Now it is truly win or go home. For weeks, many of these teams had to fight to get into the playoffs. If they lose this weekend, they're done until next fall. The first round of the playoffs begin with some interesting matchups around the state. Rematches, grudge matches and possible upsets top the list. Here is a look at the Top 5 games from around the Tulsa area this week:
5. Coweta Tigers 6-4 (5-2) at Bishop Kelley Comets 7-2 (5-1)
This is a rematch from Week 3 of the regular season. The Comets beat the Tigers 30-27 in the first go-around. This one will be intense. Bishop Kelley missed out on the district championship by ONE POINT. They lost to McAlester 28-27 in Week 5. Since then, J.J. Tappana's team has won four straight. They're red-hot entering the postseason. Coweta finished the year 4-1. Their only district losses were to Bishop Kelley and Pryor (7-0).
4. Stillwater Pioneers 8-2 (6-1) at Jenks Trojans 8-2 (6-1)
These two teams have each had tremendous seasons but tripped at the finish line. The Trojans lost the district title to Broken Arrow in Week 9 and the Pioneers missed out on a championship by falling to Union in the season finale. It's the 6A matchup with the most combined wins this week and it could be a classic. If Stillwater plays like it did in the first six district games, Jenks will be in for a battle. If Stillwater comes out and plays like it did against Union last weekend (47 yards of total offense and zero points), Jenks could be moving on to round two with ease.
3. Booker T. Washington Hornets 4-5 (4-2) at East Central Cardinals 9-1 (6-1)
This is a rematch of last season's 5A state championship game. Booker T. Washington had the upper hand last season at Boone Pickens Stadium but is the underdog this year to the explosive Cardinals. Travis Hill's East Central squad only dropped one game this season and beat four playoff teams. The Hornets, who lost a lot of playmakers from last year's title team, started the year slowly before finishing the regular season 4-2. East Central's running game could be too much for the Hornets to handle. Malachi Neal is the top rusher in 5A. He ran for 1,274 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
2. Sequoyah Tahlequah Indians 7-2 (4-2) at Berryhill Chiefs 9-1 (6-1)
Berryhill still hasn't solved the Cascia Hall riddle. The Commandos are the only team to beat the Chiefs this year. Sequoyah Tahlequah has to find a way to slow down the Berryhill offensive attack. Excluding the loss to Cascia, Berryhill outscored its opponents 376-118 this season. The Indians' only losses were by a combined 10 points to 3A powerhouses Verdigris (9-1) and Metro Christian (10-0). This game could be a last-possession thriller.
1. Norman Tigers 7-3 (4-3) at Owasso Rams 7-3 (5-1)
The Owasso Rams pulled off the biggest upset of the season by ending the Union Redskins' 94-game district winning streak. They then gave the district crown away the following week by losing to Stillwater at home. The Rams host Norman this week, which played well in one of the state's most competitive districts. The Tigers lost to Jenks, Broken Arrow and Southmoore. That trio has combined to win 22 games. Owasso has been up and down in the playoffs in recent history. The winner of this matchup faces the winner of Midwest City (10-0) and Westmoore (7-3) next weekend.
JUST MISSED THE CUT:
Pawhuska Huskies 5-5 (3-3) at Adair Warriors 10-0 (7-0)
Broken Bow Savages 7-3 (4-3) at Catoosa Indians 10-0 (7-0)
Tulsa Central Braves 8-2 (5-2) at McAlester Buffaloes 10-0 (6-0)
Piedmont Wildcats 6-4 (5-2) at Glenpool Warriors 6-4 (6-1)
Sequoyah Claremore Eagles 5-4 (3-3) at Cascia Hall Commandos 10-0 (7-0)
Victory Christian Conquerors 7-3 (5-2) at Seminole Chieftains 10-0 (7-0)
Kansas Comets 7-3 (4-3) at Lincoln Christian Bulldogs 9-1 (6-0)