NORMAN — Still two seasons away from beginning a district schedule as a member of the OSSAA, Community Christian School has spent the 2012 campaign piecing together a schedule of foes from all corners of the state and beyond, including both 11-man and eight-man contests.
On Thursday night, they improved their record to an 8-1 mark on their season with a 34-8 victory against Oklahoma City Legion.
Still, Coach Paul Potter knows no matter what, his team finishes its season next week.
“It’s tough, because we’ve always been getting ready for the playoffs this time of year,” Potter said of their longtime success in the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletics Association, which included state championships each of the last three years.”We still look like a playoff team in how we’re playing. I’m proud of the kids, they’ve done a tremendous job.”
CCS would be playing in Class A this season if it were in an OSSAA district. Potter points to games in Class A like tonight’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 contest between Wayne and Wynnewood with interest.
“I’d sure like for us to be in there now, to see how we would do against teams like those,” he said.
The Royals’ schedule hasn’t always led them to competitive matchups this year. But it did Thursday night at Royal Field in a game that was statistically closer than the final margin.
But one statistic did in the visitors, six turnovers, which CCS cashed in for four of its five touchdowns in the game.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Royals took advantage of Legion turnovers for their two scores in the second quarter. An interception and 54-yard return deep into Legion territory by Andrew McClung set up a 2-yard scoring pass from Aaron Haler to Matt Borgerding.
On the next Legion series, the Royals’ Tristan Mack recovered a fumble and two plays later, it was Haler and Borgerding hooking up again from 15 yards out for a score.
The second half saw the CCS ground game get going, with Blake Nelson, Canaan Coy and Nate White all collecting touchdown runs and the Royals’ defense forcing three more turnovers.
White, one of seven seniors on the CCS roster, finished the night with 24 carries for a team-high 91 yards, pushing him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Like CCS, OKC Legion is a program scrambling for games in its first season of football.
The team fell to 3-4 but hasn’t shied away from big tests. Legion won its first-ever game, 34-14, against Tulsa Rogers in Week 2. Since, Legion has taken on and fallen to Class 5A’s Tulsa Hale and a pair of Class 2A powerhouses, Davis and Millwood, as well as some junior varsity squads.
Cameron Branch led Legion with 93 yards on 19 carries, and the visitors averted a shutout in the closing minutes with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Johnson Miller to Franklin McDavid against the Royals’ second-team defense.
So win or lose, next Friday wraps up this year’s season for the Royals, one Potter takes a lot of pride in for his players.
“I’ll put our kids up against any team for how hard they work,” he said. “They have good character, they are great kids, their parents have done a great job, and they really just get in here and work hard every day.”