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October 17, 2013

What to watch for this week

ENID, Okla. — Face it. We're spoiled. This week, we have a shot at a sixth straight shutout, two top-10 matchups and a chance to prove wrong early-season doubters, all on a short turnaround on the Oklahoma prep football scene.

Cherokee goes for goose egg No. 6

You, yes you, have scored as many points against Class C No. 2 Cherokee as all five of its opponents combined in 2013.

The Chiefs (5-0, obviously, and 3-0 in C-3) have outscored their schedule 248-0, consistently ending games by 45-point mercy rule at half or shortly after, with a chance to record a sixth consecutive shutout to open 2013 Thursday against visiting DCLA (2-3, 2-2 C-3). Sure, the matchup seems one-sided, and DCLA was blanked 36-0 two weeks ago vs. Bluejacket, but consider this: by scoring a touchdown against Pond Creek-Hunter in Week 1, those pesky Eagles preempted what would have been another long, season-opening shutout streak. Yes, PC-Hunter won 56-6, but the Panthers haven't allowed a point since (more on that later), making DCLA the only team to dent their defense.

Woodward's title shot

Already a win ahead of last season's total, the Woodward Boomers have a chance to rack up a second milestone in 2013, but it'll take quite an upset.

No. 8 Woodward (5-1, 3-0 4A-1) faces 4A-1 co-leader and undefeated No. 1 Anadarko Thursday with the inside track to a district title on the line. The Boomers have impressed in five wins, most recently in back-to-back shutouts against Weatherford (34-0) and Elgin (35-0).

But saying Anadarko has done the same would be a massive understatement. Save for a comparably close shave in a 35-7 win against No. 6 Clinton, the Warriors haven't been held to fewer than 53 points, and haven't won by fewer than 46. Senior running back R.J. Sink has converted 77 carries into 1,033 yards (an utterly silly 13.4-yard average) and 19 touchdowns to pace the Warriors. 

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