Week 14 top games include Owasso-Bixby, Metro Christian-Heritage Hall in state finals

On this week’s episode, Barry, Dean and Patrick discuss Owasso’s incredible win over Union and what it could mean for the Rams in this week’s title game. Plus a preview of other state title games.

All games at 19:00 Friday unless noted.

1. Class 6AI Final: No. 4 Owasso vs. No. 2 Bixby

The perspective: When these teams met in the season-opening Battle of the ‘Burbs on Aug. 25, many predicted it as a potential state finale, but few have since expected that to happen as Owasso struggled to a 1- 4. Owasso could become the first four-loss team to win the gold ball in the state’s biggest class since Midwest City in 1988.

Where: UCO’s Chad Ritchison Stadium, Edmond

Entries: Owasso 9-4, Bixby 11-1

QB matchup: Owasso’s Mason Willingham and Bixby’s Connor Kirby are passing threats. Willingham has 2,984 yards and 31 TDs. Kirby has 2,633 yards and 40 TDs. Former Owasso QB Austin Havens passed for 1,222 yards and 15 TDs for Bixby.

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Series History: Prior to Bixby’s win in this year’s opener, these teams had not met since Owasso’s 44-20 victories over Bixby in 2010 and ’11. Bixby leads the all-time streak 18-11-1, which dates back to 1924. They met every year from 1957-71 and ’78-85.

Quoted: Owasso coach Bill Blankenship on being in the title game after upsetting Union: “I’m just getting a chance, I can’t win it if you’re not there. We’re going to be a big underdog and how about we do it again. I’m good with that.

Bixby coach Loren Montgomery: “We understand that Owasso is a different team than they were in Week Zero, and so are we, and both teams have gotten significantly better and improved. Coach Blankenship and his staff are simply amazing. They do a phenomenal job of preparing their guys and they’ve done a phenomenal job of growing this season.”

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2. 3A Final: No. 2 Metro Christian vs. No. 3 OKC Heritage Hall

Outlook: These perennial powers, who have combined for six state titles since 2014, meet for the first time in 39 years.

Where: UCO’s Chad Ritchison Stadium, Edmond

Entries: Metro Christian 13-0, Heritage Hall 12-1

QB matchup: Metro’s Kirk Francis, who made the 2020 2A final, threw for 3,753 yards and 53 TDs this season. Heritage Hall’s Andy Bass passed for 2,721 yards and 27 TDs. Bass also rushed for 681 yards and 11 TDs.

Series History: Metro won the only meeting, 13-7, in 1983.

Quoted: Metro coach Jared McCoy, “Heritage Hall is a super well-coached team with athletes all over the place. Their offense is balanced, more like Lincoln Christian (Metro’s semifinal opponent) than ours, as we will be throwing it more than running it.

Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert: “It’s going to be a clash of styles. Metro has solid guys all over the field. There’s a reason they’re an undefeated team and have won two of the last three 2A state championships.”

3. 6AII Final: No. 2 Choctaw v. No. 1 Stillwater

The perspective: One of those teams would win its first state title since the 1960s. It’s a rematch of Choctaw’s 38-35 win in the 2020 semifinals.

Where: UCO’s Chad Ritchison Stadium, Edmond

Entries: Choctaw 11-1, Stillwater 12-0

QB matchup: Choctaw’s Steele Wasel, playing in his second title game, passed for 3,040 yards and 36 TDs with four interceptions. He has also rushed for 412 yards and five TDs. Stillwater’s Gage Gundy threw for 2,375 yards and 29 TDs with just one interception. He has 469 rushing yards and nine TDs.

Series History: Stillwater is 15-3 — the only other playoff meeting was a 62-12 win by Stillwater in the 2019 semifinals.

4. 5A Final: No. 5 McAlester v. No. 2 MWC Carl Albert

The perspective: Carl Albert has won five of the last six 5A state titles. McAlester, after losing in last year’s state final, is getting a second chance at its first Golden Ball since 1988.

Where: UCO’s Chad Ritchison Stadium, Edmond

Entries: McAlester 11-2, Carl Albert 11-2

QB matchup: McAlester’s Caden Lesnau has passed for 1,900 yards and 21 TDs. Carl Albert’s Reed DeQuasie, who sat out the first half of the season, was 10 of 12 for 194 yards and four TDs last week against No. 1 Grove.

Series History: Carl Albert is 4-3 in seven previous playoff meetings after a 38-7 win in the 2019 quarterfinals.

5. 4A Final: #3 Wagoner vs. #1 Cushing

The perspective: Cushing’s 42-0 win in Week 6 was the biggest loss in coach Dale Condict’s 18 seasons at Wagoner. Can the Bulldogs, who have allowed just 10 points this postseason, find a way to slow the Tigers, who have scored at least 42 in every game this season?

Where: UCO’s Chad Ritchison Stadium, Edmond

Entries: Wagoner 10-3, Cushing 13-0

QB matchup: Wagoner’s Kale Charboneau has passed for 380 yards the past two weeks. Cushing’s Blaise Berlowitz has thrown for 3,654 yards and 54 TDs this season.

Series History: Tie 1-1. Wagoner won 40-14 in the 2020 semifinals and Cushing prevailed 21-13 in the first playoff in 1981.

Everyone else

2A Semifinal: No. 5 Victory Christian (10-3) vs. No. 2 OKC Millwood (12-1) at East Central Univ.: It’s Victory’s deepest playoff streak since a 56-33 loss to Millwood in the 2016 state final.

2A Semifinal: No. 7 Jones (10-3) vs. No. 1 Washington (13-0) at Putnam City: All three of Jones’ playoff wins were by 8 points or less.

Semifinal: No. 5 Hominy (13-0) vs. No. 2 Gore (13-0) on Jenks: These teams haven’t met since Hominy won 28-14 in the second round in 2000.

Semifinal: No. 4 Colcord (13-0) vs. No. 3 Fairview (13-0) at Harrah’s: Every ten years, Colcord reached the semifinals – 1998, 2010, 2022.

B Semifinal: No. 1 Okla. Bible (13-0) vs. No. 2 Seiling (12-0) at NWOSU: Oklahoma Bible is in the semifinals for the first time since 2009, the same year Seiling last reached the state title game.

B semi-final: No. 8 Velma-Alma (10-3) vs. No. 3 Laverne (11-1) at SWOSU: These teams haven’t met since Laverne’s 30-10 playoff victory in 1998. Defending champion Laverne is looking for its third straight state final.

C Final: No. 1 Waynoka (13-0) vs. No. 2 Tipton (13-0) at Southern Nazarene: It could be a wild game similar to Waynoka’s 72-48 win over Tipton in the semifinals in 2019. Tipton won three state titles from 2016-18.

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