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November 16, 2012

Another trip to T Town

Much like in 2011, Keys is again headed to Tulsa for the 2nd round of the 3A playoffs.

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Keys at Metro Christian

When: Friday night at 7:30.

Where: Patriot Stadium (6363 South Trenton Avenue in Tulsa).

Radio: Game will air live on KEOK, FM-102.1.

Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Metro Christian Patriots.

Coaches: Keys (Gary Willis, 75-46, 11th season); Metro Christian (Jared McCoy, 50-9, fifth season).

Records: Keys 7-3; Metro Christian 9-2.

Rankings: Keys is not ranked in Class 3A; Metro Christian is No. 5 in the Associated Press’ Class 3A prep poll.

Series record: First meeting.

Last week: Keys 42, Spiro 7; Metro Christian 41, Henryetta 8.

News to know: Keys finished second in District 3A-7 while Metro Christian won the District 3A-5 title. ... This Keys’ second straight season to make the second round of the 3A playoffs. ... Metro Christian’s district crown is its fourth straight. ... In the 3A playoffs last season, Keys was eliminated by Cascia Hall in the second round while Metro Christian made the quarterfinals before being bounced by eventual 3A champion Anadarko.

Players to watch

Keys: Cody Cole (RB), Blake Maxey (OL/DL), Tyler Blankenship (WR).

— Cole continued his torrid pace in the running game last week against Spiro, torching the Bulldogs for 199 yards on 24 carries. Cole increased his season totals to 1,202 yards on 119 rushes.

— Maxey will likely have several one-on-one matchups with Metro Christian’s Zach Webb. Both players will play both ways on the lines will help determine who wins the battle up front.

— Blankenship, who led Keys with 117 tackles on defense during the regular season, provides Keys quarterback

Metro Christian: Matt Woolslayer (QB), Zach Webb (OL/DL), Danny Burke (WR).

— Woolslayer, a 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback, does it all for the Patriots on offense. He has passed for 2,212 yards and 23 touchdowns on 174 of 287 tosses while rushing for 872 yards and 15 touchdowns on 157 carries. To top it off, Woolslayer, who also plays linebacker on defense, has punted 21 times for an average of 33 yards.

— Webb, a 6-2, 280-pound defensive/offensive lineman, has collected five sacks for the Patriots this season. Webb’s teammate up front on defense, Nick Anderson, has 5 1/2 sacks.

— Burke is Metro Christian’s leading wide receiver with 64 catches for 843 yards and nine touchdowns.

Looking ahead: The Keys-Metro Christian winner will take on the Seminole-Plainview winner in the quarterfinals.

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