Bronchos win successive games
Two touchdowns in an eight-second span late in the first half gave Central Oklahoma the lead and the Bronchos went on to trim Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Southwest Baptist 38-31 on the road Saturday afternoon.
The Bronchos trailed 14-10 when quarterback T.J. Eckert dove into the end zone from a yard out with 40 seconds left in the second quarter to cap a final-minute drive and Sam Johnson scored on a 10-yard fumble return on the ensuing kickoff eight seconds later to give UCO a 21-10 edge.
The Bronchos never trailed again, but the Bearcats made things interesting in the final seconds after pulling within 38-31 on a 74-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left to play.
But Central Oklahoma recovered the onside kick to ensure the victory, improving to 2-7 on the season and in league play with its second straight win.
Lewis levels Deer Creek
At the start of the contest, McGuinness quarterback Jacob Lewis ran the ball on the Irish’s initial three plays.
After he scored the first three touchdowns for McGuinness, it was apparent why.
Lewis just plowed through the Antler defense, amassing 390 yards rushing on 25 carries (15.6 average) and accounted for all eight of the Irish’s TDs with seven on the ground and one through the air.
When Lewis’ shoes had worn out, McGuinness left Deer Creek High School Friday night with a comfortable 56-21 triumph and latched down the No. 3 seed in the district. The Irish will play at Ardmore and No. 4 seed Deer Creek will play at Lawton MacArthur in the opening round of the playoffs next week.
Santa Fe ready for playoffs after triumph over Choctaw
Edmond Santa Fe head coach Lance Manning says his squad is jelling at the right time and it showed Friday night as the Wolves, led by Michael Farmer’s four touchdown performance defeated the Choctaw Yellowjackets 55-30 at Wantland Stadium.
Santa Fe improved to 6-4 on the year and 4-3 in conference play. Choctaw finished the year 3-7 and 1-6 in conference.
“I thought our effort and our execution was a lot better tonight than it has been for the last few weeks,” Manning said. “We had been looking for some continuity and regain an identity offensively and I think we are working our way there. I am really pleased with the kids and the effort.”
Manning said he was pleased with the continued development of Farmer and sophomore quarterback Keaton Torre, who filled in for the injured Justice Hansen.
“Michael Farmer has done nothing but get better all year long,” Manning said. “It is the same thing with Keaton Torre. Our offense played really well tonight.”
Edmond Santa Fe got on the board first when Farmer caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Torre with 5:51 left in the first quarter.
Bulldogs slam Patriots; will host Edmond North in playoffs
The Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial took care of business Friday night and wiped out Putnam West on the road, 50-14.
The conquest sets up Edlam in round one of the playoffs next Friday as Memorial, the No. 2 seed, will host Edmond North, the No. 3 seed at Wantland Stadium.
“I think offensively we’re really running the ball well at this point,” Memorial head coach Justin Merideth said after the win over the Patriots. “The quarterbacks played very well and defensively we’ve been consistent.
“Yes, I think we are peaking.”
Saints break away from Luther
All scoring need for victory took place in the first half as Oklahoma Christian clobbered Luther 28-6 on the road Friday night in the opening half alone. Both teams played to a 14-14 second half for the 42-20 OCS final victory.
Luther was almost even at the start of the second quarter, trailing just 7-6, but that’s when the Saints put their engines in gear to rip off the final 21 points for a the lopsided victory.
Running back Luke Frankfurt, who totalled 91 yards on the ground on just eight carries in half No. 1, picked up the first two touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of 37 and one yard(s).
Teammate Connor Sikes hauled in a 29-yard pass from Thomas Qualls for the 28-6 lead heading into the break. It was Sikes who opened the scoring in the first with a 31-yard run to pay dirt. He had two receptions for 87 yards in the half.
Saint kicker Jack Markmiller was a perfect 6-for-6 on point-after-touchdown attempts.
In the latter half, Frankfurt scored on a 74-yard run and Qualls connected with Kade VanMeter for a 99-yard strike.
SLIDESHOW: Antlers fall to Fighting Irish
The Deer Creek Antlers took a 56-21 loss to rival Bishop McGuinness Friday night.
Heather Harkness volleyball tournament takes place Saturday
The 6th Annual Heather Harkness Memorial Vollebyball Tournament takes place Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School beginning at 8 a.m. until tournament play has ended.
There is a $6 entrance fee with free childcare provided. The fee includes a meal ticket, two drinks, a swag bag and childcare.
Entertainment will be on hand for all ages with multiple food vendors.
For more information, contact Simran Mahbubani at 923-7117.
UCO’s Allen earns MIAA honor
Central Oklahoma’s Kenny Allen has been selected Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Defensive Player of the Week for his performance last Saturday, the league office announced this week.
The sophomore defensive tackle from Perkins was a dominating force on the front line in helping UCO capture its first win of the season with a 49-42 Homecoming victory over Lincoln.
Allen collected a career-high 14 tackles with 5.0 for loss, including a couple of sacks for minus-15 yards. He also recovered a fumble. The fumble recovery at the Lincoln 33-yard-line led to a short field goal that gave Central Oklahoma a 46-35 fourth-quarter lead and he had a third-down sack that forced a late-game punt when the Bronchos were clinging to a 46-42 lead.
Allen is the third-leading tackler on the season for the Bronchos with 44 and he tops the team in both tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (4.5).
UCO continues league play Saturday when it travels to Bolivar, Mo. to face Southwest Baptist at 1 p.m.
North cruises by Grant; prepares for postseason
Edmond North head coach Scott Burger said his Husky squad took care of business Thursday night with a 37-6 win over U.S. Grant at Wantland Stadium and did so relatively injury-free heading into their playoff run.
The victory improved Edmond North to 6-4 on the year and 5-2 in district play while the Generals fall to 0-10.
“We came out and did what we had to do,” Burger said. “We got to play a lot of kids tonight which is what we wanted.”
The Huskies got on the board first when senior quarterback Branden Moore connected with Paul Lasiter on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 9:06 left in the first quarter. Quinton Conway’s extra point made it 7-0.
Conway added a 25-yard field goal with 5:39 left in the first quarter extending the Huskies’ lead to 10-0.
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