Blanchard to face Tuttle in key district showdown

by Scott Wright Published: October 30, 2012
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photo - Blanchard running back Braden Stringer leaves a Jones defender face-down in the turf as he goes along the sideline on a run to the right side of the field to score his team's second touchdown.  Blanchard vs. Jones high school football at Jones  High School on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Blanchard running back Braden Stringer leaves a Jones defender face-down in the turf as he goes along the sideline on a run to the right side of the field to score his team's second touchdown. Blanchard vs. Jones high school football at Jones High School on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

The last time Blanchard was this close to a district championship was 2005. The Lions ultimately came up one win short.

That year, the Lions' pursuit of a district title was actually decided in a Sept. 23 loss that capped an 0-4 start before they won six straight to take the No. 2 seed.

The road block to their 2005 district title?

Tuttle.

Blanchard will face the Tigers once again on Friday, knowing that a win will guarantee a district championship, as well as an undefeated season.

“The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable,” Blanchard coach Jeff Craig said of the game against the Lions' nearby rival. “Really, I think you're talking about even possibly like a state championship atmosphere. It's going to be unbelievable on both sides.”

Blanchard has been one of the bigger surprises of the year. They were regarded as a fringe top-20 team in the preseason. But behind quarterback Brock Lamle, an experienced group of skill players and a group of linemen who progressed quickly, the Lions have charged to the forefront and are ranked No. 4 in Class 3A.

All season, things like the pursuit of a district — or even state — title have been discussed in Blanchard.

“We've talked about a lot of that stuff all year,” Craig said. “I think if you're not gonna talk about it, you're not thinking about it. And if you're not thinking about it, you can't get there. We talked about winning the district and winning a gold ball, because those are the things we want to accomplish.”


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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