Hulbert, OK 74441
Record: 4-3 | Unranked
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| Ben Johnson
Wardogs win in Gardner's debut
It took 17 years, but a Miami coach won his coaching debut on Friday night. Zach Gardner, at the helm in Miami after going 96-32 in 11 season at Afton, guided the Wardogs to a 24-10 victory over Claremore Sequoyah.
Shawn Booth was the last Miami coach to win in his debut back in 2001.
"Sure everyone wants to win each week, but as a staff we knew it was crucial to win early," Gardner said. "We have had these kids grinding since June. This just shows their efforts are paying off."
Miami and Claremore Sequoyah were tied a 10 at halftime, but the Wardogs' Gavin Payton found Jordan Freeman for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 6:03 left in the third quarter.
Caden Folks punctuated Miami's scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Folks, Payton and Freeman combined to rush for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
"Our skill guys played very well throughout the night," Gardner said. "I strongly felt we were winning in the trenches through the way our kids took over in the second half."
Miami will host Jay on Friday night, and Claremore Sequoyah will be at Hilldale.
Guthrie wins big
Guthrie's defense made life miserable for Enid in the Bluejays' 57-19 rout at D. Bruce Selby Stadium on Friday night.
Guthrie jumped out in front early on Campbell Leach's 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Then Cale Coffman cashed in a 70-yard fumble return for a score, after Leach stripped Enid's Will Phillips of the ball.
Leading the way for Guthrie (1-0) was strong safety J.D. Coonfield, who had a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown to go along with one sack, one tackle for loss, two pass break-ups and 16 tackles.
On offense, Brody Hinkle had six catches for 121 yards and a touchdown for Guthrie.
"Good team win," Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. "But you can't read too much into week zero non-district games."
Riggs, Trojans take down Bixby
Keith Riggs became the second Jenks head coach to lead the Trojans since 1996. After Allan Trimble's 22-year run of going 251-42, Riggs took over for his mentor and led Class 6A No. 4 Jenks to a 28-14 victory over Bixby at Lee Snider Stadium.
The Trojans (1-0), who started 0-4 last season, scored the game's first two touchdowns on a 65-yard score by Dreysen Watters and a 25-yard TD strike from Ian Corwin to Braden Phipps.
Bixby (0-1) answered with Mason Williams' 34-yard touchdown pass to Cade Cavender, and the Spartans were with 14-7 at halftime.
But Jenks struck again for two more score to increase its lead in the second half.
Noah Hernandez had a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and he followed with a 13-yard TD scamper in the fourth.
Bixby's final score came on Williams' 17-yard TD strike to Cavender.
Watters and Hernandez combined for 163 yards on 25 carries for the Trojans.
Pirates double up El Reno
Poteau and El Reno were in desperate need of a game to fill out their 2018 schedule. And just like that, a matchup was born.
Turns out, Class 4A No. 3 Poteau benefited the most with a 38-19 victory over El Reno at Costner Stadium.
"We both had scheduling issues and we both needed a game so I said what the heck, might as well play," Poteau coach Forrest Mazey said. "I would rather do that then play nine games."
The Pirates (1-0) claimed a victory thanks to quarterback Jace Pitchford going 13 of 24 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. He had touchdown throws of 62, 37 and 17 yards to Todd Mattox, Easton Francis and Cameron Duncan, respectively.
"I think our kids found a way to win with guts," Mazey said. "We didn't play great in all facets of the game, but they found a way to get it done when it counted."
Poteau made El Reno (0-1) pay by forcing three Indian turnovers on fumbles.
"Very impressive," Mazey said of his defense. "They always have a good game plan, and they did a great job executing it."
Sirleaf, Conquerors coast past McLain
Josh Sirleaf knows how work. Victory Christian coach Dub Maddox can easily verify that.
Sirleaf, a senior wideout for Victory Christian, caught three passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the Conquerors' 52-6 win over McLain on Friday night.
"Josh showed up every day in the summer for workouts, and then went to work every day with his family landscaping and cleaning business," Maddox said of Sirleaf, who also recorded three interceptions on defense. "He knows how to work and that carries over on the football field. He's pound for pound one of the strongest players I have coached."
With 10 seconds left in the first quarter, Sirleaf scored Victory Christan's first touchdown on a 54-yard pass from Garrett Williams. Sirleaf would later score on a touchdown grab of 98 yards late in the second quarter.
Williams finished with 355 yards and five touchdowns while completing 7 of 11 passes.
"Have a week zero game can pose some challenges with losing an extra week of practice," Maddox said. "I thought our players handled it well."
The victory is Maddox's first after he left his offensive coordinator job at Jenks to replace Ron Smith in south Tulsa.
"I never focused on that going into the game," Maddox said of getting his first head-coaching victory. "I was just excited to see some of our hard work and preparation come to life on the field."
Pauls Valley prevails
With time running down, Pauls Valley's Tyce Davidson came up with an interception to secure the Panthers' 19-18 win over Lindsay on Friday.
The win was Pauls Valley's first under first-year head coach Dusty Raper.
Quarterback Jack Grimmett paced Pauls Valley's offense with 28 carries for 205 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers rushed for 329 yards as a team on 56 carries.
The Panthers' other two touchdowns were courtesy of runs by Jacob McElhaney.
Pauls Valley was forced to punt with a minute left in the game, but Lindsay picked up only one first down before the Panthers logged back-to-back sacks before Davison's interception.
Hipp, Hominy hold on
Jacob Bruce was a one-man wrecking crew for Hulbert at Rider Field on Friday night. The senior tailback rushed for 321 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries, in addition to two touchdowns on kickoff returns.
But Class A No. 4 Hominy managed to hang on and beat Hulbert 58-41 in a high-scoring affair.
"Hulbert is a good football team," Hominy coach Caleb Christian said. "We are blessed and fortunate to leave with a win."
Luckily for Hominy (1-0), it had Blake Hipp leading the way. The senior quarterback completed 7 of 14 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns, plus 84 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.
"Blake Hipp is a coach's dream at quarterback," Christian said. "Tough player that knows the offense and leads the team at a high level."
Bruce scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:13 left before halftime to trim Hominy's lead to 32-29, but that's as close at Hulbert (0-1) would get the rest of the way.
Hipp responded 57 seconds later with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Clifford Hayes to give the Bucks a 40-29 halftime lead.
In the end, Hominy had 583 yards on offense.
"Our offensive line is the backbone of our offense," Christian said. "They hang their hat on being physical and being in shape."
| Korry Rogers
Skordle will be hosting a player of the week poll each week for the 2018 football season. The poll will be open until midnight each Tuesday night. You can vote once per hour, so vote for your favorite candidate and tell your friends!
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Here are the Week 0 Player of the Week candidates in no particular order:
Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow) - 16 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss (31 yards), tackle for safety
J.D. Coonfield (Guthrie) - 16 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 2 pass break-ups, 1 interception return for touchdown
Carson Berryhill (Tuttle) - 16 of 18 passing for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also had a rushing touchdown
Grant Elerick (Stroud) - 23 of 27 passing, 274 yards, 3 TDs
Jacob Graham (Chouteau) - 3 of 3 passing for 116 yards, 1 TD | 1 rushing TD | On defense, 7 total tackles & 1 INT for a 35-yard touchdown
Jacob Bruce (Hulbert) - 24 carries, 321 yards, 4 TDs
Bryson Gore (Seiling) - Rushed for 212 yards, 3 TDs | Passed for 107 yards, 1 TD (all in the first half)
Tayden Lucero (Haskell) - 12 of 20 passing, 148 yards | 19 carries, 212 yards | 3 total touchdowns
Blake Hipp (Hominy) - 7 of 14 passing, 290 yards, 5 TDS | 11 carries, 84 yards, 3 TDs
These guys also had great weeks and it would be right to at least give them a little love.
Noah Cortes (Broken Arrow) - 25 carries, 157 yards, 2 touchdowns in the Tigers' 33-10 win over Union
Will Kuehne (Owasso) - Passed for 343 yards and scored five touchdowns
Deyseaon Moore (Chcotaw) - Started at safety, shifted to RB - had the game-winning TD in overtime - rushed for 107 yards and two touhdowns
Ben Ward (Cleveland) - 15 of 25 passing for 265 yards and four touchdowns
Asher Link (Metro Christian) - 21 of 36 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Had 60 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries.
Ethan Downs (Weatherford) - 18 carries, 199 yards, 2 touchdowns | 1 reception for 25 yards, 1 TD
Jaxon Henderson (Cascia Hall) - 15 of 23 passing for 210 yards, 3 touchdowns | 2 carries for 11 yards
Chase Ricke (Lincoln Christian) - 16 of 24 passing for 288 yards, 3 TDs
Jack Grimmett (Pauls Valley) - 28 carries, 205 yards, 1 TD
Coby Davis (Stroud) - 14 receptions, 121 yards, 2 Tds
Barrett Bradbury (Adair) - 2 receptions, 106 yards, 2 TDs
Jarron Sebert (Jones) - 10 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Griffin Lamb (Cashion) - 11 of 11 passing, 219 yards, 4 TDs | 7 carries, 67 yards
Hunter Bowers (Crescent) - Passed for 200 yards, 3 TDs | Rushed for 100 yards, 1 TD
James Overton (Minco) - 10 total tackles, 2 INTs
| Ben Johnson
High school football is back. Check out this week's picks from Michael Swisher, Whitt Carter, Randy Turney and myself.
Union at Broken Arrow
Michael Swisher: Union 27, Broken Arrow 13
Ben Johnson: Union 24, Broken Arrow 17
Whitt Carter: Union 20, Broken Arrow 17
Randy Turney: Union 24, Broken Arrow 17
Booker T. Washington vs. North Little Rock
Michael Swisher: N. Little Rock 24, Booker T. Washington 21
Ben Johnson: Booker T. Washington 32, N. Little Rock 30
Whitt Carter: Booker T. Washington 24, N. Little Rock 26
Randy Turney: Booker T. Washington 28, N. Little Rock 7
Midwest City at Bentonville
Michael Swisher: Bentonville 27, Midwest City 24
Ben Johnson: Midwest City 29, Bentonville 24
Whitt Carter: Midwest City 28, Bentonville 24
Randy Turney: Midwest City 17, Bentonville 7
Wynnewood at Minco
Michael Swisher: Minco 21, Wynnewood 14
Ben Johnson: Minco 20, Wynnewood 17
Whitt Carter: Minco 20, Wynnewood 16
Randy Turney: Wynnewood 20, Minco 18
Bentonville West at Owasso
Michael Swisher: Owasso 22, Bentonville West 14
Ben Johnson: Owasso 30, Bentonville West 21
Whitt Carter: Owasso 34, Bentonville West 21
Randy Turney: Owasso 24, Bentonville West 10
Jenks at Bixby
Michael Swisher: Jenks 30, Bixby 24
Ben Johnson: Jenks 34, Bixby 23
Whitt Carter: Jenks 28, Bixby 17
Randy Turney: Jenks 27, Bixby 10
Choctaw at Shawnee
Michael Swisher: Shawnee 27, Choctaw 23
Ben Johnson: Choctaw 28, Shawnee 20
Whitt Carter: Choctaw 41, Shawnee 37
Randy Turney: Choctaw 14, Shawnee 13
Shattuck at Tipton
Michael Swisher: Shattuck 45, Tipton 35
Ben Johnson: Shattuck 43, Tipton 22
Whitt Carter: Shattuck 41, Tipton 36
Randy Turney: Tipton 36, Shattuck 22
Hominy at Hulbert
Michael Swisher: Hominy 29, Hulbert 27
Ben Johnson: Hominy 20, Hulbert 19
Whitt Carter: Hulbert 28, Hominy 22
Randy Turney: Hominy 28, Hulbert 6
Chisholm at Weatherford
Michael Swisher: Weatherford 31, Chisholm 14
Ben Johnson: Weatherford 30, Chisholm 28
Whitt Carter: Weatherford 35, Chisholm 20
Randy Turney: Weatherford 27, Chisholm 14
Jones at Oklahoma Christian School
Michael Swisher: Jones 27, OCS 20
Ben Johnson: OCS 33, Jones 31
Whitt Carter: Jones 34, OCS 24
Randy Turney: Jones 35, OCS 21
Metro Christian at Broken Bow
Michael Swisher: Broken Bow 23, Metro Christian 21
Ben Johnson: Broken Bow 24, Metro Christian 13
Whitt Carter: Broken Bow 32, Metro Christian 28
Randy Turney: Metro Christian 28, Broken Bow 10
Plainview at Elgin
Michael Swisher: Plainview 28, Elgin 17
Ben Johnson: Plainview 34, Elgin 22
Whitt Carter: Plainview 34, Elgin 14
Randy Turney: Elgin 14, Plainview 13
Gore at Haskell
Michael Swisher: Gore 30, Haskell 20
Ben Johnson: Gore 39, Haskell 23
Whitt Carter: Gore 21, Haskell 18
Randy Turney: Haskell 21, Gore 14
Watonga at Okeene
Michael Swisher: Watonga 42, Okeene 12
Ben Johnson: Watonga 26, Okeene 23
Whitt Carter: Okeene 28, Watonga 23
Randy Turney: Watonga 21, Okeene 14
Morrison at Kiefer
Michael Swisher: Morrison 28, Kiefer 14
Ben Johnson:Morrison 27, Kiefer 12
Whitt Carter: Morrison 38, Kiefer 27
Randy Turney: Morrison 28, Kiefer 14
Let us know what you think. Tweet your predictions to us at @Skordle.
| Ben Johnson
The calendar hasn't flipped to September yet, but high schools across Oklahoma are officially footballing this week.
Zero Week is here, and it's offering up some solid matchups to get the season rolling.
Here are this week's top 10 games:
1. 6AI No. 1 Union at 6AI No. 3 Broken Arrow: There
will be talent all over the field on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
The running back matchup, featuring Broken Arrow's Noah Cortes and
Union's Darius Boone Jr., will be fun to watch. This one could come down
to quarterback play, and Union has the advantage there with Peyton
Thompson. Also helps that Union holds a 39-3 record over the Tigers
2. 6AII No. 1 Booker T. Washington vs. North Little Rock (Ark.) at Bentonville High School: Clash
of two state champions from 2017. The Hornets will deploy Thomas
Grayson, a Nebraska commit, at running back, and they'll also feature
one of the nation's top recruits in Dax Hill, who figures to play on
both sides of the ball. North Little Rock, Class 7A title winner in
Arkansas, will counter with North Texas commit Oscar Adaway and plenty
of other talented players across the field. The game is part of the
Rumble in the Ozarks, played in Northwest Arkansas.
3. 6AII No. 2 Midwest City at Bentonville (Ark.): This
will be the nightcap of the Rumle in the Ozarks on Saturday.
Bentonville lost to North Little Rock in last year's title game, and
Midwest City was dispatched from the Class 6AII playoffs in the
semifinals. Look for Midwest City's Preston Colbert to get off to a
roaring start for the Bombers this season.
4. A No. 6 Wynnewood at A No. 5 Minco: Both
teams shared a district (A-4) in the past four seasons, and Minco ended
up winning three of those four matchups. Now they've gone their
separate ways in Class A, so they'll meet up in Zero Week. Minco
quarterback Daxton Williams graduated, so they Bulldogs will have to
find his replacement. Meanwhile, Wynnewood has Tyler Grove who passed
for nearly 1,000 yards as a sophomore last season.
5. Bentonville West (Ark.) at 6AI No. 2 Owasso: Will
Kuehne and Co. get the 2018 season kicked off against one of the newest
programs in Arkansas. Bentonville West is led by former McAlester head
coach Bryan Pratt, who led the Wolverines to a 9-2 record in 2017. For
Owasso, the Rams will look for Bryce Cabrera's replacement at tailback
and Josh Proctor's replacementin the defensive backfield.
6. 6AI No. 4 Jenks at 6AII No. 4 Bixby: This one-sided rivalry leveled out in 2017 with the Spartans ending a 26-game losing streak to Jenks with a 35-18 victory. Jenks' winning ways over Bixby had dated back to 1977. The Trojans return quarterback Ian Corwin and Mr. Do Everything Noah Hernandez, but they'll have a new look on the sidelines under first-year head coach Keith Riggs. For Bixby, there's a lot of newcomers after Tucker Pawley and Staton King graduated following the Spartans' runner-up finish in Class 6AII.
7. Choctaw at 6AII No. 10 Shawnee: These
two haven't met since 1999, despite only being 30 miles apart. Now
they're both members of Class 6AII with Shawnee bumping up a class this
season. The Yellowjackets are coming off a 6-4 season, where Jake Corbin
was in his first year as head coach. On the other side, Shawnee was 6-5
before leaving 5A. Now Heath Hunter and the Wolves get to show what
they're made of in a new classification.
8. B. No. 2 Shattuck at C No. 1 Tipton: A
rematch of the 2011 Class C state championship. Also a clash of last
year's Class B (Shattuck) and Class C (Tipton) champions. The winner
gets to claim the title of "best eight-man team" until the playoffs
9. A No. 4 Hominy at Hulbert: Perhaps
the best running back matchup in the state, outside of Union-Broken
Arrow. Hominy will feature move-in Dylan Roach, who torched opponents at
Prue last season to the tune of 2,264 yards and 31 touchdowns. Then
there's Hulbert's Jacob Bruce, who has posted back-to-back 2,000-yard
rushing seasons for the Riders in 2016 and 2017.
10. 2A No. 7 Chisholm at 4A No. 7 Weatherford: This
one features a solid matchup of quarterbacks. Chisholm's signal caller,
Braden Meek, passed for 1,552 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior in
2017, and Weatherford's Jaxon Ratterree will begin his junior season
after tossing for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns last year.
Jones at Oklahoma Christian School
Metro Christian at Broken Bow
Plainview at Elgin
Gore at Haskell
Watonga at Okeene
Morrison at Kiefer
So who wins all the matchups? Check back for our weekly picks on Thursday.
| Ben Johnson
Look back at 2017
2017 district champs
A-1: Thomas - The Terriers hit the half-century mark in district titles with an unbeaten run against A-1 foes. A 20-0 win over Hooker set the stage for a district crown, and that was part of the Terriers' 10-game winning streak, which continued into December. But Afton derailed Thomas' playoff run in the semifinals.
A-2: Watonga - A September win over Cordell proved to be the deciding factor for the A-2 crown for Watonga. The Eagles went on to avenge a season-opening loss against Okeene with a win to open the playoffs, but then Watonga was dispatched from the postseason in the next round against Oklahoma Christian Academy.
A-3: Ringling - The Blue Devils knocked off Apache to begin district play, and they rolled the rest of the way against A-3 opponents. Ringling's playoff run lasted until the second round when Hooker moved on to the quarterfinals.
A-4: Minco - Led by Cole Burchfield in the backfield, Minco motored to the district title last year. Eleven straight wins, including six in district play, preceded Minco's run to the Class A quarterfinals, where the Bulldogs were beaten by Afton.
A-5: Crescent - Cashion, Pawnee and Morrison were no match for the Tigers during district play. Crescent manhandled every opponent it faced in its first 14 games, including wins over Cashion (54-14), Morrison (51-24) and Pawnee (35-14) during the regular season. The Tigers' unbeaten run, though, came to a halt in the Class A title game, which ended with a 44-12 loss to Afton.
A-6: Kiefer - The Trojans started the season 0-4, but a 34-14 win over Woodland in late September turned Kiefer's season around. Kiefer, Woodland and Hominy all finished atop the district at 5-1, but it was the Trojans who prevailed, thanks to district points. Kiefer, though, was bounced quickly from the playoffs, a 28-0 loss to Morrison in the opening round of the postseason.
A-7: Afton - The Eagles labored through a stout district -- that included Rejoice Christian, Barnsdall and Hulbert -- and emerged unscathed. A 22-20 victory over Rejoice Christian in mid October propelled Afton a district title, and from there the Eagles went into cruise control the rest of the season. In the playoffs, Afton outscored its opponents 214 to 46.
A-8: Talihina - Led by seniors Heath Humphreys and Sooner Box, the Tigers coasted to the A-8 crown. Talihina dismantled Central Sallisaw, 36-0, in a showdown of the district's top two teams. The Tigers finished the regular season 9-1 and beat Barnsdall in the opening round of the playoffs before being upset by Hominy in the second round.
Talking title game: Afton 44, Crescent 12