After Copelin's touchdown, caught with under four minutes remaining in the game, Broken Arrow led 22-16. The Tigers' defense held Tulsa Union, but Broken Arrow fumbled on its next possession and Union's Coleby Evans returned it 30 yards for a go-ahead score.
“Once we had that last couple of minutes ticking down on the clock and we were driving down, until that fumble, I was like, ‘Wow, we're about to do this,'” Copelin said. “Of course, we fumbled. I watched it on the big screen and I couldn't believe it.
“(The bus ride home) was awkward and unusual. We hadn't had a silent bus ride back until that game. Even the first time we played Union, we were all, ‘We'll see them again.' It was heartbreaking and it was hard.”
Copelin said he's still proud of all his team accomplished.
“We played for each other and played together,” Copelin said. “We all played with a lot of heart. That's something that couldn't have been said about previous Broken Arrow teams.”