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Tulsa Union's loss could mean no Jenks-Union title game

Tulsa Union's loss to Owasso could open the door for another team to get into the title game. But the team on the bad end of that deal could be Midwest City. If the Bombers were to win 6A-1, they could face Union in the quarterfinals and Jenks in the semis.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT Staff Writer swright@opubco.com Published: October 8, 2011
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Just a few minutes before 11 p.m. Friday night, the world of Class 6A football felt a seismic shock wave.

That's when Owasso's Keon Hatcher caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Kason Key, sealing the Rams' 41-38 win over Tulsa Union and snapping its 94-game district winning streak.

The impact of the win is still rocking the town of Owasso, and it will continue to be felt across the state, possibly until the state finals.

Jenks and Union have won the last 15 Class 6A state championships, and no other team has reached the finals since Enid did so in 2006.

But Union's loss on Friday could open the door for someone else to get into the title game.

Should the rest of the season hold to form — and after Week 6, who really thinks that will happen? — Union and Jenks would be aligned to meet in the semifinals, though both are facing potentially significant injury issues.

The team on the bad end of Friday's shake-up would be the District 6A-1 champion (likely Midwest City). The Bombers would be facing potential matchups with Union in the quarterfinals and Jenks in the semifinals just to get to the title game.

On the other side of the bracket, some of the season's top noisemakers would be lined up with each other, namely Owasso, which might have set itself up with a much easier playoff road.

“We did something no one thought we could do, except the people in the locker room,” Key said. “It was a great team bonding experience, and we're enjoying it. But we're already looking to next week.

“We can't totally focus on last night. We've got to get ready for our next game and start preparing ourselves for the playoffs.”

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