Destiny Christian rode the running back tandem of Boston Mims and Tay Washington to a 72-26 victory over the Oklahoma City Patriots on Friday at Putnam City West to capture the OCSAA Class 3A state championship.
Mims, a junior, ran wild for 278 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries. His senior running mate, Washington added 249 yards, three TDs and three two-point conversions on 14 attempts. Destiny Christian (9-3) avenged a loss to the Patriots (10-2) from earlier this year.
Taking advantage of a short field, Mims put Destiny on the board with a 5-yard TD run. The Wildcats only had to drive 23 yards for the score after the Patriots turned the ball over on downs. Washington added the conversion for the 8-0 lead 6:06 into the game.
Daniel Nimmo ran 11 yards for a touchdown to pull the Patriots within 8-6 at the 4:51 mark. Then Mims, Washington and Destiny Christian went to work.
Mims added another 5-yard TD run, then Washington had a 13-yard scoring gallop for a 24-6 Destiny Christian lead through the first quarter.
Craig Hofield's 13-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Batley with 3:02 on the clock finished the game off, putting the Wildcats up 72-26. Mims turned in a 73-yard run — his long of the night — to set up the final score.
The game was delayed nearly 40 minutes while medical personnel attended to Destiny Christian's Corbin Burger. Burger left the game on a stretcher and gave a thumbs up to the crowd.
Just a few days before their playoff-opener, Carl Albert received some very good news.
Titans defensive coordinator Mike Corley, who has been fighting cancer since the spring, had a PET scan and was declared to be officially in remission Tuesday.
Corley is cancer-free.
“Thank the Lord God,” Titans coach Gary Rose said. “That's better than winning any ballgame.”
Corley has coached through this season after a tumor was discovered on his neck in the spring.
Corley's defense came up big in the Titans' 28-21 upset over Del City in the first round.
“He's a great, great coach,” Rose said.
Meeker's play this season has surprised even its head coach, Mike Hedge, and on Friday night the Bulldogs went on the road and upset Hartshorne, 28-18, in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Meeker's freshman quarterback, Jake Standley, rushed for 167 yards, but the biggest play in the game was made by safety Nick Cagle.
The Miners, trailing 21-12 with seven minutes left in the game, appeared to have struck gold on a 60-yard slant route, but Cagle saved the touchdown by chasing down the receiver and punching the ball out of his arms at the 1.
The football bounced out of the back of the end zone for a touchback.
“It was a huge play,” Hedge said. “It ended up being a 14-point swing.”
Meeker (7-4) then went on a 80-yard scoring drive, capped off by a Jesse Weaver 11-yard touchdown run, to seal the victory.
The Bulldogs, who only have five seniors on the team, can make school history with a win Friday night at Commerce (10-1). No Meeker football team has ever advanced past the second round of the playoffs.
“Every time they step on the field they shock me,” Hedge said of his club. “They've did things this season no one had expected of them.”
WASHINGTON ROLLS IN FIRST ROUND
Washington fought its way to a No. 2 seed in the playoffs, and made it count with a 43-6 win over Kingston.
Quarterback Brock Harmon threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another, and Cooper Treadway added a pair of big plays.
Treadway got the Warriors on the board first with a 65-yard interception return touchdown. Later, he pulled in a 55-yard TD toss from Harmon.
“Our offense was struggling early,” Washington coach Brad Beller said. “The defense was in control the whole game, and that interception return really swung momentum. That kind of let us breathe on offense, and the big plays started coming.”
The Warriors will have to go to Hennessey, the two-time defending champion, Friday for a second-round matchup.
“We understand what we're up against,” Beller said. “They're disciplined and aggressive. They're always fundamentally sound, and with us being an option team, we try to take advantage of teams not being fundamentally sound. But that will be a challenge this week.”