Top 10 Area Games: Playoffs Week 3
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
11/20/12 at 6:36 AM
ALL GAMES 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY
1. Class 6A semifinals: No. 1 Jenks (10-2) vs. No. 3 Union (10-2)
Site: Memorial Stadium, Broken Arrow
The outlook: For the second straight year, the teams that have won the last 16 state titles in Class 6A will meet in the semifinals.
Key matchup: Jenks tailback Trey'Vonne Barr'e against the Union defense that includes defensive end Dalton Rodriguez. The Trojans' passing attack, with standout receivers such as Jordan Smallwood and Trey Michalczewski, is nearly impossible to stop if Barr'e is having a big game. Barr'e has 1,740 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. Rodriguez was dominant in the season opener against Jenks with nine tackles, two sacks, and a key quarterback pressure, and he recovered a Barr'e fumble that set up the winning TD in a 14-7 victory. Union contained Barr'e well except for an early 45-yard TD run.
Series history: Union has won the past four meetings and has eliminated Jenks in the playoffs the past four years, including 30-29 in the 2011 semifinals.
Tickets: Jenks will sell tickets at the Sharp Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Union will sell tickets at the UMAC Ticket Office from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. All semifinal tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Who wins: Union, 35-31.
2. Class 4A semifinals: No. 2 Wagoner (11-1) vs. No. 3 Anadarko (12-0)
Site: W.E. Anderson Stadium, Langston
The outlook: A showdown between two state champions from 2011. Anadarko moved up from 3A this year.
Key matchup: Running backs Lawrence Evitt of Wagoner and R.J. Sink of Anadarko. Evitt leads the state with 2,825 rushing yards and has 37 TDs. Sink has 1,557 rushing yards and 34 TDs. He also is a dangerous receiver as he showed with four catches for 72 yards against Fort Gibson last week.
Odds and ends: Anadarko has the state's longest current winning streak at 27.
Who wins: Anadarko, 28-26.
3. Class 5A semifinals: No. 1 East Central (8-4) vs. No. 7 McAlester (8-4)
Site: Indian Bowl, Muskogee
The outlook: East Central tries to reach the state title game for the second time in three years. McAlester is in the semifinals for the second straight year.
Keep an eye on: Quarterbacks Tre'von Cherry of East Central and Caden Pratt of McAlester. Both pass-run threats had big games in the quarterfinals as Cherry had 356 total yards and Pratt had 294 as they each passed for three TDs.
Series history: East Central won the last meeting, 22-6, in 2009 and 26-7 in 2008.
Odds and ends: All of East Central's losses are by forfeits for an ineligible player. McAlester has bounced back from an 0-3 start.
Who wins: East Central, 22-21.
4. Class 6A semifinals: No. 2 Owasso (10-2) vs. No. 6 Norman North (11-1)
Site: Union-Tuttle Stadium
The outlook: Owasso tries to reach the state title game for the first time since 1974 and second time overall.
Keep an eye on: Quarterbacks Jaylen Lowe of Owasso and Peyton Gavras of Norman North. Lowe has passed for 2,011 yards and 25 TDs. Gavras has thrown for 2,704 yards and 32 TDs.
Common opponents: Norman North beat Norman 30-20 and Broken Arrow 24-16. Owasso beat Norman 35-15 and lost to Broken Arrow 19-17.
Who wins: Owasso, 24-20.
5. Class 2A quarterfinals: No. 3 Hennessey (10-2) at No. 1 Vian (12-0)
The outlook: The top-ranked Wolverines, who are averaging 62.4 points, look to avenge last year's quarterfinal loss to the two-time defending state champions.
Keep an eye on: Hennessey's Levi Hill has rushed for 1,791 yards and 27 TDs this season. Vian's Rowdy Simon has rushed for over 1,000 yards, including 322 last week.
Series history: Last year, Vian was averaging 53 points per game and scored a quick TD against Hennessey before being shut out the rest of the way in an 18-7 loss at Hennessey. The teams' only other meeting was Hennessey's 28-8 win in the 1986 quarterfinals.
Who wins: Vian, 26-18.
6. Class 3A quarterfinals: No. 5 Metro Christian (10-2) at No. 1 Seminole (11-0)
The outlook: Each team has a hot quarterback. Metro's Matt Woolslayer accounted for 342 total yards and four TDs last week while Seminole's Trenton Newson passed for a school-record 324 yards and four TDs.
Series history: Seminole won the last meeting, 30-24, in the 2006 first round.
Common opponent: 3A quarterfinalist Claremore Sequoyah lost 28-3 to Metro and 48-24 to Seminole.
Who wins: Metro, 31-28.
7. Class 2A quarterfinals: No. 2 Davis (12-0) at No. 5 Adair (12-0)
Keep an eye on: Running backs Zak Woolman of Adair and De'aundre' Carr of Davis. Woolman has 1,560 rushing yards and 38 TDs. Carr leads Davis' ground-oriented attack with 909 yards and 20 TDs. Adair quarterback Brady Bradbury has passed for 1,664 yards and 17 TDs.
Who wins: Davis, 24-16.
8. Class 3A quarterfinals: No. 6 Jones (10-2) at Claremore Sequoyah (7-5)
Keep an eye on: Jones' David Cornwell is a highly regarded pro-style quarterback prospect in the college recruiting class of 2014. He has passed for 2,514 yards and 26 TDs. Sequoyah also has an impressive QB, Daniel Moniz, who has 3,059 total yards and has accounted for 31 TDs.
Who wins: Jones, 23-20.
9. Class B semifinals: No. 6 Rejoice Christian (11-1) vs. No. 1 Laverne (12-0)
Site: Selby Stadium, Enid
The outlook: Laverne is in the semifinals for the fourth time in five years, but has not won a state title. The Tigers have lost their last two semifinal games. This is the first year Rejoice has been eligible for the playoffs.
Who wins: Laverne, 32-20.
10. Class 3A quarterfinals: Hilldale (11-1) at No. 8 Blanchard (10-1)
The outlook: Hilldale quarterback Chandler Puckett is coming off his most impressive passing performance of the season as he threw for 230 yards. Bradley Campbell was the primary target with 220 receiving yards and two TDs.
Note: Hilldale's record includes one forfeit win.
Who wins: Hilldale, 23-19.
Union's Jeffery Mead fights for the ball with Jenks' Austin Casillas during the Backyard Bowl at the University of Tulsa in August. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World file