PRYOR, OK —
No. 9 Locust Grove (8-0, 4-0 District 3A-7) vs. Lincoln Christian (5-3, 3-1 3A-7), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The last thing standing between Locust Grove and a district title — and likely an unbeaten season — is Lincoln Christian. The Pirates' feared Legion of Doom defense has been a bit less frightening the last couple weeks, surrendering 41 points in back-to-back games but somehow coming away with wins in both. The Bulldogs, winners of five of their last six, can put up points in bunches too. The team that makes a big stop late in the game will be the one that takes away the win. The edge goes to the home team on senior night.
Bold Prediction: Locust Grove 42, Lincoln Christian 37
Salina (6-2, 4-1 District 2A-8) vs. Quapaw (1-7, 1-4 2A-8), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Salina football program can take three huge steps in the next three weeks, starting with Friday at home against Quapaw, where the 'Cats can clinch a playoff berth. A playoff spot would be Salina's first since 2010, when the current crop of Wildcat seniors were freshmen. Look for Salina to clinch on senior night, even if it must play without senior quarterback Cale Backward, who left last week's game with a concussion.
Bold Prediction: Salina 54, Quapaw 6
Adair (7-1) vs. Westville (0-8), Friday, 7 p.m.
The biggest question in Adair Friday night will be which lasts longer: the senior night festivities or the game itself. Despite having just five seniors on the roster, the Warriors have trotted out the highest-scoring offense in Class 2A. Since its 24-13 win over Nowata Oct. 4, Adair has outscored its opponents 190-6. The Adair defense has an opportunity to record its third shutout in the last four weeks and fourth for the season.
Bold Prediction: Adair 65, Westville 0
Chouteau (3-5, 1-4 District 2A-7) vs. Nowata (7-1, 3-1 2A-7), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
This one's all for pride. Caney Valley eliminated the Wildcats from playoff contention last week, so the last two weeks of the season will be all about the seniors. They won Chouteau's first district game in six years and have a chance in the last two weeks to post four wins overall for the first time since 2005. Nowata is still in the hunt for a district title and is unlikely to give Chouteau an edge this week, however.
Bold Prediction: Nowata 44, Chouteau 12
Chuck's Week 8 Picks: 4-1
Overall: 30-8 (78.9 percent)