Stroud/Tonkawa: Earned this shot...
By Robert Przybylo
Class A championship
Stroud (14-0) vs. Tonkawa (14-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater (Matt Patterson and myself will be there)
Live Blog starts at 7 p.m.
You never know what to think about teams that are so dominant in district play that they never get tested. I felt that way about both Stroud and Tonkawa.
The games were well in hand by the time the second half would start for most of their contests, and you just wonder how the teams would react when tested.
That was my logic in picking Cashion and Oklahoma Bible over Stroud. WRONG. Chris Elerick has done a fantastic job with Stroud. The town has been through a lot in the recent years, so it’s fun to see Stroud back in the thick of things.
Tonkawa was the same way. Knew Watonga would give ‘em a decent game, but I thought Hennessey was in a whole ‘nother level. WRONG. Powered by Jacob Love, this team will not be denied right now.
And with so many undefeated or solid teams left in the Class A draw a couple of weeks ago, you knew whoever emerged definitely deserved it.
Heading into this showdown, both teams deserve to be here. It’s not the two I exepected or predicted, but it should be a fun one Saturday night.
I’m interested to see Love and Stroud back Cody Pritchard. I’ve written about them so much in notes this year that it’ll be good to put the face with the name.
It’s the final championship of the year in football. May we have saved the best one for last?
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