Chandler, OK 74834
Record: 5-5 | Unranked
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| 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
Grant Elerick's measurements won't jump off the page at you -- but he's working on it. Following a sophomore season, where he passed for 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns, Elerick is all about sizing up.
"Putting weight on and getting stronger and faster were my main focus points for my own self improvement," Elerick (6 feet tall, 150 pounds) said of his offseason activities leading up to his junior season this year. "As far as football goes, I went to various camps to improve all aspects of my game."
It may be a short sample size, but so far so good. In Stroud's 44-22 win over Chandler, Elerick completed 23 of 27 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns -- good enough to be voted as this week's Skordle Player of the Week.
"Overall, I was proud of how we performed as a team," Elerick said of the victory over the Lions. "Beating Chandler is always fun. It was a good game, but not a perfect game. There are still many areas we need to improve upon."
One area Elerick hopes the Tigers can alter their fortunes this season is in the health department. Myriad of injuries derailed the Tigers in 2017, resulting a 4-6 campaign and on the outside looking in during last season's playoffs.
"Last year, we struggled with injuries," Elerick said. "This year, to be successful, we need our best guys on the field as much as possible and without injuries. We have a lot of talent, so stepping up to the challenge and performing at the level that I know we can will be our main focus."
For Elerick, football in Stroud has become a full-time family activity. His father, Chris, is now in his 14th year at the helm for the Tigers. And Grant is joined by his twin brother, Drew, who plays wide receiver and linebacker.
"There are pros and cons that can go both ways with that," Grant Elerick said of playing for his dad and with his brother. "For the most part, I enjoy it. My brother is a great teammate and an all-around positive person. I am very grateful to be able to play with a guy like him.
"As a head coach, my dad set the bar really high for this season. There is more pressure and more on the table for me with him being my head coach, but I'm always ready to step up to a challenge. I enjoy playing for a guy like him."
And if Grant is anything like the player he's tried to mold himself after, he shouldn't have any problems coming his way.
"As of now, I love watching Baker Mayfield," Grant Elerick said. "The way he competes and the passion he has for the game is something I look up to. He is a true leader of men."
| Ben Johnson
Look back at 2017
2017 district champs
2A-1: Chisholm - The Longhorns were golden when they weren't facing Washington in 2017. Luckily for them, Washington was in a different district, so Chisholm made an unbeaten 6-0 run through A-1 last season, including a 33-21 victory over Alva in October. But unfortuntaely for Chisholm, its only two losses were to Washington in non-district play in September and then in the second round of the playoffs in November.
2A-2: Millwood - A machine -- that's what Millwood was in 2017. The Falcons scored no fewer than 37 points in all 14 of their games, and they never gave up more than 18. That's pure dominance. And to cap it all off, Millwood outscored its opponents 228 to 7 in the postseason.
2A-3: Lindsay - The Leopards were hard to get a read on in 2017, but they finished atop 2A-3 by the end of the regular season. A 27-21 loss to Hobart landed Lindsay in a tie atop the district with Washington, but the Leopards followed that loss with a 38-21 victory over Washington to claim the tiebreaker. But while Washington was making a run to the state championship game, Lindsay ended up with a second-round loss to Alva to cap a 7-5 season.
2A-4: Davis - Head coach Jody Weber capped his 17-year run as the Wolves' head coach with the program's 34th district title. Davis knocked off every 2A opponent it faced in 2017 until it clashed with Washington in the semifinals.
2A-5: Vian - The Wolverines coasted in 2A-5 play, winning all five contests comfortable. The closest was a 26-12 win over Okemah in late October. The district title segued into playoff wins over Panama and Victory Christian and the first two rounds, but then Millwood was waiting in the quarterfinals to pull the plug on Vian's postseason run.
2A-6: Valliant - Really only one word sums up 2A-6 in 2017: craziness. Five -- yes, five! -- teams finished atop the district standings at 4-2. It was Valliant that ended up with its fifth district crown, and then there was Hartshorne that missed the playoffs altogether. Valliant, Spiro and Antlers all won their first round playoff matchups, but none of the three advanced past the second round.
2A-7: Holland Hall - It was the first district championship for the Dutch, a team that had joined the OSSAA ranks in 2016 after transitioning over from the Southwest Preparatory Conference with mostly Texas teams. Holland Hall looked like a potential opponent for Millwood in the finals, but a furious comeback by Davis in the quarterfinals ended the Dutch's postseason run.
2A-8: Adair - The Warriors picked up their seventh straight district title, thanks in large part to a 36-14 win over Commerce in the final week of the regular season. Adair marched into the quarterfinals, where Alva dispatched the Warriors with a 40-8 rout.
Talking title game: Millwood 42, Washington 7