Shawnee isn't mathematically eliminated from the 6A playoffs yet, but a 63-35 loss to Sapulpa Thursday night didn't help the cause.

Shawnee isn't mathematically eliminated from the 6A playoffs yet, but a 63-35 loss to Sapulpa Thursday night didn't help the cause.

The Wolves opened district play with wins over Sand Springs and Ponca City but they have lost three straight since then. Before the Wolves host Bartlesville in the final week of the season, they will travel to Bixby for a showdown with the top team in the district and one of the best teams in 6A-2. The Wolves will have to win both remaining games to extend their season since a tie in the standings would likely be with Sapulpa who owns the tiebreaker over Shawnee with Thursday's win and the playoff tiebreaker points aren't in Shawnee's favor either.

All the Wolves can do is win the remaining two games and hope for a lot of help.

Meeker is in the playoffs after eight weeks, the only thing to determine is whether they can earn a home playoff game. With 1-7 Henryetta in Week 10, the Bulldogs look like a solid bet. The face a Prague team this week that is facing a must-win situation. Prague is 3-2 in district play but they have games against Meeker and district leading Jones left. Going 3-4 in district wouldn't mean the  Red Devils were eliminated though. A likely scenario would leave Prague and Okemah tied at 3-4 and Prague owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.

If Meeker wins out, they will be hosting a playoff game in round one. Even with a loss to Prague, they would still have a chance to finish second in district play.

Chandler is only 1-4 in district but they have winnable games to finish the year and could complicate the district standings by finishing with a 3-4 record. Okemah has an inside track on the 4th slot if they end up in a three way tie for fourth and playoff points decide who gets the nod.

Seminole got back on track Thursday night with a win over one of the five big dogs in their district. Seminole has split games with Lincoln Christian, Idabel, Stigler and Checotah. One of these five teams missing the playoffs is unfair. They are all capable of beating anyone on a given night.

Seminole is tied with Checotah and Stigler at 3-2 in district but the Chieftains have played all four of the other top teams and just have to take care of business to finish 5-2 in district. Idabel and Lincoln Christian are 4-1. Those two play each other this week. With the schedule this week, there is a strong likelihood that the winner of that game is 5-1 and the other powers are all 4-2. The Lincoln Christian v. Checotah Week Ten matchup is looming large. If LCHS beats Idabel and falls to Checotah, there is a chance that five teams could finish at 5-2 in a 5-way tie for first in district. Seminole would likely finish second or third with playoff points sorting out all four spots. 

That is possible, but there is a reason they play the games, these things usually work themselves out with upsets or big wins to stop doomsday scenarios.

Maud will need wins over Strother and Canadian to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Tigers lost to Weleetka Thursday and that hurt their post-season chances. They are 1-2 in district and tied with Strother, who the Tigers play this week. Strother beat Canadian 60-30 Thursday. Maud needs to win out to control their own playoff destiny.

Losses to Bethany and Madill guaranteed Tecumseh and McLoud won't be practicing for the playoffs. Now they are playing for pride and the Redskins and Savages will face off next Friday for bragging rights. This was the toughest district in 4A with Tuttle, Bethany, Blanchard and Cushing all in the same district. 

Bethel could win out and not have much of a chance to make the playoffs. There are too many teams with a chance at four wins to think a three-win Wildcat team would have a chance.