By Wesley Coburn - ONN
The Beggs Demons, Morris Eagles and Okmulgee Bulldogs will all be neighbors in Class 3A football again this season, with the other teams in district 6 being the Bristow Purple Pirates, Checotah Wildcats, Cushing Tigers and Kellyville Ponies.
The Demons, led by Lee Blankenship, were 6-5 last season (4-2 in 3A-6) and fell by one point in the first round to Claremore Sequoyah, they will open the 2017 season at Golden Demon Stadium on August 25 against Tulsa’s Langston Hughes Academy Scholars.
September 1 takes Beggs on the road to face the Berryhill Chiefs, then home again September 8 to face in-county rival Henryetta, the Demons have won the last five games of that series. September 15 Beggs hosts the Muskogee Hilldale Hornets, then they have a bye week September 22. District play begins with a home clash against Morris on September 29.
October 6 the Demons travel to Kellyville, they host Cushing October 13 and host Okmulgee during Senior Night on Thursday, October 19 before going to Bristow on October 29.
The Bulldogs are coached by Carl Lee, and they were 6-6 last season, losing in the first round to Berryhill. Their 2017 opens in Tulsa against the NOAH (Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschoolers) Jaguars.
September 1 will be the home opener at Harmon Field against the Tulsa Rogers Ropers, while the Oklahoma City Marshall Bears will visit on September 8. Okmulgee travels to the state capitol to face the Northeast Vikings on September 15, while district play begins with a trip to Cushing on September 22. September 29 the Bulldogs go to Checotah.
October 6 is a home game against Morris, with a bye on October 13 before going to Beggs on Thursday, October 19. A home game against Kellyville is on tap for October 27.
Jerry Hanlin’s Eagles look to improve from their 1-9 record last season, and that quest begins August 25 at home against the Mannford Pirates.
September 1 is a home contest against arch rival Henryetta. The Eagles have won 14 of the 22 games played in that series since 1992. September 8 Morris goes on the road to face the Haskell Haymakers before returning home on September 15 when the Holdenville Wolverines stop by. District play begins September 22 at home against Checotah, while MHS goes to Beggs in another rivalry matchup on September 29.
October 6 will be another rivalry game in Okmulgee, October 13 is at home against Bristow, while on Thursday, October 19 MHS goes to Kellyville. The regular season concludes with Senior Night on October 27 against Cushing.
The final week of the regular season on November 3 has Beggs going to Checotah, Okmulgee holding Senior Night against Bristow, and Morris with a bye.