Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the brackets

The Oklahoman's writers take a closer look at the playoff bracket for each class.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: November 10, 2013
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Class 6A

Darkhorse: Lawton

Yes, Jenks is the overwhelming 6A favorite, and yes, it looks like another east-dominated bracket. But if anyone has a chance to spoil the show, it's Lawton with its big lines and highlight-reel running back Michael Warren.

Best first-round matchup: Edmond Santa Fe at Midwest City

Only slightly better than the Edlam first-rounder between North and Memorial. But the matchup of Midwest City's defense that has allowed only 12.6 points per game against the Santa Fe offense that is looking for its rhythm without Justice Hansen is deep with storylines.

Potential second-round showdown: Norman North-Broken Arrow

While both Norman North and Broken Arrow have tough first-round tests, a quarterfinal rematch of those two teams in the second straight postseason would come with some fireworks.

Road warrior: Westmoore

Losses to Jenks and Broken Arrow landed Westmoore on the road at Sand Springs in the first round. Considering how well Westmoore has played, even in defeat, this season, the Jags should still be the favorite in their first-round matchup.

Class 5A

The favorite: Guthrie

The Bluejays have been dominant, outscoring their opponents 45-8 all season. They also have a favorable side of the bracket leading to Stillwater.

Toughest road: Carl Albert

Defending champion opens with No. 8 Del City, then could travel to No. 2 McAlester in a blockbuster second-round game. The semifinals could be against No. 4 Lawton MacArthur or No. 10 Pryor, too, raising concerns about a possible repeat.

Dark horse: Lawton MacArthur

Lawton MacArthur has been flying under the radar, averaging 39 points per game while showing improvement on defense the past three games. The Highlanders' biggest challenge en route to Stillwater could be in the semifinals.

Player to watch: Kai Callins, Guthrie

Often the best player on the field, Callins has been electric this season. He's rushed for 1,257 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also catching one and throwing one.

Class 4A

The favorite: Anadarko

Running back R.J. Sink and the Warriors have managed to come out of arguably the class' toughest district with an unbeaten record, looking for their third straight trip to the finals.

Dark horse: Woodward

Friday night's close loss at Clinton sends the Boomers on the road to Ada to start the playoffs, but with one of 4A's best defenses, they have the capability to pile up some wins.

Player to watch: Douglass senior Deondre Clark

One of the state's top recruits as a defensive end, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Clark is committed to LSU. But his battering runs from the tailback position make him even more fun to watch.

Potential second-round showdown: Ada/Woodward vs. Wagoner

No matter who advances between Ada and Woodward, they'll be in line for a huge second-round matchup against Wagoner and running back Lawrence Evitt.

Class 3A

The favorite: Blanchard

The defending champions have been No. 1 all season, but a repeat won't be easy with six other unbeaten teams in the 3A postseason.

Player to watch: Blanchard running back Braden Stringer

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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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