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Class A semifinals capsules

by Ryan Aber Modified: May 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm •  Published: December 3, 2009

By Ryan Aber
raber@opubco.com

After the jump, capsules on Hennessey, Tonkawa, Stroud and Oklahoma Bible

Hennessey Eagles
Record: 13-0
Ranking: No. 3
Coach: Shannon Watford, third season at Hennessey
Previous state titles: None.
Road to 2009 semifinals: Beat Luther 41-13, beat Carnegie 41-7, beat Talihina 26-14.
2008 record (playoffs): 11-3 (Beat Cashion 41-14, beat Snyder 35-6, beat Hominy 30-21, lost to Morrison 26-6)
Last week: Hennessey held previously uneaten Talihina to just 79 yards rushing and less than 200 total yards and forced five Talihina turnovers. The Eagles also scored 26 points against a team that had allowed just 34 all season.
Player to watch: Matt Luetjen, QB. Luetjen has thrown for more than 1,250 yards and 18 TDs and rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 23 TDs.
Key stat: 3. The number of starting QBs from last year on Hennessey’s roster. Caleb Weaver started for the Eagles last season, Dillon Morgan had started at Velma-Alma and Matt Luetjen started at Locust Grove. Morgan and Weaver moved to other positions and have contributed greatly while Luetjen is the starting QB.
News to know: Dillon Morgan has more than 1,000 yards and 13 TDs rushing. … Ben Aguirre has nearly 600 yards receiving with 8 TDs. …Raul Orozco has 92 tackles to lead the Eagles. Morgan is seconds with 84. … Derrick Luetjen leads Hennessey in sacks with 9. … Aguirre also heads the Eagles with 9 interceptions. … 

Tonkawa Buccaneers
Record: 13-0.
Ranking: No. 1
Coach: Mike Kirtley, seventh season at Tonkawa
Previous state titles: 1952 (B), 1953 (B), 1999 (A), 2000 (A), 2005 (A)
Road to 2009 semifinals: Beat Foyil 41-6, beat Stratford 27-0, beat Watonga 19-6.
2008 record (playoffs): 12-2 (Beat Foyil 34-6, beat Dewar 26-0, beat Oklahoma Christian 9-7, lost to Okeene 9-7.)
Last week: Jake Love ran for 280 yards and three TDs on 28 carries to keep top-ranked Tonkawa undefeated. Love scored on runs of 65, 27 and 1 yard.
Player to watch: Jake Love, RB. The junior is the Bucs most consistent offensive threat.
Key stat: 81. Total points given up by Tonkawa this season, including just 12 in the playoffs. Tonkawa has scored 506.
News to know: QB D.J. Bishop is Tonkawa’s second-leading rusher. … The Bucs closest game of the season came in the season opener, a 24-14 win over Newkirk. Since, no team came closer than 27 until last week’s 13-point win. … Tonkawa threw just four passes in last week’s win. … The Bucs held Watonga to just 33 yards rushing. 

Stroud Tigers
Record: 13-0
Ranking: No. 4
Coach: Chris Elerick, fifth season at Stroud
Previous state titles: 1969 (B), 1970 (A), 1974 (A), 1981 (A)
Road to 2009 semifinals: Beat Savanna 54-6, beat Pawnee 21-13, beat Cashion 52-47)
2008 record (playoffs): 10-2 (Beat Savanna 27-0, lost to Morrison 41-7)
Last week: Cody Pritchard ran for 325 yards and five TDs on 36 carries to lift Stroud to a wild win over previously unbeaten Cashion. At one point, Stroud led 40-14.
Player to watch: Cody Pritchard, RB. Pritchard has 1,980 yards and 29 TDs rushing this season and 223 carries.
Key stat: 3,498. Stroud’s total rushing yards for the season.
News to know: Austin Billingslea leads the Tigers with 935 yards and 8 TDs receiving. Dakota Boswell also has more than 500 yards receiving. … Boswell also has 459 yards rushing for an average of nearly nine yards per carry. … Andrew Miller has more than 1,800 passing yards. …Levi Killman is the Tigers’ leading tackler.

Oklahoma Bible Trojans
Record: 12-1
Ranking: No. 7
Coach: Todd Kuykendall, second season at Oklahoma Bible
Previous state titles: None.
Road to 2009 semifinals: Beat Oklahoma Christian 7-0, beat Cordell 51-8, beat Salina 14-0.
2008 record (playoffs): 4-6 (None)
Last week: Harrison Jackson ran for 134 yards on 30 carries, scoring on a 38-yard run in the final minute to put away Salina.
Player to watch: Harrison Jackson, RB. Jackson has nearly 1,900 yards and 23 TDs this season.
Key stat: 234.8. The Trojans’ average rushing yardage this season. OBA averages just more than 60 passing yards per game.
News to know: Chris Kuykendall has more than 800 passing yards. … Andy Meier leads the Trojans in interceptions. …The Trojans’ only loss came to Hennessey 19-0 on Oct. 15. 

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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