After each team’s first possession at Owasso back in September, the Rams led the Broken Arrow, 7-6. That was the only time the Tigers have trailed in any football game this season.
Since taking a 13-6 lead on that warm night, BA and has outscored opponents 466-53. Included in that run is the current string of three consecutive shutouts: the most since the Tigers blanked five teams in a row in 1996.
The Tigers won, 47-20, at Owasso two months ago. Then, after a bye week they followed with a 28-13 win over Jenks. Broken Arrow’s closest game since was a, 35-7, win at Edmond Santa Fe on the second Friday of October.
As the mid-November OSSAA Class 6A-I State Semifinal game approaches, a rematch this Saturday against Owasso, the Tigers are playing at as high a level as any team in the state.
“We talk about it as coaches on the weekends as to what teams can try to do to stop what we do best,” said Tiger head coach David Alexander. “Then we prepare for it. We have a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C, and sometimes we get all the way to Plan C.”
That was the case in the Tigers first-round playoff win over Moore, last Friday. Plan C, obviously, was as well-developed of a plan as A or B, as Broken Arrow rolled up the Lions, 49-0.
“They came out in a different front, doing some good things, Alexander said. “They obviously coached their kids up, so we had to make a couple of adjustments. “It’s a combination of kids that have really bought in to what we are trying to do, and obviously being good football players. And, they believe and trust their coaches.”
And why not? In this already record-breaking season for Noah Cortes, the offense is just 46 points shy of the school record of 586 points scored by 2011 state runner-up team. While the 79 points allowed by the defense is not a school record – the 937 team allowed only 12 points – it is the fewest points given up since the 73 points allowed by the 1975 Tigers.
“People have asked me ‘what’s been the most impressive thing about this season?’” Alexander said. “It’s really been those games where we have been heavy favorites, but we have gotten off the bus and been ready to play since the very beginning. We haven’t had a let-down game where we have been flat, flat, flat, and where Coach Alexander has had to do some motivating.
“They are a very hungry team, and have proven that. They love competition. They love going out there and getting after it. It’s a fun, fun group to coach.”
The fun continues Saturday at the University of Tulsa Chapman Stadium as the Tigers take on the Owasso Rams in a 7 p.m. State Semifinal matchup. Jenks plays Union in the other semifinal at 11 a.m.
State semifinal tickets are $7. Fans can purchase Broken Arrow game tickets in the BA Athletic Office – second floor of the Varsity Training Center – from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. They can also order online through GoFAN.
The game will be streamed live on Facebook through NFHSNetwork.
Grace Jarvis was named the 2018 All-District 4 Softball Player of the Year and heads a list of Broken Arrow players who were named all-district and All-Region 10.
Randall King, who guided Broken Arrow to a 32-6-2 record, undefeated district title and the school’s 35th appearance in the softball state tournament, was named Coach of the Year.
Jarvis, a senior shortstop, led the Lady Tigers in several offensive categories. She hit .504 with an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.38. She scored a team best 57 runs, while driving in 42. Jarvis was tops on the squad with 20 doubles and six triples. She also led the team with 24 stolen bases.
Joining Jarvis on both teams were pitcher Brooke Mason and outfielder Chloe Jameson. Jarvis and Mason also were named Oklahoma High School Fast Pitch Softball Coach Association All-State.
Broken Arrow had four additional players on the all-district squad: Pitcher Kailee Reese, first baseman Reagan Edwards, second baseman McKayla Carney and third baseman Maci Cole.
Ryan Denny, Evie Herring, Anita Hall and Auryana Johnson received district honorable mention recognition.
Jameson, a senior center fielder, committed just one error in 40 outfield chances. She hit .315 and scored 33 runs for the Lady Tigers.
Mason and Reese offered King two reliable options inside the pitching circle. Mason, a senior, ended the year with a 12-2 record, 2.29 ERA, and struck out 59 batters over 82 2/3 innings. The junior Reese, was 15-4 with a 1.79 ERA on the season. She struck out 66 batters over her 117 innings pitched.
First baseman Edwards, a junior, led the team with six home runs and 48 RBIs.
Carney, a sophomore, committed just five errors in 155 chances at second base. The Lady Tigers leadoff hitter was tops on the team with 71 hits, good for a .497 average.
Cole, another sophomore, moved from her position as starting catcher last season to third base this year. She committed just five errors at her corner infield spot. Her .965 fielding percentage was second only to Carney’s .968 among Tiger infielders. Cole hit .371 and was third on the team in runs scored with 34.
Denny, a freshman, batted .316 and stole 11 bases. Herring, a sophomore, batted .313 on the year. The junior Hall hit .378 and finished the season with no errors in 120 chances. Johnson hit .414 and committed just one error as a junior outfielder.
Parents of Broken Arrow High School, Freshman Academy and middle school student-athletes may go online to complete necessary forms to assure their child is eligible to begin participation in school athletics.
The completion of such forms as the Emergency Consent Form, Concussion and Head Injury Acknowledgement Form and the Risk/Insurance/Transportation Consent Form is required before a student is eligible to participate in Broken Arrow athletics. Other online forms parents are required to complete include the OSSAA’s Eligibility and Recruiting Forms, the Social Networking Form and the Drug Testing Consent Form.
To begin completion of the forms parents will need to include their child’s first and last names and know their child’s student ID number. An electronic signature of one parent is required.
Student-athletes are also required to have a current physical on file in order to participate in Broken Arrow school-sponsored athletics.
Online completion of the required forms is more convenient for parents and will streamline the process for Broken Arrow athletic department administrators, coaches and trainers. Visit RankOneSport's website to start the online forms process.