Seminole running back Papi White rushed for 303 yards in Friday's 43-28 win at Hilldale in the Class 3A quarterfinals — which would statistically be defined as White's “worst” game of the playoffs.
The 303 yards and four touchdowns hardly compares to the state playoff record of 466 yards he had in the first round, and still falls behind his second-round total of 347 yards.
That brings his playoff total to 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns — a good season for many backs. The 303 yards also took White over 3,000 for the season with 38 rushing touchdowns.
White and the Chieftains will face another top back in Class 3A this week, facing Kingfisher in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Choctaw High School.
Kingfisher is led by Landon Nault, a four-year starter who has rushed for 2,199 yards and 44 touchdowns this year.
LONG ROAD BACK TO FINALS FOR POTEAU
Friday will mark Poteau's third appearance in a football state championship game, but only a small portion of the town's population would likely remember the first two.
Poteau is 0-2 in finals appearances, both in Class B. The Pirates first reached the finals in 1946, losing to Fairview 14-6 at Taft Stadium.
They returned to the finals in 1950, when the Pirates were defeated by Sayre 39-21 at Owen Field in Norman.
Sixth-ranked Poteau (12-1) will face undefeated and top-ranked Anadarko at 1 p.m. Friday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater for the Class 4A title.
NORMAN NORTH'S BARRETT SIXTH AN FOOT LOCKER EVENT
Ben Barrett, recently named The Oklahoman's All-City Cross Country Runner of the Year, qualified for the Foot Locker National Finals with his performance Saturday in a regional event.
Barrett ran a time of 14:51 at the regional in Charlotte, N.C., to finish sixth.
The top 10 boys from the event qualified to compete against runners from the three other regionals at the Foot Locker National finals on Dec. 14 at Balboa Park in San Diego.