BA vs Santa Fe: District title up for grabs Friday in Edmond
Wins all that count in 6A I-1 playoff seeding
Al Davis, the original owner of the Oakland Raiders and a pioneer in the American Football League, would be right at home in District 6A-I 1
His signature catch phrase of “Just win, Baby,” is all that matters now that the OSSAA has extended playoffs to include all teams and allow districts to decide how teams will be seeded. District 1 is based on wins alone. District 6A 1-2 will use a ranking system to determine playoff seeding.
Broken Arrow’s game with Edmond Santa Fe was always a highlighted date on the calendar. As was the case a season ago, a game went a long way in deciding the district championship. This year’s contest at Santa Fe may not carry the significance it once did. Or does it?
“The answer is yes. Maybe,” Tiger head coach David Alexander said. “Even the team that wins, if they lose one or two games to cancellations in the last weeks and the other team wins, you’ll fall out of first place. District standings can change radically in the final three games if anybody has to cancel a game.”
A Tiger win, and Broken Arrow matches Santa Fe with three district wins. The two teams have Norman (1-3 in district) and Enid (1-2) left on their schedule. Jenks, who is scheduled to play Yukon Friday, has had games with Enid and Santa Fe postponed. With more COVID postponements possible, the playoff scenarios are endless and trying to decipher the what-ifs is mind numbing.
District 6A I-1 standings
Edmond Santa Fe
With all that, the Tigers have a game to play against a talented team. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Limited tickets are available at Gof.co. Arrowvision and audio-only streams will not be available. Or, follow live stats at statbroadcast.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Alexander said. “They have a couple of really special players over there.”
The Wolves receiving and running combo of Tayln Shettron and Ethan Hyche will be the focus of the Tiger defense. Shettron was a difference maker with eight catches for 159 yards while Hyche ran for 66 yards and a touchdown in Santa Fe’s 23-21 win a season ago.
Alexander is confident his secondary can slow down Shettron on Friday.
“I’ve bragged on our secondary all year,” the coach said. “This will be a big challenge for them, so we’ll see. Corey Williams has had a magnificent season. We moved Javion Franklin over to corner. He is going to have a big challenge this week, but he brings brains and savvy to the secondary. Jadahian Wright has had a breakout season. He’s been fantastic.
“But, even talking about the receivers and all this stuff they do, they are still a 70-30 percent run over pass. And, looking at the weather for Friday, I don’t know if anyone is going to be able to throw.”
The temperature is predicted to be 46-degrees and falling at kickoff. Winds are expected to be around 10 miles per hour.
To get a notch up in the district standings, the Tigers need to blow in like a raiding autumn wind and just win.