For The Season:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Michael: Victory Christian 45-17
Matt: Victory Christian 49-28