Claremore Daily Progress

July 12, 2013

55 days til Zebra Football

Claremore kicks off season with final meeting against Oologah on Sept. 5

Tim Ritter
Sports Editor

CLAREMORE — A seasoned rivalry between Claremore and Oologah will come to an end in 55 days with the final meeting between the two Rogers County schools.

On Sept. 5, Claremore and Oologah will kick off the 2013 high school football season with a 7 p.m. showdown at Lantow Field.

School officials, from both Claremore and Oologah, elected to stop playing this much anticipated and highly-attended football game after this season.

The annual Claremore-Oologah football game packs the stands and brings a lot of revenue to the concession stands as well as both towns on the first Thursday night of the season.

With Claremore discontinuing the Oologah game, Zebra head football coach Rob Gilbreath and school administrators have scheduled a non-conference game for the 2014 season with Siloam Springs (Ark.).

Gilbreath, in his sixth season at Claremore, is 4-1 against Oologah. Last year, the Zebras held off a late surge by the Mustangs and came away with a 20-13 victory at Oologah.

A year ago, Gilbreath said that it’s not hard to get motivated for the Oologah game.

“You always want to beat your rival and start the season off on a good note,” he added.

When the two schools battle one last time — inside Lantow Field — Claremore will break in a brand-new starting quarterback in senior Brinley Brown.

Brown, primarily used the past two seasons as the backup to Matt Whatley, gets his chance this fall to lead the Zebras.

Whatley’s love for baseball and a NCAA Division I scholarship offer to Oral Roberts University played a huge factor in Claremore’s three-year starting quarterback hanging up his football cleats.

Heading into the 2013 season, Brown has completed six passes in 13 attempts for 50 yards in 10 varsity football games.