Indian Capital 250

Sallisaw Black Diamond

Coach: RANDON LOWE

Schedule:

8-28 - vs. Stigler

9-4 - vs. McAlester 

9-18 - at Tahlequah

9-25 - at Tulsa McLain

10-2 - vs. Muldrow 

10-9 - at Poteau

10-15 - vs. Fort Gibson 

10-23 - at Hilldale 

10-30 - at Broken Bow

11-6 - vs. Stilwell

Quick Hits:

Graduated wide receiver Jace Nicholson went out with a bang against Weatherford, setting the school record with 12 receptions for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Jaxon McTyre threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns in the Black Diamonds’ 40-21 win at Hilldale.

Sallisaw’s win over Hilldale was the first since 2011, ending a three- game skid to the Hornets.

Last 7 Years

2019 - 8-4

2018 - 3-7

2017 - 1-9

2016 - 7-3

2015 - 5-6

2014 - 6-5

2013 - 8-3

OFFENSE
The sparkle of the Black Diamonds success last season definitely has their opponents’ attention for 2020 with the return of nine starters to the single back offensive unit. Leading the attack is VYPE Top 100 selection Jaxon McTyre (5-11, 195, Sr.), a three-year starter who totaled 2,067 yards passing with 19 touchdowns while adding 791 yards on the ground including seven trips to the end zone. One of the go-to-guys in coach Randon Lowe’s scheme will be hard to defend tight end Ty McHenry (6-4, 245, Sr.) who grabbed 21 receptions for 307 yards and five scores. Adding production to the receiving unit will be Rylee Scavo (5-10, 185, Jr.) who made 24 receptions in Sallisaw’s trip to the Class 4A quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Size will be a plus in the offensive line including Jordan Decker (6-2, 275, Jr.), who started all 12 games in 2019, Trenton Jones (5-10, 240, Sr.) and Matt Echols (6-4, 230, Jr.). Lowe, who enters his third season as head coach, has high expectations to light up the scoreboard. “Without spring practice, there are still questions to be answered,” smiled Lowe pointing to his play- calling sheet. “We’ll be about 50-50 on offense again this season but our skill kids, we’ll throw it vertical a lot. It’s just do what we do best.”

DEFENSE
The 3-4 formation will once again be the base alignment for the Black Diamond defensive unit that returns nine starters anchored by VYPE Top 100 pick Trenton Jones (5-11, 220, Jr.) at middle linebacker who enters his fourth year in the starting lineup after charting 78 tackles plus a pair of QB sacks and two interceptions even though he missed three games due to injury. Pason Dotson (5-7, 160, Jr.) will fly to the football from the outside LB spot where he created nine tackles for loss among just 27 tackles despite missing 10 games due to injury. The veteran experience of Ty McHenry at defensive end who produced 59 tackles will lead play at the line of scrimmage for a third season while the athleticism and quickness of Blake Brown (5-7, 160, Sr.) who grabbed a pair of interceptions amidst making 40 tackles can be a lockdown corner. Hunter Hutchinson (5-8, 175, Sr.) who made 43 tackles and Parker Jackson (6-1, 175, So.) who made 29 tackles in only four games of action due to injury will solidify the secondary at safety. “We’re becoming a good football team and with the number of players returning that helped us win last year, we should be at the top of Class 4A,” Lowe said with confidence. “Our kids believe in the process. There’s no magic, it’s just a blue-collar approach to outwork everyone.” The Black Diamonds will show fans what to expect opening with a pair of home contests including an early start to the season with a Zero- Week home game against Stigler followed by McAlester.

 

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