By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
#1 Booker T Washington (6-0, 4-0) District 1
#2 Bartlesville (6-1, 3-1) District 1
The biggest match-up of the season thus-far came down to a field goal. Bartlesville took to the air, completing 11 of 17 for 194 against Booker T's 7 of 15 for 91. The Hornet ground game amassed a stellar 215 against Bartlesville's 84. Washington gave up 23 more yards to penalties than the Bruins, but Bville gave up a key fumble on the Hornet 7 yard line with less than three minutes remaining--and it would end up costing them the game as Booker T sank a field goal with 7 seconds left.
The pick: Booker T 21, Bartlesville 14
Results: Booker T 17, Bartlesville 14.
#3 Bixby (5-2, 3-1) District 1
#13 Sapulpa (1-5, 0-4) District 1
Bixby's missing several starters who were suspended for underage drinking a few weeks ago, and Nic Roller, their stud runningback, continues to be hampered by recent surgery. He was recovered enough to play, but he didn't amass nearly the yardage he normally does. Believe it or not, 116 yards on 11 carries is subpar for this beast. All of that combined, and this incredible Bixby team still scored the second-most points against Sapulpa of any team this season. QB Tanner Griffin passed for 296 yards as the Spartans "dined in Hell" against Sapulpa.
The pick: Bixby 53, Sapulpa 7
Results: Bixby 53, Sapulpa 17.
#4 Charles Page (3-3, 3-1) District 1
#10 Ponca City (1-5, 0-4) District 1
I made it to 18-straight Sandite games before I finally had to miss this one because our Lady Softballers were at State. Apparently it was a hell of a game to miss. Greathouse was solid passing, as always, connecting on 10 of 16 for 128. The real show was in the rush game. Payton Scott carried for 200 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Lane Lettich with 117 and one TD. Overall the Sandites had a massive 528 yards-total-offense and the D gave up a stingy 149 for only two touchdowns.
The pick: CPHS 35, Ponca 13
Results: CPHS 44, Ponca 21.
#5 Lawton (5-1, 4-0) District 2
#15 Eisenhower (0-7, 0-3) District 2
It started as a close game between the two in-town rivals, but eventually the Wolverines pulled ahead for a blowout. Ike struck first on a two yard run, and only trailed 15-7 going into the half, but the dominant team found their feet in the second half.
The pick: Lawton 49, Ike 13.
Restults: Lawton 43, Ike 7.
#6 Muskogee (3-4, 3-1) District 1
#11 Claremore (2-5, 0-4) District 1
The Roughers are finally finding their feet under second-year coach Rafe Watkins, winning 3 of their last 4 games. Unless they pull off an upset against Sand Springs this week, they'll likely finish the season with the same record as last year. The losses have all been a lot closer, however, and the wins have been more punishing. Muskogee got nearly twice the yards-per-carry as Claremore, and despite completing less than half of all passes, they still gained just under 200 yards-by-air.
The pick: Muskogee 17, Claremore 14
Results: Muskogee 38, Claremore 8
#7 Stillwater (3-4, 2-1) District 2
#12 Choctaw (4-3, 2-2) District 2
This game came down to the wire, and nobody saw it coming. With a 30-13 lead and only two minutes left, it seemed like the Pioneers had it all wrapped up. Choctaw wasn't done fighting, however, and marched 80 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown, then recovered the ensuing onside kick. The next play was a touchdown followed by a conversion. Stillwater barely held on as the next onside kick traveled out of bounds and they were able to assume victory formation.
The pick: Stillwater 35, Choctaw 13
Results: Stillwater 30, Choctaw 27
#8 Midwest City (5-2, 3-1) District 2
#9 Putnam City West (3-4, 1-2) District 2
The Bombers pretty much locked in another playoff appearance in knocking down PCW.
The pick: MWC 14, PCW 13.
Results: MWC 33, PCW 14.
#14 Enid (1-6, 0-3) District 2
The Plainsmen just can't catch a break. With a bye-week from district play, Enid took on 5A unranked Tahlequah and were easily handed. The only win for Enid comes from a forfeiture-by-technicality.
The pick: Tahlequah 28, Enid 14
Results: Tahlequah 44, Enid 21.
- Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
- Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
- Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
- Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
- Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
- Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
- Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
- Overall: 55-12 (.820)