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SaberCat Football Monthly

2009 Area Champions

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J AN U ARY 2010

2009 District Champions 2009 City Champions 2009

Coaching Staff Head Coach Chris Jensen Assistant Coaches Spencer Braggs Jeff Brickman James Cox Luke Hackbarth Jarod Mason Chris McKenzie Jason Melot Larry Latimer Glenn Stallings IN S ID E TH IS IS S U E :

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From the Desk of Chris Jensen What a privilege it is for me to have an opportunity to work with so many great people in this program. There is a dedication to excellence that each ones possesses that has led to the rapid success we have experienced. We have accomplished a lot in a short period of time and there is plenty for the seniors to be proud of. For the rest of us, a quote comes to mind….‖Be proud, but never satisfied‖. It’s time for the rest of us to re-dedicate ourselves to the team goals we have for this program. 2010 is a new year and a new opportunity to be City Champions, District Champions, and State Champions. Let other programs go through the motions and hover in mediocrity. The SaberCats will approach this new season with a sense of urgency and purpose. We know what we have to do to accomplish our goals and that is to prepare to

beat Jenks and Union. Anything short of that is not good enough. We can’t wait until week 13 to prepare for them because that will be too late. They have set the

with our purpose in mind. Unify and dedicate yourselves to a common goal and lets all work together to achieve greatness. GO SABERCATS! Chris Jensen Head Football Coach

SaberCats are City Champs

standard in Oklahoma and the coaching staff is committed to studying their programs and fine tuning our plan to defeat them. The players bear the responsibility of carrying out the plan, so make sure you are doing everything you can to prepare yourself

Southmoore to head East! SaberCat fans fill up the tank and lets get ready to go East. Yes, the district realignment has happened and we are selected to go East for two years. For the next two seasons we can take in some new scenery as we travel to the likes of Jenks, Muskogee, Sapulpa, Broken Arrow and Shawnee. We will get to see

some new teams in stadiums that we have played in with the addition of Edmond North which plays at UCO and Putnam City West which plays at Putnam City Original. As a coaching staff, we look forward to seeing new stadiums and programs. The biggest changes will be the travel time.

Our longest travel time for the first two years was Lawton which was about an hour and 15 minutes. So district 6A-3 get ready here come the SaberCats!

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Week # 1 Southmoore vs Edmond Memorial @ UCO Southmoore SaberCat defense saves day in win over Edmond Memorial

Southmoore 20, Edmond Memorial 12 EDMOND — As Southmoore quarterback Kendal Thompson took a knee that sealed the SaberCats’ 20-12 win over Edmond Memorial on Thursday night at Wantland Stadium, the issue of transfers, move-ins and recruiting was far from the mind of Southmoore’s coaches and players. Southmoore had sealed the win with the help of an improbable group — the defense. The SaberCats forced six Memorial fumbles — two leading to critical turnovers — and came up with a big stop in their own territory in the final minute to clinch the win. Most of the attention leading up to Thursday’s opener was focused on Southmoore’s offensive weapons. But the defense repeatedly came up big for Southmoore. Memorial’s lone touchdown drive started from the SaberCats’ 13. The drive on which it scored a field goal started just outside the Southmoore 40. And Memorial’s other points came on a safety early in the game. "We knew the potential was there for our defense,‖ Southmoore’s Julian Wilson said. "We didn’t care about who got the attention or any of that. Now, everybody knows how good our defense is.‖ It’s been a long, distracting offseason for Southmoore. The SaberCats had been the beneficiary of a number of move-ins and transfers who were expected to make Southmoore much better than last year’s 2-8 record. But along with the increased attention came increased scrutiny. Five players who would be starters for Southmoore had to sit out for Thursday’s opener while the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association completes its inquiry into those athletes’ eligibility. "Yeah, it is distracting,‖ said Nyko Symonds, who moved into the Southmoore district from Norman North. "But the coaches and parents have been working hard to get those kids eligible, and we just kept working hard. "Those are five huge starters we didn’t have tonight. That’s a big detriment.‖ Symonds said he remained confident the players would become eligible at some point, and the situation could help them in the long run as other players earn game experience. Southmoore certainly didn’t look like a team ready to challenge Tulsa Union or Jenks at the top of Class 6A. But the SaberCats certainly proved they’ve made significant strides since last season. "We made a lot of minor mistakes that cost us at times, but they’re things we can get fixed,‖ said Wilson, an OU commit. "For us not having those guys and still playing the way we did and winning says a lot.‖

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Week 1 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

Army Strong Player of the Week

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M e m o r i a l

Kimes Gilbert

Austin Reece

Lineman of the Week

Lineman of the Week

Julian Wilson

Kimes Gilbert

Scout Player of the Week

Big Hit

W e e k # 1

Zach Boren

Mason Myers

TJ Wright

George Mallett

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Southmoore

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7

13

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20

Memorial

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Week # 2 Southmoore vs Westmoore @ Moore Stadium Southmoore explodes against Westmoore Game called at halftime due to weather By Michael Kinney The Moore American MOORE —

In their first meeting last season, Southmoore upset Westmoore in a tight game. But even with the win, it wasn‟t able to get the full satisfaction it wanted because it was so close. Friday night, the SaberCats left no doubt. With their 34-0 thrashing over the Jaguars at Moore Stadium, Southmoore proved it is the elite team in Moore, as of now. Due to weather concerns, the game was called at halftime, which may have saved Westmoore from an inspired Southmoore squad. But the Cats will take their 2-0 record against their rivals instead. “That‟s pretty sweet,” Southmoore quarterback Kendal Thompson said. “I live right in the heart of the Westmoore district. So it‟s pretty sweet.” Against Edmond Memorial, Thompson had a terrible start. It prevented his team from exploding offensively. Against the Jags, he didn‟t allow that to happen. On the Cats‟ first offensive play from scrimmage, he took a quarterback draw 53 yards for a touchdown. “I was wound up,” Thompson said. “I had been wound up all day. That‟s what I wanted to do. I came out and I think we shut them up real quick. We have had the script all week and that‟s the first play we wanted to run. We executed it pretty well.” Thompson wasn‟t done there. With 1:50 left in the first quarter, he hit Derek Serowski down the left sideline for a 43-yard scoring strike. Southmoore led 17-0 heading into the second period. Thompson was 9-for-9, for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Inside Story Headline

While Southmoore‟s offense has yet to be stopped, the Jags didn‟t get a first down until 1:35 remaining in the opening period. Southmoore‟s defensive line of Ryland Widener, LaBron Brown and Zach Boren pressured Thompson all night. At the same time, it prevented the Jags from getting anything started on the ground. “Obviously defense played outstanding,” Southmoore coach Chris Jensen said. “When you have safeties coming off the sideline saying „We must be playing pretty good defense because I am not even touching anybody with the football.‟ We are making tackles up front.” Late in the first half Widener, who transferred from Centennial, forced a fumble when he smashed a Westmoore tailback in the hole. The Cats recovered and two plays later Thompson connected with Haywood for a touchdown. “It felt good to be back on the field,” Haywood said. “Scoring touchdowns, making plays, making good blocks, helping my teammates out. It felt good.”

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That could have been the last of the first-half scoring, but Julian Wilson blocked Westmoore‟s punt and recovered the ball on the 5-yard line. Sophomore Andrew Long then scored to put the Cats up 34-0. That‟s where the game ended. Even though it didn‟t rain, officials decided to call the game after hearing the forecast.

Week 2 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

Army Strong Player of the Week

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W e s t m o o r e

Kendal Thompson

Zach Boren

Lineman of the Week

Sam York

Scout Player of the Week

Ryan Long

Big Hit

Big Hit

W e e k # 2

Connor Thompson

Ryland Widener

Jordan Newby

Andrew Long

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Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Southmoore

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Westmoore

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Week # 3 Southmoore vs Midwest City @ Rose Field Southmoore stops Midwest City Southmoore 38, Midwest City 35 (2OT) MIDWEST CITY — If it was validation Southmoore sought, it got it. If it was proof everyone else in Class 6A was looking for, that was delivered as well. Southmoore is for real. With a scintillating, Bomber Magic-defying 38-35 double-overtime victory at Midwest City on Friday, the SaberCats provided a definitive answer to whether this second-year program was legit or merely hype. "I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t think we were good,‖ said Southmoore’s Austin Haywood. "We know we are. This right here shows it.‖ Indeed it did. For starters, the SaberCats, now owners of a 3-0 record, beat a Midwest City team that has been one of the state’s best for the past two seasons and had not lost at Rose Field since falling to Norman in 2006, a string of 16 straight games. What’s more, the Bombers seemed to have sent the SaberCats reeling back to earth with 14 quick-strike points in the first six minutes. And later, with a touchdown in the final 12 seconds of the first half and a clutch TD to force overtime with just 35 ticks on the clock, the opportunity was there for the SaberCats, just 2-8 a year ago, to fold. Never happened. "I’m very pleased with the way these guys handled everything against a very good Midwest City team in a place that’s very, very hard to win at,‖ said Southmoore coach Chris Jensen. "When we got down early, we didn’t do anything different. It’s a long game; 48 minutes. And we knew we could score as time went on.‖ That confidence wasn’t without merit considering the weapons Southmoore had on display Friday. Start with Haywood, a move-in last winter from Anadarko playing in just his second game for the ’Cats. The 6-foot-4, 248-pound senior filled a highlight reel like he fills out a uniform. The tight end/linebacker scored on a 5-yard run (taking the shotgun snap out of the Wildcat formation), caught a 10-yard TD pass in the first overtime, intercepted a pass in the second overtime and made countless tackles to go with his four receptions for 36 yards. "That’s about as good a game as I can imagine,‖ he said. "I’m so happy, I don’t know what to say.‖ He could say he has an emerging standout throwing the ball to him. Kendal Thompson passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns, completing 17 of 24 tosses. This after tossing an interception for a TD on his first throw. Another move-in, Nyko Symonds, had touchdown catch, an interception return for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and ended with five catches for 92 yards. Midwest City, of course, doesn’t go quietly. And after surrendering 21 unanswered points to trail 21-14 late in the second period, the Bombers (1-2) came back. Quarterback Greg Austin, who passed for 160 yards and two TDs, hit Dillione Johnson on fourth-and-goal from the 10 with 35 seconds left in the game. He added a 9-yard scoring run in the first overtime. But after Haywood picked him off in the second OT, it was left to Southmoore kicker Sam York to end the thriller with his 18-yard field goal. 6


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Still, there’s much left to achieve for Southmoore. This was just a glimpse. "We’re not there yet,‖ said Jensen. "We’re only in Week 3, and the most important games are ahead of us. To look back now would be a mistake.‖

Week 3 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score v s M i d w e s t

Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Nyko Symonds

Ryan Long

Lineman of the Week

C i t y

Special Teams Player of the Week

Army Strong Player of the Week

Sam York

Nyko Symonds

Scout Player of the Week

Big Hit

W e e k # 3

Kimes Gilbert

Tylor Whitfield

George Mallett

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Q2

Q3

Q4

OT 1

OT 2

Final

Southmoore

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Midwest City

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Week # 4 Southmoore vs Del City @ Kalsu Field Oklahoma High School Football Southmoore beat Del City (September 25, 2009: Del City, OK 73115) The Southmoore SaberCats football squad scored 47 points and restricted the host Del City Eagles to 21 in the SaberCats league victory on Friday. The SaberCats now possess a 4-0 record. They put it on the line next when they host Putnam City North for a 6A District 1 battle on Friday, October 2. Southmoore will play a Panthers squad coming off a 38-17 league loss to Norman North (Norman, OK). The Panthers record now stands at 3-1. Coming up next, the Eagles play the Santa Fe Wolves (Edmond, OK) in a 6A District 1 battle, on Friday, October 2. Del City will attempt to advance on its 3-1 season record. The Wolves enter the battle with a 1-3 record after their 38-31 league loss to Mustang (Mustang, OK).

First Quarter Summary: DC (9:23)---Adrian Fletcher 2 yd run (Alex Burton Kick) SM (5:35)---Kendal Thompson 2 yd run (Sam York Kick) SM (3:33)---Thompson 46 yd pass to Derek Serowski Second Quarter Summary: SM (10:32)---Austin Haywood 2 yd run (Kick NO good) SM (6:05)---Thompson 10 yd pass to Andrew Long (2 pt conv. NO good) Third Quarter Summary: SM (6:38)---Thompson 28 yd pass to Serowski (York Kick) DC (3:36)---Southmoore snapped punt out of end zone DC (1:41)---Fletcher 1 yd run (2 pt conv. NO good) SM (0:54)---Long 86 yd run (York Kick) Fourth Quarter Summary: DC (11:07)---Chazten Gonzalez 4 yd run (Kick NO good) SM (10:14)---Thompson 56 yd pass to Nyko Symonds (York Kick)

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Week 4 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Co -Offensive Player of the Week

Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

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Kimes Gilbert

Kendal Thompson

Lineman of the Week

Army Strong Player of the Week

Austin Haywood

Mason Myers

Scout Player of the Week

Big Hit

C i t y

W e e k # 4

Zach Boren

Kendal Thompson

Andrew Long

Aaron Gustafson

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Week # 5 Southmoore vs Putnam City North @ Moore Stadium Heartbreaking defeat Southmoore takes first loss By Michael Kinney

Southmoore had put on aerial shows all season. Every team the SaberCats have played has gotten a taste of what they can do when they are on their game. However, Putnam City North came into the District 6A-1 showdown unafraid. The Panthers took the fourthranked SaberCats to the limit and stole a 30-28 victory and handed Southmoore (4-1) its first loss of the season at Moore Stadium Friday. "Overall, top to bottom, we need to work to get better," Southmoore coach Chris Jensen said. "We need to learn from it right now. We played against a team that played with a great deal of heart. We need to come back and correct the mistakes we made and get better for next week." Trailing by three points, Kendal Thompson led the SaberCats on an 80-yard, 12 play drive. With 48 seconds left, he saw his longtime friend Nyko Symonds streaking down the middle of the field with two defenders around him. He split the double coverage for a 42-yard, apparent game-winning touchdown. However, the 48 seconds ended up being too much time for an experienced squad like PC North. Quarterback Jace James responded with his own drive down to the 12-yard line. He then hit Dillon Schooley for the real game winner as time expired on the clock. "I was feeling pretty good," Jensen said. "We had them pinned deep in their territory. A lot of credit to Putnam City North. They made enough plays to win the football game." Symonds finished with six catches for 245 yards and three scores, but the Cats hurt themselves with turnovers. "It doesn't feel good at all," Symonds said. "I could kind of feel when we were warming up we didn't have that intensity. No emotion. But that is not an excuse. Who is going to win a game with four turnovers? We killed ourselves all night." But the Panthers (4-1) had the first turnover of the night when Dre Holmon mishandled a pitch from James. LaBron Brown recovered the loose ball for the Cats early in the first quarter. Southmoore's Andrew Long returned the favor five plays later inside the Panther 5-yard line, halting a potential go-ahead score. Long coughed it up again on the next t drive giving the Panthers the ball in SaberCat territory. It led to a 53yard field goal by PCN's Kevin Cabello. Southmoore's high-octane offense was ground to a halt through most of the first half. Except for a couple of big runs, North had completely shut down the Cats' running game. Symonds injected a lot of energy into the offense when he caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Thompson. The Symonds-Thompson connection struck again an 84-yard scoring strike on Southmoore's next possession. The SaberCats led 14-3 at halftime. 10


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Southmoore didn't slow down in the second half, but it changed its method of attack. Mason Myers, Kimes Gilbert and J.P. Hendrick opened up lanes for Long to dash through on his way to 110 rushing yards. And Austin Haywood carried three defenders with him into the end zone when he scored on a 5yard run in the third quarter. However, the Panthers answered with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Johnson and a Dre Holman 1 yard scoring run. They closed the deficit to 21-17 with 3:53 left in the third.

Week 5 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

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P C N

George Mallett

Lineman of the Week

Army Strong Player of the Week

Austin Reece

Scout Player of the Week

Big Hit

W e e k # 5

Mason Myers

Kimes Gilbert

Tyler Thompson

Ryan Day

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Q3

Q4

Final

Southmoore

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Week # 6 Southmoore vs Edmond Santa Fe @ Moore Stadium Southmoore rolls past Edmond Santa Fe in rain Southmoore 28, Edmond Santa Fe 12 MOORE — Lightning delayed the game twice. Rain never once let up and was a steady downpour, except for when it was monsooning, and turned the ball into a bar of soap. Chilly wind popped umbrellas inside out and raised goosebumps on the few fans who toughed it out. And in the end, neither Mother Nature nor Edmond Santa Fe could beat Southmoore. The SaberCats sloshed their way to a 28-12 high school football victory Thursday, braving the elements as best they could in water-logged togs. And with the passing game rendered almost useless, Southmoore running back Andrew Long and Edmond Santa Fe’s standout runner Brian Mills split the spotlight at Moore Stadium. Long skipped over puddles for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Mills hydroplaned for 134 yards on 24 carries. Outside of that, the offenses went nowhere. Southmoore, which came in averaging 264 passing yards per game, threw for 16 yards. However, the one completion in seven attempts did go for a touchdown, to tight end Austin Haywood. Santa Fe completed two passes, and one interception, on eight tosses for 17 yards. Matt Leavell made one of the two receptions count, a 12-yard touchdown from Will Long in the second quarter. But holding onto the ball was far from just a problem for receivers. The SaberCats and Wolves combined for 13 fumbles (six for Southmoore and seven for Santa Fe). The Wolves lost three. Southmoore only lost two, but both were within 17 yards of the Santa Fe goal line. The win puts Southmoore at 5-1 overall and 2-1 in District 6A-1. Santa Fe fell to 1-5 and 0-3. The Wolves played the game closer than the final score (Long scored with 58 seconds remaining), but ended up snapping a string of close-fit losses. Santa Fe’s four defeats before Thursday were by an average of 4.5 points. Haywood scooped up Santa Fe’s first fumble in the first quarter and rambled 74 yards for the opening score. His 16-yard catch in the second quarter turned out to be the game-winning points. As for the stars of the game, Long, a sophomore, now has 546 yards on the season, while Mills has 579, both among the top six in Class 6A. Those two were the story of the game, although few will recall much about this one in the future other than it being the one where the rain never ever stopped.

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Week 6 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

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Andrew Long

LaBron Brown

Lineman of the Week

Army Strong Player of the Week

Nyko Symonds

Scout Player of the Week

Big Hit

W e e k # 6

F e Zach Boren

Austin Haywood

Andrew Long

Travis Burge

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Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Southmoore

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7

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14

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Edmond Santa Fe

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Week # 7 Southmoore vs Lawton @ Cameron Stadium Sabercats claw past Wolverines RB Long powers South moore past Lawton High in 6A-1tilt JOEY GOODMAN Much has been made about all the great athletes who transfered to Southmoore to join that strong program, but Friday night it was reserve running back Andrew Long who sparked the Sabertcats to a 46-26 victory over Lawton High, which hurt itself with costly penalties and sloppy tackling. Ralls rushed the ball 11 times for 169 yards thanks to his own tough running and the shoddy LHS tackling. He drew the praise of the rival head coach, LHS skipper Randy Breeze. "He was a reserve quarterback as a freshman and was playing behind the Thompson (Kaleb) kid and when he got hurt a few weeks ago they put him back there and he's been killing people," Breeze said. "The kids runs tough, plus we didn't wrap up and bring him down. I thought he was a big difference in the game." However, Breeze admitted it was stupid mistakes there is no other way to describe them that killed the Wolverines right around halftime. First LHS return man Carlos Nazario was unable to come up with a deep kick, and he made matters even worse by trying to pick up the ball instead of falling on it. By that time Southmoore's coverage was on the scene and they smothered the ball at the one. Quarterback Kendal Thompson got that on one play to push the Southmoore lead to 24-7.

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Week 7 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

Lineman of the Week

v s L a w t o n

Kimes Gilbert Army Strong Player of the Week

Kyle Buckley Scout Player of the Week

Sam York Big Hit

Tyler Thompson

Big Hit

Big Hit

W e e k # 7

Austin Reece

Andrew Long

Colton Ellis

Ethan Baker

Kimes Gilbert

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Southmoore

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17

15

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Lawton

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15

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Week # 8 Southmoore vs Norman North @ Moore Stadium

Cats pounce on Timberwolves Second half surge keys 38-23 for Southmoore By Michael Kinney The Moore American MOORE —

As they waited to run onto the field Friday night, Norman North witnessed what could be considered a bad omen. The inflatable tunnel they normally sprint through went flat around them. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, the same thing happened to the team. After trailing by seven points at halftime, second half penalties and turnovers killed any chance of North pulling off an upset of No. 4 Southmoore. The SaberCats rolled on to a 38-23 win at Moore Stadium. “Our guys played extremely hard tonight,” North coach Lance Manning said. “We just made too many mistakes to beat a team that talented.” Combined with their only loss to Putnam City North, the SaberCat‟s (7-1, 4-1 District 6A-1) now have a clear path to a district title. “We just found out PC North got beat, which is huge for us,” Southmoore‟s Nyko Symond said. “We control our own destiny. We beat Mustang, we got it.” On the game‟s first possession, Kendal Thompson drove the SaberCats deep into North territory. But they had to settle for a Sam York 41-yard field goal. Thompson added a 1-yard TD run later in the first quarter to put the Cats up 10-0. North (4-3, 2-3) tried to keep the game close behind the running of Richard Peoples. The senior tailback slipped through holes up front then made Southmoore defenders miss with his ability to change direction on a dime. In the second period, Peoples carried North down to the 17-yard line to set up a field goal. Collin Yeary‟s kick, however, was off target. But on their next possession, Peoples put the T-Wolves on the board with a touchdown run up the gut of the Southmoore defense. The Cats led 10-7. After their early struggles, North‟s defense showed why it had been regarded as one of the tougher units in the state. They harassed Thompson in the backfield and kept him from finding his big play receivers down field. Yet, every time Southmoore was stopped, the SaberCats came right back on the attack the next play. That included Austin Haywood‟s 18-yard touchdown reception with 6:12 left in the half. It was set up by a long pass to Symonds. After a SaberCat‟s special team‟s miscue that gave North the ball inside Southmoore‟s 25 yard line, Yeary knocked in a 35-yard field goal right before half-time to close Southmoore‟s lead to 17-10. The Cat‟s special teams let them down for much of the night as the punt and punt return teams lost the battle of field position. 16


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However, it was North‟s inability to control their emotions that hurt them in the second half. Senior Nick Canavan was called for consecutive personal fouls on Southmoore‟s first drive of the third quarter. It led to Haywood‟s second touchdown catch of the night when he streaked down the right sideline for a 28yard pitch and catch from Thompson. “It killed us there on that drive, Manning said. “We had several penalties tonight. Emotions were high for obvious reasons. There is always a handful of plays that make the difference in a football game. I can sure take a handful tonight.” An interception by Austin Brooks on North‟s next possession gave the ball to Southmoore on the opposing 18-yard line. Three plays later Haywood ran one in from 4-yards out to seal the win.

Week 8 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score v s N o r m a n N o r t h

Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Austin Haywood

Special Teams Player of the Week

Austin Brooks

d’Vante Henry

Army Strong Player of the Week

Lineman of the Week

Scout Player of the Week

Big Hit

W e e k # 8

Ryland Widener

Kimes Gilbert

Kaleb Thompson

LaBron Brown

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Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Southmoore

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14

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Norman North

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7

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Week # 9 Southmoore vs Moore @ Moore Stadium

Southmoore impresses OU Southmoore Destroys Moore 58-15 to win “City Championshp.”

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As Moore and Westmoore students sat together in hopes of an upset, the roaring of the West-Moore students section ended quickly. The SaberCats first of many touchdowns was a 50 yard bomb from Kendal Thompson to Austin Haywood. Haywood went on to score 5 TD‟s, 1 passing, 1 rushing, and 3 receiving. In attendance were 5 OU coaches including Head Coach Bob Stoops. The defense was stingy all night only allowing 2 TD‟s (the last one coming late in the game). George Mallett led all tacklers with 11, followed by his fellow linebacker teammate Ryan Long with 10. Nyko Symonds had one interception and LaBron Brown and Austin Brooks each recovered a fumble. After the game Moore Athletic Director Carl Franks presented the “City Championship” Trophy to the Southmoore players and coaches. The trophy will remain at Southmoore until another team can dethrone them from Moore. The Southmoore football team beat Moore and Westmoore with a combined score of 92 –15. So its safe to say the trophy may be at Southmoore for a long time.

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Week 9 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

v s M O O R E

Austin Haywood

Kyle Buckley

Austin Reece

Army Strong Player of the Week

Lineman of the Week

Scout Player of the Week

Big Hit

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Connor Thompson

Andrew Long

Chase Duncan

Ryan Long

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Week # 10 Southmoore vs Mustang @ Moore Stadium By Robert Przybylo Fans had a heck of a fun time watching two of the best teams in the state duke it out. And duke it out is appropriate as it was a hard-fought, much more physical game than anyone envisioned. Think everyone would have said over/under on points in this would be around 70. We barely hit the 40-point mark as both defenses came up huge time and time again. In the end, it was Southmoore earning its first district title in school history with a clutch outing by Austin Haywood. Southmoore 22, Mustang 19 I have a new ―my boy,‖ and that’s Mustang’s Daniel Farrow. I was extremely impressed with how hard he ran. His runs weren’t flashy. They were the tough, gritty ones. After Farrow’s third touchdown gave Mustang a 19-14 lead, I was amazed Mustang threw for the two-point conversion instead of letting Farrow try to take it home again. Mustang had Southmoore and QB Kendal Thompson completely flustered in the second half. But all it takes is one big play, and that’s what it was when Thompson found Haywood wide open for the game-winning touchdown. And Southmoore isn’t just stacked for this year with sophomore running back Andrew Long. There is another special talent who will find Division I offers sooner than later. I knew it was a big game, but I had to be relaxed. I play a lot better when I’m relaxed, and Mustang was every bit tough they thought they would be.‖ – Long And how about that first touchdown for Southmoore? Haywood took the snap and handed it to Long, who pitched it back to Thompson (who started out lined up wide) and found Nyko Symonds for a beautiful touchdown. Mustang quarterback Brandon Taylor likes to go for the big one. There were several times he could have possibly dumped it off. That’s not his game. He looks for David Glidden and Braden Wiseley and tries to get the home run. Both defenses played much better than I thought. Not too many missed tackles out in open space. Either way, Southmoore puts itself in great position while Mustang is going to have one tough road, starting with a battle Friday at Edmond Memorial.

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Week 10 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Players of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

v s M U S T A N G

Kimes Gilbert

Zach Boren Army Strong Player of the Week

LaBron Brown

Austin Haywood Scout Player of the Week

Ryland Widner

Preston Konemann

W e e k

Big Hit

# 1 0

Austin Haywood

George Mallett

Sam Ayeni

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Week # 11 Southmoore vs Lawton Ike @ Moore Stadium Southmoore gets much needed wakeup call from Eagles in opener By Michael Kinney

Southmoore said all the right things last week before playing Lawton Eisenhower. Despite being a heavy favorite over the Eagles, players and coaches let it be known there would be no overlooking underdog Ike. But actions, or the lack of them, speak louder than words. After squeaking by the Eagles 34-32, the SaberCats know they're lucky to still be playing. "It was pretty tough," senior Nyko Symonds said. "They came out here and battled. We knew they would, but we all lolligagged. It was the first round and we were already thinking about the next round with Owasso or Bartlesville." The Eagles came out and punched No. 4 Southmoore in the mouth early, scoring on their opening drive. From that point forward, the Cats were playing Ike's game. Even when Southmoore took a 31-17 lead into the fourth quarter, it never really appeared in control of the action. Ike made it 31-24 before the Cats gambled, going for it on fourth-and-1 on their own side of the 50. The gamble failed when Kendal Thompson was stopped on a quarterback sneak. The Eagles then drove the ball 38 yards for a touchdown, went for two and made it and stood on the cusp of a playoff shocker. If not for some last minute offensive heroics and a clutch field goal from Sam York, Southmoore would be looking forward to basketball season. "This is the first time we had to come from behind," Southmoore coach Chris Jensen said. "I don't think we had been in that situation. Against P.C. North, the only loss we have, they scored on the last play of the game so we didn't have an opportunity to put the offense back on the field ... So this was important. It was a character building experience for our football team." Many say playoff football is about experience. Last week, the SaberCats didn't have much in the postseason. They have a lot more now. "It was a close game and we experienced what it's like in the playoffs," senior Julian Wilson said. "It's way better than any regular season game. This game was real close and came down to the wire. We fought through and that should help us in the long run." The coaching staff believes it was a matter of experience. Southmoore's 12 penalties for 105 yards was one indication the SaberCats' minds were elsewhere. "I think it starts with preparation," Jensen said. "I don't think we had the best week of preparation we had all year long. That's good for our guys to understand how important practice is at this time of the year. We can't waste one or two (practices) at the beginning of the week, then try to come back strong. We need to prepare every single time we go out there." Southmoore is spending this week getting ready for No. 7 Bartlesville (9-2) Friday at Moore Stadium in 22


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the quarterfinals of the Class 6A playoffs. The Bruins knocked off Owasso 14-7, and their only losses have come to No. 1 Jenks and No. 3 Broken Arrow. If they come out like they came out last week, the SaberCats know, they're probably done. "I think it woke us up a little bit," Symonds said. "Coach Jensen, the first thing he said was 'Are you guys awake yet?' If that doesn't wake us up, I don't know what will. I lost last year in the quarterfinals. I am not going to let it happen again. I'm going to get this team ready. We are going to practice hard all week and we are going to get ready for Bartlesville."

Week 11 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the Week

Special Teams Players of the Week

v s L a w t o n

Kendal Thompson

Ethan Baker Army Strong Player of the Week

W e e k

Sam York & the entire Field Goal Team Scout Player Big Hit of the Week

# 1 1

I k e Dustin Beardsley

Zach Boren

Kendal Thompson

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Week # 12 Southmoore vs Bartlesville @ Moore Stadium Southmoore SaberCats beat Bartlesville to advance Southmoore 49, Bartlesville 28 By Justin Harper, Daily Oklahoman MOORE — You can’t really blame Southmoore players for going for the Gatorade coach-bath after Friday’s victory over Bartlesville in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A football playoffs.

Sure, the ritual is supposed to be reserved for winning a championship, not a second-round game. But you have to remember, this is all new to the SaberCats. And after they laid a whipping like the one they delivered Friday — a 49-28 rout that wasn’t as close as the score would suggest — they can pretty much do whatever they want. That was definitely the case on the field against a good Bartlesville team that got snowed under and avalanche of yards and points. The win puts the SaberCats at 11-1 and into a Class 6A semifinal game with No. 1 Jenks. Bartlesville, which scored 40 points against Jenks earlier this season, is finished at 9-3. From start to finish, the night belonged to Southmoore. Running, passing, Wildcat formation, razzle-dazzle plays ... whatever Southmoore tried, it worked. The ’Cats piled up 632 total yards. Their ball-hawking defense that held a team averaging almost 40 points a game to two touchdowns before the JV played the entire fourth quarter. Kendal Thompson ran for 98 yards and completed eight of 10 passes for 190 yards and two TDs. Most of those yards went to wideout Derek Serowski, who had 127 yards and three TDs on four catches. Tight end Austin Haywood ran for 57 yards, scored on a 5-yard run and flipped a had-to-be-there-to-believe-it TD pass to Serowski as four Bartlesville players dangled off him. Ethan Baker (two interceptions) led a defense that logged four picks. Defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert and defensive back Austin Brooks had the other two swipes. Bartlesville had a sterling showing from Garrett Powell, who had five catches for 89 yards and a TD. Powell also intercepted a pass and returned a kick 60 yards. After playing without much focus in a 34-32, last-second win over a four-win Lawton Eisenhower squad in the first round, Southmoore had perhaps its best week of practice. Here’s how quick the game got away from the Bruins: After a punting on its opening possession, Southmoore scored TDs on five consecutive possessions before halftime. The SaberCats scored quick (three TD drives of five plays or less) and consumed the clock (three 11-play touchdown drives).

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Week 12 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score v s B a r t l e s v i l l e

Offensive Player of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

Andrew Long

Defensive Player of the Week

Derek Serowski Army Strong Player of the Week

Lineman of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week

Ethan Baker Scout Player of the Week

d’Vante Henry

W e e k

Big Hit

# 1 2

Zach Boren

Tre Edwards

Kimes Gilbert

Austin Haywood

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Southmoore

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Week # 13 Southmoore vs Jenks @ PCO Stadium Trojans win semifinal matchup in the trenches Cats have no answer for Jenks massive O-line By Michael Kinney The Moore American

OKLAHOMA CITY -- For more than 12 weeks, Southmoore players told anyone who would listen that they were ready to take on the big boys in Class 6A. And for three months they backed up their words with actions as they blitzed the west side with a devastating offensive show and timely defensive stops. However, when it was time to face the big bully on the block, the SaberCats were unable to stand up to the brutal efficiency of Jenks. The Trojans wrapped up another trip to the championship game by holding off Southmoore 44-26 Saturday at Putnam City Stadium. "It was a close game and we came in here and fought hard," Southmoore running back Julian Wilson said. "We didn't come out with the W. But we played hard until the final buzzer." The SaberCats knew coming into the game the key to stopping Jenks was to slow down their running game. They believed their win over Mustang three weeks earlier was good experience for what they would get against the Trojans. However, the state's top-ranked team brought a different level of ferocity to controlling the line of scrimmage. "They did what they have done all year long, and they are very good at it," Southmoore coach Chris Jensen said. "They are very effective at what they do. They have a great running football team." Jenks grabbed ahold of the contest early with its massive offensive line leading the charge. They bullied the SaberCats up and down the field. It was something they had not faced all year as they trailed 21-0 early in the second quarter. "You are down 21-0 against Jenks, it's kind of hard to get pumped up" Nyko Symonds said. "But our coaches told us not to give up and we didn't want to give up. There is no reason to let down after all the stuff we have went through." In the second half, the SaberCats' defense matched the Trojans' intensity and physicalness. They held Jenks to a 16 points and had their chances to make a comeback. The 'Cats scored twice in the seconds half. But each time Jenks responded with scoring drive spearheaded by its running game. Tailback Zach Langer ran, who for 287 yards and three touchdowns, broke through the arm tackles of Southmoore to finish off the game. "We fought hard the whole time and we didn't give up," Mason Myers said. "We were ready for it. We didn't execute when we were supposed to." If the Southmoore could have used the first half as a warm-up, they might have had a different outcome. But the hole Southmoore dug themselves into was too deep. After Jenks went up 37-18 with 6 minutes left in the contest, the fans started to file out of the stadium. "It's tough against anybody," Jensen said. "You can't dig yourself a hole. That's what they thrive on. That's what they're so good at. Capitalizing on mistakes." 26


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Southmoore finished the year with an 11-2 record. While the SaberCats came up short of their stated goal of winning a state title, a run to the semifinals in only their second year is still impressive. "It's hard to swallow," Symonds said. "It's my senior year. All of us seniors worked so hard. It's a great accomplishment being in the semifinals. Only team from the Westside. But it hurts."

Week 13 Pics

Players of the Week / Box Score Q1

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Volume 4 January 2010

Board of Directors

President - Gregg Thompson gregg.thompson@warrencat.com Vice President - Vacant Treasurer - Jim Hendrick jim.hendrick@donaldson.com Secretary - Lauree Nichols laureenichols@att.net At - Large - Tammy Loyd tammy_loyd1963@yahoo.com

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Southmoore Freshmen Football Page

9th Grade News Volume 4 January 2010 City Champions 2009 Head Coach Greg Oliver Assistant Coaches Jarod Freeman Ryan Freeman DeShawn Phillips John Upshaw Rod Wolfard

The SaberCat freshman football team completed a successful 2009 season. The year was highlighted by a come from behind victory against Del City and the schools first CITY CHAMPIONSHIP. Although the team finished with an overall record of 4-4, the team was competitive and was in a position to win every game going into the last minutes of play. ―We were a couple of plays away from winning the other four games and our schedule included some quality teams like Lawton and Norman North‖ stated Head Coach Greg Oliver. ―This group of kids works hard and is talented in many positions, if they continue to improve, they could be a force in 6A in the near future‖ added Oliver.

mented that ―Griffin is a coachable player with a high football I.Q.‖. Often times undersized on the defensive line, Griffin played large all season and consistently disrupted opposing offenses.

Each year the coaching staff recognizes an athlete who exemplifies the SABERCAT WAY of hard work, persistence, determination, academics, and team work. This year the SaberCat Award recipient was Ryan Richardson. Ryan was asked to play several positions during the year from offensive line to wide receiver. When Ryan was approached about temporarily playing offensive guard he was quoted as saying ―I don’t care where I play as long as I am on the field‖. He was a two way starter for most of During the end of year banthe season and is known as quet several individuals were being a big hitter. ―Ryan honored for their performance throws his body around the on the gridiron. Offensive field in a manner that few Player of the Year was have the courage to do‖ stated awarded to Karltrell Hender- Oliver. He was chosen as a son. Henderson led the team team captain based upon his in rushing and often times summer commitment and punished the opposing tackwork effort. Coach Oliver lers. Coach Oliver noted the also added that he is a ―quiet Karltrell is a ―quality back leader‖ who excels both on the playing field and in the and an even better person‖. classroom. The Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Griffin Thompson. Griffin started as defensive year and was the only player to start in their respective position all season long. Coach Oliver com-

lips who spent many hours developing the young men of Southmoore. Coach Oliver also noted that the parental support at Southmoore is second to none. ―Our crowds were awesome‖ commented Oliver. “EVERY PLAYER, EVERY PLAY, UNTIL THE WHISTLE”

Coach Oliver wanted to extend additional praise to the freshman coaching staff that included John Upshaw, Jared Freeman, Rod Wolfard, Ryan Freeman , and Deshawn Phil-

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