I’m thinking of changing the title of my game preview blogs to “Three Points and a Wild Guess,” at least for this game. It’s really hard getting a sense of who should win this one. I’ve been back-and-forth on this matchup since last Friday night.
I’ll get to the three areas I think could be turning points in this one, as both teams look for a 2-0 start.
But first, a reminder that this game will be webcast live at www.NewsOK.com/Varsity in conjunction with ZPreps. If you can’t attend, or follow the webcast, I’ll be providing updates live from the press box on Twitter @ScottWrightOK.
1. QB Showdown. PC North’s John Robert Simon got more starting experience last year, but Mustang’s Frankie Edwards got plenty of work, too. Both of them can run and throw. The one who does the best job of keeping his offense balanced will go a long way toward picking up the W.
2. Blocking the Broncos. When I picked Putnam City over PC North last week, one of the big reasons was that I thought the Panther O-line would have trouble, because there are so many new starters. But in racking up 42 points, PC North’s offense clearly showed me that it is in good shape all the way around. However, Mustang has a defensive front seven that is probably better than PC at this point. Lots of experience and talent in that group for the Broncos, so a lot will be asked of the PC North blockers once again.
3. Meet Mr. Mitchell. I wasn’t there to see the leaping catch Travis Mitchell made at Yukon last week, but it seems to be reaching legend status — almost like a fish story. Every time someone tells me about it, his vertical gets a little better. It might be up to about 14 feet by the time kickoff arrives tonight. But that’s not the point here. The point is that Dakota Warrington was injured last week and, according to his father’s Facebook post, could be out for an extended period of time. Warrington was the team’s most consistent receiver last year, so Mitchell, the team’s most athletically gifted wideout, will be asked to fill a bigger role. It could signal the start of a breakout year for him.
PC North 35, Mustang 31: A little bit of this pick could be impacted by the fact that I got burned going against the Panthers last week. I really see this one as a toss-up, but this wouldn’t be much of a blog if it was called “Three Points and Evasively Abstaining From Making a Pick.” So I’ll go with the Panthers in a close one, while not being surprised by the outcome either way. I’m counting on an exciting ballgame here, if nothing else.