KINGFISHER — When Kingfisher and Seminole meet in the Class 3A football semifinals at Choctaw on Friday night, the focus will be on a pair of star running backs.
Rightfully so, Kingfisher's Landon Nault leads the state in rushing touchdowns with 44 while Seminole's Papi White tops the state in rushing yards with 3,133.
But like Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers preaches to his team, “defense wins championships” and the showdown of top backs could come down to which team can slow the others ground attack.
“I think we have to get (White) frustrated early on,” said Myers, whose team has surrendered just 6.5 points per game this season.
“If you look at any of their games it's usually early in the game that he'll have a long, breakout run. If we can limit his big plays and make him have to grind it out I think that would play to our advantage.”
Friday's matchup is familiar territory for both teams. They also brought undefeated records into their semifinal matchup last season, with Kingfisher claiming a 31-26 victory.
Kingfisher senior defensive end Gatlin Squires says while both teams are equally as talented, this one feels a lot different from the previous meeting — especially with the game getting pushed back due to inclement weather last week.