The Norman Transcript

November 4, 2012

Some tough first-round tests await area playoff squads

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Six area teams have advanced to the postseason, and each enters in a unique situation, from upstart challengers to expected title contenders. Here’s the slate of area games scheduled for this week.

Southmoore at Norman North

7:30 p.m. Friday at Norman High: As a reward for winning District 6A-3, Norman North was awarded a date with a dangerous Southmoore team that, until a late-season dive, was considered one of the best teams in the west.

So dangerous, in fact, that Southmoore defeated Westmoore in non-district play. The Jaguars are the only team to hand a defeat to the T-Wolves in this season.

The winner will meet the winner of Broken Arrow-Sand Springs.

Yukon at Norman High

7 p.m. Thursday at Norman High: In a rematch of Week 3, the Millers will visit the Tigers with a trip to the second round on the line. As the No. 2 seed in District 6A-4, NHS won the right to host the game and chose to schedule it for Thursday, while Yukon defeated Putnam City North in a Week 10 battle to earn third place in District 6A-3.

In the teams’ first meeting, NHS entered the second half trailing 21-17, but took control in the third quarter. The Tigers shut out the Millers after the break and walked out with a 34-21 victory.

The winner will advance to face the Owasso-Sapulpa winner on Nov. 16.

Kingston at Washington

7:30 p.m. Friday at Washington: The Warriors rebounded from a 1-3 start to the season with a six-game winning streak to end it. That includes a big Week 10 victory over Lindsay to wrap up second place in District 2A-3, while Kingston comes in as the No. 3 team from 2A-4.

The winner will advance to play either Crooked Oak or Hennessey.

Westmoore at Tulsa Union

7:30 p.m. Friday at Tulsa Union: Westmoore played a solid game on Friday, nearly upsetting one of the top teams in the state in Broken Arrow.

But the Jags fell short, and that leaves them with a first-round matchup against No. 1 Tulsa Union.

Union, the defending champions, is part of the one-two punch (along with Jenks) that has dominated the state and won every title over nearly two decades.

The winner meets the Edmond Santa Fe-Putnam City North winner.

Lindsay at Lexington

7:30 p.m. Friday at Lexington: It’s been a banner year for Lexington which posted a six-win improvement in coach Jeff Hall’s first season. The Bulldogs, who finished second in District 2A-4, have been off a week since they chose not to fill the open spot on the schedule that resulted from an uneven district.

The time off didn’t hurt, but the Bulldogs also didn’t know who they would face this week until Friday, when Washington defeated Lindsay to push Lindsay into the third spot in District 2A-3.

The winner moves on to play the winner of OCS-Tonkawa.

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