BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Friday, October 12, 2012
10/12/12 at 5:55 AM
These are five teams whose games often aren't decided until the last seconds.
Last year, seven of the Tigers' 11 games were decided by seven or fewer points. In 2012, they are on a similar pace. After rallying for a 36-34 win over Wagoner in the opener, the Tigers (4-2) edged Midwest City Carl Albert 21-19. In Week 3, they lost to Bishop Kelley 29-25 and fell to East Central 35-28 in Week 5. Another close game was a 36-27 win over Pryor that included a late TD by Coweta. The Tigers finally had a breather with a 54-0 win over Tahlequah last week.
The Panthers (3-3) have had four games that have been in suspense until the final seconds. After losing a 19-point lead in a 33-26 loss to Caney Valley in the opener, the Panthers outlasted Oklahoma Union 42-35 in four overtimes. Barnsdall then edged Pawnee 18-15 before falling to Hominy 46-38 in a game that was closer than it appeared as Hominy scored a TD on the final play.
The Bulldogs (4-2) are 3-1 in four close games, winning 23-14 at Vinita, 27-26 over Grove and 32-26 over McDonald (Mo.) County on Christian Duffield's overtime touchdown run. They lost 34-27 at Lincoln Christian.
The Wildcats are just a few plays away from having a much better record than 2-4. A potential TD pass with 25 seconds left resulted in a 22-17 loss to Locust Grove in the opener. They also have lost 7-0 to Inola and 18-15 to Wyandotte. Salina's close win was a 26-20 victory over Ketchum.
The Redskins (4-2) picked up this year where they left off in 2011 when they won each of their final three playoff games by one point to win the Class 6A state championship. In 2012, the Redskins split their first four games, with all of them decided by seven or fewer points. Union's most pulsating finish was a 38-35 loss to Owasso when the Rams scored the winning TD with 24 seconds left.
Coweta quarterback Hayden Holmes (10) scrambles against East Central earlier this season. The Tigers lost to the Cardinals, 35-28, one of several close games that Coweta has played this season. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file