Kickoff return a first in 6A eraTulsa Union’s Thomas Roberson’s 76-yard kickoff return after he took an across-the-field lateral from Jacob Rice was a first in Class 6A state championship football history.
The play set the tone in an eventual 39-13 Union win at Chapman Stadium. Since the class was added in 1992, no 6A championship had started with a kickoff returned for a touchdown. The last large-school championship game to start with a kickoff return for a touchdown was the 1983 Class 5A game, when Enid’s Lydell Carr returned the kick 90 yards for a score as the Plainsmen went on to beat Tulsa Washington 14-0.
ROSTERS FILLED WITH TU COMMITSTwo of the stars of Friday night’s game are planning to play many more games at Chapman Stadium in their careers. Roberson and Redskins tight end Deonte Morris were among seven players in the 6A title game who are orally committed to Tulsa. The pair are joined by Roberson’s twin brother, James Roberson; Union defensive back Luke Snider; Union offensive lineman Alec Henry; Jenks tight end Tyler Ott; and Jenks offensive lineman Jake Alexander as Golden Hurricane commitments. "I just hope the coaches were watching,” said Morris, who finished with three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. "It was a great game to play in this stadium.”
EXTRA POINTSCole Way, the brother of OU kicker/punter Tress Way, hit a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter. … Snider led the Redskins with 11 tackles, two for a loss. … The Redskins had nine tackles for loss. … Union was 6-of-12 on third-down conversions. BY RYAN ABER