By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
#1 Booker T Washington (8-0, 6-0) District 1
#7 Muskogee (3-6, 3-3) District 1
Don't expect any surprises here. Muskogee's a far better team than they've been in recent years, but after being knocked out of playoff contention there's little likelihood that they'll find the motivation to upset the #1 undefeated team. Expect OSU-commit Justice Hill to rush for a couple hundred yards as usual and Dakari Willis will probably look to stretch his arm out a bit before the playoffs.
The pick: BTW 56, Muskogee 14
#2 Bartlesville (8-1, 5-1) District 1
#13 Claremore (2-7, 0-6) District 1
Bartlesville consistently gives up points, but also consistently scores substantially more. It'll be a blow out, but I doubt it'll be a shut out. The Zebras have had a rough time this season with injuries, but they've still got heart and won't go down without a fight. Between Colton Penrod and Jarron Hilger, however, it should be a clear Bruin victory.
The pick: Bville 48, Claremore 13.
#3 Charles Page (4-4, 4-2) District 1
#4 Bixby (6-3, 4-2) District 1
Bixby has fallen quite a bit from their early season performance and barely edged by Muskogee last week in overtime while Sand Springs was close to upsetting top-ranked Booker T. On paper, this should be a clear pick. However, there's a lot of bad blood between the Sandites and Spartans after Bixby injured several Sand Springs players last year and beat them twice--once in the regular season and once in the semifinals. Muskogee's players hadn't even made it home yet before Twitter was blowing up with Sandite tweets calling out Bixby last week. The playoffs are locked up for both teams, but they'll be battling for the #3 seed so it should be a shootout, just like last year's 34-31 week 10 game. Bixby has one of the best runningbacks in the state in Nic Roller and Sand Springs has the best defense so it should be a great matchup.
The pick: Sand Springs 41, Bixby 35.
#5 Lawton (7-1, 5-0) District 2
#11 Choctaw (5-4, 2-3) District 2
The Wolverines wrapped up a district championship last week against Midwest City and their only loss was a rivalry matchup against the undefeated #1 team in 5A. Choctaw is coming to do battle, however, as they need a win to hold onto a playoff berth.
The pick: Lawton 48, Choctaw 24
#6 Midwest City (6-3, 4-2) District 2
Midwest City elected not to play a fourth non-district game and is taking a week off before the playoffs.
#8 Putnam City West (4-5, 2-3) District 2
#14 Enid (2-7, 1-4) District 2
It's down to the wire for PCW. The Patriots are already experiencing their best record since 2000, but after a big time upset by Eisenhower last week it still remains to be seen if they'll clinch their first playoff appearance since 1996. On paper, it should be locked up. But if Enid overcomes PCW like Ike did, then Choctaw will take the bottom seed in the playoffs.
The pick: PCW 47, Enid 35
#9 Stillwater (4-5, 3-2) District 2
#15 Eisenhower (1-8, 1-4) District 2
It's too late for Ike to reach the playoffs, but it's not too late for them to bump Stillwater down to the bottom seed and at least move up from the bottom rank of the division. The Eagles will be flying high after their 50-28 dominating upset @ PCW last week.
The pick: Stilly 38, Ike 35
#10 Ponca City (2-6, 1-5) District 1
#12 Sapulpa (2-6, 1-5) District 1
The Chieftains pulled off a narrow 1 point win last week against Claremore in the lowest scoring game of the season for 6A-II, but it was their first win since week 2 and it was an upset. Expect Dae Williams to cross the 1500 season rushing mark. Ponca doesn't have any huge stars like Williams, but they have a better talent-spread among the players. Keep your eyes on QB Conner Larson and the RB/WR combo of the Arita brothers.
The pick: Ponca 35, Sapulpa 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)
- Week 8: 7-1 (.875)
- Week 9: 6-2 (.750)
- Overall: 68-15 (.819)