The Oklahoman high school sports team covered plenty of great games during the football season that finished up Saturday night with Oklahoma Christian School's wild 44-41 win over Davis. Now that it's over, we asked writers which games were the best they covered, what was the best individual performance they witnessed and what the biggest surprise was they saw.
Ryan Aber: Guthrie 42, Deer Creek 35 OT
This game had anything you could want from a high-school football game, two good teams, a great venue and a great finish (with some controversy).
Guthrie QB Bryan Dutton led the Bluejays on a game-tying drive that ended with just two seconds remaining in regulation after catching a break just moments before. Guthrie then scored again on the first play of overtime and Guthrie.
Scott Wright: OCS 44, Davis 41, Dec. 8
Talk about saving the best for last. The final game I covered this season tops the list — OCS' win in the Class 2A championship shoot-out. A week earlier, Davis had shut out Vian, the second-highest scoring offense in state history, and OCS posted 544 yards and 44 points to knock off the favored Wolves and win its first state title in its sixth try in a game that was back-and-forth like none I saw all year.
Jacob Unruh: Cashion 36, Crescent 29, Oct. 18
Cashion's win added another storybook finish to the rivalry. Cashion quarterback Ty Reasnor somehow found receiver Nate Lee in the back corner of the end zone for a 31-yard TD with 6 seconds remaining. It capped a comeback just after Crescent took a 29-28 lead with just more than one minute remaining while completing its own comeback attempt.
Ryan Aber: Norman North QB Peyton Gavras in Timberwolves' 49-42 win over Owasso on Nov. 23
I say plenty of scintillating performances this season, from Gavras and Edmond Santa Fe QB Justice Hansen and Tulsa East Central's Stanvon Taylor and Carl Albert's Steven Thompson among others. But Gavras' was the biggest. Gavras threw for 395 yards and five touchdowns to lift Norman North into the Class 6A title game.
Scott Wright: McGuinness WR Cody Chancellor in Irish's 42-32 win over Carl Albert on Sept. 28
While the 387 yards and five TDs of OCS quarterback Austin Brooks in Saturday's championship game made me strongly rethink my choice here, I'm going with Chancellor's 359 receiving yards and four touchdowns on just six receptions — 59.8 yards per catch — against Carl Albert. And Chancellor did it all with a cast protecting his broken left hand.
Jacob Unruh: Westmoore QB Jhames West in Jaguars' 29-16 win over Norman North, Sept. 13. West threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one, as Westmoore handed the Class 6A runner-up its lone regular-season loss. West was very impressive running the offense in the second half, orchestrating three TD drives that turned a 9-7 halftime deficit into the victory.
Ryan Aber: Putnam City North 63, Midwest City 27, Oct. 7
At this point in the season, it wasn't a huge surprise that the Panthers came out with the win.
But the Panthers flat dominated the Bombers in a way that score can't even show.
Putnam North RB Tae Moore ran for four touchdowns in the game's first eight minutes.
Moore finished with 187 yards rushing and added a touchdown catch later.
Scott Wright: Carl Albert 56, McGuinness 33, Oct. 23
Carl Albert's turnaround from 1-5 to state champion was a shocker, but more specifically, the second half performance by the Titans in their 56-33 semifinal win over McGuinness. Carl Albert led 14-13 at halftime, and the game looked to be a nail-biter. But the Titans' Bryan Williams returned the second-half kickoff for a TD to spark the rout, then QB Steven Thompson guided them to touchdowns on all six second-half possessions.
Jacob Unruh: Del City 41, Lawton MacArthur 18, Sept. 20
This was the game that proved Del City was a playoff team. The Eagles scored 20 points in the fourth quarter on the road at Cameron Stadium, completing a rout the Highlanders rarely suffer.