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Apr 30, 2016
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens addressed several needs in the NFL draft before making an emotional selection that brought tears to owner Steve Bisciotti.Keenan Reynolds, a record-setting quarterback at Navy, was taken by Baltimore on Saturday in the sixth round with the 182nd overall pick.The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Reynolds ran the triple option with the Midshipmen. He scored a...
Ravens snag Navy QB Reynolds during busy day at NFL draft
By DAVID GINSBURG, Associated Press | Apr 30, 2016OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens addressed several needs in the NFL draft before making an emotional selection that brought tears to owner Steve Bisciotti. Keenan Reynolds, a record-setting quarterback at Navy, was taken by Baltimore on Saturday in the sixth round with the 182nd overall pick. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Reynolds ran the triple option with the Midshipmen. He scored a Football Bowl Subdivision record 88 touchdowns, but will seek to make his mark in the NFL as a wide receiver and punt returner. "That's what I've been working on," Reynolds said. "I just think my best area is being in (open) space with the football." The Ravens didn't need to have Reynolds. Getting him, however, provided an unforgettable moment of joy to him and those in the team draft room. General manager Ozzie Newsome usually speaks 1-on-1 with the draftee, but in this case the call was put on speakerphone. "So everyone in the room could be part of telling him," Newsome said. "It was a special moment." Ravens senior vice president Kevin Byrne said, "There were people in the room who had tears in their eyes." At which point coach John Harbaugh interjected: "Including one who owns the team." Before hanging up, Reynolds told the group: "You won't regret this pick." The Naval Academy is based in Annapolis, Maryland, less than an hour away from the Ravens training complex. Reynolds hopes that will enable him to delay fulfilling his military obligation to Navy. "I honestly think that being in the area is going to help my cause," he said. After adding a much-needed offensive tackle and two pass rushers in the first three rounds, Newsome rapidly filled out the rest of his checklist on Saturday. Newsome drafted 11 players overall, eight on the final day. "Right now the Baltimore Ravens are a much better football team," Newsome said. "We feel good about the collection of talent we have." Newsome was looking for depth, and maybe a starter or two, for a team that stumbled to a 5-11 finish in 2015. He launched the fourth round by taking Temple cornerback Tavon Young with the 104th overall pick. Clemson wide receiver Chris Moore was secured at 107, followed by Nebraska tackle Alex Lewis (130), Michigan defensive lineman Willie Henry (132) and Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon (134). Dixon ran for a school record 4,480 yards and 72 touchdowns, and also caught 88 passes for 972 yards and 15 touchdowns. He finished second in NCAA FBS history for touchdowns scored (87) behind Reynolds. The Ravens hope Young — who played high school ball in Maryland — can contribute immediately as backup. The 5-10, 180-pounder had surgery on his left knee before his final year at Temple, but still ended up with 41 tackles before receiving an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Moore provides the deep threat that was sorely lacking last season. He had 40 catches for 870 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. "If you want a guy who is going to go deep and make those big plays, I'm the guy," Moore declared. The 6-6, 315-pound Lewis played left tackle for the Cornhuskers in 26 straight games in 2014 and 2015. He will compete with top draft pick Ronnie Stanley for a starting job on an offensive line that lost standout guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele to free agency. Several players have enjoyed success in the NFL after being picked in the fourth round by Baltimore, most notably tight end Dennis Pitta (2010), guard Edwin Mulitalo (1999) and Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain (2007). Outside linebacker Matt Judon of Grand Valley State was taken in the fifth round. After choosing Reynolds, Newsome concluded his busy day by selecting Virginia cornerback Maurice Canady with the 209th overall pick. On the first day of the draft, Newsome bolstered the offensive line by snagging Stanley with the sixth overall pick. Newsome then attempted to fortify Baltimore's sack potential on Friday, taking Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa in the second round and BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi in the third. ___ Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A waterfront football field has been renamed in honor of New York Jets coach Todd Bowles, who also received a key to the city where he was raised.During a dedication ceremony Saturday that included Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and New Jersey Sen. Raymond Lesniak, it was announced that Elizabeth's Waterfront Field will be called Todd Bowles Waterfront Sports...
Jets coach Bowles has New Jersey field renamed in his honor
Associated Press | Apr 23, 2016ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A waterfront football field has been renamed in honor of New York Jets coach Todd Bowles, who also received a key to the city where he was raised. During a dedication ceremony Saturday that included Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and New Jersey Sen. Raymond Lesniak, it was announced that Elizabeth's Waterfront Field will be called Todd Bowles Waterfront Sports Complex. Bowles, 52, played at Elizabeth High School before starring at Temple as a defensive back and then during an eight-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl victory with Washington in 1988. He was hired as Jets coach in January 2015 and went 10-6 in his first season. Bowles and his family also presented a check for $25,000 to Elizabeth Public Schools' Special Olympics projects. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Mar 5, 2016
In his 10th season on his sixth team, Foye — a NBA survivor — finds himself in Oklahoma because of a man who found himself in Oklahoma.
OKC Thunder: Randy Foye finds himself in the state where his mentor found himself
By Erik Horne Staff Writer email@example.com | Mar 5, 2016Randy Foye was once a self-described knucklehead. Then he met Bryant Garvin. The Thunder guard was a talented freshman at East Side High School in Newark, N.J., when he crossed paths with the then-assistant football coach and teacher. Even then, according to Garvin, Foye was a “pain in my a--.” But before eventually becoming Foye's basketball coach and a father figure, Garvin saw something in the defiant teen — some of what he did away with while playing college football in Oklahoma. “It's crazy. He's in my old stomping grounds,” Garvin said via telephone. “I was like ‘man, now I've gotta come visit you in my old place.' ” In his 10th season on his sixth team, Foye — a NBA survivor — finds himself in Oklahoma because of a man who found himself in Oklahoma. “B-Garv. That's anywhere from father figure when we did something wrong to Big Unc to Big Bruh,” Foye said, rattling off Garvin's nicknames. "When we wanted to hang out, have fun, or he took us out to eat he was Big Unc … and then when we were playing inside or practicing he was like a big brother. “He got out there with us, he talked trash with us. He was just an unbelievable person.” Foye and Garvin share a similar inner city upbringing. Before Foye turned three, his father died in a motorcycle accident. When Foye was five, his mother disappeared, forcing him to live between family members in Newark. Garvin grew up on Chicago's south side, his mother suffering from mental illness, his father an alcoholic. Like Foye, he was mostly raised by other family members. Coming out of Chicago's St. Rita Cascia High School in 1988, Garvin was 6-foot-2, 214-pound tight end with a scholarship offer to the University of Oklahoma. Garvin wanted to go to OU over offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, but couldn't qualify academically. He considered joining OU once he made the required ACT score, but by then his scholarship would be gone and he'd have to walk-on. He decided to go to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. “I made that decision to go down there to try to get re-recruited,” Garvin said. “To get away from Chicago to go to Oklahoma was almost like a peace of mind to regroup.” Garvin played two seasons at NEO before transferring to Temple University in Philadelphia, which started a series of east coast coaching and teaching stops before landing in Newark. When Garvin took over as basketball coach in Foye's sophomore year, he'd keep Foye after practice. “Nah, we're gonna keep on going, because this ain't your show,” Foye recalls Garvin telling him. “He was one of those guys that told me ‘hey, it ain't gonna be your way,' ” Foye said. “ 'Everything you want in life, it ain't gonna be easy.' ” Foye wasn't easy on Garvin, either. Garvin said it was a battle until Foye's senior year when East Side won the state championship. But Garvin broke through. Even after high school, he drove to pick up Foye every weekend from Villanova — a four-hour round trip from his home in South Brunswick, N.J., to Villanova, Pa., outside of Philadelphia. Garvin remembered leaving Chicago for Miami, Okla., how being away from home humbled him. “It taught me to grind and do things on my own …” Garvin said. “… that if I can make this and survive through this I can become successful at anything I choose to be.” Garvin said he still has friends in Tulsa and will try to see a Thunder game after the New Jersey state playoffs. He said he's reliving his youth watching Foye, his surrogate son, playing in the Sooner State. “It's weird,” Garvin said. “I was like ‘I'll be damned. He's going right back to where I started.' ”
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Dec 25, 2015
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Marshall has a shot at another 10-victory season and Connecticut can finish with a winning record for the first time in five years.So don't try to convince the Thundering Herd (9-3) and Huskies (6-6) the stakes aren't high in Saturday's St. Petersburg Bowl.Both teams have enjoyed a week of fun in the Florida sun, while also focussing on what they want to accomplish...
Marshall, UConn have plenty to play for St. Petersburg Bowl
By FRED GOODALL, Associated Press | Dec 25, 2015ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Marshall has a shot at another 10-victory season and Connecticut can finish with a winning record for the first time in five years. So don't try to convince the Thundering Herd (9-3) and Huskies (6-6) the stakes aren't high in Saturday's St. Petersburg Bowl. Both teams have enjoyed a week of fun in the Florida sun, while also focussing on what they want to accomplish on game day. Marshall fell short of a goal of repeating as Conference USA champions, but finishing with double-digit victories again is important to coach Doc Holliday and his players. The Thundering Herd went 13-1 a year ago and 10-4 in 2013. "There's no doubt we'd like to do that because we'd be the only team in the non-power five to get 10 wins for three straight seasons, but I'm not sure there is any added pressure," Holliday said. "Any time you go in to a football game, you have to do a good job of preparing and let the game take care of itself." UConn lost its regular season finale to Temple, but can finish with a winning record for the first time since 2010, when the Huskies were Big East champions. "For us it's huge," coach Bob Diaco, finishing his second season at UConn, said. "It's a big deal for our fans. It's a big deal for our student body. It's a big deal for the workers who represent the university," Diaco added. "It's a big deal that we have a winning season." ___ Some other things to know about the Thundering Herd and Huskies: HOMETOWN FLAVOR: Marshall is led by QB Chase Litton, who played in high school in nearby Tampa. He's a true freshman who's started 10 games and thrown for 2,387 yards with 22 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. The Thundering Herd roster includes 25 players fro the state of Florida. ON THE RISE: UConn, which went 2-10 in its first season under Diaco, won three of its final four games to rebound from a slow start. The Huskies are in a bowl game for the sixth time, first since winning the Big East five years ago and losing to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. BEEN HERE BEFORE: Marshall is 3-0 in bowl games under Holiday, including a 20-10 victory over Florida International in the 2011 St. Petersburg Bowl. The Thundering Herd won the Boca Raton Bowl in 2014 and Military Bowl two years ago. SOLID DEFENSE: UConn's defense was one of the best in the American Athletic Conference this season and statistically is one of the best Marshall has faced, allowing 352.2 yards and 19.8 points per game. The Huskies limited high-scoring Houston to 38 yards — nearly 200 below its season average — in handing the Cougars their only loss this season. "When you get to a bowl you want to play the best, and everyone talks about UConn's defense. We're really looking forward to the challenge," Marshall TE Ryan Yurachek said.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Temple's rise to prominence in the American Athletic Conference this season landed the Owls a Top 25 ranking, yet Tuesday night's Boca Raton Bowl will mark just the fifth bowl appearance in school history.The Owls (10-3) will be facing a Toledo program playing in its fifth bowl game in the last six years, and 15th overall at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. At least for...
Temple, Toledo set to square off in Boca Raton Bowl
By ANDY KENT, Associated Press | Dec 21, 2015WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Temple's rise to prominence in the American Athletic Conference this season landed the Owls a Top 25 ranking, yet Tuesday night's Boca Raton Bowl will mark just the fifth bowl appearance in school history. The Owls (10-3) will be facing a Toledo program playing in its fifth bowl game in the last six years, and 15th overall at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. At least for Temple head coach Matt Rhule there was one bit of irony he took away from Monday's walk-thru at the venue. "It looked pretty good coming in as the visiting team to have it say 'Home of the Owls.' It was a little bit more reassuring," Rhule said about the on-campus stadium at Florida Atlantic University, which has the same football mascot as Temple. Both teams feature 19 seniors on their rosters, with Toledo (9-2) relying on senior quarterback Phillip Ely and big offensive line. Ely completed 206-of-375 passes for 2,680 yards, 21 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions and was only sacked four times the entire season. The Rockets' Jason Candle doesn't mind saying that he'll be leaning on Ely and the other seniors in his head coaching debut. Candle, who had been associate head coach and offensive coordinator, was named head coach on Dec. 2 after Matt Campbell resigned to take the same job at Iowa State. "We're in a little bit of a transition phase here obviously with me just being named head coach and to go through that kind of a phase you have to rely on your senior leadership," Candle said. Ely "is a special player and has a calming effect out there. He's got the innate ability to get the other 10 guys going in the right direction at all times and he's really been super for us." Temple senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich hopes to succeed in unnerving Ely, who pointed to him as somebody who jumped off the film in planning. Matakevich, the AAC defensive player of the year, also won the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's defensive player of the year. He should have a large contingent of family and friends making the trip to South Florida to watch his final collegiate game. "The competition we faced this year in our conference is huge and it allows you to get ready and really prepare," said Matakevich, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Tuesday. "We've gone up against not only some of the best players in the country, but some of the best teams." ___ Here are some things to know about the Boca Raton Bowl: FOUR HORSEMEN: The Rockets piled up almost as many yards rushing (2,557) as yards passing (2,751) this season behind the four-pronged attack of Kareem Hunt, Terry Swanson, Damion Jones-Moore and Marc Remy. All four are underclassmen, with the junior Hunt (5-11, 225) leading the charge with 920 yards and 10 touchdowns on 163 carries. Swanson (5-9, 202) is a sophomore and tacked on 878 yards and seven touchdowns on 132 carries for a 6.6 average. YOUNG GUNS: Candle, 36, and Rhule, 40, represent the youngest coaching matchup of the 2015-16 bowl season. They are very familiar with each other with both having been assistant coaches in the last two meetings between the teams. Candle was on the winning side of a 36-13 game at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 1, 2011. SUNSHINE STATE HOMECOMING: Temple has 13 players on its active roster that played their high school football in Florida, with senior wide receiver Robby Anderson being the closest to home. He starred at Plantation High School, which is a little less than 30 minutes south of FAU. POWER 5 CONNECTIONS: Ely and senior center Ruben Carter both began their careers at SEC and ACC programs, respectively. Ely was redshirted as a freshman at Alabama in 2011 and completed 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in six games as a backup quarterback in 2012 before transferring to Toledo and sitting out the 2013 season. He missed most of the 2014 season with knee and shoulder injuries. Carter played at Florida State from 2011-14 and won a national championship, and after graduating last spring he transferred to Toledo with one year of eligibility remaining.
Dec 14, 2015
Henry Burris first appeared on the pages of The Oklahoman in October 1991. Burris was then a junior quarterback at Spiro High School, near the Arkansas line, south of Sallisaw. Burris is still playing football. The ageless Burris, 40, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Canadian Football League. He led the Ottawa Redblacks to the Grey Cup championship game, where Ottawa lost to the...
Quarterback Henry Burris still going strong at age 40
Berry Tramel | Dec 14, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3984708[/img] Henry Burris first appeared on the pages of The Oklahoman in October 1991. Burris was then a junior quarterback at Spiro High School, near the Arkansas line, south of Sallisaw. Burris is still playing football. The ageless Burris, 40, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Canadian Football League. He led the Ottawa Redblacks to the Grey Cup championship game, where Ottawa lost to the Edmonton Eskimos 26-20. Burris graduated from Spiro in 1993, went to Temple University, joined the Calgary Stampeders, moved on to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, spent 2001 with the Chicago Bears and 2002 with the Green Bay Packers, played in NFL Europe in 2003, returned to the CFL in 2004 and found his niche. Burris played for Saskatchewan in 2004 and returned to Calgary in 2005. He led the Stampeders to the 2008 CFL title. In 2012, Burris was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 2014, Burris signed with the expansion Redblacks and in 2015 had a renaissance season. Burris ranks third all-time in CFL passing yards (60,957); third in all-time completions (4,468); third in career TD passes (361); first in completions in a season (481 in 2015); first in completions in a game (45 in 2015); fifth in most consecutive completions in a game (2015); fifth, seventh and eighth in passing TDs in a season (43 in 2012, 39 in 2008, 38 in 2010); ninth all-time in passing yards per game (210.9); third all-time in passes (7,187); 10th all-time in passes in a season (678 in 2015); sixth in passing touchdowns in a game (six in 2015); fourth in career interceptions thrown (218); ninth in career completion percentage (.622); fifth in single-season completion percentage (.709 in 2015); and, well you get the picture. “So many people say you can let it go,” Burris told Ottawa reporters late in the season. “Let it go. But I think that’s what motivates some of the best athletes ever. You have to play with a chip on your shoulder, when people say certain things that in your heart matter to you as an athlete. When they say certain things to doubt you.” Burris holds a grudge against the CFL franchises that no longer wanted him. “The bottom line is what motivates you every day,” Burris said. “And for me, the fact I was sent packing after I helped turn organizations around and doing my job both on and off the field, being an ambassador not only for the community but for the team and also for the league.”
Dec 13, 2015
Mary Forsberg Weiland's ex-husband Scott, the rock musician who was the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, died last week, and there's a reason she doesn't want you to honor him.
Mary Forsberg Weiland’s emotional letter highlights the dangers of having an absent father
Herb Scribner, FamilyShare | Dec 13, 2015Scott Weiland, the singer of Stone Temple Pilots, died late last week after a battle with drug addiction at the age of 48, according to CNN. Weiland was on tour with his current band The Wildabouts and had been in Minnesota at the time of his death. Cocaine was found at the scene, and another band member was arrested for possession of the controlled substance. Despite these dark details, Weiland’s death has been somewhat glorified — and that hasn’t sat well with his ex-wife, Mary Forsberg Weiland. “The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting,” Weiland wrote for Rolling Stone. “But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.” Weiland wrote that her ex-husband’s death has been commemorated and his life glorified for the songs he has performed, even though he didn’t always live the greatest lifestyle nor did he do right by his kids. She detailed how she spent hours calming “his paranoid fits, pushing him into the shower and filling him with coffee, just so that I could drop him into the audience at Noah's talent show, or Lucy's musical.” Even after her husband got remarried, he didn’t spend time with Mary Weiland’s children, nor did he pay child support, she wrote. Despite his absence, Lucy and Noah still held out hope that their father would return … and yet he never did. “Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad,” she wrote. “They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you're a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don't give up. Progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for.” If what Weiland wrote about is true, it’s not hard to fault her for her concerns. After all, studies have shown that children raised without fathers often struggle in a number of ways, in areas such as academic achievement, social development and overall mental wellbeing, according to The Brookings Institute. These children are also more at risk for parental abuse, neglect and may even be less likely to graduate from high school and college, according to Brookings. “Single parents only have one income coming into the house,” according to Isabel V. Sawhill of Brookings. “On top of that, single parents often have to spend a greater proportion of their income on child care because they do not have a co-parent to stay home with the child while they work. Even beyond having more income, two parents also have more time to spend with the child.” And a study from researchers at McGill University in Canada found that children who grow up without fathers are more likely to be more aggressive in life and may even turn to drugs, according to the Daily Mail. “These children have been shown to have an increased risk for deviant behaviour and in particular, girls have been shown to be at risk for substance abuse,” Dr. Gabriella Gobbi of McGill University told the Daily Mail. It’s because of these reasons that Mary Forsberg Weiland wrote her piece for Rolling Stone. She wants people to understand the importance of caring for children, especially when their fathers are gone. “I don't share this with you to cast judgment, I do so because you most likely know at least one child in the same shoes,” she wrote for Rolling Stone. “If you do, please acknowledge them and their experience. Offer to accompany them to the father-daughter dance, or teach them to throw a football. Even the bravest girl or boy will refrain from asking for something like that; they may be ashamed, or not want to inconvenience you. Just offer — or even insist if you have to.”
Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Mason Rudolph’s right foot still in a boot as Cowboys prepare for Sugar BowlDec 11, 2015
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy remains optimistic that starting quarterback Mason Rudolph will be ready for the Cowboys' Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl matchup against Ole Miss, but Rudolph remained sidelined as of late Friday. “Mason is in a boot … we're going to try and get him to practice 23, 21 and 20, however far that is,” Gundy said. “So for now, we're going to leave him in the boot. Obviously, J.W....
Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Mason Rudolph’s right foot still in a boot as Cowboys prepare for Sugar Bowl
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 11, 2015Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy remains optimistic that starting quarterback Mason Rudolph will be ready for the Cowboys' Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl matchup against Ole Miss, but Rudolph remained sidelined as of late Friday. “Mason is in a boot … we're going to try and get him to practice 23, 21 and 20, however far that is,” Gundy said. “So for now, we're going to leave him in the boot. Obviously, J.W. (Walsh) is getting those reps. Everybody else is healthy.” Rudolph reportedly underwent foot surgery following the Bedlam loss in which he attempted just three passes. Walsh earned the start, passing for 235 yards with two touchdowns along with 50 yards rushing. “(Walsh) played good in the Bedlam game,” Gundy said. “If we could have slowed them down a little bit, they would have been talking about how (Walsh) played. But it's great for him. Hopefully, we'll have Mason. But if not, it's really nice for him to be able to reap some of the benefits of sticking around.” GA ROBBY DISCHER ACCEPTS FULL-TIME POSITION AT TOLEDO OSU graduate assistant Robby Discher has been hired as a full-time assistant at Toledo. Discher, who spent the past two seasons at OSU, will reportedly join Toledo's staff immediately to coordinate special teams and coach tight ends, according to FootballScoop.com. Discher's addition is the result of a staff shakeup that sent former Toledo head coach Matt Campbell to replace fired Paul Rhoads at Iowa State. Toledo promoted offensive coordinator Jason Candle to head coach. It faces Temple in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22 in Florida. Discher was brought on to OSU from Sam Houston State prior to the 2014 season to coordinate special teams for the Cowboys. After just one year, he was named the 2014 Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop — the first-ever GA to receive the honor in its seven-year history, voted on by past winners. Under Discher's direction, the Cowboys returned three kicks for touchdowns. OSU improved 58 spots nationally in opponent punt return average (3.29 yards) from 2013. Sophomore kicker Ben Grogan improved his season-long accuracy by 18 percent. “It's funny, “Gundy said. “I got a message last night: ‘Coach, I took the job and I'm not coming back.' I thought he'd at least come back and help me a little bit. … So I called him earlier this morning and had a few questions before I tried to jump into Ole Miss' special teams part. He said he had about 10 minutes that he could talk to me, then he had to put his own punt team in this afternoon for their bowl practice. “Then I said, ‘Really, I only get 10 minutes? That's all I get?' He said, ‘Coach, I got a full paying job up here.' I said, ‘I understand.' I was happy for Robby.” MIGHT BARRY SANDERS' SON LAND AT OSU AS GRADUATE TRANSFER? Oklahoma State has landed graduate transfers in three consecutive seasons who have served important roles for the Cowboys. Cornerback Tyler Patmon (Kansas) in 2013. Linebacker Josh Furman (Michigan) in 2014. Cornerback Michael Hunter (Indiana) in 2015. Might the son of a former OSU legend be next? Barry J. Sanders — a redshirt junior Stanford running back and former standout at Heritage Hall High School — is believed to have the opportunity to graduate, enroll at another university this fall, and have one remaining year of football eligibility. Social media reports have fueled speculation that OSU might be a landing spot — the same program where his father by the same name won the Heisman Trophy in 1988 after rushing for 2,850 yards and 44 touchdowns. OSU was one of more than a dozen programs to offer Sanders a scholarship back in 2012. Gundy addressed the potential for Sanders to become a Cowboy with reporters Friday. “I haven't had any direct contact with Jr. nor with Barry,” Gundy said. “We have to treat them exactly like a high school recruit. We can't comment on them. The players that have come here — Patmon and Hunter and those guys — they finish, they graduate, they get a release, and then we're able to have contact with them. “It has been a topic, because I've had multiple compliance officers from our university call and say, ‘You can't have contact with him.' Of course I say, ‘I understand that.' We hear the same information that you do.” Sanders' career stats at Stanford: 113 carries for 670 yards and five touchdowns along with 12 catches for 89 yards receiving. OSU is expected to return three senior running backs on its 2016 roster: Chris Carson, Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor. BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON (AP) — Forget winning awards. Before this season, Penn State senior Carl Nassib had never even been a starter.The defensive end was quite the winner Wednesday.Nassib received the Rotary Lombardi Award on Wednesday night from the Rotary Club of Houston as the nation's top college lineman or linebacker."As of like five days ago, I never won anything other than like participation when I...
Penn State's Nassib wins Lombardi Award
Associated Press | Dec 9, 2015HOUSTON (AP) — Forget winning awards. Before this season, Penn State senior Carl Nassib had never even been a starter. The defensive end was quite the winner Wednesday. Nassib received the Rotary Lombardi Award on Wednesday night from the Rotary Club of Houston as the nation's top college lineman or linebacker. "As of like five days ago, I never won anything other than like participation when I was swimming when I was eight," Nassib said. "I think I got sportsmanship when I was like six. This takes the cake. This is awesome." Earlier in the day, Nassib was honored with the Ted Hendricks award for best defensive end. "Awards never meant that much to me until I got them," Nassib said. Not bad for a former walk-on that never started in high school or at Penn State until this year. "Every day I wanted to be the best," Nassib said. "My mom will tell you that I called her and I didn't know if I wanted to play football anymore, and she told me I didn't have to. All I said was 'I just want to be the best.' It wasn't easy to come on as a walk-on, and a lot of people told me I couldn't do it. Even up to this year, a lot of people told me I couldn't do it." Nassib joins a list of Lombardi Award winners that includes Manti Te'o (2012), Luke Kuechly (2011), Ndamukong Suh (2009), A.J. Hawk (2005), Terrell Suggs (2002), Julius Peppers (2001) and Warren Sapp (1994). "It is such an honor to hold this trophy and take on the responsibility of being a Lombardi winner," Nassib said. "You have so many standards that he put in place so long ago. It's just an incredible feeling right now." Nassib finished the season with 46 tackles, 15 1/2 sacks and six forced fumbles to go with one interception. The Nittany Lions (7-5) take on Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2. "Penn State has made me into the person I am today," said Nassib, who has been through five coaches, including interim coaches, at Penn State. "I've been surrounded and taught by so many people there. That university makes the best people. Anybody I ask who spends a week in Happy Valley understands why it's called Happy Valley." Nassib beat out Texas A&M sophomore defensive end Myles Garrett, Ohio State junior defensive end Joey Bosa and Clemson junior defensive end Shaq Lawson. Of the four finalists, Nassib said he didn't mind being overlooked. "To be honest, I love being the darkhorse; I love being the underdog," Nassib said. "It drives me to be the best I can and prove people wrong, so I don't mind it at all." Bosa was a finalist for the honor last season as well. Lawson and Nassib were beat out by Temple's Tyler Matakevich for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the nation's top defensive player, on Monday in Charlotte.
Nov 12, 2015
Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday.
OU football journal: Jordan Thomas says ‘playoffs have already started’
By Ryan Aber | Nov 12, 2015Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday. “This is what you live for,” Sooners center Ty Darlington said. “This is what you play for right here. This is like high school playoffs. I feel like I'm back in high school and it's one at a time. The next one doesn't matter without the first one and we can't look past or look ahead to anything. Even though we know there are gonna be some big ones coming, this one is so huge, and there's not gonna be anything more important than this game. “And I guarantee you, they will get our absolute best shot with all the preparation and intensity and focus that we can muster. Cornerback Jordan Thomas said there's been a different feel in practice this week. “In reality in the Big 12, the playoffs have already started with these last three games with us, Baylor, TCU and Okie State,” Thomas said. “This is the playoffs. There's no need to get anyone fired up for these practices. We're out there flying around and having fun. But also, we're focused.” STOOPS: BLOCKING TO BLAME FOR KICK RETURN WOES Last season, Alex Ross was one of the nation's top kick returners. He averaged 31.2 yards per return, had two return touchdowns and earned All-America honors from some outlets for his kick return prowess. This season, he's averaging 17.5 yards per return and has yet to have a return longer than 28 yards. “Blocking,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said when asked about the reason for the struggles. We're teaching the same schemes that have been so successful for us not just last year, for several years. “We just haven't been able to execute it quite as well on the field with the players. We continue to push it and try and work it.” STRIKER NAMED LOTT SEMIFINALIST Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is one of nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, recognizing college football's top defensive player who exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The award is named after hall of famer Ronnie Lott. Striker has 40 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery so far this season. Striker is one of two Big 12 players on the list of semifinalists. Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is the other. Other semifinalists include Duke's Jeremy Cash, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Temple's Tyler Matakevich, Penn State's Carl Nassib, Ohio State's Joshua Perry, Florida State's Jaylen Ramsey and Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith. The award winner will be announced Dec. 13 at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runners up.
Nov 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 firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 1, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense.Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21...
No. 9 Notre Dame survives No. 21 Temple, 24-20, with late TD
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Nov 1, 2015PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The biggest football game in Temple history was on the verge of turning into the Owls' greatest victory. DeShone Kizer refused to let Temple make history at Notre Dame's expense. Kizer hit Will Fuller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left in the game, KeiVarae Russell picked off a pass to end the last threat and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 victory over No. 21 Temple on Saturday night. It was the third time this season Kizer has led Notre Dame (7-1) from behind in the fourth quarter, first against Virginia in his memorable debut and then against Southern California. "It all comes with experience. When you go out there and you do it once or twice, that's how it's going to end up being," said Kizer, the redshirt freshman who took over for the injured Malik Zaire at Virginia. "We know how to go about a fourth-quarter comeback now." The Owls (7-1) took a 20-17 lead with 4:45 left on a 36-yard field goal by Austin Jones. But Kizer came right back with a long scoring drive, capped by the TD to his star receiver who hails from Philadelphia to make it 24-20. "They were crowding me and DeShone just threw a perfect ball," said Fuller, who went to Roman Catholic High School. Then the Notre Dame defense stepped up. Temple's P.J. Walker went deep down the right side, but Russell cut underneath the throw and made a diving pick. Not until the very last play, when Kizer dropped the ball, picked it up and then threw it away to kill the clock, did the Irish get to celebrate. Kizer finished with 299 yards passing and a 79-yard touchdown run. "He got the game ball," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. The Fighting Irish had chances to distance themselves from the Owls, but four red-zone trips produced only 10 points in the first three quarters against a defense that ranked eighth in the country. "I knew that those were probably going to put us in a position where it would be a dog fight in the second half," Kelly said. The Owls entered the fourth quarter down seven. All they could have wanted. After a targeting penalty in the end zone by Notre Dame's Elijah Shumate gave Temple a new set of downs, the Owls got it down to the 1 on fourth down. Coach Matt Rhule decided to go for it and Jahad Thomas made a crisp cut to turn the corner and tie the game at 17 with 10:51 left. "I thought they had tremendous poise," Rhule said of his players. "I thought they were excited to be there, excited for the moment." And there it was: Temple, laughingstock for so long, leading the most famous college football team in the world on Halloween night in front of a national television audience. The Owls fans were making noise and dreaming big. With 5:12 left in the game and Temple in field-goal range, security at Lincoln Financial Field started lining up metal parade barricades behind the end zone to keep the Temple student section from rushing the field. Soon afterward, Jones' boot gave Temple its first lead of the second half. A result that just a few years ago would have been unimaginable, Temple beating Notre Dame, was just an Owl stop or two from becoming a reality. Notre Dame would not let it happen. Temple came in 7-0 for the first time in school history, playing as a ranked team against a ranked team for the first time ever. This was an unprecedented weekend for college football in Philadelphia. ESPN "GameDay" drew a big and loud crowd to Independence Mall. The Phillie Phanantic was the guest picker, using Lee Corso as his straight man. At the start, it looked as if Temple wasn't ready for the big stage. The Irish marched 74 yards on their first drive with Kizer, Fuller and C.J. Prosise doing most of the work against a Temple defense that is the team's strength. Kizer finished with a 4-yard keeper to make it 7-0. Trouble for Temple? Nope. The Owls settled in and got a field goal and a red-zone interception of Kizer by Praise Martin-Oguike. Temple marched 94 yards for a touchdown, Walker hitting Brandon Shippen from 12 yards out to make it 10-7 with 6:17 left. A few minutes later, the lead was gone. Several Temple defenders converged on Prosise, but Kizer kept the ball and found a wide-open lane to sprint 79 yards for a touchdown. Another red-zone interception by Temple, this time by star linebacker Tyler Matakevich on a deflected ball, kept the score 14-10 Irish going into halftime. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ Online: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 30, 2015
Rarely in college football can it be said with a high degree of certainty that a school is playing the biggest football game in program history.This is one of those times.No. 21 Temple hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first game the Owls have ever played featuring two ranked teams.Temple is also 7-0 for the first time in school history. And the ultimate stamp of authenticity:...
Temple time: No. 21 Owls take big stage against No. 9 Irish
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Oct 30, 2015Rarely in college football can it be said with a high degree of certainty that a school is playing the biggest football game in program history. This is one of those times. No. 21 Temple hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first game the Owls have ever played featuring two ranked teams. Temple is also 7-0 for the first time in school history. And the ultimate stamp of authenticity: ESPN's "College GameDay" is setting up shop in Philadelphia this weekend for Temple. Temple! A program that was an FBS outpost for decades. Temple football was so bad at one point it was essentially kicked out of the Big East. Now, Temple is playing the game of the week on Halloween Night at a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles. "People are stopping me on the street. They're excited. I just think it's a small window of all the great things happening at Temple," coach Matt Rhule said. Notre Dame (6-1) is right at home on the big stage. The Fighting Irish spend much of the season being their opponent's marquee game, playing in prime time with high stakes. "We just have to stay within ourselves. We know they're going to be really hyped, they're going to be really into it. We just have to come in and play our game," Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise said. The Irish are heading down the stretch thinking playoffs. Their only loss came at Clemson on a soggy night when they couldn't convert a last-minute 2-point conversion to tie. If they can avoid another loss, the College Football Playoff selection committee will have to consider the Fighting Irish for the final four. But what about Temple? Yes, it sounds crazy, but the Owls have already beaten Penn State. If they can do the same to Notre Dame and continue winning when they return to American Athletic Conference play, they will have be part of the discussion when it comes time for playoff bids. Picture this: Undefeated Temple hosting undefeated AAC rival Memphis on Nov. 21. The 16th-ranked Tigers have already nudged their way into the national conversation with a victory against No. 19 Mississippi. The way things have been going for Temple, why not dream big? "I want us to enjoy each and every moment," Rhule said. "I'm not concerned at all we won't be ready to play the game. I'm not concerned that the moment will be too big. Now are we good enough to hang with Notre Dame? That's the concern." Here are some other things to know about Temple's time to shine: GROUND AND POUND: Temple takes it slow offensively. The Owls lean heavily on tailback Jahad Thomas, who leads the American in rushing (117.43) and they are 13th in the nation in time of possession per game (33:11). Keep away seems like a solid idea against Notre Dame for two reasons. The Fighting Irish offense is fourth in the country in yards per play (7.31). It is in Temple's best interest to keep Prosise, receiver Will Fuller and quarterback DeShone Kizer on the sideline. The second reason is run defense has been a problem for the Fighting Irish. They rank 101st in the nation in yards allowed per rush at 4.79. HOMECOMING: Fuller played at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and will have a large rooting section. He said his mother has 100 tickets for the game. "I don't think I know all of them — but people that know me," Fuller said. Fuller is among the many who never would have dreamed Temple would be involved in a huge game. "No, growing up, it was always the Eagles. I don't think college football was really that important in Philadelphia," he said. The junior has become one of the best receivers in the country, averaging nearly 21.9 yards per catch with eight touchdowns. TACKLE MACHINE: Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich leads the Owls in tackles, just as he has done each of his first three seasons. He leads all active FBS players with 420 tackles and is on pace to become the seventh major college player with four 100-plus tackle seasons. ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ___ AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston in Philadelphia contributed to this report. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAp
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 22, 2015
The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had...
College football predictions: The American Conference riding high
Berry Tramel | Oct 22, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3889790[/img] The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had notable victories. Memphis beat Ole Miss last week. Temple beat Penn State. East Carolina beat Virginia Tech. Cincinnati beat Miami. The American is a respectable 7-14 against Power 5 conference teams plus Notre Dame and Brigham Young. That’s better than the ACC, which is a horrid 4-10 against that caliber of competition. The American is 4-3 straight up against the ACC. The updated standings, of Power-5 (plus Notre Dame and BYU) against each other: SEC 5-2, Independents 5-3, Big Ten 10-9, Pac-12 5-5, Big 12 4-4, ACC 4-10. Add in the American, and the standings are: SEC 8-3, Independents 8-3, Big 12 7-5, Pac-12 6-5, Big Ten 11-10, American 7-14, ACC 7-14. The strong showing by the American makes it likely that its champion will get the major bowl berth afforded to the Group of Five conferences without an automatic berth. It’s even conceivable that Memphis, if it can win out, could at least demand consideration for a national semifinal berth. At 13-0, with wins over Ole Miss, Houston, Cincinnati, Temple, Navy and whoever represents the American East in the conference title game, Memphis would at least have an argument. Let’s get to the predictions: Texas Tech at Oklahoma: Sooners 48-35. Red Raiders have played well in two straight trips to Owen Field, a 41-38 upset win in 2011, a 38-30 loss in 2013. Kansas at Oklahoma State: Cowboys 42-10. Jayhawks showed some life against Texas Tech last week, drawing within 23-20 late. Kansas State at Texas: Wildcats 23-19. Big 12 upset special.K-State historically has played great against the Longhorns, but can the ‘Cats recover from a 55-0 beatdown by OU last week? Iowa State at Baylor: Bears 69-14. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see Baylor in a real road game. Tennessee at Alabama: Crimson Tide 28-16. The Volunteers can physically match up with Bama, which is a big improvement. Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Aggies 29-27. Don’t look now, but the Rebels haven’t played well since beating Alabama. Struggled with Vanderbilt, lost to Florida and Memphis. Western Kentucky at LSU: Tigers 45-27. Don’t sleep on the Hilltoppers. They’re not bad, at 6-1 and averaging 51 points a game. Missouri at Vanderbilt: Tigers 19-6. Sleepy season for Mizzou. In a bad way. Kentucky at Mississippi State: Bulldogs 23-20. Mark Stoops has lost two conference heartbreaks, to Florida and Auburn; otherwise, UK might be the East Division favorite. Auburn at Arkansas: Razorbacks 26-17. Gus Malzahn returns to his roots, when he was head coach of high-flying Springdale High School, just down the road from Fayetteville. Northwestern at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 21-14. Nebraska just scrambling to make a bowl game, but the Wildcats have slumped, too. Wisconsin at Illinois: Badgers 26-14. Wisconsin needs help to win the Big Ten West. Notably, two losses by Iowa, which has an easy schedule. Ohio State at Rutgers: Buckeyes 41-14. Urban Meyer does funny things with his quarterbacks. Indiana at Michigan State: Spartans 49-24. Awful loss for IU and Kevin Wilson last week. Gave up 24 straight points in the final 18 minutes and lost to Rutgers 55-52. That’s no way to make a bowl game. Penn State at Maryland: Nittany Lions 25-10. Old Eastern rivalry, which doesn’t resonate much in the Big Ten. California at UCLA: Bruins 38-31. If UCLA is going to salvage its season, it has to start here. Utah at Southern Cal: Utes 34-17. Can you believe that USC is favored? Pay attention people. Pay attention. Washington at Stanford: Cardinal 27-17. Someone better beat Stanford and Utah soon, else both Pac-12 divisional races will be over before November. Colorado at Oregon State: Buffaloes 36-23. Glory, glory hallelujah. Colorado is not the worst team in the Pac-12. Washington State at Arizona: Wildcats 42-35. Mike Leach has the Cougars playing well. Rich Rodriguez can’t say the same about UofA. Florida State at Georgia Tech: Seminoles 26-10. Unbeaten ‘Noles have two road games after this — at Clemson, at Florida. Virginia at North Carolina: Tar Heels 33-14. Is UNC the worst one-loss team among the Power-5? Let’s see. Duke, Pitt, OU, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M. I’ll vote for the Tar Heels. Duke at Virginia Tech: Blue Devils 30-14. You know, that David Cutcliffe might have a future in this business. Clemson at Miami: Hurricanes 27-21. Upset special. Miami has some talent, it just hasn’t produced a complete game. Could happen against the Tigers. North Carolina State at Wake Forest: Wolfpack 26-22. Wonder if this is any kind of in-state rivalry at all? Boston College at Louisville: Cardinals 20-10. The greatest argument against expansion to 14-team conferences is games like this and NC State-Wake. Pittsburgh at Syracuse: Panthers 22-14. Pitt is quietly having a solid season. Wagner at Brigham Young: Cougars 78-0. I’ll cut BYU some slack, since it has all kinds of scheduling problems. But Wagner is the team that lost to Columbia two weeks ago, ending the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Connecticut at Cincinnati: Bearcats 41-14. How good is the American? Cincy is a solid team. Beat Miami. And UC is 0-2 in the American. Memphis at Tulsa: Tigers 51-21. Justin Fuente makes his return to Tulsa. You’d think Fuente could make some recruiting inroads at Union High School. Houston at Central Florida: Cougars 48-14. Two programs going in opposite directions quite rapidly. SMU at South Florida: Bulls 46-24. Mustangs’ only victory came against North Texas, and Dan McCarney now is out of a job at UNT. Temple at East Carolina: Pirates 33-24. Game could decide the American’s East Division. Tulane at Navy: Midshipmen 41-20. The eternal question. Why can Navy win and Army can’t? Utah State at San Diego State: Aggies 37-31. Great win for Sallisaw’s Matt Wells and his offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, last week in routing Boise State. Fresno State at Air Force: Falcons 28-26. The truth about the Mountain West Conference this season; there are no standout teams. Hawaii at Nevada: Rainbows 25-23. Hawaii has won just once on the Mainland since October 2011. New Mexico at San Jose State: Spartans 28-20. I sometimes forget that Bob Davie still coaches the Lobos. Wyoming at Boise State: Broncos 63-7. Boise State will be plenty mad after melting down against Utah State. Last week: 28-12. Season: 289-74.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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
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 email@example.com | 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
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jordan Lucas realizes he and most of his teammates won't get an opportunity like this again.The Penn State senior safety was still in high school the last time Penn State played a No. 1 opponent. The Nittany Lions lost to Alabama then and haven't fared well against the country's best since. They're 3-12 against ranked teams since the 2010 loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium —...
Penn State looking forward to rare showdown with No. 1 team
By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press | Oct 13, 2015STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jordan Lucas realizes he and most of his teammates won't get an opportunity like this again. The Penn State senior safety was still in high school the last time Penn State played a No. 1 opponent. The Nittany Lions lost to Alabama then and haven't fared well against the country's best since. They're 3-12 against ranked teams since the 2010 loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium — a pattern the Nittany Lions will try to turn around on their trip to Columbus this weekend to face Ohio State. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime," Lucas said. "Ohio State is the top team in college football right now. I'm sure they feel like they have a target on their back and teams want to take them down and that's a great challenge." It's one head coach James Franklin made special mention of at a team meeting on Sunday. Although Franklin usually refuses to put any opponent on a pedestal, he thought it necessary considering the rare circumstance and the momentum his team has built since a humbling loss to Temple on Sept. 5. Then, quarterback Christian Hackenberg was sacked 10 times and his team was embarrassed by the Owls. But Penn State's offense has improved since, protecting Hackenberg for large stretches where he's found receivers downfield. The junior quarterback has completed 56 percent of his passes over the last three games and hasn't thrown an interception in 93 attempts. He's had help on the ground where running backs Nick Scott and Mark Allen have found holes to run through with Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley out. Barkley was consistently explosive, averaging nearly 9 yards per carry, before suffering a right ankle injury against San Diego State. And while he's questionable to return this weekend — Franklin didn't update his status Tuesday — the Nittany Lions can rely on another constant. A defense that's leading the country with 25 sacks and is in the Top 10 in tackles for loss (53) and turnover margin (plus-8) has afforded the offense time and space to grow. "I think we're resilient," Franklin said. "I think we have found ways to be successful each week, different ways of doing it. We're getting better." Ohio State plans to black out Ohio Stadium — an opposite take on Penn State's White Out — and will debut new, all-black uniforms. With five straight home games, and the season-opener played in Philadelphia where Penn State fans made up a majority of the crowd, tackle Andrew Nelson is looking forward to being the bad guys for once. "I think that's something that we're definitely all embracing," Nelson said. "Obviously we know that we're hated by the Ohio State community but we have a great opportunity this weekend to go in there and play with the best of our ability." Lucas doesn't believe aesthetics will play much of a role, however. He's concerned with keeping Ohio State's play makers out of the end zone. Four Buckeyes, including multi-talented Braxton Miller, are averaging more than 12 yards per catch while running back Ezekiel Elliott has 22 runs of 10 or more yards and 10 touchdowns. "They have a lot of different weapons so everybody has to be accounted for," Lucas said. "They have a veteran offensive line. They have a good quarterback and they have athletes on the perimeter . (we have to) make sure we play mistake-free football." Nelson, who was on the 2013 team that was thrashed 63-14 in Columbus, knows what mistake-filled football feels like. He knows what it took to close the gap last year when Penn State bounced back from a 17-point halftime deficit to force double overtime where the Buckeyes won at Beaver Stadium. "We can move the ball on them offensively and we can definitely stick with this team," Nelson said. "We don't fear anybody."
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says Jeff Carr will backup Chris Carson at running back against Kansas StateOct 3, 2015
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy clarified his running back situation Saturday prior to kickoff against Kansas State in a radio interview with Dave Hunziker. "If Chris (Carson) can't play, then we'll use Jeff Carr," Gundy said. "We haven't had Rennie (Childs) much this week." Carson, OSU's starting tailback, suffered what appeared to be a right ankle injury in the second quarter at...
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says Jeff Carr will backup Chris Carson at running back against Kansas State
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 3, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3858573[/img] STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy clarified his running back situation Saturday prior to kickoff against Kansas State in a radio interview with Dave Hunziker. "If Chris (Carson) can't play, then we'll use Jeff Carr," Gundy said. "We haven't had Rennie (Childs) much this week." Carson, OSU's starting tailback, suffered what appeared to be a right ankle injury in the second quarter at Texas last week and did not return. Here's a slow-motion replay of his final run in Austin. A social media report surfaced Thursday that indicated Childs suffered an injury in practice and would be held out against KSU per an unnamed source. Gundy appeared to confirm that report Saturday. Carr — a 5-foot-7, 168-pound true freshman from Temple High School (Texas) — has been primarily used on special teams with six kick returns for 152 yards. Carr has also carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards. Carr was a late addition to the Cowboys' 2015 signing class, but was among the players Gundy was most impressed with when speaking with reporters back in February. “I'll be honest with you, the running back, Jeff Carr from Temple, Texas, I'm as excited as I've ever been about a running back,” Gundy said. “He could very well come in here — he stays healthy, from what we hear about him and his temperament — in a couple years everybody is going to want to know where he was and why a lot of people didn't recruit him.” As a senior at Temple, Carr tallied 179 carries for 1,710 yards. His highlight tape featured a number of impressive runs showcasing elite lateral movement. Here are the full OSU running back statistics through four games this season. Carson — 65 carries, 274 yards, 4.2-yard average, 3 touchdowns Childs — 42 carries, 192 yards, 4.2-yard average, 1 touchdown Carr — 10 carries, 51 yards, 5.1-yard average Raymond Taylor — 3 carries, 76 yards, 25.3-yard average, 1 touchdown
Oklahoma State football notebook: Social media report puts Rennie Childs’ availability against Kansas State in questionOct 1, 2015
Should Childs and Chris Carson be unable play, it would likely usher true freshman Jeff Carr into the starting role.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Social media report puts Rennie Childs’ availability against Kansas State in question
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 1, 2015Oklahoma State running back Rennie Childs was projected to play an increased role on Saturday when the Cowboys host Kansas State, as starting tailback Chris Carson suffered what appeared to be a right ankle injury in the second quarter at Texas last week. However, it now appears Childs' health status might be in question. Cowboys Ride For Free, a SB Nation blog, reported Thursday that Childs suffered an injury and will be held out of the Kansas State game per an unnamed source. An OSU team spokesman declined to comment on the situation. Should Childs and Carson be unable play, it would likely usher Jeff Carr into the starting role. Carr — a 5-foot-7, 168-pound true freshman from Temple High School (Texas) — has been primarily used on special teams with six kick returns for 152 yards. Carr has also carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards. Although Carr was a very late addition to the Cowboys' 2015 signing class, he certainly impressed OSU coach Mike Gundy. “I'll be honest with you, the running back, Jeff Carr from Temple, Texas, I'm as excited as I've ever been about a running back,” said Gundy following signing day in February. “He could very well come in here — he stays healthy, from what we hear about him and his temperament — in a couple years everybody is going to want to know where he was and why a lot of people didn't recruit him.” Another potential replacement is walk-on junior Raymond Taylor, who scored on a 76-yard touchdown run against UTSA on Sept. 19. FIVE OKLAHOMANS ARE ON KSU'S ROSTER When OSU welcomes KSU to Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, it will be a homecoming of sorts for five Wildcats. That's how many Oklahoma natives are on their roster: senior safety Dante Barnett (Tulsa), freshman defensive end Joshua Little (Oklahoma City), sophomore defensive back Cre Moore (Broken Arrow), freshman defensive back Darreyl Patterson (Lawton) and freshman running back Justin Silmon (Tulsa). Barnett, a starting safety, is not expected to play because of a shoulder/collarbone injury. RUDOLPH, COACHES REFLECT ON SCRAMBLING TOUCHDOWN PASS After Mason Rudolph rushed for a 21-yard touchdown in the season opener, the OSU quarterback said he was no Zac Robinson. Last Saturday against Texas, on one play in particular, Rudolph looked more like another former college quarterback known for his scrambling abilities: Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. Facing third-and-8 on the Texas 17-yard line, Rudolph stepped into the pocket, shed a sack and spun around. He looped back to the right side of the line of scrimmage, shedding another sack, before stopping and floating a ball into the end zone. Receiver Brandon Sheperd grabbed the jump ball for a touchdown. "We had a good play call and it just kind of broke down," Rudolph said. "They gave us a coverage we didn't really expect. I stepped up and was able to find Sheperd and he did a good job of extending the play himself finding open space. "It's cool to score like that, but really anytime you score, it's good." Here's what coaches had to say about the play. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: "We definitely didn't draw it up that way. I would like to see him go through his progression a little bit faster and use his tailback on the check down, personally. But I'm glad he did what he did in retrospect.” Gundy: "He tried to do too much and he ended up making a play ... sometimes that works for you. It's hard to coach, because when he comes off the field it's hard to say, 'Hey, don't do that.' Because you got a touchdown. The ball should have been in a different location earlier in the play or he wouldn't have been in that situation.” QUOTABLE Kansas State redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dalton Risner on the playing atmosphere at Boone Pickens Stadium: “I have never played there, so this will be new for me. We have just been hearing from the players about crowd noise and the sound of the guys beating the pads on the side. We practiced with crowd noise during practice and have been getting ready for that. It is going to be a battle, but we have so much confidence and we know we are going to get in there and get the job done.”
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
OSU football: With growing momentum in the Lone Star State, might Oklahoma State be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns?Sep 25, 2015
OSU travels to Austin this Saturday with 66 native Texans on its roster — more than any other Football Bowl Subdivision program outside the Lone Star State.
OSU football: With growing momentum in the Lone Star State, might Oklahoma State be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns?
By Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 25, 2015AUSTIN, Texas — When offensive tackle Zach Crabtree committed to Oklahoma State back in May 2012, those close to the Mansfield, Texas, native might have questioned the decision. Even his high school coach, Jeff Hulme, who was only half-joking when prodding Crabtree about his college choice: “You're a Texas boy. Why would you leave the state of Texas? You were raised here. You've never been outside the state of Texas. What are you doing?” “I wanted to be a Cowboy,” Crabtree said. “I love this place.” He's not alone. OSU travels to Austin this Saturday with 66 native Texans on its roster — more than any other Football Bowl Subdivision program outside the Lone Star State. According to a Rivals database, though, only 19 of those players received recruiting interest from the Longhorns. From that group, only two received Texas scholarship offers: true freshmen defensive linemen Darrion Daniels and Louis Brown. Some of the Cowboys' most notable Texas talents barely caught a whiff of interest from the Longhorns. “I didn't talk to them at all,” Crabtree said. “They didn't really stick out their neck or anything for me,” said safety Tre Flowers, of Converse, Texas. “I never got offered by Texas,” said Emmanuel Ogbah, of Houston. That last one probably stings for Texas fans. It also begs an interesting question: Might OSU be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns? The answer depends on how you define success. Ogbah is the lone player from either team who is considered a sure-fire first-round prospect in this upcoming NFL Draft. However, Texas holds a decided edge in recent years compared to OSU in that category. From 2010 to 2015, 17 native Texans on the Longhorns' roster have been selected. The Cowboys had six native Texans drafted in that same span. But in terms of wins and losses, the Cowboys hold the advantage. From 2011 through three games this season, with a starting roster composed of mostly Texas-born players, OSU has won 40 games. The Longhorns have won 32. “Right about the time (Texas) started recruited me was when Colt McCoy was leaving,” said quarterback J.W. Walsh, of Denton, Texas, who received interest but no scholarship offer from the Longhorns. “They still kind of had that Texas-of-old in them. But you could definitely tell OSU was on the rise.” The Cowboys' recruiting message of an on-the-rise program to Texas prospects continues today, as OSU coach Mike Gundy says 100 percent of recruiting resources are somehow used in the state. Even then, Texas high school players who receive scholarship offers from the Longhorns remain difficult to land. “We offer 30 of them, and 28 of them nine months later, we're off their radar if Texas offers,” Gundy said. That is little concern to Gundy and the coaching staff, though, as the program prides itself in discovering and developing under-recruited Texas talent. Of its six native Texans selected in the NFL Draft since 2010, none received scholarship offers from the Longhorns out of high school, according to Rivals. “We like the players that we have here,” Gundy said. “Sometimes we take players that other people don't think are up to par to play at this level, for whatever reason.” It all adds up to what should be an emotional matchup 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. “I know it means a little bit more,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “You love to say, ‘Hey, you play all of them like they're the same.' But it's just not. I know that a lot of them are going to be juiced up because of that. What we've got to do is make them realize that can't effect what's happening between your ears.” OVERALL RECORDS 2011-PRESENT OSU: 40-15 UT: 32-23 2006-2010 UT: 50-15 OSU: 44-21 RIVALS RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS 2015 UT: 12 OSU: 38 2014 UT: 20 OSU: 27 2013 UT: 24 OSU: 36 2012 UT: 2 OSU: 32 2011 UT: 3 OSU: 28 TEXAS NATIVES SELECTED IN NFL DRAFT OSU 2015: None 2014: 1-8 Justin Gilbert (The Woodlands) 2013: None 2012: 6-190 Markelle Martin (Wichita Falls) 2011: 4-115 Kendall Hunter (Tyler) 2010: 1-6 Russell Okung (Fort Bend), 1-24 Dez Bryant (Galveston County), 5-137 Perrish Cox (Waco) TOTAL: 6 UT 2015: 1-32 Malcom Brown (Brenham), 5-144 Mykkele Thompson (San Antonio), 6-200 Quandre Diggs (Angleton) 2014: None 2013: 1-15 Kenny Vacccaro (Brownwood), 3-78 Marquise Goodwin (Lubbock), 4-103 Alex Okafor (Dallas) 2012: 4-119 Keenan Robinson* (Plano), 6-204 Emmanuel Acho (Dallas), 7-215 Kheeston Randle (Beaumont) 2011: 2-34 Aaron Williams (Austin), 3-95 Curtis Brown (Gilmer), 4-103 Sam Acho* (Dallas), 5-164 Chykie Brown (Houston) 2010: 1-4 Earl Thomas (Orange), 2-43, Sergio Kindle* (Dallas), 3-84 Jordan Shipley (Temple), 4-131 Roddrick Muckelroy (Longview) TOTAL: 17 * Player born outside Texas, but played high school football in the state. Football Bowl Subdivision schools outside Texas with the most native Texas 1. Oklahoma State: 66 2. Oklahoma: 45 3. Kansas: 43 T4. Louisiana Monroe: 37 T4. Tulsa: 37 6. New Mexico State: 30 7. New Mexico: 26 8. Kansas State: 25 9. Iowa State: 22 10. Louisiana Tech: 21 Oklahoma State players who received recruiting interest from Texas (via Rivals): WR Marcell Ateman, QB J.W. Walsh, S Deric Robertson, LB Justin Phillips, S Kenneth Edison-McGruder, CB Miketavious Jones, LB Kris Catlin, LB Josh Mabin, DT Motekiai Maile, LS Kaleb Smith, DT Ben Hughes, OL Johnny Wilson, OL Jaxon Salinas, DE Victor Irokansi, DT Vili Leveni, DT Vincent Taylor, DT Eric Davis (17) Oklahoma State players who received scholarship offers from Texas (via Rivals): DT Darrion Daniels, DE Louis Brown (2)
Sep 17, 2015
You can be certain Urban Meyer will warn his Ohio State players about the attack of the MAC when they host Northern Illinois on Saturday and Western Michigan next week.The Mid-American Conference has won at least one game a season, and 21 in all, against the Big Ten over the last 10 years.Maryland was the latest to lose, falling 48-27 to Bowling Green last week, and there are seven more Big...
MAC sees chance for glory, dollars when it takes on Big Ten
By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Sep 17, 2015You can be certain Urban Meyer will warn his Ohio State players about the attack of the MAC when they host Northern Illinois on Saturday and Western Michigan next week. The Mid-American Conference has won at least one game a season, and 21 in all, against the Big Ten over the last 10 years. Maryland was the latest to lose, falling 48-27 to Bowling Green last week, and there are seven more Big Ten-MAC matchups this season. Meyer's top-ranked Buckeyes are five-touchdown favorites over the Huskies this week, but his first head coaching job was in the MAC, and he understands how its teams relish opportunities against the big boys. The MAC's wins are more than just a feel-good story for the 13-team league that shares the same geographic footprint as the Big Ten. They help enhance the MAC's image and potentially its bottom line. "Where we are in the food chain, all our nonconference games are important," said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who also celebrated Toledo's 16-12 stunner over Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference last Saturday. "We have to do well from the start of the season to the end of the season if we want to gain national notoriety. When you step up and play the real high-profile programs and teams, that goes a long way if you have success in those games." The end game for the MAC is to have the College Football Playoff committee deem its champion the best among the Group of Five conference winners. The highest-ranked champion is guaranteed a New Year's Six bowl berth and the considerable sum of money that goes with it. Boise State's appearance in the Fiesta Bowl last season netted the Mountain West an additional $6 million in bowl revenue, to $23.5 million. The MAC had five teams go to bowls and divided $14.1 million among its members. The league's high point in football came in 2012 when Northern Illinois made it to the Orange Bowl under the old BCS system. "This is a league that has high expectations," Steinbrecher said. "We believe the teams at the top end of our league can compete with most folks in the country." No two conferences have played more games against each other than the Big Ten and MAC. The Big Ten's all-time record in the matchups is 261-47-2, according to the sports website mcubed.net. The MAC beat the Big Ten three times last season. Bowling Green's Matt Johnson was the pride of the MAC this week after throwing for 491 yards and six touchdowns against Maryland. His only scholarship offers coming out of high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were from Falcons, Miami (Ohio) and Temple. Johnson ranks among the top high school passers in his state's history, but he stands only 6-feet — too short for the big time, he was often told. Penn State, 85 miles from his hometown, had no recruiting contact with him other than through form letters. Johnson said he doesn't dwell on being snubbed by bigger schools, but winning does send a message. "You naturally get that feeling that, yeah, we weren't recruited by you guys, but that doesn't mean we can't play with you guys," Johnson said. "You just get that re-assurance after a win. It's big for not only your program but for the MAC as a whole to show that we can play up with these Power Five schools." Meyer said he enjoyed mining for players when he was head coach at Bowling Green in 2001-02. He challenged himself to find under-recruited players who showed great potential. He said he suspects that's the same strategy used by Northern Illinois, his opponent this week. "I would imagine they probably redshirt most of their linemen and let them develop because they're a really big, physical team," Meyer said. "That's kind of what we did at Bowling Green. You redshirt your linemen. You go places and try to find kids an inch too short but have great speed." Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said the Gophers will be lectured about not taking Kent State lightly this week. Claeys and the other Minnesota assistants were with Gophers head coach Jerry Kill at Northern Illinois from 2008-10. "You had every kid in that conference told he ain't good enough to be in the Big Ten," he said. "And so they play with a chip on their shoulders and you've got to be ready to play or you'll be in for a long day. You'll see their best when you play a MAC school and you're in the Big Ten." ___ AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis and College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in Columbus, Ohio, contributed. ___ Online: AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Buffalo, New York, will always be a special place for Akeel Lynch.In high school, the Penn State junior running back decided to move south from his family's home in Toronto to chase his dream of playing American football. That dream involved Lynch as a chain-moving back in a prolific offense, something he has yet to be at Penn State.Lynch will get another chance to...
Penn State looking for offensive stability against Buffalo
By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press | Sep 11, 2015STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Buffalo, New York, will always be a special place for Akeel Lynch. In high school, the Penn State junior running back decided to move south from his family's home in Toronto to chase his dream of playing American football. That dream involved Lynch as a chain-moving back in a prolific offense, something he has yet to be at Penn State. Lynch will get another chance to jumpstart the lame duck Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium against the Bulls, the team that offered him his first scholarship — a team Lynch believes will crowd the line of scrimmage as Temple did to limit running room on early downs. "As running backs, you want to do as much as you can with any carry, especially on a first or second down," Lynch said. Really, anything would help. Penn State's offense managed just 3.3 yards per play on first and second downs in the season-opening loss to the Owls and quarterback Christian Hackenberg was sacked six times and intercepted once on first and second-down passes. As a result, nearly a quarter of the Nittany Lions' total plays were called facing third-and-long situations. They converted just one of them. Lynch is capable of big plays. He had a 42-yard touchdown run on Penn State's second drive. Speedster Brandon Polk chipped in two big gains on sweeps. But chances for those big, early-down runs are rarer if the offense can't find a healthy rhythm that includes more than 11 completions, ideally some down the field, Franklin said. "The more efficient we are on first down allows us to take more shots on second down and be aggressive," Franklin said. "What happens is, you get to a point where you want to stay out of a third-and-long so you don't take the shots, well, it becomes a vicious cycle." One Lynch hopes to help end against his former adopted hometown's team. ___ SHUFFLING LINE After playing arguably the worst game in program history last week, Penn State's offensive line won't look the same against the Bulls. If Franklin isn't willing to start struggling junior college transfer Paris Palmer at left tackle, he'll likely move right tackle Andrew Nelson to the left side with senior center Angelo Mangiro — who played every spot except left tackle last season — filling Nelson's spot. Wendy Laurent has practiced with the first team at center this week. ___ MIDDLEMEN With Nyeem Wartman-White lost for the season, Penn State will turn to a handful of player to play in the middle of Bob Shoop's defense. Junior Gary Wooten and sophomore Jason Cabinda could see the most time at the mike linebacker spot with Cabinda splitting duties on the weak side. True freshmen Jake Cooper and Manny Bowen will both likely play after burning their redshirts out of necessity last week. Expect Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata to work the middle of the field where the Nittany Lions are susceptible without their best coverage linebacker. ___ HOME SWEET HOME? Penn State will play the next five games at Beaver Stadium and won't leave the Keystone State until its Oct. 17 game at Ohio State. But wins aren't as automatic as they once were at the massive stadium. Penn State hasn't won back-to-back games at Beaver Stadium since the final two weeks of the 2012 season and is 8-6 at home since. ___ BLITZING BULLS Buffalo managed just one sack against FCS opponent Albany in Week 1 and although Penn State's offensive line is reeling, the Bulls' pass rush isn't on the level of Temple's. The Bulls will likely start underclassmen Solomon Jackson and Demone Harris at defensive end and they'd be foolish not to send help in the form of a linebacker. Senior Okezie Alozie is the best candidate and could be in for a big game if the Nittany Lions don't pick him up as they failed to do against Temple's Tyler Matakevich. ___ THE OTHER QB Now in his second year in the program, Trace McSorley has had plenty of time to learn Penn State's offense and offers a different skillset than Hackenberg. A mobile quarterback adept at running offensive coordinator John Donovan's preferred scheme, McSorley could see his first action if Hackenberg continues to take hits or if the game gets out of hand.
Sep 9, 2015
Bob Stoops, a weary nation of SEC haters is placing its hopes in your hands.Stoops and his No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners are at No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday. After the Southeastern Conference set another record by packing 10 teams into the latest AP Top 25, Oklahoma's trip to Knoxville represents the best chance for the league to be fed at least a small portion of humble pie this week.Getting worked...
SEC haters can rally around Stoops, Striker & Oklahoma
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Sep 9, 2015Bob Stoops, a weary nation of SEC haters is placing its hopes in your hands. Stoops and his No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners are at No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday. After the Southeastern Conference set another record by packing 10 teams into the latest AP Top 25, Oklahoma's trip to Knoxville represents the best chance for the league to be fed at least a small portion of humble pie this week. Getting worked up about early season college football rankings is up there with analyzing exhibition NFL games on the list of things sports fans do but should not. But the SEC making up 40 percent of the best teams in the country, according to the 61 members of the media who vote in college football's oldest rankings, was a bit startling. Count Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker among those with SEC fatigue. Striker gave a colorful quote Tuesday to reporters in Norman about all the praise the SEC gets and added: "I don't understand why." Striker and the Sooners beat Tennessee at home last season and took down Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to end the previous season. As for the rankings, history suggests that early in the season teams with a recent history of success tend to get the benefit of the doubt from voters. The SEC has a lot of those teams right now. One game won't change any minds on either side of the current SEC debate — Overrated or Overpowering? But safe to say there will be a lot more Sooners fans on Saturday around the country than normal. ___ Reaching into the Twitter bag for questions. Q: Please inform us who doesn't belong? — @jake_hawg34 asked about the 10 ranked SEC teams. A: While there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about Tennessee's future under Butch Jones, the Vols are getting a lot of traction out of beating Iowa. Big Ten team's should be so lucky. Last week in a victory against Bowling Green, the Volunteers allowed 11 plays of at least 20 yards. Mississippi State went from unranked to ranked on the strength of a victory against Southern Miss, owner of four victories in the previous three seasons. And yes, I'm still skeptical about Missouri, though to be fair the Tigers have earned their benefit of the doubt with two straight East titles. Q: Most impressive team this past weekend? — @NateBair A: Texas A&M is the obvious choice, but how about a little love for Temple? Understandably, what's wrong with Penn State was the theme coming out of the Owls' upset. Then again it is possible Penn State won't face another defense that good until it goes to Ohio State in mid-October. Plus, Temple's offense, awful last season, was efficient against a stout D. West Virginia smothering Georgia Southern was also noteworthy. Q: Is it too early to panic in Austin? — @tricerapops A: Yes, though feel free to be worried. Charlie Strong has taken a slash-and-burn approach to restoring Texas. The problem is at places such as Texas (Michigan, USC, etc.) the negativity around a program can build up fast and create a toxic environment that makes it impossible for a coach and team to thrive. The Longhorns need to show progress fast or risk slipping into a permanent state of dysfunction. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Utah State (plus 13 1/2) at No. 24 Utah Utes have won 13 of 14 against the Aggies ... UTAH 24-14. MARQUEE MATCHUPS No. 7 Oregon (plus 3 1/2) at No. 5 Michigan State Ducks-Spartans II figures to be another high-scoring affair with both teams looking shaky in pass defense last week. .... MICHIGAN STATE 42-33. No. 19 Oklahoma (minus 1) at No. 23 Tennessee Score one for the SEC haters ... OKLAHOMA 34-27. No. 14 LSU (minus 4 1/2) at No. 25 Mississippi State The Bulldogs snapped a 14-game losing streak against LSU last year ... MISSISSIPPI STATE 24-17. No. 20 Boise State (minus 2 1/2) at BYU Even with QB Taysom Hill out, the Cougars represent one of the Broncos' toughest tests ... BOISE STATE 24-20. WEIRD ROAD TRIPS No. 13 UCLA (minus 29) at UNLV Last year, Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, coached by Tony Sanchez, beat St. John Bosco High School from Bellflower, California, with QB Josh Rosen, 34-31. Now Rosen starts for the Bruins and Sanchez coaches the Rebels ... UCLA 45-14. No. 21 Missouri (minus 10 1/2) at Arkansas State Red Wolves get a rare Sun Belt home game against an SEC team ... MISSOURI 31-14. No. 22 Arizona (minus 11 1/2) at Nevada Wildcats had a hard time shaking UTSA in opener ... ARIZONA 28-21. PLUCKY UNDERDOG? No. 9 Notre Dame (minus 12 1/2) at Virginia Irish hoping versatile C.J. Prosise can become top tailback ... NOTRE DAME 28-14. Appalachian State (plus 17 1/2) at No. 12 Clemson Mountaineers have one of the most experienced teams in the nation ... CLEMSON 38-17 MISMATCHES No. 10 Georgia (minus 20 1/2) at Vanderbilt ... BEST BET, GEORGIA 42-13. No. 11 Florida State (minus 28) at South Florida ... FLORIDA STATE 41-10 Tulane (plus 28 1/2) at No. 15 Georgia Tech ... GEORGIA TECH 38-7. Ball State (plus 29 1/2) at No. 16 Texas A&M ... TEXAS A&M 52-14. Fresno State (plus 29) at No. 17 Mississippi ... OLE MISS 38-7. Toledo (plus 21½) vs. No. 18 Arkansas at Little Rock ... ARKANSAS 42-17. TWITTER REQUESTS South Carolina (minus 7) at Kentucky Wildcats go for two straight over the Ball Coach ... UPSET SPECIAL, KENTUCKY 31-24. Cincinnati (minus 6 1/2) at Temple Owl power ... TEMPLE 28-23. San Diego State (plus 13 1/2) at California The Bears' schedule is ferocious. If they have any chance to go bowling, this is a must-win ... CALIFORNIA 45-35. Minnesota (minus 6) at Colorado State Tricky trip for Gophers ... MINNESOTA 24-21. Washington State (plus 2) at Rutgers Two fan bases waiting for their teams to implode ... RUTGERS 34-31. ___ Last week's record: 14-2 straight; 10-7 vs. spread Upset specials: 1-0. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.