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November 17, 2000

Perry high school football fans have been completely revitalized by this year's hard-fighting Maroons, who face their second round playoff opponent, Eufaula, tomorrow night at Daniels Field. Just three years ago, Perry failed to win a single game. This season they are 8-3 and counting. That kind of turnaround is remarkable, especially considering the fact that our squad has been seriously outnumbered by just about every opponent they've faced. The Maroon roster at the start of this season listed only 27 players in grades 10 through 12.

Eufaula, the visiting team Saturday night, will bring along an impressive 10-1 record for the season after polishing off Antlers, 27-7, last Friday in the first round of the state class 2A playoffs. The Maroons stumbled a bit early in the season but wound up winning the district 5 championship in class 2A. Their only district loss was to Pawhuska but Perry won the crown and the Huskies were second. It's interesting to note that the Daily Oklahoman picked Perry to finish fourth in the district. Forget the season records. When it gets to this stage, every team has ample motivation to win. A trip to the state championship finals may hang in the balance.

At Rotary earlier this week, a friend asked if Eufaula has any more Selmons, meaning the family that furnished three All-American brothers as linemen for Coach Barry Switzer's powerful Oklahoma Sooners a few years ago. There may be no more Selmons at Eufaula, unless they are grandchildren to those other three, but you have to believe a school like that can produce winners. Perry itself has some truly outstanding material to count on and a new winning tradition is being fashioned here. The fans are keyed up, the Maroons are rolling, and the home field advantage should count for something.

When kickoff time comes up at 7:30 tomorrow night, we hope the stands are packed with folks wearing maroon and white and yelling their lungs out. All season long the PHS band, cheerleaders, students in general and Maroon fans have made their presence felt at every game, home and away. It should be that way when this important playoff game kicks off. Be polite and cordial to our visitors, but let's send them home with one more loss on that record.

Congratulations to Coach Mark Baetz, his staff and their valiant squad of Perry Maroons for what they have already achieved this season, and here's hoping the best is yet to come.