Bryson Brooksher

Bryson Brooksher runs with the ball for the Demons after catching a ball during the victory this past week against Southeast. Duncan will host Eisenhower this Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

Editor's Note: A few game times have been changed and have been updated in this article.

The regular season has finished and out of the six area teams who opted to or earned their way in the playoffs, three of them will head into action this week, while the other three take byes.

Usually at the end of each football season, the top four teams earn spots into the playoffs, but earlier this season, the OSSAA gave teams a chance to opt into the playoffs because of COVID-19.

Stephens County had two teams who benefited from the ruling as Central High and Comanche finished below the top four and will take part in the play-in round.

Bray-Doyle this past Friday opted out due to quarantine lasting until Nov. 16 for the district. The end of quarantine takes place after the date scheduled for the play-in games, which will happen Nov. 13.

While Central High and Comanche will play to move on to the next round on the road, Duncan will be the only team at home hosting during the play-in round. The new ruling benefits the Demons since the top four were slated to host in the play-in round with Duncan coming in as the No. 3 seed in their district.

Duncan clinched the No. 3 seed after winning against Southeast. MacArthur beat Ardmore to clinch the No. 2 seed with the OSSAA announcing officially the Demons will host Eisenhower.

Eisenhower earned the No. 6 seed in the district of Class 5A and opted in to the playoffs. The two teams will play at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Halliburton Stadium in Duncan. 

If Duncan advances, they will play the next week on the road against Bishop McGuiness, who finished as No. 2 in their district and got a bye in the first round.

Central High, which got the No. 6 seed in their district, will have to travel for their first playoff game. They will head to Yukon to face Southwest Covenant, who is the No. 3 seed in their district.

Game time is currently scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and the winner will face Waurika, who earned a bye to their second round after finishing No. 2 in their district, the next week. 

Comanche, who finished fifth in their district, will face No. 4 Bethel on the road with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 13. The winner will face Marlow the next week.

Marlow is one of three area teams with a bye after finishing a perfect 9-0 season, which is the first time in the school’s 103 year history they have had a perfect regular season.

They will host in the second round as they will be the higher seed in the game, which was stated by the OSSAA when the new playoff rulings came out earlier this season.

Velma-Alma, who won their district title by beating Southwest Covenant this past Friday, will now host the winner of Snyder and Strother on Nov. 20. They will be the home team as they are the higher seed.

Empire, who won their district title last week and clinched a perfect district record by beating Cyril, is the final team getting a bye in the play-in round.

The Bulldogs will host Alex who advanced due to Cyril opting out of the playoffs and that game will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Empire High School.

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