Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

September 2, 2012

McMillan shines in Tahlequah’s potent rushing attack

Tahlequah football notebook

FORT GIBSON — Tahlequah’s game plan was fairly straight-forward in its season opener against Fort Gibson on Friday night.

Put the ball in Mason McMillian’s hands and let him go to work.

Tahlequah did just that and McMillan didn’t disappoint. The senior tailback collected 194 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries, despite Tahlequah’s 40-20 setback at Leo Donahue Tiger Stadium.

When asked about McMillan after the game, Tahlequah coach Brad Gilbert simply responded with, “workhorse.”

“He’s a great young man, and he ran the ball really well for us tonight,” Gilbert said of McMillan, whose 4-yard scoring run cut Fort Gibson’s lead to 21-13 with 10:11 left in the second quarter. “He carried the load. He really did.”

As a team, Tahlequah rushed for 325 yards on 46 carries.

David’s debut

Tahlequah quarterback David Dick was a victim of circumstance in his varsity debut at quarterback. When Tahlequah was within striking range of Fort Gibson, Dick managed the game with plenty of efficiency.

However, with Tahlequah trailing throughout the entire fourth quarter, Dick attempted to force the issue and ended up tossing four interceptions.

“I’m not going to say that he didn’t [make mistakes],” Gilbert said of Dick, who was 7 of 26 for 57 yards and a touchdown through the air. “Those things are going to happen. What’s important is we learn from this.”

Dick found success when he pulled the ball down and ran with it. He needed only six carries to amass 61 rushing yards. He also scored Tahlequah’s first touchdown on a 4-yard scramble in the first quarter.

Offensive options

Other than McMillan, there were questions as to who would step up and become a solid offensive playmaker for Tahlequah.

Brandon Conrad and Tyler Eisensmith answered the call against Fort Gibson.

Conrad was limited in his impact, but showed what he can do with a 43-yard run on a double reverse in the fourth quarter. The junior wide receiver/safety had 49 rushing yards on two carries, and he also caught a one-yard pass in the game.

Eisensmith proved to be Dick’s favorite target in the passing game. The senior wide receiver caught four passes for 41 yards, including a 10-yarder from Dick to score a touchdown on the final play of the first half.

“He did some really good things,” Gilbert said of Eisensmith, who also had 15 yards rushing on two carries. “We can really expect big things from him.”

Text Only
Sports
  • ropin-make-a-wish.jpg Dirteater, others help Make-A-Wish

    The event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $5, with kids 6 and under free.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Photo-for-Shinn-story.jpg Coaches preview Sooners season

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived at Journey Church on Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Date set for Keys football physicals

    Before scheduled practices can begin in order to prepare for the season, players must first receive a physical.
    Next Tuesday, Aug. 5, Keys High School will be administering physicals in the high school cafeteria.

    July 31, 2014

  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bassmaster.jpg Crossing, and fishing, the Delaware

    Bassmaster Elite Series anglers to compete Aug. 7

    BASS has fished out of some legendary venues over the years (including Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans), but never Philadelphia, which is host of the Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River, Aug. 7-10, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mison.jpg Mixon’s attorney says incident with woman self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NSU-fishing-team.jpg NSU teams compete in fishing tournament

    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Stocks