AFTON — Now is the time to get serious for the Afton Eagles.

AHS, the consensus No. 1 in Class A among media statewide, hosts Savanna in a first round playoff game Friday, Nov. 11.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has said in a memo to member schools that veterans and one guest will be admitted free to first-round games. Proof of service will be required.

The Eagles have put together a second-straight unbeaten season and the eighth in school history.

“Things have to happen,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “For you to have those perfect seasons and championship runs, you have to have a few things fall in your lap. We’re pretty grateful for where we’re at, but we still have to show up and play every Friday night.”

The other undefeated seasons were 2010 (9-0), 1979 (10-0), 1978 (10-0), 1944 (3-0-1), 1940 (8-0-1) and 1926 (7-0).

“Afton is just as good this year as they were last year,” said Savanna head coach James Bond.

How do the Bulldogs hope to slow up senior quarterback Wil Amos?

“I really don’t know,” Bond said. “I have watched three or four films on them and he is the ‘go daddy.’ The people around him are good too; it’s not just him. He has an offensive line, he’s got receivers and he has good tailbacks. They are a good football team.

“It’s a damage control deal; try to limit what he can do. We’re going to try to stop him and see what happens. But I haven’t seen anybody stop him.”

Savanna, located 8 miles southwest of McAlester, is 6-3, finishing fourth in District A-8 with a 3-3 record.

The Bulldogs dropped their regular-season finale to Talihina, 32-7.

Savanna used a 15-yard run by Christian Dalapos with 2:41 gone in the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

However, Talihina ran off 32 unanswered points to take control.

Dalapos had 71 rushing yards on 13 carries for the Bulldogs.

Afton and Savanna met in the second round of the Class A playoffs in 2013, with the Eagles claiming an 18-6 win.

Savanna lost to Hulbert 66-0 in the first round last year after winning just one game in 2015.

“They are going to be content to play ball control offensively, 3 of 4 yards and a cloud of dust, run the play clock down and just try to control the ball most of the game,” Gardner said. “They will probably try to keep it as low scoring as they can.”

The Bulldogs are a triple option team.

“We have to do the things we can control and tackle well,” Gardner said. “Defensively, we just have to play our assignments.”

As the district’s No. 1 seed, the Eagles will play at home for the first two rounds.

“We think the top teams (on Afton’s half of the bracket) are Minco (9-1, AP No. 4), who we could see in the quarterfinals, OCA (Oklahoma Christian Academy, 9-1, sixth), Cashion (8-2, ninth) we could see in Round 2 more than likely,” Gardner said. “They are well coached and always bring pretty good competition, so we could see them as early as next week.

“As far as getting to the quarterfinals, it’s going to be tough from there on out.”

Second-ranked Crescent (10-0), No. 3 Talihina (9-1), No. 5 Rejoice Christian (9-1) and No. 7 Ringling are on the bottom side of the bracket.

“We like our chances the way the kids have played thus far to put us in a situation to be a No. 1 seed,” Gardner said.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has said in a memo to member schools that veterans and one guest will be admitted free to first-round games. Proof of service will be required.

Admission is $5 person and no season tickets will be accepted.