Originally Published: Dec 5, 2009 5:22 PM CDT
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Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- The Timberlake Tigers are champions for the first time ever, in anything. Timberlake earned its first state title with a 38-16 victory over District C-3 foe Seiling.
“After so many years of hard work, it feels good to finally get it done,” Timberlake head coach Brian Severin said. “All week I’ve been in a daze, I can’t believe we played in it. I’m super proud of these kids.”
However, the Class C championship did not come easy.
The Tigers did not have an opponent come closer than 34 points in their previous 13 games, which included a 52-6 victory over the Wildcats in Week 5. But, Timberlake could not muster much offense and went into the half tied 8-8.
Changes on both sides of the ball allowed the Tigers to right the ship in the second half. Timberlake got hot in the final two periods, outscoring Seiling 30-8, but there was not a lot of fire and brimstone during the halftime speech.
“I told them don’t panic, don’t get in a fervor,” Severin said. “In the second half the kids did a better job of blocking. We made some defensive adjustments that helped us out.”
Timberlake’s 38 points was its lowest total all season. The Tigers finished the season a perfect 14-0.