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1 OWASSO (2-0) AT BROKEN ARROW (2-0)
It doesn’t get much better than #1 facing off with #2. While it’s only week two, this match-up between Broken Arrow and Owasso certainly feels like it has championship implications. Broken Arrow handled Owasso in their regular season meeting a year ago. But Owasso gave the Tigers their closest game of 2018 in the semifinals with a 10-3 decision. The winner here is the favorite in 6A-D1.
The Key: The Big Play. In a match-up like this, it’s usually the big play that has the biggest impact on the ultimate decision. Broken Arrow hit a couple big plays to pull away from Union and Owasso has been on fire offensively. The team that hits a big play in the critical moment will be in position to win.
2 DEL CITY (1-0) AT CARL ALBERT (1-0)
It’s one of the biggest rivalry games taking place this week and both sides feature state championship contenders. Del City is hungry to get after Carl Albert after narrowly losing to the Titans in overtime a year ago. Carl Albert had no problems blanking Midwest City in their opener last week. They’ll attempt to do the same to Del City and extend their winning streak to 38 straight with a win on Friday night.
The Key: Del City’s Defense. Del City goes from defending one of the best 2020 RB’s in the state in McGuinness RB Dominic Richardson to one of the best 2021 RB’s in the state in Carl Albert’s Javion Hunt. The Eagles did a good job of containing Richardson. They’ll need to keep it up as they attempt to slow down Hunt.
3 VIAN (1-0) AT LINCOLN CHRISTIAN (2-0)
It’s 3A’s #2 Lincoln Christian hosting 2A’s #2 Vian in a battle between a great offense in Lincoln and a great defense in Vian. Lincoln made a statement last week when they put up 49 on Jones in a blowout win. Vian’s defense manhandled Eufaula and gave up just two points. Something will have to give as these two teams square off, looking to gain some momentum going into district play.
The Key: Vian’s Offense. Lincoln is going to score points. Vian’s defense is good but Lincoln won’t be shut down. So the biggest key will be Vian’s offense. The Wolverines will have to put up points in order to get the win. We don’t anticipate a shootout, but Vian will need to score more than the 14 they scored last week to win this week.
4 PLAINVIEW (1-0) AT TUTTLE (2-0)
Both teams have been impressive to start the 2019 season. Tuttle has manhandled Newcastle and Kingfisher to start their title defense. Plainview opened up the year with a blowout win in Texas. After taking last week off, Plainview should be refreshed and ready to get back on the field. While they’re in different classes, this match-up still features two state championship contenders.
The Key: Triston Truelove. The Tuttle running back was an absolute workhorse as Tuttle beat Kingfisher with ease on Friday night. Truelove carried the ball 38 times on the night. Step one to slowing down this Tuttle offensive attack has to focus on slowing down Truelove and force Tuttle to go three and out.
5 BISHOP KELLEY (0-1) AT BISHOP McGUINNESS (0-1)
It’s the annual Bishop Battle and one of the best rivalry games in Oklahoma today. Not only do these two teams have a genuine disgust for one another, but they’re two of the best teams in 5A and they always manage to play instant classics. In their last ten meetings, seven have been decided by a touchdown or less. We’ve also seen multiple overtime games during that same stretch.
The Key: Bishop Kelley Health. When they’re a full strength, Bishop Kelley is one of the best in the state and this match-up would be higher on the list. However, the Comets are missing some key pieces that are already banged up. If the Comets come into Friday still nursing injuries, it could end up being a long night.
6 JENKS (1-1) AT UNION (0-2)
Normally, this game would be much higher on the list. However, most eyes will be in Broken Arrow as the Tigers take on Owasso. Both teams here are in bounce back mode after last week. Jenks was stunned by Bixby to the tune of 57-7. Union was shut out by Broken Arrow. Forget about last week, this match-up is still one of the best in the state and is still one of the best rivalries in Oklahoma.
The Key: Fast Starts. Both teams are looking to erase the memory of their struggles from a week ago. The team that can get out to a fast start will be in good shape to getting the win. If both teams struggle offensively again this week, then you can think about possibly hitting the panic button. But it’s still too early.
7 SAPULPA (1-0) AT CLAREMORE (1-0)
Sapulpa took down one 5A top five team last week in Edison and now their attention turns to another as they hit the road to face Claremore. The Zebras are coming off an impressive win over Bartlesville. While Sapulpa had to focus on slowing down Edison RB Sevion Morrison, they’ll have to worry about multiple threats on the Claremore offense. Sapulpa took care of Claremore a year ago with a 20-point win.
The Key: Quarterback Battles. Sapulpa has one of the best quarterbacks in Oklahoma with TCU commit Eli Williams. Claremore isn’t hurting at quarterback. Charlie Murdock has a great game last week against Bartlesville. Don’t be surprised if both quarterbacks put up big numbers on Friday.
8 CLINTON (1-0) AT HERITAGE HALL (1-0)
Two tradition-rich powers will square off as Clinton travels to OKC to face off with Heritage Hall. The Chargers dominated Millwood in their season opener a week ago. Clinton handled business as well. Clinton appears to be back to one of the top teams in 4A. Meanwhile Heritage Hall has been one of, if not the absolute best program in the last five years across the state of Oklahoma.
The Key: Clinton Offense. Clinton put up nearly 50 points a week ago but scoring will be a little tougher this week. Heritage Hall shut Millwood down and pitched a shutout. Clinton can’t afford to get into a hole and fall to far behind. The offense has to be able to control the ball and put up some points.
9 MINCO (2-0) AT CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN (1-1)
This was one of the best games for Crossings Christian a year ago. They knocked off Minco in an overtime classic. It was a low-scoring affair and you can probably expect more scoring this week than the 20 combined points between these two. Crossings is looking to bounce back after suffering a blowout loss to Rejoice Christian a week ago.
The Key: Crossings Christian Defense. Specifically the run defense has to be better this week. They gave up nearly 300 yards to Rejoice Christian running back Nate Anderson last week. If they can’t get stops this week, they could be in for another long night on Friday.
10 LAWTON (1-0) AT LAWTON MACARTHUR (1-0)
The annual rivalry clash between Lawton High and Lawton Mac returns to the big stage as a must-watch game this week. Both teams kicked off their seasons in style last week. Lawton MacArthur appears to be back to their contender-self after a few down years. Lawton is Lawton and they’ve just reloaded. It’s good to see this match-up have a little hype coming into the week.
The Key: Defense. Both teams put up a lot of points in their season opener a week ago. Lawton Mac threw for over 300 yards and Lawton High put up 50+ points down in Texas. The obvious key to this match-up is the defensive side of the ball. Whoever can string together multiple stops will be in good shape.