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Oklahoma high school football: The dream play that led to Choctaw's first win over Tulsa Washington in school history

Choctaw coach Jake Corbin continued to ponder if he should run the play. 

He knew the Yellowjackets had never worked on the pass in practice, but he couldn’t shake the thought. He had seen the same scenario play out in a dream on Wednesday night.

And after Tulsa Booker T. Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown, Corbin made the decision.

“I’m going to do it,” He said. “I started forming some kids over and I said, ‘Hey if it gets to it, we’re going to run this play.’”

The situation came. 

Fourth and nine late in the fourth quarter.

Choctaw ran out in the formation. Everything looked normal until offensive lineman Cade McConnell, who wore braces on both knees, strutted out as the receiver on the right side. It was followed by sophomore tight-end RJ Jackson putting his hand in the turf as the left tackle. 

“I punched off my single receiver to make [Jackson] eligible,” Corbin said. 

At the snap, Jackson sprinted down the field. Sophomore quarterback Steele Wasel found him and threw the ball over the top of the defense. Jackson came down with it for a 14-yard gain and a first down. 

Choctaw found the endzone a few plays later to secure a 26-22 road win over Tulsa Washington on the road. It was the first time the YellowJackets had beaten the Hornets for the first time in school history. The accomplishment left Corbin emotional after the game. 

“I’m a believer in God,” Corbin said. “And I truly believe that play came from God,” Corbin said. “I’m crying after the game because I’ve never had something like that happen to me before. It was the exact scenario, going in the same direction, all the things. Kids had never done it and it worked.”

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Choctaw Jake Corbin poses for a photo during the Fall high school sports media day at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.   [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Choctaw Jake Corbin poses for a photo during the Fall high school sports media day at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. [Doug Hoke/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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