Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

November 8, 2013

Up in the air

Sequoyah’s playoff future depends on must-win game against Bulldogs


Sequoyah at Lincoln Christian

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Dennis Byrd Stadium in Tulsa.

Radio: KTLQ, AM-1350.

Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Lincoln Christian Bulldogs.

Coaches: Sequoyah - Shane Richardson (first season, 4-5); Lincoln Christian - Darren Melton (12th season, 105-31).

Records: Sequoyah 4-5 (2-3 District 3A-7); Lincoln Christian 5-4 (3-2).

Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A.

Series record: Lincoln Christian leads Sequoyah 1-0.

Last meeting: In 2012, Sequoyah won an offensive slugfest with the Bulldogs, prevailing by a 63-40 result. The Indians’ Kyle Helsley ran for 265 yards on 14 carries for Sequoyah, which later had to forfeit the game due to penalties levied by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

Last week: Hilldale 57, Sequoyah 0; Locust Grove 80, Lincoln Christian 41.

News to know: Lincoln Christian has already secured a playoff spot in 3A. The Bulldogs can finish either third or fourth, based on the outcome of tonight’s game. ... Sequoyah can finish third in 3A-7 (with Lincoln Christian fourth) with a win by at least 10 points. The Indians would finish fourth in the district (and Lincoln Christian third) with a win by five to nine points. The Indians will miss the playoffs altogether with a loss or a win by four or less points. In that scenario, Lincoln Christian would finish third in 3A-7 and Jay would be fourth.

Players to watch

Sequoyah: Justin Hooper (RB).

- The Indians’ sophomore running back has logged 1,033 yards on 197 carries this season, but he’s only mustered 109 yards combined in Sequoyah’s back-to-back losses to Jay and Hilldale.

Lincoln Christian: Justin Flewellen (RB).

- The Bulldogs’ senior running back has racked up 1,532 yards and 16 touchdowns on 218 carries.

Looking ahead: Lincoln Christian will be playing in the Class 3A playoffs. Sequoyah could be, too, but that won’t be known until about 10:30 tonight.

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