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This week, high school football teams were supposed to open up spring practice. We would be getting an early look at what to expect from teams in 2020. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we’re living in now. Spring practice has been cancelled and the OSSAA has announced a press conference for Friday. During that time, they’ll discuss the schedule for teams being able to get back to normal.
Until then, all we can do is speculate. So now is a perfect time for some way too early rankings from 6A-A with not nearly enough research done! But we have to start somewhere, so here we go. Disclaimer, this will look MUCH different on August 1st.
All of the usual suspects are at the top once again in 6A-D1. Jenks returns a good amount of talent on both sides of the ball and will be one of the favorites to make it back to the title game. Defending champion Owasso is right behind the Trojans. They’re replacing some flat out stars from their title team. But we know head coach Bill Blankenship reloads, he doesn’t rebuild. Union and Broken Arrow round out the usual suspects with a mix of experience and youth. Then you have the westside. Who will be the “best from the west” in 2020? Santa Fe has legit star power and should have momentum coming off a district title. Mustang is right there with Santa Fe with stars but they’re young. Westmoore, Norman, Norman North and Yukon make up the final ranked teams.
4 BROKEN ARROW
5 EDMOND SANTA FE
9 NORMAN NORTH
We said it on a podcast earlier this week, this might be the deepest that 6A-D2 has been since it’s inception in 2014. Bixby and Stillwater will once again be heavy favorites to return to the championship game. However, it won’t be a cake walk like it’s been in recent years. Del City and Muskogee could end up battling to see who has the top defense in the state with D1 talent at all three levels of their respective defenses. Booker T Washington will always be one of the more talented teams in the state and the young talent that has gone through some growing pains in the last two years but now they’re ready. Choctaw is ready to build on their playoff run from a year ago. And you know that teams like Midwest City and Lawton aren’t going anywhere.
3 DEL CITY
4 BOOKER T WASHINGTON
8 MIDWEST CITY
9 SAND SPRINGS
10 DEER CREEK
In Class 5A, the conversation starts and stops with Carl Albert. With all respect to the other teams in 5A, the Titans have owned 5A football and have the hardware to prove it. The Titans will once again be the team to beat in 2020. However, there are some talented teams out there that could push the powerhouse Titans. El Reno has been building to this 2020 season with plenty of experience coming back. The same can be said about Edison as the Eagles will have some new faces but they appear to just be reloading. Rivals Bishop Kelley and Bishop McGuinness will always be in the conversation. Piedmont showed last year that they have what it takes to take down the powerhouse Titans. Then you have usual suspects like Lawton MacArthur and Guthrie that return some key players. Be on the look out for Coweta and McAlester, who both have a wealth of young talent.
1 CARL ALBERT
2 EL RENO
4 BISHOP KELLEY
6 BISHOP McGUINNESS
7 LAWTON MACARTHUR
Class 4A has been one of the more unpredictable classes in the last few seasons. It could end up being that once again in 2020. However, as it stands right now, Weatherford comes into the year as the favorite. They made it to the title game a year ago and have plenty of talent coming back. Right after them comes Wagoner and Bristow, who both have what it takes to make a run to the championship game. Clinton is Clinton and just seem to know how to compete for a deep playoff run. Then you have defending champ Poteau rounding out the top five. The Pirates finally got over the hump in 2019. Then you have some new faces as Skiatook drops down from 5A and John Marshall moves up from 3A. Both have some playmakers to keep an eye on. Usual suspects Tuttle, Broken Bow and Bethany round out the top ten.
7 JOHN MARSHALL
9 BROKEN BOW
As it turns out, Heritage Hall’s dynasty didn’t end in 2019, it just hit a speed bump. The Chargers are once again loaded for a championship run in 2020. The Chargers are joined at the top by Berryhill and Kingfisher, who are primed for big seasons. Defending champion Lincoln Christian will be in the conversation again but have to replace some key players. Perkins-Tryon took the first step towards history last year but they have a real shot to make noise this fall. Plainview, Checotah and Stigler all join the top ten but have some productive playmakers that they’ll need to replace. Then you have Holland Hall and Kingston who both have strong defenses and both move up to 3A from 2A football.
1 HERITAGE HALL
4 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN
7 HOLLAND HALL
Similar to 4A and 3A, 2A has a defending champion that will once again be in the mix but have plenty of questions going in after the graduation of stars. Metro Christian has to replace the 2019 OKPreps Player Of The Year in Asher Link. Last year’s runner up Vian certainly feels like this year is the year of unfinished business and come into the year as the top team. Jones and Adair both return high-powered offenses and will be right there in the conversation. Beggs has a good mix of experienced and young talent to look out for. Then you have teams like Sperry, Millwood and Washington who have all been some of the better teams in 2A football over the last few seasons. Nothing will change this fall. Look out for Eufaula as well as Cascia Hall, who returns to 2A after spending the last decade competing in 3A and 4A.
5 METRO CHRISTIAN
10 CASCIA HALL
Ringling had a season to remember in 2019. Their defense was one of the best that we’ve seen in the last decade. The question becomes how will the champs do with all eyes on them in 2020. If anyone can put up the points needed to beat Ringling, it’s a Pawhuska squad that could have one of the higher scoring units in the state. Cashion can’t be overlooked and will certainly have a big chip on their shoulder. Pawnee and Gore both had strong 2019 campaigns and will look to take that next step this fall. Rounding out the top ten are teams like Mangum, Okemah and Commerce who want to get in the conversation becoming perennial powers like Thomas and Hominy.