This football season, like every other in its existence, Christian Heritage Academy will play Morrison. The game this Saturday, though, will be different.
For the first time in CHA’s history, the Wildcats weren’t on the regular-season schedule. Instead, the teams will meet in the third round of the Class A playoffs. "Isn’t that ironic?” CHA coach John Merrell said. It’s the Crusaders’ first season in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. For Morrison, it’s the school’s first year in 11-man football. Christian Heritage has had some success against Morrison the 27 times they’ve played. The Crusaders have beaten Morrison seven times, the last in 2005 when CHA won 18-6. Twice (1996, 2002), CHA has won at Morrison, the site of Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. game. Those games were of the eight-man variety, though. "They’re still basically doing the same thing,” Merrell said. "They’re a power football team. You can do more things with your offense and defense in 11-man, though. I feel like you’ve got a better chance to make adjustments in 11-man.” Merrell is already reviewing film on this Morrison team, which crushed Stroud 41-7 last Saturday night. "I said last year that that was the biggest Morrison team I’d ever seen, and they’re bigger this year,” Merrell said.