The Buzz- Live scores are here, so log on
Thursday, August 31st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
By Sean Mossman
Thereâ€™s one thing I know to be true about area football fans after living in Oklahoma all of these years. We love to know as much as we can about football. Not just our favorite team or alma mater, but all of our rivals as well.
Thatâ€™s where kotv.com comes in. We work non-stop Fridayâ€™s and Saturdayâ€™s to bring all of the area high school and college football scores to the fans. Thatâ€™s not just when the game is over, thatâ€™s live updates during every game. Weâ€™ve always done it for the high schools and now weâ€™re going to take it one step further for â€œBig Fourâ€ college games.
Beginning Saturday evening, weâ€™ll be running live game updates at kotv.com during every â€œBig Fourâ€ game. Log onto kotv.com and check out the local sports page for current scores, stats and all the numbers a fan could possibly want. Best of all, you can find OU, OSU, TU and Arkansas all in one place. That means no more surfing around for different games.
Friday nights will be as action-packed as theyâ€™ve ever been here at kotv.com. Live scoring updates from area schools start around 8:00 p.m. We wonâ€™t stop updating scores until theyâ€™re all a final. That doesnâ€™t just mean metro area teams either, that means every team from Miami to Eufaula.
While youâ€™re at kotv.com checking out all of the scores, stop by our chat room. Chats begin at 10:30 p.m. every Friday. Ask The News on Six sports team what they thought about the nightâ€™s action. The game doesnâ€™t end when the final horn blows, it ends when you get caught up on all the stateâ€™s football action at kotv.com.
Speaking of Chats
Our guest for this weekâ€™s Saturday coaches chat is Allan Trimble of Jenks. I really hope I donâ€™t have to fill you in on his credentials. You know him from the four straight state titles and dozens of ex-players on college teams. Heâ€™ll be here at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night to chat with area fans for about thirty minutes.
Next weekâ€™s guest is Glenpool head coach Steve Edwards.
Quarterbacks in Place
When I last talked to area coaches for our district previews there were a few notable teams still trying to settle their quarterback situation. The biggest among them was Broken Arrow. Following the graduation of all-stater Mickey Nichols, Coach Rick Jones opened the position for competition. Now 5â€™8â€ 175 pound Doug Clendenning will take the Tigers helm. Jones says Clendenning has a running style suited well for the offense.
Bartlesville is pinning their hopes on sophomore Colby Williams. Heâ€™s a little thin at 6â€™0â€ 150 pounds, Williams is said to have a very strong arm. New head coach Rich McGuire says heâ€™ll use more roll-out in passing situations to take advantage of Williams speed. McGuire says he expects Williams to produce well this year, but off-season workouts could make Williams an excellent college prospect in the coming years.
Muskogee goes another route with their new quarterback. Senior Conrad Hines has beaten out junior Dan Russell for the starting job. Hines led the Roughers on three touchdown drives in one half of play against Sapulpa Friday. Head Coach Tony Peters says Hines throws the long ball very well and is more of a drop-back passer than Russell. Of course a lot of his job will involve handing the ball to John Coker. The senior tailback averages a whopping 18 yards per carry in his career.
Games of the Week
Team records and district standings arenâ€™t the only variables that go into picking which games are most interesting. Often itâ€™s a heated rivalry or the uniqueness of the event that makes a game a â€œmust seeâ€. Never was that more true than this week. Here are my picks for the ten most interesting games of this week in Green Country.
1. Clovis, CA at Union- Both teams finished last season in the Fox Fab 50 poll. Union starts this year in the poll, but Clovis does not. That doesnâ€™t mean Clovis can not stand up to the Redskins. The pure uniqueness of the event makes this such an interesting game. Look for other Oklahoma schools to schedule similar interstate games in the future. It provides a great experience for the players.
2. Class 3A Cleveland at Class A Hominy- This rivalry has been played 78 times previously and Hominy holds the edge in total wins. The towns are separated by only ten miles. Hominy is one of the handful of teams that coaches think has a legitimate shot at the state title in 2000. Hereâ€™s one added note: the town of Hominy lost electricity for about three hours Thursday during the heat of the day. Thatâ€™s just long enough to get the Bucks blood good and hot.
3. Ada at Ardmore- When I say Larry McBroom versus Mike Lloyd, immediately Ada-McAlester of the early â€˜90â€™s comes to mind. Well, this is 2000 and now it means Ada-Ardmore. Both teams are very good as always. Donâ€™t be surprised if they meet again somewhere down the road.
4. Sapulpa at Broken Arrow- This is another one of those games where the event surrounding the game is what makes for all of the interest. This is the first ever game at BAâ€™s new multi-million dollar stadium. Traditionally things are christened with a bottle of bubbly. This stadium may be christened with a can of something else.
5. Class 5A Carl Albert at Class 6A Stillwater- The Titans have won the last three state titles in 5A. The Pioneers believe they have a chance at their first since 1967 in class 6A. Itâ€™s a superb early season test for both teams.
6. Class 5A Booker T. Washington at Class 6A Owasso- Antwain Jimmerson begins his quest to return the Hornets to glory. This is an awfully tough opponent to start that task against. Lamont Moore will find some tough sledding as he tries to run against BTWâ€™s linebackers Roy Gage and Mike Wilson. However, Mooreâ€™s faced tough defenses before and delivered.
7. Holland Hall at Cascia Hall- Tag Gross is another former Jenks assistant, like Jimmerson, to take over a tradition-rich program. Holland Hall will try to break the recent trend of losses in this series. Cascia Hall has won six of the last eight games between the two. Both teams should have strong offenses coming back from last year.
8. Miami at Glenpool- Both teams are considered top ten in the state at class 4A. Glenpool returns a ton of talent from last yearâ€™s 10-2 district champions. Miami only went 4-6 last season, but returns starters at every skill position and a very strong defense.
9. Class 3A Muldrow at Class 4A Sallisaw- I know itâ€™s quite a drive, but this is a great match-up. Sallisaw is highly rated in class 3A and Sallisaw is highly rated in class 4A. Sallisaw QB Chris Sharp and Muldrow TE Blake Green are two of the top recruits in the state.
10. Bristow at Cushing- Another natural rivalry. Cushing looks to get untracked under new head coach Joey Witcher. Bristow has a new one in Curtis Shelton, but theyâ€™ll look to stay the same-old-Bristow.