MATCHUP: Sperry Pirates (13-1) vs. Beggs Golden Demons (13-1)
LOCATION: Owasso High School
KICKOFF TIME: 7:00 PM
BROADCAST: NFHS Network
OWASSO – Less than a week after hosting the Class 6A-II state championship between Bixby and Stillwater at Owasso Stadium, Athletic Director Zach Duffield admits that he has practically earned a degree in meteorology after having to deal with severe weather last Friday night.
In a game that was being televised statewide on the KOTV family of stations, it got off to a late start because of consistent lightning that was in the area. But that wouldn’t be the last hand that Mother Nature would deal game administrators that night.
Around 9:30 PM, the National Weather Service radars indicated rotation in a storm cell that was slowly moving toward the northeast, prompting meteorologists to issue a Tornado Warning for both Tulsa and Rogers Counties. As thousands watched the weather drama unfold on television, what they didn’t see was Duffield and his crew working behind the scenes.
“It is really a testament to the guys upstairs who were able to keep things going, and give instructions to everyone,” Duffield said Tuesday while sitting in on the Owasso Rams radio broadcast. “It is something that rarely happens, and may never happen again. But we learned a lot and had a good plan in place. Everyone worked together very well.”
Class 2A rematch awaits Pirates, Demons
While no tornadoes are expected to hamper play tonight, weather again has played a factor in the Class 2A state championship as the Sperry Pirates take on the Beggs Golden Demons. Because of freezing rain in this part of the state, and an expected ice storm in Central and Southwest Oklahoma, the Class 2A, Class B, and Class A state championships have been moved from Friday to tonight.
On the field, it is a rematch from a night earlier in the season when the two teams met amid extraordinary circumstances for Beggs.
Just a day before that November 2nd matchup, the team got the shocking news that star running back Kayson Toliver and his sister Kloee had been shot and killed in a domestic incident at their home. Another sister made it out alive, and their mother, 38-year-old Amy Hall now faces murder charges.
There to pickup the pieces was Beggs Head Football Coach David Tenison, who had a long stint as an assistant at Owasso High School before serving at Jenks in the same capacity. He came out of retirement earlier this year to take over the Demons’ football program when their head coach Lee Blankenship resigned to take the same position in Bartlesville.
“It’s heartbreaking,” the coach told The Daily Oklahoman at the time. “It’s just hard to overcome.”
With the small community rallying around them, Beggs came out and defeated Sperry 35-21 in the regular season game. With only one loss on the year to Arkansas powerhouse Shiloh Christian in week three, they haven’t looked back as they rolled through the playoffs with wins over Oklahoma Christian, Kingston, then the big one last week over the Metro Christian Patriots in a semi-final game played at Sapulpa.
Sperry hasn’t looked back either after their loss to the Golden Demons, rolling again through their playoff bracket with wins over Salina, Kellyville, Eufaula, and Adair. Tonight, they’ll try to bring home a golden ball.
The game kicks off at 7:00 PM, and will be televised on the NFHS Network website.