EDMOND — Fox traditionally has been a football program that prides itself on its ability to run the football, but the Foxes are showing this season they can be a threat through the air, too.
Quarterback Taylor Townsend completed 12-of-22 passes for 229 yards and five touchdowns — three to Keaton Argo — on Friday night as Fox, ranked No. 4 in Class B, rolled to a 48-24 win over Oklahoma Christian Academy at OCA Eagle Field.
Fox (9-0, 8-0 in District B-2) clinched a district title and two home playoff games, should the Foxes advance in the postseason.
“We're a totally different team than we've been in years past,” Fox coach Brent Phelps said. “We don't have the big, strong running backs that we've had. We've got some speed and some kids that can run well, but we've also got a quarterback who's got a good arm and so we've got to utilize the tools that we've got.”
Phelps thought his players were thinking more about the cold weather on Friday than about beating the Eagles, who led for a time in the second quarter before Fox scored three touchdowns in a span of 2 1/2 minutes.
“It was the coldest it's been all year,” Phelps said. “It affects the kids. We weren't blocking the best we could. I think our heads were somewhere they shouldn't have been, but we were able to throw it and run it, but not to what we expect.”
A 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Adam Jacob and a subsequent two-point conversion put OCA (4-5, 4-4) ahead 8-6 with 5:38 left in the first half, but then the wheels fell off for the Eagles.
Fox needed just three plays to answer with a touchdown, on a 4-yard pass from Townsend to Nathan Loyd with 4:30 left in the half. OCA went three-and-out and the Foxes took just four plays to score again, on a 38-yard pass from Townsend to Argo at the 2:13 mark.
The Eagles muffed the subsequent kickoff and Fox recovered at the OCA 29. On the next play, Seth Argo caught a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 26-8 with 1:59 left in the half. Townsend was called for intentional grounding in the end zone in the final minute of the half, giving the Eagles a safety, but the damage had been done.
A 19-yard touchdown run by Deaunta Winslett on Fox's first second-half series put the Foxes up 34-10 and OCA came no closer than 18 points after that.
The Eagles committed five turnovers and managed just 94 passing yards and 223 yards of offense. On defense, they couldn't stop Keaton Argo, who had seven catches for 155 yards.
Jacob rushed for two touchdowns and 34 yards on 10 carries for OCA, while Nathaniel Garner had 15 carries for 38 yards and a score and caught seven passes for 32 yards for the Eagles.