When the governing body of Oklahoma high school athletics decided to split Class 6A into two divisions, there were four schools people were excited to watch play each other in the lower division.
Lawton, Midwest City, Bixby and Tulsa Booker T. Washington. Lawton defeated Midwest City in one of the most thrilling games of the season three weeks ago. Now it’s time for Lawton and Booker T. to meet in the semifinals.
There’s no shortage of history or tradition at either school and both have had an incredible run of sending players to top Division I schools and to the NFL after that.
Here’s who to watch heading into the 7 p.m. Friday showdown at Yukon High.
OL Jalin Barnett: Going to start with a big “duh” on this one. The No. 1-ranked prospect in the state makes a rare appearance in the greater Oklahoma City area. Coming off visits to Arkansas and Oklahoma, Barnett is still undecided. He’s all about the state championship right now so don’t be surprised to see his decision linger longer.
DB Darreyl Patterson: A Division I cornerback, for sure, but who has made the adjustment to play running back for his senior season. Patterson has been sensational this year for the Wolverines, having rushed for 1,739 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s also added 369 receiving yards and three more scores and is among the top 10 prospects in the state.
WR Kalin Sadler: This is a game tailor made for somebody like Sadler, whose size has kept some of the bigger schools from taking a look at him. When he’s on the field, all he does is produce. He has rushed for 244 yards on just 19 carries, but it’s in the receiving game where he has been lethal. Averaging more than 18 yards per catch, Sadler has 44 receptions for 816 yards and 11 touchdowns.
2017 RB Tre Curry: Whenever Patterson has needed a break, it has been Curry putting on a show. The sophomore has 80 attempts for 714 yards with 11 touchdowns and is definitely going to be a huge name to watch going forward.
Tulsa Booker T. Washington
ATH T.J. Harris: Not quite sure if Harris is a defensive end or outside linebacker in college, but Arkansas State is getting a quality one no matter how you slice it. A lot of Booker T. standouts are offensive, but don’t forget about Harris on defense.
2016 RB Justice Hill: An early season shoulder injury was the only thing that could slow down Hill, who has been sensational for the Hornets this season. He is averaging 6.2 yards per carry with 196 attempts for 1,218 yards and 21 touchdowns. A threat at receiver when the time is right, he has nine catches for 129 yards and two scores.
2016 WR Tariq Bitson: He loves playing linebacker, but Bitson is probably going to be the top-ranked wide receiver in the state for 2016. Numbers don’t tell the whole story, but he has 23 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns.