EDMOND — It was a historical night for a school and a player, but there weren't any trophies handed out Friday night, and that's what the Anadarko Warriors really want.
Anadarko running back Sheldon Wilson scored four touchdowns to set the state's single-season record for total touchdowns with 59. In doing so, he rushed for 377 yards to carry the Warriors to a 32-7 win over Berryhill in the Class 3A semifinals at Wantland Stadium to earn the school its first-ever state championship football game appearance.
“We're doing something that's never been done,” Anadarko coach Kent Jackson said. “But I told the guys, ‘let's win one more before we start feeling good about ourselves and how well we played.'
“Getting to the finals a big deal to the community, a big deal to our program, and we're looking forward to it.”
The Warriors have an unexpected opponent awaiting them in the title game, which will be held either next Friday or Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
Cascia Hall upset heavily favored Heritage Hall on Friday night.
“I don't know much about Cascia Hall, because in our area, all we've heard about is Heritage Hall,” Jackson said. “I talked to (Cascia Hall coach Joe) Medina this week and he said everybody's canceled them out, but they're 66-2 the last five years, so they're definitely the class of 3A, so we'll have our hands full with them.”
On Friday, Cascia contained one of the state's best running backs, Barry J. Sanders. Now the Commandos will get a shot at another in Wilson, who also set the 11-man state record for rushing touchdowns in a season, now with 53.
“It's gonna be a great game,” Wilson said. “We kind of wanted Heritage Hall, but Cascia's gonna play us well. We'll have to make adjustments and try to get at them.
“They stopped one of the best offenses, and we'll have to go head-up with them next week.”
The 11-man rushing TD record was held by Washington's Jason Kilmer, who had 51 in 1996. White Oak's Mark Downing held the total touchdown mark with 58 in 2002.
Wilson's four rushing scores on Friday gave him 53 on the year, along with six receiving touchdowns. But a touchdown record isn't what matters in Anadarko right now.
The Warriors are playing in the state finals for the first time ever.
“It's really special,” quarterback Tyler Melton said. “All these fans and the entire community behind us — this is something we've all really wanted and worked for. We're really excited about it.”