Special to The Sun
A year ago, two kicks cost Oklahoma Christian School a win over Jones and ultimately an undefeated season.
A year ago, Jones quarterback David Cornwell was playing his way toward an Alabama scholarship.
A year ago, OCS rushed for 20 yards against Jones — the entire game.
But, all that was last year.
Cornwell transferred to Norman North for his senior season and the Saints found its rushing attack (169 yards) and Friday night’s contest at Jones wasn’t close enough for any late kicks to cost anyone anything.
The OCS Saints (2-1), defending their Class 2A state championship, avenged last year’s only loss with a 33-19 win over the Longhorns at Jones High School Friday night.
The Saints’ victory kept Jones winless at 0-3 and spoiled the Longhorns’ homecoming festivities.
The game seemed a tale of two quarters — defense in the first and third and offense in the second and fourth.
With both teams’ energy flowing at high levels at the start, the defenses controlled the opening quarter, which ended scoreless. But a 46-yard pass play from Will McKinnis to Kade VanMeter (five catches for 111 yards) started an OCS drive in that quarter that led to the first score of the night four plays into the second frame.
McKinnis found Connor Sikes for a 3-yard strike and a 6-0 lead. Three minutes later, McKinnis hit VanMeter for another long pass play. This one went for 68 yards and another six points. Jack Markmiller made the extra point and the Saints were on their way with a 13-0 lead.
Needing an answer, Jones marched 51 yards in less than two minutes for a touchdown to close the gap at 13-6. Clayton Simms hit Terik Leniger for a 41-yard pass play that cut through the heart of the Oklahoma Christisan defense.
But OCS made defensive adjustments the rest of the quarter and held the Longhorns to only six points. And the Saints’ offense didn’t stall.
Luke Frankfurt scampered 56 yards for a touchdown and then McKinnis took advantage of an interception and a Jones personal foul to hit Sikes again for eight yards and another touchdown. OCS held a 27-6 lead at the half.
The third quarter played out much like the first, with both teams putting up stellar defensive stands. But like the first quarter, OCS used another big play in the third that lead to its only fourth-quarter score.
McKinnis, who finished the game 12-of-19 for 168 yards and three touchdowns, found Sikes again for 30 yards. Then Cameron James reeled off a 53-yard run to put the Saints in the red zone. Frankfurt, who led the rushing effort with 82 yards on 12 carries, punched the ball in for a 1-yard touchdown and a 33-6 lead.
Jones quarterback Simms, who completed 21-of-47 passes for 240 yards, tried to carry his team back with a touchdown pass and run, but those scores came too little, too late.
Defensively, the Saints caused turnovers that spurred the offense. Defensive back Corbin Metz caught a tipped pass for an interception in the second quarter and defensive back Jared Goff recovered a fumble to thwart a Longhorn drive in the fourth quarter.