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Class 4A football notebook: Clinton, Anadarko grind it out

Clinton and Anadarko were content to keep the ball on the ground for most of the Class 4A championship game Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: December 1, 2012
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photo - Anadarko's Dakota Botone (77) and James Paddlety (55) react after the 21-14 loss to Clinton during the Class 4A Oklahoma state championship football game between Anadarko and Clinton at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Anadarko's Dakota Botone (77) and James Paddlety (55) react after the 21-14 loss to Clinton during the Class 4A Oklahoma state championship football game between Anadarko and Clinton at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Two plays later, Mitchell batted a pass away near the goal line to help preserve the win.

“We changed the defense up a little bit, tried to keep them confused,” Mitchell said. “We knew we couldn't let anything get behind us, keep everything in front, wrap up and tackle. We just had to keep fighting back.”

WARRIORS' WINNING STREAK SNAPPED

Anadarko coach Kent Jackson had a tough task addressing his team after a 28-game winning streak came to an end with the loss.

“I didn't want that loss to erase a great season,” Jackson said. “To come back the way we did at the end and give ourselves a chance, I'm very proud of them.”

The Warriors were thin on defense, and Clinton wore them down.

Anadarko linebacker Russell Mithlo was suspended for the game after being ejected in the semifinal win over Wagoner, and a pair of linebackers — Traymayne Wauahdooah and Jared Wheeler were hurt going into the game or during the game.

“It was tough that we were as banged up as we were,” Jackson said. “But those things happen.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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...
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