– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The Class 3A state championship game is set. Heritage Hall and Sulphur will square off for the state championship. We’ll have plenty of preview content leading up to kickoff of the game, but we kick things off here with taking a look at both teams and the 3A Title First Look.
HERITAGE HALL CHARGERS (12-1)
Aug 30: Lost To Millwood 30-20
Sept 7: Beat Clinton 20-12
Sept 14: Beat Davis 36-7
Sept 20: Beat Mount Saint Mary 34-2
Sept 28: Beat John Marshall 27-20
Oct 4: Beat Perkins-Tryon 35-12
Oct 11: Beat Bridge Creek 50-0
Oct 19: Beat Kingfisher 35-27
Oct 25: Beat Blackwell 51-21
Nov 2: Mannford 40-13
1st Round: Beat Marlow 42-0
Quarterfinal: Beat Stigler 44-21
Semifinal: Beat Lincoln Christian 69-34
SULPHUR BULLDOGS (12-1)
Aug 24: Lost To Cache 35-12
Aug 31: Beat Madill 49-7
Sept 7: Beat Davis 47-9
Sept 21: Beat Bethel 42-35
Sept 28: Beat Purcell 55-14
Oct 5: Beat Lone Grove 56-16
Oct 12: Beat Plainview 26-7
Oct 18: Beat Marlow 42-7
Oct 26: Beat Douglass 60-28
Nov 2: Beat Pauls Valley 27-14
1st Round: Beat Perkins-Tryon 34-7
Quarterfinal: Beat Idabel 56-31
Semifinal: Beat Kingfisher 35-26
Championship Appearance: 8th
Heritage Hall is playing for the state championship, which should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody. This is a team that is making their eighth appearance in school history, with four coming in the last five years. During that five year stretch, the Chargers have lost just three games. No matter what class Heritage Hall is in, they find a way to make it to the state title game.
Championship Record: 6-1
Heritage Hall won the Class 4A crown a year ago, going 14-0 in the process. They also won back to back titles the last time they were in Class 3A in 2014 and 2015. So the Chargers enter this title game looking for their fourth gold ball in five years. They also won championships in 2010, 2008 and the first title came back in 1998. The only title loss was in 2007.
Offensive Production: 38.7 PPG
This is a Heritage Hall offense that is clicking on all cylinders and has yet to be slowed down in the playoffs. All three of their playoff games have been basically over by halftime because of the Charger offense. Since entering the playoffs, Heritage Hall is averaging 51 points per game. They dropped 69 on Lincoln Christian in the semifinals and had 48 by halftime.
Defensive Production: 15.3 PPG
The defense for Heritage Hall has certainly been a bend but don’t break defense. However, if you look deep at the numbers, you’d see that a good portion of the points that the Chargers have given up have come against back up players after the starters have come out. So while their average doesn’t blow you away, the average against the first team does the trick.
Championship Appearance: 4th
Sulphur returns to the state championship game for the first time since a stretch where the Bulldogs made playing for gold a regular occurrence. They made three consecutive trips from 2002-2004 and trip number four comes Friday. The Bulldogs have plenty of winning experience on their sideline. Head coach Jim Dixon is one of only four head coaches with 300+ wins in state history.
Championship Record: 2-1
During that three-year stretch that saw the Bulldogs playing for the state title every year, they won it all in 2002, lost in 2003 and then won again in 2004. On their way to their last state championship, they blew out Heritage Hall in the semifinals. This time, they’ll be squaring off with a Charger team that has made playing for state titles a regular thing each year.
Offensive Production: 41.6 PPG
When you have one of the best running backs in the state, you’re going to have an offense that puts up a lot of points. Led by senior running back Trey Kiser, the Bulldogs are averaging north of 40 points per game. Kiser has ran for nearly 40 touchdowns on the year. With Kiser running the ball, Sulphur has been held to under 30 points just three times this year.
Defensive Production: 18.2 PPG
Sulphur’s defense is very similar to Heritage Hall’s where they are a bend but don’t break. Sulphur has given up some points this year but in the big picture it hasn’t mattered with the offense continuing to roll. However, if the Bulldogs are going to walk away with the gold ball, they’re going to have to get stops and avoid a shootout with the Chargers.
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