After winning the Class B state title in 20-11, the Bruins ended up 3-6 last season. It was their first season in 11-man football in more than a decade. Caddo is the fourth largest school in Class B according to the latest numbers supplied by the OSSAA.
Looking at the Bruins this season; Proctor isn't ruling out a post season trip. Three year starting running back Tanner Grace will be the go to guy offensively with wide out Wyatt Wright taking over at quarterback. Tristan Paris will be dangerous at the slot.
State qualifiers in power lifting Virgle Mincher and Zach McKimmy will be a load to deal with from both sides of the ball. The Bruins will scrimmage at Antlers, August 23 and at home against Konawa, August 29. Caddo will open the regular season on September 6 at Canadian.
Interest in football continues in Kingston, where head coach John Caraway welcomed 52 hopefuls to fall drills. With school at Kingston starting Monday, Caraway was looking forward to putting his team in pads on Friday.
The Redskins, 5-6 in 2012, have qualified for post season for the past three years and Caraway says the goal this season is to not only play in week eleven; But, to play at home.
Caraway says the strength of his team will be up front with linemen Kegan Barker and Dalton Williams expected to anchor. Running back/linebacker Tanner Holland will also be counted on. Offensively, Caraway says a couple of sophomores are battling to take over at quarterback for the talented Jared Hayes who graduated.
Kingston will scrimmage at Healdton next Friday night and then welcome Velma-Alma for a dress rehearsal on August 30th. The Redskins season opener will be September 6th at Dickson.
The Oklahoma high school football season doesn't begin until the week of September 6. That's one week later than the prep schoolboys take to the field south of the Red River. Here's a short preview of the Texoma Sports Blog schools from the Texas side......
Pottsboro- The Cardinals are fresh off an 11-1 season in 2012 . Veteran coach Matt Poe has some gaps to fill from the repeat 6-2A D1 champ. Among those to be replaced will be big defensive end Justin Lawler 6-5, 230 who signed with SMU. The Card's lost more than a dozen starters.
Poe is hoping for big things from a pair of all-district performers Kory Waller, a wide receiver, and Thaddeus Flinn, a running back. Pottsboro opens its season August 30 hosting Aubry.
Whitesboro- Coach Eddie Gill will be trying to lead the Bearcats to a third straight post season berth after finishing 7-4 in 2012. Optimism for continued success remains high especially with the return of sterling running back Collin Kilcrease. The 6-0, 195 senior hauled the ball for more than 2,000 yards last season and will be heavily counted on to do it again this year. He was TSWA 2A all stater.
Returnees WR/DB Clayton Stringer, 2012 all-purpose player of the year in 5 2A, and RB/LB Jake Dyer are also expected to be top performers. The Bearcats open their season August 30 at Fort Worth Christian
Denison- Second year coach Chad Rogers will be looking for his Yellowjackets to improve on a 2-8 mark recorded in 2012. The coach's son, Chance is expected to move in at the quarterback slot taking over for the graduated Clifton Hines.
All district performers OL Justin Bigelow, Blake Cunningham and Jaime Wood should be strong up front and RB D'Nard Whitfield is back after a fine 2012. The 'Jackets open the season August 30 at Centennial.
Sherman- The Bearcats seemed to be poised for another successful season. Gary Kinne has racked up an impressive 37-12 mark in his brief stint in Grayson County. Last year's club finished 9-3 and won six of seven district contests.
Kinne returns a couple of first team all district performers in WR/TE Jaquay Pough and DB Jordan Hume. RB Tre Mask would appear to be the go to guy for the Bearcats after rushing for nearly 1100 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Sherman's season opener will be August 30 at home versus Little Elm.
TSB caught up with head coach Ray Richards following Tuesday mornings workout.
Richards likes his team’s mixture of youth and age and is welcoming back 13 juniors. With the disappointing departure of last year’s primary quarterback, Jercolby Bradley; Richards says sophomore Nick Sioson enters the fall as the number one QB on the depth chart. Sioson played well in spot duty last season throwing for 535 yards and three touchdowns.
As school gets underway, so does the high school softball season.
Durant opened last week. It will be a youth movement for third year coach Aaron Mullens who will mix a little bit of experience with 18 freshmen and sophomores.
He is counting on returnees Kylie Manning, Macy Powell, and Alexa Richards. Durant received four players, including the team’s only senior Carolyn Jones, from Victory Life who has dropped the softball program. The DHS coach is also expecting big things from Destinee Lewis a highly touted freshman first baseman. She homered in her first varsity game.
With the exception of the Durant tournament, in mid-September, all of the Lady Lion softball games will be played at the new on-campus facility.
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FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST LAUNCHES INTERVIEW SERIES
SPOTLIGHTING TOP COACHES IN SPORTS WORLD ICONS OF COACHING Premieres August 20 at 4:30 PM CT
Veteran Announcer Dave Barnett to Host 13-Episode Series
FOX Sports Southwest launches a new interview series next week titled ICONS OF COACHING, which will feature some of the most recognizable names in sports. Veteran sports broadcaster Dave Barnett is the host of the 13-episode series that kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 4:30 PM CT with a look at the coaching career of long-time University of Texas football coach Mack Brown.
ICONS OF COACHING will cover a variety of topics that viewers will find fascinating – subjects normally discussed by coaches behind closed doors.
The 30-minute programs will showcase the best head coaches and managers who’ve made a difference in their sport discussing their greatest moments and what makes them successful.
ICONS OF COACHING will offer unique, rarely heard insight into who the coaches and managers are as people with no “coach speak” allowed.
“After spending years in sports, and hearing outrageous and inspiring stories from coaches at the top of their careers, I decided to work on a project where we could offer a behind-the-scenes look and share these fascinating stories with sports fans across the Southwest region,” said Barnett, whose sports broadcasting career spans over four decades and has included play-by-play roles in Major League Baseball, college football, college basketball and the NBA.
In the series’ debut episode, Brown explains who influenced him to become a head coach and talks about his locker room speeches before and after the Texas Longhorns’ 2005 National Championship.
Other shows include conversations with former Oklahoma State and Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson, former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer, Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, SMU men’s basketball coach Larry Brown, Rice baseball coach Wayne Graham, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, Duke and United States men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, United States gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, former NBA coach Lenny Wilkens and a special tribute to legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden.
ICONS OF COACHING will air on FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Oklahoma and FOX Sports New Orleans, which combined reach over 10 million cable and satellite television households in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
– FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST –
I was going through some old files and came across this audio from my earlier radio days working at the old KSEO in Durant. Harold Harmon, the former longtime SE sports information director and Durant Democrat sportswriter was the voice of the Savages for many years.
This call comes from 1981 NAIA baseball World Series in which Southeastern staved off elimination by outlasting William Jewell 13-12.
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