“Not only is Blake tall, but he is an unbelievable leaper,” Turner said. “He can go up and get the ball out of the air.”
OCS then took the opening drive of the third quarter 80 yards for a touchdown as Luke Frankfurt scored on a 25-yard run. The Saints eventually built their lead to 55-14 by the end of the period.
“He had the game of his life,” Brooks said of Barnes. “He was coming up with big catches and big plays.”
Barnes didn't play much of the fourth quarter after dislocating his pinkie finger.
“Austin was on point tonight,” Barnes said. “We knew they could score, but we had confidence in our offense.”
Frederick came into the game averaging 61 points per game, scoring more than 70 points five times this season, but it was OCS that lit up the scoreboard.
“No 70-point team was going to scare us,” Barnes said. “We just knew the defense had to show up tonight.”
OCS (13-1) now plays Davis for the state championship. The Wolves defeated top-ranked Vian, 22-0, in the other Class 2A semifinal Friday night.
OCS reached the state championship game five times playing eight-man football but never won a title. This is the Saints' first trip to the state championship since beginning 11-man football in 2001.
“It's always kind of been known as a basketball school,” Turner said. “It's hard not to when Blake (Griffin) went there.”
OCS gets a chance to change that perception next week.