However, once the excitement of playing in one of the area’s nicest venues wears off there is a football game to be played, an important football game at that.
Earlier this season Strawn defeated Newcastle, 74-54, in a matchup of Top 10 teams in non-district play. Although some would say Strawn has the upper hand since it knows it can beat Newcastle, Lee sees it a different way.
“In 2008, Gordon beat us by 30 points in district,” Lee reminded. “But we beat them by 31 (89-58) at Ram Stadium in the playoffs.
“I feel us beating Newcastle earlier in the season means nothing. We are both different teams at this point, anyway. Our earlier win over them has no impact at all on (today’s) game.”
Newcastle (9-2) is coached by its superintendent, longtime head varsity coach Ty Spitzer, who was raised in Newcastle and played for the Bobcats. Newcastle is coming off a 52-18 win over Guthrie in the regional round.
The Bobcats’ other loss this season came to No. 6 May in September. Since the Strawn loss, the Bobcats have won six straight games.
“Newcastle is a veteran bunch,” Lee said. “They are well coached and well rounded. Coach Spitzer has been there a long time.
“They have a good quarterback and good running back, and their defense is solid. There are no weaknesses, and all of their kids do their jobs well.
“They are also on a roll. That is the most important thing at this time of the year.”
The ‘Hounds will be led by the offensive threesome of quarterback Harrison Nowak and running backs Coletyn King and Ross Alison.
King has scored five touchdowns on offense in the two playoff games while rushing for 204 yards and recording 243 yards of total offense. He also scored on an interception return.
Nowak has thrown for five touchdowns and rushed for another. He has passed for 218 yards in two playoff games while rushing for 114.
Alison played sparingly in the second SHS playoff game but is expected to see more action against the Bobcats.