Seminole 20

Bixby 15

Dec. 2, 1977



During the 1977 Class 2A playoffs, Seminole put forth a dominant effort to reach the title bout.

Jason Smith Seminole 20
Bixby 15
Dec. 2, 1977

During the 1977 Class 2A playoffs, Seminole put forth a dominant effort to reach the title bout.

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Seminole 20
Bixby 15
Dec. 2, 1977

During the 1977 Class 2A playoffs, Seminole put forth a dominant effort to reach the title bout.

The Chieftains, 9-1 at the end of the regular season, swept the first three rounds of the postseason with shutouts of Broken Bow (14-0), Clinton (28-0) and Atoka (28-0). Their only loss in the regular run was a 19-13 overtime setback to defending 2A champ Bristow, but the Pirates missed out on a repeat as the final showdown came between Seminole and Bixby.

On Central State’s Wantland Field, the Chieftains were again the dominant team.

Bixby recorded two second-quarter touchdowns to end Seminole’s habit of shutting out postseason opponents, but the Chieftains bit first and never trailed.

Quarterback Charles Cocke put up a 25-yard rush out of punt formation to keep Seminole’s opening drive alive, and the 65-yard possession came to fruition on the 11th play.

On third-and-goal, Cocke netted a 10-yard TD toss to tight end Scott May to put the Chieftains up 7-0 with 3:20 left in the first quarter.

Head coach Wayne Estes, in his sixth year with the Chieftains, later called for an option on third down and Cocke scored on a 12-yard rush to make it 14-0 in the second quarter. Bixby cut the lead to 14-7 on a 56-yard, 12-play drive that ended with Brian Tiger’s 4-yard rushing score with 6:13 left in the first half.

Seminole went on top by 10 (17-7) thanks to Curtis Morgan’s 39-yard field goal, but Bixby halfback Marshall Goff scored on a 1-yard punch and Tiger added the 2-point conversion to give Seminole a scant 17-15 halftime lead.

That was it for Bixby.

Seminole looked once again to Morgan’s foot, and he tacked on a 23-yard FG with 2:33 left in the third quarter as the game’s final points.

Seminole lifted the gold ball for the third time in the program’s history, and it was the first time since a 1960 championship win against Oklahoma City Southeast.

Seminole recorded 14 first downs to 10 for Bixby, but the Spartans ruled in the rushing department with 209 yards to the Chieftains’ 156. Goff was the contest’s leading rusher with 93 yards on 13 carries.

Seminole shined in aerial yards, 141-30, as Cocke completed five of nine attempts.

Note: Fred Fehr contributed to this report.