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Both teams are ranked in the top five of Class 5A. Both teams have suffered a loss to Sapulpa. Both teams have big goals for this season. Edison will be itching to get after a Claremore team that beat them in the regular season and then sent them home in the first round of the playoffs. Claremore is looking to bounce back after losing to Sapulpa last week in a shootout.

The Key: Claremore Run Defense. Claremore fell to Sapulpa last week and TCU commit Eli Williams torched the Zebras in the ground game. The Chieftain QB ran for nearly 250 yards. Now they have to slow down one of the state’s top runners in Edison running back Sevion Morrison. 

It hasn’t taken long for Mustang first year head coach Lee Blankenship to grab headlines. The Broncos have beaten not one, but two ranked teams early on this season. They get another tough test as they travel to face Westmoore. Whoever comes out with a win on Friday could have a claim to be the best team on the westside in 6A-D1 football this season.

The Key: Dayton Wolfe. Mustang is off to a great start to the season. No doubt about that. However, now they face their toughest test with quarterback Dayton Wolfe. The Westmoore quarterback is experienced, talented and becoming one of the top signal callers in the state. 

3 KINGSTON (2-0) AT SPERRY (2-0) 
#6 Sperry will host #7 Kingston in a 2A battle on Friday. The Pirates are defending champions and have reloaded but they also have some new faces. Kingston nearly stunned Sperry a year ago in non-district play. On their way to a championship, Sperry’s closest call, with exception to their loss to Beggs, was the win against Kingston at this time last year.

The Key: Cooper Park. The Sperry quarterback had the tall task of replacing Beau Teel, arguably the best quarterback in school history. So far, Park has made it look easy. However, it’s a long season and Park will be tested on Friday against a Kingston team that is hungry for an upset.

Both teams were featured in top ten match-up’s a week ago. Both teams suffered tough losses. Lawton Mac fell to rival Lawton while Clinton got beat up by Heritage Hall. Despite the losses, both teams are still ranked and very dangerous in their respective classes. With the game on Thursday, both teams have to quickly forgot about week two and focus on a shortened week three.

The Key: Racer Felter. Lawton MacArthur quarterback Racer Felter is an absolute game changer. He was bottled up in their rivalry loss to Lawton last week. If he has time to throw the football, Clinton could find themselves in a shootout. That’s something they’ll look to avoid on Thursday.

5 MOORE (1-1) AT NORMAN (2-0) (THURS.)
While Westmoore hosts Mustang on Friday night, the “warm-up” to that “main event” will be Thursday as Norman hosts Moore. The Tigers could potentially have their best team since they were contending for titles in the 90’s. Moore’s talent and play on the field has been trending up over the last two years. We’re far removed from 2015 when both teams went a combined 2-18.

The Key: Dueling Quarterbacks. Moore and Norman each have two of the best quarterbacks in the state. Moore’s Deuce Hishaw is a Kansas commit and dual-threat QB. Norman’s Cade Horton is an OU baseball and football commit. The QB that makes more plays could walk out with a win. 

Another match-up that features two ranked teams in Class 2A will take place in Tulsa as #1 Metro Christian is in action against #10 Holland Hall. The Patriots have looked the part in the early going of 2019. They also beat up on Holland Hall at their place a year ago. The Dutch will travel a few miles northwest and look to make a very loud statement on Friday.

The Key: Dutch Defense. Holland Hall has a big test in front of them as they face the top ranked team in 2A. The biggest key in this match-up is whether Holland Hall can slow down Metro and star quarterback Asher Link. If they end up running wild, it’ll be a long night for the Dutch. 

Beggs welcomes Arkansas powerhouse Shiloh Christian to Oklahoma and will look to get a little revenge this year. The Golden Demons went to Springdale a year ago and fell 28-21. They gave up 21 unanswered points in the 1st 18 minutes of the ball game. They found themselves in a 21-0 hole and the come back attempt fell short.

The Key: The Second Half. Both teams are off to 2-0 starts. Both teams won in blowouts in the first two weeks. Neither team has been stressed entering the third and fourth quarters. That’s not going to be the case this week. The team that doesn’t fall off in the third and fourth quarter will win this game.

Kingfisher already faced one of the top teams in 4A a couple weeks ago when Tuttle came to town. Following that loss, they bounced back with a blowout victory last week. Now the attention is focused on 4A’s #2 Bethany. We saw plenty of 4A teams get upset last week. While this wouldn’t be a major upset, it would open some eyes in both 3A and 4A football.

The Key: Sammy Brandt. In just about every game he plays in, Bethany senior Sammy Brandt is the biggest key in the game. He makes a major impact on both sides of the ball. If Kingfisher can’t contain Brandt on offense and avoid his play on defense, Bethany will continue to run wild. 

2A powerhouse Millwood comes to Tulsa to face off with Cascia Hall in what has become a great non-district match-up between two great football programs. Millwood bounced back from a week one loss by rolling rival Douglass. Cascia Hall had week two off after losing their annual “Hall Brawl” with Holland Hall. This match-up looks even going into the week.

The Key: Millwood Health. In their week one loss to Heritage Hall, Millwood lost several playmakers to injuries. If the Falcons aren’t at 100% when they travel to Tulsa, it could make for a long bus ride back to OKC. If healthy, expect a great game that goes back and forth.

These 4A rivals will be hungry to get back on the field after suffering losses on Friday night. Fort Gibson is desperate for a win, looking to avoid an 0-3 start. However, the Tigers have played a brutal non-district schedule. And it doesn’t get easier as they travel to face a Wagoner team that will certainly be angry after the outcome of last week’s game in Pryor.

The Key: The Bounce Back. After both teams lost heartbreakers in week two, they’ll both be hungry to bounce back before district play begins next week. Fort Gibson fell to Berryhill in overtime while Wagoner was stunned by Pryor. Whoever bounces back will have a ton of momentum.