Bethel (1-6, 0-4) at Douglass (1-6, 0-4) – Friday at 7 p.m.
The good news here is one team is coming out with their first district win. Looking at this one on paper, Bethel should be the favorite in this Fall Break Friday matchup. In three of Bethel's losses, they've scored at least 30 points. Compare that to Douglass who has yet to score 30 in a game. Offensively Bethel has the advantage. Gunner Smith's 1,664 yards and 16 touchdowns lead the area. Smith's receivers, Devin Acklin and Drae Wood continue to rank first and second in receiving yards respectively. If the defense, led by Matthew Melter's 106 tackles, can get a few stops, Bethel should pick up that elusive district win. Freshman Corey Metscher has 95 tackles and an interception as a freshman. Other defensive notables are Jesse Tucker with two interceptions and Terrell Dodson with two sacks. Against common opponents both teams are 0-2. Bethel lost to Pauls Valley 58-33 and Purcell by a score of 34-7. Douglass fell to Pauls Valley 49-27 and Purcell, 44-20.
McLoud (2-5, 1-3) at Madill (3-4, 1-3) – 7:30 p.m.
McLoud has yet to pick up a win on the road this season, but their matchup with Madill at least gives them hope. Madill's offense has scored less than 10 points in four games this season. The Redskins hold wins over Bethel (28-26) and Harrah (30-20) this season. If Damien Dye can get going in the running game, the Redskins are tough to beat. Dye ranks fourth in the area with 638 yards rushing. Koalton Keller is tied for third in the area with 10 touchdown passes. If Keller can connect with Tyler Jones (275 yards, three touchdowns), that should free up Dye to churn out the yardage needed to give McLoud the win. Defensively, Brandon Hadl leads the Redskins with nine sacks. Against common opponents, both teams are 1-3, with both teams picking up wins over Harrah and losses to Tuttle, Cushing and Blanchard.
Seminole (5-2, 2-2) at Checotah (5-2, 3-1) – 7 p.m.
The Chieftains will look to rebound after a tough loss last week with a road win over district opponent Checotah Thursday. Seminole lost 22-21 to Stigler and coach Mike Snyder will have his team ready for a must-win game Thursday. Seminole has the area's leading rusher in Cameron Gunville (1,433 yards, 19 touchdowns) at their disposal. Quarterback Cade Hammond ranks second in the area with 11 touchdown passes. So far this season, Seminole has outscored their opponents 253-110. Against common opponents, Idabel and Stigler, Seminole is 0-2 and Checotah is 1-1.
Meeker (6-1, 3-1) at Holdenville (3-4, 1-3) – 7 p.m.
Meeker looks like a team ready for postseason play. Caden Wolford went over 1,000 yards rushing last week and has 10 touchdowns on the season. Whoever plays the Bulldogs should expect a heavy dose of the sophomore star. Wolford has four sacks and three fumble recoveries on the other side of the ball. Defensively, Dakota Gabbert leads the team with five interceptions. Gabbert returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown and has a punt return and receiving touchdown on his resume as well. Dawson Stanberry has big play ability at the receiver position. So far this season, Stanberry has 401 yards receiving and four touchdowns, while averaging 16.7 yards per catch. Quarterback Jacob Martin is finding his rhythm in the passing game. He's completed over 50 percent of his passes the last two weeks and has 15 total touchdowns (10 rushing, five passing).
Bethany (6-1, 3-1) at Tecumseh (3-4, 1-3) – 7:30 p.m.
The Savages will have their hands full this week as they host a tough Bethany squad. If Tecumseh can run the ball efficiently and can control the clock, there's a chance they can pull off the upset. The Savages have a three-headed monster in the backfield. Jaylen Walker leads the team with 510 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, while averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Micah Boyce adds 400 yards and two touchdowns on 6.3 yards per carry and Raymond Thomas has four touchdowns and averages 8.2 yards per touch. Defensively, Tyler Bingham is in on just about every play. He's recorded 102 tackles, 9.5 sacks and blocked two punts. As a team, Tecumseh has nine interceptions. Caleb Kelsey leads the team with three and one pick six. Bethany's Sam Brandt has 1,347 yards passing with 12 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He also completes over 60 percent of his passes and has 11 rushing touchdowns. acob Kyle runs the ball well, with over 700 yards rushing and eight scores. The Bronchos have five receivers with over 10 catches. Tecumseh is 1-3 against common opponents (Harrah, Blanchard, Tuttle, Cushing) while Bethany is 3-1.
Chandler (3-4, 1-3) at Okemah (4-3, 2-2) – 7 p.m.
The Lions pulled off a win against Prague last week and look to carry that momentum with them as they hit the road to face Okemah Thursday. Chandler will rely on their running game to win ball games. Dylan McKinney sits fifth in the area in rushing with 610 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Chabon Anderson adds 309 yards rushing and a score to a grind it out style. Taylor Clagg leads the Lions defense with 87 tackles and has 13 tackles for loss. Darian Mahan leads the secondary with three interceptions and eight passes defensed. Against common opponents (Meeker, Prague), Chandler is 1-1, while Okemah is 0-2.
Weleetka (5-2, 2-0) at Maud (3-4, 1-1) – 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 38-20 win over Caddo last week. Lane Brooks leads Maud with 802 yards passing and 10 touchdowns. Brooks currently ranks fourth in the area in passing yards and is tied for third in touchdowns. Brady Arms is a load to bring down, as he's rushed for 541 yards and six scores. Roman Cox is playmaker on both sides of the football. So far this season, Cox ranks ninth in receiving with 252 yards and four touchdowns. Weleetka is a powerhouse running the football. On the season, they've totaled 2,085 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground. Weleetka has 16 sacks so they can really put pressure on opposing offenses.