For two undefeated teams clash Friday at Adair.
The 2A teams, Adair Warriors and the Davis Wolves take the field at Gene Winfield Stadium.
This could be the last game for a Warrior team or a step closer to a championship.
Adair enters the bout ranked No. 5 while Davis is at No. 2.
Each team’s path leading to the Elite 8 is similar.
The Warriors crushed a .500 Wyandotte team and The Wolves made easy work of of a Comanche squad with the same record.
Adair beat Okemah by one point, while Davis trounced Millwood 42-28 in second-round games.
Davis came back from a
22-0 deficit after trailing Millwood, a team that had become known as the Panthers’ achilles heel. The final score was 42-28.
Adair bested Okemah after a comfortable two-point cushion at the break. A determined defense came through as the clock ran out to propel the Warriors to round three.
Both teams won their playoff games at home. But Adair has earned the luxury of a third consecutive home-field advantage.
Regardless the location, Adair’s challenge is the same as it’s been all year, according to head coach Mark Lippe: stop the run.
“They play downhill,” Lippe said. “The difference in them and Okemah is how disciplined they play. They are relentless.”
Davis averages 351.7 rushing yards per game and only 46.1 passing yards.
And like Adair, a senior quarterback and running back tandem account for most of those yards.
Davis senior quarterback Alec Hetherington has 81 carries for 742 yards (45.1/game) on the year and senior running back Deaundre Carr has 73 carries for 909 yards (61.81/game).
With 11 passing touchdowns from Hetherington to date, Adair’s defense is prepared for what’s coming down the pipe.
And while an opponent has yet to stop Adair’s senior ground-game duo, quarterback Brady Bradbury (1,171 total rushing) and running back Zak Woolman (1,560 rushing), Lippe’s confidence in this year’s team is rooted in last season’s first-round loss to Pawhuska.
“We are where we are today because of that loss,” said Lippe. “When a loss like that occurs, you really evaluate what you’re doing. Without that loss, we are not where we are today.”
A notable contrast between the teams exists in the number of seniors on each roster.
Davis’ 2012 roster lists 19 seniors. The Warriors have four.
Bradbury said the hunger of the younger players is undeniable.
“They’re on board and they just want to win,” Bradbury said. “They aren’t concerned with who gets the credit, and it starts with our linemen. The difference this year is we know all that matters is that we win.”
Woolman, too, is appreciative of how much the younger guys have grown throughout the season.
“They give us respect, especially because they know how long we’ve been around a long time” Woolman said. “I just definitely think these guys are going to be good for years to come.”
Davis Head Coach Jody Weber told the Davis News he doesn’t know anything about Adair.
“But it’s a long way away,” Davis said.
“A lot of people think we’re going to get smashed,” Woolman said. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. We’re good too.”
Adair gets the chance to make history in their football program at home Friday at home with a victory. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
For two undefeated teams clash Friday at Adair.
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