Each week, I predict the winner and score of every high school football game in Rogers County.
Heading into the playoffs, I am rocking a respectable B-average of 85.5% through 69 games (59-10).
Before I reveal my first-round picks, let's jump ahead a few weeks and look at my state championship predictions for every class. Here are who I believe will hoist Gold Balls at the end of the season:
CLASS 6A-I: Jenks. Owasso is the trendy pick to claim back-to-back titles, but I've been finding myself more impressed with the Trojans in recent weeks.
Jenks, unlike the Rams, has a loss, but that came in a 42-35 barnburner against Bixby, which is one of the top 50 teams in the entire country according to several national polls.
The Trojans avenge last year's 14-6 state championship loss to Owasso by taking the Rams down in the semifinals before besting rival Union for the 2020 title.
CLASS 6A-II: Bixby. The Spartans look unstoppable and are averaging 51.3 points per game while allowing only 13.8.
Bixby has set itself apart from the rest of Class 6A-II, and not even a very good Stillwater team will be able to slow this squad down.
By the way, did you see the Spartans embarrass Booker T. Washington 70-21 on ESPN last week? Have mercy.
CLASS 5A: Carl Albert. Some might consider me a little bias considering I'm a CA graduate -- Class of 2013 -- but the Titans have done nothing but take care of business at the 5A level.
Regardless of whether it is Coweta, Bishop McGuinness, McAlester or another team on the other side come Championship Night, Carl Albert will reign supreme over Class 5A with its fifth-consecutive state title.
CLASS 4A: Wagoner. If the Bulldogs have a weakness, I haven't seen it.
Wagoner has allowed only 46 points total through 10 games while notching five shutouts, two of which came against Rogers County teams Oologah (48-0) and Catoosa (70-0).
The Bulldogs also put up 47.1 points per game and boast a 28-0 victory over Class 5A No. 2 Coweta.
CLASS 3A: Holland Hall. There are several contenders capable of winning the title in Class 3A, including Verdigris, but Holland Hall looks like a machine designed only for annihilating.
The Dutch scored on their first eight possessions in a 52-7 rout of Verdigris two weeks ago, and they've been my title favorite ever since.
Oh and by the way, they've surrendered only 27 points all season.
Defending champion Lincoln Christian could give Holland Hall a run in the title game, but I gotta go with the team I've seen in action.
If Verdigris can get by Heritage Hall in the quarterfinals and knock off Lincoln Christian in the semifinals, the Cardinals could get a rematch with the Dutch.
How cool would that be?
CLASS 2A: Vian. The Wolverines look like a different team after suffering a 7-6 loss to Cascia Hall, outscoring opponents 180-6 their past three games.
Marlow, Millwood, Jones and Metro Christian also look like title contenders, but stopping Vian from redeeming last year's championship loss will be a tough task.
CLASS A: Pawhuska. Led by quarterback Bryce Drummond, the Huskies are the highest-scoring team in the nation (!!!) at 69.5 points per game. Their 695 points through 10 games is a state record.
Pawhuska was held under 60 points only twice, and it still scored 48 and 52 in those games. Heck, the Huskies even hung 95, 92 and 86 points against Ketchum, Fairland and Quapaw, respectively.
They are also stout on defense, holding opponents to 15.3 points per game.
Cashion, which allows only 6.7 points per game, is probably Pawhuska's biggest threat, and it is unfortunate these teams will meet in the semifinals rather than the state championship game.
CLASS B: Shattuck. Despite suffering a shocking 50-16 loss to Laverne in the regular-season finale, the Indians are still the favorite and for good reason.
Shattuck has played in five-consecutive state title games, winning four of them. The winning tradition and championship pedigree is there, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Indians back there again in 2020.
I see Shattuck getting revenge on Laverne in the championship game to keep the dynasty rolling.
CLASS C: Timberlake. The Tigers have been on top of the rankings since Week 1, and I don't see that changing.
There are other contenders -- Buffalo, Mountain View-Gotebo, Midway and Tyrone among others -- but Timberlake appears to be the team to beat.