Week 3: What we learned in the Tulsa area...
The Tulsa World’s Matt Baker is back to fill us in on what happened in the Tulsa area in Week 3:
Howdy, West Siders,
Three things we learned from Week 3 over in Tulsa:
1. Reports of Union’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Some (ahem – I) thought Union’s reign was over after a 33-7 loss to Jenks in which the Redskins struggled in every phase of the game. I thought the same when I saw Broken Arrow leading Union by 14 late in the first half Friday. But Union rattled off 47 consecutive points – including 30 in the third quarter – to spark a 54-27 win. The Redskins are back up to No. 2 in our rankings and will be favored in every game until a possible playoff rematch against Jenks.
2. The best small-school team in the area isn’t in the OSSAA. It’s Holland Hall. The Dutch play in the Southwest Preparatory Conference and are off to a 4-0 start (the SPC’s opening game is a week earlier than the OSSAA’s). Holland Hall has a top-notch quarterback (Brad Kragthrope and one of the state’s best tailbacks (Tulsa commit Kwame Sexton), and it blew out defending Class 2A state champion Lincoln Christian, 51-19, on Friday. The Dutch are the state’s best-kept high school football secret – but not for long.
3. You won’t find a better story than what’s going on at Sapulpa. The Chieftains entered 2010 with one victory in the last two seasons. Then player Justin Fitzpatrick was killed in a car accident the day before the season opener. But first-year head coach Mike Gottsch has Sapulpa on the right track. His team earned a 34-32 win over Ponca City in Week 1 and beat Sand Springs, 21-14, in overtime Friday in the big Highway 97 rivalry game. Sapulpa has been through a lot – on and off the field – over the past few years, but Gottsch’s team should be proud of how they’ve recovered to start this year.
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