During the course of a long season, you get very few chances to play a game with the pressure off.
During the course of a long season, you get very few chances to play a game with the pressure off. The Healdton Bulldogs are going to get such a chance this evening at home. At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Bulldogs will be playing a rare late season non-district game as they take on the Crescent Tigers out of district A-3. Healdton enters this contest with an overall record of 3-5 on the season while Crescent has an identical record of 3-5. Both teams currently own 1-4 records in their respective districts. Last week the Bulldogs were defeated 35-6 against Dibble, eliminating them from playoff contention, while Crescent defeated Putnam Heights Academy by a score of 41-6. Healdton has already tripled its win total from a year ago, when the Bulldogs were forced to forfeit half of their games due to low numbers. The Bulldogs will finish the regular season next week at home against Rush Springs. Lone Grove (5-3, 2-3) at Purcell (4-4, 3-2), 7 p.m. at Purcell For the Lone Grove Longhorns, the road to the postseason is very simple. Win the next two games and you make the playoffs for the first time since 2015. The first step towards a potential return to the postseason for the Longhorns begins this evening in Purcell against the Dragons. Lone Grove is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak which has resulted in them dropping out of the top-four of the district 3A-2 standings. Purcell meanwhile is barely hanging onto the fourth and final playoff spot at 3-2 in district play, which is tied with Sulphur, but the Bulldogs own the head-to-head tiebreaker. Last week the Longhorns put up a fight against district leader Plainview, leading at one point 6-0, before going into halftime down 7-6. But the Indians eventually came back for a 26-6 victory in the rain at Longhorn Stadium. Purcell meanwhile is riding a three-game winning streak after losing its first two district games against Plainview and Sulphur. The Dragons closest game the last three weeks came on Oct. 17 against Bethel, a game in which they won 43-33 at home. Last year when these two teams played one another it was Purcell winning 34-14. Bethany (8-0, 5-0) at Madill (3-5, 2-3), 7:30 p.m. at Madill Throughout any given season, a team can be expected to face more than its fair share of challenges. Madill’s biggest challenge of the campaign will be coming wearing purple and white Friday night. The Wildcats will welcome the No. 1 Bethany Bronchos to Blake Smiley Stadium, in a game in which Madill needs to win to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. To do that, the Wildcats will have to do what no other team has done so far this year, slow down the high-powered Bethany offense and stifling defense. The Bronchos have yet to allow more than 30 points this season, while scoring more than 30 points five times. Bethany has been held in check offensively against Blanchard (17-8) and Tuttle (21-0), but has rolled in its other games. Last week the Bronchos took down Tecumseh by a score of 36-7, while the Wildcats got back in the playoff hunt with a convincing 57-32 victory on the road against McLoud. A victory by the Wildcats would even their district record at 3-3 going into the season finale against Tecumseh.