Tahlequah Daily Press

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September 6, 2013

High school football preview capsules

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

Fort Gibson at Tahlequah

Where: Doc Wadley Stadium at Northeastern State University.

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

Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Fort Gibson Tigers.

Coaches: Tahlequah - Brad Gilbert (second season, 1-9); Fort Gibson - James Singleton (third season, 15-8).

Records: Season opener for both teams.

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

Series record: Tahlequah leads 4-2.

Last meeting: Last season, Fort Gibson scored 20 seconds into the contest and rolled past Tahlequah, 40-20. Fort Gibson finished with 414 yards of total offense.

News to know: Tonight’s game will be the first of six homes games for Tahlequah in 2013. ... Tahlequah’s Mason McMillan ran for 194 yards against Fort Gibson last season. McMillan is now playing at Northeastern State. ... Tahlequah turned the ball over five times against Fort Gibson last season. Four of those turnovers were interceptions thrown by Tahlequah quarterback David Dick. ... Fort Gibson was a quarterfinalist in the Class 4A playoffs in 2012.

Looking ahead: Tahlequah is at home again on Sept. 13 when it hosts Rogers (Ark.). Fort Gibson will host rival Hilldale on the same night.

Okemah at Sequoyah

Where: Thompson Field.

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

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Okemah Panthers.

Coaches: Sequoyah - (Shane Richardson, first season); Okemah - (Joe Turner).

Rankings: Sequoyah is ranked 18th in 3A; Okemah is 11th in 2A.

Series record: Sequoyah leads 3-2.

Last meeting: In 2012, Sequoyah beat Okemah 40-20, thanks to Kyle Helsley’s 136 yards rushing. However, the Indians had to vacate the victory later in the season, resulting in a win for Okemah.

News to know: Sequoyah lost 15 starters from last year’s team. ... Taking over at quarterback for Sequoyah will be Zach Parish and Derrick Bruner. ... Okemah made the second round of the Class 2A playoffs last season before being eliminated by Adair, 36-35.

Looking ahead: Sequoyah continues at home against Beggs on Sept. 13. Okemah will take on Prague.

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