6A-II Championship: Bixby Preps For Lawton
BIXBY, Oklahoma - The word dynasty may be applied to Bixby if they win Friday night against Lawton as the Spartans go for three straight titles.
They're confident ahead of showdown versus Lawton.
"It's special to have a group of guys that believe in what you do," said head coach Loren Montgomery.
It's become all too common for the Spartans to win state since the 6A split.
Bixby has raised the gold ball and for a senior class going for a three-peat against a familiar postseason opponent in Lawton.
"Kind of makes it special that we're up against the team that we played against in the state championship,” said Bixby quarterback Tanner Griffin. “Kind of adds it all together."
Just like Bixby has done the past two seasons.
They've saved their best for last, after giving up 32 points per game defensively in the first six games. In the last six games, the team has only given up 11.
The offense has been humming all season.
"Our running game and passing game complement each other,” Montgomery stated. “We give Tanner the option. He's so savvy and has so many snaps under his belt; he's able to execute those very well."
Griffin said, “Me or Tucker wouldn't be anywhere without them, and I think I'm going to give it up to them because they do it all."
The Wolverines defense present a challenge. Last week versus Muskogee, they snagged three interceptions. But Bixby is confident if they control the ball a third straight championship is in sight.
“Our coaches are going to call route to get me open, and I'll find the best way to get me open,” wide receiver Nic Swanson explained. “Tanner will be smart, not throw under traffic or anything.”
Montgomery added, "We have to have a great game for our defensive line that way we can drop back and give some decent coverage and not let those guys get by us."
The game will be televised at 7 p.m. on Tulsa’s CW.