The Grove Ridgerunners will have their hands full for their first playoff game in almost a decade.
The 5-5 Ridgerunners are up against the eighth-ranked Sallisaw Black Diamonds in the first round. The Black Diamonds are 7-3 on the season with losses to Stigler (50-13), Tahlequah (37-14) and #2 Pouteau (43-7). All three losses were in the first four games. Since the final loss of the regular season, Sallisaw has won six in a row, including a 34-28 overtime win against the #9 Broken Bow Savages.
Sallisaw has scored 294 points during the 2019 season, for an average of 29 points per game. They have allowed 284 points on the year, or an average of 28 points per game.
Grove has scored 223 points on the year, averaging 22 points per game. The Ridgerunners have allowed 259 points, or an average of almost 26 points per game.
"Qualifying for the playoffs was a goal of outs before the season started. We are happy to be in the dance, now our focus is to go win. We will not be satisfied with qualifying. These kids have battled all year," said Grove Head Coach Ron Culwell. "We believe in them and they are believing in themselves. It's been a blast to watch them grow."
Kickoff for Grove's first round playoff game is at 7:30 p.m. in Sallisaw.