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Sequoyah's Ryder Vasquez slams Locust Grove quarterback Caden Bendabout and causes an incomplete pass during a home game on Sept. 15, 2017. The Eagles won 50-38, but the Pirates have claimed the past two meetings by a combined score of 61-12.

Historically, the Eagles have had Locust Grove’s number when it comes to football.

From 2000 to 2011, Sequoyah thoroughly dominated the Pirates to the tune of 297-40 with three shutouts through eight games. That is an average score of 37.1-5.

The Eagles were certainly flying high during that part of history.

Locust Grove has gained ground on Sequoyah in recent years, though.

The Pirates have flipped the script since the programs rekindled the matchup in 2014 after a two-season hiatus, becoming the dominator of the series.

Locust Grove has won five of the past six meetings, scoring 50-plus on three occasions. The Eagles’ only win during that span was a 50-38 decision in 2017.

The Pirates contributed to Sequoyah’s current 21-game losing streak as well, handing it losses of 34-12 and 27-0 the past two years in District 3A-4 action.

However, this year’s game won’t take place within the confines of a district.

Although Locust Grove remains in Class 3A, the Eagles now reside in Class 2A. Could this be the program’s final meeting for years to come?

If so, Sequoyah will undoubtedly want to go out on top to tighten its stranglehold on the all-time series.

When: Week 3 | Sept. 18

Where: Pope Athletic Complex, Sequoyah

All-time series: According to IWasAtTheGame.com, Sequoyah leads 9-5 (matchup records as of 2000)

A LOOK AT THE PIRATES

Overview: Locust Grove football is an unpredictable rollercoaster as of late.

The Pirates are coming off their first losing season (2-8) since 2011, and they’re now on their third coach since Matt Hennesy departed after the 2017 season. In other words, there hasn’t been much consistency.

That could change in 2020 under new coach Adam Neff, who looks to take advantage of the team’s seven offensive and nine defensive returning starters.

To make it back to the playoffs, Locust Grove must navigate a tough District 3A-3 that includes defending state champion Lincoln Christian, Stigler, Checotah and Seminole. Sequoyah Tahlequah won’t be a picnic, either.

VYPE had the Pirates finishing sixth of eight teams in its Pigskin Preview district predictions, besting only Westville and Daniel Webster.

Key Returners: Austin Huffman and Danny Stone. Neff expects this quarterback-running back duo to produce lots of yards and points behind a solid and experienced offensive line.

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