Jim Ellis

Special to the Grove Sun

AFTON — It’s a double-edged sword on fall break week: play on Thursday night or play on Friday night?

Of 169 games statewide this week, there will be only 26 games played on Friday night.

One of those finds seventh-ranked Afton traveling to Oklahoma Union for a District A-8 battle.

“We want to try to keep things as regular as possible with the kids not having school,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said.

The team will have its regular team meeting tonight. That includes a team meal set up by the parents and an activity later.

“We’re going to have a walk-through Friday morning so they won’t sleep all day,” Gardner said. “We’ll let them have a little time for themselves today.”

The schedule for tonight includes Oologah at Miami, Salina at Commerce, Quapaw at Colcord, Adair at Wyandotte, Welch at Kiefer and Bokoshe at Bluejacket.

Miami’s game will be Military Appreciation Night with all veterans admitted free.

The Marine Corps Band New Orleans will perform before and at the half of the MHS-Oologah game.

Also, a fly-over by military planes is planned.

The Eagles bumped their record to 7-0 with a wild 46-36 homecoming victory over Fairland last Friday.

The teams combined for 898 yards in total offense, with the sixth-ranked Eagles amassing 526 of that.

The 84 points combined was a record for the rivalry, which dates back to at least 1926.

Senior Matt Wisdom had a career night, rushing for 283 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries.

“It’s been a good week,” Gardner said. “We’ve had some kids gone due to other school activities, but we’re in good shape health-wise. The kids have been focused.”

Oklahoma Union (3-4) slipped to 1-2 in district play with a 26-14 loss to Porter — which plays at Afton next Friday.

“We don’t want to overlook them by any means because they are in a situation now where they have nothing to lose and we have everything to lose,” Gardner said. “They consider themselves out of the playoff picture, but we have to win one more game to get in.”

This is Afton’ first 7-0 start since 1979, when head coach Mike Cole’s Eagles went 10-0 in the regular season. Oaks then pulled off a 14-8 upset in the first round of the Class B playoffs.