Tahlequah Daily Press

October 26, 2012

High school football preview capsules

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

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



East Central at Tahlequah

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium.

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

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; East Central Cardinals.

Coaches: Tahlequah (Brad Gilbert, 2-13, second season); East Central (Bobby Klinck, 4-4, first season).

Records: Tahlequah 1-7 (1-4 District 5A-4); East Central 4-4 (4-1).

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; East Central is No. 3 in 5A in the Associated Press’ prep poll.

Series record: Tied, 3-3.

Last week: Pryor 40, Tahlequah 13; East Central 36, Collinsville 26.

Last meeting: In 2011, East Central beat Tahlequah 61-14 on Gable Field.

News to know: East Central sports a .500 record, but the Cardinals haven’t actually lost a game this year. They had to forfeit their four wins to open the season, because they allowed an ineligible player to participate. ... Tahlequah has given up an average of 31.4 points in district games this season. ... East Central is tied for first in District 5A-4 with Claremore. ... Tahlequah is been eliminated from playoff contention.

Players to watch

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

— McMillan got back on track last week, rushing for 160 yards against Pryor on 28 carries.

— Dick, while only completing 4 of 13 passes against Pryor, did run for almost 100 yards last week. He had 91 yards on 16 rushes.

East Central: Stanvon Taylor (Athlete), William Goree (RB), Kimmie Carson (LB).

— Taylor does a little bit of everything for East Central. Last week against Collinsville, Taylor threw a 71-yard touchdown pass, he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass and he also recorded an interception. Taylor had verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma.

— Goree is East Central’s leading rusher this season with 741 yards and 10 touchdowns on 123 carries.

— Carson, a New Mexico commit, leads the Cardinals with 89 tackles on defense this season.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah will play at Collinsville on Nov. 2, while East Central will face Pryor.



Sequoyah at Hilldale

Where: Hornet Field (300 E. 43rd Street South in Muskogee).

Radio: Game will air live on KTLQ, AM-1350 and on http://sequoyah.cherokee.org/.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Hilldale Hornets.

Coaches: Sequoyah (interim coach Shane Richardson, 0-0, first season); Hilldale (Chad Kirkhart, 23-8, third season).

Records: Sequoyah 7-1 (4-0 District 3A-7); Hilldale 7-1 (4-0).

Rankings: Both are ranked in Class 3A. Sequoyah is No. 6 and Hilldale is No. 10.

Series record: Hilldale leads, 2-0.

Last week: Sequoyah 46, Jay 24; Hilldale 48, Keys 0.

Last meeting: In 1981, Hilldale shut out Sequoyah, 31-0.

News to know: Eight Sequoyah players have been ruled ineligible and will not be able to play this week. ... This is the first time Hilldale has had three straight seasons of seven wins or more.

Players to watch

Sequoyah: Derrick Bruner (QB).

— If Memphis commit, Brayden Scott, can’t play for Sequoyah, the Indians’ offense will be in the hands of Bruner, who has only played sparingly behind Scott this season.

Hilldale: Jamaul Collum (RB), Miles Jackson (WR/DB).

— Collumn, Hilldale’s leading rusher, put up 96 yards on nine carries last week against Keys. Collum has rushed for 761 yards on 89 carries this season.

— Jackson only needed two carries to get to 86 yards rushing for the Hornets last week. He also had an interception on defense.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah will close out the regular season at home against Lincoln Christian on Nov. 2, while Hilldale will take on Westville that night.



Keys at Jay

Where: Bulldog Stadium (just south of 6th Street, near the intersection of 6th Street and West Gray Street).

Radio: Game will air tape-delayed on KEOK, FM-102.1, immediately following Tahlequah’s game.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Jay Bulldogs.

Coaches: Keys (Gary Willis, 72-46, 11th season); Jay (Darrin Wegner, 10-9, second season).

Records: Keys 3-4 (2-2 District 3A-7); Jay 5-3 (2-3).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: First meeting.

Last week: Hilldale 48, Keys 0; Sequoyah 46, Jay 24.

News to know: A win would all but guarantee Keys a playoff spot in Class 3A. ... This season has been the first time Keys has been shut out twice (vs. Vian and Hilldale).

Players to watch

Keys: Trevor Eubanks (QB), Cody Cole (RB).

— Both Eubanks were thwarted in the running game, combining for only 32 yards on 15 carries. That came a week after torching Lincoln Christian for close to 400 yards rushing combined.

Jay: Shai Jones (QB).

— Jones leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 973 yards and nine touchdowns on 121 carries.

Looking ahead: Keys will close out the regular season at Locust Grove, while Jay will play at Blackwell in non-district play.



Hulbert at Kansas

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Kansas Comets.

Coaches: Hulbert (Mitchell Crittenden, 6-12, second season); Kansas (Eddie Barnwell, 24-25, fifth season).

Records: Hulbert 2-6 (1-4 District 2A-8); Kansas 6-2 (4-1).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 2A.

Series record: Kansas leads, 18-6-1.

Last week: Hulbert 28, Quapaw 12; Kansas 48, Wyandotte 20.

Last meeting: In 2003, Kansas won, 53-8.

News to know: Hulbert is a longshot to make the playoffs in District 2A-8. The Riders would need to win out (win by 15 in both) and hope that Wyandotte finishes the year 0-2 (with blowout losses) and Salina closes the season 1-1 (with a narrow victory).

Looking ahead: Hulbert will finish the regular season at home against Ketchum, while Kansas will host Salina in Week 10.