Wow, what a week, what a way to start what’s going to be a fun 2013 season. Every Monday we’ll take a look back at some of the top stories from the week that was in high school football. In fact, here’s our lineup every single week.
Tuesday-6A-2A Top 10
Thursday-Top 10 Games
Jenks survives the heat of Texas beating Euless Trinity 27-23
One of the most impressive performances came from the #1 team in class 6A. Saturday night, two nationally ranked programs met head to head at Southlake Carroll High School and the school north of the Red River walked away with a victory. Even though they gave up 23 points, (I predicted a 20-7 win) I still believe that Jenks’ defense is the best they’ve ever had. They gave up 290 yards rushing to a Trinity team that one Trinity assistant told me “will average 50 points a game this year”. The two teams were even at halftime at 13 all.
If you would have told me that Trinity would have gained 290 yards on the ground and shut down Jenks’ rushing attack forcing sophomore QB Cooper Nunley to make plays. I would have told you Trinity won. I would have been dead wrong. The sophomore now comes back to Oklahoma with an unbelievable level of confidence after not only stepping up to make plays but really leading the Trojan offense against the Texas power. I walked away from Dragon Stadium Saturday night exhausted from the unbelievable performance I had witnessed. Jenks was impressive and I believe opened a lot of eyes around the country at this team’s true potential.
Union struggles to get out of Texas in one piece losing to DeSoto 44-20
Look, DeSoto is good, really good. Don’t read too much into the 24 point loss. It is what it is. At full strength Union still probably loses this game. However going forward there is a concern about the health of this ball club. Running back Justin Silmon missed most of the game with an ankle injury. Quarterback Mason Farquar was knocked out of the game in the 2nd half. Union not only has to get healthy in time for a showdown with rival Jenks, they have to do it on a short week, after playing Saturday and facing Jenks Friday.
I will give Union credit. I believed that they would run run run against this DeSoto defense to avoid giving DeSoto and their high powered no huddle offense the ball. They didn’t. They passed it all over the field and weren’t afraid to gamble on 4th down. Union now has to face another nationally ranked team that’s rolling. Only this time this game will be played in their own backyard. I had to.
Broken Arrow beats Owasso 37-16 for their 8th straight win against the Rams
3 weeks ago Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key told me in a text message, “Devon Thomas is back”. He wasn’t lying. Thomas led the Tigers with 25 carries, 175 yards and a touchdown. The Oklahoma State commit also passed former teammate Cameron Wrenn as the all time leading rusher in school history. Only time will tell what the new record will be now that Thomas has a whole season to pad it.
Broken Arrow led Owasso 13-10 at halftime. The Tigers came out in the second half and ran away with the game outscoring the Rams 24-6 in the second half. BA’s defense led the #2 ranked Tigers in the second half. This defense swarmed all over the field and they have the speed everywhere to do it. Owasso was missing their best player in John Cole Neph but Broken Arrow looked impressive. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do when they travel east on highway 412 to take on Arkansas powerhouse Bentonville.
Midwest City stuns Edmond Santa Fe 3-0
Okay okay, I know, Edmond Santa Fe was missing Oklahoma quarterback commit Justice Hansen. A shutout though? I believe this says more about Midwest City then it does Edmond Santa Fe. Santa Fe is going to be fine, in fact, Hansen has already come out and said he’s playing this week. Midwest City is coming off a 3-7 season, that’s unheard of for Bomber fans. Fans were already suggesting that maybe first year head coach Darrell Hall wasn’t the answer. Also think about this, last year these two teams played and the final score was 50-42. BIG DIFFERENCE. What a statement on opening night for Midwest City beating the team who many feel is the “best of the west” in class 6A.
Norman gets to Alabama commit Cornwell 9 times in 38-31 victory over rival Norman North
The Tigers got acquainted with the nationally ranked QB in Norman last Thursday. Very acquainted. Norman sacked Norman North QB David Cornwell 9 times in a 38-31 victory in the battle of the Norman schools. Cornwell finished 14-35, 233 yards, 2 touchdowns and was intercepted once. I have believed that while Cornwell is definitely a great player, it’s going to be a struggle for Norman North to match the success they had a year ago. The Timberwolves are missing so much off that defense that led them to the state title game. Norman North will be a solid playoff team but I don’t think they stand a chance against some of the Tulsa area powerhouses this season.
Southmoore impresses against 5A favorite Carl Albert winning 37-14
Much like the Midwest City-Edmond Santa Fe result, I believe this says more about Southmoore then it does about Carl Albert. I have no concerns about Carl Albert as the 5A favorite. This is a Titan team that lost to Southmoore 48-21 last year and started the season 1-5. All they did after that was win the state championship. No worries. Southmoore was impressive, they totaled almost 300 yards and the freshman quarterback held his own against a Titan defense that returns a lot of guys. Southmoore will be tested again this week against fellow top 10 team Westmoore.
Lawton MacArthur beats defending 4A champ Clinton 31-13
Clinton really missed Marquiz Simpkins last Thursday night. This game might have been a different story if the junior running back hadn’t been dealing with dehydration. Both teams were pretty ugly turning the ball over a lot. I believe both of these teams will be in the hunt come December.
Claremore survives a scare from Oologah 17-14
Claremore scored their go ahead touchdown with 3:59 left in the game to give them an eventual 17-14 win. Oologah is a nice team but Claremore is a top 10 team in class 5A. Not to mention that this time next year they’ll be competing in division 2 of 6A. Claremore will need to bounce back and impress this week against Miami.
Memorial routs rival Central 67-25
The Chargers dropped in 37 points in the third quarter alone. Memorial was impressive, district 5A-3 has 4 teams that were really impressive on Friday night.
Del City makes a statement in Tulsa beating East Central 52-27
No doubt that East Central is down this year. However Del City needed to come in and impress for me to take them seriously. Mission accomplished. I don’t know if they have what it takes to take on the top 5 teams in 5A but they won’t back down that’s for sure.
Shawnee upsets Bishop McGuinness 14-7
In one of the more surprising results from Friday, Shawnee upset #3 ranked Bishop McGuinness. The Wolves did a great job containing quarterback Jacob Lewis. In fact, Lewis completed more passes to Shawnee then his own receivers. 3 completions, 4 interceptions. Bishop McGuinness has a tough test to bounce back to this week against rival Bishop Kelley. Shawnee making district 5A-3 a little tougher.
Douglass upsets Booker T Wahington 24-21
The Trojans lost this match up last year 24-7 to BTW. Fumbles killed the Hornets in the end and Douglass was able to hit the game winning field goal with 8 seconds left. Booker T will try to bounce back this Friday against 5A #2 McAlester. Douglass has an opportunity to prove itself as a legitimate threat in 4A this week in the “Soul Bowl” as they take on rival Millwood. Millwood beat Douglass 7-0 in a 2 quarter mini game 2 weeks ago.
Wagoner wins an ugly rivalry game against Coweta 21-2
Coweta actually out gained Wagoner 235-209 but 4 turnovers kept Coweta from coming close to rival Wagoner. It’s pretty clear that both of these teams are not as good as they have been in the past.
Cascia Hall wins a classic over Holland Hall 33-32
Holland Hall’s last victory in this series was in 2010 when they snapped Cascia’s 41 game winning streak. Cascia Hall was impressive and gets the opportunity to be taken seriously as a 4A contender this week against Glenpool.
Glenpool handles Berryhill 44-19
Glenpool has been down for a couple years, that might be over. The Warriors out gained Berryhill 371-195. Glenpool now focuses on Cascia Hall. This is an interesting game because before the season many people thought that these teams would take a step back in 2013. If week 1 is any indication, they won’t take a step back and this could be a preview at a possible match up in the playoffs.
Seminole makes a huge statement winning 76-43 over Lincoln Christian
#2 ranked Seminole made a legitimate statement beating a good Lincoln Christian team and beating them down. Seminole only led 30-28 at halftime. For those of you who are like me and struggle with the math, I’ll help you. Seminole outscored Lincoln Christian 46-15 in the second half. That’s a beat down my friends. Chieftain running back Papi White finished with 18 carries, 251 yards and 3 touchdowns. Once again my math friends, White averaged 13.9 yards per carry. Dominant performance, everyone in 3A will take Seminole serious going forward.
Metro Christian Escapes Oklahoma Christian with a 14-13 win
A nice win for Metro Christian who always seems to be a top 10 3A team. A Patriot team that always wins 10 games but hasn’t taken the next step. Not a bad first game in possibly taking the next step by beating the defending 2A champion.
Plainview opens eyes in 19-14 win over Tuttle
Plainview was a team that was right on the bubble of the 3A top 10 coming into week 1. Not anymore. Tuttle was ranked #6 and is a team that always has strong teams. Plainview has opened at least my eyes and you better believe they’ll be in the next 3A top 10.
Check back here tomorrow for our new Top 10 in 2A-6A.
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