The best games of Week 4 include longtime rivalries like Union-Owasso and Muskogee-Sand Springs | Football

On this week’s episode, Barry Lewis and Dean Ruhl reveal their surprise 3-0 teams. Rogers has impressed Barry. Dean is very impressed with Reese Roller and Verdigris. Dean and Barry also talk about which player has stood out so far this season.


All games are district openings at 7 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted

1. District 6AI-2: Union No. 2 at Owasso No. 6

The perspective: A matchup of teams that have combined to win three of the last six state titles.

Records: Union 3-0, Owasso 1-2

key pairing: Quarterbacks: Union’s Shaker Reisig has been very efficient in each of his three games. He has completed 51 of 74 passes for 655 yards and five touchdowns. Owasso’s Mason Willingham is 48 of 82 for 579 yards with three TDs plus he has rushed for 198 yards and two TDs.

Unable: Both head coaches, Union’s Kirk Fridrich and Owasso’s Bill Blankenship, were once head coaches for their opponent. Fridrich led Owasso to the semifinals in his only season there in 2006 before moving to Union. Blankenship won three state titles in 14 years (1992-2005) at Union.

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Series history: Union won seven of last 10 meetings, including 10-7 in overtime last year, though Owasso is 3-2 in last five games, starting with a 21-14 victory in the 2017 state final. Early in 2017, Union prevailed 44-41 in double overtime in Week 4.

2. 6AII-2: No. 6 Muskogee at No. 7 Sand Springs

The perspective: This is the most anticipated matchup between these teams since their 2016 derby.

Records: Muskogee 3-0, Sand Springs 2-1

key players. Main Players: Muskogee QB Jamarian Ficklin has completed 55 of 80 passes for 904 yards and nine TDs. Ficklin’s defining game came against the Sandites last year when he threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-34 loss. Sand Springs running back Kenneth Page has rushed for 363 yards and eight touchdowns.

Series history: The Sandites have won the last two meetings after Muskogee captured three in a row. That followed the 2016 thriller when Sand Springs prevailed after one of the most famous 2-point conversions in the show’s history resulted in a 26-25 comeback in Muskogee. That victory catapulted the Sandites to the No. 1 ranking in 6AII. Their first meeting was Muskogee’s 20-0 win in 1953.

3. 6AI-1: Enid at No. 3 Jenks

The perspective: With several starters expected to return after being sidelined, this is an opportunity for Jenks to reboot his offense after producing just 30 points in the first three games.

Records: Enid 2-1, Jenks 2-1

key players. Main Players: Enid’s Tykie Andrews has caught six TDs this season, two in each of the first three games. Jenks receiver Ty Walls had four receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, in last year’s 49-6 win over Enid.

Series history: Jenks leads 9-3 with nine wins in a row, including 28-7 in the 2006 6A state final.

4. A-5: No. 7 Hominy at No. 10 Pawnee

The perspective: The most anticipated matchup between these longtime rivals since Hominy’s 36-33 comeback in the 2017 playoffs.

Records: Hominy 3-0, Pawnee 3-0

key players. Main Players: Hominy quarterback Jaxon Woods had 297 yards and four touchdowns in the Bucks’ 27-22 win at Pawhuska before last week’s open date. Pawnee’s Jacob Warnock had 37 rushes for 239 yards and five touchdowns in a 66-55 win over Meeker last week.

Series history: Pawnee has won three in a row, including 44-36 last year. The series dates back to 1932.

5. 3A-4: Holland Hall at No. 5 Cascia Hall

The perspective: This is their 55th meeting since the series began in 1966, but it is the first time they have met in a district game.

Records: Netherlands Hall 0-3, Cascia Hall 2-1

key pairing: The Commandos’ Blue Swarm defense against Holland Hall’s offense, which has produced just one TD this season.

Series history: Cascia leads 34-20 and has won seven of the last 11, but Holland Hall won 45-7 last year.

the best of the rest

5A-4: Bishop Kelley (0-3) at Rogers (3-0): The last time the Comets started 0-3 was in 2010, and then they beat Rogers in Week 4. Last year, Kelley beat Rogers 55-34.

6AI-1 No. 1 Bixby (3-0) at No. 7 Norman North (2-1): He looked like a game-of-the-week candidate until Norman North’s 28-23 loss last week in the previously winless Yukon.

3A-4: No. 10 Central (3-0) at No. 1 Verdigris (3-0): Good yardstick for Central, which also started 3-0 last year but lost 48-6 to Verdigris.

5A-3: Glenpool (2-1) at No. 3 Coweta (3-0): They meet for the first time since Coweta’s 41-22 win in 2019.

4A-3: Car No. 4 (1-2) at Skiatook (1-2): Waggoner won last year’s Battle of the Bulldogs, 34-14.

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