Trouble could be brewing at Jenks (Okla.)

August, 10, 2009

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Jack Perkins
Tom Hauck for Running back Jack Perkins already has Juneau-Douglas in the win column.

Fans of high school football, recruiting and quarterback play can go to where the second webisode and arcade game debut today. This week's webisode focuses on the Elite 11 regional camp held in Athens, Ga. Eventual selections Blake Bell, an Oklahoma commit and West Virginia recruit Barry Brunetti emerged.

• High school football kicked off this weekend with one of Alaska's top teams, Juneau-Douglas, having little trouble with West Valley (Fairbanks). Rugged running back Jack Perkins led the way with three touchdowns for the Crimson Bears. Read the full recap from the Juneau Empire.

• ESPN RISE FAB 50 preseason No. 44 Jenks is in some hot water and will have to play this fall without one of its top returning seniors after the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) ruled that Jarrett Lake was ineligible due to residency issues. The Trojans will also forfeit nine games from the 2008 football season and have been given a one-year warning by the OSSAA.

The investigation started with an angry email from a Jenks parent who was upset that Lake's transfer had cost their son playing time.

Click here to read the full report from the Tulsa World.

It's certainly a messy situation and one where a 17-year-old kid will now be attending his third school in as many years. Lake, who recently committed to Oklahoma, and his family are not completely free of wrongdoing, but it could be hard to pin unpaid school fees and residency issues on the player.

• Football practices open in several states today, including Ohio. Bob Fortuna previews the Senate Athletic League for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. That league includes preseason FAB 50 No. 19 Glenville (Cleveland) which has won the league for 11 consecutive years. The Tarblooders won't face much competition in league play, but do open the season with Cleveland-area rival and FAB 50 No. 37 St. Ignatius which suffered heavy losses from last year's state title team.

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Tom Hauck for ESPNJarrett Lake was recently ruled ineligible for Jenks.

• Lincoln County (Lincolnton, Ga.) High's hopes of running to the Georgia Class A state title may have taken a hit with the news that running back A.G. Middlebrooks will be sidelined for at least four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his leg, reports Matt Middleton of The Augusta Chronicle. Middlebrooks, a 5-foot-8, 201-pound senior and nephew of former UGA great Garrison Hearst, is one of the top running backs in the Peach State, already twice earning honorable mention all-state honors and rushing for 1,439 yards and 18 TDs as a junior and 1,350 yards and 17 scores as a sophomore.

• ESPN RISE's Brandon Hancock touched on this a bit in his ESPNEWS segment last Thursday, but safety during two-a-day practices should be of utmost concern and priority to all school staff, players and parents. The and Pennee Struckman have a very detailed list of guidelines to help navigate two-a-days safely.



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