NORMAN — Community Christian is used to being a dominant force. The Royals owned the private league they participated in for the better part of the last decade, and it soon became clear that they had outgrown that position.
That led to a two-year quest to join the OSSAA, one that was successful but not yet complete. The Royals are playing without a postseason to look forward to for the second year in a row, and they’re building for a future in the OSSAA while still competing in the present. CCS will officially become a participating member of the OSSAA next season, when the Royals will join Class A and compete against similarly sized schools.
The current situation isn’t ideal, but it’s one the Royals have embraced.
“It makes every game mean way more,” senior Matt Borgerding said before the season. “We don’t have playoffs, but we can definitely have a winning record. And playing against the bigger schools makes the games mean more. I like our team, and we’re doing a lot of improving.”
The goals they’ll have then will be the same goals they’ve always had during their 43-3 run over the last four years: to win, and to win championships.
Come Friday, the Royals will find out exactly what that means.
That’s because CCS (2-1) will travel to Wynnewood to face off against the third-ranked Savages (2-1). It’s one of the toughest games on the Royals’ schedule this season and undoubtedly the one most relevant to their future.
“This is big for us,” coach Paul Potter said. “They’re a great football team that’s only got one loss, to a 3A school. It will be a huge challenge for us and a big step for us as well, to see where the program is at.”
CCS has played three games this season, blowing out two schools their size or smaller — including Class A’s Drumright — while losing handily to Casady, a private school that usually plays against Class 2A or 3A competition. Those games have shown that the Royals will certainly have the talent to compete next season in Class A, but what isn’t yet clear is exactly how far up the ladder CCS will land.
That picture will clear up some after Friday’s contest. And, while Potter knows the challenge his squad will be face and is realistic about their chances, he’s pitched the game as an opportunity more than anything else.
“I know we won’t back down,” he said. “I don’t know what the score will be, but I know we’ll have competed. We have our work cut out for us, but it’s an opportunity to show people we’ve got a pretty good team here, too.
“And hopefully they’ll be an upset.”
Listen to Transcript sports editor Clay Horning and writer Corbin Hosler at 6 tonight on KREF-AM 1400’s “Prep Sports Roundtable” discussing the area high school football scene.