Putnam City (4-0, 1-0) at Del City (1-3, 0-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Robert Kalsu Stadium, Del City (Ryan Aber will be there)
Putnam City (W – PC North 16-7, W – PC West 44-0, W – Choctaw 42-22, W – US Grant 47-0)
Why the Pirates could win: Confidence — the Pirates have it and it would appear the Eagles are struggling in that department. Nearly 72 percent of the total offense Del City has allowed this season has come on the ground. That’s good news for Casey Curtis and company.
Del City (L – MWC 35-13, W – NNorth 41-14, L – Norman 41-6, L – Edmond North 36-21)
Why the Eagles could win: Because the pieces are in place for a team that should be competitive in every single game. Discipline and conditioning has been the downfall so far. But Greg Johnson is a dynamic talent that can change the fate of the game with one play.
Scott’s key matchup: DC quarterback Chazten Gonzales vs. PC front seven. Despite their struggles, the Eagles are averaging 414 yards per game, and Gonzales, a TCU commit, is a big-time QB. Their defensive performance has been something of a surprise from the Pirates, but if they can keep it up this week, they’ll be looking at a 5-0 start.
Boneman’s key matchup: Del City defense vs. PC offense. The last two weeks the Eagles have given up 75 points. Gut-check time for Del City. This could be a turning point game, one way or the other.
Scott’s pick: PC 21, DC 14. The Pirate ship keeps chugging ahead, into a big Thursday night battle with Edmond North next week.
Boneman’s pick: Putnam City 28, Del City 25. I’m done with Del City. I can’t figure this team out. It’s one of the few that I could see just about anything and not be surprised. I expect a close one but who knows?
Boneman’s Del City prediction record: 1-3.