Verdigris, Inola square off in key District 3A-4 battle; Oologah hosts No. 1 Wagoner

Believe it or not, there are only four more weeks of football in the high school regular season. Though crunch time has not yet officially arrived, now is the time for teams to make moves toward inclusion in the postseason.

Tonight, Claremore hosts Tulsa Memorial, Verdigris plays at Inola, Vinita is at Claremore Sequoyah, Watts plays at Foyil, Catoosa travels to Cleveland, Oologah hosts nemesis Wagoner, Metro Christian heads to Chelsea, and on Saturday, Claremore Christian plays host to Cornerstone Christian.

Tulsa Memorial at Claremore — The Zebras are currently tied for second place in District 5A-4 with Tahlequah and Skiatook, all with 2-1 records. Memorial is one game back.

Claremore is coming off a pair of easy wins over East Central (35-7) and Tulsa Rogers (47-0). Memorial is better than last season, and has Claremore coach Jarrett Hurt's attention.

"Memorial is much improved over last year," Claremore coach Jarrett Hurt said. "They have an outstanding running back who has already gone over 1,000 yards for the season. They also send a lot of pressure on defense. Memorial will be a big challenge for us on both sides of the ball."

Claremore must keep pace with Tahlequah and Skiatook, who each should be favored in their games this week.

Both teams are 3-3 overall. Memorial beat Edison 18-7, a team Claremore needed a late field goal to beat 23-21. Both teams blew out East Central and lost big to Collinsville.

Friday is also Military Night in Claremore. All members of the military and veterans with a military ID will gain free admission into Friday's game.

Verdigris at Inola — Verdigris has come alive in the last two games, scoring 45 points in wins over Vinita and Jay. They are 3-3 and tied with Inola for third in the district with a 2-1 record. Inola is 4-2 overall and coming off a 15-13 thriller over Locust Grove last week. The winner will have an easier road to the playoffs.

Vinita at Sequoyah —The Eagles are 0-6 and looking for a win in the worst way. They can climb out of the district cellar with a home win Friday against 4-2, 1-2 Vinita. The Hornets lost a close one to Cascia Hall, 29-24, last week.

Watts at Foyil — In a six-team District B-8, it only takes a top four finish to earn a playoff spot. Foyil is tied for second place in the district with Regent Prep. Watts and Foyil are each 5-1. Watts had its five-game winning streak snapped by Regent, 57-12, last week. Foyil drubbed Oaks Mission 50-0. In fact, in the last three games, Foyil has combined to win by a combined score of 146-6.

Catoosa at Cleveland — Catoosa is tied with Oologah for third place in District 4A-3. Cleveland is in fifth, looking to move up. The Indians have won their last two games, 40-21 against Miami and 34-6 over Grove. Cleveland lost to Bristow 55-28 last week.

Wagoner at Oologah — Wagoner is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A again, and will head into Oologah undefeated. The Mustangs are 2-4, but winners of two of the last three games. Wagoner has give up just six points in the last two games.

Metro Christian at Chelsea — The Green Dragons are still looking for their first win heading into Week 7. They lost to Kansas 24-14 last week. Metro Christian is 5-1 and coming off a pair of easy wins over Chouteau and Wyandotte.

Cornerstone Christian at Claremore Christian — Claremore Christian is coming off a bye week and should be fresh when Cornerstone comes to town Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.. The Warriors have just one regular season game remaining after Saturday, a game at Life Prep on Oct. 19.