Woodward, Okla. —
Woodward goes on the road tonight for first round playoff action while several area teams begin the post-season at home.
The Boomers, looking to capitalize on a 7-3 regular season, travel to face the Ada Cougars. Kickoff at East Central's Norris Field is 7:30 p.m.
Closer to home, the Shattuck Indians host Grandfield and Sharon-Mutual welcomes Mountain View-Gotebo in Class C, and in the Class B playoffs, the Laverne Tigers host Allen.
Game time at all sites is 7:30 p.m.
Ada knocked the Boomers out of the playoffs a year ago and Woodward is hoping to return the favor this season.
Both teams are coming off tough losses in the regular season finale a week ago. Ada lost 30-18 to Douglass for the District 4A-2 title in a game that was tied until a pair of late turnovers by the Cougars. Woodward dropped a 19-14 decision to Clinton and finished third in District 4A-1.
Woodward takes an offense averaging 409 yards a game into the playoffs and in fact has been held under 400 yards just twice all year. The Boomers have scored at least 32 points in 8 of their 10 games.
Senior quarterback Kale Hixon, who missed the much of the Clinton game with an injury, triggers the attack. Hixon has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season and has also thrown for over 1,000 yards. Kade Marlatt, one of the Boomers top receivers, filled in at quarterback a week ago and offers some explosiveness at that position as well.
The Boomers have weapons all over the field. Multiple running back have proved effective and 6-5 senior Kaleb Roach is one of the top receivers in Class 4A.
Ada's defense has allowed 300 yards and 18 points per game.
Offensively, the Cougars like to mix the run and pass. Corey Kilby moved to quarterback from receiver midway through the season due to an injury to the regular starter.
Kilby has throw for 1,125 yards and 10 touchdowns, but also 11 interceptions. Montrel Black and Gabriel Simmons are big play receivers and Shiloh Windsor is the leading rusher with 909 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The Boomer defense is giving up 14.5 points per game and has athletes with playoff experience at virtually every position.
Note: If you're going to the game - take Highway 177/3W from Shawnee into Ada. The highway turns into Main Street. Stay on Main Street until Mississippi. Turn left on Mississippi then right on 9th Street. Go east on 9th and turn right on Stadium Drive. Parking is on the west side of Norris Field.
In Class C, Shattuck missed the playoffs last season but has come back with a vengeance, taking an 8-1 record and No. 3 ranking into the post season. The Indians knocked off previously undefeated Sharon-Mutual for the district championship a week ago. Seniors Beau Srader and Trevor Carpenter lead an explosive offensive team.
The Indians face a Grandfield team that compiled a 6-3 record but finished fourth in District C-2. Grandfield averages 37.9 points a game on offense.
Sharon-Mutual faces a Mountain View-Gotebo club that has a 5-4 record.
The Trojans are 9-1 and looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season. Sharon-Mutual features a power running game behind a big, experienced offensive line. Cooper Free has rushed for 1,859 yards and Justin Custar and Konner Harris have combined for another 1,400 yards.
Top-ranked Laverne has been dominant in rolling to a second consecutive undefeated regular season and the Tigers capped it with a win over No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter last week.
The Tigers open defense of their state championship against an Allen team that went 6-3 in District B-2. Allen has scored 30 points a game but also gives up 28 points a contest. Laverne has allowed just 80 points all season.
In Class A, Okeene hosts Cordell while Fairview welcomes Apache.