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.
- Norman North
- Midwest City
- Putnam City
- Putnam North
- Broken Arrow
- Carl Albert
- Tulsa East Central
- Lawton Mac
- Western Heights
- Broken Bow
- Metro Christian
- Victory Christian
- Cascia Hall
- Heritage Hall
- Sequoyah Tahlequah
- Rush Springs
- Pond Creek-Hunter
- Corn Bible Academy