Originally Published: Sep 25, 2009 6:22 PM CDT
Bobby Lewis &
Oklahoma Sports Reporters
TULSA, Oklahoma – District play kicked off Thursday night in Tulsa with two great matchups. East Central (3-1, 1-0) found a way to take down Demarco Cobbs and the Central Braves (3-1, 0-1), 23-20. Across town, Sand Springs picked up a big road win at Memorial behind a couple of Terrance Dixon rushing touchdowns in the first half.
The action continues tonight under the lights. Bishop Kelley (3-0) looks to keep playing well in 2009 when they host the defending 5-A state champions, Booker T. Washington (2-1). Booker T. may be stinging a bit still from their loss to Broken Arrow last week. Bishop Kelley beat Catoosa a week ago.
Seminole (1-2) visits undefeated Glenpool (3-0) in a big 4-A throw down. TU commit Marco Cobbs leads Glenpool with over 400 yards rushing this season through three games. Seminole has a pretty productive running back as well. Chris Wolf has racked up 304 yards and 5 touchdowns this season.
The Claremore Zebras (2-1) hits the road for a matchup with the Jenks Trojans (3-0). Jenks looks unstoppable after three weeks beating Bixby, Jenks and Owasso by a combined 115-34. Jenks junior running back Zack Langer racked up 108 yards and three touchdowns in just 13 carries against the Owasso Rams last weekend.
Winless Sapulpa (0-3) visits a very talented Broken Arrow (2-1) squad this week as well. Sapulpa technically got a forfeit win last year against Jenks. In reality, Sapulpa has not truly won a game since October 26, 2007. Broken Arrow looked very strong last week with a win over Booker T. Washington. The Tigers’ talented running back Steven Hopper did not play last week against BTW and most likely will not suit up tonight either.
In another feast vs. famine game, undefeated Cascia Hall Commandoes (2-0) visit the Victory Christian Conquerors (0-3) tonight. Cascia Hall is the defending 3A state champs are off and rolling once again. They are led by senior linebacker Kyle Cowan, a two-time state champion in wrestling and football.
Metro Christian (3-0) relies on quarterback Beau Marsaln to run its offense. Marsaln has thrown for over 800 yards so far with 11 touchdowns. Hugo (2-1) has a pretty good quarterback as well in Ryan Debo. The senior took over the starting job this year after being a solid contributor off the bench last season. He was third on the team in rushing last season so he’s can hurt you with his arms and his legs.
Locust Grove (1-2) limps into Oologah (1-2) after a pair of lopsided losses. LG fell to Pryor, 53-6 and lost to Adair, 41-14. Oologah, meanwhile, has been putting some points on the board. They have scored at least 20 points in all three games so far but only have one win to show for it. Look for rising junior Josh Collier to continue to emerge as a threat at both running back and receiver for the Mustangs.
The Owasso Rams (1-2) host Enid (2-1) on homecoming tonight and we hear it’s a ‘50’s theme. Enid comes in shocked after suffering their first loss of the season last week at Bartlesville. Owasso is coming out of a tough stretch against BA and Jenks.
Lincoln Christian (2-1) is the one of the top teams in 2-A. Their running back Matt Lawwill should be a guy to watch. He set a school record with 331 yards rushing last week. He also scored 4 touchdowns in the game. This team can really score. Verdigris (2-1) can score a little bit, too. They’ve won their last two games, 20-0 over Colcord and 51-13 over Inola.
Grove’s (2-1) only loss this season was to a Wagoner team led by do-everything QB Prince McJunkins. Grove linebacker Bobby Harris might be a star in the making after racking up 140 tackles last year as a sophomore. McLain (1-1) might have a tough time with Grove but the team is led by quarterback James Davis.
This is a case of a team looking for redemption against a team looking to keep some early momentum rolling.Muskogee (0-2) was a preseason Top 10 team in most fans’ eyes but has yet to score a point this year. They lost to Owasso, 20-0, 41-0 to Union and were losing 10-0 to Norman North when that game got rained out. Running back Brenton Bogar, a Tulsa commit, has to get going if Muskogee is going to win tonight. Bartlesville (3-0) isn’t exactly the kind of team you want to play when you’re struggling. The Bruins can score and are led by star wide receiver Mike Thompson. He’s one of the state’s more underrated talents and can make big plays as a wideout or return man.
Catoosa (1-2) has had trouble scoring this year. They haven’t broken the 14-point plateau yet. Collinsville (2-1) has a pretty potent offense behind Merin Oakley, who had 164 yards with 2 scores last week. Rising junior QB Shane Douglas is also a threat.
Dewey (2-1) visits Claremore Sequoyah (3-0) tonight as well. Keep an eye on Dewey quarterback Clint Strate. Strate is a dual threat talent in his second year as the starter. Sequoyah also as a dual threat QB in Cody Richardson but Sequoyah mostly keeps it on the ground in their Wing-T offense.