There will be a new champion in Class 2A football in Oklahoma this year.
The Oklahoma Christian School Saints, the defending champs in Class 2A, suffered a heartbreaking 32-25 overtime loss to Hartshorne Friday night at Oklahoma Christian School in the 2A quarterfinals.
Hartshorne will meet No. 1-ranked Millwood in one semifinal and No. 2-ranked Davis will face Vian in the other to determine OCS’ successor in possessing the gold ball.
Heartbreak came for the Saints after Hartshorne had scored in the first overtime session on a 10-yard pass from Dylan Pingleton to freshman Trey Medicine Bear and then the 230-pound Medicine Bear kicked the point-after-touchdown to put the Miners on top, 32-25.
But when Luke Frankfurt picked up nine and a half yards on the Saints’ first play, things were looking up for Derek Turner’s squad. That is, until what could have been the tying touchdown turned into a botched handoff that ended up with the ball on the ground and a Hartshorne defender solidly on top of it.
While the jubilant Miners and their overflow crowd of supporters celebrated, the stunned OCS side of the field was left to wonder what could have been.
Jack Markmiller’s 34-yard field goal on a controversial untimed down after the halftime clock had expired gave the Saints an 18-12 lead at halftime and they quickly made it 25-12 early in the third period.
On Hartshorne’s second play after intermission, Oklahoma Christian standout Evan Lusher leaped high and snared a Pingleton pass to give the Saints possession on the Hartshorne 35. On the first play, Frankfort, who finished with 153 hard-earned yards on 26 carries, barged through a huge hole cleared by Preston Draelos and Braden Werner, cut back across the middle and dashed into the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown scamper. Markmiller’s kick made it 25-12 and the band played “When the Saints go marching in.”
But the Miners took the kickoff and scored in 17 plays, including two 15-yard penalties, another penalty that awarded the Miners 27 yards and one series when they only had to go eight yards for a first down.
Dallas Herring, who picked up 105 yards in 30 cracks into the rugged Saints defense, went over for the TD from the one with 3:58 left and Medicine Bear tacked on the PAT to narrow the gap to 25-19.
But disaster struck as the Saints fumbled the kickoff, giving the Miners possession just 35 yards from the goal. Palmer Rice and Justin Lewis had defensive stops, but Pingleton was clutch on two fourth-down conversions and Herring finally went in from the six to tie it at 25-all. Medicine Bear had the PAT blocked by Evan Welch with 6:17 left on the clock.
Even when the Saints fumbled away the kickoff for the second straight time, the Saints D was equal to the task as Welch dumped Pingleton for an eight-yard loss to force a punt, giving Oklahoma Christian the ball 67 yards from the goal line and 4:03 left on the clock.
Frankfurt and sophomore quarterback Tommy Qualls combined for a first down and following a six-yard gain by Frankfurt, the Miners were flagged with a 15-yard penalty, moving the ball to the Hartshorne 35-yard line. Frankfurt then carried it four straight times, the last time for two yards and a first down to the 24.
Facing fourth down with 18 seconds left on the clock, Markmiller set up for a 38-yard field goal attempt, but the Miners broke through and blocked it, setting up the overtime heartbreak.
The Saints took the opening kickoff of the game and marched smartly 80 yards in 11 plays, with Frankfurt going the final two yards after picking up 40 on the drive. Will McKinnis ran in untouched for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
Kade Van Meter intercepted a Pingleton pass on Hartshorne’s fourth play of the ballgame but the Saints couldn’t move and were forced to punt. The Miners scored with 1:23 left in the first quarter on a two-yard plunge by Herring, but the PAT pass failed and the Saints still led, 8-6.
Hartshorne used a pass interception to set up another Henning touchdown at the 5:04 mark but again, the two-point conversion pass was no good.
OCS took the kickoff and traveled 69 yards in just over two minutes, thanks to a 10-yard Qualls-to-McKinnis pass and gains of 10, 17, 10 and 20 for the touchdown by Frankfurt. Markmiller made it 15-12 with 2:17 left in the half.
Justin Lewis and Braden Werner teamed with Jacob Smith to shut down the Miners on offense, forcing a punt that only carried 15 yards. Qualls took advantage of the short field and guided Oklahoma Christian into Markmiller’s field-goal range just before half hitting Caleb Herrera to set up the kick.
There will be a new champion in Class 2A football in Oklahoma this year.
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.
Bartlesville’s 6-2 star forward Hailey Tucker averaged over 22 points a game for the Lady Bruins this year.
But not with Edmond Memorial’s Elise Wyatt on her.
Thursday night in a Class 6A area consolation contest at Sapulpa High School, Wyatt and the Lady Bulldogs ended Bartlesville’s season and stayed alive in the high school playoffs with a 48-42 triumph. Memorial will tip off with Putnam North — a team that beat the Lady ‘Dogs at the final horn in the semifinals of the Bruce Gray Invitational — at 1:30 Saturday at Catoosa High School in a do-or-die contest to make it to the state tournament.
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USA sitting volleyball hires Kraeer as UCO-based mens sitting team head coach
The University of Central Oklahoma-based U.S. mens sitting volleyball team welcomes a new head coach, Quinton Kraeer. The university is the official training site for both the mens and womens sitting volleyball teams.
Kraeer will take over the mens program after serving as an assistant for the last several months. He brings nine years of volleyball coaching experience to the team and has served as a pipeline assistant for both the mens and womens teams since 2008.
2014 Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series coming to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
The Oklahoma City RedHawks have announced the schedule for the fourth annual Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series, set to begin this week at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The series begins with three games Saturday and will culminate Saturday, April 5 during the Mayor’s Cup, featuring a triple-header between the three high schools from Edmond and Moore.
The Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series gives teams and their fans from around the state a chance to have a “professional” experience complete with the use of batting cages, dugouts and state-of-the-art scoreboards.
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