Coweta certainly left its mark on Tahlequah in Week 6.
Following its 54-0 loss to Coweta, Tahlequah looked like a bruised and battered team in the postgame locker room. Few players left without a hobble in their step.
But, with a few days of rest, Tahlequah’s roster got a shot of rejuvenation with another District 5A-4 game on tap Friday night against Central at Booker T. Washington’s S.E. Williams Stadium.
“We’re healthier,” Tahlequah coach Brad Gilbert said. “We’re not as healthy as we’d like to be, but that’s every team. We have some guys that’ll play through some pain.”
Count running back Mason McMillan as one of those guys. The senior tailback left last Friday’s game against Coweta with a hip injury in the first half and finished with only 45 yards of total offense on eight rushes and one catch.
Also suiting with injuries for Tahlequah is Brandon Conrad and Caleb Morton.
“Mason, Caleb and Brandon, as of now, will be playing,” Gilbert said. “They’re going to suit up and play and hopefully get after it.”
Gilbert added that offensive lineman Alex Rice will be a game-time decision, while wide receiver Tyler Eisensmith and offensive lineman Austin Robertson will be out.
However, having McMillan available provides Tahlequah with its potent running back, with Conrad adding a speed element out of the backfield or at a wide receiver spot.
“It helps us to get those two guys back,” Gilbert said of McMillan and Conrad. “But we were preparing as if we weren’t going to have them.”
With Eisensmith — quarterback David Dick’s favorite target — out, McMillan and Conrad could be called upon more often in the passing game. But Gilbert said wide receivers, Ben Lamb and Kourtland McMillan, will be called upon to ease the pain of Eisensmith’s absence.
“The two kids we’ll lean on in the passing game will be Kourtland McMillan and Ben Lamb,” Gilbert said. “We’ll also work in Will Carlile, as well.
“But we’re a run-oriented team, so that’s where it helps to have Mason and Brandon back.”
Luckily for Tahlequah, Central’s roster only features 29 players that suit up during varsity games. So the Tigers will likely not be out-manned.
Regardless, though, the final four weeks of the season become must-win games for Tahlequah, if it’s to make the playoffs. The Tigers are 1-2 in 5A-4 play, tied with Central for fifth and looking up at Claremore, Coweta, Collinsville, Pryor and East Central in the standings.
“It’s a game that we need to win,” Gilbert said. “Our goal (of making the playoffs) is still in front of us. If we can put four quarters together, we know we have a chance to win.”
Coweta certainly left its mark on Tahlequah in Week 6.
All the hours and hard work of keeping the Claremore Zebra athletes injury-free in order to reach their dreams at the highest level helped graduate Averey Brace fulfill a huge accomplishment in her athletic training career.
Brace, a recent 2013 graduate of Claremore High School, received All-State honors from the Oklahoma Coaches Association earlier this month for her three-year commitment to the Claremore High School athletic training program.
Sign up now for OSU Baseball Camp
Oklahoma State Baseball will be holding a pair of camps in June for players in grades 1-8, and registration is now open.
Session I of the camp is June 17-19, with Session II set for June 24-26, and cost for each camp is $200. Camp runs from 9 a.m.-noon each day.
Lady Zebra volleyball camp set for May 20
The Claremore Lady Zebra volleyball camp will take place on May 20-23 at the Claremore High School gymnasium.
Under the direction of Lady Zebra head coach Lindsey Renfroe, campers will receive instruction in fundamentals — passing, setting, hitting and serving.
Green Country All-Star Games start May 23 in Catoosa
Area senior all-star athletes from 21 schools in northeastern Oklahoma will lace up their high tops, hoist their bats and dust off their pom-poms in preparation for the 2013 Green Country All-Star Games held May 23-24 in Catoosa.
SEC BASEBALL: Auburn blanks No. 13 Arkansas, 3-0
Conner Kendrick and Terrance Dedrick combined on a five-hit shutout as Auburn defeated No. 13 Arkansas, 3-0, in the series opener on Thursday night at Plainsman Park.
Arkansas drops to 34-18 overall and 17-10 in Southeastern Conference play, while Auburn is now 32-21 and 12-16 in league play.
GOLF: Bradley gets course-record 60 at Byron Nelson
Keegan Bradley had no thoughts of a course record, or the possibility of a 59, after consecutive bogeys in the middle of his opening round at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Until his 136-yard wedge shot on his final hole Thursday.
“It was going right at it. (A 59) crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this,” Bradley said. “But I had 3 feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it.”
Cowboys rock Mountaineers, 7-4
Oklahoma State showcased its offensive ability in its series opener against West Virginia on Thursday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Whether it’s small ball or the long ball — both of which came into effect — the 16th-ranked Cowboys are proving they can find a way to win here late in the season with a 7-4 mauling of the Mountaineers.
OU baseball closes out regular season play at K-State
Moods were light as Oklahoma boarded a bus for Manhattan, Kan., Thursday afternoon. What they’ll be like by Sunday depends on what transpires over the next three games.
The Sooners’ season hinges on the outcome.
Westbrook's injury hinders Thunder's playoff run
The way Kevin Martin describes it, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost the “vision” of a potential championship run the morning they learned All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook would be out for the rest of the postseason.
NSU women's golf in 8th place at NCAA Division II Championship
The Northeastern State women’s golf team sits in eighth place after Thursday’s second round of the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships on the par-72, 6,228-yard Legends Course at LPGA International.
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