We’ve hit the home stretch as the regular high school football season comes to a close in the last two weeks. And a lot can change during this time as regional teams battle for a playoff position in a tight race that is sure to be played out on the wire.
With that said, here’s what’s in store for Week 9 in Southern Oklahoma:
Noble at Ardmore, 7 p.m.
The Tigers are looking to continue playing at home against the District 5A-1 third team. Ardmore took a 49-27 road win last season, but coach Josh Newby and his company don’t take this team lightly.
That’s all the more the case as the Tigers want a win in this one to set up a much-anticipated clash at Lawton MacArthur next week. The winner of this match will likely be the district champion and win two home playoff games.
Sulfur at Plainview, 7 p.m.
Another important clash as the Indians need a win to give themselves a shot at winning the District 3A-2 title. The Bulldogs aren’t likely to go down without a fight though, as they’re on a six-game winning streak.
Sulfur took a 41-13 victory over Plainview last year, but they’re two different teams then. The Indians were battling injuries a season ago, but they should have everyone on the pitch for some thrilling competition.
Pauls Valley at Dickson, 7 p.m.
It hasn’t been an easy season for the Comets, but they will be looking for a win in their last home game. Dickson will have his hands full, however, as Pauls Valley has won back-to-back wins and beat the Comets 41-6 in 2020.
Small Ax at Lone Grove, 7 p.m.
The Longhorns should have no problem in this one as Little Ax has struggled mightily this season. Lone Grove won that game 53-0 a year ago and that should be more or less the same as the Longhorns stay chasing in a tight district race.
Madill at Kingston, 7 p.m.
This battle of two schools only 8.5 miles apart has no playoff implications, but bragging rights are still on the line. The Wildcats lost 49-14 last season and are desperate for a win because they have lost four consecutive games.
Wayne at Ringling, 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils finally face some competition against the third place team in District 1A-4. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ringling take the win after beating Wayne 36-0 in 2020.
With a win, he would set up an important game against Elmore-City Pernell next week. The winner of this one is probably the District Champion.
Marietta at Davis, 7:30 p.m.
This clash of area teams has one team vying for third place in the district and the other away. Wolves claimed a 37-0 victory last season.
Healdton at Wynnewood, 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs went about business last week with a 37-14 win at Stratford and they will look to do the same in another game on the road. Healdton earned a 50-12 victory in 2020.
Wilson at Wellston, 7 p.m.
After a week off, the Eagles are back on the field for their fourth win of the season. Wilson won that game a year ago by a thrilling 66-52 margin.
Thackerville at Fox, 7 p.m.
It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Foxes, but a win here would help boost morale. Fox earned a 66-28 victory last year.
Minnesota on OSD, 2 p.m. Saturday
The Bison are finishing the regular season a week earlier than the rest of Oklahoma, but they stand a chance of winning their sixth game of 2021. Minnesota, meanwhile, enter the game at 2-2.