District play brings new season for football teams

Lawton MacArthur, Bethany are among teams hoping to capitalize on the momentum they've built with a 3-0 start, while teams like Tulsa Washington and Cashion are ready to forget about nondistrict play.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT Staff Writer swright@opubco.com Published: September 17, 2011
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With Week 3 in the rearview mirror, the real season lies ahead for most of the state's high school football teams.

And though there are usually a lot of bragging rights on the line with rivalry games during the nondistrict schedule, there isn't much meaning in records right now, whether 3-0 or 0-3 or somewhere in between.

Here's a look at some teams that are either very happy, very confident or very cautious heading into district play:

Riding the wave

These teams need to capitalize on the momentum built during a strong start:

Lawton MacArthur (3-0): Earning the city championship was big for the loaded Highlanders, and they're a team to watch in a somewhat wide-open battle in Class 5A.

Bethany (3-0): Arguably the toughest district in the state lies ahead, including a late-season game against defending champion Heritage Hall. But this team has its sights set on another deep playoff run.

Kingfisher (3-0): See Bethany.

Harrah (3-0): After a 5-5 season in Class 5A two years ago, and a playoff appearance in 4A last season, Greg Willis' squad is developing into a consistent program. With Glenpool's early season struggles, there could be an opening for the Panthers to make a run at a top-two spot in the district.

Minco (3-0): The Week 2 win over Wayne was big as Minco has climbed to No. 5 in the Class A rankings this week. QB Cade Baade and RB Jacob Smart are a dangerous pair.

Deer Creek (3-0): The Antlers have shown their wealth of talent in the strong start, but district games against the likes of Guthrie and Carl Albert lie ahead — beginning with a visit from Guthrie this week.

Clean slate

These teams are ready to forget all about nondistrict play:

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