Bobby Lewis, News On 6 Sports
TULSA, Oklahoma -- District play started with a bang for many teams around the state last week. In 6A, four teams won by 40 or more points. The same goes for East Central (5A), Wagoner (4A), Cascia Hall (3A) and Metro Christian (3A). Can they keep the points coming? Here is a look at the Top 5 matchups from around the state this week:
5. Victory Christian Conquerors (3-1, 1-0) at Checotah Wildcats (3-1, 1-0)
Victory Christian hasn't lost a road game yet this season. In two games, the Conquerors have outscored their hosts 59-18. They travel to Checotah to take on a Wildcats team that has won three games in a row after dropping the season opener at Poteau by a field goal. Victory won last year's meeting, 28-20.
4. Claremore-Sequoyah Eagles (3-1, 1-0) at Sequoyah-Tahlequah Indians (3-1, 0-1)
Verdigris needed overtime to hand the Indians their first loss of the season last Friday. The Indians host the battle of the Sequoyahs this week. The Eagles have won three in a row coming into this matchup and are averaging 35 points per game. This will be their first game away from home against an Oklahoma opponent. The Indians beat the Eagles 33-14 last season. They are giving up 19 points per game at home this season.
3. Chouteau - Mazie Wildcats (3-1) at Lincoln Christian Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0)
The Lincoln Christian numbers are incredible. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 160-53 in their first four games. That's the kind of offensive dominance they've had for the past few seasons since winning it all in 2009. The former 2A champs host Chouteau – Mazie this week. The Wildcats' offensive attack has been very Jekyll & Hyde this season. They've scored less than 7 points twice, and scored more than 26 points twice. The Wildcats offense will need to be explosive. Lincoln's loud home crowd can make it tough on visitors.
2. East Central Cardinals (4-0, 1-0) at Coweta Tigers (2-2, 1-0)
The undefeated Cardinals are the top team in 5A and Coweta has eyes on staining their perfect record on its home turf. The Tigers have stumbled out to a 2-2 mark, but are starting the favorable stretch in their schedule. Beginning this week, five of their final six games will be played at home, where they won all of their games last season. East Central has won two straight road games heading into this matchup. They beat Booker T. Washington 17-7 in Week 3 before downing Edison 56-0 last Friday.
1. Heritage Hall Chargers (4-0, 1-0) at NOAH Jaguars (2-2)
Call this one the battle of the home-schoolers and the Division-1-ers. The Chargers have stars all over the field including receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma) and running back Barry Sanders Jr. (undecided). They will make big plays all night. They always do. But, NOAH has a lot of talented players, too. Chief among them is the most recent addition to the team, receiver Kendal Davis. He joined the Jaguars after being ruled ineligible to play at Union earlier this year. He has eight catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns this season for the Jaguars.
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Central Braves (4-0, 1-0) at Grove Ridgerunners (2-2, 0-1)
Broken Arrow Tigers (3-1, 1-0) at Muskogee Roughers (1-3, 1-0)
Blackwell Maroons (1-3, 0-1) at Berryhill Chiefs (4-0, 0 -0)
Stillwater Pioneers (3-1, 1-0) at Bixby Spartans (0-4, 0-1)