Even without its starting quarterback, Frederick dominated Friday's Class 2A quarterfinal against Commerce.
The Bombers are without senior Trevor Flores for the rest of the season after he suffered a subdural hematoma in the Bombers' 49-13 win against Alva in the second round.
But senior Blake Cotten didn't miss a beat in the air-raid offense during the 42-0 victory to move to the semifinals Friday against OCS.
“He's not too wet behind the ears, but he knows what he's doing,” Frederick coach Hugh Farmer said. “We've always said that we're very fortunate to have a really good backup and he came in and proved it.”
Flores will recover from the injury, Farmer said
Cotten completed 16 of 23 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns. His lone blemish was an interception.
Farmer said Cotten provides more mobility than Flores, but Friday's win should boost his confidence moving forward.
“We missed (Flores) last night in areas, I'm not going to lie about that,” he said. “But I thought the kids rallied and played their tails off and made up for that. I think we're OK.”
STATE RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS
Two Oklahoma high school champions qualified Saturday for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships by finishing in the top 10 at the South Regionals in Charlotte, N.C.
Alex Davis of Plainview, the 3A girls state champion, finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:11. She finished six seconds behind the winner, Sophie Chase of Burke, Va.
Noah Gade of Stillwater, the 6A boys state champion, placed eighth with a time of 15:03.Sean McGorty of Fairfax, Va., won the race with a time of 14:28.
The top 10 runners in both the boys and girls regional races advance to the national championships Dec. 8 in San Diego, where they will compete against the top runners from the West and Midwest Regionals.
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