The Pryor Times


September 26, 2013

Football previews: Week 4

PRYOR, OK — Game of the Week: Locust Grove (3-0) at Tahlequah Sequoyah (1-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

In Week 4, a Mayes County team lacks a true signature game for the first time this season. The Game of the Week instead focuses on a reversal of fortune and a chance at redemption for an up-and-coming Locust Grove team.

The Pirates started out last season  3-0, too, but that 3-0 had a different feel than 2013's 3-0. Two wins by narrow margins in 2012 set Locust up for a 58-13 beatdown at the hands of Tahlequah Sequoyah. LG went on to lose five of its last six and miss the playoffs.

Sequoyah lost its two stars from 2012: head coach Brent Scott and his son, current Memphis quarterback Brayden Scott. Brayden was one of 12 Indians implicated in a summer camp payment investigation that ultimately led to Brent's dismissal and the team's almost instant collapse. Sequoyah was 9-1 and a favorite to take home a gold ball in 2012 before the OSSAA forced the Indians to forfeit their playoff berth and all of their wins, including their dismantling of the Pirates. While that meant LG technically finished with a .500 record, the lopsided result on the field is still lucid — and it's one the current Pirates want to rectify.

In 2013, these two teams are headed in opposite directions.

Sequoyah, now led by head coach Shane Richardson, began its 2013 campaign with a win over Okemah but surrendered 47 and 62 points in consecutive weeks in losing efforts. The Pirates, meanwhile, boast one of the best young quarterbacks in the state in sophomore Mason Fine and a wealth of talent surrounding him. Locust has the fourth-best scoring defense in Class 3A as is winning games by an average of 30 points. LG will find out Friday night just how far the program has come in just two short years under head coach Matt Hennesy.

Bold Prediction: Locust Grove 40, Sequoyah 17

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