Week 15: The Finale
Last week's championship games were mostly blowouts across the board with the closest finish being Jenks' 38-22 win over Union. We're expecting much tighter contests this week with three number one ranked teams still alive as we head into Christmas week. Here we go...
Last Week: 9-2 (.818); Season: 1528-349 (.814)
#1 Kingfisher vs. #3 Blanchard
Our Take: This is one much of the state has been looking forward to all year (assuming you don't live in one of the other 3A schools knocked out by either Blanchard or Kingfisher). This rematch features two teams that have been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 by most every reputable outlet in the state all season long. Both squads feature dominant ground games (Blanchard with Braden Stringer, Kingfisher with Landon Nault and some Nick Smith sprinkled in), opportunistic passing games and solid defenses. In other words, they're a lot alike. Last year, it was Blanchard that made fewer mistakes and took advantage of Kingfisher's miscues en route to a 28-21 win. This year, we think Kingfisher will limit its mistakes and finally raise a second gold ball after falling short so many times in recent years.
Our Pick: Kingfisher 21, Blanchard 17
#1 Millwood vs. #2 Davis
Our Take: Millwood has been virtually unstoppable most of the season, including 60 or more points offensively five times since Week 6. The Falcons' speed and athleticism was very apparent in early impressive wins against Douglass and Adair but have been slowed down in recent weeks with the weather turning colder. Still the Falcon defense has been stellar by allowing a total of 21 points in four playoff outings. That unit will be put to the test by a Davis wishbone attack that has run roughshod over most everyone, failing to reach 32 points only once (a 28-27 win over Adair in the quarterfinals). The Blake Summers led Wolves will get their points but Cameron Batson will score in bunches as well. Could it be another 44-41 classic like last year?
Our Pick: Millwood 42, Davis 38
#1 Ringling vs. #3 Hollis
Our Take: Despite the controversy of the past week, Ringling remains as the favorite to repeat with another hard-nosed attack. The Blue Devils have plenty of weapons led by runningback Slade Stewart and have been slowed down rarely. The Blue Devil defense rose to the challenge with big stops in last week's semifinal against Talihina. Hollis has been unheralded most of the season but has quickly built its best campaign in school history. The Tigers have won 22 of their last 24 contests, but one of those defeats came to Ringling in last year's playoffs by a 60-21 count. You can guarantee this one will be much closer than that but has Hollis improved enough to get over that massive hump and claim it's first gold ball in the process?
Our Pick: Ringling 24, Hollis 18
article updated on 12/19/13 09:06