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.