Kingfisher's bad start an omen
Even before the injury to quarterback Derek Patterson, things were looking bleak for Kingfisher.
The Yellowjackets couldn't get anything going as Lincoln Christian won 35-0 for its first state championship Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
In the first five minutes of the game, Kingfisher had five penalties and also had a third-and-62 from its 5-yard line.
"Penalties just rocked us. We had three times more penalties in the first half of the first quarter than the entire game last week against Millwood," Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. "It definitely put us in the hole. There was a third and 62. There's no way we don't have that in our playbook."
Lincoln Christian's Austin Vokoun started it all with a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown on the very first play from scrimmage.
Patterson was injured in the second quarter.
Lincoln Christian's thoughts with Patterson
The game had a 21-minute delay after the injury to Patterson. Both teams attempted to return to the intensity the game had before the hit, but the thoughts and prayers were with Patterson.
"Our heart goes out to the quarterback, Patterson. I hate to see injuries happen to anybody," Lincoln Christian coach Darren Melton said. "Absolutely hate it. Hope he recovers, he's a tough kid."
Lincoln Christian senior Roman Wilson has been one of the best wide receivers in the state the last two years.
He showed what a versatile talent he can be with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter to make it 21-0.
"I saw the ball bouncing and picked up and thought I could split the defenders," Wilson said. "I had a great block. I wasn't sure if I stayed in bounds, but I kept running."
Wilson also had a game-high eight catches for 120 yards and kicked all the extra points for the Bulldogs.
Bulldogs finish dominant season
With the throwing of Cale Grauer, the rushing of Matt Lawwill and Wilson, the defense for Lincoln Christian sometimes got overlooked.
But the Saturday's win marks Lincoln Christian's seventh shutout this season.
"The defense has been strong all season," Wilson said. "We knew we had some unfinished business from last year. This is everything I thought it would be."
Grauer rushed for a touchdown and threw for 207 yards while Lawwill rushed for 182 yards and two scores.
Lincoln Christian's lone loss came in Week 2 to Shiloh Christian, an Arkansas powerhouse.