Trying to secure a spot in the playoffs is quickly coming down to the wire as teams enter the seventh week of the regular season.

Trying to secure a spot in the playoffs is quickly coming down to the wire as teams enter the seventh week of the regular season.

Only the top four teams in each district move on to Week 11, and McLoud currently holds the fourth spot in District 4A-2 as the Redskins travel to Mannford for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Thursday.

Because of fall break, most teams play their Week 7 games on Thursday instead of Friday.

McLoud was initially poised to be 3-0 in district play, leading Glenpool 12-0 in the fourth quarter of a district opener in Week 4, but the Redskins surrendered three scores in 3 minutes and suffered a 21-12 setback. McLoud went on to slam Santa Fe South 40-6, then defeat Tecumseh 42-13 to hold a 2-1 district mark and a 4-2 overall mark going into today’s contest.

Mannford is 2-4 overall and 0-3 in 4A-2, with losses to Ada, Douglass and Harrah. Ada, Douglass and Harrah are all tied for first in the district at 3-0, while Glenpool resides at fifth (behind McLoud) at 1-2. Mannford, Santa Fe South and Tecumseh are all tied at 0-3.

Harrah will play at Tecumseh Thursday, while Ada goes to Glenpool. Douglass will go to Santa Fe South Friday.

McLoud closes out regular season with those top three squads — at Douglass on Oct. 25, versus Ada on Nov. 1 and vs. Harrah on Nov. 8.

The Redskins edged Mannford in 2012, 7-3, while Tecumseh nipped Harrah 14-13. McLoud went on to finish at 6-5 overall with a 21-14 loss to Clinton in the first round of the playoffs, while Tecumseh went out at 6-4 with a 38-0 loss to Anadarko in the first round.

McLoud was 5-2 in 4A-2 to end the 2012 run. Tecumseh was 4-3.

Also in Week 7…

In other Thursday games for Tri-County teams, Shawnee will travel to Tulsa Kelley for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Wolves are riding the momentum of last week’s 42-7 win over Skiatook.

Shawnee is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 5A-3, and already in possession of wins over the other two 2-1 squads — Skiatook and Tulsa Memorial.

Tulsa Kelley and McAlester are tied for first place at 3-0, with Kelley’s three consecutive shutout wins over Tulsa Hale, Durant and Noble. McAlester, who topped Shawnee 28-14 in Week 5, will host Durant today.

Kelley and McAlester will meet Oct. 25.

Shawnee suffered a 35-14 loss to Kelley last year.

Still in the search for the first win of the season are Bethel, Prague and Macomb. Bethel, 0-6 overall and 0-2 in District 3A-3, will host John Marshall (3-3, 1-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Prague is 0-6 overall and 0-3 in District 3A-2 and will host Seminole (6-0, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Macomb, 0-6 overall and 0-5 in District B-2, will host Oklahoma Christian Academy.

Bethel defeated John Marshall last year, 28-22, while Prague fell 46-6 to Seminole. Macomb was hit with a 48-0 loss to OCA in 2012.

Seminole joins Meeker as the Tri-County area’s lone unbeaten teams. Meeker’s Bulldogs, with last week’s win over Stroud, leads District 2A-5 at 3-0, and they are one of only five Class 2A teams across the state to remain undefeated.

Meeker will travel to Wellston for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Thursday. Wellston is 1-5 overall and 0-2 in 2A-5. Stroud and Okemah are both tied for second at 2-1.

Seminole bludgeoned Bethany 41-0 last week to move to 2-0 in District 3A-2. The Chieftains share first in the district with Cushing (6-0, 2-0).

Chandler is behind third-place Bethany and tied with Perkins-Tryon at 1-2 in District 3A-2. The Lions will host Cushing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Chandler came up short against the Tigers last year, 27-21.

Maud’s Tigers, 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District C-4, will return to district place today after topping non-district opponent Cookson Hills 68-26 last week. Maud will host Webbers Falls (3-2, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers fell to Webbers Falls last year, 50-6.

Arkoma leads C-4 teams at 4-1, while Thackerville is second at 3-0. Maud is tied with Sasakwa and Webbers Falls.