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The Oklahoman's Class 4A rankings: A new No. 1 team

by Scott Wright Modified: September 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm •  Published: September 9, 2013
Mildren Montgomery of Douglass brings down Booker T. Washington's Cordale Grundy during their high school football game at Douglass in Oklahoma City, Friday, September 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Mildren Montgomery of Douglass brings down Booker T. Washington's Cordale Grundy during their high school football game at Douglass in Oklahoma City, Friday, September 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

As discussed in the Class 5A rankings story, weighing games between teams from different classes can make early season rankings a difficult balancing act. Class 4A posed quite a problem in that way.

Clinton, the Class 4A preseason No. 1,  lost to a team previously ranked No. 7 in Class 5A, Lawton MacArthur. Wagoner defeated a Coweta team previously ranked No. 8 in 5A. Ada lost to Ardmore, ranked No. 12 in 5A’s preseason poll, and Douglass defeated Tulsa Washington, No. 14 in the preseason Class 6A poll.

So the task becomes one of trying to find equality on a scale of inequality. The difference in Clinton’s fall from No. 1 and Carl Albert remaining in the top spot in 5A, lies in the accomplishments of the teams behind Clinton — namely the significant wins by Wagoner and Douglass.

Outside of the top four teams, Class 4A remained the same, though teams like Poteau, McLoud and Woodward aren’t far out of the mix.

Here is The Oklahoman’s Class 4A rankings after the opening week of the season:

Rank, Team, Record (Prev.)
1. Wagoner, 1-0 (2)
2. Douglass, 1-0 (4)
3. Clinton, 0-1 (1)
4. Ada, 0-1 (3)
5. Anadarko, 1-0 (5)
6. Fort Gibson, 1-0 (6)
7. Cascia Hall, 1-0 (7)
8. Broken Bow, 1-0 (8)
9. Weatherford, 1-0 (9)
10. Glenpool, 1-0 (10)

– Scott Wright, swright@opubco.com
Twitter: @ScottWrightOK

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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