District play begins after rain cancels many games
It appears that the storms have passed and we should be good to go for football this weekend. While some games went on as scheduled, majority of games in the state were canceled or shortened.
It’s got to be a weird feeling for coaches and players. After pushing themselves all week for the cause of being prepared for anything on the football field, something completely beyond their control rips the chance to play out of their hands.
Hoping there won’t be any repeats this weekend. Here are my picks for Week 4.
(Home team in CAPS)
We start in Cache, where the Bulldogs hope to rediscover their form. After an impressive win over Altus in Zero Week, Cache has looked like a different team. They scored just one touchdown in a loss to Marlow and trailed Sulphur 14-3 when thunderstorms came and ended play before halftime.
Meanwhile, Anadarko’s lone loss came to Blanchard, 13-0. Last year’s game was played on a slip-n-slide disguised as a football field, and Cache came away with a 19-0 victory, its first win over the Warriors in a decade. Both teams will want to run the ball and play good defense. It’s tough to call, but I give the home team the advantage. Gimme CACHE 20, Anadarko 17.
WEATHERFORD 22, Elgin 14: Chalmer Wyatt’s Owls have a tough task in No. 6 Weatherford. However, it’s hard to truly gauge just how good Weatherford is because of their opponents. They have wins over Chisholm and Woodward but lost to Piedmont for the second straight year. As good as DE/TE/do-everything Ethan Downs is for the Eagles, they will need more than just him to beat a determined Elgin squad.
SNYDER 48, Waurika 41: Two unbeatens face a big test. Hard to differentiate between the two. I give the nod to the home team.
MARLOW 26, Douglass 7: If it seems like not that long ago that Douglass was amazing at football, that’s because it wasn’t that long ago. State champs in 2010, semifinalists in 2013, it’s almost as if the controversial playoff loss to Locust Grove in 2014 has been a mental block for the Trojans. Either way, I like the offensive firepower Marlow seems to have. Jace Gilbert appears to have taken control of that offense. As long as they keep turnovers and penalties to a minimum, I like the Outlaws’ chances.
Duncan 34, NOBLE 30: This one might not jump off the page to some, but it could have major playoff implications down the line. Noble started off 2-0 but is fresh off of a puzzling, rain-shortened blowout at the hands of Piedmont. Duncan, meanwhile, is still in the top 5 of the Class 5A rankings. I don’t think that changes here.
ALTUS 55, Southeast 8: Not much to see here. Bulldogs are the superior team.
APACHE 31, Healdton 16: Apache has lost two in a row after winning its opener. But I think a game against Healdton, who held Comanche to just six points in regulation — and lost, is just what the doctor ordered to stop a losing skid.
RINGLING 28, Walters 14: Speaking of teams who have lost to Comanche, Walters is 0-3. Unfortunately, I don’t think they get in the win column in the battle of the Blue Devils.