Del City sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson was off to a great start for the Eagles this season, accounting for seven touchdowns and even earning Player of the Week honors last week.
But his season could be over after he suffered a broken collarbone during Friday's 29-20 loss to Ardmore.
Eagles coach Nick Warehime said Saturday that X-rays revealed the injury and he could miss 4-8 weeks.
“I think the whole momentum slipped and we had to regroup a little bit,” Warehime said. “(Wilson's) a dynamic player.”
The Eagles were forced to turn to Colin Watford, who had not taken snaps at quarterback all week due to a hip flexor. Backup quarterback Will Trotter remains sidelined with a broken collarbone that he suffered in Week 2 against Norman North while playing linebacker.
“We almost overcame it, but it's just frustrating,” Warehime said. “We just kind of hung in the game and kept playing through. We just ran out of time.”
Keyshawn Brown had two interceptions for Ardmore, which improved to 4-1 on the year and 2-0 in District 5A-1.
Tigers coach Doug Wendel was impressed with the offense's performance.
“I'm sure that affected their play-calling to some degree, but our offense controlled the clock and controlled the game,” he said about Wilson's injury. “That was by far the best our offense performed all year.”
NORMAN NORTH'S SIPE DOING WELL; CORNWELL'S STATUS UNKNOWN
The most frightening of two scary injuries to Norman North players on Friday night came with good news on Saturday, but the Timberwolves are still waiting to learn the status of star quarterback David Cornwell.
Tight end Tyler Sipe, who injured his neck during a play midway through the fourth quarter, got good reports from doctors Friday night when he was taken to the hospital, calling the injury a strained neck muscle.
Sipe laid facedown on the field for nearly 30 minutes while the Yukon and Norman North athletic trainers examined him and waited for medical personnel to arrive. He was strapped to a back board and moved to a stretcher to be taken across the field to an ambulance.
“He had no problems. Everything checked out good,” Norman North coach Wade Standley said Saturday. “It was real scary, and you never know about those things, so you have to take all of those precautions.”
Cornwell, one of the nation's top quarterback recruits who is verbally committed to Alabama, sustained a knee injury late in the first half in a scramble for a loose ball. He did not return, but was walking on crutches with ice on his knee after the game.
“We should know Monday what's going on in there,” Standley said.
CROOKED OAK WINS WILD GAME IN 3OT
Crooked Oak's Sanardo Ballard had a roller coaster performance Friday night during the Ruf-Nex's 59-58 triple-overtime win against Luther.
The junior receiver had a receiving touchdown, threw a touchdown on a trick play and scored the two-point conversion that forced overtime.
But he somehow overcame a bad night kicking extra points to make the game-winning PAT in triple overtime.
“It doesn't seem like a big deal, but in triple overtime when you've already missed four or five, it is a big deal,” Crooked Oak coach Dennis McCray said. “It's really not fair to call him a kicker because our starting kicker is out with a bad ankle.
“When you're asked to step in and do something because there's no one else to do it, he gives all he's got. You really can't find fault.”
Crooked Oak, which is now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in District 2A-2, was able to overcome adversity multiples times, too.
Luther jumped to a 14-0 lead early before the Ruf-Nex tied the game at 20. The Lions then led 40-32 in the fourth before Crooked Oak tied it.
“After the thumping we took at OCS, we needed a win to regain our confidence,” McCray said.
SINK IMPROVED FOR ANADARKO
Anadarko running back R.J. Sink rushed for 1,836 yards and 35 touchdowns last season. He entered Friday's game against Elk City with 588 yards and 11 TDs.
Sink scored four touchdowns in the third-ranked Warriors' 68-7 rout to remain undefeated this season heading into this week's game against No. 2 Clinton in a rematch of last year's state championship game.
“He's really gotten a lot more physical when he runs and he's just hard to bring down,” Anadarko coach Kent Jackson said. “We didn't block it really well, he just absolutely broke tackles. We still have some issues to work out with the O-line, but I think R.J. has gotten so much better from last year and that's the difference.”
The game will feature two of the state's top running backs with Sink and Clinton's Marquiz Simpkins, though he suffered an injury during Friday's 35-7 win against Elgin.
Clinton coach Mike Lee refused to say the extent of the injury and did not know Simpkins' status for next week. Simpkins was visiting Nebraska on Saturday.
NIGHT OF THE KICKER
There's nothing more memorable for a field goal kicker than making the game-winning kick in the final seconds of a game.
A few kickers got to make memories Friday night.
For the second consecutive week, Norman North's Jake Edzards knocked a game-winner through the uprights, this time a 35-yarder with 3.2 seconds left in a 45-42 win at Yukon. Last week, his 43-yard kick as time expired gave the Timberwolves a win over Midwest City by the same score.
Bethany's Matthew McGarry hit a 22-yarder with seven seconds left in Friday's 32-29 win over Perkins-Tryon.
And perhaps the biggest kick of the night came from Sallisaw's Sinue Rodriguez, The Oklahoman's All-State kicker in 2012.
Rodriguez made a 34-yard field goal with four seconds to play that gave the Black Diamonds a 37-35 upset victory over fourth-ranked Cascia Hall.