Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

September 20, 2013

High school football preview capsules

A breakdown of the four matchups involving local teams on Friday night.

Tahlequah at Sallisaw

Where: Perry F. Lattimore Stadium.

Radio: Game will air live on KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Sallisaw Black Diamonds

Coaches: Tahlequah - Brad Gilbert (second season, 1-11); Sallisaw - Craig Benson (sixth season, 45-17)

Records: Tahlequah 0-2; Sallisaw 1-1.

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Sallisaw is 15th in the Associated Press’ prep poll in Class 4A.

Series record: Tahlequah leads 33-24-3.

Last meeting: Sallisaw beat Tahlequah 38-20 at Doc Wadley Stadium last year. The Black Diamonds outscored Tahlequah 28-0 in the second half to come from behind and win easily.

Last week: Rogers (Ark.) 41, Tahlequah 6; Sallisaw 28, Claremore-Sequoyah 7.

News to know: Sallisaw has won the four matchups between the two schools by an average of 23 points. ... Tahlequah has not beaten the Black Diamonds in Sallisaw since 1993. ... Sallisaw’s running back tandem, Cale Wilson and Jadon Davenport, are both state champion wrestlers.

Players to watch

— Tahlequah: Brandon Conrad (RB), Kourt McMillan (WR).

• Much like the rest of Tahlequah’s offense, Conrad was held in check against Rogers (Ark.) last week. Conrad rushed for only 21 yards while catching two passes for 30 yards. If the Tigers are to win, Conrad will have to have an impact in the ground game.

• After his burst onto the scene in Week 1 with seven catches for more than 230 yards, McMillan only had one catch for eight yards and a touchdown against Rogers. To create balance on offense, McMillan have to get involved when Tahlequah goes to the air.

— Sallisaw: Cale Wilson (RB/LB).

• Wilson ran over Claremore-Sequoyah last week for 189 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. If Wilson and Jadon Davenport are able to run the ball efficiently, it could allow Sallisaw to open things up in the passing game.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah continues on the road in its District 5A-4 opener at Grove. Sallisaw will play at home again against Poteau.

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