EDMOND — Luke Frankfurt knew it was going to be a good night after his second touchdown run Friday.
Really, the first touchdown should have been the sign.
Frankfurt, Oklahoma Christian School's star running back, broke loose for a 53-yard TD run untouched on the Saints' first offensive play against then-No. 8 Chisholm, igniting a 35-7 upset in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs and one of his best performances this season.
“I was expecting a big game out of everybody, but I wanted to have a big game like that,” Frankfurt said. “After the second one I was like, ‘We're starting to string it together, I'm just having huge holes and this is going to be a fun game.'”
Frankfurt finished with four touchdowns on a night the Saints went nearly exclusively with the run game, earning The Oklahoman's staff pick for Player of the Week.
“He lives and eats and breathes it,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “He just wants to play football, that's all he wants to do. He really understands the leverage of the game and angles; he's just got a real feel for the game.”
Over the past three games, Frankfurt has totaled 10 touchdowns, showing he's quietly becoming healthy after dealing with a hamstring issue for most of the season.
But it's also showing the strength of the Saints' offense after some adjustments.
Turner decided in Week 9 to move Thomas Qualls to quarterback and move senior Will McKinnis back outside to receiver, the position he excelled at last season when he caught the game-winning TD in the Class 2A title game.
It's worked extremely well, opening up the rushing attack and getting OCS on track once again for a postseason run.
“Tom is a good running quarterback, so they have to keep a couple guys towards him, which takes a load off me a little bit,” Frankfurt said. “We pass when we need to, but we're kind of more of a running team now.”
Chisholm tried to account for that Friday, but OCS still ran the ball 43 times for 298 yards and only threw the ball five times.
The Saints will look to continue that trend Friday at No. 9 Lindsay in their second straight playoff game as an underdog.
But that's a role they love and embrace.
“I like being the underdog,” Frankfurt said. “It gives us motivation for sure. I'd rather be the underdog for sure because you don't want to go in too confident and get beat.”