Tiger Football – OSSAA Round Two Preview

Season recap up to the Tigers matchup against the Redhawks in round two of the 2021 OSSAA Playoffs.

Broken Arrow’s High School football team is on a six-game win streak. 

 

Beginning the season with two wins and three losses, the Tigers had a different starting lineup than they have now.

 

Under the leadership of first-year head coach Josh Blankenship, the Tigers began their season with senior Griffin Stieber as the starting quarterback, who since then has been moved to tight end.

 

Facing Union in week two, Broken Arrow trailed this game 21-0. The Tigers surged back to make it a three point game. After a bad fourth quarter for BA, Union finished the game 38-28. 

 

Despite losing to Union the previous week, BA seemed optimistic about the Owasso game. Going into the matchup, the Rams had beaten BA the last two Patriot Bowls. 

 

Owasso consistently put pressure on the Tigers offense giving them the 42-3 win. This was the first of many father-son battles for Josh and Bill Blankenship. 

 

Week four was the start of district play against Westmoore. Broken Arrow had several errors in this contest, including seven fumbles and 118 yards in penalties. Despite some adversity, senior Robert Spears-Jennings caught an interception in Westmoore’s final drive to win 19-12. 

 

The win at Westmoore propelled the Tigers into their first home game of the season against the reigning state champions the Jenks Trojans. Jenks did not take Broken Arrow lightly, beating the Tigers 31-14.

 

Since the Jenks game, BA has found their rhythm and a six-game winning streak. 

 

With injuries on both offense and defense, the Tigers have had to adapt at various positions. 

 

One of those moves resulted in senior wide receiver Maurion Horn making his way back to running back, his former position.

 

Horn recorded 1,107 rushing yards in this win streak, which included four 200+ yard games against Yukon, Edmond Santa Fe, Enid, and the latest playoff game against Owasso. 

 

Additionally, Sterling Ramsey II was moved to quarterback.

 

In his best game against Edmond Santa Fe, he threw 21-for-27 on 251 yards and recorded two touchdowns. Ramsey II, has shown up in critical moments for the Tigers. 

 

BA has averaged 44 points in Ramsey’s six starts at quarterback. 

 

Friday, November 12 began the first round of the OSSAA Playoffs.

 

In a game of back and forth, the Tigers finally got their rematch against the Owasso Rams and ultimately came out victorious. This allowed Blakenship to tie the series against his dad (1-1).  

 

BA has seen tremendous growth as the season has progressed, improving their record from 2-3 to 8-3.

 

Broken Arrow will play the Union Redhawks Friday, November 16th at Owasso Stadium. A win here would send the Tigers to the state championship game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ArrowVision.