Originally Published: Nov 16, 2009 7:57 PM CDT
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Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
Class 4A will have a new champion as no level was turned more upside down in the opening week of the playoffs than this one. There could be even more upsets in the quarterfinals.
Broken Bow Savages (8-3) at Weatherford Eagles (11-0)
Both schools rolled in the opening round of the playoffs, Broken Bow beat Catoosa 31-7, while Weatherford downed Seminole 34-14. The Eagles have to be the favorites after defending champion Glenpool was eliminated in the first round. Weatherford has scored more than 30 points in its last three games and has not let up more than 14 points since week 7.
Broken Bow looks to be clicking on all cylinders since a three game skid during the first quarter of the season. The Savages have not given up more than 14 points since week 4. Broken Bow has been to the semi-final round the last two years, but it will be a tall task for a third straight trip.
Douglass Trojans (8-3) at Wagoner Bulldogs (8-3)
No team made more waves in the opening round than Douglass. The Trojans 14-0 victory over defending champion Glenpool put the rest of Class 4A on notice. One of the Trojans’ biggest strengths has been their defense. Douglass has held its opponents to 14 points or less in all but two of its games. The Trojans may be the most battle-tested team left having beat Glenpool and dropping 14-7 decision to Weatherford and Bishop McGuinness in consecutive weeks.
Wagoner cruised to a 35-0 victory over Jay in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulldogs have scored more than 30 points in three of their last four games. This will be Wagoner’s first game at home since week 8.
Bishop McGuinness Irish (9-2) at Sallisaw Black Diamonds (10-1)
This is probably the most even matchup of the quarterfinal round due to the teams’ history with each other. Sallisaw led Class 4A in scoring last season, but the Black Diamonds could not get past McGuinness in the quarterfinals. The rematch in the same round makes this contest even more intriguing.
The Fighting Irish rolled in their 49-0 first round victory over Tecumseh. McGuinness is just two points away from being undefeated with both losses coming on failed two point conversions.
Sallisaw slipped only once but has survived its share of close calls. The Black Diamonds’ offense has been a gem all year failing to score more than 30 points just twice this season.
Oologah Mustangs (8-3) at Star Spencer Bobcats (9-2)
Star Spencer played giant killers in the final week of the regular season handing Glenpool its first loss in 23 games. However the Bobcats had more trouble than expected with Elk City in their first round game. Star’s 44-33 victory marks the first time since week 3 that the Bobcats’ defense gave up more than 20 points. Star Spencer posted four straight shutouts mid-season and the offense has put up 40 or more points six times this season.
Oologah seems to have found its footing since a week 6 loss to Jay. The Mustangs blew out Poteau 35-7 in the opening round of the playoffs. Interesting side note about the Mustangs, they have scored exactly 35 points four times this season.
Find more high school football postseason coverage in our Oklahoma Sports Chase for the Championship.