By Robert Przybylo
Little Axe (5-5) at Heritage Hall (10-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Pop Murray Memorial Field, HH
Why the Indians can win: Because if there is a mentally tougher team in the state, I’d sure like to meet them. Tony Smith’s guys have battled through a lot more than just the stadium problems and manage to punch their playoff ticket again.
One word to describe this team — perseverance. I don’t know how they did it. But we can’t be content to just get here.” – Smith
Heritage (W – Casady; W – Clinton; W – Davis; W – Centennial; W – Tulsa NOAH; W – Newcastle; W – John Marshall; W – SeeWorth; W – Bethany; W – Kingfisher)
Why the Chargers can win: Junior running back Barry J. Sanders is once again out, but this team has learned how to play without him. You don’t want to, but it has had to, and it’s done alright. The offensive line has been stellar.
Key matchup: Little Axe offense vs. Heritage defense. It’s going to be a task to stop the Heritage offense, but the real problem is trying to score on this group. You get behind early, you panic, and the defense is right in its comfort zone.
The pick: Heritage Hall 49, Little Axe 17. Big plays early by Cooper Cloud and Sterling Shepard early lead to a comfortable first-round victory.
Boneman’s Heritage prediction record: 10-0.