I get asked on a regular basis through emails, Twitter, and last week, while filling my car up with gas at 7-11, who is the No. 1 team in Class 6A.
I don’t have a good answer. I can offer plenty, but none of them are incredibly convincing. So last week, I started looking for another way to determine who is No. 1. I went back to my preseason feelings, then looked at everybody’s wins, and everybody’s losses since then.
I fully admit there is very little logic to my argument, and the formula makes even less sense. But to me, it’s the only way to make sense of a crazy season among the state’s best teams.
So here’s how I came to my pick for No. 1:
My preseason choice as the best team was Jenks.
But then, Jenks lost to Tulsa Union.
And Union lost to Owasso.
Owasso lost to Stillwater.
Stillwater had previously lost to Tulsa East Central, which lost to Pryor.
Pryor had lost to Hilldale, which previously lost to Wagoner.
And on Thursday night, Wagoner lost to Catoosa, unbeaten and very impressive on both sides of the ball.
So they get my vote for No. 1. At least for this week. From now on, I’m viewing this like the heavyweight boxing title — or pro wrestling, whichever you prefer (it’s just about as wacky as a WWE story line). Catoosa has the belt this week, and could lose it at any time.
Do I think Class 4A Catoosa is the most talented team in the state? No. Do I think Catoosa would have a chance to beat 6A squads like Jenks, Union, Midwest City, Broken Arrow or Edmond Santa Fe? Probably not.
But I’ve run out of ways to make my mind compute the bizarre season we’re currently experiencing at the top of Class 6A. During my 10 years in sports media, I can’t think of a time before now when I would have said either Jenks or Union didn’t deserve to be No. 1. In my mind, they’re still the favorites for the 6A title, but the “Who’s No. 1?” argument is a different story right now.
So I’m sticking with Catoosa. Until someone takes the belt away from them. Or until the football season returns to some form of normalcy — but I kind of hope that doesn’t happen. Crazy is more fun.