Sterling Shepard scores 4 TDs as Heritage Hall wins Class 3A state football title

Sterling Shepard scores four TDs in second half vs. Kingfisher
BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: December 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm •  Published: December 10, 2010

STILLWATER — Heritage Hall football coach Andy Bogert was done being cute.

He tried it in the first half, and it didn't work. He tried trick plays — Kingfisher was ready for them.

He tried to spread the ball around — the Yellowjackets were up to that task, too.

When you have a stud player such as Sterling Shepard, though, you use him...again and again. Bogert went to his star in the second half, and Shepard delivered with four rushing touchdowns in a thrilling 28-21 victory over Kingfisher in the Class 3A state championship game Friday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Chargers finished the season 15-0 and claimed their third state football title and second in the last three years.

“I don't even know what to say right now. I'm so pumped and so excited,” Shepard said. “We wanted to do it for all those seniors. They've been a great group of guys and have taught us so much.”

Shepard's final score was a 38-yard rush with 1:12 left to give the Chargers the 28-21 lead.

Kingfisher quarterback Derek Patterson's last-chance pass into the end zone fell harmlessly to the turf as the clock expired.

Shepard rushed for 169 of 197 yards in the second half. Though Kingfisher bottled him up at times in the first half, he only had four carries. He finished with 17 attempts, coming from either the running back or quarterback positions.

In the second half, the offensive line set the tone, and Shepard followed its lead. Heritage Hall rushed for 250 yards in the game with 202 in the second half.

“The line came up huge as it has all season,” senior quarterback Cooper Cloud said. “I wish I could say I helped out on the edge (blocking), but most of that was Sterling and the line.”

Heritage Hall needed Shepard's finest performance after the Yellowjackets (10-4) dominated the first half.

Patterson and freshman running back Landon Nault each scored on fourth-down runs as Kingfisher owned 14-0 lead at halftime. The margin was the largest deficit Heritage Hall had faced the entire season.

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