Previewing first round football playoffs

As the football playoffs begin, Keota sees a soft start and Stigler hits the road for a big challenge against a top-10 team. Here's a look at the matchups.

Stigler (7-3) at Jay (9-1) 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Stigler 55, Jay 28 (Nov. 9, 2012)

Points scored-allowed: Stigler: 385-237; Jay: 358-240.

Notes: Stigler started the season 6-0 before losing three of the last four games. Jay had a bye week during Week 10 following its 28-27 overtime win against Sequoyah Tahlequah to win District 3A-7 on Oct. 27. Stigler made the Class 3A quarterfinals last year. However, the Panthers have dealt with several injuries this season and could be missing a few starters against the Bulldogs. Jay has not won a playoff game in 25 years, but has beaten all nine of its Oklahoma opponents this season. Stigler is sixth in Class 3A with 38.5 points per game, while Jay is 15th with 35.8 per game. Stigler running back Garret Brooks has 2,004 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns, averaging 9.3 yards per carry, but was sidelined during the fourth quarter of the 47-46 loss to Muldrown on Nov. 3 with an ankle injury. Jay quarterback Gabe Simpson has 2,532 passing yards and 700 rushing yards.

A win sends Stigler to face the Sperry-Cushing winner.

Keota (7-3) vs. South Coffeyville (3-7) 7:30 p.m.

Points scored-allowed: Keota: 348-190; South Coffeyville: 200-452.

Notes: After going 2-3 in non-district action, Keota won five straight games to win its third consecutive district title. South Coffeyville beat Oaks-Mission 46-12 for its lone district win on Nov. 3 to make the playoffs. Keota is eighth in Class B in scoring defense, allowing 19 points per game, whereas South Coffeyville's 45.2 points allowed per game are third-worst in the class. Keota running back Keelyn Parker has 988 rushing yards in nine games. Kaleb Heffner leads Keota with 68 tackles. This is the first meeting in football between Keota and South Coffeyville.

With a victory, Keota hosts the winner between Canadian and Maysville.

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