Five of the county schools are still in the running for a playoff spot, although they all have big games this week.
Arkoma is looking to cement its top spot in its district when the undefeated Mustangs host Midway on Friday. Arkoma enters the game ranked 10th by Coachesaid.com, but is still not ranked by The Daily Oklahoman.
Both teams are undefeated in district play and the winner takes a big step toward a district championship, although both teams still must play Webbers Falls, also undefeated in district play, in the coming weeks.
Arkoma won its biggest game of the season last week with a 62-14 win at Maud to move to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district play. Midway is 4-1 and 4-0.
Poteau stayed alive for a playoff berth with a 24-0 win over Stilwell on Friday night. Now, the Pirates get into the meat of their schedule with games at Sallisaw on Thursday and at home against Broken Bow the following week.
The Pirates are now 1-2 in district play and 3-3 overall. Sallisaw, ranked ninth, is 4-2 and 3-0 and on a four-game winning streak after dropping its first two games to Greenwood and Alma. Sallisaw is tied with Hilldale for the district lead. Poteau is one of four teams with 1-2 district records.
In 3A, Spiro improved to 2-1 in district play with its second straight win over Hugo on Friday, but like Poteau, the Bulldogs have a tough one Friday when they host undefeated Seminole. The Chieftains are 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district play, the only team still perfect in district play.
Spiro is tied for second with Stigler and Eufaula, but has beaten the Ironheads. Stigler and Eufaula also play each other on Friday. Three of the other four district teams are at 1-2 and still in the running for a playoff spot.
Vian is showing it is the class of 2A-6. The Wolverines, who host winless Panama on Friday, defeated previously third-ranked Lincoln Christian on the road Friday, 41-24, to move to fourth in the state. Vian is 6-0 and 2-0.
Hartshorne and Wilburton are also perfect in district play. The Miners host Pocola in a key game Friday. Pocola got its first district win to improve to 1-2 in district play with a 34-33 win over Talihina Friday.
Talihina will try to bounce back from Friday’s defeat with a home game against Heavener. The Tigers are 5-1 overall and 1-1 in district play. Heavener is 1-5 and 0-3 in the district.
Heavener and Panama will need to pull off some upsets and get some help to make the playoffs. Pocola and Talihina are currently tied for fourth place in the district. While Pocola only has one game against one of the district leaders, this Friday at Hartshorne, Talihina still has games left against all three district leaders, so the Tigers have the opportunity to improve their playoff situation with wins.