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Three straight!: With a win at home over Putnam City North or a No. 9 Moore loss at No. 1 Norman North, No. 6 Southmoore will clinch a playoff spot for the third straight season. Only Mustang, Union, Jenks and Broken Arrow have longer active streaks. It could have been longer too. The SaberC…

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No. 6 Southmoore is on the verge of making the postseason for the third straight season. Not many teams have done that in the new Class 6A-I. Making the playoffs is different than in other classes. The first round is the state quarterfinals. All it takes is three wins to hoist the gold ball. In Classes A, 2A and 3A it takes five. Classes 4A and 5A require four. Yet, while that shortened playoff season would seem to promote parody, it has been pretty predictable.

Historic matchup: Moore and Mustang have been trending in different directions over the past decade. The Lions' last win in the series came a year prior to the opening of Southmoore in 2007. Mustang has become a football power in part due to staying a single high school district. The Broncos…

Defensive struggle: The last two games, Prague has allowed just 14 points. Little Axe allowed 23 against McLoud but shut out Bridge Creek two weeks prior. If the Indians have their way, this will be a low-scoring game.

Playing up: Community Christian plays its first game against a Class 3A foe when it travels to Purcell Friday. The Royals are in their first year in Class 2A after moving up from Class A. Moving up, CCS wanted tougher teams on its schedule. That’s part of the reason the Royals scheduled the …

There are five area teams still alive for playoff spots, and while Norman North and Southmooore’s picture is pretty clear, others are a little more complex.

Yet again, we wish for defense from Norman North, offense from Norman High, a playoff position after a strong non-district start from Community Christian (not to mention Noble … Hello, the Bears are 3-0) and do we dare declare Southmoore best in the west?

Watching the first week of high school football is a bit like biting into a new entree at a favorite restaurant.