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Verdigris’ Reese Roller (11) follows a lead blocker on the way to one of his four rushing touchdowns against No. 5 Seminole in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs last week.

Editor’s note: Home teams in ALL CAPS.

Last week’s record: 8-2 (80%)

Overall record: 117-17 (87.3%)

Reality is starting to set in as we enter Week 2 of the Oklahoma high school football playoffs.

What I mean by that is the numbers are dwindling, which indicates the season is dangerously close to ending soon in the Rogers County area. We started the year with 13 teams, and only five remain.

However, all five are good football teams and can hold their own against this week’s opponents. How many do I see advancing to fight another day? Let’s start with Verdigris.

The Cardinals are on the road again this week, this time making a 3 ½-hour trek to Ardmore to take on District 3A-2 champions Plainview. The Indians defeated Kingfisher 48-20 in the first round. It was only the Yellowjackets’ third first-round loss since 2000.

Verdigris has been ranked higher all season and sports the better record, but coach Travis East’s squad won’t be overlooking Plainview. In fact, the Cardinals have a score to settle with their Southern Oklahoma foe.

Two years ago, the Indians ended the best season in Verdigris school history with a 55-13 stomping in the semifinals. Now they meet again with a spot in that very round on the line, and East and company haven’t forgotten about that night.

Many of this year’s starters were freshman, most notably quarterback Dylan White and running back/linebacker hybrids Caden Parnell and Reese Roller. Despite their youth, all three played major roles on that historic team.

In that game, the Cardinals were held to 121 yards total — including minus-11 yards rushing — and committed two turnovers. They punted eight times and picked up only six first downs.

Parnell rushed for 32 yards, but Plainview’s seven tackles for loss held the overall rushing total under zero. Meanwhile, White completed 15 of 28 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.

Plainview enters this matchup with an 8-3 record and a four-game winning streak, having won eight of their past nine.

Its last loss was a head-scratching 42-34 decision against rival Lone Grove on Oct. 14. Since then, the Indians have outscored opponents 181-59.

Verdigris has been similarly dominant during its six-game winning streak, averaging 39.8 points per game while allowing only 11.7. That is a four-touchdown average margin of victory.

Both teams have been dominant in every aspect of the game, so something has to give.

I think the revenge factor plays a big role here as the Cardinals overcome the Indians’ home-field advantage, setting up a monumental rematch with Holland Hall in the semifinals … Verdigris 30, PLAINVIEW 21

REJOICE CHRISTIAN 48, Antlers 24: Antlers’ 9-2 record is a bit deceptive because only three of those wins came against playoff teams. Rejoice Christian wins this one easily and gives up a score or two in garbage time to make the final score appear closer than the game was. The Eagles will face the winner of Washington – Jones in the quarterfinals.

COLLINSVILLE 42, Bishop McGuinness 34: Collinsville’s first test of the season comes against one of Class 5A’s best teams in recent years. The Fighting Irish have reached four of the past five championship games, losing each to Carl Albert, which could be waiting for the winner of this game in the semifinals.

On paper, McGuinness might look like its having a down year, but three of its four losses came in overtime. Its 56-21 victory over No. 5 Ardmore last week proves it is capable of making another run at the title game.

However, this appears to be the year for the Cardinals. After reaching the semifinals in three of the past five years with one championship appearance, there is no way this undefeated team’s journey ends in the quarterfinals.

LAWTON MAC 40, Pryor 21: Pryor has looked good against every opponent except those with an extraordinary offense, which is something MacArthur has at 44.3 points per game. The Highlanders survived a 14-10 scare against Piedmont last week, but their offense gets humming again as they advance to their first semifinals since 2016. Awaiting them in the semifinals will be McAlester or Guthrie.

LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 45, Sulphur 12: There are only three or four teams in Class 3A that could pose a possible threat to the Bulldogs, and Sulphur isn’t one of them. Lincoln Christian rolls to its fourth-consecutive semifinals, where it’ll play Heritage Hall or Berryhill.

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