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Class 6A-II football: Bixby defense secures fifth title in six seasons after win against Stillwater

EDMOND – Gunnar Gundy stepped up in the pocket when pressure came from behind.

He got hit from his side, and as he fell down lost control of the ball. No yellow jerseys were close while four Bixby players pounced on the ball. Bear Daniel came up with the fumble recovery, and it signified the end of an epic back-and-forth battle.

No. 1 Bixby topped No. 2 Stillwater 40-36 on Friday in the Class 6A-II state championship game. Bixby sophomore Braylin Presley scored on a 12-yard reception with 1:06 left to give the Spartans the victory, which is their fifth title in six seasons.

Gundy’s father, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, rallied his Midwest City Bombers team in 1985 to a state title win against Muskogee in a 40-36 victory. Tonight, Gundy wasn’t able to achieve the same feat, falling just short of a state title by the same score his father won by.

“It was just a battle,” Bixby coach Loren Montgomery said. “It was just back and forth. Super proud of our guys for hanging in there.”

Stillwater running back Qwontrel Walker had an incredible 79-yard rushing score to give Stillwater a 36-33 lead with 3:05 left, but it wasn’t enough to complete Stillwater’s comeback. Bixby (13-0) converted a fourth-and-1 earlier on its game-winning drive.

After Bixby opened with a field goal, Stillwater drove down the field thanks to an efficient Gundy. The senior quarterback completed 5 of 6 passes for 77 yards, including the 4-yard touchdown to Anthony Bland for the game’s first touchdown. After a field goal on the next possession, Gundy then found Luke McEndoo for a 4-yard touchdown to give Stillwater (12-0) a 17-3 lead going into the second quarter.

Gundy finished 19 of 27 passing for 234 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Bixby flipped the script in the second period. A snap sailed over Gundy’s head into the end zone for a safety. On the following drive, senior Brennan Presley made a juggling, falling out of bounds 19-yard touchdown catch.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a dog fight,” Brennan Presley, an Oklahoma State commit, said. “We didn’t expect anything easy. The resiliency that we had just to stay in the game, I think it was great for us.”

The elder Presley finished with 16 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown along with nine rushes for 43 yards. He also had a 98-yard kick return touchdown.

Bixby’s defense followed that with another forced three-and-out before scoring on Carson Chambers 1-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left before halftime.

Presley was the only Spartan to record a reception in the first half, snagging nine passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Stillwater’s first score since the opening quarter came on Walker’s 1-yard run with 8:16 left in the game. Presley returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a score. Stillwater (12-1) responded with Gundy hitting Jack Smithton for a 65-yard score to make it 33-30 before Walker’s huge run.

Walker had 204 yards on 23 carries with his two touchdowns.

On Bixby's game-winning drive, Braylin Presley said Bixby realized Stillwater was slow lining up after a 37-yard completion to Luke Creeker, so the focus turned to getting off the next play quickly. It resulted in the game-winning touchdown.

“All I focused on was getting the ball and just getting into the end zone,” Braylin Presley said.

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Stillwater's Anthony Bland reacts following a loss to Bixby in the 6A II state football championship at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Stillwater's Anthony Bland reacts following a loss to Bixby in the 6A II state football championship at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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