Woodward coach Darris Servis described his team's 20-19 win over defending Class 4A champion Douglass simply as, “one of those games they write movies about.”
With Douglass on the doorstep of putting the game away with a touchdown in the final minute, the Trojans fumbled at the 1-yard line. Woodward's Garrett Roach scooped it up and went 99 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game.
After a failed two-point conversion, the Boomers were able to hold off Douglass' final attempt to get down the field.
“That was the longest 37 seconds of my life,” said Servis, the Boomers' first-year head coach. “I don't think Douglass expected us to hit them in the mouth like we did. We're undersized compared to them, but we played physical with them.”
Statistically, Douglass dominated the night, allowing just four first downs and 102 total yards to the Boomers.
With a fourth-quarter TD by Dior Smiley — his second of the night — the Trojans led 19-7. But Woodward got a 10-yard TD pass from Jake Hughes to Kaleb Roach to get within striking distance.
Woodward rushed for only 12 yards on 29 attempts and threw for 90 yards with three lost fumbles. Douglass finished with 358 total yards.
STILLWATER'S SPECIAL SEASON ENDS
Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard took the Pioneers from 1-9 to 8-3 in one season.
Stillwater's season ended with a 38-14 loss to Jenks in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, but Barnard said his senior class helped set the program up for future success.
“They'd won six games in their career prior to this year,” Barnard said. “I really commended them (Friday night) on what they've done to get this program back to where it needs to be.
“They've provided great leadership and the model for consistency, work ethic and the passion for playing. Hopefully our young guys will learn from this senior class.”
DISTRICT 3A-3 PERFECT IN FIRST ROUND
Over the last two seasons, District 3A-3 has been viewed as one of the most dominant districts in the state, and it followed through on Friday.
Heritage Hall, Kingfisher, Bethany and Newcastle all won their-first-round games on Friday night, highlighted by Newcastle's 35-28 win over District 3A-4 champion Perkins.
Newcastle quarterback Blake Woodard threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another score as the Racers (5-5) piled up 397 total yards. Brent Ramirez contributed 160 rushing yards on 20 carries with one TD run.
“We think we play in a pretty tough district, and the one thing it does is prepare you for the playoffs,” coach Keith Bolles said. “If you can fight through the district and find a way to get into the playoffs, you'll be prepared for whoever you face.”
Next week the Racers host Plainview, which is coming off a 34-7 win over Weatherford.
SANTA FE'S WALKER TURNS FOCUS TO SEASON
Officially, Edmond Santa Fe guard Courtney Walker signed with the Texas A&M women's basketball team on Wednesday, but publicly, she held a signing ceremony on Saturday so that all of her family and friends could attend.
Now that the signing process is over, Walker is ready to turn her focus to her senior year with defending champion Edmond Santa Fe.
“Yeah, now we can focus on going back-to-back,” Walker said. “This was cool, because all my family and friends are here, and my whole team. The basketball team (at A&M), everybody was really nice, and their engineering program is top-10 in the country. That's what I want to go into.”
Walker was named The Oklahoman's Super 5 Girls Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 17.4 points and seven rebounds per game.
She chose Texas A&M over a variety of top programs, including Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
BENNETT COMMITS TO SAN DIEGO
Casady defensive lineman Graham Bennett committed to San Diego on Friday.
Bennett was being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools.
“I came to camp here in the summer, and I really connected with the coaches,” said Bennett, who was in San Diego for the Toreros' game Saturday against Marist.
Bennett added that he also picked San Diego for its academics, and in particular its business school.
Bennett recorded 37 tackles and eight sacks as a senior for the Cyclones.