“Hopefully we finish games instead of giving them away in the fourth quarter,” Brown said.
Both the Buffs and Wolves hold top-five rankings in 5A this year. McAlester has the best offense in District 5A-3 with 202 total points — the Buffs rank second in the class behind Guthrie’s 207— while Shawnee has the best defense with 81 points allowed.
Though both teams could wind up in the playoffs, whoever wins this game will gain a key tie-breaker in the race for the district.
“A lot of people are calling this the district championship, so it’ll be something where we’re going to have to come out and play well and understand how important this game is,” Pratt said.
“Right now we’re playing pretty well, and it should be a war.”
McAlester kicks off at home against Shawnee at 7 p.m. The game will have a “blackout” theme, and Buffs fans are encouraged to wear all black clothing.
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