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2018 season approaching historic markers with three regular season games remaining

Tiger running back Noah Cortes is closing in on the BA all-time career rushing mark.
5bc4fdd924a42Tiger running back Noah Cortes is closing in on the BA all-time career rushing mark.
Tiger running back Noah Cortes is closing in on the BA all-time career rushing mark.

With a 7-0 record, and three games remaining against teams with just one district win among them, an opportunity to do something no other Broken Arrow team has ever done is within reach for this year’s Tigers.

With a win at Yukon on Thursday, the 2018 Tigers will be the first Broken Arrow football team to open the season 8-0 since Rick Jones’ Tigers did it in 1997. Before that, Gary Harper’s 1986 squad went 8-0 to begin the year. Both those teams lost their remaining games. The 1997 group finished 8-3 and Harper’s team ended up 8-2.

H.K. Ragsdale took back-to-back teams, 1945 and 1946, to 8-0 starts. The 1945 group finished the season 9-0-1 as they tied Dewey, 13-13, in the second round of the Class B playoffs, but lost on penetrations. Commerce ended the Tigers unbeaten streak, 18-13, in the first round of the 1946 playoffs.

In 1922 the Tigers opened the season 8-0 before losing their final two games to Haskell and Ramona.

Broken Arrow went 10-0-1 in 1954, Joe Robinson’s first season. The Tigers tied Nowata, 7-7, in the season’s seventh week. In a season that could have possibly led to the Tigers first football state championship, there was no football state championships that season. The OSSAA crowned its first state champion in three classes in 1944, and has done so every year since, with the exception of 1954.  

According to Daily Oklahoman archives, reasons the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) voted to forgo football playoffs were “too much emphasis on winning, increased pressure on coaches and a longer season.” The decision to not hold playoffs in 1954 came in November of 1953. Some records indicate that more than 200 schools played high school football in Oklahoma at the time, but only 122 schools cast votes.

The state playoffs are on the schedule for 2018. If No. 1 ranked Broken Arrow takes care of business in its final three district games, and goes on to finish with 13 wins, this team will win that championship that Coach Robinson and his Tigers missed out on even getting to compete for.

BA Tiger Football Notes

  • Broken Arrow’s opponent this week, the Yukon Millers, opened the season 4-0, with wins over Edmond North, Mustang, Moore and Norman. Since then, however, Yukon has lost three straight to  Edmond Santa Fe, 30-14; Jenks, 48-17, and Westmoore, 35-14. The Tigers are coming off a 35-7 win over Santa Fe.
  • Noah Cortes is just 384 yards from over taking Jamall Shaw as the Tigers all-time rushing leader. Averaging 147 yards per game, if he matches his average - Cortes should become the leading all-time rusher sometime during the final game of the regular season, at home Nov. 1 vs. Enid. Cortes began the season in fourth place on the all-time list with 2,485 yards. Shaw set the record in the 2015 season, gaining 3,894 yards in his career. With 20 touchdowns on the season, Cortes needs 11 more to tie Shaw for the BA all-time touchdown record.
  • Matt Kaiser moved into second place on the all-time receiving yards list with 1,597. He is third on the all-time receptions list at 84. With 15 more catches Kaiser will move past Austin Reed (2011-2013) into third place in career receptions. Jason Ray (2000-2002) leads both those categories with 139 receptions and 2,058 receiving yards.