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Week 9 Top 10 Rankings

Class 6A

No changes in the top 5 this week.  However, in the next 5 spots we had a massive shake up with a new team in every spot in the 6-10 range.  Norman North, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial all fell to unranked opponents.  Norman North and Edmond Santa Fe drop out of the top 10 while Midwest City and Southmoore jump into the rankings.  This will be the first week that Santa Fe is not ranked in the top 10 all season.

1)  Jenks Trojans-(8-0)-LW: #1-Beat Muskogee 56-14
The Trojans rolled once again.  The defending champs finish off the regular season against Bixby and Putnam City.  Jenks will finish off the regular season 10-0 and look to complete a perfect season with a 6A gold ball.
2)  Union Redskins-(6-2)-LW: #2-Beat Bartlesville 58-0
Union dismantled another district opponent.  For the season, Union has now outscored district foes by a combined 269-34.  Union can win the district title by defeating #7 Booker T Washington on Friday.  It won’t be as easy as it has been but it’ll still be a W.
3)  Lawton Wolverines-(8-0)-LW: #3-Beat Putnam City West 70-21
I believe the Wolverines are the best team that the Westside has to offer.  Lawton has been dominant over the last 3 weeks and it appears that they’re peaking at the right time.  The Wolverines will roll into the playoffs as one of two undefeated teams in 6A.
4)  Broken Arrow Tigers-(6-2)-LW: #4-Beat Edison 70-21
Similar to the 3 teams ranked above BA, the Tigers had no problem blowing out Edison.  BA has a hungry Sapulpa team coming to town this week.  Assuming Broken Arrow gets the win, and they should, that’ll set up a week 10 clash with Westmoore. 
5)  Westmoore Jaguars-(7-1)-LW: #5-Beat Sapulpa 26-23 In OT
The Jaguars were the only team in the top 5 to struggle last week.  Westmoore escaped Sapulpa with a 3 point victory in OT.  The Jags came back to force the extra period and held Sapulpa to a field goal while they punched it in for 6. 
6)  Booker T Washington Hornets-(6-2)-LW: #10-Beat Ponca City 51-0
The Hornets jump up to the 6 spot in this week’s rankings thanks to all the upsets over in the OKC area.  BTW has been playing very solid football over the last 4 weeks.  They have their toughest test of the year when they travel to #2 Union.
7)  Bixby Spartans-(6-2)-LW: #9-Beat Putnam City 24-20
Are the Bixby Spartans really the 7th best team in 6A?  Probably not.  However, because of the upsets on the Westside, the Spartans get the nod and move up to the 7 spot.  It will probably be a short stay as Bixby hosts #1 Jenks on Friday.
8)  Midwest City Bombers-(6-2)-LW: UR-Beat Yukon 12-9
It hasn’t been pretty at times, but the Bombers are 6-2 and still in the race to win their district.  Midwest City has a huge match up this week as they host Edmond North.  MWC has to win this game to stay in the district race in 6A-3.
9)  Southmoore Sabercats-(5-3)-LW: UR-Beat Edmond Memorial 17-3
The Sabercats have returned to the top 10 for the first time since September.  Southmoore dominated Edmond Memorial 17-3 and have kept their playoff hopes alive.  They close out the season with winnable games against Choctaw and Mustang.
10)  Edmond Memorial Bulldogs-(5-3)-LW: #7-Lost To Southmoore 17-3
The Bulldogs struggled to get anything going against Southmoore.  Edmond Memorial will have to quickly turn things around as they face rival Edmond Santa Fe.  The Bulldogs should get the win, Santa Fe QB Justice Hansen probably won’t play.

Class 5A

Deer Creek fell two spots after the loss to Guthrie.  Bishop Kelley dropped out of the top 10 for the first time all season after the loss to McAlester.  Collinsville enters the top 10 for the first time since the preseason.

1)  Guthrie Blue Jays-(8-0)-LW: #1-Beat Deer Creek 28-3
The Blue Jays dominated Deer Creek on their way to a 25 point victory.  Guthrie won’t have time to celebrate as they have to face Bishop McGuinness this week.  McGuinness beat Guthrie 32-0 last season.  Expect a little more fight from the unbeaten Blue Jays.
2)  McAlester Buffaloes-(7-1)-LW: #2-Beat Bishop Kelley 38-10
The Buffaloes are 1 win away from locking up a district title.  McAlester has looked strong in victories all season long.  It appears that quarterback Dalton Wood will be back in time for the playoffs.  The Buffs have rolled without their junior gun slinger.
3)  Carl Albert Titans-(6-2)-LW: #3-Beat Guymon 52-6
Carl Albert shouldn’t have any problems over the next two weeks.  The defending champs should go into the playoffs as the 2 seed out of 5A-2 after getting wins over Deer Creek and McGuinness. 
4)  Lawton MacArthur Highlanders-(6-2)-LW: #4-Beat Altus 48-14
All signs point to a showdown with Ardmore in week 10 to decide the 5A-1 district title.  The Highlanders have had no problem putting points on the scoreboard.  In the last 4 games since losing to Del City, Lawton Mac has averaged 55 points a game.
5)  Ardmore Tigers-(7-1)-LW: #6-Beat Capitol Hill 42-6
How in the world did this Ardmore team lose to Durant?  The Tigers are two wins away from being the district champ and a top 4 team going into the 5A playoffs.  Ardmore needs to handle Altus before a top 5 clash with #4 Lawton Mac.
6)  Shawnee Wolves-(6-2)-LW: #7-Beat Durant 56-44
Shawnee appears to be on their way to the 2 seed in 5A-3.  The Wolves close out the season against Hale and Noble, those two teams are a combined 3-13.  Shawnee will more than likely host a 1st round playoff game after missing the playoffs last year.
7)  Deer Creek Antlers-(5-3)-LW: #5-Lost To Guthrie 28-3
No shame in losing to the #1 Blue Jays.  Deer Creek remains in the top 10 despite 3 losses.  The Antlers have lost to 2 of the top 3 teams in this week’s 5A rankings.  Deer Creek hosts McGuinness to decide the 3 and 4 seed out of the district next week.
8)  Del City Eagles-(5-3)-LW: #8-Beat Chickasha 14-12
Maybe I’m too high on Del City.  The Eagles are without their starting QB and struggled against an average Chickasha team.  Del City is still in the running for a good playoff spot but there’s no doubt they aren’t playing at full strength.
9)  Pryor Tigers-(6-2)-LW: #10-Beat Tahlequah 41-15
The Tigers rolled to an easy victory over Tahlequah setting up, what amounts to, a district championship game against Collinsville.  If Pryor wins, they’ll be the 5A-4 champs for the second time in three years.  Pryor will have their hands full.
10)  Collinsville Cardinals-(6-2)-LW: UR-Beat East Central 55-34
Collinsville is peaking at the absolute perfect time.  With Claremore losing to Central, the Cardinals are the only team with 1 district loss and will face Pryor for the district title on the road.  The duo of QB Zane McElroy and WR TJ Johnson look to dominate.

Class 4A

The top 8 teams won’t change this week.  Although #2 Wagoner, #3 Douglass and #4 Ada all had scares.  Fort Gibson drops out of the top 10 for the first time all year after the loss to Cascia Hall.  Woodward makes an appearance in the top 10 for the first time all season.

1)  Anadarko Warriors-(8-0)-LW: #1-Beat Piedmont 27-0
The Warriors had their biggest scare 2 weeks ago in a 3 point win over Woodward.  Anadarko bounced back by shutting out a Piedmont team that was coming off a huge win over Clinton.  Darko will coast into the playoffs, hungry to avenge last year’s title loss.
2)  Wagoner Bulldogs-(8-0)-LW: #2-Beat Cleveland 28-21
Wagoner ended up having to hold Cleveland down to walk away with a 7 point win.  Cleveland came back and made this a game.  Wagoner has struggled at times but you can’t argue the win-loss column.  Wagoner is one of 4A’s best.
3)  Douglass Trojans-(7-1)-LW: #3-Beat McLoud 13-7
The Trojans almost got upset before a week 10 showdown with Ada.  Douglass was able to get the week 8 win, but it was closer then I thought it would be.  It’s hard to gauge how serious of a contender Douglass is.  I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
4)  Ada Cougars-(7-1)-LW: #4-Beat Harrah 29-24
For the second consecutive week it took a last minute comeback to keep Ada unbeaten in district play.  The Cougars survived in a comeback victory over Harrah.  Ada can’t overlook this week’s opponent.  They face a McLoud team that almost upset Douglass.
5)  Clinton Red Tornadoes-(5-3)-LW: #5-Beat Elk City 52-21
The defending champs snapped a little 2 game losing streak by beating Elk City 52-21.  I might have Clinton too high considering they have lost 2 out of the last 3 games.  Clinton was banged up, and at full strength, I believe they’re a serious contender to repeat.
6)  Catoosa Indians-(6-2)-LW: #6-Beat Webster 49-12
Not enough people are talking about this Catoosa team.  I think they have what it takes to push some of the top teams in 4A this year.  The Indians have been on a roll since losing to Wagoner in week 4.  Close out the season with a tough Oologah team next week.
7)  Cascia Hall Commandoes-(7-1)-LW: #7-Beat Fort Gibson 34-28 In OT
Cascia Hall has responded in a big way from the surprising loss to Sallisaw.  The Commandoes have won back to back games over Poteau and Fort Gibson.  Cascia should win their next two games and the district might come down to those two wins.
8)  Poteau Pirates-(7-1)-LW: #8-Beat Muldrow 42-3
The Pirates bounced back from their first loss of the season by blowing out Muldrow.  Poteau has already faced the other top teams in the district and should finish the season 9-1.  It will be interesting to see where they end up in the district.
9)  Sallisaw Black Diamonds-(6-2)-LW: #9-Beat Broken Bow 56-3
The Black Diamonds had no problem with Broken Bow, the 53 point win was their largest winning margin this season.  Sallisaw faces Muldrow this week before a week 10 meeting with Fort Gibson.  That game will have a huge impact on the district race.
10)  Woodward Boomers-(6-2)-LW: UR-Beat Cache 54-12
This is probably a little too late to give some recognition to Woodward.  The Boomers make their first appearance in the top 10 after rolling over Cache.  Woodward faces Clinton next week, and could take a ton of momentum into the playoffs with a win.

Class 3A

The top 7 teams remained undefeated and continued to dominate.  Tuttle drops out of the top 10 for the first time this season after the loss to unranked Jones.  Hilldale enters the top 10 despite 2 losses, Hilldale is a good football team.

1)  Kingfisher Yellowjackets-(8-0)-LW: #1-Beat Bethel 72-0
Kingfisher just pitched their 5th shutout victory of the season against Bethel.  The Yellowjackets have won their 8 games by an average score of 51-6.  Complete domination, let’s fast forward and get this team in the playoffs already.
2)  Seminole Chieftains-(8-0)-LW: #2-Beat Bristow 54-0
Seminole has dominated against teams all season long.  They’ve come to the Tulsa area and beaten down teams like Lincoln Christian and Claremore Sequoyah.  This week, the Chieftains get their toughest test against 8-0 Cushing. 
3)  Blanchard Lions-(8-0)-LW: #3-Beat St. Mary’s 54-21
The defending 3A champs have a rare bye week this week.  The Lions are in an unbalanced district where they don’t have 8 teams.  Instead of playing an extra non-district game, the Lions will get some rest and prepare for a week 10 clash with Tuttle.
4)  Metro Christian Patriots-(8-0)-LW: #4-Beat Sperry 46-0
We’ll see just how good this Patriot defense is in these next two games.  No doubt about it they’re good.  Metro has only given up 17 points all year and 13 of those points came in week 1.  The Patriots get Claremore Sequoyah this week and close out against Berryhill.
5)  Victory Christian Conquerors-(8-0)-LW: #5-Beat Beggs 48-28
Don’t let the 20 point difference fool you, this was a close game.  Victory Christian got their biggest test of the regular season and they were able to get a big road victory over Beggs.  The Conquerors should finish the regular season 10-0 for the 2nd straight year.
6)  Cushing Tigers-(8-0)-LW: #6-Beat Perkins 34-0
The Tigers have jumped out to an 8-0 start and now will take on #2 Seminole.  This will be a huge battle between two of the better running backs in the state.  Cushing will need to slow down Seminole’s Papi White while Gage Stallworth has a career night.
7)  Plainview Indians-(8-0)-LW: #7-Beat Dickson 70-7
I believe this 63 point win came without Plainview’s starting quarterback.  Yeah, the Indians are a serious threat in 3A.  Plainview won’t be tested again until mid November.  Take this team seriously, they have what it takes to contend.
8)  Berryhill Chiefs-(7-1)-LW: #9-Beat Blackwell 50-6
Berryhill will face OKC Legion this week.  OKC Legion is not at the level Berryhill is.  This is the perfect opportunity for Berryhill to get a dominant win, stay healthy and go into a huge season finale game against Metro Christian.
9)  Locust Grove Pirates-(8-0)-LW: #10-Beat Dewey 58-41
Locust Grove continues to win ball games.  The Pirates are one of the better stories this year in high school football.  From 2010-2011, Locust Grove went a combined 0-20.  Two years later, the Pirates are looking like they’ll finish the regular season 10-0.
10)  Hilldale Hornets-(6-2)-LW: UR-Beat Keys 54-20
The Hornets are one of those 3A teams that are right on the edge of being a serious contender each and every year.  Hilldale’s two losses are to Fort Gibson, a good 4A team, and Locust Grove, the team ranked a spot above Hilldale.

Class 2A

It’s very easy to drop OCS out of the top 10 after their upset loss to Christian Heritage.  I didn’t.  OCS has lost 2 games to Metro Christian and Millwood, I still have respect for the defending champs.  They do drop down to 10 and everyone below them moves up a spot in this week’s rankings.

1)  Millwood Falcons-(8-0)-LW: #1-Beat Northeast 69-0

2)  Davis Wolves-(8-0)-LW: #2-Beat Kingston 42-21

3)  Vian Wolverines-(8-0)-LW: #3-Beat Wilburton 61-14

4)  Hennessey Eagles-(7-1)-LW: #4-Beat Newkirk 32-0

5)  Adair Warriors-(7-1)-LW: #6-Beat Oklahoma Union 50-0

6)  Nowata Ironmen-(7-1)-LW: #7-Beat Regent Prep 44-15

7)  Meeker Bulldogs-(8-0)-LW: #8-Beat Mounds 49-7

8)  Commerce Tigers-(8-0)-LW: #9-Beat Salina 30-15

9)  Hartshorne Miners-(7-1)-LW: #10-Beat Gore 52-0

10)  OCS Saints-(5-3)-LW: #5-Lost To Christian Heritage 20-11


Week 8 Top 10 Games

Last Week:
Michael: 6-4
Matt: 5-5
For The Season:
Michael: 45-20
Matt: 48-17

1)  #1 Guthrie (7-0) AT #5 Edmond Deer Creek (5-2

Outlook:  The Blue Jays have dominated opponents on their way to being the only undefeated team left in 5A.  Guthrie’s closest game was a comeback win on the road against defending champ Carl Albert.  Deer Creek comes into this top 5 match up as a big underdog.  The Antlers have dropped 2 games this season.  They lost to 6A top 10 Edmond Memorial back in September and also lost by 18 to Carl Albert.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  Deer Creek needs to avoid giving the ball to this explosive Guthrie offense.  Ball control and ZERO mistakes will give Deer Creek the best shot at an upset over #1.  The Blue Jays are on a roll and are looking like the favorite to win 5A.  Deer Creek is a good team but it’s going to be an uphill battle.  Guthrie should win this one, it will be close but I see the Blue Jays running away with this one in the 2nd half.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  Guthrie has had an outstanding year, outscoring opponents on average 49-8.  Guthrie gets it done with great plays from their defense and a great run game, which is led by standout Kai Callins.  Guthrie averages 275 yards on the ground per game.  The biggest question in this game is can Deer Creek slow down Guthrie’s rushing attack?  Deer Creek allows an average of 175 yards per game on the ground.  The Antlers are going to need to have a much better game then their average against Guthrie if they want a chance to win.

Who Wins?
Michael: Guthrie 41-28
Matt: Guthrie 42-21

2)  #9 Fort Gibson (5-2) AT #7 Cascia Hall (6-1)

Outlook:  This is a very interesting match up in 4A-4.  The winner is still in the hunt to win the district title.  The loser could fall all the way to 4th and having to go on the road in the 1st round of the playoffs.  Cascia Hall knocked off previously unbeaten Poteau last week.  Fort Gibson has struggled at times this year but will give Cascia Hall all they want in a crucial district battle.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  The Commandoes don’t have the talent they’ve had in the past decade but it hasn’t mattered.  Cascia Hall is still using that dangerous “blue swarm” defense.  Last week against Poteau, Cascia gave up a lot of yards but kept Poteau off the scoreboard enough to get the win.  Fort Gibson might be in the same boat Friday.  When Fort Gibson gets deep into Cascia territory, they need to come away with points.  I don’t see that happening.  The Sallisaw loss was an eye opener for the Commandoes, they roll to an eventual district title.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  Cascia Hall got a big win over previously undefeated Poteau last week.  A big reason they got that win was because of their defense coming up with stops and turnovers when they needed it!  This district game has big implications on the eventual district champion.  The match up to watch is Cascia’s defense against Ft. Gibson’s offense.  Can Cascia have another week where they bend but don’t break on defense?

Who Wins?
Michael: Cascia Hall 24-18
Matt:  Cascia Hall 24-21

3)  #2 McAlester (6-1) AT #9 Bishop Kelley (5-2)

Outlook:  If the Buffaloes win, they should run away with the district title in 5A-3.  McAlester’s offense is one of the best in the state regardless of class.  Bishop Kelley just gave up 42 points to a Shawnee team that only managed 14 against the Buffs.  The Comets have their hands full as they try to avoid a 1st round playoff game on the road.  If Bishop Kelley loses, I don’t see a way where they’ll finish in the top 2.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  If McAlester gets junior QB Dalton Wood back, McAlester might win this in a rout.  Wood might be the best QB in the 2015 class and has been sidelined with an ankle injury since week 5.  After seeing what Shawnee was able to do, the sky is the limit for the high powered Buffalo offense.  Bishop Kelley will have to ugly this game up to have a chance at the upset.  Regardless of Wood playing or not playing, I see McAlester rolling up and down the field all night long.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  Kelley had major trouble stopping Shawnee’s offense last week.  I got bad news for them, McAlester is up next.  McAlester has done nothing but hang half a hundred almost every week.  The big question is will McAlester’s great quarterback Dalton Wood be healthy this week?  Wood is a game time decision no matter if he plays or not the match up is to watch McAlester’s offense vs Kelley’s defense.

Who Wins?
Michael: McAlester 56-20
Matt: McAlester 42-21

4)  East Central (3-4) AT Collinsville (5-2)

Outlook:  The winner is still in the hunt for the district title, or at least finishing 2nd.  The loser might fall all the way to 4th.  Collinsville finally has their QB back.  Zane McElroy returned to the Cardinals last week and he’ll boost this offense down the stretch.  East Central has turned it around after an 0-3 start in non district play.  The Cardinals only loss came to Claremore 2 weeks ago.  Collinsville’s lone district loss was to Claremore as well.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  The return of Zane McElroy came at the perfect time.  Collinsville is in a good spot to win the district.  The Cardinals have Pryor and if they win out, they should win the district, they’ll definitely get a 1st round home game.  Before the season, I thought the duo of McElroy and TJ Johnson would be one of the best in 5A.  If those two live up to the preseason expectations, this will be a sneaky good team in the playoffs as a dark horse.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  This game has huge district implications in 5A-4.  Collinsville finally has their quarterback back after he was out with a torn Labrum for most of the first half of the season.  The match up I look to in this game is the two offenses against each other.  I think this game in 5A-4 could be a thriller like so many games have been this year.  Whoever has the ball last may be the winner.

Who Wins?
Michael: Collinsville 27-21
Matt: Collinsville 35-28

5)  #7 Edmond Memorial (5-2) AT Southmoore (4-3)

Outlook:  Led by running back Warren Wand, the Bulldogs are climbing the top 10 in Class 6A.  This game starts a 2 week stretch where Memorial takes on Southmoore and Edmond Santa Fe.  The Bulldogs have already lost to Lawton, but 2nd place is still for the taking in 6A-4.  Southmoore is still fighting for their playoff future.  The Sabercats have lost to Lawton and Santa Fe.  Southmoore still has a big game against Mustang in 2 weeks.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  If Warren Wand has a big game, the Bulldogs will be hard to beat in this one.  Edmond Memorial has won 3 straight games and look to solidify a playoff spot with a win over the Sabercats.  Southmoore needs to keep Warren Wand on the sideline to get the win.  I don’t see that happening.  I think Edmond Memorial wins setting up a huge top 10 showdown with rival Santa Fe.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  This match up will have a big impact on the playoff race and could shake up the district standings.  The match up in this one is very clear, Edmond Memorial’s defense against Southmoore’s offense.  Memorial’s defense is giving up just 13 points per game, while Southmoore’s offense is putting up almost 35 points per game.  Memorial will need to ugly up the game to get the win in this one and Southmoore will need some big plays from their playmakers to get the victory.

Who Wins?
Michael: Edmond Memorial 28-10
Matt: Edmond Memorial 31-21

6) #5 Westmoore (6-1) AT Sapulpa (5-2)

Outlook:  If Sapulpa is going to make the playoffs, this is a MUST WIN situation.  Sapulpa has already dropped decisions to Jenks and Bixby and still has Broken Arrow left.  Westmoore is hungry to bounce back after losing their first game of the year last week to #1 Jenks.  Westmoore looked terrible against the Trojans, only managing 50 yards of total offense and zero points.  With a win, Westmoore stays in the hunt to finish in 2nd with a long shot of winning the district.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  Sapulpa snapped a little 2 game skid last week with an
easy win over Muskogee.  The Chieftains need to get back to the first 3 weeks where they averaged 50 points a game.  This will be a tough task against Westmoore.  The Jaguars have been relatively sound defensively this year.  If Sapulpa can’t find some success moving the ball, Westmoore might get an easy win.  Sapulpa hasn’t really shown the ability to stop some of the better teams this year.  It might be a long night and an end to any shot of playoff football for the Chieftains.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  Westmoore will need a better game out of its offense than it got last week.  They will need quarterback Bryson Lee to make plays with his legs and arms to get the victory over Sapulpa.  The key match up in this game will come down to Lee vs Sam Gottsch, Sapulpa’s quarterback.  Gottsch has had a great year for Sapulpa in large part due to his #1 target, Ben Johnson, who is leading the state in touchdown catches with 15 and in yards with 882.  Gottsch has only thrown one touchdown all year to a different wide out other than Johnson.  That being said, the match up really comes down to Sapulpa’s Gottsch and Johnson vs Bryson Lee Westmoore’s quarterback.

Who Wins?
Michael: Westmoore 38-28
Matt: Westmoore 28-21

7)  Midwest City (5-2) AT Yukon (4-3)

Outlook:  If either of these teams want a shot at finishing 2nd in the district, they have to win this game.  Midwest City has been a weird team to read over the last several weeks.  The Bombers jumped out to a 3-0 start and has gone 2-2 since.  Yukon has lost 3 games to some nice opponents.  The Millers won last week after suffering back to back losses to Norman North and Edmond North.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  Midwest City is one of the more interesting 5-2 teams out there.  Normally, you see a 5-2 record and assume the team is one of the better in the district and up there in the top 10.  Not the case with this Bomber team.  Two weeks ago Midwest City dropped a head scratcher to PC North.  Yukon has handled their business for the most part and are fighting to get a possible 2nd place finish.  The loser of this game might have to go to Lawton for a 1st round game.  I believe Midwest City will get the win and start a nice stretch to take some momentum into the playoffs.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  Midwest City’s troubles this year have been on offense.  They have struggled all year long trying to find consistent play at the quarterback position.  The Bombers will need their quarterback, Brendan Brown, to have a great game.  This game’s match up in my mind has to be Midwest City’s Offense vs Yukon’s Defense.  If Midwest City can put some points on the board, they will come away with the victory in this one.  This game will have big playoff implications deciding the 3rd and 4th spots more than likely.  Possibly the 2nd seed if Midwest City beats Yukon, it will set up a showdown with Edmond North for the 2nd spot in the district.

Who Wins?
Michael: Midwest City 22-21
Matt: Yukon 35-21

8)  McLain (4-3) AT Oologah (4-3)

Outlook:  The Titans are fighting for a playoff spot.  Last season McLain went 7-3 but missed out on the 4A playoffs.  McLain is hungry to not let that happen again.  With losses to Catoosa and Wagoner, McLain can lock up a playoff spot with a win over Oologah and Cleveland in week 10.  Oologah is a sound football team that always finds a way to make it to the playoffs.  The Mustangs are in the same boat, with a win over McLain, Oologah will have to lose to Miami and Catoosa to miss the playoffs.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  The Mustangs had a 3 game win streak snapped last week against Wagoner.  No surprise there, Wagoner is the best team in this district.  Oologah has what it takes to win this game and then push Catoosa in week 10.  If Oologah can get wins over the Titans and then the Indians, you’re looking at the 2 seed out of this district.  First things first.  Oologah gets a hard fought win over McLain.  McLain still makes the playoffs but more than likely end up in the 4 spot.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  This game is for a playoff spot in district 4A-3.  The match up to watch is McLain’s defense against Oolagah’s offense.  This McLain team goes as its defense goes.  If they want to win Friday night, they will need to get big stops behind their outstanding middle linebacker Quentin Nails.  This game will be low scoring!

Who Wins?
Michael: Oologah 21-20
Matt:  McLain 17-14

9) #1 Anadarko (7-0) AT Piedmont (4-3)

Outlook:  Can lightning strike twice?  Piedmont shocked the state by upsetting defending champion Clinton last week.  Everyone knows by now that the Red Tornadoes were without 9 starters for that game.  Anadarko had a bit of a let down last week after a top 3 showdown with Clinton the week before.  They still won, but barely got past Woodward by 3 points.  The Warriors were without star running back RJ Sink and Sink will be back for this match up.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  Can lightning strike twice?  No chance.  Anadarko big.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  Big news came out Wednesday afternoon for Anadarko.  RJ Sink is healthy and cleared to play for this game.  Sink is Anadarko’s standout running back who was seen last Friday night against Woodward in a sling.  Sink’s health is great news for Anadarko, he has 1,174 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season for them.  The biggest question is whether Anadarko can jump out on Piedmont early and kill their momentum?  Piedmont is coming off a big win over Clinton.  Yes, Clinton had injuries but nevertheless it was a huge win and a boost to their confidence.

Who Wins?
Michael: Anadarko 49-10
Matt: Anadarko 42-21

10)  #5 Victory Christian (7-0) AT Beggs (6-1)

Outlook:  The only test for Victory Christian in the regular season.  Last year, the Conquerors went 10-0 but fell in the first round of the playoffs.  Victory looks to not only go 10-0 for the second consecutive season, but go further in the 3A playoffs.  The only speed bump to a perfect regular season comes this week against Beggs.  Beggs’ only loss was a blowout to Hilldale.  This game likely will decide the district champion.

Michael’s Scouting Report:  When everyone talks about Victory Christian, they want to talk about Keats Calhoon.  Rightfully so, Calhoon is outstanding.  Do not overlook VC’s running back Jalen Wood.  In fact, he might be the difference for the Conquerors going forward.  If opposing teams focus in on the sophomore sensation Calhoon, Wood will have an opportunity to shine.  Victory Christian might start slow but I think they’ll roll to another win.

Matt’s Scouting Report:  Victory Christian hasn’t had many tests this year.  Beggs will provide, likely, Victory Christian’s toughest regular season match up.  The key match up in this game will be Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian’s quarterback, against Beggs quarterback Tyler Marr.  Both quarterbacks are putting up huge numbers this season, Calhoon has 1,994 yards on the season and Marr has 1,473 yards on the year. Can Marr and Beggs keep up with the high octane offense of Victory Christian?  Sophomore Calhoon is what will decide this game.

Who Wins?
Michael: Victory Christian 45-17
Matt: Victory Christian 49-28

Week 8 Top 10 Rankings



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Class 6A

We had a lot of movement this week in the top 10.  The only spots that don’t change are 1-3 with Jenks, Union and Lawton.  Owasso drops out of the top 10 after climbing back into the rankings last week.  Booker T Washington makes an appearance in the rankings after beating Owasso last week.

1)  Jenks Trojans-(7-0)-LW: #1-Beat Westmoore 24-0

The unanimous #1 ranked team used a strong running game and a terrorizing defense to shutout previously unbeaten Westmoore.  The Trojans only gave up 50 yards of total offense.  Jenks should roll into the playoffs undefeated.

2)  Union Redskins-(5-2)-LW: #2-Beat Sand Springs 63-6

Union weathered the storm in the first four weeks and now it looks like the Redskins will run away with district 6A-1.  Union’s only legitimate test left is Booker T Washington, and the Redskins get the Hornets at home.

3)  Lawton Wolverines-(7-0)-LW: #3-Beat Edmond Santa Fe 50-33

The Wolverines handled their business in the biggest game of their season.  Yes, I know, Santa Fe was without QB Justice Hansen, last I check, Hansen doesn’t play defense.  Lawton RB Michael Warren ran for 337 yards in the win.

4)  Broken Arrow Tigers-(5-2)-LW: #5-Beat Putnam City 52-21

The Tigers rolled to an easy 31 point victory over an overmatched Putnam City team.  Broken Arrow faces an Edison team that has gone 1-3 since starting the season 3-0.

5)  Westmoore Jaguars-(6-1)-LW: #4-Lost to Jenks 24-0

We hear it all the time, when will the west break the Jenks-Union dynasty?  Could it be possible that the answer is never?  We’re closing in on 20 years.  Westmoore has a very good team but they were no match for the defending champs.

6)  Norman North Timberwolves-(5-2)-LW: #7-Beat Edmond North 42-35

Norman North will move forward without Alabama commit David Cornwell.  Cornwell is out with a torn ACL.  The T’Wolves got a big win over Edmond North and moved one step closer to the district title.

7)  Edmond Memorial Bulldogs-(5-2)-LW: #8-Beat Choctaw 33-3

Running back Warren Wand had a great performance to continue Edmond Memorial’s run in the top 10.  Wand finished with 279 yards and 4 touchdowns.  The Bulldogs will be tested the next two weeks against Southmoore and Edmond Santa Fe.

8)  Edmond Santa Fe Wolves-(5-2)-LW: #6-Lost to Lawton 50-33

I’ve said it for a couple weeks now, Santa Fe will go as far as Justice Hansen will take them.  Hansen was knocked out of the game against Lawton and the Wolves fell by 17.  I’m not saying Santa Fe would have won with Hansen, but it would have been close.

9)  Bixby Spartans-(5-2)-LW: #10-Beat Edison 35-3

The Spartans are getting closer and closer to locking up a playoff spot out of district 6A-2.  Bixby had no problem rolling over Edison.  Bixby’s last 3 games are Putnam City, Jenks and Muskogee.  The only home game during that stretch is against #1 Jenks.

10)  Booker T Washington Hornets-(5-2)-LW: UR-Beat Owasso 36-20

The Hornets return to the top 10 after a big win over Owasso.  BTW jumped out to a 29-7 halftime lead en route to the upset.  Booker T still needs some help to get a playoff home game.  They have a week 9 match up at Union.

 Class 5A

The top 4 teams rolled to victories so they keep their spots this week.  Bishop Kelley takes a big drop from #5 to #9 after losing by 32 to Shawnee.  Claremore drops out of the rankings for the first time this season after losing to Pryor.  Speaking of Pryor, they make their debut in the rankings at #10.

1)  Guthrie Blue Jays-(7-0)-LW: #1-Beat El Reno 52-0

Guthrie had no hangover after an emotional win over Carl Albert last week.  The Blue Jays had no problem with El Reno and Guthrie continues to roll.  The only undefeated team left in 5A, Guthrie faces #5 Edmond Deer Creek this week.

2)  McAlester Buffaloes-(6-1)-LW: #2-Beat Durant 59-29

The Buffaloes continued to roll as they beat down Durant by 30.  McAlester is still without their junior star quarterback Dalton Wood.  Wood was injured in the Shawnee game 3 weeks ago.  The Buffs travel to Tulsa to take on Bishop Kelley this week.

3)  Carl Albert Titans-(5-2)-LW: #3-Beat NW Classen 52-14

No surprise here, the Titans bounce back after the loss to Guthrie.  The defending champs handled their business against NW Classen.  Carl Albert should roll over the next 3 weeks and head into the 5A playoffs as a serious contender.

4)  Lawton MacArthur Highlanders-(5-2)-LW: #4-Beat Duncan 71-56

Was defense ruled illegal before this game?  126 points combined?  Yikes.  It’s not very often that you can score 56 points and still lose by 15.  Lawton Mac continues to roll and it appear their only test remaining is a week 10 clash with Ardmore.

5)  Deer Creek Antlers-(5-2)-LW: #6-Beat Western Heights 51-7

The Antlers added to Western Heights’ woes with a 51-7 win.  Western Heights has now lost 19 straight games.  The Antlers now shift their focus to a showdown with #1 Guthrie. 

6)  Ardmore Tigers-(6-1)-LW: #7-Beat Chickasha 24-3

The Tigers have rolled to their 5 straight wins which makes me ask the question.  How in the world, did Ardmore lose to Durant in September?  Looking back that is a big head scratcher in 5A.  Ardmore faces Lawton Mac in 2 weeks.

7)  Shawnee Wolves-(5-2)-LW: #10-Beat Bishop Kelley 42-10

Shawnee QB John Jacobs showed out in Tulsa on Thursday.  Jacobs finished 13-18 for 250 yards and a TD thru the air.  Jacobs also added 89 yards on 13 carries and 3 TD’s.  Shawnee should roll into the playoffs after these last 3 games.

8)  Del City Eagles-(4-3)-LW: #8-Beat Capitol Hill 68-0

Del City has the talent but they’ve hit several speed bumps this season.  The Eagles are without their starting QB but had no problem with Capitol Hill.  Del City should win out the rest of their games, they’ll need some help to win the district.

9)  Bishop Kelley Comets-(5-2)-LW: #5-Lost to Shawnee 42-10

The Comets had a major let down against Shawnee at home last week.  Bishop Kelley will need to rebound in a major way as #2 McAlester comes to Tulsa to take on the Comets.  Bishop Kelley could struggle if McAlester gets their QB back.

10)  Pryor Tigers-(5-2)-LW: UR-Beat Claremore 35-26

Welcome to the big time Pryor.  The Tigers are in the top 10 for the first time this season after a huge win over Claremore.  QB Brennon Barth ran for 222 yards and 4 touchdowns and now has 19 TD’s on the ground.  Pryor travels to Tahlequah trying to avoid a hangover.

Class 4A

Class 4A’s rankings are all kinds of messed up.  Douglass jumps up to #3 after Clinton lost their 2nd straight game and Ada struggled to beat Glenpool.  Then you have the mess down at the bottom of the top 10.  You have to rank Cascia Hall ahead of Poteau.  You can’t rank Cascia ahead of Sallisaw.  Then again you can’t rank Sallisaw ahead of Poteau, and what do you do with Fort Gibson?  So with all that being said, I just threw some darts at some names and this is what I got.  Not really, but it felt that way.

1)  Anadarko Warriors-(7-0)-LW: #1-Beat Woodward 18-15

Every game you can ask the question, what does this say more about?  I believe this tells us that Woodward is a heck of a team.  Darko was beating teams by an average of 50-7 before escaping Woodward.  Woodward probably deserves a ranking.

2)  Wagoner Bulldogs-(7-0)-LW: #2-Beat Oologah 42-28

The Bulldogs continue to roll.  Wagoner isn’t putting up crazy numbers or stats this season.  One constant every week has been the scoreboard.  Wagoner has jumped out to a 7-0 start and each victory has been by at least 15 points.

3)  Douglass Trojans-(6-1)-LW: #5-Beat Santa Fe South 44-7

I’ve always been hesitant to rank this Douglass team high but I can’t ignore their success any longer.  Douglass’ only loss is to an undefeated Millwood team.  The Trojans will continue to roll into a week 10 road clash with Ada.

4)  Ada Cougars-(6-1)-LW: #4-Beat Glenpool 29-27

The Cougars scored the go ahead touchdown with under a minute to play to get past a struggling Glenpool team.  Ada needs to turn things around quickly as they host a Harrah team that is undefeated in district play.

5)  Clinton Red Tornadoes-(4-3)-LW: #3-Lost to Piedmont 45-19

Calm down, Clinton was without 9 starters in the loss.  It still does raise some eyebrows the way Piedmont was able to run away with this one.  Clinton needs to get healthy before a week 10 trip to Woodward.  Can you imagine Clinton finishing 3rd?  It could happen.

6)  Catoosa Indians-(5-2)-LW: #6-Beat Vinita 42-7

The Indians are just winning ball games.  Catoosa looks like they’ll lock up the 2nd spot district 4A-3 over the next couple weeks.  Catoosa’s only remaining tough game will be week 10 against Oologah.

7)  Cascia Hall Commandoes-(6-1)-LW: #10-Beat Poteau 27-15

The Commandoes don’t lose two district games in the same season.  It just doesn’t happen.  Cascia avoided their second loss in three weeks by handing Poteau their first loss of the season.  No room to celebrate, Cascia has Fort Gibson coming to Tulsa. 

8)  Poteau Pirates-(6-1)-LW: #7-Lost to Cascia Hall 27-15

Poteau dropped their first game of the season to Cascia Hall.  Poteau is still in great shape to win the district with a win over Sallisaw and Fort Gibson.  The Pirates should win out with games against Muldrow, Broken Bow and Rogers to end the season.

9)  Fort Gibson Tigers-(5-2)-LW: #8-Beat Muldrow 34-0

Cascia Hall is back to doing Cascia Hall things.  Fort Gibson now has to travel to Tulsa and it’s a must win situation if they have any hope of hosting a first round playoff game.  The Tigers will have to play great to get the win.

10)  Sallisaw Black Diamonds-(5-2)-LW: #9-Beat Stilwell 42-14

Sallisaw is right up there in the discussion of a possible district title in 4A-4.  The Black Diamonds are 1 of the 4 teams in the 4 way tie for first place right now.  Sallisaw has a couple winnable games before week 10 when they host Fort Gibson.

Class 3A

Once again, zero change in the top 10 this week.  At the bottom of the top 10 Berryhill and Locust Grove got close victories to remain in the top 10 this week.

1)  Kingfisher Yellowjackets-(7-0)-LW: #1-Beat Centennial 69-18

Kingfisher wracked up a season high in points dropping 69 on an overmatched Centennial team.  Kingfisher probably won’t be tested again until mid-November.  The closest game so far was a 31-0 win over Hennessey.

2)  Seminole Chieftains-(7-0)-LW: #2-Beat Prague 46-20

Seminole handled their business against Prague and continues to win every week.  In fact, the 26 point win was the Chieftains’ closest game so far this season.  Seminole can’t look past Bristow to their match up next week against Cushing.

3)  Blanchard Lions-(7-0)-LW: #3-Beat Jones 21-7

The defending champs had their closest game last week.  Blanchard beat Jones by 14.  Blanchard takes on Mt. St. Mary this week.  Blanchard is off next week before taking on Tuttle in the season finale.

4)  Metro Christian Patriots-(7-0)-LW: #4-Beat Verdigris 42-0

Dominance.  Since week 1 when Metro Christian beat OCS 14-13, Metro has outscored the next 6 opponents 263-4.  Dominance.  The Patriots should roll again against Sperry this week before back to back battles with Claremore Sequoyah and Berryhill.

5)  Victory Christian Conquerors-(7-0)-LW: #5-Beat Inola 49-14

The Conquerors have been able to handle their business during the first 7 weeks to no surprise.  Victory Christian has won by an average score 52-14.  The biggest test of the year comes this week when VC travels to Beggs.

6)  Cushing Tigers-(7-0)-LW: #6-Beat Chandler 48-14

Cushing is rolling with an average score of 43-12.  The Tigers face Perkins-Tryon before a meeting with #2 Seminole next week.

7)  Plainview Indians-(7-0)-LW: #7-Beat Atoka 69-3

Plainview is just another of these dominant 3A teams.  Plainview hasn’t given up 10 points since week 1.  The Indians are a dangerous team that not too many people know about making them a match up nightmare in November.

8)  Tuttle Tigers-(6-1)-LW: #8-Beat Marlow 44-20

The Tigers had no problem with Marlow.  In fact, Tuttle hasn’t had a problem since week 1 when they lost to Plainview.  Since week 1, Tuttle has beaten their next 6 opponents by a combined score 291-66.

9)  Berryhill Chiefs-(6-1)-LW: #9-Beat Claremore Sequoyah 26-21

Berryhill remains in the top 10 after getting past a good Claremore Sequoyah team.  The Chiefs face Blackwell and OKC Legion over the next couple weeks, they should have no problems.  Berryhill faces one of the best teams in 3A in Metro Christian in week 10.

10)  Locust Grove Pirates-(7-0)-LW: #10-Beat Hilldale 42-41

Locust Grove remained unbeaten in exciting fashion getting past Hilldale.  The Pirates scored a TD with 2:43 left and they went for 2 to go ahead instead of a game tying PAT.  Locust Grove still has work to do with games against Dewey and Lincoln Christian.

 Class 2A

 We had only one change in the top 10 this week.  Hugo drops out of the top 10 after back to back losses to Hartshorne and Vian.  Speaking of Hartshorne, they make their first appearance in the top 10 this season.

 1)  Millwood Falcons-(7-0)-LW: #1-Beat Crooked Oak 60-33

2)  Davis Wolves-(7-0)-LW: #2-Beat OKC Legion 47-6

3)  Vian Wolverines-(7-0)-LW: #3-Beat Hugo 47-0

4)  Hennessey Eagles-(6-1)-LW: #4-Beat Pawnee 48-0

5)  OCS Saints-(6-1)-LW: #5-Beat Dibble 60-18

6)  Adair Warriors-(6-1)-LW: #6-Beat Chelsea 68-6

7)  Nowata Ironmen-(6-1)-LW: #7-Beat Caney Valley 68-0

8)  Meeker Bulldogs-(7-0)-LW: #8-Beat Wellston 42-0

9)  Commerce Tigers-(7-0)-LW: #9-Beat Ketchum 49-13

10)  Hartshorne Miners-(6-1)-LW: UR-Beat Pocola 55-29

Week 7 Top 10 Games

Sometimes technology is awesome.  Today is not one of those days.  Unfortunately my internet has crashed and posting this blog hit a couple speed bumps.  So we’ll get you the picks for the top 10 games but that’s all for this week.  We appologize for the difficulties. 

Last Week:
Michael: 5-5
Matt: 8-2
For The Season:
Michael: 39-16
Matt: 43-12

1) #1 Jenks Trojans (6-0) AT #4 Westmoore Jaguars (6-0) (Played Friday)
Who Wins?
Michael: Jenks 44-17
Matt: Jenks 35-14

2) #6 Edmond Santa Fe Wolves (5-1) AT #3 Lawton Wolverines (6-0)
Who Wins?
Michael: Lawton 34-31
Matt: Lawton 42-28

3) #10 Shawnee Wolves (5-1) AT #5 Bishop Kelley Comets (5-1)
Who Wins?
Michael: Shawnee 31-28
Matt: Bishop Kelley 28-27

4) #10 Cascia Hall Commandoes (5-1) AT #7 Poteau Pirates (6-0)
Who Wins?
Michael: Poteau 21-17
Matt: Poteau 28-14

5) Thomas Terriers (6-0) AT Hollis Tigers (5-0)
Who Wins?
Michael: Hollis 31-17
Matt: Hollis 49-14

6) #9 Claremore Zebras (5-1) AT Pryor Tigers (4-2)
Who Wins?
Michael: Claremore 24-21
Matt: Claremore 42-28

7) Hilldale Hornets (5-1) AT #10 Locust Grove Pirates (6-0)
Who Wins?
Michael: Hilldale 27-21
Matt: Locust Grove 35-31

8) Claremore Sequoyah Eagles (4-2) AT #9 Berryhill Chiefs (5-1)
Who Wins?
Michael: Berryhill 31-21
Matt: Berryhill 21-14

9) #7 Norman North Timberwolves (4-2) AT Edmond North Huskies (4-2)
Who Wins?
Michael: Norman North 31-28
Matt: Edmond North 35-21

10) #9 Owasso Rams (3-3) AT Booker T Washington Hornets (4-2)
Who Wins?
Michael: Owasso 42-21
Matt: Owasso 42-35

Week 7 Top 10 Rankings

Class 6A

We had plenty of shuffling this week in the top 10.  Only 4 teams did not go up or down this week.  Two of those teams is Jenks at #1 and Union at #2.  Midwest City dropped out following the upset loss to Putnam City North.  Sapulpa also dropped out after losing to Bixby.  Speaking of Bixby, the Spartans return to the top 10 after getting the big win over Sapulpa.  Another team that makes it’s return to the top 10 is Owasso.

1)  Jenks Trojans-(6-0)-LW: #1-Beat Broken Arrow 28-7
We had this game circled for 3 months now.  The Trojans are without a doubt the undisputed #1 team now.  In fact, if Jenks can go on the road and beat Westmoore, they’ll have 3 wins over top 5 teams and a nationally ranked team.
2)  Union Redskins-(4-2)-LW: #2-Beat Enid 52-0
On to the next one.  The Redskins are on their way to another district title.  Before the season, I thought Sand Springs’ visit to Union would be interesting, now I’m not so sure.  Union is rolling, expect the same Thursday night.
3)  Lawton Wolverines-(6-0)-LW: #4-Beat Southmoore 50-13
Yikes.  I dropped Lawton in the rankings last week despite winning.  What does Lawton do in response?  Go on the road and dismantle a Southmoore team that will probably make the playoffs this season.  This sets up a Goliath match up on Friday as Lawton plays host to Edmond Santa Fe.
4)  Westmoore Jaguars-(6-0)-LW: #5-Beat Putnam City 16-14
This was probably the head scratcher of the week.  Putnam City had played teams close but not up to the level of Westmoore.  The Jaguars struggled to get past the Pirates which raised eyebrows all over the state.  Westmoore will need to turn it around in a hurry as #1 Jenks comes to town Friday.
5)  Broken Arrow Tigers-(4-2)-LW: #3-Lost to Jenks 28-7
The Tigers struggled with turnovers on Friday to the #1 ranked Trojans.  It looks like this year will be another Jenks-Union affair.  Oklahoma State commit Devon Thomas left the game with a knee injury.  BA will need to finish the regular season strong to take some momentum into the playoffs.
6)  Edmond Santa Fe Wolves-(5-1)-LW: #6-Beat Putnam City West 57-20
How good is Santa Fe?  Obviously they’re good.  I believe that this team will go where Justice Hansen takes them.  If Hansen has a bad game I think this team will struggle.  The Wolves have a huge district game coming up when they travel south to take on #3 Lawton.
7)  Norman North Timberwolves-(4-2)-LW: #7-Beat US Grant 54-0
Is David Cornwell’s knee okay?  That’s one of the biggest questions in 6A football right now.  If his knee is okay, the Timberwolves are a decent threat once the playoffs roll around.  If the injury forces him to sit the rest of the year, they become average very quickly.  T’Wolves take on Edmond North in district clash on Friday.
8)  Edmond Memorial Bulldogs-(4-2)-LW: #9-Beat Mustang 24-21 2OT
The Bulldogs got a nice double overtime win over a respectable Mustang team.  Memorial should roll this week as they take on Choctaw.  We’ll find out very quickly how good this team is next week when they start a two week stretch with playing Southmoore and Edmond Santa Fe.
9)  Owasso Rams-(3-3)-LW: UR-Beat Bartlesville 59-14
When you’re Owasso, beating Bartlesville isn’t impressive.  Owasso beating Bartlesville by 45 points is what’s impressive.  The Rams travel to Booker T Washington on Thursday to take on the Hornets.  If Owasso gets the win, you can mark it down, this is the 2nd best team in 6A-1 behind Union.
10)  Bixby Spartans-(4-2)-LW: UR-Beat Sapulpa 34-24
In the losses to Westmoore and Broken Arrow, Bixby turned the ball over 9 times.  I’m not here to say that they would have won without those turnovers, but it would have been closer.  In the win over Sapulpa, it was the Chieftains who turned the ball over at costly points.  Bixby now focuses on an Edison team that lost to a previously winless Muskogee team.

Class 5A

Only movement this week is #1 and #3 swapping spots.  McAlester remains at #2 and Guthrie moves into the #1 spot following their win over Carl Albert.

1)  Guthrie Blue Jays-(6-0)-LW: #3-Beat Carl Albert 28-21
Remember this game once we get into the playoffs.  There’s a good chance we’ll see these two hook it up again in December for a state title.  Guthrie got the comeback victory over the defending champs.  It was the first time Guthrie was really tested this season and they passed with flying colors. 
2)  McAlester Buffaloes-(5-1)-LW: #2-Beat Hale 54-12
How serious is the injury to starting quarterback Dalton Wood?  They didn’t need him in the win over Hale, they probably don’t need him this week as they take on Durant.  Next week they come to Tulsa to take on Bishop Kelley.  The Buffs might get the win without their junior signal caller, but to have a better shot, they need him back.
3)  Carl Albert Titans-(4-2)-LW: #1-Lost to Guthrie 28-21
The Titans fell at home to Guthrie by 7 to drop in the rankings for the first time this season.  The Titans wrapped up a 3 week gauntlet run where they faced Bishop McGuinness, Deer Creek and Guthrie in consecutive weeks.  The Titans will now stroll into the playoffs as one of the elite teams in 5A.
4)  Lawton MacArthur Highlanders-(4-2)-LW: #4-Beat Chickasha 56-21
Lawton Mac rolled again in a big win over Chickasha.  The Highlanders will be tested this week as they play host to Duncan.  The next two weeks should be easy wins before a week 10 showdown on the road against Ardmore. 
5)  Bishop Kelley Comets-(5-1)-LW: #5-Beat Noble 28-0
The Comets haven’t given up any points in district play.  Bishop Kelley has pitched 3 shutouts but have a stout team coming to Tulsa this week.  The Comets face Shawnee on Friday.  It’s likely Bishop Kelley will give up some points, it’s also likely it won’t be as many as the 48 Coweta scored in week 3, which was the last time BK gave up points.
 6)  Deer Creek Antlers-(4-2)-LW: #6-Beat Guymon 48-0
No contest here, any surprise?  The Antlers rolled right thru Guymon and has beaten their last two opponents by a combined score of 118-0.  Those two opponents weren’t tough but the schedule does get harder.  Deer Creek will face Western Heights and should get a blowout win before hosting Guthrie next week.
7)  Ardmore Tigers-(5-1)-LW: #7-Beat Duncan 28-0
The Tigers got a nice shutout win over a decent Duncan team.  Ardmore avoided a hangover loss after last week’s big win over Del City.  Ardmore probably won’t be tested again until week 10 when they face Lawton Mac.
8)  Del City Eagles-(3-3)-LW: #8-Beat Altus 52-14
Maybe #8 is too high for the Eagles now that they are going to be without Terry Wilson for the rest of the season.  Del City already has faced the two best teams in their district and have a win over Lawton Mac.  Where Del City stacks up compared to the rest of 5A will be something to pay attention to.
9)  Claremore Zebras-(5-1)-LW: #9-Beat East Central 37-22
The Zebras’ only loss is to a very good McAlester team.  Claremore has struggled in some surprising spots which has made them appear more vulnerable.  Claremore goes on the road this week to take on Pryor.  Pryor is the only other 3-0 team in district 5A-4. 
10)  Shawnee Wolves-(4-2)-LW: #10-Beat Skiatook 42-7
The Wolves rolled over Skiatook after dropping a 14 point loss to #2 McAlester.  Shawnee will look to continue this momentum this week as they take on #5 Bishop Kelley.  If the Wolves want any chance at hosting a playoff game, they have to get a win against the Comets.

Class 4A

Similar to 5A, #1 and #3 have swapped spaces.  Fort Gibson and Poteau will swap at the 7 and 8 spots after their meeting last week.

1)  Anadarko Warriors-(6-0)-LW: #3-Beat Clinton 35-7
The Warriors had not been tested until this rematch from last season’s 4A title game.  Anadarko had no problem blowing out the defending champ on the road.  This Warrior team is the real deal.
2)  Wagoner Bulldogs-(6-0)-LW: #2-Beat Miami 55-21
The Bulldogs roll once again and are one win closer to a 10-0 regular season.  Wagoner faces an Oologah team that has not lost a district game this season.  The Bulldogs should have no problem with the Mustangs this week.
3)  Clinton Red Tornadoes-(4-2)-LW: #1-Lost to Anadarko 35-7
I’m not surprised that Anadarko won but by 28 points on the road?  I know Clinton missed Simpkins but Anadarko wasn’t at full strength either.  The silver lining, I guess, is the fact that Clinton lost this match up last year and we know how that turned out.
4)  Ada Cougars-(5-1)-LW: #4-Beat Santa Fe South 63-0
The Cougars roll again in 4A-2 play.  Ada travels up to the 918 to take on a struggling Glenpool team.  It appears that all signs are pointing to a week 10 clash with Ada and Douglass.
5)  Douglass Trojans-(5-1)-LW: #5-Beat Glenpool 36-7
Maybe Glenpool isn’t very good.  I expected more from the Warriors but the Trojans dismantled them with ease.  Just like I said with Ada, it appears that Douglass’ next test will come in the season finale.
6)  Catoosa Indians-(4-2)-LW: #6-Beat McLain 42-14
The Indians rolled over a decent McLain team and I believe Catoosa is the 2nd best team in district 4A-3.  Catoosa hasn’t faced Oologah yet but I believe they’ll handle the Mustangs and host a first round playoff game.
7)  Poteau Indians-(6-0)-LW: #8-Beat Fort Gibson 42-28
I’m still hesitant.  I have no idea why.  Poteau probably deserves to be ranked higher but I still hesitate with the surprising unbeaten Indians.  If they beat Cascia Thursday, I’ll have no choice but to throw them into the top 5.
8)  Fort Gibson Tigers-(4-2)-LW: #7-Lost to Poteau 42-28
The Tigers dropped a spot after the 14 point loss to Poteau.  Fort Gibson shouldn’t have a problem bouncing back this week as they take on Muldrow.  They still have Cascia Hall and Sallisaw left on the schedule and both games are on the road. 
9)  Sallisaw Black Diamonds-(4-2)-LW: #9-Beat Rogers 52-20
No hangover loss here, Sallisaw had no problem with Rogers, one week after upsetting Cascia Hall.  The Black Diamonds still have Fort Gibson left on the schedule and could end up being the 2nd best team in the district.
10)  Cascia Hall Commandoes-(5-1)-LW: #10-Beat Muldrow 28-14
Is this the beginning of a new district streak that will last another 8 years?  The Commandoes bounced back from the loss to Sallisaw by beating Muldrow.  Cascia now focuses on unbeaten Poteau.  When was the last time Cascia Hall lost TWO district games in the same season?  We might see it Thursday night.

Class 3A

No changes at all as the top 10 teams beat their opponents by an average score of 42-5.

1)  Kingfisher Yellowjackets-(6-0)-LW: #1-Beat John Marshall 54-16
2)  Seminole Chieftains-(6-0)-LW: #2-Beat Bethany 41-0
3)  Blanchard Lions-(6-0)-LW: #3-Beat Marlow 43-14
4)  Metro Christian Patriots-(6-0)-LW: #4-Beat Dewey 42-2
5)  Victory Christian Conquerors-(6-0)-LW: #5-Beat Okmulgee 41-6
6)  Cushing Tigers-(6-0)-LW: #6-Beat Henryetta 42-0
7)  Plainview Indians-(6-0)-LW: #7-Beat Purcell 29-6
8)  Tuttle Tigers-(5-1)-LW: #8-Beat Bridge Creek 49-0
9)  Berryhill Chiefs-(5-1)-LW: #9-Beat Sperry 42-0
10)  Locust Grove Pirates-(6-0)-LW: #10-Beat Jay 40-3

Class 2A

Not a lot of change in the top 10.  4 and 5 swap after OCS dropped a 7 point loss to #1 Millwood.  Down at the bottom we had some shuffling around.  Commerce enters the top 10 for the first time this season and Hugo drops a couple spots. 

1)  Millwood Falcons-(6-0)-LW: #1-Beat OCS 42-35
2)  Davis Wolves-(6-0)-LW: #2-Beat Marietta 47-7
3)  Vian Wolverines-(6-0)-LW: #3-Beat Keys 55-13
4)  Hennessey Eagles-(5-1)-LW: #5-Beat Perry 40-7
5)  OCS Saints-(4-2)-LW: #4-Lost to Millwood 42-35
6)  Adair Warriors-(5-1)-LW: #6-Beat Choteau 67-0
7)  Nowata Ironmen-(5-1)-LW: #7-Beat Pawhuska 31-23
8)  Meeker Bulldogs-(6-0)-LW: #10-Beat Stroud 13-0
9)  Commerce Tigers-(6-0)-LW: UR-Beat Hulbert 50-0
10)  Hugo Buffaloes-(5-1)-LW: #8-Lost to Hartshorne 62-41

Week 6 Recap

Not very often that you get 3 match ups in 3 different classes that all could be state title game previews.  That’s what we got from a jam packed week 6 in 6A, 5A and 4A.  Now comes week 7, the fall break week.  Almost all games will be played Thursday instead of Friday this week.  No change for us here.  We’ll put out the new rankings tomorrow and our top 10 games on Thursday.  As always, we’ll be on the radio Saturday morning from 8-10 recapping all the action and bringing you interviews from all over the state.  Like I said, we had three match ups that wouldn’t surprise me if we saw them again in December for a gold ball.  It’s time to break down not only those games but all the top stories from week 6.

Class 6A

Jenks Handles Broken Arrow In 6A Showdown.  Beat Tigers 28-7

This was a game I had circled on my calendar since July.  If the Tigers were going to be taken seriously as state title contenders, they needed to go beat Jenks.  Broken Arrow came up short, and while I still think they’re contenders, it’s apparent now that Jenks and Union are still the favorites.  BA out gained Jenks 301-254, but costly turnovers provided the difference in this 6A-2 clash.  The Trojans now have to avoid a hangover as they go on the road to take on an undefeated Westmoore team Friday night.

Bixby Wins A Potential Elimination Game.  Beat Sapulpa 34-24

The Spartans have been killed by turnovers in the two games leading up to Friday night.  In losses to Westmoore and Broken Arrow, Bixby turned it over 9 times combined.  Bixby avoided the turnover bug and won a huge game against a Sapulpa team that will be right there for the last playoff spot in 6A-2.  Obviously we have 4 weeks left and a lot can happen.  Bixby has put itself in position to make the 6A playoffs for the third time in four years.  Muskogee and Edison still have some say in this playoff race, but don’t be surprised if we look back at this game as the decider in the 4th playoff team out of this district.

Putnam City North Upsets Bombers.  Beat Midwest City 21-20 In OT

“Bomber Magic” might not be back after all.  Midwest City was upset by PC North in shocking fashion on Thursday.  This is a Panther team that has struggled.  Midwest City will now have to fight a little bit harder to secure a spot in the playoffs after this loss, and a loss to Norman North.  Midwest City needs to bounce back and have a strong showing against Lawton Eisenhower this week.  The Bombers still have Yukon and Edmond North on the schedule.  After the loss to PC North, you can’t mark those down as wins just yet.

Lawton Makes A Statement.  Beats Southmoore 50-13

Alright Lawton, I see you.  Last week I wasn’t sure about the Wolverines after they got wins over Edmond Memorial and Choctaw but didn’t look impressive doing it.  What do they do?  Go on the road and dismantle a decent Southmoore team.  This sets up a huge clash with Edmond Santa Fe on Friday night.  Lawton gets the Wolves at home and if they can contain OU commit Justice Hansen, they should get the win.  That is definitely easier said then done. 

Class 5A

Guthrie Wins Showdown With Defending Champs. Beat Carl Albert 28-21

Look very closely at this game ladies and gentlemen.  We might be seeing it again in December at Boone Pickens Stadium.  The Blue Jays had not been tested going into this game.  The closest game was a 20 point win against Enid.  Yeah, okay, that’s a nice win I guess but it’s not Carl Albert.  Guthrie stepped up and got the impressive win stopping Stevie Thompson in the fourth quarter which, without a doubt, is very impressive.  Guthrie also made a comeback without arguably their best player Kai Callans.  Guthrie still has showdowns with Bishop McGuinness and Deer Creek.  However, it looks like the Blue Jays are on their way to a 10-0 regular season.

Class 4A

Poteau Remains Undefeated.  Beat Fort Gibson 42-28

What in the world is going on in district 4A-4?!?  Cascia Hall lost a district game.  Broken Bow has fallen and it doesn’t appear they’re getting up anytime soon.  Poteau is undefeated and just won a road game at Fort Gibson in convincing fashion.  If you had all of this happening before the season I’ll tip my cap to you.  Poteau had quietly won week after week.  Finally when they went on the road and all eyes were on them they impressed.  If the Pirates can get a win this week at home to perennial power Cascia Hall, maybe it’s time we start talking about Poteau as a contender in 4A.

Anadarko Routs Clinton In 4A Title Game Rematch.  Beat Red Tornadoes 35-7

Similar to Guthrie, Anadarko had not been tested going into this match up with the #1 team and defending champ.  It didn’t matter.  I know, Marquiz Simpkins left the game with an injury.  However, Anadarko wasn’t at full strength either.  I also know that Anadarko won the regular season meeting last year and we know how that turned out.  They didn’t win by 28 points though.  This was an eye opening win for the Warriors.  Don’t be surprised when the rankings come out tomorrow that you don’t see Darko on top. 

Come back tomorrow for the release of the new top 10 for 2A-6A.

Week 6 Top Ten Games

It has been a crazy and hectic week for the Roundup guys.  With a huge week 6 coming up, going on the same time as OU-Texas week, it made for some long days.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to put out a weekly recap and rankings like we have over the first half of the season.  We’ll be back to that next week after all the dust settles.  We won’t do the same set up on the top ten games either.  All we’re gonna have is our picks.  Once again we’re sorry for the lack of content this week, but we’ll be back to normal next week with the week 6 recap on Monday.  Don’t forget to a jam packed High School Roundup on Saturday from 11AM-1PM.  Turn on OU-Texas and put it on mute and get the High School Roundup on your radio.

Last Week:

For the Season:

Top Ten Games of the Week!

1) Broken Arrow AT Jenks

Who Wins?
Michael: Jenks 24-21
Matt: Jenks 35-21

2) Guthrie AT Carl Albert

Who Wins?
Michael: Carl Albert 34-31
Matt: Guthrie 35-31

3) Anadarko AT Clinton

Who Wins?
Michael: Clinton 21-17
Matt: Anadarko 42-40

4) Poteau AT Fort Gibson

Who Wins?
Michael: Fort Gibson 38-31
Matt: Poteau 17-14

5) OCS AT Millwood

Who Wins?
Michael: Millwood 34-21
Matt: Millwood 42-21

6) Sapulpa AT Bixby

Who Wins?
Michael: Sapulpa 38-34
Matt: Bixby 42-34

7) Lawton AT Southmoore

Who Wins?
Michael: Lawton 28-27
Matt: Southmoore 42-35

8) Stroud AT Meeker

Who Wins?
Michael: Stroud 31-27
Matt: Stroud 17-7

9) Glenpool AT Douglass

Who Wins?
Michael: Douglass 31-17
Matt: Douglass 24-14

10) East Central AT Claremore

Who Wins?
Michael: Claremore 21-20
Matt: 35-28