By Andrew Glover
MORRISON, Okla. —
The Wildcats have had several seasons where they’ve entered a playoff game ranked No. 1 and have gone against the top ranked team. Friday in Ringling, the Wildcats hope to knock off the defending state champion Blue Devils at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“We are playing the defending state champion on the road,” Bales said. “It’s exciting and we are going in there with really nothing to lose.”
It is the second straight season that Morrison has visited a top-ranked opponent. Last season, the Wildcats faced Wynnewood in the second round.
Morrison (11-1), which averages 36 points per game, will be challenged by the size of Ringling’s line as its much bigger than Morrison’s. The Blue Devils enter the quarterfinals coming off a 21-14 win against Thomas-Fay Custer and average 40 points per game. Bales said his team needs to be unpredictable.
“We are going to throw things at them they haven’t seen,” Bales said. “We are going to take a lot of chances.”
Senior Joshua Hite said the defense, which has allowed just 13 points in the last three games, will need to play strong Friday.
“We have to step and do everything right,” Hite said. “We just have to let the score handle itself.”
On Friday, the Wildcats will face a Blue Devil defense that only gave up 10 points or more twice this season and pitched four shutouts. In last week’s victory over Elmore City-Pernell, the Wildcats had to use the passing game more because the running game couldn’t get going and Bales thinks throwing the ball will play a big role Friday.
“We need to be able to spread them out and protect our quarterback, so we can throw successfully,” Bales said. “We aren’t going to be able to just line up and run it at them. We can’t allow them to get into a comfort zone.”