Trey Knowles and his Wynnewood teammates have had this one marked on their calendars all football season.
Oct. 26. At Wayne. Rematch. The No. 1 team in the state, Wynnewood, vs. Wayne, the defending Class A champion and second-ranked team.
It was in the same week last season that Wayne beat Wynnewood 47-42 at home to give the Savages their first loss. Wayne would win its second consecutive district championship and go on to win the state title.
Wynnewood, however, was sent to a much tougher road through the playoffs and fell to Woodland in the second round.
Woodland, which beat Wynnewood by just six in that playoff game, rolled through three other playoff opponents by 25 or more points before falling to Wayne in the final.
“It just has the whole team pumped up and ready to go,” said Knowles, Wynnewood's standout running back. “We've still got all the same players that he had last year, we've just grown older and more experienced.
“We're more focused this year.”
Knowles has rushed for 914 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging more than 11.5 yards per carry.
For Wayne, slowing down Knowles and Wynnewood's other offensive weapons will be the key to the game.
“For us to have a chance, it's all going to be about our defense,” Bulldogs coach Brandon Sharp said. “Our defense has been getting better and better, and we've really started to hit our stride there.”
Neither has been particularly challenged.
The closest game for either team was Wynnewood's 40-22 win at Elmore City earlier this month.
“That's what we all needed,” Knowles said. “We thought that was going to be an easy game a bit, but Elmore was a lot better than they were last year. We've been good since then staying focused.”
The Savages also beat Class 3A Sulphur by “only” 22 points in the season opener.
Outside of those two games, Wynnewood's average margin of victory has been about 60 points.
The defending Class A champions have faced even less of a threat.
Wayne beat Elmore City by 42-20 and have only one other game decided by 30 or fewer points.
“You just hope in practice that you're getting good conditioning in,” Sharp said. “They substitute a whole lot more than us, so in some ways, they may have an advantage there. But we feel like we'll be in good shape if the game comes down to the end.”