PRYOR, OK —
Game of the Week: Chouteau (3-2, 1-1) at No. 7 Adair (4-1, 2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Let's take a minute to applaud Mark Jones and his Chouteau Wildcats. Jones has been building the Chouteau program as an assistant or head coach for the last five years and the 2013 edition is his best yet. It has already topped its win total from a season ago and its district win total from the last six seasons combined, and it was just 84 seconds away from matching Adair's 4-1, 2-0 record in District 2A-7.
Chouteau just isn't built to withstand the sheer firepower of this potent Adair offense. Adair has a precise quarterback in BJ Bradbury (867 pass yards, 12 TDs) and a stable of runners (Bradbury, Cody Eby and Cody Yoder all have at least 40 carries for 250 yards, and Ben Woolman has averaged 15.1 yards on his 13 carries). Hunter Rosebrough has notched seven touchdown catches and averages a tasty 20.2 yards per catch.
The Warriors are coming off of a 24-13 win over district favorite Nowata Oct. 4. A win over Chouteau would mean Adair clearing the next-biggest obstacle to its third-straight district title. With a little luck, Chouteau can still sneak into the 2A playoffs with games against cellar-dwelling Caney Valley and Pawhuska still on the slate, but the luck likely will be on Adair's side Friday.
For the Wildcats to give the Warriors a run for their money, Chouteau will need a flawless effort from its offensive line to keep the Adair offense on the sideline as long as possible. The 'Cats have shown an ability to effectively control the line of scrimmage in earlier games this season — against Adair, Chouteau will have to absolutely dominate it.
Bold Prediction: Adair 35, Chouteau 12
Pryor (3-2, 2-0) at Grove (1-4, 0-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Tigers will get a chance to win on a homecoming night for the third consecutive week when they hop on the bus and head north to Grove. The Ridgerunners nearly knocked off Collinsville in double overtime Oct. 4 before the Cards pulled the rug out. This won't be easy for Pryor. Ridgerunner quarterback Jake Spychalski is second in Class 5A with 892 passing yards to go with seven TDs (and eight picks), and Grove did defeat Miami in Week 1. The Wardogs chomped Pryor in Week 3.
Bold Prediction: Pryor 33, Grove 20
No. 10 Locust Grove (5-0, 2-0) at Jay (2-3, 0-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The hurt just keeps coming for Jay, which faced juggernauts Hilldale and Lincoln Christian in District 3A-7 losses the last two weeks. Locust won't be any easier a task, as the Pirates are averaging 45 points per contest overall and 54 against 3A-7 competition. This is a trap game with Hilldale looming next Thursday, but leading tackler Vance Wilson (78 stops) and the LG defense should be able to fend off the Bulldogs before turning its focus on the Hornets.
Bold Prediction: Locust Grove 41, Jay 23
No. 12 Salina (4-1, 2-0) at Wyandotte (3-2, 1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Wyandotte has alternated blowout wins and losses through its first five games. In its three wins, it has won by a cumulative score of 150-6. In its two losses, it has been outscored 109-34. So will Jekyll or Hyde show up when Salina comes riding into town? The Bears' wins are against Class A Fairland (2-3) and cupcakes Caney Valley (0-5) and Hulbert (0-5). Its losses are to teams more on Salina's level: Adair (4-1) and Commerce (5-0). The Wildcats should take this one, though it could be a little close.
Bold Prediction: Salina 42, Wyandotte 28
Chuck's Week 5 Picks: 3-2