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Mangum ready for trip

High school football playoffs have finally arrived in Oklahoma. With 19 local teams in the playoffs, it is sure to be an exciting month.

As the playoffs kick off this Friday, some area teams get the privilege of hosting. Others have to hit the road. A few schools have to make road trips so far across the state you would rather fly than drive.

Grandfield in Class C has a 300-plus mile trip to the Oklahoma panhandle to square off with No. 4 Tyrone. It's much the same in Class A for Mangum, which travels to Hooker (9-1), a 200-mile trip.

"Anytime you make the playoffs you're excited," Mangum coach Mike Wendt said. "We seem to be rolling right now. Hopefully we are peaking at the right time."

To most teams, a daunting trip might have players throwing in the towel early. For Mangum though, this is nothing new. In several district games, they've had to make two-plus hour drives.

The Tigers are sharp mentally being battle tested with long road trips before big games. It'll be no different this Friday when coach Wendt will have his guys ready to play.

"We've had to play up in the panhandle for years so some of them are used to it. Everywhere we go out here is a long ways," Wendt said. "It's a long ways up there so we'll stop, stretch and eat a pregame meal and get them focused."

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