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Most people around the country don’t enjoy playing against the big, bad SEC, but Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is not most people.
The win against the Volunteers improved OU’s record to 3-0 this season as the Sooners prepare to enter conference play. The victory also gives Stoops a winning record against the “vaunted” conference at 5-4.
Oklahoma controlled the game on both sides of the ball the entire night, but especially on defense where the OU front seven was in the Tennessee backfield nearly every offensive snap for the Volunteers.
“I was really pleased with our overall play,” Stoops said. “I want to compliment Butch Jones and his staff. I really think they are doing a great job there at Tennessee. Overall, I’m just excited about the way our guys have played. Really, for the most part, we’re playing smart and with good discipline.”
The Sooners finished the game with 21 total first downs and 454 total yards of offense. OU had 146 yards rushing and 308 yards passing against the Volunteers. Oklahoma had two turnovers and five penalties for 41 total yards. The two turnovers were a fumble and an interception.
The OU defense allowed the Tennessee offense 18 total first downs and 313 total yards of offense. The Volunteers rushed for 112 yards against the Sooners while passing for 201. UT had three turnovers in the game and one penalty for 10 yards. The three turnovers were two interceptions and one fumble.
The two interceptions by the Sooners were by the two cornerbacks. Senior Julian Wilson got an interception and a 100-yard return for a touchdown, all but putting the nail in Tennessee’s coffin. Sophomore cornerback Zach Sanchez also had a second-half interception in the end zone when the Vols were driving.
“Every time I take the field I have a chip on my shoulder because I’m from Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “I want to prove that Oklahoma has good players, just like any other state. (Wilson is a graduate of Southmoore High School).
Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight had a solid performance through the air for the Sooners, passing for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Knight also rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown.
It was Knight’s second career 300-plus-yard passing game. Ironically, the other came in the Sugar Bowl last year against Alabama, another SEC opponent.
Freshman running back Samaje Perine led Oklahoma on the ground with 67 yards on nine carries. Sophomore Keith Ford had 61 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Fellow sophomore Alex Ross had seven yards on five carries.
Ford left the game in the second half with an ankle injury. His status is unknown for this week.
Junior receiver Durron Neal led the Sooners in receptions with seven for 71 yards. Junior receiver Sterling Shepard had five catches for 109 yards, and senior tight end Blake Bell had three receptions for 52 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Dominique Alexander led the Sooner D with 12 total tackles. Fellow sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans had nine tackles, and Wilson and junior linebacker Eric Striker each had six tackles.
OU preps for tough challenge in Morgantown
The No.4 ranked Sooners will put their 3-0 record on the line at West Virginia Mountaineers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. The game will be televised by Fox.
WVU comes into the matchup with Oklahoma with a 2-1 record, and its only loss coming at the hands of No.3 Alabama in Atlanta on opening week. The Mountaineers kept the game close, dropping a 33-23 decision to the Crimson Tide.
West Virginia has won both its games the past two weeks. The Mountaineers handled Towson 54-0 in week two and squeaked out a 40-37 victory against Maryland last Saturday.
WVU averages 39 points per game, while allowing 23.3 to their opponents. They average a total of 564.3 yards of offense per contest and allow 369 to their opponents.
The Mountaineers are rushing for an average of 154 yards per game and passing for 410 yards per outing. They allow 164.3 rush yards per contest and 204.7 pass yards to their opponents.
WVU has committed five turnovers this season, while forcing just two.
By Daniel Lapham,
Plans for Mustang’s new indoor baseball and softball practice facility are moving forward after the Mustang Board of Education recently approved a bid that will allow Timberlake Construction to move forward.
After much discussion on the plans and alternates to the plans, the board approved the bid for a 91-foot by 95-foot multi-use facility. The building is a part of the $1.225 million bond issue approved by voters in February.
‘I just want to see the most utilization of the space we are getting for the money,” said Board President Chad Fulton. “Could we have gotten more space with a metal building for the same price?”
The approved bid is for a concrete block building with a brick façade on visible parts of the building that will match the current football and other athletic facilities.
“We could not have gotten a bigger space for the money with a metal building, because once you dress up the exterior it is going to actually cost more,” said a representative for Timberlake Construction. “What we are proposing is comparable to Edmond North.”
School Staff gave an update on the two other bond projects approved earlier in the year. Bids are expected to be in for the new ROTC facility in October and surveys are being done to determine what size ag. barn will meet the district’s needs.
In other business the meeting began with awarding the “Enthusiasm Award” to students in each grade who embody the character trait of enthusiasm.
By Glen Miller,
STILLWATER – Ashton Lampkin’s 50-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired capped off a 16-0 run in the fourth period by Oklahoma State as the Cowboys defeated the University of Texas San Antonio, 43-13.
The victory moved the Cowboys to 2-1 on the season heading into an off week before opening Big 12 Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 25 at home against Texas Tech.
A surprising upstart Roadrunners team scored 10 points late in the third period and early into the fourth to close the gap to 27-13.
However, OSU put together a five-play scoring drive aided by a 43-yard hook up between quarterback Daxx Garman and Marcell Ateman. Two plays later, Mustang native David Glidden caught a 22-yard pass down to the UTSA 1-yard line.
Desmond Roland then capped the drive with a 1-yard run.
The Cowboys followed that drive with a 13-play effort which culminated in a 20-yard field goal by Ben Grogan with under a minute to play.
OSU trailed only once in the game at 7-3 before going ahead for good on a 1-yard Roland touchdown run int eh first period. The Cowboys reeled off 20 straight points, getting touchdown throws of 18 and 33 yards from Garman and field goals of 24 and 47 yards from Grogan.
Oklahoma State closed the game with 477 yards of total offense on 79 plays, with Garman completing 16-of-30 passes for 315 yards. One of those completions was a 36-yard strike to Glidden to help set up a score for the Cowboys .
Glidden had the two catches for 58 yards and was the third leading receiver behind Ateman’s four catches for 70 yards and Jhajuan Seales’ 75 yards on two grabs.
Roland rushed for 95 yards and two scores to pace the OSU ground game, which logged 162 yards on 49 carries. Rennie Childs added 44 yards on 13 totes.
The Cowboys defense held UTSA to 206 yards of total offense, 133 of which came through the air. The Roadrunners were held to 73 yards rushing of 35 carries.
Mustang harriers competed in the OK-Runner meet in Norman last Friday afternoon, with the girls taking 10th overall and the boys finishing ninth.
Here are the individual results from the girls side of the course:
Kyra Fuller had the fastest time for the MHS girls with a sixth-place finish and a time of 19:42. Jaci Jones took 45th place overall with a time of 21:40. Lauren Grisham came in at 51st place with a time of 21:55.
Tyler Schwermley finished the race with a 21:57, which was good enough for 52nd place. Kaylyn Brooks took 64th place with a time of 22:28. Tanner Adams finished 65th overall with a time of 22:30, and Savannah Vasco placed 69th overall with a time of 22:41.
The first-place girl of the day was Norman North’s Isabella Rose, who ran an 18:48.
Here are the results from the boys side of the course:
Lance Frost claimed top honors for Mustang with a ninth-place finish and a time of 16:41. Skyler Wade took 34th place overall with a time of 17:40. Mark Drexel finished 45th overall with a time of 17:53.
Martin Gonzales took 64th place with a time of 18:15. Ben Brackett placed 76th overall with a time of 18:25. Alex Fischer finished 91st overall with a time of 18:44. Ashleigh Ruttman placed 109th overall with a time of 19:12.
The overall boys winner was Norman North’s Ben Barrett with a time of 15:37.
The Bronco harriers return to action at 9:30 a.m. Saturday as they travel to Shawnee to compete in the OBU Invitational.
By Rachel Brocklehurst,
The Mustang 4-H Livestock Club and FFA had an ice cream social Tuesday evening at the Pavilion at Wild Horse Park.
“Not only do I love being around the kids, their parents, but I love watching the kids grow and excel as well,” said FFA teacher Randy Harris. Harris has been the FFA teacher for 34 years. Danny Griffin also instructs the program.
“The students are involved in a number of activities through the FFA,” said Harris. “We have everything from parliamentary procedure to Quiz Bowl contests to speeches.”
Showing livestock is a big part of FFA.
“The students are able to show sheep, swine, cattle and goats,” Harris said. He added that the teachers not only help the students select their animal, they also help with purchasing the animal.
Students have to be enrolled in Ag education classes before they can join the FFA.
“The FFA is an extension of class and it’s helped students gain scholarships to major universities,” said Harris. “We teach more leadership skills now than in the past and the students are able to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply those aspects to their show animals.”
Mustang’s 4-H Livestock Club has been running for more than 30 years.
“I love seeing the kids grow in general, but I also like it that their public speaking skills improve when they’re in 4-H as well,” said 4-H principal Jeanne Devous.
Devous has been involved with the 4-H for nine years. Like the FFA, the 4-H also does speeches, livestock judging and livestock showing, along with multiple robotic workshops.
“Students can also learn cooking and sewing,” said first-year 4-H educator Summer Riggins. “The 4-H Livestock Club is more than just livestock. I’ve only been here one year, but I’ve already noticed how helpful 4-H is for bringing students out of their shell,” she said.
“Most students start showing in the 4-H Club and are able to develop interview skills,” said Devous. “The 4-H Club has a day for presentations and interviews.”
Students can be in both 4-H and FFA. Cloverbuds 4-H start out at ages 4 to 8 and 4-H ages are 9 to 19. For more information on Mustang’s 4-H Club, call 262-0155.
Mustang Lady Broncos volleyball team had a roller-coaster week last week, as the girls won four matches but lost four.
The Bronco girls dropped their two dual matches of the week. The first was at Norman on Sept. 9 where Mustang fell three games to one to the Lady Tigers. The second came two days later on Sept. 11 where they fell three games to none at home against Norman North.
The Lady Broncos competed in the Southmoore Softball Festival last Friday and Saturday. They had a record of 4-2 in the two-day event.
The Broncos’ first match was last Friday against Piedmont, which they won two games to none. In its second match of the day, MHS fell to Elgin two games to one, and in the third contest of the day, they took down Lawton Ike two games to none.
Mustang opened up Saturday in the Southmoore tournament against rival Yukon. The match went the Lady Broncos way, as they beat the Lady Millers three games to none. Mustang got its second win of the day as it took out Norman three games to one. MHS’ only loss of the second day of the event came in its final match of the tournament, three games to none against Elgin.
The week leaves the Lady Broncos with an 11-12 overall record this year.
Mustang has two dual matches this week. The Lady Broncos took on Edmond Memorial on Monday evening on the road, and they host Stillwater at 6 p.m. tonight at the Wellness Center at Mustang High School.
Thomas J. Beason, 88, died Friday, Sept. 5. Mr. Beason was born June 19, 1926, in London, Ark., to Alonzo and Ora Beason. He was the last of 10 children to be born and the last of the 10 to die. He grew up in the Rockport, Ark., area and was a longtime resident of Mustang. He served in the horse cavalry of the U.S. Army during World War II. After the Army, he worked as a truck driver for TransCon.
In 1947 he married Peggy Taylor and spent the next 66 years as a devoted husband. He was a loving father to Brenda and father-in-law to Steve; grandfather to Kristen, Michael and wife, Kristi Ann; and great-grandfather to Madison, Thomas and Noah Merrill, and Khyla Hawkins.
Mr. Beason loved the Lord Jesus, his extended family and many friends (including “man’s best friends,” Audie, Angus and Argyle).
A memorial service will be held in the chapel of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Delilah Elizabeth Price was born in Bethany on June 28, 1936, to Leonard and Laverne Story. Born and raised in Bethany, she attended Putnam City Schools and graduated with the class of 1954. She married Cletus Price on Dec. 23, 1953. Of this union was born four children, Vicki, Diane, Patti and David. Cletus and Delilah moved to Mustang in 1970 where she resided at the time of her death.
Delilah retired from Larry’s Foods after 21 years of service, where everyone knew and loved her. After retiring, Delilah and Cletus traveled extensively, during which they visited all of the lower 48 states, an accomplishment of which they were very proud. Delilah enjoyed traveling to senior softball tournaments around the country with Cletus and spending time with her family.
Delilah was preceded in death by her daughter, Patti, and her parents. She is survived by her husband, Cletus of the home; daughter, Vicki and husband, Billy Woods of Tuttle; daughter, Diane and husband, Steve Hand of Mustang; and son, David and wife, Rhonda Price of Mustang. Also by six grandchildren, Christy and husband, Brandon Schwalbach of Tuttle, Shanna and husband, Shaun Summa of Mustang, Randy Woods of Tuttle, Jason and wife, Chelsea Price of Yukon, Jeremy and Amber Price of Oklahoma City and Jacey Price of Mustang. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Bailey and Addison Summa of Mustang, Aidan Schwalbach of Tuttle, and by Aubrey Price, due to arrive in December. Also by sisters, Betty and husband, Mike Bichel of Yukon and Linda and husband, Bob Woods of Oklahoma City; and brother, Jim Story of Little Axe.
Delilah was a member of Chisholm Heights Baptist Church of Mustang.
Services were held Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church with interment following in the Yukon Cemetery. Services were under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang.
Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, William Philip Palmer passed away at OU Children’s Hospital. Will was born in Reno, Nev., on May 17, 2002. While his life was much too short, he shared many wonderful experiences with his family. He lived in Utah for several years, and also in Texas and Oklahoma. He was able to share many different vacations with his family, including Disney Land, trips to Las Vegas, and Comicon in Dallas for his birthday. He also enjoyed camping with grandpa. Will always had the ability to make anybody laugh in any situation. He enjoyed playing Xbox with his brother, and was a natural at wrestling. He enjoyed anything military, and one of his biggest dreams was to join the Marine Corps.
Will is survived by his loving mother, Rachelle Palmer, and stepfather, Marty Noland; his sister, Isabelle Palmer, and twin brother, Charles Palmer of Yukon; grandfathers, William Burrows of St. George, Utah, and Daniel Palmer Jr. of Reno, Nev.
Will had a sense of humor that brightened many people’s lives, and he will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.
Memorial services were Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in The Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Brandee Sheree Newby-Hammons, age 37, died at her home in Nicoma Park on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. She was born May 14, 1977, in Oklahoma City to Timothy and Janene Newby. She grew up in South OKC/Moore and attended Moore Schools. She had an associates degree from Connors State College. Brandee enjoyed crafting, making jewelry, camping and fishing. She had a heart for helping women in need. She attended Harmony Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Timothy, and her grandfathers, Gary and Don.
Survivors include her husband, George; her best buddy and furry companion, Mimi; her mother, Janene Kerns and husband, Van; one son, Kiahree Kerns; two stepdaughters, Seaera and Alivia Hammons. Also by one sister, Brookelynne Davidson and husband, Colt; grandmothers, AJ Sivard and Mary Alice Burks and husband, Jess; and three stepsisters, Ashley, Andi and Alexandria Newby.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Mustang UMC with interment following in the Mustang Cemetery. Services were under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Joyful Heart Foundation (joyfulheartfoundation.org) or DaySpring Villa (dayspringvilla.com).
Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.