Week 3 of Oklahoma’s high school football season featured some interesting matchups across the state, including several teams playing against others outside of their league.
Here are some highlights.
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Guthrie 24, Tuttle 20
Hayden Calvert didn’t have a big window to throw through.
When Guthrie’s junior quarterback saw his receiver, senior Jaylen Chelf, break on an end zone out route during a crucial third-and-goal in the Bluejays thriller in Tuttle, Calvert knew his pass had to be for the money.
Chelf created just enough space from the Tuttle defender and Calvert came through at the key moment.
A 2-yard touchdown pass from Calvert to Chelf with 1:09 left sealed a 24-20 win for Class 5A fifth-ranked Guthrie against Class 4A No. 3 Tuttle on Friday night at Bill Hinkle Field.
Tuttle (2-1) led 14-0 by one point in the second quarter, but Guthrie (4-0) scored 17 unanswered runs.
The Bluejays’ dominance in the second half eventually led to victory in the programs’ first meeting against each other in football.
“It took us a while to get started,” Calvert said. “I feel like the second half, we came out, we were finally ready to play.”
Tuttle took a 20-17 lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from senior Mason Dennis to junior Mark Douglas with 4:32 remaining before Calvert and Chelf connected for the go-ahead score.
Guthrie star senior tailback Isaiah Hammons was out with an injury, but junior Jaylen Harper excelled in his place, running 131 yards on 20 carries.
Overall, the Bluejays had 52 rush attempts for 255 yards. Tuttle had 19 attempts for just 38 yards.
Calvert finished 7-of-15 passes for 73 yards and had a four-yard rushing touchdown, while Dennis completed 14 of 28 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown and ran for a three-yard score.
“I thought our physicality and conditioning was a big factor in Q2 and then Q4,” said Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby. “We were very physical. We led the football, stopped the running.”
Stillwater 36, Norman 33
Tucker Barnard was in the offensive group and saw a Stillwater soccer team that radiated confidence.
The Pioneers’ morale could have been drained. They were chasing a victoryless Normandy team. They had only about two minutes to escape a fourth quarter unraveled on their own turf, and they had to overcome a long field.
But as Stillwater’s coach looked at the faces around him, he realized they could handle the ensuing drive.
“The look in each of their eyes, it’s like, ‘We got this,'” Barnard said.
With senior quarterback Gage Gundy at the helm, Stillwater made a last minute comeback to defeat Norman, 36-33, on Friday night at Pioneer Stadium. The Pioneers improved to 3-0, while the Tigers fell to 0-3.
On Stillwater’s final offensive drive, Gundy took control. First, he linked up with senior receiver Julius Talley for a first down that took the Pioneers to the Tigers’ 41-foot line. Then Gundy used his legs to propel Stillwater to the end zone, making his way through potholes and striding forward for extra yards. He won 21 yards over his first goalkeeper, and the next carried Stillwater to Norman’s 5-yard line.
After senior running back Noah Roberts hit the end zone for the winning touchdown with 14.3 seconds left, Gundy capped the win with a run for a two-point conversion.
“Really, I love those moments because I feel like I can win something for my team and for the crowd and everyone,” said Gundy. “Just when (Norman) scored, I got everyone together and just said, ‘We have to go score.'”
Gundy threw 219 yards and completed 19 of 30 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 41 yards on the ground, while Roberts ran 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Stillwater led until Norman’s senior quarterback Tias McClarty found junior receiver Max Wilson in the end zone for a touchdown with 2:11 left. McClarty threw 37 yards and rushed for 143, but Stillwater was able to avoid an upset.
The Pioneers played without one of their leaders. Senior center JaKobe Sanders, an Oklahoma state member who left last week’s game against Yukon with an injury, watched from the sidelines, although Barnard said he was available.
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Poteau 30, Chandler 21
Wyatt Gamble was in man-to-man coverage, alone with the Chandler receiver in the field.
And when the ball was tossed into the air, Poteau’s junior defender knew the situation. Chandler was nine points ahead with a few minutes to go. If he allowed the receiver to catch the ball, Chandler would definitely keep his momentum.
So Gamble honored his last name and took a gamble.
He reached out and intercepted the pass before sliding his feet into the grass. Gamble’s interception sealed Poteau’s 30-21 road win at Joe Telford Field.
“I really didn’t think the quarterback would throw it,” Gamble said. “I thought he was scrambling. I saw it in the air and made a play. It just came at a time when it was perfect. ”
Chandler star who drove Casmen Hill back sat out of Friday’s race and took precautions after suffering a concussion. Junior quarterback Alec Jackson got up and ran on the ground in front of him. The quarterback ran for two scores, helping Chandler make a rise in the third quarter.
The most versatile for Poteau was Sommers. The junior ran for a 2-yard score to start the game, then caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Sam Tecla for Poteau’s final score.
Perkins-Tryon 34, Marlow 21
Braiton Applegate set the tone for Perkins-Tryon on the opening kick.
The sophomore running back handed it back for a touchdown, and the Demons didn’t look back as they stormed past Marlow, 34-21, Friday night in a Class 3A non-district game at Outlaw Stadium.
The Outlaws carried a 17-game win streak into the matchup. No Oklahoma high school football team has had a longer active winning trajectory except Bixby, the Class 6A powerhouse with 52 consecutive wins. Marlow hadn’t lost a regular season game since falling to Plainview in 2019, 42-14.
But the Demons showed up to play spoiler and ran 345 yards onto Marlow’s field. Coach Dawayne Hudson has described PT’s run game as a “three-headed monster” with Tre Stevenson, Beck Smith and Applegate.
On Friday, Stevenson had 138 yards on 28 carries. Senior Braxton Lightfoot also bolstered the offense, carrying the ball in the Wildcat formation and delivering a couple of touchdowns.
Hudson complimented the Demons’ linemen for creating space to run.
“The monster is growing,” Hudson said. “…Our offense is still finding ways to get the defense back on track. I thought they did a good job of mixing it up in the training department, and our pace was really good. We held them off balance, and we carried them down.”
Edmond Memorial 35, Southmoore 12
The Bulldogs won their first game at their new stadium last week and built on that by taking down Southmoore 35-12. Quarterback David McComb completed 13 of 24 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. He also ran five times for 68 yards and one more score. His lone touchdown was thrown to Ciaran Pedulla, who also had two receptions for 47 yards. Running back Kiefer Mullins rushed 17 times for 76 yards and three touchdowns.
Carl Albert 45, Elk City 2
Carl Albert recovered from a loss last week to take a 45-2 win over Elk City on Friday. Junior running back Xavier Robinson carried the ball 27 times for 221 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Iowa State commit Tashawn James returned the opening kick for a 95-yard score.
Yukon 28, Norman North 23
It was the Millers’ homecoming and they didn’t disappoint their fans. After building a lead in the first half, Yukon defeated Norman North 28-23. Yukon came into play and was winless for the season, outscored by 80-16. But that didn’t make the Millers hesitate, as in their attempt to hold back the undefeated Norman North. Running back Logan Day played a big part in the win.
Chickasha 42, Anadarko 20
Chickasha took Anadarko for the second win of the season. Senior running back Malek Murphy put on a great performance. Murphy carried the ball 23 times for 313 yards and four touchdowns.
Heritage Hall 43, John Marshall 0
The Heritage Hall defense didn’t flinch as the Chargers knocked out John Marshall 43-0. And while the defense was strong, Heritage Hall quarterback Andy Bass shone on the offensive side and continued to show he can be a playmaker this year. Bass completed 7-of-14 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the win. He also rushed 10 times for 144 yards and two more scores.
Enid 34, Edmond North 17
Enid recorded his second straight win, rolling past Edmond North 34-17 at Husky Stadium on Friday. The Class 6A-I Huskies (0-4) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but Enid (2-1) shifted momentum and exploded for a 20-point fourth quarter. Senior receiver Tykie Andrews led Enid’s attack with two touchdowns.
Bethel 35, Little Ax 0
Class 2A Bethel defeated Little Ax 35-0. Bethel quarterback Bryce Tapley completed eight of 15 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown and ran 37 yards on four carry bags. John Allred had 11 carries for 55 yards and two scores, while Luke Quinter had six hasty attempts for 53 yards and a touchdown. Quinter also caught a 33-yard touchdown and had nine tackles. Bethel improved to 2-1 and Little Ax dropped to 0-3.
Oklahoma Bible Academy 58 Seiling 34
Senior quarterback Bodie Boydstun put together another big game in OBA’s 58-34 win over Seiling. Boydstun completed 11-of-16 passes for 382 yards and six touchdowns and zero interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback has led the Oklahoma Bible Academy to an undefeated 4-0 record and scored at least 46 runs in every game.
Newcastle 34, Woodward 12
Freshman running back TJ Bradford rushed 11 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-12 win over Woodward. But he was not the only top performer. Sophomore receiver and defending defenseman Trey Burchett caught a 31-yard touchdown pass and also registered an interception. Burchett now has four interceptions in Newcastle’s three games.
Tecumseh 40, McLoud 14
Tecumseh now has a two-game winning streak after beating McLoud 40-14. Head coach Ty Bullock was proud of his offensive line that helped lead the charge to 492 yards rushing on Friday.
➤ Class 2A Nowata ended its 22-game losing streak on Friday with a 42-19 win against Class A Hulbert.
➤ Tulsa Metro Christian, the fourth-ranked Division 3A, won 41-21 at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, improving to 3-0. Quarterback Kirk Francis completed 30 of 40 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
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