YUKON — Led by quarterback Nick Sitton, Southwest Covenant's playoff hopes have gone from bleak to promising over the past two weeks.
Sitton's finest performance came Friday in a 74-30 win over Webbers Falls, when the junior accounted for six touchdowns to earn The Oklahoman's staff Player of the Week.
“He's a fantastic quarterback,” said Southwest Covenant coach Kevin Cobbs. “He's not the biggest or the fastest quarterback in (District C-4), but he's got to be the toughest. He's tough, and he's passionate. That really defines the way he, and our team, plays.”
With consecutive wins over district opponents Maud and Webbers Falls, two teams that have spent time ranked in Class C's top 10 this season, Southwest Covenant (5-4 overall, 3-3 in District C-4) is in position to earn a playoff spot.
The Patriots chances didn't look so good a couple weeks ago as they entered the Maud game with a 1-3 district record.
“We had to refocus on how we approached each game and executed,” Sitton said. “These past few games have been extremely critical. Maud and Webbers (Falls) were ranked in the preseason, so we knew they were good. Right now we're firing on all cylinders.”
Sitton, who scored three touchdowns through the air and three more on the ground against Webbers Falls, said the Patriots' “one play at a time” approach has fueled their late season turnaround.
“I try to set the tone for our team mentally before each game,” said Sitton, who has accounted for nine touchdowns in the consecutive district wins. “I tell the guys if you're mentally prepared, your body will follow. That's just how I've tried to get us going.”