Pigskin Preview Revealed: Bishop Kelley Comets Feature – Presented by Tulsa Bone & Joint

Bishop Kelley Comets

Coach: J.J. TAPPANA 

9-6 – vs. Booker T. Washington

9-13 – at Bishop McGuinness

9-20 – at Memorial

9-27 – vs. Hale

10-4 – at Edison

10-11 – vs. Durant

10-17 – at Glenpool

10-25 – vs. Ada

11-1 – at Coweta

11-8 – vs. McAlester

Quick Hits:

The Comets hit the double digit win total for the first time since the 2009 season. Kelley has only suffered one losing season since 2002. 

There may be no more closely contested rivalry than Bishop Kelley and McGuinness. Kelley avenged a regular season overtime loss to the Irish with a one-point win in the quarterfinals. Ten of the last 13 matchups have been decided by a touchdown or less. 

Running back Zach Middleton and wide receiver Cori Lewis teamed up on the biggest play of the year for the Comets. Middleton hit Lewis on a 67-yard halfback pass to provide the winning score against McGuinness in the second round of the playoffs. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 10-3

2017 – 8-3

2016 – 9-3

2015 – 8-3 

2014 – 5-5 

2013 – 6-5 


The Bishop Kelley Comets had a great run last year, making a state semifinal appearance. If they can secure some players in leadership roles to replace graduated seniors, this year’s team will also have a chance to have a great season. They will be tested early on, hosting Booker T. Washington and traveling to Bishop McGuinness. “Those games will be a great chance to get better as we head into district play,” said head coach JJ Tappana. “This group has very high expectations of themselves and it should be a fun year for our program.” The 2019 offense will need to replace some key linemen from last season. Coach Tappana says they have the guys to do it, but will need them to build up some experience and maturity. Matt Nogalski (6-4, 265, Sr.) will be a leader for the offensive line. Most of last year’s skill players will return, but the junior class will be relied upon to make an impact. Cori Lewis (5-8, 165, Sr.) and Doyle Gehring (6-1, 180, Sr.) can be counted on as wide receivers. Passing to them will be quarterback Stephen Collins (6-1, 190, Sr.). Running back Zach Middleton (5-11, 190, Sr.) and tight end Cooper McMurray (6-3, 225, Sr.) will continue to be big playmakers this season.


This 3-4 defense will return 10 starters from last season. There are high expectations for this group to carry the Comets early in the season while the newer players on the offensive side have time to gain experience. Losing Jack Barkley, their defensive leader from last season, will require some new guys to step up. Montrell Cozart (6-0, 260, Sr.) will be an important lineman for the defense. The linebacker core will rely on Jack Synar (5-9, 210, Sr.), Grant Govrik (5-10, 200, Sr.), and Alex Hatfield (6-3, 210, Sr.). Contributing on both sides will be Zach Middleton at tailback, Cori Lewis at defensive back and Stephens Collins at cornerback. In the secondary, look for Owen Heinecke (6-1, 180, Jr.) to be an asset as a strong safety.