High school football: East coaches on board with centralized title game
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activity Association's Wednesday announcement that all seven 11-man state championship games would be held at Central Oklahoma's Wantland Stadium was well received across much of the state.
There remained questions, like what if two east teams make a title game? Would they have to drive all the way to Edmond to play still? OSSAA executive director David Jackson addressed those concerns Wednesday when asked about it.
"One of the positives that went into pursuing this was working with the coaches' association. And those schools are part of that," Jackson said. "So when we hear from the football coaches' association that ‘We’re interested in that,’ we take that as everyone is interested. We feel like if we get that (scenario) -- you could get that in some of the lower classes where teams may have to come from a pretty good distance -- but we also feel that we're doing this together.
"We often find when you have a chance to go to a great facility and you're treated well that eliminates a lot of the skepticism of traveling a ways."
Even if two East teams were to end up in the state title game, the agreement between UCO and the OSSAA says the game will remain at Wantland Stadium.
The last time a West team made the Class 6A-I state final was in 2016, when Norman North played in the title game.