Oklahoma’s high school playoffs are supposed to get off the launching pad the second weekend of November.

For Seminole coach Mike Snyder, the 2010 playoffs have been in existence the last three weekends.


Oklahoma’s high school playoffs are supposed to get off the launching pad the second weekend of November.
For Seminole coach Mike Snyder, the 2010 playoffs have been in existence the last three weekends.
“Our playoffs started after we lost our first two district games,” said Snyder. “We’ve been in the playoffs the last three weeks.”
After dropping tough decisions to Valliant and Stigler in its first two district tests of the season, Seminole has rebounded for victories over Spiro, Idabel and Hugo to up its 3A-8 mark to 3-2. That puts the Chieftains into a tie with Eufaula for the fourth and final playoff berth.
Spiro, Stigler and Valliant are tied for the district top spot at 4-1.
“We’ve been in these positions before,” said Snyder about the playoff scenario. “The last time we didn’t make the playoffs was 1984.”
Seminole, which is 6-2 overall, and Eufaula have Friday night matchups against squads that are winless in the district.
The Chieftains will entertain Hugo, 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the district, while Eufaula will serve as a host to Idabel (1-7, 0-5).
Should both Eufaula and Seminole prevail Friday night, it will set up quite a Week 10 matchup. Eufaula will play at Seminole on Friday, Nov. 5.
“The winner of the Seminole-Eufaula game will be in the playoffs,” Snyder said.
First things first. Seminole should have few problems against a Hugo squad that has been outscored 334-92 in eight games. But stranger things have happened.
“They have some talent at the skilled positions but they don’t have many kids out,” Snyder said. “They really struggle up front. They just aren’t very good on the offensive and defensive lines. They aren’t very athletic there.”
In last Thursday night’s 41-6 blitz of Idabel, Seminole’s defense limited the Warriors to 74 yards while the Chieftain offense collected 443 yards — 235 through the air and 208 on the ground.
“We played really well on both sides of the ball,” Snyder said. “Offensively, we did pretty much what we wanted to do. We never punted in the game.
“Idabel has athletes all over the field — just excellent, good-looking kids. When they come out on the field to warm up, you wonder how you will stay with them. We got on them early and they kind of let up. They are still searching for something. They got their heads down pretty early.”
Quarterback Garrett Clark of Seminole, a junior, completed 14 of 23 passes, including three touchdowns and just one interception.
Tristan Johnson had touchdown catches of 17 and 23 yards while Adam Kuehner had a 17-yard scoring grab.
For the season, Clark has been accurate on 59.2 percent (84-of-140) of his passes for 1,479 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been pilfered three times.
Johnson, who still isn’t operating at 100 percent because of a knee injury, is Seminole’s leading rusher with 562 yards on 102 carries, including three touchdowns. Clark has chalked up six rushing touchdowns while amassing 448 yards on 64 carries.
Tyler O’Daniel, a junior, is the top Chieftain pass receiver with 30 catches for 403 yards and one touchdown. Senior Kory Brinlee is next with 25 receptions for 285 yards, while junior Thomas Clark has 14 for 265 yards. Brinlee and Clark have caught two TD passes apiece.
Kuehner has nine receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Seminole is led by sophomore Trey Ervin with 46 tackles. Tim Rogers has 44 tackles. Ervin also boasts a team-high three interceptions.
Seminole’s third-leading tackler, inside linebacker Erric Walker with 42, will be sidelined this week because of a knee injury. Snyder said Walker may be available for Eufaula.
Junior Matt Grace, another starter at inside linebacker, hasn’t played the last two games because of a torn ACL. Grace, who has 31 tackles, will have surgery next week and is sidelined for the rest of the season.
Rogers, who was starting at outside linebacker, has been moved to the inside along with sophomore Lane King. “Lane was our third linebacker,” Snyder said.
Starting offensive tackle Colton Eeds, a 6-foot-5-inch senior starter, has missed the last two games with an injury and won’t play tonight, Snyder said.
His slot will be inherited by sophomore Gage Johnson (6-0, 225).   
“Gage did a nice job for us last week. He will be a good player for us,” Snyder said.
“This is a must win for us Friday night if we want to be in the playoffs,” Snyder said.
Friday night’s activities will also include a “parents night” celebration at 7 p.m.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.