Tahlequah Daily Press


September 6, 2013

High school football preview capsules


Claremore-Sequoyah at Keys

Where: Cougar Stadium.

Time: 7 p.m.

Radio: Game will be tape-delayed on KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Claremore-Sequoyah Eagles.

Coaches: Keys - (Gary Willis, 12th season, 76-47); Claremore-Sequoyah - Jody Iams (15th season, 106-59).

Rankings: Keys is not ranked in Class 3A; Claremore-Sequoyah is 18th in the AP poll.

Series record: Claremore-Sequoyah leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Claremore-Sequoyah beat Keys 31-10 in 2012.

News to know: Both teams made the Class 3A playoffs last season. Keys was eliminated by Metro Christian in the second round, while Claremore-Sequoyah made it to the quarterfinals before being ousted by Jones. ... Keys scored first in last year’s meeting, and Claremore-Sequoyah responded with 31 unanswered points.

Players to watch

- Keys: Dakota Matlock (RB).

-- Matlock, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound sophomore tailback, has a tall order ahead of him — filling the void left by Cody Cole. However, based on comments from the Keys coaching staff, Matlock could be workhorse for the Cougars over the next three season.

- Claremore Sequoyah: Benny Sandecki (QB).

-- Sandecki, a junior, will fill in at the quarterback spot with Daniel Moniz sitting out with an injured knee. Moniz rushed for 1,571 yards and 19 touchdowns while also passing for 1,488 yards in 2012. He also hauled in three interceptions on defense, including one he took back 42 yards for a touchdown against Keys last season.

Looking ahead: Keys will play at home again, hosting Checotah on Sept. 13. Claremore-Sequoyah will be at home hosting Sallisaw the same night.

Hulbert at Yale

Where: Yale High School.

Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Yale Bulldogs.

Coaches: Hulbert - Gary Riley (first season); Yale - Craig Ellis (fifth season, 13-29).

Rankings: Hulbert is not ranked in Class 2A; Yale is not ranked in Class A.

Series record: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: In 2012, Hulbert beat Yale 29-6. Hulbert quarterback Chris Vance rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

News to know: Yale qualified for the Class A playoffs in 2012 but was eliminated in the first round by Warner.

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