Class 4A football notebook: Clinton, Anadarko grind it out

Clinton and Anadarko were content to keep the ball on the ground for most of the Class 4A championship game Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: December 1, 2012
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photo - Anadarko's Dakota Botone (77) and James Paddlety (55) react after the 21-14 loss to Clinton 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
Anadarko's Dakota Botone (77) and James Paddlety (55) react after the 21-14 loss to Clinton 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 and Anadarko were content to keep the ball on the ground for most of the Class 4A championship game Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.

With Clinton sophomore Marquiz Simpkins and Anadarko junior R.J. Sink running the ball as well as they did, that was no surprise.

For the most part, though, the teams relied on short-yardage plays that turned into long drives in Clinton's 21-14 win.

Five drives lasted for 10 or more plays, three leading to touchdowns.

Anadarko started the game with a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that lasted more than seven minutes.

Clinton did something similar to start the second half, with a 12-play drive that took up more than half of the third quarter before the possession ended with a turnover on downs.

The Red Tornadoes ate up another six minutes on its second drive of the half, this on taking 14 plays and 87 yards and ending with a touchdown.

MITCHELL COMES UP BIG IN THE END

Clinton junior defensive back Devon Mitchell played a big part in Anadarko's final drive to try to tie it.

On first down from the 37, Anadarko's Kellum Gray slipped behind Mitchell and quarterback Brandon Pollard put the ball right in Gray's hands, but the potential game-tying pass was dropped.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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