The 2018 football season is set to be filled with big games involving teams in the area. Many of the games could have plenty of district implications on the line.
Blanchard vs. Tuttle
One of the top games in the state this year will be the continuation of the rivalry between the Blanchard Lions and Tuttle Tigers.
The two teams enter 2018 with high expectations and constantly find themselves in the playoffs. Competing in District 4A-2 has only upped the stakes between the two teams.
Blanchard snapped a streak of two straight losses to the Tigers in 2017.
VYPE Oklahoma also has high expectations for the Lions and Tigers. The matchup will be between two top-five teams, according to the magazine’s preseason Class 4A rankings. They ranked Blanchard second and Tuttle fourth in the class.
Blanchard came in at No. 1 in VYPE's district rankings, and Tuttle was picked second. With the game being played on Oct. 18, there could be a lot at stake.
Cyril vs. Alex
These two teams have a history of competing against each other. The matchup is another one that could have serious district implications on the line.
The game is scheduled to be played on Oct. 26, which is the penultimate week of the regular season.
The Pirates snapped a lengthy losing streak to the Longhorns in 2017. They came away with a narrow 40-36 victory.
Cyril ended up finishing second in District B-3, while the Longhorns finished fourth. Alex ended up having the longer playoff run.
Both teams were put in the top 15 of Class B by VYPE. The Longhorns are ranked 11th, and the Pirates are ranked 13th.
The publication put Alex second in its district rankings and Cyril third.
Minco vs. Crescent
A loaded District A-3 will feature a matchup between two football powerhouses who are no stranger to double-digit win seasons.
The teams are set to play on Oct. 12.
Minco has won 11 games two straight seasons and won 10 games in 2015. Crescent won 14 games last year and 10 games the year before that.
The two teams share something else in common. They were both eliminated by Afton in last year’s playoffs.
VYPE has Minco as the top-ranked team in its preseason Class A rankings. Crescent was ranked eighth by the magazine.
Minco was picked by VYPE to win the district, while Crescent was picked to finish second.
Chickasha vs. El Reno
In a non-district matchup, the Highway 81 Rivalry will continue in 2018 between the Fightin’ Chicks and Indians.
The game will be the teams' last non-district game and an opportunity to send them to district play with momentum. The game is scheduled for Sept. 14.
It is a series that Chickasha has recently controlled with the exception of a loss to the Indians last season.
Prior to that loss, the Chicks had won six straight games in the series from 2011 to 2016.
The Indians also represent something other than just a rival. They also represent Chickasha’s last victory.
Chickasha defeated El Reno at home in 2016.
Minco vs. Wynnewood
The two teams will meet in a game set to take place on Aug. 24, which is Zero Week for the 2018 season.
The Bulldogs get to open the season at home against a former district foe in Wynnewood.
As mentioned, Minco is ranked No. 1 by VYPE. Wynnewood is not far behind at No. 2.