By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — With one game left on the schedule, several area schools have playoff races that are far from decided. Several teams are fighting for a district title, while teams like Norman High are fighting just for a chance to play next week.
The most drama lies in Class 6A, where Norman North could finish as high as first or as low as fourth in its district, and District 6A-4 could go several different ways.
Playoff scenarios for teams still in contention:
The Timberwolves (6-3, 5-1) are guaranteed a playoff spot but could finish as high as first or as low as fourth.
With a win over Lawton Eisenhower (4-5, 3-3), the Timberwolves will repeat as district champions. Even with a loss, they will win the district if Yukon defeats Putnam City North.
With a loss, the Timberwolves finish second if:
· Putnam City North beats Yukon, Moore beats Midwest City and US Grant beats Edmond North.
· Putnam City North beats Yukon, Midwest City beats Moore, Edmond North beats US Grant, and the T-Wolves finish second on tiebreaks.
With a loss, the Timberwolves finish third or fourth if:
· Putnam City North beats Yukon, Midwest City beats Moore, Edmond North beats US Grant and the Timberwolves finish third or fourth on tiebreaks. No sequence of events has the Timberwolves missing the postseason.
NHS (5-4, 3-3) travels to Lawton to face the third-ranked and undefeated Wolverines at 7 p.m. on Friday. It’s unlikely, but there could be a five-way tie that sees the Tigers finish second in the district. Ties between three or more teams are decided by district points, which teams gain or lose up to 15 points depending on margin of victory. Heading into Week 10, five teams could end up at 4-3 in district play. Of those, Edmond Memorial leads the way with 25 district points, followed by Southmoore with 21, Mustang with 17, NHS with 11 and Edmond Santa Fe with minus-six.
If the Tigers lose, they’ll miss the playoffs. With a win, the Tigers finish second in District 6A-4 if:
· Putnam City West beats Edmond Memorial, Mustang beats Southmoore, Edmond Santa Fe beats Choctaw and the Tigers come out on top of district points.
The Tigers finish third if:
· Mustang beats Southmoore, Edmond Memorial beats Putnam City West, Edmond Santa Fe beats Choctaw and the Tigers come out on top of district points.
The Tigers finish fourth if:
· Southmoore beats Mustang, Edmond Memorial beats Putnam City West, and Edmond Santa Fe beats Choctaw.
· Mustang beats Southmoore, Edmond Memorial beats Putnam City West, Edmond Santa Fe beats Choctaw and the Tigers finish fourth on tiebreaks.
The SaberCats (6-3, 4-2) have a pivotal game at Mustang on Friday. With a win, Southmoore will finish second. However, with a loss the SaberCats could finish as high as second or miss the playoffs entirely.
· If Southmoore loses, Lawton defeats NHS and Edmond Santa Fe defeats Choctaw, Southmoore’s fate will come down to tiebreakers, with the SaberCats finishing as high as second or missing the postseason entirely.
The stakes are extremely clear for the Jaguars (8-1, 5-1) as they host Broken Arrow (7-2, 5-1). The winner will finish second to Jenks in District 6A-2, while the loser will finish third.
Things are equally as clear for Washington (7-1, 5-1). The Warriors will win the district if they defeat Lindsay (6-2, 5-0) on Friday, while the loser will finish second in District 2A-3.
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