Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

September 3, 2012

Defense sparkles for NEO in season-opening win

MIAMI — Sophomore quarterback Clayton Mitchem wasn’t the only bright spot in Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s 36-12 victory Saturday night against Highland (Kan.) Community College.

Playing in front of a crowd estimated at 2,000, the NEO defense scored two safeties, both on bad snaps when the Scotties were attempting to punt from deep in their own territory. Highland rushed for 189 yards and had 92 yards passing.

“Our defense got after them and didn’t give up big plays,” said NEO head coach Dale Patterson. “They ran the option and it’s tough not to give up any big plays.”

Instead, the big plays were reserved for the Golden Norsemen, who took a 22-6 lead late in the third quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mitchem to tight end Troy Davis.

NEO struck again with 8 minutes, 53 seconds left in the game on a 52-yard pass from Mitchem to Michael Thompson for a 30-6 lead.

Highland’s longest drive of the game began late in the first quarter and covered 76 yards on eight plays, ending with a 3-yard touchdown run by Brian Handley with 13:07 left in the first half.

The Golden Norsemen responded with a seven-play, 65-yard drive that took just a minute and 32 seconds because of their no-huddle offense. Mitchem completed all four of his passes and ended the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that gave NEO a 16-6 lead with 11:35 left in the half.

“We rallied a few times and overcame adversity,” Patterson said. “We’re just happy with the win.”

Mitchem completed 21 of 28 passes for 351 yards and no interceptions. NEO’s running game was led by Sheldon Wilson, who rushed for 55 yards on eight carries, and Gerald Howse, who rushed for 54 yards on 14 carries.

Mitchem scored NEO’s first touchdown on a 9-yard run one minute into the game. NEO added an 8-yard touchdown run by Wilson late in the fourth quarter.

The Norsemen will play Ellsworth (Iowa) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Robertson Field.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0344web.jpg ‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd

    Over the course of his four-year baseball career at Verdigris High School, third baseman Ryan Skalnik has had his share of memorable at-bats.
    None more important than Tuesday’s appearance in the Large School East-West All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa.
    Skalnik, who was the lone senior this season for Verdigris and a four-time Class 3A state champion, thrived under pressure in the top of the third inning for the East.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • BASEBALL: Larue, Skalnik power East to 3-0 victory

    The East blanked the West 3-0 in the Large School All-State Baseball Game Tuesday night at J. L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
    Claremore catcher Matt Whatley and third baseman Ryan Skalnik of Verdigris represented Rogers County in the contest.
    Skalnik finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's.  Whatley was 0-for-1 with a walk.

    July 30, 2014

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners introduce mobile ticket delivery

    Sooners fans can now choose mobile delivery of their tickets for University of Oklahoma Athletics events. This new option for 2014 allows fans to present their mobile tickets on their smartphones at the entrance of OU Athletics facilities.

    August 1, 2014

  • Rick Cooper 'perfect AD hire' for Wayland Baptist

    Some of the best years of Rick Cooper's life were spent at Wayland Baptist University and in Plainview. Now, he's back for more.
    Cooper, who played and coached basketball at Wayland for 15 years before spending the last 20 years as head men's basketball coach at West Texas A&M University, is the new director of athletics at his alma mater.

    August 1, 2014

  • OCU's Abbott tabbed SAC Athletic Director of the Year

    Jim Abbott of Oklahoma City University has been selected Sooner Athletic Conference athletic director of the year.

    August 1, 2014

  • Matthews named Southwestern Christian women's basketball coach

    Darrick Matthews has been named head women's basketball coach at Southwestern Christian University.
    Matthews previously served as a men's basketball assistant and junior varsity coach at Southwestern Christian. Matthews also serves as a professor of sports management at SCU.

    August 1, 2014

  • Sooner Athletic Conference names new information director

    Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Commissioner John Hudson has announced that veteran sports information director Justin Tinder will serve as the new media Information director for the 10-member NAIA conference.

    August 1, 2014

  • Ex-Hog standout Scotty Thurman joins Razorback Sports Network

    Former Arkansas Razorback Scotty Thurman is joining the Razorback Sports Network as a color analyst for Arkansas men's basketball games this season.

    August 1, 2014

  • WNBA: Hayes sparks Dream past Shock, 85-75

    Tiffany Hayes scored a career-high 27 points, Angel McCoughtry added 21 and Erika DeSouza had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 85-75 victory over Tulsa on Thursday night.

    August 1, 2014