I am liking this ranking thing.

Earlier this week, I gave you a pair of columns ranking Claremore High’s 2019 football schedule. I know the season is still months away, but I’m a football diehard.

There is nothing I love covering more.

And I’m not done yet. I plan on trying to rank all eight OSSAA Rogers County teams’ schedules before the season begins.

For now, though, I want to try something different.

What if I pit the area teams against each other in each sport, forming a county ranking?

I got this idea from a college colleague of mine, Hayden Barber, who covers high school sports for the Wichita Eagle.

Barber majored in sports media alongside me at Oklahoma State University, where he graduated a semester after me in December 2017.

I took his model and adjusted it where necessary to fit my needs.

For continuity’s sake, I’ll start with football and move on to other sports in the coming days. After that, I’ll combine all sports and name the most successful sports department in Rogers County.

Here is how the rubric works:

State Championship: 125 points

State Runner-Up: 100 points

Top Four State Finish: 75 points

Top Eight State Finish: 50 points

District Championship: 25 points

Playoff Appearance: 10 points

All-State Selection: 6 points

First Team All-World: 4 points

Second Team All-World: 2 points

All-Star By Class: 1 point

Teams aren’t given cumulative points, meaning they won’t get points for winning a quarterfinal and semifinal game (75+50, etc.). A team making the semifinals would earn only the 75 points, and so on.

Because Class B doesn’t have an All-Star By Class selection, All-World honorable mentions will replace that category. This will affect only Foyil.

Now, let’s begin.

No. 1 | Claremore

Total Points: 53

Top Eight State Finish: 50

3 All-Star By Class Selections: 3 (Manuel Lozoya, DL; Tristin Hampton, LB; Seth Seago, C)

The Zebras finished the season 7-5 overall and 5-2 in District 5A-4.

Coach Jarrett Hurt’s squad defeated Edison, 34-7, in the first round of the playoffs before traveling to eventual Class 5A champion Carl Albert, resulting in a 42-6 defeat.

Claremore ended the season winning six of its last eight — including six straight — after starting 1-3.

No. 2 | Catoosa

Total Points: 23

Playoffs Appearance: 10

1 All-State Selection: 6 (Riley Teutsch, G/T)

1 First Team All-World: 4 (Teutsch, OL)

3 All-Star By Class: 3 (Dalton Robertson, LB; Daniel Queen, QB; Teutsch, OL)

The Indians had their best season since 2013, finishing with an 8-3 record overall and 5-3 in District 4A-3.

Under the guidance of coach Aaron Meier, who is replaced by Jason Medrano this season, Catoosa finished third in district, earning a date with Broken Bow in the first round of the playoffs.

Unfortunately, Meier’s last game with the Indians ended in a 21-0 defeat. Before that loss, the Indians won five of their last six.

No. 3 | Verdigris

Total Points: 11

Playoffs Appearance: 10

1 All-Star By Class: 1 (Hayden Hutchison, RB)

The Cardinals experienced a rollercoaster year in 2018.

Verdigris lost three of its opening four contests before winning four straight, including victories over Vinita and Inola that ultimately gave it the fourth spot out of District 3A-4.

However, the Cardinals went on to drop their last three in blowout fashion, capped by a 61-21 loss to Lincoln Christian in the playoffs.

Coach Travis East’s squad finished 5-6 overall and 4-3 in district, its best outing since 2015.

No. 4 | Foyil

Total Points: 11

Playoff Appearance: 10

1 All-World Honorable Mention Selection: 1 (Zach Meeks, C)

After accumulating a lousy record of 7-53 from 2012-2017, the Panthers came out of nowhere in 2018 and surpassed that six-year win total in only one season.

That had a lot to do with the team’s move down from Class A.

Foyil lost its season opener to Canadian but went on to win eight-straight games, including one forfeit, before losing the district championship to Regent Prep, 56-8, and bowing out of the Class B playoffs with a 20-12 defeat at the hands of Yale.

During the winning streak, not including the forfeit, the Panthers outscored opponents, 354-30, with four shutouts, averaging about 50.6 points per game.

Foyil finished 8-3, losing only one game in District B-8 action.

No. 5 | Oologah

Total Points: 10

Playoff Appearance: 10

With three-straight Class 4A state championship appearances from 2014-2016 and a quarterfinals run in 2017, the Mustangs were out of their element last season.

Oologah underwent its worst season since 2011, finishing below .500 at 5-6 after a 16-0 loss to Poteau in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Mustangs started the year 1-4 but turned things around during the second half of the season, winning four straight, including an upset over district champion and perennial power Wagoner.

No. 6 | Inola

Total Points: 1

1 All-Star By Class: 1 (Wyatt Oliver, DB)

All things considered, the Longhorns didn’t have a horrible season.

Inola came within one game of making the Class 3A playoffs for the first time since 2016.

The only thing separating it from the postseason was a 14-7 overtime loss to Verdigris.

In all, the Longhorns finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 in District 3A-4, outscoring opponents by only one point, 210-209.

No. 7 | Chelsea

Total Points: 0

The Dragons earned this spot courtesy of point differential.

Chelsea failed to garner a win in 2018, finishing 0-10 while getting outscored 391-96. Its closest game was the season opener, a 12-8 decision against Ketchum.

The remaining games were decided by double digits.

No. 8 | Sequoyah

Total Points: 0

What happened to the Eagles in 2018?

You have to go all the way back to 2010 and 1999 to find a season close to as bad as Sequoyah’s campaign last season, but even both those 2-8 outings fare better on paper.

The Eagles were skunked, dropping all 10 of their games last season. This coming after seven-straight playoff berths.

Puzzling to say the least.

Sequoyah was held to seven points or less — including three shutouts — on six occasions, managing only 86 points while surrendering 422.

That is an average score of 42.2-8.6.

Which Rogers County team will reign supreme in 2019? Only time will tell.

Until then, Claremore controls the bragging rights.

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