SMALL SCHOOL PREVIEW: Hartshorne, Wilburton positioning for playoffs; Savanna, Canadian locked in

ADRIAN O'HANLON III | Staff file photoHartshorne's Bryson Cervantes and the Miners need a win to clinch a playoff spot.

District 2A-6 might see its final available playoff spot be decided by the Battle of Gowen Mountain.

Hartshorne took a 20-0 win against Wilburton in this year’s edition of the annual rivalry — which could be a deciding factor for the district’s final playoff position as the two rivals enter the final week with 3-3 records.

“We just have to focus on us and take care of our own business and we’ll be in and we’ll be fine,” Hartshorne football coach Jeff Beare said. “You take the scenarios out of the equation if you handle your own business.”

The Miners (4-5 overall, 3-3 District 2A-6) play at Heavener (1-8, 1-5) on Friday and Wilburton (6-3, 3-3) plays at Hugo (6-3, 5-1). Hartshorne could clinch a playoff spot with a win — if Wilburton loses, the Miners would finish with a better record; and both teams win, Hartshorne would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker for the final playoff spot.

Eufaula clinched the district title and Hugo could clinch second with a win Friday. Atoka can’t finish lower than third and could finish second with a win and a Hugo loss Friday.

Beare said the Miners have shown since August they can “control what they can control” with good effort and work ethic.

Running back Micah Baker has 123 for 714 yards and eight touchdowns this season — while quarterback Bryson Cervantes has 844 yards and six touchdowns through the air, plus 419 yards and seven scores on the ground. Beare said the duo has stepped up, especially since Dallas Colbert suffered a broken leg three weeks ago.

Beare said Heavener’s double-wing pistol formation would present a new challenge, but he believes his defense will continue to play strong.

“We fly around and play really hard on the defensive side of the ball and we need to continue to do that,” Beare said.

Wilburton needs to beat Hugo to have a chance, and then would need Hartshorne to lose so the Diggers would finish with a better record to knock their rivals out of the postseason.

Diggers football coach Jeff Marshall said his team has to focus on what they have to do.

“What we’ve been talking about since district started is our goal in to get to the playoffs and see what happens there, and we’re still alive,” Marshal said. “We need a little help, but none of that will matter if we don’t take care of our business. We need to win and all the other things we can’t control, so we need to control what we can control down in Hugo.

Marshall said Hugo quarterback Will King is a special athlete with NCAA Division I programs interested in signing him and drives his team.

Wilburton will also have to clean up some penalties and make some adjustments with injuries to the left side of the offensive line, some out with the flu and more.

Marshall said Wilburton will continue making adjustments with the goal of making the playoffs.

Savanna at Hulbert, 7 p.m.

Savanna is locked in to the playoffs and wants to keep momentum rolling in the regular season finale.

If Savanna (4-4, 3-2) loses Friday and Warner and Porter win, the Bulldogs would take third in the district as they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over both the other teams.

Central Sallisaw (7-1, 5-0) plays at Gore (8-1, 5-0) to decide the top two teams in District A-8.

Canadian at Maud, 7 p.m.

Canadian clinched its first-ever district title, but is looking to make more program history by finishing the regular season undefeated.

The Cougars (9-0, 4-0) face the district’s last-place team in Maud (3-6, 0-4) with Canadian quarterback Carson Thompson continuing his successful season.

Thompson leads the area in rushing with 152 carries for 1,658 yards and 29 scores, and is second in passing with 1,482 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Velma Alma at Quinton, 7 p.m.

Quinton returns from a bye-week.

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