Class 4A football: Clinton holds off Anadarko to win school's 16th state title

Garrison Mendoza quarterbacked Clinton to a 21-14 win over Anadarko in the Class 4A state championship game at Boone Pickens Stadium, the school's 16th state title.
by Scott Wright Modified: December 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm •  Published: December 1, 2012
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photo - Clinton celebrates the win over Anadarko during the Class 4A Oklahoma state championship football game between Anadarko and Clinton at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Clinton celebrates the win over Anadarko during the Class 4A Oklahoma state championship football game between Anadarko and Clinton at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“That's where I learned about this team,” Lee said. “Every time we have faced adversity, we've risen to the occasion. Whether we had won or lost today, it was still the same. They will not go away.”

Mendoza scored the game-tying touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and standout sophomore running back Marquiz Simpkins broke loose for a 27-yard score to put Clinton on top with 2:04 to play. He finished with 119 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

Anadarko drove inside the Clinton 20 in the final seconds, throwing multiple passes into the end zone, but couldn't convert.

After taking a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, Anadarko struggled to move the ball after halftime, accounting for the majority of its 73 second-half yards on the final drive.

It was Clinton's first title since 2007, when Garrison Mendoza and the other seniors were in the eighth grade.

“I've been to so many practices, it's crazy,” he said. “I've known Coach Lee so long, he's like my dad. I'm glad I could do this for him, my family.

“All these fans up there, we did it for them. It's a big deal to me. My brother got one of them. I'm just glad we could get one for all of them.”


by Scott Wright
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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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