Five-minute guide to high school football: 6A No. 5 Jenks, No. 4 Broken Arrow to face off
Jenks and Broken Arrow will meet in the final regular-season battle between the East's Big Four.
Most intriguing matchup
Class 6A No. 5 Jenks (3-2) at No 4 Broken Arrow (3-2)
Why bother: Both of these teams have already had their showdowns with Tulsa Union and Owasso, with both beating Owasso and falling to Union. So this is the final regular-season battle between the East's Big Four. This game is likely to decide District 6A-2, although that could be a mixed blessing if Union and Owasso win out, because of playoff pairings. Jenks' offense was expected to be explosive and after a slow start has put up 145 points over the last two games. Broken Arrow's offense has been potent as well, but the Tigers' defense has held their last two opponents to a combined seven points.
The pick: Jenks 27, Broken Arrow 25
Broken Arrow was my preseason No. 2, but with the Tigers working Devon Thomas back into their offense and Cameron Wrenn dealing with injuries, the Trojans are the more potent team. Jordan Smallwood, a wide receiver who has committed to OU, has put up big games since missing Jenks' game in Texas. He makes the difference in a tight game that decides the district.
Other top attractions
Class 4A No. 2 Clinton (4-1) at No. 6 Anadarko (5-0)
Plot: After losing loads of talent from last season's Class 3A championship team and moving up to Class 4A, Anadarko was expected to be a bit down. But the Warriors have reeled off a 5-0 start, outscoring opponents 200-15 so far. But Clinton, which has lost only to Class 5A Lawton MacArthur, presents the first legitimate 4A power for Anadarko.
Starring: Anadarko running back R.J. Sink did something last week in a win over Elk City that not even Sheldon Wilson accomplished — scoring seven touchdowns in a game. For the season, Sink has 523 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 55 carries. Clinton has a solid running game of its own, helped by a strong offensive line. Sophomore Marquiz Simpkins has 714 yards, eight touchdowns and is averaging more than 10 yards per carry.
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