Last week's three-touchdown win at Guymon improved Northwest Classen to 4-1 on the season, the school's best start in 41 years. But the schedule turns tougher for the second half of the season, starting with Friday night's home game against El Reno.
El Reno has struggled this season and is winless since a 30-7 victory over Woodward in the opening week of the season. However, Woodward is the only team to beat Northwest Classen this season, edging the Knights 28-21 in Week 3.
Even in their best season in four decades, Northwest Classen is an outsider in the playoff hunt, likely needing at least two more wins in Class 5A's toughest district.
After this week, the Knights close the season with Carl Albert, McGuinness, Deer Creek and Guthrie.
YOST LOOKING STRONG FOR LAWTON
Lawton coach Randy Breeze knew he had a pretty good player when Ryne Yost moved in from Elk City over the offseason.
But Yost has exceeded even Breeze's expectations.
“He's put on 15 pounds of muscle since December, his 40 time is down and he's increased his bench almost 100 pounds,” Breeze said.
Yost's addition has made an already strong group of offensive linemen even stronger.
“We're a very physical football team right now,” Breeze said. “The five games we've played, we've dominated the line of scrimmage. We've got a lot of kids that hit you heavy. Not that they're all just real big kids, but when you've been hit by our offensive line and our defensive people, you know it.”
Class 6A No. 1 Lawton (5-0) faces a tough test Thursday when it hosts Southmoore (4-1).
HERITAGE HALL TURNING CORNER
With a schedule that included games against three teams currently ranked in the top three of their respective classes — Clinton, Davis and Kingfisher — Heritage Hall found itself in a tough situation amid a rebuilding year.
But now that the toughest portion of the schedule is behind them, the Chargers can turn to a slate of winnable games for the remainder of the regular season.
There will be some challenges, with Newcastle and Mount St. Mary the next two weeks, and an improving Star Spencer squad in Week 10. The Bobcats hung with top-ranked Kingfisher, losing 16-0 last week.
Senior Chedon Shockley has been a sparkplug for Heritage Hall, catching 33 passes for 490 yards and three touchdowns through five games, coming off a 221-yard, three-touchdown game against John Marshall last week. He also has 29 tackles and three sacks on defense.
Shockley continues to build a strong connection with sophomore quarterback Connor McGinnis, who is 50-of-85 for 666 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
MARTIN IMPROVING FOR DEFENDING CHAMPS
Sam Martin was a big part of last season's Class A championship as Wayne's quarterback.
But Martin has played even better so far this season, helping the Bulldogs to a 5-0 start.
Martin has thrown for 338 yards and five touchdowns without an interception, while running for 450 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“He's really making better decisions so far,” Wayne coach Brandon Sharp said. “He's an even bigger part of our offense now.”
Class A No. 2 Wayne plays at Stratford on Friday.