High school playoff football begins this week with five Edmond teams in the mix.
Edmond North and Edmond Memorial will start things off with an Edlam matchup on Thursday while Edmond Santa Fe, Deer Creek and Oklahoma Christian School will face their opponents on Friday night. All of Edmond’s teams are 9-1 with the exception of the Memorial Bulldogs, who are the only team in the Class 6A playoffs with a losing record.
North (9-1) and Memorial (4-6) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wantland Stadium on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. It’s the second meeting of the season for the crosstown rivals, with the Huskies taking a 44-0 victory on opening night.
The Bulldogs were without their starting quarterback in that game and parts of the next two, as Memorial started out 0-5 before going on a tear in the middle of district play. Memorial won four of their last five games, marred only by an intra-city loss to Santa Fe. The Bulldogs got district wins over Southmoore and Mustang that vaulted Memorial past those teams, who finished with better win-loss records than the ’Dogs.
The decisive victory put the Huskies on a roll that would continue through the regular season with only a 27-49 hiccup at Norman North, leaving North with a 9-1 record. The Husky defense threw two shutouts this year, and the offense topped 40 points seven times.
Santa Fe (9-1) will take on Putnam City North (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Wantland Stadium. It’s the first meeting of the year for the two teams, but the Panthers lost 28-52 to Edmond North, whom Santa Fe played much tougher before taking a 13-26 loss in week three.
The game looks like a mismatch on paper, as ESF has scored 459 points and allowed 239, while PCN has scored 348 and allowed 251.
The Huskies and Wolves could potentially meet in the semifinals, but North would have to advance past Jenks (8-2) and Santa Fe past Tulsa Union (8-2) in round two.
The east side teams — Jenks, Union, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Sand Springs — all have worse win-loss records than the Huskies and Wolves, but have spent the season beating up on each other. The east siders’ losses have come at the hands of each other, or out-of-state teams.
Add to that the Norman teams, which are both 9-1, and even without an undefeated team or a clear favorite, you have a beefy Class 6A field.
The Deer Creek Antlers enter the Class 5A playoffs in top form, having weathered an overtime loss at Guthrie on Oct. 18 and taken a 25-12 win at previously unbeaten Bishop McGuinness on the last day of the season to win their district.
Deer Creek (9-1) will face Ardmore (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home. The teams have not met this season. The stiffest competition on Deer Creek’s side of the bracket appears to be Guthrie (9-1), whom the Antlers would meet in the semifinals in both teams win in the first two rounds. On the other side of the Class 5A bracket loom Del City, Claremore and Bishop McGuinness, all 9-1.
The Antlers are first in scoring offense and second in scoring defense, while the Irish are first in scoring defense and second in scoring offense in Class 5A.
Oklahoma Christian School (9-1) will meet Tonkawa (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at OCS in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The Saints’ only loss of the year came in week three to Class 3A Jones; OCS began the season with a 27-24 victory over Class 3A power Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa.
Class 2A features a number of powerhouse teams, including Vian, Stroud and Davis — none of whom have given up more than 70 points this season — plus Adair and Frederick, who are both 10-0.
OCS would potentially face Stroud in round three and Frederick in the semifinals.
High school playoff football begins this week with five Edmond teams in the mix.
Wallar voted National Tennis Coach of the Year finalist
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association honored Dee Ann Waller, coach and teacher from Edmond North High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in tennis.
Eight finalists from across the nation were chosen to be honored during The National Coach of the Year awards banquet that took place during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 14-18, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy.
McKey to compete in North American final
Edmond’s Mary McKey, who attends John Carroll Catholic School in Oklahoma City, qualified for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final after winning the Hershey’s Oklahoma State Meet June 28.
McKey, 12, had the fastest time in the region that consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Hershey only accepts eight runners from North America.
McKey is a Catholic grade school champion and the first Catholic student to qualify for the North American final. She is also a Jim Thorpe Games 400-meter champion.
The North American final will run Aug. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
Former quarterback Bell has pedigree to dominate at tight end for Sooners
The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity?
“That’s funny, it keeps coming up,” Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. “Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
So, the answer is no.
Smith ready to begin the next chapter with Ravens
During his long drive to Maryland from his North Carolina home Sunday, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith had plenty of time to think about an offseason defined by a dramatic change in his life.
After 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, Smith was cut in March following one of the least productive seasons of his career. The Ravens promptly signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract.
Smith remained in a reflective mood as veterans officially reported to camp Wednesday. Smith, however, showed up Monday eager for his new start.
Local cops arrest NFL player on marijuana complaint
The Edmond Police Department has released the incident report related to the arrest of ex-Oklahoma State star and current NFL player Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon, 24, a product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, is a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver in his second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Oklahoma State University, he was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the country’s best collegiate wide receiver.
Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff
It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
“It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”
Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur
OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.
Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135
1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140
Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes
Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.
Edmond’s Reid comes back to win Senior Stroke Play
James Reid, of Edmond, rallied to win the OGA’s Senior Stroke Play Championship with a smoking 67 July 15 at the Trails Country Club in Norman. Edmond’s Jon Valuck tied for fifth place.
In the pro series, Cameron Meyers of Edmond shot 68-70 for the top prize while Andrew Green of Edmond finished third.
Oklahoma Golf Association
Senior Stroke Play Championship
The Trails Golf Club
Air Force kicker Conant named to Groza Award watch list
Air Force senior Will Conant, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is one of 30 players nationwide to be named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Conant hit 32-of-33 PATs and 11-of-13 field-goal attempts last season. He ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage with an 84.6 mark that is the fourth-best in school history and best since Joey Ashcroft hit 88.8 percent (16-18) in 2002.
Conant is one of two kickers in Air Force history to hit three times from 50-plus yards in a season. He hit three 52-yard kicks last season (versus Colgate, San Diego State, New Mexico), matching Ryan Harrison’s three 50-plus field goals in 2007. Conant’s three 50-plus field goals already rank him third in school history in career 50-yard field goals.
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