High school notebook: Little Axe players deliver on coach's faith

Trailing Lexington 28-27 in overtime after Jacob Shepard scored on a 10-yard run, coach Ted Dorrell went for two and Shepard delivered with the game-winning reception.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: September 14, 2013
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Little Axe coach Ted Dorrell showed tremendous faith in his players Friday night.

Trailing Lexington 28-27 in overtime after Jacob Shepard scored on a 10-yard run, Dorrell went for two and Shepard delivered with the game-winning reception.

“I thought we could put one in and get home,” Dorrell said. “A nondistrict game, why not go ahead on the road put it in the kids hands? They did a great job of it.”

Shepard finished with 189 yards on 17 carries.

But that rally wasn't the Indians' lone comeback. They were trailing 21-14 with just more than a minute remaining until Angel Freed caught a 22-yard TD pass from Keith Robertson to tie the game and force overtime.

Little Axe is now off to a 2-0 start, and Dorrell's faith in his players could be huge in the future.

“Facing the facts, we just weren't very good last year,” Dorrell said. “If they want to go win it, I'm going to let them try to go win it. I've got a little more trust in them now based on how hard they worked in the offseason.”

MIDWEST CITY'S SUNDERLAND GETS OSU OFFER

For the second straight Saturday, Midwest City defensive back Will Sunderland got a scholarship offer from a state program.

Oklahoma State offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior on Saturday, a week after OU extended its offer.

Sunderland has played a key role on defense for the Bombers during their 2-0 start, including Friday's 28-22 win over Stillwater.

JOHN MARSHALL OFF TO FAST START

After going winless last season, John Marshall is off to a 2-0 start under new coach and former Oklahoma State star Rashaun Woods after routing Bridge Creek 32-6 on Friday.

The win came despite 20 penalties and seven fumbles.

“It was really all around a sloppy game,” Woods said. “We came out with the victory and that was good, but we still got a lot of work to do.”


by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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