There are all kinds of storylines in the first round matchups of the Class 6A-II playoffs beginning Friday.
Booker T. Washington (9-0) faces a familiar foe, Choctaw (5-5), at home in a rematch of last year’s 45-14 Hornet victory. Booker T. Washington, behind Oklahoma State running back commit Justice Hill, averages 44.4 points per game but don’t forget about the Hornets defense, which is stout as well. The Yellowjackets made the playoffs for a second-straight year averaging 33.3 points per game while surrendering 23.6.
Stillwater (5-5) and Sand Springs (5-4) were both ousted a season ago by eventual champion Bixby. The Pioneers and Sandites haven’t played since 2013, a 44-41 Sand Springs win. The Sandites got their revenge on Bixby last week by winning 20-0 but the Pioneers have righted the ship after a slow start, winning three of the last four to clinch first-round hosting duties. Stillwater receiver Jordan Brown, a Tulsa commit, is a load.
It’s a treat to get to see a rematch of last year’s championship game in the first round! Runner-up Lawton (8-1) hosts defending champ Bixby (6-4) on Saturday, Nov. 14th, presenting the Wolverines an opportunity to redeem themselves against the Spartans. Lawton’s lone loss was to MacArthur in Week 2; since then the Wolverines have been on cruise control. Bixby doesn’t have the defense it had a season ago so the Spartans will try to keep pace offensively.
Second-seeded Bartlesville (9-1) gets Midwest City (6-3) at home which is nice for the Bruins, who haven’t lost at home since Oct. 16th last year. B-Ville quarterback Colton Penrod is among the state’s best in passing yardage and touchdowns. The Bombers slugged their way into the playoffs and have a tough defense to crack, giving up just 17.8 points per contest.