Wynnewood has played a tough schedule with several top 10 teams. The Savages continue with those tough games Friday night when the No. 10 Stratford Bulldogs come to town.

Despite their success and an undefeated district campaign so far, Wynnewood hasn’t got any respect from the pollsters.

“We haven’t got much respect all season,” head coach Todd Watters said. “But we like the position we’re in.”

That position is the underdog. Wynnewood has upset teams like No. 10 Coalgate out of Class A and highly rated Velma (top 15); next up – Stratford.

“They’re impressive,” Watters said about Stratford. “They run the inside veer and outside veer on offense forcing teams to play assignment football on defense.”

The Bulldogs are explosive and feature one of the better players in the area in T.J. Gaines.

Gaines guides the offense from the quarterback position, punts, kicks off, does field goals and also plays defense. He has nearly 1,000 yards in total offense on the season.

Behind Gaines is a talented group of backs including Kyle Wood and Jeremy Lavorchek.

Wood was injured last week in the opening quarter and is questionable for this week’s game. Several players stepped in last week for Wood and they could get the nod again this week against the Savages.

Wood is not the only player who may not play in this big game.

Wynnewood starters Russ Brown and Kyle Crawford are questionable for this week. Crawford is day to day and Brown is not expected to play.

“We’re not very healthy,” Watters said. “But, we’re going to go win with what we have.”

At stake in this contest is the top spot in district A-8.

The two teams are tied atop the district right now with Coalgate close behind with only one loss. The winner has the inside track to the district title and at least one home playoff game.

“The team that executes best will win the game,” Watters said.

“The game is going to be a barn burner, hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

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