Ryan hosts Tipton in state’s biggest eight-man showdown: Three games to watch in SW Oklahoma this week

Last Updated: September 28, 20231.4 min read

C: 1Tipton(4-0) at 3Ryan(4-0)

The winner of this Class C matchup could likely be the District C-2 champion. Tipton, the defending state champion, hasn’t lost a game since Nov. 19, 2021, but this Ryan team could be as formidable as anybody the Tigers have played in a while.

“Defensively, they [Ryan] are very physical, fly to the ball and tackle well,” Tipton head coach Travis White said. “On the road, it will be a very challenging game for us. Hopefully, we respond well.”

White credited several Ryan players, including quarterback Racen Williams, running back Carsen Rodriguez and center Kyson Tomberlin.

6A-II: Ponca City(0-4) at Lawton(1-3)

The Wolverines look to end a three-game skid against winless Ponca City on Friday night.

“They [Ponca] are very physical and aggressive on defense. They bring tons of guys from different spots out of their 3-3 stack defense,” Lawton head coach Ryan Breeze said. “The quarterback [Tay Moore] is a threat every time he touches the ball. He is very elusive and does a good job keeping his eyes down the field while buying time with his feet.

“The big WR [Gavin Cunningham] is a matchup problem with his height and speed,” Breeze said.

The Wolverines have surrendered 41, 41 and 49 points in their three losses this year. Ponca hasn’t scored more than 27 on any opponent.

5A: 9Bishop McGuinness(3-1) at Lawton Eisenhower(3-2) (Thurs.)

Ninth-ranked McGuinness will head to Lawton on Thursday night with bad intentions. Both the ninth-ranked Irish and the hosting Eagles have pulled out several big wins through the first half of the season, but a crucial district game could expose a pretender or produce sparks.

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