wait and worry for our safety. The federal government's Refugee Resettlement Act has failed America and its citizens. The outdated program - which pre-dates any recent acts of radical terrorism - allows refugees from the most radical nations to enter countries including the US with little known about them. Among those refugees are those who would commit the most violent, deadly and extreme acts of terrorism. When 130 people were slaughtered, in Paris at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists, among those killers was a refugee from a terrorist nation. My number one concern is always for the safety and security of the people of Alabama. Following those attacks my administration immediately took a long hard look at the federal government's refugee resettlement process. What we, and dozens of other states discovered, is unsettling and alarming. From the moment a refugee from any country sets foot on American soil, in our borders, we have found the State of Alabama is completely excluded from knowing the first piece of information about that person. No past health status is divulged. No names. Very little background. Virtually nothing is known about refugees, once they are here. Many have entered our state, from terrorist nations. Some, single-adult males, leaving no trace, have out-migrated to other states, their whereabouts still unknown. That, my fellow Alabamians, is absolutely unacceptable. We simply cannot have a federal program that greatly impacts states yet does not allow states access to critical information. The federal government shall not, and cannot be allowed to ignore states or their governments. And in Alabama we will not stand by while our citizens are placed at risk. We will not place our people in harm's way. I have made my deep concerns well known to the Obama Administration. And those concerns have fallen on deaf ears. In an effort to reform the Refugee Resettlement Act, my administration filed suit last month against the federal government demanding the involvement of the states in this critical program. By filing suit, my goal is to completely reform the Refugee Resettlement Program. For the safety and security of our citizens, we must ensure an outdated, archaic and dangerous process that excludes the states is eliminated. In addition we will ask the Legislature to introduce a joint resolution in this session calling on Congress to reform the Refugee Resettlement Act. My gratitude goes to the resolution sponsors, who will join me in this fight. They are State Representative Connie Rowe and State Senator Clyde Chambliss. Please join me in thanking them. And in the meantime, you can rest assured that my administration will always place the safety and security of our people first. Even if the federal government does not. Led by Secretary Spencer Collier, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency works tirelessly to protect our people, whether it is increased security measures at large gatherings, or identifying and investigating potential terrorist threats, our men and women in law enforcement will always stand to protect the people of this state. One year after its full implementation, ALEA has become one of the most efficient and effective agencies in the state. At a time when the threat to our own safety and security is at risk, I am convinced the men and women in Alabama's law Enforcement will work tirelessly to keep Alabamians safe and secure. And just as we must adequately fund our military to protect our nation, we must adequately fund ALEA to protect our state, and our people from harm. In Alabama we will always support the men and women who serve and protect and put their own lives on the line every day for our safety. I will do everything as Governor to protect those who cannot protect themselves. And protect our rights guaranteed by the Constitution. I will always firmly uphold these truths which are self-evident, that all men are created equal. They are the most vulnerable, the most helpless, the most abused and the most oppressed. They are the elderly, the ill, and especially the unborn - everyone has been endowed with the right to a life. Everyone has been endowed with the right to pursue happiness. And no one may rightfully deny us those things. No man, no government, no state should impede someone's ability to make a better life, for themselves, for their families and for their children. I was born the youngest of six children to parents who lived in a small house on a piece of land in rural Alabama. My family didn't have electricity or even indoor plumbing until I was around six-years-old. I didn't even own a toothbrush until it was time to start school. Neither of my parents had a high school education. By any standard I could have been one of the statistics that has become too common in this country and especially in this state. I could have been the child of a family not able to afford an education, not able to gain the skills needed to hold a well-paying job, not even able to support a family. But I was given two things every child needs and deserves; unconditional love and opportunity. And thankfully, I accepted both. All children, their parents and all our people must be able to find their opportunity in Alabama. While good jobs are coming, industries are growing and education is improving - we cannot continue to ignore persistent problems. Alabama is the sixth poorest state in the country. While we rank number one in football teams and economic development accolades, our state consistently falls dead last in virtually every quality of life ranking from infant mortality to obesity. While we excel in job recruitment, on average we have more people in poverty than the country as a whole. Too many Alabamians are under-educated, under-trained, unhealthy and unable to break the cycle of poverty and the cycle of dependence. It drains our state resources, it drains our hope and it stymies our state's growth. Year after year, Alabama continues to find itself in 48th, 49th or 50th place. I'm not OK with that. And no one in this room should be satisfied with last place, especially when it comes to our people. If we are ever going to go from being a good state to a great state, we first must resolve to reverse the problems that have plagued Alabama for decades. Poverty does not discriminate. In Alabama, it knows no race, no region and no political party. The poverty rate is in double digits in Winston County just as it is in Dallas County. So hear me on this: every person in this room, Democrat and Republican, represents the poor, the uneducated, the unhealthy. Whether adults or children, urban or rural, black or white. We are all Alabamians. It's time we take a hard look at our problems, own them, and work toward a solution. To care about Alabama is to care about her people - every last one. I wanted to be the Governor of this state because I wanted to help people and to make their lives better. I also want Alabama to be known as the best state in the nation. Together we have a chance, an opportunity to fundamentally change those things that hold our state back, that stand in the way of greatness. It's time we do the impossible. The improbable. The unbelievable. It's time we shoot for the moon. In the Year 2019, The State of Alabama will celebrate its 200th Birthday. Fifty years after Alabamians made history with the lunar landing. That same year I will have completed my service to this state as its 53rd Governor. I want to leave this office, able to say with confidence that Alabama is truly a great state. Today we launch an ambitious course of action aimed at fundamentally changing Alabama, opening doors of opportunity, clearing the path to prosperity and solving decades old problems. Today we launch Alabama's Great State 2019 Plan, our strategic three year course of action. Alabama's Great State 2019 Plan sets its sights on educating and training our people, while connecting and constructing basic opportunities for all our citizens. This bold course of action will guide us over the next three years. It will address long-standing problems from health care to prison reform with cost-effective, common sense solutions. Specifically focusing on Alabama's approximately 55 rural counties, we are directly addressing obstacles that stand in the way of our state's potential for greatness, in education, health care, access to technology, job growth and economic opportunity. Once again in Alabama, we will do what we've never been done before, not because it is easy - but because it is hard. And we begin with some of our state's youngest citizens, in one of our state's greatest success stories. Alabama's First Class Voluntary Pre-K is a shining star of success in Alabama. Through the Office of School Readiness, Alabama's First Class Pre-K Program is consistently ranked among the best in the nation and serves as a model for other states. We are working to give young children a 'new, strong foundation' with the opportunity for a good education in a voluntary Pre-K program. Children who attend Pre-K are more likely to read at grade level quicker, their math scores are higher and they are less likely to need special education services. We know this program works, we've seen the statistics, but more importantly we've seen the results in the lives of our students. I'd like for you to meet one of our students. Miracle Scott is a senior at Eufaula High School where she is in the National Honor Society and a varsity cheerleader. She has been accepted to, and will attend Auburn University this fall. Twelve years ago, as a 4 year old, Miracle was given a great opportunity when she was enrolled in one of our earliest Alabama First Class Pre-K programs. Today Miracle is an outstanding student, and able to get a good college education. I am proud of our First Class Pre-K, and Miracle I am proud of you. Every four year old in Alabama should have the same opportunity Miracle has had. That is why in this year's balanced budget I will present, we are doubling the amount of funding for First Class Pre-K. By the year 2019, we will be able to tell every parent in Alabama, there is a Pre-K classroom available for your child. Education is the basis for the future growth of Alabama's economy. We must build a solid foundation for our children, set them up to succeed so they are better prepared for post-secondary education and to join the workforce. Industries have told us they need more highly trained, educated workers than we have. Yet, the number of Alabama students who are choosing to go to college is declining. Our goal by the year 2019 is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Modeled after the GEAR Up Program launched last fall by UAB, Alabama's own FUTURE Scholarship Plan, will identify 7th graders beginning in the state's poorest counties. Through Alabama's Community College System, those students will receive tutoring, summer-help programs, visits to college campuses and financial planning to make sure they not only want to go to college, but that they can and will succeed. By the time they graduate high school, after they've met strict criteria, kept their grades up, and tapped into all available financial aid, we will pay their two-year college tuition. Offered as a "last dollars" incentive, the FUTURE Scholarship Plan will not only educate and train our students, it will produce a pipeline of well-trained, well-educated talent for industries so those businesses can expand and grow. We will be able to fund these scholarships and this plan through money we save by the streamlining measures we have already put in place in the community college system. The money we save through consolidation and by finding efficiencies will pour back into the system to help students get a good education and be better prepared for the workforce. Launching as a pilot program, by the Year 2019 our goal is to expand the plan statewide. The results will be a well-trained, well-educated new generation of Alabamians. For the first time in Alabama, we will allow business and industry to drive our workforce development system. This year we will restructure, streamline and clarify Alabama's Workforce System to improve how we train workers for Alabama's businesses. The new Alabama Workforce System will be driven by business and industry demand, and what skills and talents those industries need. In turn Alabama's K-12 system, community colleges and 4-year institutions, AIDT, ATN and private training companies will all work together to not only educate, and train but to also create a talent-supply chain of hardworking Alabamians to business and industries. Essential to economic growth, job creation and the overall quality of life in Alabama is access to technology for all our citizens. Today over one million Alabamians do not have access to even the slowest and most basic high-speed wireless technology. Technology is growing at lightning speed, changing the way we educate, deliver health care, and even start a business, yet our communities and rural areas cannot tap into the potential that broadband access would bring. We are embarking on an ambitious plan to provide rural and under-served communities access to broadband - high speed, high capacity - technology. Working with private sector providers, we will first begin by cutting the bureaucracy that stands in the way of providing broadband access. We will first work to provide the infrastructure needed to provide broadband. Private providers will then be able to provide access and offer it at a more affordable and manageable cost to our communities. Promoting a robust broadband network will lead to a stronger education system, increased capabilities for health care, a more efficient connected law enforcement and enhanced economic development opportunities. We cannot talk about fundamentally changing Alabama without addressing what has become a very difficult and growing problem in our state. For decades, Alabama's prisons have become increasingly overcrowded, dangerous to both inmates and our corrections officers and incredibly costly to taxpayers. But that's going to change beginning now. Alabama is about to embark on a complete transformation of the state's prison system. Led by Department of Corrections Commissioner Col Jeff Dunn, we will permanently close the doors to decades old facilities where maintenance costs have skyrocketed and increased staff are needed. These aging prisons will be consolidated and replaced by four, newly constructed state of the art facilities. And by constructing a brand new female prison facility, the State of Alabama will permanently slam the door shut on Tutwiler Prison for Women. Funded by an adequate bond issue, we will begin this process within the year. The consolidation and closing of aging facilities will produce immediate savings for the state with less operational costs, and higher efficiencies in staffing and maintenance. These larger, more efficient facilities will meet all necessary standards and, along with prison reform measures put into place by the Legislature last year, it will drastically lower Alabama's prison overcrowding. The money we save with the more efficient prisons will in turn be used to pay off the debt of the construction. This innovative concept will not only provide more secure, safer prisons, it will also ensure the safety of our citizens, and corrections officers. Alabama's prison system will go from being an outdated, inefficient overcrowded system to being the best. And Alabama will become the model for the rest of the nation. In 65 of Alabama's 67 counties, there is an undeniable shortage of doctors. Alabama ranks 40th in the number of physicians per capita and we rank last in the number of dentists. It is no wonder then that we see rising rates of preventable and manageable disease, especially among rural, low-income counties. The majority of Alabama is rural, yet rural physicians make up less than 10-percent of the physician workforce. Under Alabama's Great State 2019 Plan, we will increase the number of doctors serving rural areas, especially in the state's poorest counties. Those who are classified as rural health care providers must be able to adequately support their practice and make a decent living. To make this possible, we will increase funding for medical scholarships and loan forgiveness for medical students who commit to serving a period of time in one of our underserved communities. This applies to physicians, physician assistants, advance-practice nurses and dentists. We will also work to create a state tax-credit of up to $5,000 dollars and working with our Congressional delegation we will push for a federal tax credit of up to $50,000 dollars for those classified as rural health care providers. It's the first step toward reversing alarming health problems that have not gone away in Alabama. Having a doctor in a small, rural community, changes a community and it saves lives. Dr. John Waits is proof it can be done. Bibb County hasn't had local labor and delivery services at its hospital in nearly 20 years. Women in the area have to drive 30 to 45 minutes so they can safely deliver a baby. Dr. Waits has worked as a family doctor and obstetrician for the past 12 years at Cahaba Medical Care in Centreville. Last November he helped open Bibb Medical Center's first Labor and Delivery hospital. And not only that, he also helps train future doctors who will follow in his footsteps. Dr. Waits, we thank you. In this year's budget we will increase funding to lay the foundation for 12 new residency programs across our state similar to the Bibb County model. Primary care doctors are critical to improving the health and well-being of the chronically sick, and the chronically poor. Greater access to good health care can be achieved. Our communities need it and our people deserve it. No pageant, no festival no celebration will better commemorate Alabama's 200th birthday in the Year 2019 than for our people to be living a more prosperous, and healthy life. In 2019, let's commemorate our state's humble beginnings by celebrating greater opportunity and access to a good strong education, quality health care and game-changing technology for all Alabamians. There is no better way to mark the 50th anniversary of the time Alabamians set their mind to achieving the impossible, than for Alabamians to once again prove we can do this. In 1961, when President Kennedy challenged America to travel to space, no one knew how to land on the moon because no one ever had. Alabamians figured it out. Once again we accept an impossible challenge, and like our scientists in 1969, once again we will succeed. This is our moonshot. This is our great state. God Bless you all. And may God continue to Bless the Great State of Alabama.
Jan 31, 2016
HONOLULU (AP) — With no Super Bowl trip this season for the Seattle Seahawks, their stars came to play — and dominate — at the Pro Bowl.Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice on Sunday and earn offensive MVP honors at Aloha Stadium. Seattle teammate Michael Bennett was the defensive MVP after having the game's only sack and...
Russell Wilson throws 3 TDs in 49-27 Pro Bowl victory
By KALANI TAKASE, Associated Press | Jan 31, 2016HONOLULU (AP) — With no Super Bowl trip this season for the Seattle Seahawks, their stars came to play — and dominate — at the Pro Bowl. Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice on Sunday and earn offensive MVP honors at Aloha Stadium. Seattle teammate Michael Bennett was the defensive MVP after having the game's only sack and deflecting a pass. "To see us Seahawks out there is a real special thing," Wilson said. "It's a testament to our hard work and to see two Seahawks out there as MVPs is really cool." The Seahawks quarterback, who was the first player picked in the all-star game's draft, went 8 of 12 for 164 yards. He led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin's first four possessions. Wilson threw touchdown passes of 14 and 2 yards to Atlanta Falcons teammates Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, respectively, in the opening quarter. Early in the second quarter, Wilson connected with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley for a 10-yard score. The teams were drafted and captained by Hall of Fame wide receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. Winston Moss, Green Bay's assistant head coach and linebackers coach, filled in for the ill Mike McCarthy and coached Team Irvin. Kansas City's Andy Reid led Team Rice. A record 47 players declined to participate in this year's Pro Bowl, either due to injury or for personal reasons, or couldn't play because their teams are in the Super Bowl. Carolina had 10 players selected, including quarterback Cam Newton, while Denver had four, including defensive stars Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Wilson was the lone quarterback originally selected to participate in the game. "Any time you have the opportunity to play the great game of football, you take advantage of the opportunity," Wilson said. "Playing in the Pro Bowl is a special thing because to be able to see all the amazing players across the league, who are the best players in the world and to be able to play on one field together is a really, really cool thing." Bennett was busy on defense, but played one snap at quarterback late in the game and picked up 7 yards on a rush. The 6-foot-4, 274-pound defensive said it was his first experience under center in his career. "Only in my dreams," Bennett said with a laugh. Two other Seahawks players mixed it up midway through the third quarter when Team Irvin's Richard Sherman — a cornerback — was dropped for a 22-yard loss on a reverse by Team Rice linebacker Bobby Wagner. "He said that he knew what he was going to do," Sherman said. "He knew I was getting the ball and he knew he was making the tackle." Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston each added two TD passes for Team Irvin. Jacksonville's Allen Robinson, Tennessee's Delanie Walker, Philadelphia's Darren Sproles and Houston's DeAndre Hopkins had scoring receptions. Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce caught two scoring passes for Team Rice. Miami's Jarvis Landry also had a TD catch, and Tampa Bay's Doug Martin ran for a score. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the New York Giants had two of Team Irvin's six interceptions. After Kelce's 4-yard reception from Manning gave Team Rice a 7-0 lead, Jones tip-toed the left sideline just after hauling in Wilson's pass near the back corner of the end zone for a 14-yard score. Kelce caught the second of his two TDs on a 10-yard pass from Oakland's Derek Carr to cut Team Rice's deficit to 21-14. The Chiefs star, who signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension on Friday, tied Martin with a game-high five catches for 91 yards. Team Irvin added a score late in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater to Sproles to hold a 28-14 lead after two quarters. The halftime festivities included a parade of local high school football players. Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, a Honolulu native, led his alma mater, Saint Louis School, onto the field during the procession and was greeted by loud cheers from the sellout crowd of 50,000. It was the 35th time the NFL's annual all-star game was played at Aloha Stadium dating to 1980, and the third consecutive season that it has used an "unconferenced" format. The game was played at in Glendale, Arizona, last year. The site of next year's Pro Bowl has not yet been determined by the NFL, although it does have an option to return to Hawaii. Martin helped Team Rice cut the deficit to 28-21 in the third quarter with a 3-yard run early in the third quarter. But Team Irvin put the game away with three straight TDs: a 50-yard catch by Robinson from Bridgewater, a 53-yard reception by Walker from Winston and a 7-yarder by Hopkins, also thrown by Winston. Landry caught a 31-yard TD pass from Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor with 6:05 remaining in the game. Taylor was intercepted three times overall. Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert appeared to injure a foot during the game while diving for a pass for Team Irvin. It was the final game of Oakland safety Charles Woodson's 18-year career. He was escorted by his two young sons off the field to rousing cheers from the fans that remained. "I really got all the emotions out of the way a few weeks back, but this one is just the icing on the cake for me to be able to make the Pro Bowl, be able to bring my family over here and hang out in Hawaii," Woodson said. "It's been great." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 16, 2016
Murray, who was 43-0 and won three state championships as Allen High School’s quarterback, transferred from Texas A&M to Oklahoma last month.
Oklahoma football: Transfer quarterback Kyler Murray is a Texas high school legend
By Jason Kersey | Jan 16, 2016NORMAN — John Walsh has coached Texas high school football for more than two decades, won two state championships and sent more than 30 Denton Guyer players to play at NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision programs. So Walsh's word carries weight when it comes to football in the Lone Star State, and he's got nothing but unfettered praise for a quarterback who once — in a single game — accounted for 499 yards of offense and six touchdowns against him. “Kyler Murray could go down as arguably the best quarterback to ever play in Texas high school football,” Walsh said. Murray, who was 43-0 and won three state championships as Allen High School's quarterback, transferred from Texas A&M to Oklahoma last month. The son of a former Texas A&M great and Dallas-area quarterback guru, Murray's road to Norman has been largely success-filled and sometimes dramatic, but always fascinating. The former five-star prospect will redshirt and sit the 2016 season, per NCAA rules, but should have a great chance to take the reins of the Sooner offense in 2017 after Baker Mayfield's eligibility has expired. A man on the move This isn't the first time Kyler Murray has switched schools after his freshman year. The Murray family moved 30 minutes west from Lewisville to Allen between Kyler's freshman and sophomore years of high school, putting Kyler into an Allen football program that produced several NCAA Division I quarterbacks. “I wanted my son in an environment where he was challenged academically and athletically,” Kevin Murray, Kyler's father, told the Dallas Morning News in 2013. Kyler shared the starting quarterback job with Oliver Pierce at the beginning of his first season at Allen, but took over midway through the season after a loss and led Allen to the first of three straight state championships in Texas high school football's highest classification. In the first game of his senior season, Murray and the Eagles faced Denton Guyer, which was coming off a state championship of its own the previous season. Murray opened the game with a 78-yard touchdown run, and ended up with 393 passing yards, 106 rushing yards and six total touchdowns in a 55-41 win. “From a physical standpoint, he's as accurate a passer as I've ever coached against,” said Walsh, the Denton Guyer coach and father of former Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh. “And I don't know what he clocked at in the 40, but we field a pretty fast defense and we had a hard time corralling him. When he got into open field, we weren't catching him.” Oklahoma linebacker Tay Evans, who was Murray's teammate at Allen, called him a “warrior.” “In some ways he does play like Baker,” Evans said. “He can make a lot of plays with his feet. Tough guy. Won't quit. He plays till the last whistle blows.” By the time his high school career ended, he'd thrown for 10,388 yards and 117 touchdowns — both rank in the top-10 in Texas high school history — while also rushing for 4,093 yards and 69 scores. An A&M legacy Kyler's father, Kevin, was a college football great himself. He ended his career at Texas A&M as the Southwest Conference's all-time leader in touchdown passes and led the Aggies to back-to-back conference titles in 1985 and 1986. Kevin Murray held virtually every Texas A&M career passing record for years and is even in the Aggie Hall of Fame. Today, he's a quarterback instructor who has worked with the likes of Bryce Petty, Kenny Hill and Seth Russell, among others. It seemed only natural that Kyler would be an Aggie like his dad. And although Kyler committed to Texas A&M the spring before his senior high school season, it never felt like a sure thing that he'd end up in College Station. For one, Murray is also an accomplished baseball player who was expected to be drafted right out of high school. But Murray also continued taking visits to other schools throughout his senior season at Allen. He visited Oklahoma in October 2014, then caused a complete meltdown in Aggie Nation when, on Jan. 21, 2015 — just a few weeks before signing day — he tweeted a photo of a Texas Longhorns jersey without any words attached. Despite the late dramatics, Murray signed with Texas A&M and split time with another former five-star prospect, Kyle Allen. Murray started three games for the Aggies, competing 72 of 121 pass attempts for 686 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was also the Aggies' second-leading rusher on the season with 335 yards and one score. But before the Aggies' bowl game, both Murray and Allen elected to transfer. Both were interested in the Sooners, who were looking to add a quarterback transfer because they didn't sign a signal caller in the 2015 recruiting class, and because they were losing Trevor Knight, the former starter who, ironically, ended up at Texas A&M. Neither Evans nor his little brother Bobby — an OU offensive tackle and also an Allen teammate of Murray's — knew anything about their former quarterback's decision to join them in Norman until it was announced. “The decision caught me off guard,” Tay Evans said, “ but it's gonna be real good having him on the same team again.” ‘His name carries a lot of weight' Considering his phenomenal high school career and his popularity among other Texas prospects, could Murray becoming a Sooner benefit OU on the recruiting trail? There have already been rumblings that Allen offensive tackle Greg Little — the No. 4-ranked overall prospect in the nation this year, according to Rivals — could flip from Ole Miss to Oklahoma because of his relationship with Murray. Josh McCuistion, a longtime OU recruiting reporter for the Rivals network site SoonerScoop.com, said it's too early to say what impact Murray might have for the Sooners. “But there's no question that his name carries a lot of weight in the Dallas Metroplex,” McCuistion said. “At a school like Allen, they played everybody and they beat everybody, and he was the center point of all of that. “He's a guy kind of like Vince Young was in Houston. Everybody knew he was a big deal and everybody wants to go play with him. I think in Dallas, it could give OU some bounce.” For now, though, Murray will begin classes and workouts at OU in the coming weeks with his eye on 2017, when — barring an unlikely fifth year for Mayfield — the Sooner quarterback job will be open again. Current backup Cody Thomas will be a senior that year, and four-star 2016 signee Austin Kendall — an early enrollee who also begins classes next week — will be a redshirt freshman, meaning the Sooners' 2017 quarterback battle could be another tight, competitive one. “The biggest thing he's got going for him is that he's such a winner,” Walsh said. “His opponents know he's a winner. He's got that moxie about him.”
COLUMBIA, MO. • In Columbia’s first matchup of nationally ranked women’s basketball teams in more than 30 years, the powerhouse was too much for the upstart.Tennessee isn’t the dynasty of decades past, when Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt collected national championships like belly buttons collect lint. But the latest edition was too big and too talented for Missouri on Monday.In the most...
Lady Vols hand Mizzou season's first loss
Dave Matter, Associated Press | Jan 5, 2016COLUMBIA, MO. • In Columbia’s first matchup of nationally ranked women’s basketball teams in more than 30 years, the powerhouse was too much for the upstart. Tennessee isn’t the dynasty of decades past, when Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt collected national championships like belly buttons collect lint. But the latest edition was too big and too talented for Missouri on Monday. In the most anticipated women’s basketball game this town’s seen in years, No. 12 Tennessee dealt No. 20 Mizzou its first loss of the season, 71-55, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. “They came out as the aggressors,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. “They threw out the first punch and we took it. We got outplayed in pretty much every phase of the game.” The Tigers (13-1, 0-1 SEC) began the night one of four Division I teams without a loss, but Pingeton’s band of potent 3-point shooters couldn’t keep pace with the Lady Vols (10-3, 1-0) and never perked up from deep, making just two of 21 shots from behind the arc. It was Mizzou’s fewest 3-pointers since the Tigers made one of 15 against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 21, 2013. The Tigers’ shooting struggles started in the backcourt against Tennessee’s stifling defense. The Lady Vols rattled Mizzou early with full-court pressure and half-court traps, forcing Pingeton’s team into uncharacteristic turnovers. Annually one of the country’s most prolific 3-point shooting teams, the Tigers missed their first eight shots from behind the arc and fell behind by 13 points before some fans had settled into their seats at Mizzou Arena. “When they did cross halfcourt they didn’t have time to set up their offense,” Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields said. “They took the shots we wanted them to take. The shots they got off were quick, off-balance and contested.” Jamie Nared led four Tennessee players in double figures with 13 points. Jordan Frericks led the Tigers with 11 points. Mizzou’s freshman star Sophie Cunningham had a rough SEC debut, finishing with eight points in a game-high 36 minutes. The Tigers, now 1-7 all-time against Tennessee and 1-4 in SEC matchups, resume play Thursday at Georgia. Cunningham sounded as if she wanted to tip off immediately. “It (stinks) we lost and there’s a lot to learn for everyone,” she said. “But I like the toughness. I know next time we’ll be throwing the first punch.” The night’s biggest statement came in the seats, some of which probably hadn’t been unfolded in months. With Mizzou Arena’s lower bowl mostly full for the first time all season — for a Mizzou men’s or women’s game — the crowd of 7,989 was the biggest for a women’s game in the building’s 12-year history and ranked fourth all-time for the program. The crowd was bigger than all but five home crowds for the MU men’s team the last two seasons. The stars were everywhere in Columbia’s first showdown of nationally ranked women’s teams since the days of the Big Eight Conference. New Tigers football coach Barry Odom and his family had first-row seats along the baseline. Mizzou career scoring leader Derrick Chievous was in the house. Local high school prodigy Michael Porter Jr. cheered on older sisters Bri and Cierra from behind the Tigers’ bench. The last time a ranked Missouri women’s team hosted a ranked opponent was Feb. 8, 1984 when No. 9 Mizzou took down No. 12 Kansas State 66-62 across the street at the Hearnes Center. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick, accustomed to playing in front of 10,000 fans in Knoxville, came away impressed. “I was excited to see the crowd,” she said. “It was packed. They were into it. To me, that’s what SEC basketball should be.” A 9-1 run late in the second quarter got the Tigers back within single digits, spurred by Lianna Doty’s 3-pointer and Cunningham’s back-to-back layups. The Lady Vols took a 33-26 lead into halftime, then opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run. The lead grew to 19 midway through the fourth quarter, leaving the Tigers to ponder the next showdown. “This,” Cunningham said, “is not a defining moment for us.” Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter email@example.com ——— ©2016 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000416230,t000143290,t000008056,t000008078,t000003183,t000003277,t000404496,t000040506,t000404696,g000362661,g000065584,g000066164,g000065614
Jan 3, 2016
The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Fiailoa became a vocal leader and key aspect of the Highlanders’ rebuild, helping their high-powered offense still produce impressive numbers in 12 games.
All-State football: Lawton MacArthur's T.J. Fiailoa a constant for ever-changing Highlanders
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 3, 2016T.J. Fiailoa quietly led the way up front for Lawton MacArthur as it won the 2014 Class 5A state championship. He wasn't quiet in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound offensive lineman became a vocal leader and key aspect of the Highlanders' rebuild, helping their high-powered offense still produce impressive numbers in 12 games. “I tried to be more of a vocal leader because I wasn't really a leader last year,” said Fiailoa, a lineman on The Oklahoman's All-State team. “I tried to lead by example, but this year I had to be more of a vocal leader, make sure people didn't slack off, especially the offensive line.” Fiailoa was the one constant this season for the Highlanders. He was just one of three returning starters. The Highlanders also went through some struggles with new quarterback Anthony Love tearing his ACL early in the season and the controversy surrounding linebacker B.J. Davis, who pled guilty to four charges stemming from a home invasion midway through the season. Still, Lawton MacArthur held everything together to finish the year 11-1. “I think it was a group effort,” Fiailoa said. “It was the coaches and the players working together. When we lost Anthony and B.J., it was more of a motivation to us. It pushed us to keep doing what we do and play for them, too. They're basically motivation for all of us.” Fiailoa still has one high school game left, too. He is scheduled to play in the annual Polynesian All-American Bowl. The game is scheduled for Jan. 9, at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, Calif. A Samoan, Fiailoa is taking great pride in playing in this game. “It means a lot to be recognized,” he said. “It's not one of those big, big bowls, but as a Samoan it means a lot. I think it's pretty cool to represent my heritage and also my school, too. It's going to be fun.” And he's hoping it could lead to bigger things in college. He already holds scholarship offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. “I think it will just push me a lot better,” Fiailoa said. “There's a lot of Polynesians in the upper levels. It's going to push me to be better.”
Dec 31, 2015
You read that headline right.And while we hate draining the suspense from 2016 even before it begins, that will be the biggest story during the coming year in sports. The Cubs won't win it all easily. Nor, after going 0-for-the-last-107 seasons, should they.But on a snowy November night, Kris Bryant turns around a 100-mph-plus fastball from Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the...
2016 spoiler alert: Cubs win the World Series!
By JIM LITKE, Associated Press | Dec 31, 2015You read that headline right. And while we hate draining the suspense from 2016 even before it begins, that will be the biggest story during the coming year in sports. The Cubs won't win it all easily. Nor, after going 0-for-the-last-107 seasons, should they. But on a snowy November night, Kris Bryant turns around a 100-mph-plus fastball from Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, drives it through a blizzard and over the left-field wall at Wrigley. Out of nowhere, a snow-plow driven by a guy in a hoodie who looks suspiciously like manager Joe Maddon arrives and clears the base paths in front of Bryant. Grown men everywhere weep. At the victory parade, Theo Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations and former Red Sox wunderkind, announces he's quitting baseball to play rhythm guitar full time for pal Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. Maddon, too, announces he's taking a year off to become a master sommelier. Won't happen? Maybe, maybe not. But in that same spirit, and in chronological order, here are some other things that COULD happen in 2016: ___ Jan. 11 — With Alabama leading Oklahoma 38-7 late in the national championship game, Tide coach Nick Saban tells wife Terry to stand in for him at the trophy presentation. He hops into a waiting golf cart to get a jump on recruiting for next season. "But can't we celebrate as a family, even for a little bit?" she asks. "I'll pick up 'Happy Meals' on the way back," Saban calls back over his shoulder. "See you next week." ___ Jan. 14 — At the NCAA's annual convention opening meeting, President Mark Emmert spits out a mouthful of soda halfway through a long sip. "This is Pepsi, not Coke!" he howls. Most people can't tell the difference, but only one of them is an official sponsor. The entire wait staff is put on double-secret probation until 2021. ___ Feb. 5 — A video of Commissioner Roger Goodell yelling "That's how you lower the boom!" while standing over a prone third-grader at a league-sponsored "Football Safety Clinic for Moms" goes viral. He begins his annual state of the NFL news conference Friday before the Super Bowl with a surprise: "The bad news is I've suspended myself for one game," Goodell begins. "The good news is I already heard my appeal, decided I overreached again, and cut it in half." Goodell says he will serve his punishment watching the first half from a McDonald's near the stadium. "I'll order a 'Happy Meal,' he says, "but it won't seem the same." ___ Feb, 14 — Soon-to-be-retiring Kobe Bryant scores all 140 points for the West in a runaway win at the NBA All-Star Game. He cuts off the interviewer midway through the first question. "Just because I could," Bryant smirks. ___ Feb. 26 — After watching a Premier League match earlier that morning, and just hours before FIFA will elect a new president, Donald Trump announces his candidacy. "It's a slow game. I mean, slo-o-o-o-o-w. Who watches this stuff? I don't know. Seems like lots of losers sloshing around in mud — lousy fields by the way — and they won't even get their hands dirty. Like that Sepp Blatter guy. Another loser. "But I'll tell you what. The ref gives Sunderland a free kick and the Aston Villa guys ... they put up a wall. A wall! No negotiations — just boom — here's a wall! And like the ones I build, a great wall. "Who paid for the wall? Who knows? But if every team does it," Trump says with finality, "I could teach to win on the cheap." ___ April 4 — NCAA boss Emmert makes winning Michigan State coach Tom Izzo cool his heels at the trophy presentation after the Spartans beat Big Ten rival Purdue 34-30 for the college basketball championship. "Sorry," Emmert tells the crowd, "but my job first and foremost is to protect the integrity of the game. I spotted a few vendors up near the rafters selling Pepsi. Now, how about a hand for stadium security!" ___ May 1 — 63-year-old president Vladimir Putin, driving a souped-up Yugo, is the shock winner of the F1 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. After rebuilding the engine on the side of road midway through the race with nothing but a paper clip and chewing gum, a shirtless Putin tells the roaring grandstand, "Hekct eap nh Daytona (Next year in Daytona)!" ___ May 7 — American Pharoah wins the Kentucky Derby. Again. "My bad," trainer Bob Baffert tells a stunned crowd. "I read his birth certificate wrong. Turns out he had some eligibility left." ___ June 5 — Host Jack Nicklaus wins his own golf tournament, the Memorial, by a shot. "I wasn't going to play," the 76-year-old Hall of Famer says afterward. "But I was fooling around on the range last week and like I told Stevie (his son and caddie), 'I found something I could take onto the course.'" ___ June 19 — Nicklaus wasn't kidding. He wins his fifth U.S. Open. "Let's see Tiger catch me now," he cackles. ___ July 24 — A robot built by Japanese high school students for the annual HEBOCON competition wins the Tour de France by two full days. Brian Cookson, president of the International Cycling Union, presents the trophy while dodging traffic on the Champs Elysee. Afterward, he grumbles, "At least we know he ... it's ... clean." ____ Aug. 17 — The Rio Games wrap up amid street protests. The Olympic lake, Rodrigo de Freitas, is still on fire, but Katie Ledecky has finally cooled off after reprising her unprecedented run through the 2015 world championships. The Stanford student wins gold in the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle events, setting three world records in the bargain. In other news, Usain Bolt pulls off another 100- and 200-meter sprint double and this time, avoids getting run over by the cameraman tracking him on a Segway. "I was joking last time when I said Justin Gatlin paid him off," Bolt laughs. "This time, I'm not so sure." ___ Sept. 8 — The NFL regular season kicks off in New England. After presenting the Super Bowl trophy to the Patriots at their home opener, Goodell presents Will Smith with a "Distinguished Service Award" for contributions to the game. "I think you've got the wrong guy," the star of the movie, "Concussion" tells the crowd, "but hey, that's cool. Thanks. Thanks a lot." ___ Nov. 5 — Putin's campaign to peak at the 2017 Daytona 500 remains on course. He bumps NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick into the grass on the final lap to steal the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge race in Fort Worth, Texas. ___ Dec. 3 — The more things change, the more they stay the same: With Alabama leading Florida 38-7 late in the SEC Championship game, Tide coach Nick Saban tells wife Terry to stand in for him ...
Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield's long, winding odyssey has the Sooners closing in on an eighth national titleDec 26, 2015
The Mayfield odyssey is unlike almost any other in college football history.
Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield's long, winding odyssey has the Sooners closing in on an eighth national title
By Jason Kersey | Dec 26, 2015MIAMI — In the final minutes of last season's Russell Athletic Bowl shellacking, just one Oklahoma football player appeared to have any confidence left. Not surprisingly, it wasn't one who had played that night. Sporting his white No. 6 jersey and camouflage athletic shorts, Baker Mayfield jogged up and down the Sooner sideline, slapping downtrodden teammates on their shoulder pads and telling them to buck up. “We were obviously down by a lot at that point,” Mayfield recalled earlier this month. “We needed to pick our energy up.” Mayfield thanked the seniors for what they'd done, and then told his other teammates — many of whom were seated on the bench, head in hands — to never forget that moment. Only one year — plus two days — after that devastating defeat, Oklahoma faces Clemson in the state of Florida again, this time in the Orange Bowl, a College Football Playoff semifinal. Mayfield has started every game at quarterback for the Sooners since that forgettable night in Orlando, and his play has undoubtedly transformed the team. The Mayfield odyssey is unlike almost any other in college football history. A two-time Big 12 walk-on with few FBS scholarship offers out of high school, his remarkable journey to this point has included making history as a true freshman; playing intramural softball while waiting to walk on at OU; a high-profile eligibility fight with the Big 12 and NCAA; and a Heisman Trophy campaign. And in a few short weeks, it could also include a national championship. All of this from a guy who lost quarterback competitions his freshman and junior years at Lake Travis High in Austin, Texas. Both years, he was deemed too small and too unathletic. And both years, he ended up becoming his team's starter and excelling. He took over midway through the first quarter of his junior season opener and never looked back, accounting for 55 total touchdowns that season and leading Lake Travis to a state championship. “The thing that separates Baker from any kid I've ever coached is nobody's gonna outwork him,” said Ryan Priem, a Lake Travis assistant coach when Mayfield played there. “He knew his deficiencies and he worked on them.” Even as he continued putting up video-game numbers his senior season, his college recruiting never really got off the ground. The lifelong Oklahoma football fan couldn't even get a call back from Sooner coaches after he took an unofficial visit there during his junior year. He ended up receiving scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State, but wanted to play Big 12 football. So Mayfield famously walked on at Texas Tech, arriving July 8, 2013. When he got there, he realized that first-team quarterback Michael Brewer — also a Lake Travis product — was injured, so the job was open. Fellow true freshman Davis Webb had enrolled early and gone through spring practices with the team, so he became the favorite to assume the starting position in Brewer's absence. “I won't go into detail,” Mayfield said, “but yeah, I got thrown to the side my first day on campus there. … It didn't make me very happy.” Less than two months later, Mayfield emerged as the Red Raiders' starting quarterback for the season opener at SMU. He is believed to be the only true freshman, walk-on quarterback to start a season opener for a Power 5 conference school. In that first start — a 41-23 Texas Tech win — Mayfield completed 43 of 60 pass attempts for 413 yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing score. “He slipped through the cracks and ended up with us,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game. “He's been doing this his whole career. I'm proud of how he competed.” Kingsbury also said after that game that Texas Tech administrators were going to begin exploring every avenue to get Mayfield on scholarship. “We've got to work through those numbers,” Kingsbury said then. “We didn't envision this when he came on campus.” But that scholarship never came. Mayfield ended up starting seven games for the Red Raiders that season and being named the Big 12's Offensive Newcomer of the Year, but decided to transfer from Tech after the 2013 regular season. Mayfield has said that it was a lack of communication with Kingsbury that ultimately led to his decision to leave. He was injured midway through the season and didn't automatically get his job back once healthy. Then, according to Mayfield's version of the story, he was told there wouldn't be a scholarship for him until the next fall. Kingsbury has disputed that, saying Mayfield knew he was getting a scholarship for the spring 2014 semester. Either way, the relationship was broken beyond repair, so Mayfield decided to finally give his childhood dream a shot and walk-on at Oklahoma. It was a peculiar time for a quarterback to take a chance like that in Norman. The Sooners were coming off a 45-31 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, with redshirt freshman Trevor Knight earning MVP honors and looking like a budding superstar. Nevertheless, Mayfield enrolled at OU and spent his first couple weeks there as a regular student. Unlike other freshmen and sophomore football players — who live in the brand new, beautiful Headington Hall dorms — Mayfield moved into Muldrow Tower with other, non-athlete freshmen. It wasn't until a team meal in early February that Mayfield walked up and introduced himself to Sooners coach Bob Stoops, who still calls the whole thing “maybe the strangest thing that's ever happened in my coaching career.” Because Knight was the established starter and Mayfield would likely be ruled ineligible for the upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules, he didn't get as many spring practice reps as the other quarterbacks on campus. Still, he outshined all of them in the spring game that April, completing all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. But football wasn't the only sport Mayfield was playing that spring. He'd also joined an intramural softball team with his new buddies in Muldrow Tower. “I hit 3 hole and he hit 4 hole,” said Matt Ray, one of the new friends Mayfield made in the dorms. “There would be a lot of times when I would get on first base, and Baker would get up there. “He bats left handed, so every time I was at first base and he was up to bat, I felt like the biggest baby out there. I was basically scared he was gonna hit a line drive right at me.” The ultra-competitiveness that has made him so good at football — and so good at turning rejection into fuel — didn't wane, even in a vastly less important softball game. Mayfield and his family hired prominent attorney Jim Darnell — who once successfully represented Johnny Manziel in a fight with the NCAA — to try and get him eligible immediately for the 2014 season, or at least get a ruling that would allow him to circumvent Big 12 rules and redshirt that year. They weren't successful. Despite that, Mayfield was put on scholarship early in the 2014 season and served as the team's scout-team quarterback, responsible for preparing the first-team defense for opposing offenses. Mayfield and former five-star prospect Dorial Green-Beckham — who had transferred in from Missouri and was also sitting out — made quite the formidable scout team. “An All-America scout team,” OU linebacker Dominique Alexander said with a laugh. “Just seeing what he's been doing this year, it doesn't surprise us at all.” After a disappointing 8-5 campaign, Stoops fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, seeking a different direction for his sputtering offense. He hired Lincoln Riley and also ultimately made a change at quarterback, giving the reins to Mayfield instead of returning starter Trevor Knight. Mayfield has been nothing short of spectacular throughout most of this season. His gutsy, never-say-die attitude helped the Sooners rally from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and win a monumental non-conference game at Tennessee, and his play through the month of November helped elevate the Sooners into the College Football Playoff. But despite all of that success, he's managed to find new ways to stay motivated. He felt slighted when he didn't receive an invitation to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony earlier this month, and his family still believes he's got a chance to eventually get back his fourth year of eligibility lost because of Big 12 Conference rules, which require in-conference transfers not only sit out a year, but also lose that year of eligibility. The Big 12 Faculty Athletics Representatives voted last May to deny Mayfield's appeal of that rule, meaning that — pending a possible legal fight he'd probably lose — there is very little hope that he will be able to play college football beyond next season. But bet against Mayfield at your own peril. He's spent his entire football career proving people wrong. For now, though, Mayfield is focused on what is, strangely, the first bowl game of his career. “My whole story has kinda been taking advantage of the little chances that I get and not looking back,” Mayfield said.
Dec 17, 2015
Donovan followed LeBron on the AAU circuit and sent some initial feelers out to the teen prodigy.
Thunder journal: Billy Donovan remembers recruiting a young LeBron James
By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer | Dec 17, 2015More than a decade ago, LeBron James was a mega recruit and Billy Donovan was an up-and-coming college coach, building Florida into a national brand by going after the nation's biggest talents. Donovan followed LeBron on the AAU circuit and sent some initial feelers out to the teen prodigy. “We were involved there,” Donovan said of his recruitment. “I think he had an interest in Florida at that point. Not saying he was coming to Florida, but he had an interest.” LeBron's most likely college destination was Ohio State. But that was never likely. This was back when high school prospects could go straight to the NBA. LeBron was a lock to be the first overall pick. “It became pretty clear as he moved from a sophomore to his junior year in high school that, yeah, he was not going to go to college,” Donovan said. But through the recruitment, Donovan gained an early respect for one of the NBA's all-time greats. “A lot of times young players get billed as the next big thing and as times goes on, it's hard for them to live up to it,” Donovan said. “He got continually better as he went through high school. And the thing I loved, he always played the right way. By far the best player in the country, let alone on his AAU team, but he always incorporated his teammates, always shared the ball.” LEBRON CRASHES INTO FAN Midway through the fourth quarter on Thursday night, LeBron, chasing down a loose ball near the sideline, barreled into a courtside fan and tumbled over a chair into the second row, with his weight landing on her. The fan turned out to be Ellie Day, the wife of PGA golfer Jason Day. She stayed down and needed medical assistance. The game was delayed as a stretcher was brought in to take her from the arena to a local hospital. Early reports are she will be fine. "It wasn't anything out of the usual besides the injury," James said. "But to me, obviously her health is very important, and hopefully she's doing well. The guys told us she's doing great now. So, but you know, I was going for a loose ball. Just trying to keep the possession going, and I hate that that was the end result of it." KD ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER? With 16,056 career points entering Thursday night, Kevin Durant, still at only 27 years old, is less than 200 points from crossing into the league's top-100 all-time scorers. The way he's been packing them in bunches lately, that could be completed by the end of December. But on Thursday morning, LeBron, who is currently 18th on the list at 25,492 points, thinks Durant is destined for a far greater milestone — a chase at the top spot, where Kareem Abdul-Jabaar has set a lofty task of 38,387 career points. "His ability to score the ball is obviously up there with the greatest to ever play," James said of Durant at Cavs shootaround. "I know that's not in his memory bank right now, him trying to help the team get better and better, but long term he definitely can challenge that." Durant was asked about LeBron's comments about an hour before the two competed on Thursday night in Cleveland. “It's never been my goal," Durant said. "It's cool to, I guess, be in the company of the great scorers in the league. But that's never been my goal. It's always been to have fun playing the game, to enjoy every time I step on the court and to win a championship. Whatever comes with that, comes with that. Being the best scorer ever has never been a goal." But Durant's skill set at least warrants the discussion. "He's a 7-footer with 6-foot ballhandling skills and a jump shot and athleticism," LeBron told reporters. "It's never been done in our league. Never had a guy that's 7-foot, can jump like that, can shoot like that, handle the ball like that. So it sets him apart." MORROW MISSES GAME The Thunder was without one of its key offensive weapons against the Cavaliers on Thursday night. Sharpshooter Anthony Morrow missed the game because of an undisclosed personal matter. It's not yet clear when he will rejoin the team. Kyle Singler got Morrow's typical bench minutes. Singler was scoreless in 17 minutes. But he did have two assists, his first two of the season, breaking a dubious streak that had reached more than 200 assist-less minutes. JOHNNY FOOTBALL Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel was seated courtside right near the Thunder's bench on Thursday night. Manziel and Durant exchanged pleasantries pregame.
Dec 10, 2015
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott wasn't quite sure what was next after the Tigers' main long-ball threat, wide receiver Mike Williams, suffered a season-ending neck injury in their opener.Enter freshman Deon Cain.The five-star recruit out of Tampa, Florida, has picked up his game after a slow start. The top-ranked Tigers (13-0) probably wouldn't be headed to the...
Freshman WR Cain steps in as deep threat for No. 1 Clemson
By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Dec 10, 2015CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott wasn't quite sure what was next after the Tigers' main long-ball threat, wide receiver Mike Williams, suffered a season-ending neck injury in their opener. Enter freshman Deon Cain. The five-star recruit out of Tampa, Florida, has picked up his game after a slow start. The top-ranked Tigers (13-0) probably wouldn't be headed to the College Football Playoff without his contributions. "Midway through the year, you could really see the light come on for him," Scott said. "The confidence that he had, and he's been a very critical piece to our offense with several big plays." The 6-foot-2 high school quarterback recruited as a receiver was largely a late-game option early in the season. He had just six catches for 70 and no touchdowns in Clemson's first four games. But Cain has caught fire — and passes —since with 28 catches for 512 yards and five TDs. More importantly, he's stretched the field for the Tigers' offense and given Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson a sure-handed target who can get separation from defenders. Cain had six of Clemson's 16 longest pass receptions during the regular season. "Whenever the ball is in the air you really have to fight and go get it," Cain said. Clemson, No. 1 in the CFP rankings, will need Cain to continue to produce in the Orange Bowl against Big 12 champion Oklahoma (11-1, CFP No. 4) in their national semifinal matchup. Cain in the latest stellar wide receiver Clemson has had in recent years. DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant — all NFL standouts — played together at Clemson in 2011 and 2012. Williams, a 1,000-yard pass catcher last season, was in line to be the next Tiger to ascend to the pros after this year before his early season injury. While Cain had the talent to fill the void, he acknowledged he didn't have the technique at first needed to succeed at the college game. "I just had to get comfortable with the game, with the speed in college," Cain said. "Once I got comfortable, it was just all gas, no breaks after that." Cain first showed off his big-play ability with a 67-yard pass catch, Clemson's longest reception of the season, against Boston College. He just missing scoring on the play, stumbling near the goal line as he secured the catch. His first career score came two weeks later against North Carolina State, a 40-yard TD grab. It began a streak of five straight games with a touchdown catch, a run he ended with his 55-yard reception in a 37-32 win over South Carolina on Nov. 28. Watson said Cain's experience as a prep quarterback has helped him make the transition to receiver. "It's been good," Watson said. "He's been doing a great job for this team and making some big plays." Cain said fifth-year senior Charone Peake and Williams helped him learn and develop quickly. "I knew I had to start learning how to play and get right in my head right away," Cain said. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney joked last month how Cain was among several players who stopped by his house, saw his 1992 Alabama national title ring and wondered, "You only got one of these?" Cain, a grin creasing his face, said he was both joking with his coach and showing him what his focus is on during his time at Clemson — winning as many titles as possible. "My goal and our future team that I know will be here, we're capable of getting more," Cain said. Four of Clemson's top five receivers will return in 2016. Swinney said Williams decided to return next year, too, instead of leaving for the NFL. But first things first — and that's Oklahoma on New Year's Eve. "We just have to stick to the plan," Cain said, "and keep doing what we do."
Dec 7, 2015
McDaniel was unstoppable on both sides of the ball in the Class 3A state semifinal 49-21 win, and for his performance he is The Oklahoman’s staff pick for Player of the Week.
High school football: Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel proving tough to handle on both sides of ball
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 7, 2015Just past the midway point of the first quarter Friday, Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty. But he didn't touch Lone Grove quarterback Grant Harmon. Lone Grove offensive lineman Lyle Graves did. McDaniel, a 5-foot-11, 213 pound defensive end and running back knocked Graves into Harmon. It was the first play in which McDaniel proved too much to handle, a trend the entire season. “He wasn't very big and his teammates weren't too happy with him about it,” McDaniel said. “They started putting the tight end over there to give him a little help.” McDaniel was unstoppable on both sides of the ball in the Class 3A state semifinal 49-21 win, and for his performance he is The Oklahoman's staff pick for Player of the Week. He rushed for 129 yards and accounted for four touchdowns. He also spent a lot of time in the Lone Grove backfield on defense as he brought his season sack number to a crazy total of 17. “It was probably one of the most fun games I've ever played in,” McDaniel said. “We were playing the No. 1 running back in the state and our defense has been playing really well. After that, it was just one of those games where we were just excited, and I think that drove us. That's where all of my excitement came from.” A play in the second half in which McDaniel went through the 6-foot, 210-pound Graves and sacked Harmon in one motion was still being passed around among Heritage Hall coaches Monday afternoon before practice opened to prepare for Saturday's championship matchup with Lincoln Christian. “There's usually a couple of those each Saturday when we're viewing the previous game,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “He's a beast. He's finally grown into his body and he's figured out leverage and all of that stuff. He's explosive.” McDaniel shed 15 pounds before the season, and the result has been an unstoppable force. He's recorded 90 tackles on defense. He's accounted for 33 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 total yards. Twenty-two of those touchdowns have come through the air, where he's averaging 24.4 yards per catch. “It was my mentality of this is my last year,” McDaniel said. “I have nothing else to lose. I remember coming into this year thinking I just need to be better.” He has been better, but yet he enters his final career game with just one opportunity to play Division I football from Air Force, a point that frustrates Chargers coaches. “People say he's too short or too slow, but it doesn't make sense to me,” Bogert said. “Don't give me the size stuff. He's good enough to play Division I football. If nobody else takes a shot, Air Force is going to get a great player.” McDaniel gets one more chance to prove something Saturday. “Now I'm going to go win a state championship,” he said. “I'm going to try to do whatever I can and then after that I guess we'll just see what else happens.”
Dec 1, 2015
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It would have been easy for David Beaty to make excuses this season.The team he inherited at Kansas had just over 60 scholarship players, about 20 below the NCAA limit. It had endured six straight losing seasons. The dearth of talent left by Charlie Weis would have made it hard for any team to find some wins.Yet he never took the easy way out. He never used those...
Jayhawks head into offseason with hope for the future
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2015LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It would have been easy for David Beaty to make excuses this season. The team he inherited at Kansas had just over 60 scholarship players, about 20 below the NCAA limit. It had endured six straight losing seasons. The dearth of talent left by Charlie Weis would have made it hard for any team to find some wins. Yet he never took the easy way out. He never used those excuses. That is why, even after wrapping up a winless season with a 45-14 loss to Kansas State on Saturday, the Jayhawks believe Beaty is the right coach to turn things around. "Coach Beaty, he's amazing. I don't know too many coaches that could do that, be winless and you feel like you're winning every week," senior running back De'Andre Mann said. "He did a great job keeping our confidence up." The magnitude of the rebuilding job may have surprised even Beaty, though. After inheriting a mess last December, and quickly piecing together a recruiting class, Beaty went into this season with high hopes. But an opening loss to lower-level South Dakota State and a series of blowout defeats never really gave Kansas an opportunity to build some momentum. Only twice all season did the Jayhawks lose a game by a touchdown or less. It was the first winless season at Kansas since 1954, when Chuck Mather failed to win a game in his first season. And it means that the Jayhawks will carry a 15-game losing skid into their opener against Rhode Island on Sept. 3 — perhaps their best chance to win next season. "I'm certainly not proud of it, it's not something you really every think about, but we don't have time to dwell on it," Beaty said. "We had 12 opportunities to put a team on the field that could win a game. We had plenty in the locker room to get that done." Again, no excuses. Even if plenty are available. Presumptive starting quarterback Michael Cummings sustained a season-ending injury in the spring game. The next man up, Montell Cozart, got hurt early in the regular season. So did third-string QB DeAndre Ford, who tore ligaments in his finger when he finally got on the field. Then there were the litany of injuries to role players on both sides of the ball. It all resulted in a slew of newcomers — 39 in all — getting their first taste of Division I football. Of those, there were 33 first-time starters, tied with winless Central Florida for the most in the nation. Ten of those were freshmen, including quarterback Ryan Willis, who was in the seventh grade the last time the Jayhawks won a road game. "The younger classmen that played, they understand what it's going to take," sophomore linebacker Joe Dineen said. "Experience is huge and a lot of them got as many snaps as seniors did, and that's big-time. A lot of them really bright futures here." The Jayhawks were one of eight schools to start 20 or more players on both sides of the ball. Kansas was the only school to have five different players take snaps from center. Even special teams required learning on the fly, with placekicker Matthew Wyman taking over the punting duties midway through the season. He had two blocked by the Wildcats on Saturday. Not surprisingly, Beaty planned to hit the recruiting trail almost immediately. The highly regarded recruiter was hired by Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger in part because of his connections in talent-rich Texas high schools. Beaty will lean on that experience to land what he hopes is a class that can build on the foundation laid this season, and perhaps get the once-proud program headed toward the top of the Big 12. "We've got to continue to develop them, continue recruiting, get better at our craft, and we have to learn a lot of lessons that we had to go through," Beaty said. "We've got to get a lot better than what we were. We've got a lot of things we can go to school on."
Nov 28, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has revived Michigan's football program. He still has work to do to help the Wolverines beat their rivals.Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout the 12th-ranked Wolverines 42-13 Saturday.Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) simply could not stop Ohio State from running at will. The Wolverines botched a punt on...
No. 12 Michigan routed 42-13 by No. 8 Ohio State
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has revived Michigan's football program. He still has work to do to help the Wolverines beat their rivals. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout the 12th-ranked Wolverines 42-13 Saturday. Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) simply could not stop Ohio State from running at will. The Wolverines botched a punt on the final play against Michigan State in their only other loss in the conference. "I'm very proud of the team the way they've worked and the way they've progressed," Harbaugh said. "We've closed a lot of ground. More ground to make up, but knowing our team, we will keep working hard." The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1, No. 8 CFP) have won 11 of the last 12 games in what has become a lopsided series. Michigan trailed the entire game and pulled within four points twice in the first half. The Buckeyes' no-huddle, up-tempo offense gave the Wolverines problems much like Indiana did when the Hoosiers ran for 307 yards two weeks ago. "We've got to get better at that," Michigan defensive tackle Chris Wormley said. Elliott's performance came a week after he was held to 12 carries for 33 yards against the Spartans, then criticized the team's play calling and said he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He had a 5-yard run that put Ohio State up 14-3 in the second quarter and a 10-yard run put the Buckeyes ahead 35-13 early in the fourth. "We couldn't make tackles, especially on No. 15," Wormley said. "A guy like that takes more than one person to tackle him." J.T. Barrett, who had 19 carries for a season-high 139 yards, started the scoring barrage with a 7-yard run late in the first quarter. His 13-yard run late in the third quarter gave the Buckeyes an 18-point cushion and his 17-yard run midway through the fourth made mercifully ended the scoring for Michigan. As a team, Ohio State ran for 369 yards. "The biggest thing is they were getting tired and they weren't getting lined up," Elliott said. When the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter, Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder and left the game. Rudock was injured by former high school teammate Joey Bosa and was replaced by Wilton Speight. Rudock and Bosa played together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rudock was 19 of 32 for 263 yards and a TD. Unlike Ohio State, the Wolverines struggled to move the ball on the ground. Three-way player Jabrill Peppers had 29 yards rushing on seven carries and No. 1 running back De'Veon Smith had 10 carries for just 23 yards. Harbaugh has generated a lot of hype this year for coming back to lead Michigan, were he was the starting quarterback two decades ago, he has to improve a program that is 0-4 against Meyer. Michigan kept the game competitive — in the first half. Kenny Allen kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull the Wolverines within four points early in the second quarter. Rudock made a 5-yard TD pass to Jehu Chesson to cut Ohio State's lead to 14-10 just before halftime. This wasn't the year for Michigan to gain an edge in The Game. In the fourth quarter, red-clad fans were easy to see in the emptying stadium and could be heard shouting, "OH-IO! OH-IO!" toward the end of another blowout. "We're down right now, but we can always come back," Chesson said. "The sun will rise." ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org __ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
Nov 28, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout No. 12 Michigan 42-13 Saturday.The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) have won 11 of the last 12 games in what has become a lopsided series.Elliott's performance came a week after he was held to 12 carries for 33 yards against Michigan State, then criticized the team's play calling...
No. 8 Ohio State tops No. 12 Michigan 42-13 with ground game
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Ohio State rout No. 12 Michigan 42-13 Saturday. The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) have won 11 of the last 12 games in what has become a lopsided series. Elliott's performance came a week after he was held to 12 carries for 33 yards against Michigan State, then criticized the team's play calling and said he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He had a 5-yard run that put Ohio State up 14-3 in the second quarter and a 10-yard run put the Buckeyes ahead 35-13 early in the fourth. Even with the win, the Buckeyes need Penn State to beat No. 6 Michigan State later in the day to reach the Big Ten championship game against Iowa. Their fans at the Big House knew it as they chanted: "Go Penn State! Go Pen State!" The Wolverines (9-3, 6-2, No. 10 CFP) simply could not stop their rivals from running at will. They fell behind early, and quarterback Jake Rudock was knocked out of the game when he was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder. J.T. Barrett, who had 19 carries for a season-high 139 yards, started the scoring barrage with a 7-yard run late in the first quarter. His 13-yard run late in the third quarter gave the Buckeyes an 18-point cushion and his 17-yard run midway through the fourth made mercifully ended the scoring for Michigan. As a team, Ohio State ran for 369 yards. Barrett was nine of 15 — throwing fewer times than he ran — for 113 yards and a 24-yard TD pass to Jalin Marshall 25 yard TD pass early that capped the first drive of the second half to give Ohio State a 21-10 lead. Rudock was injured by former high school teammate Joey Bosa early in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Wilton Speight. Rudock and Bosa played together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rudock was 19 of 32 for 263 yards and a TD. Unlike Ohio State, the Wolverines struggled to move the ball on the ground. Three-way player Jabrill Peppers had 29 yards rushing on seven carries and No. 1 running back De'Veon Smith had 10 carries for just 23 yards. Michigan kept the game competitive — in the first half. Kenny Allen kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull the Wolverines within four points early in the second quarter. Rudock made a 5-yard TD pass to Jehu Chesson to cut Ohio State's lead to 14-10 just before halftime. The Wolverines never caught up. While Jim Harbaugh has generated a lot of hype this year for coming back to lead Michigan, were he was the starting quarterback two decades ago, he has to improve a program that is 0-4 against Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer. This wasn't the year for Michigan to gain an edge in The Game. In the fourth quarter, red-clad fans were easy to see in the emptying stadium and could be heard shouting, "OH-IO! OH-IO!" toward the end of another blowout. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org __ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
High school football: Heritage Hall's Terrell Love leads way to rout of Hilldale following injury scareNov 27, 2015
Heritage Hall (13-0) will play Lone Grove (10-3) next week at a neutral site and date to be determined.
High school football: Heritage Hall's Terrell Love leads way to rout of Hilldale following injury scare
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 27, 2015The snap got past Heritage Hall quarterback Blake Adams midway through the second quarter, and that's when things got scarier than just a bad snap in disastrous weather conditions. Star running back Terrell Love started to grab the ball off the water-logged field, but his left leg went the opposite direction of his right. The Heritage Hall stands fell silent and the sideline of the undefeated, defending Class 3A state champions suddenly looked nervous as the initial thoughts turned to something worse than just a twisted ankle. “It definitely looked bad,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “Him spreading out like that, I was thinking knee or groin. “But he wasn't going to miss his last game on this field.” Love lucked out, only turning his ankle and requiring new tape. The top-ranked Chargers lucked out as well, as Love rushed through the muddy field for 104 yards and two touchdowns following the scare to propel Heritage Hall 41-6 over No. 5 Hilldale on Friday into the Class 3A state semifinals at Pop Murray Memorial Field. “They were talking about how it looked funny,” Love said. “I knew I wanted to finish this game, my last home game. I just toughed it out and the pain went away.” Heritage Hall (13-0) will play Lone Grove (10-3) next week at a neutral site and date to be determined. Love finished the night with 182 yards and three touchdowns in conditions built for him. A 5-foot-10, 239-pound punishing runner known as Tank, the Chargers gave him the ball on 11 of the first 16 plays in the second half to overpower Hilldale. His last carry was a 14-yard score to open the fourth quarter that made it 35-6. “Knowing that field was going to be sloppy in the cold and rainy weather, Tank's a down-hill runner that's hard to stop with great balance,” Bogert said. “I just knew it was going to be a Tank type of game, and he really responded.” Hilldale (12-1) jumped to a 6-0 lead on the game's opening possession when receiver Grant Sikes got behind the defense on a flea-flicker pass from quarterback Mitchell Croftcheck for 62 yards. The Chargers took a 7-6 lead to open the second quarter on Love's first score. But late in the half Hilldale seemed to be gaining some steam when it tried its second hook-and-lateral play, only this time the pitch to Devin Cochran was off the mark and Blake Adams scooped and scored on a 31-yard return with 1:25 left in the half. Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel scored on a 75-yard pass on the first play of the third. The Chargers then turned the game over to Love to guarantee another semifinal berth. “No matter what happens, the harder he runs the better he runs,” Bogert said. “It's huge to have in a game like this.”
WASHINGTON — Down by three at halftime in a Class 2A second-round playoff game against Hennessey, the Washington Warriors turned the game over to their offensive line and their running game. The result was a dominant second half, as the Warriors (11-1) scored on three straight possessions and shut down Eagles running back Tabor Johns on their way to a 35-17 win. The Warriors will travel to...
High school football: Washington uses big second half to down Hennessey in Class 2A playoffs
By Richard Stroud For The Oklahoman | Nov 20, 2015WASHINGTON — Down by three at halftime in a Class 2A second-round playoff game against Hennessey, the Washington Warriors turned the game over to their offensive line and their running game. The result was a dominant second half, as the Warriors (11-1) scored on three straight possessions and shut down Eagles running back Tabor Johns on their way to a 35-17 win. The Warriors will travel to Prague next week for a quarterfinal matchup with the Red Devils. “Our offensive line is 100 percent the reason we won the game,” Washington head coach Brad Beller said. “They came in at halftime and said put it on us, and if we don't do it, then it's on us. Those offensive linemen really did a great job in the second half.” The Warriors got 156 yards and four touchdowns from fullback Jarod Andrews, while Tyler Suever ran for 111 of his 114 yards in the second half. Washington threw just two passes in the final two quarters, both incomplete. “Really, there were not a ton of adjustments,” Beller said. “What we did was we fixed our technique.” The Warriors were also able to handle Hennessey running back Tabor Johns, who came in with over 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. Johns ran for 107 yards on 23 carries in the first half, but was held to 21 yards in the second half. “I really think we made him bounce it and go to the outside,” Beller said. “And that's really something that's not his game. It was a great team effort. Our safeties got a lot more involved in the run game (in the second half).” The Eagles (7-5) ran off 15 plays and covered 77 yards on their first drive of the game, with freshman quarterback Zane Hugeboom scoring on a fourth down quarterback sneak to make it 7-0. Andrews answered with scoring runs of 5 and 64 yards before Hugeboom found Dayton Wymore with a 12-yard scoring pass to tie the game midway through the second quarter. A 34-yard field goal late in the half gave Hennessey the lead going into the locker room. But after sputtering on their first two drives of the second half, the Warriors got rolling. Andrews scored from 23 yards out to make it 21-17 with 4:23 left in the third, and Stuever followed with a 4-yard run late in the quarter to make it 28-17. Stuever ran the ball 13 straight times on the Warriors' next possession, which took over six minutes off the fourth quarter clock before Andrews scored from six yards out for the final margin. The win was the ninth in a row for Washington, which finished with 295 yards on the ground.
Nov 20, 2015
George got better as the night went on, finishing 16-for-31 for 308 yards and five passing touchdowns. As if that weren’t enough, he added a 43-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
High school football: Brandon George's six TDs lead Jones past Douglass
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 20, 2015JONES — Quarterback Brandon George and the Jones Longhorns never had much trouble deciding which play to run Friday. In the second round of the Class 3A playoffs, anything and everything seemed to work. And if you're George, it's hard to ask for a better game. Behind George's six touchdowns, Jones beat Douglass 54-21 in a contest filled with big plays from start to finish. “Whatever we wanted to run (worked),” George said. “If you just run it how we're supposed to, how we're coached, it works.” George's dream night started early when he hit OC Floyd for a 71-yard touchdown on Jones' second play from scrimmage. Douglass (8-4) looked as if it might have the firepower to hang around early in the game, but the Longhorns had other ideas. George got better as the night went on, finishing 16-for-31 for 308 yards and five passing touchdowns. As if that weren't enough, he added a 43-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. “Brandon's incredible, Sean Shaw is incredible on the receiving end of it,” Jones coach Dave Martin said. “We had a bunch of kids step up and make plays for us, and in games like this, you've gotta have that.” Shaw led Jones' group of big receivers with eight catches for 129 yards and a score. But powerful as the offense was, the Jones defense looked exceptional as usual. The Longhorns limited Douglass' quarterback tandem of Patrick McKaufman and Trejion Edwards to only 12-of-29 passing with interceptions from Logan Yelton and David Nelson. Douglass did the best it could facing an array of injuries highlighted by McKaufman and running back Chris Friday. McKaufman was noticeably limited with an ankle injury, but still played both ways. Friday did not start with an ankle injury of his own and appeared on only one possession before leaving the game. Jones (12-0) used its depth to outlast Douglass and eventually took total control. The reward is a trip to Roland next week, but Martin said he believes his team is up for the challenge. “It's one of those things we talk about in the offseason and the summer time,” Martin said. “You've got to train in uncomfortable environments, and sometimes, if you're gonna win this whole thing you may have to beat somebody who's better than you.”
Terrell Love rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns, and Tevin McDaniel added 150 yards rushing and receiving and two scores for Heritage Hall (12-0). The Chargers will host Hilldale, a 57-21 winner over Tahlequah-Sequoyah, in next Friday’s quarterfinals.
High school football: No. 1-ranked Heritage Hall ousts Plainview
By Murray Evans, For The Oklahoman | Nov 20, 2015During Heritage Hall's magical run to the 1998 Class 2A state title, the Chargers struggled mightily in a playoff game against Plainview before winning 10-6 on a late touchdown by future NFL great Wes Welker. Safe to say they had no problem scoring against the Indians this time around. No. 1-ranked Heritage Hall posted three touchdowns before the midway point of the first quarter and cruised to a 63-21 win over No. 10 Plainview in a second-round 3A playoff game on Friday night at Pop Murray Memorial Field. Terrell Love rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns, and Tevin McDaniel added 150 yards rushing and receiving and two scores for Heritage Hall (12-0). The Chargers will host Hilldale, a 57-21 winner over Tahlequah-Sequoyah, in next Friday's quarterfinals. Plainview closed a 9-3 season that included a 42-41 first-round playoff win at Seminole, but the Indians put up only 178 yards of offense against Heritage Hall. Plainview's standout junior quarterback, Kobe Brewster, managed only 26 yards rushing on 11 carries and completed 6-of-16 passes for 95 yards. Meanwhile, Heritage Hall had a balanced attack with Love, McDaniel and quarterback Blake Adams, who completed 12-of-18 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score as the Chargers rolled up 450 yards of offense. “We expected a big test and our guys answered the call and really came out and executed really well, except for the penalties (10 for 100 yards), but everything else, we executed really well,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. The result was effectively decided in the first six minutes of the game, when everything that could go wrong for the Indians did, and Heritage Hall took advantage with touchdowns. Plainview's Eli Paul fumbled on the game's first play from scrimmage and the Chargers recovered. Five plays later, Adams hit Brendan Ezell for a 5-yard touchdown. The Indians botched the punt snap on their next possession, giving Heritage Hall the ball at the Plainview 7. It took the Chargers only one play to score, on a run by Dawson Evans. After a Plainview punt, Adams hit McDaniel in the backfield with a pass and McDaniel completed the 37-yard scoring play, putting Heritage Hall up 21-0 with 6:04 left in the first quarter. “We understood that they were going to be the best offense we played all year,” McDaniel said. “We knew we had to come out and do better than we have, because the competition only gets better … We came out and executed and played a really good defensive game. “Our offense executed really well. But we know everybody is going to get better and better from here.” McDaniel's 60-yard scoring run made it 28-0 and another bad Plainview punt snap gave the Chargers another short field and led to a 4-yard scoring run by Love with 6:35 left in the second quarter. Love later scored from the 1 to extend Heritage Hall's lead to 42-0. Two major penalties on the subsequent kickoff against Heritage Hall gave Plainview the ball at the Chargers' 25, and Brewster hit Kameron Spencer from there to put the Indians on the board in the final minute of the half. The game was delayed about a half-hour in the second quarter after Plainview receiver Ethan Herschler was injured after catching a pass. Herschler was placed on a backboard as a precaution and taken from the field by ambulance.
Oklahoma State football journal: Real value of Cowboys’ rising national ranking points toward recruitingNov 11, 2015
“When you have seasons where you win 9, 10 or 11 games or whatever it may be, once you get to that point then you do get a boost and a shot in the arm in recruiting,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “The response from the student athletes we’re recruiting (and) their parents is considerably different than where we would have been at this time last year.”
Oklahoma State football journal: Real value of Cowboys’ rising national ranking points toward recruiting
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 11, 2015After Oklahoma State upset undefeated TCU, 49-29, last Saturday, the Cowboys' stock surged in three different polls. Seven spots in the AP poll (No. 12 to No. 5). Five spots in the coaches poll (No. 10 to No. 5). And six spots in the College Football Playoff rankings (No. 14 to No. 8). How might that make OSU coach Mike Gundy feel? “They don't really factor in,” he said. True, in terms of OSU's quest for a Big 12 championship. But Gundy says there is one aspect of his program that certainly benefits from a victory that launches OSU into the national spotlight. “When you have seasons where you win 9, 10 or 11 games or whatever it may be, once you get to that point then you do get a boost and a shot in the arm in recruiting,” Gundy said. “The response from the student athletes we're recruiting (and) their parents is considerably different than where we would have been at this time last year.” OSU currently has 16 verbal commits in its 2016 class. PLAYERS, COACHES RELIVE FOURTH DOWN STOP AGAINST TCU Among the 110 plays OSU defended last Saturday in a 49-29 victory against TCU, one in particular was especially worthy of film review with Cowboy players in the following days. Cornerback Kevin Peterson's fourth down goal line tackle of quarterback Trevone Boykin midway through the fourth quarter. “It was as big a stop as I've been around,” Gundy said. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer smiled and said, “It was our 104th gradable play.” It allowed the Cowboys to maintain their 42-23 lead following a TCU drive that lasted more than seven minutes. Gundy, Spencer and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor combined to re-tell the finer details of the stop you might have missed. Taylor: “We were in the goal line defense that Coach Spencer called. Jordan Brailford, he was on that edge. He was able to keep his gap and knock their tackle back in the backfield, which made Trevone bounce it out.” Spencer: “Seth (Jacobs) got a lead blocker and he had to fit that right on the outside. He made the running back bounce out to Kevin. “As soon as (Peterson) figured out, ‘Hey, the guy is in me, he's blocking me,' then he has to convert. ‘I'm a run defender now.' He had to all of the sudden become real physical and he did.” Gundy: “(Peterson) is probably giving up 10-15 pounds to Boykin. He not only made the play but was able to pull him down and keep him from falling that way.” Spencer: “The finish of that, you're talking about a foot there where a lot of people would fall in. Kevin just had the presence to turn and pull, and (Boykin) fell sideways.” IOWA STATE SEES SIMILARITIES WITH 2011 MATCHUP Back in November 2011, OSU linebacker Chad Whitener was still a high school student in Mansfield, Texas. So, forgive him for not recalling with clarity the Cowboys' upset double-overtime loss at Iowa State. “I knew they missed a field goal,” Whitener said. “That was really all.” Back on campus in Ames, Iowa, though, that 37-31 victory still resonates among the biggest wins in program history. Especially during a week the Cyclones welcome yet another undefeated Cowboys team to town with similar circumstances. “There's certainly a lot of similarities with the date of the game, with their high rankings, and playoffs on the line for their football team,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads told local media this week. The only remaining ISU players left from that season are now fifth-year seniors, including starting center Jamison Lalk, who watched the 2011 games from the ISU sideline. “I was like, ‘this is amazing, I wish I was out there,'” Lalk said. “These past years, I was like, yea, I was here, but I didn't really contribute a whole lot. I was just on the sideline, but now I have a chance to repeat and make a big game again.” QUOTABLE Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah on facing Iowa State: “A couple of years ago, we lost to Iowa State in Ames. We can't take any team lightly, and we have to bring our A-game and keep the pressure on Iowa State.”
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Carl Nassib tried to avoid the throng of reporters waiting to enter Penn State's football practice, a tough task for a man who's 6-foot-7 and nearly 280 pounds.Excused from the session a week ago, Nassib walked briskly across a parking lot behind the practice facility with his head down and school books that looked more like matchboxes tucked under his long arms. He...
Penn State DE Nassib shuns spotlight until Saturdays
By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press | Oct 15, 2015STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Carl Nassib tried to avoid the throng of reporters waiting to enter Penn State's football practice, a tough task for a man who's 6-foot-7 and nearly 280 pounds. Excused from the session a week ago, Nassib walked briskly across a parking lot behind the practice facility with his head down and school books that looked more like matchboxes tucked under his long arms. He seemed alarmed to see nearly 30 people close to his vehicle. It was coincidence. Nassib had parked next to the black iron gate that separates the practice fields from the parking lot where reporters wait each Wednesday and they were just as surprised to see him on their side. "Had a chemistry test," Nassib said, before jamming himself into his smallish Ford Escape and driving off. It was a rare close encounter with arguably the country's most disruptive defender who has politely declined interview requests throughout his career. It took a visit from ESPN this week to get him talking as Nassib was featured on the network's "Big Man on Campus" spot. Other than that, he's remained elusive despite being the center of attention for opposing offensive coordinators this season. Crazy Carl as his teammates call him leads the country with 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and is on pace for the most sacks in a season since Louisville's Elvis Dumervil had 20 in 2005, heading into Saturday's game against No. 1 Ohio State. Not bad for a player who walked onto the team without a scholarship offer from an FBS team out of high school. "He just got his shot," safety Jordan Lucas said. "He worked very hard for it and he's continuing to work hard for it and it's showing in his play and it's showing in the numbers. Carl, he's nuts." But in a good way. "He's got that nickname Crazy Carl because his intensity is unmatched every single play," sophomore defensive end Garrett Sickels said. A fifth-year senior, Nassib has been selected to the All-Academic Big Ten team twice while majoring in biology. He wants to attend medical school, but those plans have been muddied by his gridiron emergence. He's expressed a desire to play as long as he can if possible and that is looking more likely each week. His ascension seemed unlikely considering he never started a game at any level before this season and walked on to Joe Paterno's final team in 2011 as a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder. He was still a self-described "skinny" nobody two years later when Bill O'Brien's first recruits arrived on campus. But Nassib's relentless attitude caused scholarship offensive tackle Andrew Nelson to take notice. "I remember thinking, this guy is pretty hard to block and no one is really talking about him," Nelson said. "But he's a pretty good player, and you just saw that development continue each year." Two sit-downs with O'Brien before the 2013 season helped. During the first one in winter workouts, O'Brien told Nassib he'd play on special teams if he bulked up. So he did, hitting the weight room five days a week and twice on Saturdays that summer to add nearly 50 pounds of muscle. The second one came in training camp after O'Brien saw a transformed Nassib beating his scholarship tackles on the practice fields. He called Nassib to his office midway through camp. Nassib feared he'd be ruled ineligible because he forgot to pay his tuition bill. But he wouldn't have to worry about it. O'Brien brought him in to tell him he'd earned a scholarship. That year was really Nassib's breakout season, his teammates say. He added a fiery presence to the team's coverage and return units and made the most of his limited snaps. Nassib and Sickels have made defensive end a strong spot for Penn State, even after losing three key players off last year's team. While Sickels was redshirting last season, Nassib helped him stay focus. "He's taught me that you can never get down on yourself," Sickels said. "The big thing with him is you have to have the most intensity every single play, you can't take a play off."
The win kept Tuttle unbeaten through the season’s first eight games and 4-0 in district play.
High school football: Tuttle dismantles Ada in District 4A-2 game
By Justin Tinder, For The Oklahoman | Oct 15, 2015TUTTLE — Tuttle distanced itself from its nearest pursuer and gained some welcome breathing room in the 4A-2 district race with a convincing 42-24 football victory on Thursday night over Ada. The win kept Tuttle unbeaten through the season's first eight games and 4-0 in district play. Tuttle is enjoying its best start under second-year coach Brad Ballard; the 2009 team, then under coach Phil Koons, went 11-0 before losing in the second round of the state playoffs. Ada fell to 4-3 with the loss and is 2-1 in district play. “We did things the way we need to do to win football games,” Ballard said. “We started fast. Our offensive line did a good job of opening up running lanes for our ball carriers, and our quarterback was efficient and managed the game well.” Tuttle tailback Keith Traylor punished the Cougars with his bruising running style. He ended the game with 283 yards on 25 carries and two scores. Traylor had lengthy runs of 25, 28, 29, and 32 yards before finishing the night with a 53-yarder on his final carry midway through the fourth. Ballard played reserves for much game's final eight minutes. “I think Keith would be the first to give credit to his offensive line,” Ballard said. “He had some big holes to run through, but he also gained a lot of yards after initial contact.” Traylor's second touchdown, a 28-yard run with 1:36 to play in the second quarter, gave Tuttle a 41-3 lead it carried into the fourth quarter. Ada did have some bright spots late thanks to the return of running back Shilo Windsor. He was back in the lineup since missing five games with a hand injury. Windsor ended the game with 141 yards on 15 carries. He scored twice on highlight-making plays. Windsor took back a fourth-quarter kick 75 yards for a score and then teamed with quarterback Gabriel Simons on spectacular 65-yard run off a lateral that put the game at its final margin, 48-24, with 1:04 remaining in the game. Windsor broke loose for the first 35 yards and as he was being dragged down flipped the ball to Simons, who ran the remaining 30 yards untouched.
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
Sooners outside linebacker Devante Bond was expected to return to practice Wednesday but his status for Saturday’s game remains in doubt.
OU football journal: Devante Bond still questionable for Saturday
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers | Oct 14, 2015Sooners outside linebacker Devante Bond was expected to return to practice Wednesday but his status for Saturday's game remains in doubt. “He's good. He's still questionable,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “We'll know more (Wednesday) how well he can push off. As a defensive end, he has to be explosive.” Bond suffered a sprained ankle in the win over West Virginia and missed the loss to Texas. “It's very difficult,” defensive end Charles Tapper said of playing without Bond. “D-Bond is a great player. His presence on the field is a great help. We're gonna need him to get back.” P.L. Lindley started in Bond's place last week. THOMAS: SHOULDER'S FINE Sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas injured his shoulder midway through the second quarter of Saturday's game when he took a hit well behind the play from Texas wide receiver Armanti Foreman. Foreman, a former OU commit, was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. “It's good,” Thomas said of his shoulder. “It's a lot better. Got a cheap shot but at the same time, you've got to recover, get treatment and now I'm feeling a lot better.” SOONERS TYPICALLY BOUNCE BACK WELL The last time the Sooners followed their first loss of the season with a second in their next game was 2003 when a loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game was followed by a loss to LSU in the national title game. In the regular season, it hasn't happened since Bob Stoops' first season, 1999, when the Sooners lost to Texas after dropping a game to Notre Dame. Only one other time during Stoops' tenure have the Sooners dropped back-to-back games. The other instance was at the end of last season when the Bedlam loss was followed by a loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl. WALK-ON WEDNESDAY: JESSE WALKER When Jesse Walker introduces himself to a new person, he always feels compelled to add a footnote. “My real name is Brian.” Walker was born to a 14-year-old mother and his grandmother helped raise him. She read somewhere that the name “Jesse” means “a gift from God,” so she started calling him that. “The name just stuck,” Walker said. Walker, now a redshirt sophomore safety, is the latest Sooner to be featured in The Oklahoman's “Walk-on Wednesday” series, which focuses each week on a non-scholarship OU football player. He played sports at Westmoore and graduated from high school in 2008, but took four years off from school and worked. Walker spent two of those years off working for the University of Oklahoma in the facilities management department, where he essentially served as a mover. He worked hard for OU during that time, but all the while, he wanted to go back to school and earn a college degree. Eventually, he decided to apply for admission to OU and was accepted. “I was doubtful that I would even get back into school,” Walker admitted. “It's hard being out four years and then coming back. It's difficult because a lot of times, you forget some of the knowledge that you learned in high school. “Had I stayed out too long? How's that gonna affect me in the classroom?” His freshman year in 2012, Walker majored in radiology and never gave much thought at all to playing football. Until, that is, he drove down to Dallas for the OU-Texas game with a group of friends. “My grandfather had just passed away,” Walker said. “It's always been a dream since I was a kid to be on the team here at OU.” By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, staff writers
Oct 9, 2015
Putnam City earned a hard-fought first district victory this season after Braden Hudson threw two fourth-quarter scoring strikes to Dreyvon Christon.
High school football: Putnam City stuns Edmond Memorial, 31-30
By Richard Tortorelli, For The Oklahoman | Oct 9, 2015Dreyvon Christon ensured that Putnam City can keep its postseason dreams alive with his clutch play. Christon lifted Putnam City to a stunning 31-30 football triumph over Edmond Memorial on Friday at Putnam City Stadium, scoring two touchdowns in the final 11 minutes to help the Pirates overcome a 13-point deficit. Putnam City earned a hard-fought first district victory this season after Braden Hudson threw two fourth-quarter scoring strikes to Christon. Christon cut Edmond Memorial's lead to 30-24 with 11 minutes remaining on a 6-yard TD catch. Christon caught the game winner on a 7-yard slant with 33 seconds left. Luis Martinez's extra-point kick put Putnam City in the lead 31-30. Putnam City got Edmond Memorial to turn the ball over on downs at midfield to clinch the win. “I really just love moments like this,” said Christon, who had seven grabs for 79 yards and two touchdowns. “We really want to win and try to make it to week 11.” Hudson completed 25 of 30 passes for 210 yards and three scores despite pressure from the Memorial defense. Brennon Bothe smothered Hudson in the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 30-17 advantage on a safety midway through the third quarter. Putnam City (3-3 overall, 1-2 in district) came off back-to-back 50-point losses to Jenks and Broken Arrow to open district play. “We got better today, showed who we really are and we played Pirates football,” Hudson said. “It's a huge win. We came into district play, and we had our two toughest teams already. We got that over with. We knew once we got past that, we had a chance to possibly win out and go to the playoffs. We have to go 1-0 each week.” Hudson said of Christon: “I couldn't ask for a better receiver, a better play maker. He's a brother to me. No words can express how great he does in practice. He works every day to get better, and it shows in the game.” The Pirates had 10 unanswered points to take a 17-14 second-quarter lead. J'Lyn Bryant reached the end zone on a 7-yard catch to tie the game just before the end of the first quarter. Martinez kicked a 28-yard field goal to give his team the lead with 5:36 left in the first half. Putnam City used chicanery to score its first touchdown. Ryan Brown caught Hudson's backward pass and tucked the ball appearing to run with it. Once Christon got past the Memorial secondary, Brown reared back and chucked the ball to Christon, who then found open field for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. Just before halftime, Edmond Memorial racked up two quick touchdowns to go up 28-17. Brendan Mitchell's 39-yard reception set the Bulldogs up with first-and-goal at the Putnam City 4-yard line. Delvon McNeely capitalized with a 1-yard scoring plunge. The Bulldogs forced a three-and-out, then got the ball back with 2:13 left in the half. Coleman Chavez covered 20 yards on a catch to put Edmond Memorial with goal-to-go at the 5. Tate Troxell bulldozed across the goal line for a 28-17 Bulldogs lead with 13 seconds to spare in the first half. Troxell led Edmond Memorial by rushing for 185 yards on 21 carries.
Oct 9, 2015
Texas the football team is easy to despise, if you have a mailing address or roots north of the Red River. As the Sooners face off against the Longhorns, some Oklahomans talk about their feelings about Texas, the team and the state.
Berry Tramel: On hating Texas the team, not Texas the state
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Oct 9, 2015DALLAS — If Oklahomans hate Texas, we have a funny way of showing it. Texas the state. Not Texas the football team. Texas the football team is easy to despise, if you have a mailing address or roots north of the Red River. The Longhorn Network. Running off Texas A&M and Nebraska from the Big 12. Mack Brown's politicking and the aerial banners during the great Bowl Championship Series debate of 2008. “I hate Texas football,” said OU fan Scott Noland of Edmond. “Their condescending fans, their fight song and their stupid drum. I hate Texas all year, not just for a week.” Noland is referring to this week. The Sooners and Longhorns play Saturday for the 110th time. Playing amid the Texas State Fair for the 87th straight year. Hearing “Texas Fight!” resound repeatedly in the Cotton Bowl, hearing chants of “MobileHoma” (not that Oklahomans don't have their own verbal jabs) drift through the Midway turns Sooner attitudes sour toward the Longhorns. But it doesn't make Oklahomans not want to come back. OU fans stream across the river beginning midweek, turning Dallas/Fort Worth into an Oklahoma colony, spending money in restaurants and hotels and bars, not to mention the fair. That's nothing new. Even without a football game to jolt state pride, Oklahomans love coming to Texas. Taking the kids to Great Wolf Lodge or shopping at the Galleria or riding the boats on San Antonio's RiverWalk or listening to music at Austin City Limits or catching a luxury liner in Galveston. Watching the Cowboys at JerryWorld or the NASCARs at Texas Motor Speedway or the Rangers at the ballpark in Arlington. “Texas is the best state in the union. Period,” said OU fan John Whitaker, of Bethany, who moved back to Oklahoma from Austin in 2014. “They have their crap together. Public education is a priority. No state income taxes. Roads that are in fantastic shape. Parks, greenbelts, public amenities galore. Simply no comparison to Oklahoma in this regard.” Yep, there's some envy involved. Texas has virtually no federal land. Texas has been swiping our oil companies for decades. We've exacted some revenge with state-line casinos, which suck a lot of money north. And Oklahoma City is a major league city, with the Thunder, which has waged memorable playoff series with all three Texas teams in the NBA, winning more than they've lost. “It's kinda funny, the fascination that OU Nation has with Texas,” said OU fan Jim Harris of Sallisaw. “I'd guess there is envy at the heart of the matter. Wealthy state, sixth-largest economy in the world if Texas was its own country, which sometimes it acts like it is.” But the truth is, Texans and Oklahomans are more alike than they are different. “The people? They are the same folks,” Whitaker said. “Mostly the same values. Just different locations.” Then two football teams meet not far from a giant Ferris wheel, and things change. “My hate for Texas stems from the ‘holier-than-thou' mentality,” said OU fan David Paulson, of Yukon. “If everything is bigger and better in Texas, why do we get so many of your elite high school players? Just because the state is the size of a country doesn't mean you're better people.” And Sooner fans remember UT's role in the shaky status of the Big 12. Texas' establishment of The Longhorn Network is blamed by many for the instability of the conference, which has lost four members, while adding two, in the last five years. “They ruined the Southwest Conference, kept half of their compatriots out of the Big 12, then ran off Nebraska, set up a special network deal so that they are the only Big 12 team to get ESPN love and ruined the rest of conference teams' chance for a large, full conference deal,” said OU fan Jay Horsley, who grew up in Oklahoma but now lives in Mulvane, Kan. “They'd leave half the conference (or more) behind again as soon as they could if they could make enough money out of it.” OU's revenge comes on the field. The Sooners are 10-6 against Texas in the Bob Stoops era and are heavy favorites again on Saturday. The Longhorns are 1-4 and have been routed by both Notre Dame and TCU. “I grew up with a hatred for the 'Horns even as OU started dominating them in the early 2000s, which were my high school years,” said OU fan Kory Warren. “But over the last four, five years, it has become more a form of pity, I guess. I want them back to a point because I know the Big 12 needs it, but if we beat them 50-0, doesn't hurt my feelings.” So Interstate 35 will be jammed this weekend with OU fans filing into Dallas and through downtown to get to the fair, where they will spend money and enjoy their stay and enjoy it even more if the Sooners win. The bigger the victory, the better. Then they will reverse their course, and drive home on the crowded freeway that links them to a state to which they readily will return. “I do not hate the state of Texas,” said OU fan Kyle Whitson, of Norman. “Just their traffic.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40 to 5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.