Most intriguing matchup
Class 4A No. 4 Ada (9-0) at No. 6 Douglass (7-2)
Why bother: Ada has taken full advantage of dropping down from Class 5A to 4A, turning in its best season in more than a decade. The Cougars are undefeated and haven't been pushed much, with their closest game coming in a 35-14 win over rival Ardmore, a 5A school, to begin the season. Douglass' nondistrict schedule was tougher, including losses to 6A Tulsa Washington and 2A power Millwood to start the season. Since then, though, the Trojans have been almost as dominant. Douglass is looking for its third consecutive district title, while Ada is trying to get its first since 2005.
The pick: Ada 28, Douglass 26
As usual, Douglass has a pair of runners who are threats to score on just about every play. Christopher High has averaged more than 13.6 yards per carry, rushing for 1,340 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 98 carries. Chavez Wyatt has also topped 1,000 yards on the ground. Ada, though, is more balanced. Mason Girdley has more than 1,100 yards rushing while quarterback Wyatt Robson has thrown for more than 1,500, nearly 800 of that to Easton Pingleton. In the end, that balance is enough to help the Cougars squeak out a win on the road.
Other top attractions
Class 5A No. 5 Deer Creek (8-1) at No. 1 Bishop McGuinness (9-0)
Plot: The District 5A-2 title has been on the line multiple times over the last few weeks, and this game will be the final decider. A McGuinness win makes things neat and easy — the Irish get the district title and Deer Creek is third and likely starts the playoffs at Lawton MacArthur. An Antlers win, though, likely sets up a three-way tie for the title with McGuinness taking it if it's close or Deer Creek coming out ahead if the Antlers can win by a touchdown or more.
Starring: The top two receivers in Class 5A are in this game, with McGuinness' Cody Chancellor racking up 1,123 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air and Deer Creek's Jared Rayburn putting up 733 yards and nine touchdowns. The defenses also have two of the state's top linebackers, in Deer Creek's Austin Loomis (166 tackles, four sacks) and McGuinness' Nick Jeffreys (114 tackles, five sacks).
The pick: McGuinness 28, Deer Creek 14
Don't let McGuinness' 32-0 win over Guthrie last week fool you, this game figures to be closer. But that doesn't mean Deer Creek will pull off the win. Jeffreys has anchored a defense that has been nothing short of spectacular this season. McGuinness hasn't allowed a point since Sept. 28 and has allowed more than 13 just once. The Antlers keep it close for much of the game, but McGuinness pulls out the win to win a district title in its first season in 5A.
Class B No. 1 Laverne (9-0) at No. 3 Pond Creek-Hunter (9-0)
Plot: The top regular-season game of the year in Class B. Neither team has been challenged much. Pond Creek-Hunter played a couple tough games early, beating Covington-Douglas 38-16 and Ringwood 54-42. Laverne hasn't even been challenged that much. The Tigers closest game of the season was a 54-12 blowout of Garber on Oct. 12. The game has turned into one of the top rivalries in eight-man, with the teams splitting 3-3 since Laverne dropped to eight-man in 2006.
Starring: Pond Creek's Brady Krittenbrink has rushed for 1,736 yards and 27 touchdowns while also recording 94 tackles on defense. Laverne doesn't have much in the way of standout stars, but the Tigers are solid in every phase of the game. Quarterback Tucker Rolf, though, has been outstanding.
The pick: Laverne 26, Pond Creek-Hunter 20
There's some question over how Laverne will react to being pushed when that time comes. That question gets answered here as Laverne holds off a tough Pond Creek-Hunter fight to win District B-2 and avoid a second-round matchup at Class B No. 2 Wetumka.