Class B Top Games to Watch: Round 1

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:54 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Nov 9, 2010 12:10 AM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY – With all the first round playoff matchups this week, it can be tough to figure out which ones are worth keeping track of.

As part of a high school playoff preview, Oklahoma Sports broke down the top four games to look forward to in the first round of the Class B playoffs.

Caddo at Depew – Sometimes a first round matchup features two teams that both seem as if they should be playing a lesser opponent to start out. The Caddo Bruins and Depew Hornets were both impressive during the regular season and both drew a tough first round opponent. Depew’s only loss on the year came at Kiefer, where it was shut out, 20-0. Caddo beat the same Kiefer team to start the season, but lost two other games afterward. Both teams are capable of huge offensive outputs, putting up totals well into the 50s and 60s.

Pond Creek-Hunter at Fox – The Pond Creek-Hunter Panthers had the misfortune of being in a tough district, which resulted in them getting a third-place finish in the district despite an 8-2 overall record. The Panthers are capable of competing for a second or first place finish in most districts but lost to Laverne and Cherokee, the two schools in front of them in their district. They will have a chance to prove their worth in the first round, however, against Fox. The Fox Foxes on a hot streak to say the least. The Foxes have not only won seven straight, but also scored 50 or more in those seven games.

Alex at Laverne – The Alex Longhorns have been a bit of a mystery in 2010. They lost by 30 to open the season at Temple, but bounced back to win by 22 and 50 in their next two games. In week seven, Alex beat OCA by 46, but then turned around and lost by 46 the following week to Fox. It’s hard to tell which Alex team will show up, but it will have to be a good one to take on the Laverne Tigers. The Tigers dropped just one game – the second game of the season against Cherokee, who would go on to finish undefeated. Outside of that game, Laverne looked solid in winning its final eight games.

Welch at Wetumka – The Welch Wildcats scored 40 or more in every game this season with one exception – a loss at Kiefer where they put a goose egg on the board. A loss at Kiefer is certainly excusable, but Welch had better hope its offense decides to show up for a tough first round matchup against Wetumka. The Chieftains put up some very impressive wins during the season, but are coming off a rough 60-14 blowout loss to finish the regular season at Dewar.