After beating Clinton 28-21 on Oct. 5, Anadarko expects winning a second straight state championship to be even tougher in the rematch.
“That's going to be a good game,” Anadarko running back R.J. Sink said. “I'll tell you right now, I kind of think that they want some revenge.
“They're going to play us, like, 10 times harder. We know that, so we've got to step our game up and play harder too and get that state championship again.”
In the first meeting, Anadarko led 14-0 at halftime before holding off Clinton's comeback attempts. It was the first big hurdle Anadarko cleared this season.
“Clinton was a huge win,” Anadarko coach Kent Jackson said. “Before the season started, I thought that Weatherford and Clinton would probably beat us — just going off junior-high scores — and then maybe Chickasha.”
However, Anadarko won all three games and is currently on a 28-game winning streak.
Anadarko and Clinton meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
BUSY DAY FOR REASNOR, NAULT FAMILIES
Cashion quarterback Ty Reasnor knows his grandparents will be in the stands for his game Saturday afternoon. And Kingfisher running back Landon Nault knows his grandparents will be at his game on Saturday night.
That means it's a busy day for Jim and Twilla Nusz.
Nault's mother and Reasnor's mother are sisters, and daughters of the Nuszes.
Nault and Reasnor are close, usually talking before and after football games. And their grandparents attend Cashion and Kingfisher games on a regular basis.
They got lucky with the Class A and 3A semifinal schedules this week. Cashion takes on Wynnewood at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Norman, then Kingfisher faces Seminole at 7:30 Saturday night at Putnam City Stadium.
“They enjoy it, and we like being able to put on a show for them,” Nault said. “They'll be able to go to Norman, probably get something to eat and head straight to our game that night. It's pretty cool.”
TIPTON FIGHTING THROUGH INJURIES
Several of Tipton's key players are currently questionable for the Class C state title game against Forgan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Weatherford.
“We got a lot of guys banged up right now,” Tipton coach Jim Kerbo said. “We are down to two healthy running backs. It's part of the game this time of year. Stuff starts to mount up on you.”
Linebacker Tyler Vossen, who spearheads a stout Tiger defense, is among the group of Tipton players who are nursing injuries. Running backs Bryant Flores and Antonio Legya are also questionable for the state title game, but starting tailback Josh Torres is healthy.
Tipton defeated Sharon-Mutual in the Class C semifinals Friday night, 28-20, and it was the first meaningful points allowed by the Tigers' defense this season.
Tipton, which only has four seniors, has posted 11 shutouts. The Tigers had allowed only eight points all season before the semifinals. Duke scored eight points against the Tigers in Week 5 after trailing 50-0.
“We've got a bunch of guys that run pretty well and tackle pretty well,” Kerbo said.
That will be very important against Forgan on Saturday, he said.
“They are really an athletic bunch,” Kerbo said. “They are a super group of athletes. They are kind of like us, not very big.”
Kerbo is seeking his second state title at Tipton, the first coming in 1997. The school is seeking its third state championship overall, also winning the crown in 1952.