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1 BETHANY (5-0) AT TUTTLE (5-0)
We don’t have to do much to hype this game up. It’s 1 vs 2. It’s a rematch of last year’s state championship game. It’s Bethany’s Sam Brandt looking to end Tuttle’s 19-game winning streak and become the new top dogs in Class 4A. It’s Tuttle looking to strengthen their position as the team to beat and keep Tuttle as “Title Town” for another year. Are you ready for kickoff yet?
The Key: Sam Brandt. The one player that can have the biggest impact in any game in Oklahoma might be Bethany’s Sam Brandt. Tuttle has the luxury of having seen Brandt twice a year ago. While he can’t be stopped, Tuttle has to attempt to contain the big plays from Brandt in order to win.
2 CENTRAL (5-0) AT POTEAU (4-1)
While the majority of the state might be paying attention to the 1 VS 2 match-up, we’ll see a pretty entertaining game in southeastern Oklahoma. #3 Poteau will host #6 Central. The Braves have been the surprise team of the 2019 season. They passed their first test two weeks ago by beating up Hilldale. The next test comes this week as they travel to face Poteau.
The Key: KT Owens. Poteau’s one loss came to an El Reno team that has a dynamic quarterback in Dorian Plumley. Central is 5-0 for the first time in a long time behind the play of their dynamic quarterback KT Owens. If Owens continues his fantastic play, Poteau might suffer a rare home loss.
3 SAPULPA (4-1) AT MUSKOGEE (5-0)
While most of the talk in 6A-D2 has been about Bixby or even Stillwater, Muskogee has very quietly put together a 5-0 start and has looked really good in the process. The Roughers have some dynamic players on offense and one of the best defenses in the state. Meanwhile, Sapulpa bounced back from the blowout loss to Bixby by winning a shootout against Bartlesville.
The Key: Turnovers. This is probably the easiest key to victory in our top ten games. Muskogee’s defense has been a nightmare for opponents this year. They’re at or near the top of the state in every turnover stat. If Sapulpa can’t avoid turning the ball over, it could make for a long bus ride home.
4 MILLWOOD (4-1) AT WASHINGTON (5-0)
It’s a rematch from the 2017 state championship game where Millwood dominated, on their way to a second straight state title. Last year, Washington nearly stunned Millwood in their regular season meeting. The Warriors are once again one of the better teams in Class 2A and they’ve certainly had this game circled on the calendar for quite some time now.
The Key: 48 Minutes. You can make the argument that for about 47 minutes, Washington was better than Millwood a year ago. The Warriors came up just short of pulling off the upset. To get a win against a team like Millwood, you have to come to play for all 48 minutes. The team that’s ready for all four quarters will have an edge.
5 UNION (1-4) AT PUTNAM CITY NORTH (5-0)
This game certainly became more interesting after Union was upset by Mustang a week ago. The Redskins are now 1-4 and more importantly 0-2 in district play. If Union were to drop another district game, they would be in serious danger of missing the playoffs. Putnam City North is a talented team that is looking to make a name for themselves. What better way then potentially eliminating the Redskins from the playoffs.
The Key: Union’s Defense. Putnam City North has blown out all of their opponents. Their closest game was a 17-point win. While Union will be their toughest opponent to date, there’s no doubt that the Panthers have a strong offense. Union can’t afford to get into a shootout situation against PC North.
6 LONE GROVE (5-0) AT SULPHUR (4-0)
Once you get to October and into the second half of the regular season, you don’t see very many unbeaten teams squaring off against one another. But that’s what we get here as Sulphur will host Lone Grove. Sulphur is an established power in 3A football. Lone Grove is attempting to get their name in that conversation. With a win, the Longhorns will have everyone’s attention.
The Key: Big Game Atmosphere. Lone Grove is unbeaten but they haven’t played a team like Sulphur yet. The Bulldogs are balanced and tested and one of the best teams in 3A. This is a measuring stick game for Lone Grove and Sulphur is looking to gain momentum into the rest of the season.
7 TAHLEQUAH (5-0) AT COLLINSVILLE (4-1)
After all of the chaos that took place in 5A football a week ago, Tahlequah comes into this week as the last remaining undefeated team. Despite being a perfect 5-0, they still want to prove that they belong among the elite teams in 5A as a title contender. One way to do that is going on the road and facing a Collinsville team that beat them handily a year ago. A Tiger win would open some eyes.
The Key: Collinsville Health. The Cardinals are going to be without Brayden Burd for the rest of the season. Burd had a great game offensively and defensively against Tahlequah last year. In addition to Burd, the Cardinals are missing several other pieces due to injury. That might open the door for Tahlequah to get the win.
8 BROKEN ARROW (4-1) AT WESTMOORE (5-0) (THURS.)
Broken Arrow goes from one unbeaten westisde team to another as they travel to Westmoore on Thursday night. The Tigers handed Norman their first loss of 2019 on Friday night and will attempt to do the same on Thursday. Westmoore is in the same boat as Norman last week, trying to show that they’re a serious contender to the Class 6A-D1 championship race.
The Key: Broken Arrow’s Secondary. Norman came in with a passing attack that was one of the best in 6A-D1. Westmoore has a strong passing attack as well. The problem is they’re facing a Broken Arrow team where the strength comes in the secondary. If the Tigers stop Westmoore’s passing, it could be a quick night.
9 EL RENO (4-1) AT ARDMORE (3-1)
Ardmore has rolled off three straight wins after losing their season opener to Ada. This is an Ardmore team that is incredibly dangerous considering not many people were talking about them coming into the year and after dropping that season opener. El Reno is looking to bounce back after losing to Noble in an absolute shootout. The winner here keeps their shot at a home playoff game alive.
The Key: El Reno Defense. Most of the times when we talk about El Reno, we talk about how the key is quarterback Dorian Plumley. However, after giving up 72 to Noble last week, facing an unorthodox offense from Ardmore this week. If El Reno wants to avoid dropping a second straight game, the defense has to step up.
10 CHOCTAW (3-2) AT STILLWATER (5-0)
In 6A-D2, it appears that everybody is chasing the Bixby Spartans. Stillwater might have the firepower to keep up with Bixby, if they were to meet up. But up next for Stillwater is a home date with Choctaw. The Pioneers are looking to continue their dominating season. The Pioneers have won all of their games by 30+ points, but Choctaw will provide the toughest test to date.
The Key: Gunnar Gundy. If Choctaw is going to have a chance at pulling off the upset, they have to get to Stillwater’s quarterback. The Stillwater senior has thrown 20 touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s been as close to perfect as you can get. If Choctaw can bring him down to earth, they have a shot.