It's playoff time in Oklahoma, and Friday night will be filled with great games to start the postseason. Here's an idea of what games will be played in class 5A.
Carl Albert (7-4) @ MaCarthur (10-0) - Friday 7 p.m.
These two teams are very familiar with meeting each other in the playoffs, as the Highlanders were able to pull off a 44-42 victory over Carl Albert in last year’s first round. Carl Albert almost sent the game into overtime but was unable to convert a two-point conversion. Lawton Macarthur went on to win its next three games and claim a state title.
Both Carl Albert and Lawton Macarthur played against El Reno and Duncan this season and both teams came away with convincing victories in those matchups.
Carl Albert averages 39.8 points per game while allowing teams to score 21.2. Macarthur averages 40.2 points per game while locking opponents down to a 13.9 point average.
Bishop Kelley (7-2) @ Collinsville (5-4) – Friday 7:30 p.m.
This will be the first time these two teams square off this season, and Bishop Kelley will look to leave Collinsville with a win over the Cardinals.
Both teams played against Edison and Skiatook this season. Bishop Kelley beat Edison by two touchdowns and lost to Skiatook by three points. Collinsville lost to Edison by two touchdowns, while also losing to Skiatook by three points.
Bishop Kelley averages 24.1 points per game while giving up 16.4 points. Collinsville averages 29.3 points while allowing opponents to score an average of 17.5 points.
Pryor (4-7) @ Skiatook (10-0) - Friday 7 p.m.
Skiatook will look to remain undefeated led by quarterback Brendon Babb on offense and Beau Wooden on defense.
Pryor averages 17.3 points per game while letting opponents score 25.9. Skiatook puts up 23.3 points while giving up only 10 points on average.
They have two common opponents in McAlester and Collinsville, and Skiatook narrowly won both games while Pryor was blown out by McAlester and lost by three points to Collinsville.
It would be shocking if Skiatook walked away from this game with anything less than a victory.
Ardmore (8-2) @ Deer Creek (8-3) - Friday 7:30 p.m.
Ardmore will be hitting the road in this matchup, but the Tigers will be bringing their high potent offense that scores an average of 41.4 points per game, and their defense which holds teams to 18 points per contest.
While the Tigers have nice team stats, so do the Antlers. Deer Creek is scoring 32.6 points per game on average while shutting teams down to only 15.7 points against them.
These two teams don’t have a common opponent, but one thing’s for sure: both squads are very good, and it’s a shame that one will be eliminated from the class 5A playoffs in the first round.
Del City (6-4) @ Bishop McGuiness (8-2) – Friday 7 p.m.
The Eagles snuck into the playoffs last week with a win, and face a powerhouse in Bishop McGuiness that holds opponents to two touchdowns per contest while scoring an average of 31.1 points of its own.
Del City will be led by quarterback Terry Wilson, who’s committed to play at Oregon next fall. He will need to have a big game and not be so timid if they want to hang with the Irish. The Eagles average 34.3 points per game while allowing teams to almost match their own point total with a 29.1 points against average.
Tahlequah (8-2) @ McAlester (9-1) - Friday 7:30 p.m.
This game promises to be a great matchup, with both teams bolstering impressive resumes. While looking at the numbers, McAlester has looked better throughout the season, averaging 41.1 points per game and allowing teams to score 15.7 on average.
Deon Smith leads McAlester with 90 rushing yards per game while Braden Parker is the quarterback for the Buffaloes. Trying to slow that duo down will be a Tahlequah defense that only allows opponents to score 17.2 points on average, while the Tigers’ offense scores 30.1 points per game. Leading that offense is dual threat quarterback Kyle Lucas.
Both Tahlequah and McAlester faced off with Pryor and Coweta throughout the regular season. McAlester won both games with somewhat ease while Tahlequah beat Pryor and lost to Coweta by 26 points.
Memorial (7-4) @ Coweta (6-3) – Friday 7 p.m.
Both of these teams have played East Central, Edison and McAlester this season, and Memorial went 1-2 in those common games while Coweta went 2-1.
Memorial is scoring 24.8 points per game while allowing opponents to average 20.7 points. Coweta can score the ball with ease, and averages 43.1 points per game, but the defense has struggled at times. The Tigers are allowing opponents to score 26.1 points.
Guthrie (6-5) @ Altus (9-1)
Altus has a great rushing offense and will go up against a great Guthrie defense that only allows teams to run for about 85 yards per game.
Guthrie should be able to keep it competitive for a little bit, but Altus should eventually flex its muscles and pull away.