For half of the football teams in Oklahoma, the playoffs begin next Friday, however, for Lawton High School the second season begins tonight when the Wolverines visit Norman because the only way they can make the playoffs is by beating the Tigers in their own comfortable surroundings.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Harve Collins Field located on the campus of Norman High School, which is located on Main Street near downtown Norman.
This has been one of those seasons head coach Randy Breeze, his assistants and the players would just as soon forget with all the injuries, the transfer of D.J. Ward and several other strange events that sent players to the bench.
However, that could all change and turn this into a season they want to remember if somehow the Wolverines can get on a win streak. But first they must beat Norman, plain and simple. All those points that the Wolverines accumulated during district play plus 24 don't mean a thing if they can't beat Norman.
Edmond Santa Fe is the champion at 6-0 regardless of what happens against Choctaw tonight. Norman has wrapped up second, regardless of tonight's outcome against LHS.
Then come LHS, Mustang, Edmond Memorial and Southmoore all at 3-3. The problem for the Wolverines is that even though they have the highest point total among those teams, which decides the issue when three or more teams are tied, Southmoore and Mustang play each other and that means that one of those teams will climb to 4-3. And, since Edmond Memorial plays Putnam City West, which is winless in district, it's a good bet that the Bulldogs will also be 4-3.
Get the importance of those events; for LHS to utilize those all-important points in a possible three-way tie for third, the Wolverines have to beat Norman.
The chances of that happening seem much better today than they did a week or two ago. First the Wolverines have starting quarterback Dallas Sealey back in the lineup after a four-week absence. And now speedster Tevin Foster is back and getting stronger and stronger every day.