WAYNOKA, Okla. — Waynoka looks to nail down a home playoff berth Friday when the Railroaders (6-3, 4-2) host C-1 rival Balko-Forgan (1-5, 3-5) in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Cason Olson had a 75-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion to lift the Railroaders past Timberlake, 8-6 last week which allowed Waynoka to move into a second-place tie with the Tigers for second in C-1.
A Waynoka win gives the Rails second place in C-1. A Waynoka loss and a Timberlake win over Tyrone would give Timberlake second. If both Timberlake and Waynoka lose and Sharon-Mutual (3-3) beats Buffalo (2-4) there's a three-way tie for second.
Timberlake has plus-38 in the tiebreaker while Waynoka has plus-four and Sharon-Mutual plus-five. If Waynoka wins, Timberlake loses and Sharon-Mutual wins, the Tigers and Trojans would be tied for third. Timberlake would be third from having beaten the Trojans, 34-20.
Waynoka, though, holds its own destiny. The Rails have been the cardiac kids with three of their wins being by two points — Buffalo, 32-30; Tyrone, 50-48 in overtime and Timberlake, 8-6. They fell to No. 1-ranked Pond Creek-Hunter, 16-12 on Oct. 25.
Olson has scored 16 touchdowns for the Rails and has thrown for 14 more. Chris Green has added 11 touchdowns while Tyler Newton has caught eight of Olson's scoring passes.
Balko-Forgan upset Sharon-Mutual, 28-20 on Oct. 25 for its lone district win. They were shut out for the second time this season, 37-0 by Buffalo last week.
Waynoka leads the series, 22-18 having won the last four meetings, including a forfeit last season.
Tyrone (5-4, 2-4) at Timberlake (7-2, 4-2) — Timberlake dropped out of the Class C rankings after the loss to Waynoka. The Tigers had a four-game winnings streak broken by the Railroaders. Quarterback Ethan Jenlink threw for a seven-yard strike to Merric Judd for Timberlake's lone touchdown against Waynoka. Tyrone started the season 4-0 but lost four of next five games, including a 46-0 loss to No. 1-ranked Pond Creek-Hunter last week. The series is tied 3-3 but Tyrone has won the last three meetings, including 70-24 last season.
In other games Friday night:
Crescent (4-5, 1-4) at Christian Heritage (1-4, 5-4) — This game is for pride as both teams have been eliminated from the District A-3 playoff chase. Crescent is riding a two-game winning streak. CHA playoff hopes ended with a 40-29 loss to Watonga last week. CHA won last year's game, 29-22.
Minco (9-0, 5-0) at Cashion (8-0, 5-0) — This game is for the District A-3 championship. Cashion retained its No. 1 ranking in the AP poll with a 44-24 rout of Crossings Christian last week. Minco, ranked No. 6, had last week off after beating Christian Heritage, 35-19 on Oct. 25. Cashion has outscored opponents, 374-80. Minco has outscored its foes, 304-139. Cashion won last year's game, 26-13.
Newkirk (1-8, 1-4) at Alva (2-6, 1-4) — Both teams are out of playoff contention. The injury-ridden Goldbugs are trying to break a four-game losing streak. They were off last week after losing to OCS, 59-26 on Oct. 25. Newkirk broke a nine-game losing streak over two seasons by beating Hennessey, 22-20 last week behind two touchdown passes from Garrett Stone and two touchdowns by Clayton Sargent. Alva leads the series, 13-4 since 1992. The Tigers took the Goldbugs out of playoff contention by beating Alva, 30-22 last season.
Piedmont (7-2, 5-1) at Woodward (5-4, 4-2) — Woodward clinched its first playoff berth since 2013 with a 50-0 rout of Guymon last week. That was the most points the Boomers have scored since a 70-0 rout of Northwest Classen last season. The Wildcats routed Northwest, 51-0 last week. If Woodward upsets No. 5 Piedmont and No. 1 McGuinness beats No. 2 Carl Albert, Woodward would be in a three-way tie with Carl Albert and Piedmont for second in 5A-1. Carl Albert has plus-71 points in the tiebreaker compared to 49 for Piedmont and 41 for Woodward. If Carl Albert wins and Piedmont loses, Woodward is third in the district and Piedmont fourth. If Piedmont and Carl Albert win, there's a three-way tie between Piedmont, Carl Albert and McGuinness (plus-90) for first. Piedmont has won the last three meetings and leads the series, 6-5 since 2004. The Wildcats won last year, 47-28.
Thomas (7-2) at Perry (6-3) — Both teams are headed to the playoffs. Perry is a replacement for Okeene on the Terriers' schedule. Two teams didn't play last year. Thomas clinched the A-1 championship by beating Fairview, 36-14 last week. Perry, the fourth-place finisher in 2A-1, lost to OCS, 42-36 in double overtime.
Watonga (5-4, 2-3) at OCA (2-7, 0-5) — The visiting Eagles clinched fourth place in A-3 last week by beating Christian Heritage, 40-29. It was Watonga's second biggest scoring output of the season. OCA had its highest scoring output of the season by beating Capitol Hill, 62-0. OCA leads the series, 3-2, but Watonga won last year's game, 57-21.
Boise City (5-4, 2-4) at Pond Creek-Hunter (9-0, 6-0) — The No. 1-ranked Panthers clinched the District C-1 championship last week by shutting out Tyrone, 46-0. It was the Panthers' fifth shutout of the season. Tyrone had minus-10 yards in total offense. Noah Miller has scored 22 touchdowns this season while quarterback Jake Ronck has thrown for 10 scores. The Panthers have allowed only two touchdown passes this season. Boise City has lost four of its last five games, including a 52-6 loss to Sharon-Mutual last week. Pond Creek-Hunter leads the series, 2-0 since 1976, including a 50-32 decision last season.
Buffalo (5-4, 2-4) at Sharon-Mutual (5-4, 3-3) — Sharon-Mutual can clinch a playoff berth by beating Bison. The Trojans got six touchdowns from Gabe Sissom in a 52-6 win over Boise City last week in their highest scoring output of the season. Buffalo, though, would make the playoffs it if can beat the Trojans and Timberlake beats Tyrone. If Tyrone and Buffalo both win and Boise City upsets Pond Creek-Hunter, there's a four-way tie for fourth at 3-4 between Sharon-Mutual (plus-5), Buffalo (minus-6), Tyrone (minus-7) and Boise City (minus-30) for fourth. If Tyrone and Buffalo win and Boise City loses, there's a three-way tie fourth. Buffalo would get fourth for having beaten both Tyrone and Sharon-Mutual. If Sharon-Mutual wins and Tyrone win and Waynoka loses to Balko, there's a three-way tie for second between Sharon-Mutual, Timberlake and Waynoka. Sharon-Mutual leads the series, 19-13 with Buffalo breaking a nine-game losing streak against Sharon-Mutual, 54-20 last season.
Laverne (7-2, 2-1) at Seiling (6-3, 1-2) — A Laverne win would give the Tigers second in District B-1 and the Wildcats fourth. If Seiling pulls the upset, there would be a three-way tie between Laverne, Turpin and Seiling for second. Laverne is plus-30 in the tiebreaker while Seiling is minus-15 and Turpin is at zero. Laverne used a predominately JV lineup in beating Beaver, 52-0 last week for its first shutout of the season. Seiling is coming off losses to Turpin, 38-14 and Shattuck, 50-0. Laverne leads the series, 21-10 since 1970 and has won the last 10 meetings, including 70-20 last season.
Southwest Covenant (8-0, 5-0) at Medford (2-6, 2-3) — Medford blew a 30-0 lead in falling to Covington-Douglas, 38-30 last week. The loss ended the Cardinals' hopes of going to the playoffs. Drake McMillan ran for two scores and threw for another in a losing cause. Southwest Covenant is ranked No. 2 in Class C after outscoring opponents, 373-130 this season. It has clinched the District C-3 championship. Medford leads the series, 3-2 but Southwest Covenant won last year's game, 63-30.
Welch (0-5, 0-8) at DCLA (0-5, 0-9) — A game to decide sixth place in the seven-team District C-3. The homestanding Eagles have lost nine straight since beating the visiting Wildcats, 52-0 last season. Welch has lost 18 straight since beating Copan by a forfeit in the ninth week of the 2017 season. They had their last on-field win the week before with a 44-6 rout of Covington-Douglas. DCLA is trying to bounce back from a 58-12 loss to Coyle. Welch fell to Bluejacket, 62-8 last week. Welch leads the series, 3-1 since 1994.
Welllston (4-5) at Okeene (2-7) — A rematch of an Oct. 4 game won by Wellston, 70-46. Both teams are completing a season as 8-man independents. The win over Okeene was the first time Wellston had beaten Okeene in recent history (the Whippets have an 8-1 edge since 1970). Okeene gave up 70 or more points for the third time this season in a 70-20 loss to Velma-Alma last week. Wellston beat Hollis, 52-28 for its second straight win last week.