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High school notebook: Crooked Oak wins wild game in 3OT

Crooked Oak's Sanardo Ballard had a roller coaster performance Friday night during the Ruf-Nex's 59-58 triple-overtime win against Luther.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: October 6, 2013

Crooked Oak's Sanardo Ballard had a roller coaster performance Friday night during the Ruf-Nex's 59-58 triple-overtime win against Luther.

The junior receiver had a touchdown catch, threw a touchdown on a trick play and scored the two-point conversion that forced overtime.

But he somehow overcame a bad night kicking extra points to make the game-winning PAT in triple overtime.

“It doesn't seem like a big deal, but in triple overtime when you've already missed four or five, it is a big deal,” Crooked Oak coach Dennis McCray said. “It's really not fair to call him a kicker because our starting kicker is out with a bad ankle.

“When you're asked to step in and do something because there's no one else to do it, he gives all he's got. You really can't find fault.”

Crooked Oak (4-1 overall, 1-1 District 2A-2) overcame adversity multiples times, too.

Luther jumped to a 14-0 lead early before the Ruf-Nex tied the game at 20. The Lions then led 40-32 in the fourth before Crooked Oak tied it.

“After the thumping we took at OCS, we needed a win to regain our confidence,” McCray said.


Mount St. Mary will make history on Friday when it plays its first-ever match in the state volleyball tournament. The second-ranked Rockets qualified by winning their Class 4A regional last Thursday.

The bracket for the 4A state tournament, being held Friday-Saturday at Westmoore, is expected to be released on Monday.

No. 10 Oklahoma Christian also qualified for the eight-team field by upsetting third-ranked Cache, while unranked Verdigris knocked off No. 6 Oklahoma Union to earn its spot in the tournament.

No. 1 Elgin, No. 4 Sequoyah-Tahlequah, No. 5 Weatherford, No. 7 Rejoice Christian and 11th-ranked Catoosa make up the rest of the field.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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