The Norman Transcript

October 25, 2012

Tigers could get outside help

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — District 6A-4 has not played out at all according to expectations this season, and that means the last two weeks of the regular season have plenty of big games that Norman High fans will want to keep an eye on.

While Edmond Santa Fe (7-1, 5-0) appears to have first place locked up, the rest of the seeds are up in the air. NHS (6-2, 4-1) controls its own destiny in regard to second place and the home playoff game that comes with it, and can lock up the spot with a win over Putnam City West this week and Lawton next.

But the Tigers could get some help. Lawton (6-2, 3-2) travels to Mustang (5-3, 2-3) on Friday, and with a Wolverines’ loss and a NHS’ win today, the Tigers would be guaranteed second place.

“We’re just focused on winning our last two games to be 8-2, but we’ll be keeping our eyes on Lawton,” coach Greg Nation said.

Past that, things are even more up in the air. With Edmond Memorial (3-5, 3-2) coming up with a surprising victory over Southmoore (5-3, 2-3) last week, the SaberCats find themselves on the outside looking in. But with two games remaining for each team, either or both Southmoore and Mustang could break back in. Southmoore closes out its schedule with Mustang and Choctaw, while Edmond Memorial has Edmond Santa Fe and then Putnam City West.

Noble fighting for last playoff spot: Noble, which hasn’t made it to the playoffs in five years, is in a position to do just that heading into the final two games of the season.

The Bears (4-4, 2-3) are on the outside looking in right now by virtue of having 14 fewer district points than Shawnee (2-6, 2-3). But with the two squads headed for a clash in the regular-season finale, district points aren’t likely to matter.

What does matter is whether Noble can get a win over Durant (1-7, 1-4) this week to put itself in a position to challenge next week for a playoff spot.

“Our goals have stayed steady all season,” coach Steve Barrett said. “We need to win out to make the playoffs, and there’s no one on the schedule we can’t play with.”

CCS facing first-year team: CCS will host Oklahoma City Legion, an independent team, this week in just the seventh game in OKC Legion program history.

Legion is comprised mainly of home-schooled children, but they don’t consider themselves a homeschool team. Rather, the program actively looks to play against OSSAA schools in an effort to give its players an opportunity to be noticed.

“No one notices if you play eight-man football, which is what most homeschool teams are,” Legion coach Darin Miller said. “Instead, we play full 11-man football and we give kids who don’t go to an OSSAA-member school a chance to play against the kind of competition where they could be noticed by scouts.”

In just its first year of existence, Legion has played against teams from Class 3A power Millwood to Class 5A member Shawnee. They are 3-3 on the season.

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