EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian coach Derek Turner noticed a sense of belief in his players, even before Friday night's game against top-ranked Millwood began.
“The kids who usually get nervous and throw up before the game, they weren't throwing up,” Turner said with a laugh. “Our kids knew from the get-go. They believed it. We weren't nervous.”
The Saints' calm minds — and stomachs — helped produce arguably the biggest win in the program's history, 22-18 over Millwood at OCS.
The Saints have won big games before, like the season-opening win over Metro Christian a few weeks ago. But this was a district game against the No. 1 team in Class 2A.
“We've never beat a No. 1 team before,” Turner said. “And the history, there's probably not a more storied, history-filled team than Millwood. They were the No. 1 team and we beat them, and it's an awesome feeling.”
OCS was able to strike with a few big plays, scoring on passes of 47, 50 and 42 yards, the last of which was mostly credited to the legs of Luke Frankfurt.
The sophomore running back took a screen pass on third-and-10 from the Millwood 42, and slashed upfield, running into a pair of Millwood tacklers around the 30-yard line. But the 170-pound Frankfurt was able to bounce off and outrun the rest of the defense to the end zone for the go-ahead score.
Frankfurt also played a key role on defense as the Saints tried to take away Millwood's short passing game. And he came up with an interception near midfield in the final seconds to seal the win.
“We knew we had to stop their bubble screens, because they try to get their guys in space,” Frankfurt said. “They moved a couple people around, and we just shut them down.”
OCS quarterback Austin Brooks completed 8 of 16 passes for 212 yards, finding Frankfurt three times for 96 yards. Brooks hooked up with Garrett Kilborn for the other two touchdowns, attacking Millwood's speedy defense with big plays.
“We know we're capable of big plays,” Kilborn said. “In practice, we always say to expect big plays every play. That's our mentality.
“We were confident coming in and we knew what we were doing. We knew our goals. We just had to play our game, and that's how we knew we were gonna win.”