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Five-minute guide to high school football: Union-Jenks, Douglass-Tulsa Washington among intriguing matchups

The state's biggest regular-season matchup comes in Week 1, with Tulsa Union and Jenks meeting. Other key matchups include Douglass-Tulsa Washington and Tulsa East Central-Del City.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 30, 2012

Most intriguing matchup

Class 6A No. 1 Tulsa Union vs. No. 3 Jenks

Why bother: Anybody who has followed Oklahoma high school football for any length of time knows. This is the biggest regular-season game of the year period and has been for coming up on two decades. The teams have combined to win the last 16 Class 6A state championships and both figure to be in the hunt once again. The teams regularly meet twice, like last season when Union beat the Trojans by one in the semifinals. The winner of the regular-season game, though, isn't necessarily the team that wins come playoff time.

The pick: Tulsa Union 34, Jenks 28

Jenks' offense is explosive, especially with running back Trey'vonne Barr'e and wide receiver Jordan Smallwood, an OU commit. But the Redskins are tough all around. They were a young team overall last year when they won their fourth consecutive gold ball, but with experienced players like Blake Mejia, Chris Hall and Dalton Rodriguez all over the field, Union has the advantage as they start their quest for five consecutive titles.

Other top attractions

Class 4A No. 3 Douglass at Class 6A No. 13 Tulsa Washington

Plot: One of the biggest rivalries in the state comes back after being dormant for a decade. Even with the difference in the schools' sizes now, this still should be an excellent game. Some of the luster might've been taken off with the departure of D.J. Ward from Douglass on Thursday, but the game still features at least three of the top players in the state.

Starring: A lot of people were fired up to watch Ward face the stiffest competition up front he figured to see all year at Douglass. But the Hornets will still have to deal with junior defensive end Deondre Clark up front. Tulsa Washington also has a heck of a defensive end in Dominique Alexander, who is committed to Arkansas as a safety. James Caligone is also one of the most explosive cornerbacks in the state.

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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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