A special time Lawtonians should savor
If you are wondering why all us "old-timers" are so excited about two local schools playing for a state football championship this weekend, folks, this is something that just doesn't happen very often.
In fact, this marks just the second time in history that two of the three schools will be playing for state titles in same season. The first time was 1990 when Eisenhower and MacArthur reached the title game. That year Ike not only beat Putnam City North, 35-7, to win the state 5A title, it also nailed down the mythical USA Today National High School Championship with the impressive victory.
Sadly enough, Mac lost a tough 41-0 to a great Ardmore team for the 4A crown.
This time around it's Lawton High and MacArthur and the great thing is that both local teams have excellent opportunities to win.
More on that later, but first let's explain why everyone is so pumped, even the good folks at Eisenhower.
The Ike marquee reads "Good Luck Mac and LHS" and is just one of many signs around town supporting both teams. Sure there is a rivalry among the three city teams when they play, but at this point, because they are in different classes, it's pretty much Lawton against the Tulsa-area.
Lawton High takes the field first at 7 tonight at Moore Stadium on the campus of Moore High School where the Wolverines will face Bixby for the Class 6A-II title. Then Saturday MacArthur makes the drive to Yukon where it will face Skiatook in a 7 p.m. game for the Class 5A Gold Ball.
It's an exciting time, one that we all hope happens on a regular basis in the future. And as Ike coach Danny Edelman says, "this is a great situation for our entire community.
"Our kids and coaches couldn't be more excited about two teams from Lawton representing our city in the state championship games. Like our kids were saying today, many of them have great friends on those team teams and they've been going to their games and some will be there for these finals. It's just awesome for Lawton and we wish them both the very best."
With all his wealth of coaching experience, we asked Coach Edelman to point out what he noticed most about both teams.
"For Lawton it was probably their offensive balance; they make it hard on your defense," Edelman said. "They also had a sound defense and they were very disciplined. Obviously they've responded to their coaches."