The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 16, 2013

Foote catching on at Emporia


Enid News and Eagle

— A look around college football at how local and northwest Oklahoma area players are doing this season.

Mitchell Foote, who holds the Enid Plainsmen all-time marks for career receptions (102), receiving yards (1,552) and receiving touchdowns (19), as well as  receiving touchdowns in a season (15 in 2011) is taking on a larger role in the offense of the undefeated Emporia State (Kan.) Hornets in his redshirt freshman season.

Foote, who suited up for Enid in 2010-11, caught four passes for 82 yards in the Hornets’ 63-17 victory over Southwest Baptist Oct. 11, in which Emporia State set a team record with 747 yards of total offense. In five games this season, Foote has 10 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

The Hornets are ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division II and travel to Lindenwood (Mo.) University on Saturday.

• Another former Plainsmen, Jonathan Burton, has joined the roster at Emporia State, coming over from the Air Force Academy, and has freshman eligibility. Burton (2007-10) ranks second all-time at Enid in career rushing yards with 2,933 and is second in career rushing touchdowns with 34.

• Seth “Popeye” Handley, who ranks fourth all-time with 2,232 career rushing yards at Enid and holds the top two marks for rushing yards in a game (377 in 2011 and 336 in 2010), has been seeing some action as a true freshman this season at Division II East Central University on both kickoff returns and spot duty out of the backfield.

Handley has returned seven kicks this season for 96 yards for an average of 13.7 yards and has rushed the ball seven times for 17 yards. He had two carries for eight yards in the Tigers’ 46-14 win over Southern Nazerene on Oct. 5. ECU is 2-3 on the season and hosts winless Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday.

• Quarterback Clint Chelf has been limited to a backup role this season so far at Oklahoma State and has completed 20-of-30 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns. He was 0-of-2 in OSU’s win over Kansas State on Oct. 5.

• Cashion’s Jeremy Seaton has been getting his number called in the OSU offense. Seaton, a sophomore tight end/fullback, has four receptions for 45 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown against West Virginia. OSU (4-1) hosts TCU on Saturday.

• Hennessey’s Derrick Luetjen has started all six games this season at defensive end for Tulsa and registered seven tackles in the Golden Hurricane’s 34-20 win over UTEP on Oct. 11. For the season, Luetjen, a sophomore, has 30 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble.

• Derek Patterson (Kingfisher) has started five games this season at Tulsa at wide receiver and has nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. The Golden Hurricane (2-4) are off this week.

• Enid’s Donnie Fuston ranks fifth in tackles this season at Northeastern State. The junior linebacker has 23 tackles, including four tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble for the 0-5 RiverHawks, who host Eastern New Mexico on Saturday.

• Former Plainsman Johnny Lawrence, the older brother of current Enid quarterback Frederick Lawrence, has been active on special teams this season at Division III St. Olaf  (Minn.) College. Lawrence, a true freshman, has returned nine kicks for 161 yards, with a long return of 31 yards.

• Ex-EHS quarterback Chance Pryor also is a freshman member of the Oles football team at St. Olaf and has appeared in two games at quarterback, rushing for 28 yards on three attempts. St. Olaf (1-5) travels to Augsburg College (Minn.) on Saturday.

Did we miss anybody? If you know of a northwest Oklahoma player putting up some numbers this college football season, let us know at sports@enidnews.com.