PRYOR, OK —
Salina (7-2, 5-1 District 2A-8) at Kansas (6-3, 4-2 2A-8), Friday, 7 p.m.
Salina head coach Kyle Fowler tabbed Kansas as the preseason favorite to win the district in the preseason, but the Comets lost a pair of games and sit in fourth place heading into the season finale. A win for either team would boost its playoff standing, and a win for Salina would guarantee a home playoff game. A loss, however, would mean a road playoff date, likely at Adair or Nowata. The good news? Senior quarterback Cale Backward (concussion) will return from a one-game absence.
Bold Prediction: Salina 28, Kansas 22
Adair (8-1, 5-0 District 2A-7) at Pawhuska (4-5, 4-1 2A-7), Friday, 7 p.m.
Perhaps no team has had a better second half of the season than Pawhuska. After a 1-5 start, the Huskies have reeled off three straight wins and can even claim the District 2A-7 title with a 10-point win over Adair, or a win and a Nowata loss to Chelsea. Adair, however, can punch all those "what-ifs" in the face with a simple scoreboard win in its furthest road trip of the regular season. Pawhuska is a dangerous team — but so is Adair. Warriors win.
Bold Prediction: Adair 37, Pawhuska 22
Chouteau (3-6) at Canadian (1-7), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
It's hard to call this season a true disappointment for Chouteau, but its last five games — all losses — have been a return to the status quo for the school. Still, a win over Canadian, 54-0 losers at Chouteau last year, would be a nice cherry on top of the Wildcats' best season in eight years, one that has seen the Wildcats win its first district game since 2006 and come within 16 points of two more.
Bold Prediction: Chouteau 18, Canadian 8
Chuck's Week 9 Picks: 4-1