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Five-minute guide to high school football: Blanchard, Jones to meet in key 3A contest

Jones is the more battle-tested of the two teams, but Blanchard's defense has been stout.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 11, 2012

The pick: Southmoore 27, Norman 20

Southmoore has been much more tested to this point, and it shows in this one as the SaberCats get another critical win in district play to move closer to hosting a first-round playoff game.

Class 6A No. 1 Tulsa Union (4-2) at No. 7 Sand Springs (6-0)

Plot: Even at 4-2, Union is Union. The Redskins have won four consecutive 6A titles and are in position to have a chance at another this season. Union isn't invincible, though, having lost to Owasso (38-35 at home, Sept. 21) and at Euless (Texas) Trinity. Sand Springs might be the biggest surprise in the state to this point after last year's 3-7 season.

Starring: The Redskins' big-time recruits get plenty of attention and deservedly so, but quarterback Hunter Atyia is a huge reason for Union's success. Atyia has thrown for more than 1,200 yards, with nine touchdowns and three interceptions. For Sand Springs, linebacker Alec Roberts has been one of the top defenders in the class so far, with 77 tackles.

The pick: Tulsa Union 48, Sand Springs 20

Like so many other teams before, the Sandites come in thinking they can hang with the top teams in Class 6A. But like other teams not named Jenks or Union in the last 16 years, eventually the reality of those two schools' dominance gets brought to them. That happens Friday for Sand Springs.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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