The Kingston Redskins have made it to the Class 2A state quarterfinals.
In order to advance to the semifinals, they must travel to Haskell and find a way to take down the Haymakers.
The Redskins, ranked No. 9 in Class 2A, are 10-1 on the season with their only loss coming to the fifth-ranked Davis Wolves by a 38-14 score in week 10 for the District 2A-4 championship.
Haskell (11-1) lost its only game to Adair 56-14 in week seven. That ultimately gave Adair the District 2A-7 championship.
Adair, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, travels to Davis this Friday to take on the Wolves in one of the other three quarterfinal matchups.
The Redskins will not only need to endure a 165-mile, three-hour bus trip, but they face a Haymakers team with sizeable linemen and a running back that can chew up big yardage.
And then there is the possibility of dealing with the tough weather conditions being forecasted for today.
“Haskell has a big offensive line and a big defensive line, and they could present some problems,” Caraway said. “They have excellent people at their skilled positions. They are similar to Luther, who we played last week. They like to line up and run the ball right at you. We like to think we have good team speed, and that could work in our favor. The one thing that is a question mark is the kind of weather we will be dealing with once we get there.
“It is a long bus ride to get to their place, and we hope to get there with plenty of time to spare so the players can get warmed up properly,” Caraway said. “I do hope the rain and other bad stuff can hold off during the game so we can continue to do what we do best.
“Our quarterback Tyler Stovall has 1,000 yards rushing and 1700 passing yards. So he is approaching a 3,000-yard year. He is a great weapon for us. In addition we have good speed at most of our running back and wide receiver positions. Our speed could be the difference in the game’s outcome. But they have a running back that can make things happen pretty quickly too.”
Haskell running back Tre Lang has 215 carries for 1,748 rushing yards and is averaging 8.1 yards per carry. He has 27 rushing touchdowns and 36 touchdowns overall. He has ten 100-plus yard games and 2,551 all-purpose yards for the Haymakers.
“We will definitely need to get to Lang before he gets rolling on offense,” Caraway said. “If he gets in the open he is really hard to corral. For that reason our speed will hopefully get to him at or behind the line of scrimmage so he cannot hurt us with his speed and strength in the secondary.”
Kingston’s rush offense will look to pick up where it left off last week when it scampered for more than 300 yards.
“We had great success last week against Luther,” Caraway said. “Our goal against Haskell is to maintain our balanced offensive attack and key on their big running back and keep him contained. I like the way we match up against them, and we are hoping we can bring home a win no matter what the weather conditions turn out to be over there.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Oklahoma Haymaker Field.