Week 4 Top 10 Games

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

For The Season:

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


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