High hopes, good hopes, slim hopes, and no hope.
That pretty much sums up the playoff picture for the Rogers County high school football teams as they prepare for the final two weeks of the 2006 season.
To earn the opportunity to capture a state championship trophy, a team much finish among the top four in their respective district standings.
A lot of things can still happen. Some of the local teams control their immediate future while others will need help. Undefeated Sequoyah has a playoff berth wrapped up. Inola, on the other end, will be going nowhere.
For the remaining six ... well, like we said, a lot of things can still happen.
Here is a capsule of each district involving County teams:
At first glance, it appears Catoosa (2-3 district) is on the outside looking in and Claremore (1-4) is one of the no-hope teams.
They meet Friday night in Claremore. Catoosa could climb into fourth place by beating the Zebras and if Tulsa Rogers loses to Kelley.
The best Claremore can hope for is to win its final two games and finish in a tie with either or both Catoosa and Rogers. If this happens, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s marginal point system will determine the final playoff spot.
Oologah (3-2) is in fourth place, but this is a huge Friday night for the district. The top four teams play each other.
The Mustangs go to third-place Miami (4-1) while co-leaders Wagoner (5-0) and Grove (5-0) tangle at Wagoner.
Something must give here. Two wins in the closing two weeks could lift Oologah into second, or two defeats could allow Collinsville to slip in and leave the Mustangs out all together.
Bet the house payment. Sequoyah will make the playoffs. The No. 1-ranked Eagles (5-0) will play host to Locust Grove (3-2) Friday night while Vinita (5-0) travels to Berryhill (2-3).
If Sequoyah and Vinita win as expected, next week's contest at Vinita will match a pair of 9-0 teams settling the district title.
Even two defeats would not keep the Eagles out due to their big point total.
At the opposite end of the standings, Inola (0-5) is playing only for pride at this point.
Verdigris (3-2) is in third place and Chelsea (2-3) is in sixth. They meet Friday night at Chelsea. A win will probably lock down a third-place spot for Verdigris, but Chelsea will move into the picture if the Dragons win. The two teams between them in the standings, Nowata and Pawhuska (both 3-2), face the district's top two teams Friday.
A Dragon loss ends their playoff hopes, but a victory could mean a four-way tie behind Cascia Hall and Sperry going into the 10th week.
Foyil (4-2) appears to be headed to its first 11-man football playoffs after years of being an eight-man powerhouse. The Panthers are tied for third place and they face a weak Liberty (1-5) team this week. A win is needed because top- ranked Pawnee (8-0) awaits next week.
So, with two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, a lot of football is left to play.
Many questions remain to be answered. As many as six Rogers County teams could advance, or as few as one.
Sequoyah is a lock.
Oologah, Verdigris and Foyil will be in if each takes care of business.
Catoosa and Chelsea need help from others.
Claremore's hopes are slimmer than slim. Too much must fall right.
For Inola, it's about time to get out the basketballs.