Broken Bow Savages
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Record: 9-3 | Rank: 7
|vs Fort Gibson||W||49-0|
|vs Central (Tulsa)||W||51-6|
|vs Metro Christian||L||22-28|
| Ben Johnson
No introduction needed. Here are the "expert" picks for state tournaments taking place this weekend. (Oh, and listen to the podcast while you're at it!)
Ben Johnson - Edmond Memorial: There are so many players to love in this field -- Putnam City West’s Rondel Walker, Sapulpa’s Camryn Dennis, Putnam City North’s Micah Thomas, Booker T. Washington’s Bryce Thompson and so many more. But Shane Cowherd is bringing a team with talent across the board. There’s a reason the coaches in the state have the Bulldogs as the top-ranked team, so I’ll side with Cowherd and Co. over Booker T. Washington in the finals.
Michael Swisher - Edmond Memorial: The Bulldogs snuck in after losing to Midwest City and squeaking by rival Santa Fe. They’ll play better this week and bring the trophy down south.
Whitt Carter - Booker T Washington: This will be a fantastic tournament filled with teams that can win it. But I’ll take the Hornets, as they have the experience in big games and are hungry for a title. They had to watch Memorial win two in a row in Class 5A and this year their get one of their own. Another side note, BTW’s Seth Hurd is my favorite and the most underappreciated player in the state.
Ben - PC West: Reckless abandon is what the Patrios will play with this weekend, just like they’ve done all year. Not a ton of big-time scorers for PC West, but last year’s runner-up will hoist the gold ball this year.
Michael - Putnam City West: No. 1 in Oklahoma. Nationally-ranked. Haven’t lost to a team from Oklahoma. Won’t this weekend, either.
Whitt - Putnam City West: They were right there last year and had their title taken in the waning seconds by Owasso. All they’ve done this year is go 23-1 with a loss to Skyline, TX and dominate the teams inside the state of Oklahoma. Their relentless style of play and approach will be the difference, as they finish on Saturday this time and cut down the nets.
Ben - Memorial: Boone twins. It’s that simple. The Chargers have been a dynamo in 5A with two straight titles and now going for a third. Northwest Classen is good, but can Davion Warden and Co. make it to the title game and then take down the Chargers? I don’t see it.
Michael - Memorial: Lenny Hatchett has Del City playing so well, but I can’t pick against Memorial. Neither should you.
Whitt - Memorial: Let’s all be honest, this is the easiest pick from any of the classes. Bobby Allison and gang are just on another level. The Boone twins will, once again, wow the crowds at the Mabee Center with their athleticism and impact on both ends of the floor. The Chargers get another one, sending Kalib and Keylan out with a bang.
Ben - Piedmont: Per usual, the 5A girls field is pretty much anyone’s for the taking. Rogers is dangerous, but then so is El Reno with Ashlyn Evans-Thompson leading the charge. Coweta is young but talented, and East Central is always a threat. But for this year, I’ll go with the Wildcats, led by Delanie Crawford (14.8 points a game) and Maci Attalla (13.6).
Michael - Piedmont: El Reno beating Ardmore at area put the bracket in a funk as it appears loaded at the bottom. Coach Carr’s team will emerge from that and then claim gold on Saturday.
Whitt - Ardmore: They suffered a surprising and tough loss to El Reno at the area tournament last week, but I think that may work to the Lady Tigers advantage by waking them up. This team rolled through the first part of the season, losing their first game in late January. Ardmore cuts down the nets and gets its’ third gold ball.
Ben - Kingfisher: Some unbelievable talent in this field -- Broken Bow’s Josh Jones (20.4 points per game), Central’s B.J. Jefferson (16), Elgin’s Conner Slater (16.3), Kingfisher’s Trey Green (17) and Heritage Hall’s Trey Alexander (24.8). And what’s scary is a lot of these teams will return a lot of talent next season. But for now, I’m zeroing in on a Kingfisher-Heritage Hall title game for a second straight year. This time the gold ball goes to Jett Sternberger, Matt Stone, Bijan Cortes and Co.
Michael - Kingfisher: I live in Kingfisher. I have to pay my bills. I have to pick the Yellowjacket. Oh, and they’re really, really good. And hungry. If they get by dangerous Elgin in the quarters, look out.
Whitt - Kingfisher: The class that everyone is excited for will take center stage at the Fairgrounds for all three days. Heritage Hall beat the Yellowjackets in the title game last year and are 26-0 this year. But the star-studded Kingfisher remembers that loss last March and will want revenge. They get it and send out their seniors with a second gold ball.
Ben - Anadarko: Top half of the bracket -- Holland Hall, Muldrow, Elgin and Classen SAS -- is STACKED. Again, STACKED. That’s part of the reason I went with Anadarko. The Warriors still have their work cut out for them, but I’m rolling the dice with Kaylee Borden (12 points a game), Averi Zinn and the rest of the Anadarko team to win its third gold ball.
Michael - Muldrow: Coaches tell me Classen SAS is as talented as they’ve seen in 4A in a while. And they’re young as they start three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. That said, I’m going with Muldrow. Taylen Collins can match up with Littlepage-Buggs and Hannah Boyett can handle the pressure. And that’s just a semifinal. Don’t overlook Anadarko, either (it appears I am).
Whitt - Anadarko: A fairly wide open class, there are a handful of teams I could see winning it. I’ll go with the tradition-rich Anadarko, who beat one of the favorites, Classen, last Friday in the area finals. When the Lady Warriors get the press up and running, you better handle the pressure or things can unravel quickly.
Ben - Millwood: Kingston’s Jacob Germany is as good as it gets in this field, but I’ll side with the athleticism of the Falcons here. Give me Justin Wilson and Isaiah Williams and the rest of the Falcons.
Michael - Here’s hoping for a Kingston-Millwood final (all apologies to you other six). I’ve got personal ties to Millwood, so the fan in me is pulling for the Falcons all the way. The business side in me says Kingston won’t be denied.
Whitt - Millwood: I’ll take the Falcons to win the gold ball here. Several really good teams that you can pick here, including Kingston or Sequoyah on the other side. Ultimately, I think Millwood gets the winner of that eventual semifinal and beats them. Millwood has not lost inside the class this year and that won’t change this weekend.
Ben - Christian Heritage: Up from 2A, the Crusaders are still loaded. Tahlequah Sequoyah is probably the favorite, but I’ll side with Olivia Curtis and Rylee Langerman.
Michael - Sequoyah-Tahlequah: CHA has won the last two 2A crowns and is a sleeper, but this isn’t 2A and the Lady Crusaders aren’t as deep as they have been. Larry Callison rides into the sunset with another state championship.
Whitt - Christian Heritage: Another class with some big time teams, but I’ll take CHA to win another title as it took the jump up a class this season. They know how to win and ultimately get past Sequoyah in what would be an awesome semifinal. Side note, I am really picking my alma mater, the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs - in Toby Todd we trust.
Ben - Hennessey: Total guess here, so I’m siding with Hennessey, who -- along with Hooker -- has only lost twice this season.
Michael - Hooker: This is the most wide-open bracket in OKC, in my opinion. Any number of teams can win…and also get beat Thursday. Hooker is one of them.
Whitt - Dale: They are coming off a big win over Hooker last week to punch their ticket to the state tourney. They have played well inside the class this year, going 12-2, only losing to Cashion a month ago and Rock Creek back in January.
Ben - Dale: I’m programmed to believe that Dale wins everything when its in any state tournament field. Pirates win again.
Michael - Howe: No Cashion and no CHA this year, which have been Howe’s kryptonite the last three years. Dale is in the way, but Jalei Oglesby caps her stellar career with the gold ball.
Whitt - Latta: I’ll go with what many would consider a sleeper pick here, but give me the Lady Panthers. They are a long team and present a bunch of problems defensively. They will have to get past top-ranked Dale in the semis and it would be the rubbermatch between the two.
| Ben Johnson
Made a big podcast addition this week. Ben & Swisher are joined by the Oklahoman's Jacob Unruh.
Jacob & Swisher recap the highlights and the championship moments from the Class A & Class B state tournaments.
Then the guys break down the state tournaments from 2A through 6A. And of course, PREDICTIONS! (Most sure to go wrong, in Ben's case).
And as always, thanks for listening!
| 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.