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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 Class A midseason report.
TEAM TO BEAT
Cashion came into the 2019 season as the heavy favorite to raise the Class A gold ball. With all but one starter returning, Cashion looked as close to untouchable as you can get in Class A. However, the Wildcats will have to stay healthy in order to turn their championship dreams to reality. The injury bug has bitten Cashion in the past and derailed potential championship seasons. But so far, Cashion has lived up to expectations and remain the team to beat in Class A. The toughest test of the season awaits them as Minco will come to town in week ten. The district title will more than likely be on the line.
Will Class A Parity Continue?
Class A is routinely one of the toughest classes to predict and the stats back that up. When you take a look at the last nine state champions in Class A, you’ll see nine different schools. No teams have been able to put together a dynasty or even a back to back in Class A in quite some time. And when you look at the top ten rankings this week, none of the teams that are currently ranked has won a championship in the last decade. It appears that Class A will continue to be a wide open class where any team on any given year can walk away with the gold ball.
Rejoice Christian Eagles
Rejoice Christian has been one of the top teams in Class A over the last few seasons. However, the Eagles lost their star running back and defensive back Andrew Crow to graduation. Crow was a Player Of The Year finalist and one of the most impactful players in the state. It’s natural to expect a team to take a step back after losing a player like Crow. That’s not the case with Rejoice Christian. The Eagles appear to have reloaded and are once again undefeated and have dominated every team they’ve faced. The closest game was a 36-point victory. Rejoice appears to be right back in the championship picture.
Bryce Drummond – Quarterback – Pawhuska
Pawhuska junior quarterback Bryce Drummond has put up some of the best numbers in the state. The Huskies have completely turned around their program, only a few years removed from a winless season. Pawhuska is right there in the conversation for the best teams in Class A. Drummond is a big reason why. He’s torching defenses in the air and on the ground. The scary part is when you consider the level of play. We’ve seen quarterbacks take over and carry their teams to the Class A championship or to at least the title game. Hominy’s Zaven Collins, Afton’s Wil Amos, Christian Heritage’s Zach Hale in the last three years alone. Drummond could be the next.