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Oklahoma high school football: Kane Ainesworth led Tecumseh back from first half deficit

Kane Ainesworth was on a mission for Tecumseh.

The Savages headed into halftime trailing after a poor start.

But with Ainesworth at the helm in the second half, Tecumseh catapulted to a 41-19 win over Elgin on Friday night. 

Ainesworth finished with 12 rushes for 100 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a fumble recovery for a 15-yard score. With three of his four touchdowns coming in the second half, he was deemed the leader of the comeback by Tecumseh coach Ty Bullock. 

“He was a punishing running back for us in the second half,” Bullock said. “He really sparked us, getting us going. He’s a big, tough, physical kid and I really like how he jumped out in front and led and made some plays for us.”

After trailing 19-13 at halftime, Tecumseh rallied back and scored 28 unanswered points in the second half. Bullock said the second-half dominance had a simple answer. 

Tecumseh began to play to its normal standards. 

“Our assistant coaches did a great job just making some simple adjustments,” Bullock said. “Being a more fundamental style team, we weren’t playing to the fundamentals that we’ve been coached and we kind of reiterated that at halftime. And in the second half, our kids played like that.”

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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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