All playoff games on Friday at 7pm unless otherwise noted. Classes 6AI, 6AII, 5A, 4A, 3A and C are in the semifinals; 2A, A and B in the Quarterfinals.
1st Class 6AI: #3 Jenks vs. #2 Bixby
The outlook: One of these teams will end a long run of appearances in the State Finals. Jenks was at four in a row and Bixby at eight (in 6AII). Jenks tries to beat Bixby for the second time in a month. Prior to Jenks’ 38-35 win on November 3, Bixby’s last loss was in November in 2015. The Spartans haven’t lost twice in November since 2013 (one of those losses this year was to Jenks).
Where: Memorial Stadium, Broken Arrow
Records: Jenks 10-2, Bixby 10-1
key match: Jenks’ rushing attack against Bixby’s defense. Jenks’ recipe for winning is the same as it was in Week 10 – controlling the ball and limiting Bixby’s possession – as well as committing no turnovers and penalties. In Week 10, Jenks rushed for 357 yards as he ended Bixby’s 58-game winning streak. Last year, Bixby won 23-15 when it held Jenks for 86 rushing yards.
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Series history: Jenks leads 58-24-5 and had won 26 straight games since 1977 before the Spartans won 35-18 in 2017.
2. 3A: #2 Metro Christian vs. #1 Lincoln Christian
Outlook: These long-time favorites, who have won three state titles together in the last three seasons, meet in the playoffs for the first time.
Where: Mustang Stadium, Oologah
Records: Metro Christian 12-0, Lincoln Christian 11-1
QB Matchup: Metro’s Kirk Francis has completed 225 of 323 passes for 3,301 yards and 48 TDs this season. Lincoln’s Luke Milligan is 187 of 257 for 3,149 yards and 39 touchdowns.
Series history: Lincoln won two regular-season meetings in 2004 and 2005.
3. 6AI: No. 4 Owasso vs. No. 1 Union
The outlook: These teams will meet in the postseason for the first time since Owasso’s 21-14 win in the 2017 title game.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Broken Arrow
Records: Owasso 8-4, Union 11-0
key match: Union’s receivers, led by Jino Boyd and Grayson Tempest, against the Rams’ secondary. Boyd has four TD catches in each of his last two games. In the last two games he has 19 receptions for 376 yards. He also had a TD catch against Owasso while Tempest scored twice in Union’s 35-18 Week 4 win.
Series history: Union have won eight of their last 11 meetings, including 10-7 in extra time last year. When the teams faced each other in playoff 17, Union won the regular season matchup.
4. 5A: #2 Carl Albert vs. #1 Grove
The outlook: Will Carl Albert’s heritage and playoff experience be too much for the 5A’s only undefeated team? Carl Albert has won five of 5A’s last six state titles. Grove has never won the Gold Ball and has not won a semifinal game since 2006.
Records: Carl Albert 10-2, Grove 12-0
key match: Grove runs back Emmanuel Crawford against Carl Albert’s defense. The only two close calls for Grove this season came when teams (Wagoner, Guthrie) included Crawford, who has 2,627 total yards and 40 TDs this season.
Series history: This is their first meeting.
5. 3A: #3 Heritage Hall vs. #4 Verdigris
The outlook: One of those teams will pick up a landmark semifinals win — Heritage Hall has lost in this round for the past three years, while Verdigris has lost in two of the last three, the Cardinals’ first two semifinals games there.
Where: Red Devil Field, Prague
Records: Memorial Hall 11-1; Verdigris 11-1
key match: Can Verdigris sackmaster Reese Roller consistently presses Heritage Hall QB Andy Bass, who has passed 575 yards and four TDs in two playoff games. Roller has 19 sacks this season.
Series history: Heritage Hall defeated Verdigris 21-7 in the 2020 Quarterfinals – their only meeting.
The best of the rest
6AII: No. 2 Deer Creek (11-1) vs. No. 1 Stillwater (11-0) in Ponca City: Could become another thriller akin to Stillwater’s 35-28 overtime win over Deer Creek in the 2021 district opener.
6AII: No. 4 Muskogee (10-1) vs. No. 3 Choctaw (10-1) at East Central University: Choctaw won their last meeting of 2021, 49-32.
5A: No. 3 McGuinness (11-1) vs. No. 5 McAlester (10-2) at Jenks (7pm, Saturday): These teams have been 5A runners-up five times in the last six years.
4A: No. 4 Poteau (10-2) vs. No. 3 Wagoner (9-3) at ECU (1pm, Friday): Could be a defensive exchange similar to Poteau’s 7-3 win in the 2019 semifinals.
4A: No. 2 Elk City (11-1) vs. No. 1 Cushing (12-0) at Putnam City: Cushing wants to avenge a 21:14 loss in last year’s playoff opener.
2A: No. 2 Millwood (11-1) vs. No. 3 Claremore Sequoyah (11-1) in Harrah (1pm, Friday): This is Sequoyah’s deepest playoff run since 2012.
2A: No. 7 Jones (9-3) vs. No. 6 Kiefer (11-1) at Edmond North: Jones is aiming for his first quarterfinal win since 2017, and Kiefer since 2011. Kiefer’s Brayden Barber was named the 2A-7 MVP.
2A: No. 5 win Christian (9-3) vs. Chandler (9-3) at Edmond Santa Fe: Chandler’s Casmen Hill is 10th on the state’s career rushing list after winning with four TDs in a win over Frederick 343 last week. Victory RB Judah Byrams is the 2A-7 Offensive MVP.
A: No. 1 Ringling (12-0) vs. No. 4 Colcord (12-0) at Moore: Colcord is 12-0 for the first time since 2005. Ringling has reached the semifinals for the past three years.
B: #4 Regent Prep (11-0) vs. #8 Velma-Alma (9-3) at Southern Nazarene: Regent QB John Mark Roller had 484 yards and eight TDs in last week’s win over Quinton.