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October 30, 2013

Yale hopes to clinch third straight playoff berth

STILLWATER, Okla. — The mark of a good high school football program is one that can keep making postseason year after year — especially with the sometimes large turnover high school programs endure. Yale coach Craig Ellis has the Bulldogs in position to clinch their third straight playoff berth.

“We are looking forward to it,” Ellis said. “We are going to Hominy on Friday. We’ve had a good couple of days of practice and the guys are focused.”

Yale (4-4, 2-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak with a 22-14 victory over Depew on Oct. 25, faces another must-win at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hominy. Senior tight end Konner Fowler said getting a win would continue to build on Yale’s football tradition.

“It would be so exciting,” Fowler said of potentially returning to the playoffs. “We aren’t really a football town. So anytime Yale can have success it helps.”

The Bulldogs won their district opener against Drumright but lost to Barnsdall, Morrison and Kiefer being outscored 113-34. Fowler said he and his teammates don’t see having to win as pressure but as motivation.

“We find anything to motivate us,” Fowler said. “Motivation helps us win games and accomplish goals.”

Yale will look to avenge last season’s loss to the Bucks which was a key reason why the Bulldogs finished fourth in the district last season. Fowler said he knows it will be a challenge but one he and his teammates are willing to accept.

“Hominy is a solid team,” Fowler said. “They’ve beat us the last two years in a row. To go on their field and get a win would be pretty good. We had a rough couple of weeks against Morrison and Kiefer. We played good in both games but they just got the better of us. Getting a win last week (against Depew) got our confidence up a bit.”

If Yale is successful, its seniors would have made the playoffs in three of their four seasons. Ellis said that would make the victory special.

“It would be good for the kids,” Ellis said. “They have gotten better and better every year. It would be a great accomplishment for those kids. We just need to be consistent and go play Friday.”

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