Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

October 12, 2012

High school football preview capsules

(Games are at 7:30 p.m., unless noted otherwise)

Tahlequah at Central

Where: S.E. Williams Stadium in Booker T. Washington High School (1514 East Zion St., Tulsa).

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

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Central Braves.

Coaches: Tahlequah (Brad Gilbert, 2-11, second season); Central (Dan Phillips,14-13, third season).

Records: Tahlequah 1-5 (1-2 District 5A-4); Central 1-5 (1-2 in 5A-4).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 5A.

Series record: Tahlequah leads, 4-2.

Last week: Coweta 54, Tahlequah 0; Collinsville 23, Central 7.

Last meeting: In 2011, Central beat Tahlequah, 28-13. Tahlequah only had 162 yards of total offense against the Braves.

News to know: Tahlequah has lost its last seven road games. ... Central’s only “win” of the season came when East Central was forced to forfeit a handful of games earlier this season for using an ineligible player.

Players to watch

Tahlequah: Mason McMillan (RB), David Dick (QB).

— McMillan, who left last week’s game early against Coweta due to a hip injury, had only 24 yards rushing on eight carries. The senior tailback will play against Central, but his production could directly correlate to how Tahlequah fares on the road.

— Dick was only 2 of 10 for 32 yards against Coweta last week, and this week he’ll be without his favorite targer in Tyler Eisensmith, who is out with an ankle injury. See if Dick looks in Ben Lamb’s direction more often with Eisensmith out.

Central: DeAngelo Brewer (QB).

— The 5-foot-9, 155-pound quarterback spearheads Central’s offense on most nights. He doesn’t pass much or for a high percentage, but he does run the ball quite often, piling up 731 yards and nine touchdowns on 106 carries. He’s also alternated impressive performances on the ground this season, so he’s due for a break-out game this week after being limited to 30 yards on 17 carries last week against Collinsville.

Looking ahead: On Thursday, Tahlequah will continue on the road at Pryor, while Central will play the same night at Claremore.

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