PLAYOFF PREVIEW: 3A SEMIFINALS & 2A QUARTERFINALS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTul)
11/21/2018 3:21:24 PM
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It’s a new age for Class 3A. No longer are there five rounds to navigate to win the championship. Heritage Hall, Lincoln Christian, Sulphur and Kingfisher are all one win away from the 3A title game. As for Class 2A and Class A, it’s business as usual with the quarterfinals this week while most of the other classes narrow their fields to two teams.

Here’s what to look for this week…


Class 3A

*Both games scheduled to start at 7 p.m.




No. 1 Heritage Hall (11-1) vs. No. 4 Lincoln Christian (11-1)

Where: Collins Stadium (Sapulpa)
Last week: Heritage Hall 44, Stigler 21; Lincoln Christian 34, Plainview 21
Players to watch
- Conner Carey (Heritage Hall):
Senior tailback has emerged as the Chargers’ main weapon out of the backfield with 1,429 yards and 24 touchdowns on 160 carries.
- Hardy Bowers (Heritage Hall): Leading the Chargers with 135 tackles and nine sacks this season.
- Chase Ricke (Lincoln Christian): Junior quarterback has passed for 2,860 yards and 33 touchdowns while completing 152 of 229 passes. He’s also added rushing to his arsenal lately, logging 176 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries last week against Plainview.
- Sam Brueggemann (Lincoln Christian): Ricke’s favorite in the target has hauled in 62 catches for 1,422 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Need to know
- Chargers have had previous success against Lincoln Christian in the playoffs. Chargers beat the Bulldogs in the 3A title game in 2015, and they also beat Lincoln Christian in the 2A semifinals in 2008.
- Heritage Hall is 7-3 in the semifinals.
- Lincoln Christian is 2-0 in semifinal games that aren’t against Heritage Hall. Last semifinal win was over Jones in 2015.

No. 3 Sulphur (11-1) vs. No. 6 Kingfisher (9-3)

Where: Edmond Santa Fe High School
Last week: Sulphur 56, Idabel 31; Kingfisher 35, Berryhill 15
Players to watch
- Trey Kiser (Sulphur):
This is an obvious one. The senior running back/linebacker has dominated on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs. He’s rushed for 2,312 yards and 35 touchdowns on 237 carries this season.
- Jett Sternberger (Kingfisher): Senior quarterback has passed for 2,067 yards and 29 touchdowns while completing 67 percent (156 of 233) of his passes. Also has mixed in 13 touchdowns on the ground.
- Trey Green (Kingfisher): Sternberger’s top target with 48 catches for 822 yards and 12 touchdowns. Also has 53 tackles and seven tackles for loss on defense.
Need to know
- Kingfisher is 2-1 against Sulphur in the playoffs. Most recent matchup was a 21-18 Kingfisher victory in the 3A championship game in 2003.
- Sulphur is 3-4 in all-time semifinal clashes. The Bulldogs last semifinal win was in 2004.
- Kingfisher is 6-6 in 12 previous semifinal appearances. Yellowjackets’ last semifinal win was in 2013 against Seminole before beating Blachard in the 3A championship game.



Class 2A