10 games to watch this week in Oklahoma high school football: Several district playoff seeds can be finalized in Week 9

By Buck Ringgold

It’s the stretch drive of the regular season, and the playoff picture for many districts can come into focus following Week 9.

Here are the Top 10 high school football games to watch in Oklahoma for this week.

Owasso at Moore (Thursday)

Before the season started, this seemed to be an unlikely matchup to possibly determine third place in 6AI-2. The Rams were favored in some circles to win the district, while the Lions were picked near the bottom.

Instead, these two teams are currently tied for third in 6AI-2. Owasso (6-2, 3-2) is attempting to bounce back from last week’s stunning 47-41 home loss to Mustang, a game in which the Rams trailed, 47-21, entering the fourth quarter.

Moore (6-2, 3-2) started the season 5-0 before dropping back-to-back games to Norman North and Tulsa Union. The Lions righted the ship last week by winning at Putnam City. But a loss to Owasso could put Moore fighting for its playoff life in next week’s regular season finale at Mustang.

Midwest City at Stillwater (Thursday)

The Pioneers (6AII-1) saw their 21-game district winning streak snapped in a Week 5 loss to Del City. Stillwater has won three straight games since then, but Del City hasn’t lost in district play, so in all likelihood, the Pioneers (6-2, 4-1) will end up with the No. 2 seed with a win Thursday, especially if the Eagles beat U.S. Grant that same night.

As for Midwest City (4-4, 2-3), the Bombers are currently in a fifth-place tie with Putnam City North, which beat Midwest City last week, 24-12. PC North and MWC is each a game back of Lawton and Edmond Deer Creek for third place, so the Bombers essentially have to win out and get some help to make the playoffs.

Pryor at Collinsville

The Cardinals have been rolling so far in 2021. But it comes down to their final two regular-season games that will determine if they can win 5A-4.

Collinsville (8-0, 5-0) has gotten a big boost with the return of quarterback Andrew Carney, who missed most of the season with a knee injury. But last week, Carney threw for five touchdowns – all in the first half – in a decisive win against Tulsa Memorial.

Pryor (7-1, 5-0) brings in solid quarterback play of its own in Brunk Gray, who has thrown for nearly 1,900 yards and 18 TDs. Last week, Gray recorded 313 yards and three TDs in a win against Sapulpa.

Collinsville wraps up the regular season next week at Tahlequah, which stands in third place a game behind the Cardinals and Pryor.

Wagoner at Grove

It’s the classic matchup between the old guard and the new breed in this 4A-3 showdown on Friday.

Defending 4A champion and perennial district kingpin Wagoner (6-2, 4-1) suffered a 3-0 loss to Bristow in Week 5. But the Bulldogs have caught fire since then, winning three straight games by an average margin of 49 points.

Grove (8-0, 5-0) has one more huge hurdle to clear in order to wrap up the 4A-3 title and the No. 1 playoff seed. The Ridgerunners are seeking their first district championship since 2008. Coincidentally enough, that was also the last time they beat Wagoner.

Holland Hall at Verdigris

The defending 3A state champion Dutch (8-0, 5-0 3A-4) have been rolling toward another run at a title, having won 20 straight ballgames. They’ve won their games by an average margin of 32.3 points, and 34.2 points in their five district wins.

Friday is likely their last big test in order to achieve a perfect regular season. Verdigris (7-1, 4-1) stands a game back of Holland Hall, but so are Berryhill and Vinita, two teams the Dutch have already defeated.

The Cardinals are coming off a 49-6 win against Mannford as quarterback Dylan White completed 17-of-21 passes for 374 yards and six TDs. He now has thrown for nearly 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.

Adair at Rejoice Christian

First place in District 2A-8 will be on the line in Friday’s game between the Warriors and the Eagles.

The Warriors (6-2, 4-0) have reeled off six straight wins after starting the season 0-2, but they’ve been living on the edge the past three weeks. On Oct. 8, they beat Sperry by six points (28-22); then the following week, needed overtime to beat Kansas (20-12). Last week, the Warriors eked out a 22-20 win against Salina.

Rejoice Christian is also riding a six-game winning streak ever since dropping its second game to Beggs. The Eagles have won their four district games by an average margin of 51.3 points, including 62-0 against Sequoyah-Claremore on Oct. 8 and 64-0 against Dewey last week.

The quarterbacks for both teams possess similar stats. Adair signal-caller Nate Ratcliff has more than 1,550 yards and 20 TDs, while his counterpart, Chance Wilson, has more than 1,660 yards and 21 TDs.

Okemah at Mounds

This game will determine the top spot in A-7, with the winner having the inside track to the No. 1 seed.

The Panthers (8-0, 5-0) have won each of their games by double digits, the latest a 58-22 win against Konawa a week ago. Okemah has averaged exactly 45 points in that run of eight straight wins.

Mounds’ only loss was in Week 2 to Gore. The Eagles (7-1, 5-0) have reeled off six straight wins, including a 42-28 decision at Stroud last week.

Okemah will also have to devise a plan to stop Mounds junior quarterback Mason Coddington, who has thrown for nearly 1,200 yards and 15 TDs.

In his last two games, Coddington completed 19-of-26 passes for 533 yards and eight TDs. Last week, Coddington also picked off three passes at safety, taking one of those back for a touchdown.

Poteau at Fort Gibson

This game lost a little bit of its luster following Fort Gibson’s loss last week to Broken Bow, which is now tied for Poteau for first place atop 4A-4.

But the Tigers can jump right back into the title picture with a win against the Pirates, who wrap up the regular season by facing Broken Bow next week.

Poteau (7-1, 5-0), whose only loss came to Northwest Arkansas power Shiloh Christian, has continued to get the job done on the ground. The Pirates have rushed for a total of 2,719 yards, and have had rushed for at least 320 yards in six games, including 378 in last week’s home win against Muldrow.

Fort Gibson (6-2, 4-1) has also had solid offensive displays, but in last week’s loss, the Tigers were held to 158 yards on the ground and 91 yards through the air, by far their season-low total for passing yards in a game.

Cashion at Tonkawa

The District A-3 title will be decided in this matchup between two of the top Class A teams in the state.

Cashion lost its season opener to Rejoice Christian before winning seven straight games. The Eagles are jumping back into district play for the first time in three weeks, having had a bye two weeks ago and then going into non-district play last week to beat Ulysses (Kan.), 34-13.

Tonkawa’s lone loss was by one point to Perry on Week 2. In its four district wins, the Buccaneers have had an average victory margin of just more than 20 points, including 33-14 at Hinton last week, a game in which Cam Jackson rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns.

Noble at Ardmore

Ardmore is zeroing in on a perfect regular season, but the Tigers will be severely tested over the next two weeks.

The Tigers (8-0, 5-0 5A-1), who share the district lead with Lawton MacArthur, have to take on Noble (6-2, 4-1), a game back in third place. Then in next week’s regular-season finale, Ardmore takes on Lawton Mac.

Ardmore has outscored its opponents this season, 348-94, and the Tigers are coming off a 49-7 win last week against El Reno.

Two weeks ago, Noble suffered its first district loss with a home setback to Lawton Mac. But last week, the Bears – who have scored a season total of 338 points – rebounded with a 48-28 win at Oklahoma City Southeast. A Noble win Friday would also mean the Bears will be avid rooters for Ardmore next week against MacArthur with a chance to still claim the No. 1 playoff seed from 5A-1.

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