Norman North coach Wade Standley has coached plenty of games at Tulsa's Union-Tuttle Stadium.
As a longtime assistant at Union, Standley had plenty of wins on the turf there.
Friday night, though, Standley will return to the field as a head coach when Norman faces Owasso in the Class 6A semifinals.
It'll be his first game as a head coach at the stadium, although he brought his Norman North team to a scrimmage there before the season started.
“I can't wait,” Standley said. “For me and the four guys on our staff that either coached or played at Union, it'll be pretty special.”
BURLINGTON BEATS LOMEGA 111-103 IN 3OTS
Burlington coach Kirsten Pruett hadn't seen anything like it.
It isn't likely anyone else involved had either.
Friday night, Pruett's Lady Elks needed three overtimes to beat Lomega 111-103, led by Tiffany Rieger's 57 points.
“It was a heck of a game,” Pruett said. “But in all honesty, it was really kind of slow in the first half.”
It was a one-point game at the break, 30-29, then Burlington fell behind by as many as 16 in the third quarter.
“Because of the score, it seems ridiculous to talk about how good our defense was, but it was defense that got us back into it in the third quarter,” Pruett said.
Katelyn Garvie scored 26, including several key free throws in the second overtime to keep the game alive.
Burlington pulled away in the third overtime to improve to 4-0.
The Lady Elks played Kremlin-Hillsdale on Tuesday night.
DEFENSIVE LINE KEY FOR KINGFISHER
Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers accepts the fact that his team has played an easier schedule than the Yellowjackets commonly face. But a shutout is a shutout against any competition.
And the Yellowjackets have seven of them.
In fact, no team has scored more than 20 points on Kingfisher, which includes opponents like Tuttle and Hennessey.
Myers credits the big boys up front for a lot of the team's defensive success, making way for a strong linebacker unit. Colt Lack, Kaden Jackson, Cole Cameron, Mitch Henderson, Gatlin Squires and Chris Ludwig rotate in on the defensive front.
“Not only are they mainstays on the defensive line, they're some of the guys who are playing really well on our offensive line, too,” Myers said.
Kingfisher (12-0) gave up only six points in district play, rolling through its final seven games of the regular season. There were questions about how good Kingfisher really was, considering it hadn't been tested much.
But last week's 35-14 win over Tuttle answered the critics.
“I was one of the guys who was up in the air, asking ‘How good are we?'” Myers said. “We showed up against Tuttle. We allowed 13 rushing yards, and that's what they do best.”
OCS' BROOKS IMPRESSES STROUD COACHES
Stroud coach Chris Elerick thinks his Tigers will have to play their best game of the season to defeat Oklahoma Christian School on Friday night in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
“It's not a secret how good these guys are,” Elerick said. “A team like OCS, we are going to have to play a perfect game: no dropped passes, no stupid penalties, no turnovers, no busted assignments, no missed tackles.
“We will have to make them earn everything. We can't help them out at all. They are too good to give opportunities to.”
Elerick is impressed with Saints quarterback Austin Brooks and 6-2 senior receiver Blake Barnes, who has 41 receptions for 863 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.
Running back/receiver Garrett Kilborn is another weapon on offense with 15 touchdowns rushing and receiving this season.
Meanwhile, OCS coach Derek Turner heaps as much praise on Stroud.
“They are just loaded,” Turner said of Stroud. “They are a great football team. Very strong defensively and they will power the ball. They are a great running team, but they can also throw it.
“If you are going to go all the way through (the playoffs), you are going to have to do both.”