By Andrew Glover
MORRISON, Okla. —
After claiming the district title Friday, the Morrison Wildcats will get to enjoy the comforts of home next week when they host the Fairland Owls in the first round of the Class A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Owls (4-5) enter the game on a two-game losing streak — including ending the regular season with a 33-0 loss to Summit Christian. The Wildcats have won eight straight since their Week 2 loss and won seven of those games by at least 20 points.
The game will be a rematch as Morrison won 38-12 last season at home. The winner will face the winner of Elmore City-Pernell or Central Sallisaw.
Tigers look to regroup in the playoffs
CUSHING — The Cushing Tigers went from possibly winning the district to not even getting to host a playoff game after two straight losses. Cushing will visit the Jones Longhorns in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday.
The Tigers (8-2) lost 20-19 to Bethany to fall into third. Coach Barrett Shupe said his team will have to be prepared for a tough environment at Jones.
“We’ve just got to be prepared physically and mentally,” Shupe said. “We’ve played in tough environments before and just have to execute.”
Last season, Cushing was defeated in the first round on its home turf. This year the Tigers hope to do the same to the Longhorns. Shupe said he reminded his team that the season starts over.
“We’re 0-0,” Shupe said. “What we did the previous games doesn’t really matter. We just have to go out and focus on winning at Jones.”
Bluejackets excited about first home playoff game
COYLE — For the first time in their school history, the Coyle Bluejackets will get to host a playoff game when they face the Davenport Longhorns at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
“We’re really excited,” coach Shane Weathers said. “We hosted last year but it was at Langston. This is the first one we have at Coyle. We are hoping for a big turnout.”
The Bluejackets haven’t played the Longhorns this year but are familar with them because they have seen some of their athletes on the basketball court.
“Coach John Greenfield is a great coach,” Weathers said. “He will have them ready to play. It should be a good matchup and they will be a tough team to beat.”
Demons relish opportunity to face top-ranked Lions
PERKINS — It may not have been the way the Perkins-Tryon Demons envisioned making the playoffs — relying on a tiebreaker scenario and winning by district points — nonetheless they are in and will visit the No. 1 Blanchard Lions in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday.
Coach Lloyd Wertman said he is excited about the opportunity to face the Lions.
“I’m just glad we got in,” Wertman said. “We had a great game against Okmulgee and dominated them. We have a great opportunity getting to play Blanchard. They are a team that you can’t make mistakes and give an edge to.”
This was the second straight season that the Demons needed a three-way tie to result in their favor. Bristow held off Prague 22-15 and Seminole trounced Chandler 52-26 to allow P-T to slip in.
Perry closes season with momentum
PERRY — The Maroons may not be preparing for an opponent next week but closed their season on a high note, winning their third straight game, 13-12 over Newkirk.
“We sent the seniors out 3-0 in our last three games,” coach Cameron Bennett said. “I’m very proud of how we finished. It will give us momentum into next season.”
Perry will return most of its starters with nine on each side of the ball coming back for 2014.
Yale seniors go out on top
YALE — The season didn’t end quite the way Yale coach Craig Ellis had hoped at 5-5. His senior class got to finish with a win.
“I thought we were going to have a little better year,” Ellis said. “Sometimes the football takes a funny bounce.”
The Bulldogs will graduate 11 seniors — most of them starters.
“We are going to have a lot of replacing to do,” Ellis said. “My seniors had good attitudes and came out and played well.”