Claremore defensive lineman Tyler Freeman (55) pulls down Tahlequah quarterback Simeon Armstrong for a loss during last year's regular season finale at Doc Wadley Stadium. Are we in for another close game between the Zebras and the Tigers?

It was too good to be true.

Last week, every team in Rogers County was supposed to be in action for the first time since Sept. 4. A promising sign in a season filled with uncertainty.

Unfortunately, that isn't how things played out.

At seemingly the last second, Foyil was forced to postpone its matchup with Class B No. 3 Davenport because of COVID-19 issues. Rescheduling plans haven't been announced.

With that, eight of nine local teams saw the gridiron Friday.

That will again be the case for Week 7, for Foyil will be missing out on a second-consecutive game. The Panthers were supposed to host Prue.

For those interested, I would've picked Prue by a score of 41-31.

However, we still have eight teams competing in seven games (don't forget games are on Thursday for fall break).

Atop that list is Claremore at Tahlequah.

The Zebras spoiled the Tigers' undefeated season with a 21-14 upset victory in Week 10 last year, but there is more at stake this time around.

Claremore is coming off a 28-point loss to Collinsville, and Tahlequah (2-3) is looking to reach .500.

The winner of this game could very well decide the final playoff seed out of District 5A-4. There remains a lot of football to be played, but things look to be headed that way as of now.

The Tigers' record isn't as pretty as Claremore's 4-2, but they have hung tough against stiff competition.

Losses to Class 4A No. 1 Wagoner (22-10), Class 5A No. 6 McAlester (21-13) and Class 5A No. 9 Sapulpa (34-24) aren't embarrassing by any stretch.

That same Wagoner team beat Claremore 28-0 in a half-game scrimmage just two weeks prior to its meeting with Tahlequah.

Meanwhile, the Zebras have been outscored 68-16 in their losses to Bartlesville and Class 5A No. 3 Collinsville.

These squads have a history of keeping things close -- deciding the past four meetings by a total of 24 points -- and I think that trend continues in 2020.

Defeating the Tigers twice in a row at Doc Wadley Stadium will be too great a task for the Zebras, though ... TAHLEQUAH 24, Claremore 17

Verdigris 42, CENTRAL 14: The Braves were supposed to be a playoff contender after moving down from Class 4A, but they are reeling after a 1-5 start.

However, the return of star quarterback KT Owens last week breathed new life into Central in a 54-0 win over Mannford with his 302-yard, five-touchdown performance.

Verdigris' defense is too good, though, and the Cardinals should take care of business and improve to 6-0.

Sequoyah 38, DEWEY 21: Coach Rob Gilbreath's team is flying high after a 56-49 shootout victory over Rejoice Christian, but it must avoid a possible letdown from such an emotional game. Dewey has lost three-straight by a combined score of 133-26.

CLAREMORE CHRISTIAN 74, Life Christian 8: This is the first of two meetings for these teams this season, and Life Christian lost 66-22 to a Cross Christian squad that Claremore Christian just beat 52-6 last week. That is about all you need to know.

PAWNEE 43, Chelsea 10: The Green Dragons are struggling offensively as of late while Class A No. 4 Pawnee keeps humming along, averaging 35 points per game. This will likely result in a third-consecutive loss for Chelsea.

Inola 31, MANNFORD 13: Inola will have little trouble cruising past the winless Pirates. Mannford has been shutout twice, scoring only 21 points through five games.

OOLOGAH 43, Catoosa 8: Oologah returned last Friday after a three-week hiatus, and there was little to no rust to show for it in a 45-0 win versus Miami. Meanwhile, Catoosa is looking for its first points since Sept. 25 after losses of 52-0 and 70-0 to Grove and Wagoner, respectively.

The Indians haven't scored a touchdown since playing Claremore on Sept. 18.

The Mustangs have a quick turnaround and will play Grove only four days later on Monday in a game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 25.

Last week's record: 4-3

Overall record: 34-9 (79.1%)

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