2020 Playoff Preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTul)
11/20/2020 3:35:07 PM
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What we saw last week was technically the playoffs. Now it starts for real and we have some thoughts to share...

Quick playoff snapshot from the Skordle guys…

 

Ben Johnson

Most dangerous team

- Bixby (Class 6AII) - Duh! Most likely the best team in the state, regardless of class. Braylin Presley is the real deal. Good luck to anyone playing the Spartans.

 

Breakout player

Class 4A: Emmanuel Crawford (Grove) - Sophomore running back should start catching eyeballs real quick. Grove has a tough path through Hilldale and potentially Weatherford, but the Ridgerunners are a team to keep an eye on moving forward.

 

Upset alert

- Kind of taking this the opposite direction because I’ve heard chatter about some thinking Central will beat Lincoln Christian. I don’t see it. KT Owens and Co. are good but not good enough to take down the Bulldogs.

 

Best mascot

Class 2A - Atoka Wampus Cats - That’s too easy! Eufaula Ironheads is always solid, too.

 

Don't count this team out

Class 2A - Kellyville - Trevor Jones is rock solid at running back and Colton Ayres is solid at QB. Ponies take on a quality OCS team, and the winner should like its chances in that quadrant of the 2A bracket.

 

Class predictions

6AI - Owasso

6AII - Bixby

5A - Carl Albert

4A - Wagoner

3A - Holland Hall

2A - Vian

A - Cashion

B - Dewar

C - Timberlake

 

 

Michael Swisher

Most dangerous team - Choctaw (6AII) - Yes, Bixby is the best team. We all know that. Nobody’s arguing it. But Choctaw has just enough talent to be that dangerous sleeper. Not upset alert…but dangerous enough. Bixby has blown out everyone this year except Jenks (not a bad 6AI team if you weren’t aware) and….Choctaw. The Yellow Jackets played them within 11 in the regular season. 

 

Best first-round matchup - Newcastle at Tuttle (4A) - Piedmont and El Reno is intriguing. So is Booker T. and Midwest City. However, this matchup between friendly(?) neighbors is Week 2 rematch that saw the Tigers escape 24-21. 

 

Upset alert - OSSAA - Yeah, I took the easy way out and didn’t pick a team. But, in all seriousness, if we are able to get through this season and these playoffs, it will be an upset of sorts for it to have been pulled off. I took an unofficial poll prior to the season starting asking some fellow media members if they felt a football season would even take place. It ranged from “no” to “probably shouldn’t, but it’s possible.” There were no straight up “yes” answers. God bless anyone who has been affected directly or indirectly by COVID, and I mean that, but we needed football.

 

Don’t count this team out - Shattuck (B) - Yes, the Indians got BLASTED by Laverne in the final week of the regular season. Sure, maybe it’s not all “sunshine and rainbows” way out west. However, it’s still Shattuck. The three-time defending state champs have pulled off the improbable before. Am I saying it’s going to happen again? No, but don’t count them out.

 

Dream matchup - Pawhuska vs. Cashion (A) - Pawhuska is putting up numbers this year that would make most basketball coaches envious. Led by Bryce Drummond, the Huskies average 69.5 - YES, 70! (rounded up of course) - points a game. Cashion, meanwhile, prefers to not surrender points and only gives up 8.5 a game. It’s strength vs. strength if these two meets - as we suspect - in the Class A semifinals. The opposite units aren’t bad either. Cashion scores 48.6 a game while the Huskies give up 15.3. It has all the makings of a matchup classic. Of course, a win only puts you in the finals. The victor could very well get defending champ Ringling the next week.

 

Class predictions

6AI - Owasso

6AII - Bixby

5A - Carl Albert

4A - Weatherford

3A - Holland Hall

2A - Vian

A - Cashion

B - Laverne

C - Timberlake

 

Whitt Carter

Most dangerous team

Lincoln Christian - The Bulldogs have flown under the radar the majority of the year, comparatively to Heritage Hall and Holland Hall. The reigning state champions, however, are well equipped to repeat, led by quarterback Max Brown, a 6-foot-3 gunslinger that has taken the offense to a new level after taking over mid season. They have a tough road, with a potential quarterfinal matchup against Sulphur or Anadarko, but I'm betting on the Bulldogs to go back-to-back.

Breakout player
Robert Spears-Jennings, WR, Broken Arrow - The converted defensive back has shown flashes of elite level talent this year. At 6-foot-3, he has incredible range and the ability to make plays on the ball that usually don't happen at the high school level. Broken Arrow has a tough matchup against Union in the quarterfinals and it won't get any easier if they win, as they will face Edmond Santa Fe. But for the Tigers to advance, they need to feed Spears-Jennings and let his talent give them a chance offensively.

Dream matchups
Class 4A quarterfinals - Take a look at that bracket, loaded with good teams, and you will find plenty of dream matchups. Tuttle/Wagoner, Weatherford/Hilldale and many more. There are so many good teams in this class and many of them play similarly. It could make for some big time games in the next few weeks.

Best uniforms
Cashion - This is an easy one. There are many good uniforms in high school football and lots of good color schemes/mascots that make teams look even better. But the Wildcats take the throne. I'm not sure how many different helmets they have now, not to mention the uniform combos they can throw out with jerseys and pants. There is some elite level swag happening in Class A and you just love to see it.

Sleeper team
Washington - Not sure if you can call the Warriors sleepers, considering the fact that they have just one loss in 2020. But an unranked team to start the year and some impressive wins along the way make them an incredibly tough out in 2A. They are well coached and have a ton of athletes. They can beat you multiple ways and I think they have a great shot to make a run in what seems like a pretty wide open class.

Class Predictions
6A-1 - Owasso
6A-2 - Bixby
5A - Carl Albert
4A - Tuttle
3A - Lincoln Christian
2A - Washington
A - Cashion
B - Dewar
C - Timberlake

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