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.
Two plays later, Mitchell batted a pass away near the goal line to help preserve the win.
“We changed the defense up a little bit, tried to keep them confused,” Mitchell said. “We knew we couldn't let anything get behind us, keep everything in front, wrap up and tackle. We just had to keep fighting back.”
WARRIORS' WINNING STREAK SNAPPED
Anadarko coach Kent Jackson had a tough task addressing his team after a 28-game winning streak came to an end with the loss.
“I didn't want that loss to erase a great season,” Jackson said. “To come back the way we did at the end and give ourselves a chance, I'm very proud of them.”
The Warriors were thin on defense, and Clinton wore them down.
Anadarko linebacker Russell Mithlo was suspended for the game after being ejected in the semifinal win over Wagoner, and a pair of linebackers — Traymayne Wauahdooah and Jared Wheeler were hurt going into the game or during the game.
“It was tough that we were as banged up as we were,” Jackson said. “But those things happen.”