Most intriguing matchup
Class 6A No. 2 Broken Arrow (1-1) at No. 1 Tulsa Union (1-1)
Why bother: It's the rematch of last season's Class 6A title game when Broken Arrow came within a play or two of breaking the long hold that Union and Jenks have had on the championship. Both teams figure to be even better this year, though tough nondistrict schedules have left both with a loss to out-of-state competition last week.
The pick: Tulsa Union 28, Broken Arrow 24
Broken Arrow will once again be without dynamic junior Devon Thomas, who has offers from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among others. Even with Thomas, though, this game would've been tight. Cameron Wrenn gives the Tigers a more-than-solid option at running back, and quarterback Coleman Key is among the candidates for top player in the state for the 2014 class. But the Redskins have Oklahoma commit Dalton Rodriguez on the defensive front. Quarterback Hunter Atyia, running back Chris Hall and wide receiver Kahlid Kornegay give Union a potent offense as well.
Other top attractions
Class 6A No. 7 Edmond North (2-0) at No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe (2-0)
Plot: It's Edlam, so it'd be big regardless of the stakes. But this one figures to be as big of a game as this series has seen. Last year, the teams entered their district matchup with one loss each. This time, they're undefeated as the game moves back to an early season matchup.
Starring: Edmond Santa Fe has become known for its offense, scoring 92 points in the first two games against Midwest City and Yukon. The Wolves are led on that side by junior quarterback Justice Hansen, who has around 500 yards passing so far and receiver Trevin Smith, who is above 200 yards receiving with two scores. Edmond North is known for its defense, which has allowed just seven points through two games. But the Huskies have scored more than Edmond Santa Fe through two games, helped by Ezel McIntee's 209 yards and five touchdowns rushing. Brock Byford and Andrew Dixon have two sacks each.
The pick: Edmond Santa Fe 28, Edmond North 14
The Wolves enter this game a bit more tested, and this is where it pays off. Edmond Santa Fe wins the rivalry game for the second consecutive season, after Edmond North won two straight in 2008-09.
Class 3A No. 1 Kingfisher (2-0) at Class 2A No. 4 Hennessey (1-1)
Plot: This might've been the top game of the week outside of Union-Broken Arrow had Hennessey not lost last week to now-Class 3A Jones, 35-0. But it's still plenty worthy of being one of the top games around. Kingfisher has been absolutely dominant to this point, outscoring Guymon and Chandler by a combined 101-0.
Starring: Landon Nault has been a force so far for Kingfisher, rushing for 254 yards and two touchdowns — plus a punt return for a score — in the win over Guymon and running for a score and catching a touchdown pass last week. Hennessey's Levi Hill has been a big part of the team's back-to-back title teams as running back and is once again a leader there. Hill has been banged up lately, but if he can play, this will be much tighter.
The pick: Kingfisher 34, Hennessey 14
The Yellow Jackets handed Hennessey one of its two losses last season, the week after Hennessey also lost to Jones. This one again figures to be entertaining, but again, it's the Class 3A team coming out on top.