For most districts across the state, district play opens up this week as most nondistrict schedules came to an end last week. Here's what to watch as we head into the meat of the high school football season:
1. District 6A-4
Most everyone expected Edmond Santa Fe and Lawton to be the class of the district, but past that, it looked like there was a sizable gap. But Southmoore and Mustang have both bounced back from disappointing seasons a year ago to start 3-0, and Norman, which figured to be down after losing a strong class, is at 2-1 entering district play.
2. District 5A-2
Guthrie is the defending champion and have played like it, outscoring opponents 128-33 through three games. McGuinness has surprised in its first year in 5A, winning its three games by at least 19 points. Deer Creek has scored 42 or more points each week, and Carl Albert showed last week in a win against Duncan that it is making strides after replacing all of its skill-position players.
3. District 3A-5
Another district with four teams ranked in the top 10, headed by No. 3 Berryhill. Sequoyah-Claremore, Metro Christian and Verdigris are also among the ranked teams in this seven-team district. Those four plus Dewey are a combined 12-3.
The Broncos entered the season with plenty of unknowns after last year's 2-8 mark. Mustang has already topped that with three wins, outscoring its opponents 91-42 in the process. Mustang has been known for explosive offenses during Ty Prestidge's time as head coach, and that appears to be back early in the season.
Most expected some drop off for Kiefer after last year's 11-2 season in Class B. But not only has Kiefer kept right on rolling, it's been even better. In wins over Afton, Liberty and Hulbert, Kiefer has yet to allow a point in outscoring its opponents 104-0.
It's not overly surprising that the Lions are 3-0, though with a startling slate that included Bethany, Lindsay and Newcastle it wouldn't have been shocking had the Lions been 1-2 or 0-3 at this point either. But with Brock Lamle leading the offense, Blanchard has outscored its opponents 118-28 going into this week's game at Little Axe.
1. Midwest City
The reasons are easy to spot — starting QB going down to injury just before practice started, getting acclimated to a new coach, lots of talent graduated, tough nondistrict schedule — but the Bombers aren't used to 0-3 regardless. Midwest City hasn't lost three consecutive games since 2006 — also the last time they lost in district play. The Bombers take a 37-game district winning streak into Friday's game against Norman North.
The Buffaloes' nondistrict schedule didn't look easy, but it certainly was manageable before the season. But McAlester is still searching for its first win after getting blown out by Stillwater, falling 28-17 to Tulsa Washington and falling in overtime to Claremore last week.