(All games on Friday night at 7:30)
Tahlequah at Fort Gibson
Where: Leo Donahue Tiger Stadium.
Radio: Game will air live locally on KEOK, FM-102.1.
Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Fort Gibson Tigers.
Coaches: Tahlequah (Brad Gilbert, 1-6, second season); Fort Gibson (James Singleton, 5-6, second season)
Records: First game for both teams.
Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Fort Gibson is No. 16 in the Associated Press’ prep poll.
Series record: Tahlequah leads 4-1.
Last meeting: Tahlequah won 35-34 in double overtime in 2011.
News to know: Tahlequah opened the 2011 season 2-0 but finished 3-7. ... Fort Gibson went 5-5 in the regular season in 2011. ... Fort Gibson lost to eventual Class 4A champion Wagoner in the first round of the playoffs, 57-14.
Players to watch
Tahlequah: David Dick (QB), Brandon Conrad (WR/S).
- Dick, a 5-foot-11 junior signal caller, emerged as the Tigers’ starting quarterback after competing with Will Carlisle throughout the spring and fall workouts. Dick likely has the more accurate arm and can create more with his feet if a play breaks down.
- Conrad will cause fits for opposing passing attacks. The athletic safety will team up with Carlisle in the secondary, and he will work along side Ben Lamb at wide receiver.
Fort Gibson: Jake Gandara (RB/CB), Ned Adair (TE/DL).
- Gandara, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound tailback, will almost certainly be Fort Gibson’s go-to weapon on offense. During his junior campaign, Gandara nearly rushed for 2,000 yards, settling for 1,882 yards and 18 touchdowns on 269 carries.
- Adair, a threat on both sides of the ball, offers quarterback J.R. Singleton a big target in the passing game, at 6 feet, 4 inches tall. He’s also a passing-rushing threat on defense.
At stake: A 1-0 start and bragging rights along Highway 62.
Looking ahead: On Sept. 7, Tahlequah will continue on the road at Rogers (Ark.) while Fort Gibson will take on Hilldale.