Five-minute guide to Oklahoma high school football

by Ryan Aber Published: October 25, 2012
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Class 5A No. 9 Tulsa Memorial (8-0) at No. 5 Tulsa Kelley (6-2)

Plot: Tulsa Memorial is in the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Now, the Chargers are looking for a District 5A-3 title, which would be their first district title since 1982. Even a win would put off that celebration for at least a week in all likelihood, as Memorial closes the regular season next week against McAlester. A Kelley win would be nearly as big, though, as it would give the Comets just their second district title since 1985. Kelley has won six consecutive games since running back Austin Morris returned to the lineup in Week 3.

Starring: Morris' comeback from knee surgery has been gradual, but he's already rushed for 713 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 18 passes for 274 yards and three scores. The Comets also use him in the secondary, where he's come up with a pair of key interceptions. For Memorial, Kejuante Austin and Keith Driver have been a potent running duo, combining for 1,435 yards between then. The Chargers also have Novis Cullom on the lines. Cullom, who has a chance to be one of the state's top recruits, can be dominant on either side.

The pick: Tulsa Kelley 34, Tulsa Memorial 26

What Memorial has done is no doubt impressive, but the Chargers haven't faced a team close to what Kelley is able to do. Kelley's schedule has been tougher and prepared the Comets for these kind of end-of-season games. The Comets' experience wins out.

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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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