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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wolves to celebrate senior night

  • Shawnee will conclude the home portion of its regular season this week, but the chances are good that the Wolves will be back on the turf at Jim Thorpe Stadium to open postseason play.
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  • Shawnee will conclude the home portion of its regular season this week, but the chances are good that the Wolves will be back on the turf at Jim Thorpe Stadium to open postseason play.
     
    The Wolves, numerically, are in a four-way tie (3-1) with Skiatook, Tulsa Kelley and Tulsa Memorial for second place in the District 5A-3 standings. Having already defeated those three opponents, however, puts Shawnee in front using the points system.
     
    Should the Wolves win out — beginning with Friday’s 7 p.m. kickoff against visiting Durant — they will lock down at least second and will have homefield advantage to start the playoffs.
     
    Shawnee will celebrate senior night Friday, with the senior members of the football team, the band and cheerleaders and pom squad being honored at 6:30 p.m.
     
    The Wolves are 5-2 overall and are riding a two-game streak. They leveled Skiatook 42-7 in Week 6, then hammered Tulsa Kelley 42-10 in Week 7. McAlester, at 4-0 and in sole possession of first, is the only district opponent to have bested Shawnee this year.
     
    Durant is 1-6 overall, with the Lions’ lone win coming against Ardmore (9-7) in Week 3. They have had several close encounters, falling 43-42 to Poteau; 36-35 to Ada; and 48-43 to Skiatook.
     
    “Offensively, they’re probably as good as we’ve seen,” said SHS coach Billy Brown. “They struggle a little defensively, but when they get the ball” they move it.
     
    The Lions spread the field, Brown said, and rely on their passing game about 85 percent of the time.
     
    “So, defensively it will be a big challenge for us,” he said.
     
    Brown said the Lions have shown about four different defensive schemes this season, and are “still trying to find an identity” on that side of the ball.
     
    “Anytime you do that, you’re trying to hide a weakness,” Brown said.
     
    The Wolves hope to exploit that weakness and add to their offensive output that already totals more than 2,700 yards. Shawnee’s balanced production includes 1,428 rushing yard (an average of 204 per game), and 1,335 passing yards (an average of 190.7 per game).
     
    Junior quarterback John Jacobs completed 13 of 18 passes in last week’s win over Tulsa Kelley, including a 23-yard scoring connection to Chris Lester. On the year, Jacobs is 103-for-187 (55.1 percent) with eight interceptions.
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    Shawnee will conclude the regular season on the road, with a trip to Tulsa Nathan Hale on Friday, Nov. 1, and a trip to Noble on Friday, Nov. 8.
     
    Shawnee handled Durant in the 2012 season, 49-30.
     
    In other District 5A-3 games this week, McAlester goes to Tulsa Kelley, Tulsa Hale goes to Noble and Tulsa Memorial goes to Skiatook.
     
    Also in Week 8…
     
    Two Tri-County teams — Seminole and Meeker — will look to continue their winning ways Friday. Seminole’s Chieftains are unbeaten at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in District 3A-2, and they are currently tied with Cushing for first place in the district standings.
     
    Seminole will host Bristow (2-5, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Meeker hosts Mounds. Meeker, at 7-0 overall, is in sole possession of first place in the District 2A-5 ranks at 4-0.
     
    Mounds is 4-3 overall and tied with Stroud at 3-1 in the district.
     
    Seminole dispatched Bristow last year, 52-21, en route to going 12-1 with a loss to Kingfisher in the state semifinals. The Chieftains will meet with Cushing next week at home.
     
    Meeker’s Bulldogs throttled Mounds in 2012, 42-0, on their way to going 7-5 with a second-round postseason loss to Commerce.
     
    Still searching for their first district win are Tecumseh’s Savages, who are 1-6 overall and 0-4 in District 4A-2 action. The Savages will go to Glenpool (3-4, 1-3), a 42-20 victim of Tecumseh last year.
     
    Douglass (6-1, 4-0), Ada (6-1, 4-0) and Harrah (5-2, 4-0) lead the 4A-2 standings, with McLoud fourth at 2-2. The Redskins, 4-3 overall, will visit Douglass for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday.
     
    Glenpool is tied with Mannford (3-4, 1-3), while Tecumseh is tied with Santa Fe South (1-6, 0-4).
     
    McLoud fell 41-17 to Douglass in 2012.
     
    Bethel and Macomb are still in the hunt for the first win of the season. Bethel’s Wildcats, at 0-7 overall and 0-3 in District 3A-3, will travel to defending state runner-up Kingfisher Friday.
     
    Kingfisher is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in district play and is alone at first in the 3A-3 field. Newcastle (7-0, 3-0) is second, while John Marshall (4-3, 2-2) is third.
     
    Bethel came up short against Kingfisher last season, 47-0.
     
    Page 3 of 3 - Macomb is 0-7 overall and 0-6 in District B-2, and the Hornets will travel to Allen (4-3, 4-2) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday. Alex (7-0, 6-0) leads B-2.
     
    Macomb suffered a 54-14 loss last year to Allen.
     
    Maud’s Tigers are 4-3 overall and 2-2 in district play, and will face visiting Southwest Covenant (3-4, 1-3) in District C-4 play Friday. Thackerville (6-0, 4-0) leads the C-4 standings, with Arkoma (5-2, 4-1) second and Sasakwa (5-2, 3-1) and Webbers Falls (4-2, 3-1) tied for third.
     
    Maud lost last year’s encounter with SW Covenant, 34-22.
     
    Prague continues to seek out its first win and will go to Bethany Friday. The Red Devils are 0-7 overall and 0-4 in District 3A-2, while Bethany holds down fourth place at 4-3 overall and 2-1 against 3A-2 foes.
     
    Cushing and Seminole lead the ranks, and Perkins-Tryon (4-3, 2-2) is third.
     
    Chandler is behind Bethany in the 3A-2 field at 1-3. The Lions, 3-4 overall, will step out of district play Friday to host Kellyville.
     
    Chandler defeated Kellyville last year, 53-14, while Prague suffered a 35-28 loss to Bethany.
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