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BISHOP KELLEY (7-4) AT NOBLE (10-1)
Bishop Kelley is coming off a big win last week over Collinsville, beating the Cardinals 27-0. Noble handled their business in an opening round win over Woodward. The Comets are looking to return to the semifinals for the second straight year. Noble is looking for their second semifinal in the last three seasons. They made it to the 2017 semifinals after beating Bishop Kelley in the first round. Noble has looked strong all season while Bishop Kelley has had to deal with the injury bug. However, the Comets certainly know how to win in November.
Player Spotlight: Kelley Offensive Line
So it’s not one player but it’s certainly something to watch as Kelley travels to face Noble with a spot in the semifinals on the line. Bishop Kelley was able to run for nearly 300 yards last week in their shutout victory over Collinsville. They had several players have success toting the rock and the offensive line was able to bully the Cardinals and they’ll attempt to do the same this week.
BISHOP McGUINNESS (9-2) AT EDISON (10-1)
Two of the best teams in 5A will square off as #2 Edison faces #3 Bishop McGuinness and a spot in the semifinals will be on the line. The Irish are used to being in this position year after year. The same cannot be said for Edison, but this year’s Eagle team appears to be special. Edison rolled over Pryor and McGuinness dominated Ardmore in their first round match-up’s. McGuinness was able to bounce back after a tough shutout loss to rival Carl Albert in week ten. Edison brings in a ten-game winning streak to the game Friday night.
Player Spotlight: Showdown
Get. Your. Popcorn. Ready. Bishop McGuinness running back Dominic Richardson. Edison running back Sevion Morrison. Without a doubt the two best running backs in the state will square off on Friday night in Tulsa. These are two of the best players in the state and a spot in the semifinals is on the line. It’s a match-up we’ve been wanting to see and we’ll get in on Friday night.
McALESTER (6-4) AT CARL ALBERT (10-1)
Three-time champion Carl Albert took another step towards the four-peat with a blowout victory over Duncan last week. The Titans come into the quarterfinal round as the favorite to continue their road to another gold ball. However, McAlester is playing some of their best football at the exact right moment. Led by first year head coach Forest Mazey, the Buffaloes will be ready for a battle when they take on a Carl Albert team that doesn’t make a habit of early playoff exits. And for Carl Albert, the quarterfinals is certainly early.
Player Spotlight: Chris Hilton
McAlester quarterback Chris Hilton might be one of the more underrated players in Class 5A. He’s a huge reason why the Buffaloes are into the quarterfinals and playing good football. Hilton is a handful to defend with his ability to throw and run. Last week, in their win against Claremore, he torched the Zebras on the ground. If the Buffs have a shot at an upset of #1 Carl Albert, Hilton will have to be on his game.
PIEDMONT (9-2) AT COWETA (6-5)
While Edison-McGuinness is probably the marquee match-up in the 5A quarterfinals, Coweta hosting Piedmont might be the most intriguing match-up on Friday night. Coweta stunned district champ Tahlequah in the first round and advanced to Friday’s quarterfinal round. They might be a little upset about playing this one at home as they’re 0-5 at home but 6-0 on the road. One of the more bizarre stats out there. Piedmont avenged a September loss to El Reno by ending their season in a 24-21 triumph last week.
Player Spotlight: Gage Hamm
Piedmont goes from defending one dynamic quarterback in El Reno’s Dorian Plumley to another with Coweta’s Gage Hamm. The Tigers have come on strong as of late led by the play of their sophomore quarterback. He’s had some great games in the last two weeks throwing the football. Piedmont was able to slow down Plumley last week but Hamm brings another dynamic with his passing.