Five-minute guide to high school football: Ada, Douglass to meet in intriguing Class 4A matchup

Ada has taken full advantage of dropping down from Class 5A to 4A, turning in its best season in more than a decade. The Cougars are undefeated and haven't been pushed much, with their closest game coming in a 35-14 win over rival Ardmore, a 5A school.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 1, 2012
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photo - SOUL BOWL: Douglass's Chavez Wyatt (5) runs the ball during a high school football game between Douglass and Millwood in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
SOUL BOWL: Douglass's Chavez Wyatt (5) runs the ball during a high school football game between Douglass and Millwood in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

Most intriguing matchup

Class 4A No. 4 Ada (9-0) at No. 6 Douglass (7-2)

Why bother: Ada has taken full advantage of dropping down from Class 5A to 4A, turning in its best season in more than a decade. The Cougars are undefeated and haven't been pushed much, with their closest game coming in a 35-14 win over rival Ardmore, a 5A school, to begin the season. Douglass' nondistrict schedule was tougher, including losses to 6A Tulsa Washington and 2A power Millwood to start the season. Since then, though, the Trojans have been almost as dominant. Douglass is looking for its third consecutive district title, while Ada is trying to get its first since 2005.

The pick: Ada 28, Douglass 26

As usual, Douglass has a pair of runners who are threats to score on just about every play. Christopher High has averaged more than 13.6 yards per carry, rushing for 1,340 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 98 carries. Chavez Wyatt has also topped 1,000 yards on the ground. Ada, though, is more balanced. Mason Girdley has more than 1,100 yards rushing while quarterback Wyatt Robson has thrown for more than 1,500, nearly 800 of that to Easton Pingleton. In the end, that balance is enough to help the Cougars squeak out a win on the road.

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Class 5A No. 5 Deer Creek (8-1) at No. 1 Bishop McGuinness (9-0)

Plot: The District 5A-2 title has been on the line multiple times over the last few weeks, and this game will be the final decider. A McGuinness win makes things neat and easy — the Irish get the district title and Deer Creek is third and likely starts the playoffs at Lawton MacArthur. An Antlers win, though, likely sets up a three-way tie for the title with McGuinness taking it if it's close or Deer Creek coming out ahead if the Antlers can win by a touchdown or more.

Starring: The top two receivers in Class 5A are in this game, with McGuinness' Cody Chancellor racking up 1,123 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air and Deer Creek's Jared Rayburn putting up 733 yards and nine touchdowns. The defenses also have two of the state's top linebackers, in Deer Creek's Austin Loomis (166 tackles, four sacks) and McGuinness' Nick Jeffreys (114 tackles, five sacks).


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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