Inola couldn’t have gotten a worse draw.
The Longhorns revisit No. 2 Lincoln Christian at 7 p.m. tonight in Tulsa for a Week Zero rematch that saw the Bulldogs score 44 points in the first quarter on the way to a 51-19 win.
It will be the fifth meeting between the teams since 2016, with Lincoln Christian sweeping the series by a combined score of 231-90.
The winner advances to play on Nov. 22 against the winner of No. 9 Marlow (7-3) versus Kingfisher (6-4).
Inola (6-4) is coming off a disappointing 42-7 loss to Cascia Hall, while the Bulldogs capped their 10-0 regular season with a 56-21 throttling of then-No. 6 Checotah.
Longhorns quarterback Landon Prows is one of the top passers in the state, but he is likely in for another tough night.
Lincoln Christian sports a dominant defensive presence, allowing only 11.7 points per game. It hasn’t surrendered more than 21 points in a game all season, intercepting 11 passes and recovering nine fumbles in the process.
Furthermore, the Bulldogs’ offense, which averages 51 points per game, is led by Chase Ricke, who has thrown for 2,393 yards and 39 touchdowns with only two interceptions on 133-of-172 passing. He has also rushed for 264 yards and three scores on 46 carries.
While Ricke gets it done through the air, Josh Kaste takes care of the ground game.
Kaste leads Lincoln Christian with 959 yards and 18 touchdowns on 112 carries.
Receiving wise, the Bulldogs’ primary targets are Connor Johnson and Kolbe Katsis.
Johnson has pulled down 42 catches for 897 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Katsis has hauled in 35 receptions for 586 yards and six touchdowns.
Lincoln Christian has six other receivers with more than 100 yards receiving as well.
Surrendering 33 points per game, Inola will have a difficult task in stopping a team that has punted only eight times this season.
There are no common opponents between the squads.