High schools: Week 1 of the regular season loaded with big matchups
Tulsa Union and Jenks game is ranked No. 1, but another old rivalry is renewed when Class 4A power Douglass visits 6A heavyweight Tulsa Washington
Coleman Key makes his BA debut against his old team, while the Rams look poised for another run after making the semifinals a year ago.
6. Class 5A No. 3 Tulsa East Central at No. 11 Del City
Del City was just 1-9 last year but returns virtually all of its starters and drops from 6A to 5A. The Eagles' early schedule is brutal, and it starts with OU commit Stanvon Taylor and the Cardinals as they open their first season under coach Bobby Klinck.
7. Class 5A No. 7 Duncan at No. 1 Guthrie
The game would be a big one anyway, as two of the top teams in 5A open the season.
Guthrie, the defending state champion, will be without coach Rafe Watkins for the game as he continues to serve a suspension that helped put the Bluejays back in the playoffs a season ago.
8. Class 3A No. 2 Tuttle at No. 9 Plainview
The end of last season was unusually rough for Tuttle, as it dropped three of its last five, including the playoff opener. The Tigers have high hopes this year with a large crop of returning starters. Plainview was hit hard by graduation but is once again picked to win its district.
9. Class 3A No. 8 Lincoln Christian at No. 4 Seminole
Mike Snyder has been the head coach at Seminole for more than 30 years and once again has the Chieftains in a position to contend for a title. Lincoln Christian has only been in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for four seasons but has won at least 10 games in each as it opens its first in Class 3A.
10. Class C No. 2 Shattuck at Class B No. 1 Laverne
Shattuck starts the post-Troy Bullard era against another eight-man power.
The teams played for four straight seasons from 2006-2009 with Shattuck winning all four contests.
BY RYAN ABER
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