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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?