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Claremore’s Noah Smallwood, seen here after intercepting a pass against Collinsvile last season, will experience his first district game as quarterback against Glenpool.

Claremore’s district slate begins at Lantow Field against newcomer Glenpool.

It will be the Zebras’ second-consecutive home game while the Warriors will be on the road for the third time in as many games after hosting Skiatook in the season opener on Sept. 4.

There is little history between these programs, for the Oklahoma High School Sports Historical Society’s IWasAtTheGame.com shows no records of them meeting prior to this year.

And though Glenpool’s seniors have only a 7-24 record heading in to this season, this game might be closer than many expect.

According to the MaxPreps preseason rankings, the Warriors are projected to finish ahead of Claremore in the District 5A-4 standings. VYPE, however, predicted the Zebras to place fourth with Glenpool at sixth.

This could be a trap game for the Zebras despite it being so early in the district schedule.

When: Week 4 | Sept. 25

Where: Lantow Field, Claremore

All-time series: First meeting (according to IWasAtTheGame.com)

A LOOK AT THE WARRIORS

Overview: Glenpool has gone 2-8 in each of the past two seasons.

In 2019, the Warriors managed only 13 points per game while allowing 27.9. They were held to eight points or fewer four times.

Furthermore, Glenpool surrendered at least 40 points in five of its eight losses.

Although a playoff berth is probably out of the question because of the district’s depth, the Warriors do have a handful of players coming back on both sides of the ball who could keep games closer this season.

Key Returner: Mike Edwards. Fresh off a 38-11 record in wrestling and a third-place finish in the 120-pound weight class at the Class 5A state meet, Edwards put on 30 pounds in the offseason and returns as quarterback for Glenpool. He will also have returning running back Shawn McLaughlin to help take some pressure off his shoulders.

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