After each team’s first possession at Owasso back in September, the Rams led the Broken Arrow, 7-6. That was the only time the Tigers have trailed in any football game this season.
Since taking a 13-6 lead on that warm night, BA and has outscored opponents 466-53. Included in that run is the current string of three consecutive shutouts: the most since the Tigers blanked five teams in a row in 1996.
The Tigers won, 47-20, at Owasso two months ago. Then, after a bye week they followed with a 28-13 win over Jenks. Broken Arrow’s closest game since was a, 35-7, win at Edmond Santa Fe on the second Friday of October.
As the mid-November OSSAA Class 6A-I State Semifinal game approaches, a rematch this Saturday against Owasso, the Tigers are playing at as high a level as any team in the state.
“We talk about it as coaches on the weekends as to what teams can try to do to stop what we do best,” said Tiger head coach David Alexander. “Then we prepare for it. We have a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C, and sometimes we get all the way to Plan C.”
That was the case in the Tigers first-round playoff win over Moore, last Friday. Plan C, obviously, was as well-developed of a plan as A or B, as Broken Arrow rolled up the Lions, 49-0.
“They came out in a different front, doing some good things, Alexander said. “They obviously coached their kids up, so we had to make a couple of adjustments. “It’s a combination of kids that have really bought in to what we are trying to do, and obviously being good football players. And, they believe and trust their coaches.”
And why not? In this already record-breaking season for Noah Cortes, the offense is just 46 points shy of the school record of 586 points scored by 2011 state runner-up team. While the 79 points allowed by the defense is not a school record – the 937 team allowed only 12 points – it is the fewest points given up since the 73 points allowed by the 1975 Tigers.
“People have asked me ‘what’s been the most impressive thing about this season?’” Alexander said. “It’s really been those games where we have been heavy favorites, but we have gotten off the bus and been ready to play since the very beginning. We haven’t had a let-down game where we have been flat, flat, flat, and where Coach Alexander has had to do some motivating.
“They are a very hungry team, and have proven that. They love competition. They love going out there and getting after it. It’s a fun, fun group to coach.”
The fun continues Saturday at the University of Tulsa Chapman Stadium as the Tigers take on the Owasso Rams in a 7 p.m. State Semifinal matchup. Jenks plays Union in the other semifinal at 11 a.m.
State semifinal tickets are $7. Fans can purchase Broken Arrow game tickets in the BA Athletic Office – second floor of the Varsity Training Center – from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. They can also order online through GoFAN.
The game will be streamed live on Facebook through NFHSNetwork.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Pride of Broken Arrow finished in fourth place with a score of 95.45 at the 2018 Bands of America Grand National Championships late Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The 299-member ensemble dazzled a crowd of nearly 30,000 fans with its show entitled “THE United States of America,” which featured renditions of patriotic classics, a poignant tribute to soldiers killed in the line of duty and the unveiling of a massive American flag which stretched 80 yards from 10-yard line to 10-yard line.
“To say I am incredibly proud of our students would be an understatement,” Director of Bands Darrin Davis said. “Everyone involved in our program puts in a tremendous amount of effort, and all that work pays off when thousands of fans from around the country jump to their feet to cheer you on. While we were not the judges’ top choice, our performance impacted thousands of fans in attendance and created memories for our students that will last a lifetime.”
“It’s hard to find words to explain the joy that comes from watching Broken Arrow students perform such a meaningful show on the national stage,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “The patriotism in this year’s show made a great impact on our veterans and our entire community. Watching this show reminds me how proud I am to be an American and how proud I am to be a member of our Broken Arrow family.”
Earlier this season, the Pride of Broken Arrow won the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association state championship for the 17th straight year, and the 18th Bands of America regional championship in school history.
Broken Arrow Public Schools is hosting a Parent Talk titled “It’s Not All in Your Head,” which will provide parents with helpful resources regarding their teenagers from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, located at 701 S. Main St.
Topics will include anxiety, depression, self-esteem and body image, peer pressure, destructive behavior and more. Representatives from Family and Children’s Services, Daybreak Family Services and the Parent Child Center of Tulsa will present helpful information and useful strategies.
“During this event, a panel of experts will provide a general overview of many topics that affect teenagers in today’s society,” Executive Director of Student Services Derek Blackburn said. “We hope to provide parents with important information about coping skills and some warning signs to watch for as they have conversations with their teens.”
Due to the sensitive nature of the topics, it is recommended that only parents or students in grades 6-12 attend.
For more information, please contact Blackburn at 918-259-7725.
To assist in obtaining the flu immunization, Broken Arrow Public Schools is teaming up with the Caring Van program to offer free flu immunizations in November to BAPS students.
A registered nurse will be available at the school sites to administer a free injectable flu vaccine to students who:
Please note that if the student does not meet at least ONE of the above criteria, he or she will be referred to a private physician for the flu vaccine.
The Caring Van will be at the following school sites during the month of November:
The Caring Van will also be at Central on Main 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.
A parent/legal guardian can complete one of the following forms and return it to the Caring Van registered nurse. A parent/legal guardian must accompany their student.
For more information about the Caring Van, please contact Tina Pyeatt at 918-551-3404.
For more than 25 years, Broken Arrow High School’s Project Graduation has given graduating seniors a way to celebrate their achievement with classmates in a supervised, fun and safe environment. This will be an all-night “lock-in” party following the commencement ceremony this spring.
In order to host the event and for it to remain free for all seniors, COLABASH (Committee on Life at Broken Arrow Senior High) students are striving to raise $40,000 for food, games and activities.
Ways to Support Project Graduation:
Attend Restaurant Nights
Raising Cane’s at 71st & Lynn Lane
Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mention BAHS and 15 percent will be donated to Project Graduation
Panda Express at Lynn Lane and Hillside
Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Show a digital or paper copy of this flyer and 20 percent will be donated to Project Graduation. Online orders count as well if the promo code on the flyer is used.
Make a donation by sending a check payable to Broken Arrow High School, reference Project Graduation and mail to 1901 E. Albany, Broken Arrow, OK, 74012. A donation of any amount helps!
Volunteer by signing up via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/zpC27Dt1OMvqilRf2
For more information on how you can help, please contact Christian Welborn at email@example.com or by calling the student activities office at 918-259-8571.
Because seasonal influenza (flu) activity most commonly peaks in the winter months, Broken Arrow Public Schools is encouraging staff, students and parents to take the following everyday preventive measures to stop the spread of germs:
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness cause by the influenza virus and can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, fatigue, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher are required to be picked up by a parent and must remain at home until he or she is fever free without medication for 24 hours, per school policy.
Broken Arrow Public Schools continues ongoing communication with local health officials, the Oklahoma Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The district follows instructions from these institutions should a flu outbreak occur this winter.
For more information about the flu and how to avoid it, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.