By Buck Ringgold
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, several statewide high school football teams still have a shot to finish undefeated entering the playoffs.
Five of the top nine squads in this week’s SBLive Top 25 Oklahoma high school football rankings sport perfect records. That includes the No. 1-ranked team, which is closing in on a record winning streak.
Here are SBLive Oklahoma’s Top 25 high school football teams entering Week 9.
1. Bixby (8-0)
The Spartans are four wins from tying the state 11-man record for consecutive wins at 48. For now, Bixby is focused on a perfect regular season and can move one step closer to that Friday with a win at Ponca City.
2. Jenks (7-1)
Already in the driver’s seat in 6AI-1, the Trojans can lock up the district’s top playoff seed with back-to-back home games to end the regular season, including Friday against Edmond Memorial.
3. Tulsa Union (7-1)
Union took care of business in back-to-back wins in central Oklahoma. The team now returns home for its final two regular-season games, including Friday against Southmoore, with the chance to claim the outright 6AI-2 title.
4. Choctaw (6-2)
The Yellowjackets handled district foes Muskogee and Sand Springs on the road. They now return home Friday to face Putnam City West as they attempt to secure an opening-round playoff on their own turf.
5. Tulsa Booker T. Washington (7-1)
BTW has to get the job done Friday at home against Muskogee in order to set up next week’s potentially huge showdown with Bixby.
6. Tuttle (8-0)
The Tigers close in on a 4A-2 championship and can clinch at least a share with a win Friday in Oklahoma City against John Marshall.
7. Holland Hall (8-0)
It will be a big challenge for the Dutch on Friday as the 3A-4 leaders travel to Verdigris to take on a Cardinal squad which is one of three teams currently tied for second place, a game back of the Dutch.
8. McAlester (8-0)
Friday night, the Buffaloes can wrap up the No. 1 playoff seed from 5A-3 with a win on the road at Shawnee.
9. Lincoln Christian (9-0)
The only team in Oklahoma to win its first nine ballgames thus far, the Bulldogs will finally take a well-deserved bye week before finishing the regular season next week with Stigler.
10. Owasso (6-2)
A week after a frenzied fourth-quarter rally fell short at home to Mustang, the Rams have a short week to bounce back as they visit Moore on Thursday night.
11. Del City (7-1)
Another overtime game, another win for the Eagles, the third time they’ve done so this season. The Eagles don’t care if they have to play another overtime this week, as long as they can win Thursday at U.S. Grant, which would wrap up the No. 1 playoff seed from 6AII-1.
12. Stillwater (6-2)
The Pioneers are still chasing Del City for the 6AII-1 lead, but will need some help to do so. Stillwater can still get at least a first-round home playoff with a win at home Thursday against Midwest City.
13. Broken Arrow (5-3)
Last week, the Tigers got the final touchdown in a wild, back-and-forth affair with Edmond Santa Fe, which may have assured BA of a first-round home playoff. The Tigers will play on their home field Friday against Norman.
14. Heritage Hall (8-0)
The undefeated Chargers put their winning streak on the line Friday with a home game against Kingfisher, a game that will go a long way toward determining the top playoff seed from 3A-1.
15. Collinsville (8-0)
These next two weeks will determine whether or not the Cardinals are the 5A-4 champs. Friday, they’re at home with Pryor in a game between the district co-leaders; then next week, the Cards travel to Tahlequah, which stands a game back of Collinsville and Pryor.
16. Lawton MacArthur (8-0)
One game stands between the Highlanders and next week’s anticipated 5A-1 showdown with Ardmore: A trip to Oklahoma City Capitol Hill on Friday.
17. Coweta (7-1)
The Tigers got a much-needed win at Shawnee last week and now return home to take on Bishop Kelley on Friday. But Coweta is also rooting on Shawnee in its game with McAlester, which can force a three-way tie for first in 5A-3 involving the Tigers.
18. Edmond Santa Fe (4-4)
A chance for a first-round home playoff evaporated in a hard-fought loss to Broken Arrow last week. The Wolves now try to grab at least the No. 3 playoff seed from 6AI-1 when they return home Friday to face Enid.
19. Washington (8-0)
The Warriors are closing in on the top playoff seed from 2A-3, and can claim that Friday with a win against Crooked Oak.
20. Edmond Deer Creek (6-2)
A few plays separated the Antlers from an undefeated season and leading 6AII-1. It appears the best they can settle for is the No. 3 playoff seed, and they can get that Friday with a win at Lawton.
21. Ardmore (8-0)
The Tigers have a big game Friday in their regular-season home finale as they face Pryor. Survive that, then it will be Lawton MacArthur next week for all the marbles in 5A-1.
22. Mustang (5-3)
By virtue of their 47-41 win last week at Owasso, the Broncos now control their destiny in getting a first-round home playoff. Mustang can take a big step in landing that with a win at home Friday against Putnam City.
23. Sand Springs (5-3)
It’s been a rough stretch for the Sandites, who have lost three straight games. They can solidify the No. 4 playoff seed from 6AII-2 by winning their last two games, starting Friday at Bartlesville.
24. Grove (8-0)
In all likelihood, one more obstacle stands between the Ridgerunners and a perfect regular season. That comes Friday at home, when perennial power Wagoner comes calling in a 4A-3 showdown.
25. Beggs (7-1)
The Demons share first place in 2A-7 with Victory Christian, with those two squaring off next week. Friday, Beggs can set up that big showdown with a win at home against Haskell.