Elgin head coach Chalmer Wyatt said he told his team Monday what they need to do in order to make the playoffs this year. The Owls face a huge district contest against rival Cache, but Wyatt notes that while a win against Cache would be huge for the Owls, they actually have a path to the playoffs where they could lose to Cache and beat Newcastle for the fourth and final playoff spot.
“The teams at the top need to hold up their end of the deal and then we need to beat Newcastle and Anadarko needs to beat Chickasha next week,” Wyatt said.
The games Wyatt was referring to this week are Weatherford at Newcastle and Clinton at Chickasha. A loss for both Newcastle and Chickasha would be of great benefit to Elgin and would keep all three teams close to each other for the coveted fifth place spot. If Elgin could then defeat Newcastle and Chickasha lost to Anadarko, the Owls would claim the fourth spot in District 4A-1 and a spot in the playoffs.
“Our season would then come down to the last week of season,” Wyatt said.
The Owls could have made their situation a little easier with a win last week against Chickasha, but the Elgin offense just couldn’t seem to get things going.
“They came out with a great game plan,” Wyatt said of Chickasha. “They mixed up their defensive fronts and gave a look we hadn’t seen from them this season. We just had a hard time adjusting to what they were doing.”
Wyatt said he was proud of his defense’s performance but that it is hard to win games when you only score eight points.
“They were doing some different things, but those are things we have to learn to overcome,” he said.
Now the Owls will face their long-time rival the Cache Bulldogs and Wyatt said his players are ready for the challenge.
“This is one of those games you just love to play in,” said Wyatt, who played in his fair share of Elgin vs. Cache games as a player. “Over the years, we have had some crazy games against them.”
Wyatt said he didn’t think there would be any problem getting his team ready to play this week. Elgin’s coaching staff and players know exactly what they are up against.
“Cache is a very good team, they are a very well-coached team,” Wyatt said. “They perform well in all three phases. We are going to have to get stops and of course put some points on the board. If we can do that I think we will have a chance.”
As with most rivalry games, Wyatt said this is a game where team records get thrown out the window and he felt that both teams will be working hard for a win.
“This game means a lot for our kids,” he said. “Right now they are very upbeat and ready for the challenge. I think both teams will compete hard. This is one of those rivalry games that is just good for southwest Oklahoma.”