Blanchard's Tucker Yarbrough wants a gold ring, just like his father

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - Tucker Yarbrough's father, Darren, played on the Lions' 1979 state championship football team. Now Tucker has a chance to get a ring of his own when Blanchard faces Kingfisher for the Class 3A title on Friday.
by Scott Wright Published: December 6, 2012
Advertisement

photo - Darren (father) and Tucker (son) Yarbrough on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in Blanchard, Okla.  Darren played on the 1979 Blanchard state championship team, and Tucker will play in the finals this week.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Darren (father) and Tucker (son) Yarbrough on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in Blanchard, Okla. Darren played on the 1979 Blanchard state championship team, and Tucker will play in the finals this week. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“They asked the players, ‘What did it mean to you, and what does it mean now?'” Tucker said. “They all talked about the camaraderie, and how tight they were as a team, and what it meant to be stepping on ground that had never been stepped on before at Blanchard.”

The Lions' return to the state finals might have surprised some outsiders this season. They were No. 20 in The Oklahoman's preseason rankings, coming off a 5-5 season.

“At the beginning of the season, Coach Craig told us nobody would be talking about us, and everybody would doubt us,” Tucker said. “We just took that as motivation — naysayers, and we're out to prove them wrong.”

The 1979 Lions went 15-0 in Class A, defeating Hartshorne 37-14 in the title game. At 12-1, this year's team can't quite match that record, and it has a stiff test ahead in 14-0 Kingfisher, which has had only two games with a final margin closer than three touchdowns.

Regardless of the outcome, there's going to be one incredibly proud father in the stands, watching his son following his footsteps in Blanchard football history.

“It's more special watching him,” Darren said. “You want your children to do well, you want them to succeed.

“I've been able to see the camaraderie these guys have, and that's what I remember most about our team — the camaraderie and the teammates.”

Darren says about a dozen players from 1979 are still in Blanchard, and the title team certainly hasn't been forgotten.

“We always get to ride at the front of the parade,” Darren joked. “But we'd be more than happy to turn that over to these guys.”

by Scott Wright
Reporter
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...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Report: Archie Manning steps down from College Football Playoff selection committee
  2. 2
    KTEN: Inmate Charged with Murder has Escaped Bryan County Jail
  3. 3
    Extinction countdown: Only 6 northern white rhinos left
  4. 4
    VIDEO: Man carried to safety as home goes up in flames
  5. 5
    Misty Upham's father says she fell to her death trying to flee police
+ show more