With a winter storm expected to hit the state Thursday and Friday, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association didn't want to risk anything this week.
The organization postponed all playoff football games scheduled this weekend to next weekend, extending the season one more week while hoping to keep participants safe.
“They had to make a decision, and I think probably in the long run it was the right decision to make for everybody,” Guthrie coach Rafe Watkins said. “You've got to take the safety into consideration first and foremost.”
There were 11 games scheduled this weekend, with five of them being championships. All semifinals in Class 3A-A will remain at the same neutral locations, but they will be played next Friday.
The championships, three of which were slated for Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, are moving around, though.
The Class 6A game between Jenks and Tulsa Union is now next Thursday at the University of Tulsa's Chapman Stadium.
The Class 5A and 4A championships will remain at OSU, but are being moved to next Saturday.
All three championships will be televised live on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
It is still unclear whether or not Boone Pickens Stadium will host the Class 3A-A championships the following week as previously planned. However, OSU seems interested in keeping the games.
“We are here to help the OSSAA in any way we can,” OSU athletic director Mike Holder said in a statement. “If they want us to host the games, we are more than ready. If they think it better serves the participating schools to play at a different location, we completely understand. We commend the OSSAA for putting the safety of the student-athletes and their families and friends first.”
The Class B and Class C championships are now both slated for next Saturday at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
For some teams, they are looking at the postponements as a way to get some injured kids healthy.
But the coaches also hope the winter weather at least delivers some snow, making the decision even more correct.
“I understand what the OSSAA is trying to do,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “The unfortunate thing is weather is not an exact science. The bad thing would be come tomorrow or Friday, it would be very unfortunate if things ended up being not as bad as they were predicting and we end up not doing things when they very well could have possibly gone on.
“But I'm not going to gripe. There's nothing like playing football the whole entire first semester.”