High school playoff football begins this week with five Edmond teams in the mix.
Edmond North and Edmond Memorial will start things off with an Edlam matchup on Thursday while Edmond Santa Fe, Deer Creek and Oklahoma Christian School will face their opponents on Friday night. All of Edmond’s teams are 9-1 with the exception of the Memorial Bulldogs, who are the only team in the Class 6A playoffs with a losing record.
North (9-1) and Memorial (4-6) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wantland Stadium on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. It’s the second meeting of the season for the crosstown rivals, with the Huskies taking a 44-0 victory on opening night.
The Bulldogs were without their starting quarterback in that game and parts of the next two, as Memorial started out 0-5 before going on a tear in the middle of district play. Memorial won four of their last five games, marred only by an intra-city loss to Santa Fe. The Bulldogs got district wins over Southmoore and Mustang that vaulted Memorial past those teams, who finished with better win-loss records than the ’Dogs.
The decisive victory put the Huskies on a roll that would continue through the regular season with only a 27-49 hiccup at Norman North, leaving North with a 9-1 record. The Husky defense threw two shutouts this year, and the offense topped 40 points seven times.
Santa Fe (9-1) will take on Putnam City North (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Wantland Stadium. It’s the first meeting of the year for the two teams, but the Panthers lost 28-52 to Edmond North, whom Santa Fe played much tougher before taking a 13-26 loss in week three.
The game looks like a mismatch on paper, as ESF has scored 459 points and allowed 239, while PCN has scored 348 and allowed 251.
The Huskies and Wolves could potentially meet in the semifinals, but North would have to advance past Jenks (8-2) and Santa Fe past Tulsa Union (8-2) in round two.
The east side teams — Jenks, Union, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Sand Springs — all have worse win-loss records than the Huskies and Wolves, but have spent the season beating up on each other. The east siders’ losses have come at the hands of each other, or out-of-state teams.
Add to that the Norman teams, which are both 9-1, and even without an undefeated team or a clear favorite, you have a beefy Class 6A field.
The Deer Creek Antlers enter the Class 5A playoffs in top form, having weathered an overtime loss at Guthrie on Oct. 18 and taken a 25-12 win at previously unbeaten Bishop McGuinness on the last day of the season to win their district.
Deer Creek (9-1) will face Ardmore (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home. The teams have not met this season. The stiffest competition on Deer Creek’s side of the bracket appears to be Guthrie (9-1), whom the Antlers would meet in the semifinals in both teams win in the first two rounds. On the other side of the Class 5A bracket loom Del City, Claremore and Bishop McGuinness, all 9-1.
The Antlers are first in scoring offense and second in scoring defense, while the Irish are first in scoring defense and second in scoring offense in Class 5A.
Oklahoma Christian School (9-1) will meet Tonkawa (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at OCS in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The Saints’ only loss of the year came in week three to Class 3A Jones; OCS began the season with a 27-24 victory over Class 3A power Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa.
Class 2A features a number of powerhouse teams, including Vian, Stroud and Davis — none of whom have given up more than 70 points this season — plus Adair and Frederick, who are both 10-0.
OCS would potentially face Stroud in round three and Frederick in the semifinals.
High school playoff football begins this week with five Edmond teams in the mix.
OSU clears field for Bedlam game Saturday
Oklahoma State University crews are clearing snow from Boone Pickens Stadium to make sure the field and stands are ready for Saturday’s Bedlam Rivalry football game, Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations Gavin Lang said.
No. 6 OSU hosts No. 20 Oklahoma. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday.
OSU crews started removing the snow Friday morning. The process is expected to continue through Friday afternoon.
Two UCO football players named All-Region
Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham and wide receiver Marquez Clark both earned first-team recognition on the Daktronics All-Super Region Three Team that was released today, with Clark also claiming second-team honors at kick returner.
First-team honorees on the four all-region teams selected around the country are now eligible for Daktronics All-America selection, with those teams to be announced Dec. 17.
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Bulldogs use extra period in conquest of Norman North
Defense and Kristian Doolittle drawing fouls aided Edmond Memorial to a 53-48 win in overtime at Norman North Tuesday night.
“It was a total team effort,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said about the triumph. “We had great play from Jacob Essman on the glass and Kristian Doolittle who drew foul after key foul.”
Down the stretch, Memorial’s Taylor Hicks hit some huge free throws to contribute to the team win. Hicks led the ‘Dogs with 14 points, Essman added 11 and Doolittle finished with nine.
“It was a very solid win for us,” Cowherd added. “Norman North is very talented.
Football playoffs moved back a week
With the primary concern of the safety and welfare of participants, coaches, administrators and fans, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has postponed all state football playoff games one full week.
Oklahoma State University has served as a gracious host for the past four years for Classes 6A through A, and their understanding of the need to insure safe travel for the schools helped the OSSAA to make the determination. We also extend our gratitude to Tulsa University and their administrative staff for making themselves available to our member schools.
Lady Huskies start out in win column
The Edmond North Lady Huskies stepped out on the right foot Tuesday night, staving off visiting Stillwater 70-64 in the first game of the 2013-14 season.
“We kept our composure and continued to be aggressive,” said North head coach Karlie Free. “Stillwater attempted to apply some pressure with a full-court press, but we handled it and had kids step up and hit free throws down the stretch.”
Big baskets in the final period came from a pair of up-and-coming freshmen as 5-7 Lauren Koenig and 5-7 Emma Ledbetter came through in the clutch to keep the Huskies on top. The rookie duo each hit double-figures, scoring 10 points each.
Wolfpack swarms Millers in third quarter
After a 36-36 deadlock at intermission with Yukon Tuesday night, the Edmond Santa Fe boys jelled as a defense in the third period to pull away from the Millers 78-66 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“We didn’t come out and do a very good job defensively the whole night,” said Wolves coach Lenny Hatchett after the opening-night victory. “It was mainly because Yukon did a great job of playing smart and patient. We did come out in the second half and play more as a team, but we have to do a better job of putting four quarters together — we just played better team defense in the third quarter.”
In the third, the Wolfpack took the stanza handily by a 20-7 margin.
Wolf Curran Scott exploded for 29 points, hitting a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He was ensued by teammate Daron Mims’ 16 points.
Santa Fe will host 15th Street foe Edmond Memorial Friday night weather permitting.
YMCA spring sports registration nears
Registration for YMCA spring sports will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 24 for volleyball (ages 8-15), track (5-14) and soccer (3-14) at the Rankin and the new Mitch Park YMCA located at 1501 W. Covell Road.
For the Rankin YMCA, call 348-9622 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
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UCO men rout OCU
Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
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