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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Redskins, Chieftains to meet in battle of undefeated teams

  • A lot is on the line in Week 3 as Seminole hosts McLoud at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The prize for the victor is a still unbeaten record.
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  • A lot is on the line in Week 3 as Seminole hosts McLoud at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
     
    The prize for the victor is a still unbeaten record.
     
    McLoud and Seminole are both 2-0, and are two of only four Tri-County teams to have gone undefeated through the first two weeks of the season. Meeker, with non-district wins over Prague and Wewoka, is also 2-0, and Maud’s Tigers are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in District C-4 after last week’s 57-14 romp of host Midway.
     
    “It’s going to be a good ball game,” Seminole head coach Mike Snyder said of this week’s contest.
     
    Snyder said everything fell into place for his Chieftains last year as Seminole prevailed 62-24, but he is well aware of how solid McLoud can be.
     
    “They’re going to be one of the best teams on our schedule,” he said. “They’re very good, and they’re well-coached. And the only way you get better is to play good people, so we’re excited about it.”
     
    McLoud returned a significant number of veteran players to this year’s roster, including quarterback Joseph Wood.
     
    “I think anybody that plays them understands that their quarterback is a good player,” Snyder said of the Redskins. “He’s a special kid.”
     
    Snyder credits McLoud with having a lot of size, and with handling some tough opponents in last year’s 6-5 run that culminated with a 41-21 loss to Clinton in the first round of the playoffs.
     
    McLoud head coach Eric Cardin expressed his respect for Snyder and the Chieftains, especially running back Papi White.
     
    “He’s the type of kid that you’ve got to stop before he gets going,” Cardin said of White, who rushed for 116 yards and two scores in the first half of last week’s 35-7 win over Tecumseh.
     
    “You can’t let him get out in the open. He’s just a really talented kid,” Cardin said.
     
    White rang up just under 250 rushing yards in a season-opening win at Lincoln Christian, bringing his two-game total to 363 yards.
     
    The Redskins have some impressive offensive numbers as well — beginning with 607 total yards in a season-opening 69-21 win at Bethel. Wood threw for 205 of those yards on 9-of-18 passing with no interceptions.
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    McLoud put up 403 yards in last week’s 27-21 win at Perkins-Tryon. Wood went 9-for-20 in that outing for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
     
    Cardin said his crew is healthy, prepared and ready to play this week.
     
    “I think it will be a great football game,” he said. “They’re (Chieftains) just really tough, especially at home.”
     
    Also in Week 3…
     
    Shawnee will celebrate homecoming and will play the second of a three-game homestand with Friday’s match against Ponca City at Jim Thorpe Stadium. The homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., and kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
     
    The Wolves are 1-1 after last week’s 41-21 loss to visiting Deer Creek.
     
    Shawnee won last year’s encounter with Ponca City’s Wildcats, 28-20. Ponca City is currently 0-2.
     
    Area teams still in search of the first win of the season are Tecumseh, Bethel, Prague and Macomb. Tecumseh’s Savages are 0-2 with losses to Noble and Seminole, while Prague is 0-2 with losses to Meeker and Okemah. Macomb has fallen to Sasakwa and District B-2 foe Cyril.
     
    Tecumseh will travel to Little Axe Friday, while Bethel has a road game with Madill. Prague will host Stroud, and Macomb will go to District B-2 opponent Central Marlow. Those kickoffs are set for 7:30 p.m.
     
    Meeker’s Bulldogs will close out the non-district portion of their schedule with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday at Wayne, and Chandler (1-1) will go to Harrah. The Lions opened the season with a 35-7 win at Stroud, and they suffered a 58-19 setback last week to defending Class 3A state runner-up Kingfisher.
     
    Maud will host District C-4 opponent Arkoma at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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