El Reno Indians
El Reno, OK 73036
Record: 6-5 | Unranked
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| Ben Johnson
Well, what we have here is two hotly-contested showdowns for first and third place. Swisher and Coach Turney are locked in a battle for first place, while Whitt and myself charge hard after the bronze.
Week 6 picks - Coach Turney 14-4 | Whitt 13-5 | Ben 13-5 | Swisher 13-5
Overall - Swisher 91-35 | Turney 91-35 | Ben 84-42 | Whitt 84-42
And per usual, my apologies in advance to the teams I pick below:
Carl Albert at Guthrie
Michael Swisher: Carl Albert 33, Guthrie 17
Ben Johnson: Carl Albert 30, Guthrie 16
Whitt Carter: Carl Albert 28, Guthrie 21
Randy Turney: Carl Albert 31, Guthrie 14
Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe
Michael Swisher: Broken Arrow 38, Edmond Santa Fe 14
Ben Johnson: Broken Arrow 41, Edmond Santa Fe 19
Whitt Carter: Broken Arrow 34, Edmond Santa Fe 14
Randy Turney: Broken Arrow 28, Edmond Santa Fe 7
Stillwater at Lawton
Michael Swisher: Stillwater 35, Lawton 21
Ben Johnson: Stillwater 23, Lawton 22
Whitt Carter: Stillwater 42, Lawton 34
Randy Turney: Stillwater 35, Lawton 20
Cascia Hall at Berryhill
Michael Swisher: Berryhill 24, Cascia Hall 12
Ben Johnson: Berryhill 20, Cascia Hall 19
Whitt Carter: Cascia Hall 32, Berryhill 28
Randy Turney: Berryhill 28, Cascia Hall 20
Victory Christian at Beggs
Michael Swisher: Beggs 28, Victory Christian 10
Ben Johnson: Beggs 33, Victory Christian 24
Whitt Carter: Beggs 35, Victory Christian 27
Randy Turney: Beggs 21, Victory Christian 20
Plainview at Sulphur
Michael Swisher: Plainview 24, Sulphur 22
Ben Johnson: Plainview 29, Sulphur 23
Whitt Carter: Sulphur 28, Plainview 24
Randy Turney: Sulphur 34, Plainview 31
Buffalo at Pond Creek-Hunter
Michael Swisher: PC-Hunter 30, Buffalo 14
Ben Johnson: PC-Hunter 43, Buffalo 22
Whitt Carter: PC-Hunter 31, Buffalo 12
Randy Turney: PC-Hunter 34, Buffalo 22
Booker T. Washington at Sapulpa
Michael Swisher: Booker T. Washington 31, Sapulpa 30
Ben Johnson: Booker T. Washington 27, Sapulpa 24
Whitt Carter: Booker T. Washington 42, Sapulpa 28
Randy Turney: Booker T. Washington 31, Sapulpa 22
Stigler at Seminole
Michael Swisher: Seminole 34, Stigler 17
Ben Johnson: Seminole 23, Stigler 20
Whitt Carter: Seminole 34, Stigler 21
Randy Turney: Seminole 34, Stigler 20
Tonkawa at Morrison
Michael Swisher: Morrison 18, Tonkawa 14
Ben Johnson: Morrison 26, Tonkawa 16
Whitt Carter: Morrison 27, Tonkawa 21
Randy Turney: Morrison 38, Tonkawa 14
Yukon at Westmoore
Michael Swisher: Yukon 17, Westmoore 16
Ben Johnson: Yukon 21, Westmoore 17
Whitt Carter: Westmoore 21, Yukon 20
Randy Turney: Westmoore 24, Yukon 17
El Reno at Duncan
Michael Swisher: Duncan 24, El Reno 21
Ben Johnson: Duncan 32, El Reno 17
Whitt Carter: Duncan 28, El Reno 14
Randy Turney: El Reno 28, Duncan 21
Bethany at Cushing
Michael Swisher: Bethany 31, Cushing 17
Ben Johnson: Bethany 33, Cushing 27
Whitt Carter: Bethany 35, Cushing 13
Randy Turney: Bethany 30, Cushing 24
Catoosa at Cleveland
Michael Swisher: Catoosa 36, Cleveland 25
Ben Johnson: Catoosa 28, Cleveland 18
Whitt Carter: Catoosa 37, Cleveland 21
Randy Turney: Catoosa 20, Cleveland 14
Kingfisher at Perkins-Tryon
Michael Swisher: Kingfisher 31, Perkins-Tryon 28
Ben Johnson: Kingfisher 27, Perkins-Tryon 21
Whitt Carter: Kingfisher 35, Perkins-Tryon 21
Randy Turney: Kingfisher 34, Perkins-Tryon 20
Okemah at Meeker
Michael Swisher: Meeker 33, Okemah 21
Ben Johnson: Meeker 34, Okemah 24
Whitt Carter: Okemah 33, Meeker 24
Randy Turney: Meeker 28, Okemah 12
Stratford at Washington
Michael Swisher: Washington 27, Stratford 23
Ben Johnson: Washington 32, Stratford 19
Whitt Carter: Washington 28, Stratford 20
Randy Turney: Washington 38, Stratford 20
Hooker at Okeene
Michael Swisher: Hooker 31, Okeene 13
Ben Johnson: Hooker 29, Okeene16
Whitt Carter: Hooke 35, Okeene 13
Randy Turney: Hooker 34, Okeene 7
Covington-Douglas at Southwest Covenant
Michael Swisher: SW Covenant 48, Covington-Douglas 30
Ben Johnson: SW Covenant 44, Covington-Douglas 25
Whitt Carter: SW Covenant 45, Covington-Douglas 31
Randy Turney: SW Covenant 42, Covington-Douglas 20
Let us know what you think. Tweet your predictions to us at @Skordle.
| Ben Johnson
Some rock-solid games this week as district races tighten up.
Here's what's on tap this week:
1. 5A No. 1 Carl Albert (6-0) at 5A No. 7 Guthrie (6-0): Bluejays beat Carl Albert every year from 2010 to 2015, but the Titans have posted back-to-back blowouts over Guthrie, including last year's 55-10 contest. Carl Albert running back Dadrion Taylor is also expected back after suffering a knee injury earlier in the season.
2. 6AI No. 1 Broken Arrow (6-0) at 6AI No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe (6-0): Tigers have been machine-like all season long. The Wolves pulling the upset would be one to send shockwaves throughout 6AI.
3. 6AII No. 1 Stillwater (6-0) at 6AII No. 5 Lawton (4-2): Pioneers are 0-4 against Lawton since the two clubs started playing district contests in 2014. And this one was going to feature a stellar running back showcase, but Stillwater tailback Qwontrel Walker was ejected in the fourth quarter against Choctaw last week, leaving his status for this week up in the air. Meanwhile, the Wolverines will ride the hot hand of Miles Davis at tailback.
4. 3A No. 8 Cascia Hall (5-1) at 3A No. 2 Berryhill (6-0): These two teams have met 10 times since 1999 and Cascia Hall is one nine of those games. The Chiefs' lone victory in the series was in 2004. Winner all but locks up the District 3A-4 crown.
5. 2A No. 9 Victory Christian (6-0) at 2A No. 5 Beggs (5-1): Former district mates are reunited in 2A-3 play this year. From 2010 to 2015, the two teams split the series 3-3. Winner here still has to tangle with Sperry to claim the district title.
6. 3A No. 4 Plainview (5-1) at 3A No. 5 Sulphur (5-1): Sulphur beat Plainview 35-12 last season, but prior to that Plainview had won the last eight clashes between the two teams.
7. C No. 4 Buffalo (6-0) at C No. 1 Pond Creek-Hunter (6-0): Winner all but wraps up the District C-1 championship. And to this point, Pond Creek-Hunter opponents are averaging four points per game.
8. 6AII No. 6 Booker T. Washington (3-3) at 6AII No. 7 Sapulpa (5-1): Chieftains came up with an overtime win over Muskogee last week, and a win over the Hornets would be a massive statement. One advantage Sapulpa does have is at the quarterback position with Eli Williams.
9. Stigler (5-1) at 3A No. 6 Seminole (5-1): All of a sudden everyone in District 3A-3 is chasing after Idabel. And it's looking more and more like a quality team will be left out of the playoff picture in the suddenly-deep 3A-3. The winner here at least feels somewhat more at ease with a postseason spot more obtainable.
10. Tonkawa (6-1) at A No. 3 Morrison (6-0): Tonkawa has a two-game winning streak going against Morrison, but it's the Wildcats who are ranked heading into this one. District A-5 is deep, so a win here moves one of these two closer to the district title.
Yukon at Westmoore: Top three spots in 6AI-1 appear to be spoken for among Broken Arrow, Jenks and Edmond Santa Fe. So for a regular season matchup, it all but serves as a "win and you're in; lose and you're out" tilt. And Westmoore is 6-0 against Yukon since 2006.
El Reno at Duncan: The Demons are unbeaten but now the schedule tightens up. A win for Duncan sets up an epic showdown against Ardmore next week for 5A-1 supremacy. A win for El Reno has the Indians feeling better about securing a postseason spot. El Reno beat Duncan 41-40 last season.
Bethany at Cushing: Despite a minus-nine scoring margin in six games this season, the Tigers are 3-0 in District 4A-2. A win for Cushing could work toward some must-see games against Blanchard and Tuttle to close out the regular season in a few weeks.
Catoosa at Cleveland: District 4A-3 looks like it'll come down to Bristow or Wagoner at the top. So that leaves three -- maybe four (Catoosa, Cleveland, Grove and Oologah) -- competing for the final two playoff spots.
Kingfisher at Perkins-Tryon: We're finding out that a lot of districts have some solid depth, and 3A-1 falls in that category. Heritage Hall and John Marshall are locks for playoffs spots, so it's up to Kingfisher, Perkins, Mannford and Mount Saint Mary to challenge for the final two spots.
Okemah at Meeker: Since 2008, Okemah has won seven of the last eight matchups. Both of these clubs need a win to have a shot at possibly winning or finishing in the top two spots of 2A-2.
Stratford at Washington: Washington pushed Millwood to the limit last week. And despite a 1-2 mark in 2A-7, Stratford has to be taken seriously in the playoff mix.
Hooker at Okeene: Winner here gets a chance to challenge Oklahoma Bible Academy for District A-1 bragging
Covington-Douglas at Southwest Covenant: Winner all but wraps up the C-3 title.
So who wins all the matchups? Check back for our weekly picks on Thursday.
*Photo courtesy of Guthrie Booster Club
| Ben Johnson
what a relief for myself and Whitt in week 5. Swisher and Coach Turney
were leaving us in the dust. But we were able to gain a little bit of
ground in the overall standings. Just have to ride the wave of momentum
Week 5 picks - Whitt 14-3 | Ben 14-3 | Coach Turney 13-4 | Swisher 12-5
Overall - Swisher 78-30 | Turney 77-31 | Ben 71-37 | Whitt 71-37
And per usual, my apologies in advance to the teams I pick below:
Collinsville at Tahlequah
Michael Swisher: Collinsville 21, Tahlequah 18
Ben Johnson: Collinsville 17, Tahlequah 10
Whitt Carter: Tahlequah 35, Collinsville 31
Randy Turney: Collinsville 21, Tahlequah 14
Washington at Millwood
Michael Swisher: Millwood 45, Washington 14
Ben Johnson: Millwood 32, Washington 19
Whitt Carter: Millwood 36, Washington 21
Randy Turney: Millwood 41, Washington 14
Tuttle at Bethany
Michael Swisher: Tuttle 24, Bethany 22
Ben Johnson: Tuttle 21, Bethany 17
Whitt Carter: Tuttle 24, Bethany 20
Randy Turney: Tuttle 24, Bethany 13
Coyle at Southwest Covenant
Michael Swisher: SW Covenant 48, Coyle 14
Ben Johnson: SW Covenant 43, Coyle 38
Whitt Carter: SW Covenant 42, Coyle 40
Randy Turney: SW Covenant 38, Coyle 28
Stillwater at Choctaw
Michael Swisher: Stillwater 30, Choctaw 23
Ben Johnson: Stillwater 33, Choctaw 21
Whitt Carter: Stillwater 41, Choctaw 13
Randy Turney: Stillwater 34, Choctaw 14
Putnam City North at Union
Michael Swisher: Union 35, PC North 14
Ben Johnson: Union 42, PC North 9
Whitt Carter: Union 37, PC North 14
Randy Turney: Union 38, PC North 14
Muskogee at Sapulpa
Michael Swisher: Muskogee 24, Sapulpa 20
Ben Johnson: Muskogee 39, Sapulpa 29
Whitt Carter: Muskogee 42, Sapulpa 28
Randy Turney: Muskogee 28, Sapulpa 20
Ardmore at El Reno
Michael Swisher: Ardmore 28, El Reno 7
Ben Johnson: Ardmore 24, El Reno 9
Whitt Carter: Ardmore 32, El Reno 24
Randy Turney: Ardmore 31, El Reno 20
Seminole at Idabel
Michael Swisher: Seminole 27, Idabel 21
Ben Johnson: Seminole 45, Idabel 27
Whitt Carter: Seminole 42, Idabel 28
Randy Turney: Seminole 42, Idabel 20
Tyrone at Buffalo
Michael Swisher: Tyrone 34, Buffalo 24
Ben Johnson: Buffalo 35, Tyrone 26
Whitt Carter: Buffalo 41, Tyrone 34
Randy Turney: Buffalo 34, Tyrone 26
Westmoore at Broken Arrow
Michael Swisher: Broken Arrow 38, Westmoore 18
Ben Johnson: Broken Arrow 49, Westmoore 13
Whitt Carter: Broken Arrow 52, Westmoore 14
Randy Turney: Broken Arrow 42, Westmoore 14
Stigler at Checotah
Michael Swisher: Checotah 31, Stigler 29
Ben Johnson: Checotah 34, Stigler 28
Whitt Carter: Checotah 28, Stigler 24
Randy Turney: Stigler 24, Checotah 14
Haskell at Victory Christian
Michael Swisher: Victory Christian 30, Haskell 15
Ben Johnson: Victory Christian 37, Haskell 22
Whitt Carter: Victory Christian 42, Haskell 16
Randy Turney: Victory Christian 31, Haskell 20
Okemah at Prague
Michael Swisher: Okemah 33, Prague 21
Ben Johnson: Okemah 30, Prague 20
Whitt Carter: Prague 32, Okemah 21
Randy Turney: Okemah 21, Prague 20
Wynnewood at Stroud
Michael Swisher: Stroud 29, Wynnewood 24
Ben Johnson: Wynnewood 29, Stroud 23
Whitt Carter: Wynnewood 28, Stroud 14
Randy Turney: Wynnewood 20, Stroud 14
Prue at Yale
Michael Swisher: Yale 35, Prue 17
Ben Johnson: Yale 43, Prue 22
Whitt Carter: Yale 47, Prue 38
Randy Turney: Prue 38, Yale 30
Regent Prep at Watts
Michael Swisher: Regent Prep 34, Watts 28
Ben Johnson: Regent Prep 55, Watts 41
Whitt Carter: Regent Prep 49, Watts 34
Randy Turney: Regent Prep 48, Watts 12
Tipton at Mountain View-Gotebo
Michael Swisher: Tipton 24, Mt. View-Gotebo 19
Ben Johnson: Tipton 56, Mt. View-Gotebo 22
Whitt Carter: Tipton 47, Mt. View-Gotebo 28
Randy Turney: Tipton 48, Mt. View-Gotebo 6
| Ben Johnson
There are some quality games to be had in week 6, but nothing like the run of games recently.
Here's what's on tap this week:
1. 5A No. 3 Collinsville (5-0) at 5A No. 5 Tahlequah (5-0): District 5A-4 supremacy is on the line, and another big game on tap for Tahlequah, who knocked off Skiatook last week. Meanwhile, Collinsville put the clamps on Memorial running back Jamoni Jones, who was coming off a 300-yard rushing game the week prior. Both Collinsville and Tahlequah can play some defense, so points could be at a premium here. And the matchup of Tahlequah tailback Dae Dae Leathers against Collinsville should be must-see theater. Also, these clubs have met every year since 2012, and the Cardinals are 5-1. Tahlequah did manage to win last year's game, 31-21.
2. 2A No. 6 Washington (4-1) at 2A No. 1 Millwood (5-0): Rematch of last year's Class 2A title game, but now there is District 2A-7 positioning at stake. The Falcons labored through a victory over Community Christian last week, so can Washington pounce on the Falcons? Should mention Millwood is 3-0 all-time against Washington.
3. 4A No. 3 Tuttle (5-0) at 4A No. 4 Bethany (5-0): A win for Bethany all but wraps up the 4A-2 crown. That would give the Bronchos wins over both Tuttle and Blanchard. Tuttle had been 1-5 against Bethany since 2006, but the Tigers won last year's game, 21-12.
4. B No. 5 Coyle (3-1) at B No. 2 Southwest Covenant (6-0): Southwest Covenant has beaten Coyle two years in a row. And the winner here keeps pace with Covington-Douglas for the C-3 crown.
5. 6AII No. 1 Stillwater (5-0) at 6AII No. 8 Choctaw (3-2): It appears a good football team will be left out of the playoff picture in District 6AII-1. Stillwater and Del City sit atop the district, but teams like Choctaw, Midwest City and Lawton all figure to be there in the final week competing for postseason spots. A win for Choctaw here creates a large mess in 6AII-1. But first, Choctaw would have to shut down the Pioneers' offense, which has generated 234 games in five contests so far. Since 2008, Stillwater has beaten Choctaw five out of six times.
6. 6AI No. 6 Putnam City North (5-0) at 6AI No. 3 Union (3-2): The Panthers have risen to the top -- along with Edmond Santa Fe -- as the two Oklahoma City-area teams in 6AI to challenge the likes of Broken Arrow, Jenks and Union this season. Perhaps this is PC North's chance to upend Union -- something the Panthers haven't done since 2001.
7. 6AII No. 7 Muskogee (4-1) at 6AII No. 9 Sapulpa (4-1): Should be plenty of offensive fireworks in this one, especially for a Chieftains team that score 63 last week against Bartlesville. The winner here puts Bixby in its crosshairs in an attempt to go after the 6AII-2 title. The Roughers have won the past four games in this match, including last season's 27-14 victory.
8. 5A No. 2 Ardmore (2) at El Reno (4-1): El Reno has posted some quality wins over Piedmont, Chickasha and Noble. But now comes a stout test against the Tigers and a stingy defense. Through five games, Ardmore is giving up an average of 6.8 points per contest. Since 2000, Ardmore is 5-3 against El Reno, and that includes a current five-game winning streak after last season's 37-13 win.
9. 3A No. 4 Seminole (5-0) at Idabel (4-1): Seminole running back Cameron Gunville has been stellar through five games, racking up 1,107 yards and 16 touchdowns on 111 carries. Averaging 10 yards per rush will usually get the job done, and in this case it has the Chieftains 5-0 after a statement win over Lincoln Christian. Idabel has allowed a lot of points (134), but the Warriors can score, too, posting 214 to this point. Expect an offensive barrage in this one. Oh, and Seminole is 3-0 against Idabel in the all-time series.
10. C No. 6 Tyrone (4-0) at C No. 4 Buffalo (5-0): It's a three-team race to the C-1 title, and the winner here has to like its chances with Pond Creek-Hunter as the final district hurdle. Tyrone is 7-17 against Buffalo since 1980, but the Bobcats own a four-game winning streak over Buffalo after last year's 30-6 win.
Westmoore at Broken Arrow: Westmoore has been solid, but can it figure out a way to slow down Noah Cortes and the Tigers?
Stigler at Checotah: Last time these two met was a 22-15 win for Stigler in 2013. Expect a lot of points on the scoreboard in this one.
Haskell at Victory Christian: Tayden Lucero continues to turn in one spectacular performances after another for Haskell. But Garrett Williams, Josh Sirleaf and Gabe Byrams have the Conquerors' offense humming along.
Okemah at Prague: District 2A-2 is providing some quality depth early on. The winner here could potentially challenge Jones for the district title.
Wynnewood at Stroud: District A-7 is on the line in this one. Winner faces very few speed bumps the rest of the way.
Prue at Yale: These two haven't met since 2003, and Yale was 4-1 from 1999 to 2003 against Prue. The winner here can shift its focus to Davenport for the B-7 crown.
Regent Prep at Watts: The Engineers (superb team nickname, by the way) have been a pleasant surprise in Class B. They can prove they're Class B title contenders by taking down the high-powered Rams.
Tipton at Mountain View-Gotebo: A throwback matchup to late 1950's here. These two haven't met since 1991 despite only being one hour apart from each other. Winner here as the inside track to the C-2 title.
So who wins all the matchups? Check back for our weekly picks on Thursday.
*Photo courtesy of Tahlequah Daily Press
| Ben Johnson
Wardogs win in Gardner's debut
It took 17 years, but a Miami coach won his coaching debut on Friday night. Zach Gardner, at the helm in Miami after going 96-32 in 11 season at Afton, guided the Wardogs to a 24-10 victory over Claremore Sequoyah.
Shawn Booth was the last Miami coach to win in his debut back in 2001.
"Sure everyone wants to win each week, but as a staff we knew it was crucial to win early," Gardner said. "We have had these kids grinding since June. This just shows their efforts are paying off."
Miami and Claremore Sequoyah were tied a 10 at halftime, but the Wardogs' Gavin Payton found Jordan Freeman for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 6:03 left in the third quarter.
Caden Folks punctuated Miami's scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Folks, Payton and Freeman combined to rush for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
"Our skill guys played very well throughout the night," Gardner said. "I strongly felt we were winning in the trenches through the way our kids took over in the second half."
Miami will host Jay on Friday night, and Claremore Sequoyah will be at Hilldale.
Guthrie wins big
Guthrie's defense made life miserable for Enid in the Bluejays' 57-19 rout at D. Bruce Selby Stadium on Friday night.
Guthrie jumped out in front early on Campbell Leach's 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Then Cale Coffman cashed in a 70-yard fumble return for a score, after Leach stripped Enid's Will Phillips of the ball.
Leading the way for Guthrie (1-0) was strong safety J.D. Coonfield, who had a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown to go along with one sack, one tackle for loss, two pass break-ups and 16 tackles.
On offense, Brody Hinkle had six catches for 121 yards and a touchdown for Guthrie.
"Good team win," Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. "But you can't read too much into week zero non-district games."
Riggs, Trojans take down Bixby
Keith Riggs became the second Jenks head coach to lead the Trojans since 1996. After Allan Trimble's 22-year run of going 251-42, Riggs took over for his mentor and led Class 6A No. 4 Jenks to a 28-14 victory over Bixby at Lee Snider Stadium.
The Trojans (1-0), who started 0-4 last season, scored the game's first two touchdowns on a 65-yard score by Dreysen Watters and a 25-yard TD strike from Ian Corwin to Braden Phipps.
Bixby (0-1) answered with Mason Williams' 34-yard touchdown pass to Cade Cavender, and the Spartans were with 14-7 at halftime.
But Jenks struck again for two more score to increase its lead in the second half.
Noah Hernandez had a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and he followed with a 13-yard TD scamper in the fourth.
Bixby's final score came on Williams' 17-yard TD strike to Cavender.
Watters and Hernandez combined for 163 yards on 25 carries for the Trojans.
Pirates double up El Reno
Poteau and El Reno were in desperate need of a game to fill out their 2018 schedule. And just like that, a matchup was born.
Turns out, Class 4A No. 3 Poteau benefited the most with a 38-19 victory over El Reno at Costner Stadium.
"We both had scheduling issues and we both needed a game so I said what the heck, might as well play," Poteau coach Forrest Mazey said. "I would rather do that then play nine games."
The Pirates (1-0) claimed a victory thanks to quarterback Jace Pitchford going 13 of 24 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. He had touchdown throws of 62, 37 and 17 yards to Todd Mattox, Easton Francis and Cameron Duncan, respectively.
"I think our kids found a way to win with guts," Mazey said. "We didn't play great in all facets of the game, but they found a way to get it done when it counted."
Poteau made El Reno (0-1) pay by forcing three Indian turnovers on fumbles.
"Very impressive," Mazey said of his defense. "They always have a good game plan, and they did a great job executing it."
Sirleaf, Conquerors coast past McLain
Josh Sirleaf knows how work. Victory Christian coach Dub Maddox can easily verify that.
Sirleaf, a senior wideout for Victory Christian, caught three passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the Conquerors' 52-6 win over McLain on Friday night.
"Josh showed up every day in the summer for workouts, and then went to work every day with his family landscaping and cleaning business," Maddox said of Sirleaf, who also recorded three interceptions on defense. "He knows how to work and that carries over on the football field. He's pound for pound one of the strongest players I have coached."
With 10 seconds left in the first quarter, Sirleaf scored Victory Christan's first touchdown on a 54-yard pass from Garrett Williams. Sirleaf would later score on a touchdown grab of 98 yards late in the second quarter.
Williams finished with 355 yards and five touchdowns while completing 7 of 11 passes.
"Have a week zero game can pose some challenges with losing an extra week of practice," Maddox said. "I thought our players handled it well."
The victory is Maddox's first after he left his offensive coordinator job at Jenks to replace Ron Smith in south Tulsa.
"I never focused on that going into the game," Maddox said of getting his first head-coaching victory. "I was just excited to see some of our hard work and preparation come to life on the field."
Pauls Valley prevails
With time running down, Pauls Valley's Tyce Davidson came up with an interception to secure the Panthers' 19-18 win over Lindsay on Friday.
The win was Pauls Valley's first under first-year head coach Dusty Raper.
Quarterback Jack Grimmett paced Pauls Valley's offense with 28 carries for 205 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers rushed for 329 yards as a team on 56 carries.
The Panthers' other two touchdowns were courtesy of runs by Jacob McElhaney.
Pauls Valley was forced to punt with a minute left in the game, but Lindsay picked up only one first down before the Panthers logged back-to-back sacks before Davison's interception.
Hipp, Hominy hold on
Jacob Bruce was a one-man wrecking crew for Hulbert at Rider Field on Friday night. The senior tailback rushed for 321 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries, in addition to two touchdowns on kickoff returns.
But Class A No. 4 Hominy managed to hang on and beat Hulbert 58-41 in a high-scoring affair.
"Hulbert is a good football team," Hominy coach Caleb Christian said. "We are blessed and fortunate to leave with a win."
Luckily for Hominy (1-0), it had Blake Hipp leading the way. The senior quarterback completed 7 of 14 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns, plus 84 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.
"Blake Hipp is a coach's dream at quarterback," Christian said. "Tough player that knows the offense and leads the team at a high level."
Bruce scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:13 left before halftime to trim Hominy's lead to 32-29, but that's as close at Hulbert (0-1) would get the rest of the way.
Hipp responded 57 seconds later with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Clifford Hayes to give the Bucks a 40-29 halftime lead.
In the end, Hominy had 583 yards on offense.
"Our offensive line is the backbone of our offense," Christian said. "They hang their hat on being physical and being in shape."
Girls Basketball | | Jacob Unruh | NewsOK
Shawnee’s girls basketball team took the top honors in the annual Suburban Conference Awards. Longtime coach Wendi Wells was named Coach of the Year, while Kasey Rice was named Player of the Year. El Reno’s Jaylin Reveles was named Newcomer of the Year and Carl Albert’s Kamiyah Lyons was named Defensive Player of the Year.
| Ben Johnson
At this point, Randy Turney is just showing off. He went 23-7 last week and has all but sewn up his title as Skordle's premier picker this year. The rest of us are not worthy! And spinzone: I wasn't horrendous at picking games last week, so baby steps.
Playoff picks - Week 1 - Coach Turney 23-7 | Ben 19-11 | Whitt 17-13 | Swisher 14-16
Overall - Turney 181-59 | Swisher 165-75 | Whitt 165-75 | Ben 159-81
Now I present picks for the second round of the playoffs:
Broken Arrow vs. Owasso
Michael Swisher: Broken Arrow 38, Owasso 18
Ben Johnson: Broken Arrow 42, Owasso 10
Whitt Carter: Broken Arrow 42, Owasso 17
Randy Turney: Broken Arrow 38, Owasso 17
Jenks vs. Union
Michael Swisher: Union 34, Jenks 33
Ben Johnson: Jenks 27, Union 24
Whitt Carter: Jenks 31, Union 28
Randy Turney: Jenks 24, Union 14
Bixby vs. Midwest City
Michael Swisher: Bixby 30, Midwest City 24
Ben Johnson: Bixby 37, Midwest City 21
Whitt Carter: Bixby 27, Midwest City 21
Randy Turney: Bixby 32, Midwest City 22
Stillwater vs. Booker T. Washington
Michael Swisher: Stillwater 24, Booker T. Washington 18
Ben Johnson: Stillwater 16, Booker T. Washington 14
Whitt Carter: Stillwater 31, Booker T. Washington 28
Randy Turney: Stillwater 32, Booker T. Washington 20
Bishop McGuinness at Bishop Kelley
Michael Swisher: Bishop McGuinness 21, Bishop Kelley 20
Ben Johnson: Bishop Kelley 20, Bishop McGuinness 19
Whitt Carter: Bishop McGuinness 35, Bishop Kelley 31
Randy Turney: Bishop McGuinness 24, Bishop Kelley 10
Guthrie at Collinsville
Michael Swisher: Collinsville 31, Guthrie 20
Ben Johnson: Collinsville 23, Guthrie 17
Whitt Carter: Collinsville 27, Guthrie 20
Randy Turney: Collinsville 24, Guthrie 14
Bethany at Wagoner
Michael Swisher: Wagoner 22, Bethany 22
Ben Johnson: Bethany 24, Wagoner 21
Whitt Carter: Wagoner 27, Bethany 24
Randy Turney: Wagoner 17, Bethany 14
Blanchard at Poteau
Michael Swisher: Poteau 19, Blanchard 18
Ben Johnson: Poteau 20, Blanchard 16
Whitt Carter: Poteau 28, Blanchard 21
Randy Turney: Poteau 21, Blanchard 20
Broken Bow at Clinton
Michael Swisher: Clinton 21, Broken Bow 20
Ben Johnson: Broken Bow 14, Clinton 9
Whitt Carter: Clinton 31, Broken Bow 27
Randy Turney: Clinton 34, Broken Bow 28
Hilldale at Tuttle
Michael Swisher: Tuttle 30, Hilldale 18
Ben Johnson: Hilldale 27, Tuttle 26
Whitt Carter: Tuttle 35, Hilldale 21
Randy Turney: Tuttle 35, Hilldale 14
Kingfisher at Berryhill
Michael Swisher: Berryhill 32, Kingfisher 24
Ben Johnson: Berryhill 27, Kingfisher 22
Whitt Carter: Kingfisher 28, Berryhill 27
Randy Turney: Berryhill 28, Kingfisher 21
Plainview at Lincoln Christian
Michael Swisher: Lincoln Christian 35, Plainview 31
Ben Johnson: Lincoln Christian 29, Plainview 27
Whitt Carter: Plainview 38, Lincoln Christian 31
Randy Turney: Lincoln Christian 42, Plainview 38
Metro Christian at Jones
Michael Swisher: Metro Christian 24, Jones 20
Ben Johnson: Metro Christian 27, Jones 23
Whitt Carter: Jones 35, Metro Christian 28
Randy Turney: Jones 27, Metro Christian 21
Vian at Millwood
Michael Swisher: Millwood 35, Vian 30
Ben Johnson: Millwood 30, Vian 16
Whitt Carter: Millwood 34, Vian 21
Randy Turney: Millwood 42, Vian 21
Washington at Holland Hall
Michael Swisher: Holland Hall 27, Washington 20
Ben Johnson: Holland Hall 20, Washington 18
Whitt Carter: Washington 27, Holland Hall 24
Randy Turney: Washington 35, Holland Hall 20
OCS at Beggs
Michael Swisher: Beggs 31, OCS 21
Ben Johnson: Beggs 37, OCS 29
Whitt Carter: Beggs 42, OCS 31
Randy Turney: Beggs 34, OCS 24
Fairview at Cashion
Michael Swisher: Cashion 34, Fairview 28
Ben Johnson: Cashion 30, Fairview 13
Whitt Carter: Cashion 34, Fairview 21
Randy Turney: Cashion 26, Fairview 20
Christian Heritage at Thomas
Michael Swisher: Christian Heritage 22, Thomas 14
Ben Johnson: Christian Heritage 27, Thomas 25
Whitt Carter: Christian Heritage 30, Thomas 27
Randy Turney: Christian Heritage 21, Thomas 14
Crossings Christian at Hooker
Michael Swisher: Hooker 35, Crossings Christian 18
Ben Johnson: Hooker 26, Crossings Christian 22
Whitt Carter: Hooker 28, Crossings Christian 14
Randy Turney: Hooker 19, Crossings Christian 14
Morrison at Stroud
Michael Swisher: Morrison 22, Stroud 19
Ben Johnson: Morrison 23, Stroud 21
Whitt Carter: Stroud 27, Morrison 24
Randy Turney: Morrison 28, Stroud 20
Commerce at Hulbert
Michael Swisher: Commerce 36, Hulbert 33
Ben Johnson: Commerce 41, Hulbert 37
Whitt Carter: Hulbert 35, Commerce 28
Randy Turney: Commerce 31, Hulbert 21
Laverne at Snyder
Michael Swisher: Synder 34, Laverne 22
Ben Johnson: Snyder 44, Laverne 29
Whitt Carter: Snyder 38, Laverne 36
Randy Turney: Snyder 38, Laverne 28
Keota at Regent Prep
Michael Swisher: Regent Prep 48, Keota 18
Ben Johnson: Regent Prep 33, Keota 22
Whitt Carter: Regent Prep 42, Keota 32
Randy Turney: Regent Prep 42, Keota 42
Coyle at Tipton
Michael Swisher: Tipton 38, Coyle 33
Ben Johnson: Coyle 43, Tipton 41
Whitt Carter: Tipton 48, Coyle 38
Randy Turney: Tipton 42, Coyle 14
Pond Creek-Hunter at Paoli
Michael Swisher: PC-Hunter 41, Paoli 35
Ben Johnson: PC-Hunter 55, Paoli 23
Whitt Carter: PC-Hunter 42, Paoli 36
Randy Turney: PC-Hunter 26, Paoli 14
Let us know what you think. Tweet your predictions to us at @Skordle.
| Ben Johnson
First round rewind
• Kellyville 41, Perry 21: Hayden Hutchins rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries with the Ponies being the only team to knock off a district champion in the first round. It was the Ponies’ first playoff appearance since 2004 and postseason victory since 2002.
• Sperry 68, Salina 13: In just one half of football, quarterback Beau Teel completed 11 of 15 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns for the Pirates. “All playoff wins are good wins,” Sperry coach Robert Park said. “We took care of the football this week, and that is always important this time of year. Big challenge coming up for us at Kellyville.”
• Eufaula 27, Spiro 0: Zac Anderson had 116 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries for the Ironheads. “The kids have been playing with great effort,” Eufaula coach Larry Newton Jr. said. “Somebody has had to step for the past few weeks because of an injury, kid sick or ineligible. They were determined to hold Spiro scoreless.”
• Coalgate 57, Lexington 31: Austin Lambert completed 12 of 16 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns to lead Coalgate, who hadn’t advanced beyond the first round since 2010.
• Adair 44, Morris 20: Garrett Long had eight catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors, who have advanced to the quarterfinals every year 2011.
• Chisholm 48, Meeker 42: Braden Meek completed 19 of 24 passes for 274 yards and six touchdowns or the Longhorns, who had 492 yards of total offense.
• Millwood 48, Dickson 6: Falcons won their 39th straight game, moving them into a tie with Jenks for fifth all-time for winning streaks among 11-man teams.
• Vian 74, Hugo 21: Bodhi Vann rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries for the Wolverines, who improved to 57-39 all-time in the playoffs.
• Holland Hall 31, Valliant 0: Quarterback Drake Roush threw two touchdown passes and had a 50-yard touchdown run for the Dutch, who have reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs every year since 2016 -- the season Holland Hall moved from Southwestern Preparatory Conference play to OSSAA competition.
• Washington 49, Lindsay 7: The Warriors picked up a playoff victory for the seventh straight season.
• Jones 49, Newkirk 18: The Longhorns came up with five interceptions on defense, and kept Newkirk running back Laike Wilhelm in check. Tye Tucke also had five receptions for 116 yards and four touchdowns for Jones.
• Metro Christian 60, Victory Christian 19: Asher Link passed for 391 yards and three touchdowns and also scored a rushing touchdown for the Patriots, who are back in Class 2A, a class they hadn’t played a playoff game in since 2003. Oh, and they last went to the quarterfinals in 2003.
• Kingston 49, Community Christian 13: Redskins moved closer to an all-time record of .500 in the playoffs, now 22-25. The game was also Community Christian’s postseason debut.
• Antlers 29, Panama 18: Antlers won the playoffs for the third straight season.
• Beggs 56, Wyandotte 13: Demons rushed for 437 yards while picking up where they left off as last year’s runner-up in 3A.
• Okla. Christian School 63, Okemah 26: Jaxon Conrad rushed for 258 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries for the Saints. “First time to see (Okemah) and they ran some unusual stuff,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “We struggled in the first half, and we were down 20-14 at halftime. But then we scored 49 unanswered points. The offense played out of this world, and our kids put it together.”
On tap this week…
• Sperry at Kellyville: Ponies return home after upsetting Perry on the road. Sperry and Kellyville have met five times since 1999, and Sperry has won them all. The most recent was a 62-24 contest in 2015. The Pirates’ defense against Kellyville’s rushing attack and Hayden Hutchins will be front and center in this one.
• Coalgate at Eufaula: Only separated by about an hour on Highway 69, these two haven’t met since …. wait for it ….. 1956! Coalgate is 2-0 against Eufaula, but that was a long long time ago.
• Chisholm at Adair: Only meeting between these two was 2015 at Sand Springs High School in what was a 44-14 victory for the Warriors on their way to the title.
• Vian at Millwood: A matchup most would have been content with the semifinals or finals, but here we are. River Simon, Bodhi Vann and the Wolverines will have their hands full with Marcus Majors and crew at Millwood. And it was Millwood who dispatched Vian from the playoffs last year, 44-0 in the quarterfinals.
• Washington at Holland Hall: First meeting between these two. If the game comes down a field goal, Holland Hall has a secret weapon in Alex Felkins.
• Metro Christian at Jones: First meeting between these two, too. The quarterback clash between Jones’ Daniel Jackson and Metro Christian’s Asher Link will be key, and the more successful one likely moves on to the quarterfinals. Then there’s Jones’ Korbin Cox and Metro Christian’s Ryan Johnson. Bottom line: a lot of talent all over the field in this one.
• Antlers at Kingston: Kingston is 6-0 against Antlers all-time. The Redskins, though, have won only one second round game since … 1992.
• Okla. Christian School at Beggs: Rematch of last year’s quarterfinal clash that the Demons won 32-26. OCS’ Jaxon Canard has rushed for 474 yards in the last two weeks. Then there’s Beggs’ quarterback Dalton Spring, who leads a high-powered offense himself.
First Round Rewind
• Heritage Hall 42, Marlow 0: New class, same result for the Chargers. The reigning 4A champion improved to 14-1 in playoff games since 2014, thanks to limiting Marlow to 157 yards of offense. Billy Ross scored on TD runs of 38, 21 and 90 yards for Heritage Hall.
• Stigler 33, Locust Grove 7: Nate Bryant endured a heavy workload, rushing 48 times for 289 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing a touchdown pass in the Panthers’ road victory. “Nate Bryant was the best player on the field,” Stigler coach Chris Risenhoover said.
• Lincoln Christian 61, Verdigris 21: Bulldog quarterback Chase Ricke threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for 124 yards and a touchdown.
• Plainview 45, John Marshall 6: Brock Parham threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for a touchdown to eliminate last year’s 3A state champion from the playoffs. “Our kids played really well,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “Our intensity was good on defense, and we did a good job of creating turnovers. Our players were excited about the challenge of playing John Marshall.”
• Sulphur 34, Perkins-Tryon 7: Trey Kiser rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns, and he also recorded one sack and four tackles for loss. Tavius McDonald added 117 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for Sulphur.
• Idabel 33, Cascia Hall 0: Warriors recorded their first shutout of the season, and LaQuan Wells rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and he also threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns for Idabel, who has now recorded a playoff victory in five straight seasons.
• Berryhill 33, Seminole 13: Daniel Rice rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries for the Chiefs.
• Kingfisher 48, Purcell 15: Trey Green scored in a variety of ways for the Yellowjackets -- on a 35-yard interception return, a 29-yard reverse and on a 12-yard catch. Kingfisher quarterback Jett Sternberger also added three touchdowns through the air and two on the ground.
On tap this week…
• Stigler at Heritage Hall: Stigler’s upset of Locust Grove in the first round was stunning, mostly because of the way the Panthers dominated the Pirates. Now Nate Bryant and Co. get to figure out how to take down the juggernaut that is Heritage Hall. It’ll be the first matchup between these two schools.
• Plainview at Lincoln Christian: Another stout challenge in the works for the Plainview defense. The Indians have allowed only two opponents this season to score 20 or more points. Lincoln Christian has scored under 31 points only once this year. This is a rematch of a 2016 3A quarterfinal clash, a 35-34 win for Plainview.
• Idabel at Sulphur: There’s no question what Sulphur will attempt to do in this game and that’s run the ball. It’ll be up to LaQuan Wells and the rest of the Idabel roster to find a way to slow down the Bulldogs’ rushing attack. These two haven’t met since 1956, and Sulphur is 2-0 in the all-time series.
• Kingfisher at Berryhill: There were some that thought Seminole and its running attack could upset Berryhill in the first round, but the Chiefs prevailed regardless. The Chiefs just wore down Seminole on both lines, and that’ll be Berryhill’s goal against Kingfisher, too. The Yellowjackets are a sneaky No. 2 seed out of District 3A-1, so watching Jett Sternberger against the Berryhill defense should be a treat. The last time these two met was 2004 in a 35-25 win for Berryhill in the 3A semifinals.