Round 2 play­off matchups set

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - Ja­cob Un­ruh jun­ruh@ ok­la­homan.com

Did your team ad­vance to the sec­ond round of the state high school football play­offs? Find out who they’ll be fac­ing and what day and time they’ll be play­ing in­side.

Hen­nessey coach Rick Luet­jen had wit­nessed his team re­bound from a gru­el­ing sched­ule, but he re­mained un­sure what Fri­day would bring.

The Ea­gles had won four straight games to squeak into the play­offs. Now at pow­er­ful Luther, they were try­ing to pull an up­set with heavy hearts.

One week be­fore, Bar­bara Ortega — the mother of broth­ers Daniel and Ale­jan­dro Ortega — died from a heart at­tack.

Both are two-way starters. Both are beloved around the com­mu­nity.

“It re­ally hurt our kids, too, be­cause they’re good kids for us,” Luet­jen said. “We were re­ally strug­gling with that as a fam­ily and as a team.”

Down two touch­downs in the sec­ond quar­ter, Hen­nessey outscored Luther 21-6 down the stretch to pull off the 21-20 vic­tory in the Class 2A play­offs.

The win was for the Orte­gas.

“It was a great sight to see,” se­nior run­ning back Dil­lon Joyce said. “There was a lot of emo­tion.”

Luther (9-2) had lost only to Mill­wood dur­ing the sea­son. But Hen­nessey (5-6) shut down its run game to just 15 yards. De­spite three big pass plays, not much else clicked for Luther.

It was the re­sult of Hen­nessey’s bru­tal sched­ule.

Hen­nessey opened with six straight losses, five of which to teams that are in or were in The Ok­la­homan’s top 10 rank­ings.

Joyce doubted that the sched­ule would be ben­e­fi­cial un­til Fri­day.

“It’s made us stronger as a team and tougher,” Joyce said. “We can come back and not worry that we’re not strong enough.”

Joyce car­ried the ball 40 times for 199 yards and two touch­downs. The large amount of car­ries has be­come nor­mal.

His stamina helped late as Hen­nessey chewed the fi­nal eight min­utes off the clock, in­clud­ing kneel­ing three times on Luther’s 1 yard line to avoid giv­ing the ball back.

That ended a tough week and brought hope head­ing into a matchup with Davis.

“It was an emo­tional week, but the kids re­ally showed a lot of char­ac­ter and went out and played well,” Luet­jen said.

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