There's no doubt that having Norman North travel more than 125 miles while Owasso will travel less than 20 to play Friday night's semifinal game between the two at Tulsa Union isn't completely neutral.
But Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules made clear long before this issue arose that the game would be played in the Tulsa area.
“In an even-numbered calendar year, the best available site on the east side of the state will be selected. In an odd-numbered calendar year, the best available site on the west side will be selected,” the OSSAA rule says regarding semifinals and finals in 6A and 5A.
The rule has been in place since 2004.
In 2009, Jenks traveled to play Southmoore at Putnam City, and in 2007 the Trojans played Midwest City at Edmond's Wantland Stadium.
In 2008, Union played Midwest City at Sand Springs and Jenks played Mustang at Broken Arrow.
HENNESSEY, VIAN READY FOR REMATCH
This week's Hennessey-Vian quarterfinal clash is the most anticipated matchup in Class 2A since the playoff bracket was released.
It could be compared to a Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali title bout, round two.
“I know Vian has been looking forward to it ever since we played them in the third round last year at our place,” Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen said.
Hennessey won that game, 18-7, on its way to a second straight state championship.
This year's game at Vian will feature the No. 1 team in the state, and the club most pundits pick to win the title, against the two-time defending state champions.
“It's the same scenario as last year,” Luetjen said. “We knew that was going to be a very physical football game between two teams that were real similar. We expect the same thing this week.
“It's going to be a fistfight from the start. Whoever can stand it the longest is probably going to be who comes out on top.”
Vian (12-0) has crushed its opponents this season but hasn't faced anyone as good as Hennessey (10-2).
The Eagles will rely heavily on running back Levi Hill, who rushed for 283 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in Hennessey's 56-21 win over Washington Friday night.
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