"I had confidence in my line. I always do," said Love, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior who also completed a pass to set up a touchdown. "We run probably more than anyone in the state. That's what we do."
Tonkawa took full advantage of its defensive takeaways. The Bucs' three interceptions and one fumble recovery produced two touchdowns and a field goal. And Tonkawa limited the Eagles' rushing attack to 144 yards on 34 carries, forcing Luetjen to throw more than usual.
"Our defense isn't any slouch," Tonkawa coach Mike Kirtley said. "We heard a lot about Hennessey's defense, and it was a great one, but our defense has been pretty solid all year."
Next week, Tonkawa will play for its sixth state title, having won it in 1952, 1953, 1999, 2000 and 2005.
"We've been waiting for a long time for this," Lindsey said. "The seniors, we've been wanting this forever. A lot of us had brothers on the 2000 state championship team and the 2005 team.
"It's been a dream of ours to win that gold ball."