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Week 4 Recap

District play has started as we move closer and closer to November.  It was a great week 4 in high school football.  In this edition of the weekly recap, we’ll take a look back at all the top stories.  We’ll also spotlight 5 districts where the eventual district champ might have been crowned with wins Friday.  Before we get to “What could be” let’s take a look at what happened.

Class 6A

Union Returns Normalcy To District Play.  Beat Owasso 34-7

Okay, when I say return to normalcy, I mean the dominance Union showed in district play from 1997-2010.  Starting in 2011 Owasso decided they had enough.  First they snapped Union’s 90+ game district win streak.  In 2012 they won the district, something that hadn’t been done by a team other then Union in almost 15 years.  The Redskins dominated Owasso in a way that looked all too familiar. 

Quarterback Mason Farquar returned and looked like he hadn’t missed a beat.  Farquar finished 24-31 for 231 yards throwing the ball.  Sophomore running back Tyler Adkins continues to impress when he wracked up 165 yards on 19 carries and added 2 touchdowns.  Justin Silmon also returned from injury but saw limited action as it appears that ankle is still bothering the senior RB. 

Westmoore Makes A Statement In Green Country.  Beat Bixby 37-29

Two Westside teams are in an Eastside district.  Putnam City and Westmoore.  Friday night Westmoore came over to Bixby to take on a top 10 and undefeated Spartan team with one thing on their mind.  Make a statement.  The Jaguars did and the rest of 6A-2 needed to pay attention.  Westmoore jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead and did just enough in the second half to keep Bixby away.

Westmoore running back Kieron Hardrick led the Jags with 204 yards on just 15 carries.  Bixby’s offense hit their first bump in the road as they turned the ball over 5 times in this pivotal district game.  The Spartans fought back in the second half to make the final score respectable but the first half hole was too much to overcome. 

No Defense Allowed In Sand Springs.  Beat Booker T Washington 42-38

Seriously, I’m assuming that neither team even brought their defense to Charles Page High School last week.  Sand Springs out gained BTW 499-476 in total offense.  ALMOST 1000 YARDS OF TOTAL OFFENSE BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS!!!  Cody Hale showed why he’s one of the top area QB’s by throwing for almost 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on 22-34 passing. 

Westside Love

Edmond Santa Fe Cruises As OU Commit Shines.  Beat Southmoore 35-24

OU quarterback commit Justice Hansen finished 9-19 171 yards and a touchdown.  The future Sooner also filled up the rushing stat category with 171 yards on 15 carries and 4 touchdowns.  This was a nice win for Santa Fe after being pushed to double overtime against Edmond North.  The Wolves continue to countdown the days before they take on top 5 Lawton.

Norman North Survives Shootout.  Beat Midwest City 45-42

I still believe Bomber Magic is back.  However I didn’t think Midwest City would give up this many points.  On the flip side I didn’t think they could score that many points.  So what do I know?  The Bombers fought to stay in this game and just gave Norman North too much time to work with when they tied it up at 42 a piece.  Norman North hit a 42 yard field goal with no time left to give the T’Wolves the win and inside track to a district title.

Class 5A

Claremore Gets Big District Win.  Beat Collinsville 41-38 In OT

The Zebras might have locked up district 5A-4 with the win Friday night.  I’m not ready to say that race is over but the Zebras were my preseason favorite and Collinsville was a close 2nd.  Claremore and Collinsville went at it in the first half exchanging touchdown after touchdown.  The defense for both teams played better in the second half and the game went to overtime.  Collinsville settled for a field goal on their OT possession.  Claremore punched it in for 6 and the win.  Not ready to claim this district being over.  In November we might look back at this game as the district title decider.

Pryor To Send Thank You Basket To Bubba Burcham.  Beat Coweta 42-41 In OT

Pryor quarterback Brennon Barth also deserves one after his 5 rushing touchdowns and 1 passing touchdown led Pryor to a huge district win on the road in Coweta.  Pryor led almost entirely throughout.  The Tigers scored touchdowns on 5 of 6 straight possessions and the only possession they didn’t score on, they ran out of time in the first half.  Coweta came back and sent the game into overtime.  Barth scored on the first play for Pryor to put them up 42-35.  Coweta responded but rather go for the PAT to send it to double OT, Coweta went for the win and was stopped at the goal line.

Westside Love

Carl Albert Runs Runs Runs.  Beat Deer Creek 42-24

Carl Albert quarterback Steven Thompson is a running back playing quarterback.  Not a bad thing.  I saw him torch East Central last year to win a state title.  Thompson opened district play against a good Antler defense and gashed them for 6 touchdowns on the ground.  The Titans continue the 3 week gauntlet with Bishop McGuinness Friday.  Guthrie comes to town next week.

Del City Makes Statement To 5A.  Beat Lawton MacArthur 38-18

Both teams were in my top 5.  I kept Del City in the top 5 despite the two losses because I knew they were up against good competition in Norman North and Midwest City.  Del City is a serious threat to make a run in 5A and showed why Friday.  This is a very good Lawton Mac team and the Eagles had no problem with them.  Del City will have a spotlight on them later in this blog.

Shawnee Gets Revenge.  Beat Memorial 66-36

It’s not very often you can score 36 points and still lose by 30.  That was the case for Memorial Friday night.  Shawnee knows all about that.  Last season Shawnee scored 37 against the Chargers but still lost by 40 in a 77-37 loss.  This win had to taste sweet to the Wolves as they enter district play as legitimate threats in district 5A-3.  They still have to compete with McAlester and Bishop Kelley but Shawnee should make the playoffs this season.

Class 4A

Wagoner Doesn’t Need To Pass.  Beat Catoosa 35-20

Just like it’s rare to get beat by 30 after scoring 36, it’s rare to win a game by 15 without completing a single pass.  In fact, Wagoner completed one more pass to Catoosa then they did to their own team.  The Bulldogs finished 0-5 passing with an INT but it didn’t come close to mattering.  Lawrence Evitt did his thing once again.  I’m going to go on a limb and say district 4A-3 will celebrate the day he graduates.  Evitt ran for 311 yards on 31 carries with touchdown runs of 80,63 and 50. 

Kingisher Get 3rd Shutout Of Season.  Beat Heritage Hall 35-0

It’s been a rough go for Heritage Hall over the last 3 weeks.  The Chargers faced Clinton, Davis and Kingfisher in 3 straight weeks and it was a struggle.  In those 3 games they gave up an average of 359 yards rushing.  Kingfisher looks as strong as ever and it appears they’re done finishing 2nd in 3A.  More to come on the Yellowjackets.

District Races Over Before They Started?

Yes we have 6 more games left in the season and a lot can happen from now until early November.  For 5 districts it appears the race for #1 is over.  We’ll spotlight 5 districts with the favorite, and who could be threats in the next 6 weeks.

District 6A-1

With Union’s 34-7 win over Owasso, is their any chance the Redskins don’t take back the district?  Nobody else except Owasso has been able to achieve that since 1997.  The Redskins are automatic in district play with the exception of Owasso.  Union got their win over Owasso and it appears they can stroll towards a district title and the 6A playoffs.

Remaining Threats:

Sand Springs-Week 7-Union gets Sand Springs at home this year.  Sand Springs was a trendy pick last year against the Redskins as Union went into Charles Page High School and it was a no contest.  Sand Springs is a good team but not up to the level of Union.  The Redskins have kicked it into another gear with the emergence of sophomore running back Tyler Adkins.

Booker T Washington-Week 9-Union gets both of their remaining threats at home this season.  The Hornets just lost to Sand Springs and need to get a big win if they want to finish any better then 4th.  I don’t think that win will come against Union.  The Redskins are too strong and by week 9 Union will already be in postseason form.

District 5A-1

Del City beat down Lawton MacArthur 38-18 last week and I believe won the district title doing so.  The Eagles have to go to Ardmore this week which could pose problems but other then that?  I think it’s smooth sailings to a 2nd straight district title and a high seed in the 5A playoffs.

Remaining Threats:

Ardmore-Week 5-If the Eagles go to Ardmore and get the win, they’ll win the district, it’s almost a lock.  I wanted to put Duncan as another possible threat but they don’t have enough to keep up with Del City’s offense.  It’s crazy to think, but Del City can lock up a district title with a win Friday and coast thru the last 5 weeks of the season. 

District 4A-3

Wagoner got an impressive win over the second best team in district 3 by beating Catoosa by 15 last week.  Even more impressive?  They didn’t have to complete a single pass to get the win.  That could be a problem with the other elite teams from 4A but not in this district.  If Wagoner gets past McLain on Friday they have one more test before the playoffs.

Remaining Threats:

Oologah-Week 7-The Bulldogs get Oologah at home which helps.  The Mustangs are always a team that hangs around and one of these years they’ll jump up and get somebody.  That somebody could be Wagoner, and one of these years could be 2013.  I just don’t see it.  Wagoner has shown they don’t need to do anything other then run the ball.  That will work in getting a district title although it’ll become a problem deep in the playoffs.

District 3A-3

Kingfisher.  Do I need to elaborate?  I can.  The Yellowjackets dismantled Heritage Hall Friday and nobody is going to come close to this team for over a month.  I tried to find a team that could touch them before playoffs and I can’t.  District 3A-3 is now a race for 2-4.  This team is strong, this team is good, and this team’s next test will come in the middle of November. 

District 3A-4

Plainview beat down Madill last week 56-7 and this isn’t the most competitive districts.  Plainview appears to have one of their better teams in a long time.  I think this district is similar to district 3 in 3A.  Madill was the second best team behind Plainview and they got spanked by 49.  Other teams like Lone Grove and Dickson will give their best shot but will come up short.  Similar to Kingfisher, the next time Plainview is tested will be in the middle of November.  Maybe against Kingfisher.  What if?

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Week 4 Top 10 Games

Last Week:
Michael Was 7-3
Matt Was 7-3

For The Season:
Michael-23-7
Matt-21-9

1)  #5 Westmoore (3-0) AT #9 Bixby (3-0)

What a big game to open up district play between these two high powered offenses.  District 6A-2 is loaded and it’s possible that the loser of this game might miss out on the playoffs.  I’d say we have some high stakes for week 1 of district play.  Westmoore went to work on Bixby last year winning 35-6.

Why Westmoore Will Win:  Westmoore has handled their business on the Westside and now head into district play with an explosive offense.  The Jaguars have struggled at times defensively and will be tested against Bixby.  The Spartans have one of the top passing attacks in Oklahoma, led by quarterback Marshall Ray.  Westmoore has to be prepared for a shootout.  If their defense gets stops, Westmoore will have a good chance to win.

Why Bixby Will Win:  Let the ball fly all over Lee Snyder Field.  I would be very surprised if we didn’t see a shootout between these two teams.  Bixby has been able to move the ball and put up some points with ease thru the first 3 weeks.  Westmoore provides the biggest test so far in the young season for Bixby’s high powered offense.  I’m not sure if either team can be stopped.  The Spartans cannot turn the ball over or they’ll lose this huge district opener.

Who Wins?
Michael: Bixby 41-36
Matt: Westmoore 42-35

2)  #6 Catoosa (2-1) AT #2 Wagoner (3-0)

Catoosa has struggled at times in the last 3 years against Wagoner.  These two teams have met 4 times and Catoosa is 1-3 and have been outscored 132-31.  The Indians got the best of Wagoner in 2011, but the Bulldogs got the last laugh winning the state title later that year.  It’s early, but in my opinion this game will decide the district title.

Why Catoosa Will Win:  The Indians got a little magic going over the last couple of weeks after wins over Collinsville and Fort Gibson.  Don’t be fooled, this is a very talented football team.  It appears that quarterback Caleb Wilsey has settled in and is taking command of this offense.  Catoosa is getting some nice production from running back Devin Hemphill and has nice playmakers at the receiver position.  Offense will not win this game for Catoosa.  Defense will.  If the Indians stop Wagoner RB Lawrence Evitt, they’ll win.  Easier said then done.

Why Wagoner Will Win:  Well if the way Catoosa will win is stopping Lawrence Evitt, this one is pretty easy.  Don’t let Evitt be stopped.  Evitt is a dynamic playmaker and you can make the argument he’s the best running back in the state.  If he continues to roll then Catoosa will have a hard time keeping up with the Bulldogs in this critical district opener.

Who Wins?
Michael: Wagoner 31-24
Matt: Wagoner 35-14

3)  #3 Union (1-2) AT Owasso (1-2)

It’s hard to think that a team other then Jenks has Union’s number but that’s the case here.  At least over the last two years.  The Rams went into Union and ended their 90+ game district win streak in 2011.  What’d they do for an encore last season?  Won again on Union’s home turf.  Owasso now gets the Redskins at home and Union will be hungry to get some revenge for the last two seasons.  Both teams sit at 1-2 and this is another district opener that when it’s all said and done, could decide the district champion.

Why Union Will Win:  I’m gonna steal the line again.  If Union stays on the Adkins diet they’ll have a good shot to win.  Sophomore Tyler Adkins burst onto the scene last week in a huge performance against Broken Arrow.  Only problem is you can’t “burst onto the scene” twice, Owasso knows what to look for in this game.  This might be a game where they try to mix in some passes with the run game to catch Owasso off guard.  OU commit Jeffery Mead has had an unbelievable start to the season and is showing some explosiveness to go with his 6’7 frame.

Why Owasso Will Win:  Well they’ve done it the last two years despite being the underdog going into it so why not a third straight win?  I was very impressed with the success that Owasso had last week against that Jenks defense.  Gabe Neph was able to move it up and down the field for the Rams and put some points on the board.  In fact, Owasso scored the most points on this Jenks defense since week 2 of last season when Jenks lost to DeSoto.  Don’t be surprised if we get a game similar to the last two meetings.  A shootout that’s decided in the final minute.

Who Wins?
Michael: Union 34-30
Matt: Union 27-21

4)  #4 Lawton MacArthur (2-1) AT #5 Del City (1-2)

Del City made the drop to 5A and into Lawton MacArthur’s district and handled them last season.  The Eagles beat up on Mac by the tune of 41-18.  Both teams were eliminated in the first round last season.  Del City has faced tougher competition.  The Highlanders have played one tough opponent and got blown out by 6A’s #2 Lawton.  You can throw this game into the same scenario where this game in week 4 decides the district champion.

Why Lawton MacArthur Will Win:  They need to watch the game tape from last week non stop to see how Midwest City slowed Del City down.  In the first two weeks the Eagles ran up and down the field on East Central and Norman North.  In fact, Del City put up 550 yards of total offense in that loss to Norman North.  Lawton Mac NEEDS to slow down Del City.  If they can’t do it, they’ll lose.  Offensively Lawton Mac will need to put up some points if the defense can’t slow them down.

Why Del City Will Win:  This offense hit a bump in the road last week against Midwest City.  However the Bombers have one of the better defenses in 6A so offenses are going to struggle against them.  I don’t think Lawton Mac can slow this offense down and that spells trouble for the Highlanders.  If Del City can get some stops they’ll be able to handle their business.  I think if the Eagles win, you’ll be looking at the eventual district champion.

Who Wins?
Michael: Del City 44-31
Matt: Del City 28-27

5)  #6 Edmond Deer Creek (2-1) AT #1 Carl Albert (2-1)

Interesting game featuring the defending district champion in Edmond Deer Creek and the defending state champion in Carl Albert.  Carl Albert finished fourth in this district last season and went on to win the state title.  The Titans are the favorite to win this district and can get things started by beating Deer Creek.

Why Edmond Deer Creek Will Win:  Well they did it last year, that’s a legitimate reason right?  The Antlers have been impressive this year despite losing to Edmond Memorial last week.  They’ll have to find a way to slow down Titan QB Stevie Thompson, it all starts there.  Deer Creek can put up some points, they have to stop Carl Albert’s rushing attack.

Why Carl Albert Will Win:  The Titans roll into district play and it appears they’ll be hard to stop.  That rushing attack will give everybody problems.  However the key for the Titans in this one has to be defense.  Deer Creek has proven over the last several seasons that they’ll get into shootouts and win.  The Titans need to force the Antlers into 3 & out’s and get their offense on the field.

Who Wins?
Michael: Carl Albert 31-21
Matt: Carl Albert 35-14

6) #6 Edmond Santa Fe (2-1) AT #8 Southmoore (2-1)

The Wolves won a shootout with Southmoore last season 53-37.  Santa Fe was not impressive last week as they were pushed to double overtime with Edmond North.  Southmoore’s loss came to Westmoore.  The Sabercats had a nice week 1 win over Carl Albert.

Why Edmond Santa Fe Will Win:  The Wolves will be putting up some points this season.  No doubt about that.  With Justice Hansen healthy, Santa Fe is going to be hard to stop.  Santa Fe just needs to keep doing what they’re doing.  I believe they’re the better team in this match up and it will show by the second half.

Why Southmoore Will Win:  The Sabercats really need to pound the rock and it appears they have the personnel to do that.  If Southmoore can keep the score low and keep Santa Fe’s offense off the field they’ll have a shot.  The Sabercats have two senior running backs in Jaelon Walker and Pierce Spead that have produced early on this season.

Who Wins?
Michael: Edmond Santa Fe: 42-28
Matt: Edmond Santa Fe 35-31

7)  #7 Midwest City (3-0) AT Norman North (1-2)

It’s really really hard not to compare scores when previewing this game.  So I’ll just bring it up, it shouldn’t be a factor in the game but it is interesting.  Week 2 Norman North came back to beat Del City 41-38 and gave up 550 yards of total offense.  One week later Midwest City was shutting Del City down and didn’t give up even 100 yards of total offense and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown in the 16-8 win.  It will be interesting to see what Midwest City does to try to slow down David Cornwell and that passing attack.

Why Midwest City Will Win:  The Bombers shut down Del City’s offense last week and will need to have the same success this week.  Norman North, led by Alabama commit David Cornwell, pose obvious problems offensively.  Midwest City can slow this offense down so it will depend on if the Bombers can put some points up on the board.  Midwest City has struggled at times to do that but Norman North hasn’t played that well defensively thru the first 3 games.

Why Norman North Will Win:  The offense is going to have problems against the Bomber defense.  The defense has to step up and play better then they did in non district play.  If the T’Wolves can get some touchdowns in the defensive or special teams department, even better.  You would like to think that Norman North’s offense will have better success then Del City had last week but you can’t say with certainty of that.  I believe Norman North can get 2 touchdowns offensively.  The defense has to keep Midwest City down.

Who Wins?
Michael: Midwest City 24-14
Matt: Norman North 42-35

8)  #1 Kingfisher (3-0) AT #10 Heritage Hall (1-2)

Before the season started this looked like a great match up to kickoff district play.  3 weeks in and we might have a blowout on our hands.  Heritage Hall has struggled over the last two weeks in losses to Clinton and Davis.  Kingfisher is rolling and Heritage Hall might have another tough week under the Friday night lights.

Why Kingfisher Will Win:  Run run run.  Heritage Hall gave up over 450 yards rushing to Clinton and were out gained last week to Davis 340-42 on the ground.  Kingfisher has a good running attack and will take full advantage of Heritage Hall’s inability to stop the run early on this season.

Why Heritage Hall Will Win:  Well this one is obvious.  STOP THE RUN!!!  Find a way to slow down Kingfisher RB Landon Nault and the Chargers will have a chance.  If they can’t do that then they’re going to struggle once again this week.  Heritage Hall has a nice offense and they’ll need that production from their offensive unit to get the win.

Who Wins?
Michael: Kingfisher 38-21
Matt: Kingfisher 35-17

9)  Booker T Washington (2-1) AT Sand Springs (1-2)

This is a good Booker T Washington team.  They were impressive in wins against McAlester and East Central.  It appears that the Hornets have erased the memory of the Douglass loss from week 1.  Sand Springs is on a 2 game losing streak and you know the Sandites are anxious to get back into the win column.  This game will go a long way in deciding playoff seeding from district 6A-1.

Why Booker T Washington Will Win:  The Hornets have shown unbelievable balance on offense over the last two weeks.  Booker T is going to be very tough to stop.  If the Hornets can avoid a let down like in week 1, when they had countless turnovers, the Hornets should roll in this pivotal district opener.

Why Sand Springs Will Win:  I think Sand Springs is without a doubt the toughest team to get a gauge on so far.  I feel like they are a good team that could finish 3rd in their district and maybe jump up and surprise a Union or an Owasso.  However they haven’t shown it in the first 3 weeks.  Sand Springs has to stop BTW’s offense and get some points.  The Sandites need to get stops unlike last week against Sapulpa.

Who Wins?
Michael: BTW 34-24
Matt: BTW 35-28

10)  #7 Fort Gibson (2-1) AT Rogers (3-0)

How great of a story is Rogers?  They might end up getting blown out in this game but right now we celebrate what those young men have accomplished so far this season.  I’ve said the stat before and I’ll say it again, from 2007-2012 Rogers went 3-46.  They’re 3-0 right now.  Fort Gibson obviously will field the most competition that Rogers has faced so far but you have to tip your cap to these kids at Rogers.  By the way, Fort Gibson will want to bounce back from the 1 point loss to Catoosa last week.

Why Fort Gibson Will Win:  This one is simple.  The Tigers are just the better team.  Fort Gibson is also going to be hungry after last week’s disappointing finish.  They haven’t played that great thru the first 3 weeks and want to make a statement at the expense of the Ropers.

Why Rogers Will Win:  Not sure this will happen.  Might need a miracle to pull off a 4-0 start.  Look, I’m sure we’ll have so many more competitive games then this one but Rogers starting 3-0 is intriguing.

Who Wins?
Michael: Fort Gibson 35-18
Matt: Fort Gibson 35-7

Week 4 Rankings

Class 6A

We got a new #2 team and it’s a team over on the Westside.  Two teams are making their debut in the top 10 this week which means two other teams dropped out.  Bixby and Sapulpa are into the top 10 while Owasso and Norman North drop out. 

1)  Jenks Trojans-(3-0)-LW: #1-Beat Owasso 45-28
The Trojans finally got some production from their offense in a nice win over Owasso.  Jenks however will lose production going forward when running back Brett Tye went down with an AC tear in his shoulder.
2)  Lawton Wolverines-(3-0)-LW: #3-Beat Altus 52-0
The competition wasn’t there on Friday but the Wolverines are a dangerous Westside team that’s rolling into district play.  They open district play against Edmond Memorial who just got a big 30 point win over 5A power Deer Creek.
3)  Union Redskins-(1-2)-LW: #4-Beat Broken Arrow 38-21
This is a huge win for the Redskins over Broken Arrow last Friday, their 29th win over the Tigers in 30 meetings.  The Redskins avoid going 0-3 and they take on Owasso this week.  Owasso has won 2 in a row over Union and snapped Union’s 90+ game district win streak in 2011.
4)  Broken Arrow Tigers-(2-1)-LW: #2-Lost to Union 38-21
The Tigers jumped out to a 14 point lead but gave up 31 unanswered points in a disappointing 38-21 loss.  You have to start to wonder if no matter the talent on the field, if BA can get over the mental hurdle against Union.  Good bounce back opportunity this week against Muskogee.
5)  Westmoore Jaguars-(3-0)-LW: #6-Beat Norman North 45-31
Westmoore keeps on rolling into district play after beating Southmoore and Norman North in back to back weeks.  The Jags now head east to the 918 to take on another top 10 team in 3-0 Bixby.
6)  Edmond Santa Fe Wolves-(2-1)-LW: #5-Beat Edmond North 38-31 in 2OT
I’m not sold on the Wolves yet.  I’m sure they’ll be there in November but this game against Edmond North is almost an eye opener.  We’ll know a lot more about Edmond Santa Fe when they go on the road to take on Southmoore.
7)  Midwest City Bombers-(3-0)-LW: #7-Beat Del City 16-8
I said it on the Roundup on Saturday morning, I said it in the Week 3 Recap, and I’ll say it here as well.  Bomber Magic is back.  Held an explosive Del City offense to under 100 yards of total offense.  Open up district play against Norman North on Friday after already matching their win total from last year.
8)  Southmoore Sabercats-(2-1)-LW: #10-Beat Moore 58-14
The Sabercats bounced back with a blowout win over rival Moore.  The competition gets a lot stiffer this week as Southmoore opens up district play with Edmond Santa Fe coming to town.
9)  Bixby Spartans-(3-0)-LW: UR-Beat Springdale (AR) 45-38
Bixby got a huge comeback win over a NW Arkansas power in Springdale.  The Spartans now face a Westside team that’s threat in Westmoore.  Bixby can make a huge statement and take a step forward towards the playoffs if they pull the win over the Jaguars.
10)  Sapulpa Chieftains-(3-0)-LW: UR-Beat Sand Springs 49-32
The Chieftains finally got some tough competition but the result was the same.  This team can put up some points which is going to make the district race for the 4 playoff spots very entertaining.

Class 5A

I’ll tell you what.  This is without a doubt the toughest class to rank.  The top 3 teams are pretty solid, in what order you put them is still up for debate.  From 4-10 just put the 7 teams in a hat, draw them out, and you got your rankings.  That’s not what we did here but you get the picture. 

1)  Carl Albert Titans-(2-1)-LW: #1-Beat Duncan 28-6
The Titans roll once again closing out the non district slate.  Now the real test begins.  Carl Albert enters district play in 5A-2, the Titans finished 4th in the district last season and went on to win the state title.
2)  McAlester Buffaloes-(2-1)-LW: #2-Beat Claremore 59-35
Who needs defense?  The Buffaloes have played a very tough schedule in the first 3 weeks and it’s shown as they’ve given up 38 points a game.  However it hasn’t mattered at all with an offense that is averaging 50 points a contest.
3)  Guthrie Blue Jays-(3-0)-LW: #3-Beat Enid 36-16
Crazy to think but after 3 weeks Guthrie is 5A’s lone unbeaten remaining.  Not crazy that Guthrie is 3-0, crazy that they’re the only one left.  The Blue Jays haven’t been tested yet and they won’t be over the next two weeks with games against Guymon and Western Heights.
4)  Lawton MacArthur Highlanders-(2-1)-LW: #8-Beat Lawton Ike 21-9
Nice win for the Highlanders over 6A’s Lawton Eisenhower.  Lawton Mac has a huge district opener this week against Del City.  I don’t think this is a stretch, this game could decide the district title and it’s only week 4.
5)  Del City Eagles-(1-2)-LW: #5-Lost to Midwest City 16-8
Held to under 100 yards of total offense and the offense was shut out as the touchdown came from the special teams.  Still a serious 5A threat and now focus on a top 5 match up with Lawton MacArthur at home.
6)  Edmond Deer Creek Antlers-(2-1)-LW: #4-Lost to Edmond Memorial 40-10
Not quite sure how good Edmond Memorial will end up being but the loss and how it happened is disappointing.  The Antlers will need to erase that game from their mind fast as they open up district play against the defending state champions in Carl Albert. 
7)  Bishop Kelley Comets-(2-1)-LW: #6-Lost to Coweta 48-42
Bishop Kelley was off to a nice 2-0 start after starting last season 0-2.  They lost a heartbreaker to Coweta on Friday night on the very last play of the game.  A 24 yard hail mary from Coweta downed the Comets.  They’ll bounce back this week against Hale.
8)  Claremore Zebras-(2-1)-LW: #7-Lost to McAlester 59-35
Not too many times that you can score 35 points and get blown out by 24 but that was the situation with Claremore in their game with McAlester.  Claremore will open up district play against Collinsville and those two might end up being the top 2 teams in 5A-2.
9)  Bishop McGuinness Irish-(1-2)-LW: #9-Beat Weatherford 21-14
The Irish finally got a win and while it was only a 7 point victory over Weatherford, it’s reason to celebrate.  Bishop McGuinness had to get some kind of momentum before heading into their district.  Can add to that momentum with a road game at El Reno.
10)  Shawnee Wolves-(2-1)-LW: #10-Beat Ponca City 35-0
Shawnee bounced back from the 20 point loss to Deer Creek by blasting Ponca City.  Not a big deal, Ponca City has struggled for a long time now.  Shawnee will get the opportunity to avenge a 77-37 loss to Memorial when they host the Chargers this week.

Class 4A

Fort Gibson dropped a bit from 4 to 7 after the loss to Catoosa.  Glenpool enters the rankings as Broken Bow drops out following their blowout loss to Metro Christian.

1)  Clinton Red Tornadoes-(2-1)-LW: #1-Beat Southeast 61-16
The Red Tornadoes are ready to roll.  After their week 1 loss to Lawton MacArthur Clinton has done nothing but impressed.  It looks like we’re just counting down the weeks to when Clinton squares off with Anadarko in week 6.
2)  Wagoner Bulldogs-(3-0)-LW: #2-Beat Grove 35-14
Wagoner finished off their tour of district 5A-4 beating down Grove.  Wagoner is off to a 3-0 start and now set their eyes on 4A and the district opener against Catoosa.  If Evitt can run, the Bulldogs can keep it rolling.
3)  Anadarko Warriors-(3-0)-LW: #3-Beat Perry 47-7
No offense to Chickasha, Centennial and Perry, but they stink.  The Warriors haven’t been tested so far and that’s why they’ve outscored opponents at the tune of 182-21.  Like I mentioned with Clinton, they’re on a collision course for one another.
4)  Ada Cougars-(2-1)-LW: #5-Beat Durant 36-35
Okay, keep up with me.  Ada lost to Ardmore in week 1.  Durant beat Ardmore in week 2.  Ada beat Durant in week 3.  What?  I know.  I have no idea how good this Ada team is and we might not find out until week 7 when they travel to Glenpool.
5)  Douglass Trojans-(2-1)-LW: #6-Beat Star Spencer 52-8
Nobody expected this game to be close and it wasn’t.  The Trojans roll into district play and similar to Ada, won’t be tested over the next two weeks.  In week 6 they’ll host Glenpool before a season finale meeting with Ada on the road.
6)  Catoosa Indians-(2-1)-LW: #7-Beat Fort Gibson 27-26
Catoosa does it again.  Fort Gibson’s 42 yard field goal fell short and Catoosa got their 2nd straight win after the disappointing shutout loss to Pryor.  Catoosa has a huge game to open up district play this Friday as they head to Wagoner.
7)  Cascia Hall Commandoes-(3-0)-LW: #8-Beat Lighthouse Christian (MO) 40-26
The Commandoes took care of business wrapping up non district play against an out of state opponent.  Cascia Hall now rolls into district play undefeated and nobody has beaten Cascia in district play since Claremore Sequoyah did it on September 23rd, 2005.
8)  Fort Gibson Tigers-(2-1)-LW: #4-Lost to Catoosa 27-26
The Tigers have been playing close ball games in the first two weeks and it finally caught up with them.  They fell to Catoosa on Friday and now go into district play at 2-1.  They open district play against a surprising undefeated Rogers team.
9)  McLain Titans-(2-1)-LW: #8-Lost to Central 14-12
This one is going to sting for a while.  The Titans dropped a 2 point decision to their TPS rival in the final minute as the Braves scored the go ahead touchdown with 32 seconds left.  McLain goes into district play determined to making the playoffs after missing last year despite a 7-3 record.
10)  Glenpool Warriors-(2-1)-LW: UR-Beat Sperry 30-13
The Warriors bounced back from their loss to Cascia Hall by beating up on 3A’s Sperry.  The Warriors are hungry to get back into the playoffs and now head into district 4A-2 to get it done.  Glenpool faces McLoud this week with a clash with Douglass waiting for them in week 6.

Class 3A

Not much change in 3A, Heritage Hall took a dive after the blowout loss to Davis but they hang on to a spot at 10.

1)  Kingfisher Yellowjackets-(3-0)-LW: #1-Beat Hennessey 31-0
The Yellowjackets continue to roll.  They get a big shutout win over 2A top 10 team Hennessey on Friday.  Kingfisher will open up district play against Heritage Hall who has struggled over the last two weeks.
2)  Seminole Chieftains-(3-0)-LW: #2-Beat McLoud 40-13
The Chieftains just keep on taking opponents down.  No surprise with the last victory for one of 3A’s elite.  Seminole’s district opener is Perkins and then they come back to the Tulsa area to take on Claremore Sequoyah in week 5.
3)  Blanchard Lions-(3-0)-LW: #3-Beat Newcastle 28-7
The defending 3A champ haven’t shown many weaknesses in the first 3 weeks.  The district Blanchard is in just isn’t that good.  They might go 8-0 into a week 10 clash with Tuttle that should decide the district champion and Blanchard might go into the playoffs undefeated.
4)  Metro Christian Patriots-(3-0)-LW: #5-Beat Broken Bow 50-2
Talk about a beat down.  The Patriots just handled Broken Bow down in SE Oklahoma in a way that nobody saw coming.  Metro Christian continues their 4 straight weeks on the road as they play one more non district game against Pawhuska.
5)  Victory Christian Conquerors-(3-0)-LW: #4-Beat Tahlequah Sequoyah 62-24
No need for heroics from Keats Calhoon in this beat down.  The Conquerors got it done on the ground against Tahlequah Sequoyah. Victory now enters district play and it would be disappointing if they didn’t finish 10-0.
6)  Cushing Tigers-(3-0)-LW: #7-Beat Cleveland 35-0
The Tigers are just another one of those really good 3A teams.  This playoff race is going to be very entertaining to see who lifts the gold ball in December.  Cushing strolled thru non district play but the opponents weren’t as difficult as some of the other top 10 teams.
7)  Plainview Indians-(3-0)-LW: #8-Beat Valliant 47-6
The Indians might be for real.  I’m not going off the win over Valliant, I’m going off what they’ve done so far.  This is a very competitive class and Plainview has the chance to run the table in the regular season because their district isn’t that tough.
8)  Tuttle Tigers-(2-1)-LW: #9-Beat Elgin 48-14
The Tigers have bounced back nicely from their opening week loss to Plainview.  The Tigers look to continue their success into district play.  Tuttle is in Blanchard’s district and it isn’t that tough.  It’ll come down to that week 10 meeting.
9)  Berryhill Chieftains-(2-1)-LW: #10-Beat Kellyville 55-6
Berryhill heads into a district that has had some stiff competition over the last several seasons.  Verdigris is down this season but Berryhill’s opponent this week will jump up and bite you if you’re not careful.  The Chieftains open district play on the road at Dewey.
10)  Heritage Hall Chargers-(1-2)-LW: #6-Lost to Davis 54-23
I said the Chargers were hanging on to a spot in the top 10.  More like clinging.  This might be the Heritage Hall’s last week in the top 10 for a while as they open up district play against #1 ranked Kingfisher.

Class 2A

Not many changes this week.  OCS and Hennessey have swapped at the 4 and 5 spots.  Nowata and Adair swapped at the 6 and 7 spots.

1)  Millwood Falcons-(3-0)-LW: #1-Beat Adair 34-7
Seriously, can anyone stop this team?  We were saying that last year about Vian but right now Millwood looks unstoppable.  The Falcons snapped Adair’s 23 game regular season winning streak. 
2)  Davis Wolves-(3-0)-LW: #2-Beat Heritage Hall 54-23
Speaking of unstoppable.  Davis isn’t too shabby.  The Wolves ran up and down the field on Heritage Hall on their way to a 31 point win.  Davis won’t be tested the rest of the regular season as they steamroll into district 2A-4.
3)  Vian Wolverines-(3-0)-LW: #3-Beat Muldrow 25-13
It appears that the only threat in Vian’s district will be Hugo.  Vian has jumped out to a 3-0 start and looks to continue their roll into district 2A-6.  Vian opens up district play against Pocola, a team they shutout 62-0 last season.
4)  OCS Saints-(2-1)-LW: #5-Beat Jones 33-19
Wow, that season opening loss to Metro Christian looks better and better every week.  The defending 2A champs took care of business against Jones.  OCS has a showdown with Millwood coming up in week 6.
5)  Hennessey Eagles-(2-1)-LW: #4-Lost to Kingfisher 31-0
Not the worst loss in the world.  The Eagles lost to a team in Kingfisher that could end up being the 3A state champ.  The next time we see Hennessey in a close game might be all the way in week 10 against Alva.
6)  Nowata Ironmen-(3-0)-LW: #7-Beat Newkirk 27-6
I don’t know how Nowata would match up with some of the top 5 teams in 2A but this is a Nowata team that should be taken seriously.  They’ve done nothing but win in the first 3 weeks.  A showdown with Adair is a little over a week away.
7)  Adair Warriors-(2-1)-LW: #6-Lost to Millwood 34-7
You have to tip your cap to Adair.  They wanted some competition and they got some competition.  They ran into the buzz saw that is Millwood and their 23 game regular season winning streak is no more.  The Warriors will try to start a new streak this week against Caney Valley.
8)  Alva Goldbugs-(2-1)-LW: #8-Beat Hobart 59-52
A lot of defense being played in that game right?  The Goldbugs won a shootout with Hobart and have now won 2 in a row as they head into district play.  Alva takes on Chisholm on the road this week.
9)  Hugo Buffaloes-(3-0)-LW: #9-Beat Idabel 42-6
I’m still not sure how good this Hugo team is but I’ll keep them in the top 10 until they lose.  That might not happen over the next 3 weeks but a week 7 visit to Vian will be something to pay attention to. 
10)  Stroud Tigers-(2-1)-LW: #10-Beat Prague 30-0
Similar to Hugo, I’m still not sold on Stroud.  They seem like the favorite in 2A-5 but they could be challenged by Meeker and Okemah.  We’ll find out more about the Tigers in week 6 when they travel to Meeker.

Week 3 Recap

The last week of non district play brought us some fireworks all across the state.  As we head into the first week of district play on Friday some things have become clear while we still have countless questions.  We’ve had so many games come down to the last minute and won in the last minute.  As we do every Monday here on the Roundup Notebook, it’s now time to break down some of the top stories from week 3 in high school football.

Class 6A

Union Goes On The Adkins Diet.  Beat Broken Arrow 38-21

Okay, I took that headline from the Tulsa World.  It was so corny it was great.  Sophomore running back Tyler Adkins burst onto the scene against BA and gashed the Tigers defense for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns on 34 carries.  The Redskins, working with their back up quarterback and third string running back for the second consecutive week, avoid starting the season 0-3 for the first time since 2006. 

Broken Arrow jumped out to a 14-0 start and Union couldn’t do anything right.  The Redskins turned the ball over several times and had countless penalties left Union feeling like the Broken Arrow teams they’ve dismantled in the past 2 decades.  The Redskins then woke up and showed why they’re a team that has now won 29 of the last 30 meetings with Broken Arrow.  Union scored 31 unanswered and ran away with an unbelievable 17 point win that not a lot of people expected.  Myself included.

Jenks Runs Away From Owasso In Second Half.  Beat Rams 45-28

Perhaps this defense isn’t up there with the best we’ve ever seen.  Perhaps.  The Trojans still have the rest of the season to impress us on defense.  Owasso was able to drive up and down racking up yards and points on the Trojans.  One thing that has been missing over the first two weeks is the Jenks offense.  The Trojans started to get it going as they were able to run away from Owasso in the second half.  The Jenks rushing attack took a huge hit in the game when running back Brett Tye got hurt.  It’s not clear how long Tye will be out with an AC tear in his shoulder. 

The Battle Of HWY 97 Goes To Sapulpa.  Beat Sand Springs 49-32

Sapulpa jumped out to a 21-3 lead and took it into the halftime locker room.  The second half became a shootout.  The only problem for the Sandites though was that Sapulpa kept up with the Sand Springs scoring.  The 18 point halftime deficit was too much to overcome for a Sand Springs team that is now 1-2 going into district play while Sapulpa has raced out to a 3-0 record into what could end up being one of the most competitive districts in the state. 

Bixby Comes Back To Win In NW Arkansas.  Beat Springdale 45-38

The Spartans trailed by as many as 24.  Going into the 4th quarter they trailed Springdale 38-23.  Don’t call it a comeback.  Okay call it a comeback.  Bixby came back to stun a Springdale team that historically is pretty good in Arkansas.  The Spartans put up 22 points in the fourth quarter while shutting out the Bulldogs in the final quarter.  With 45 seconds left Bixby scored the go ahead touchdown and held on to get the big comeback victory.  Bixby has all the momentum in the world after their 3-0 start and will need it going into district play this week.

Not A Typo.  The Edison Eagles Are 3-0.

Okay, Edison is about to play in what I think is the most competitive district in the state in 6A-2.  Winning 3 more games going forward will be a struggle but you have to tip your cap to Edison.  The Eagles went west and got a win over Elk City 42-6.  Earlier this year they got wins over Memorial and Hale.  Over the last 3 years the Eagles were 3-27.  Edison immediately gets tougher competition this week when they face the #1 ranked team in the state in the Jenks Trojans, a team that beat them 82-7 last year.

Westside Love

Westmoore Wins Shootout.  Beat Norman North 45-31

Similar to the Sapulpa-Sand Springs game, Westmoore jumped out to a 21-10 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and went score for score with Norman North.  The T’Wolves are not what they were last year when they made it to the title game.  They’ll put up some points this year but so far they haven’t stopped anybody.  The Jaguars are now 3-0 and now look east.  Westmoore is 1 of the 2 West side teams in district 6A-2, the other is Putnam City.  The Jaguars are set up for a nice run this season.  Their first district test will be another 3-0 team in Bixby. 

Bomber Magic Might Be Back.  Beat Del City 16-8

Only one week ago Del City put up 550 yards of total offense on a Norman North team that many people feel is a consensus top 10 6A team.  Fast forward one week and another top 10 6A team completely shut them down.  Midwest City didn’t put up the points Norman North did but they didn’t need to.  The Bombers held Del City to only 94 yards of total offense and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown.  Del City’s only score came on a special team’s touchdown.  Speaking of Norman North, Midwest City opens up district play this week with the T’Wolves.

Edmond Santa Fe Needs Double Overtime Against Rival.  Beat Edmond North 38-31

In the first overtime Justice Hansen converted a fourth down for a touchdown to make the second overtime possible.  This was one of the more surprising games of the week.  Rivalry games always make things a little closer but I didn’t expect it to be so close that extra time was needed.  Edmond Santa Fe is a team that could go far this season, Edmond North lost a lot from last year.  Santa Fe is still one of the better West side teams, but they’re more vulnerable then I originally thought.

Class 5A

Defense Not Allowed.  McAlester Beat Claremore 59-35

Holy smokes, seriously, did either team bring their defense with them in this game?  Over 900 yards of total offense, a combined 94 points scored.  McAlester bounced back from a disappointing loss to Booker T Washington by beating Claremore in a shootout by 24 points.  It’s not too often you can give up 35 points and stroll to a 20+ point victory but that’s exactly what McAlester did.  The Buffaloes are giving up an average 38 points in their first 3 games but it hasn’t mattered.  With one of the more explosive offenses in the state, McAlester is averaging just over 50 points a game. 

Coweta Gets A Miracle At Bishop Kelley.  Beat Comets 48-42

What else can you call it?  Not that Coweta won the game, but how the Tigers did it.  With no time left on the clock Coweta completed a good ‘ol hail mary pass.  The Tigers upset Bishop Kelley and take a lot of momentum into district play.  Coweta finally got their first win of the season after playing Wagoner and Carl Albert in the first two weeks.  Coweta takes that momentum into a district that is wide open right now. 

Central Stuns TPS Rival.  Beat McLain 14-12

The Central Braves got their first win of the season at the expense of their TPS rival in heartbreaking fashion.  Central scored on a Kejuan Jones (I know, name sounds familiar right?) 1 yard touchdown run with 36 seconds left in the game to get the 2 point win.  Just like Coweta, Central gets their first win and some momentum going into district play in 5A-4.  Central is another team that could possibly make the playoffs, one thing is for sure, that district race is going to be entertaining every single week.

Class 4A

Catoosa Gets Second Straight Close Win.  Beat Fort Gibson 27-26

A 42 yard field goal fell short and Catoosa went down to Fort Gibson and walked away with a huge win over another 4A top 10 team.  Fort Gibson struggled in their two wins and now have a heartbreaking loss to Catoosa.  They’ll have an opportunity to get the bad taste out of their mouth as they take on Rogers to open district play.  After Catoosa turned the ball over 6 times against Pryor in a week 1 shutout loss, they’ve gotten two straight big wins.  Catoosa will take all this momentum into this week’s district opener, and boy, will they need that momentum.  They hit the road and go to Wagoner to take on the Bulldogs in a game that very well could decide the district championship. 

Not A Typo Part 2: The Rogers Ropers Are 3-0!

I don’t care if Rogers played air in the first three weeks.  They almost did.  Rogers has opened up with wins over Okmulgee, OKC Legion (whatever that is) and last Friday against Capitol Hill.  I won’t act like it’s a big deal they won those games.  They should.  It’s the fact that the Ropers are 3-0.  Here’s why.  From 2007-2012 Rogers went 3-46.  It took Rogers 3 weeks to match a 6 year win total.  Granted they didn’t play in 2011 but doesn’t that make this even more remarkable?  Congrats Ropers.  You deserve to celebrate. 

Miami Snaps 13 Game Losing Streak.  Beat Pryor 32-20

The last time the Wardogs got a win was all the way back on October 28, 2011 when they beat Mannford 42-0.  The Wardogs lost the last game of the 2011 season, went winless last year and lost their first 2 games this season.  The Wardogs were impressive on Friday against Pryor but Pryor did them some favors.  In the second half Pryor had costly turnovers and Miami executed off them.  Good win for Miami and the Wardogs.  Being in the stadium that night, you could tell the players, coaches, parents and fans really needed that win.  They got it.

Class 3A

Metro Christian With A Beatdown.  Beat Broken Bow 50-2

Whoa, I don’t think anybody saw this coming.  I had Broken Bow ranked at #10 in 4A and a team that could snap Cascia Hall’s district winning streak.  I will say that I did have Metro Christian winning this game but I didn’t think the winning margin would be more then 10.  OOPS!  Metro Christian went down to Broken Bow and just put a spanking on the Savages.  Even more impressive then that, they did it without their starting quarterback and playing 2 different QB’s who both had some success. 

Class 2A

Millwood Comes East And Dominates.  Beat Adair 34-7

It’s no surprise that Millwood beat Adair last Friday night but it is noteworthy.  The Falcons snapped Adair’s 23 game regular season winning streak.  The Warriors had gone 10-0 each of the last two seasons and Millwood prevented a possible 3rd straight season.  Millwood is a strong team and came over to the Grand Lake area and dominated.  Hats off to both Millwood and Adair scheduling this game when both had an open date and wanted some tough top 10 competition.

Westside Love

Davis Runs All Over Heritage Hall.  Beat Chargers 54-23

I think I have an idea of what is going to be going on at Heritage Hall practices this week.  STOP THE RUN!  For the second straight week the Chargers gave up huge rushing numbers.  Last week in a loss to 4A’s #1 Clinton, Heritage Hall gave up over 450 rushing yards.  In the loss to Davis, the Chargers were out gained 340-42 on the ground.  It doesn’t get any easier for them either as they open district play against 3A’s #1 Kingfisher and Landon Nault.  Davis is off to an impressive start.  It’s early but they might be on a crash course with Millwood.

Note of the Week:

In district 6A-2, 5 teams are still undefeated. (Bixby, Edison, Jenks, Sapulpa and Westmoore)  In Class 5A, only 1 team is still undefeated. (Guthrie)

Come back tomorrow, we’ll have our new top 10 rankings for 2A-6A.

Week 3 Top 10 Games

Last week:
Michael was 7-3
Matt was 6-4

For the Season:
Michael-16-4
Matt-14-6

1) #4 Union (0-2) AT # 2 Broken Arrow

A rivalry that by the numbers, has been completely one sided.  Broken Arrow has only one victory over Union since 1989.  That victory came in the season opener of the 2008 season, Union head coach Kirk Fridrich’s first season at Union.  The last several years this rivalry has gotten a lot closer.  In fact, the last 3 Union wins have been decided by a total 13 points.

Why Union Will Win:  This rivalry has gotten closer but the fact still remains, Union owns Broken Arrow.  The Redskins pushed Jenks without their starting quarterback and top two running backs.  Don’t count out this tough Union team.  If they get their starters back, this is a fairly even game.  They proved last week that they can compete with the best in the state without their starters.  The defense will need to play great to contain this Broken Arrow offense.

Why Broken Arrow Will Win:  The Tigers have gotten closer and closer in this rivalry over the last decade.  Broken Arrow will need their work horse at running back to be back so this offense can reach its full potential.  The Union defensive line will offer a test to this shaky BA offensive line.  The Tigers got a win over maybe the best team in Arkansas without Devon Thomas.  They’ll need Thomas back to get their second win over Union in 30 meetings.

Who Wins?
Michael: Broken Arrow 31-24
Matt: Broken Arrow 31-20

2) 6A’s #7 Midwest City (2-0) AT 5A’s #5 Del City (1-1)

Similar to Union-Broken Arrow, this has been a pretty one sided rivalry, although Del City has made some noise in the last several years.  The Eagles got a 1 point win over the Bombers last season.  In the last 4 years, each team is 2-2 after Midwest City had a long winning streak over Del City.

Why Midwest City Will Win:  The Bombers’ defense has been very strong over the first two weeks.  Midwest City has jumped out to a surprising 2-0 start this season and can get a huge boost into district play with a win over their rival.  The Bombers’ offense will need to put up points, because as well as their defense has played, Del City will score some points.

Why Del City Will Win:  Keep on rollin’.  The Eagles’ offense has been outstanding in the first two weeks.  They get their toughest test when they go against rival Midwest City and a defense that has played extremely well against good offenses from Edmond Santa Fe and Stillwater.  If the Eagles get a huge rivalry game win, they’ll have to get heir points when they can.  Midwest City won’t make that easy.

Who Wins?
Michael: Del City 27-21
Matt: Midwest City 28-27

3) 3A’s #5 Metro Christian (2-0) AT 4A’s #10 Broken Bow (1-1)

These two unlikely opponents have met every year for the past 6 seasons.  Metro Christian is 3-2 in the last 5 games and the two losses have come by a combined 5 points.  Broken Bow is very familiar with the Patriots’ offense.  In the last 5 games Metro Christian has scored at least 20 points in every game.

Why Metro Christian Will Win:  The offense can roll.  Danny Burke is a huge key for this Patriot team.  Burke was huge in a 50-0 win over NOAH.  NOAH is in no way as good as Broken Bow.  However Burke went off.  He got into the end zone 3 different ways.  He caught a TD, returned an interception for another, and returned a punt for the third.  If Metro Christian is going to make the long drive back to Tulsa with a win, I expect Danny Burke to play a huge roll.

Why Broken Bow Will Win:  This is going to be a hungry Broken Bow team.  The Savages are coming off a lopsided loss to Arkansas power Shiloh Christian.  The last thing they’ll want to do is see a Metro Christian team come into their town and put up some points.  Defense will be key for the Savages.  Forcing the Patriots into several 3 and outs and short drives will be key for Broken Bow.

Who Wins?
Michael: Metro Christian 28-24
Matt: Broken Bow 21-20

4) #7 Catoosa (1-1) AT #4 Fort Gibson (2-0)

Nice match up featuring two top 10 teams in 4A.  Even better then that?  These teams should get a lot better by the end of the season.  Catoosa dropped a close one last year to the Tigers losing 35-32.  However in 2010 and 2011 it was all Catoosa as they beat Fort Gibson by a combined score of 83-14.

Why Catoosa Will Win:  The Indians bounced back after a 6 turnover performance against Pryor in a 24-0 loss in the season opener.  Catoosa was impressive last week taking on a solid 5A team in Collinsville getting the win.  Catoosa will have their hands full with a Fort Gibson team that despite being 2-0, is off to a semi slow start.  If the Indians can continue to avoid turnovers they should be able to avenge their 3 point loss from a year ago.

Why Fort Gibson Will Win:  You can’t knock Fort Gibson, they’re 2-0.  However going into the season I had higher expectations for this Tiger team.  The Tigers have won both of their games but they have looked vulnerable in the first two contests against Tahlequah and Hilldale.  Friday’s clash with #7 Catoosa provides an excellent opportunity for Fort Gibson to have a break out party on offense.  Defensively they’ve been sound this year.

Who Wins?
Michael: Catoosa 24-17
Matt: Fort Gibson 21-17

5) #9 Norman North (1-1) AT #6 Westmoore (2-0)

Westmoore gave Norman North their only loss before the Timberwolves fell to Jenks in the state title game last year.  In fact, Westmoore has won the last two in this series.  Norman North had won the previous 4 meetings between the two schools.

Why Norman North Will Win:  David Cornwell.  Okay I’ll elaborate.  The Alabama quarterback commit showed last week why he’s one of the best at his position in the country.  Cornwell bounced back from an average opener to lead a comeback over Del City last week.  The defense isn’t close to being as strong as it was last year.  They’ll need to do a lot better than last week.  The Timberwolves gave up 550 yards of total offense to Del City.

Why Westmoore Will Win:  The Jaguars are off to a fast start with wins over Moore and, more impressive, Southmoore.  The Norman North defense hasn’t been able to stop their first two opponents which gives Westmoore a chance to extend the T’Wolves’ frustration on defense.  The Jags will need to slow down the Norman North offense to get the win on Friday. 

Who Wins?
Michael: Westmoore 41-35
Matt: Westmoore 49-42

6) #7 Claremore (2-0) AT #2 McAlester (1-1)

Last year was the first time these two 5A top ten teams have met in over a decade.  Claremore escaped with a 21-20 overtime victory over McAlester.  The Buffaloes started the season 0-3 but ended up making the 5A semifinals.

Why Claremore Will Win:  Claremore HAS to slow down the McAlester offense.  Booker T Washington was able to not only keep up with the Buff’s attack, but they outscored them.  Something that won’t happen to often this season.  Claremore will need to shorten the game and limit the opportunities McAlester has on offense.  If Claremore can control the ball and get some points on long drives, they’ll have a shot at pulling the upset.

Why McAlester Will Win:  45 points and that wasn’t enough to get the win last week.  The Buffaloes gave up a 38-17 halftime lead.  I expect this team to be a little upset about those two facts going into this match up.  If McAlester jumps out to a big lead early, look for them to keep their foot down this week.  The defense will need to get some stops to get the ball back to their offense.

Who Wins?
Michael: McAlester 38-21
Matt: McAlester 49-28

7) Sapulpa (2-0) AT Sand Springs (1-1)

The Highway 97 rivalry is one of the better Tulsa area rivalries going.  What’s great about this game right now is both teams are very evenly matched.  In 2011 Sapulpa scored a 28-21 victory while last year Sand Springs got the 28-21 victory.  Whoever wins this year’s meeting will have earned it.

Why Sapulpa Will Win:  This offense has put up monster numbers in the first two games.  The defense hasn’t been to shabby either.  Take all of that with a grain of salt.  The competition hasn’t been the toughest for the Chieftains with wins over Ponca City and Hale.  Sapulpa will attempt to continue their early season roll by beating up on their rival.  It will be tougher then their first two outings.

Why Sand Springs Will Win:  Sand Springs got it done in week 1 against a struggling Muskogee team.  They followed that up by losing by 14 to a tough Bixby team.  Bixby is pretty similar to Sapulpa and Sand Springs will see a lot of the same things they did last week.  The Sandites have to identify their mistakes from last week, correct them, and go out and execute to get a big rivalry game win.

Who Wins?
Michael: Sand Springs 31-24
Matt: Sapulpa 42-28

8) #8 Owasso (1-1) AT #1 Jenks (2-0)

Similar to Union-Broken Arrow, Jenks has owned Owasso.  The Trojans have won 20 in a row against the Rams but these games are starting to get closer.  Last year Jenks started 0-2 and beat Owasso to start a 14 game winning streak that they’re currently on.

Why Owasso Will Win:  Union showed last week that even not at full strength, they can push this Jenks team.  If the Rams control the ball and don’t turn it over to this mighty Jenks defense, they’ll have a great shot at pulling off the upset.  The combination of quarterback Gabe Neph to brother and wide receiver John Cole Neph will have to have their best game.  The defense can make stops.  Jenks’ offense has struggled early on.

Why Jenks Will Win:  The Jenks offense will need to play better then they have in the first two weeks.  A lot has been made about how good this Trojan defense is and thru the first two games they’ve carried them.  This could be a possible breakout game for the Jenks offense.  I expect them to run the ball and have some success doing it. 

Who Wins?
Michael: Jenks 34-14
Matt: Jenks 34-10

9) #1 Millwood (2-0) AT #6 Adair (2-0)

An interesting match up.  Not quite sure why these two teams are playing on Friday night but I’m excited for it nonetheless.  Adair is currently on a 23 game winning streak in regular season games.  Without a doubt this game against Millwood will be their toughest game of that streak. 

Why Millwood Will Win:  Many reasons come to mind.  Whenever you see Millwood dismantle a Douglass team that has a win over BTW, it’s hard not to be impressed.  The Falcons are led by Texas Tech commit Cameron Batson who does it all on offense and defense.  It’s not too often that Millwood heads east to the 918 so we’ll see how they respond to that.  Adair has their hands full with this athletic team from OKC.

Why Adair Will Win:  A miracle will take place.  All jokes aside, it will take a lot for Adair to continue the impressive streak they’re currently on.  Not many people know that Adair is on this streak because of the early exits they’ve had in the playoffs the last couple years.  Adair is going to be tested, they have a freshman at quarterback and if they are going to have a chance, he can’t make many mistakes.

Who Wins?
Michael: Millwood 36-20
Matt: Millwood 28-7

10) Tahlequah Sequoyah (1-1) AT #4 Victory Christian (2-0)

I still can’t believe what happened the last time these two teams were on the same field.  Keats Calhoon had his breakout party as a freshman quarterback going against one of the better QB’s in the state in Brayden Scott.  Calhoon led a 27 point comeback in the 4th quarter.

Why Tahlequah Sequoyah Will Win:  If they get up by 27 on Victory Christian in the fourth quarter…okay okay.  The Indians will need to play a solid game to get the win over a very good Victory Christian team.  Sequoyah has been able to put up some points in the first two games.  They lost last week to Beggs but they put up 33 points on the scoreboard.  Maybe the best way to beat the Conquerors is to just outscore them.

Why Victory Christian Will Win:  This might be Victory Christian’s toughest test before they get deeper into district play.  The Conquerors’ high powered attack will be in full swing on Friday night.  As long as they don’t turn the ball over and keep Tahlequah Sequoyah in the game, they should stroll to a 3-0 start.

Who Wins?
Michael: Victory Christian 48-27
Matt: Victory Christian 56-20

Week 3 Rankings

Class 6A

Only a little movement in 6A this week.  No team dropped out of the rankings.  Southmoore took the biggest hit falling from 6 to 10 after the 31-13 loss to Westmoore

1) Jenks Trojans-(2-0)-LW: #1-Beat Union 20-16
The Trojans did it again.  Dylan Harding caught a 76 yard touchdown with 25 seconds left.  Host Owasso this week.
2) Broken Arrow Tigers-(2-0)-LW: #2-Beat Bentonville, AR 24-17
BA got an impressive win over the top ranked team in Arkansas.  Running back Devon Thomas left the game after 4 plays with an ankle injury.
3) Lawton Wolverines-(2-0)-LW: #4-Beat Lawton MacArthur 47-20
Lawton got a very nice win over rival and top 5 team in 5A Lawton Mac.  Final tune-up before district play against Altus Friday.
4) Union Redskins-(0-2)-LW: #3-Lost to Jenks 20-16
No shame in the loss to Jenks.  Union played without their starting quarterback and top 2 running backs.  Trying to avoid 1st 0-3 start since 2006.
5) Edmond Santa Fe-(1-1)-LW: #5-Beat Yukon 49-35
Justice Hansen made his debut last Thursday and it was outstanding.  Good bounce back win after the Midwest City loss in week 1.
6) Westmoore Jaguars-(2-0)-LW: #8-Beat Southmoore 31-13
Westmoore making the jump up to #6 after beating rival Southmoore by 18.  The Jags have another test Friday at Norman North.
7) Midwest City Bombers-(2-0)-LW: #7-Beat Stillwater 28-22
Held off a Stillwater comeback to get their 2nd straight win.  Finish up a tough non district schedule with rival Del City.
8) Owasso Rams-(1-1)-LW: #9-Beat Muskogee 36-7
The Rams got their first win over a struggling Muskogee team.  Now the Rams will travel to take on top ranked Jenks.
9) Norman North Timberwolves-(1-1)-LW: #10-Beat Del City 41-38
Another good bounce back win.  Norman North had to come from behind to do it against Del City.  The T’Wolves now host #6 Westmoore.
10) Southmoore Sabercats-(1-1)-LW: #6-Lost to Westmoore 31-13
After a very impressive win over Carl Albert, the Sabercats had a let down to rival Westmoore.

Class 5A

No team dropped out of the rankings this week although both Shawnee and Bishop McGuinness are close.  Edmond Deer Creek jumped up to #4

1) Carl Albert Titans-(1-1)-LW: #1-Beat Coweta 43-7
The defending champs bounced back by taking out their aggression on Coweta.  Play Duncan Friday before 3 week gauntlet in the district. 
2) McAlester Buffaloes-(1-1)-LW: #2-Lost to Booker T Washington 47-45
No shame in losing by 2 to a BTW team that could make the playoffs in 6A.  However giving up a 21 point halftime lead is a little concerning.
3) Guthrie Blue Jays-(2-0)-LW: #3-Beat Ponca City 62-13
Another week, another blow out win for the Blue Jays.  Guthrie takes on Enid Friday before diving into the toughest district in the state.
4) Edmond Deer Creek Antlers-(2-0)-LW: #8-Beat Shawnee 41-21
Made a nice statement Friday when the Antlers went to Shawnee and won by 20.  Wrap up non district play against Edmond Memorial.
5) Del City Eagles-(1-1)-LW: #5-Lost to Norman North 41-38
Del City almost upset the 6A runner ups.  The Eagles will take on rival and 6A’s #7 ranked Midwest City.
6) Bishop Kelley Comets-(2-0)-LW: #9-Beat Bishop McGuinness 25-22
Beat rival McGuinness.  Snapped a 4 game losing streak to the Irish.  Face Coweta for the 7th time in 4 seasons.
7) Claremore Zebras-(2-0)-LW: #7-Beat Miami 42-19
Easy victory over a struggling Miami team.  Now the Zebras take on the top offense in 5A as they travel to McAlester.
8) Lawton MacArthur Highlanders-(1-1)-LW: #4-Lost to Lawton 47-20
Lost to a Lawton team that is just better.  Not a disappointing loss. Face another Lawton team tonight in rival Eisenhower.
9) Bishop McGuinness Irish-(0-2)-LW: #6-Lost to Bishop Kelley 25-22
If the Irish are going to do anything this season, they have to stop turning the ball over.  5 turnovers against Bishop Kelley.
10) Shawnee Wolves-(1-1)-LW: #10-Lost to Edmond Deer Creek 41-21
Lost big to Deer Creek but they remain in the top 10.  Take on Ponca City before Memorial and McAlester in back to back weeks.

Class 4A

Cascia Hall makes their first appearance in the 4A top 10.  Probably won’t drop out anytime soon.  Weatherford dropped out.

1) Clinton Red Tornadoes-(1-1)-LW: #1-Beat Heritage Hall 39-6
Had over 450 yards on the ground in a great 33 point win.  Simpkins is back to 100%.
2) Wagoner Bulldogs-(2-0)-LW: #2-Beat Pryor 35-13
Wagoner handled their business against Pryor.  The Bulldogs are still not sold on a QB.  Evitt went for over 250 yards.
3) Anadarko Warriors-(2-0)-LW: #3-Beat Centennial 62-0
The Warriors’ competition hasn’t been tough at all but they’ve outscored opponents 135-14 in two weeks.
4) Fort Gibson Tigers-(2-0)-LW: #5-Beat Hilldale 17-10
Fort Gibson with a close win over rival Hilldale.  The Tigers will face another 4A top ten team in Catoosa.
5) Ada Cougars-(1-1)-LW: #6-Beat Idabel 42-6
The Cougars wrap up non district play against Durant.  Durant beat Ardmore last week.  Ada lost to Ardmore in week 1.
6) Douglass Trojans-(1-1)-LW: #4-Lost to Millwood 31-12
The Trojans lost big to rival Millwood in the Soul Bowl.  Douglass still has a big win against Booker T Washington.
7) Catoosa Indians-(1-1)-LW #8-Beat Collinsville 21-14
Catoosa bounced back from the 6 turnovers in the loss to Pryor.  The Indians have a big 4A test against Fort Gibson.
8) McLain Titans-(2-0)-LW: #10-Beat Sperry 22-16
Won a battle with Sperry.  The Titans now take on TPS rival Central this Friday at 6PM.
9) Cascia Hall Commandoes-(2-0)-LW: UR-Beat Glenpool 24-14
The Commandoes don’t look like they’ll be taking a step back this year.  Got a hard fought 10 point win over rival Glenpool.
10) Broken Bow Savages-(1-1)-LW: #7-Lost to Shiloh Christian (AR) 44-7
Don’t sweat it.  Shiloh Christian is a high profile team out of Arkansas.  Huge game this Friday as the Savages host Metro Christian. 

Class 3A

Not much movement with many teams winning in routs.  Berryhill gets back into the top 10 after they got a win over Webster and Claremore Sequoyah lost.

1) Kingfisher Yellowjackets-(2-0)-LW: #1-Beat Chandler 58-19
The Yellowjackets are off to a fast start.  Face a tough 2 week stretch with 2A’s #4 Hennessey Friday and #6 Heritage Hall next week.
2) Seminole Chieftains-(2-0)-LW: #2-Beat Tecumseh 35-7
Well it was going to be hard to match the 76 point explosion from week 1.  Solid 28 point win for Seminole.
3) Blanchard Lions-(2-0)-LW: #3-Beat Lindsay 48-6
Blanchard is off to a strong start as the defending champions.  May not be tested again until week 10 when they travel to Tuttle.
4) Victory Christian Conquerors-(2-0)-LW: #5-Beat Regent Prep 66-13
Victory Christian has jumped out to a 2-0 start to no surprise.  Face Tahlequah Sequoyah in rematch of huge Victory Christian comeback.
5) Metro Christian Patriots-(2-0)-LW: #6-Beat NOAH 50-0
Metro starts a 4 week stretch with road games.  The toughest game of the stretch is this Friday when they travel to 4A’s #10 ranked Broken Bow.
6) Heritage Hall Chargers-(1-1)-LW: #4-Lost to Clinton 39-6
No knock on the Chargers for their loss to Clinton.  That’s the top team in 4A.  Will need to bounce back Friday against Davis.
7) Cushing Tigers-(2-0)-LW: #7-Beat Perry 41-15
Led by Gage Stallworth, the Tigers are rolling to start the season.  All signs point to a showdown with Seminole.
8) Plainview Indians-(2-0)-LW: #8-Beat Elgin 50-7
Followed up the win over Tuttle with a 43 point win against Elgin.  If the Indians beat Madill in week 4, Plainview could go 10-0 this season.
9) Tuttle Tigers-(1-1)-LW: #9-Beat Elk City 66-7
Tuttle took out all their week 1 frustrations on Elk City.  Good bounce back win for Tuttle after losing to Plainview 19-14.
10) Berryhill Chiefs-(1-1)-LW: UR-Beat Webster 38-14
Berryhill is back into the top 10 after a 24 point win over Webster.  Berryhill is a solid 3A team that is trying to take the next step.

Class 2A

Every top 10 team won.  No movement at all.

1) Millwood Falcons-(2-0)-LW: #1-Beat Douglass 31-12
Can you rank a team higher than #1?  The Falcons shut down rival Douglass.  Face #6 Adair on Friday.
2) Davis Wolves-(2-0)-LW: #2-Beat Sulphur 32-14
Huge test coming up for Davis Friday as they’ll face off with 3A’s #6 Heritage Hall.  Can keep up with Millwood with a win.
3) Vian Wolverines-(2-0)-LW: #3-Beat Eufaula 27-7
Vian continues to roll to start the 2013 season.  Not in the fashion they did it in last year but 2-0 none the less.
4) Hennessey Eagles-(2-0)-LW: #4-Beat Jones 40-13
The Eagles are off to a hot start but will perhaps get their toughest test this year on Friday.  Hennessey takes on 3A’s #1 Kingfisher.
5) OCS Saints-(1-1)-LW: #5-Beat Tonkawa 18-6
The defending champs got their first win of the season when they beat Tonkawa by 12.  Not as strong as last year, but they’re still the champs.
6) Adair Warriors-(2-0)-LW: #6-Beat Wyandotte 53-13
Adair has won 23 straight regular season games.  They have their toughest test of that streak when they take on #1 Millwood.
7) Nowata Ironmen-(2-0)-LW: #7-Beat Vinita 20-14
This is a dangerous Nowata team.  They might not have enough to beat the top teams in 2A.  You can’t overlook this team.
8) Alva Goldbugs-(1-1)-LW: #8-Beat Morrison 54-20
Alva bounced back from a week 1 loss with an impressive 34 point win over one of the top Class A teams in Morrison.
9) Hugo Buffaloes-(2-0)-LW: #9-Beat Valliant 14-6
The Buffaloes might be on a crash course for Vian in district play.  Hugo is off to a nice start this year.
10) Stroud Tigers-(1-1)-LW: #10-Beat Bristow 27-7
Stroud bounced back on Friday against Bristow.  The Tigers are always dangerous.  Expect them to climb the 2A rankings throughout the year.

Week 2 Recap

Rivalry games brought out the best week 2 had to offer.  All over the state rivals went to battle and we had some entertaining finishes.  I’ll be introducing something new this week to our weekly recap.  In each class I breakdown, I’ll include something called “Westside Love”.  This is to keep track of what’s going over on the Westside of the state.

Class 6A

Jenks Does It To Union Again.  Trojans Win 20-16
Can lightning strike 9 times?  It is unbelievable how often these two titans not only play competitive games, but go down to the wire and require heroics like we saw Friday night.  It’s hard to describe this rivalry to people who aren’t familiar with it.  In fact, the only explanation you can give is “it’s the backyard bowl”.  It doesn’t matter who the better team is (Jenks).  It doesn’t matter if one team is playing with a backup quarterback and a 3rd string running back (Union).  When these two teams get on the field, expect the unexpected.

Friday night was no different.  Dylan Harding, who is an Oklahoma State commit at safety, has to play both ways this season.  In fact, Harding hurt his shoulder and missed last week of practice and didn’t get much time on offense Friday night, until it mattered most.  Harding had tweeted earlier in the day, “I wanna make a play like Kejuan”.  Harding was referring to Kejuan Jones who raced 80 yards with under a minute to play in the 2000 Jenks-Union match up to give Jenks the win.

Creepy.  Several hours later, fighting pain in his shoulder that kept him from being able to raise his arm up in the air, Harding got his chance.  After begging coaches to be put in the game, Harding was put in with an opportunity.  Jenks was left for dead, Union had the game won.  Except for one problem, it’s the backyard bowl.  With 25 seconds left, Cooper Nunley found Harding all by himself behind Union defenders for a 76 yard touchdown.  The Trojans got another one on their rival.  What else can be said about this rivalry?  It’s the backyard bowl.

Broken Arrow Goes To Arkansas And Beats Bentonville 24-17
The Tigers went to NW Arkansas and walked out with a 7 point victory over the top team over in Arkansas.  Bentonville is also nationally ranked according to some publications so without a doubt it’s a great victory for the Tigers from Oklahoma.  Broken Arrow needed some trickery to get the win.  Hunter Copelin caught a 27 yard touchdown off a double pass late in the fourth quarter.

This win is very impressive because it was done virtually without their workhorse at running back.  Oklahoma State commit Devon Thomas left the game after just 4 plays into the game.  It appears that Thomas will be okay for Broken Arrow’s showdown with rival Union on Friday night.  The Tigers got a little revenge for last season’s 20-10 loss to Bentonville at home.

Booker T Washington Stuns McAlester 47-45
Boy was I wrong.  I said that Booker T Washington shouldn’t try to get into a shootout with McAlester because they don’t have the offense to keep up with the Buffaloes high powered attack.  Oops!  Not only did Booker T Washington keep up offensively, they did it coming from behind.

McAlester jumped out to a 38-17 halftime lead.  It looked like the Buffs would stroll to their second straight victory over a 6A team.  At halftime I felt pretty good about my prediction.  However they usually play a second half after halftime, and the Hornets took full advantage.  Led by the passing and running of Cordale Grundy, Booker T escaped McAlester with a 2 point win.  Grundy finished with 271 yards passing and 67 yards rushing.  The Hornet QB also got into the end zone 3 times on the ground and twice in the air.

Edison Grabs Attention, Beats Rival Memorial 34-19
The Eagles had an impressive showing in a preseason scrimmage against East Central in the All City preview several weeks ago.  That was just the beginning.  Edison really dominated their midtown rival on Friday night.  The Eagles ended up with over 300 yards rushing in the victory over the Chargers.  Edison is now 2-0 early on in the 2013 season, they were 1-19 over the last two seasons.  This is the first season since 2005 that Edison has started the season 2-0.

Westside Love

Lawton Handles Rival Lawton MacArthur 47-20
This is a solid Lawton team.  I believe that the winner of the Lawton-Edmond Santa Fe game will be the “best of the west” in regards to the west’s best shot at winning 6A.  The Wolverines jumped all over a very good Highlander team on Friday night.  I’m aware that Lawton Mac is a 5A team, however it’s a great 5A team.  Lawton will get tougher tests when they jump into district play but a 27 point win over Lawton Mac is very impressive.

Midwest City Holds Off Stillwater Comeback Winning 28-22
We’ve mentioned it before, Midwest City is trying to get back to legitimacy after dropping off a rare 3-7 season last year.  Midwest City got another close, but impressive victory over Stillwater Friday night.  The Bombers led 28-6 at halftime and the Pioneers got back into the game but the 22 point deficit was too much to overcome.  I’m still a little hesitant about saying “Bomber Magic” is back.  Edmond Santa Fe was without OU commit Justice Hansen and Stillwater is a borderline playoff team.  We’ll know more this week about whether MWC is back when they face rival Del City.

Norman North Comes Back And Beats Del City 41-38
Speaking of Midwest City-Del City, the Eagles were explosive against last year’s 6A runner up.  Norman North trailed 38-33 going into the fourth quarter.  The Timberwolves got a good win after losing their opener to rival Norman in week 1.  Del City looks like a team in 5A that is hungry after last year’s 1st round loss to Carl Albert.  The Eagles put up 550 yards of total offense on Norman North.  Norman North now focuses on another top 10 opponent, this one in their own class, Westmoore.

Westmoore Beats Southmoore 31-13
This is a good Jaguar team.  Don’t forget, this is the Westmoore team that put a serious scare into Union in the first round of the playoffs last year.  Southmoore was coming off a huge week 1 victory over defending 5A champion Carl Albert and the Jags beat them down.  Westmoore will now take on Norman North and they could be dangerous going into district play if they get a win over the T’Wolves.  Why should east side fans care?  Westmoore is one of the western teams that are in 6A-2 with Broken Arrow, Bixby, Edison, Jenks, Muskogee and Sapulpa.  Not saying Westmoore will overthrow Jenks or BA.  I’m just saying, keep tabs on the Jags.

Class 5A

Bishop Kelley Takes The Bishop Battle 25-22
Seriously, if Bishop McGuinness is going to do anything this year, they HAVE GOT TO STOP TURNING THE BALL OVER.  5 turnovers led to the 3 point loss to the rival Comets in Tulsa Friday.  Bishop Kelley took advantage and got a couple turnovers late in the fourth quarter to secure their first win over McGuinness since 2009.  McGuinness beat Kelley twice last year, once in the regular season, once in the playoffs.  It’ll be interesting to see if these two rivals face off in the playoffs and if the Irish will fix their turnover troubles.

Westside Love

Edmond Deer Creek Handles Shawnee 41-21
The Antlers are the real deal this season.  Shawnee was coming off an impressive upset victory over Bishop McGuinness in week 1 and Edmond Deer Creek ended any chance the Wolves would get a second straight big win.  Edmond Deer Creek jumped out to a 31-0 lead and never looked back.  This is an Antler team that actually won that gauntlet of a district with Carl Albert, Bishop McGuinness and Guthrie last season.  We’ll see how each team plays in district.

Class 4A

Cascia Hall Gets A 10 Point Win Over Glenpool 24-14
Going into the season I had this game circled on my calendar because it was very intriguing to me.  It was possible that both Glenpool and Cascia Hall wouldn’t be legitimate contenders this season in 4A.  The jury is still out on Glenpool.  The Commandoes made a statement in their first two weeks.  They beat rival Holland Hall in week 1 and then took advantage of turnovers last Thursday to beat Glenpool.

Catoosa Bounces Back Beating Collinsville 21-14
One thing was certain, it couldn’t get any worse.  The Indians were shutout and had 6 turnovers in their opener against Pryor.  Catoosa had a nice showing against 5A’s Collinsville on Friday night.  Turnovers gave Catoosa no shot to be competitive against Pryor but it was turnovers that helped them pull off the victory against Collinsville.  The Indians now focus on another 4A top ten team in Fort Gibson.  Catoosa will have to go on the road and it will be a hostile environment.  That will be one of the top games of the week.

Fort Gibson Wins Rivalry Thriller Over Hilldale 17-10
It’s always exciting to get a win over a rival.  It’s even better when you get a win in the last minute over a rival.  That’s exactly what Fort Gibson did to rival Hilldale on Friday night.  The Tigers are 2-0 but I expected more out of them in the first two weeks.  Week 3 will give us a good gauge of how serious of a contender Fort Gibson is when they welcome Catoosa to wrap up non district play.  The Tigers will want to impress this Friday as fellow district mates Cascia Hall and Broken Bow are waiting for their chance to take on the Tigers.

Westside Love

Clinton Beats Down Heritage Hall 39-6
It’s no secret that Clinton is better team with Marquiz Simpkins.  They proved that against one of the better teams in 3A on Friday night.  The Red Tornadoes ran all over Heritage Hall to bounce back off a loss to Lawton MacArthur in week 1.  When I say ran all over, I mean they ran up and down the field and could not be stopped.  Clinton wracked up over 450 yards on the ground and Simpkins went for over 200 yards by himself.  Clinton looks strong but Simpkins will need to stay healthy

National Rankings Update
I would like to preface this by saying I put ZERO STOCK in national rankings.  I know other people feel differently so I looked into it to see how some of our state teams rank amongst some of the top teams in the nation.  I also include some out of state opponents that have played our instate schools.  The 3 national rankings I use are Rivals, Maxpreps and USA Today.

Rivals Top 100
3) DeSoto, TX-Beat Union 44-20, also beat Euless Trinity 61-35
24) Jenks-First two wins this year have come over top 100 teams.
92) Euless Trinity-Two losses coming to top 25 teams in DeSoto and Jenks
94) Union-Exact same scenario as Trinity.
96) Broken Arrow-I’d have BA higher.  That’s why I put ZERO STOCK in these rankings.
97) Bentonville, AR-The top team in Arkansas but lost to BA Friday.

Maxpreps Top 25
6) DeSoto

USA Today Top 50
20) DeSoto
21) Jenks