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.
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You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone as Edmond as Byron Graham.
He was born in 1947 at St. Anthony’s and was soon brought home to his house on Eighth Street. He never left, except for a stint to go to college at Oklahoma State and upon graduation, he landed right back teaching in the Edmond school district.
Monday, Graham, a longtime educator and coach in Edmond, received a call informing him that he had been selected for the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. He will be inducted formally at 6:30 p.m. July 27 in the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa.
“It’s quite an honor,” he said. “I was surprised because I know the high school put out some information last year and I didn’t make it. I thought it was a one-time deal and really didn’t know.”
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