Stillwater beat Bartlesville 55-41 on Friday to stay unbeaten in District 6A-4 and keep its chances for the district title alive.
The Pioneers (8-1, 6-0) now have an opportunity to win the district championship in their Week 10 showdown with perennial football power Tulsa Union (8-1, 5-1).
If Union wins, it throws the district into a three-way tie with Owasso, which beat Union but lost to Stillwater.
“It's been the goal all along to at least have it up to us,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “As long as we keep winning, we'll be able to achieve all of our goals.
“As soon as you lose, then you take it out of your hands and need other people to win, and you start worrying about who wins by how many points.”
Harrah chasing home playoff bid
When they visit Glenpool in Week 10, the Harrah Panthers potentially will be playing for something they haven't accomplished in 17 years — a home playoff berth.
The Friday night victory over Cleveland, 36-31, assured Harrah of a playoff spot.
With a Cleveland win over Douglass this week, the District 4A-2 title could still be within the Panthers' reach, but regardless, a victory at Glenpool will assure Harrah of a home playoff game.
Harrah's last home playoff berth came in 1994, when it defeated Blackwell 27-0. The Panthers lost at Okmulgee 7-0 the next week.
Harrah is currently 8-1, and last year's team went 8-3. The 1994 squad was also the last Panther team to win more than eight games, going 10-2.
Lindsay wins seventh straight
After an 0-2 start, Lindsay's season has taken a significant turn for the better.
The Leopards have won seven straight, including Friday's 48-36 win over previously undefeated Frederick.
The win did not, however, seal up the District 2A-3 title. In Week 10, Lindsay hosts Comanche, which is tied for second place in the district race with Frederick. A Comanche victory and Frederick win at Cordell would set up a three-way tie for the top spot.
The Comanche defense has allowed fewer than 14 points per game and could provide a challenge for the Leopards' high-powered offense.
Lindsay quarterback Hunter Eubank is averaging more than 300 passing yards per game, with his top three targets, Aaron Smith, Colt Taylor and Zevan Schmidt averaging better than 20 yards per catch.
Poteau's Klutts goes wild
In the only number that mattered, Poteau came out on the wrong end, losing 59-56 to Fort Gibson Friday. But senior quarterback Wilson Klutts posted some other impressive numbers.
Klutts completed 27 of 43 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 168 yards and two scores on 25 carries. For the season, Klutts has accounted for a total of more than 2,900 yards and 31 TDs running and throwing.
No. 1 and holding
You can't lose if you don't play, so top-ranked teams Davis (Class 2A) and Deer Creek-Lamont (Class C) didn't have to worry about any threat to their No. 1 rankings.
For two teams hoping to be playing for five or six more weeks, the rest could prove valuable.
While Davis will close the regular season against winless Antlers, Deer Creek-Lamont will face Covington-Douglas, which is playing for a higher seed in the District C-3 race. Thanks to district points, DC-Lamont has already sealed up the No. 1 seed, but Covington-Douglas and Timberlake are battling for the No. 2 spot.
Chandler's Caldwell picks Ottawa
Chandler's Candace Caldwell signed a softball letter of intent with Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., last week.
The senior infielder batted .357 with two home runs for the Lions this season and was selected as an all-conference player twice in her career.