November 20, 2013

Tuttle-Blanchard on collision course in playoffs

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


Two of the area's top teams could be in for a clash of epic proportions as the football postseason continues for a host of Grady County schools.

Four of the six that entered the first round last week moved onto the second round, including Tuttle, who beat Bethany, and Blanchard, who easily dismissed of Perkings-Tryon. Currently, the two are on course for a potential semifinal matchup two weeks from now, but only if they can both navigate past at least one difficult encounter this Friday.


3A, Newcastle (8-3) at Blanchard (10-0), 7:30 p.m.

The Lions have a tough test ahead against another local rival, Newcastle. It's a rematch from the Sept. 20 game, which Blanchard won 28-7. In what has so far been a season of dominating performances by the defending stat champions, the Racers played Blanchard to their third-lowest point differential win. Only Tuttle (35-28) and Jones (21-7) played the Lions closer.

Newcastle also played Tuttle close, losing by just three points in a dramatic game on Sept. 27. They'll be looking to put all those troubles behind them after beating Sulphur 28-6 in the first round.


3A, Tuttle (8-3) at Plainview (11-0), 7:30 p.m.

Another rematch pits the Tigers against undefeated Plainview for a long road trip down I-35 to Ardmore. Opening night saw these two battle it out in Tuttle, resulting in a 19-14 victory for the Indians. 

With full seasons now under their belts, the rematch is poised to be even closer. Plainview easily disposed of Centennial 60-0 in the first round, while Tuttle had a tighter affair but still came out on top against Bethany. 


A, Boone-Apache (9-2) at Minco (10-1), 7:30 p.m.

Minco coach Clint Warren said part of Minco's goal this season is to practice on Thanksgiving. The Bulldogs are one win away from achieving that as they get a visit from Boone-Apache this week.

The ever-present Jacob Overton scored three touchdowns against Velma-Alma to get Minco through the first round, and he'll be asked to achieve something similar against Apache. The Warriors are no stranger to teams in the Bulldogs' district. They easily beat Carnegie and Crossings Christian en route to securing their playoff place. A 19-7 win over Fairview sent them through to face Minco.

Despite their record, Minco remains just outside of the teams considered favorites to win the Class A title. teams like Thomas, Morrison, Okeene, or Cashion.


B, Davenport (9-2) at Alex (11-0), 7:30 p.m.

The undefeated fifth-ranked Longhorns continue their march forward against ninth-ranked Davenport. Alex quarterback Dalton Alcorn comes into this game off a standout performance, going 10-14 for 200 yards and four touchdowns.