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Tuttle's Jason Biddy (10) and Taylor Newport (16) try to wrap up a Jones ball carrier Friday night. (Staff photo by Jeff Harrison)
 
By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

Tuttle’s loss last week to Jones certainly stings. But it appears to be a flesh wound in their quest for a District 3A-1 title.

The Tigers (6-2 overall and 3-1 in District 3A-1) still control their own destiny in the final two weeks of the regular season. They still need to beat Mount St. Mary’s and Blanchard. But now they’ll need to win by a larger margin.

If Tuttle wins against Mount St. Mary Friday and Blanchard next week, it would likely create a three-way tie atop the standings. Tuttle, Blanchard and Jones would likely finish 5-1 in district play.

The Tigers would take the tiebreaker if they beat St. Mary by 15 or more points and Blanchard by 9 or more points. Jones could finish no higher than second in a three-way tie.

The second-place team in District 3A-1 would host a first-round game, but would likely head to Kingfisher for the quarterfinals.

The pain of the Jones loss would set in if Tuttle falls to Blanchard. A week 10 loss would likely drop the Tigers to third in the district, sending them on the road to Cushing or Seminole for round one of the playoffs.
Jones (4-4, 3-1) plays Little Axe and Bridge Creek. Blanchard (8-0, 5-0) is off this week.

While the top three spots appear to be spoken for, the final playoff spot is Marlow’s for the taking. The Outlaws (5-3, 2-3) could lock up a playoff spot with a win Friday night against Bridge Creek (0-8, 0-4).

For the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, District 1 plays District 2. The top two teams host. Cushing and Seminole play Friday in what appears to be the district championship. Bethany, Perkins-Tryon, Chandler and Bristow are fighting for the final playoff spots.

3A-1                   Dist   All      PF      PA
Blanchard (+74)    5-0   8-0     334     72
Jones (+4)           3-1   4-4     178     160
Tuttle (+43)         3-1   6-2     324     106
Marlow (-1)           2-3   5-3     277     157
St. Mary (-30)       1-3    3-5     216     225
Little Axe (-30)     1-3    3-5     212     259
Bridge Creek (-60) 0-4    0-8     92      376




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