Football Forecast: Week 14
Six state titles will be up for grabs with a handful of teams still alive. Another Union-Jenks showdown is coming up along with another rematch of last year's finale in Class C when Tipton tangles with Cherokee. It's down to the nitty gritty so let's get it started.
Last Week: 16-4 (.800)
Season: 1390-303 (.821)
Union vs. Jenks
Our Take: (Class 6A) Same song 11th verse as the rivals meet for the 11th time in the past 19 years for the state title. It will also mark the incredible 19th straight season in which either Union or Jenks took home the title in the state's largest class. Union took advantage of turnovers while defeating Jenks, 24-13, in their regular season meeting. Look for big things from Mason Farquhar who had 228 yards and three touchdowns in that game. He has more than 2,000 yards passing for the season, as does Jenks signal-caller Cooper Nunley. These two have had some classics and this one should follow suit.
Our Pick: Union 33, Jenks 31
Lawton vs. Bixby
Our Take: (Class 6A) Somebody other than Union or Jenks is finally going to win a 6A state title. Lawton hasn't won a gold ball since 1987 and Bixby is 0-fer in three previous championship contests. Bixby QB Tanner Griffin has been one of 6A's top passers all season with 2,807 yards and 31 touchdowns. His favorite target Kyle Rhine has 1,086 of those yards and 10 scores. Nic Roller for the Spartans has scored 34 touchdowns, more than anybody else in 6A. Lawton has a top passing threat of its own with Jack Meservy and his 2,286 yards passing and 23 touchdowns. If you like offensive fireworks, this is probably the game for you.
Our Pick: Lawton 46, Bixby 42
Lawton Mac vs. Skiatook
Our Take: (Class 5A) Lawton Mac has been a regular in state championship games, including four now in the last 11 years but the Highlanders are still in search of that elusive gold ball. QB Will Collins threw for 289 yards and six touchdowns in last week's semifinals, leading the Highlanders from behind to defeat McAlester in a thriller. We know Lawton Mac can score but can the Highlanders come up with enough defensive stops against Skiatook and Class 5A rushing leader Kyle McLaughlin, who has accounted for 2,421 yards and 31 touchdowns this season. Is it finally Lawton Mac's time though?
Our Pick: Lawton Mac 35, Skiatook 34
Oologah vs. Wagoner
Our Take: (Class 4A) Records are a bit misleading in this one as Oologah comes in with five losses thanks to forfeits and Wagoner has three with all coming early in the year. These two are district rivals as Oologah beat Wagoner, 18-7, all the way back in Week 4. Despite the forfeits Oologah has been on a roll as of late with 1,000-yard rusher Jimmy McKinney. Payton Craig adds 1,400 yards passing. Wagoner counters with QB Malcolm Rodriguez and his 1,630 yards through the air and 18 touchdowns. It's always tough to beat a good team twice, much less a team like Wagoner.
Our Pick: Wagoner 24, Oologah 21
Laverne vs. Alex
Our Take: (Class B) Laverne's offense has been unbelievable to say the least all season, rolling up 666 points in just 12 games. That's almost 56 points per outing. The Tigers haven't been held under 46 points all season, and those only because the game finished early on the mercy rule. Those numbers have been big but don't match the 727 points which Alex has put up in 13 contests. They've scored at least 60 three games in a row in the playoffs. Something is going to have to give with two offenses scoring at alarming rates.
Our Pick: Laverne 52, Alex 38
Tipton vs. Cherokee
Our Take: (Class C) There's a pretty good chance that Tipton still has the bitter taste in its mouth since it's last loss - a 38-14 decision to Cherokee - in last season's state championship. Some might say these two have been on a collision coarse since that contest. It would be very tough to go against Tipton, which has allowed just 44 total points all season and has seemingly gotten better down the stretch with three shutouts in its past four games. Few teams have been able to slow Cherokee's offense though. The Chiefs have scored at least 60 points each of the past three weeks.
Our Pick: Tipton 32, Cherokee 26
Union 33, Jenks 31
Lawton 46, Bixby 42
Lawton Mac 35, Skiatook 34
Wagoner 24, Oologah 21
Kingfisher 36, Cushing 20
Heritage Hall 42, Locust Grove 36
Davis 21, Hennessey 20
Oklahoma Christian 27, Nowata 24
Talihina 44, Cashion 42
Thomas 20, Wynnewood 14
Laverne 52, Alex 38
Tipton 32, Cherokee 26
article updated on 12/4/14 08:12