What we learned from Week 3 high school football action in Oklahoma

What we learned from Week 3 high school football action in Oklahoma

Week 3 of the Oklahoma high school football season featured some interesting matchups across the state, including several teams playing outside of their division.

Here are some of the highlights.

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Guthrie 24, Tuttle 20

Hayden Calvert didn’t have a long window to throw.

As junior quarterback Guthrie watched his receiver, senior Jaylen Chelf, break on a route out in the end zone during a crucial third-and-goal in the Bluejays’ thriller at Tuttle, Calvert knew his pass had to be useful .

Chelf created enough space from the Tuttle defender and Calvert crossed at the key moment.

A 2-yard touchdown pass from Calvert to Chelf with 1:09 left sealed a 24-20 win for Class 5A fifth-ranked Guthrie against Class 4A No. 3 Tuttle on Friday night at Bill Hinkle Field.

Tuttle (2-1) led 14-0 at one point in the second quarter, but Guthrie (4-0) scored 17 unanswered points.

The Bluejays’ dominance in the second half ultimately led to victory in the programs’ first meeting in football.

“It took us a while to get going,” Calvert said. “I feel like the second half, we came out, we were finally ready to play.”

Tuttle took a 20-17 lead on a 9-yard pass from Mason Dennis to junior Mark Douglas with 4:32 left before Calvert and Chelf connected for the score.

Guthrie’s starter Isaiah Hammons was out with an injury, but junior Jaylen Harper excelled in his place, rushing for 131 yards on 20 carries.

Overall, the Bluejays had 52 rushing attempts for 255 yards. Tuttle had 19 attempts for just 38 yards.

Calvert finished 7 of 15 passing for 73 yards and had a four-yard rushing touchdown, while Dennis completed 14 of 28 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown and ran for a three-yard score.

“I thought our physicality and conditioning was a big factor in the second quarter and then the fourth quarter,” Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. “We were very physical. We ran the football, we stopped the run.”

Stillwater 36, Norman 33

Tucker Barnard stood in the offensive huddle and saw a Stillwater football team that exuded confidence.

The Pioneers’ morale could have deflated. They were following a winless Norman side. They only had about two minutes to get out of the fourth quarter that had unraveled on their home turf and had to overcome a long field.

But when the Stillwater coach looked at the faces around him, he realized they could handle the next move.

“The look in each of their eyes, it’s like, ‘We’ve got this,'” Barnard said.

They did.

With senior quarterback Gage Gundy at the helm, Stillwater mounted a last-minute comeback to defeat Norman, 36-33, on Friday night at Pioneer Stadium. The Pioneers improved to 3-0, while the Tigers dropped to 0-3.

On Stillwater’s final offensive drive, Gundy took control. First, he connected with senior receiver Julius Talley for a first down that brought the Pioneers to the Tigers’ 41-yard line. Gundy then used his legs to power Stillwater toward the end zone, looking to step into the gaps and step forward for extra yards. He gained 21 yards on his first keeper and the next brought Stillwater to the Norman 5-yard line.

After senior running back Noah Roberts ran into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 14.3 seconds left, Gundy capped the victory with a two-point conversion run.

“Really, I like those moments because I feel like I can win something for my team and the crowd and everybody,” Gundy said. “Right when (Norman) scored, I gathered them all and said, ‘We have to score.’

Gundy threw for 219 yards, completing 19 of 30 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 41 yards on the ground, while Roberts ran for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Stillwater led until Norman senior quarterback Tias McClarty found wide receiver Max Wilson in the end zone for a touchdown with 2:11 left. McClarty threw for 37 yards and rushed for 143, but Stillwater managed to avoid a turnover.

The Pioneers were playing without one of their captains. Senior center JaKobe Sanders, an Oklahoma State commit who left last week’s game against Yukon with an injury, watched from the sidelines, though Barnard said he was available.

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Poteau 30, Chandler 21

Wyatt Gamble found himself in man-to-man coverage, alone with receiver Chandler downfield.

And when the ball was thrown into the air, the young defensive back from Poto knew the situation. Chandler was up nine points with a few minutes left. If he allowed the receiver to catch the ball, Chandler was sure to keep his momentum going.

So Gumble lived up to his last name and took a bet.

He reached out and intercepted the pass before sliding feet first into the grass. Gamble’s interception sealed Poteau’s 30-21 road win at Joe Telford Field.

“I really didn’t think the quarterback was going to throw it,” Gamble said. “I thought he was getting mixed up. I saw it on air and just did a project. It just came at a clutch time and it was perfect.”

Chandler’s star running back Cashmen Hill sat out Friday’s game as a precaution following a concussion. Junior quarterback Alec Jackson stepped up and hit the ground running for him. The quarterback ran for two scores, which helped Chandler get a jump start in the third quarter.

The most versatile for Poteau was Sommers. The junior ran for a 2-yard score to start the game and then caught a 17-yard pass from Sam Tecla for Poteau’s final score.

Perkins-Tryon 34, Marlow 21

Braiton Applegate set the tone for Perkins-Tryon on the opening kickoff.

The sophomore running back returned it for a touchdown and the Demons didn’t look back as they stormed past Marlow, 34-21, in a Class 3A non-district game Friday night at Outlaw Stadium.

The Outlaws had a 17-game winning streak going into the match. No Oklahoma high school football team had a longer active winning streak than Bixby, the Class 6A powerhouse with 52 straight wins. Marlow had not lost a regular season game since falling to Plainview, 42-14, in 2019.

But the Demons showed up to play spoiler, rushing for 345 yards on Marlow’s field. Coach Dawayne Hudson has described PT’s running game as a “three-headed monster” with Tre Stevenson, Beck Smith and Applegate.

On Friday, Stevenson posted 138 yards on 28 carries. Senior Braxton Lightfoot also powered the offense, carrying the ball in the Wildcat formation and providing a pair of touchdowns.

Hudson praised the Demons’ linemen for creating room to run.

“The monster is growing,” Hudson said. “… Our offense continues to find ways to put defenses into binds. I thought they did a great job of mixing it up in the formation department and our tempo was really good. We kept them off balance and overworked them.”

Edmond Memorial 35, Southmoore 12

The Bulldogs won their first game at their new ground last week and built on that, demolishing Southmoore 35-12. Quarterback David McComb completed 13 of 24 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed five times for 68 yards and another score. HIS only touchdown was thrown to Ciaran Pedulla, who also had two receptions for 47 yards. Running back Kiefer Mullins rushed 17 times for 76 yards and three touchdowns.

Carl Albert 45, Elk City 2

Carl Albert bounced back from last week’s loss for a 45-2 victory over Elk City on Friday. Junior running back Xavier Robinson carried the ball 27 times for 221 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Iowa State commit Tashawn James returned the kickoff for a 95-yard score.

Yukon 28, Norman North 23

It was the Millers’ homecoming and they did not disappoint their fans. After building a first half lead, Yukon beat Norman North 28-23. Entering the game, Yukon was winless on the season and had been outshot 80-16. But that gave the Millers no hesitation as they tried to stop unbeaten Norman North. Running back Logan Day played a big role in the win.

Chickasha 42, Anadarko 20

Chickasha downed Anadarko for its second win of the season. Senior linebacker Malek Murphy put together a big performance. Murphy carried the ball 23 times for 313 yards and four touchdowns.

Heritage Hall 43, John Marshall 0

Heritage Hall’s defense didn’t let up as the Chargers shut out John Marshall 43-0. And while the defense was stout, Heritage hall quarterback Andy Bass shined on the offensive end, continuing to show he can be a playmaker this year. Bass completed 7-of-14 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the win. He also ran 10 times for 144 yards and two more scores.

Enid 34, Edmond North 17

Enid posted its second straight win, rolling past Edmond North 34-17 on Friday at Husky Stadium. The Class 6A-I Huskies (0-4) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but Enid (2-1) turned the momentum and exploded for a 20-point fourth quarter. Senior receiver Tykie Andrews led the Enid offense with two touchdowns.

Bethel 35, Little Ax 0

Class 2A Bethel beat Little Ax 35-0. Bethel quarterback Bryce Tapley completed eight of 15 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown and ran for 37 yards on four carries. John Allred had 11 carries for 55 yards and two scores, while Luke Quinter had six rushes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Quinter also caught a 33-yard touchdown and had nine tackles. Bethel improved to 2-1 and Little Ax fell to 0-3.

Oklahoma Bible Academy 58 Seiling 34

Senior quarterback Bodie Boydston had another big play in OBA’s 58-34 win over Sailing. Boydstun completed 11-of-16 passes for 382 yards and six touchdowns and zero interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback led Oklahoma Bible Academy to an undefeated 4-0 record and at least 46 points in every game.

Newcastle 34, Woodward 12

Freshman running back TJ Bradford rushed 11 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-12 win over Woodward. But he wasn’t the only top performer. Sophomore receiver and defensive back Trey Burchett caught a 31-yard pass and also recorded an interception. Bursett now has four interceptions in Newcastle’s three games.

Tecumseh 40, McLoud 14

Tecumseh is now on a two-game winning streak after defeating McLoud 40-14. Head coach Ty Bullock was proud of his offensive line that helped guide the offense to 492 rushing yards on Friday.

Extra points

➤ Class 2A Nowata ended its 22-game losing streak with a 42-19 win against Class A Hulbert on Friday.

➤ Class 3A fourth-ranked Tulsa Metro Christian won 41-21 at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, improving to 3-0. Quarterback Kirk Francis completed 30 of 40 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns in the win.

This article originally appeared in The Oklahoman: Oklahoma high school football: OKC region Week 3 roundup, OSSAA

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