PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK: Classes A, B & C
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTul)
11/14/2018 4:14:19 PM
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Class A

First Round Rewind

•   Hooker 19, Mangum 6: The Bulldogs picked up where they left off from last year’s postseason. Hooker beat Mangum, 26-13, in the first round last year, and this season Lakon Lynch collected 11 tackles and a pass break-up to lead top-ranked Hooker on defense. On offense, Karder Neville had four catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Dillon Metcalf also came up with eight tackles and two sacks for the Bulldogs, who advanced to the second round of the playoffs for only the fifth time.

•   Crossings Christian 31, Walters 15: Welcome to the second round of the playoffs, Knights. Jacob Snyder led Crossings Christian with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. “That was big for us because it was the first playoff win in the program’s eight-year history,” Crossings Christian coach Jonathan Keathly said. “The effort and focus was good, especially in the first half. We’re excited to take the long trip to Hooker and give it all we’ve got.”

•   Rejoice Christian 41, Pawhuska 8: The Eagles have never not made the second round of the playoffs since earning their first berth in 2012. In Class A, Rejoice has advanced to the quarterfinals once, though. The Eagles moved out of the first round this season because of Andrew Crow’s monster performance -- 35 carries, 372 yards and five touchdowns. He also threw a TD pass and came up with an interception on defense.

•    Gore 22, Wynnewood 14: Wynnewood had been a thorn in Gore’s side during the playoffs, eliminating the Pirates from contention in both 2010 and 2012. James Dover led Gore with 99 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and quarterback Wes Shanks passed for a touchdown, too.

•    Christian Heritage 28, Ringling 22: Bridge Bullard scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Zach Hale with less than a minute remaining to upset Ringling. Hale completed 22 of 31 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, and he TD runs of 13 and 65 yards. To top it off, Hale had 12 tackles and one sack on defense. Crusaders, after a decade in Class 2A, improved to 3-1 all-time in Class A playoff games.

•    Thomas 28, Frederick 14: Brandon Eckert has a touchdown rushing and receiving, and Marshall Gose had 107 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Gose also threw a touchdown pass for the Terriers, who have advanced to the Class A semifinals in four of the past eight seasons. “I was extremely proud of our kids,” Thomas coach Bob Ward said. “Frederick is a good team, and it’s a tough place to play. Our guys did a great job of taking the game over early.”

•    Stroud 42, Talihina 6: The Tigers are back in the second round for the first time since 2015. Grant Elerick threw TD passes of 68 and 57 yards to Coby Davis, Collin Seaton had touchdown runs of 25 and 15 yards and Gage Parrick added TD rushes of 5 and 72 yards.

•    Morrison 34, Okla. Union 0: Ryker Hughes had three touchdown rushes for the Wildcats, who forged their third straight shutout on defense.

•    Tonkawa 55, Colcord 12: The Buccaneers’ last playoff win before this week? The 2009 Class A championship game. Braydon Hampton three four touchdown passes for the Bucs, and he also ran a touchdown in and returned an interception for score.

•    Wayne 18, Central Sallisaw 13: Last time Wayne beat Central Sallisaw in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulldogs reached the 2012 quarterfinals.

•    Hobart 55, Texhoma 19: Hobart collected only its fifth playoff win since the turn of the century. Luke Hollister led the way with four catches for 147 yards and four touchdowns.

•    Minco 48, Apache 21: Minco made it six straight seasons of at least picking up a playoff victory. Caedin Addington rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He also had five tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

•    Hulbert 50, Allen 19: Hulbert running back Jacob Bruce rushed for six touchdowns and 347 yards, moving him atop the state’s all-time rushing list.

•    Commerce 49, Hominy 28: Tailback Chris Ibarra rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns and also had a receiving touchdown, and then on defense he added two interceptions, including one for a 73-yard return for a touchdown.

•    Cashion 47, Dibble 7: Wildcats finished with 432 yards on offense and ran its first-round winning streak to 10 years in a row. T.J. Roberts finished with five touchdown runs of 3, 38, 3, 2 and 5 yards for Cashion.

•    Fairview 40, Merritt 13: Like 2016, Fairview knocked off Merritt in the first round. That season Fairview reached the quarterfinals before losing to Hominy.


On tap this week…

•    Crossings Christian at Hooker: First meeting between these two. Crossings Christian is unbeaten on the road, and Hooker has allowed only 47 points in six home games.

•    Gore at Rejoice Christian: Rematch from last year’s first-round game that Rejoice won, 20-12. Pirates are 3-2 away from home, and will have to find a way to slow down Rejoice Christian’s Andrew Crow.

•    Christian Heritage at Thomas: The only matchup of two teams who both won on the road last week. With that being the case, and some other determining factors, Thomas is the one playing at home this week.

•    Morrison at Stroud: Morrison won the last playoff matchup between the two -- a 41-7 victory in 2008. “It’ll be fun,” Morrison coach Cory Bales told the Stillwater NewsPress. “It will be a great football game. We’re going to have to have a great week of preparation in order to go over there and get a win.”

•    Wayne at Tonkawa: These two basically share outposts on I-35, but yet have never met before.

•    Minco at Hobart: Hobart will need to find a way to slow down Minco’s Caedin Addington, and Hobart will have to find a way to hand Minco its first road loss. Minco has gone 6-0 away from home this season, including last week’s blowout of Apache.

•    Commerce at Hulbert: Former district foes for periods of time in the earlier 2000s, and it’s been a one-sided affair mostly. Commerce is 4-0 against Hulbert since 2008 with a combined score of 196-14. The running back clash in this one -- Hulbert’s Jacob Bruce vs. Commerce’s Chris Ibarra should be fun to watch.

•    Fairview at Cashion: Since a 1-2 stint in non-district play, Fairview has only suffered one loss -- a 10-point setback after taking top-ranked Hooker to the wire. The Yellowjackets will have their hands full with Cashion’s Griffin Lamb and T.J. Roberts, though.



Class B

First Round Rewind

Scores
•    Shattuck 48, Ringwood 0
•    Alex 54, Empire 8
•    Dewar 46, Canadian 0
•    Yale 20, Foyil 12
•    Waurika 48, Cyril 0
•    Cherokee 36, Turpin 16
•    Davenport 58, Oaks 0
•    Weleetka 46, Porum 0
•    Wetumka 54, Gans 6
•    Depew 54, Watts 6
•    Pioneer 44, Seiling 22
•    Burns Flat-Dill City 58, Ryan 12
•    Regent Prep 49, Prue 0
•    Keota 28, Strother 0
•    Synder 62, Bray-Doyle 12
•    Laverne 48, Waukomis 2

Notes
•    Shattuck won its 15th straight playoff game.
•    Alex has won a playoff game every year since 2013.
•    Yale won its first playoff game since 2004.
•    Davenport has won a playoff game every year since 2005.
•    Twelve first-round games ended via the mercy rule.
•    Burns Flat-Dill City, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, won its first postseason game in 12 seasons


On tap this week…

•    Alex at Shattuck
•    Yale at Dewar
•    Cherokee at Waurika
•    Weleetka at Davenport
•    Depew at Wetumka
•    Burns Flat-Dill City at Pioneer
•    Keota at Regent Prep
•    Laverne at Snyder