The Shawnee Wolves have made no secret of their goals for the year. They use the acronym POTD every chance they get.
The goal for this year’s football team has been a practice. Not just any practice, the Wolves want to “practice on Thanksgiving Day.”
If they are still practicing after a turkey dinner, that would mean Shawnee was among the final four 5A football teams.
This week, the Wolves can make that goal easier to reach. The Wolves have secured a playoff spot but a win over Noble on Senior Night would put Shawnee in second place and allow them to host the first round of the playoffs.
Shawnee (4-2) is hosting Noble (5-1) Friday. A Shawnee win leaves the two with identical district records and the Wolves would win second based on the head to head result.
If Noble gets the road win, Shawnee would either be third or fourth place. The most likely result with a loss would be a third place finish for the Wolves since Glenpool is hosting district champion Coweta. Glenpool beat the Wolves earlier this year, but they have been beaten by two winless teams the past two weeks.
The most likely scenario for Shawnee’s first playoff opponent will be Tahlequah or Bishop Kelley. Those two teams also play Friday night. The winners and losers of Shawnee v. Noble and Tahlequah v. Kelley will probably face off in the first round.
Other area teams are fighting for playoff positions as well.
In 3A, Seminole and Prague are locked into the postseason. Prague played in “week zero” and has completed the regular season and gets an extra week of rest and preparation for week one of the playoffs. At 5-1 in district and 7-3 overall, the Red Devils will be second in their district. Jones will win their district even if they were to lose to Bethel Friday.
Prague will host Perkins-Tryon, who also wrapped up regular season play last week. Kingfisher and Oklahoma Christian Schools will take first and second in 3A-1 and Perkins-Tryon is locked into 3rd.
Bethel hosts Jones this week and McLoud hosts Star Spencer Friday. Both Bethel and McLoud are eliminated from postseason play.
Seminole still has an outside chance at improving its playoff position, but it won’t be easy. The Chieftains lost quarterback Cade Hammond last game on the first offensive play for Seminole and Plainview took advantage of the change to win 20-0 in Seminole.
Seminole could still win the district two ways. If they go on the road to beat district-leading Sulphur by at least 15 and Plainview loses to Pauls Valley or wins by less than 15, it is possible.
If Seminole doesn’t win Friday on the road, they would finish third in the district and face a road game – which would probably be to Anadarko barring upsets in district 3A-3 on Friday. There are still a lot of variables in play for districts 3A-3 and 3A-4 with only one game left.
It is much less confusing in 3A-1. Chandler is 2-3 and they play at Mt. Saint Mary who is also 2-3. The winner of this game is headed into the playoffs where they will face defending state champs Jones.
In 2A, Meeker is in the playoffs. They host Christian Heritage Friday and the winner will be third in the district while the loser takes fourth. Both teams will be on the road to western Oklahoma. With a loss, Meeker probably heads to Chisholm, and a win probably sends them to Alva.
Hennesey is mathematically alive to affect the standings, but Chisholm and Alva have been strong all year.
In Class B, Maud will miss the playoffs after a 2-0 season start. They finish the season at Strother Friday. Strother still has a chance at the playoffs if they beat Maud and Caddo and Empire both lose. Then, the playoff spots would go to the point system.
In 4A, Tecumseh is also eliminated from the playoffs and the Savages finish the season at Tuttle Friday.