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Oklahoma high school football: Why Tuttle will need to rule the passing game again in Week 1

Tuttle’s Jayden Seebold faked a handoff to his running back to freeze the No. 6 Sulphur defense.

A moment later, the senior quarterback fired a long pass to Chance Cobb who was streaking down the field. Cobb caught it and ran for a score, completing a 67-yard touchdown pass for the first strike of the game. 

The play was the start of No. 5 Tuttle’s dominance through the air in the season-opening 28-7 win over Sulphur last week at the Tuttle football field. 

“It wasn’t bad,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard said about the Tigers’ passing game. “There was one of them that was long but everything else was pretty under control and guys made good plays after they caught it. We had three different guys catch a touchdown pass.” 

Cobb, Mason Stokes and Tylor McCarthey were the three receivers with touchdown receptions last week. They came by sophomore quarterback Alex Conover, who threw two and Seebold, who threw one. 

Not only did Tuttle’s quarterbacks throw for 199 passing yards and three touchdowns but the defense intercepted three passes. 

Dillon Ballard nabbed two and Nathan Ross grabbed one. 

Tuttle will likely need to carry over their dominance through the air in Friday’s matchup with No. 9 Plainview. 

The 2019 Class 3A state runner-up returned junior linebacker Caden Pickens who was named to The Oklahoman’s Class 3A all-state team after turning in 111 tackles last season. With two stout defensive linemen returning as well, Plainview will likely be a threat for opposing teams' running attack. 



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Tuttle's head coach Brad Ballard during the high school football playoff game between Oologah and Tuttle in Tuttle , November 18, 2016 Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Tuttle's head coach Brad Ballard during the high school football playoff game between Oologah and Tuttle in Tuttle , November 18, 2016 Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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