When the schedules were released, it was easy to pinpoint Friday's Ada at Douglass game as a potential district title matchup in the final week of the regular season, and that's exactly what we've got.
Since losing its first two games, Douglass has slowly regained momentum during its seven-game win streak, anchored by the run game of Chris High and Chavez Wyatt, who each went over 100 yards last week.
The intriguing matchup Friday will be Douglass' ability to limit the passing attack of quarterback Wyatt Robson, Ada's all-time leading passer.
Robson has thrown for 1,559 yards with 22 touchdowns and three interceptions this year, while completing 69.0 percent of his passes.
Douglass will count on defensive end Deondre Clark, who recorded his 20th sack of the year last week, and a secondary anchored by Anthony Williams with seven interceptions.
STATE LEADS IN FEMALE PARTICIPATION
Oklahoma has the nation's highest percentage of female participants in high school athletics, according to a report by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Girls account for 42,664 (49.1 percent) of the 86,948 total athletes who participated during the 2011-12 school year.
Minnesota had the second-highest percentage at 47.7, with New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Alaska rounding out the top five. Thirty-nine states had at least 40 percent of females participating in high school athletics.
The NFHS collects participation data on sanctioned varsity sports from its approximately 18,200 member schools, which makes up about 90 percent of the nation's public and private high schools.
“The OSSAA has a proud heritage of leading equitable athletic competition for high schools throughout Oklahoma,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said in a statement. “With it being the 40th anniversary of Title IX, it's only fitting that we see continued growth in girls' sports participation.”
Across the nation an additional 33,984 girls participated in high school sports last year, pushing the total to 3,207,533. That total has also increased for the 23rd straight year.
The top three female sports are outdoor track and field, basketball and volleyball, with soccer passing softball for the fourth spot. Volleyball had an additional 9,571 participants last year, while soccer saw 9,419 more take the field.
CASADY ADDS GAME
Casady narrowly missed the Southwest Preparatory Conference playoffs, finishing in fifth place in the SPC Zone North.
While eight SPC teams start a revamped two-division playoff Saturday, the Cyclones have added a game against Fort Worth Country Day.
Casady will play at Country Day at 7 p.m. Friday.
Casady finished one game out of postseason play, behind Tulsa's Holland Hall. The Dutch will open the playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bellaire Episcopal in the Houston area.
The SPC went to a Texas-style playoff system this season with the league split into two divisions. The four playoff qualifiers in each division were split, with the two largest-enrollment teams going to the large-school bracket and the two schools with the smallest enrollment going to the small-school bracket.