Special to The Sun
Oklahoma Christian School used its one-two punch on the Frederick Bombers in the Class 2A state semifinals en route to a commanding 55-32 victory at Southwestern Oklahoma State University here Friday night.
The high-scoring triumph sends the Saints into their first-ever 11-man state title game next week against Davis at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
OCS possesses a big senior wide receiver in 6-3, 200-pound Blake Barnes and an even larger quarterback in 6-5, 215-pound Austin Brooks. For the game’s first score, the duo hooked up for a 95-yard touchdown in the opening stanza, and the Saints never looked back.
“We have a lot of weapons and they (seniors Brooks and Barnes) are good at what they do,” lauded OCS head coach Derek Turner after the game. “They’re phenomenal. They are so calm and let the game come to them.”
And, with no time left on the clock approaching intermission, Brooks unleashed a high, slightly underthrown pass. Barnes timed his jump perfectly, rising above everybody to convert a Hail Mary in securing a 27-7 lead going into the locker room. Barnes ended the game with two TDs and 211 yards receiving on seven catches.
“That was huge,” Turner said of the Hail Mary at half-end. “They had the momentum. What a thing to do to a team, and we come back out and get the ball.”
Coming out of intermission, Brooks didn’t waste any time. He hit Connor Sikes with a 61-yard pass, setting up Luke Frankfurt’s 27-yard TD run for all the points OCS would need, leading 34-7. Frankfurt also tallied a seven-yard scoring run in the third and was all over the field on defense as well. He stopped a ball carrier in the open field, preventing a first down, and tackled a receiver for a loss of a yard.
The Saints defense bent but didn’t break under Frederick’s potent rushing attack, allowing 260 yards on the ground by four Bomber runners.
Brooks ended the night with 397 yards passing and four scores, including an untarnished 42-yard scoring lob to Sikes on a fly pattern. His other TD pass went 29 yards to Will McKinnis in the third quarter when the Saints held a 41-14 cushion. McKinnis also returned a punt 36 yards to set up a 35-yard field goal by Nathan Blakely. Blakely also hit from 28 yards out and was 4-for-5 on extra-point attempts, with the lone miss being blocked.
Defensive lineman Kyle Lovelace picked up a minus-seven sack and fellow Saint Thomas Qualls returned a punt 44 yards, setting up London Crytzer’s nine-yard touchdown run.
OCS 55, Frederick 32
1 2 3 4 F
Frederick 0 7 7 18 32
OCS 8 19 21 7 55
Austin Brooks — 16-of-21, 397 yards, 4 TD, 0 Int.
Luke Frankfurt — 32-136, 3 TD
Garrett Kilborn — 1-0
Austin Brooks — 4-minus-5
Cameron James — 2-5
London Crytzer — 3-13, 1 TD
Connor Sikes — 2-16
Blake Barnes — 7-209, 2 TD
Connor Sikes — 3-115, 1 TD
Will McKinnis — 3-47, 1 TD
Luke Frankfurt — 2-16
Garrett Kilborn — 1-10