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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Oklahoma’s 2013 high school season kicks off Friday

  • With a handful of Thursday night games already in the books, Oklahoma’s 2013 high school season officially kicks off Friday, and some storied rivalries will be part of the action in the Tri-County area.
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  • With a handful of Thursday night games already in the books, Oklahoma’s 2013 high school season officially kicks off Friday, and some storied rivalries will be part of the action in the Tri-County area.
     
    Shawnee’s Wolves will open their season on the road with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Bishop McGuinness, while the Savages of Tecumseh host Noble in the annual battle for the Highway 9 Trophy. That kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
     
    Among the rivalry match-ups are Prague at Meeker, and McLoud at Bethel. Those kickoffs also are at 7:30 p.m.
     
    Shawnee is coming off of a 5-6 season that included a first-round playoff loss (38-14) to Tulsa East Central. The Wolves were 5-5 during the 2012 regular season, and 4-3 in District 5A-3 play with wins over Skiatook (51-0), Durant (49-30), Tulsa Nathan Hale (36-6) and Noble (58-34).
     
    Shawnee dropped the 2012 opener to McGuinness, 32-13.
    Shawnee’s home opener is Friday, Sept. 13, versus Deer Creek, and the Wolves will open District 5A-3 play Friday, Sept. 27, against visiting Tulsa Memorial.
     
    Tecumseh ousted Noble in overtime last year, 16-13, to maintain possession of the Highway 9 Trophy. The Savages defeated Noble in 2009 (21-20), 2010 (39-7) and 2011 (26-7), and recorded a 6-4 season last year that culminated with a 38-0 loss to Anadarko in the first week of the postseason.
     
    Bethel suffered a 41-0 loss to McLoud in last year’s opener en route to finishing the season at 3-7. McLoud had gone 1-19 over the 2010 and 2011 runs before going 6-5 in 2012 with a 41-21 loss to Clinton in Week 11. It was McLoud’s first playoff appearance since 2008.
     
    Bethel has not been to the postseason since 2008.
     
    Prague is 2-1 against Meeker — including a two-game streak — since that Lincoln County feud was renewed in 2010. The Red Devils won handily against the Bulldogs in last year’s opener, 27-6, but went on a nine-game skid to finish the year at 1-9.
     
    The Bulldogs went 6-4 in the regular season, 4-2 in District 2A-5 play, and reached the second round of the playoffs before falling 16-13 to Commerce.
     
    In other openers Friday, Seminole will travel to Lincoln Christian for a 7:30 kickoff. The Chieftains bludgeoned Lincoln Christian in the 2012 opener, 40-13, on their way to finishing the regular run undefeated. Mike Snyder and crew made it to the Class 3A semifinals before falling to Kingfisher, 31-26.
     
    Macomb’s Hornets will host Sasakwa at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Hornets, District B-2 members, enter their sixth year of competing in varsity football.
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    Macomb went 0-10 in 2012, falling 52-6 to Sasakwa in the opener, but the Hornets were 1-9 in 2011 with a 3-0 win over the Vikings.
     
    Note: Two Tri-County teams opened their 2013 seasons Thursday. Maud defeated Bowlegs 48-0 in less than three full quarters via the mercy rule, and Chandler defeated Lincoln County rival Stroud, 35-7, in the annual Route 66 Bedlam Classic (aka the Lincoln County Shootout). Chandler dominated the series for a decade leading up to Stroud’s win in 2009, and the Tigers went on to win the next three.

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