After seizing some much needed momentum and a thriller to boot, the Shawnee Wolves hit the road tonight for a critical Class 6A II District 2 clash at Sapulpa at 7 p.m.

After seizing some much needed momentum and a thriller to boot, the Shawnee Wolves hit the road tonight for a critical Class 6A II District 2 clash at Sapulpa at 7 p.m.

Shawnee, 2-5 on the year and 1-3 in the district, shocked the state and the previously unbeaten Muskogee Roughers last Thursday night with a come-from-behind 32-29 triumph at Jim Thorpe Stadium.

Jaylon Orange’s 2-yard scoring run with 11 seconds remaining capped a pulsating 75-yard drive for the Wolves. Quarterback Dre’ Evans engineered the series which began with 4:36 to go as Shawnee successfully navigated three quarters of the playing field behind the passing of Evans and three receptions from Scout Cawvey.

The Wolves were successful on three fourth-down conversions on the game-winning series.

Meanwhile, the Sapulpa Chieftains were on the short end of a 48-7 score with the Tulsa Booker T. Washington Hornets. Despite the loss, Sapulpa is on the upside of the win-loss column at 4-3 overall, but is only 1-3 in the district.

“It’s like the playoffs for us. It’s a playoff week,” said Shawnee head coach Billy Brown about the Sapulpa game. “If we can win two of the next three games we can get into the playoffs.”

Of course winning will be easier said than done for the Wolves who face another top 10 opponent in the Chieftains.

“It’s all tough for us. I think we can have a good game,” Brown said. “If we go there and execute, I think we’ll have a chance.”

Tecumseh (5-2, 3-1) at Bethany (7-0, 4-0)

The Savages, winners of three straight, will face its stiffest challenge of the season on the road against the Broncos in a District 4A-2 battle.

“We’re excited about facing the No. 1 team (in Class 4A). We have nothing to lose,” said Tecumseh head coach Ty Bullock. “We’ll have a smile on our face and come out swinging.”

Bethany is led by quarterback Sam Brandt and tenacious defense which has limited the opposition to single digits four times this season, including a pair of shutouts.

“They’re a program that has had stability and it’s what we’re striving for,” Bullock said.

Since a 43-7 loss to Tuttle nearly four weeks ago, the Savages have ripped off three straight wins, including a 41-0 rout of Harrah last Thursday.

“We’ve played smash-mouth on both sides of the football and our defense has been solid in stopping the run,” said Bullock. “When you get to week eight, it can be a grind, but the kids have energy. I think the key has been that the kids are No. 1 having fun and No. 2, the team has raised their expectations. It was a rocky start to the season, but they’ve kept pushing through.”

Tecumseh is getting some offensive production, led by junior

Jaylen Walker, who opened the scoring last week with a 3-yard run. Kane Ainsworth scored twice off runs of 5 yards and Will Hilton hooked up with Dylan Graham on a 10-yard scoring pass. Jamal Fair also had a 15-yard TD run for the winners.

“We have a lot of guys who are touching the ball on offense,” Bullock said. “Defensively, we’re playing cohesively and with physicality on both sides on the ball. We’re not flashy, we just go four yards in a cloud of dust.”

Walker has rushed for 925 yards on 148 carries for a 6.3 yards-per-carry average and has scored 16 touchdowns. Ainsworth is next with 272 yards on 39 attempts and five TDs.

Hilton has completed 44-of-85 passes for 746 yards with six scores and four interceptions this year. Jake Trice has a team-leading 15 receptions for 303 yards and one touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior Gage Boatman leads the way with 72 tackles (17 solo) to go with nine tackles for lost yardage and a team-leading four quarterback sacks. Fellow senior Clay Rackley has 51 tackles (19 solo) with three stops for lost yards and a team-high three interceptions.

Douglass (0-7, 0-4) at Bethel (4-3, 1-3)

After a 3-0 start to the season, the Wildcats are trying to gain some traction after dropping three of the last four, including a 43-33 District 3A-2 setback to Purcell last Thursday.

Despite the winless record of Oklahoma City Douglass, the Trojans could pose some problems, according to Bethel head coach Joey Ginn.

“They’re quite honestly scary and very talented and they have a good offensive line,” said Ginn. “We’ve seen so much of them on film and they do so many different things. You don’t know what to prepare for.”

The Wildcats, in falling by 10 to the Dragons last week, spotted Purcell an early 14-0 lead and trailed by just one at halftime (14-13). On three occasions, Bethel grabbed leads but couldn’t maintain them. The last Wildcat lead came off a 26-yard screen pass from senior Gunner Smith to sophomore Corey Metscher.

“There were three or four plays, if we make them, it would’ve led to a 56-20 score in our favor,” Ginn said. “We’ve got to continue to compete on offense. We would have a second-and-five and get a penalty and then third-and-five and get a penalty. We once got a (potential) first down on a jet sweep and we had a holding penalty. Those are the things that we’ve got to continue to try to avoid.”

Smith has completed 59 percent of his passes (134-of-229) for 2,130 yards with 21 touchdown and only seven interceptions. His two favorite targets have been senior Devin Acklin, who has 42 catches for 694 yards and nine scores, and junior Drae Wood, who has 41 receptions for 727 yards and seven TDs.

Metscher has been the Wildcats’ top rusher with 664 yards on 99 carries and seven touchdowns for a 6.7 yards-per-carry average.

Defensively for Bethel, Cache Hankins has racked up 86 tackles this season with 48 solo-efforts, 10 tackles for lost yards and two caused fumbles. Acklin has a team-leading five interceptions to go with 54 stops, eight of which have led to losses of yards.

Kaden Stiles has five stops for lost yardage among his 34 tackles. Bronc Robbins tops the team in sacks with four and Dez Loving has caused three fumbles. Gage Porter has also picked off a pair of passes.

Checotah (6-1, 4-0) at Seminole (3-4, 1-3)

Seminole head coach Mike Snyder is still in search of a milestone victory as his Chieftains host the Checotah Wildcats on Friday in a District 3A-3 matchup.

Seminole has lost three straight after a 3-1 start to the season as Snyder is still one win short of the state career coaching record (363) for victories in 11-man football.

Checotah has won four straight, including a 39-7 thumping of Idabel last Thursday. The Wildcats’ only loss this season came to arch-rival Eufaula.

Holdenville (0-7, 0-4) at Meeker (4-3, 3-1)

The Bulldogs, winners of three of the last four and two straight, will tangle with the Wolverines in a District 2A-2 encounter.

Meeker registered a 15-0 shutout of Okemah last week, handing the Panthers their first district loss.

Caden Wolford ran for an 8-yard touchdown and booted a 31-yard field goal while Jacob Martin ran for a 6-yard score and intercepted a pass on the defensive side of the ball. JJ Bloomer had an 11-yard sack and had a tackle for a loss of seven yards to help out the Meeker defense.

Wolford and Martin have combined for 1,833 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns this season. Wolford has run for 1,080 yards on 154 carries (7.0 yards per carry) and 13 scores while Martin has 753 rushing yards on 93 attempts (8.1 yards per carry) and eight TDs. Wolford has netted over 100 yards rushing in six of the seven games while Martin has accomplished the feat in four.

Dakota Gabbert, Jarrett Marks and JJ Bloomer each have one touchdown grab from the arm of Martin this season.

Defensively, Martin has intercepted three opponent passes.

Prague (2-5, 2-2) at Kellyville (0-7, 0-4)

The Red Devils will be trying to stop a two-game losing skid against the host Ponies.

After dropping its first three games of the year, Prague went 2-0 to start district play but has been on the short end of back-to-back scores the past two weeks, including a 20-14 loss to the Lincoln County rival Chandler Lions last Thursday.

Kellyville is coming off its closest game of the season, a 27-26 loss to Henryetta.

Okemah (4-3, 3-1) at Chandler (3-4, 2-2)

Two teams in the thick of battle for a playoff spot square off as the Panthers visit the Lions.

Okemah suffered its first district blemish after being shut out by Meeker, 15-0, last week while Chandler topped county rival Prague by a 20-14 count.

Six of the eight teams in the district are in serious contention for postseason action. However, Jones appears to be in the driver’s seat by two games.

Chandler has 13 rushing touchdowns among three players – Casmen Hill (106 carries for 563 yards and four TDs), Dylan McKinney (361 yards on 58 attempts and three scores) and Spencer Clagg (176 yards on 23 carries and six TDs).

Kaden Jones is the Lions’ top passer, completing 30-of-64 passes for 402 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and Dylan Mahan has caught 12 of those aerials for 206 yards and a score. Darian Mahan has collected 10 receptions for 105 yards and two TDs and Caedon Parris has eight catches for 109 yards and a pair of scores.

Taylor Clagg tops the Chandler tackle chart with 98 (47 solo) as 15 stops have led to lost yardage. Spencer Clagg has 33 tackles with seven for lost yards, including three quarterback sacks.

Darian Mahan leads the team with three interceptions as he has also broken up nine passes. Drake Rodriguez has picked off one pass and broken up eight more. Javon Frazier leads the team with 15 pass deflections and Parris owns 11.

Madill (2-5, 1-3) at McLoud (0-7, 0-4)

The Redskins take aim at their first win against a Madill squad which has lost three of its previous four games.

McLoud was dealt a 46-7 loss at the hands of Tuttle and Madill fell to Blanchard, 35-14, in District 4A-2 play last Thursday.

Maud (3-4, 0-2) at Weleetka (4-3, 1-1)

The Maud Tigers will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak after a 3-1 start to the 2019 campaign.

Maud fell to Caddo, 30-14, last week. Weleetka’s Outlaws were hammered by Canadian, 44-18, in their previous game.