This week’s Ford Game of the Week is a Class 3A showdown between unbeaten the Verdigris Cardinals and Holland Hall Dutch – Friday, October 30th at 7:00 pm CT.
High Powered Offense Meets Lockdown Defense
Friday’s Class 3A showdown will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams. They are ranked in Class 3A as the #2 (Verdigris) and #3 (Holland Hall) teams. The winner is likely to be the #1 seed out of district 4. Both teams come into the game with undefeated records.
Verdigris is 7-0 for the first time since 2011. They have victories over Sperry (45-6), Miami (49-10), Victory Christian (55-14), Berryhill (31-14), Inola 38-10), Central (56-34), and last week defeated Mannford (56-0).
The Cardinals are putting up some serious numbers on offense, averaging 47 points per game. However, this week they face their toughest challenge by far against a stout Dutch defense.
— Dutch Athletics (@1DutchAthletics) October 25, 2020
Holland Hall comes in with a 6-0 record and ranked by MaxPreps as the #6 best team in Oklahoma. Just like Verdigris, they have dominated their opponents every game this season. Wins over Cascia Hall (49-0), Casady (48-6), Metro Christian (42-7), Mannford (52-0), Central (55-0) and Berryhill (31-7).
Holland Hill will also be well-rested since two of its past three games were canceled because of COVID concerns.
Just like Verdigris, the Dutch offense averages well over 40 points per game and the defense has been suffocating – only allowing 20 points all season and no more than 7 points per game.
While both teams have high powered offenses, the most interesting aspect of this game will be seeing how the Cardinals offense matches up against the Dutch defense.
Players to Watch – Verdigris
Sophomore QB Dylan White (6’0″/168 lbs)
White leads the high-powered Cardinals offense with 1171 yards passing and 11 touchdowns. Against Sperry, he threw for 206 yards/2 TD’s and rushed for another.
— Six Star Football Oklahoma (@6starfootballOK) April 22, 2020
Running Back Alec James
James leads the Cardinals ground game with 73 rushes for 660 yards and 14 TDs. This includes a 220 yards/4 TD performance against Central and 114 yards/2 TD’s against Sperry.
Sophomore LB Reese Roller (5’11″/185 lbs)
The Verdigris defense is led by sophomore linebacker Reese Roller. He certainly has a knack for getting to the quarterback with 21 (yes 21) sacks and 20 QB hurries so far this season. He’s not the biggest guy on the field but he has the speed and non-stop motor to make plays and get after opposing quarterbacks.
I want him on my defense…take some notice, standout '23 must see, a guy that is as good of a fast pressure OLB as you will find, off the edge, his speed will get you, has the speed to close fast and chase down for big losses as well. Adds a good huge grab as a WR also. https://t.co/OOGKZfRZ44
— Six Star Football Oklahoma (@6starfootballOK) October 26, 2020
Players to Watch – Holland Hall
Senior QB Wallace Clark
Clark leads the Dutch offense and on the season has completed 71 of 107 passes for 1,326 yards and 18 TDs. Against last year’s 2A State Champion Metro Christian, Wallace led his team to 5 touchdowns in the 42-7 rout.
While Clark is a talented football player, his heart lies with baseball, and he has committed to play college ball at Oklahoma
— Wallace Clark (@wallaceclark7) July 25, 2019
Senior 3-star DT Owen Ostroski (6’3″/245 lbs)
The heart and soul of the Dutch defense is DT Owen Ostroski. In his first 5 games, he dominated with 38 tackles, 20.5 tackles for losses, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 19 QB hurries. His season totals are 21 tackles for losses, 10 sacks and 23 QB hurries.
Ostroski usually plays inside tackle, but can he can also rush from the outside and block at tight end and fullback.
On a May episode of the Ford High School Weekly, Owen and father Jerry discuss football, weight lifting a little recruiting.
Ostroski has had offers from several schools, including the University of Tulsa, but he has verbally committed to play football at Army.
— Owen Ostroski (@owenostroski_) September 16, 2020