Seminole and Meeker are the last two Tri-County teams vying for a state football championship, and both face tough tests Friday.
After dispensing Marlow 59-7 in last week’s first-round game, Class 3A No. 2 Seminole looks to continue its perfect season in the second round.
And the Chieftains’ second opponent, Plainview, should prove a much tougher test than the 4-7 Outlaws. The Indians stand at 9-2 after claiming second place in District 3A-4 and a first-round 53-27 walloping of Newcastle.
The 10-0 Chieftains will face one of their stiffest tests yet, but Seminole has proven it knows how to win football games.
The Chieftains have scored at least 40 points in every game this season but one, a 14-7 triumph over Perkins-Tryon in Mike Snyder’s 301st win as Seminole’s head coach.
With a win tonight, the Chieftains would clinch their second consecutive quarterfinal spot in the Class 3A state playoffs.
Seminole, which hasn’t won a state title since 1996, lost in last year’s quarterfinal to Heritage Hall, 49-20.
The Seminole-Plainview winner will take on the winner of No. 4 Metro Christian and Keys (Park Hill) in the quarterfinal round.
The Meeker Bulldogs rode a 28-18 upset of Hartshorne into the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
Seminole and Meeker are the Tri-County area’s two remaining hopefuls out of six teams that reached the first round of the postseason. Shawnee, Tecumseh, McLoud and Maud all met with first-round setbacks to end the 2012 run.
The 7-4 Bulldogs are somewhat of a Cinderella story, as Meeker has never advanced past the second round of the state playoffs.
A win over 2A No. 9 Commerce would put these Bulldogs in uncharted waters, especially for a team this young. Meeker’s roster boasts just six seniors and starts freshman Jake Standlee at quarterback.
The Bulldogs finished in third place in District 2A-5, but have won five games in a row and are rapidly improving. Last week’s triumph at Hartshorne was Meeker’s first road win against an opponent with a winning record since a Sept. 21 win at Haskell.
They’ll need to pull off a similar upset at Commerce tonight for a chance at the 2A quarterfinals.
The 10-1 Tigers are coming off of a 48-15 win over Pawhuska last week and are riding a 10-game winning streak of their own.
To have a shot at the upset, Meeker will have to slow down the powerful Commerce running attack, which relies on senior Parker Morgan and junior DC Chance. The tandem has combined for over 2,700 yards on the ground in 2012, averaging nearly 9 yards a carry.
The winner of the Meeker-Commerce game will take on the winner of Friday’s No. 3 Frederick-Alva game.
Both the Seminole-Plainview and Meeker-Commerce games will kick off at 7:30 tonight.