The Buzz- High School Games of the Week for 9-29

Thursday, September 28th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

By Sean Mossman

Games of the Week

1. McAlester (2-2) at Ada (3-1)- This one is getting more heated as the week goes on. Fans and players of both teams have filled Internet message boards with nasty personal attacks against the other team. Oh well, it wouldn’t be Ada-McAlester without all the trash-talking. Watch emerging star QB Chuckie Caulfield of Ada. He’s beginning to look comfortable in the offense.

2. Victory Christian (4-0) at Eufaula (4-0)- There are four undefeated teams in the very tough district 2A-7. These are two of them and both have amazing defenses. In eight combined games the teams have given up only 21 points. That’s an average of 2.6 points per game! Avery Shine is enemy number one for Victory. The future OU defensive back is the states third-leading rusher. The winner takes a big step in the fight to knock off Cascia Hall as district champs.

3. Claremore (3-1) at Bishop Kelley (3-1)- This is a huge weekend in district 5A-4. Claremore and Kelley are two of the four 1-0 teams facing each other in week five. Kelley RB Jake Murrell is questionable for this game after breaking the school’s all-time rushing record last week. He’s a tough kid and may fight his way onto the field as he tries to become the first comet to run for 3,000 career yards. Claremore boasts a terrific running game that feature Chucky Amos, 5A’s leading rusher with 728 yards and 8 TD’s.

4. Booker T. Washington (3-1) at Coweta (4-0)- The second half of the super double dip in 5A-4 this week. Coweta has given up the fewest points on defense in 5A. They’ve held four opponents to a total of 13 points. The Hornets can score from anywhere at anytime. Rico Watkins is 5A’s leading passer with 661 yards and seven scoring tosses. The Hornet defense is pretty stout as well. Led by super linebacking duo Roy Gage and Mike Wilson, the Hornets returned three interceptions for touchdowns last week.

5. Tahlequah (3-1) at Broken Arrow (1-3)- This is game four of a brutal six-game stretch for the Tigers. Consecutive losses to Union, Ft. Smith Southside and Jenks make Broken Arrow very dangerous. Tahlequah has been steady through four games. This is a statement game for both teams. Tahlequah can begin to lay claims to a playoff berth. Broken Arrow can let everybody know that all’s not lost. It’s the only compelling game of a lackluster 6A East schedule this week.

6. Mannford (2-2) at Glenpool (2-2)- Don’t let the records fool you, these are two very good 4A teams. Both are 1-0 in district and could take a leap towards the playoffs with a win. Glenpool’s Courtney Tennial popped Webster for 200+ yards rushing last week. Mannford QB Paul Hix will still play safety after breaking a bone in his hand in week two. Mannford is 2-0 since losing Hix on offense.
7. Metro Christian (4-0) at Salina (3-1)- The Patriots boast Ross Spencer as their staple on offense. The tailback has more than 700 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Sean Gooding is nearly as efficient for Salina with nearly 500 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. Both teams have a district win and score more than 40 points per game on average.
8. Grove (3-1) at Skiatook (3-1)- Both teams are looking to challenge district favorite Collinsville for the crown. Both have a district win and come into this game 3-1. Grove QB Joe Ferguson has more than 600 yards passing but has been picked off 10 times already. Skiatook looks to run with Luke Jolley (557 yards this season), but can pass with great efficiency.
9. Panama (4-0) at Gore (3-1)- Panama comes off of a very good win over Verdigris last week, 46-14. Gore thumped Hulbert, 60-6. These two were the district coaches picks for A-5 champs, but a win here doesn’t mean there will be no more challenges in this district. Both teams have accomplished running games and defenses. Gore may have a slight edge in the passing game and home field advantage.
10. Tecumseh (3-1) at Cushing (2-2)- Tecumseh’s only loss came at 5A #1 El Reno in the season-opener. Tecumseh QB Pat Cobb is the leading scorer in class 4A. Cushing QB Will Aherberg has yet to have the expected breakout game yet for the Tigers. Cushing has shown the ability to shut down offenses at times. They held Cleveland and Bristow without a touchdown, but their own offense is only scoring 17 points per game.
Check out previous editions of "The Buzz"

September 26, 2000
September 21, 2000
September 14, 2000
September 12, 2000
September 7, 2000
September 5, 2000
August 31st, 2000
August 29, 2000