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2A state championship preview

#2 Jones (14-0)
2A-2 Champions
Coach: Dave Martin
State Titles: None

Regular Season
W - At Perkins-Tryon, 27-6
W - Hennessey, 23-18
W - At Mount St. Mary, 35-18
W - Christian Heritage, 42-6
W - Morris, 17-14
W - At Millwood, 21-14
W - Lexington, 43-7
W - At Luther, 36-6
W - Crooked Oak, 64-0
W - At Northeast, 49-6

Playoffs
W - Perry, 38-14
W - Comanche, 38-0
W - At Stroud, 29-28
W - Lindsay, 63-6

Scoring Averages
Offense - 37.5
Defense - 10.2

Defense Must Stop
RB Ivan Moreno (Hennessey)
Although QB Trey Leu proved his value in the semifinal win over Millwood, this is still an offense driven by the ground game and Moreno is one of the best in Class 2A. He’s not very big, but he’s strong, shifty and runs as hard as any back in the state. If Moreno is allowed to chew up Boone Pickens turf – and the clock – like he did against Davis in last year’s final, the Eagles are going to have bookends made out of gold championship trophies.

Key Ingredients
Receiving corps. Michael Lowe shines in part because he’s got guys who can haul in his passes. He’s got two of the best in Tylor Seabolt (63 catches, 1,114 yards, 16 TDs) and Andrew Herzer (46/896/11). However, Chris Humphrey, Randal Case and Taylor Bilyeu all have at least 360 receiving yards and five TD receptions. If you try to key on one, there are plenty of other Longhorns who can hurt you.

Why this is their year
A couple of years ago, a very talented Jones team was defeated off the field in one of the more highly-publicized OSSAA eligibility cases in years. Last year it was a tough draw and a six-point loss on the road at Davis, which went on to lose to Hennessey in the title game – the same Hennessey team Jones beat by three touchdowns in the regular season. In other words, the Longhorns have had their share of tough luck in recent seasons. They’ve paid their dues. Not it’s time to get their glory.

State Finals History
1st state finals appearance .... Deepest playoff advancement prior to this season was 1980, 1989 and 2001 where they lost in the quarterfinals each time. Fell to Wyandotte (15-0) in 1980, Davis (7-0) in 1989 and Millwood (50-28) in 2001.

#3 Hennessey (12-2)
2A-1 Champions
Coach: Shannon Watford
State Titles: 1 (last 2010)

Regular Season
W - Northeast, 42-6
L - At Jones, 23-18
L - Kingfisher, 21-6
W - At Perry, 48-7
W - Alva, 14-6
W - At Chisholm, 49-0
W - Oklahoma Christian, 36-17
W - Tonkawa, 56-7
W - At Watonga, 49-14
W - OK Centennial, 41-6

Playoffs
W - Luther, 41-7
W - Frederick, 42-20
W - Vian, 18-7
W - Millwood, 25-13

Scoring Averages
Offensive - 34.6
Defensive - 11.0

Defense Must Stop
QB Michael Lowe (Jones)
When the two teams met in Week 2, Jones won by five points. In that contest, Lowe torched the Eagles with 412 passing yards and three touchdowns. Enough said.

Key Ingredients
Confidence and experience - A year ago, Hennessey started 1-2, but won its final 12 games to claim its first-ever gold ball. This season, Hennessey was once again 1-2 three weeks into the season. No need to panic. The Eagles have won 11 straight. They’ve been here before; they know it can be done because – well – they’ve done it. They can pull from last year’s experience and know what to expect once they hit the Boone Pickens turf.

Why this is their year
Hennessey won 12 straight games last year and has won 11 straight this season. The Eagles have won a state championship and beaten powers like Millwood and Vian and Davis in the last two seasons. However, there is one team the Eagles haven’t been able to conquer: Jones. The Longhorns have had Hennessey’s number during the Eagles’ run. Jones beat them 21-0 last season and 23-18 this season. Those scores and those games will certainly be on Hennessey’s mind as they set out to prove they can win the one that matters most.

State Finals History
6th state finals appearance, including second in a row .... Defeated Davis (14-0) in last year's title tilt for first gold ball after four runner-up finishes .... Reached Class C state finals four times from 1948-62. Lost to Grandfield (7-0) in 1948 championship, Thomas (21-12) in 1955, Beaver (24-0) in 1960 and Beaver (20-6) again in 1962.

article updated on 12/14/11 16:59

Comments 
BoomerWolf on 12/06/11 09:08 AM said:
Not that it makes any difference, but Hennessey defeated Davis 14-0 in last years title game, not 21-0. Great job on the preview though!
whome on 12/06/11 02:22 PM said:
and we didn't win 12 in a row last year eaither. we lost week 9 to Watonga.
BoomerWolf on 12/07/11 09:40 AM said:
Also, it should be noted that Jones' 6 point loss at Davis in the 2nd round last season was in OT.
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