Let the campaign season begin.
From now until early December, more than 300 teams will go on a quest for eight championships.
Unlike politics, though, these campaigns will be won or lost only on their merits.
There won't be any attack ads or distortions of record or any of the other craziness that comes along with politics.
There will be no waiting for the results to be tabulated after the polling station in Stillwater closes in early December, as the winners will be inaugurated right there on the field at Boone Pickens Stadium (for the six 11-man classes, at least).
Here's a quick look at the most intriguing races.
Incumbent: Tulsa Union
The Redskins have a full-term record to fall back on, having won four consecutive state titles. Last year's team didn't have an overwhelming star but battled through, winning three consecutive one-point games in the playoffs to take the championship.
This year's team appears to be loaded. Union has a chance to join Jenks (1996-2001) and Carl Albert (1997-2001) as 11-man teams that have won five or more consecutive titles.
Challengers: Broken Arrow, Jenks
The Tigers appear to be the favorites to come out of the 6A-2 primary as the main challenger, though it's hard to write off Jenks. That question is likely to be answered when BA and Jenks face off Oct. 5 at Broken Arrow.
Coming off a state title, Bluejays coach Rafe Watkins isn't exactly tearing up the campaign trail promoting his team.
“We've got a chance to be OK,” Watkins said, perhaps underselling his team, which has quite a few key pieces back from last year's title team.
Guthrie does have questions, though, especially on the offensive line and at linebacker.
Challengers: Lawton MacArthur and Tulsa East Central
Both have explosive players — MacArthur running back Darius Graham and Tulsa East Central defensive back Stanvon Taylor.
They just need to break through.
Lawton Mac has been a regular late in the playoffs but has yet to win a title. East Central hasn't won one since 2005 and has a first-year coach in former Jenks star Bobby Klinck.
Gone is Kevin Peterson, but the Bulldogs still have plenty left in the tank after breaking through for their first title last year.
But look for Class 4A to be one of the most competitive classes as the top teams figure to be very close to each other.
Challengers: Clinton and Douglass
Douglass pulled off the “July surprise” when Lawton defensive end D.J. Ward moved in to play with the Trojans late in the summer.
Will it be enough though?
Defensive end wasn't exactly a weak point for Douglass, though Ward could also play a strong role in the offense.
Clinton, as always, will have a shot at a title as it returns a strong core, and Cascia Hall could challenge as well as it moves up from 3A.
Challengers: Kingfisher, Tuttle and Berryhill
Last year's winner (Anadarko) and runner-up (Cascia Hall) both bump up to 4A, while Heritage Hall replaces virtually all of its offensive starters and most of its starters on defense.
That leaves this trio — each of which won a title in the class from 2003-05 — as the most likely to finish ahead of the pack on the second Saturday in December.
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