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| Ben Johnson
We finally took the plunge and did a deep dive into the long-standing public schools vs. private schools debate in Oklahoma. Cashion head football coach (and athletic director) Lynn Shackelford (24:45) joined us to share his thoughts from the public side, and Bishop Kelley athletic director Lance Parks (46:24) offered up some insight from the private school side.
Regardless of which side you're on, both make great points. Both have valid arguments.
Also, we talk about some recent football commitments, including Broken Arrow's Andrew Raym siding with the Sooners. The chat briefly about OSU's recruiting class after Bixby's Brennan Presley vowed his commitment to the Cowboys.
But perhaps most importantly, we talked food (5:46). Is there a place that we think is overrated? Underrated? FYI: We talked pizza!
Have your own thoughts on food or the public/private debate? Tweet us at @benjohnsontul or @michaelswisher.
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| Ben Johnson
Medals and trophies have been handed out to wrestlers across the state. Now it’s time for basketball teams to start claiming hardware.
Ben and Michael dive into Class A & B state basketball tournaments on tap this week, and they guys also make their predictions in each class.
Ben breaks down what happened at the state wrestling tournament and some of the various highlights along the way.
Also added a new segment where the guys named their MVPs of the week. Listen in and find out who they dubbed as last week’s MVPs.
All that leading up to Michael's interview with Okarche coach Ray West. You don't want to miss what West had to say.
Thanks for listening & enjoy!
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| Ben Johnson
The Skordle Week 5 Player of the Week poll is sponsored by:
Noah Cortes (Broken Arrow) - Senior tailback rushed for 200 yards and a single-game school-record six touchdowns on 14 carries in the Tigers’ 63-7 win over Norman.
Cameron Gunville (Seminole) - Junior tailback rushed for 319 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries in the Chieftains’ 50-31 victory over Lincoln Christian.
Corey Ramsey (Okemah) - Senior running back rushed for 359 yards and seven touchdowns on 16 carries in the Panthers’ 70-32 victory over Holdenville.
Brant Hager (Verdigris) - Junior quarterback completed 22 of 33 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns. Also rushed for 24 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals’ 45-35 win over Vinita.
Austin Hines (Adair) - Senior quarterback completed 14 of 23 passes for 496 yards and seven touchdowns in the Warriors’ 48-21 win over Wyandotte..
Tayden Lucero (Haskell) - Senior quarterback had 23 carries for 271 yards and four touchdowns, and also completed 9 of 17 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown. On defense, had 10 tackles and an 81-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Haymakers’ 44-16 win over Dewey.
Stevie Orr (Davenport) - Senior quarterback rushed for 123 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries. Completed 20 of 34 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 50-38 win over Dewar.
Josiah Markum (Okla. Christian Academy) - Senor tight end caught nine passes for 398 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, he finished with four tackle, one interception, one sack, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery in OCA’s 63-42 win over Northeast.
Nick Jones (Eufaula) - Rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass in only one half against Hartshorne in the Ironheads’ 41-6 win.
Michelle Artzberger (Lawton Mac) - Caught eight passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns. Also had six tackles on defense in the Highlanders’ 48-0 win over Southeast.
Cade Shropshire QB (Checotah) - Passed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries in the Wildcats’ 55-26 win over Okmulgee.
Wyatt Conley (Minco) - Passed for 148 yards and one touchdown and also ran for one touchdown. On defense, had an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown in Minco’s 34-8 win over Watonga.
Laquan Wells (Idabel) - Passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns in the Warriors’ 70-12 win over Webster.
Dae Dae Leathers (Tahlequah) - Rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in Tahlequah’s 14-7 win over Skiatook.
Danny Brockup (Inola) - Senior running back scored three touchdowns while rushing for 176 yards on 20 carries. Also had one catch for 45 yards in the Longhorns’ 42-0 win over Claremore Sequoyah.
Andrew Crow (Victory Christian) - Rushed for five touchdowns on offense and had two interceptions on defense in the Eagles’ 54-0 win over Fairland.
Garrett Williams (Victory Christian) - Threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns, also rushed seven times for 58 yards and two touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 63-16 victory over Morris.
Jaxon Canard (OCS) - Rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in the Saints’ 42-22 win over Newkirk.
Senior LB/WR Jonathan Buskirk (Regent Prep) - Had 15 tackles and three tackles for loss on defense. On offense, had two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in Regent Prep’s 32-22 win over Yale.
Michael Marin (Barnsdall) JR RB - Junior tailback had 244 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in the Panthers’ 50-36 win over Langston Hughes.
Qwontrel Walker (Stillwater) - Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Also had a 44-yard touchdown reception in the Pioneers’ 31-13 win over Midwest City.
Will Dunigan (Spiro) - Caught five passes for 130 yards and one touchdown. On defense, he had 14 tackles in Spiro’s 47-14 win over Westville.
Shade Watie (Tahlequah Sequoyah) - Rushed for 148 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. Also had six catches for 77 yards and one touchdown in the Indians’ 34-13 win over Pocola.
Drake Roush (Holland Hall) - Completed 14 of 23 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Also had eight tackles on defense in a 49-21 win for the Dutch over Keys.
Conner Carey (Heritage Hall) - Rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Also had three catches for 86 yards in the Chargers’ 27-20 win over John Marshall.
Nate Asbill (Sallisaw) - Rushed for 274 yards and four touchdowns in the Black Diamonds’ 42-21 win over Stilwell.
OLB Cole McMurphy (Crossings Chr) - Recorded 17 tackles and a touchdown off his own blocked punt in Crossings Christian’s 16-14 win over Crescent.
Makai Blades (Glenpool) - Rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries in the Warriors’ 66-0 win over Hale.
Collin Oliver (Edmond Santa Fe) - Recorded 17 tackles, three tackles for loss, one tackle for a safety and a fumble recovery in the Wolves’ 30-14 win over Yukon.
Blake Lair (Coweta) - Caught six passes for 126 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 41-7 win over Durant.
Jahkobie Smith (Del City) - Completed 17 of 22 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns in Del City’s 49-13 win over Putnam City West.
Jeff Foreman (Del City) - Caught 10 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-13 win over PC West.
Miles Davis (Lawton) - Rushed for 256 yards and a touchdowns on 35 carries in the Wolverines’ 34-17 win over Deer Creek.
Trenton Skinner (Shawnee) - Caught seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Also threw a touchdown pass in the Wolves’ 32-27 win over Ponca City.
Brennan Presley (Bixby) - Caught three passed for 51 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for 25 yards. Even completed a pass for 34 yards. On defense, he had a 36-yard interception return in the Spartans’ 21-7 win over Booker T. Washington.
Jimmie Coleman (Muskogee) - Rushed for 206 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries. Also caught three passes for 49 yards in the Roughers’ 45-27 win over Sand Springs.
| Ben Johnson
Can't sugarcoat the truth: it was a rough go of it for everyone not named Michael Swisher last week. Old man Swisher managed to pull off a 16-8 slate with Week 1 picks, but we can all assume he cheated somehow. As it stands now, Swisher leads the pack through two weeks at 27-13, and I'm three games off his pace. Randy Turney is currently third at 23-17 and Whitt Carter is hovering just above .500 at 21-19.
It's our vow to you to be better this week (or something like that). Week 2 picks right here:
Broken Arrow at Owasso
Michael Swisher: Broken Arrow 24, Owasso 14
Ben Johnson: Broken Arrow 37, Owasso 20
Whitt Carter: Broken Arrow 31, Owasso 17
Randy Turney: Broken Arrow 21, Owasso 17
Carl Albert at Del City
Michael Swisher: Carl Albert 31, Del City 20
Ben Johnson: Carl Albert 34, Del City 16
Whitt Carter: Del City 28, Carl Albert 27
Randy Turney: Carl Albert 24, Del City 20
Union at Jenks
Michael Swisher: Union 33, Jenks 24
Ben Johnson: Union 20, Jenks 17
Whitt Carter: Jenks 34, Union 24
Randy Turney: Union 24, Jenks 23
Lincoln Christian at Vian
Michael Swisher: Lincoln Christian 22, Vian 19
Ben Johnson: Vian 32, Lincoln Christian 27
Whitt Carter: Lincoln Christian 28, Vian 21
Randy Turney: Lincoln Christian 34, Vian 24
Tuttle at Plainview
Michael Swisher: Tuttle 21, Plainview 20
Ben Johnson: Tuttle 29, Plainview 22
Whitt Carter: Tuttle 34, Plainview 31
Randy Turney: Tuttle 35, Plainview 21
Booker T. Washington vs. Horn Lake (Miss.)
Michael Swisher: Booker T. Washington 35, Horn Lake 14
Ben Johnson: Horn Lake 24, Booker T. Washington 22
Whitt Carter: Booker T. Washington 35, Horn Lake 27
Randy Turney: Horn Lake 28, Booker T. Washington 17
Bishop McGuinness at Bishop Kelley
Michael Swisher: Bishop Kelley 31, Bishop McGuinness 24
Ben Johnson: Bishop Kelley 16, Bishop McGuinness 13
Whitt Carter: Bishop McGuinness 20, Bishop Kelley 16
Randy Turney: Bishop Kelley 21, Bishop McGuinness 20
Heritage Hall at Clinton
Michael Swisher: Heritage Hall 30, Clinton 20
Ben Johnson: Heritage Hall 35, Clinton 18
Whitt Carter: Heritage Hall 35, Clinton 21
Randy Turney: Heritage Hall 31, Clinton 20
Anadarko at Blanchard
Michael Swisher: Blanchard 29, Anadarko 18
Ben Johnson: Blanchard 29, Anadarko 16
Whitt Carter: Blanchard 42, Anadarko 21
Randy Turney: Blanchard 24, Anadarko 7
Davis at Sulphur
Michael Swisher: Sulphur 18, Davis 16
Ben Johnson: Sulphur 30, Davis 14
Whitt Carter: Sulphur 34, Davis 12
Randy Turney: Sulphur 21, Davis 20
Coweta at Tahlequah
Michael Swisher: Coweta 23, Tahlequah 17
Ben Johnson: Coweta 27, Tahlequah 19
Whitt Carter: Coweta 34, Tahlequah 27
Randy Turney: Tahlequah 17, Coweta 10
Southwest Covenant at Empire
Michael Swisher: SW Covenant 48, Empire 28
Ben Johnson: SW Covenant 44, Empire 29
Whitt Carter: SW Covenant 38, Empire 22
Randy Turney: SW Covenant 34, Empire 17
Stillwater at Norman North
Michael Swisher: Stillwater 29, Norman North 19
Ben Johnson: Stillwater 42, Norman North 19
Whitt Carter: Stillwater 34, Norman North 24
Randy Turney: Stillwater 24, Norman North 17
Mustang at Edmond Santa Fe
Michael Swisher: Edmond Santa Fe 24, Mustang 21
Ben Johnson: Edmond Santa Fe 28, Mustang 24
Whitt Carter: Edmond Santa Fe 35, Mustang 28
Randy Turney: Edmond Santa Fe 18, Mustang 16
Lawton MacArthur at Lawton
Michael Swisher: Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 20
Ben Johnson: Lawton 33, Lawton MacArthur 31
Whitt Carter: Lawton MacArthur 41, Lawton 28
Randy Turney: Lawton 21, Lawton MacArthur 14
Ada at Noble
Michael Swisher: Noble 24, Ada 18
Ben Johnson: Noble 33, Ada 23
Whitt Carter: Noble 21, Ada 13
Randy Turney: Ada 21, Noble 7
Edison at Memorial
Michael Swisher: Memorial 23, Edison 16
Ben Johnson: Edison 26, Memorial 24
Whitt Carter: Edison 27, Memorial 21
Randy Turney: Memorial 14, Edison 13
Adair at Locust Grove
Michael Swisher: Adair 38, Locust Grove 22
Ben Johnson: Adair 38, Locust Grove 22
Whitt Carter: Adair 34, Locust Grove 18
Randy Turney: Adair 28, Locust Grove 13
Oklahoma Christian Academy at Crescent
Michael Swisher: Crescent 30, OCA 15
Ben Johnson: OCA 35, Crescent 30
Whitt Carter: Crescent 21, OCA 20
Randy Turney: OCA 28, Crescent 21
Let us know what you think. Tweet your predictions to us at @Skordle.
Girls Basketball | | Jacob Unruh | NewsOK
Oklahoma Christian Academy’s girls basketball team is in uncharted territory.
One win away from a state tournament berth for the first time in program history, the unranked Eagles are approaching Monday’s Class A area tournament consolation championship with confidence.
“People don’t know who we are,” OCA coach Joe Crawford said. “On any given night, we can beat anybody in Class A basketball.”
OCA (18-9) plays No. 5 Canute at 6:30 p.m. in the Enid Event Center. It’s a rematch of the regional tournament championship in which OCA won in overtime.
| Michael Swisher
Five coaches with nearly 200 years experience and more than 3,800 victories make up the 2021 class of the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The five – Larry Callison, Dan Hays, David Page, Bob Weckstein and the late Ray West – will be inducted during a luncheon in Edmond on June 5. Tim Bart, director of the OBCA Hall of Fame, revealed the roster of honorees this week.
The OBCA was formed in 1967 and the inaugural Hall of Fame induction was in 2002. The 2021 class brings the total of honorees to 115.
Ticket information and reservations may be obtained through Coach Bob Hoffman, University of Central Oklahoma, 580.478.9186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2021 Hall of Fame selections:
Larry Callison. Coached boys and girls basketball during a 40-year career. Won state championships with boys at Ketchum (1995) and girls at Tahlequah Sequoyah (2015, ’17, ’18) and had three runners-up. Overall coaching record: 900-224 (552-117 in boys, 348-107 in girls), retiring in 2019. Coaching stops: Gore (1977-85), Ketchum (1985-97, 2010-12), Vian (1997-99), Stilwell (1999-01, 2005-06), Eufaula (2001-03, 2006-08), Boynton (2003-05), Tahlequah Sequoyah (2013-19). Member of Oklahoma Coaches Association and Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association halls of fame.
Dan Hays. During a 38-year collegiate career, compiled record of 724-470 at Northwestern Oklahoma State (five seasons, 71-68 record) and Oklahoma Christian University (33 seasons, 653-402). Holds record for most wins by men’s basketball coach at a four-year Oklahoma college. Spent three years as assistant at Southeastern Oklahoma State. Product of Albuquerque, N.M. Inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame, 1998.
David Page. 39 years as coach (36 as head coach). Ranks fifth all time among Oklahoma prep boys basketball coaches with 744 victories. Coached at Blackwell (1980-90), Hominy (1990-98), Yale (1998-2004), Pawnee (2004-current). Won state championships at Yale (1999, 2000) and Pawnee (2005, ’08-09-10) with two runner-up finishes. Product of Oklahoma’s cradle of coaches, Cleveland. Member of Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Bob Weckstein. Began coaching career with baseball (seven seasons) and girls basketball (four seasons) at Okarche before hitting his stride in boys basketball at Frontier in 1989. Has won six state championships at Frontier, the consolidated Red Rock-Marland schools, with a record of 650-240. Recently retired as superintendent at Frontier, but will remain as the head coach. Played for OBCA Hall of Fame coach J.V. Haney.
Ray West. Died in 2019 while in 45th year as head coach. Ranks No. 2 all-time among Oklahoma boys basketball coaches with record of 853-391. Coaching stops: Fort Supply (1974-76), Gould (1976-77), Purcell (1977-78), Mountain View (1978-81), Mustang (1981-82), Cordell (1982-94), Okarche (1994-2019). President of OBCA 1992-93. Will be inducted into Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in July.
| Michael Swisher
Little did Fletcher Reed know that when he was coaching Snyder in the state basketball semifinals, he was also taking part in a job interview of sorts.
Reed on Wednesday night was named the new boys basketball coach at Garber High School when that district’s board of education unanimously approved the move.
He takes over for Will Jones, who coached the program for four seasons.
His tenure culminated with the 2020 Class A state championship and a runner-up trophy in 2021.
Jones, also Garber’s superintendent, stepped down from his basketball job shortly after the season ended and Reed was someone he had his mind on to take his place.
And it was mostly from what he witnessed a couple weeks prior at The Big House.
“I didn’t know much about him before the season,” Jones admits about Reed.
For good reason.
Reed was just in his second year as head coach at Snyder. Prior to that, he spent one season as a graduate assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
In the high school coaching landscape, he was still getting his feet wet.
“Then I started hearing some rumbles about maybe Snyder being a contender from down in that part of the state,” Jones added.
Snyder finished the regular season 14-2 and was ranked 11th.
The playoffs hit and, in the regional, the Cyclones beat No. 7 Caddo.
In the area final, they were even more impressive as they handily beat No. 1 Fort Cobb-Broxton to earn their first trip to state since 2015.
“When I saw they beat Fort Cobb, I thought, ‘OK, there’s another bully on the block now’ and I really perked up,” Jones said.
He got some film on Snyder and was immediately struck by what he saw.
“I loved the edge his team played with,” Jones said. “They came out swinging every night.”
As Jones was coaching Garber through the Class A state bracket, he spent his time scouting future foes.
That included the semifinal matchup between Snyder and Hydro-Eakly.
Hydro-Eakly won - just as it did the next night against Garber - but not without being taken into overtime.
Jones was sold by what he saw on the court and on Snyder’s sideline.
“There was this really well-dressed, young guy,” Jones said. “But beneath that surface of those nice clothes was a fighter.
“He’s a young coach, but he doesn’t coach young.”
A Hobart native, Reed said he struggled with the choice to leave Snyder, but called Garber “the right fit.”
“Just watching Garber the last two or three years and seeing how they compete at a high level every night really intrigued me,” Reed said. “Their kids seem coachable and they’re very competitive and I know the community support is outstanding.
“And also, in getting to know Coach Jones, I knew he’d be great to work for.”
As he was coaching at the state tournament, Reed was quite unaware that Jones might have had some future plans for him.
“We were just in the midst of a playoff run and trying to do the best job to put ourselves in a position to win,” he said. “So I didn’t think of it that way, but when you put it that way, it’s cool to think about.”
Now Reed gets to think about taking from Jones the torch of a program that’s been to state three years in a row and won 84 percent of its games during that stretch.
Jones is confident he’s found the coach to do it.
“A goal of mine was to make sure the program didn’t take a step back,” he said. “We’ve built a good foundation here. I’m excited to see how high he can take it.”
| Ben Johnson
BROKEN ARROW -- Some results over the weekend were stunning. But none near as shocking as the news from Broken Arrow to start the week.
In a release from the school on Monday morning, Broken Arrow announced it was stripping David Alexander of his head coaching duties. A move no one saw coming, including Alexander himself.
Two years after leading the Tigers to their first state championship, Alexander, 56, now finds himself without a head coaching gig. He went 60-23 in seven seasons and finished with a state runner-up finish in 2015.
“We appreciate and thank coach Alexander for his dedication and time with the program," said Chuck Perry, associate superintendent of student services, in a statement released by the district.
"His legacy has been cemented in the fact that he came home to his high school alma mater and was the first coach to take the program to the top of the mountain. After much consideration, though, we feel the timing is right and is in the best interest of the district to move in a new direction.”
Alexander gradated from Broken Arrow in 1982.
The district said the search for the next head coach begins immediately.
| Korry Rogers
We are back! A good week for Whitt last week, who is still too far behind to matter.
We are one week closer to handing out gold balls, so let’s fire off some more picks for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds!
Last week (overall):
Whitt: 16-3 (87-36)
Swish: 13-6 (91-32)
Ben: 13-6 (95-28)
WEEK 3 - PLAYOFF GAMES & PICKS
| Ben Johnson
PLAYOFF GAMES - WEEK 2 - PICKS
Broken Arrow @ Union
Westmoore @ Santa Fe
| Ben Johnson
What we saw last week was technically the playoffs. Now it starts for real and we have some thoughts to share...
Quick playoff snapshot from the Skordle guys…
Most dangerous team
- Bixby (Class 6AII) - Duh! Most likely the best team in the state, regardless of class. Braylin Presley is the real deal. Good luck to anyone playing the Spartans.
Class 4A: Emmanuel Crawford (Grove) - Sophomore running back should start catching eyeballs real quick. Grove has a tough path through Hilldale and potentially Weatherford, but the Ridgerunners are a team to keep an eye on moving forward.
- Kind of taking this the opposite direction because I’ve heard chatter about some thinking Central will beat Lincoln Christian. I don’t see it. KT Owens and Co. are good but not good enough to take down the Bulldogs.
Class 2A - Atoka Wampus Cats - That’s too easy! Eufaula Ironheads is always solid, too.
Don't count this team out
Class 2A - Kellyville - Trevor Jones is rock solid at running back and Colton Ayres is solid at QB. Ponies take on a quality OCS team, and the winner should like its chances in that quadrant of the 2A bracket.
6AI - Owasso
6AII - Bixby
5A - Carl Albert
4A - Wagoner
3A - Holland Hall
2A - Vian
A - Cashion
B - Dewar
C - Timberlake
Most dangerous team - Choctaw (6AII) - Yes, Bixby is the best team. We all know that. Nobody’s arguing it. But Choctaw has just enough talent to be that dangerous sleeper. Not upset alert…but dangerous enough. Bixby has blown out everyone this year except Jenks (not a bad 6AI team if you weren’t aware) and….Choctaw. The Yellow Jackets played them within 11 in the regular season.
Best first-round matchup - Newcastle at Tuttle (4A) - Piedmont and El Reno is intriguing. So is Booker T. and Midwest City. However, this matchup between friendly(?) neighbors is Week 2 rematch that saw the Tigers escape 24-21.
Upset alert - OSSAA - Yeah, I took the easy way out and didn’t pick a team. But, in all seriousness, if we are able to get through this season and these playoffs, it will be an upset of sorts for it to have been pulled off. I took an unofficial poll prior to the season starting asking some fellow media members if they felt a football season would even take place. It ranged from “no” to “probably shouldn’t, but it’s possible.” There were no straight up “yes” answers. God bless anyone who has been affected directly or indirectly by COVID, and I mean that, but we needed football.
Don’t count this team out - Shattuck (B) - Yes, the Indians got BLASTED by Laverne in the final week of the regular season. Sure, maybe it’s not all “sunshine and rainbows” way out west. However, it’s still Shattuck. The three-time defending state champs have pulled off the improbable before. Am I saying it’s going to happen again? No, but don’t count them out.
Dream matchup - Pawhuska vs. Cashion (A) - Pawhuska is putting up numbers this year that would make most basketball coaches envious. Led by Bryce Drummond, the Huskies average 69.5 - YES, 70! (rounded up of course) - points a game. Cashion, meanwhile, prefers to not surrender points and only gives up 8.5 a game. It’s strength vs. strength if these two meets - as we suspect - in the Class A semifinals. The opposite units aren’t bad either. Cashion scores 48.6 a game while the Huskies give up 15.3. It has all the makings of a matchup classic. Of course, a win only puts you in the finals. The victor could very well get defending champ Ringling the next week.
6AI - Owasso
6AII - Bixby
5A - Carl Albert
4A - Weatherford
3A - Holland Hall
2A - Vian
A - Cashion
B - Laverne
C - Timberlake
Most dangerous team
| Ben Johnson
Story by Whitt Carter
Sulphur’s Logan Smith showed early on in his career that he had a chance to be a special player.
The 6-foot-1, 200 lb. senior always possessed elite speed and good size for a running back at the Class 3A level.
But did he ever think he would join the conversation as one of the best ever at Sulphur?
“Being in that category with some studs is crazy to think about,” he said. “Those are the guys I looked up to as a kid.”
Crazy as it sounds, Smith certainly has a seat at the table, as he currently leads the entire state – all classes – in rushing through the end of the regular season.
Smith has carried 173 times for 2,018 yards and 27 touchdowns, which are eye popping numbers at any level.
He is 304 yards ahead of Luke Tarman from Bishop McGuinness, the closest rusher to the distant Bulldog leader.
For Smith, his success this season can be attributed to a multitude of things, especially the guys he has around him and the creative play-calling from the Sulphur coaches.
“I have a lot of trust in my offensive line,” he said. “And the rest of the offense, too. And believing in coach (Corey) Cole to put us in the best spot for success on that specific down.”
Many that watch Sulphur each year and each week have seen Smith improve each year, but especially this season, where he took a huge jump from being very good to great.
“I just tried to stay dedicated in the weight room and have a focused mindset on what I wanted to accomplish in football and this season,” he said.
Smith thinks the weight room has been his biggest friend and key to his success, as it is something he has gone all-in on each day.
“Getting in there and working will eventually play a tremendous role in your success,” he said. “It is a big part of my everyday life and has made the biggest impact on the field for me.”
Strength and conditioning, along with track, has helped the senior develop top-level speed and agility, something he puts on display seemingly each week, as he is truly a big-play waiting to happen.
Smith has 18 touchdowns this year of 40 yards or more, including 11 in the last four games.
He has also rushed for over 300 yards in back-to-back games, including a 312-yard, six touchdown performance last Friday night in the win over Lone Grove, which followed a win over Plainview in which Smith racked up 351 yards and four scores.
“I think my strengths as a runner are my size, speed and vision,” he said. “And having the awareness to know when to cut or not.”
He also is a big-time weapon in the passing game, catching 15 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns this season. Smith also has a 53-yard punt return for a score.
The senior also has the luxury of having an offensive line that is experienced, and also, improving each week, helping pave the way for over 320 rushing yards per game as a team.
“I’d say the offensive line is the main reason why I have every yard I do,” Smith said. “They have done a great job and without them I wouldn’t have a single yard.”
Spoken like a true leader, which is something Sulphur head coach Jim Dixon has praised Smith for adopting as he has gotten older, developing into the leader for the 2020 Bulldogs.
“I try to focus on being a leader on an off the field and working hard no matter what happens that day,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to see guys like Trey (Kiser) lead us when I was younger and that’s just what I try to do.”
That’s how Smith wants to leave his legacy among the Sulphur greats, for leading the way and continuing to lead by example.
“I want to be remembered for my work ethic and leadership and honestly, how I impacted our team’s success,” he said.
What that success becomes is still yet to be determined, as the Dogs now shift focus to the playoffs.
But for Smith and his teammates, there is only one goal in mind.
“We want to win a state championship,” he said. “When you are at Sulphur, that’s the goal every year.”
How Smith envisions his team giving themselves a chance at accomplishing their ultimate goal is really no surprise.
“We have to stay true to what we do and trust in what we have been doing all year,” he said. “And we know if we keep working hard, we will give ourselves a shot.”
Photo credit: DeJay Arms
| Ben Johnson
Jenks @ Westmoore
PC North @ Stillwater
Booker T @ Bixby
Lawton Mac @ Ardmore
Tahlequah @ Collinsville
Tuttle @ Blanchard
Poteau @ Broken Bow
Wagoner @ Skiatook
Lincoln @ Stigler
Kingfisher @ Anadarko
Sulphur @ Lone Grove
Vinita @ Verdigris
Adair @ Claremore Seq.
Christian Heritage @ Washington
Prague @ Chandler
Crescent @ Cashion
Thomas @ Texoma
Shattuck @ Laverne
Regent Prep @ Davenport
Midway @ Sasakwa
| Michael Swisher
By John Hardaway - I Even Eat BBQ on Pizza
Someplace I like to eat – Jo’s Famous Pizza
Jo’s Famous Pizza is one of my favorite pizza places in Oklahoma.
I visit the Edmond location regularly and will continue to do so forever. It’s a great place with awesome staff and service who will go beyond and above to continue earning your business.
I have also been to the original Jo’s in Purcell a handful of times and it’s never disappointed either.
What makes Jo’s so great in my opinion is the incredible crust that’s flaky and buttery every time. They also only use fresh ingredients for toppings.
They have all the classic pizzas. If you like Pepperoni Pizza, you probably won’t find a better one around!
The entire top is going to be covered in pepperonis and the best part is the pepperoni grease works down into the crust.
As for the specialty pizzas, I love the Cowboy (it’s BBQ, a shocker, I know) and the Taco. Trust me, it’s so good, but must be for dine-in only because of the cold lettuce topping it needs to be eaten immediately.