By Wesley Coburn
The Beggs Demons are one win away from playing for the Class 3A state championship.
Coach Lee Blankenship’s Demons (12-1 overall, 6-0 in 3A-6) will face the Sulphur Bulldogs 12-1, 6-0 3A-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
For those unable to attend in person, the game will be broadcast on KOKL 1240 AM, and livestreamed on YouTube by the Cookson Hills Sports Network.
To get here, the Demons breezed through their district opponents, finishing undefeated and winning almost every game by double digits. In their lone loss, on the road at Berryhill, the final score was 30-28. They are on an 11-game winning streak.
In the playoffs, Beggs began at Golden Demon Stadium with a 62-28 pounding of the Mannford Pirates, then they hosted Lincoln Christian of Tulsa in the second round, muzzling the Bulldogs 43-14. In the quarterfinals last Friday they traveled to Edmond to face Oklahoma Christian, holding off a late Saints rally to win 32-26.
The winner will play the winner of the Jones Longhorns-Oklahoma City Marshall Bears contest in the championship next weekend at a site to be determined.
The only state championship in football in BHS history came in 1975, when the Demons defeated the OKC Millwood Falcons 21-0 at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School. In the segregated 1950s, black Beggs Wheatley High School won four state championships in football. Beggs last played in a football state title game in 1977, falling 20-0 to Watonga for Class A honors.