The Oklahoma high school football season continues to creep closer.
With practices scheduled to start Monday, Zero Week is scheduled for the week of Aug. 30. The 2019 season is filled with important matchups involving area teams.
Chickasha at Anadarko
The rivalry between the two schools has already had playoff implications in the one season that the two teams have been district opponents. Instead of playing each other at the beginning of the season without district implications, the two teams currently play at the end of the regular season as district foes.
Chickasha is scheduled to play at Anadarko Nov. 8, and both teams could be battling for playoff positioning.
Blanchard at Tuttle
The rivalry between the two schools is scheduled to take place once again and continues to have importance as a district matchup. Blanchard is scheduled to face Tuttle on the road Oct. 25.
Tuttle enters the season looking to defend its state championship from 2018.
One of Blanchard’s three losses last season came to the Tigers. The two teams have split the past two meetings.
The winner of the past two meetings has advanced to at least the semifinals.
Tuttle vs. Bethany
The two teams from the 2018 Class 4A state championship game are also from the same district.
Tuttle and Bethany are scheduled to face each other Oct. 11. Tuttle defeated Bethany 35-28 in the state championship game last season and swept the Bronchos in the teams’ two meetings.
Each team enters the season with expectations of success, and the Oct. 11 meeting could have lasting implications throughout the season.
Minco at Cashion
Both Minco and Cashion have high expectations entering the 2019 season. The two teams are scheduled to meet Nov. 8. The meeting will take place the final week of the regular season.
Cashion and Minco were picked by VYPE to finish first and second in District A-3, which has proven to be an extremely tough district. In 2018, Christian Heritage Academy finished fourth in the district and advanced to the Class A state title game in the postseason.
Cashion won the district last season, going 10-0 during the regular season. Minco finished third in the district last season.
Minco has plenty of experience and talent scheduled to return. There is a possibility that the two teams could be competing for the district title.
Rush Springs at Dibble
Both teams are playing under new leadership this season. The Redskins are scheduled to travel to Dibble Oct. 4 this season in a District A-4 game.
Last season’s district matchup ended up having importance when it came to the playoffs. Dibble defeated Rush Springs 21-7.
Dibble, Rush Springs and Elmore City-Pernell all went 3-4 in district play, but it was Dibble that managed to get in the playoffs over the other two schools. The game could end up having implications on the district once again.
Alex vs. Snyder
Last season's matchup between the Alex Longhorns and Snyder Cyclones ended up being the deciding factor for the District B-3 title.
Alex fell to Snyder and ended up finishing second in the district. The Longhorns host Snyder Oct. 11 this season and will be looking to avenge that loss.