Shawnee head coach Billy Brown won’t likely ever forget last year’s early-September foray to Noble for a non-district conflict.


Shawnee head coach Billy Brown won’t likely ever forget last year’s early-September foray to Noble for a non-district conflict.
The Wolves, down 18-13 in the fourth quarter, drove from their 44 to the Bear 9-yard line late in the game. Runs by Brett Davis and Jon Wright put the ball well inside the 1-yard line.
On third down, Davis easily appeared to get in the end zone on a quarterback sneak but officials ruled otherwise. Then, on fourth down, Davis, operating out of the shotgun, handed the ball to Wright, who also appeared to have crossed the goal line. Once again, the touchdown was denied.
Noble then faced third-and-seven from its 4-yard-line but got a 48-yard fingertip grab from Austin Mann for a first down. The Bears ran out the clock for the victory.
Shawnee accumulated 353 yards to Noble’s 239 and never punted in the game. The difference came in the turnover department as Shawnee had two, leading to both Bear touchdowns. Noble didn’t turn the ball over.
It marked the first time Noble had defeated Shawnee in football. The 2007 Bears went on to finish the regular season at 6-4, including a 5-2 district mark. The Bears dropped a first-round playoff decision to Duncan.
Friday night, Shawnee will try to register some payback when it entertains Noble at 7:30 at Jim Thorpe Stadium. But unlike last year, this matchup has a differentl ook. Shawnee, 3-2 in District 5A-2 and 6-2 overall, will clinch a playoff berth with a victory. Shawnee and Durant are tied for the third-place district slot behind first-place Carl Albert at 5-0 and runner-up Guthrie at 4-1. Guthrie handed Shawnee a 35-17 defeat last Friday night.
Noble, 4-4 overall, is 2-3 in the district and needs another upset of Shawnee to likely stay in playoff contention.
Other 5A-2 matchups tonight are Carl Albert (5-0, 7-1) at Durant (3-2, 5-3), Guthrie (4-1, 7-1) at Capitol Hill (0-5, 1-7) and Harrah (1-4, 2-6) at Ardmore (2-3, 5-3).
Shawnee will conclude the regular season next Friday night by serving as a host to Capitol Hill. The playoffs begin Friday, Nov. 14.
The regular season champion and runner-up in each district earns a host berth for the opening round of the playoffs. The third and fourth-place finishers will be on the road for the first round.
Note: Tonight’s festivities will also include senior night. All parents of senior footballers need to meet at the north end of the field at 6:45.
TRI-COUNTY SCENEsHeading the area slate is an all-Tri-County, District 2A-2 matchup between Bethel and host Meeker. Bethel (3-2, 4-4) and Jones (3-2, 3-5) share the third-place slot while Meeker (1-4, 2-6) is in seventh place in the eight-team district.
Several other area squads have home games tonight, including Seminole (3-2, 3-5) versus Cushing (0-5, 1-7). Seminole and McLoud, who will test each other in Week 10, are tied for the 4A-2 third-place slot.
Other area teams having the home-field advantage are Prague (2-3, 4-4) against Holdenville (1-4, 4-4) and Chandler (5-0, 8-0) opposite Okemah (1-4, 3-5),
Tri-County squads without the home-field advantage are Stroud (7-0, 7-1) at Minco (2-5, 2-6), Tecumseh (2-3, 3-5) at Glenpool (5-0, 8-0), Macomb (0-6, 0-8) at Allen (2-4, 2-6), McLoud (3-2, 6-2) at Cleveland (2-3, 2-6) and Maud (6-0, 7-1) at White Oak (1-5, 1-6).