By Robert Przybylo
Ranking: No. 6
Coach: Bob Ward, fourth season
Previous state titles: 1947 (C), 1950 (C), 1951 (C), 1955 (C), 1956 (C), 1957 (C), 1961 (C), 1969 (C), 2002 (A)
Road to 2010 semifinals: Beat Minco 40-13, beat Mangum 47-21, beat Wynnewood 28-14
2009 record (playoffs): 4-6 (None)
Last week: The Terriers trailed 14-7 at halftime but scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to knock off Wynnewood on the road. A.J. Reyes hit Scott Watts for a 56-yard touchdown early in the half to tie it, then Tyler Arney’s seven-yard touchdown run put Thomas ahead for good.
Player to watch: A.J. Reyes, QB. Reyes has nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground and has thrown for almost 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Notable: Tyler Arney leads Thomas with 1,323 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground. He also has more than 450 yards and six touchdowns receiving. … Thomas is in the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and in the semifinals for the first time since their 2002 state championship team. … The Terriers appeared in the playoffs 11 consecutive seasons from 1995 to 2005. … Lone loss was to Okeene on Sept. 10, 27-21 in overtime. … Scored 27 or more points in every win this season and 34 or more in all but two. … Allowed more than 14 points just twice this season. … Thomas’ only previous meeting with Woodland (then Fairfax) came in the 1976 Class B state title game. Fairfax won that game 36-15 at Enid.
Ranking: No. 1
Coach: Joe Sindelar, first year at Woodland
Previous state titles: 1975 (B), 1976 (B), 1977 (B), 1986 (A)*
Road to 2010 semifinals: Beat Porter 40-0, beat Elmore City 40-8, beat Velma-Alma 38-22
2009 record (playoffs): 7-4 (Lost to Commerce, 32-31 in double overtime)
Last week: The Cougars trailed 22-16 in the fourth but scored 22 unanswered points in the final 8:36 to advance. Woodland forced a turnover to take the lead, then took advantage of short field position after two Velma-Alma punts failed to go 20 yards to score two more late touchdowns.
Player to watch: Patrick Bartlett, QB. Bartlett is primarily a passing threat, having thrown for 250 yards and three touchdowns in a second-tound win over Elmore City.
Notable: The Cougars had 282 totals yards, 184 rushing, in last week’s win. … Woodland’s defense held Velma-Alma to just one second-half first down. … Scored 34 or more points in all but one game this season, a 20-7 win over Pawhuska on Oct. 29. … Gave up more than 18 points just twice this season. … As Fairfax in 1976, beat Thomas 36-15 in the Class B state championship game in Enid in the teams’ only previous meeting.
*All of Woodland’s state championships came as Fairfax
Ranking: No. 10
Coach: Cory Bales, sixth season at Morrison
Previous state titles: 1984 (B), 1986 (B), 1988 (B), 1989 (B), 1990 (B), 1991 (B), 1992 (B), 1993 (B), 1994 (B), 2003 (B), 2005 (B), 2006 (B), 2007 (B), 2008 (A)
Road to 2010 semifinals: Beat Fairland 47-12, beat Wayne 27-26, beat Cashion 35-28
2009 record (playoffs): 3-7 (None)
Last week: Looking to avenge a 42-20 regular-season loss to Cashion, the Wildcats jumped out quick, returning the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown en route to building a 28-0 halftime lead.
Player to watch: Jacob Walls, WR/RB. Not only did Walls return the opening kickoff last week for a touchdown, he also recovered a fumble in the end zone. In the second-round win over Wayne, Walls played early at receiver before shifting into the backfield to help the Wildcats squeak past Wayne.
Notable: The Wildcats intercepted five passes in last week’s win. … Dylan Quinata is the Wildcats leading rusher. … Spencer Venus hit Trevos Inselman for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half of the win over Cashion. Inselman leapt over a Cashion defender and took the catch 49 yards for a touchdown to extend the Wildcats lead…Lost to fellow Class A semifinalist Woodland 49-18 on Oct. 21. … Other loss was to Tonkawa, 38-6. … Scored 22 or more points in every win.
Coach: Michael Blackburn, ninth season at Stratford
Previous state titles: None
Road to 2010 semifinals: Beat Quinton 40-0, beat Afton 21-14, beat Crescent 27-17
2009 record (playoffs): 7-5 (Beat Gore 41-14, lost to Tonkawa 27-0)
Last week: Chase Chamberlain’s 11-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter lifted the Bulldogs to their first semifinal appearance since 1971. The teams traded the lead throughout the game until Chamberlain’s score, his third of the game, put Stratford ahead for good.
Player to watch: Chase Chamberlain, QB. Chamberlain had 194 yards passing and 67 yards rushing last week. For the season, the senior has more than 850 yards on the ground and more than 1,300 through the air.
Notable: Tommy Lawson had three catches for 145 yards offensively and intercepted a pair of passes in last week’s win. Lawson is the Bulldogs leading receiver with more than 600 yards. … Nick Cosby and Tyler Gaines lead Stratford in tackles with more than 100. … Losses were to Elmore City, 36-6, on Sept. 24 and Wayne, 26-0, on Oct. 21. … Scored 36 or more points eight times. … All three playoff games have come on the road.