Southmoore (11-1) vs. Jenks (12-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight
Where: Putnam City Stadium
Why the SaberCats can win: Southmoore has the weapons to compete with Jenks and hold an advantage in the area of its receivers vs. Jenks’ secondary. The receivers have all had big games and they’ve also had games where they all got the ball.
Why the Trojans could win: The same reason they always win — lots of talent and experience.
Key matchup: Southmoore offensive line vs. Jenks defensive front. The SaberCats, who have three players committed to Oklahoma and as many as six Division I-A recruits, may actually have more star-power than the mighty Trojans. However, while Southmoore is loaded at the skill positions on offense, if the offensive line doesn’t contain or at least slow the Jenks D-line, they won’t be able to perform in the high-octane manner they have all season.
Quarterback Kendal Thompson is the key. The junior standout has to have time to operate. If he does, the west side could very well have a team in the 6A final next week. If not, Jenks will keep things status quo.
The pick: Jenks 33, Southmoore 31. While this is the biggest game in Southmoore history, it’s not even the biggest game of the season for Jenks. The Trojans only see the semifinals as the last step before they reach the main game they’ve had their sights on all season.