With the playoffs starting on Friday, it’s time for our week long playoff preview. Each day we’ll preview a class starting today with 2A and ending on Friday with 6A. In these previews you’ll find our 1st round match-up to watch, possible upsets, as well as picks. Of course, we’ll include our state championship picks with who we think will be crowned champ in December. Check back each day to see the newest class posting. On Thursday, instead of doing a top 10 games, we’ll give complete 1st round picks for 2A-6A from myself and Matt. Enjoy!
2012 Champion: OCS Saints
The defending champs have a very tough road to a possible repeat. In fact, I can make the argument that their first round match up will be tougher then whoever they see in the second round. The Saints get a 9-1 Chisholm team in the first round and then will face the winner of Lindsay-Marietta. I believe the champs will get thru those first two weeks but the journey at a repeat ends in the quarterfinals. In that round of 8, I think the champs go down to Hartshorne in a semi upset. The Saints have had a good year but going back to back is too tall of a task for OCS this season.
1st Round Game to Watch:
Michael: Hugo AT Meeker
Hugo jumped out to a 5-0 start before losing a shootout to Hartshorne and getting shut out by Vian in consecutive weeks. The Buffaloes dropped a 3rd game in a row when they lost a heartbreaker to Panama 37-36. Hugo has shown life over the last two weeks beating their opponents by a combined score of 100-44. I’m curious which Hugo team will show up, if they play like they did in week’s 6-8, they’ll be a one and done. For Meeker, I’m curious how good this team is. They’re without a doubt led by their defense that only gave up 5.7 points a game and got an impressive 42-6 win over Okemah in week 5. Hugo isn’t your typical 4 seed and I want to see how Meeker responds to the challenge. If Hugo can put a dent in the Meeker defense, I like their chances.
Matt: Colcord AT Nowata
I think this game will be very close. Nowata has been pushed in some games this year by some teams who are less talented than Colcord. On the other side, Colcord has really pushed some teams more talented than them this year. I think that they will get over the hump and shock Nowata.
Michael: Hartshorne Makes the Semifinals.
This is a Hartshorne team that nearly gave Vian their first regular season loss since 2010. In fact, if they would have pulled that upset, they might not fit into this category. Hartshorne’s road is fairly tough but I believe they can navigate their way to a semifinal birth. I believe the Miners will take care of Stroud with ease in the first round, now the fun begins. Most likely, they’ll match up with an undefeated Commerce team in the 2nd round. I don’t think Commerce has seen anybody like Hartshorne this year. In the quarterfinals they’ll see more than likely an OCS or a Chisholm. Once again, I like what I saw from this Miner ball club when they pushed 2A power Vian and almost pulled the upset. It doesn’t matter if it’s OCS or Chisholm, Hartshorne gets a quarterfinal victory and advances to the semi’s. That’s where the dream dies for Hartshorne as they run into a buzzsaw known as Millwood and fall one game short of the title game.
Matt: Colcord over Nowata in the 1st round.
A large reason I have Colcord is they have pushed some of the better teams in class 2A. They played 10-0 Commerce to a 7 point ball game that came down to a late touchdown. Colcord quarterback Caleb Shawver is the biggest reason why I think they will upset Nowata. The Colcord QB has thrown for 2,012 yards and 24 touchdowns. In 203 attempted passes Shawver has only thrown 5 interceptions. Colcord needs to Shawver to play well, and I believe he will thus leading Colcord to a victory.
Michael: Vian-Davis & Hartshorne-Millwood.
Like I said in the upset section, I might be in the minority but I got Hartshorne reaching the final four. However, I don’t like their chances once they get there. I believe they’ll run into the #1 team in 2A and Millwood will show exactly why they’re number 1. The Falcons haven’t lost this year and might be closing in on a perfect season. They’ll run thru their first two opponents before meeting a tough quarterfinal match-up. Let me rephrase that, a tough match-up ON PAPER. I don’t see Millwood being tested in their quarterfinal match up with whoever they see. The Falcons take care of Hartshorne reaching their first title game since they won it in 2006.
Davis is hungry to get back to the title game and this time win it. I think they blow thru their first two opponents before clashing with Adair in the quarterfinals. The Wolves will be too much and get rid of the Warriors in convincing fashion. Vian has been thinking redemption all year long. The Wolverines were upset and shut out in the semifinals last year after putting up more points than any team ever in Oklahoma. Similar to Davis, I think the Wolverines steamroll to the quarterfinals where they meet 2A power Hennessey. This would be the 3rd straight year those two teams meet in the round of 8. Last year Vian blasted the Eagles 43-13. I don’t think it’ll be that bad but Vian gets the win and then has a true date with redemption when they face the team that shut them out in the semifinals last year.
Matt: Vian-Davis & OCS-Millwood.
I think Vian will get past Haskell easily in the first round and then Salina in the second. Hennessey in the quarterfinals is going to be a huge game and a big test. I could see them losing to Hennessey because I think these teams are very evenly matched. I do see Vian squeaking past them but I don’t see them being able to get by Davis. I think Davis is no doubt the second best team in class 2A in Oklahoma. Davis gets by Frederick and Christian Heritage but in the quarters I think Adair will give them a test. Davis passes that test setting up a rematch of last year’s semifinal with Vian. I think they will get past Vian with their high powered offense that has averaged scoring 47.3 points per game this year. Vian will give them all they can handle but I don’t t think the Wolverines can score with Davis.
If OCS does end up playing Millwood, this will be one heck of a ball game. It is a rematch of a game in the regular season that went down to the wire and was a 42-35 victory for Millwood. That 7 point win was the closest game Millwood had all year. The edge in this game I give to Millwood, they have so many great athletes on their team and several players that are headed to play college ball. The biggest playmaker for Millwood is Cameron Batson he does it all for the Falcons, he is committed to Texas Tech as an athlete.
Michael: Millwood Over Vian
The Wolverines get their redemption for last year’s disappointing loss to Davis in the semifinals. However, Vian falls one short of the ultimate goal, and that’s lifting the gold ball in Stillwater. Vian gets past Davis in a thrilling semifinal game but can’t get over the next step in the title game. For several years Vian has been knocking on the door in 2A. They’ve made deep playoff runs but never all the way to the title game. I believe they get there this year but run out of steam when they face the unanimous #1 team in 2A. The Falcons wrap up a perfect season by beating another 2A-6 team. Both teams will make their first visit to the title game since 2006. The Falcons won that meeting, and the gold ball 21-20. Unfortunately for Wolverines fans, I don’t think it will be that close. I think the Falcons could possibly win this one by double digits. There’s a reason they’re the unanimous #1 team. Millwood goes wire to wire as #1 and completes a perfect season with a championship over Vian.
Matt: Millwood Over Davis
This game will be a great one, both teams have great offensive and defensive numbers throughout the regular season. Both teams will come into the match up undefeated. The game will be won by Millwood, reason being they have Cameron Batson. Batson has done everything for this team, they moved him to quarterback this year and he has called the signals for the Falcons and played fantastic for them all year. Quarterback isn’t the only position he plays, Batson also plays in the defensive backfield. The Texas Tech commit has several interceptions on the year and he can be as big of an impact at DB as he is at QB. Look for Batson to make some great plays throughout these playoffs. I have Millwood as your class 2A Champion.
Come back tomorrow for the Class 3A playoff preview and all week long as we gear up for the playoffs. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!