– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Spring football practice begins this week across the state of Oklahoma. Programs will return to the field and throw on the pads for the first time since hanging them up last fall. While we still have a few months before the 2018 season kicks off, it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Here, we look at some of the top teams in each class from 6A-A heading into the 2018 season with our way too early rankings. Stay tuned to OKPreps over the next two weeks as we’ll have video coverage from across the state, visiting with some of the top teams.
– Owasso has to replace some stars on defense, but they have the hardware everyone is searching for.
– Union has the players to contend but they’ll have to take back their top spot on the 6A mountain.
3) Broken Arrow
– Several key pieces return for the Tigers in what could be their most talented overall team.
– New head coach and offensive coordinator, but Jenks is still a force to be reckoned with.
5) Edmond Santa Fe
– Every year we look for a westside team to break through. This year, look to Santa Fe.
1) Booker T Washington
– Defending champ Booker T reloads for another run as the most dominant team in 6A-D2 football.
– Lawton has been a dangerous team since the split in 6A and that remains the case with RB Miles Davis.
– Stillwater was a surprise team in 2017, but with young talent returning, they’ll be on everyone’s radar.
4) Midwest City
– The Bombers finally have the offense that matches their dominant defense behind QB Preston Colbert.
– The Spartans have made four straight trips to the title game but a lot of question marks entering 2018.
1) Carl Albert
– Two-time champion Carl Albert looks to pick up right where they left off from last year’s championship run.
2) Bishop McGuinness
– McGuinness will once again be the top contender to Carl Albert’s throne behind RB Dominic Richardson.
– Ardmore has been one of the more consistent teams in this decade, but they’re still searching for a title.
4) Bishop Kelley
– The Comets will have some new faces but they’re routinely one of the more competitive teams in 5A football.
– Fresh off of a trip to the 4A title game, Ada moves back up to Class 5A and continue their search for title #20.
– Poteau has one of their most talented teams coming back. In a wide open 4A, they could be the favorites.
– Blanchard made a run to the 4A semifinals, snapping Wagoner’s streak in the process. Time for the next step.
– Bethany was right there with Blanchard as semifinal teams that fell short of the state title game a year ago.
– Hilldale has a new head coach in Greg Werner, but he knows how to win big games in 4A football.
– Wagoner looks to rebuild after having their 48-game winning streak snapped, but you can’t write them off.
1) Heritage Hall
– The reigning 4A champions return to Class 3A where they were last seen going back to back in 2014 & 2015.
– Kingfisher has one of their most talented teams coming back for a potential return to championship glory.
3) Lincoln Christian
– Lincoln’s high-powered passing attack returns and the Bulldogs will fight Berryhill as the top team in the east.
– Berryhill returns enough playmakers to remain one of the top contenders in 3A football once again.
5) John Marshall
– The champs are in a tough district and have to replace workhorse RB Devonte Lee. They do have talent returning.
– Two-time champion Millwood was the favorite all of last year. Nothing changes as the calendar turns to 2018.
– The Wolverines return as a serious contender in a stacked Class 2A field, led by a wealth of talented skill players.
– Jones drops down from 3A to 2A and they bring one of the top passing attacks in the state with QB J.D. Head.
– Similar to Jones, Beggs drops down from 3A to 2A after a great 2017 that saw them make it to the title game.
– Adair will have one of the best offenses in 2A football this fall but will that be enough to bring them another title?
– Crescent has one of the best overall athletes in Hunter Bowers, he’ll look to have a Wil Amos-like season.
– Hooker jumped up as a surprise team in the Class A title race a year ago but they won’t surprise anyone this year.
– Cashion always has one of the top passing attacks in the state and the return of QB Griffin Lamb makes them scary.
4) Rejoice Christian
– Afton’s Wil Amos has graduated. The road is much clearer for Rejoice Christian to make a run at the gold ball.
– Thomas has been one of the more consistent powers in Class A. You can’t overlook them going into this fall.