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High school football: Tulsa Kelley perseveres through injuries to state semifinal berth

The injury bug hasn't been friendly to Tulsa Kelley this season, especially early.

But as of late, the Comets' defense looks as tough as ever. Tulsa Kelley has allowed only seven points in its first two playoff games. At 1 p.m. Friday, it faces McGuinness in a rematch of the Battle of the Bishops at Western Heights High School. The Fighting Irish won the first matchup, 41-14, in Week 2.

In that first game, Tulsa Kelley (8-4) was without its three best players. Cori Lewis and Montrell Cozart each suffered significant knee injuries in Week 1, and Oklahoma State commit Zach Middleton was still recovering from offseason knee surgery. Lewis and Middleton attempted to comeback but weren't able to play.

The lineup has shuffled some, but coach JJ Tappana credits his team's versatility for grinding it out and learning what play style works best for what personel they have.

"We've had multiple opportunities to emotionally check out, and the players chose not to," Tappana said. "We're just having fun."

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›