Blanchard's players marked their wrist tape with “Play for Lynzey.”
The message was for Lynzey Kuzilik, a 16-year-old Blanchard student who was recently diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer.
“She has cancer; she keeps fighting, so we should, too,” Blanchard receiver Zach Hill said after Blanchard beat Kingfisher 28-21 to win the Class 3A state title at Boone Pickens Stadium.
LAMLE GETS A BREAK
Late in the first quarter, Blanchard's Brock Lamle threw a pass that seemed ill-advised.
Scrambling for space, Lamle heaved a pass down the field that looked destined to be intercepted.
But Kingfisher's Landon Nault mistimed his jump and Tanner Foster pulled it in for a 52-yard gain.
A play later, Blanchard scored to go up 14-0.
“I thought it was going to get picked off,” Hill said. “But when you see something like that happen, you know the ball is going your way.”
KINGFISHER TAKES ADVANTAGE OF CORRECTION
When Kingfisher receiver Jake Blair picked up seven yards on a second-and-8, officials called for a measurement.
The down marker, though, was quickly changed to third down while the measurement was still ongoing.
The change led to confusion as the referee signaled fourth down when the spot came back just short of a first down.
First, Kingfisher quarterback Grant Newton protested, then Jeff Myers used a timeout to plead with officials to change the down.
After a discussion between officials, the down marker was corrected and Kingfisher was given its timeout back.
It didn't matter much as Newton ran for five yards on the next play to pick up the first down, then Landon Nault went for a 43-yard touchdown on the next play to pull the Yellowjackets within a touchdown, 14-7.
FAMILY RUNS DEEP
Blanchard center Tucker Yarbrough wasn't the only connection to Blanchard's 1979 state title team.
Before Friday, that was the Lions only football state championship.
Yarbrough's dad, Darren, played on that team.
Blanchard sophomore nose guard Clay Richey's dad, Scott, also played on that state championship team.
Blanchard beat Hartshorne 37-14 to win the Class A title in 1979.
BY RYAN ABER