Tahlequah Daily Press


November 2, 2012

High school football preview capsules

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

Tahlequah at Collinsville

Where: Sallee Field (located west of Wilson Elementary School at the intersection of Maple Street and North 19th Street).

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

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Collinsville Cardinals.

Coaches: Tahlequah (Brad Gilbert, 2-14, second season); Collinsville (Kevin Jones, 10-19, third season).

Records: Tahlequah 1-8 (1-5 District 5A-4); Collinsville 7-2 (4-2).

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Collinsville is No. 9 in the Associated Press’ Class 5A prep poll.

Series record: First meeting.

Last week: East Central 42, Tahlequah 0; Collinsville 34, Pryor 6.

News to know: Tahlequah has been eliminated from playoff contention. This will be the Tigers 11th straight losing season and 11th consecutive season without making the postseason. ... Collinsville has already clinched a playoff spot and will finish third in District 5A-4. ... Tahlequah running back Mason McMillan (1,117 rushing yards through nine games) is 121 yards short of the school record for rushing yards in a season. ... Tahlequah has lost nine straight road games.

Players to watch

Tahlequah: Quarterbacks, David Dick and Will Carlile.

— Dick and Carlile combined to go 1 of 12 on pass attempts last week for Tahlequah.

Collinsville: Zane McElroy (QB), Terrell Johnson (WR), Hunter West (LB/RB).

— McElroy has passed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns on 88 of 162 attempts. However, McElroy’s presence is felt more in the running game where he’s amassed 1,002 yards and nine TD’s on 141 carries.

— Johnson is the Cardinals’ leading receiver with 754 yards and seven touchdowns on 43 catches.

— West is Collinsville’s leading tackler with 80. He also has 475 yards on 97 rushes this season.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah’s season will be done, while Collinsville will be on the road in the playoffs, either at Tulsa Memorial or McAlester.

Lincoln Christian at Sequoyah

Where: Thompson Field.

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

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Lincoln Christian Bulldogs.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Shane Richardson, 1-0, first season); Lincoln Christian (Darren Melton, 99-26, 11th season).

Records: Sequoyah 8-1 (5-0); Lincoln Christian 6-3 (3-2).

Rankings: Sequoyah is No. 6 in Class 3A; Lincoln Christian is not ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: First meeting.

Last week: Sequoyah 28, Hilldale 0; Lincoln Christian 55, Locust Grove 21.

News to know: Sequoyah has clinched the 3A-7 title after beating Hilldale last week. ... Lincoln Christian could finish third in 3A-7 with a win and a Keys loss.

Players to watch

Sequoyah: Karter Woodruff (RB/LB), Brayden Scott (QB).

— Woodruff has solidified himself as a do-everything player for the Indians. Last week against Hilldale, Woodruff had 70 yards on seven rushes while logging 10 tackles and a sack on defense.

— By his standards, Scott is having somewhat of a subpar season. The senior signal caller, who has been aided by a strong running game this season, has only passed for 1,506 yards while completing 58.6 percent (102 of 174) of his passes. He has, however, thrown 28 touchdown passes compared to only seven interceptions.

Lincoln Christian: Austin Grauer (QB), Justin Flewellen (RB/DB).

— Grauer has passed for 1,965 yards and 22 touchdowns on 140 of 239 passing this season. Last week against Locust Grove, he completed 65.2 percent (15 of 23) of his passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns.

— Flewellen, a 5-foot-11, 171-pound two-way player, is averaging 5.8 yards per carry this season. He has rushed for 1,155 yards and 15 touchdowns on 198 carries. Against Locust Grove last week, Flewellen rushed for a season-high 221 yards and four scores on 21 carries.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah and Lincoln Christian will begin postseason play. Opponents will depend on how Sequoyah’s appeal in front of the OSSAA goes.

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