Fall Break Brings Chance For Shake-Up In Class 6A

Monday, October 15th 2007, 1:25 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The arrival of fall break also brings on a chance for a major shake-up in the top 10 among Oklahoma's largest schools.

Most of this week's games will be played on Thursday, including a trio of marquee games in Class 6A. Top-ranked Union (7-0) will take on No. 9 Broken Arrow (4-3), fourth-ranked Norman North (6-1) will face No. 8 Putnam City North (6-1) and No. 5 Midwest City (7-0) will try to defend its unbeaten record against 10th-ranked Westmoore (5-2).

In each of the three games, the higher-ranked team will be heading on the road.

It's an opportunity for the bottom three teams in The Associated Press' high school rankings to make a move after a week with hardly any movement at all in Class 6A. All 10 of the ranked teams won their games last week, but there still was a little shuffling behind Union and No. 2 Jenks (6-1).

Muskogee (5-2) reclaimed its No. 3 spot with a 59-21 win against Sapulpa, moving past Norman North as the Timberwolves came away with a narrow 24-21 victory against Mustang. The other change came at the bottom of the rankings, where Broken Arrow snapped a tie for the No. 9 ranking with its fourth straight win.

Although there was a No. 2 team that fell, there were no changes at the No. 1 position in any of Oklahoma's eight classes. Along with Union, the other top-ranked teams are Carl Albert in Class 5A, Bishop McGuinness in 4A, Clinton in 3A, Cascia Hall in 2A, Velma-Alma in Class A, Morrison in Class B and Shattuck in Class C.

Hennessey (7-0) continued its ascent in the Class 2A rankings by knocking off second-ranked Alva 18-14 last week. After starting the season unranked, Hennessey moved into the top 10 after its 3-0 start and moved up two spots to No. 4 this week behind Heritage Hall (7-0) and Bethany (6-1). Alva (6-1) fell into a tie for the No. 6 ranking with Davis.

After picking up its 61st win in a row last week with a 54-0 shutout of Buffalo, Shattuck faces one of its more difficult foes of the season in Sharon-Mutual (5-1), which sustained its only loss of the season against Timberlake of Class B.

McAlester (6-1), which shares the No. 6 ranking in Class 5A, will go on the road this week to face its second straight ranked opponent, No. 8 Shawnee. Bixby (5-2) handed McAlester its first loss of the season last week in a 44-13 decision and climbed three spots in the poll to No. 5. The top four teams in the class _ Carl Albert, East Central, Guthrie and MacArthur _ all remain unbeaten at 7-0.

Other featured games this week include:

_ Miami making its poll debut at No. 10 in Class 4A with an immediate test against No. 2 Grove.

_ No. 2 Tuttle hosting No. 5 Kingfisher in a Class 3A matchup that's perhaps the most intriguing of the few Friday night games this week

_ Pond Creek-Hunter, the No. 3 team in Class B, facing a stiff test from Laverne (6-1)

_ An immediate chance at redemption for Grandfield (5-2), which fell out of the Class C rankings with last week's loss to Corn Bible and will face No. 4 Ryan (6-1) this week. Corn Bible (7-0) is the new No. 5 team in Class C.

Class 6A
  1. Union

  2. Jenks

  3. Muskogee

  4. Norman North

  5. Midwest City

  6. Owasso

  7. Putnam City

  8. Putnam North

  9. Broken Arrow

  10. Westmoore

Class 5A

  1. Carl Albert

  2. Tulsa East Central

  3. Guthrie

  4. Lawton Mac

  5. Bixby

  6. Western Heights

  7. McAlester

  8. Shawnee

  9. Coweta

  10. Duncan

Class 4A

  1. McGuinness

  2. Grove

  3. Wagoner

  4. Broken Bow

  5. Glenpool

  6. Mannford

  7. Weatherford

  8. McLoud

  9. Douglass

  10. Miami

Class 3A
  1. Clinton

  2. Tuttle

  3. Plainview

  4. Vinita

  5. Kingfisher

  6. Metro Christian

  7. Marlow

  8. Victory Christian

  9. Sequoyah-Claremore

  10. Sulphur

Class 2A

  1. Cascia Hall

  2. Heritage Hall

  3. Bethany

  4. Hennessey

  5. Henryetta

  6. Davis

  7. Alva

  8. Morris

  9. Sequoyah Tahlequah

  10. Chandler

Class 1A
  1. Velma-Alma

  2. Rush Springs

  3. Pawnee

  4. Washington

  5. Woodland

  6. Ringling

  7. Okeene

  8. Foyil

  9. Texhoma

  10. Luther

Class B
  1. Morrison

  2. Cashion

  3. Pond Creek-Hunter

  4. Dewar

  5. Fox

Class C
  1. Shattuck

  2. Ringwood

  3. Temple

  4. Ryan

  5. Corn Bible Academy