Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

October 12, 2012

High school football preview capsules


Sequoyah at Sperry

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Pirate Stadium (west of North 4th Street, near the intersection of North 4th Street and Cemetery Road).

Radio: Game will air live on KTLQ, AM-1350.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Sperry Pirates.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Brent Scott, 74-23, ninth season); Sperry (Robert Park, 77-61, 13th season).

Records: Sequoyah 5-1; Sperry 1-5.

Rankings: Sequoyah is No. 8 in Class 3A in the Associated Press' prep polll; Sperry is not ranked in 3A.

Series record: Sperry leads, 1-0.

Last week: Sequoyah 47, Westville 13; Berryhill 40, Sperry 7.

Last meeting: In 2009, Sperry beat Sequoyah, 28-14.

News to know: The only matchup between the two schools was in the playoffs in 2009. Sperry’s 14-point win spoiled Sequoyah’s perfect season. ... Sperry’s playoff run — seven appearances in the last eight years — is likely to come to an end this season, with the Pirates needing to go unbeaten the rest of the year to make postseason play.

Players to watch

Sequoyah: Karter Woodruff (RB).

— If Kyle Helsley misses another game for Sequoyah, look for Woodruff to step in to fill the void in the Indians’ running game. He rushed for 78 yards on four carries last week against Westville.

Sperry: Casey Holcomb (QB).

— The Pirates’ offense is centered around the 5-foot-8, 150-pound quarterback. He has passed for 569 yards and four touchdowns while completing 44.7 percent (42 of 94) of his passes. He also leads the Pirates in rushing with 421 yards and two scores on 86 carries.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah will host Jay on Thursday.

Keys at Lincoln Christian

Where: Dennis Byrd Stadium (1003 N. 129th East Ave., Tulsa).

Radio: The game will air tape-delayed on KEOK, FM-102.1, immediately following the Tahlequah game.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Lincoln Christian Bulldogs.

Coaches: Keys (Gary Willis, 71-45, 11th season); Lincoln Christian (Darren Melton, 97-25, 11th season).

Records: Keys 2-3 (1-1 District 3A-7); Lincoln Christian 4-2 (1-1 in 3A-7).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Lincoln Christian leads, 1-0.

Last week: Vian 53, Keys 0; Hilldale 48, Lincoln Christian 6.

Last meeting: In 2008, Lincoln Christian beat Keys, 63-6.

News to know: The schools squared off in the 2008 playoffs, when Keys was in Class 2A. ... This is Lincoln Christian’s first year in Class 3A, moving up a class because of the rules implemented via publie-private school resolution in all sports.

Looking ahead: Keys will return home Thursday to take on Hilldale, while Lincoln Christian will play at Westville.

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