WARR ACRES — The Stroud Tigers aren’t winning big, but they keep winning.
With three straight playoff victories by eight points or fewer, Stroud will play for the Class A state championship next week, after Saturday night’s 14-7 win over Oklahoma Bible Academy in the semifinals at Putnam City Stadium.
Sure, the Tigers would have liked another blowout or two along their postseason road, but instead they go into the title game with confidence that they can win the close ones.
"We’ve been tested to the limits, and I know we can win state,” said Stroud running back Cody Pritchard, who rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on Saturday to advance the Tigers to their first state championship game since they won it all in 1981. "We want the gold ball. This is huge for the town, huge for us, huge for everybody. It’s amazing.”
Stroud, which won all four of its state titles from 1969-81, will face five-time champion Tonkawa for the Class A title. Both teams are 14-0.
Only one of Stroud’s first 11 wins was decided by fewer than 30 points, making the string of tight playoff wins that much more valuable.
"We had a lot of blowouts in the regular season,” Stroud coach Chris Elerick said.