Coalgate trio on verge of rare feat

Coalgate senior wide receiver Auston Crank finds himself open for a touchdown during the Wildcats’ Week 10 home win over Marietta. Crank needs just 96 more yards to reach the 1,000 mark for the season.

It is playoff time in Oklahoma, and the Coalgate Wildcats will be making their 32nd appearance in program history.

Friday night the Bulldogs of Lexington will be traveling to Donald Mike Mayer Field to take on the Wildcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Coalgate has opened the playoff at home 12 times and has been victorious in eight of those games, but the Wildcats have lost the last two first-round home appearances.

This will be the seventh time these two programs have met, with the most recent occurring in 2013. Lexington won that matchup 50-16.

The last Wildcat victory (14-6) in the series came in 1993. The series record stands at 4-2 in favor of Lexington, with both Coalgate victories coming in Cleveland County. This means the Wildcats will be seeking their first home victory over the Bulldogs Friday night.

Coalgate finishes the regular season 9-1 overall and 6-1 in District 2A-8 play. Last week, the Wildcats faced off against Marietta for Senior Night. After a slow start, they lit up the scoreboard in the second quarter on their way to a 48-14 romp.

Lexington finished the regular season 6-4 and 3-2 in District 2A-7 play. All four of the Bulldog losses came against playoff teams — Anadarko (44-8), Purcell (18-13), Millwood (80-21) and Washington (35-13).

For the first time in school history, Coalgate finished the regular season with a 2,000-yard passer and a 1,500-yard rusher.

Austin Lambert has completed 128-of-203 passes for 2,065 yards and 19 touchdowns. Blade Horton has rushed for exactly 1,500 yards and an incredible 30 TDs. Auston Crank finished the regular season with 904 receiving yards and 12 scores. If Crank can eclipse the century mark before the season concludes, the Wildcats will achieve a rare offensive feat of having a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,500-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver. That combination has only been accomplished 15 times previously in all classes of Oklahoma high school football.