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High school football: Tuttle thankful to be POTD

Tuttle coach Brad Ballard is thankful his team gets to POTD.

In fact, there are 43 other coaches across the state who are also thankful for that. Practice on Thanksgiving Day. Those four letters are golden across Oklahoma's high school football scene. If you get to POTD, the season has been pretty successful.

For Tuttle (11-1), which is the defending Class 4A state champion, it is the second consecutive year it is practicing on Thanksgiving after a decade of not advancing past the second round. The Tigers will face superstar junior Ethan Downs, an Oklahoma commit, and Weatherford (10-2) at 1 p.m. Friday at Noble High School.

"It's going to be a challenge," Ballard said. "They're just a very good team, very well coached. It's going to be a dogfight."

Tuttle is used to being in dogfights. In its quarterfinal matchup at Broken Bow, Ballard said the field was essentially muck because of the rain and constant drizzle throughout the game. The Tigers led 14-0 after the first quarter and held off the Savages' run, winning 14-13.

He knows his team will have to put forth even more effort against the Eagles.

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TuttleÕs Joseph Yarbrough (1) and BethanyÕs Ben Lawson (2) go up for pass in the first half of a game in Tuttle, Okla. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Alonzo Adams for The Oklahoman.

TuttleÕs Joseph Yarbrough (1) and BethanyÕs Ben Lawson (2) go up for pass in the first half of a game in Tuttle, Okla. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Alonzo Adams for The Oklahoman.

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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 ›

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