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No. 1-ranked Tigers travel to Owasso Friday

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It will be a clash of styles as Broken Arrow Tiger football takes to the road for the first time this season traveling to Owasso, the home of the defending Class 6A state champions.

Stingy could be the best way to describe the Tiger defense as it has given up just 16 points and 371 yards in two games. Broken Arrow’s defense has forced two fumbles, recorded an interception, tacked on a safety and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

By contrast, Owasso (1-1, ranked No. 4 in Class 6A) has scored 87 points and their quarterback, Will Kuehne, has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of their first two games. The Rams also are a team that has given up nearly 700 yards passing this season, while allowing 85 points.

“We have to get to their quarterback,” said David Alexander, head coach of the No. 1-ranke Tigers. “We have to get some pressure on him. We just can’t let him sit back in the pocket, because he’s too good. We also have to mix up coverages. If you show him the same thing each possession then he’s going to figure out a way to beat you. He’s a winner.”

Look for the Tigers to continue to do what has proven successful in the early part of the season – hand the ball to Noah Cortes. The third all-time leading rusher in BA football history has run for 248 yards this season. The run game has led to a seven minute advantage in time of possession for Broken Arrow. Combined with a rush defense that has allowed just 36 yards a game and it’s obvious the Tigers have controlled the line of scrimmage.

Another statistic of interest that could be a factor in Friday’s game is third down conversion. The Tigers are 50 percent on third down conversions this season, while opponents have converted just seven of 27 third downs (26 percent).

A win Friday night will give the Tigers their first 3-0 start since 2008.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at GoFAN. Owasso ticket booths open at 5 p.m. on game day. Gates open at 6 p.m.