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No. 7 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 13-0 vs. No. 26 Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 12-1
For the 14th season in a row either Jenks or Union will take home the Class 6A state championship, as these rivals face off Friday in a matchup that is familiar to Sooner State fans. The squads met for last year's championship, a game won by Union 34-20. This will mark the seventh time in the last 12 years the teams will face one another in the final game of the season.
|Rivals Jenks and Tulsa Union will face off once again for the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship.|
Union has won four titles in the 2000s, Jenks five. The squads enter with a combined one loss, and that was by Union to Jenks 27-25.
Much has happened at Jenks since that first meeting. Head coach Allan Trimble resigned in the aftermath of an eligibility scandal, and there was the possibility that sanctions could include a playoff ban this season. In the midst of it all, the Trojans maintained their focus and kept rolling to impressive victories. Leading the way has been junior running back Zack Langer, who ran for 281 yards last week against Southmoore (Moore, Okla.) and has more than 2,200 yards on the season -- tops in Class 6A. Bob Graham and Jake Alexander anchor an impressive offensive line that opens holes for Langer and gives junior quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen plenty of time to throw.
Union is led by senior QB Chase Boyce, who has passed for more than 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for more than 400 yards. The Redskins have just two rushers, Jarred Davis and Jalen Hearron, with more than 500 yards but the team has more than 2,800 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns.
Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
It's hard to say anyone who has rushed for more than 200 yards per game is a sleeper, but Butler could make a big-time push for the coveted Mr. Football award in California starting this weekend in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinal matchup against undefeated Rocklin. The 5-11, 190-pound senior has 2,637 yards and 42 touchdowns in 12 games, averaging more than 11 yards per carry. His numbers could be even better if not for the fact he often found himself watching from the sideline during the second half of blowout games for the FAB 50 No. 8 Pacers. Twice this season he has rushed for more than 300 yards in a game, and he nearly did it for a third time last week when he had 292 yards on 18 carries and scored a season-best six touchdowns in a 66-12 win over Fairfield (Fairfield, Calif.). Butler could have as many three games left, including a second straight appearance in the CIF Open Division State Championship.
|Devontae Butler is averaging more than 200 rushing yards per game for FAB 50 No. 8 Grant (Sacramento, Calif.).|
No. 49 Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 13-1 vs. Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) 12-2
Prattville comes into this Class 6A state title showdown as the lower-ranked team after Hoover jumped into the FAB 50 this week, but it probably would not surprise many in Alabama if the Lions knock off the Bucs. Hoover came to prominence nationally with the airing of "Two-A-Days" on MTV in 2005. Winning five state titles in a six-year span early in the decade didn' hurt, either. But recently Prattville has been Alabama's dominant program, and the Lions will be looking for consecutive title number four Friday night. Wins over Hoover of 35-21 in 2006 and 16-13 last year in state finals means coach Jamey DuBose's team should come in with a healthy dose of confidence. Hoover's ranking this week was greatly aided by its win this season against FAB 50 No. 43 Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.).
Newnan (Newnan, Ga.) 13-0
The Cougars debuted in the FAB 50 this week at No. 28, with only No. 20 Abilene (Abilene, Texas) coming in higher. Newnan is led by arguably the best high school football player in Georgia -- 6-3, 215-pound Alec Ogletree, a Georgia recruit who last week almost single-handedly led Newnan past previously undefeated and FAB 50-ranked Grayson (Loganville, Ga.). Ogletree, who lines up at both wide receiver and safety, made a one-handed touchdown catch in the third quarter to put Newnan ahead, then preserved the 9-7 win by blocking Grayson's potential game-winning field goal attempt. Newnan, 13-0 for the second straight year, will try to take the next step Friday, hosting a AAAAA state semifinal versus 12-1 Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.).
Mark Tennis is a deputy editor for ESPN RISE.