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STIGLER (9-2) AT HERITAGE HALL (10-0)
Heritage Hall will face Stigler in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. The Chargers beat Stigler 44-21 on their way to the semifinals a year ago. However, this match-up might not be as expected as last year after Stigler beat up on Berryhill in the first round last week. It was the first time Berryhill was one and done in the playoffs since the start of this decade. Heritage Hall kicked off their playoff run with a blowout win over Purcell. Heritage Hall will need to focus on the task at hand before looking ahead to a potential semifinal showdown with Lincoln Christian. If they’re caught looking ahead, that’s when upsets tend to happen.
Player Spotlight: Mason Peery
Stigler was able to knock off Berryhill in a bit of a surprise result. If they’re going to go on the road and knock off the champs, they’ll need a big performance from quarterback Mason Peery. The Stigler signal caller has put up big numbers all season throwing and running the ball.
KINGFISHER (7-4) AT LINCOLN CHRISTIAN (11-0)
Lincoln Christian is in the exact same boat as Heritage Hall. These two teams have been 1 and 2 all season long. They appear to be the best two teams in 3A. It looks like we’ll see them square off in the semifinals. But if Lincoln isn’t focused on a hungry and improving Kingfisher team, they won’t have to worry about playing Heritage Hall. Kingfisher is coming off the win of the year for them. They beat Marlow in a triple overtime classic to advance to the quarterfinals. Lincoln steamrolled Inola for the second time this year. Kingfisher doesn’t have some of the household names that they had a year ago. But they’re still a contender every single year.
Player Spotlight: Chase Ricke
One of the players on the short list to be a Player Of The Year finalist is Lincoln Christian’s Chase Ricke. The Bulldog QB has been unstoppable all season long. If Kingfisher has a shot at pulling off the upset, they have to contain Ricke and make him uncomfortable in the pocket on Friday.
CHECOTAH (9-2) AT PLAINVIEW (9-1)
While the majority of the talk in 3A circles around Heritage Hall and Lincoln Christian, Plainview has been one of the consistent teams from start to finish this year. They appear to be right there with those top teams in 3A and are looking for their shot to take them out. Before they can worry about the future, they have a dangerous Checotah team coming to town. Checotah hasn’t been to the semifinals in 25 years. They have the firepower to get there. This is one of the better games in Oklahoma this week and could end up being the game of the night in Class 3A. Plainview will get everything they want and then some when Checotah comes to town.
Player Spotlight: Jacob Barrett
Checotah’s Jacob Barrett might be the best athlete in 3A football. Barrett does whatever he needs to do to help his team win games. He’s playing quarterback but the kid is an athlete and has had a major impact in all three phases of the game. Plainview’s top priority will be to slow down Barrett.
PERKINS-TRYON (10-1) AT VERDIGRIS (9-2)
Perkins-Tryon and Verdigris probably aren’t what you think of when you talk about the elite in Class 3A. However, they’re both having seasons to remember and don’t want it to stop before they can practice on Thanksgiving. Verdigris has never accomplished that as they’re looking for their first ever semifinal appearance. They have the team to get it done as they come in as the district champion. Perkins-Tryon’s only blemish this year was a close loss to Heritage Hall. A game where the Demons had the defending champs on the ropes. It should make for an entertaining game with a lot of action from start to finish.
Player Spotlight: Austin Mages
There are some really good players in 3A football. However, a player that isn’t getting enough pub is without a doubt Perkins-Tryon quarterback Austin Mages. The Demon QB has been putting up monster numbers all season. While he’s resorting to running the ball lately, he can sling the ball around.