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5A State Championship: No. 8 Collinsville enters with momentum
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5A State Championship: No. 8 Collinsville enters with momentum

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By this time Sunday, Collinsville, America, could be welcoming home another state champion.

By defeating Bishop Kelley at Sallee Field, then traveling to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Class 5A in back-to-back weeks, the Collinsville Cardinals are headed to their first state championship appearance.

“I can’t go into a store or pick up the newspaper without multiple people saying good luck and congratulating us,” coach Kevin Jones said.

A five-game win streak has carried the Cards into this historic visit to Yukon High School, Saturday at 1 p.m.

After starting the season 1-3 and losing the first district game in a stumbling effort against Coweta, the Cardinals seemed unable to defend their district title.

And indeed, they were.

Coweta took home the 5A-4 crown but Collinsville kept climbing in the standings, securing a home playoff opener.

A goal line stand in the fourth quarter against Bishop Kelley showed that Collinsville’s best was yet to come, and the defense was every bit as menacing as it looked throughout the regular season.

“They were plugging those inside gaps and taking us out of what we like to do.” — Lawton Macarthur coach Brett Manning

“We saw opportunity on the right side but then our running back gets injured. {a class=”font-large” title=”Collinsville punches ticket to Class 5A title game for first time.” — Skiatook coach Vance Miller

“Their linebackers were really good and they made it more difficult for us, [Kyle Lucas] has had a good year up to this point and he’s an extremely gifted runner, but it was a tough night for him and for all of us.” — Tahlequah coach Brad Gilbert

“Bottom line is we got whipped up front. If you can’t run the football, you can’t win games” — Grove coach Mike Lloyd

And so it went.

Since an Oct. 30 win against Pryor, the Cardinals have held opponents to an average of 14 points per game. They denied Skiatook a touchdown Friday night in Owasso, and held MacArthur to its second-lowest score of the season with 27 points.

The offense has also been surprisingly varied in that stretch.

Including the win against Pryor and the following games, Seth Boomer has thrown 10 passing touchdowns, nine other touchdowns have come via the run, Cole Hadley has kicked field goals of 22 and 30 yards, and the defense has scored three times.

Boomer was up for Tulsa World’s player of the week honor after throwing a 34-yard touchdown to Sam West, intercepting a pass, and finishing the night 10-18 with 236 yards passing against an undefeated defense.

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