It will never be fully realized until a team other than Tulsa Union or Jenks or, for that matter, any team from the Tulsa area fails in its bid for the Class 6A state football title. And still, for at least a week, a west-side program nonetheless stands above the fray.
That was the fallout of Tulsa Union’s falling to Owasso last week when the new Associated Press Oklahoma prep football poll arrived Monday.
Midwest City, with 9 of 10 first place votes submitted by state newspapers, is atop the heap.
Jenks, whose only loss is to Union, moved from No. 3 to No. 2. Union fell to No. 3. Broken Arrow moved up a spot to No. 4.
A sign the west side still doesn’t get too much respect, the only other unbeaten team in Class 6A is Edmond North, but the Huskies must settle for the No. 5 slot.
Norman High, after taking a disheartening 40-23 loss to Southmoore to fall to 5-1 on the season, fell four spots to No. 8.
The Tigers meet Putnam City West Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium in what would appear to be a mismatch.
Assuming the Tigers get through it, NHS will still have its District 6A-3 destiny in its hands with Broken Arrow visiting Harve Collins Field Oct. 21, the Tigers visiting Muskogee Oct. 28 and Jenks coming to Norman for the final day of the regular season.
If the Class 6A poll was carried out to every team receiving votes, Southmoore (3-3, 2-1 District 6A-2) would be No. 12 and Westmoore (5-1, 2-1 District 6A-2) would be No. 13. Both are in meaningful district games this week with the Cats hosting Broken Arrow Thursday and the Jaguars facing off with Edmond North.
Changing of the Tide
It was a weekend of upsets in Class 6A, as both fourth-ranked Norman High and top-ranked Tulsa Union fell.
NHS was soundly beaten by Southmoore, led by running back Andrew Long, who rushed for more than 250 yards in the game. More shocking is Union’s 41-38 loss to Owasso. It marked the first time since 2008 Union has lost to a team that wasn’t Jenks.
The loss dramatically alters the playoff picture. It’s likely that Jenks and Union will meet in the state semifinals of the playoffs, setting up the scenario that a team besides the two superpowers would meet in the championship game, something that hasn’t happened since Enid did so in 2006. Either Jenks and Union have won the title each of the last 15 years in Class 6A.
It’s too early to tell how the bracket would shake out for NHS or North until probable district finishes become more clear, but it could help clear a path for the Tigers if they end up on the opposite side of the bracket from Jenks and Union. On the other hand, it could also mean that the Tigers would have to go through both teams in order to reach the title game. The next few weeks will determine how the playoff brackets shake out.
With the State Meet three weeks away, the top teams in 6A got together Friday afternoon for a preview of what is to come in late October at Mitch Park in Edmond. As expected, the elite teams separated themselves from the rest of the field, and turns out it there is plenty room to run for many of the top teams in Class 6A.
Defending state champion Jenks dominated the girls race, placing all seven of their runners in the top 17, winning by an impressive 39 places. Edmond Memorial, who finished second to Jenks a year ago, again finished second. Westmoore finished sixth, while Norman High finished 11th in the 19-team field.
Moore’s Lauren Parencia grabbed seventh with a time of 12:15.
Alex Scott led the charge for Westmoore. She was 24th after finishing in 12:51.
The postseason came to an end for all three area volleyball teams last week.
Southmoore started their regional tournament off with convincing 3-0 win over No. 17 Mustang. However, they were swept themselves in the next round by No. 4 Edmond Memorial.
The Jags fell to No. 11 Bartlesville in the regional semifinals 3-1. Moore was knocked out 3-0 by No. 2 Edmond North.