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Tulsa Union-Broken Arrow tops Top 10 Oklahoma football games to watch for Week 1

Redhawks, Tigers face off for first time since Union's 6AI semifinal win a season ago.

By Christian Potts | Photo by Karen Schwartz 

Here are SBLive's Top 10 Games in the state of Oklahoma for Week 1. 

1. Tulsa Union (1-0) at Broken Arrow (0-1)

These bordering districts in southeast Tulsa County always bring the heat for this rivalry of the state's two largest high schools by enrollment.

The Redhawks had a longtime advantage in the series, particularly during the decades where Union and Jenks dominated Class 6A. However, the Tigers have found some traction in recent years, claiming four wins in the last seven meetings.

Last season, though, Union defeated Broken Arrow in a classic 6AI semifinal game, 17-14, as the Redhawks went on to play for the 6AI championship.

Recent history also shows this may not be the last time the teams face off in 2022. In the last six years, these teams have played both a regular-season game and then wound up in a playoff contest against each other five times.

Union comes in with much more momentum, after beating up on Westmoore, 57-10, in Week Zero. The Tigers had plenty of offense as well in their opener, but no answer on the defensive side in falling, 56-46, at Bentonville, Ark.

2. Coweta (1-0) at Wagoner (0-0)

Always a huge contest in Wagoner County, this game gets even more fuel poured on after Coweta's dominant 44-14 Week Zero win against Midwest City Carl Albert.

Wagoner has the disadvantage of playing its first game while Coweta already has played, but the Bulldogs have a ton of talent and revenge on their minds after last year's 37-13 Tiger victory.

3. Clinton (1-0) at OKC Bishop McGuinness (1-0)

Both teams shined defensively in Week Zero triumphs, with the Irish taking down Putnam City, 52-17, and the Red Tornadoes keeping Kingfisher in check all night in a 21-6 victory.

Defense and taking care of the ball will loom huge in this game as well, as the contenders for the 4A (Clinton) and 5A (McGuinness) titles seek to build early-season momentum heading into district play.

4. Owasso (0-1) at Jenks (1-0)

The Trojans also were saved by their defense in last week's 13-10 victory at Edmond Santa Fe. Cole Whittington had the play of the game, a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown that provided the decisive points.

Meanwhile, Owasso's defense looked solid in keeping Bixby in check most of the first half before the Spartans exploded with multiple big plays en route to their 49-14 win.

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Both the Rams and the Trojans will seek to clean up turnovers and be more efficient offensively.

5. Midwest City (0-0) at Midwest City Carl Albert (0-1)

For many years, these in-city rivals didn't play each other at all. Now they're actually part of the same class for the first time, both competing in Class 5A.

The Titans come off a stinging 44-14 loss to Coweta, while the Bombers went the traditional route with two preseason scrimmages and will be taking the field for real for the first time.

6. Norman (0-0) vs. Norman North (0-0) (Thursday)

Since the Norman school district split into these two separate schools, the squads have opened the season with each other all but once. That was the first year of the split, 1997, when they actually still competed as one team.

Since 1998, they've had a spirited rivalry, with the Tigers maintaining a 14-11 lead in the series, which has included a few playoff contests. But North has had the better of it recently, winning the last two and six of the last eight since 2014. North won last season's game, 41-24.

7. Vian (0-1) at Eufaula (0-0)

Eufaula quietly marched all the way to the semifinals in 2A last year and always has a ton of talent, despite losing some key faces from last season.

Vian has played a game while the Ironheads have not, with the Wolverines' rally attempt after a slow start falling short in a 39-24 loss to Washington in Week Zero.

8. Edmond Santa Fe (0-1) at Choctaw (0-1)

These could be two of the best 0-1 squads in the state, both coming off close Week Zero losses to strong opponents, Santa Fe falling 13-10 to Jenks and Choctaw's furious rally coming up short in a 38-34 defeat to Del City.

However, moral victories don't mean much, and the team that loses here will start 2022 a disappointing 0-2, adding some urgency to this contest.

9. Cleveland (0-1) at Hominy (1-0)

No rivalry in Oklahoma goes back as far as this one. The schools first played in 1922, and this year's game marks the 100th total meeting on the football field. Hominy has won 52 times, Cleveland 45, and two early games finished as ties.

With the towns located just 10 miles apart, this game has significance to area residents regardless of the records or the importance for playoff implications.

10. Del City (1-0) at Tulsa Booker T. Washington (0-1)

The Hornets were stung on a Week Zero road trip across the Arkansas border by Bentonville West, 28-7. Now, they return home to take on an Eagles team feeling good after taking down 6AII's Choctaw in a 38-34 battle.

Del City is looking to return the favor for a 39-26 defeat to the Hornets last season.

A few more big games to watch: Cashion at Pawhuska; Bristow at Cushing; Jones at Lincoln Christian; Newcastle at Plainview; Ada at Ardmore.