LAWTON, Okla (KSWO) - Week 8 of the high school football season will be a crucial one for several teams vying for District titles. That's certainly the case in Class B District 4, where there's a three-way tie atop the standings. Two of those teams, Central High and Waurika will square off Thursday night
A 2-0 start in district play is just what the doctor ordered for Central High. The Bronchos went 1-4 in the prior five non-district games to start the year.
"That's been a big goal of ours this season. When that first district game rolled around, that we were ready to play, and we've done that," said Central High coach Keith Burton. "We've gotten better each week, and we've gotten off to a good start."
"It boosts everybody's morale, you know. Everybody plays better. Everybody feels better. Everybody practices better. Everybody wants to show up and practice," added Central High lineman T.J. Birdwell.
For Waurika, a 2-0 start justifies how good this team can be.
"It tells our kids that we are close to the level we expected to be at," said Waurika coach Glenn Howard. "That we're in a good position to be able to improve to the point we need to be when the playoffs start."
"It's a really strong feeling. It's something we're not really use to going into districts and we really feel strong about it," Waurika senior linebacker Douglas Cathey said. "It really gives us the power to push through the district like we really need to."
The Bronchos will be given the task of containing one of the more prolific athletes in Southwest Oklahoma, Tucker Mora. But it's the pieces around Mora that may be an even bigger focal point of Central High's defense.
"We're really going to have to play sound defensively. They throw a lot of different formations at you," said Burton. "Making the proper adjustments against those formations is going to be very important for us."
We just have to do our job. Got to keep them contained and make tackles," Birdwell added.
"Tucker Mora is our focus. But if we don't have seven other guys doing what they're supposed to do, then he doesn't have that success," Howard said.
On the other side, Waurika will be going against a quarterback that's starting to find a groove in Caleb Wright. The Eagles lean on a defensive scheme that they feel will give them an edge against Wright and his surrounding weapons.
"The defensive system that we've employed is built to make those guys that aren't naturally as fast, it puts them in a better position quicker," Howard said. "It's a disciplined defense."
"The goal was to become more consistent. We're not a real explosive team offensively. We're just being more efficient on offense. Taking care of the football, gaining first downs, trying to keep the ball away from the other team," Burton said.
Thursday night's District B-4 showdown is set for a 7:30 start time at Central High.