Grove (6-2, 4-1) v East Central (7-1, 5-0)
Last week: Grove 14, Claremore 13. East Central 57, Tahlequah 0.
What’s at stake: A win by the fourth-ranked Cardinals will all but wrap up a district crown. Wins by the Ridgerunners this week and next week against Tahlequah wil result in a three-way tie to be broken by district points.
Matchup to watch: The Ridgerunners will be looking to establish the run against one of the better defenses in the state, led by two of the top linebackers. Buck Maples has 810 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on the season, while Jevonta Cross (104 tackles) and Marcus Dees (97 tackles) lead a Cardinal defense that has allowed a total of seven points over the last three games.
Keys: The Ridgerunners will have to limit their turnovers after committing three last week at Claremore. They’ll also have to limit the Cardinals’ big-play passing game. Quarterback John McDavid has thrown for over 1300 yards and 16 touchdowns. Leading receiver Dino Teague is averaging nearly 19 yards per catch.
Jay (2-6, 1-4) at Oologah (7-1, 4-1)
Last week: Jay 22, Mannford 20. Oologah 43, Miami 0.
What’s at stake: Having picked up their first district win last week against Mannford, the Bulldogs will look to play spoiler against the Mustangs. Oologah has clinched a playoff spot and are now looking to finish second in the district and have home-field advantage in the first round. The Mustangs are currently tied for second in 4A-3 with next week’s opponent, the Vinita Hornets.
Matchups to watch: The Bulldogs will bring their high-powered passing attack up against an Oologah defense, led by Dakota Hudgens (105 tackles) that has allowed an average of 11.6 points per game. Jay quarterback Brandon Edge has 1,591 yards passing and 14 touchdowns. Oologah quarterback Zach Cantwell (1,000 yards passing, 13 touchdowns), leads a balanced attack. Running back John VanSingel has 926 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, as well as 82 tackles on defense.
Afton (8-0, 4-0) v Porter (4-4, 2-2)
Last week: Afton 33, Oklahoma Union 7. Okemah 35, Porter 26.
What’s at stake: After going out of district to play 2A Okemah last week, the Pirates will travel to Afton to take on the sixth-ranked Eagles. Afton clinched a playoff spot last week and will finish no worse than second in the District A-8. A win on Friday in their final district contest will clich the title.
Matchups to watch: Both teams bring strong running games. Marcus Bruner leads the Pirates with 1,132 yards, averaging 11.6 yards per carry. He also leads Porter defensively with 116 tackles. Afton’s Matt Wisdom has 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with 86 tackles. The difference will be Afton quarterback Brennon Fuser, who has 1,167 yards and 20 touchdowns passing, and 516 yards rushing. The Eagles Dusty Henry picked off his seventh pass of the year last week while also scoring two touchdowns.
Fairland (4-3, 2-1) at Foyil (5-3, 2-1)
Last week: Fairland, bye. Foyil 40, Hulbert 23.
What’s at stake: The winner of this game will finish second in District A-8 and will host a first-round playoff game, while the loser takes third and goes on the road.
Matchups to watch: A Fairland defense that is allowing 26 points per game will have to find a way to stop the two-headed running attack of Foyil’s Kris Miller and Will Wood, who have combined for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. Nic Purtell leads the Foyil defense with 87 tackles.
Oaks (3-5, 2-5) at Summit Christian (6-2, 5-2)
Last week: Oaks 60, Agra 10. Depew 48, Summit Christian 0.
What’s at stake: Still stinging after last week’s blowout loss to Depew, Summit Christian now finds themselves tied for fourth with Watts and fighting for their playoff lives.
Matchups to watch: Summit Christian has been in a free fall since losing quarterback Danny Badley. Badley had 551 yards and 10 touchdowns passing, as well as 1,197 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing. He also had 83 tackles and 11.5 sacks on defense. Oaks will counter with Jeremiah Snell, one of the state's top running backs with 1,248 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Colcord (6-2, 4-1) at Wyandotte (0-8, 0-5)
Last week: Colcord 55, Quapaw 21. Adair 42, Wyandotte 20.
What’s at stake: The Bears will try to pick up their first win of the season on homecoming. The Hornets can’t afford to take anyone lightly. Colcord is currently tied with Adair and Commerce atop the district standings, and could finish anywhere from first to fourth.
Matchups to watch: Colcord’s offense runs through quarterback Canaan Sherrell, who has a combined 1,900 yards rushing and passing. Darwin Davis and Chris Aguilar have combined to add another 1,000 yards on the ground. Rusty James provides big-play capability to the Hornets, averaging over 20 yards per catch.
Kansas (4-4, 3-2) at Commerce (7-1, 4-1)
Last week: Kansas 55, Ketchum 12. Commerce 40, Salina 13.
What’s at stake: The Comets will need to pull off two big upsets in the final two weeks to make the playoffs. First up is Friday’s matchup with the Tigers, followed by next week’s season finale against the Adair Warriors.
Matchups to watch: The Tigers are averaging over 40 points per game on offense. Bryson Sullivan and Austin McMain lead the attack with a combined 1,119 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Kasey Ng, the coach’s son, has 13 touchdown passes. The Comets will counter with running back Cody Bright, who ran for over 200 yards last week against Wyandotte.