See, I told you so...
Last week I made of list of teams and laid out why most of them were looking forward to getting into district action for this football season.
For the most part, it held true:
Jenks beat Norman 58-7. No surprise here.
Broken Arrow beat Yukon 56-20. Same boat as Jenks. After that non-district schedule, Yukon was a welcome adversary.
Lawton Mac beat Western Heights 41-0. Expected.
Newcastle lost 28-21 to Weatherford. I said the Eagles wouldn't be an easy start to district play; they've won some tight games. Look for the Racers to get that first dub this week against Chickasha.
Ada beat Bethany 35-28. I won't lie and say I expected this. Bethany is solid. But I'm not surprised. The Cougars cut their teeth on some tough pre-district foes and the Bronchos - in person - appeared to be a two-man offensive show.
Tuttle lost 23-14 at Blanchard. Yeesh, Tigers. Making me look bad.
Hennessey lost 49-27 at Alva. This was expected. I said Hennessey COULD start 0-7.
Davis beat Atoka 48-20. Nodding my head.
Here's your weekly dose of big-boy football.
I'm keeping my eye on two 6A I games this week that will have huge implications on that bracket: Jenks and Broken Arrow and Owasso at Union.
Jenks and BA got off the snide last wee.....holy crud did you realize BA now has more than 5,000 students? When did this happen? I knew they were approaching it, but just now looked at the ADMs. That's too big! Break up the dynasty! Not fair! Oh yeah, it's Nos. 2 and 3 on the list that wins them all....sorry for the tangent. Anyway, the winner of this game clears the first hurdle toward a 6A I-1 title, though both still have to play Westmoore. It could be a mess at the top if they all three beat each other, but if that doesn't happen, the loser...
Could very well playing at the loser of Union and Owasso in the first round of the playoffs. The second-place team from District 1 will host the third-place team from District 2 in the first round. That means the Owasso-Union loser will host either BA, Jenks or Westmoore in the first round. Sounds like fun, right? Probably not for them, but my advice would be to win...then you don't have to worry about it.
Speaking of win...
If you follow us on Twitter, you saw our post Saturday morning about Enid's miraculous comeback win last Friday night. Just in case you didn't....the Plainsmen trailed Putnam City West 42-7 in the fourth quarter.
Enid scored five touchdowns in the fourth - four by Marlo Hughes and another on a fumble return.
After PC West missed a field goal to end regulation, they headed into overtime. After both went scoreless in the first extra frame, Enid's Mason Skrimager scored on a 1-yard run. The defense held and the Plainsmen had the most improbable of wins.
Props to them for not packing it up on the road. Dave Ruthenberg has written about the win extensively for the Enid News & Eagle. I can't say anything hasn't.
The question most are asking is: How did PC West blow a 42-7 lead in the fourth quarter?
The question most should be asking: How in the blue Hades did Enid let the Patriots get up 42-7 in the first place?
Elite 8 (man)
The Tulsa area will get all the attention because of the monster matchups, but there are also a couple of biggies in eight-man football this week.
In Class B, No. 2 Davenport heads to No. 9 Dewar in a battle of unbeatens. It won't have district implications, but it will be a good barometer of where each team stands in the hierarchy of the class. The matchup worth watching: Davenport's defense against the Dewar offense. No team has scored more points than Dewar (234) in the class. Only one team (Cyril) has given up fewer points than Davenport (24).
In Class C, there are a pair of games that WILL have something to say about their respective districts.
In C-1, third-ranked Sharon-Mutual will host No. 10 Tyrone. We wrote about Tyrone on here a couple weeks ago after it thumped Turpin 50-0 on the road. Since then Bobcats had a bye week and a forfeit win before getting back to action last week, a 46-0 win against Balko, aka the fighting Roger Mendells. Sharon-Mutual and its powerful ground game will be by far the biggest test thus far for Tyrone.
The other matchup pits No. 1 Pond Creek-Hunter at home against No. 4 Regent Prep, a contest that could decide the C-3 champ (although Bluejacket would disagree with that). Hey...this could be a heck of a basketball matchup, too. Bring you basketball shoes, too, Prep. We'll lace those up after the football game and make a night of it.