By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
#1 Booker T Washington (4-0, 2-0) District 1
#13 Sapulpa (1-3, 0-2) District 1
Booker T is off to a great start this year, putting up more than 60 points in each of their last three games and totally dominating both sides of the ball. Still undefeated two weeks into districts, their next big challenge will come in week 7 against Bartlesville.
Sapulpa looks to be better than last year, but is still rebuilding from the ground up. We may see a solid state contender in years to come, but this year I’ll be impressed if they win a single game in district play.
Thursday night results: BTW 63, Sapulpa 24.
#2 Bixby (3-1, 1-0) District 1
#3 Bartlesville (4-0, 1-0) District 1
Bixby doesn’t look quite as hot as last year, and in last week’s game against Claremore we saw how much of a difference maker Nic Roller is. He’s expected to be back this week against Bartlesville, otherwise my pick would be quite different. Bixby better hope nothing happens to him this season or they may find themselves in the same spot Sand Springs did last year.
Bartlesville definitely overcame my expectations last week against Sand Springs. Their offense has been touted as the best in the division, and it definitely overcame the Sandites’ famous defense. What hasn’t been talked about as much is the Bruin defense. While the Spartans are lightyears beyond anything Bartlesville has encountered thus far, the Bruins still managed to hold Sand Springs to 117 yards of total offense. I expect a shootout, but I said the same thing last week.
The pick: Bixby 47, Bartlesville 35.
#4 Sand Springs (0-3, 0-1) District 1
#9 Claremore (2-2, 0-1) District 1
Don’t let the Sand Springs record fool you. Two of those games were won on the field and forfeited this week due to the discovery of an ineligible transfer student. The week 3 game was almost a certain Sandite victory, had it not been cancelled halfway through the second quarter due to lightning. The Sandite offense may not be as good as last year, but the defense is as good as ever.
Last week we saw why the Claremore Zebras are red, and the reason is because they’re out for blood. They put up 27 points last week against the defending state champs, and this week they’re looking to avenge the 17-0 homecoming shutout we hit them with last year.
The pick: Sand Springs 21, Claremore 13
#5 Midwest City (3-1, 1-0) District 2
#15 Stillwater (1-3, 0-0) District 2
If there was a single safe-bet game this week, it would be this one. The Bombers are dropping bombs all over their opponents and the Pioneers are easy targets. MWC’s only loss is to top ranked BTW and they had the closest game of any of the Hornet’s opponents. Stillwater’s only win is against a team that’s only won six games in the last twelve years.
The pick: Midwest City 41, Stillwater 10.
#6 Lawton (2-1, 1-0) District 2
#12 Enid (1-3, 0-1) District 2
All I have to say about these teams is that Enid’s only win was a forfeit that was lost on the field 33-7. They haven’t gotten within a touchdown of a single opponent thus far and Lawton’s won by a minimum of 20 points in every game but their hometown rivalry loss to MacArthur.
The pick: Lawton 52, Enid 12.
#7 Choctaw (3-1, 1-0) District 2
#10 Putnam City West (1-3, 0-1) District 2
Choctaw failed to put the hurting on Enid that I expected and PCW’s actually putting up some decent numbers despite their losses. I wouldn’t call it a toss-up per se, but if I had to pick an upset for this week, this would be it.
The pick: Choctaw 28, PCW 21.
#8 Muskogee (1-3, 1-0) District 1
#11 Ponca City (1-2, 0-1) District 1
Muskogee’s doing about the same as last season and probably nowhere near as good as they were hoping to do in their second year under 4-time 5A State Championship-winning coach Rafe Watkins. Luckily for them, Ponca City’s doing about as bad as Ponca City always does.
The pick: Muskogee 35, Ponca 14
#14 Eisenhower (0-4, 0-1) District 2
5A #69 Canyon, Texas (3-1)
I don’t know jack diddly squat about Texas football, but I do know that Eisenhower is nothing to worry about this year. I’m definitely jealous that District 2 has one less week of district games. I love getting to take on new teams and see our boys travel a bit.
The pick: Canyon 35, Ike 6.
- Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
- Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
- Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
- Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
- Overall: 34-9 (.790)