STILLWATER — Darwin Rideau did it all for Star Spencer on Saturday night in the Class 4A state championship game against Douglass. Rideau started the game out with a big touchdown run and made plays on defense and special teams, helping the Bobcats win their first state football championship with a 34-21 win over the Trojans at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Bobcats became the first Oklahoma City Public Schools team to win a state championship since John Marshall in 1995. "We made history for our school,” Rideau said. "We’re the first champions and will always be. I’m so excited.” The Bobcats lost to Douglass 34-28 during the regular season. Since then, though, Star Spencer had been unbeatable, winning 11 consecutive games to take home the gold ball. Rideau finished with 82 yards on eight carries on the ground, threw a 12-yard pass, caught a 20-yard touchdown pass, averaged more than 40 yards per punt and made play after play on defense. "I love that dude,” Star Spencer lineman Joseph Christian said. "He’s like my brother. We grew up together. I’m just glad he’s on my side.” But it was more than Rideau for the 12-2 Bobcats. Terence Olds ran for 115 yards; Franky Jamison ran for a 33-yard TD, added another on the ground and threw for one; and the Bobcats put together an all-around defensive performance in the second half in shutting out the Trojans (10-4). The turnover problem that Douglass had avoided in the playoffs came back at the wrong time. Douglass turned the ball over on the first series of the game. Olds forced an Antyoun Smith fumble, Christian recovered and the Bobcats had the ball at midfield. Two plays later, Rideau streaked 48 yards to put the Bobcats on the board. It was far from over, though, as the teams traded the lead seven times, the last coming when Jamison hit Rideau for the 20-yard TD pass in the final minute of the first half — a score set up by another Trojans turnover. A shootout before the break, though, turned into a defensive struggle as the Bobcats kept Douglass’ powerful running tandem of Quinton Neil and Aliston Cobb in check. Douglass had 246 yards rushing at halftime but just 23 after the break. "We have great third quarters,” Star Spencer coach Darrell Hall said.