It’s a new day in Oklahoma high school football. With the governing body splitting up Class 6A into two divisions, 6A playoffs teams have a bye week before their respective championship games next week.
That means it’s all about the lower classifications this weekend and that means it’s a chance for McAlester athlete Dalton Wood to continue to show why he was one of the most under the radar prospects for this class.
Wood, who committed to Oklahoma in September, plays quarterback for the Buffaloes but will play tight end for OU. He’s hoping those tight end days will have to wait two more weeks as McAlester takes on Lawton MacArthur in the 5A semifinals Friday in Choctaw.
It’s a rubber match between the two schools. Lawton Mac eliminated McAlester from the playoffs in 2010, while the Buffaloes returned the favor last year in this very same round.
With each week, his stats become more impressive, and he was sensational once again in a blowout victory at Del City. Wood has rushed for 1,198 yards on 131 carries with 20 touchdowns.
In the passing game, he has completed 122 of 195 passes for 1,845 yards with 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
QB Will Collins: A fringe Division I quarterback after his junior season, Collins has played his way into his ULM commitment. Things might not stop there for Collins who has improved almost every way possible this season. All that’s missing is a state championship.
2016 OL T.J. Fiailoa: Will definitely be among the state’s top offensive lineman for what’s turning into a pretty stout 2016 class. He emerged as a name to watch following impressive camp performances, especially at OU, and has played up to his potential this season.
2016 DB Walter Neil: Two or three inches taller and everybody would be knocking down the door for Neil. Nobody is more confident in his abilities than Neil, who did an outstanding job all three days at OU’s camp. His size is a deterrent at this point, but there’s no doubt he has the determination.