We are slowly but surely learning more and more about our football teams in Rogers County.
Although most of last week’s games went how I expected, there were still some surprises thrown in there that created even more excitement for what is to come the remainder of the season. For example, I picked Sequoyah to beat Haskell, but I doubt anyone anticipated the 38-0 beatdown the Eagles put on the Haymakers, ending their 22-game losing streak in the process.
That is certainly something to be proud of, and Sequoyah will have some extra time to celebrate the momentous victory thanks to a well-deserved bye this week.
Elsewhere, the dynamic quarterback/running back duo of Will Hampton and Cash Ramsey taught us Chelsea is a legitimate playoff contender in Class A.
The Green Dragons pummeled Nowata, a playoff team in Class 2A last year, by a score of 63-14, which caught my attention in a big way. I actually put Chelsea in the top 10 of my Class A ballot in the AP poll – that is how impressed I was.
I picked the Ironmen to win by 12 points, so you can imagine my shock as I followed how that game unfolded Friday night. These Green Dragons are now fire-breathing, and they have scorched their opponents thus far to the tune of 104-32.
Matt Hagebusch has something brewing in Chelsea.
Claremore Christian showed its offensive firepower as well, scoring 42 points in the second quarter on the way to a 64-28 win over Cornerstone in Joplin, Mo.
What will we learn this week? Will any other teams make a statement?
There are some intriguing matchups that should give us the answers to those questions.
One of those clashes will be our Progress Game of the Week, Claremore at Oologah.
Despite suffering a loss, the Mustangs came out of their 34-24 battle with Class 5A No. 5 Collinsville looking like a formidable opponent.
Oologah put up 333 yards of offense, including 230 yards rushing. Those are huge numbers against a Cardinals defense that is supposed to be a stout group.
Quarterback Blake Salt rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown, averaging 8.1 yards per carry while also throwing for 103 yards and another score on 9-of-14 passing. Running back Alan Trimble had success on the ground as well at 5.6 yards per carry and a touchdown.
That could mean trouble for Claremore, which struggled against the run in a 34-10 loss to Bartlesville last week. Caleb Perry, Dylan McCoy and Paxton Bradford combined for 255 yards rushing for the Bruins, averaging 10.2 yards per carry.
The Mustangs’ rushing attack will be the x-factor, and the combination of Salt and Trimble will lead them to a victory in the first Battle of Rogers County since 2013 … OOLOGAH 32, Claremore 14
Verdigris 63, MIAMI 7: This game was moved to Saturday because some Wardog starters have been quarantined because of possible exposure to COVID-19, but the minor postponement only delays the inevitable in this one. The Cardinals are still flying from their 45-6 win over 2A No. 4 Sperry, and they will keep that momentum with many points and a suffocating defense.
CHELSEA 42, Commerce 24: This is the Green Dragons’ chance to solidify themselves as a playoff contender in Class A. Hampton and Ramsey lead the Green Dragons to a 3-0 record with another offensive clinic, this time against an experienced Commerce team.
INOLA 37, Salina 7: The Wildcats got a surprising 20-8 win over Locust Grove last week, but Inola is hungry following a two-point loss to Gravette (Ark.). Landon Prows sends the Longhorns to their second win with a big game through the air.
Fort Gibson 32, CATOOSA 13: Can Catoosa get its offense on track after a 44-13 loss to Pryor last week? Scoring points against Fort Gibson, which held 2019 playoff team Tecumseh to 17 points in Week 1, might be a tough task for the young Indians.
Claremore Christian 43, PORUM 18: The CCS offense is clicking on all cylinders and looks to continue its explosive ways. Porum returned little from last year’s 3-7 team, and its 24-6 win over South Coffeyville last week doesn’t seem that impressive given the latter’s recent history.
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 41, Foyil 6: With seven of eight starters back on both sides of the ball, expect Summit Christian to replicate its success from last year’s 48-0 win over Foyil.
Last week’s record: 7-2
Overall record: 9-3