The Norman Transcript

November 6, 2013

Warriors can sew up title with win

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — While other teams are spending Week 10 fighting for their playoff lives, there’s only one thing at stake for Washington this week: a district championship.

The Warriors (7-1, 5-0) will travel to Lindsay (6-2, 5-0) for the final game of the regular season. As the only two undefeated teams in District 2A-3, the winner will walk away as the district champion while the loser will finish second.

Washington figures to have the advantage going in. The Warriors have played the tougher schedule this season and had last week off due to a bye in the district schedule. The extra time has allowed the Warriors to prepare for the contest and, more importantly, rest their players. The result is a team healthier than ever, coach Brad Beller said.

“We got our legs and bodies healed up and we feel like we’re ready to go,” he said. “We have had a very productive week of conditioning last week and so far this week we’ve had a great week of practice.”

In Lindsay, the Warriors will face an athletic team that has a penchant for making big plays. For Washington to accomplish its season-long goal of winning the district title, the Warriors must eliminate the big play.

“They like to get their athletes the ball in space, and we have to be prepared for that,” Beller said. “We’ve got to take care of the football and maintain drives on third downs.”

If the Warriors can do that, they’ll take a six-game winning streak and a No. 1 seed into the postseason. It’s a goal that the Warriors aren’t shying away from.

“We’ve talked about that, as much as this is for the number one seed and district championship, you also want to carry momentum into the playoffs,” Beller said. “Most teams don’t lose Week 10 and make a deep run into the playoffs. It’s important for us to not just win, but to play well, no matter what happens.”

Injury report looking up for Tigers: Norman High must upset undefeated Lawton this week to make the playoffs, but there is some good news for the Tigers on the injury front.

Quarterback Jakcob Dean will start on Friday, as will running back Dupree Young. Neither are completely healthy, but both are well enough to return to the field and start for the Tigers.

Also working in NHS’ advantage is that Lawton quarterback Dallas Sealey may not start. The senior was injured last week and, with Lawton having already locked up the district championship, may not return until the playoffs.

North offense back on track: After scoring just 21 points in a loss to Putnam City North two weeks ago — Norman North’s lowest output of the season — the Timberwolves got back on track a week ago with 49 points against Moore.

It’s a good sign for North, which will host Lawton Eisenhower on Friday with the district title on the line. A win for North will guarantee the Timberwolves the title, while a loss could drop them as far as fourth.

Plenty on line for Royals’ season finale: Community Christian, a year away from officially joining the OSSAA, has suffered through a rough season. There is no postseason possible for the Royals, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing on the line in the season finale Friday at Lexington.

The Royals have a chance to pull to 5-5 with a win this week and avoid their first losing season in years. Lexington (5-4) has already locked up a playoff spot in Class 2A.

Corbin Hosler

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