Oklahoma high school football playoff preview: Breaking down each bracket
The Oklahoman's high school writers preview each class for the 2012 Oklahoma high school football playoffs.
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Toughest road: Kingfisher
Potential games against Tuttle, Berryhill and Seminole — all of which have been ranked No. 2 at some point this season — just to get to the finals.
Player to watch: David Cornwell, Jones
The junior quarterback is exploding on the recruiting scene, and continues to get more comfortable in his first year of varsity football.
Team to watch: Sequoyah-Tahlequah
The Indians have been ruled out of the playoffs, but could they get back in via appeal to the OSSAA board of directors on Wednesday?
Best first-round matchup: Perkins at Jones
Perkins, the No. 4 seed from District 2, defeated Jones, the District 1 champ, in the opening week of the season.
The favorite: Vian
The Wolverines starting defensive unit has allowed just one touchdown all season.
Dark horse: Stroud
The Tigers easily could have won a state championship last year and have the formula for playoff success. They run the football and play defense, posting five shutouts this season.
Player to watch: Levi Hill, Hennessey
The Eagles' outstanding tailback could carry Hennessey to its third straight state title.
Team to watch: Millwood
The Falcons are kind of flying under the radar this season but will not be an easy out in the playoffs.
The favorite: Wynnewood
All season, the top two teams in District A-5 were considered the two best in the class, with Wynnewood taking favorite status with a 35-34 in Week 9. The Savages are led by senior running back Trey Knowles, who has 1,143 yards and 17 touchdowns this season as well as 59 tackles.
Toughest road: Wayne
Losing to Wynnewood set up a hard road for the Bulldogs if they're to repeat. Last season, Wynnewood lost the matchup and wound up falling in the second round to eventual runner-up Woodland. This season, Wayne could face a similar second-round matchup to determine the top half of the bracket as undefeated No. 7 Kiefer likely awaits. Kiefer had five shutouts and held seven opponents to eight points or less.
Dark horse: Warner
It's usually hard to think of an undefeated team as a dark horse but the Eagles have managed to keep under the radar even with a perfect season. Warner didn't play a ranked team this season and it would likely take a third-round meeting against Cashion or Fairview before Warner faced a team among the tops in Class A.
Player to watch: Preston Walker, Crescent
There are plenty of good quarterbacks in the Class A playoffs but Walker has been the best, throwing for 2,192 yards, 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also ran for 13 scores during the regular season.
Best first round matchup: Garber at Alex
A matchup featuring the No. 5 Wolverines (8-2) on the road against the No. 9 Longhorns (9-1).
Dark horse: Woodland
The former Class A power dropped a class to play eight-man football this season and is certainly no stranger to playoff success.
Player to watch: Derrick Moore, Wetumka
Could there be any other? The running back is a Division I talent playing eight-man football.
Possible first-round upset: Coyle over Keota.
Led by wide receiver Tony Aska Jr., No. 10 Coyle (8-2) gets No. 7 Keota (8-2) at home in the first round.
The favorite: Tipton
Lost only three starters from last year's state runner-up team and has only allowed eight points all season.
Best first round matchup: Balko at Ryan
No. 7 Balko (7-3) is on the road at No. 5 Ryan (9-1).
Player to watch: Scott Dick, Corn Bible
The Crusaders' quarterback leads the state in scoring.
Possible first-round upset
Bluejacket over Thackerville: No. 8 Bluejacket (8-2) is on the road at No. 6 Thackerville (8-1).
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