The log-jam in District 5A-4 is starting to open up…slightly.
After three weeks of district football action, four teams are separating themselves from the rest of the pack.
Skiatook and Bishop Kelley, who play this week, are each 3-0 atop the district. Skiatook has most of its heavy lifting in the future. Kelley has two tough games ahead. The winner of this game will be all alone at the top of the district standings and on course to host at least one game in the playoffs.
Claremore and Tahlequah are next in line. These two teams play this Friday at Lantow Field. Both are 2-1 in district play.
Claremore is coming off a disappointing finish to last week's game at Bishop Kelley. The Zebras led 21-10, but two late turnovers led to two touchdowns in the 25-21 loss.
“Our players bounced back quickly this week,” said Claremore coach Jarrett Hurt. “They know they played a hard-fought game with the No. 3 team in 5A. But they also know that Tahlequah is a very good football team.”
Tahlequah is riding high after its 48-8 beatdown of Pryor. The winner of this game will be tied for second place in the districts with three games to play.
“This game is another important game that will have playoff implications,” Hurt said.
Claremore was roughed up in the Kelley game and will be without running back Dakota Hudson with a knee injury.
“We came out of the Bishop Kelley game banged up a little bit,” Hurt said. “It was a very physical game.”
On the third tier sits Pryor and Collinsville. The two teams play Friday. Both are 1-2 with the loser dropping into a tie with the winner of the Memorial vs. Hale game. Collinsville took out its frustrations on Hale in a 66-0 rout.
Skiatook 3-0 5-1 45
Kelley 3-0 5-1 34
Claremore 2-1 4-2 26
Tahlequah 2-1 5-1 10
Collinsville 1-2 2-4 -10
Pryor 1-2 2-4 -15
Memorial 0-3 1-4 -45
Hale 0-3 1-5 -45