Class 3A football: Tulsa Lincoln Christian downs Plainview for second state title in school history
EDMOND – Tulsa Lincoln Christian’s Kolbe Katsis jumped in the air and stuck his right hand out.
Plainview’s Blake Nowell, a TCU commit, was in coverage and had good position, but it didn’t affect Katsis. The junior wide receiver snagged a one-handed reception for 45 yards, putting the Bulldogs on the 2-yard line, setting up Josh Kaste’s third rushing touchdown of the game.
No. 1-ranked Lincoln Christian dominated in the second half against No. 2 Plainview, capturing the Class 3A state championship game 42-21 on Saturday at UCO’s Wantland Stadium. Lincoln Christian got out to an early lead and never relinquished it.
“I was like, ‘How did he catch that,’” running back Josh Kaste said. “I didn’t know whether Chase (Ricke) was going to throw it or run it.”
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Katsis finished with 13 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown, which game on a 12-yard pass from Ricke in the second quarter. Ricke finished 18 of 21 passing for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
Lincoln Christian (14-0) started quickly, scoring on their first three drives of the game. Kaste, who finished with 147 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns, scored from 16 yards out to cap an 11-play drive on the Bulldogs’ initial possession.
On the following possession, which was a 10-play drive, Lincoln Christian again scored when Kaste punched it in from 2 yards out.
“I’m just so happy,” Kaste said.
Plainview wasn’t able to move the ball in the first quarter, but it found a rhythm for a period of the second quarter.
The Indians (11-2) went on a 15-play, 92-yard drive, with Nowell scoring on a 2-yard reception on fourth down to cut Lincoln’s lead in half. On the following possession, following another Lincoln Christian score, quarterback Brock Parham scored on a 58-yard touchdown run to make it 21-14 heading to halftime.
The second possession started similar to the first, with the Bulldogs marching 10 plays to score on the first possession of the second half. Ricke hit Connor Johnson for a 23-yard score.
“We knew Plainview was a really good football team,” Lincoln Christian coach Jerry Ricke said. “We knew it was going to take a total team effort today.”
It is the second state title in school history for the Bulldogs. Their first came in 2009, a 35-0 victory against Kingfisher in the 2009 Class 2A state championship.
“It’s crazy, I can’t feel anything right now,” Katsis said. “Our whole Lincoln family coming out and supporting is a huge reason we won today.”