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October 31, 2012

Playoff Destinations

Likely locations for round 1 of the playoffs

Greg Crews
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DUNCAN — With just one week left in the regular season, the playoff picture is pretty clear for most teams.

And while they may all be focusing on their Week 10 opponents, fans can start making their Week 11 travel arrangements.

DUNCAN

This much we know: Duncan will travel to the Oklahoma City area in the first round of the playoffs.

The Demons, who will finish either third or fourth in District 5A-1, could play Bishop McGuinness (6-0 in 5A-2), Guthrie (5-1) or Deer Creek (5-1).

The most likely scenario is that McGuinness will win the district, with Guthrie as the runner-up, while Duncan earns the No. 3 spot by way of a win over Chickasha or a loss by Ardmore against Lawton MacArthur.

That means the odds are that Duncan is headed to Guthrie for a rematch with the Bluebirds, who the Demons lost to, 43-0, in their season opener.

MARLOW

Marlow’s hopes of reaching the playoffs rest solely on the shoulders of Mount St. Mary, which plays Little Axe this week.

If Mount St. Mary wins, Marlow will earn the No. 4 spot in District 3A-1. If Little Axe wins, it will secure the final playoff spot.

Whichever team earns the No. 4 spot will have its hands full as it travels to Seminole (8-0 overall, 5-0 in District 3A-2) for the first round of the playoffs.

COMANCHE

The Indians not only need to beat Hinton on senior night, they need to win big.

If Comanche beats Hinton, it will force a three-way tie with Hinton and Hobart. To come out on top in that tiebreaker, the Indians need to win Friday night’s game by at least 15 points.

Should Comanche be able to pull off that feat, it will earn the No. 4 spot in District 2A-3 and travel to Davis (9-0 overall, 5-0 in District 2A-4) for the first round of the playoffs.

VELMA-ALMA

The Comets are in a good position to finish second in District A-4 outright, needing a win over Healdton, but  they are also in a good position should Healdton win and force a three-way tie along with Empire.

With that being said, Velma-Alma will most likely host Watonga (5-4 overall, 3-2 in District A-3) in the first round of the playoffs.

EMPIRE

With Velma-Alma likely claiming the No. 2 spot in the district, the Bulldogs are in line for No. 3.

If that is where Empire finishes, it will most likely travel to Crecent (8-1 overall, 5-1 in District A-3) for the first round of the postseason.

CENTRAL HIGH

While Central High is currently sitting in third place in District B-2, it is looking to for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs.

Paoli is playing Geary in its regular season finale, if it wins (which is likely), it would finish 6-3 in district play and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Central High.

That makes things pretty simple for the Bronchos: They have to win their game against Cyril to make the playoffs, earning the No. 4 spot.

If Central High does that, it will go on the road to play either Pond Creek-Hunter (8-0 in District B-1) or Laverne (8-0), which play each other for the district title on Friday.

OUT

For Waurika and Bray-Doyle, Friday will be the last game of the season; win, lose or draw.