Week 4 best matches include long-running rivalries like Union-Owasso and Muskogee-Sand Springs | Soccer

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

Perspectives : A clash of teams that have combined to win three of the last six state titles.

Recordings: Union 3-0, Owasso 1-2

Key match: Quarterbacks – Union’s Shaker Reisig was very effective in each of his three games. He completed 51 of 74 passes for 655 yards and five touchdowns. Owasso’s Mason Willingham is 48 of 82 for 579 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

Notable: The two head coaches, Union’s Kirk Fridrich and Owasso’s Bill Blankenship, were once their opponent’s head coaches. Fridrich led Owasso to the semi-finals 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 have won seven of the last 10 meetings, including 10-7 in overtime last year, although Owasso is 3-2 in the last five games, starting with a 21-14 win in the final 2017 National Championship. Earlier in 2017, Union won 44-41 in double overtime in Week 4.

2. 6AII-2: Muskogee #6 to Sand Springs #7

Perspectives : This is the most anticipated game between these teams since their 2016 classic.

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

Key players: Muskogee QB Jamarian Ficklin completed 55 of 80 passes for 904 yards and nine touchdowns. Ficklin’s breakthrough game came against the Sandites last year when he passed for 398 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-34 loss. Sand Springs running back Kenneth Page had 363 yards and eight touchdowns.

Series history: The Sandites have won the last two meetings after Muskogee have won three in a row. This followed the 2016 thriller when Sand Springs prevailed after one of the most famous 2-point conversions in program history resulted in a 26-25 comeback win at Muskogee. The victory propelled the Sandites to the top spot in the 6AII standings. Their first meeting was Muskogee’s 20-0 victory in 1953.

3. 6AI-1: Enid at #3 Jenks

Perspectives : With several starters expected after being sidelined, this is a chance for Jenks to revive his offense after driving in just 30 points in the first three games.

Recordings: Enid 2-1, Jenks 2-1

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

Series history: Jenks leads 9-3 with nine straight wins, including 28-7 in the 2006 6A State Finals.

4. A-5: Hominy #7 vs. Pawnee #10

Perspectives : The most anticipated encounter between these longtime rivals since Hominy’s 36-33 victory in the 2017 playoffs.

Recordings: Hominy 3-0, Pawnee 3-0

Key players: Hominy quarterback Jaxon Woods had 297 yards and four touchdowns in the Bucks’ 27-22 win at Pawhuska heading into last week’s opener. Pawnee’s Jacob Warnock had 37 carries 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 from 1932.

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

Perspectives : It’s their 55th meeting since the series began in 1966, but the first time they’ve met in a district game.

Recordings: Holland Hall 0-3, Cascia Hall 2-1

Key match: The Commandos’ Blue Swarm defense against Holland Hall’s offense, which has produced just one touchdown 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 – then they beat Rogers in Week 4. Last year, Kelley beat Rogers 55-34.

6AI-1 #1 Bixby (3-0) to #7 Norman North (2-1): He looked like a match-of-the-week candidate until Norman North’s 28-23 loss last week to the previously winless Yukon.

3A-4: No. 10 Central (3-0) to No. 1 Verdigris (3-0): A good measuring stick for Central, who also started 3-0 last year but lost 48-6 to Verdigris.

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

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

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