Four games to watch in SW Oklahoma this week

Last Updated: September 7, 20232.5 min read

Cache at Elgin

Players to watch: Matt Lund, Elgin RB; Ritson Meyer, Elgin RB; Tres Lorah, Elgin QB; Colyn Donnelly, Elgin LB

Cache hasn’t beat Elgin since 2019. The Bulldogs’ multiple spread offense will be sure to cause problems for the Owls; but Elgin’s offense looks like it can’t be stopped after a 76-0 win over Anadarko last week sent a clear message to opposing 5A-1 teams and all across southwest Oklahoma. Elgin quarterback Tres Lorah’s monstrous stat-line against Anadarko: 5-6 for five touchdowns in one half. That’s deadly.

“This is a fun rivalry game that both schools and communities get behind,” Elgin head coach Chalmer Wyatt said. “Our keys to the game are being sound defensively and forcing turnovers and offensively we are looking to be able to execute on the air and on the ground. We need to limit turnovers and be able to play our style of football.”

Can the spirit of an area rivalry pose the Bulldogs as a legitimate challenger to Elgin; or will they be just another non-district opponent for Elgin to steamroll?

Lawton at Lawton MacArthur

Players to watch: Nate Jones, Lawton RB; Jeremy Hutcheson, MacArthur RB

After defeating rival Eisenhower last week, the Highlanders look to win the General’s Trophy and claim the city championship with a win over the Wolverines. Both teams enter the game with an unblemished record. Lawton defeated Duncan 32-26 in an overtime duel last week, after which quarterback Jayden Olmstead told KSWO he made some throws “where there could have been a better ball” but credited running back Nate Jones’ 168-yard performance in the gritty win.

Minco at Boone-Apache

Players to watch: Houston Herrin, Apache QB; Dominick Scott, Apache WR; Reed McMurtrey, Minco QB; Ashton Taylor, Minco LB

This one looks to be one of the best small-school games on the west side of the state this week. Both Class A teams have a perfect record and are contending for a district championship this year, but this week will be the biggest challenge either team has faced.

“Apache looks to be a very good team that is going to be very well-coached,” Minco head coach Brock Wardlaw said. “They have most of their starters ack from a district championship team from a year ago, and they look to be poised to have another great year.”

Lawton Eisenhower at Altus

Players to watch: Kingston Tito, Ike DL; Kelby Bates, Altus LB

Altus is still searching for its first win after losses to Elk City and Cache. Ike put its first check in the win column against Ardmore on Week 0 but suffered a two-touchdown loss to rival MacArthur last week and looks to bounce back. If I’m the Bulldogs, I want some momentum going into district play (Altus’ first three 5A-1 games are Midwest City, MacArthur and Elgin). Altus head coach Jeremy Reed is sure to have something dialed up for the Eagles.

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