Woodward, Okla. —
Laverne has been knocking on the door in Class B the last 5 years and the Tigers appear ready to march through this time.
In front of them, however, is a dangerous Pond Creek-Hunter team that arguably has the best win of the two clubs with its 41-40 overtime victory at Wetumka.
Laverne is trying to beat the Panthers for the second time this season - never an easy task.
The Tigers, though, have a lot of weapons. Trevor Harris is a touchdown waiting to happen. Tucker Rolf throws well and has good receivers and the Tigers have several big, strong linemen.
Laverne was last in the finals in 2008, losing a 30-26 thriller to Garber.
Pond Creek-Hunter features a 2,000-yard rusher in Brady Krittenbrink.
The Panthers do have a little history on their side. They are 3-0 in state championship games.
Let's see. Both teams can score. Both teams can stop people. Neither team has lost.
This one is going to be fun.
Josh Torres leads a fast Tipton squad noted as much for just giving up 28 points all season as anything else. The Tigers thrive off turnovers, getting 5 in a tight 28-20 semifinal win over Sharon-Mutual last week.
Forgan features run-pass threat Dalton Lemieux who has thrown for 27 touchdowns (just one interception) and rushed for 23 more. Trevin Lopez gives the Bulldogs a second 1,000-yard rusher.
Forgan is trying to win its first state championship since 1974. The Bulldogs were last in the finals in 2002 when they lost to Pond Creek-Hunter. Tipton won a state title in 1997,
Johnny McMahan is managing editor of the Woodward News.
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