High school football: OCS on historic run

Oklahoma Christian School on the brink of doing something no other Saints football team has done: reach the semifinals in an 11-man football playoff.
by Ed Godfrey Published: November 17, 2012
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photo - OCS' Luke Frankfurt tries to get by Millwood's Sheldon Bulock during the high school football game between Oklahoma Christian and Millwood at Oklahoma Christian Schools in Edmond, Okla.,  Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OCS' Luke Frankfurt tries to get by Millwood's Sheldon Bulock during the high school football game between Oklahoma Christian and Millwood at Oklahoma Christian Schools in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“Their theory is if we don't play good teams, we are not going to get better,” Turner said. “That's what we've done.”

The Saints' nondistrict opponents this season included Metro Christian and Jones, two clubs who have reached the Class 3A semifinals. OCS' only loss of the season was to Jones by one point.

Another thing Turner learned from Hennessey was to try to build depth, especially in the offensive and defensive lines, so kids don't have to play full-time on both sides of the ball.

Sometimes that requires taking a chance on some kids.

“You got to find something that each one of them can do well,” Turner said. “Everyone can do one thing well. You got to find that position to put them in and when you do, you build depth.”

Of the approximately 40 kids that suit up each week for OCS, 25 will see meaningful playing time, Turner said.

Among those are a dozen experienced seniors, including quarterback, Austin Brooks, who took over as the Saints' starter his sophomore season when standout quarterback Jack Warren went down with a season-ending injury.

Brooks has been brilliant this season and in five games has thrown more touchdowns than incompletions.

Brooks has thrown for 2,639 yards and 43 touchdowns this season with only seven interceptions.

“He really makes our engine go on offense,” Turner said. “He has developed into one of the better quarterbacks I have ever seen around high school football.”


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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