STILLWATER — Even though his team had dominated throughout, Wagoner football coach Dale Condict couldn't shake the thought that Clinton could stage a comeback.
But when Kerwin Thomas pulled down a backbreaking interception with just more than three minutes left, Condict finally relaxed.
The Bulldogs added a final touchdown to cap a 23-0 win over Clinton to win the Class 4A state title at Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday.
“It's an unbelievable feeling,” Condict said. “I grew up in the house with a dad that coached, and to accomplish this is pretty special.”
Tom Condict, now the superintendent at McAlester, coached Broken Bow to the 1985 championship.
“It was exhilarating,” the elder Condict said of watching his son win his first title — and the first ever for Wagoner. “Dale's going to blow all of my accomplishments away.”
For now, Dale Condict will celebrate the first one.
His Bulldogs (13-1) set the tone from the start, punishing Clinton on defense and using their speed to grind down the Red Tornadoes.
But it took awhile for that domination to show on the scoreboard. Wagoner settled for a field goal on its first drive, then threw an interception deep in Clinton territory on its second.
But Kevin Peterson showed up in a big way late in the first half.