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The Class 3A state championship game is set and it’s time to start looking at the match-up. Lincoln Christian and Plainview will square off for the gold ball. 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.
LINCOLN CHRISTIAN BULLDOGS (13-0)
Aug 30 – Beat Inola 51-19
Sept 6 – Beat Jones 49-14
Sept 13 – Beat Vian 25-18
Sept 27 – Beat Stigler 49-21
Oct 4 – Beat Seminole 51-8
Oct 11 – Beat Webster 69-8
Oct 17 – Beat Roland 56-8
Oct 25 – Beat Okmulgee 49-0
Nov 1 – Beat Idabel 55-0
Nov 8 – Beat Checotah 56-21
1st Round – Beat Inola 56-7
Quarterfinal – Beat Kingfisher 55-14
Semifinal – Beat Heritage Hall 33-6
Championship Appearance: 3rd
Lincoln Christian first made it into the OSSAA playoffs in 2008. Since then, the Bulldogs have now made it to three state championship games. The Bulldogs are playing for the gold ball for the first time since 2015. They advanced after beating Heritage Hall in the semifinals, the team that eliminated them last year.
Championship Record: 1-1
Lincoln’s first trip to the playoffs came in 2008. Their first and only state championship came the following year in 2009. The Bulldogs have been one of the best teams in 3A all season and after knocking off Heritage Hall, they should be considered the favorites to bring home their second state title in school history.
Offensive Production: 50.3 PPG
Year in and year out, Lincoln Christian always has one of the top offenses in the state and 2019 is no different. The Bulldogs are averaging 50 points per game and have dominated just about everyone they’ve faced. Including beating Heritage Hall by 27 points, the Chargers’ worst loss since September of 2013.
Defensive Production: 11.1 PPG
While the offense gets a lot of publicity, the defense has been one of the best in 3A football this year. They’ve been dominant ever since Lincoln entered district play and that continued in the playoffs. Holding Heritage Hall to 6 points is no easy task and the Bulldogs made it look simple in their semifinal victory.
PLAINVIEW INDIANS (11-1)
Aug 30 – Beat Sanger, TX. 46-13
Sept 13 – Lost To Tuttle 35-28
Sept 27 – Beat Purcell 56-0
Oct 4 – Beat Bethel 63-21
Oct 11 – Beat Marlow 42-14
Oct 17 – Beat Sulphur 24-22
Oct 25 – Beat Lone Grove 26-6
Nov 1 – Beat Pauls Valley 49-7
Nov 8 – Beat Douglass 45-14
1st Round – Beat John Marshall 49-15
Quarterfinal – Beat Checotah 58-34
Semifinal – Beat Verdigris 55-13
Championship Appearance: 2nd
Year in and year out, Plainview is always a team you have to mark down as a team to watch. However, despite all of their successful seasons. This is only their second appearance in the title game. The other came in 2016. The Indians have one of their best teams in school history and they’re looking to make history Saturday.
Championship Record: 0-1
Unfortunately for Plainview, they have to be considered one of the state’s top programs that is searching for their first gold ball. That elusive state championship is just one win away from the Indians. Standing in their way is a Lincoln Christian team that eliminated Plainview in the quarterfinals a year ago.
Offensive Production: 45.1 PPG
Plainview’s offense is extremely balanced and they have arguably the most talented player in 3A football with Blake Nowell. While the offense can put up points, the special teams for Plainview has been outstanding as well. They’ve put teams in early holes taking the opening kick back for six on multiple occasions.
Defensive Production: 16.2 PPG
Similar to Lincoln Christian, a lot of pub for Plainview goes towards the offensive side of the ball. However, the defense is right there as far as skill goes. And in fact, they force so many turnovers that they set up the offense for success. The Indians will now focus on slowing down and containing Lincoln’s high-powered attack.