Class 6A Semifinals Preview

Union (10-2) VS Broken Arrow (10-2) AT Owasso

It’s mini bedlam on Friday night at Owasso as the Union Redskins take on the Broken Arrow Tigers with a spot in the state championship game on the line.  Union’s Jeffery Mead and Carson Meier are both OU commits.  Broken Arrow’s Devon Thomas and Gyasi Akem are both OSU commits.  We get to take a look at the bedlam future when these two teams square off.  It’s also ironic because Bedlam is a great comparison for this rivalry between Union and Broken Arrow.  OU has dominated the overall series between the two state schools.  OSU is starting to build some momentum and keep getting closer and closer to leveling the playing field of the Sooner State.  I feel the exact same about the rivalry between Union and Broken Arrow.  You can’t help but make that comparison and think “big brother-little brother” when thinking about Union-BA.  In the last 30 meetings, BA has only won 1 time but you can see their on the verge of breaking thru.  Union won the regular season meeting 38-21 on the road in Broken Arrow as their back up running back Tyler Adkins went off for 234 yards on 34 carries.  The Redskins outscored the Tigers 31-7 in the 2nd half after trailing at halftime.  This is not meant to be controversial.  My intent on writing this is not to give BA “bulletin board material”.  It’s just my observation and opinion on the rivalry.  Broken Arrow is closing the gap when it comes to beating Union but only 1 win in 30 attempts is eye opening.  So the question remains, when will BA break thru and beat Union?  I don’t think it’ll be this year.  Despite having one of their most talented teams, I think Union is playing at another level on offense.  The Redskins are so balanced offensively but they’ll have a tough test against the speed and the athleticism that BA’s defense will bring.  This could be a very close game that isn’t decided until the last several minutes in the 4th quarter.  If that’s the case, I give a huge edge to Union.  They’ve been there before, they know what it takes to win those kinds of games.  Broken Arrow will eventually break thru and it might even happen in the semifinals, but until it does, you have to give the nod to the Redskins by a slim margin.

Jenks (12-0) VS Westmoore (10-2) AT Yukon

Westmoore is playing with a lot of confidence after handling unbeaten Lawton last week in the quarterfinals.  The Jaguars jumped out to a 28-0 lead and shut Lawton out until late in the 3rd quarter.  Westmoore is battle tested after competing in 6A-2 with semifinalists Jenks and Broken Arrow being the top dogs.  This semifinal with Jenks will be a rematch of week 7 when the Trojans went on the road and got a 24-0 win over Westmoore.  The Jenks defense was dominant on the road in conditions that weren’t ideal for football.  The defense held Westmoore to under 100 yards of total offense in addition to pitching the shutout.  Jenks also got a strong performance from their running game.  It was rainy and windy and in weather conditions like that you lean to your run game and defense.  The defending champs got spectacular performances from both.  You also take history into account when looking at this game.  It heavily favors the Trojans.  With a win, Jenks will advance to their 22nd state title game in school history.  A Westmoore win would send the Jags to just their 2nd title game in school history, the only other appearance coming all the way back in 1991.  Jenks raised eyebrows when they struggled to beat Owasso in the 1st round 14-10.  The Trojans answered any questions skeptics had last week in the quarterfinals when they beat down Midwest City.  The Bombers defense had been giving up only an average of 13 points in the 11 games coming into last week.  The Trojans were able to put up 33 on the scoreboard.  I don’t think Jenks will pitch another shutout and I think Westmoore will get over the century mark in total offense.  However I think the result will be the same.  Westmoore impressed me last week and it could be possible that they could upset Jenks but I don’t like their chances.  Jenks advances to their staggering 22nd state championship game in school history with their 2nd win over Westmoore in 2013.

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