There are a lot of good matchups, across all sports, in the Shawnee region this fall. Here are a few that should be good matchups.
*Home Team Listed First*
Shawnee vs Seminole, Week 1, 9/1/23
The Shawnee Wolves (5A) enter the season with a new head coach and looking to snap a 14-game losing streak dating back to the end of the 2021 season. They open the season against Seminole (3A) who is led by the winningest coach in Oklahoma High School football history, Mike Snyder.
2022 Result: Seminole shutout the Wolves 16-0.
Harrah vs McLoud, Week 1, 9/1/23
Harrah (4A) enter this game on a two-game winning streak for the first time since 2007. They open against a McLoud (3A) team that ended last season at 5-5 and just missed the playoffs. These teams are dead even over their last 16 matchups, with each team winning eight times.
2022 Result: McLoud beat Harrah 28-7.
Seminole vs Tecumseh, Week 2, 9/8/23
This will be the 50th meeting between the two rivals. Tecumseh (4A) will look for an early state win over a Seminole (3A) that is trying to get back to its winning ways after going 3-7 in 2022. While this rivalry goes back 50 years, it’s been dominated by Seminole. The Chieftains lead the series 42-7.
2022 Result: Tecumseh beat Seminole 34-8.
Bethel vs McLoud, Week 2, 9/8/23
This is another long rivalry with the series going back to 1988. McLoud (3A) snapped a three game losing streak to Bethel (2A) last year and hold a 14-9 series lead over the Wildcats.
2022 Result: McLoud beat Bethel 21-7
North Rock Creek vs Tecumseh, 8/28/23 & 9/18/23
The North Rock Creek Lady Cougars have made it to the 3A state tournament the last two years, which also happen to be their only two years of varsity action. They will host their Pottawatomie County rival, Tecumseh, twice this year. The Lady Savages are the back to back 4A state runners-up and will look to take that final step this year. These games should be a good litmus test for both squads.
Dale vs Ripley, 9/25/23
Dale has qualified for the 2A state tournament each of the last 13 years and has four state titles in that span but they have not won it all since 2018. They host a Ripley team that was the Class A runner-up in 2022 and has made the Class A state tournament three of the last five year.
Oktaha vs Dale, 9/18
With not many area teams playing fall baseball, Dale will travel to Oktaha for a matchup of a pair of Class A fall baseball powers. This matchup happens right before the district tournaments begin and should a good test for the two teams, both of who have state championship aspirations.