Woodward, Okla. —
If for some reason you've been waiting for the perfect night to catch a high school football game this year - then Friday, Nov. 8 is definitely the night.
Big games dot the schedule for week 10 with playoff positioning and district championships on the line.
There isn't a district title up for grabs as Clinton comes to Boomer Stadium, but the game has major implications for both teams.
Woodward's situation is simple. If the Boomers win, they will host a first-round playoff game on Nov. 15 - only their third playoff home playoff game since 1994. A loss and the Boomers go on the road for the playoffs.
A win would also end the program's current 10 game losing streak to the Red Tornadoes.
Woodward's last win in the series was 7-0 during the 1994 state championship season. The Boomers have come close a couple of times since - losing by a field goal in both 1995 and 2010, but Clinton escaped each time.
While the Boomers have a lot on the line, so to the Tornadoes. Clinton can finish second in the district with a win and could end up fourth with a loss - facing a top-seed from another district.
That background alone should make for a good matchup and a big crowd for Woodward's Senior Night.
The Boomers, though, also have something else special planned with a Pack The Track Legacy Night.
Former Boomer players are invited to join the team in the locker room for the pregame and also stay on the track and watch the game on either side of the cheer and dance teams (note, this is for alumni players only, families will need to stay in the stands).
For the Boomers, this is a chance for the current 7-2 team to "feel the tradition that came before them as they continue their quest to the ultimate goal,” said coach Darris Servis in his announcement.
In addition to packing the track, it would a good idea to greet the Red Tornadoes with a packed stadium.
If you haven't made a game this year, get out to this one. It will be worth it.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Friday is also showdown night in District B-1.
At Laverne, the unbeaten Tigers will play undefeated Pond Creek-Hunter for the championship.
This is a rematch of last year's state championship game won by Laverne. The Tigers also won the regular season matchup a year ago.
And regardless of the outcome, the teams could very well end up squaring off again in a few weeks for the Class B championship.
First, though, is this battle and it should be an interesting one. Pond Creek has allowed just 46 points all season, but Laverne has scored 482. Conversely, Laverne has given up 74 points and Pond Creek has scored 410.
Another district title will be decided on Jack Braud Field Friday.
The undefeated Sharon-Mutual Trojans put a 9-0 record up against a Shattuck team that is 7-1 and has won 7 in a row since an opening night loss to Laverne.
Both teams pretty much like to run the ball much as possible, so defensive stops may be the key to the outcome.
There is another big game in District C-1 as well. Waynoka travels to Boise City with the winner taking the fourth playoff spot. Balko is locked into the third position.
In District A-1, the championship is settled as Okeene is locked into the top seed. The other three spots will be occupied by Fairview, Texhoma and Oklahoma Bible in some order. A three-way tie is possible if OBA can upend Fairview.
Mooreland is going to just miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, but the Bearcats will try and surprise Okeene on Senior Night at Enterline Field and in the process finish the season with the momentum of a 3-game winning streak.
Basketball season is now under way for schools that don't field football teams.
Fargo-Gage opened its season with a couple of losses at Hammon last Friday.
For tonight, the schedule has Cheyenne-Reydon visiting Fargo-Gage and Fort Supply going to Hammon. Game time is 6:30 p.m. Freedom also plays today, hosting Yarbrough in a 4:30 p.m. start.
On Friday, the defending state champion Arnett Wildcats open their year at home against Fargo-Gage and Freedom goes to Aline-Cleo. Leedey and Vici are among the teams opening their seasons next week.
With hunting seasons starting or getting ready to start, a hunter safety education course is planned for Saturday at High Plains Technology Center.
The free course goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to anyone, said Game Ranger Mark Reichenberger.
However, according to a new state law, you have to be at least 10 years old to get certified, Reichenberger said.
For more information contact Reichenberger at 580-334-0353.
Johnny McMahan is managing editor of the Woodward News.