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October 6, 2012

Plainsmen playback: Putting Tulsa Union in the rear view mirror

The best thing about playing Tulsa Union is getting the game out of the way and being able to look back in the rear view mirror while leaving it behind.

Playing Tulsa Union has been a painful experience for the Plainsmen over the past two decades and Friday night’s 63-7 loss to the Redskins was no exception. Of course it’s not like the Plainsmen are alone, as the Redskins are defending four-time 6A champs and until their streak was stopped last season, had won 94 straight district games. So, there have been many victims of the behemoth school.

How rough has it been for the Plainsmen against Union? After winning the first four games of the series, the Plainsmen have now dropped 17 straight with an average margin of defeat of over 20 points. But Friday’s loss was by the largest margin in the series, topping the 48-2 loss to Union in 2003 when the Plainsmen finished 6-4 under Tom Cobble. It also nearly set the Plainsmen all-time record for margin of defeat, but that mark still belongs to the 1916 Enid football team, which dropped a 60-0 contest to Norman.

Enid last defeated Union 13-0 in 1991 when the Plainsmen finished 10-3 and made it to the state semifinals.

Not very sporting

Union’s decision to go for an onside kick while up 35-0 in the second quarter raised several eyebrows on press row and a few coaching hackles as well. It also brought back memories of another less-than-sporting moment in recent Union versus Enid history.

The Redskins successfully converted on the onside kick and recovered the ball on Enid’s 28-yard line. Union was kicking off from Enid’s 45-yard line after the Plainsmen were assessed a 15-yard penalty following the extra point that put Union up 35-0. Union proceeded to score following the onside kick to make it 42-0.

The onside kick was reminiscent of Union’s 51-14 win at Enid in 2010 when the Redskins, up 48-14 and inside Enid’s 10-yard line, only needed to take a knee a couple of times to run out the clock, but chose instead to trot out the field goal unit to make it 51-14.

Friday night’s onside kick did not set well with Enid head coach Steve Chard.

“There’s ways to handle things … the way they handle things and the way I would handle it,” Chard said. “Everybody can judge that for themselves. “

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