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CENTRAL HIGH —
Central High football has a spot in the playoffs locked up, but needs a win against Cyril on Friday to assure third place.
How important is that spot? The third-place team gets to play the loser of the undefeated showdown between Laverne and Pond Creek-Hunter. The fourth-place finisher has to play the winner.
“We want to get a win to try to insure ourselves of that third-place spot,” Central High coach Keith Burton said. “That’s important to us too, but the main thing is just to see some improvement — be clicking on all cylinders when we go into the playoffs.”
Standing in the Bronchos’ way are the Pirates (4-4, 4-4), who are looking for their fourth consecutive winning season. Making sure to account for their diversity on offense is the key to stopping the Pirates, Burton said.
“They’ll show you several different formations and make you adjust to those,” he said. “Being able to get lined up correctly is huge against them.”
Once they get lined up correctly, Burton thinks his team has some significant one-on-one matchup advantages. The first of which is Kevin Harris, who continues to be the focal point on offense. He lit up the home scoreboard against Waurika with 166 rushing yards on only 10 carries and four touchdowns.
“He just continues to play at a high level,” Burton said. “We’re really pleased with the way he’s played. The guys around him played well too.”
John Repp was one of those guys in the 68-20 win against Waurika. He had three scores — a 39-yard run, a 29-yard interception return and a 34-yard catch.
Senior Kade Taylor also shined, completing five of seven passes for 126 yards. Burton said his signal-caller’s play could be of big importance to the team come playoffs.
“He has continued to improve throughout the season of managing the game and our offense,” Burton said. “He takes care of the football for us and has done a better job of that as the season has gone along.”