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Football Forecast: Week 13

Week 13
The number of teams keeps dwindling but our staff has managed to keep up an amazing pace, including missing only seven of 44 winners a week ago. That included perfect 4-0 marks in Class 6A, Class B and Class C. This week looks to be the biggest challenge yet with multiple showdowns featuring unbeaten foes. One thing for sure though is that we'll have fewer misses than a year ago (351) with 34 total games remaining. With that locked up, here goes.
Last Week: 37-7 (.841)
Season: 1374-299 (.822)

The Fab Five

Skiatook vs. Ardmore
Our Take: (Class 5A) Showdown of two of the top rushing attacks in Class 5A as well as two clubs that have been stingy when they have had to be defensively. Skiatook rallied from a 10-0 deficit in last week's quarterfinal win against defending champ Guthrie, but it was a 17-yard TD pass with just under four minutes left that proved to be the difference. Senior Kyle McLaughlin has carried much of the Bulldogs' load offensively with 2,261 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns but overshadowed a bit is a defense that yields less than 14 points an outing. Junior O.J. Walker has been the catalyst for the Ardmore flexbone attack, averaging more than 14 yards per carry while scoring 14 touchdowns. Kydric Knox has been pretty solid as well with almost 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Our Pick: Skiatook 21, Ardmore 14

Fort Gibson vs. Oologah
Our Take: (Class 4A) Fort Gibson has one of the top rushers in the state in Chris Walker, who has toted the ball for 2,339 yards and 36 touchdowns. He has been just as impressive in the postseason with nearly 500 yards and five scores in those games alone. QB Payton Craig has been the bellcow of the Oologah offense with almost 1,300 yards passing and 15 touchdowns. Jimmy McKinney adds 905 yards rushing and 10 scores while doubling as the Mustangs' defensive leader, who has posted an amazing 47 total tackles in his team's two playoff victories thus far.
Our Pick: Fort Gibson 28, Oologah 21

Davis at Adair

Our Take: (Class 2A) Anybody that didn't see this matchup coming in the playoffs hasn't been keeping up with Class 2A football. The two powerhouses have met in this exact game each of the past two years with Davis notching a narrow one-point victory both times on the way to the state title game. It's another battle of contrasting styles as well. Adair signal-caller B.J. Bradbury has thrown for 1,900 yards and 26 scores while Davis QB Blake Summers leads the Wolves' wishbone attack with 1,842 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns this season. So, is the third time finally the charm for Adair?
Our Pick: Davis 31, Adair 28

Thomas at Kiefer
Our Take: (Class A) Thomas has manhandled every opponent all season with it's closest game a 27-point victory over Alva all the way back in Week 1 of the season. The Terrier offense has seemingly gotten better each week, scoring at least 40 points in the last 10 contests. This will unquestionably be the Terriers' toughest test as Kiefer presents the top statistical defense in Class A, allowing only 3.8 points while scoring over 43 an outing. Trey Sneed has rushed for 1,600 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Trojans while Gavin Hudson has added 1,057 yards passing and 15 scores. At this stage of the season defense is usually the difference and Kiefer appears to have a slight edge there.
Our Pick: Kiefer 14, Thomas 12

Talihina at Ringling

Our Take: (Class A) Talihina quarterback Alan Lockhart has been unbelievable all season putting up video game like numbers in the Golden Tiger aerial assault. He is completing a staggering 74 percent of his passes for 4,191 yards and 67 touchdowns with an even more incredible just two interceptions in 302 attempts. Ringling meanwhile has a solid one-two punch with QB Rickey Lewis and RB Joe Hill, which each totaling more than 1,000 yards rushing. Defense has been the Blue Devils' strength, allowing just 12 points a game, but they haven't seen an offense with Talihina type firepower since a Week 1 29-0 loss to Oklahoma Christian. Ringling won 26-18 in the semifinal matchup between the two a year ago but we see Talihina in a reversal this time around.
Our Pick: Talihina 27, Ringling 21


Statewide Picks

Class 5A

Skiatook 21, Ardmore 14
McAlester 38, Lawton Mac 28

Class 4A

Metro Christian 20, Wagoner 14
Fort Gibson 28, Oologah 21

Class 3A

Heritage Hall 33, Beggs 21
Locust Grove 30, Douglass 24
Cushing 28, Lincoln Christian 24
Kingfisher 44, Roland 13

Class 2A

Hennessey 27, Hartshorne 20
Davis 31, Adair 28
Oklahoma Christian 31, Colcord 17
Nowata 24, Washington 22

Class A

Kiefer 14, Thomas 12
Wynnewood 28, Hominy 14
Cashion 24, Stratford 20
Talihina 27, Ringling 21

Class B

Laverne 32, Davenport 24
Alex 36, Dewar 34

Class C

Cherokee 42, Grandfield 26
Tipton 52, Fox 18





article updated on 11/28/14 12:28

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