Class 3A: Luck, healthy players are keys to winning 3A title

According to the state's top three Class 3A teams, parity, luck and injury-free players are what it takes to win a state title. And out of those three, luck plays the biggest part.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 25, 2013
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Does your team have healthy players?

Does your team have success despite a limited roster?

Does your team not start with the name Jenks or Tulsa Union?

Then your team must be the state champion of Class 3A, the class of wide-open state title races, teams with a lot of luck and players, who despite playing two ways, remain free of injury.

Because according to the state's top three Class 3A teams: parity, luck and injury-free players are what it takes to win a state title. And out of those three, luck plays the biggest part.

Seminole's Mike Snyder, Blanchard's Jeff Craig and Kingfisher's Jeff Myers, three of Class 3A's top football coaches, all spell it out the same way: Class 3A is a class of balance, which is what makes the class anyone's to win.

Any of the top 10 teams could make a run for that state trophy, they say. Heritage Hall and Victory Christian are on the rise behind young, gifted quarterbacks. Tuttle is solid as always under coach Phil Koons. Others like Berryhill and Cushing are loaded for a run, too.

Then there's still the chance of a sleeper team outside of the top 10.

Craig knows all too well about that. His team was the sleeper team last year, ranked No. 20 in The Oklahoman's preseason poll before going 13-1 and winning the state title.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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