Seminole's Chieftains host the Cushing Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the winner claims the District 3A-2 title.
Head coach Mike Snyder and his Seminole Chieftains need not worry about their chances for the playoffs. That’s already in the bag.
And they stand a good chance of playing on their own turf in the first round.
But first thing’s first.
The Chieftains will host Cushing at 7:30 p.m. Friday for all the bragging rights in District 3A-2. Both teams are undefeated, and whoever wins the encounter will be the district champion.
“It’s sort of a winner takes all” game, said Snyder.
Seminole and Cushing both hold 8-0 overall marks, and both are tied for first in 3A-2 at 4-0. And when you look at their respective records and dissect the points system, you may be hard-pressed to find a better pair of carbon copies.
“I think we’re about as even as two teams can be,” Snyder said. “And I think both programs have looked forward to this game. Both of us have kept up our end of the bargain on this deal.”
Both teams are 4-0 at home, and 4-0 on the road. Both have recorded a trio of shutouts. Seminole is winning by an average final of 50-13 per game, while Cushing is winning by an average final of 44-11 per game.
Seminole has yet to score fewer than 35 points in an outing (a 35-7 win over Tecumseh in Week 2), and Cushing has yet to score fewer than 34 points in an outing (last week’s 34-0 win over Perkins-Tryon).
All that considered, Friday’s game could be a barnburner.
Even individually, it’s like looking at twins. Seminole’s Papi White and Cushing’s Gage Stallworth are without a doubt two of the best running backs in Class 3A.
“I’m sure that matchup is the one everybody is talking about,” Snyder said.
Both have gone beyond the 1,500-yard mark thus far. Stallworth has 33 touchdowns, while White has 18, but an interesting side note is that White has played into the second half only twice this season.
A constant bane for defenses, the Seminole senior is averaging almost 16 yards per carry.
Seminole’s offense also has a deadly weapon in signal caller Doc Harvey. Harvey has thrown for more than 1,200 yards, and has a completion ratio approaching 70 percent.
“His completion ratio is unbelievable,” Snyder said. “He’s playing well, and this is one of those ballgames where he has to play well for us to win. And I think he will.”
Seminole topped Cushing 48-19 in 2012, en route to finishing the regular season at 9-0. The Chieftains went on to finish at 12-1 with a state quarterfinals setback to eventual Class 3A runner-up Kingfisher.
Also in Week 9…
Shawnee’s Wolves will finish out their season on the road, beginning with a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday at Tulsa Hale. The Wolves will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Noble.
Shawnee, which shredded Hale 36-6 in 2012, sits at second place in District 5A-3 at 4-1.
Meeker’s undefeated Bulldogs convincingly captured the District 2A-5 crown last week with a 49-7 win over Mounds, and they will step out of district play for the final time this week with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday versus Central Sallisaw. Meeker (8-0, 5-0) will conclude district play and the regular season next week at Holdenville (2-6, 1-3).
Stroud is second in the 2A-5 standings at 4-1, with the Tigers’ only loss there coming to Meeker.
Okemah is third at 3-1.
Meeker defeated Central Sallisaw 40-3 last season.
Tecumseh’s Savages will attempt to erase a winless streak in District 4A-2 play while hosting Santa Fe South at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tecumseh is 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the district, having lost five in a row.
The Savages defeated Santa Fe South 48-0 last year. Santa Fe South is currently tied with Tecumseh at 1-7 overall and 0-5 in 4A-2.
McLoud’s playoff hopes are fading, and the Redskins have a tough contest Friday with visiting Ada. Ada’s Cougars (7-1, 5-0) are tied with Douglass (7-1, 5-0) for first in 4A-2, while the Redskins (4-4, 2-3) are in a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot with Glenpool and Mannford.
Douglass, which plays at Harrah (5-3, 4-1) Friday, will tangle with Ada in Week 10.
Harrah is third in the district.
A strike against McLoud are losses to Glenpool and Mannford. Those two crews face off Friday.
Ada was the victor over McLoud last year, 40-14.
Bethel’s current slump now stands at eight games (11 going back to 2012), and the Wildcats will once again aim for their first win of the season with a trip to Heritage Hall Friday. Bethel is 0-8 overall and 0-4 in District 3A-3, while Heritage Hall is 3-4 overall and in fourth place in 3A-3 at 2-2.
Defending Class 3A runner-up Kingfisher is king of the district at 5-0, and Newcastle is next in line at 4-0.
Bethel was a 48-0 victim to Heritage Hall in 2012.
Also struggling this season is Prague. The Red Devils, 0-8 overall and 0-5 in District 3A-2, will step out of district play this week while hosting Victory Christian.
Prague will conclude its season next week with 3A-2 opponent Bristow.
Chandler (4-4, 1-3) will go to District 3A-2 opponent Perkins-Tryon (4-4, 2-3) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday, and Maud (4-4, 2-3) will go to District C-4 foe Bokoshe (1-6, 0-5).
Macomb’s Hornets are still winless this season at 0-8 overall and 0-7 in District B-2, and they will host Geary (1-7, 1-6) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.