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We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2019 regular season. In another five weeks, we’ll be previewing the playoffs. For now, let’s take a look back at the first five weeks in each class. We’ll take a look at the team to beat, top storylines, surprise teams and top players in each class. Here’s a look at the 5A midseason report.
TEAM TO BEAT
Carl Albert Titans
Despite the loss to Piedmont on Friday night, we still have the Titans as the team to beat in Class 5A. In fact, you can make the argument that Carl Albert suffering an upset loss could make them hungrier going into the rest of the season. Carl Albert’s 40-game winning streak is history but the Titans still have the talent to capture a fourth consecutive championship. Before their loss to Piedmont, Carl Albert has looked great and a potential showdown with #2 Bishop McGuinness awaits them in the final week of the regular season.
Going into week five, Class 5A seemed like a one-team class with Carl Albert leading the charge. However, week five took place and now things appear to be as wide open as ever before. Carl Albert, Bishop McGuinness and Edison are the top teams. Then you have teams like Noble, Piedmont and Pryor who are lurking around and have pulled off big wins already this season. Not to mention, Tahlequah is undefeated, Ardmore and Collinsville haven’t lost since season-opening losses in week one. So if you think you have Class 5A figured out, you’re probably wrong.
There are several teams that could fit this category. We mentioned in the unpredictability section that Noble, Piedmont and Pryor are all off to 4-1 starts and all have pulled off big wins this season. However, only one team has beaten the three-time champs that have won 40 consecutive games. The Piedmont Wildcats are 4-1 and are in the driver’s seat to capture the district championship. In his first year as head coach, Jeff Hall has turned Piedmont into an eye-opening team that could make a deep run in the playoffs behind a flexbone offense that’s tough to prepare for.
Sevion Morrison – Running Back – Edison
Edison senior running back Sevion Morrison has picked up where he left off last season as one of the best running backs in Oklahoma. Morrison has helped lead Edison to a 4-1 start. The Eagles are a serious championship threat behind Morrison and a stingy defense. Morrison is the type of running back that can go the distance on any given carry. He’s also the type of running back that can carry the rock 30 times and run with the same power and speed on the last carry as he does on the first. Morrison and the Eagles are very dangerous.