PRYOR, OK —
No. 6 Adair (11-1) at No. 2 Davis (12-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Despite facing each other in a Class 2A semifinal in 2012, these two squads boast almost completely new iterations in 2013. In fact, the only returning players that scored a point in last season’s 34-33 thriller are Davis junior Blake Summers (touchdown catch), Adair junior tight end James Eastin (touchdown catch) and Adair junior kicker/receiver Hunter Rosebrough (three extra points). Davis went on to lose in the state title game to Oklahoma Christian School 44-41 in 2012.
And here they are again, with a combined 23-1 record with another state semifinal berth at stake. Davis returned 12 seniors from last season’s team, while Adair brings back just five. The Warriors have plenty of talent on their side, but they cannot match the Wolves in the experience department.
Watch for a few gadget plays to turn the tide for Adair. Warrior head coach Mark Lippe said Davis is “the most disciplined team [he’s] ever coached against,” so chances are pretty good he’ll be looking for any way possible to use that discipline to his advantage. Last week against Okemah, the Warriors converted a crucial fourth-down attempt with a little acting from quarterback BJ Bradbury, who pretended not to hear the call from the sideline from the shotgun formation. As Bradbury was walking toward the sideline with his hands up in confusion, running back Cody Yoder received the direct snap and picked up the first down. If the Wolves can succeed in shutting down the Adair screen passing game, a little trickery may be on tap.