Editor’s note: In Part 1 earlier this week, Progress sports editor Kevin Green picked Sequoyah to beat Dewey 37-6 in a Tuesday night game. The Eagles went on to win 55-8.
OK, so this week isn’t off to a great start.
First, Foyil’s already postponed game at Davenport on Monday was canceled thanks to inclement weather that included heavy rain and a below-freezing windchill. Then one of this week’s marquee matchups — Claremore at Sapulpa — was called off for COVID-19 issues.
Until now, the Zebras had been unaffected by the coronavirus, playing a game every week of the season. Many teams around the state haven’t been as fortunate, with some losing multiple games to the unforgiving and unrelenting pandemic.
However, Claremore coach Jarrett Hurt said he isn’t surprised his team made it so far through the season without a cancellation.
“We’re not surprised because of the protocols that our superintendent, our board of education and our athletic director put in place,” Hurt said. “We followed those to a T, so we’re not surprised we made it through eight games. Our kids have been doing everything we asked of them, so no, it doesn’t surprise us at all.”
Despite the unfortunate cancellation, the sun will come out Friday, and you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be high school football for other Rogers County programs.
The best of the remaining matchups is undoubtedly Class 3A No. 5 Verdigris at No. 2 Holland Hall.
This is going to be a fun one.
Both teams are unbeaten, and the winner will likely determine the champion of District 3A-4. The Cardinals and the Dutch have looked unstoppable thus far, so something has to give.
Verdigris enters the game averaging 47.1 points per game while allowing only 12.6 points. Similarly, Holland Hall is averaging 46.2 points and has given up only 20 points through six games with three shutouts. That is essentially a field goal per game.
A lot of that defensive dominance is thanks to the contributions of Owen Ostroski.
The senior defensive end is listed at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds and is an intimidating presence for opposing offenses.
The Army commit has 42 tackles with 21 ½ for losses while also tallying 10 sacks and 23 quarterback hurries. He has 305 career tackles — 100 ½ of them going for losses — and 39 ½ sacks.
Ostroski is a force, and no team has discovered how to stop him yet. Verdigris has the best shot at accomplishing just that.
Cardinals quarterback Dylan White will be out for a second-consecutive week due to injury, which means Hayden Jones will again be behind center. Last week, Jones completed 10 of 15 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-0 victory over Mannford.
He has plenty of quarterbacking experience, having started five games at the position last year, but how will he handle the pressure brought on by Ostroski and company? That is the key matchup in this one.
I think this game could be low-scoring and tied late in the fourth quarter, but Ostroski makes some big plays down the stretch — maybe even forcing a turnover — to help Holland Hall pull away for a decisive victory … HOLLAND HALL 30, Verdigris 17
Sequoyah 48, NOWATA 10: The Eagles had only two days of preparation for this game after playing Dewey on Monday night, but that shouldn’t make a difference in this one. Sequoyah is clicking on both sides of the ball, and Nowata — which has scored only 48 points through six games while allowing that amount per game — won’t change that this week.
CLAREMORE CHRISTIAN 80, Life Christian 30: CCS beat this team 72-22 two weeks ago, and breaking into the 80s would be a great way to send 15-year coach Ryan Mullins out in his final regular season game at the helm of the program. The Warriors, who are averaging 50.3 points per game, have the firepower to do so.
Woodland 44, CHELSEA 16: The Green Dragons haven’t played in three weeks, and they are coming off losses to Morrison and Caney Valley in which they were outscored 66-13. Meanwhile, Woodland is ranked ninth in Class A with a 7-1 record and owns victories over both those teams, including a 46-6 drumming of the latter.
CENTRAL 33, Inola 20: After averaging 32 points per game through the first four weeks, Inola has scored only 23 points in its past three contests. That includes a surprising shutout loss to Vinita.
Central is 1-6 but has looked like a different team since the return of star quarterback KT Owens. I expect the Braves to cruise to what would be considered an upset on paper.
OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24: This one could go either way. Cleveland shocked highly ranked Skiatook in a Monday game last week only to drop a 21-14 decision to Grove four days later. Oologah lost twice during that same stretch to Grove and No. 1 Wagoner in a pair of road games.
Returning home will serve the Mustangs well as they get back on track and improve to 3-4 on the season.
Depew 43, FOYIL 14: The Panthers are still seeking their first win while Depew is looking to go above .500. Foyil hasn’t scored more than 14 points all season while giving up 54.7 points per game, and though the Hornets aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut at 25.5 points per game, they should be able to pull away early in this one.
Last week’s record (including Tuesday): 6-0
Overall record: 45-10 (81.8%)