Shawnee will attempt to get back to the .500 mark when it invades Sand Springs tonight.
The Wolves stand at 1-2, losing to fellow 6A-11 member Choctaw, 49-21, in its opener, and 5A top-ranked Carl Albert, 40-13, last Friday. In between those setbacks, coach Billy Brown’s crew defeated 5A Guthrie 33-23.
Shawnee’s last seven regular-season foes this season, including Sand Springs, are 6A-11 members.
Sand Springs is coming off a 50-20 loss to Greenwood, Ark., which has captured several state championships. Sand Springs also lost to Mansfield Summit, Kan., 41-7, but blanked Putnam City, 35-0.
“Those two teams they lost to were really good teams,” Shawnee coach Billy Brown said. “They dominated Putnam City. They have three quarterbacks, including two seniors, but a sophomore (Ty Pennington) has started the last two games. They run a spread offense and they have really good receivers.
“They are very sound at what they do in their 3-4 defense.”
Brown said four SHS players — running back/defensive back Ray McGirt, outside linebacker Landon Davis, offensive lineman Bobby Valdez and defensive lineman Terrance Shaw will be sidelined because of injuries.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Other Area Games
District play begins in earnest tonight and several area squads face tougher-than-nails’ foes right off the bat.
Tecumseh at Tuttle (District 4A-2)
Tecumseh, 2-1 and coming of a 40-0 spanking of Bridge Creek, will be at defending 4A state champion Tuttle.
Currently ranked No. 1, Tuttle was idle last week but possesses victories over Newcastle, Kingfisher and Plainview. Plainview is ranked third in 3A with Kingfisher ranked eighth.
Tuttle, 14-0 in 2018, has an outstanding running back in Triston Truelove and a quality wide receiver in Parker Ross, both seniors.
Bethel at Sulphur (District 3A-2)
Bethel, off to a 2-1 start, has already equaled last year’s victory total. The Wildcats, 54-30 conquerors of Little Axe last week, go south to Sulphur, 3-0 and ranked fourth in 3A. Sulphur was 12-2 in 2018. Bethel was 2-8.
Sulphur’s most recent win was over Cache, 14-3.
Holdenville at Prague (District 2A-2)
The Red Devils, 0-3, hope to get in the win column against a Holdenville unit which fell 48-18 to Atoka on Sept. 20.
Turnovers were Prague’s biggest nemesis in its 35-20 setback to Luther. The Red Devils accumulated 405 yards of offense — 190 rushing and 215 passing —but suffered three pass interceptions and lost a fumble.
Branom Bailey of Prague rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries and Trip Davis caught an 87-yard scoring pass from Trevor McGinnis. Davis also rushed for 47 yards on 10 attempts.
Jones at Chandler (District 2A-2)
Chandler broke into the win column with a 39-7 decision over Mount St. Mary. Jones is 2-1 and ranked fifth. Jones was 10-2 last year and is led by sophomore quarterback Carson May. Junior Trey Dorrell is also outstanding as a defensive back.
Jones was idle last week.
Kellyville at Meeker (District 2A-2)
Meeker was also idle last week after beginning the season at 1-2 — 39-36 loss to Luther, 40-6 win over McLoud and 35-28 loss to Perry.
Kellyville fell 30-21 to Morris last Friday.
McLoud at Harrah (District 4A-2)
The Redskins will seek their first victory after three defeats against a Harrah squad seeing its first action in two weeks.
McLoud is coming off a 30-7 loss to Perkins-Tryon.
Yale at Maud (non-district)
After dropping its opener to Okeene, 28-6, Maud has rebounded for routs over Bowlegs, 60-14, and Paoli, 54-0.
Yale was upended 38-22 by Pioneer last week.