Most intriguing matchup
Class 4A No. 3 Cascia Hall (4-0) at No. 4 Sallisaw (3-1)
Why bother: Cascia Hall has won 47 consecutive district games. This season, the Commandos are stepping up a level into Class 4A. Cascia Hall's defense has been the reason for its hot start, with a pair of shutouts already. Sallisaw has scored 31 or more points in its past three games. The Black Diamonds' only loss came to Arkansas power Greenwood to start the season.
The pick: Cascia Hall 27, Sallisaw 21
Sallisaw quarterback Ben Oberste, who has committed to Tulsa, has rushed for nearly 400 yards and thrown for nearly 500 without an interception. But Cascia Hall's defense figures to be too much, and with Abrm McQuarters having run for nearly 600 yards, the Commandos are going to score enough on Sallisaw to keep the district streak alive.
Other top attractions
Class 6A No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (3-1) at Mustang (3-1)
Plot: This one had a bit of the shine removed with Mustang's loss last week to Norman. A Mustang win puts the Broncos right back into the playoff chase; a loss diminishes their chances in a district that features Lawton and Southmoore. Edmond Santa Fe bounced back nicely from its loss to Edmond North with a district-opening win over Southmoore last week.
Starring: Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen accounted for seven touchdowns last week. But with each passing week, Trevan Smith looks more and more like a Division I school should take a chance on him despite his small stature. Smith, the younger brother of former Santa Fe and OU star Reggie Smith, has nearly 500 yards receiving. Mustang quarterback Frankie Edwards has nine touchdowns and no interceptions. He is less than 20 yards from topping the 1,000 mark.
The pick: Edmond Santa Fe 42, Mustang 27
The Wolves have given up a lot of points this year — but they've been able to put up a lot of points. Mustang's defense isn't as good as Edmond North's, which held Santa Fe to 13 points. The Wolves have scored 42 or more points against each of their other three opponents, twice hitting 50.
Ardmore (2-2) at Class 5A No. 8 Del City (2-2)
Plot: A lot was expected of Del City, even coming off last year's 1-9 season. The question was how the Eagles would handle a brutal early season stretch that included games against Tulsa East Central, Lawton MacArthur, Midwest City and Norman North. Del City has won its last two games. Ardmore started district play with a win over Southeast.
Starring: Receiver Corey Lawrence was supposed to be Del City's top offensive player. He hasn't disappointed, with 308 yards and four touchdowns receiving. But the Eagles have a balanced offense with the emergence of running back Anthony Mason (546 yards, four touchdowns) and the improved running of quarterback Jon McBride (294 yards, six touchdowns).
The pick: Del City 28, Ardmore 20
Ardmore is due to play a solid game after edging Southeast last week at home and falling to Gainesville (Texas) the week before. But even Ardmore's best isn't going to stop Del City. While the Eagles' skill-position players have received plenty of attention, their blocking on both sides of the ball has played a huge part the last two weeks.