High school football: The Oklahoman staff's state championship predictions

Here's who The Oklahoman high school staff thinks will win each of the eight football championships:
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: November 10, 2013
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photo - CLASS 6A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Jenks' Austin Martin (86) hoist the trophy for the Trojan fans during the Class 6A Oklahoma state championship football game between Norman North High School and Jenks High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
CLASS 6A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Jenks' Austin Martin (86) hoist the trophy for the Trojan fans during the Class 6A Oklahoma state championship football game between Norman North High School and Jenks High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Class 6A

Consensus: Jenks

Scott Wright: Jenks. And it won't be close. Ranked in the top 15 in some national polls, this is one of the best teams Allan Trimble has had.

Jacob Unruh: Jenks. The Trojans have proved unbeatable so far and nobody has shown the ability to knock them or Tulsa Union off the throne to this point.

Trent Shadid: Lawton. Tulsa-area powerhouses Jenks and Union have dominated Class 6A, combining to win the past 17 state championships. But streaks are made to be broken and Lawton has the talent to do it.

Class 5A

Consensus: Guthrie

Scott Wright: Guthrie. The Bluejays have been rolling all year, though a rematch with Carl Albert in the finals would be a thriller.

Jacob Unruh: Guthrie. Guthrie has been completely dominant this season, with rival Carl Albert being the only team to come within 20 points of the Bluejays.

Trent Shadid: Guthrie. Running backs Kai Callins and Idae Alexander headline an impressive rushing attack, and quarterback Reed Roberts is capable of making plays in the passing game. However, look for the Blue Jays' underrated defense to be the difference maker in their title quest.

Class 4A

Consensus: Anadarko

Scott Wright: Douglass. The Trojans are strong on the lines with a run game that mixes speed and power. Meanwhile, sophomore QB Patrick McKaufman is emerging, too.

Jacob Unruh: Anadarko. The Warriors' dominance continued this season with another undefeated regular season. If they survive their side of the bracket with Cascia Hall, Wagoner, Ada and Woodward, they'll be the most battle-tested team in the finals.

Trent Shadid: Anadarko. Led by running back RJ Sink, the Warriors are playing their best football entering the playoffs. Plus, they have some unfinished business after falling to Clinton in last year's title game.

Class 3A

Consensus: Kingfisher

Scott Wright: Kingfisher. Landon Nault is one of several talented running backs in this class, but it'll be the Yellowjackets' offensive and defensive lines that lead the way to the title.

Jacob Unruh: Kingfisher. The Yellowjackets have a dominant defense (6.7 points per game) and explosive senior Landon Nault.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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