Tahlequah Daily Press

November 1, 2013

High school football preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

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.



Jay at Key

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cougar Stadium.

Radio: KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Jay Bulldogs.

Coaches: Keys - Gary Willis (12th season, 77-54); Jay - Darrin Wegner (third season, 16-14).

Records: Keys 1-7 (1-3 District 3A-7); Jay 4-4 (2-3).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Keys leads 1-0.

Last meeting: In 2012, Keys beat Jay 42-20. The game was tied at 14 at halftime, but Jay turned the ball over on three consecutive drives in the second half to help Keys blow the game wide open. Quarterback Trevor Eubanks led Keys with 131 yards passing and 62 rushing.

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

News to know: Keys needs to win to keep any hopes of its slim playoff chances alive. The Cougars need to win in the final two weeks of the season and hope for Sequoyah to finish the year 0-2. ... A win for Jay would put the Bulldogs in position to make the playoffs after starting district play 0-3. The Bulldogs own a tiebreaker over Sequoyah, if both finish in a tie for fourth in the district. ... Keys has never lost eight games in a season. ... The Cougars are 0-3 at home this season.

Players to watch

Keys: Seth Fritts (RB).

- Filling in for the injured Dakota Matlock, Fritts logged 114 yards and a touchdown against Hilldale last week. If Matlock returns this week, look for Keys to offer up a one-two punch in the backfield.

Jay: Christian Duffield (RB).

- The Bulldogs ran for 217 yards last week against Sequoyah, thanks to Duffield’s 105-yard effort.

Looking ahead: Keys will continue at home against Locust Grove on Nov. 8, and Jay will play Blackwell in a nondistrict matchup.



Kansas at Hulbert

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Rider Field.

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Kansas Comets.

Coaches: Hulbert - Gary Riley (first season, 1-7); Kansas - Eddie Barnwell (sixth season, 32-29).

Records: Hulbert 1-7 (1-4 District 2A-8); Kansas 5-3 (3-2).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 2A.

Series record: Kansas leads 19-6-1.

Last meeting: In 2012, Kansas beat Hulbert 28-13.

Last week: Hulbert 19, Quapaw 6; Kansas 33, Wyandotte 0.

News to know: Hulbert still has an outside shot of making the playoffs. The Riders must win out against Kansas, and hope for Kansas to lose next week against Salina. Wyandotte would also have to lose tonight against Ketchum and next week against Colcord. ... Kansas can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Hulbert

Looking ahead: Hulbert will be at Ketchum next week, while Kansas will take on Salina.