The deadline has passed for area schools to have their football district decisions to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities (OSSAA) and most of Stephens County schools choose the route approved back in September.
Duncan and Empire, who were the district chairs, confirmed their decisions for their respective districts to stay with the modified system which was approved by the OSSAA back on Sept. 18.
The modified policy will use a four tier system to determine playoff standing as it will go to total number of district wins, head-to-head results, average number of marginal points and lastly, if needed, by lot.
Duncan currently has two district games left after two of their district games were canceled due to forfeiture and COVID-19. The Demons currently sit at 2-1 in district play.
Empire’s district, which includes Central High, has technically not been designated as needing to go to the modified system yet as no district games have been affected by COVID-19.
However, Coach Brant Hayes, Empire head coach, said the district went ahead and voted for the modified system just in case the need arises before the end of the season.
Velma-Alma’s district that includes Bray-Doyle will stick with the normal plan as none of the district games have canceled due to COVID-19. They will make a decision once it is needed.
Marlow’s and Comanche’s district is the only district out of the Stephens County teams that chose the new rankings option. They will begin their rankings this weekend after week 8 games are complete.
Rankings will take place for the next three weeks and will be an average of the three votes to determine the playoff standings. Playoffs will begin Nov. 13 with that week being the play-in round.
OSSAA, due to COVID-19, introduced the play-in round as a result of a lot of district games canceling in the wake of the pandemic and will include all teams in the state if they want to take part in the playoffs.
Area teams could opt out of the play-in round and will have until Nov. 7 to make that decision with their respective district chair. Official brackets will be drawn at that time.
As the regular season ends Nov. 6, the area teams will compete for their respective state titles in each classification.