After falling into an 0-3 deficit in district play, Tecumseh’s Savages fought their way back and finished the season on a four-game winning streak that culminated with last Friday’s 35-20 triumph at Mannford.
That tussle for fourth place put the Savages at 4-3 and in ownership of the fourth and final playoff spot from District 4A-2, and they will travel tonight to face Class 4A’s third-ranked and unbeaten Anadarko Warriors.
Anadarko, last year’s Class 3A state champion, has a win streak of more than 20 games.
“Their M.O. is ‘run the ball,’ so we’ve got to stop that,” said Tecumseh head coach Greg George. “We’ve got to go out and keep the ball away from their offense. They have an explosive offense.”
The Savages and Warriors have not met in George’s nine years at Tecumseh.
George said his team is healthy and ready for Week 11.
“We’re ready to go,” he said.
Kickoff at Anadarko is at 7:30 p.m. today.
The Savages, after reaching the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, did not advance beyond the regular season in 2011.
Tecumseh is joined by five other Tri-County squads in a quest for the gold ball. Others who have made it to the postseason are Seminole, McLoud, Meeker, Maud and Shawnee. Shawnee will travel to Tulsa East Central tonight (see related story on this page).
Seminole, ranked second in Class 3A, is the only Tri-County team to get home-field advantage. The unbeaten Chieftains will host Marlow, District 3A-1’s No. 4 team, at 7:30 tonight.
Seminole has not missed the postseason in almost 30 years.
McLoud, after recording its first winning season and clinching its first postseason appearance since 2008, will head west on Interstate 40 to take on Class 4A’s No. 5 Clinton. The Red Tornadoes finished the regular season at 8-2.
Meeker’s Bulldogs, who finished at 5-6 last year with a 47-7 first-round playoff loss to Vian, will go to Hartshorne tonight for round one. The Miners, 7-3 overall, went 5-1 in District 2A-6.
The Bulldogs finished the 2012 regular season at 6-4 overall and 4-2 in District 2A-5.
Maud’s Tigers defeated Sasakwa last week to finish the regular season at 6-3, and they were 4-3 in District C-4. They will go to Cherokee tonight to face the undefeated and second-ranked Chiefs.