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Five-minute guide to Oklahoma high school football

by Ryan Aber Published: October 25, 2012

Most intriguing matchup

Class A No. 1 Wynnewood (7-0) at No. 2 Wayne (8-0)

Why bother: Since the end of last season, this game has been looked forward to as the game of the year in Class A. Both have been dominant this season and stayed as the top two teams in the rankings. Wayne hasn't scored less than 42 points in any game, while Wynnewood has only allowed more than 12 once. Both have been dominant on the ground, averaging more than 300 rushing yards per game. Wynnewood has the top overall rusher in the game, with Trey Knowles averaging more than 11.5 yards per carry. Wayne, though, has a dual threat in running back Louden Johnson and quarterback Sam Martin, who have combined for more than 1,600 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground. Last year's game was a classic, with Wayne pulling off a 47-42 win en route to its first state championship.

The pick: Wynnewood 35, Wayne 33

Both teams had plenty of success on the ground last year, and Wayne's Josh Way was the top running back in that game, although Johnson made some big-time plays for the Bulldogs as well. This season, Knowles has shown a renewed focus that pushes the Savages over the edge.

Other top attractions

Class 5A No. 1 Guthrie (8-0) at No. 3 McGuinness (8-0)

Plot: The de facto championship game in District 5A-2. A Guthrie win would give the Bluejays the district championship. If McGuinness wins, the title would come down to the final week, where a Deer Creek win over the Irish would likely force a three-way tie atop the district.

Starring: Cody Chancellor is one of the top receivers in the state in any class, scoring 17 receiving touchdowns, more than twice as many as any other player in 5A. Jacob Lewis has done an excellent job getting the ball to Chancellor, with 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions. Bryan Dutton has shown a knack for helping Guthrie pull out close games, with critical plays late against both Carl Albert and Deer Creek over the last few weeks. Last week, Dutton had a touchdown pass to send the game against Deer Creek to overtime, then ran for a touchdown on the Bluejays' first possession on overtime to keep Guthrie undefeated.

The pick: Bishop McGuinness 27, Guthrie 21

The Irish moved up to Class 5A this season and haven't skipped a beat. Guthrie has stayed undefeated but had some close calls to this point. Eventually, that will come back to bite the Bluejays. The difference in this one is a McGuinness defense that hasn't allowed a point in the month of October as the Irish have outscored opponents 194-0 over the last three weeks.

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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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