Special to The Sun
Oklahoma Christian School, already with a postseason berth wrapped up, had very little mercy for Luther High School as both teams closed out their District 2A-2 seasons, with the home Saints blasting the Lions 58-15 in front of a capacity Senior Night crowd.
“Luther has struggled, with the fires they had this year, it’s been tough on their community,” said Saints head coach Derek Turner. “A lot of these kids know each other, we have a player whose brother plays for Luther, so it’s kind of a family deal.”
The Saints (9-1, 6-0 in district) opened scoring early with their first possession. A 66-yard touchdown lob by senior Austin Brooks to senior wideout Blake Barnes caught the Lions (2-8, 1-5 in district) off guard, as Barnes was left wide open along the far sideline with only one defensive back on the coverage. A 15-yard pass by Brooks to senior receiver Garrett Kilborn and a pair of two-point conversions gave the Saints a 16-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
A pair of Luther interceptions thrown by Lions senior Austin Weathers led to Saints points in the second, including a pick-six by senior linebacker Stephen Wood for a 14-yard run back. OCS owned a commanding 44-0 lead going in to halftime.
Turner began to conserve his starters in the second half, with Kilborn registering a Saints score on an 11-yard run. The Lions found limited success moving the ball after OCS started playing their second-stringers, breaking the shutout with 2:43 left in the third quarter when they dropped junior back Cameron James in the OCS end zone. Weathers found senior Steven Northerton and junior Alex Hammerli for passing touchdowns in the second half, however it was too little too late as the Saints put the final nail in the Lions’ coffin on an 8-yard touchdown run by junior Palmer Rice with 6:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Brooks ended the night 8-of-12 passing for OCS with three touchdowns and an interception. Sophomore Luke Frankfurt led the Saints rushing attack, gaining 80 yards on 10 carries. For the Lions, Weathers went 25-of-50 for 286 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Northerton gained 62 yards on 15 touches, as well as 120 yards on 7 receptions.
The Saints move on to host Tonkawa next weekend in the first round of the District 2A playoffs. It is the first district championship for OCS in 11-man football, Turner said.
“Our kids are mature and they can handle it, we’ve just got to get back in and take care of the kids that are a little dinged up,” he said. “Our kids understand where they are and what they’ve got to accomplish, and they are very well aware of what they have to do.”