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Oklahoma high school football: The late call that sealed Brooks Stephenson's first win as OCS head coach

Late in the fourth quarter with a small lead, Oklahoma Christian School held the ball on Christian Heritage Academy’s side of the field. 

Looking to put the game out of reach, OCS’ offensive coordinator Jacob Stephenson approached first-year head coach Brooks Stephenson with an idea for a play. 

“Hey, can I do this?” Jacob asked his brother. 

Brooks looked at him and said, “I was thinking the exact same thing.” 

Coming out of the timeout, OCS senior quarterback Denver Wilson took his place under center, gave the command and watched as Collin Matteson sprinted down the sideline. 

Without hesitation, Wilson launched the pass off his back foot and connected with Matteson for a 21-yard touchdown. It was the pair's only connection of the night but it was the most impactful as it sealed Stephenson’s first win as a head coach. OCS knocked off CHA 27-14 on Friday night at the Christian Heritage football field. 

“When we got back in the locker room to talk to the boys, I just stood in front of them for a second,” Stephenson said. “My offensive coordinator had to tell me, ‘Hey I’ll go first.’ Because I was speechless.” 

Wilson finished with two touchdowns, one through the air and one rushing. Matteson finished with one touchdown catch, a 70-yard kick return that put OCS in a good position and eight tackles on the defensive side of the ball. 

“It was a great outcome,” Stephenson said as OCS moves to 1-0. “before anything else being able to be with those guys, be with our team and have the opportunity. It’s an overwhelming sense of thankfulness. That’s the best way to describe it.” 

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›