By Wesley Coburn
While the final result wasn’t what the Beggs Demons hoped for, at the end of the 2017 season, they still made it to the Class 3A championship game.
In that game Friday night they fell to the Oklahoma City John Marshall Bears by a 14-7 score. But that doesn’t take away from the Demons’ 13-2 record, or 6-0 record in district play.
Played at Stillwater High School’s Pioneer Stadium, the battle featured the small-town well-oiled machine of the Demons against the Division I superstar talent of the big-city Bears, led by their University of Nevada-bound tailback Devonte Lee.
Beggs received the opening kickoff and were forced to punt, which set up a long Marshall drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown by Lee with 7:58 left in the first quarter. The extra point kick bounced off the goalpost. Roughly a minute later Beggs got the ball again after sophomore linebacker Easton Davis forced a fumble, which was recovered by junior LB Dexter Wolf. The Demons were able to drive deep into Bears territory, but the drive was stalled at the Marshall 6.
The Demons were able to outplay Marshall in the second quarter, though no points were scored by either side. A 25-yard pass from JR quarterback Dalton Spring to senior receiver E.J. Smoot was called back because of a pass interference penalty, and JR cornerback Jaidan Grayson had a pick six nullified by a referee’s decision.
The Demons tied the game on SR QB Kobe Haynes’ 19-yard touchdown run with 6:47 left in the third quarter, and took the lead on JR kicker Carson Siegenthaler’s extra point. Momentum continued as SR safety Brandon Williams intercepted a Marshall pass about four minutes later.
The teams traded possessions and turnovers in the fourth quarter; Grayson rescued the Demons from a tough spot by catching a Marshall throw at his own eight-yard line. Beggs drove the ball to midfield before having to punt, only for one play to seal the game as Lee galloped 51 yards for the game-winning touchdown. The two-point conversion pass was good, which meant that the final score was Marshall 14, Beggs 7.
Officials called 26 penalties throughout the game, and the Demons held Marshall’s passing to 33 yards while at least seven different Beggs players registered tackles. Beggs gained about 135 yards in the air and about 110 on the ground.
Next year the OSSAA has the Demons dropping back down into Class 2A, placing them in district 3, along with the local Morris Eagles, Kiefer Trojans and Haskell Haymakers, Other schools in the district are Caney Valley (Ramona), Dewey, Sperry and Victory Christian (Tulsa).
By Wesley Coburn
The Beggs Demons (13-1 overall, 6-0 in 3A-6) are back in the state championship game for the first time in forty years.
They defeated the Sulphur Bulldogs (12-2, 6-0 3A-4) 37-28 Friday night at Edmond Santa Fe High School’s Wolves Stadium.
After an exchange of punts, junior quarterback Dalton Spring threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver E.J. Smoot with 2:53 left in the opening quarter to put the Demons on the scoreboard first, but 57 seconds later Sulphur scored on a seven-yard TD run, and the Bulldogs went ahead 7-6 after the extra point kick.
The Bulldogs pounced on a loose ball in Demon territory and turned it into a 13-yard scoring run with 10:19 to go in the second quarter, but Beggs regained momentum by blocking the extra point. Thirty seconds later Spring scored on a one-yard sneak, and the Demons went ahead 18-13 after Smoot’s eight-yard run with 5:14 left until halftime. Sulphur answered with a 68-yard run and two-point conversion, and the halftime score was Sulphur 21-18.
The Demon defense forced Sulphur into a turnover on downs deep into the third quarter, and two plays later Spring found Smoot for an 83-yard TD pass, only for Sulphur to regain a 28-24 lead on a 17-yard run. But with five seconds left in the quarter, Spring found a receiver in the end zone to go ahead 30-28.
Beggs’ defense stopped the Sulphur offense on fourth down early in the fourth quarter, and with 6:26 to play Spring threw a 53-yard TD to JR WR Shaidan Jordan, and the extra point was good. The game was sealed on a fourth-down sack by JR linebacker T.J. Austin with four minutes to go, as Beggs won 37-28.
The Demons’ opponents next weekend in the Class 3A title game will be the Oklahoma City Marshall Bears, who defeated the Jones Longhorns 29-26 in the other semifinal. The 1975 Demons won the Class A title 21-0 over OKC Millwood.
The game will be played at Stillwater High School’s Pioneer Stadium on Friday, December 8, at 7 p.m. For those unable to attend, it will be broadcast on KOKL 1240 AM.
By Wesley Coburn
The Beggs Demons are one win away from playing for the Class 3A state championship.
Coach Lee Blankenship’s Demons (12-1 overall, 6-0 in 3A-6) will face the Sulphur Bulldogs 12-1, 6-0 3A-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
For those unable to attend in person, the game will be broadcast on KOKL 1240 AM, and livestreamed on YouTube by the Cookson Hills Sports Network.
To get here, the Demons breezed through their district opponents, finishing undefeated and winning almost every game by double digits. In their lone loss, on the road at Berryhill, the final score was 30-28. They are on an 11-game winning streak.
In the playoffs, Beggs began at Golden Demon Stadium with a 62-28 pounding of the Mannford Pirates, then they hosted Lincoln Christian of Tulsa in the second round, muzzling the Bulldogs 43-14. In the quarterfinals last Friday they traveled to Edmond to face Oklahoma Christian, holding off a late Saints rally to win 32-26.
The winner will play the winner of the Jones Longhorns-Oklahoma City Marshall Bears contest in the championship next weekend at a site to be determined.
The only state championship in football in BHS history came in 1975, when the Demons defeated the OKC Millwood Falcons 21-0 at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School. In the segregated 1950s, black Beggs Wheatley High School won four state championships in football. Beggs last played in a football state title game in 1977, falling 20-0 to Watonga for Class A honors.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
About 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, the Okmulgee Police Department responded to a two-boat collision on Okmulgee Lake. Once on the scene, officers provided aid for injured persons.
The smaller boat was moving very slowly or was stationary, and included young children as passengers. The larger boat, driven by Jared Trotter, 34, was piloted at a high rate of speed, and struck the small boat.
One occupant of the small boat, a 9-year-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene, while another boy was LifeFlighted to a Tulsa hospital, where his condition is currently unknown. Because they are juveniles, their names will not be released by the OPD.
Witnesses saw another male in the large boat with Trotter, who left the scene and has not currently been identified.
Trotter was booked in the Okmulgee County Jail on complaints of Operating a Boat Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Manslaughter.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who knows the identity of the passenger in Trotter’s boat, is asked the contact the OPD at 918-756-3511.
Right - Jared Trotter (Photo provided)
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
On Monday morning, Labor Day, September 4, the Okmulgee Police Department responded to the emergency room of Okmulgee Hospital to investigate a report of an assault. Hospital personnel determined that the victim, a 14-year-old female, had been shot once in the face.
According to the victim, a man she knows only as “Mizellaneouz” came to her residence, and assaulted her while there. The juvenile has non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.
The OPD asks anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of Mizellaneouz to call at 918-756-3511.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
With the 2017-18 school year beginning this week for some Okmulgee County schools, Okmulgee Public Schools will be hosting an Open House event on Tuesday, August 8, so that parents and students can meet and interact with their teachers before classes begin.
Okmulgee Primary will holding their Open House from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dunbar Intermediate from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Okmulgee High from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Classes begin Thursday, August 10, and the school day will run from 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Instead of a 180-Day instructional schedule, OPS will operate on a 1080-Hour instructional schedule this school year.
For more information, call OPS at 918-756-2000.
The Okmulgee County Health Department is now offering extended hours on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patients must be checked in by 6 p.m.
Services offered include children’s immunizations, checks on blood pressure and head lice, adult vaccinations, blood lead screenings, tuberculosis follow-up and treatment, emergency contraceptives and pregnancy tests. For current clients, they also offer refills of birth control pills and Depo-Provera.
The OCHD is located at 1304 Miller Drive in Okmulgee, and their number is 918-756-1883.
by Wesley Coburn - ONN
The Okmulgee Fire Department will begin their annual testing of the city’s fire hydrants beginning Monday, August 7. According to Fire Chief Bruce Swearingen, this process should take about six to eight weeks to complete.
Testing will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the process, beginning on the west side of the city and gradually working eastward.
This is required for insurance purposes, while also making sure that hydrants will work properly in case of emergency. Water in faucets and pipes may run dirty while testing is underway.
For more information, call the OFD at 918-756-3265
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
The July session of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council was held Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. in the Mound Building on the MCN campus. All representatives were present except for one.
Principal Chief James Floyd delivered his quarterly report, and the minutes from the June planning session and regular session were approved.
Twenty-three Tribal Resolutions were considered, all of which were passed except for one construction-related resolution, which was postponed for two months, and a partnership with law firm Rosette, LLC, which was postponed for a month. These resolutions included agreements with Okmulgee County, the Cities of Eufaula and Henryetta, the Okmulgee County Rural Water District #2, and the Vivian Rural Water District #6. Other agreements including leasing tribal land in Hughes County and sewer improvements in McIntosh County. Monte Deer was appointed as an MCN Supreme Court Justice, and Daniel Carter was named to the Mvsoke Media editorial board. Wording was changed to the MCNCA Title 21 “Gaming,” and a purchase of Okmulgee County land for a veterans cemetery was approved.
Thirty-three National Council Acts were considered, one was returned to committee, two others were postponed for two months, while all others were passed, some only after much discussion. The MCN Reintegration Program, MCN Physical Rehabilitation Center, MCN Department of Health, MCN Orthopedic Clinic and MCN Elderly Nutrition Program all saw budget increases. Donations were made to the McIntosh County Disabled American Veterans and Depew Public Schools, and special appropriations were authorized to Apekhv Fellowship Church, Ryal Community Baptist Church, Concharty United Methodist Church, Covenant Harvest Ministries and Many Springs Baptist Church. Funds for MCN traditional churches to purchase lawn mowers and send their youth to church camps were also approved. Some wording was changed to various laws as well.
The cause of much discussion was a request for educational aid from an art student who had the opportunity to study overseas in Italy, and his request for funds was eventually approved, drawing large praise from the audience.
The meeting adjourned at 11:58 a.m.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
The 62nd annual Okmulgee-Roy Leblanc Invitational Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday August 11-12 at 8:30 p.m. at the Bob Arrington Rodeo Arena on Highway 75 and Fairgrounds Road. The event is hosted by the Okmulgee Round-Up Club, and there will be an accompanying parade held downtown on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Major sponsors for the rodeo are the City of Okmulgee and One Fire Casino. The City of Okmulgee will be sponsoring the parade, Steer Wrestling and the Pony Express relay races, One Fire Casino will sponsor the Bull Riding and Bareback Riding events, Harlan Motors is sponsoring the Calf Roping contest, with Barrel Racing presented by First National Bank and Trust (Ladies division) and Lifetime Insurance (Junior division). The Junior Breakaway Roping will be sponsored by R&S Collision, and Morris State Bank will be the sponsor for the Ladies Steer Undecorating. A $6,000 payout awaits.
In the parade, $100 prizes will go to the winners in the following four categories: Farthest Distance Traveled by Round-Up Club, Most Riders by Round-Up Club, Best Dressed Round-Up Club and Best Dressed Queen.
Rodeo tickets are $5 for kids twelve and under, $10 for adults.