For the Seminole and Meeker football programs, the 2013 season was one of great success.
For the Chieftains, a 13-1 season that ended with a semifinal loss to Kingfisher for the second straight year was just more of what is expected. Seminole has been among the best programs in the state during head coach Mike Snyder’s 33 seasons, missing the playoffs just twice, while winning four gold balls.
In contrast, the Meeker Bulldogs hit some rarified air. The Bulldogs won 12 games and a District 2A-5 title, the school’s first, before falling to eventual state runner-up Millwood 14-6 in the state quarterfinals.
The two playoff wins was the most in one season for the Meeker football program.
Both teams relied on powerful offenses led by strong ground games. The Chieftains had Papi White, who ran for 3,220 and 41 touchdowns, averaging nearly 13 yards a carry.
Led by White, the Chieftains scored less than 35 points only twice. Once was a 20-14 win over Cushing on Nov. 1; the other was the 32-14 loss to the Yellowjackets in the semifinals.
The Chieftains averaged close to 500 yards per game during the season.
The Bulldogs had a trio of runners, led by the senior duo of Leven Hendley and Dallas Jackson. Hendley and Jackson ran for over 900 yards each, while quarterback Jake Standlee added another 879 yards as Meeker averaged over 300 yards on the ground and 36 points per game.
The Bulldog defense pulled its own weight, shutting down a vaunted Millwood offense led by Texas Tech commit Cameron Batson, holding the Falcons to 189 yards of total offense in their season-ending loss.
The Bulldogs lost 15 seniors from their 2013 squad as they look to build upon last year’s unprecedented success. The Chieftains lost White and over 20 other seniors, but history says they’ll be back next in the same position near the top of 3A this fall.