Ike, LHS vie tonight; Mac visits Ardmore
For the first time since 1977, Eisenhower and Lawton High will meet tonight in a district game that will help determine the field for the playoffs, and a few hours south in Ardmore, MacArthur will be meeting the Tigers in an equally-important District 5A-1 contest.
The Ike-LHS game had been played on Week 1 since 1999, however, with the split of Class 6A into two divisions, it left the two city rivals in the same district. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium with Ike serving as the home team and will occupy the north bleachers.
LHS is riding high in district at 3-0, while Ike is 0-2 and on the verge of "must-win" territory, so the stakes are indeed high for the two city foes.
For MacArthur, the playoffs are basically a done deal but the district title is still up for grabs and with these two long-time rivals both at 3-0 in district and 6-0 overall, it's a game that could very well determine the champion. Kickoff in that game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Noble Stadium in Ardmore.
Here is a brief look at both games:
District foes for first time since 1977
While Lawton High is looking to remain perfect in district play, Eisenhower is hoping to get its first district win of the season and keep its playoff hopes alive.
"I think it'd be awesome (if we beat Lawton High)," Ike head coach Danny Edelman said. "Naturally, it'd be a shot in the arm for everything that we've prepared for. Basically, any district win for any team is a plus. I know the game was played Game 1 in years past. It's a district game on our schedule and we'll line up and do the best job that we can."