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High school football: OSSAA to consider three-year contract to play title games at University of Central Oklahoma

High school football: OSSAA to consider three-year contract to play title games at University of Central Oklahoma

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JENKS vs. OWASSO

Owasso’s Haydon Grant hoists the gold ball trophy after the Rams defeated Jenks in the Class 6AI championship football game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond last December.

The state championship games for 11-man football classifications may be headed back to the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s board of directors will consider a three-year contract in its 9 a.m. Wednesday meeting to play the games in UCO’s Wantland Stadium.

The first series of games were played in Edmond last December with Owasso (Class 6A Division I), Bixby (6A Division II), Poteau (4A), Lincoln Christian (3A) and Metro Christian (2A) among the teams winning titles.

UCO agreed to host when the OSSAA sought to centralize the games at the encouragement of the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association.

But controversy erupted among Tulsa-area fans who thought the 6AI final should be played at a venue closer to the competing schools. Owasso defeated Jenks 14-6 in the championship game.

A bill by State Sen J.J. Dossett (D-Sperry) that would have compelled the OSSAA to consider alternate sites when appropriate passed committee but Dossett withdrew the bill when the coronavirus struck.

As with last year, the games would be spread over the first two weekends of December (Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12). UCO estimated the games drew a combined 36,500 spectators last year.

Mike Brown: 918-581-8390

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