Tahlequah Daily Press


November 12, 2013

Playoff spectators

Area teams shut out of the postseason this season


There were a few tears, a few hugs and a lot of stoic looks.

Tahlequah’s season had just come to a close following a 33-23 loss to Collinsville. It was another Tahlequah season wrapping up without a trip to the playoffs. That’s 12 years and counting.

This year, though, Tahlequah wasn’t alone. All other Cherokee County teams made it a county affair by opting to side-step the playoffs.

Sequoyah was close, needing at least a five-point victory to pick up a trip to the postseason. Instead, the Indians suffered a 35-14 defeat to Lincoln Christian, triggering a much quicker start to basketball and wrestling seasons than anticipated.

Keys and Hulbert — despite a combined two victories this season — were still alive and in contention for playoff spots right up until losses in Week 9. But the writing on the wall was evident long before late-season losses.

Tahlequah was eliminated from playoff contention following a home loss to Pryor in Week 8. Yet, the Tigers were on the cusp of the postseason, but a handful of close losses derailed the Tigers.

No matter how the story goes, it’ll result in a quiet weekend in this neck of the woods.

Nevertheless, it’s never too soon look ahead to the 2014 campaign. That, along with a quick review of how things transpired this year.


The Tigers had their road to the playoffs paved quite nicely after a 47-20 win over Grove to start District 5A-4 play. All Tahlequah had to do was win its home games and maybe steal a road contest.

Never happened.

Instead, the Tigers went 0-4 at home in 5A-4 play. Two of the losses — to Claremore and Collinsville — were by 10 points. Both were winnable contests. One was a loss to Central in a game that Tahlequah led the whole way until the final five minutes of the contest.

To rub salt on the wound, had Tahlequah knocked off Claremore or Collinsville and held on to beat Central, a postseason spot could have been locked up in the Tigers’ road game at East Central. Instead, the Tigers — already out of playoff contention — went to Tulsa and suffered a one-point loss in a game they controlled throughout.

Tahlequah had the talent to make a playoff push this season. Charles Lamons and Eric Garcia anchored a solid offensive line, David Dick spearheaded a solid rushing attack at quarterback, Brandon Conrad and Colton Wright were a solid tandem at running back and Kourt McMillan gave the Tigers a solid pass-catching option.

Yet, it only added up to only one win.

Looking ahead to 2014, Tahlequah’s playoff prospects will be tough. Linebacker Reese Davis and free safety Will Carlile return, but the Tigers will have to find replacements for an offense that was solid this season.

The Tigers will continue in 5A-4 and play the likes of Coweta, Collinsville, East Central, Edison, Grove and Pryor. Coweta figures to return to playoff contention and Edison played tough in 6A this year.

Bottom line is it’ll be tough for Tahlequah to end its playoff drought in 2014.

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