High schools: Wynnewood is on a mission, focused on beating Wayne

The Savages' loss to Wayne last season led to a tougher road in the playoffs. Wayne won the district championship and went on to win the Class A state title.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 21, 2012
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wynnewood's Trey Knowles, one of the top two-way players in the class, poses on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Wynnewood, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wynnewood's Trey Knowles, one of the top two-way players in the class, poses on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Wynnewood, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Trey Knowles and his Wynnewood teammates have had this one marked on their calendars all football season.

Oct. 26. At Wayne. Rematch. The No. 1 team in the state, Wynnewood, vs. Wayne, the defending Class A champion and second-ranked team.

It was in the same week last season that Wayne beat Wynnewood 47-42 at home to give the Savages their first loss. Wayne would win its second consecutive district championship and go on to win the state title.

Wynnewood, however, was sent to a much tougher road through the playoffs and fell to Woodland in the second round.

Woodland, which beat Wynnewood by just six in that playoff game, rolled through three other playoff opponents by 25 or more points before falling to Wayne in the final.

“It just has the whole team pumped up and ready to go,” said Knowles, Wynnewood's standout running back. “We've still got all the same players that he had last year, we've just grown older and more experienced.

“We're more focused this year.”

Knowles has rushed for 914 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging more than 11.5 yards per carry.

For Wayne, slowing down Knowles and Wynnewood's other offensive weapons will be the key to the game.

“For us to have a chance, it's all going to be about our defense,” Bulldogs coach Brandon Sharp said. “Our defense has been getting better and better, and we've really started to hit our stride there.”



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