Tahlequah Daily Press

October 4, 2013

High school football preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

— Claremore at Tahlequah

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium.

Radio: KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Claremore Zebras.

Coaches: Tahlequah - Brad Gilbert (second season, 2-12); Claremore - Rob Gilbreath (sixth season, 31-27).

Records: Tahlequah 1-3 (1-0 District 5A-4); Claremore 3-1 (1-0).

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Claremore is No. 8 in 5A in the Associated Press’ prep poll.

Series record: Claremore leads 24-12.

Last meeting: In 2012, Claremore beat Tahlequah 23-7.

Last week: Tahlequah 47, Grove 20; Claremore 42, Collinsville 38.

News to know: Tahlequah’s 47 points against Grove was the most the Tigers have scored in a game since a 51-26 win over Edison in 2009. ... Claremore outlasted Collinsville in a 42-38 victory in overtime last week. Derrick Reliford scored on 10-yard touchdown on Claremore’s first play in overtime, after Collinsville was held to a field goal on its possession. ... Claremore has outscored Tahlequah 149-16 over the past five seasons while winning all five contests. ... Tahelquah’s last victory over Claremore was a 17-14 triumph in 2006.

Players to watch

- Tahlequah: David Dick (QB), Reese Davis (LB).

-- Dick, Tahlequah’s senior quarterback, spearheaded the Tigers’ 521-yard rushing effort with 201 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a win over Grove last week. Dick scored on plays of 24, 37 and 30 yards.

-- At his linebacker spot, Davis led Tahlequah with 11 tackles last week at Grove. Davis will play a huge role in shutting down Claremore’s balanced offense.

- Claremore: Reliford (RB), Bear Hope (LB).

-- Reliford, the Zebras’ 5-foot-5, 182-pound junior tailback, rushed for more than 170 yards last week against Collinsville. On the year, Reliford has 479 yards and five touchdowns on 86 carries.

- Hope, a 6-2, 200-pound junior linebacker, leads the Zebras with 61 tackles in four games.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah will play at Coweta on Oct. 11, while Claremare will return home to Lantow Field to take on East Central.





Keys at Sequoyah

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Thompson Field.

Radio: Sequoyah’s broadcast will air live on KTLQ, AM-1350. Keys’ broadcast will be tape-delayed on KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Sequoyah Indians.

Coaches: Keys - Gary Willis (12th season, 77-50); Sequoyah - Shane Richardson (first season, 1-3).

Records: Keys 1-3 (1-0 District 3A-7); Sequoyah 1-3 (0-1).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Sequoyah leads 5-2.

Last meeting: Sequoyah won the Cherokee County Clash 52-9 in 2012.

Last week: Keys 28, Westville 21; Locust Grove 38, Sequoyah 34.

News to know: Sequoyah has won the last five matchups between the county rivals. ... Keys’ last win over Sequoyah was a 44-20 triumph in 2005.

Players to watch

- Keys: Dakota Matlock (RB).

-- The Cougars’ sophomore tailback has 353 yards on 59 carries this season. Matlock ran for 118 yards in last week’s win over Westville.

- Sequoyah: Justin Hooper (RB).

-- Hooper enjoyed a breakout performance last week against Locust Grove, racking up 240 yards on 36 carries. Hooper has now rushed for 490 yards on 93 carries this year.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah will play at Westville on Oct. 11, while Keys will play another rivalry game against Vian.





Wyandotte at Hulbert

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Rider Field.

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Wyandotte Bears.

Coaches: Hulbert - Gary Riley (first season, 0-4); Wyandotte - Brad Homer (first season, 2-2).

Records: Hulbert 0-4 (0-1 District 2A-8); Wyandotte 2-2 (0-1).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 2A.

Series record: Wyandotte leads 3-0.

Last meeting: In 2012, Wyandotte beat Hulbert 28-7.

Last week: Colcord 56, Hulbert 6; Commerce 56, Wyandotte 21.

News to know: This will be Hulbert’s first home game of the season. ... The Riders are averaging eight points a game — the third fewest in Class 2A.

Looking ahead: Hulbert will continue at home against Commerce on Oct. 11, while Wyandotte will host Salina on the same night.