Tahlequah Daily Press

September 13, 2013

High school football preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

(All games on Friday night are at 7:30, unless noted otherwise.)

Rogers (Ark.) at Tahlequah

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium at Northeastern State University.

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

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Rogers Mounties.

Coaches: Tahlequah - Brad Gilbert (second season, 1-10); Rogers - Shawn Flannigan (fourth season).

Records: Tahlequah 0-1; Rogers 1-0.

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A.

Series record: Rogers leads 3-0.

Last meeting: Rogers beat Tahlequah, 45-13, last season. The Mounties amassed 386 rushing yards against the Tigers.

News to know: Tahlequah has now lost its last five non-district game, dating back to 2011. The Tigers’ last non-District 5A-4 victory was a 24-20 triumph over Stilwell on Sept. 9, 2011. ... Rogers started off 5-0 in 2012 but finished the year 6-5 and 3-4 in 7A West in Arkansas. ... Rogers’ shutout of Mountain Home in Week 1 was the Mounties’ first scoreless job on defense since 2006.

Players to watch

- Tahlequah: Reese Davis (LB), Wesley Rivas (DL).

-- Davis, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior linebacker, will play a key role in how the Tigers defend Rogers. With the Mounties bringing the triple option to the Sooner State, Davis’ decision-making and tackling will be at the forefront of importance for Tahlequah on defense.

-- Rivas, a 245-pound senior defensive tackle, will help dictate what kind of push Tahlequah gets up front on the defensive line. Some penetration into Rogers’ backfield could lead to shorter runs for the Mounties.

- Rogers: Max Harrell, Cole Evans, Preston Young.

-- The trio of Mounties each had more than 100 yards rushing as Rogers rolled up 503 yards on the ground against Mountain Home last week.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah will play its first game away from home at Sallisaw on Sept. 20. Rogers returns to the Natural State to host Fort Smith-Northside.



Beggs at Sequoyah

Where: Thompson Field.

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

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians;

Coaches: Sequoyah - (Shane Richardson, first season, 1-0); Beggs - (Lee Blankenship, first season,

Records: Both teams are 1-0.

Rankings:

Series record: Sequoyah leads 2-1.

Last week: Sequoyah 45, Okemah 13; Beggs 41, Bristow 0.

Last meeting: Sequoyah ran up a 28-6 victory over Beggs in 2012. The game only lasted eight minutes and 56 seconds because the game was called off after lightning arrived late in the first quarter. Brayden Scott threw two touchdown passes for Sequoyah, and Ryan Helsley and Niko Hammer both hauled in scoring catches.

News to know: Blakenship was the head coach at Gore before taking over at Beggs. ... Both Richardson and Blankenship picked up their first head-coaching victories at their respective schools in Week 1.

Players to watch

- Sequoyah: Justin Hooper (RB).

-- Hooper led the Indians on the ground last week, totaling 70 yards on 17 carries. His rushing production will be key in keeping teams from going after quarterback Zach Parish.

Looking ahead: The Indians venture out on the road and take on Victory Christian in Week 3. Beggs returns home to host Hilldale in its home opener.



Checotah at Keys

Where: Cougar Stadium.

Radio: Game will be tape-delayed on KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Checotah Wildcats

Coaches: Keys - Gary Willis (12th season, 76-48); Checotah - Brandon Turley.

Records: Keys 0-1; Checotah 1-0.

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in 3A.

Series record: Keys leads 2-0.\

Last week: Claremore-Sequoyah 37, Keys 7; Checotah 21, Morris 15.

Last meeting: The teams squared off in 2012, but the game was never concluded. With Checotah leading 14-7 at halftime, the second half was called off after rain had moved through the Checotah area. The game was never counted in the standings last year.

Looking ahead: Keys will head to Eufaula on Sept. 20, while Checotah will take on Henryetta.



Hulbert at Warner

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Warner Eagles.

Coaches: Hulbert - Gary Riley (first season, 0-1); Warner - Mike Burdge.

Records: Both teams are 0-1.

Rankings: Neither team is ranked.

Series record: Warner leads 10-5.

Last meeting: In 2012, Warner rallied to beat Hulbert 26-19.

Last week: Yale 40, Hulbert 6; Chouteau 24, Warner 18.

News to know: Hulbert hasn’t beaten Warner since 1985. ... The Eagles have won the last six games between the two schools.

Looking ahead: Hulbert continues on the road at Kiefer on Sept. 20.