The 2023 rendition of the “Soul Bowl” pits two of the city’s foundational programs searching for their first win against each other. The Skordle picks are projecting 95% in Millwood’s favor as the second-ranked Falcons enter the game with one of the most talented casts in all of the city, led by Sooners commit Jaden Nickens and North Texas commit Micho Lavine. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.
Westmoore at Choctaw
Westmoore has wind in its sails after blistering Yukon in a four-touchdown win last week; Choctaw, still searching for its first win, promises to be a contender again for the 6A-II title after falling short in title games the past two years. It’s not too far a stretch to say these teams might be the best in the metro within their respective classes, if nothing else for the Division I talent within both locker rooms. Westmoore quarterback, Houston commit and WHS newcomers Michael Graham Jr. found his stride in a 197-rushing, 176-passing-yard performance last week, but Choctaw’s defense will provide another test for the senior dual-threat quarterback.
Mustang at Deer Creek
These teams are likely the second best in the OKC metro within their respective class. Deer Creek might be a dangerous team coming off an Edmond Memorial loss that should have been a W. It isn’t clear what the rebuilding Mustang, post-Jacobe Johnson, Keegan Bass and Tristen Russell era, is yet, but we know its roster is full of next men up (including the younger twin brothers of Johnson himself, both eager to live up to the family name). The Broncos scored a win over Southmoore that looked convincing, but it’s hard to tell from the sample size is if they’ll be a serious player in the 6A-I landscape this year, especially with both Edmond schools and Westmoore surging.
Norman North at Edmond Santa Fe
North won an ugly game against Norman last Friday night while Santa Fe took a night off. The Wolves have more momentum than perhaps any team in the class after taking care of Jenks on the road two weeks ago, but it will be interesting to see if they’re still riding the wave or if they’ve lost their stride after sitting Week 1. North’s Owen Eshelman showed promise in the Norman win but some of his ill-advised turnovers may not fly against a team whose offense can capitalize like the battle-tested Wolves.