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Stillwater, Midwest City Clash For District Title
11-3-17 by Jordan R. King
Stillwater football's goals are still in tact.

The Pioneers travel to Class 6AII-District 1 leader Midwest City on Friday night at 7 at Rose Field to compete for a share of the district title.

Senior running back Tyler Disidore, who had nine touchdowns during the past three games, said the chance to tie for first has motivated the team.

"This is probably the hardest we've practiced," Disidore said. "We know that if we beat Midwest City, we're going to be in a tie for first."

Although Stillwater is near the top of the standings, it might not get a home playoff game. The Pioneers are 8-1 overall and 5-1 in district; they are third behind Midwest City and Lawton (7-2, 5-1). Stillwater lost to Lawton and head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker for playoff seeding.

Midwest City (8-1, 6-0) beat Lawton, so if Stillwater beats the Bombers it will tie the three teams in the head-to-head tiebreaker. The second is district points. The Pioneers have 49 points, which is 10 less than Lawton and 32 less than Midwest City.

A team can earn or lose a maximum of 15 points per game, which means Stillwater can not finish ahead of Midwest City unless it wins and Lawton loses to Deer Creek. If Lawton wins by more than five, Stillwater will not have a home playoff game.

The 6AII playoffs match District 1 teams against District 2; for example, the No. 4 seed from one district will play the No. 1 seed from the other. Booker T. Washington leads District 2, for it beat Bixby, who is second, 21-0 on Oct. 27.

Coach Tucker Barnard said even with playoffs near, the team has not had trouble keeping focused. He said he doesn't think the team has been thinking ahead to potential opponents.

"We'll see how we execute on Friday, but I don't think we'll look back at the end of the week, on Saturday, and say it wasn't because we didn't have any focus."

Disidore said though he knows Stillwater needs help to get a home playoff game; the team is focused to prove it can compete with any team in the district.

"I wouldn't necessarily say anyone is better than us," Disidore said. "It's more of who performs better; who executes more."