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Typically, five storylines are reserved for the other area games. Instead, with the playoffs underway, here are some storylines to watch in other parts of the bracket that may impact area teams down the road.

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The playoff ramifications of Friday's senior night game at No. 10 Noble border on absurdity. Shawnee (5-4, 4-2 District 5A-3) struts into town, brimming with confidence after last week's 20-point victory over Durant. It turning its season around since starting 2-4. Also, following heartbreaking district losses to Coweta and McAlester, it is still in the race for second-place.

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…

Not who we thought they were: Moore has to be the favorite against Owasso Friday at home. Just two years ago, that would have sounded crazy. The Lions have have risen above their recent history that includes three winless seasons the last five years and Owasso has slipped after reaching the …

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Norman North coach Brent Barnes is well aware of what a win Friday against Edmond North would mean. Winning a district title was a dream goal before the season began. Since it was seemingly tied to a win over Union

the first by a west side team since 2001

it seemed a little far-fetched. North hadn't finished higher than third in the new 6A-I.

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Facing a third down and 4 to put the 30-27 win against No. 3 Union on ice, Norman North coach Brent Barnes had a decision to make. Would he throw the ball, taking the risk of an incompletion and allowing the Redskins to save their last timeout for a chance to end the game? Or would he stay on the ground, forcing them to take it while likely giving the ball back?

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.

1 Parker vs. Buol: McAlester, known more for its running game in the past, has found a unique talent in Braden Parker. As a junior, he threw for 1,605 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but still took a backseat to Deon Smith, Rylan Stephens and Mike Redway, who rushed for a c…

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?

NOBLE — Christian Robinson did a good job of bursting on the scene in Noble’s first game at Tecumseh, but he’s done little since to show that was a fluke.

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

Kicking onside every time in a 56-13 blowout might be considered overkill, but Norman North coach Brent Barnes takes a Michael Corleone-like look at the practice.

NOBLE — The Bears haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, but this year that could all change.