Undefeated, top-ranked Tigers host Moore in playoffs Friday
Tickets may be purchased Tuesday-Thursday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. in athletic office, Veterans admitted free
For the first time in school history, the Broken Arrow Tigers will take a 10-0 record into the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association high school football playoffs.
Not only that, but Broken Arrow comes into Friday night’s first round game against the Moore as the top-ranked team in the state.
“We’re embracing it,” said Tiger head coach David Alexander. “We’ve talked all year about the expectations you set if you win those first four games and the expectation level is what the expectation level is.”
As a reminder, three of those first four games were against a 6A District Champion (Union) and two 6A district runners up (Jenks and Owasso), who have combined for an overall record of 23-7. Owasso’s losses came to Fayetteville (Ark.) High School, BA, Union and Moore, the Tigers opening round opponent.
Moore is led by a dynamic quarterback in Daniel Hishaw, who was “The Oklahoman’s” Player of the Week in the Lions, 43-31, win over the Rams. As a dual threat quarterback, Hishaw has accounted for 29 touchdowns and more than 2,500 yards of offense.
“He is a big and very skilled quarterback,” Alexander said of Hishaw. “He will be the Number 1, the Number 2 and the Number 3 keys for our defense. He throws the ball well enough that we’ll have to respect it, but he makes most of the plays with his feet. He’s the same kind of player as Cherry (BA quarterback Quintevin), and that makes things difficult (on defenses).
When not running the ball, Hishaw’s favorite target is Dylan Buchheit. Against the Rams in Week 8, Buchheit caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers come into the game with, of course, a record-setting running back in Noah Cortes (3,925 yards in his career), but also with a stingy and opportunistic defense. Broken Arrow’s defense has allowed just 76 points – the offense has scored 491 – and forced 21 turnovers this season. Those turnovers have resulted in 123 points.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at BA Memorial Stadium.
Tickets for Friday’s game may be purchased Tuesday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Broken Arrow Athletic Office, second floor of the Varsity Training Center located directly south of Memorial Stadium on County Line Road. All tickets are $7. OSSAA Playoff Passes will be accepted. Since this is an OSSAA event Student All-Sport Passes will not be accepted. Teachers also will be required to purchase a ticket.
Season ticket holders will have access to their reserved seats but still need to buy an OSSAA game ticket.
Tickets may also be purchased online through the GoFAN app.
The OSSAA has announced that veterans - either active duty, retired, reserve or National Guard - and a guest get into the game free. They will need a Military ID card or driver’s license that shows their military status.