Yukon had Edmond North on the ropes late. But it was the Huskies who delivered the knockout punch.
After seeing the Millers steal the momentum with an incredible touchdown pass and clutch interception, the Huskies climbed back with big plays of their own for a 41-33 comeback victory at Wantland Stadium.
“We knew they were going to play us extremely tough, they do it every year, and I’m just glad our kids found a way to win,” North coach Jeremy Dombek said. “And sometimes you have to do that.”
Trailing 33-24, the Huskies defense dialed up the pressure on Yukon quarterback Hayden Somerville. A lineman stripped the ball from his hand, and recovered it on the Miller 24. Michael Farmer later scored on a nine-yard run to make it a 33-31 contest.
The Huskies again brought pressure up front, which led to a blocked punt deep inside Miller territory. While they couldn’t put the ball in the end zone, Branden Moore made sure North did not come away empty-handed. The junior kicker gave his team the lead with a 24-yard field goal with 6:29 left.
And an interception finally sealed the deal. Andrew Dixon picked off a Somerville pass, and Marque Depp later scored from 10 yards out to make it a 41-33 final.
“We just never had a sense of panic,” Dombek said. “And I kept telling the players if we’re a great team then we’ll find a way to win and we did.”
The comeback victory keeps the Huskies tied with Norman North atop of District 6A-3. The two will meet Thursday in Norman.
Somerville finished the game with 355 yards passing and five touchdowns. After a fast start, he was just 6-of-17 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the second half.
Hoskins was 14-of-26 for 206 yards and two interceptions. Farmer and Depp combined to rush for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
The game had the feel of a shootout from the start.
Yukon struck first when Somerville converted a third-down pass to A.J. West for a 13-yard score at the 7:08 mark in the first quarter.
North answered with a three-yard touchdown run by Farmer. After forcing a rare punt, the Huskies pulled ahead 14-7 on a six-yard run by Jarech Page with 2:32 in the first.
But the Millers wouldn’t stay down for long. Somerville hit Tyler Tredway for a 43-yard touchdown play with 38 seconds in the first. A North fumble then led to another Somerville touchdown pass. Yukon missed the extra point to make it a 20-14 contest with 11:10 in the second.
Hoskins later showed his mobility, as he rolled left and hit Luke Rossi in the corner of the end zone at the 8:44 mark.
Somerville again brought the Millers back before the half. The junior hit Parker Bohannon on a 28-yard strike. He was then sacked on a two-point conversion attempt, making it a 26-21 game at the break.
North came out strong in its opening drive of the second half. Hoskins hit his first three passes of the third, but the drive stalled on the Yukon 4. Moore hit a 20-yard field goal, pulling North within two at 26-24.
But that’s when things started to slip for the Huskies. They looked out of sync on offense and couldn’t catch a break on defense.
Backed up deep inside their own end zone, the Millers found some magic. Somerville scrambled to his right and heaved the ball toward a receiver at midfield. A North defender and a Yukon receiver each deflected the ball, before it miraculously landed in the hands of Yukon’s Codey Sanchez who sprinted untouched for a 94-yard score. The wild play put Yukon on top 33-24 with 3:12, and looked like the last blow for the Huskies.
Instead of backing down, they regrouped for the comeback victory.
Edmond North 41, Yukon 33
1 2 3 4 Total
Yukon 14 12 7 0 33
North 14 7 3 17 41
YHS A.J. West 13 pass from Hayden Somerville (Garrett Hagar kick); 7:08
EN Michael Farmer 3 run (Trevor Moore kick); 4:21
EN Jarech Page 6 run (Moore kick); 2:32
YHS Tyler Tredway 43 pass from Somerville (Hagar kick); :38
YHS Codey Sanchez 35 pass from Somerville (kick fail); 11:05
EN Luke Rossi 8 pass from Luke Hoskins (Moore kick); 8:44
YHS Parker Bohannon 28 pass from Somerville (run fail); 3:44
EN Moore 20 field goal; 8:23
YHS Sanchez 94 pass from Somerville (Hagar kick); 3:12
EN Michael Farmer 9 run (Moore kick); 8:15
EN Moore 24 field goal; 6:29
EN Marque Depp 10 run (Moore kick); 2:01
Edmond North forces three turnovers in fourth for 41-33 victory
Yukon had Edmond North on the ropes late. But it was the Huskies who delivered the knockout punch.
North grad fuels OCU
Oklahoma City University clobbered St. Gregory’s 12-3 on Sunday at Jim Wade Stadium supported by three runs batted in by freshman Jared Baker out of Edmond North High School.
Ryan Wright, a junior from Fruitland, Idaho, drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run with OCU. The Stars, ranked fifth in NAIA baseball, improved to 14-3, 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Deer Creek boys make state; Bulldogs eliminated by Owasso
The Deer Creek Antlers made a run on Durant in the third quarter of a Class 5A area consolation championship game that thrusted Deer Creek into the state tournament for the first time since 1997.
The Antlers, 18-9, got up on the Lions by six points in the third and then held the ball, thus forcing Durant to come out of its zone en route to a 54-45 win.
Led by Conner Avants’ 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, Deer Creek got some easy scores going against the Lions’ pressure in the fourth.
Antler Tyler Haddock added 16 points and five rebounds and teammate Brett Valentine contributed eight points.
UCO fights to MIAA championship; falls to Missouri Southern
A spirited postseason run came to an abrupt ending for Central Oklahoma in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament finals Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
The depth-challenged Bronchos played just six players and fatigue played a factor in the second half as Missouri Southern claimed an 84-72 victory to capture the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Fifth-seeded UCO, playing for the third straight day, fell to 20-10 and is doubtful to earn an at-large bid into the playoffs when the full 64-team field is announced late Sunday night. The Lions improved to 24-5.
The Bronchos led 40-39 at halftime, but missed five straight shots during a key second-half stretch when Missouri Southern stretched a 45-44 lead to double digits at 54-44 with 14:21 remaining and UCO never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Putnam North fires back in second half
The Lady Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial kept their heart beating by downing Bartlesville 48-42 Thursday night in an area consolation contest, but the momentum came to an abrupt stop Saturday afternoon in the consolation championship at Catoosa High School. Putnam North ended Memorial’s season with a 46-31 decision.
Deer Creek loses nail-biter; Memorial boys fall to Tulsa Union
The Deer Creek Antlers were just seconds away from entering the Class 5A state tournament, but Del City’s Brett Cannon scored on a reverse layup on a back-door move with one second left to down Deer Creek 47-45 in overtime in an area championship contest at Catoosa High School.
“We’re playing really well,” Antler skipper Matt Bailey said following the nail-biter. “They got us with the last shot in overtime.”
Deer Creek will face the winner of the McAlester/Durant game Saturday at 6:30 at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation title game with a trip to the big dance on the line.
After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor
Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.
Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game 1-hitter to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.
In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.
She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
Defensive battle falls in favor of Deer Creek
A pair of defensive teams coming out on each other, both 20-5 Deer Creek and 20-5 Collinsville played to a 20-19 score after three periods with the Lady Antlers on top Thursday night at Owasso High School in a Class 5A area championship game.
The final panel wasn’t much different, as Deer Creek used two mammoth defensive plays by Dakota Vann to stave off the Cardinals 31-28 and advance to the state tournament beginning March 13.
“Last week at practice, I told the girls that the road to get back to the state tournament was that somebody was going to have to make a play,” defending state champion Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said after the victory over Collinsville. “I told the girls to go out and make a good play.”
Vann, a 5-10 junior, did just that — twice.
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