This week isn’t the best for top games. We have games that mean a lot towards the playoff picture in November but not many featuring two really good teams. This week we just have a Top 5 and we’ll go back to 10 next week. Think of this as an appetizer before next week’s feast, headlined by Broken Arrow at Jenks, Guthrie at Carl Albert and Anadarko at Clinton.
Michael Was 7-3
Matt Was 9-1
For The Season:
#1) #1 Jenks (4-0) AT #7 Sapulpa (4-0)
These two teams come into the match up undefeated on the year and 1-0 in district play. We will find out real quickly how good this Sapulpa Chieftains team is as they go up against the top ranked team in the state in the Jenks Trojans.
Why Sapulpa Will Win: Sapulpa must put up more points than they did last week as they just scored 17 points against Putnam City. Before last weeks game Sapulpa was averaging over 50 points a game a big reason why they averaged so many points has been the lethal combination of quarterback Sam Gottsch to Ben Johnson. Sapulpa will need Gottsch and Johnson to hook up a bunch on Friday night in order for the Chieftains to get to 5-0, which hasn’t been done in almost a decade.
Why Jenks Will Win: They will need their defense to continue to show up as they have all year long behind there standout safeties Dylan Harding and Steven Parker. This defense may not be near as good as the legion of doom that we compared them to earlier on in the year but they are one of the best in the state. Jenks offense finally took off two weeks ago in a win over Owasso scoring 45 points on the Rams. In Jenks’ first two games they managed to score 47 points, in their last two the Trojans have put up 86. On Friday night against Sapulpa the Trojans will need a rock-solid performance from sophomore quarterback Cooper Nunly. If the Trojans get rolling early in this one they could run away with it but if they let Sapulpa hang around they will be in for a fight.
Michael: Jenks 44-14
Matt: Jenks 42-21
#2) #10 Bixby (3-1) AT #4 Broken Arrow (3-1)
This game in district 6A-2 will give us more of an idea of what to expect from this district that has so many good teams 1-5. Both of these teams are familiar with each other as they played in the Jenks Preview in a half game. Bixby surprisingly kept up with Broken Arrow for much of the game, Broken Arrow held on to win with back ups in for the majority of the second quarter. Bixby proved on that night that they are a team that can contend with some of the best if they play to the best of their abilities.
Why Bixby Will Win: The Spartans need to start fast. Last week they fell behind Westmoore 27-7 at the half. Bixby made a valiant comeback but in the end they turned it over too many times and ended up dropping the district opener to Westmoore. The Spartans quarterback Marshall Ray has made a name for himself putting up video game like numbers each week. He will need to lead Bixby into this game and sling it all over the field while not committing turnovers. If Bixby can limit their turnovers and put up some points on BA and hang around until the end of the game they could come away with a big upset.
Why Broken Arrow Will Win: They need to create turnovers and stops against Bixby’s high scoring offensive attack. If Broken Arrow can slow down or shut down the Spartans’ attack they will win this game comfortably. If Broken Arrow’s Defense has some trouble stopping Marshall Ray and Bixby’s offense Broken Arrow’s quarterback Coleman Key will need to have another solid game under center. Key has the best running back in the state in the backfield with him in Devon Thomas. Thomas has been hurt in the early part of this season. If he can play Friday, they need to get him the ball and let him make plays. Thomas can literally make something out of nothing, he is just one of those special players that is fun to watch.
Michael: Broken Arrow 38-28
Matt: Broken Arrow 42-31
#3) #1 Carl Albert (3-1) AT #9 Bishop McGuinness (2-2)
This class 5A match up features two teams on the Westside that are always in the hunt for the gold ball. After two disappointing losses, Bishop McGuinness got on track winning its last 2 games. Carl Albert, the favorite in 5a since the preseason, has done nothing but impress after their first week loss to a top 10 team in 6A Southmoore. The Titans, led behind quarterback Stevie Thompson, are on the path for another run at the title. The Irish look to have something to say about that. This game will show us how good the Irish are this year and give us a better outlook on how much of a contender Bishop McGuinness is in Class 5A.
Why Bishop McGuinness Will Win: They will need to slow down the standout quarterback Stevie Thompson. Carl Albert may list Thompson at quarterback, but he runs the ball so much, he is more like a running back that throws the ball from time to time. McGuinness will not only have to try to slow down Carl Albert’s explosive offense but they need quarterback Jacob Lewis to have a huge game after struggling early on in the season. Lewis has got it going the past two weeks leading his team to two straight victories. As Lewis goes this Bishop McGuiness team goes. If Lewis can have a solid performance on Friday night, and his defense backs him up, McGuinness will be there at the end of the game with a chance to win over the top ranked Titans.
Why Carl Albert Will Win: They need a heavy dose of quarterback Stevie Thompson as they have had each week so far this season. If the Titans can keep Thompson going then they will have the upper hand in this one. Thompson just gets the job done. Last week against Deer Creek, the 7th ranked team in Class 5A, Thompson nearly had 350 yards rushing and scored all six of Carl Albert’s Touchdowns. Carl Albert’s defense faces Bishop McGuinness’ dual threat quarterback Jacob Lewis who has been prone to turn the ball over. If the Titans can get to Lewis and cause him to make mistakes then they could run away with this one.
Michael: Carl Albert 31-14
Matt: Carl Albert 45-17
#4) #10 Shawnee (3-1) at #2 McAlester (3-1)
This match up features two of the better squads in all of 5A, and in district 5A-3. It won’t decide who will win district 5A-3, but this game will shed some light on the playoff picture. McAlester is a team that hangs half a hundred on the scoreboard each week over opponents. Last week, Shawnee showed that they can score in bunches too as they put up 66 on Memorial. This game will be a high scoring affair between two top ten teams in Class 5A. Defensive Coordinators won’t get too much sleep getting ready for this one.
Why Shawnee Will Win: The Wolves will need their defense to show up for this one. If their defense can just slow down McAlester’s attack, and keep their potent offense in the 30’s, that would be a huge thing. No matter if the defense can slow down them or not, they will need to put up points on offense to get this victory. I see this game going into the 40’s, Shawnee will need all the points that they can muster up in this one.
Why McAlester Will Win: Offense, offense and then some more offense after that. Who needs defense? McAlester’s Offensive attack is fatal to teams’ hopes of winning the game. Any time you can go out and hang half a hundred on a team you have a great chance in winning the game. McAlester has a weak spot on defense but it has not stopped them because their offensive attack, behind quarterback Dalton Wood, has been so good. If their defense can force Shawnee to make a couple of mistakes, and Wood can keep putting up phenomenal numbers like he has all season, then McAlester will have no difficulty getting this victory.
Michael: McAlester 61-38
Matt: McAlester 49-45
#5) #7 Adair (3-1) AT #6 Nowata (4-0)
This game on Friday night will likely decide the district champion in 2A-7 between Adiar and Nowata. Nowata comes in undefeated, while Adair comes in with a loss that came at the hands of Millwood, the top ranked team in Class 2A. Before that loss, Adair had a 23 game regular season winning streak going. These two are very evenly matched teams. Last season’s meeting went to overtime with Adair pulling out the win over Nowata. It should be another classic this year.
Why Nowata Will Win: Nowata has not really been tested this year, only one game was not a blowout win for the Ironmen. Nowata will need to force Adair to turn the ball over. Nowata needs to capitalize and get points on those mistakes. Nowata will need a strong performance out of their offense. They may need it to score with Adiar. The Ironmen will try to avoid getting into a shootout with the Warriors. Nowata has the home field advantage over Adair, they are going to try to get over the hump this year and beat a stout Adair squad.
Why Adair Will Win: Adair will get the victory over Nowata if they can have their offense keep putting up great numbers. They have averaged scoring 43 points on opponents this season. If Adair can score in bunches, as they have all year, then they can take the winds out of the sails of a very good Nowata squad. With Nowata at home, it is important for the Warriors to get out to a good start and get their team headed in the right direction. The Warriors will need another strong performance from their defense that has only given up 13 points per a game this season. If the Warriors can get going early, they’ll have a good shot at beating the unbeaten Ironmen on their home grass.
Michael: Nowata 24-17
Matt: Adair 41-28