Grove (6-3, 4-2) vs Tahlequah (2-7, 1-5)
Last week: East Central 38, Grove 35. Claremore 44, Tahlequah 6.
What’s at stake: Not much in this game as far as playoff positioning goes. The Ridgerunners will finish in third place in District 5A-4 no matter the outcome of this game. Friday’s clash between the Tulsa Washington Hornets and McAlester Buffaloes will have more of an influence on Grove’s postseason plans. The winner of that game will win District 5A-3, while the loser will finish second and will host the Ridgerunners in the first round of the playoffs next week.
Key matchups: Grove running back Buck Maples, who currently has 883 yards rushing on the season, will look to go over the 1,000 mark against a Tahlequah defense that gave up 363 yards on the ground last week against Claremore.The Tigers are allowing nearly 30 points per game.
Jay (2-7, 1-5) vs McLain (2-7, 0-6)
Last week: Oologah 58, Jay 20.
What’s at stake: The Bulldogs look to send their seniors off in style with a final home win against the Titans.
Key matchups: There should be plenty of fireworks between these two teams as both defenses have given up over 33 points per game through the first nine games of the season. Jay quarterback Brandon Edge has passed for 1,725 yards on the season and could go over the 2,000 yard mark for the season. Kyle Shambaugh (39 receptions, 595 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Shai Jones (34, 492, 3) have been his favorite targets this season. Shambaugh also has four intereceptions on defense.
Adair (7-2, 4-2) at Kansas (4-5, 3-3)
Last week: Commerce 50, Kansas 20. Salina 29, Adair 28.
What’s at stake: The Comets are back in the playoff mix thanks to Salina’s upset of Adair last week. Kansas needs to defeat the Warriors to claim the fourth and final playoff spot in District 2A-8. The Warriors are slumping are defeating Commerce 41-38 in overtime in week six to claim the top spot in the district. Since then, they’ve lost two of three and could miss the playoffs with a loss on Friday.
Key matchups: The Comets will have to find a way to slow down a Warrior offense that averages 36.5 points per game. One key will be their own offense, which relies on the running game. Quarterback Wade Lewis has nearly as many yards on the ground (690) as he does through the air (717). Cody Bright has 796 yards rushing this year and 11 touchdowns while averaging 9.3 yards per carry.
Colcord (7-2, 5-1) vsKetchum (2-7, 2-4)
Last week: Ketchum 39, Quapaw 26. Colcord 55, Wyandotte 15.
What’s at stake: The Hornets can nail down the second spot in District 2A-8 and a home playoff game next week with a win.
Key matchups: Colcord quarterback Canaan Sherrell has been nearly unstoppable this season, especially during the Hornets’ four-game winning streak. Sherrell has over 2,000 yards running and passing with 26 touchdowns. He also has five interceptions defensively, with three more touchdowns. Chris Aguilar is Colcord’s second-leading rusher with 606 yards and its leading tackler with 110 tackles. Tommy Pack has 106 tackles for Colcord. Ketchum has won two of its last three games.
Wyandotte (0-9, 0-6) at Salina (6-3, 4-2)
Last week: Colcord 55, Wyandotte 15. Salina 29, Adair 28.
What’s at stake: The Bears will look to avoid a winless season, snap their 22-game losing streak and throw a wrench in the Wildcats’ playoff plans. Salina can claim third in District 2A-8 with a win.
Key matchups: The Wildcats are averaging 30 points per game behind the passing of quarterback Dillon Manchell, who has nearly 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Weston Williamson leads the Salina defense with 104 tackles.
Afton (9-0, 5-0) at Yale (1-8, 1-5)
Last week: Afton 37, Porter 22. Hominy 42, Yale 12.
What’s at stake: Having wrapped up the District A-8 title last week, the Eagles will look to stay sharp in this season-ending non-district matchup.
Key matchups: An Afton offense that averages 40 points per game will be looking to put up big numbers against a Yale defense that is giving up over 40 points per contest. Quarterback Brennon Fuser has 20 touchdown passes and 631 yards rushing. Matt Wisdom is among the state leaders with 1,224 yards on the ground, and leads the Eagles with 104 tackles. Wisdom had five sacks in last week’s win over Porter. Dusty Henry has eight interceptions on the season, returning four for touchdowns, including the game-clincher with 25 seconds left in last Friday’s win over Porter.
Fairland (4-4, 2-2) vs Hulbert (0-9, 0-4)
Last week: Foyil 46, Fairland 19. Wagoner JV 25, Hulbert 0.
What’s at stake: Still licking their wounds after last week’s loss to Foyil, the Owls will look to get back on track before the playoffs against the winless Riders.
Key matchups: A Fairland offense that is averaging 21 points per game will look to get better against a Hulbert defense that has given up 305 points this season.
Oaks (4-5, 3-5) at Copan (1-8, 1-7)
Last week: Oaks 42, Summit Christian 27. Agra 35, Copan 6.
What’s at stake: The Warriors will be looking to close out the season with their fourth win in their final five games and finish 2010 with a .500 record.
Key matchups: Oaks will continue to rely on Jeremiah Snell, who has 1,434 yards on the ground and an 11.3 yards per carry average. He also has 91 tackles and four interceptions on defense. Copan lost last week to an Agra team the Warriors defeated 60-10 in week eight.