Three storylines for Cascia vs. Anadarko
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Friday, December 09, 2011
12/09/11 at 3:09 AM
Can Cascia avoid a letdown?
After an emotional 14-7 win over top-ranked Oklahoma City Heritage Hall in the semifinals, Cascia can't afford a letdown against Anadarko. Many teams in Cascia's situation would be in danger of a letdown, but the Commandos have played in a lot of big games and have a track record of consistency that shows they know how to avoid riding an emotional roller coaster.
The clock game
Cascia Hall coach Joe Medina won the clock game last week in a 14-7 victory over Oklahoma City Heritage Hall and plans to use a similar approach this week. The Commandos want to shrink the game by running the play clock down to about zero, stay primarily on the ground and pick up enough first downs to limit the touches for the opponent's standout players. That approach can work for a team tied or in the lead, so the team that scores first will have a big advantage.
State championship experience
Cascia Hall has won five state titles and its seniors will be looking for their third in their third state title game in four years. Cascia's players also have experience at Boone Pickens Stadium. Anadarko has not been in the championship game previously. Last week, the three teams (6A Union, 4A Wagoner, Class C Shattuck) with players who had past title game experience won over teams with players in their first title game.
Cascia Hall's Abrm McQuarters tries to keep his footing under pressure from the Heritage Hall defense during their Class 3A semifinal game last week at Stillwater High School. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World