The Edmond Sun

December 4, 2012

Saints must counter the Davis run game

Drew Harmon
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — When the Class 2A state championship game kicks off Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, fans will see a clash of styles. A balanced Oklahoma Christian School offense with high-flying receivers and big-play capability will take on a juggernaut of a running game in the Davis Wolves.

OCS features a balanced offensive attack with 2,081 yards on the ground and 2,653 yards through the air in the regular season. The bulk of the Saints’ regular season scores came through the air, as they scored 43 passing touchdowns and 23 rushing TDs.

Senior quarterback Austin Brooks (6-5, 215) has a number of offensive weapons at his disposal, starting with senior wide-out Blake Barnes (6-3, 200). The duo hooked up for 19 scores in the regular season. Close behind are WR/RB Garrett Kilborn (15 total TDs, 497 receiving, 277 rushing) and RB Luke Frankfurt (9 total TDs, 260 receiving, 901 rushing).

Cameron James (8 total TDs, 448 rushing) has picked up the bulk of the remaining running duties, and Connor Sikes (7 TDs, 479 receiving) and Will McKinnis (2 TDs, 285 receiving) round out the starting receiving corps. The Saints feature a big, talented offensive line that can make holes for their runners and keep the pressure off their quarterback.

Defensively, OCS is led by Frankfurt (75 solo tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles), Braden Werner (43 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles), Jared Goff (41 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries) and Barnes (26 solo tackles, 3 interceptions).

OCS scored 497 points and allowed only 159 in the regular season.

The Saints enter Saturday’s final at 13-1, with their only loss coming to Class 3A’s Jones, who lost to Blanchard in the 3A semifinals last week. OCS topped the previously unbeaten Frederick Bombers, who hold the 2012 scoring title with 822 points, 55-32 in the Class 2A semis.

Davis comes in at 14-0, having topped two previously unbeaten teams in Adair (34-33 in the quarterfinals) and Vian (22-0 in the semis). The Wolves shut out opponents five times this year, including a streak of four straight early in the season. They average close to 47 points a game.

Davis senior quarterback Alec Hetherington has thrown for 626 yards and 13 touchdowns this year, as the mass of the Wolves’ offense has come on the ground. Davis has used 10 running backs to effect this season. They have a thousand-yard rusher in Deaundré Carr (1,112 yards, 17 TDs) and nearly another one in Hetherington (809 yards, 15 TDs).

Two other players, Michael Nowden and Blake Summers, have both scored 10 touchdowns, and eight other Wolves have scored on the ground.

In total, Davis has rushed for 4,686 yards and 74 touchdowns, while throwing for only 638 yards and 13 scores.

OCS and Davis had one common opponent this season in Millwood, whom the Saints beat 22-18 Oct. 5 and the Wolves beat 42-28 in week two of the playoffs.