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Oklahoma high school football: Mount St. Mary edges Christian Heritage Academy to remain undefeated

The Mount St. Mary football team kept it simple in a critical moment during Friday’s game at Christian Heritage Academy.

With just under five minutes remaining and the ball on CHA’s 5, Mount St. Mary quarterback Luke Wagner took the snap, turned and handed it to Jadyn Ward.

Ward, a junior, slashed through the middle of CHA’s defense and trucked over a defender to reach the end zone, helping Mount St. Mary take a 9-point lead after a successful extra-point attempt.

If there was a play that exemplified the way Mount St. Mary played on Friday, it was this one.

The Class 3A Rockets didn’t necessarily have a perfect game, but they did enough to earn a 23-21 victory and remain undefeated.

Mount St. Mary (3-0) fed the ball early and often to Ward, who finished with 31 carries for 101 yards.

Wagner was the Rockets’ most effective player, and he did the majority of his damage on the ground. The senior quarterback ran for 142 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. He also completed 9 of 14 passes for 110 yards and a score.

“As a three-year starter, that’s what we expect,” Mount St. Mary coach Willis Alexander said. “We expect him to make plays. But anybody that goes out onto the field, we expect them to make plays.

“It’s not just him. It’s everybody. It wasn’t all about Luke Wagner. It’s about our offensive line trying to impose their will on their defensive front. We were able to get things done that we needed to get done.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Mount St. Mary struck first with a 36-yard field goal from Eric Jacquez, and the teams traded blows the remainder of the game.

Sophomore quarterback Kye Davis struggled with consistency but made some big plays for Class 2A CHA (1-2). He was 15-of-38 passing for 220 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

CHA’s defense was dominant at times, but Wagner and Ward excelled down the stretch to help Mount St. Mary escape with the win.

“We showed character tonight,” Alexander said. “It was a back-and-forth game. I just liked the way that we responded.”

Mount St. Mary is scheduled to play at Douglass (0-2) on Friday. CHA will travel to Bethel (3-0).

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FINAL SCORE

Mount St. Mary 23, Christian Heritage Academy 21

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MSM – 0 – 10 – 0 – 13 — 23

CHA – 0 – 7 – 7 – 7 — 21

GAME SUMMARY

MSM – Eric Jacquez 36 field goal

CHA – Nate Nuthman 17 pass from Ky Davis (Camp Bullard kick) 

MSM – Luke Wagner 5 run (Abraham Garcia kick)

CHA – Garrett French 20 run (Bullard kick) 

MSM – Jaxyn Warn 9 pass from Wagner (kick blocked) 

MSM – Jadyn Ward 5 run (Garcia kick) 

CHA – Joshua Clark 25 pass from Davis (Bullard kick) 

TEAM STATISTICS

MSM – CHA

15 – First Downs – 17

47-243 – Rushing att.-yds. – 21-61

110 – Passing Yards – 220

9-14-0 – Passing C-A-I – 15-38-2

1-0 – Fumbles no.-lost – 2-0

7-40 – Penalty no.-yds. – 4-30

3-0 – Team Records – 1-2

Related Photos
Mount St. Mary quarterback Luke Wagner carries the ball during Friday's game at Christian Heritage Academy. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Mount St. Mary quarterback Luke Wagner carries the ball during Friday's game at Christian Heritage Academy. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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