All five teams featured in the Altus Times Fall Football Preview issue back in August went on to have great seasons and qualified for playoffs.
The Altus Bulldogs (9-1) host Guthrie Bluejays (6-3) in a rematch of last year’s first round game in Guthrie. The game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Altus game can be purchased on Thursday from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. and again on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ticket booths and gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and seating is on a first come basis. Reserve seating is not available per OSSAA rules.
The Duke Tigers (5-5) travel to play undefeated Cherokee (9-0). Congratulations to the Duke Tigers for making their first playoff in football since the program started back.
Tipton Tigers (7-2) are fortunate to host Boise City (6-4). Boise City is a 296 mile, 4.5 hour drive to Tipton. The Tigers are the Class C defending state champions.
The Mangum Tigers (8-3) will make the trip to Mooreland (10-0) for the their first round contest. Mangum’s successful 2015 season, led by coach Mike Wendt, is enjoying their first winning season since 2011. Mangum is 31-53 since 2007.
The undefeated Hollis Tigers (10-0) will host Fairview (6-4) in their first round. After lighting up Cordell 49-19 in Cordell in a game that decided the district championship, Hollis has outscored their opponents 434-115.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is honoring veterans a second straight year for the opening week of the playoffs.
The organization will allow free admission to veterans and one guest at any first-round game this week across the state. The veteran must show a driver’s license displaying a seal indicating the person is a veteran, a veteran ID card or any other form of verification.
“It is our initiative to encourage Oklahoma high schools to recognize veterans in conjunction with any school activities in the next couple of weeks,” the OSSAA said in a release. “This is a great way to recognize those who have served our country and reinforce the importance of their sacrifices and the very meaning of Veterans Day.”
Admission for all other adults and students is $7.
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