Often times in the playoffs, fate has a way of bringing teams together that have history together.
Often times in the playoffs, fate has a way of bringing teams together that have history together. The Davis Wolves just happen to be one of these teams given this opportunity this week. At 7 p.m. Friday night at Millwood High School in Oklahoma City, the Wolves and the Falcons will renew their playoff rivalry, as they face off in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs. The winner of this contest will meet either Vian or Hartshorne in the second round. These two teams are almost identical in their success as programs throughout the years. Davis is making its 47th playoff appearance in program history, and its first since 2017 when the Wolves made the semifinals. During that span, the Wolves sport a 107-41 overall record in the playoffs with six state titles and six state runner up finishes. This season the Wolves are 5-4 overall, and finished third in District 2A-8 with a 5-2 overall record. Davis is scoring 26.3 points per game, while only allowing 16 points per game this season. On the other side of the spectrum, the Falcons are making their 42nd playoff appearance in program history, sporting an 84-35 overall record. Millwood has seven state championships in program history with the last coming in 2017. These two teams will be meeting for the seventh time in the playoffs, having split the last six meetings. The Falcons won the first ever meeting between these teams in 1975 by a score of 28-0, before winning again in 2000 and 2011. Davis against Millwood in 2012 and 2013, and also defeated the Falcons 41-21 in the 2015 season. This season the Falcons are 8-2 overall and went 6-1 in District 2A-7, finishing second behind Washington. The Falcons are averaging 30.7 points per game and allowing 14.7 points per game. “Millwood is one the top teams in Class 2A, and they always have been,” Davis coach Greg Parker said. “They are big size wise, and have some very talented players on their roster. If we’re going to win, we’ll need to slow the game down and be disciplined on both sides of the ball as well as special teams.” Last week both of these teams geared up for the playoffs with convincing victories as Davis defeated Tishomingo 35-7, while the Falcons took down Stratford 37-0. While the season might not have started bright for the Wolves as they went winless in four straight games, Davis quickly turned things around and has since won five straight games, which vaulted them back into the playoffs. Despite not playing in the postseason last year, coach Parker isn’t surprised his team is back this season given all the work they have put in. “Our kids put in a lot of work to get themselves in a position to make the playoffs,” he said. “Getting into the postseason wasn’t a surprise for us. At the same time, we’re very happy to be back and apart of the 32-team bracket this year.”