Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

September 27, 2013

Let the fun begin

District play on tap for local teams

(Continued)

Sequoyah

- Record: 1-2

- Results: Okemah (45-13 win); Beggs (47-33 loss); Victory Christian (62-24 loss).

More so than any other team in the state, Sequoyah needed the three nondistrict games to figure out what it had. The Indians were not allowed to participate in preseason scrimmages against other schools — due to the OSSAA’s ruling after the investigation into improper summer camps benefits in 2012 — thus placing more importance on their first three games.

All seemed to be going well for Sequoyah with a blowout victory against Okemah. But then reality reared its ugly head in back-to-back losses to Beggs and Victory Christian.

Turnovers and defense have been Sequoyah’s downfall the last two weeks, and those will have to improve drastically to Locust Grove.

The Indians will likely need wins against Westville, Keys, Locust Grove and Jay in 3A-7 play to make the playoffs. That makes tonight’s game that much more important.

— Prediction: The Indians beat Keys and Westville in district play, setting up a battle with Jay on Oct. 25 for a potential showdown for the final postseason spot. Sequoyah finish district play 3-3.

Keys

- Record: 0-3

- Results: Claremore-Sequoyah (37-7 loss); Checotah (44-0 loss); Eufaula (49-22 loss).

Keys head coach Gary Willis provided some quick analysis after his Cougars were more than doubled up on the road at Eufaula last week.

“We are starting seven sophomores and two freshman,” he said.

Anyone who follows Keys football knows that teams in 2011 and 2012 were veteran-laden clubs.

Now the reset button has been pushed, and it’s a gradual learning process for the Cougars now.

A win at Westville may surface tonight, but others could be hard to come by in 3A-7.

There is good news, though: Willis loves the youth on his team, and he thinks it could be a special group by the time everyone reaches senior status.

And who are we to argue with a coach who makes near-annual trips to the postseason?

— Prediction: Keys goes 1-5 in district play, but the Cougars set themselves up for big things to come in 2014 and 2015.

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