All Is Calm On The Cowboys' Front

STILLWATER — A little strange atmosphere around Boone Pickens Stadium leading up to Bedlam and that feel really is the result of all the crowds being around with the facility hosting three OSSAA State Championship football games leading up to Bedlam on Saturday.

The Cowboys got their Thursday run through accomplished yesterday before the stadium was taken over by Tulsa area high school fans for the Class 6A Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow matchup. As the two teams were warming up, the Cowboys were up in the southwest corner of the stadium for their training table meal. Some players stayed around to catch some of the game, some like running back Jeremy Smith had interest. Smith, a Tulsa Union alum watched his little brother win a state championship in a very compelling and exciting 23-22 win by the Union Redskins.

This morning at 11 a.m. the Guthrie Blue Jays kicked off against Lawton MacArthur and as the game finished around 1:30 p.m. former Guthrie star and 2007 Oklahoma High School Player of the Year Kye Staley came in shouting, "Yes sir, yes sir!" Staley was amped up about his Blue Jays winning another title like they did when he was quarterbacking at the school. Guthrie won in convincing fashion.

"I'm going to have to talk some to Stringer," meaning Brayden Stringer. Staley may find that it won't bother the former walk-on quarterback and now student coach so much as Stringer is from Lawton, but played at Lawton Eisenhower not Lawton Mac.

As Staley came in so did a number of other players getting ready to get a walk through and call out practice in between state championship games as Clinton and Wagoner will play at 7:30 tonight for the Class 4A State Championship. While the players were getting ready, All-American wide receiver Justin Blackmon rode up to the level of the football office in the elevator. Blackmon was requested along with several other players and head coach Mike Gundy and the coordinators, Todd Monken and Bill Young by the ABC/ESPN broadcast and production team for their interviews. I peeked my head in the media/scouts film room to say hello to Holly Rowe. who will have the sideline duty for the ABC crew that also includes Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge.

The Cowboys will no doubt see the stadium get a little noisy around their Friday night meal as Clinton and Wagoner will be preparing for their game. The players and coaches seem relaxed and perhaps, all the action in town, on campus, and around the stadium makes that easier.

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