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Class 5A semifinal preview: Collinsville vs. Skiatook

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When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Owasso Stadium

Tickets: $7

Records: Collinsville 7-4; Skiatook 12-0

The matchup: For the first time, a state championship game berth is the prize for this installment of the Highway 20 rivalry. Skiatook won the regular-season meeting 13-10 on Laben Fisher’s late field goal that was set up a Collinsville special-teams mistake.

A title-game berth would be the second in a row for Skiatook, the state runner-up last year. Collinsville, which last reached the semifinals in 2013, has never reached the state final.

Five of the past seven meetings in the series have been decided by eight points or fewer, and this should be another close, low-scoring game. Second-ranked Skiatook has 5A’s top defense, allowing only 11.6 points per game, and scores 24.5 points. Eighth-ranked Collinsville averages 29.9 points and allows 18.8.

Skiatook’s only other 12-0 start was in its 1974 state title year.

Skiatook has been boosted in the playoffs by the return of Stephen Upton, who was one of the area’s top receiver-defensive backs last season. Upton, who underwent knee surgery in June, made an impact last week as he threw and caught a TD in a 28-25 win over Edmond Deer Creek.

Collinsville’s Levi Draper, an Oklahoma State linebacker commit, has been dominant defensively, but he also is starting to make an impact as a receiver. He has caught a TD in both of the playoff games.

Notable: Before last season, Skiatook had not posted a winning record since 2003. The Bulldogs, who are 24-2 since the start of last season, went 0-10 in 2012. .... Skiatook has won the last two meetings, but Collinsville has won eight of the last 11.

Barry Lewis 918-581-8393

barry.lewis@tulsaworld.com

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