Since beating Carl Albert in the district opener, Deer Creek has been looking forward to this Thursday's game at No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Guthrie.
“It's going to be a tremendous atmosphere,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said. “It'll be a great setting for high school football, and it's got huge playoff implications.”
No. 3-ranked Deer Creek (7-0) hasn't been challenged much since the win over Carl Albert. The Antlers have outscored their last three opponents by a combined 198-12.
“It's good and bad,” Gower said of his team's recent schedule. “We're not really beat up so to speak as far as going through any really physical ballgames, but the other side of it is we haven't been able to run many plays with our main offense.”
Deer Creek used its starters for 23 offensive plays on Friday in a 69-0 win over Western Heights. The Antlers' starters took just 18 snaps the week before in an 83-6 win over Guymon.
HOGAN MAKING WAVES
Norman North has had some big wins this season.
The Timberwolves beat crosstown rival Norman to open the season, one of 5A's best in Del City the next week and then snapped Midwest City's 37-game district winning streak.
But Thursday night's win over Edmond North was the biggest yet.
And one of Norman North's biggest plays come from an unexpected source.
Freshman running back Quan Hogan isn't on Norman North's roster, as he's primarily played for the freshman team this season.
But injuries kept moving Hogan up in the depth chart. He saw significant action in Thursday's 49-27 win, including a 92-yard touchdown run after taking a pitch from Channing Meyer.
“He did a great job,” Norman North coach Wade Standley said of Hogan. “He got the chance, and he's really taken advantage of it.”
Hogan's older brother, Rico, was a standout on last season's Norman High team.
SOFTBALL FINALS RESUME TODAY
The Class 4A fast-pitch softball championship game between Oologah and Piedmont will resume at 2 p.m. Monday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Oologah leads 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning after the game was stopped due to rain Saturday.
The Class 5A championship game between Grove and Chickasha is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the 6A game between Edmond North and Moore at 7.
BY RYAN ABER