Oolo­gah looks to avenge ti­tle game losses and top­ple Wagoner

Tulsa World - - Sports - By Mike Brown

Guy Lewis coached the Univer­sity of Hous­ton's fab­u­lously tal­ented “Phi Slama Jama” bas­ket­ball teams into three con­sec­u­tive NCAA Fi­nal Fours (1982-84), but the Cougars never won a na­tional ti­tle. They fin­ished runner-up twice.

The Buf­falo Bills and for­mer Ok­la­homa State run­ning back Thur­man Thomas lost four con­sec­u­tive Su­per Bowls (1991-94).

Fail­ure at the high­est lev­els is still fail­ure, but it usu­ally fol­lows a long string of suc­cesses. And most mor­tals never get to ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing like it.

Oolo­gah's se­nior foot­ball play­ers can re­late. They've been to the Class

Ev­ery­one wants a gold ball, so it hurts at first. But af­ter a few weeks, you look back and re­al­ize you did have a good year. A lot of peo­ple are dream­ing of hav­ing the kinds of sea­sons we've had around here lately. Chance Deitz, se­nior quar­ter­back

CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World

Oolo­gah se­nior foot­ball play­ers Gunter Pear­son, Chance Deitz and Lo­gan Carter hold their Class 4A runner-up tro­phies on Tues­day. They will face state cham­pion Wagoner, which has beaten them the past three years, on Fri­day.

CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World

Oolo­gah se­nior Lo­gan Carter hits a dummy at prac­tice on Tues­day. A win for Oolo­gah would also end Wagoner's newly minted state record for con­sec­u­tive wins.

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