INOLA — It’s the proverbial “someone’s 0 has got to go” when Wyandotte tackles Inola here Friday, Sept. 14.
The Bears are off to a 2-0 start thanks to a 19-2 win over Quapaw last Friday.
Inola (1-1) owns a 4-0 record in a brief rivalry with WHS.
The teams haven’t met since 2009, when the Longhorns notched a 26-8 victory.
The other games were played in 2008, 1981 and 1980.
Class 3A Inola opened its season with a 50-0 Week Zero drubbing by 3A No. 3 Tulsa Lincoln Christian then topped Salina 34-7 a week ago.
“They’ve got some pretty good kids,” Wyandotte head coach Zac Ross said. “Their strength is the o-line and d-line and they’ve got some pretty good skill kids, too.”
Wyandotte also owns a 15-8 win over Fairland.
“This will be a very good test for our defense,” Ross said. “We will get some answers this week.”
Ross, head coach at Porter the past four seasons, succeeds Brad Homer, who now is an assistant at Miami.
His new-look staff includes Tyler Bacon, Rick Thompson and Scott Morton.
“Change is hard for everybody, especially those kids,” Ross said.
“They are learning and adapting to the new coaches. Really, what has been good for us is our practices have been really good. They are energetic and are listening. That’s encouraging.”
In other games Friday, it’s Salina at Afton, Frontenac, Kansas, at Commerce, Quapaw at Chelsea and Bluejacket at South Coffeyville.
Welch's game with Foyil was cancelled Thursday morning because the Wildcats didn't have enough players.
Miami and Fairland are idle.
“We have some tough competition in our district,” Ross said. “It is good for us to play somebody like this going into district. I think our district is going to be tough.”
Commerce, Oklahoma Union and Caney Valley are out and Oklahoma AP No. 11 Tulsa Metro Christian is in, giving the district an even eight teams.
Rounding out what is now 2A-4 are No. 12 Adair, Kansas, Chouteau, Chelsea, Salina and Nowata.