There are a handful of games tonight that will go a long way toward determining playoff positioning. Here they are, broken down by class:
Del City at Putnam North
Del City: A win gets Del City into the playoffs for the first time in a long time. A loss doesn’t completely rule out Del City but makes things very difficult.
Putnam North: The Panthers need a win tonight to keep their playoff hopes alive. It might not be enough just to win but the Panthers are likely in with a win.
My pick: Del City 28, Putnam North 14. The Eagles win and make things relatively easy to figure out.
Norman North at Lawton
Lawton: It’s pretty simple for Lawton: Win and the Wolverines are in. A loss leaves the Wolverines needing other things to happen, specifically a Del City win. If the Wolverines lose and Putnam North wins tonight, get ready to pull out the calculators and start figuring up district points.
My pick: Lawton 35, Norman North 17. Norman North’s slide continues and Lawton advances to the playoffs.
Piedmont at Douglass
Douglass: A win assures the Trojans of no worse than third place in 4A-1. Douglass could still finish in second with a win and an (unlikely) Elk City upset of McGuinness.
My pick: Douglass 41, Piedmont 12. Douglass wins tonight, McGuinness wins tomorrow and Douglass plays at either Star Spencer or Glenpool to open the playoffs next week.
Chandler at Eufaula
Chandler: Win. That makes things simple for the Lions and makes things simple for me. A Chandler win gives it the district title. A loss brings out the calculators in most cases depending on what happens Friday night.
My pick: Chandler 35, Eufaula 7. Chandler wins and keeps it simple, setting up a home first-round playoff game.
Savanna at Gore
Savanna and Gore: Easy to combine these two into one. The top two spots in District A-7 are set (Talihina and Central Sallisaw). The winner of this game finishes third while the loser finishes fourth.
My pick: Gore 14, Savanna 7. Gore finishes third, Savanna finishes fourth and the two go on the road to start the playoffs, Savanna to Stround and Gore to either Stratford, Wayne of Wynnewood.
Cherokee at Pond Creek-Hunter
Cherokee and Pond Creek-Hunter: Another relatively simple one to figure out. The winner is in, likely in the fourth spot. The loser is out. For either of these teams to finish anywhere other than fourth would take 0-9 Merritt upsetting 5-4 Laverne, which isn’t happening.
My pick: Pond Creek-Hunter 34, Cherokee 30. This battle for a playoff berth will go down to the wire but Pond Creek-Hunter, whose offense is just a little better than Cherokee’s, puts PC-H over the top.
Caddo at Macomb
Caddo: Caddo enters in a three-way tie for second in District B-2 with Fox and Alex. All three should win, which would give Fox the second spot, based on district points, Caddo the third spot and Alex the fourth. The teams are all separated by more than 15 district points, which would keep everything in the order they’re in if everyone wins.
My pick: Caddo 46, Macomb 0. Caddo win and keeps the pressure on Fox. Fox, which plays 6-3 Allen, seems the most likely of the three to lose this week. I doubt that will happen, though. If Allen does win, though, Caddo would finish second based on its head-to-head win over Alex.