While most teams worry about peaking before the playoffs, the Ringling Blue Devils have stayed in peak performance the last six weeks.
While most teams worry about peaking before the playoffs, the Ringling Blue Devils have stayed in peak performance the last six weeks. Ringling has not allowed a point in almost two months since a 33-13 victory over Dickson on Sept. 13. Since then the Blue Devils have blanked six straight opponents, which has helped them claim the District A-4 championship with one game remaining. At 7 p.m. Friday night at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium, the Blue Devils will attempt to seal up their second straight undefeated district campaign as they take on Apache in the regular season finale. Ringling enters with an overall record of 7-1 and 5-0 in district play, while the Warriors are 3-2 in district play and 4-5 overall. As far as the playoffs go, the Blue Devils know they will be hosting in the first two rounds of the postseason. The journey towards a possible state title will begin next Friday night for the Blue Devils, who will take on Watonga. Last week the Blue Devils took down Elmore City-Pernell 41-0 on the road for their sixth straight shutout, which matched their total from all of last season. Apache meanwhile fell on the road against Dibble at home by a score of 33-14. The Warriors are locked into the third spot in District A-4, and will play against either Minco or Cashion in the first round. Last year when these two teams met at Apache it was the Blue Devils winning 26-0. Fox (4-4) vs. Mt. View Gotebo (6-3), Friday 7 p.m. at Fox There will be plenty of pride at stake Friday night as the Fox Foxes play against Mt. View-Gotebo in their final regular season home game of the year. Fox is already locked into the fourth and final playoff spot from District C-2, and will be on the road against Pond Creek-Hunter in the first round next week. Last week the Foxes fell on the road against Maysville by a score of 54-34, while Mt View-Gotebo won 34-8 against the Thackerville Wildcats. Last year when these two teams met at Mt. View-Gotebo, the Foxes won by a score of 46-0. Marietta (1-8, 1-5) vs. Coalgate (1-8, 1-5), 7 p.m. Friday at McClain Stadium The Marietta Indians will try and end the season on a high note as they celebrate Senior Night on Friday against the Coalgate Wildcats at McClain Stadium. Both of these teams have been eliminated from the playoff race for the season. Last week the Wildcats got their first win of the season with a narrow 14-12 victory over the Tishomingo Indians at home. Marietta meanwhile fell at home 38-0 against Davis. Last year when these two teams played against one another at Coalgate it was the Wildcats winning by a score of 48-14. The last time Marietta defeated Coalgate was in 2013 when the Indians won 35-6 in Coalgate. Lone Grove (5-4, 2-4) vs. Bethel (5-4, 2-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Longhorn Stadium Despite not having a chance to make the playoffs, the Longhorns do have a chance to finish with six victories for the first time since 2015 Friday against the Bethel Wildcats. Lone Grove has won just three games the last two seasons, and can double their win total in taking down the Wildcats. These teams will enter with identical records, with Lone Grove coming off a narrow 48-47 loss against Purcell last week on the road. Bethel meanwhile lost its last game against Marlow last week by a score of 68-34 at home. Last year when these teams played at Bethel, the Longhorns won by a score of 34-27.