KINGFISHER — The OSSAA's decision to play the Class 3A championship football game two days early was a welcome change in Kingfisher.
The second-ranked Yellowjackets are playing in their third title game in four years, and Thursday night's showdown with No. 1 Blanchard couldn't have arrived quickly enough.
The rematch of last year's title game, which Blanchard won 28-21, has been lingering in the back of the Yellowjackets' minds all year.
“We feel like we've been preparing for this game since December of last year,” said Kingfisher defensive end Gatlin Squires. “They've hit us in the mouth a couple times over the last two years, and we want to hit them in the mouth.”
Kingfisher and Blanchard will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, to be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Last year, Kingfisher was the favorite heading into the game. The loss — along with the attitude of the current senior class — has led to some changes for the Yellowjackets this season.
“It's not that we didn't have fun with those guys last year, because we did. But every senior class is different, and this year has been a lot of fun,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said.