Area Squads open the District game in Week 4 including Dickson hosting Sulfur – Daily Ardmoreite

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The most exciting part of the high school football season is finally here as the area teams are ready to start the district action. Week 4 features many exciting matchups and some games played in the area.

Sulfur at Dickson, 7 p.m

The Comets know this district fight has a bigger story at play as this will be the first time the Bulldogs have taken the field since the death of longtime coach Jim Dixon.

“Obviously there will be a lot of emotions on Friday night,” said Dickson head coach Matt Suffal. “Coach Dixon and everything he’s done for the Sulfur program – 50 years there, 48 years as a head coach. What he has done for our entire profession. Any coach who’s coached in the state of Oklahoma for a while knows who Jim Dixon is and what a legend he is. It’s going to be an emotional night and very difficult, but it’s one of those things where kids are still playing a game. We have to do our best to concentrate and execute as well as possible.”

Only time will tell if the comets can do it, but they know it won’t be easy sledding.

“… Sulfur is a very tough, physical team,” Suffal said. “They always are, year after year. They’re going to be fighting for another district championship, so let’s see where we do.”

The Bulldogs have won 13 of the previous 14 encounters, with Dickson scoring a 56-41 win in 2006.

Ardmore at the Noble, 7:30 p.m

This was an exciting matchup a season ago when the Tigers went to a one-point win at home. This time, however, Ardmore makes his way north to play in enemy territory.

Both teams go 2-1 into the game, but the Tigers have momentum on their side after a 28-14 win over Shawnee.

Don’t overlook the Bears, however, as they suffer a high-scoring 61-41 loss to Tuttle.

All that aside, if Cal Swanson and co. can find their groove, look to Ardmore to open the District game with a win.

Heritage Hall at Lone Grove, 7 p.m

The Longhorns start the season with three straight wins, but the competition gets a lot tougher in District 3A-2.

That’s especially the case as Lone Grove hosts an opponent who didn’t lose a regular-season game in 2021. The Chargers also won two playoff games before falling in the semifinals of the state playoffs, ending the year 12-1.

That fact is obviously at the forefront of this district duel, but the Longhorns have home advantage and are looking to capitalize on it.

Plainview at Douglass, 7 p.m

The Indians find themselves in a similar location to Lone Grove as they battle a new district enemy during their journey to Oklahoma City.

However, Plainview have recently played against the Trojans as their last meeting in 2019 was a 45-14 win. The Indians have also won four of their last five matchups from 2015.

That bodes well for Plainview and all signs point to a one-sided game in favor of the visiting side.

Madill at the Broken Bow, 7:30 p.m

It’s the beginning of the game of District 4A-4 for the Wildcats as they make the long journey east. Madill has been 1-7 against the Savages since 1970 and won 12-8 this season.

However, the two have not met since 1989, when they were county enemies. That almost guarantees this game to be a tie, especially since both are tied 2-1 on the season.

The Wildcats drove to a 46-0 shutout against Dickson on September 9, while Broken Bow was 21-20 at home to Idabel that same night.

Coalgate at Marietta, 7:30 p.m

The Indians are quite familiar with Coalgate as the two have fought 16 times since 2006. However, Marietta has struggled since her last win against the Wildcats came in 2013.

Despite this, the Indians are 1-1 and Coalgate 0-3 this season.

Ringling at Rush Springs, 7 p.m

The Blue Devils’ search for a return trip to the Class A state championship begins on the road. It shouldn’t be too difficult of a start, however, as Rush Springs didn’t pull off a win in 2022.

Ringling has won the last 12 matchups and has done so convincingly, with the last close contest being a 10-point win in 2017.

Healdton in Stratford, 7 p.m

It’s the Bulldogs’ fight Friday night as Healdton looks for another win after beating Stratford 37-14 a season ago. However, Healdton narrowly lost in 2020, 15-10.

With that in mind, the Bulldogs are seeking their second win of the season while Stratford is 3-0 undefeated.

Thackerville at Fox, 7 p.m

It’s safe to say the Foxes are putting their first three games behind as it comes down to the district game now.

Fox has had Thackerville’s number with a 7-2 advantage over the years since 2005 but lost 72-40 in 2021. Every season is a new fight, however, and the Foxes are trying to get District C-4 on the right foot start.

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