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Vrska picks LHS, Mac to pass road district tests

Here we are, the final week of the first half of football season. Not long from now, it will be playoff time (which at the same time means non-football schools' basketball seasons start, does it ever end?).

It was nearly a bad week for America last week. We got our teeth kicked in at the Ryder Cup, the Yankees were eliminated from postseason contention and Derek Jeter played his final game.

The only thing that saved the country was our 17-2 record last week. You're welcome, America. 

MacArthur has been impressive through four weeks this season and its starters have gotten extra rest coming into this week after playing just a quarter against Northwest Classen last week. The Highlander starters scored 49 points in 12 minutes before letting the JV finish off the pummeling.

Now they go 50 miles to the west to renew their rivalry with Altus, which is looking better each week. The Bulldogs are 3-1 with a seven-point win over Vernon, Texas and a one-point win over Elk City before blowing out El Reno last week. Their lone loss was a blow out at Anadarko, but nobody walks into Anadarko and wins.

While we've been impressed by Altus so far this season, the defense is giving up just 13 points in wins. The problem is MacArthur is much more like Anadarko than the other three Altus' opponents: a power. The Highlanders are going to move the ball very well in this game. Altus is getting better, but MacArthur is one of the best teams in 5A for a reason . . . MacArthur 45, ALTUS 13.

Here are the rest of the Week 5 picks with the home teams in all-caps.

Lawton High 38, ENID 20 ñ  Enid nearly pulled off an upset last week losing by just three to Choctaw, which is widely considered to be a shoo-in for the playoffs. Yellowjacket QB Jonah Llanusa accounted for six touchdowns, including five rushing. LHS won't move the ball the same way, but having so many different weapons still means the Wolverines will put up points in bunches.

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