With the 2019 OSSAA football season winding down to the final three weeks, granted there is a long way to go and a lot can happen, but here is the way we see it in each of the respective classes and district races:
Class A District 8
Gore seems to have the upper hand at the moment with Sallisaw Central close behind. The week 10 match-up at Gore will most likely determine the final district standings two weeks from now. Savanna and Porter round out the field of playoff hopefuls with Hulbert as a long shot for fourth and Warner and Talihina out of the running.
Class 2A District 5
With Holland Hall and Vian in a virtual dead heat for the district lead, Friday night’s game at Vian could determine the district winner. Should Holland Hall (6-1, 4-0) beat the Wolverines (6-1, 4-0) this Friday it isn’t over yet since Vian will have two less competitive games remaining vs. Pocola and Keys, while the Dutch will have Spiro (6-1, 3-1) remaining on their schedule.
Class 3A District 3
Probably the most competitive district from top to bottom in Oklahoma, 3A-3 is loaded with good football teams. Since Lincoln Christian (7-0, 4-0) has shown dominance over the district to date, we have to give them the nod (so far). Checotah (6-1, 4-0) on the other hand has handled the competition well and has strength of schedule in their favor. Idabel (5-2, 3-1) is sort of up against it after losing to the Wildcats last week and facing Stigler and Lincoln Christian the next two weeks. Stigler (5-2, 2-2) who’s only loses were to the top two (Checotah and Lincoln Christian) will face Idabel this Friday for what we think will be the third spot in the tough 3A-3
Class 4A District 4
Our two 4A teams Fort Gibson and Hilldale meet this week in their annual rivalry. Although the Tigers are currently in a fourth place position and it’s doubtful they will be there come week 10. This week’s Poteau – Broken Bow contest could determine the top team in 4A-4 although there is a slight advantage to Poteau who have the easier schedule come weeks 9 and 10.
Class 6A II
The Roughers dropped their first contest of the season last week and fell from the ranks of the undefeated. The week 8, 9 and 10 are tough and will be hard for Muskogee to overcome both BT Washington and Bixby. The Spartans look to be the odds-on favorite for the number one spot with a log jam for second thru fourth.
Booker T Washington