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The playoffs are here and the #Road2Wantland begins Friday night. It’s time to make our picks for the state championships in each class. Who we have making it to the title game and who will ultimately be raising the gold ball in December.
Owasso Over Jenks
If Owasso makes it to the title game after two tough contests, we think they’ll have the edge against anyone that comes out of the top half of the bracket. Maybe it’s crazy to pick Jenks having just witnessed Santa Fe beat the Trojans on their field. But it’s tough to see a team beat Jenks twice in about a month. Nevertheless, Owasso is the favorite in 6A-D1 for a reason and they win a second championship in the last three years.
Bixby Over Stillwater
It’s the match-up everyone wants and I talked about it on the 6A-D2 preview podcast, if Bixby and Stillwater don’t make it to the title game, it’ll be a rather large upset. These two teams have been dominant from start to finish and appear destined for a rematch for the gold ball. Bixby gets the edge on who wins it all by the slimmest of margins. They have what might be the best team in their school’s history. Hard to see them losing.
Carl Albert Over Edison
We said it back in October but you can make the argument that Carl Albert having their winning streak snapped could make them more dangerous in the playoffs. We like the Titans to win another gold ball but it won’t come easy. Edison is rested and has the team to compete with everyone in 5A football. If they can make it out of the top half of the bracket, they could give Carl Albert a run for their money.
Bethany Over Tuttle
We were on the sideline from start to finish as Bethany beat Tuttle in Tuttle 21-0 back in October. It’s hard to pick anyone other than Bethany to win the gold ball in Class 4A. Tuttle knows better than anyone how difficult it is to beat a team twice in the same year. They beat Bethany twice to win state a year ago. The only question we have with the Bronchos is whether or not they have that in them to put Tuttle down again.
Lincoln Christian Over Plainview
This might be an upset pick as Heritage Hall isn’t in the conversation. We’ve talked about how a Heritage Hall/Lincoln Christian semifinal might be the defacto championship game. We think the Bulldogs do what they have to do to hand the Chargers a rare loss in the playoffs. Plainview might be one of the more underrated teams in the state. They have everything you need to win a state championship. However, we’re picking Lincoln here in a game that might be closer than most would think.
Metro Christian Over Vian
I believe this was our pick back in August and we’re rolling with it as the playoffs begin. Neither Metro Christian nor Vian have given any reason to look elsewhere for a candidate to replace them. Metro has been the best team in 2A all season long. If Vian can survive their brutal side of the bracket, they’ll give Metro all they want and more. But the road to the title game might be too much for Vian and Metro finally raises a gold ball.
Cashion Over Rejoice Christian
Cashion has been so close on so many different occasions. Rejoice Christian felt like 2018 was their year to win the gold ball. Both teams come into the playoffs this year with plenty of confidence. If Rejoice can navigate a tough side of the bracket to make it to the title game, we’ll be in for a treat when they play Cashion. But in the end, we’re going with Cashion to finally get the job done and celebrate with a state championship.
Regent Prep Over Shattuck
Shattuck has been the measuring stick for 8-man football in Oklahoma. They’re one of the best programs in the state. Regent Prep is on the rise and they have the team that can get the job done. Their quarterback has thrown more touchdowns than incompletions. The offense is insanely efficient. We’re not saying that Regent Prep is the new Shattuck but what we are saying is that Regent can get the job done and for at least this year, there’s going to be a new measuring stick in 8-man football.
Southwest Covenant Over Tipton
Tipton hasn’t had the best season when it comes to their unbelievable standards. However, it’s hard to pick anyone in Class C to win three games and make it to the title game other than Tipton. But when it comes down the champion, we’re going with Southwest Covenant. This is a serious pick but it’s also what we want to see happen. After the tragedy they went through this fall, it would be nice to see this team come together in the end with a state championship.