Sometimes it works out exactly the way it is supposed to happen. Before the OKPreps season started, everybody had circled the showdown between Lawton and Midwest City.
Now through eight games, neither squad has disappointed and a district championship hangs in the balance Friday night.
Lawton (7-1, 4-0) at Midwest City (7-1, 5-0)
Lawton enters with a six-game winning streak and features the No. 1-ranked player in the state, four-star offensive guard Jalin Barnett.
“I think he’s handled everything really well,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “He gets about 20-30 letters a day. He doesn’t talk a lot about the process. He’s real humble and quiet.”
Until he gets on the field. Barnett has been a beast for the Wolverines this season with many highlight reel-worthy pancake blocks.
It feels like Barnett is down to OU and Arkansas, and Breeze said he has no idea where his prized recruit is heading.
“He really liked Arkansas,” Breeze said. “But that was his only visit. I told him make sure you take your other visits. In the end, though, there is no bad choice.”
It’s possible Barnett will visit the Sooners in November, but a lot of that is still to be determined because of Lawton’s season that could run through Thanksgiving weekend.
“As coaches we always say the biggest game of the year is the next one, but I know a lot of our guys have been looking forward to this one a lot,” Breeze said. “We’re really similar. This should be a close, really good high school football game.”
Other Lawton prospects:
Patterson is a three-star recruit who has been moved to running back this season. The result? Not too bad as Patterson has rushed for 1,208 yards on 146 attempts with 13 touchdowns. He also has 12 catches for 251 yards and three scores and has an interception on defense.
“He’s a Division I defensive back,” Breeze said. “But he is doing what our team needed. We needed him at running back. He might be the best defensive back in the state, but he has put the team first.”
WR Kalin Sadler
It hasn’t quite happened yet for the slot receiver in the recruiting game, but he has put up solid numbers in his senior season. He has 34 catches for 645 yards with nine touchdowns and has also rushed for 195 yards. Used sparingly on defense, he has 12 tackles and an interception.
Lawton has a lot of young kids worth keeping tabs on and Breeze said right now there are 24 players from Lawton playing some sort of college football.
“We’re really proud of that,” Breeze said. “We use that as motivation all the time.”