Football Ranking Remix
While there weren't any real surprises a few games stood out to say the least .... Defending champ Union topped rival Jenks, 14-7, in the Annual Backyard Bowl grudge match. We'll get to see what each is definitely made of this week when they travel to the Dallas area for Saturday's doubleheader against perennial Texas powers DeSoto (vs. Jenks) and Euless Trinity (vs. Union) .... Second-rated Broken Arrow got all it wanted from Owasso in a rematch of last year's semifinal battle but prevailed 19-17 while fourth-ranked Edmond Santa Fe made a strong case as the best of the west this year in 6A on Thursday night with a 50-42 offensive showcase over Midwest City .... Elsewhere, Booker T. Washington made a solid return to 6A by topping long-time rival Douglass, 24-7. Stillwater also made a strong statement with an impressive 42-18 victory on the road at McAlester behind a 300-plus yard passing effort from Braxton Noble while Westmoore also showed it's offensive prowess in a 62-14 dismantling of Moore in the Annual Moore War .... Norman was the lone ranking casualty, falling to crosstown rival Norman North, 30-20, and was replaced by Southmoore, which opened with a terrific 48-21 win against 5A power Carl Albert as Tre Edwards exploded for 353 yards and four touchdowns through the air.
Although Carl Albert, McAlester, Duncan and Bishop Kelley all suffered opening losses, each remained in the rankings for a second straight week largely based on strength of opponent, although a few did drop a bit. Carl Albert, McAlester and Bishop Kelley all lost to 6A foes in Southmoore, Stillwater and Bartlesville while Duncan was on the short end of a 43-0 final at top-ranked Guthrie .... Deer Creek and Coweta making the largest rankings moves, rising three slots apiece. Deer Creek belted Piedmont, 52-13, behind 248 yards passing and four touchdowns from Joel Blumenthal. Coweta meanwhile knocked off defending 4A champ Wagoner as Hayden Holmes also threw four touchdown passes and 286 yards for the Tigers .... McGuinness marked it's return to Class 5A with a 32-13 win over Shawnee, which also is back in 5A after two seasons in the state's largest class .... Quarterback Bryan Dutton accounted for 205 yards and four scores in Guthrie's opening victory but he lost favorite target Kai Callins to a season-ending torn ACL injury .... One of the biggest offensive showcases of the week in 5A had Tulsa East Central outlast Del City, 53-31, as Trevon Cherry threw for 334 yards, including 183 and three scores to OU commit Stanvon Taylor.
Despite losses in Week 1, the top three teams in the rankings all remained intact as those early losses came against highly-regarded foes from larger classes, but all three could be on much shakier ground now. Wagoner fell to 5A Coweta, 36-34, while Douglass lost to 6A Tulsa Washington, 24-7, and Clinton fell to 5A Lawton Mac, 28-14 .... Fourth-ranked Cascia Hall was a 35-12 against Holland Hall in it's debut as a 4A competitor while Ada erupted in the second half to dispatch long-time rival Ardmore, 35-14, and remain at number five .... Sallisaw and Glenpool also suffered opening weekend losses and dropped one spot each while Catoosa rose to sixth following a solid 31-28 overtime triumph on the road at Pryor .... This week's big contest will have fourth-rated Cascia Hall visiting number eight Glenpool, with the Warriors looking for their first victory of the season. Clinton will also go on the road to Class 3A perennial contender Heritage Hall. Sallisaw also looks to bounce back from a Week 1 loss to Arkansas power Greenwood when it plays host to Sequoyah Claremore.
It was a strong opening week for the top of the Class 3A rankings with a host of impressive wins. Top-rated Berryhill outlasted 4A Berryhill, 20-14, number two Kingfisher belted 5A Guymon, 70-0, and third-rated Tuttle whipped Plainview, 40-7 .... Sixth-ranked Seminole was also a very impressive winner over Lincoln Christian, 40-13, in a Top 10 battle.
Most of the teams in the preseason rankings showed exactly why they deserved that recognition in Week 1 with a host of impressive triumphs. Top-rated Hennessey led the charge with a 36-7 win against Christian Heritage to lead the charge .... Eighth-rated Oklahoma Christian likely posted the most impressive of the group with a 27-24 victory against Class 3A Top 10 ranked Metro Christian .... Number seven Frederick also puts it's offensive firepower on display in a 70-19 whipping of Class 4A Cache. Number six Lindsay also recorded an eye-catching 35-15 victory versus 3A regular playoff contender Purcell. The Leopards have another big test this week on the road at Class 3A's seventh ranked Blanchard. Commerce was the lone ranking casualty from 10th, dropping a 28-14 decision to Mount Vernon, Missouri. That opened the door for Washington, which downed 3A Bridge Creek, 35-21, in it's opener.
Wynnewood wasted little time in showing why it opened the season ranked number one with a solid 34-12 win over Class 3A tradition-rich Sulphur .... Defending state champ Wayne got off to a good start in it's title defense with a 53-13 whipping of Healdton to set up this week's Top 10 matchup with ninth-rated Minco .... Fifth-ranked Cashion had the key win of ranked foes on Friday as the Wildcats edged number eight Okeene, 27-20 .... Watonga slipped three slots to 10th in the rankings after falling to Elk City, 34-13.
Top-ranked Woodland was idle in the opening week of the season but the remaining teams in the top six all notched big offensive efforts in victories .... One of the biggest wins came from second-rated Laverne in a 60-12 mercy rule over perennial power Shattuck. Fifth-rated Pond Creek also posted a mercy rule triumph over a Class C ranked foe, 60-14 over Deer Creek-Lamont .... Seiling fell to Class C Sharon-Mutual, 46-14, to fall out of the rankings as did previously ninth-rated Welch, a 58-24 loser to Bluejacket. Taking the final two slots in the poll this week are Alex and Garber.
No problems for number one Tipton and number two Cherokee in the opening weekend while Shattuck and DC-Lamont both suffered losses to Class B ranked foes and each slipped three slots in the rankings .... The biggest was Sharon-Mutual as the Trojans bounced up three positions following their 46-14 triumph over previous Class B Top 10 Seiling .... Temple slid two positions to ninth after a 64-14 loss to Class B's sixth-rated Fox while Timberlake wasn't as fortunate in dropping from the poll after a 54-6 defeat to Ringwood. Taking that spot is Bluejacket, which had a very impressive win over Welch.
article updated on 09/2/12 22:10