Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

November 1, 2013

High school football preview capsules

Hilldale at Sequoyah

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Thompson Field.

Radio: KTLQ, AM-1350.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Hilldale Hornets.

Coaches: Sequoyah - Shane Richardson (first season, 4-4); Hilldale - Chad Kirkhart (fourth season, 33-11).

Records: Sequoyah 4-4 (2-2 District 3A-7); Hilldale 6-2 (3-1).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Hilldale leads 3-0.

Last meeting: In 2012, Sequoyah beat Hilldale 28-0, thanks to four Hornet turnovers. However, Hilldale was awarded the victory a couple of weeks later when Sequoyah was forced to vacate its victories from the 2012 season.

Last week: Jay 48, Sequoyah 14; Hilldale 54, Keys 20.

News to know: If Sequoyah wins and Jay loses at Keys, the Indians will clinch a playoff spot in Class 3A. ... Hilldale is virtually locked into the No. 2 spot in District 3A-7. A win by the Hornets would guarantee no worse than a second-place finish in the district. ... Hilldale is 2-2 on the road this season, but those two losses were by a combined eight points. ... The 14 points scored by the Indians last week at Jay was the fewest amount of points for a Sequoyah team since a 21-13 loss to Holland Hall in 2007.

Players to watch

Sequoyah: Justin Hooper (RB), Nick Kingfisher (WR).

- Hooper is 56 away from 1,000 rushing yards this season. Sequoyah’s tailback is averaging 119 yards on the ground per game, including a 261-yard performance against Westville earlier this season.

- Kingfisher, a senior, is doing it all for Sequoyah in 2013. He has two rushing touchdowns and 16 catches for 334 yards and four touchdowns on offense. He has punted 23 times for 36.7 yards. And on kickoffs, he’s averaging 33.6 yards per return, including one for 85 yards and touchdown last week against Jay.

Hilldale: Chandler Puckett (QB).

- The Hornets’ quarterback is completing 61.3 percent (95 of 155) of his passes for 1,659 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. His favorite receiver is Bradley Campbell, who has 46 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah will close out the season at Lincoln Christian on Nov. 8, and Hilldale will host Westville on the same night.

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