Pauls Valley Democrat
With only four weeks left in the season, teams around Garvin County will be scrambling for wins as they look get into the playoffs.
Elmore City-Pernell and Maysville have a key battle with each other with the winner still having a chance at making the playoffs while the loser will have a hard time getting in.
Stratford has a leg up on ECP and Maysville with a district win over Caddo but they are in the middle of playing the three “W’s” Wayne, Wewoka and Wynnewood. The three “W’s” have a combined record of 8-0 in district play and have shown thus far that they are playing for the top three spots in the district.
Paoli has a key battle at Waurika as they are in a three-way tie with Waurika and Cyril for the fourth spot in the district.
Wynnewood and Pauls Valley are both undefeated in district play but have a long way to go. They “Control their own destiny” but with each win they draw closer to a home playoff game.
Pauls Valley and Madill are sitting atop the district with 3-0 records. They control their own destiny with several key games coming up for both squads.
Pauls Valley at Sulphur
The Panthers will take their show on the road this week as they travel to Sulphur to face the Bulldogs. Sulphur is much better than its 2-4 record would indicate. They looked like the Sulphur teams of old last week in a 63-13 win at Atoka.
The Bulldogs had over 450 yards in offense last week. Quarterback Ryan Rackley led the way with 136 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Nate Johnson also scored three times as he carried the ball 13 times for 78 yards. Thomison, Venegas and Kenyon Knapp each had a touchdown in the game.
The Bulldog offense was solid giving up 226 total yards, 190 of those on the ground. The 13 Wampus Cat points came late in the game when the outcome was already decided.
After the 3 “W” Wayne, Wynnewood and Wewoka, District A-5 seems to be a toss up. Four teams, Caddo, Elmore City-Pernell, Maysville and Stratford are all battling for that final spot.
Elmore-Pernell has a slight advantage having already played the 3 “W’s,” but Stratford has a win up on all four having beat Caddo a couple of weeks back. Caddo and Stratford are in the middle of the big three.
Elmore City-Pernell at Maysville
Throw the records out the window; the battle between these rivals is one of the best ones in the area.
It doesn’t matter what sport Elmore City-Pernell and Maysville are playing in their dislike for each other comes through.
After winning their first two games, Elmore-Pernell has lost four straight including losses to the No. 1 and No. 2 team in Class A. The Badgers are looking to get back in the win column and a three game win streak here at the end of the season could propel this team back into the playoffs.
Maysville is also looking for a win after starting the season 0-6. They have faced two of the “W’s” and have Wayne as their final game. Maysville had their best offense output of the season scoring 15 points against No. 7 Cashion.
Caddo at Wynnewood
The defending Class B champion, Caddo, will invade Wynnewood Friday night to face the Savages. After dropping their first three district games, Caddo needs to knock off the No. 1 team in Class A and win their final two district games to have a shot at returning to the playoffs. The Bruins had a shot last week to beat Wewoka but couldn’t get the job done losing 27-19.
Caddo is led on offense by tailback Corey Savoy and Tanner Grace and quarterback Triston Pairs. Jace Brown had a huge game last week throwing the ball for Savages. Elmore slowed down the Wynnewood run game and Brown took over throwing for over 170 yards and three touchdowns.
Wewoka at Stratford
The Stratford Bulldogs are in the middle of a three-game stretch with the 3 “W’s.” After a loss to No. 2 Wayne last week, Stratford will be entertaining top 15 Wewoka this week. The Tigers have weapons all over the field but none more dangerous than quarterback Bryton Washington. Washington had three touchdown runs and threw for another to lead Wewoka pas Caddo last week.
Washington’s 70-yard run in the fourth quarter broke a 19-19 tie and kept the Tigers perfect in district play.
The Fox Foxes lead the way in B-2 with a 5-0 record. Alex and Central are tied for second with 4-1 records and Cyril, Waurika and Paoli are one game behind with 3-2 records.
Paoli at Waurika
Paoli has a big battle facing them Friday night in Waurika. The Pugs and Eagles both need to win to keep pace in a tight district. Blaine Shockley leads the pass happy Eagle offense. Shockley’s favorite target is Austin Masoner. The Eagles had an easy time last week with Macomb after losing back-to-back games to Alex and Cyril. Waurika has had some success in their first year of 8-man football. The Eagles dropped down from Class A where their success was minimal.