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High school football: Southwest Covenant seniors did not expect so much success

They figured the Patriots could make the Class C playoffs, but they have a chance to host a first-round game with a win over Webbers Falls.
By Ryan Aber Published: October 24, 2012

YUKON — Southwest Covenant seniors Christian Hagen and Garrett Lessman admit they didn't expect this much success.

Sure, they expected the Patriots to be better after back-to-back 2-7 seasons.

The goal was a playoff berth.

“We were hoping for a four seed, maybe creep up into the three seed if everything fell right,” Lessman said. “To have a chance at a No. 2 seed is pretty unbelievable right now.”

Last week, the private school in Yukon clinched its first football playoff berth since 2007 with a 34-22 win over Maud.

“It was a huge ballgame,” Patriots coach Bill Martin said. “It was right up there with our state championship in our Christian league.

“They were a bigger team in numbers and size.”

Southwest Covenant is 5-2 heading into Friday's eight-man game at Webbers Falls. A win would likely give the Patriots the No. 2 spot in District C-4 and a home game for the first round of the playoffs.

A performance like the Patriots turned in last week did not seem possible before the season; actually it didn't seem like much of a possibility just a week ago.

Sophomore Nick Sitton had been playing well at quarterback, throwing for more than 500 yards and nine touchdowns before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury Oct. 12 in a win over Life Christian.

So the Patriots had to move Michael Cord to quarterback.

“We've only got 15 kids, so that knocked us down to 14,” Martin said. “When you lose one of your better athletes, you lose about four or five starters when one guy goes down. We lost our quarterback, our tailback and our fastest receiver all in one because we had to move them around.

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