TECUMSEH — Right when his team needed it most, Tecumseh's Julian Tramble came through with a career performance.
The senior running back went for 302 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries to help the Savages knock off Glenpool and keep their playoff hopes alive with two weeks left in the regular season.
“He was on fire. He was reading his blocks, making great cuts,” Tecumseh coach Greg George said of Tramble, who was named The Oklahoman's Player of the Week for his performance.
“We thought Julian might be in line for a breakout year. He's been a starter since he was a freshman, when we brought him up to varsity, and he worked really hard to prepare for this year.”
The win put Tecumseh in fourth place in District 4A-2, tied with Mannford, which will host the Savages in a vital game in Week 10. Tecumseh makes a trip to Santa Fe South this week, where a loss could severely cripple the Savages playoff hopes.
“We know our playoffs kind of already started,” George said. “We started 0-3 in district, and that put us in this position. Now, we've got blinders on and our heads down. We're just moving ahead one week at a time.”
Tramble, 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, will be a key piece in Tecumseh's push for the playoffs. He has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards this season behind strong offensive line play, and he adds a running threat to go with the throwing ability of 6-foot-5 senior quarterback Colton Owen.
“We stress that we need to run and throw, and we've been able to accomplish that this season, especially the last two weeks,” George said. “Julian has been a big part of that. He's a young man that in four years has never missed a practice, a kid you can always count on. He plays defensive back for us, too, and makes an impact on that side of the ball as well.
“We've just got to take care of business. The last two weeks, we've done what we needed to do, so we've got to stay focused and keep that up.”