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Verdigris running back Caden Parnell (10) shrugs off a Berryhill tackler as he makes his way down the field Friday night. In addition to rushing for 78 yards, catching a touchdown pass, completing a fake-punt pass, notching an interception and recovering a fumble, Parnell booted five punts for an average of 39.8 yards.

Amongst the chaos finally comes some normalcy.

For the first time since Week 1, all Rogers County teams are in action this week. Hallelujah!

And luckily for us, there are plenty of great matchups within driving distance. The only team leaving county lines is Foyil.

Seven of the other eight teams are at home, and the one on the road – Verdigris – plays at Inola.

Who could turn down a good ole fashioned intracounty showdown?

As exciting as Verdigris-Inola might be, the Progress Game of the Week takes place 19 miles to the northwest.

Sequoyah, riding a four-game winning streak, hosts Rejoice Christian in District 2A-8 action. The Eagles have been rolling right along with a stout defense and a disciplined offense, but Rejoice Christian presents a different challenge.

The opposing Eagles opened the season with losses to Class A No. 1 Cashion (47-14) and Class 2A No. 9 Cascia Hall (28-26) but have since scored victories of 34-24 and 52-14 over Salina and Kansas, respectively.

Sequoyah has beaten those same teams the past two weeks as well, 29-6 and 23-6.

Those results cancel each other out, but something has to give.

It might just come down to which team gets off to a better start.

Although Sequoyah hasn't given up many points in district play, its offensive approach has been methodical.

Rejoice was similar until last week when it used a 17-point first quarter to put Kansas away early.

I think Sequoyah keeps pace at home and forces overtime, but Owasso's Eagles escape with the win ... Rejoice Christian 35, SEQUOYAH 29

Collinsville 40, CLAREMORE 17: The Zebras struggled to get the offense going in the first half against Memorial last week while breaking in new quarterback Scout Cutsinger, but Class 5A No. 3 Collinsville won't be as forgiving.

Cardinals running back Andrew Carney, who rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns and passed for another two scores in a 42-17 rout of Sapulpa, will test a Claremore defense that has forced many turnovers the past few weeks during its four-game winning streak.

Verdigris 41, INOLA 14: Landon Prows and the Inola offense can put up points, but Verdigris is playing on another level right now.

The Cardinals are ranked fifth in Class 3A and are averaging 45 points per game while forcing 15 turnovers on defense.

Cross Christian 37, CLAREMORE CHRISTIAN 35: Both teams boast prolific offenses, but Cross Christian holds the edge defensively.

CCA allowed only 28 points to common opponents Cornerstone (Mo.) and Bluejacket while Claremore Christian surrendered 54 points to those same teams.

CHELSEA 31, Caney Valley 13: Although it is still early in district play, this is a must-win for Chelsea. A slip-up here could eliminate the Green Dragons from playoff contention given the deepness of District A-6.

OOLOGAH 41, Miami 10: Oologah is finally back in action after missing three weeks of games because of COVID-19 complications. The Mustangs will likely be a little rusty but should coast to their first win of the season after an 0-2 start.

DAVENPORT 60, Foyil 8: Another week, another powerhouse opponent for Foyil.

Davenport is ranked third in Class B and 17th among all eight-man teams in the nation. Foyil allows 54.4 points per game, so the Bulldogs should roll with little resistance.

Wagoner 54, CATOOSA 6: The Indians will have a hard time stopping Class 4A No. 1 Wagoner and its star quarterback Sawyer Jones from reaching the end zone early and often.

The Bulldogs average about 35 points per game and have surrendered only 17 points while pitching three shutouts through five games.

Last week's record: 5-1

Overall record: 30-6 (83.3%)

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