FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: High school football playoffs offer different look in 2020
High school football playoffs season is upon us and it too will have a different look in 2020, much everything else in the world.
Every team, no matter record, will get a chance to compete in the postseason in Oklahoma this year.
“It has been a while since we had 16 teams in the playoffs and four games,” Jenks coach Keith Riggs said. “I kind of like it. I think it is great for all the teams, especially this year with the circumstances we are in.”
The OSSAA made that decision due to all the game cancelations that took place due to COVID-19.
Because of the change in rules this year, playoff brackets across the board look a little different, including the 6A-1 bracket.
“Usually, you see a Thursday game on Week 10 as an advantage,” Riggs said. “You get an extra day off and you get to go scout and a lot of years you already know who you are going to play, even before Friday. This year was very different. There was a lot of waiting and speculating and prepping for multiple opponents at the same time until we found out Sunday afternoon.”
Round one in the 6A-1 playoffs might get the nickname “rivalry week No. 2” with several of the matchups this week.
“It is crazy how that turned out,” Riggs said. “So many teams close to one another playing each other and the rivalry games is pretty crazy.”
Mustang will take on Yukon in one of the nastiest rivalries across the state. Norman will take on Norman North in crosstown matchup. Westmoore will play Southmoore and Edmond Santa Fe will play Edmond North.
“It is exciting, we like our chances, we have to take it one practice at a time and one game at a time,” Riggs said. “We knew a lot of it going in what is going to look like, there were just a few question marks on where teams would be slotted, but now we know and now it is time to go get after it.”