BLUEJACKET — Getting things turned back around is a priority for Bluejacket as it faces sixth-ranked Coyle in a first-round Class C playoff game.
The Chieftains ran off seven wins to start the season, but struggled the last three weeks against district frontrunners because of injuries and other issues.
They fell 53-6 to Regent Prep, 55-0 to Pond Creek-Hunter and 74-36 to Medford.
Pond Creek is ranked first in Class B in The Oklahoma Associated Press high school poll and Regent Prep is third.
This marks the seventh straight year Bluejacket has reached the playoffs
Three times during that span (2013, 2014 and 2016) they have won 10 games.
Last season the Chieftains were 9-1 in the regular season, the lone loss coming against PCH.
They rocked Midway 54-8 in the first round but were eliminated with a 50-0 loss to eventual state runner-up Tipton.
Coyle ran the table in District C-4. Its only losses were in Week 2 to Southwest Covenant, which finished second in District C-2 behind Tipton and Week 3 to B-6 champ Dewar, which finished in a tie for fifth in Class B.
This will be just the third meeting between the teams, who were district rivals in 2014-15.
Coyle won 58-9 in 2015 and the Chieftains were a 36-14 winner in ’14.
The Bluejackets jumped out to a 36-0 lead in the first quarter against then finished with a pair of touchdowns in the second.
Angel Gonzales had three TD passes, two to Isaac Koehn and one to Brayden Keller in Medford’s win over Bluejacket.
The Chieftains led 8-6 after the first quarter only to have Medford explode for 40 points in the second to open up a 46-20 advantage during the half.
Medford had a 22-16 edge in the third quarter and added a touchdown in the fourth to create the final score.
The win assured the Cardinals of their first winning season since 2007.