An undefeated season, a berth in the state semifinals, and bragging rights over a perennial state title contender — all that will be on the line when No. 4 Metro Christian comes to Seminole to challenge the No. 2 Chieftains tonight.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Chieftains, Patriots to tangle in battle of 3A heavyweights
By Chuck Porter
SEMINOLE — An undefeated season, a berth in the state semifinals, and bragging rights over a perennial state title contender.
All that will be on the line when No. 4 Metro Christian comes to Seminole to challenge the No. 2 Chieftains tonight.
Seminole head coach Mike Snyder knows what it’s like to make it to the end and take the state title. He did it last in 1996 — about the same time most of this year’s squad was learning to walk.
Since then, he and the Chieftains (11-0) have come up couple steps short each year.
This year’s squad, though, has a few weapons Snyder hasn’t had before — namely, record-setting senior tailback Trenton Newson.
Snyder, who picked up his 300th victory as Seminole’s head coach earlier this season, coached Newson’s father as well, but no player he’s ever coached put up as much yardage as Trenton did last week. Newson blasted the Plainview defense for 324 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries.
Joining Newson in the backfield are sophomore quarterback Doc Harvey and junior tailback Papi White, who both have had stellar seasons leading the Chieftains to an undefeated record.
But if Snyder, Newson, Harvey, White, and the rest of the Chieftains are going to make a bid for the school’s fifth state title, they’ll need to get past Metro Christian first.
The Patriots (10-2) consistently compete for state titles, having advanced to at least the state quarterfinals each of the last three years. Their 42-14 win last week over Keys (Park Hill) guaranteed Patriots head coach Jared McCoy his fourth straight 10-win campaign.
The Patriots are just six points from being undefeated in 2012, falling to Oklahoma Christian 27-24 in their season opener and district foe Verdigris 23-20 in Week 7.
In between those two losses, though, Metro Christian recorded a 56-8 shellacking of Tulsa NOAH and four consecutive shutouts. On the year, the Patriot defense has allowed an average of just 9.3 points per game.
If Seminole plans to make a return trip to the state semifinals, the District 3A-2 champs will need to neutralize the stifling Patriot defense with its potent offense, which has churned out an average of 48.2 points a contest for the season — and a whopping 55.5 in the playoffs.
It’s no secret that Nos. 5, 6 and 7 in green will have plenty to do with the Chieftains’ offensive game plan. Newson and White, who wear No. 5 and 6, respectively, figure to get a workman’s share of carries and draw pressure off of their sophomore quarterback.
No. 7 Harvey will look to receivers Kade Davis and Stefan Wright in the passing game, and the Seminole defense will need to slow down a Metro Christian offense that is putting up an average of 37 points a contest.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight. The winner of tonight’s game will advance to play the winner of tonight’s Stigler-Kingfisher game in a state semifinal contest at a neutral location.
Kingfisher (12-0) and Seminole are the only undefeated teams in Class 3A.