Catoosa at Claremore
It’s an outside chance, slim at best, but Claremore can still cling to the hope that the playoffs await. But the Zebras have to win. And others have to lose. Claremore and Catoosa renew a rivalry that began in 1970 and really took solidified a decade later. Both teams have had their ups and downs this season, but Claremore seems to have had more downs than ups. The Zebras have but one victory, and dropped two more late ... both in Tulsa, to Kelley and to Rogers. Catoosa has scored 50 points and lost (to Rogers, 52-50), and has scored 56 and won (over Tulsa Central, 56-42). Then there were the non-offensive games, when Catoosa won at Pryor, 7-6, and managed only six points in a loss to Coweta (31-6). Records: Catoosa (2-3, 3-5), Claremore (1-4, 1-7). Last season: Claremore 19, Catoosa 0.
Oologah at Miami
Oologah has its sights set on a playoff spot. But the Mustangs must take care of the Miami Wardogs first. Last week, Miami suffered one of its worst defeats, losing at Grove, 54-28. It was the fourth most points ever given up by the Wardogs. And that outcome came just a week after Oologah went to Grove and lost on a last-second field goal, 25-22. Miami quarterback Trent Turner, making just his second start, threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, completing 23 of 36 attempts. Oologah’s defense has been spotty this season, registering two shutouts and once giving up only six points, but also being touched for 25 or more points in four games. Records: Oologah (3-2, 4-4), Miami (4-1, 4-4). Last season: Miami 37, Oologah 22. Hungry? Two good choices. For burgers, Okie Burger, 700 E. Steve Owens Blvd. For steaks, Montana Mike’s, 840 N. Main.
Locust Grove at Sequoyah
Eight down, two to go. No. 1-ranked Sequoyah has blown right past eight straight opponents en route to what it expects will be a district-winning run. Next up is Locust Grove, 10th-ranked in the state. The Pirates have had little trouble scoring points this season, putting up scores like 49-12, 56-13, 46-8. Last week, they unleashed Beau Marsaln’s throwing arm and he threw for seven touchdowns in a 46-8 blitz of Blackwell. Sequoyah has the district’s top offensive unit, and a strong defensive bunch, winning every game by an average margin 43-10. And, Sequoyah still has not given up a score in the first half. One common opponent might serve as a good barometer for this game. Locust Grove lost to Metro Christian, 21-6. Sequoyah throttled Metro, 42-6, giving up a score in the final minutes. A Sequoyah win will set up an intriguing season-finale at Vinita. Vinita, ranked No. 8, and Sequoyah are tied for the District 3A-3 lead. Each is undefeated. Records: Locust Grove (3-2, 6-2), Sequoyah (5-0, 8-0). Last season: Sequoyah 45, Locust Grove 6.
Metro Christian at Inola
Metro Christian is thinking playoffs. Inola is thinking spoiler. Although Inola has lost seven straight since the season-opening win over Chelsea, the Longhorns could throw a rock into the playoff path of Metro. Metro and Locust Grove are tied for third place in District 3A-3. Metro has two impressive wins this season, defeating Berryhill, 13-7, last week, after downing Locust Grove, 21-6, earlier. In the last three weeks, Inola has given up 150 points. Records: Metro Christian (3-2, 5-3), Inola (0-5, 1-7). Last season: Did not play.
Verdigris at Chelsea
Verdigris is one of three teams sharing third place and battling for two playoff spots in District 2A-7. The Cardinals’ only losses have come at the hands of state-ranked teams, Claremore Sequoyah, Sperry and Cascia Hall. In Chelsea, the Cardinals face a team that needed a miracle to post its second win last week. Chelsea led Caney Valley, 20-7, with two minutes remaining. Caney Valley scored, recovered the onside kick, and scored again to pull even at 20 with seven seconds left. The extra point kick failed. In overtime, Caney Valley scored first, but again missed on the extra point. Chelsea scored and converted. Narrow escape. Earlier, Verdigris handled Caney Valley, 45-6. Aside from the three ranked teams, the Verdigris defense has been outstanding. In their five wins, the Cardinals have given up 44 points. Records: Verdigris (3-2, 5-3), Chelsea (2-3, 2-6). Last season: Verdigris 14, Chelsea 13.
Foyil at Liberty
Despite a home loss to Hominy last week, Foyil could still be preparing for the playoffs. Taking on a 2-6 Liberty team could be a good warmup for the season finale at home against top-ranked Pawnee next week. While Foyil is playing Liberty, Pawnee will have its hands full with No. 6 Woodland Friday night. Foyil was a contender among the eight-man ranks, reaching the semifinals last season. In their first season in Class A, the Panthers don’t appear to have lost their touch. They just need to ring Liberty’s bell this week. Records: Foyil (4-2, 6-2), Liberty (1-5, 2-6). Last season: Did not play.
Okla.Christian Academy at CCS
Claremore Christian plays its fourth and final home game — at RBW Field in Bixby. The Warriors are 6-2 after dropping a 53-8 decision at the home of the Oklahoma City Patriots last week.
Catoosa at Claremore