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Oklahoma Class 4A football: How Clinton and Wagoner match up in the state championship game

Clinton's Atrel Bryson celebrates following a win over Blanchard on Dec. 4. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Clinton's Atrel Bryson celebrates following a win over Blanchard on Dec. 4. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

No. 1 Wagoner Bulldogs (13-0) vs. No. 2 Clinton Red Tornadoes (8-3)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wantland Stadium, 100 N University Dr, Edmond

Live streaming: Available via the NFHS Network


Clinton: John Higbee (3rd season)

Wagoner: Dale Condict (16th season)

How they got here

Clinton: 38-13 against Harrah, 17-10 against Poteau, 10-7 against Blanchard

Wagoner: 56-0 against Sallisaw, 21-14 against Tuttle, 40-14 against Cushing

All-time record: Wagoner leads, 2-1

Previous meeting: Wagoner beat Clinton, 45-21, in 2015 state quarterfinals

State championship history

Clinton: 16 state titles in 25 appearances, last appearance in 2012

Wagoner: Four state titles in seven appearances, last appearance in 2016

Player to watch

Clinton: Atrel Bryson, Sr., RB/DB. Bryson is one of the state’s most electric players. His speed and ability to make big plays is pivotal for Clinton’s offense. He’s also an important part of a stout defense.

Wagoner: Nunu Clayton, Sr., TE/LB. On a team full of seniors, Clayton has emerged as one of Wagoner’s stars as the playoffs have moved forward. He’s a big target in the passing game, can run the ball and is a strong presence defensively in the middle.


Clinton: Controlling the line of scrimmage. Higbee said Wagoner’s size up front on both sides of the ball will test Clinton, but the Red Tornadoes will have to find a way to establish consistency up front to have success.

Wagoner: Playing strong first-down defense. Clinton is a ball-control team that will look to have long, sustained drives that chew clock. Conduct said Wagoner will have to play strong defense on first down and put Clinton behind the chains to get them off the field.

Cameron Jourdan, Staff writer

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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 ›