McALESTER — The 2012 Bishop Kelley Comets came into Hook Eales Stadium and stole a district title from the McAlester Buffaloes.
The 2013 Buffs will try to return the favor tonight in Tulsa.
“This is a huge, huge step in accomplishing that goal of being district champions,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said Wednesday.
“Last year was the turning point for us at that game. We had receivers that didn’t block very well, we dropped some balls, we didn’t play very well at certain places. Those kids really boned up the next week and kind of flipped the switch, and that’s when we went on our run and ended up going to the semis.”
The Buffs currently lead District 5A-3 with a 4-0 record — 6-1 overall — but the Comets are one of four teams with a 3-1 district record. The 5-2 Comets currently rank third, and with fifth-ranked Skiatook playing fourth-ranked Tulsa Memorial tonight, a Buffs win would go a long way towards a district title and two home playoff games.
“We felt like we had a really good week of practice, so we’ll go out and see what happens,” Pratt said.
“This is the time of year when you really need to start getting going and playing your best football, and I think our kids understand that.”
The Buffs face a Comets team coming off a 42-10 loss at home to Shawnee. Between that loss and Homecoming festivities taking place before the game, the Comets will be fired up to face the Buffs.
“They pretty much dominated up front at the line of scrimmage,” Pratt said of Shawnee last week. “If we can do that, that’ll be a big plus for us.
They were able to run the ball and throw the ball both, and then they were able to stop them and get some key stops on defense.”