The Arkoma Mustangs will get a shot at District C-4's top football team when they entertain the Thackerville Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mustang Field.
The Mustangs (3-4 overall, 2-3 in district play) are on a two-game winning streak. Two weeks ago, they celebrated homecoming with a 44-36 dramatic win over Midway, then routed Eagle Point Academy 46-16 Friday night in Tulsa.
Last week's game was a very crucial one for the Mustangs. For starters, it meant they had a game instead of an open date. That, in turn, led to their young players get some playing time â€” which may be more important in the eyes of Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach.
â€śWe've got so many young kids trying to learn, and it's a slow process,â€ť he said. â€śIt takes a lot of time for figure out what we need them to do, but they're getting there. Friday, night, we got a lot of reps in for our young guys. We jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised from there. Everybody got to play some, and that's what we needed.â€ť
Now, the Mustangs will be in district play for their final three games. Although the playoffs do not begin until Nov. 9, the postseason has virtually started for Arkoma.
â€śIf we want to get into the playoffs, we have to win,â€ť Weatherton said. â€śWe've got to play at an all-time high level. We have to come up with big plays. We also have to hope that Thackerville has an off game because of the four-hour bus trip. We're going to be our biggest challenge of the year that we've had. Defensively, it's going to be a huge challenge because they run a lot of different sets.â€ť
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District C-4 Standings
Team District Overall +/-
Thackerville 4-0 4-2 +47
SW Covenant 3-1 4-2 +30
Sasakwa 3-1 4-2 +30
Webbers Falls 3-1 5-1 +30
Maud 2-2 4-2 0
Arkoma 2-3 3-4 -22
Midway 1-5 1-6 -53
Bokoshe 0-5 1-6 -62