Skiatook (1-4) at Claremore (0-5)
Each team is winless in District 5A-4. Skiatook comes into Lantow Field with the district’s highest-yielding defense, right at 40 points per game. Just what the schedule-makers had in mind for a Homecoming opponent. Still, Claremore has not generated a lot of offense, an average of 15 points per outing. Junior quarterback Blake Grauer has provided the lion’s share of the offense, throwing for 729 yards and six touchdowns. In its first season at the 5A level, Skiatook has found the going a little rough. However, the Bulldogs’ lone victory came at the expense of once-ranked Tulsa Edison, 34-28, back in Week 2. Last season: Did not play.
Collinsville (3-2) at Oologah (2-3)
Oologah, apparently, has recovered from the three-game, headache-producing stretch in which it played a Top 10 team every week. Last Friday, the Mustangs produced 51 points in a shutout of Tulsa Webster, and now Collinsville comes to town with a defense that gave up 50 to Miami two weeks ago. Collinsville opened with three straight wins, but has come up short against Miami and No. 1 Wagoner, scoring only nine points in those two losses. Sophomore Jordan Barrett is progressing at quarterback for Oologah. He has a half-dozen rushing touchdowns to go along with his half-dozen passing touchdowns. In District 4A-3, Collinsville is 0-2, Oologah is 1-1. Last season: Oologah 27, Oologah 9.
Inola (1-4) at Sequoyah (5-0)
Bad timing for Inola. After four straight losses, straight ahead stands the No. 1 team in 3A. And, it’s Homecoming at Sequoyah. The Eagles added to their growing reputation last week by invading then-No. 4 Berryhill and running away with a 44-7 victory. It was their most productive offensive showing this year. Sequoyah has not given up a first-half score this season, and has yielded only four touchdowns over the last four games. After exploding for 53 points in its opener against Chelsea, Inola has averaged 10 points per start. Sequoyah’s list of defensive standouts is a lengthy as its star-studded offensive unit. J.R. Row is averaging 12 tackles per game. Offensively, the Eagles are averaging 376 yards total offense per start. In District 3A-3, Sequoyah is 2-0, Inola is 0-2. Last season: Sequoyah 47, Inola 7.
Chelsea (1-4) at Cascia Hall (5-0)
Third-ranked Cascia Hall boasts the third-highest scoring offensive unit in all of Class 2A, putting up 41 points per start. And, the Commandos are fresh off a 61-0 blitz of Chouteau. That’s the same Chouteau that Chelsea defeated, 28-14, the week before. State champion wrestler Denny Clement can be a handful for any defense. As the Commandos’ go-to running back, he is averaging 7.7 yards per carry, and has accumulated nine touchdowns. But he is equally a handful on defense, as he has recorded eight sacks. After the victory over Chouteau, it was suspected that Chelsea was turning the corner. But then, Pawhuska came to town and took away a 37-8 decision last week. In District 2A-7, Cascia Hall is 2-0, Chelsea is 1-1. Last season: did not play.
Coweta (4-1) at Catoosa (2-3)
Coweta holds down the No. 6 spot in the state rankings, thanks in part to a defense that is second only to East Central in its district. Coweta’s lone loss was at No. 1 Wagoner, 40-6. The only other team to score more than once on the Tigers was Oologah (Coweta won, 24-15). Catoosa successfully survived the shock of losing at home to Tulsa Rogers, 52-50, two weeks ago, by going on the road and defeating Skiatook, 20-13. Coweta counters the quarterbacking magic of Catoosa’s Doug Quinn with the double-barreled attack of Alex Elliott and Matt Kilgore, who have combined for a dozen touchdowns on the ground. In District 5A-4, Coweta is 2-0, Catoosa is 1-1. Last season: did not play.
Barnsdall (1-4) at Foyil (4-1)
Foyil is back home after two road games, even though last week the Panthers had only to go as far as Sequoyah. And, it is only the second of four home games this season. The Panthers are still scoring at a 43-ppg clip, thanks to the offensive fireworks ignited by Kris Mount (nine TDs), Taylor Antle (eight TDs) and Douglas Smith (five). Sophomore Dustin Tucker has contributed four fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown. Barnsdall and Foyil have each taken a loss against Top 10 Woodland. Foyil dropped a 35-27 decision there two weeks ago. Barnsdall was at home last week and let Woodland take away a 49-7 win. In District A-6, Foyil is 2-1, Barnsdall is 1-3. Last season: did not play.
Sperry (4-1) at Verdigris (4-1)
These two teams have quite a bit in common. Each has given up 42 points to No. 1-ranked Claremore Sequoyah. Since then, Verdigris has rolled up four straight wins. Sequoyah pinned a 42-6 loss on Sperry in Week 2, one week after a 42-27 decision over the Cardinals. Verdigris has the distinction of putting up more points on Sequoyah than any other team. Sperry and Verdigris have found a good balance with offense and defense. Aside from the Sequoyah loss, Verdigris has won four games by an average of 27-10. With the same guideline, Sperry has an average winning margin of 44-10. Included in Sperry’s three-game winning streak since Sequoyah is last week’s 69-0 rout of Caney Valley and a 41-7 waltz past Nowata. In District 2A-7, Sperry is 2-0, Verdigris is 2-0. Last season: Sperry 27, Verdigris 13.
Rejoice Christian (1-4) at CCS (4-1)
The Warriors’ home games are being played in Bixby. Rejoice Christian is located in Owasso. The Warriors have been averaging 39 points per game, while Rejoice has yielded 45 per game. Travis Poole of CCS has thrown for 17 touchdowns, with only three interceptions. His favorite target has been Brian Bell, with nine touchdowns. Last season: did not play.
Skiatook (1-4) at Claremore (0-5)