The Edmond Sun

November 27, 2013

Oklahoma Christian Academy goes 5-4, will move to Class A

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian Academy football is climbing the ladder.

This season, the Eagles ended up 5-5 overall and 5-4 in district, the most wins ever at the school.

And, beginning next season, OCA will be in Class A, moving up a rung to 11-man football in a district with Crescent, Cashion, Okeene, Crossings, Oklahoma Bible and Watonga.

“We were one game short of making the playoffs,” said Oklahoma Christian Academy head coach Grey Powell. “Expectations were low this year; it was the most wins the Eagles have had since joining the OSSAA.

“Beating Geary and Cyril were a couple of games we probably weren’t supposed to win.”

Powell was coaching in Alabama before landing at OCA in July. He also had coaching stints in Tennesse, Arkansas and Texas and is a winner of a couple of state titles.

“I had a buddy from college who is in Oklahoma City,” he said. “That was the connection to come here. I want to use athletics and Jesus as tools to impact kids’ lives.”

On defense this season, Eagle Nathaniel Garner compiled 115 tackles at linebacker and other standout defenders included linebacker Josh Easter and defensive ends Alex Powell and Garrett Duckworth (78 tackles, 5 sacks). Returning next year on the defensive line are tackles Ryan Jackson (4 sacks) and Joel Anderson.

Only a freshman, quarterback Caleb Powell amassed 38 touchdowns — 18 passing and 20 rushing — to lead Oklahoma Christian Academy offensively. Powell threw for 1,999 yards and ran for 1,227 yards.

Other top offensive players included offensive linemen Alex Powell and Duckworth, Nathaniel Garner (WR), Easter (RB, 628 rushing yards), Alan Garner (WR/TE/QB/G and deep-snapper).

“We’re excited about going 11-man and getting a new conference,” Coach Powell stated. “Edmond Memorial (High School) was unbelievable in letting us play our home games on their field. They are a class act all the way.

“It was a big deal for our fans and our students to go there and play.”

The Eagles graduated Duckworth, Alex Powell, Easter and Alan Garner.