After the jump, the semifinals capsules for Class 3A.
Cascia Hall vs. Sequoyah Claremore, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Collinsville
Berryhill vs. Dewey, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Skiatook
Sequoyah Claremore Eagles
Ranking: No. 5
Coach: Jody Iams, 11th season at Sequoyah Claremore.
Previous state titles: 2006 (3A).
Road to 2009 semifinal: Beat Roland 52-14, beat Tuttle 40-14.
2008 record (playoffs): 10-4 (Beat Hugo 35-0, beat Purcell 34-7, beat Clinton 34-31, lost to Cascia Hall 28-21)
Last week: Michael Wangsgard scored an 80-yard TD on the game’s first play as the Eagles blew out previously undefeated Tuttle. Sequoyah finished with 368 yards on the grounds, including 141 yards for Wangsgard and 84 and three TDs by Dakota Green.
Player to watch: Michael Wangsgard, RB. Wangsgard is the Eagles’ leading rusher in their Wing-T attack, running for more than 1,000 yards. He is also one of Sequoyah’s top defensive players. Last week, he had 12 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
Key stat: 38.3. Sequoyah’s average point total this season. The Eagles scored 50 or more points four times — all coming in the last six games.
News to know: Sam Radley leads the Eagles in tackles with more than 130. … Gage Delozier and Dakota Green also have more than 100. … Taylor Inman has seven field goals, with a long of 40. … QB Cody Richardson has more than 500 yards rushing and more than 600 yards passing.
Cascia Hall Commandos
Ranking: No. 1
Coach: Joe Medina, 11th season at Cascia Hall.
Previous state titles: 1989 (2A), 1999 (2A), 2007 (2A), 2008 (3A)
Road to 2009 semifinal: Beat Okmulgee 35-14, beat Purcell 28-7.
2008 record (playoffs): 13-0 (Beat Roland 41-7, beat Blanchard 34-14, beat Tuttle 13-10, beat Sequoyah Claremore 28-21)
Last week: Stephen Rouse accounted for three touchdowns — throwing two and running for another — and Garrett Waller scored twice as the Commandos kept their undefeated season alive. Cascia Hall held Purcell to just 186 total yards.
Player to watch: Stephen Rouse, QB. Rouse has thrown for more than 1,100 yards but the more impressive number is his touchdown to interception ratio. He’s thrown 20 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Key stat: 39. The number of consecutive games won by the Commandos, the longest active streak in the state.
News to know: Cet Caldwell leads Cascia Hall with more than 1,200 yards rushing. … Kyle Cowan had 11 tackles and a touchdown catch in last week’s win over Purcell. … Cascia Hall’s last loss came Nov. 18, 2006 to Henryetta, 28-23, in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. That loss snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Commandos to start that season. Cascia Hall hasn’t lost a regular-season game since Sept. 23, 2005. … Placekicker Eric Testa has a long field goal of 33 yards this season.
Ranking: No. 3
Coach: Pat Harper, fourth season at Berryhill
Previous state titles: 2004 (3A)
Road to 2009 semifinal: Beat Checotah 26-0, beat Blanchard 20-6.
2008 record (playoffs): 5-5 (None)
Last week: Berryhill QB Tyler Brown threw two fourth-quarter TDs to put the game away late. Brown hit Aaron Dolan for a 21-yard touchdown that put the Chiefs up 13-6 and then hit Tyler Johnson for a 9-yard score.
Player to watch: Justin Tomlinson, LB. The sophomore is one of the most prolific tacklers in the class, with 174.
Key stat: 6. Times this season the Chiefs have held their opponents to eight or less points. Opponents are averaging just 11.9 points against Berryhill.
News to know: Tyler Brown has thrown for 865 yards and nine TDs. … Tyler Johnson and Andy Morgan each have more than 800 rushing yards. … Berryhill beat Dewey 25-6 to close the regular season. … The Chiefs have eight players with 100 or more tackles.
Ranking: No. 10
Coach: Chris Revard, seventh season at Dewey
Previous state titles: 1947 (B)
Road to 2009 semifinal: Beat Metro Christian 28-21, beat Clinton 19-14.
2008 record (playoffs): 6-5 (Lost to Checotah 28-0)
Last week: Casey Strate had nine catches for 254 yards and three touchdowns as Dewey pulled off its second consecutive playoff upset, beating traditional power Clinton.
Player to watch: Clint Strate, QB. Dewey’s QB-WR brother tandem of Clint and Casey are a big reason the Bulldoggers are still alive. Clint Strate has thrown for around 1,200 yards and ran for about 800.
Key stat: 4. Number of times the Bulldoggers have won haves by seven or less points, including both playoff wins.
News to know: Casey Strate has more than 600 yards receiving. Michael Abell has around 500. … Jared Cross is the Bulldoggers’ leading tackler. … Brandon Wilson has five sacks. … Dewey lost to Berryhill 25-6 in the regular-season finale.