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Class 6A-I football: Owasso outlasts Jenks for second state title in three years

EDMOND – Jenks quarterback Stephen Kittleman rolled out of the pocket, avoided an edge rusher and tossed a pass toward the end zone.

The problem was, no receiver was waiting there. He had thrown it 10 yards past his intended target.

Jenks' comeback bid fell short. 

No.1-ranked Owasso topped No. 2 Jenks 14-6 on Saturday at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium for its second state title in three seasons. The Rams two second-half scores were enough to propel it to victory, yet its defense and ability to pressure the quarterback late were the main reasons it won.

“We kept saying to our guys that they had a chance to be special,” Owasso coach Bill Blankenship said. “We had to find a way.”

After a scoreless first half, Jenks quarterback Stephen Kittleman floated a touchdown pass to Waylon Adams on the first play of the third quarter, but it missed the extra point.

Four minutes later, Owasso quarterback Cole Duggar found Kelan Carney for a 36-yard touchdown pass. With the Rams making the extra point, it secured them another state championship.

Emaud Triplett, a junior running back, scored Owasso’s other touchdown with 2:59 left in the third quarter. He found a seam up the middle and punched the 2-yard carry into the end zone. He finished with 22 yards on 11 carries.

Duggar completed 24 of his 34 passes for 246 yards and the scoring toss.

Owasso struggled when it got into Jenks territory throughout the game. The Rams failed on four fourth-down attempts, three of those times when it seemed as if they could kick a field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Owasso went for it on fourth-and-1 from its 10. Duggar got under center and snuck the ball for the first down. Blankenship said his team didn’t deserve to win a state title if it couldn’t gain the yard.

Owasso’s secondary was strong defending Jenks’ passing attack. Kittleman completed only 10 of his 24 passes.

This was the third straight season that Jenks or Tulsa Union haven't won a state title. One of those programs had won 21 consecutive state titles, dating to the 1996 season. 

Blankenship said he was proud how his team continued to respond to adversity throughout the game.

“We had guys just one after another step in,” Blankenship said. “Find a way to grind it out.”

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OwassoÕs Dominic Ruff (24) makes a reception for a run against Owasso during the first quarter of the OSSAA 6A-1 Championship game in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Alonzo Adams for 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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