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December 2, 2012

Tigers race to Class B state championship

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Woodward, Okla. —

Laverne finished with 474 yards rushing and had just over 500 yards in total offense. Harris and Rolf joined Birch to give the Tigers three rushers with over 150 yards. Pond Creek-Hunter had to rely on its passing game most of the night.

The Panthers stung the Tigers on the opening kickoff as Harley Comeau found a seam and went 86 yards for a touchdown. The extra point kick by Hans Staat made it 7-0 just 14 seconds into the contest.

The Tigers didn't stay behind long.

Six plays into their opening possession, Harris broke free, put on some moves and sprinted 47 yards for a touchdown. Rolf's extra point run made it 8-6.

On the next Tiger possession, Birch went 60 yards for a touchdown and the Tigers led 14-7.

Laverne appeared ready to start pulling away as it drove to a first down on the Panthers 1-yard line on the next possession. But the Panthers defense stopped four straight running plays and the rest of the half was pretty much a draw.

The win was Laverne's second over the Panthers, as the Tigers won 36-18 in week 10 of the regular season to claim the District B-1 championship.

The championship caps a strong 5-year run by the Tigers, who lost a last-minute 30-26 decision to Garber in the 2008 state championship game. Laverne lost in the semifinals in 2009, the quarterfinals in 2010 and in the semifinals a year ago to eventual champion Caddo.

This year, the Tigers finished off their goal by taking the final step.

 

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