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Late breaking...In District B-2 preview, Oklahoman terms Longhorn Football "scary"

From The Oklahoman, by Scott Wright, published August 30, 2015:

Alex loaded with several returning starters

With last year's unbeaten run to the Class B state championship, and a scary group of returning starters, Alex is viewed by coaches as the favorite to repeat as the District B-2 titlist.

At the top of the list of the Longhorns' returning stars is running back Kyler Thornburg. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior led all classes in rushing last year with 3,214 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Joining him in the backfield once again is quarterback Dalton Alcorn, a 6-4, 210-pound senior who is gaining recruiting interest from North Texas and several Division II schools.

Coach Matt Brand points to the offensive line for his most important star, calling left guard Brandt Chitwood, a 6-4, 295-pound senior, “one of the best linemen in the state in all classes.”

Mighty Longhorns open season against Caddo on September 4

Alex kicks off the 2015 Oklahoma High School football season with a non-conference contest against the District B-4 Caddo Bruins at Caddo at 7:00 pm on September 4. In 2014, Caddo went 5 and 5 for the season, losing to Alex, Wetumka, Dewar, Weleekta and Keota. They were shut out only one time, by Dewar, 64-0. Alex defeated Caddo 64-20 in 2014.

Last year's Bruins presented a balanced game, passing for an average of 150 yards per game and rushing for 160. While Caddo scored an average of 34 points per game during their season, the Bruin defense allowed an average of 32 points per game to be scored against them.

Caddo, OK, is located in Bryan county in Southeastern Oklahoma. The school's address is 600 S. McPherren Avenue, Caddo, OK. Caddo's school website can be found here.

Caddo

Alex Freshmen explore Oklahoma History on site

Spiro Mounds
Prehistoric Oklahoma: Mrs. Otey's Freshman Oklahoma History class went on a field trip last week to visit the Spiro Mounds and the Heavener Runestone.

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According to the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, "the Spiro Mounds Site is one of the most important archeological discoveries in North America and Oklahoma's only state archeological park. Spiro is the westernmost site of a complex cultural tradition in the Southeast called the Southern Cult or Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. The site, occupied from AD 850 to 1450, was home to powerful leaders who directed the building of the nine platform and burial mounds on the 80 acre site. These leaders governed farmers in outlying villages who probably provided labor for mound-building." The site is located just north of the traditional homeland of the Caddo tribe and is the only prehistoric Native American archaeological site in Oklahoma open to the public.

Left above, Alex students study a prototype of a prehistoric Native American dwelling. Right above, students explore the Heavener Runestone Historic Site.

Read more about the Spiro Mounds: Oklahoma History Center: Spiro Mounds - Prehistoric Gateway...Present-day Enigma and Texas Beyond History: Spiro and the Arkansas Basin.

Field Trip
Alex Freshmen gathered for a photograph at the Heavener Runestone Park where they traveled last week to study the runes and form their own opinions about whether the markings were left behind by ancient Vikings exploring what would later become Oklahoma.

Watch this space for an upcoming article about this important field trip and the students' conclusions about Oklahoma's pre-history.

Read more about the Heavener Runestone and other nearby runes: Explore Southern History - A Viking Relic? and The Oklahoman - Swedish scholar studies Oklahoma runestones.

All meals for Alex students free of charge for school year

School administrators announced last week that all meals for Alex students will be free of charge during the 2015-2016 school year. Alex School's meal service will be provided this year by Keystone Food Service.

Chalk the walk kicks off new school year with enthusiasm!

Chalk Walk
Alex students participated in a Chalk the Walk activity last week to promote optimism and a positive environment to start off the school year. Like the Elementary students shown above, all Longhorns wrote and drew positive statements with chalk on the sidewalks.

Letter jackets available for order September 10, 2015

Freshmen through Seniors only may order letter jackets from Athlon II on September 10, 2015. A $100 deposit is required.

Backpack supplemental food program to start September 11

The Regional Food Bank will provide weekly food allotments packaged in backpacks for Alex students in need again this year. Application forms for the Backpack Program will be sent home with students next week and should be returned to Elementary Secretary Diana Boatwright as soon as possible. You may also apply for this program or obtain more information by contacting Wydolla Brantley at 405-820-4470 or Pam Welsh at 405-779-0414.

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