Michael was 9-1
Matt was 8-2
1) #1 Jenks (1-0) VS #3 Union (0-1) (AT TU’s Chapman Stadium)
Since 1996, the first year in a stretch of 17 straight that Jenks and Union have won 6A, the Trojans are 14-13 against rival Union. Any questions? One of the nation’s best rivalries, period.
Why Jenks Will Win: That dominant Jenks defense now makes its Oklahoma debut. You have got to think they’ll be fired up for this one. Not only because it’s a rivalry game, but because they gave up 290 yards on the ground to Texas power Euless Trinity. If Union doesn’t get running back Justin Silmon back, it’ll be a struggle for the Redskins in the running department. Jenks sophomore quarterback Cooper Nunley showed he has what it takes to lead this offense if the running game isn’t there.
Why Union Will Win: Union HAS GOT to get healthy. The Redskins got real banged up in the loss to nationally ranked DeSoto in Texas. The news gets worse; they only have 5 days to get ready for another nationally ranked opponent in Jenks. Silmon will need to be on the field for Union to have a chance. Good news for Union defensively, they won’t see the firepower they saw in Texas the rest of the year. Jenks won’t run that fast paced offense the Eagles ran in Texas.
Michael: Jenks 24-10
Matt: Jenks 26-10
2) #4 Lawton MacArthur (5A) (1-0) AT #4 Lawton (6A) (1-0)
A closely contested rivalry over the last decade between the two Lawton powers. Lawton is 5-4 against Lawton Mac in the last nine meetings.
Why Lawton MacArthur Will Win: The Highlanders will need to avoid the turnovers they gave up against Clinton in this rivalry match up. Despite the turnovers, Lawton Mac was able to put up 31 points in the victory. Mac will see tougher competition this week as they take on their in town rival. If Lawton MacArthur turns the ball over like they did in week 1, they’ll lose. Don’t let the difference in class fool you, these two teams are pretty even, and the Highlanders have the athletes to keep up.
Why Lawton Will Win: Won big over Lawton Eisenhower. It won’t be as easy for the Wolverines in week 2. Lawton has several
D1 players. Not too much to complain about when you put up 63 points. However this is a rivalry game and these two teams have been fairly even over the last decade. If Lawton can contain Mac’s athletes, they’ll win this one.
Michael: Lawton 27-20
Matt: Lawton 35-27
3) #2 Broken Arrow (1-0) AT Bentonville, (AR)
After a weather delay in last season’s game, Bentonville was able to beat Broken Arrow 20-10 in some weird circumstances. BA running back Devon Thomas did not play in the game.
Why Broken Arrow Will Win: The offense may be the most balanced offense in the state. The passing of Colorado State commit Coleman Key and the running of Oklahoma State commit Devon Thomas makes it hard for defenses to game plan. Speaking of defense, this is an underrated group of players on defense for BA. It comes down to the offensive line. They’ll need to protect their quarterback and get some holes for their running back to find some success against the Arkansas power.
Why Bentonville Will Win: Bentonville impressed in a two quarter mini game against Owasso in the Gridiron Classic at Union a couple weeks ago. Bentonville was able to run the ball against Owasso and will take that philosophy into Friday’s game. Defensively they’ll need to attack the Broken Arrow offensive line. When they hit Devon Thomas, they need to wrap up. Thomas has shown the ability over the last two weeks to break tackles and make plays when the offensive line isn’t having success.
Michael: Broken Arrow 34-24
Matt: Bentonville 38-35
4) #6 Bishop McGuinness (0-1) AT #9 Bishop Kelley (1-0)
It’s the Bishop Battle! What a great week for rivalry games. Bishop Kelley has lost 8 of the last 10 matches including twice last year, once in the regular season and once in the playoffs.
Why Bishop McGuinness Will Win: Well this one is simple. The Irish CANNOT throw more interceptions than completions. That was the case last week against Shawnee. Quarterback Jacob Lewis completed 3 passes and was intercepted 4 times. McGuinness has a lot of talent and the loss to Shawnee might have been a wake up call. The Irish will need to avoid the turnovers and we should expect a classic with rival Bishop Kelley.
Why Bishop Kelley Will Win: If the Comets use the same game plan as district opponent Shawnee had, they’ll win. However if you’re a Comet fan, you can’t count on Lewis throwing 4 interceptions. Bishop Kelley had an impressive win over 6A’s Bartlesville last week but they should get a tougher test this week. The Comets are still working in some guys at key positions. Ball control is going to decide the winner in this rivalry game.
Michael: Bishop McGuinness: 24-20
Matt: Bishop McGuinness 21-17
5) Booker T Washington (0-1) AT #2 McAlester (5A) (1-0)
Booker T has won 4 of the last 5 meetings with McAlester. The only Buffalo win came in 2011 when they won 46-18.
Why BTW Will Win: Defense defense and then some more defense. The Hornets are facing a high profile offense in McAlester. Last week I thought Stillwater’s only chance to win was getting into a shootout. They did, and still lost by 13. In no way should the Hornets get into a shootout with the Buffs. If they can slow McAlester down, they’ll have a shot. They’ll need to keep the score low in this one. Similar to the game last year where they won 27-17.
Why McAlester Will Win: The game plan will be much of the same for McAlester in most games. Just outscore everybody. This Buffalo offense will be putting up a lot of points this year. If McAlester can avoid turnovers, the Hornets don’t have the offense to keep up with them. I think this game could be close for three quarters but McAlester might start to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Michael: McAlester 38-27
Matt: BTW 42-38
6) #4 Douglass (4A) (1-0) AT #1 Millwood (2A) (1-0)
Soul Bowl. What a huge match up in the OKC metro area. Millwood shutout Douglass 2 weeks ago in a scrimmage.
Why Douglass Will Win: It was a nice win for Douglass last week against Booker T Washington. However, the Hornets really gave that game away. That’s not taking away from the Douglass win; it just could have been a different game. The Trojans will need to contain Millwood’s Cameron Batson. Douglass showed last week their creativity when they lined up LSU commit Deondre Clark at running back. That dude is hard to stop.
Why Millwood Will Win: The Falcons need to stop Clark when he lines up in the offensive backfield. It reminds me of the saying “a bull in a china shop”. The only thing is Millwood will have to shut that bull down. Without a doubt Douglass will feed their LSU commit to keep the Falcon offense off the field. Texas Tech commit Cameron Batson will be a big difference maker in this game.
Michael: Millwood 24-17
Matt: Douglass 24-21
7) Glenpool (1-0) AT Cascia Hall (1-0) (Thursday Night)
Both of these teams are right on the verge on being in the top 10 in 4A. In fact, the winner probably moves into the rankings next week. Cascia has won 3 straight by average score of 38-2.
Why Glenpool Will Win: Glenpool was very impressive in their big win over Berryhill in week 1. The Warriors will look to use that momentum as they take on the Commandoes. Cascia is still figuring out some things on that “Blue Swarm” defense. If Glenpool can have the same production they had in week 1, it’ll be hard for Cascia Hall to keep up. Glenpool has been shutout twice in last 3 years against Cascia.
Why Cascia Hall Will Win: Eventually the Cascia Hall defense will click. When that happens, watch out. Until that happens, the offense will be asked to do more. Unlike years past, Cascia doesn’t have the firepower on offense this year. This game is going to be very close. Special teams might decide this match up. Over the last 3 years Cascia Hall has been able to dominate Glenpool. Could be a different story this year.
Michael: Glenpool 31-27
Matt: Cascia Hall 28-27
8) #1 Clinton (4A) (0-1) AT #4 Heritage Hall (3A) (1-0)
Clinton finally won last season after dropping the 2010 and 2011 meeting with the 3A power.
Why Clinton Will Win: The Red Tornadoes could win this game without their star Marquiz Simpkins but I wouldn’t recommend it. Simpkins is a stud who suffered from dehydration last week in the loss to Lawton MacArthur. The biggest key to victory for them is getting Simpkins back and keeping him on the field.
Why Heritage Hall Will Win: If Simpkins doesn’t play, Heritage Hall will have a legitimate shot in this one. If Simpkins does play, it’s going to be a long night for the Chargers defense. They can expect a heavy does of Marquiz Simpkins who could be the best running back in the 2015 class.
Michael: Clinton 38-24
Matt: Clinton 28-20
9) #8 Catoosa (4A) (0-1) AT Collinsville (1-0)
Collinsville’s 34-10 win last year against Catoosa snapped a 3 game losing streak to the Indians in the series.
Why Catoosa Will Win: Well the most obvious key to victory for Catoosa is avoiding turnovers. The Indians were unable to do that last week against Pryor. Catoosa ended with 6 turnovers in the shutout loss to Pryor. If you look past that, Catoosa played pretty well. Caleb Wilsey made his first start at quarterback and eventually settled in after several first quarter turnovers. Wilsey is the key to a Catoosa win. No turnovers = Victory.
Why Collinsville Will Win: Collinsville really misses quarterback Zane McElroy. The Cardinals barely escaped week 1 winning a 34-32 game against Skiatook. A Skiatook team that went 0-10 last year. Skiatook may be better then 0-10 this year but Collinsville has a chance to make a run in 5A. The Cardinals need to put Catoosa away early like Pryor did last week. The Indians trailed 17-0 after the 1st quarter and could never get back into the game.
Michael: Catoosa 17-10
Matt: Collinsville 35-32
10) #5 Del City (5A) (1-0) AT #10 Norman North (6A) (0-1)
Norman North has won the last 2 meetings after dropping 3 straight to Del City.
Why Del City Will Win: Norman showed how to beat Norman North last week. Get to David Cornwell. The Tigers sacked the Alabama commit 9 times in a 38-31 win. Del City will definitely try to pressure Cornwell to force some mistakes. The Eagles have some firepower on offense. They showed that last week when they put up 52 points in a win over East Central. They’ll give Norman North some concerns.
Why Norman North Will Win: I believe Cornwell will bounce back in this game and get the win. A lot of Cornwell’s passes last week were dropped by receivers. If they’ve fixed that in a week of practice they’ll be able to run away from the Eagles and continue their winning streak over Del City.
Michael: Norman North 41-28
Matt: Norman North 35-34
Enjoy the football everybody! Rivalry games all over the state.