The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 3, 2013

Final week should have exciting finish

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — How amazing high school football scheduling can be.

The last week of the regular season won’t be without drama, thanks to the schedule-maker putting together title showdowns in many districts.

Look at our own area and see these matchups:

• 2A-1: Alva (4-1) vs. Hennessey (5-0): The Eagles control their own destiny, but three teams could still take the title.

Alva is the champ if the Goldbugs beat the Eagles and Tonkawa upsets Chisholm, which also is 4-1.

If Alva and Chisholm win, it’s a three-way tie to be decided by the Arkansas Plan. The Eagles have 61 points, Chisholm 52 and Alva 48. Fifteen is the maximum a team can gain or lose per game.

If Alva wins and Chisholm wins by at least 11 points (Longhorns have the tiebreaker over the Goldbugs), Chisholm  would be assured of the championship regardless of the Alva-HHS score, completing a wonderful turnaround.

The Longhorns, with a win over Tonkawa, would have matched their victory total over the last four seasons.

• B-1: Pond Creek-Hunter (8-0) vs. Laverne (8-0): Doesn’t get any better than this. No. 1 vs. No. 2. Many see this as a preview of the Class B state championship game.

The winner will get the benefit of two home games. If seedings hold up, the winner would have to beat only one district champion (B-3 Rejoice Christian) to reach the state finals. The loser would host the third-place team from B-2 in the first round. Provided seeds hold up, they would have to beat both the District B-4 champion (probably Wetumka-Keota winner) on the road and B-2 winner (Alex) on a neutral field to reach the title game again.

• C-1: Sharon-Mutual (6-0) vs. Shattuck (6-0): No. 3 vs. No. 5 in Class C.

The winner would be on a collision course to play C-1 champion and No. 2-ranked Cherokee in the semifinals. The loser could be playing B-2 champion and No. 1-ranked Tipton, the defending champion in the semifinals.

Those aren’t the only good stories shaping up.

• Waynoka, 2-17 the past two seasons, is playing Boise City for fourth place and the last playoff berth in C-1 Friday.

• Ringwood, which hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008, meets Merritt for third place in District B-1. Garber has a very long shot of getting fourth over Ringwood. If Ringwood loses, Garber beats Medford (0-8) and Covington-Douglas (2-6) upsets Seiling (4-4), the Wolverines would be fourth.

• Oklahoma Bible Academy faces Fairview with a very faint hope of finishing second in District A-1.

If OBA (4-2) beats Fairview (5-1) and Texhoma (4-2) beats Hooker (2-4), there would be a three-way tie for second. Fairview has 54 points, Texhoma 41 and OBA 17. The Trojans mathematically couldn’t get higher than fourth.

If Hooker upsets Texhoma and OBA upsets Fairview, the Trojans are second. Of course, like the late Don Meredith once said, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, it would be a helluva of Christmas.’’

Of course, no ifs and buts are needed around Okeene and Kingfisher, which clinched district championships outright Friday.

Okeene is in the playoffs for the 12th straight season. Kingfisher is in the postseason for the 14th straight season.

Cherokee might have the best story line. The C-3 champion Chiefs can finish the regular season undefeated and unscored upon if they shut out Kremlin-Hillsdale Friday. What a legacy that would be. Cherokee is in the postseason for the fourth straight year, but the Chiefs had 10 straight non-playoff seasons before that.

Campbell is a News & Eagle sports writer.