Tahlequah Daily Press

October 25, 2013

High school football preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Pryor at Tahlequah

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium.

Radio: KEOK, FM-102.1. Pryor broadcast is on KITO, FM-96.1.

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Pryor Tigers.

Coaches: Tahlequah - Brad Gilbert (second season, 2-15); Pryor - Jason Freeman (second season, 9-8).

Records: Tahlequah 1-6 (1-3 District 5A-4); Pryor 5-2 (4-0).

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Pryor is No. 10 in Class 5A in this week’s Associated Press’ prep poll.

Series record: Pryor leads 28-26.

Last meeting: In 2012, Pryor beat Tahlequah 40-13. Pryor took the lead for good on Brennon Barth’s 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. After falling behind 6-0, Pryor scored the next 33 points to take full control.

Last week: Central 25, Tahlequah 23; Pryor 35, Claremore 26.

News to know: Pryor is alone in first place in District 5A-4. The Tigers knocked off Claremore last week in a game between the top two teams in the district. ... Tahlequah must win its remaining three games to make the playoffs. Tahlequah also needs Pryor to win its final two games against both Collinsville and East Central, which would give both East Central and Collinsville (Tahlequah’s final two opponents) at least three district losses and chance to advance to the playoffs based on a tiebreaking system. ... Pryor has scored 33.3 points in its last four games.

Players to watch

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

-- Dick has been dynamic in both the running and passing games for Tahlequah this season. He has a team-high 748 yards and 11 touchdowns on 127 carries, while also passing for 742 yards and seven scores.

-- Davis has a team-high 125 tackles for the Tigers. He’ll be instrumental in trying to stop Pryor’s triple option rushing attack this week.

- Pryor: Barth (QB), Alex McCammon (DL).

-- Barth, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, has rushed for 923 yards out of Pryor’s triple-option rushing attack. He has also passed for 520 yards.

-- McCammon, a 5-11, 230-pound senior, is Pryor’s anchor on defense at the nose guard position. McCammon has team-high nine sacks in addition to 52 total tackles, which is third best on Pryor’s roster.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah will play its final road game at East Central on Thursday. Pryor will return home to take on Collinsville on Nov. 1.



Sequoyah at Jay

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Jay B. Earp Stadium.

Radio: KTLQ, AM-1350.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Jay Bulldogs.

Coaches: Sequoyah - Shane Richardson (first season, 4-3); Jay - Darrin Wegner (third season, 15-14).

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

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Sequoyah leads 3-2.

Last meeting: In 2012, Sequoyah beat 46-24. The game was later forfeited by Sequoyah following the season.

Last week: Sequoyah 28, Sperry 7; Jay 45, Westville 6.

News to know: Sequoyah can earn a home playoff game by beating Jay and winning in the final two weeks against Hilldale and Lincoln Christian. ... The Indians’ defense has allowed seven points or fewer in each of their last three games. ... Jay started the year 2-1 and snapped a three-game losing streak last week against Westville. ... Jay will be without running back Joe Sirmans, who recently suffered a hand injury.

Players to watch

- Sequoyah: Justin Hooper (RB).

-- The Indians’ primary ball carrier is just short of 1,000 yards for the season, sitting at 914 on 168 carries. He’s also scored seven touchdowns this year.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah will return home for its final regular-season home game against Hilldale on Nov. 1. Jay will be at Keys on the same night.



Keys at Hilldale

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hornet Stadium.

Radio: KEOK, FM-102.1 (tape delayed).

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Hilldale Hornets.

Coaches: Keys - Gary Willis (12th season, 77-53); Hilldale - Chad Kirkhart (fourth season, 32-11).

Records: Keys 1-6 (1-2 District 3A-7); Hilldale 5-2 (2-1).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Hilldale leads 1-0.

Last meeting: In 2012, Hilldale shut out Keys 48-0 in Park Hill.

Last week: Lincoln Christian 49, Keys 16; Locust Grove 42, Hilldale 41.

News to know: Keys has allowed an average of 46 points during its current three-game losing streak. ... Hilldale’s two losses this season have come by a combined eight points.

Players to watch

- Keys: Dakota Matlock (RB).

-- The Cougars’ sophomore tailback is averaging 6.3 yards per carry this season. He has 640 yards and five touchdowns on 101 rushes.

- Hilldale: Chandler Puckett (QB).

-- The Hornets’ signal caller is completing 59.6 percent (87 of 146) of his passes this season. He has 1,517 yards and 17 touchdowns through the air. His favorite target is Bradley Campbell, who has 810 yards and nine touchdowns on 41 grabs.

Looking ahead: Keys will return home to take on Jay, while Hilldale will travel to Thompson Field to take on Sequoyah in Week 9.



Quapaw at Hulbert

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Rider Field.

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Quapaw Wildcats.

Coaches: Hulbert - Gary Riley (first season, 0-7); Quapaw - Chuck Preaus (first season, 1-6).

Records: Hulbert 0-7 (0-4 District 2A-8); Quapaw 1-6 (1-3).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 2A.

Series record: Quapaw leads 4-1.

Last meeting: In 2012, Hulbert beat Quapaw, 28-12.

Last week: Salina 41, Hulbert 13; Wyandotte 76, Quapaw 0.

News to know: A loss for either team would eliminate them from postseason contention. ... Hulbert’s 13 points against Salina broke a two-week span without points against both Wyandotte and Commerce. ... Quapaw’s lone win was a 40-38 triumph at Ketchum on Oct. 4.

Players to watch

Looking ahead: Hulbert will host Kansas on Nov. 1, while Quapaw will be at Salina on the same night.