Following their first win of the district season last week against Walters, spirits are once again high in Healdton.

Following their first win of the district season last week against Walters, spirits are once again high in Healdton.

But this week brings new challenges, and not just from their opponent in the Elmore City-Pernell Badgers.

The Bulldogs are facing a short week as this week is Fall Break, where most games across Oklahoma are moved up a day to accommodate schools.

Healdton will take the field at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Healdton to take on the Badgers.

ECP enters the game with an overall record of 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in district play, while the Bulldogs are 3-3 on the season and 1-2 in district play.

This game carries with it some important emphasis as far as the playoffs go as the Badgers currently occupy the fourth and final playoff spot in District A-4, while the Bulldogs are just outside the postseason picture in fifth place. 

“Playing on a short week does come with its own set of problems,” Healdton coach Mark Barrett said. “We’re actually losing a day of practice if you think about it. So we have to combine two days of practice into Monday and then adjust for things on Tuesday and Wednesday, so it does tend to throw us off a little. But by this time of the year we’re all pretty comfortable with a routine so I think we’ll be alright.”

“Now Elmore City Pernell is a team that is big and very physical,” Barrett added. “They run several different formations in their offensive scheme, so they make it where you have to be focused when you are on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve also got a great quarterback that is pretty good and knows how to move around the field as well.”

Last week the Bulldogs went on the road and took down Walters by a score of 12-0, while the Badgers enjoyed a 33-0 victory over Rush Springs at home. 

These two teams did not meet one another last season as the game between the two was a forfeit victory for the Badgers. 

The last time the Bulldogs traveled to Elmore City was in 2017 when Healdton claimed a blowout 70-14 victory over the Badgers.