Most intriguing matchup
Class 5A No. 4 Deer Creek (3-0) at No. 8 Carl Albert (1-2)
Why bother: Don't let the records fool you, Deer Creek is the team with something to prove going into this one. The Antlers had high expectations last year before faltering against the district's best, which included a 35-0 loss to the Titans. Deer Creek has blown through its opponents so far, outscoring Piedmont, Shawnee and Edmond Memorial by a combined 139-33. Carl Albert had a rough start but has gotten progressively better each week as it has broken in an entirely new set of skill-position players.
The pick: Deer Creek 28, Carl Albert 22
Steve Thompson has once again given Carl Albert a dual-threat at quarterback, having run for 465 yards and five touchdowns so far to go along with 272 yards passing. But the Antlers are a better defensive team than what the Titans have seen the past couple of weeks. Austin Loomis and Alec James have teamed up for 100 tackles already. On the other side, quarterback Joel Blumenthal is eager to prove himself against one of 5A's best. Blumenthal has thrown for 636 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception.
Other top attractions
Class 6A No. 6 Owasso (0-2) at No. 1 Tulsa Union (2-1)
Plot: Last season, this game produced the upset of the year as Owasso snapped a long district winning streak by the Redskins with a 41-38 stunner. The Rams come in needing a positive development after starting the season with losses to Jenks and Broken Arrow. Owasso had their Week 2 game against Muskogee wiped out while leading 28-0.
Starring: Dalton Rodriguez is likely to play on the offensive side at Oklahoma, where he's committed to play next year. This season, though Rodriguez is a force on Union's defensive line. For Owasso, Jaylen Lowe has been solid so far at quarterback, and Scottie Prealow has rushed for nearly 300 yards so far.
The pick: Tulsa Union 35, Owasso 21
The Rams pulled off the stunner last year in this game in a shootout, but Union won't have a letdown in this one as it starts district play in a big way.
Class 6A No. 9 Mustang (3-0) at Norman (2-1)
Plot: Mustang came into the season with plenty to prove after last year's 3-7 season. Norman's circumstances were different, but the Tigers also wanted to show that they'd be just fine in the post-Donovan Roberts era. The Broncos have matched their 2011 win total already after blowing out Stillwater last week. After a heartbreaking loss to Norman North to start the year Norman has bounced back with a pair of wins heading into district play.
Starring: In his first year as the full-time starter at quarterback, Frankie Edwards has been nothing short of excellent for Mustang. He's run for 281 yards and four touchdowns and thrown for 602 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. Norman has senior quarterback Zach Long, the son of former OU offensive coordinator Chuck Long, leading the way with Zac Uhles, a Tulsa commit, blocking for him up front.
The pick: Mustang 28, Norman 20
Mustang's offense has been one of the most potent in Class 6A since Ty Prestidge took over there. Even last season, the offense put up plenty of points, but defensive struggles hurt. Early on, Mustang's defense has been solid and that makes a difference as the Broncos improve to 4-0.