The Shawnee News-Star
  • District bragging rights goes to Seminole-Cushing victor

  • Seminole's Chieftains host the Cushing Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the winner claims the District 3A-2 title.
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  • 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.
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    “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.
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    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.