OSN Time Out
Josh Callaway November 12th, 2020
The Playoffs. Are. Here.
One of the best times of the year in Oklahoma is upon us as this week we get to start what will be one of the most unforgettable playoffs in high school football history.
As we discussed a few weeks ago here on the OSN Time Out, the playoff brackets were expanded this season to include every single school that wanted to participate in postseason action.
If they want it, every single team has the opportunity to compete for a championship this season. It is something unlike anything we have ever seen in high school football, and it all gets going Friday night.
Today, we are going to highlight some of the big games you can watch for FREE right here on the Oklahoma Sports Network.
Then, at the end, I may just have to lock in my state champion picks for every single class.
MUSKOGEE @ MIDWEST CITY
This 2 vs 7 matchup in 6A-II is very intriguing and one to keep an eye on. I personally have been a believer in the Midwest City Bombers all season, and am excited to see how they do in their first playoff game here.
MWC comes into the postseason at 6-2 but haven’t played since an Oct. 30th loss to Stillwater that wasn’t especially close at 31-10. Prior to that, they had rattled off five straight wins and seemed to be firing on all cylinders.
Muskogee, meanwhile, has had one of the weirder seasons of anyone in Oklahoma. They are yet to win a game at 0-6, and haven’t seen the field since Oct. 15th – so nearly a full month without playing a game.
They may have a goose egg in the win column, but in sports anybody can get anyone on any given day – and they DID play Bishop McGuiness tough early in the year.
But, more than anything, this is an opportunity to see if the Bombers can put the right step forward in what they hope to be a deep run. It can be seen live on the Oklahoma Sports Network Friday night.
LAWTON EISENHOWER @ DUNCAN
5A has unfortunately had a slew of game cancellations and opt-outs that have created a lot of first round byes, but there are still a couple of intriguing games in that class that can be seen here on the Oklahoma Sports Network.
Eisenhower at Duncan is one of them.
Duncan is a bit of an underrated team at 4-3 on the season. They are playing well down the stretch having won their last two games to cap off the season, and losing to a real solid El Reno team in overtime a few weeks ago.
Eisenhower on the other side is just at 2-5, but they have put forth some solid performances this season and their defense did a surprisingly good job for quite awhile against Carl Albert in the season finale.
This is a game to keep an eye on, and it can be seen on OSN as well Friday night.
NOBLE @ PIEDMONT
Noble at Piedmont, in my opinion, is one of the best first round games taking place this week.
First off, this is a rematch from earlier in the season which is always fun. In the first meeting back on Sep, 18th, Piedmont got the win 29-20.
It was a close and competitive game, and it is going to be fantastic to watch these two teams run it back for a second time.
It is a 4-5 matchup with the winner heading to take on El Reno – who Piedmont actually BEAT handily earlier in the season.
This game doesn’t need much by way of storylines to grab your attention for it should simply be a close game that will be likely decided in the fourth quarter.
TECUMSEH @ CACHE
I have said it here on the OSN Time Out, and I said it on our OSN Playoff Preview Show Sunday night – watch out for the Cache Bulldogs.
If I had to pencil in one single sleeper team in any class who I legitimately believed could be a Cinderella story this year it would be them.
They have had so many tough losses this season so they are definitely better than their 4-5 record would indicate and I love their draw.
Tecumseh is coming off back-to-back wide margin losses to Blanchard and John Marshall, so the Bulldogs should have a good shot to win here and advance for a date with Blanchard in the second round.
We can talk about that game next week if it becomes reality…but I like Cache’s chances there. That is all I will say for now.
JOHN MARSHALL @ NEWCASTLE
This game has a lot going for it as far as intrigue.
First off, both of these teams have to feel slighted in the final seedings for the postseason. Newcastle finished above Clinton in the district standings and had a better record against common opponents – but was below the Red Tornadoes in the final rankings.
Meanwhile, John Marshall dominated Tecumseh by 40 (!) points last week and yet still ended up beneath them in District 2.
Both teams are going to have a chip on their shoulder and, simply put, both of these teams are good.
While it is a shame the seedings aren’t especially accurate when it comes to these two teams, the bright side of it is that this has the makings of a really fun first round matchup.
Yours truly will have the call Friday night on the Oklahoma Sports Network for this one. FINAL PICKS
Alright, now that we have previewed some of the big games this week on OSN – let’s make our final picks for each class.
These will likely be wrong in a lot of places, but let’s go for it and see how I do at the end of the playoffs.
Without further adieu…
6A-I – Owasso Rams
6A-II – Bixby Spartans
5A – Carl Albert Titans
4A – Wagoner Bulldogs
3A – Kingston Redskins
2A – Marlow Outlaws
A – Pawhuska Huskies
B – Dewar Dragons
C – Midway Chargers
Happy playoffs everybody, get out to a game this week if you can. If you can’t, hang out with us on the Oklahoma Sports Network. All of the games will also be available on demand at the conclusion of their broadcasts.