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High schools: Breaking down the Class 6A rankings

For the second consecutive season, Owasso upset Tulsa Union. That threw the rankings for Class 6A into chaos. Ryan Aber examines this week's rankings.
by Ryan Aber Published: September 23, 2012
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photo - Edmond North's Richard Morrison runs past Putnam City North's Creighton Decker during a high school football game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, September 21, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Edmond North's Richard Morrison runs past Putnam City North's Creighton Decker during a high school football game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, September 21, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Ranking high school football teams is not supposed to be easy.

And while they don't mean much in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't mean they are just thrown together.

So when I fired up my computer Saturday morning to work on the latest rankings, Class 6A gave me plenty of pause.

For the second consecutive season, Owasso pulled off a stunning upset of No. 1 Tulsa Union. For the second consecutive season, that upset threw the 6A rankings into chaos.

I still suspect Tulsa Union is the state's best team.

I did last year, too, and wound up being proven right. Union rebounded from the Owasso loss with five consecutive blowouts before pulling off three straight one-point wins to come away with the title.

So here's the process that led to the 6A rankings:

1. Lawton (4-0): The Wolverines haven't been challenged much in playing a light schedule so far, but they've done what a good team with that kind of schedule should. They've blown out three of four opponents, and the other was crosstown rival Lawton MacArthur, which they still beat by nine.

2. Edmond North (4-0): The Huskies have a win that's more impressive than Lawton, beating Edmond Santa Fe, 26-13. But Edmond North gave up 28 points to a Putnam City North team that got shut out by Mustang earlier in the year.

3. Broken Arrow (2-2): The Tigers beat Owasso and lost to Union, both in close games. The other loss came to an out-of-state opponent. Broken Arrow has done it so far without its best player, junior Devon Thomas.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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