Week 8 Matchups to Watch
by Steven Reese (@stevenreese33)
10/21/2021 8:44:22 AM
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6AI looks like it’s getting back to normal now that Jenks and Union claim the top two spots in the rankings.

Jenks traveled to a tough Edmond Santa Fe atmosphere over the fall break last week. The Trojans struggled a little bit in the first half, but the second half is when they looked like the #1 team in the class. 

They managed to shut out the Wolves offense in the second half, outscoring them 18-0. This ultimately lead the Trojans to the 35-14 road win. 

Union cruised by Moore 56-14. The Redskins’ only tough game left is when they travel to Norman North this Friday and the Jenks Trojans have an easy road to the playoffs as well. 

If both teams stay consistent on both sides of the ball, there could very well be a rematch for the state championship. 

The Redskins will be looking for revenge after getting shut out by the Trojans 22-0 earlier this season. 

There are some really fun battles this Friday. Let’s see what we have to look forward to. 

1. #7 Blanchard 6-1 (4-0 in 4A-2) @ #4 Cushing 6-1 (3-1 in 4A-2)

Blanchard has been rolling through the district, but the Lions have a tough stretch. They are traveling to Cushing this week, host Harrah next week and will then be traveling to Tuttle the week after to close out the regular season. This may be a young squad, but they have a variety of talent in the rushing game and sophomore quarterback Carson Cooksey is only getting started with his career. He has 15 touchdowns through the air and four on the ground. Not to mention, he only has three interceptions this year. This is just the beginning for this kid. We’ll be hearing his name for a while. 

On the other side, you have the Cushing Tigers having an unbelievable season. How about the Berlowitz/Crooks combo? This duo is something special. They may have lost a heartbreaker at home to top-ranked Tuttle, but they’re still the fourth-ranked team in 4A. If the Tigers win out, they’ll still have a major spot in the playoffs. Can they do the unthinkable and shock 4A this year? We’ll find out in a few weeks. 

2. #4 Del City 6-1 (4-0 in 6AII-1) @ Deer Creek 6-1 (3-1 in 6AII-1)

Who would’ve ever thought these two squads would have this kind of start? Deer Creek is more well-known for its track and cross country prowess. The Eagles of Del City found their way in the top 5 after going 4-6 last year. There was some Eagle magic last week as the Del City faithful stole one at PC North, 20-14, in overtime. If the Eagles can pull off another road victory this Friday, they will easily be on their way to home field advantage. They have U.S. Grant and Lawton after Friday, which should be two easy wins. 

Deer Creek has some magic of its own. It already looks like the Antlers will have their first winning season since 2015. An upset win against the favorite Del City would put the Antlers in a three-way tie for first in the district with Del City and Stillwater. Stillwater is the Antlers’ only loss which was 35-28 in overtime. Even having that loss on its resumé, Deer Creek has only allowed 10 points a game and has scored an average of 39 points a game. And don’t sleep on senior quarterback Brett Pense. He’s 6’4 and can score throwing the ball as well as on the ground. He’s completed 62% of his passes and only has one interception. Watch out 6AII…Deer Creek could be the dark horse. 

3. #5 Edmond Santa Fe 4-3 (3-1 in 6AI-1) @ #4 Broken Arrow 4-3 (3-1 in 6AI-1) 

The Wolves of Santa Fe has had one of the toughest schedules in the state. All three of their losses have been by ranked opponents. That is a big reason why they are still in the top-five in 6AI. However, they will definitely have to earn it this Friday at Broken Arrow, which has always been a tough environment. A loss would really hurt the Wolves in the standings and they could lose privilege of home field advantage. 

Broken Arrow is pretty much in the same situation as Edmond Santa Fe. All three of their losses have been by ranked opponents as well. This is a rebound game for both teams. Whoever wins this battle will have its confidence back and will be more ready for the playoffs. The Tigers might just have a little more momentum after winning their two previous games. Both teams have great offensive power. But which defense will come out on top?  

4. Perry 5-2 (4-0 in 2A-1) @ #4 OCS 7-0 (4-0 in 2A-1)

This is a super exciting game for both teams. The Maroons are 5-2 but have won five straight and they are 4-0 in district play. Caden Hall is the second-leading rusher in the entire state with 1,174 yards and 16 touchdowns. Could he lead this offense to a major upset and claim first place in the district?

OCS could make a run to the 2A state championship after falling to eventual champ Metro Christian in the semis last season. OCS quarterback Garret Wilson may just be a sophomore, but he has a veteran core around him such as Kaleb Barnes, Colin Matteson and Will Watson. Besides last week’s win over Luther, 58-29, the Saints have managed to only allow less than 20 points every game. This is a dangerous team and could be the dark horse to win it all. 

5. #10 Fairview 7-0 (4-0 in A-1) @ #7 Mooreland 6-0 (4-0 in A-1)

A top-10 matchup in the small town of Mooreland? This will be a fun one. Few expected these two teams to be in the top 10. The previous two seasons, Fairview went 3-8 and 2-9. This year, not only could the Yellowjackets win the district, but they could have home field advantage. Nonetheless, what a huge improvement for this program. 

Mooreland is also undefeated after going 8-6 last season and making a run to the state quarterfinals. The Bearcats have been living a bit of a charmed life. Four of their wins are by eight points or less.

Both teams are tied with Hooker atop the district standings…and the Bulldogs loom for both squads. A win here keeps one team on the right track…a loss doesn’t mean the district title isn’t attainable, but it becomes a more difficult task.

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