Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

September 27, 2013

Let the fun begin

District play on tap for local teams

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

It’s for the craziness to commence.

High school football teams have had three weeks — five weeks, if you count preseason scrimmages — to test-drive their players. Clubs have been looking for that right combination of speed, agility, cruise control and anti-lock brakes.

But no longer can teams peruse the dealership in search of what works best. No, selections have been made and coaches have to stick with the vehicles they chose.

That’s right, it’s time to begin district play. Wins and losses in league play will determine if a team gets to play in Week 11, of if a team has to begin basketball and wrestling preparations for the wintertime.

So far, wins have been hard to come by for teams in this county. Tahlequah, Sequoyah, Keys and Hulbert are a combined 1-11.

But, there is good news: none of the losses count — other than if you count playing for pride and such things.

No, every team has been reset to 0-0 and may the best four teams in each district punch their tickets to the postseason.

Tahlequah

- Record: 0-3.

- Results: Fort Gibson (42-33 loss); Rogers, Ark. (41-6 loss); Sallisaw (45-28 loss).

It’s been a mixed bag for the Tigers thus far in 2013. The final scores and Rogers and Sallisaw are misleading, because both games were tight at some point in the second half.

Tahlequah has plenty of offense to keep up with the masses in District 5A-4. Quarterback David Dick, running backs Colton Wright and Brandon Conrad and wide receiver Kourt McMillan are all dangerous with the ball in their hands.

The question will be: can the Tigers’ defense turn opponents back in district play?

Luckily for Tahlequah, the district appears to be befuddled this year, outside of Coweta and Claremore — likely the two teams in the running for the district title.

Right now you could toss Tahlequah, Grove, Pryor, Collinsville, East Central and Central into a free-for-all, and any of the six could claim the final two playoff spots in 5A-4.

The time could be right for Tahlequah to strike and make a mad dash for a playoff spot that has been elusive for more than a decade now.

— Prediction: Tahlequah beats Grove, Central and possibly Pryor to set up a potential showdown with Collinsville in the final week of the season for a postseason berth. Tigers finish district play 3-4.

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