By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
These next two weeks hold a lot of post-season-implication for District 1. While the dust is mostly settled down South, the North still has four teams battling it out for playoff berths and you can expect that none of them will go quietly into that good night.
#1 Booker T Washington (7-0, 5-0) District 1
#3 Charles Page (4-3, 4-1) District 1
Easily the biggest game of the week for 6A-II, and the biggest game of the year for Sand Springs, this will be the deciding game on if the Sandites have a real shot at the state title. If CPHS can pull off the upset here then they'll have a guaranteed ride to the playoffs. On paper, the Hornets should have no problem fending off Sand Springs, but a storm is brewing and the Sandites are hungry. Booker T is a predominately run-oriented offense while Sand Springs has a pretty even pass-rush split. BTW has the home field advantage, but with rain on the way, anything can happen. Booker T leads the series 11-6, but Sand Springs has won 2 of the last 3 and the last 2 were both big-scoring shootouts.
The pick: BTW 43, CPHS 24
#2 Bartlesville (7-1, 4-1) District 1
#10 Ponca City (2-5, 1-4) District 1
Not much to see here, the Wildcats will be easily tamed by the Bruins' stellar air raid. Colton Penrod just passed the 8000 mark on career-passing yards and is third in the state this season.
The pick: Bartlesville 56, Ponca 28
#4 Bixby (5-3, 3-2) District 1
#7 Muskogee (3-5, 3-2) District 1
Muskogee's last real hope for a playoff berth comes down to this game. The Spartans are still one of the top teams in the state, but they have fallen on hard times. Bixby is coming off a devastating loss to BTW and Muskogee gets the home field advantage in what's sure to be a thrilling game. The Spartans have a lot to prove in this game if they want to be a real contender for the title.
The pick: Bixby 42, Muskogee 27
#5 Lawton (6-1, 4-0) District 2
#6 Midwest City (6-2, 4-1) District 2
Probably the second-most exciting game of the week is the Title game for District 2. The Bombers put up a great effort in a week 1 loss to BTW, then got upset majorly by Stillwater. Was the Pioneer loss a fluke or are the Wolverines truly the best team down South?
The pick: Lawton 35, MWC 27
#8 Putnam City West (4-4, 2-2) District 2
#15 Eisenhower (0-8, 0-4) District 2
The Patriots came into the season as the bottom-ranked team in the division and haven't had a winning record since 2000, and haven't seen the playoffs since 1996. The current lineup has put an end to that era and is headed to the playoffs, so long as they aren't upset by the two worst teams in the state.
The pick: PCW 42, Ike 14
#9 Stillwater (3-5, 2-2) District 2
#14 Enid (2-6, 1-3) District 2
The Pioneers won't have a winning record, but they should make the playoffs with the bottom seed, at least. Enid's only true win was a 3-point win against Ike last week. Sand Springs had to forfeit a 33-7 victory after a player was deemed ineligible.
The pick: Stilly 38, Enid 20
#11 Claremore (2-6, 0-5) District 1
#13 Sapulpa (1-6, 0-5) District 1
The pick: Claremore 35, Sapulpa 27
#12 Choctaw (4-4, 2-3) District 2
US Grant (2-5)
The Generals finally broke a 6-game losing streak and officially have their best record since 2003. Don't expect them to tie that magical 4-6 season, however.
The pick: Choctaw 47, Grant 12