Tulsa Central at Catoosa
Central ended its freefall last week with a win over cellar-dweller Skiatook. Catoosa, meanwhile, has dropped two in a row, and three of four. Catoosa must correct its course this week and next week to keep any hopes alive of grabbing a playoff spot. The only team in the top four of the district remaining on the Catoosa schedule is top-ranked and undefeated East Central in the last game of the season. Records: Catoosa (1-3, 2-5), Central (1-3, 1-6). Last season: Central 27, Catoosa 13.
Pryor at Oologah
Pryor is experiencing one of its darkest stretches. The Tigers have lost six straight since an opening 9-0 winner at McDonald, Mo. They have not scored more than nine points in any game all season, and have been shut out once. Oologah lost at Grove last week on a 27-yard field goal as time expired. A win at Grove could have all but wrapped up a playoff spot for the Mustangs. As it is, they will want to win out against Pryor, Miami and Jay to remain on a playoff course. Records (Pryor 0-4, 1-6), Oologah (2-2, 3-4). Last season: Did not play.
Inola at Vinita
Just when one thinks it can’t be any worse for Inola, up steps Vinita. Inola has lost six straight since an opening victory over Chelsea. Vinita has not lost. The Hornets are ranked eighth in Class 3A. And, they have pitched shutouts in two of their last three games. Vinita, in fact, has the best defensive numbers in District 3A-3, giving up an average of nine points per game. Against two common district opponents, Vinita has topped Dewey, 38-0, and Blackwell, 26-0, while Inola lost to both ... Dewey, 29-54, and Blackwell, 15-34. Records: Inola (0-4, 1-6), Vinita (4-0, 7-0). Last season: Vinita 48, Inola 8. Hungry? Clanton’s Cafe is a Vinita landmark. One can’t visit Vinita without a chicken fried at Clanton’s.
Sequoyah at Dewey
The district’s highest-scoring offense, Sequoyah, meets the district’s most porous defense, Dewey. Furthermore, Dewey is tied with Blackwell for the lowest-scoring offensive unit, and Sequoyah has the No. 2 defensive numbers in the district, behind Vinita. Dewey emerged from the district’s cellar with a 54-29 victory at Inola last week. Ross Fielder scored four touchdowns against Inola, one more than he had scored all season. Last week, Sequoyah handled Metro Christian, 42-6. The week before, Metro walloped Dewey, 55-7. Sequoyah has not given up a first-half score this season. Through three quarters, Sequoyah has given up only 27 points. Records (Sequoyah 4-0, 7-0), Dewey (1-3, 2-5). Last season: Sequoyah 49, Dewey 0. Hungry? Try the big burgers at the Half-Dollar restaurant, on U.S. 75, entering Dewey. It closes at 7:30 p.m., exactly when the two teams kick off.
Chelsea at Caney Valley
With three straight losses, Chelsea is looking for anything positive. Caney Valley might be just what the good ol’ gridiron doctor ordered. Caney Valley has lost six straight after opening the season with a narrow victory at Barnsdall. In the last two weeks, Chelsea has been outscored, 125-0. In its last four games, Caney Valley has been outscored, 218-19. Records (Chelsea 1-3, 1-6), Caney Valley (0-4, 1-6). Last season: Chelsea 34, Caney Valley 14. Hungry? It’s not the typical pregame meal setting, but The Jarrett Farm Resort, just down U.S. 75 from Ramona, offers fine dining at The Wilmington Restaurant. Make reservations for the 6 p.m. opening.
Chouteau at Verdigris
Verdigris was sailing along so well until the last two weeks until the schedule forced the Cardinals to wade through unbeaten ranked teams Cascia Hall and Sperry. Winning out against three teams with losing records would ensure the Cardinals of a playoff spot in District 2A-7. Two of those three games are at home. Winless Chouteau arrives with the lowest-scoring offense in the district, and having suffered through three straight shutouts. The Wildcats have given up 143 points in that span. Records: Chouteau (0-4, 0-7), Verdigris (2-2, 4-3). Last season: Chouteau 35, Verdigris 26.
Hominy at Foyil
In Week 8, this will mark only the third home game for the Panthers. Hominy has been a little up and down this season, while Foyil has been primarily up. Hominy is a tradition-rich program and will serve as a good barometer for the Panthers who are in the hunt for a playoff spot in their first season among 11-man programs. The lone tumble for Foyil has been a 35-27 setback at unbeaten, sixth-ranked Woodland last month. Woodland handed Hominy a 28-18 loss last week at Hominy. Foyil has had no difficulty scoring points, boasting the highest-scoring offense (47 points per start). Records: Foyil (4-1, 6-1), Hominy (3-2, 4-3). Last season: Did not play.
CCS at OC Home School
The Claremore Christian Warriors take a three-game winning streak on the road to Oklahoma City to face the Home School Patriots. The Home School team is 5-3, and averaging 43 points per outing. In their last three starts, the CCS Warriors have averaged 57 points. Among state passing leaders with at least 1,400 yards, Travis Poole of CCS is the most productive with 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions from his 1,685 yards. Records: CCS (6-1), OC Home School (5-3).
Claremore at East Central
A date with the defending state champion and current No. 1 team in Class 5A. It’s a daunting task for any team, but even moreso for Claremore, standing at 1-6 for the season and coming off a heart-breaking loss to Tulsa Rogers last week. East Central has the district’s best offense, averaging 40 points per start, and the stingiest defense, yielding 14 per. Only one 5A team in the state, Midwest City Albert, has scored more points this season than East Central. Records: Claremore (1-3, 1-6), East Central (4-0, 7-0). Last season: East Central 61, Claremore 14.
Tulsa Central at Catoosa