The Oak Creek football team has a chance at a WIAA playoff spot, and that's all the Knights really wanted at this point in the season.
They defeated Racine Case, 34-21, on Oct. 7 to improve themselves to 3-3 in Southeast Conference play and 5-3 overall. They will visit Kenosha Indian Trail (4-2, 5-3) in a do-or-die game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. If they win the contest, they're in. If they don't, a season that started so promisingly will end much sooner than expected.
"We'll have to play error-free football," said coach Mike Bartholomew. "We know that when we do that we can be pretty good. We control our own destiny, and that's all you can ask for. We're not going to get any help, and we've told the kids not to worry about Indian Trail, no disrepect intended. We just have to control our own house. We do what we know we can do; we can win this game."
Indian Trail lost in stunning fashion, 63-35, to Racine Horlick on Oct. 7 as they gave up over 700 yards rushing. Bartholomew again told the team not to pay attention to that because in a situation like this, it's all about match-ups.
"We just have to take advantage of the opportunity that's presented to us," Bartholomew said.
The Knights did that against Case. The game was not as close as the final score indicated, as they were up 34-7 early in the fourth quarter.
It was 13-0 at the quarter on a Jakup Sinani 9-yard run and an Elijah Robinson 5-yard run. A 2-yard Sinani run helped make it 21-7 at the half.
Roy Harden raced 73 yards to make it 27-7 at the end of three, and Shamari Easley plunged in from a yard out to finish the Oak Creek scoring early in the fourth quarter.
Oak Creek rushed for 308 total yards as Robinson had 118 on 11 tries and Harden 116 on nine efforts.
"We were in control the whole way," Bartholomew said.
The campaign comes down to this one final game.
"It's been an odd season in a lot of ways," Bartholomew said, "but that happens sometimes when you're dealing with 15- to 18-year-olds. We just have to make the plays."