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September 14, 2012

High school football preview capsules

(All games on Friday night at 7:30)

Tahlequah at Rogers (Ark.)

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium (at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Allen Road).

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

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Sallisaw Black Diamonds.

Coaches: Tahlequah (Brad Gilbert, 1-8, second season); Sallisaw (Craig Benson, 39-12, fifth season).

Records: Tahlequah 0-2; Sallisaw 1-1.

Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Sallisaw is No. 6 in the Associated Press’ Class 4A prep poll.

Series record: Tahlequah leads 33-23-3.

Last meeting: Sallisaw beat Tahlequah, 40-7, in 2011.

Last week: Rogers (Ark.) 45, Tahlequah 13; Sallisaw 34, Claremore-Sequoyah 21.

News to know: Tahlequah is trying to avoid an 0-3 start since 2008. ... Three of Tahlequah’s next four games will be played at home. ... Sallisaw was a quarterfinalist in the 4A playoffs last season, losing to Bishop McGuinness, 28-14. ... Sallisaw quarterback Ben Oberste has verbally committed to the University of Tulsa. ... Sallisaw running back Jadon Davenport won the 4A state championship at 195 pounds in wrestling last school year.

Players to watch

Tahlequah: Mason McMillan (RB), Will Carlile (FS/QB).

— McMillan continues to be Tahlequah’s workhorse on offense, averaging 134.5 rushing yards per contest.

— Carlile, who came on in relief of starting quarterback David Dick against Rogers, completed all three of his passes last week. He could end up splitting time with Dick if the passing game doesn’t end up flourishing.

Sallisaw: Oberste (QB), Davenport (RB).

— Oberste, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound senior, is leading Sallisaw in rushing with 242 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. He has also passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns while completing 12 of 21 passes.

— Davenport, a junior at 205 pounds, also has two rushing touchdowns, to go along with 128 yards, on 16 rushes.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah continues at home in its District 5A-4 opener against Grove. Sallisaw will be at Poteau.

Victory Christian at Sequoyah

Where: Thompson Field (off Highway 62 just south of the high school).

Radio: Game will air live on KTLQ, AM-1350, and it will stream online at www.sequoyah.cherokee.org.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Victory Christian Conquerors.

Coaches: Sequoyah (Brent Scott, 71-22, ninth season); Victory Christian (Brent Marley, 22-33, sixth season).

Records: Both teams are 2-0.

Rankings: Sequoyah is No. 5 in the Associated Press’ 3A prep poll; Victory Christian is not ranked in 3A.

Series record: Sequoyah leads 4-2.

Last meeting: In 2011, Sequoyah beat Victory Christian, 47-21.

Last week: Sequoyah 28, Beggs 6 (1 quarter); Victory Christian 21, Regent Prep 0.

News to know: Sequoyah’s game at Beggs in Week 2 was cut short in the first quarter by a thunderstorm. Game officials decided not to resume the game and give the win to Sequoyah. ... Victory Christian has only allowed seven points this season, all coming in a 34-7 win over Webster in Week 1.

Players to watch

Sequoyah: Kyle Helsley (RB), Niko Hammer (WR/DB).

— Helsley has excelled in the running game for the Indians, racking up 243 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries this season. So far, he’s posted 30.4 yards per carry and 121.5 rushing yards per game.

— Niko Hammer has scored two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown this season. He also has an interception on defense.

Victory Christian: Keats Calhoon (QB).

— Calhoon has completed 18 of 26 passes this season for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah will play at Locust Grove on Sept. 14, while Victory Christian will take on Henryetta.

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