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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 2A midseason report.
TEAM TO BEAT
Metro Christian Patriots
In one of the more loaded classes in the state, Metro Christian came into 2019 as our top ranked team in the preseason. The Patriots have only strengthened their grip on the top spot in 2A with a great start to the year. They kicked things off in week zero by dismantling a Broken Bow team that is currently ranked fifth in Class 4A. More recently, they went on the road and handed Adair an extremely rare district loss and positioned themselves to be the district champion when the playoffs roll around. You can make an argument for many teams in 2A but Metro is at the top of the list.
2A Remains The Deepest Class
It was the main storyline in Class 2A a year ago and it remains that this year. With 3A dropping down to a 32-team class, it immediately made Class 2A one of the deepest classes in the state. We’ve said it multiple times on our weekly Kickoff Shows that Class 2A’s rankings should be expanded to a top 15 or even a top 20. The gap between the top ranked team in 2A and the tenth ranked team in 2A is the slimmest in all the classes. And there are several teams that aren’t currently ranked that can make an argument for being a semifinal or even a championship team. It should make the playoffs very interesting.
It’s hard to think that the defending champions are a surprise team. However, that’s where we have the Sperry Pirates at the halfway point of the 2019 season. Sperry was dominant last season. The Pirates rolled all the way to the 3A championship. However, coming into 2019, they had plenty of question marks on both sides of the ball. Several starters who had been starting for multiple years had graduated and new players would have to step up. That’s exactly what has happened as Sperry finds themselves 5-0 and still among the elite in Class 2A. They appear to once again be on a crash course for the district title with Beggs in week ten.
Asher Link – Quarterback – Metro Christian
Coming into the season, Metro Christian knew it had one of the top quarterbacks in the state with Asher Link returning to run the Patriot offense. While the defense has been a big storyline with Metro this year, one thing has also remained the same and that’s been the production from Metro’s star quarterback. Link has been flawless this year, leading Metro Christian to a 5-0 start and appears to be on the shortlist for becoming a two-time OKPreps Player Of The Year finalist. However, Link and his Metro teammates have one thing in mind and that’s a state championship.