Edison Prep Eagles
Tulsa, OK 74133
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| Ben Johnson
Can't sugarcoat the truth: it was a rough go of it for everyone not named Michael Swisher last week. Old man Swisher managed to pull off a 16-8 slate with Week 1 picks, but we can all assume he cheated somehow. As it stands now, Swisher leads the pack through two weeks at 27-13, and I'm three games off his pace. Randy Turney is currently third at 23-17 and Whitt Carter is hovering just above .500 at 21-19.
It's our vow to you to be better this week (or something like that). Week 2 picks right here:
Broken Arrow at Owasso
Michael Swisher: Broken Arrow 24, Owasso 14
Ben Johnson: Broken Arrow 37, Owasso 20
Whitt Carter: Broken Arrow 31, Owasso 17
Randy Turney: Broken Arrow 21, Owasso 17
Carl Albert at Del City
Michael Swisher: Carl Albert 31, Del City 20
Ben Johnson: Carl Albert 34, Del City 16
Whitt Carter: Del City 28, Carl Albert 27
Randy Turney: Carl Albert 24, Del City 20
Union at Jenks
Michael Swisher: Union 33, Jenks 24
Ben Johnson: Union 20, Jenks 17
Whitt Carter: Jenks 34, Union 24
Randy Turney: Union 24, Jenks 23
Lincoln Christian at Vian
Michael Swisher: Lincoln Christian 22, Vian 19
Ben Johnson: Vian 32, Lincoln Christian 27
Whitt Carter: Lincoln Christian 28, Vian 21
Randy Turney: Lincoln Christian 34, Vian 24
Tuttle at Plainview
Michael Swisher: Tuttle 21, Plainview 20
Ben Johnson: Tuttle 29, Plainview 22
Whitt Carter: Tuttle 34, Plainview 31
Randy Turney: Tuttle 35, Plainview 21
Booker T. Washington vs. Horn Lake (Miss.)
Michael Swisher: Booker T. Washington 35, Horn Lake 14
Ben Johnson: Horn Lake 24, Booker T. Washington 22
Whitt Carter: Booker T. Washington 35, Horn Lake 27
Randy Turney: Horn Lake 28, Booker T. Washington 17
Bishop McGuinness at Bishop Kelley
Michael Swisher: Bishop Kelley 31, Bishop McGuinness 24
Ben Johnson: Bishop Kelley 16, Bishop McGuinness 13
Whitt Carter: Bishop McGuinness 20, Bishop Kelley 16
Randy Turney: Bishop Kelley 21, Bishop McGuinness 20
Heritage Hall at Clinton
Michael Swisher: Heritage Hall 30, Clinton 20
Ben Johnson: Heritage Hall 35, Clinton 18
Whitt Carter: Heritage Hall 35, Clinton 21
Randy Turney: Heritage Hall 31, Clinton 20
Anadarko at Blanchard
Michael Swisher: Blanchard 29, Anadarko 18
Ben Johnson: Blanchard 29, Anadarko 16
Whitt Carter: Blanchard 42, Anadarko 21
Randy Turney: Blanchard 24, Anadarko 7
Davis at Sulphur
Michael Swisher: Sulphur 18, Davis 16
Ben Johnson: Sulphur 30, Davis 14
Whitt Carter: Sulphur 34, Davis 12
Randy Turney: Sulphur 21, Davis 20
Coweta at Tahlequah
Michael Swisher: Coweta 23, Tahlequah 17
Ben Johnson: Coweta 27, Tahlequah 19
Whitt Carter: Coweta 34, Tahlequah 27
Randy Turney: Tahlequah 17, Coweta 10
Southwest Covenant at Empire
Michael Swisher: SW Covenant 48, Empire 28
Ben Johnson: SW Covenant 44, Empire 29
Whitt Carter: SW Covenant 38, Empire 22
Randy Turney: SW Covenant 34, Empire 17
Stillwater at Norman North
Michael Swisher: Stillwater 29, Norman North 19
Ben Johnson: Stillwater 42, Norman North 19
Whitt Carter: Stillwater 34, Norman North 24
Randy Turney: Stillwater 24, Norman North 17
Mustang at Edmond Santa Fe
Michael Swisher: Edmond Santa Fe 24, Mustang 21
Ben Johnson: Edmond Santa Fe 28, Mustang 24
Whitt Carter: Edmond Santa Fe 35, Mustang 28
Randy Turney: Edmond Santa Fe 18, Mustang 16
Lawton MacArthur at Lawton
Michael Swisher: Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 20
Ben Johnson: Lawton 33, Lawton MacArthur 31
Whitt Carter: Lawton MacArthur 41, Lawton 28
Randy Turney: Lawton 21, Lawton MacArthur 14
Ada at Noble
Michael Swisher: Noble 24, Ada 18
Ben Johnson: Noble 33, Ada 23
Whitt Carter: Noble 21, Ada 13
Randy Turney: Ada 21, Noble 7
Edison at Memorial
Michael Swisher: Memorial 23, Edison 16
Ben Johnson: Edison 26, Memorial 24
Whitt Carter: Edison 27, Memorial 21
Randy Turney: Memorial 14, Edison 13
Adair at Locust Grove
Michael Swisher: Adair 38, Locust Grove 22
Ben Johnson: Adair 38, Locust Grove 22
Whitt Carter: Adair 34, Locust Grove 18
Randy Turney: Adair 28, Locust Grove 13
Oklahoma Christian Academy at Crescent
Michael Swisher: Crescent 30, OCA 15
Ben Johnson: OCA 35, Crescent 30
Whitt Carter: Crescent 21, OCA 20
Randy Turney: OCA 28, Crescent 21
Let us know what you think. Tweet your predictions to us at @Skordle.
| Ben Johnson
Even as it evolves, 7-on-7 football continues to have its detractors.But don’t count Loren Montgomery among them.
“I think it’s extremely important,” said Bixby’s head coach. “Some don’tlike it and call it basketball on grass, but it gives the guys a chance tocompete.”
Montgomery’s team will have plenty of opportunities to compete Saturdaywhen the Spartans host the Skordle 7-on-7 Showdown at Lee Snider Field. Bixbywill compete in the large-school pool against the likes of Broken Arrow,Owasso, Sand Springs and more. The small-school pool will feature Coweta,Bishop Kelley, Locust Grove and others.
“They’ve been really good for us,” Montgomery said about 7-on-7competition. “It has really helped us identify guys who are going to be goodplayers.”
Large school pool
Keep an eye on these players
Noah Hernandez - The 5-foot-10, 200-pound seniorrunning back logged 630 yards and eight touchdowns on 84 carries last season.He also anchors the Trojans’ defense at linebacker.
Will Kuehne - One of the better quarterbacks in thefield, the senior gun-slinger led the Rams to the Class 6AI title last year. Asa junior, he threw for 2,788 yards and 24 touchdowns while completing 199 of298 passes.
Sand Springs Sandites
Caden Pennington - Without Payton Scott, the Sandites’offense will rely on this season’s senior quarterback. As a junior last year,Pennington passed for 650 yards and five touchdowns.
Broken Arrow Tigers
Noah Cortes - A seven-yards-per-carry average equaledup to 1,580 yards on 225 rushes last season for the Tigers. He scored 13touchdowns on the ground, and he’s also a key piece at linebacker for BrokenArrow’s defense.
Cade Cavender and Brennan Presley - Both offer up solidtargets in the passing game against opponents.
Mason Skrimager - The Plainsmen’s top rusher (MarloHughes) and receiver (Jerra Williams) both graduated, so Enid will turn toSkrimager, who will be a senior quarterback in 2018. Last season, Skrimagerpassed for 2,130 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he added nine rushing touchdowns.
Booker T. Washington Hornets
Dax Hill - Recently named a five-star recruit byRivals.com, Hill is the most sought-after recruit in Oklahoma since Owasso’sJosh Proctor signed with Ohio State last season. Hill, a standout in theHornets’ secondary, will play both ways occasionally and do so while helpingguide the Hornets to the 6AII championship in 2017.
Sevion Morrison - Emerged during a solid sophomoreseason last year with 966 yards and 13 touchdowns on 117 carries. Expect theEagles to lean heavily on the talented junior in 2018.
Small School Pool
Keep an eye on these players
J.D. Geneva - An injury derailed a sterling season for Geneva as asophomore last season. While healthy, Geneva completed 82 of 152 passes for1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns. Now he’s catching the eye of Division I coachesall around the area.
Bishop Kelley Comets
Cori Lewis - A dynamic playmaker for the Comets on both sides of the ball.Lewis gives the Comets a solid passing option, if they break away from theirrushing attack, and Lewis figures to be instrumental in the Comets’ defensiveback field, too.
Locust Grove Pirates
Jalen Allen - A tall, lanky body on both sides of the ball for the Pirates.Allen can haul in the ball at receiver, and he can play free safety, where heled Locust Grove in tackles last season.
Kendall Burtner - At 6 feet, 220 pounds, Burtner led the Maroons inreceiving last season.
Dalton Spring - A quarterback with a big frame (6-foot-4, 230 pounds), heguided the Demons to the Class 3A title game as a dual-threat option in thebackfield. He passed for more than 2,00 yards, and he can take off and run whenJared Sutter and Kayson Toliver don’t have the ball in their hands.
Chase Revard - The Bulldoggers quarterback has played since he was afreshman. His experience could help the Bulldoggers improve upon last season’s4-6 mark.
Lincoln Christian Bulldogs
Chase Ricke - A standout sophomore campaign (3,055 yards and 25 touchdownson 222-of-367 passing) should segue nicely into Ricke’s junior season. He’llalso help on defense at free safety.
Nick Steigerwald - A viable option for the Ironmen in the passing game, andbrother of former Nowata quarterback standout Wyatt Steigerwald.
| Ben Johnson
Orr, Acord power Davenport to school record
Senior tailback Jake Acord rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in Class B No. 2 Davenport's 80-58 victory over fourth-ranked Alex last week. For the Bulldogs (3-0), 80 points is the most points scored in program history.
"After scouting Alex, I knew they would have a hard time stopping our offense," Davenport coach John Greenfield said. "I had no idea that we would put up those kind of numbers. And we needed almost all of them."
Quarterback Stevie Orr got in on the offensive fun for Davenport by completing 12 of 22 passes for 267 yards. He passed for two touchdowns and he also rushed for two more.
The point total for Davenport was the most it had scored since recording 76 against Central Marlow in 2011.
Madill squeaks out win against Dickson
Seth Coleman scored on a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter, and Madill was able to hold off Dickson for a 26-25 victory to close out non-district play. Mateo Fajardo and Fermin Lafittia combined to rush for 119 yards for Madill (2-1).
"The kids have worked hard," said Madill's first year coach Todd Vargas. "We still need to improve, but our resiliency showed up once again. The kids played hard the entire game."
Madill now opens District 4A-2 play needing one win to match last year's total.
"The defense the past two weeks has really stepped up," Vargas said. "They have really done a great job of forcing turnovers, and especially with two for scores (against Dickson)."
Sperry wins top-10 showdown at KingstonSperry enjoyed a three-hour bus ride home last week after knocking off then-Class 2A No. 8 Kingston, 16-14. With four minutes to go, Sperry's Dominic Goncalves hauled in a 63-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Beau Teel to put the Pirates (3-0) in front for good.
The Pirates fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter but managed to cut the deficit to 14-10 in the second quarter, thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Jacob Sutherland and a 1-yard touchdown run by Bryce Carter.
"Our defense just kept playing and we were able to come back and win the game," Sperry coach Robert Park said.
Teel pased for 215 yards while completing 15 of 29 passes. Dakota Moore paced Sperry's defense with 12 tackles and one sack, and Walker Niver chipped in with six tackles and three sacks.
Dax Hill commits to MichiganBooker T. Washington standout Dax Hill made his long-awaited commitment on Tuesday night, shocking some with his decision to side with Michigan.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive back was weighing offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson. He opted to go with Michigan instead.
While leading the Hornets to the Class 6AII championship last season, Hill recorded 67 tackles, including five in the 6AII championship game against Bixby.
Hill and Hornets start district play on Thursday against Bartlesville.
| Ben Johnson
Well, I can't lie, my performance in Week 3 was disgraceful. It's been a rough go of it for myself and Whitt this season. But we're just waiting for district play to kick it into gear.
Week 3 picks - Swisher 11-3 | Coach Turney 10-4 | Whitt 9-5 | Ben 8-6
Overall - Swisher 51-22 | Turney 48-25 | Ben 43-30 | Whitt 42-31
Week 4 picks comin' at ya:
Jenks at Broken Arrow
Michael Swisher: Broken Arrow 23, Jenks 14
Ben Johnson: Broken Arrow 24, Jenks 17
Whitt Carter: Broken Arrow 27, Jenks 17
Randy Turney: Broken Arrow 21, Jenks 20
Blanchard at Bethany
Michael Swisher: Blanchard 34, Bethany 25
Ben Johnson: Blanchard 32, Bethany 27
Whitt Carter: Blanchard 34, Bethany 31
Randy Turney: Blanchard 28, Bethany 7
Lawton at Midwest City
Michael Swisher: Midwest City 35, Lawton 30
Ben Johnson: Lawton 21, Midwest City 20
Whitt Carter: Midwest City 27, Lawton 17
Randy Turney: Midwest City 35, Lawton 31
Owasso at Union
Michael Swisher: Owasso 38, Union 30
Ben Johnson: Union 34, Owasso 28
Whitt Carter: Union 42, Owasso, 40
Randy Turney: Union 28, Owasso 24
Thomas at Hooker
Michael Swisher: Hooker 21, Thomas 18
Ben Johnson: Hooker 25, Thomas 24
Whitt Carter: Thomas 21, Hooker 14
Randy Turney: Hooker 20, Thomas 14
Noble at Duncan
Michael Swisher: Duncan 22, Noble 7
Ben Johnson: Duncan 28, Noble 24
Whitt Carter: Duncan 28, Noble 14
Randy Turney: Duncan 24, Noble 13
Wagoner at Catoosa
Michael Swisher: Wagoner 24, Catoosa 22
Ben Johnson: Catoosa 20, Wagoner 17
Whitt Carter: Wagoner 27, Catoosa 24
Randy Turney: Wagoner 34, Catoosa 20
Bixby at Sapulpa
Michael Swisher: Bixby 29, Sapulpa 20
Ben Johnson: Bixby 33, Sapulpa 31
Whitt Carter: Bixby 42, Sapulpa 21
Randy Turney: Bixby 30, Sapulpa 14
Lawton MacArthur at Ardmore
Michael Swisher: Ardmore 31, Lawton MacArthur 22
Ben Johnson: Ardmore 32, Lawton MacArthur 23
Whitt Carter: Ardmore 34, Lawton MacArthur 21
Randy Turney: Ardmore 22, Lawton MacArthur 7
Cashion at Christian Heritage
Michael Swisher: Cashion 33, Christian Heritage 14
Ben Johnson: Cashion 41, Christian Heritage 17
Whitt Carter: Cashion 37, Christian Heritage 27
Randy Turney: Cashion 34, Christian Heritage 14
Guthrie at Piedmont
Michael Swisher: Guthrie 28, Piedmont 21
Ben Johnson: Guthrie 30, Piedmont 20
Whitt Carter: Guthrie 21, Piedmont 13
Randy Turney: Guthrie 31, Piedmont 13
Stigler at Lincoln Christian
Michael Swisher: Lincoln Christian 31, Stigler 24
Ben Johnson: Lincoln Christian 22, Stigler 20
Whitt Carter: Lincoln Christian 38, Stigler 28
Randy Turney: Lincoln Christian 38, Stigler 20
Chandler at Jones
Michael Swisher: Jones 30, Chandler 19
Ben Johnson: Chandler 17, Jones 16
Whitt Carter: Jones 32, Chandler 20
Randy Turney: Jones 42, Chandler 14
Haskell at Sperry
Michael Swisher: Sperry 34, Haskell 10
Ben Johnson: Sperry 27, Haskell 20
Whitt Carter: Sperry 34, Haskell 13
Randy Turney: Sperry 20, Haskell 14
Meeker at Kellyville
Michael Swisher: Kellyville 19, Meeker 14
Ben Johnson: Kellyville 22, Meeker 18
Whitt Carter: Kellyville 21, Meeker 17
Randy Turney: Kellyville 18, Meeker 14
Spiro at Vian
Michael Swisher: Vian 33, Spiro 23
Ben Johnson: Vian 29, Spiro 21
Whitt Carter: Vian 42, Spiro 21
Randy Turney: Vian 31, Spiro 20
Pawnee at Tonkawa
Michael Swisher: Tonkawa 24, Pawnee 18
Ben Johnson: Tonkawa 20, Pawnee 16
Whitt Carter: Tonkawa 37, Pawnee 26
Randy Turney: Tonkawa 28, Pawnee 20
Davenport at Strother
Michael Swisher: Davenport 55, Strother 20
Ben Johnson: Davenport 61, Strother 12
Whitt Carter: Davenport 50, Strother 14
Randy Turney: Davenport 58, Strother 12
Let us know what you think. Tweet your predictions to us at @Skordle.
| Ben Johnson
District play has arrived in full force, and there are great games all over the state this week.
Narrowing down the list to the top 10 games wasn't easy, but here it is:
1. 6AI No. 2 Jenks (3-0) at 6AI No. 1 Broken Arrow (3-0): This game was an offensive showcase for both teams last year, despite a relatively low-scoring 26-13 final, which was won by Jenks. Both teams accumulated more than 400 yards on offense, and Noah Cortes rushed for 164 yards on 22 carries. But it was Jenks quarterback Ian Corwin who passed for 365 yards and three scores. And thus Jenks' domination of Broken Arrow throughout the years continued. The Trojans have gone 14-2 against Broken Arrow since the Tigers won back-to-back seasons against Jenks in 2002 and '03.
2. 4A No. 1 Blanchard (3-0) at 4A No. 5 Bethany (3-0): Heck of a way to get things started in 4A-2. Blanchard is 6-3 against Bethany since 2008, but the two club have altered wins in the series since 2013. And it was Blanchard who won last year, 17-0.
3. 6AII No. 6 Lawton at 6AII No. 2 Midwest City (2-1): Expect points aplenty. Between Lawton's Miles Davis and Midwest City's Preston Colbert, there should be plenty of offensive fireworks. Midwest City has won the last two meetings, including a 41-35 victory last season.
4. 6AI No. 3 Owasso (1-2) at 6AI No. 4 Union (1-2): The Rams have scored at will this season with Will Kuehne at quarterback, but Owasso's defense has failed to stop anyone. Owasso is yielding an average of 44 points per game, and that's exactly how much Union scored against the Rams in last year's regular-season showdown. But then Owasso got its revenge with a 21-14 victory in the 6AI title game.
5. A No. 5 Thomas (2-1) at A No. 1 Hooker (3-0): Hooker has punished some out-of-state teams recently with wins over Booker (Texas) and Clayton (New Mexico). But now the Bulldogs return the the Sooner State and get fifth-ranked Thomas in District 1 play. Thomas won last year's game, 20-0, and expect another moderately low-scoring game again this year.
6. 5A No. 10 Noble (2-1) at 5A No. 8 Duncan (3-0): Talk a one-sided matchup throughout history. Since 1999, Duncan is 8-0 against Noble and the closest result along the way a 21-0 win for Duncan in 2006. The rest have been routs, including the last meeting between the two -- a 41-0 pummeling in 2011.
7. 4A No. 2 Wagoner (3-0) at Catoosa (3-0): Copy and paste the Noble-Duncan series information here. Only it's Wagoner owning the series for more than two decades. Since 1996, Wagoner is 10-1 against Catoosa, with the Indians' lone victory in 2011 (45-27). The two clubs have shared District 4A-3 real estate since 2010, and this one will go a long way in determining who finishes atop 4A-3 this year.
8. 6AII No. 3 Bixby (2-1) at 6AII No. 8 Sapulpa (3-0): Eli Williams and Co. have posted some impressive wins over Edison, Claremore and East Central and are off to a 3-0 start -- the best start to a Chieftains' season since going 4-0 to begin the 2013 campaign. The winning streak in 2013 was snapped by Jenks in Week 5 and Bixby followed with a win over the Chieftains. That actually began a current five-game winning streak for the Spartans over Sapulpa, including last year's 48-10 rout.
9. Lawton MacArthur (1-1) at 5A No. 2 Ardmore (3-0): The Tigers may be the higher-ranked team here, but it's been Lawton MacArthur with all the wins in this series dating back to 2005. The Highlanders won last season against Ardmore, 36-7, but the games in 2016 and 2015 were both decided by one point apiece.
10. A No. 2 Cashion (4-0, 1-0 A-3) at Christian Heritage (2-1, 1-0): These two reunite for the first time since 2009. The Wildcats' offense gets its rightful share of attention, but so far it's been the Cashion defense that has been dominant, allowing a total of 18 points through four games. And in an incredibly-deep District A-3, every victory is important.
5A No. 9 Guthrie at Piedmont: Bluejays are 7-1 since the two started playing each other in 2006.
Stigler at 3A No. 4 Lincoln Christian: District 3A-3 is going to be deep, and someone among Lincoln Christian, Seminole, Stigler, Checotah and Idabel is going to miss the playoffs. Look for plenty of offensive fireworks in this one.
Chandler at 2A No. 4 Jones: Jones is 4-0 against Chandler since 1999, including a 58-6 victory in last year's playoffs.
Haskell at 2A No. 2 Sperry: The last time these two met was 2007 -- a 20-7 win for Sperry.
Meeker at Kellyville: Both clubs are off to surprising 3-0 starts, and they meet for the first time.
Spiro at 2A No. 3 Vian: Wolverines are 4-0 against Spiro since 2006, including a 32-14 win in the last meeting in 2013.
Pawnee at Tonkawa: Playoffs spots in District A-5 look like they will be difficult to come by with the likes of Barnsdall, Morrison, Pawhuska, Tonkawa and Pawnee off to solid starts. Since 2008, Tonkawa has won seven of eight meetings against the Black Bears.
B No. 2 Davenport at Strother: The Bulldogs have mercy-ruled Strother the past two seasons, but Strother is coming off solid wins of its own against Bowlegs and Sasakwa. One problem for Strother: Davenport posted 80 points last week!
So who wins all the matchups? Check back for our weekly picks on Thursday.
| Ben Johnson
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| Ben Johnson
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 3
1. Broken Arrow (1) - 3-0
2. Jenks (2) - 3-0
3. Owasso (3) - 1-2
4. Union (4) - 1-2
5. Edmond Santa Fe (7) - 3-0
6. Yukon (8) - 3-0
7. Putnam City North (9) - 3-0
8. Mustang (10) - 1-2
9. Westmoore (5) - 2-1
10. Moore (NR) - 1-2
1. Stillwater (1) - 3-0
2. Midwest City (2) - 2-1
3. Bixby (3) - 2-1
4. Booker T. Washington (4) - 1-2
5. Del City (4) - 2-1
6. Lawton (6) - 2-1