Championship Week is finally here! Well, at least for Classes 6A-1, 6A-2, 5A, 4A, B and C. 3A, 2A and A will all play semifinal games on Friday and Saturday. Here’s a breakdown of the weekend’s matchups.
Class 6A-1 Championship: Broken Arrow vs. Jenks at Tulsa University (7:00 p.m.)
It’s another opportunity for someone to knock Jenks off the top spot in the state’s largest class. The Tigers already beat the Trojans this season, 35-34, on Oct. 23rd but Jenks has won the last three title games.
Class 6A-2 Championship: Sand Springs vs. Bixby at Union High School (7:00 p.m.)
Bixby looks to repeat as champions after the Spartans claimed their first state title last year against Lawton. Sand Springs has one football championship in 1966. The Sandites were eliminated by Bixby in the semifinals last year.
Class 4A Championship: Wagoner vs. Oologah at Owasso High School (7:00 p.m.)
Both the Bulldogs (2011, 2014) and Mustangs (1997, 1998) have two championships under their belts, but Wagoner has the edge being defending champs and having already beat Oologah 55-30 on Sept. 25th.
Class 3A Semifinal: Heritage Hall vs. Lone Grove at Moore High School (7:00 p.m.)
Defending 3A champ Heritage Hall marches on after a convincing 41-6 victory against Hilldale. However, Lone Grove has been on a roll lately and the Longhorns shut out Locust Grove’s high-powered offense last week, 64-0.
Class 2A Semifinal: Haskell vs. Prague at Beggs High School (7:00 p.m.)
After being eliminated in the first round each of the past three years, the Haskell Haymakers are a win away from a championship berth. The Red Devils were winless two years ago. Now they’re heating up at just the right time having dispatched No. 3 Washington 22-7 last week.
Class A Semifinal: Cashion vs. Ringling at Noble High School (7:00 p.m.)
The Cashion Wildcats, last year’s runner-up, handed top-ranked Hollis its first defeat of the year last week in an 8-6 nail-biter. Now they’ll try to do the same to undefeated No. 3 Ringling, who has allowed just 21 points in three playoff games this season. The Blue Devils’ last title came in 2012 and the Wildcats last won in 1981.
Class B Championship: Davenport vs. Keota at Muskogee High School (7:00 p.m.)
The ‘D’ in Davenport stands for dominant. That’s what the undefeated Bulldogs have been in 2015, registering seven shutouts out of 13 games. The Dogs last won a championship in 1974 but they got close last year before falling in the semifinals to Laverne. Keota also fell victim to Laverne in the 2014 playoffs, losing in the quarters. The undefeated Lions have given up just eight points in the playoffs (three games) so far. This would be Keota’s first state title in football.
Class 5A Championship: Collinsville vs. Altus at Yukon High School (1:00 p.m.)
Both Collinsville and Altus seek their first championship in football. It’s a rare title game where neither team has been this good in quite some time. Collinsville has one of the best defenses in 5A and while Altus can really put points on the board. Something has to give.
Class 3A Semifinal: Lincoln Christian vs. Jones at Stillwater High School (1:00 p.m.)
A battle of unbeatens pits two of 3A’s best offenses against each other in the semis. The Bulldogs were eliminated in the quarterfinals the past two years; their only championship came in 2009. The Longhorns were knocked out in the semifinals in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2011 but have yet to bring home a title.
Class 2A Semifinal: Chisholm vs. Adair at Sand Springs High School (1:00 p.m.)
2A juggernauts meet in the semifinals when undefeated Chisholm takes on one-loss Adair. The Warriors lone blemish came against a very good 3A team, Locust Grove. These two have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nearly the whole season, but neither has actually won a state championship in football. The winner advances to play the winner of the Haskell-Prague game.
Class A Semifinal: Hominy vs. Stratford at Choctaw High School (1:00 p.m.)
Undefeated Stratford and one-loss Hominy will vie for a championship berth a year after both were eliminated in the quarterfinal stage. Both have been ranked among Class A’s best for the majority of the 2015 season.
Class C Championship: Coyle vs. Shattuck at Newcastle High School (6:00 p.m.)
In the lone night game on Saturday, the Coyle Bluejackets will look to win their first state championship against perennial contender Shattuck. The Indians last won in 2011, defeating Coyle in the second round.