Woodward, Okla. —
Second place in District 4A-1 and a home playoff game is on the line at Boomer Stadium tonight.
Fifth-ranked Woodward and defending state champion Clinton clash at Boomer Stadium in a football game where both teams have something to gain and lose.
Kickoff for the Senior Night contest is 7 p.m. Senior Night activities start at 6:30 p.m. with senior and parent introductions.
Woodward comes into the game with a 7-2 record and explosive offense. The Boomers put up 70 points last week against Elk City and averages nearly 40 points a game.
Clinton, ranked 10th in a couple of polls, is 6-3 - not the normal type of record you typically see from the Red Tornadoes. Injuries were a problem at midseason, but the Tornadoes appeared pretty healthy the last 2 weeks, rolling up 50-plus points in each game.
The importance of the game is both simple and complex.
It's simple in the fact that the winner will be the second seed in the district.
For the loser? Woodward would be third with a loss. Clinton would probably end up fourth, but could be third and there is a scenario or two where the Tornadoes could even miss the playoffs depending on the outcome of other games.
As an added benefit, the winner will be on the opposite side of unbeatens Anadarko and Wagoner on the playoff bracket.
Kale Hixon leads a Boomer offense that has scored 30 or plus points in all but one game. Hixon had a 315 yard rushing game a week ago, but the Boomers also get production from Micah Kee, Xavier Vo, Dakota Taylor and Kyler Ferguson.
In addition, Kade Marlatt is a big-play threat as a runner and receiver and Kaleb Roach can make big plays in a lot of ways.
The Boomers are experienced and tough up front.
Clinton's defense has been torched a couple of times this year, but the Tornadoes are always big, physical and athletic.
On the offensive end, Clinton featured Marquiez Simpkins, a junior who is one of the top running backs in Class 4A. The Tornadoes have some other big-play threats as well and are typically solid across the line.
Woodward's defense has given up some yards, but is adept at forcing turnovers and making stops at crucial times.
Only 2 teams in 4A have given up fewer points that Woodward's 126 (Anadarko 71 and Douglass 110).
In addition to Senior Night, the Boomers are planning a Pack The Track Night featuring alumni players who will be invited in the locker room before the game and also to line up and watch the game on the track.
“This is a chance for the current Boomer team to feel the tradition that came before them as they continue their quest to the ultimate goal,” said head coach Darris Servis in his announcement.
The Boomers are looking for their first victory over Clinton since 1994, the year Woodward its last state championship.
Other District 4A-1 matchups have Elk City at Cache, Piedmont at Weatherford and Anadarko at Elgin.
There are a number of big games in the area for week 10 - including a pair of district championship contests.
In District B-1, it is No. 1-ranked Laverne against No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter. Both team 9-0 and basically untested.
Laverne has outscored teams by a 482-74 margin, putting several opponents away in the first quarter.
Tucker Rolf, Trevor Harris and Dalton Birch form one of the most explosive offenses in 8-man football.
Pond Creek-Hunter has been almost as good on offense with 410 points and has also allowed just 46 points.
The teams played twice last year with Laverne winning both teams, including 50-19 in the state championship game.
In C-1, Sharon-Mutual and Shattuck will decide the championship.
Sharon-Mutual ranked third is 9-0 while Shattuck, ranked fourth or fifth is 7-1 with a 7-game winning streak since an opening night loss to Laverne.
Both teams rely heavily on the run.
Sharon-Mutual quarterback Cooper Free has rushed for over 300 yards each of the past 2 games and is the focus of every defense. Sharon-Mutual's front three of Gage White, John Custar and Wyatt Barrera are as good as any unit in Class C.
Shattuck features senior running back Trevor Carpenter and quarterback Beau Srader. The Indians also have experience at just about every position and are always a physical club.
The Trojans have scored 433 points this season while holding opponents to 83. Shattuck has given up 144 points while scoring 360.
The other game of import in C-1 has Waynoka visiting Boise City. The winner goes to the playoffs while the loser stays home.
Balko is locked into third in the district and will close out the regular season at Tyrone.
In Class B, Seiling ends its year at Covington-Douglas. In Class A, Mooreland brings a two-game winning streak into its season finale against Okeene at Enterline Field. Okeene has already locked up the A-1 championship. Mooreland is out of the playoff picture, but the Bearcats have a chance to finish with 7 wins.