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High school notebook: Woodward shocks Douglass with 99-yard fumble return

BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JASON KERSEY Published: November 12, 2011

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 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.”


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.

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