Oklahoma high school football: Carl Albert hosting Bixby tops The Oklahoman’s best games of Week 5
The season is nearly halfway over.
Five weeks are down, and there’s six to go. Every game gets more important, especially because of the coronavirus pandemic not guaranteeing how many games a team will play.
This week’s top matchups feature a Goliath nondistrict showdown between the state’s best teams in the past five years and more. Here are The Oklahoman’s top 10 games of Week 5:
1. Class 6A-II No. 1 Bixby (3-0) at Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert (3-0): The state’s two top teams over the past five years are going to face off for bragging rights Friday. Bixby and Carl Albert each had district games canceled and were able to reschedule a nondistrict game. Both starting quarterbacks, Bixby’s Mason Williams and Carl Albert’s Ben Harris, have lost only one game as starters.
2. Class 6A-II No. 2 Stillwater (3-0) at No. 3 Del City (0-2): In a matchup that could decide who wins the west Class 6A-II district, Stillwater brings its potent offense to Del City and face what will likely be the strongest defense the Pioneers will see all season.
3. Class 6A-I No. 3 Broken Arrow (2-1) at No. 2 Jenks (2-1): The district rivals will face off in an early game that could determine the district champion. It will be each team’s district opener, as both had games canceled last week.
4. Class 6A-I No. 5 Edmond Santa Fe (1-2) at No. 6 Westmoore (2-1), Saturday: Games on Saturday are becoming a norm, and for Edmond Santa Fe, it will play two games in one week. The Wolves will face Edmond Memorial on Monday then travel to Moore to battle Westmoore, which is coming back from COVID issues.
5. Class 3A No. 6 Berryhill (1-1) at No. 5 Verdigris (3-0): Berryhill will look to gain its footing after missing two games because of COVID issues while Verdigris hopes to continue its dominant start on both sides of the ball.
6. Class 2A No. 2 Jones (3-1) at Chandler (3-1): Jones junior quarterback Carson May has had an excellent start to the season but will face a stiff test against a Chandler team that’s only loss came against No. 4 Beggs by one in overtime.
7. Class 5A No. 8 El Reno (2-2) at No. 9 Lawton MacArthur (2-1): With quarterback Dorian Plumley returning, El Reno was strong in its district opener but Lawton MacArthur is looking for an upset and an early district win.
8. Class 3A No. 10 Perkins-Tryon (1-2) at No. 2 Heritage Hall (3-1): Perkins-Tryon will look to find its groove when it travels to face Heritage Hall, which looked strong against McLoud in its district opener after falling against John Marshall in Week 3.
9. Class 6A-II No. 10 Muskogee (0-3) at No. 8 Sand Springs (3-1): Muskogee expects star quarterback and defensive back Ty Williams, an Oklahoma State commit, to return but will have an uphill battle against a Sand Springs team that looks strong under first-year coach Bobby Klinck.
10. Class 5A Sapulpa (3-1) at No. 5 Collinsville (4-0): Sapulpa has looked dominant since an opening-season loss but will have a strong challenge against Collinsville’s potent offense.
*-All games Friday unless noted.