WEATHERFORD — Oklahoma Christian School now has an opportunity to do something the school has never done before, win a state championship in football.
The Saints advanced to the Class 2A title game Friday night by crushing Frederick, 55-32, at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Saints quarterback Austin Brooks tossed four touchdown passes, two to his talented wide receiver Blake Barnes, as OCS outscored the state's highest-scoring team in Frederick.
The Bombers had no answer for the Brooks-to-Barnes combination. Brooks was 16 of 21 in the game for 397 yards while Barnes had seven catches for 211 yards receiving.
“Phenomenal,” OCS coach Derek Turner said of the pair. “When they get together, they are formidable.
“They are so good at what they do. They just know each other. They are so athletic. It's just a great thing to watch them play.”
The 6-3 Barnes made the biggest plays of the game.
His interception at the OCS 5 stopped a Frederick scoring drive in the first quarter. Two plays later, Brooks hit Barnes in stride down the sideline for a 95-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.
Then with OCS leading 20-7 after Frederick had just scored to gain some momentum, Barnes out-leaped the Bomber secondary on a 40-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass on the last play of the half.
OCS went 75 yards in just 28 seconds as Brooks was 5-of-5 passing on the drive, including three completions to Barnes.
“I just played a little basketball,” Barnes said of the Hail Mary pass. “I think that got our momentum going for the second half.”
Turner said Barnes' reception was a big momentum boost for OCS heading into the locker room.
“Not only is Blake tall, but he is an unbelievable leaper,” Turner said. “He can go up and get the ball out of the air.”
OCS then took the opening drive of the third quarter 80 yards for a touchdown as Luke Frankfurt scored on a 25-yard run. The Saints eventually built their lead to 55-14 by the end of the period.
“He had the game of his life,” Brooks said of Barnes. “He was coming up with big catches and big plays.”
Barnes didn't play much of the fourth quarter after dislocating his pinkie finger.
“Austin was on point tonight,” Barnes said. “We knew they could score, but we had confidence in our offense.”
Frederick came into the game averaging 61 points per game, scoring more than 70 points five times this season, but it was OCS that lit up the scoreboard.
“No 70-point team was going to scare us,” Barnes said. “We just knew the defense had to show up tonight.”
OCS (13-1) now plays Davis for the state championship. The Wolves defeated top-ranked Vian, 22-0, in the other Class 2A semifinal Friday night.
OCS reached the state championship game five times playing eight-man football but never won a title. This is the Saints' first trip to the state championship since beginning 11-man football in 2001.
“It's always kind of been known as a basketball school,” Turner said. “It's hard not to when Blake (Griffin) went there.”
OCS gets a chance to change that perception next week.