Playoffs Week 3 Recap

It’s championship week in 6A, 5A, 4A and the 8 man classes B & C.  Classes A-3A have advanced to the semifinal round.  We’ll bring you the best coverage of championship week that you’ll find anywhere.  Before we start previewing everything, we need to go back to last week.  It’s time for a recap from the 4A-6A semifinals as well as the 2A-3A quarterfinals.  Keep coming back every day, we’ll have new content daily.  Enjoy!

Class 6A Semifinals

Union Holds Off Broken Arrow Rally, Beat Tigers 30-18

The Redskins continued their dominance over rival Broken Arrow.  With a win, Union is now 30-1 against BA in their last 31 meetings including 3 playoff wins in the last 5 years.  Union jumped out to a 16-0 lead but Broken Arrow pulled with 7 points by halftime.  The deciding play was in the 4th quarter when Broken Arrow was driving down 30-18.  The Tigers had 1st and 10  on the Union 12 but a 34 yard  loss and an eventual punt sealed BA’s fate.  The Redskins would go on to win and advance to another state championship game, the 5th title appearance in Kirk Fridrich’s 6th season as head coach.

Jenks Dominates Westmoore From The Start, Beat Jaguars 46-14

These two 6A-2 teams met back in week 7 in a rainy contest that Jenks won 24-0.  In the rematch, Westmoore was able to get on the scoreboard and get over the century mark in total offense but the result was the same.  The Trojans jumped out to a 32-0 lead very early in the 2nd quarter and coasted to a win and yet another state championship game.  Westmoore had no answer for Jenks’ run game and their offense couldn’t get going against this Jenks defense for the 2nd time this season.  The Trojans advance to their 24th title game in school history and look to finish the season unbeaten.

Class 5A Semifinals

McAlester Continues Dominant Run, Beat Lawton Mac 56-20

Lawton Mac led 6-0 but by halftime, everyone in the stadium forgot that the Highlanders were leading at one point.  McAlester exploded to a 30-13 halftime lead.  It got close in the 3rd quarter as Lawton Mac would score to make it 30-20, but that would be as close as the Highlanders would get.  McAlester used the pass game, the run game, defense and special teams to perfection in putting up another 50+ point night.  The Buffaloes reached the semifinals the previous two years but each trip ended with a loss.  Friday night, they play for their first state title since 1996.

Guthrie Ends Collinsville’s Dream Season, Beat Cardinals 45-13

Similar to the other semifinal, Collinsville led early but nobody remembers that because of the outcome.  The Cardinals jumped out to a 7-0 lead and then it was all Guthrie until the end.  The Blue Jays responded to the Collinsville TD with 7 of what would be 45 consecutive points.  Guthrie tied the game up and never looked back to advance to the title game.  The Blue Jays are looking for the 2nd title in 3 years.  On their way to that title in 2011, they beat McAlester in the semifinals and then dispatched of Lawton Mac in the title game.  They get the Buffs on Friday.

Class 4A Semifinals

Anadarko Ends Wagoner’s Season Again In Semi’s, Beat Bulldogs 34-14

Last season Anadarko beat Wagoner in the semifinals 24-14.  In the rematch, it got worse.  The Warriors bounced the Bulldogs out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year getting a 20 point win.  When talking about Anadarko, most people talk about running back RJ Sink, and with good reason, Sink is dominant.  It was quarterback Brandon Pollard that stole the show to send his Warriors to their 3rd consecutive state title game. (2011-3A, 2012-4A)  Pollard finished 17-18 threw the air and that one incomplete pass was on his first attempt.

Poteau Continues Improbable Run, Beat Douglass 27-20

Before the season started, no major publication that previews Oklahoma high school football had Poteau in the top 10 in 4A.  Fast forward 3 months later, the Poteau Pirates are going to be playing for a state title.  Jace Pitchford has been the team leader all season long and he stepped up late in the 4th quarter two different occasions to help get the win.  With the game tied at 20 and 2:26 left, Poteau converted a 4th and goal from the 1 on a Pitchford TD.  Douglass faced 4th and 1 to keep their title game hopes alive and it was Pitchford that came up and made the stop on LSU commit Deondre Clark.

Class 3A Quarterfinals

Blanchard Keeps Possible Repeat Alive, Beat Lincoln Christian 42-13

The defending champions continue their undefeated season as they dispatched upset-minded Lincoln Christian to advance to the semifinals.  The Lions jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and just added on in the 2nd half.  Lincoln Christian was able to stop Victory Christian’s passing attack last week in an upset win over the Conquerors in OT, they were not able to do the same to Blanchard’s rushing attack.  Lion running back Braden Stringer finished with 340 yards and all 6 Blanchard TD’s.  Blanchard faces off with Plainview for a chance to defend their title at Boone Pickens Stadium in 2 weeks.

Plainview Stops Locust Grove’s Surprising Season, Beat Pirates 41-12

You hear all the time about how you don’t get moral victories in sports.  Sometimes I disagree and this is one of those times.  Locust Grove finished their season in a 41-12 loss to Plainview, their final record was 12-1.  The 4 seasons prior to 2013 their combined record was 6-34.  This is a young Pirate team and they’ll have more seasons like 2013 and less of what they went thru in the 4 seasons prior.  Plainview returned to their dominant ways in convincing fashion.  They continue to dismantle teams that aren’t Tuttle.  They get the defending champs in the semifinals.

Seminole Runs Away From Hilldale, Beat Hornets 43-28

Papi White.  Maybe one day I’ll stop leading recaps on Seminole wins with “Papi White.”  Not today though.  White once again showed why he’s one of the more valuable players in the state of Oklahoma today.  Hilldale hung tough with the unbeaten Chieftains but fell short in the 4th quarter.  The two teams exchanged blows and went into the 4th quarter tied at 21.  It was at that point that Hilldale started making mistakes and White made them pay.  White had another 300 yard game, 4 rushing TD’s and a defensive touchdown.  White and Seminole get their toughest test yet, a hungry Kingfisher team.

Kingfisher Continues To Dominate, Beat Beggs 46-8

The Yellowjackets continue to roll.  Not a lot else to add.  This game was a complete mismatch like almost every game Kingfisher has played so far this season.  A 27 point win in early November against Marlow continues to be the closest game that Kingfisher has played all season.  That might change this week.  They get Papi White and Seminole and we get to see two of the best running backs in Oklahoma clash as White and the Chieftains take on Kingfisher’s Landon Nault and the Yellowjackets.

Class 2A Quarterfinals

Vian Escapes Hennessey To Advance To Semi’s, Beat Eagles 21-20

Last year it was 40 point blowouts and games over by halftime.  This season it hasn’t been so easy, but the only constant thru the differences in the 2012 Wolverines and the 2013 Wolverines has been winning.  Vian beat Hennessey for the second straight year, this time it was exciting.  Hennessey jumped out to a 20-0 lead but Vian came storming back.  The Wolverines got a 90 yard punt return to make it 20-14 in favor of the Eagles.  A fumble recovery at the 50 and a go ahead touchdown with 38 seconds left put Vian back into the 2A semifinals.  They get their shot at revenge against Davis.

Davis Comes Back And Avoids Upset, Beat Adair 28-27

For the second straight week, the undefeated Wolves were almost upset.  Last week it was a 5 point win against Christian Heritage.  This week it was a 14 point comeback in the 2nd half to advance to the 2A semifinals.  Adair has been a team over the last several seasons that has consistently put good regular season records together but couldn’t match that success in the playoffs.  It looked like they were finally going to get there.  They led 27-14 at halftime and could do no wrong.  For the second straight year, Davis beat Adair by a single point, eliminating the Warriors, and advancing Davis to the semi’s.

Millwood Wins Slugfest With Meeker, Beat Bulldogs 14-6

Millwood had a war with unbeaten Meeker with a spot in the 2A semifinals on the line and they got the job done.  The Falcons have been tested before but they’ve always been able to put up points.  That was not the case against Meeker.  Millwood’s previous season low in points scored was 31.  The Falcons managed 14 points, 17 below that season low.  The Falcons move on but we’ll see how they bounce back from a battle with Meeker.  They get Hartshorne in the semi’s, the same Hartshorne team that dethroned the defending champs OCS, that OCS team gave Millwood their closest game this year.

Hartshorne Advances To Semi’s With OT Win Over Champs, Beat OCS 32-25

The Miners went back and forth with the defending state champs and came out the winner.  Hartshorne never led in the game until the final touchdown in overtime.  The Miners scored a game tying touchdown with a little over 6 minutes left in the game.  They missed the extra point and the last 6 minutes played out with no scoring.  The Saints had the ball first but fumbled and Hartshorne came up with it.  They scored and got into the 2A semifinals.  The Miners now get the #1 Millwood Falcons.  OCS gave Millwood their closest game in October, now it’s time to see if Hartshorne can do the same.

Come back tomorrow when we put out our Class 4A championship game preview.  Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week,

Tuesday: 4A Title Game Preview

Wednesday: 5A Title Game Preview

Thursday: 6A Title Game Preview

Friday: 3A & 2A Semifinal Preview

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