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Oklahoma high school football: Deer Creek survives late fourth quarter surge by Southmoore

MOORE -- Deer Creek quarterback Brett Pense rolled to his right, scanning the field. 

It only took him a moment before he found Logan Ward streaking behind the Southmoore defense. Pense reared back and flung the ball to Ward who caught it and ran for the score. It was a 75-yard touchdown pass on just the second play of the second half. 

The completion between Ward and Pense was a recurring event as Deer Creek topped Southmoore 30-24 in a late-game thriller Thursday night at Moore Schools Stadium. 

“Brett Pense comes in and [I’m] really proud of his leadership, he just lit it up,” Deer Creek coach Wade Standley said. “He’s a young guy that’s going to get better every week. That’s exciting.”

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound junior quarterback had a true breakout game. He finished 10-of-15 for 273 yards and three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing. Standley said his entire offense had much to do with it. 

“Proud of our guys up front," he said. "Brett had plenty of time to throw and that makes a difference. And we had some guys make some big plays. 

Ward, the senior receiver, finished with five catches for 133 yards. He also knocked through a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter and had a massive punt where he pinned Southmoore inside its 5-yard line. His stellar performance didn’t surprise Standley as he's seen it many times before from his star athlete.

“Logan’s done that for the last couple years,” Standley said. “Obviously he’s a great weapon as a kicker and a punter and [he] did a tremendous job at tight end.”

Even though the duo put together an impressive performance, it was almost not enough to overcome Southmoore.

Deer Creek held a 30-3 lead with a little under seven minutes left to play after driving 99 yards down the field to score with a 1-yard Will Hinton run.

After the score, the SaberCats, who had struggled offensively through three quarters, finally found their rhythm. Southmoore's senior running back, Corey Durham scored his first touchdown of the night from 7 yards out by breaking two tackles and diving past one defender into the endzone. 

Southmoore’s Cameron Little, who was No. 29 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list, kicked an onside kick that was recovered by the SaberCats. A few plays later, Durham again found his way into the endzone with a 30-yard run. 

Then, Southmoore quarterback Noah Peters threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Reece Moffett after the Southmoore defense forced a stop. 

Little then kicked another onside kick that was recovered by the SaberCats. But with just eight seconds remaining, Southmoore faced a difficult task 48 yards away from the endzone. 

The SaberCats decided to try a trick play. 

Peters connected with his receiver 10 yards down the field, but after the group tried to lateral the ball twice, the SaberCats fumbled and the Antlers recovered to seal the game. 

“I felt like we played extremely well on defense,” Standley said. “We were trying to get some different guys in there at the end and trying to get them some playing time,” Standley said. “But hats off to coach [Joshua] Norman and Southmoore for never giving up. We held on at the end.”

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Deer Creek's Brett Pense throws a pass during a high school football game between Southmoore and Deer Creek in Moore, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Deer Creek's Brett Pense throws a pass during a high school football game between Southmoore and Deer Creek in Moore, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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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 ›

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