Sequoyah football undoubtedly had one of its worst seasons in program history in 2018.
Finishing 0-10 is about as low a valley as a team can get at this level. That doesn’t mean the Eagles are doomed to repeat their worst nightmare, though.
Below is a list ranking Sequoyah’s schedule from No. 10 (easiest) to No. 1 (hardest). Although the Eagles lost to all these teams a year ago, they will of course have better odds against opponents of similar stature.
So, which games does Sequoyah have a chance to find that elusive win?
All kickoffs are scheduled for 7 p.m.
No. 10 | at Miami
When: Game 1 | Friday, Aug. 30
Miami is no juggernaut, and its 3-7 record last season proved that.
Unfortunately, one of those wins came in a 24-10 decision over Sequoyah.
This will be only the second meeting between the teams, and this might just be the Eagles’ best chance to pick up a victory in 2019.
The Bulldogs haven’t eclipsed four wins in a season since 2008, and that isn’t expected to change.
No. 9 | Jay
When: Game 10 | Friday, Nov. 8 | Senior Night
Jay might end up being a tougher opponent, but for now, it is hard to judge.
The Bulldogs defeated Sequoyah, 45-21, to close out a 3-7 season in 2018.
These teams once again play in Week 10, and the district standings might just dictate how interesting this game is.
Regardless of the scenario, the Eagles hope to enter the contest with some wins under their belt this time around.
This is only the second meeting between the teams since 2015, and Sequoyah is looking for its first win over Jay since 2014.
No. 8 | at Locust Grove
When: Game 4 | Friday, Sept. 27
This is a weird spot for a team that finished second in District 3A-4 last year.
Although Locust Grove went 8-3 in 2018, VYPE expects a dip for the Pirates, placing them near the bottom of the district standings.
Locust Grove forced five turnovers in a 34-12 victory last season, but if it is truly down this year, the Eagles could easily make up the difference.
Aside from last year, the series has been high-scoring.
Sequoyah managed a combined 91 points while surrendering 89 points in 2016 and 2017.
No. 7 | at Vinita
When: Game 7 | Thursday, Oct. 13 | Fall Break
Sequoyah hung with Vinita for a majority of last season’s contest, but a 17-6 run in the fourth quarter gave the Hornets a 33-22 edge.
If the Eagles can put on a similar performance on a Fall Break Thursday night, they might not leave the field empty handed this time around.
It will be only the third meeting between the teams since 2007, and Vinita won then, too. The Eagles are still looking for their first win over the Hornets since 2006.
No. 6 | at Inola
When: Game 5 | Friday, Oct. 4
If Sequoyah improves its standing within the district, this matchup could be one of the biggest games in the league this year.
Inola just missed the postseason last year with a 5-5 record, and it figures to be on the cusp again in 2019.
The Longhorns blasted the Eagles, 42-0, in the previous meeting, but recent history shows this series alternates between blowouts and close games.
Sequoyah was victorious in 2017 and 2016 by scores of 35-28 and 42-12, respectively, and the trend runs all the way back to 2009.
If that pattern continues, Sequoyah could be in for a more favorable outcome.
No. 5 | at Cascia Hall
When: Game 9 | Friday, Nov. 1
Cascia Hall is another team that shut the Eagles out last season.
Sequoyah dropped a 33-0 decision, but that kind of result against the Eagles isn’t that out of the norm for the Commandos.
Cascia Hall’s eight wins over Sequoyah have been decided by an average of more than 23 points.
A loss in this one wouldn’t hurt the Eagles all that much.
No. 4 | Verdigris
When: Game 8 | Friday, Oct. 25
Verdigris is a team on the rise, and there are some high expectations heading into the season.
After a 5-6 year, the Cardinals are ranked No. 8 in the VYPE Class 3A preseason poll and predicted to finish second in District 3A-4 behind perennial power Berryhill.
That doesn’t bode well for Sequoyah, which is slated to come in last.
The Eagles experienced the other side of the blowout against Verdigris in 2018, losing 42-7.
Sequoyah owned the series prior to that, averaging 55.5 points against the Cardinals with its current crop of seniors.
Will the Eagles get back to form and regain the series stronghold?
No. 3 | Hilldale
When: Game 2 | Friday, Sept. 6
Despite winning nine games a year ago, Hilldale isn’t expected to experience as much success in 2019, according to VYPE.
However, that doesn’t mean the Class 4A squad won’t be just as dangerous.
The Hornets cruised to a 54-7 victory last season, and this year’s meeting will be the teams’ third since 2000.
Sequoyah won the first two meetings by an average of 30 points.
No. 2 | Sperry
When: Game 3 | Friday, Sept. 13
It is crazy how much programs can change in the matter of a few seasons.
Just three years ago, Sequoyah spanked Sperry to the tune of 41-7, but the Pirates have since flipped the script.
Sperry defeated the Eagles in 2017, 32-14, and again in 2018, 54-7, on the way to a 14-1 record and the Class 2A state championship.
Talk about a drastic turnaround.
The senior Eagles will be looking to even the score with the new power before the end of their high school careers.
No. 1 | Berryhill
When: Game 6 | Friday, Oct. 11
It doesn’t matter which year, Berryhill always seems to be there atop the rankings.
Sequoyah doesn’t typically fare well against the Chiefs, losing eight-straight matchups, and there doesn’t appear to be a reason to doubt Berryhill’s dominance this season.
Since the seniors’ arrival at Sequoyah in 2016, the Chiefs have outscored the Eagles, 146-30, including a 61-0 drubbing in 2018.
Berryhill finished 11-1 last season, finishing the regular season undefeated.