This week marks Week 7 in high school football. With only a few games left in the regular season, teams have the playoffs in sight and are looking for a magical run in November.
However, there are other teams that are sitting on the bubble and could make the playoffs if they can pull out some key wins in these final games.
Two of those area teams, Waurika and Empire, are in District A-4 and are vying for the No. 4 spot. Right now, Empire is sitting at No. 4 with a 1-1 record in the district and 3-3 record for the season. Waurika is 0-2 in district and 1-5 for the season, and Wilson is the team that separates the two schools with a 1-2 record in district.
The Eagles will be heading to Wilson this week and are looking to get one in the win column of district play. Next week will be a key matchup as the Bulldogs host the Eagles for homecoming and a possible playoff spot. Waurika also still has Bray-Doyle, which has run into a string of bad luck as they are winless so far this season, and the 5-1 Healdton Bulldogs to finish the season.
Empire’s schedule will not be much easier as it hosts 3-2 Ringling this week and travels to Velma-Alma to take on the Comets. The Bulldogs will finish their season at home against Wilson.
Velma-Alma head coach Greg Gothard and his team are at the top of the district and ranked No. 6 in Class A. The Comets will be a tough team to beat as they have only allowed 51 points this season and have scored 190.
Tanner Jenkins has been eating up yards rushing the ball. Jenkins leads the area in all rushing catergories with 87 carries for 820 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Marlow is another team who is just outside the fourth spot in its district. The Outlaws are 1-1 in the District 3A-1 and 4-2 for the season. In a tight district, Anadarko leads the way 2-0, followed by Bridge Creek and Tuttle at 2-1 and Blanchard is fourth at 1-1.
Head coach Jeremy Gage and his team still have a tough road ahead of them as they host Bridge Creek this week and travel to Riverside next week. Marlow will then host Blanchard for senior night and finish the season on the road at Tuttle.
Two big keys for the Outlaws will be relying on the leadership from their 17 seniors and the three
components that Gage has been telling his kids all season long: Good defense, a sound kicking game and taking advantage of field position.
Two of the seniors are offensive weapons Ethan Elroy at wide receiver and running back Holden Davis. Davis leads the area in rushing yards, while Elroy is a threat with his size and athleticism.
Comanche is also sitting in a prime spot for the fourth spot in its district. The Indians are in a three-way tie at 2-1 in District 2A-3 with Hobart and Lindsay. Frederick is first in the district and ranked No. 9 in 2A with a 2-0 district record and a 5-0 season record. Washington is 3-0 in the district and 3-2 this season. Hobart is 4-2 overall and Lindsay is 3-3. The Indians will have a pivotal two weeks ahead of them as they travel to Hobart this week and Frederick next week.
Following the Frederick game, the Indians will be back at home to take on Mount Saint Mary and Lindsay. Comanche will look to win these final big games with help from quarterback Johnny Heath, who has completed 45-of-92 throws for 415 yards this season and rushed the ball for 287 yards.
Central High is the final area team that is hoping to get a playoff berth. The Bronchos started the season undefeated winning their first three games. However, after starting quarterback Kyler Newton fell to an injury against Fox, Central High went on a two-game losing streak, but got back on track by beating Macomb last week.
Much like some of the other schools Central High still has a tough schedule ahead of them.
The Bronchos will be traveling to Cyril this week to take on the 4-2 Pirates. They will then host 1-5 Sasakwa and finish the season at 5-1 Davenport and home against 4-2 Bowlegs.
The Bronchos will need big stops from their defense and will need to get the ball into the sure hands of senior receiver Jeremy Russell, who leads the area in receiving with 20 catches for 432 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.
With so many pivotal games coming up in the next few weeks, no matter what the outcomes may be, they should make for some great football.
— Matt Tillson is a reporter for the Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 Ext. 143 or via e-mail at email@example.com.