TULSA — A pair of future Northeastern Oklahoma A&M players had a role in a 27-7 romp by the East in the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state football game Friday, July 28 at Union Tuttle Stadium.
Cushing wide receiver England Honeybuss caught a 1-yard pass from Inola’s Jay Baker at 10:24 of the second quarter to give the East a 14-0 advantage.
Another former Norseman, wide receiver Joe Combs of Muskogee, had a 14-yard reception that helped set up the Baker-to-Honeybuss touchdown play.
Combs also had three catches on the East’s third scoring drive, which was capped by a 24-yard pass to Braden Parker of McAlester.
Combs, a late addition to the East roster, had six catches for 108 yards, all in the first half.
Honeybuss finished with four receptions for 18 yards and the one TD.
Other future Norsemen who played in the game were defensive lineman Devon Bajek of Union, defensive back Tony Rayburn of Edmond Santa Fe and defensive lineman Maverick McCaskill of Davis.
NEO signee Ross Shawnee of Geary competed in Wednesday’s wrestling.
Zane Cutshaw of Wyandotte saw lots of action in the trenches on offense for the East.
Cade Harelson of Davenport, who played in the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game at Red Robertson in June, was an East captain Friday night.
John Greenfield of Davenport, one of the Green coaches at the eight-man all-star games, was the East head coach and former Northeastern A&M assistant Travis Hill was one of his assistants.
Defensive back Dalton Smallwood, son of former Miamian Steve Smallwood, was a member of the East team. He graduated from Tulsa Metro Christian.
Khalil Morris of Roland, who signed to play basketball with the Norsemen, had a game-tying 3-point goal for the Large East on Thursday, July 27, at the Mabee Center.
He was a late addition to the East squad.
Morris finished with five points, going 2-for-3 from the field, including the game-tying trey.
He also had an assist and four rebounds as the large school game ended in a 77-77 tie.
There is no provision for overtime in all-state competition.
The Large West had led 77-67 in the final three minutes before Morris trey, assisted by Kyle Keener of Sand Springs tied the game.
That marked the second time during the week that a future NEO athlete was involved in a tie.
Justin Cates of Fort Gibson battled Tanner Hawkins of Weatherford to a 5-5 tie in their 195-pound match Wednesday, July 26, at Sand Springs.
Also, Alex Kauffman of Vinita and Jack Karstetter of Sand Springs logged decisions.
In the small school match, Kauffman rolled to an 11-1 decision over Daniel Lopez of Clinton at 182 pounds.
Hawkins got a takedown with 20 seconds left that created the deadlock.
Karstetter coasted to a 7-1 decision over Drew Wilson in the large school 138-pound match.
Ross Shawnee of Geary, who has signed to play football for the NEO, rolled 9-1 against Zack Lowry of Perry at 170 in small school action.
The Small West posted a 28-19 win while the Large East rolled 35-12.
Jim Ellis is sports editor of the Miami News-Record. He can be reached by phone at 918-542-5508 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mnrsportsguy.