Oklahoma Christian School's Luke Frankfurt appeared to have suffered a serious injury Saturday night in the fourth quarter of the Saints 44-41 win over Davis in the Class 2A state championship game.
But the sophomore linebacker/running back was released from the Stillwater hospital early Sunday morning, said his father, Mitch Frankfurt.
Frankfurt injured his neck on a tackle, and his right side momentarily went numb, his father said.
Frankfurt was transported by ambulance to the hospital for tests.
As a result, Frankfurt missed the chance to celebrate the state title with his teammates on the field, but the OCS team bus made a stop at the hospital the on the way back to Edmond.
OCS coach Derek Turner said the nursing staff wasn't keen on the idea of a trophy presentation and celebration at the hospital.
“We were going in to see him in groups of five until they ran us out,” he said.
EDMOND NORTH TAKES TULSA UNION TOURNAMENT
It's about as dramatic as a high school wrestling tournament gets before the state tournament.
Entering the final three matches at the Mid-America Nationals tournament over the weekend at Tulsa Union, Edmond North trailed Collinsville by 11 points for the team title.
The Huskies had three finalists — triplets Lance, Joel and Andrew Dixon remaining in championship matches — and needed all three to win to pull off a comeback win.
At 182 pounds, Lance earned a reversal in the second period and came out with a 3-0 win over Matt Meyer of Allen, Texas. Joel followed with a 4-2 win over Altus' Sean Carson at 195.
In the final match, 220, Andrew came through with a second-period escape point and added some insurance with a stalling point in the third to take a 3-0 win over Lawton MacArthur's Garrett Shaw to vault the Huskies to a title, 223-222 over Collinsville.
Allen, Texas, finished third with 215, and Tuttle finished fourth with 213.
STALLINGS GETS AIR FORCE OFFER
The military academies have been active in recruiting the state this year.
Durant running back Dakota Diessner committed to Air Force after the season ended, while Douglass' Chris High and Altus' Diquon Woodhouse committed to Navy earlier this month.
Both institutions have offered several other in-state athletes.
That list recently added Southmoore's Jackson Stallings, who was officially offered by Air Force earlier this month.
Stallings plans on visiting Air Force on Jan. 11.
Stallings had 345 yards receiving with four rushing and four receiving touchdowns this season. He also had 42 tackles, including 15 for loss.
The fullback/tight end/defensive end has received plenty of attention from Ivy League programs as well. He recently visited Harvard and Penn.
FAMILY RUNS DEEP IN BLANCHARD
Blanchard center Tucker Yarbrough wasn't the only connection to Blanchard's 1979 state title team.
Before Friday, that was the Lions only football state championship.
Yarbrough's dad, Darren, played on that team.
Blanchard sophomore nose guard Clay Richey's dad, Scott, also played on that state championship team.
Blanchard beat Hartshorne 37-14 to win the Class A title in 1979.