In Oklahoma high school football, three area football programs reside in Class A across two different districts.
The Minco Bulldogs are the lone area team in District A-3. Rush Springs and Dibble reside in District A-4.
District A-3 proved to be an extremely tough district in 2018. All four playoff teams advanced past the first round, and two of those teams won at least two playoff games.
Three teams in the district finished with double-digit victories.
Minco advanced to the second round of the playoffs after finishing third in the district during the regular season. The Bulldogs defeated Boone-Apache before falling to Hobart.
The Bulldogs were able to extend their playoff streak to nine seasons in a row. They have also won at least one playoff game each of the past six seasons.
Minco ended the season with a 9-3 record.
Cashion won the district and went undefeated in the regular season. Cashion fell in the second round and ended the season with a record of 11-1.
Crossings Christian finished second and won two playoff games before finishing the season with a record of 10-3.
The district’s fourth-place team had the longest run. Christian Heritage Academy knocked off the No. 1 team from A-4 — Ringling — and advanced to the finals before falling to Tonkawa.
The Crusaders won 10 games last season, finishing 10-5. Minco defeated CHA during the regular season.
The magazine VYPE thinks the district could be tough again, putting two teams in the top five of its Class A rankings in its Pigskin Preview. The rankings feature 10 teams.
VYPE put Cashion at No. 1 in the class and Minco at No. 5.
Behind Ringling for the A-4 playoff spots in 2018 were Boone-Apache, Walters and Dibble.
The Dibble Demons advanced to the playoffs for the second season in a row in their first year in Class A after moving down from 2A. Dibble went 3-4 in district play, which includes the forfeit victory over Healdton.
Dibble, Rush Springs and Elmore City-Pernell all finished with the same record in district play, but it was Dibble that managed to sneak in the playoffs. In an area matchup, Dibble defeated Rush Springs 21-7 during the regular season.
Despite just missing out on the playoffs, Rush Springs did manage to end the season with a .500 record. The Redskins finished the year with a record of 5-5.
The Redskins will be looking to start a new streak of playoff appearances in 2019.