BISHOP MCGUINNESS IRISH at BISHOP KELLEY COMETS
Despite the Comets 0-2 record coming into the contest, the Battle for the Shillelagh is always for seeing. Kelley has started slow for three seasons in a row now, but part of that is scheduling tough non-district opponents to help them get ready for district play. Meanwhile, the Irish are 2-0 with solid wins on their record. Now they must make their second road trip of the season to take on the Kelley Comets. The key to this game is the McGuinness offense versus the Kelley defense. The Comets must slow down the McGuinness attack and eliminate or limit big plays. J.J. Tappana and Bryan Pierce have been at their respective schools for more than 40 years combined.
BERRYHILL CHIEFS at CASCIA HALL COMMANDOS
Sparks fly when these two team’s hook-up regardless of the sport. The Commandos are 1-1 coming into the contest while the Chiefs are 0-1 having lost to Fort Gibson in a close one. Both teams feature talented players and great coaching. Pat Harper’s career at Berryhill has been very successful. Same goes for Joe Medina at Casca Hall. The two are a couple of the winningest coaches in the Tulsa area. So, what is the difference in this game? The Commandos are at home, and they have one extra game under their belts. This should be a Commando victory; however, Berryhill has an outstanding quarterback and receivers to make it a long night for the Commando secondary.
VIAN WOLVERINES at LINCOLN CHRISTIAN BULLDOGS
If you’re looking for a tough, hard-fought game for Friday night, look no further than Vian traveling to Lincoln to take on the Bulldogs. The Wolverines are battle tested. With a record of 1-1, there are people who feel Vian is a little down. I disagree. But the Bulldogs are game and will come out in typical Bulldog fashion and start fast, air it out, and put points on the board. Lincoln has outscored opponents in their first two games, 89-34. If this game is going to be a classic, the Wolverines defense must step up and create turnovers, limit big plays on early downs and force Lincoln to punt.
BIXBY SPARTANS at SAND SPRINGS SANDITES
I know what you’re going to say…the Sandites don’t stand a chance in this one. Maybe so, but I’m not picking the Sandites to win, I am picking them to not back down from Bixby, to give them a tough, physical game as both teams look to sharpen their skills heading into district play. Coach Bobby Klinck knows the challenge he has in Bixby, but he also knows playing a team of this caliber will only serve to help his team moving forward. Iron sharpens iron.
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