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Kyle Vrska  

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Top 5 Matchups in the State this Week-1st and 5

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McGuinness @ Guthrie

Cashion @ C Christian

Del City @ Lawto

Catoosa @ Bristol

Jerks @ Santa Fe

 

Kyle's Blog of the Week

It’s so hard for teams and coaches not to look past their next opponent. Coach after coach, player after player will say something like “our season is just the next game.” You know who doesn’t have to adhere to that? Two thumbs pointing at this guy!

 

Through eight weeks (or nine since, you know, Week Zero {I’m contractually obligated to mention how dumb the naming scheme is}) we’ve seen a lot of fun football. Only three preseason No. 1s are still atop their respective rankings: Carl Albert in 5A, Millwood in 2A and Shattuck in Class B. Think about that: through nine weeks, six of the nine No. 1s have lost. Only John Marshall hasn’t lost multiple times. It’s been a topsy-turvy season, especially in 3A, 2A (outside of Millwood) and A.

 

But what if we could choose the title game for each class? What would be the best matchup? Well, thanks me for asking! I’m going to do my best to answer my own couple of questions. Let’s get to it.

 

6A-II

The game:No. 1 Broken Arrow v. No. 3 Union

With apologies to Jenks, I want to see this rematch. The Tigers won 33-10 all the back in Week Zero (see contractual disclaimer above), and they haven’t stopped rolling since. BA is giving up fewer than 10 points per game and no team has lost by fewer than 15 points. Union, though, has really turned around after its 1-2 start. The U of high school has scored at least 44 points in each of its last four games and only given up 29 points. Then there’s the thing where the team that wins the regular season matchup, doesn’t win the rematch for the title. I hope this game happens.

 

6A-I

The game:No. 1 Stillwater v. No. 2 Bixby 

No team from the west has won a 6A title since 1995. It cannot be repeated enough. Even since the class split into two divisions east teams are 4-0. Bixby has three of those and made the title game last year. The Spartans will absolutely be back for a fifth straight time. Stillwater is the best chance the west has had in a long, long time. The Pioneers have all stars all over the field, and arguably have the best win in the class in Lawton two weeks ago without Qwontrel Walker. There’s no better game scenario than a dynasty going up against a loaded underdog.

 

5A

The game:No. 1 Carl Albert v. No. 3 Collinsville

Look, Ardmore is awesome and runs its offense so well. The Tigers have a real chance in any game against any opponent at any time. I just can’t with the triple-option offense. It’s like watching the Houston Rockets: same thing over and over and over until the defense falls asleep and you rip off abig play. It’s hyper-efficient when it’s rolling, but it’s grueling to watch. Collinsville with its No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense in 5A by points. The Cardinals would give Carl Albert, which hasn’t allowed any points in three straight games, the best fight. (Carl Albert would still win by 17, but at least we wouldn’t have to watch the triple-option try to catch up.) (Carl Albert is really good.)

 

4A

The game: No. 1 Tuttle v. No. 3 Wagoner

I spent a good deal of time hyping the 4A playoffs on last week’s Final Score (which you can watch here!), there is no shortage of good title games. Poteau, Bristow, Clinton, Blanchard and Cache would all be fun to see against either Tuttle or Wagoner. But Tuttle-Wagoner is a heavyweight title fight. Tuttle or Wagoner versus any of the other teams is like Ali-Norton. Tuttle and Wagoner playing each other is Ali-Frazier. Wagoner desperately wants to get back to the top of the mountain after being knocked off last year. Tuttle hasn’t won since 2005, but seems to be capital BACK now. It’s the early 2000s dynasty versus the current one. The best thing about 4A is we may not even get this matchup and it is replaced by another awesome one. This one, though, is the best.

3A

The game: No. 1 Heritage Hall v. No. 4 Sulphur

It’s tough to imagine Heritage Hall not winning in 3A a year after winning 4A, but the Chargers haven’t been as dominant as in years past. Their three best wins are all by eight or fewer points and they lost to 2A No. 1 Millwood by 10. Heritage Hall is vulnerable and there are points to be had against it. Enter Sulphur, a team that has put up more than 40 six times this year and has the third best offense in the class. A rematch between John Marshall and Heritage Hall (a 27-20 HH win), would be fun, but Sulphur’s offense against Heritage’s defense would provide the most compelling game.

2A

The game: No. 1 Millwood v. No. 4 Sperry

Will anyone beat Millwood? The Falcons have won 38 straight. So, no, but Sperry and its 48 points per game v. Millwood and its 49 points per game would be fun. Maybe.

 

A

The game: No. 1 Cashion v. No. 2 Hooker

Class A is so jumbled up that four teams are receiving first-place votes, with Cashion and Hooker receiving the most at four apiece. Hooker has won every game by at least 10 points. Cashion has the toughest remaining regular season game between the two left this week at No. 5 Crossings Christian (8-1). It’s the district title game. Cashion has been steady all year. It’s two closest games have both come on the road, but the Wildcats escaped both with wins. This week may be different. I think the winner of the game this week meets Hooker for the title. And since Cashion is on this list, you know which way I’m leaning…

 

B

The game: No. 1 Shattuck v. No. 2 Davenport

Shattuck has outscored its competition by 299 points this year and it has won its two toughest games (Tipton and Laverne) by a combined 64 points. The Indians are again the class of… ummm Class B (this needs to end soon if that’s the best I got). Davenport has had a couple of tough games with Alex and Dewar, but won both. The Bulldogs might be more battle-tested than the Indians, but Shattuck probably has another gear it can kick into. Snyder has only had one close game (also Tipton, keep that in mind) this entire season. It was 34-24. Every other game has been at least a 36-point game. The Cyclones could maybe hang with Shattuck and Davenport, but we won’t know until the semifinals.

C

The game: Anyone (the world?) v. No. 4 Tipton

First off, shout out to the AP voters for dropping Tipton a spot after the Tigers won by 44. Great job by you guys. Secondly, Tipton has won four of the past Class C titles and still has a lot of last year’s title team playing. Yes, the Tigers have lost twice but those losses were to Class B No. 1 Shattuck and Class B No. 4 Snyder. Class C has stayed within 30 of Tipton once: Fox in Week 4. Since then, Tipton has given up SIX points. Tipton is Omar Little from The Wire. All the Tigers do is own Class C like Omar owned West Baltimore in the second-best TV show ever. Good luck, Class C.

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