Sometimes it works out exactly the way it is supposed to happen. Before the OKPreps season started, everybody had circled the showdown between Lawton and Midwest City.
Now through eight games, neither squad has disappointed and a district championship hangs in the balance Friday night.
Lawton (7-1, 4-0) at Midwest City (7-1, 5-0)
Sunderland, ranked No. 3 in the state, committed to the Sooners nearly two months ago and has been the leader for an incredibly talented defense.
“Our defense, really our team, has matured a lot since the first couple of games,” Sunderland said. “Now we know if we’re down or anything like that, we know we won’t panic. We know we can come back and win.”
In a rarity in Oklahoma high school ball, this will be the Bombers’ final game of the regular season. Because of a local school no longer competing in 6A, Midwest City has a bye heading into the playoffs.
The stakes are high. The goal is simple. Win this one and the Bombers are the undefeated district champions.
“We’re just trying to get that gold ball,” Sunderland said. “We’re like a family now. This game is huge for us. We’re not playing next week so we can heal and get better then. It’s about going all out against Lawton.”
Sunderland has 10 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown and also has 51 tackles on defense as his role has differed a bit from where he was last season.
He’s not producing the eye-popping numbers, but his coach said he is doing the job that is being asked of him.
“It’s about enjoying this last year,” Sunderland said. “I know next year I’m set. I’m going to OU. I’m going to realize my dreams. I don’t have to worry. For now, it’s all about getting that championship.”
Other Midwest City prospects:
Harrison has had the type of season to put himself on the national radar. Smaller schools have begun to offer and could just be a matter of time before the big dogs start calling. For the season, Harrison has 41 tackles, five sacks and an interception. He has said all week how motivated he is for this game.
ATH Roscoe Gatewood
Gatewood’s size has continued to turn off some schools, but he’s a quality high school player who has played his way into consideration for a scholarship somewhere. Gatewood has rushed for 281 yards and two touchdowns and is one of the anchors of the defense with 60 tackles and an interception. Could argue he is the heart and soul of the Bombers this season.
The Bombers have a couple of more guys to be on the watch for and maybe one of them is going to emerge and stand out Friday night.