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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Seminole warms up for 3A-2 title fight

  • Like a sparring partner for a heavyweight champ, Bristow was little more than a warm-up for Seminole on a chilly Friday night as the Chieftains prevailed, 54-0.
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  • Like a sparring partner for a heavyweight champ, Bristow was little more than a warm-up for Seminole on a chilly Friday night as the Chieftains prevailed, 54-0.
     
    The easy win for the No. 2 “Mean Green” sets up a District 3A-2 title fight next Friday in Seminole against No. 4 Cushing with the winner claiming the district championship.
     
    Both Seminole and Cushing are undefeated after eight games. The Tigers dispatched Perkins-Tryon Friday, 34-0.
     
    By his standards, Seminole star Papi White had a modest output against the Pirates, but still shined with 142 yards on 12 carries and four rushing touchdowns.
     
    White’s biggest run came on the game’s opening drive when he blasted through the Bristow line and sped to a 45-yard TD.
     
    White’s other TD runs — all in the first half — went for 14, 23 and 11 yards. He and starting quarterback Doc Harvey did not play in the second half.
     
    The Chieftains were up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and 47-0 at halftime.
     
    “I thought our kids played hard, and that’s hard to do sometimes when you get in a game like that,” Seminole head coach Mike Snyder said. “We maintained our focus and that was a big plus for us.
     
    “Sometimes you have a tendency to relax when you get ahead, but we kept our motor running pretty good.”
     
    In the first half, Seminole had 377 total yards, compared to 22 for the visitors. The Chieftains had 15 first downs while the Pirates managed three.
     
    Another indication of the Chieftains’ offensive dominance Friday was third-down efficiency. Seminole faced third down just twice in the first half. The first resulted in a 78-yard touchdown pass from Harvey to Xavier Freeman. The second third-down attempt was White’s 23-yard TD run.
     
    Also getting in on the scoring action for the Chieftains was Jayce Cravens with a 3-yard TD run just before halftime and Dake Reese with a 2-yard rush in the third quarter that was the game’s final touchdown.
     
    At the end of the game, Seminole had amassed 504 total yards while Bristow tallied 86. The Pirates rushed 27 times for one net yard.
     
    Harvey finished a perfect 7-of-7 passing for 146 yards.
     
    With the loss, Bristow slipped to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in district play.
     
    For coach Snyder, the outcome was a “win-win-win”: his defense recorded a shutout, his offense was unstoppable and there were no significant injuries.
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    “We came out healthy and that was another key for us,” Snyder said. “Going into the big showdown, we’re healthy, so it’s all on our shoulders.”
     
    The “big showdown” against Cushing kicks off at 7:30 Friday night at Chieftain Stadium.

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