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John Marshall and Centennial to battle for a playoff spot

by Scott Wright Published: November 5, 2013
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photo - JM #23 Dez Jackson and #7 Devion Smith help #1 Keshawn Shells celebrate his long touchdown run during the high school football game of John Marshall at Star Spencer, Thursday, September 26, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
JM #23 Dez Jackson and #7 Devion Smith help #1 Keshawn Shells celebrate his long touchdown run during the high school football game of John Marshall at Star Spencer, Thursday, September 26, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Seven years ago, this would have simply been called an intrasquad scrimmage.

But on Thursday night, there's a playoff berth on the line.

John Marshall and Centennial — the two schools that once formed the original John Marshall High School before splitting in 2007 — meet Thursday at Star Spencer's Twidwell Stadium for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 3A-3. The winner goes to the playoffs, and the loser starts basketball season.

When the district was split into two schools in 2007, the John Marshall-Centennial game became a natural rivalry. The Britton Bowl, as it's known.

And every good rivalry needs a defining moment. Maybe this will be it for the Bears and Bison.

Because there are more layers to this game than the playoff bid.

The bragging rights between kids who came up playing on the same little league fields is ramped up with the high stakes.

And this marks the first meeting of Don Willis and his former player, Rashaun Woods, as head coaches.

Willis is in his second year at Centennial, while Woods is in his first at John Marshall. But 15 years ago, Willis was coaching Woods during his rise to stardom as a Millwood wide receiver, before heading to Oklahoma State, then being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

“A lot of people have asked about that, but we can't focus on that,” Willis said. “Right now, I'm just trying to get us to the playoffs. It's exciting, and he might be looking forward to going against his old coach. But we have to stay focused on the game.”

While the coaching matchup can be downplayed, there's no ignoring the magnitude of the game for both programs.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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