Deer Creek running back Brennan Miyake and guard Tyler Gillaland missed the Antlers' game last week against Northwest Classen with injuries, but both are expected back for Friday night's district title showdown at Bishop McGuinness.
Miyake sprained an ankle and Gillaland injured his shoulder in the Antlers' lone loss of the season against Guthrie, but should be ready to go Friday night, Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said.
“For Game 10, we are pretty healthy,” he said.
A Deer Creek victory over McGuiness would mean a three-way tie at the top of the district standings among the Antlers, McGuinness and Guthrie, assuming the Bluejays defeat Northwest Classen on Friday night.
If that's the case, Deer Creek would need to beat the Irish by six points to win the district title and get the top seed for the playoffs.
When districts were reassigned and the schedules announced 18 months ago, Gower and McGuinness coach Justin Jones discussed then how the last game of the season between the two teams likely would have playoff implications.
“We talked about it at the time,” Gower said. “We thought this game would be huge, and it is definitely that way.”
MWC'S FREEMAN COMMITS TO WASHINGTON STATE
Midwest City offensive lineman Carlos Freeman, No. 14 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits, committed to Washington State on Monday night.
Freeman's commitment came after a conversation with first-year Cougars coach Mike Leach.
The Cougars' coaching staff has several Oklahoma connections, including Leach, a former OU assistant, and former Sooners standout Jarrail Jackson, who is Washington State's recruiting and operations assistant.
Assistant strength and conditioning coach Casey Kramer graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State.
Washington State has also made recent offers to another pair of state players, Tulsa Washington's Dominique Alexander and Tulsa East Central's Kimmie Carson.
Alexander, who visited Norman last weekend for the Sooners' game against Notre Dame, is committed to Arkansas, while Carson is committed to New Mexico.
ELGIN FORCED TO FORFEIT GAME
After Elgin beat Piedmont 38-35 last week, Piedmont was seemingly eliminated from playoff contention.
Now, the Wildcats have a second chance, after Elgin was forced to forfeit the game.
The forfeit is due to a violation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's Rule 5, which governs amateurism.
Piedmont now needs a win over Weatherford, in all likelihood, to make the playoffs. The Wildcats could be left out with a win and a Woodward win, though that would require the Boomers to beat Clinton and gain at least nine district points on Piedmont.
Elgin is expected to ask for the athlete to be reinstated at the Nov. 7 meeting of the OSSAA's Board of Directors. The school is also expected to propose self-imposed sanctions.
In that same session, Sequoyah-Tahlequah is expected to appeal the an OSSAA ruling on 12 of its players and coach Brent Scott.
The players won a temporary restraining order granting them temporary eligibility in last week's game against Hilldale and this week's game against Lincoln Christian ahead of the hearing. Scott was not covered by the restraining order and missed last week's game and will not coach this week.
Elgin's forfeiture was initially reported by The Piedmont Citizen.
HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN FINALISTS NAMED
Twenty state finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award were announced Tuesday.
The state winners — one male and one female — will be announced Nov. 5 and will compete for the national Wendy's High School Heisman in New York City on Dec. 7.
The female finalists are Edmond Memorial's Annah Baykal, Dale's Danielle Dockrey, Frontier's Jalissa Gum, Mustang's Emily Helms, Sulphur's Ashley Hughes, Cascia Hall's Jessica Nichols, Burlington's Tiffany Rieger, Timberlake's Kylee Severin, Lincoln Christian's Reagan Standridge and Mooreland's Kayla Wilson.
Male finalists are Muldrow's Dawson Floyd, Midwest City's Carlos Freeman, Mannford's Kaleb Furr, Fort Gibson's Jacob Gandara, Rejoice Christian's Kory Kemp, Lincoln Christian's Jordan Masterson, Broken Bow's Seth Neal, Kingfisher's Grant Newton and Keys (Park Hill)'s Johnathon Ozturk.
HOME PLAYOFF GAME IN REACH FOR STAR SPENCER
Just getting back to the playoffs would be a significant accomplishment at Star Spencer this season.
The Bobcats had only two wins — and two coaching changes — in the two seasons following their last playoff appearance, when they won the Class 4A state title in 2009.
But entering the final week of the regular season, the Bobcats even have a shot at a home playoff berth, should they be able to knock off Heritage Hall Friday night and get some help with a Newcastle win over Bethel.
Should the Bobcats lose to Heritage Hall, they're still in moderately good standing for a playoff berth, though it could come down to a points tiebreaker between them, Bethel and Newcastle.
MUSTANG-SOUTHMOORE LIVE ON NEWSOK FRIDAY
Both stuck in a crazy four-way tie for third place in District 6A-4, each desperately needing a win, Mustang and Southmoore will fight for a potential playoff berth live on NewsOK.com Friday.
The SaberCats host Mustang at 7 p.m. Friday, and the game will be broadcast live via NewsOK and ZPreps.com.