Oklahoma high school football: Friday night takeaways
Goliath matchup lives up to billing
Although the scoreboard wouldn't indicate it, Friday's matchup between Bixby and Carl Albert lived up to the hype. Both teams played well, outside of some Titan missed tackles and drops. The two showed why they're considered among the best teams in the state year in and year out and provided an excellent matchup considering the circumstances.
Freeman flies around the field
Gavin Freeman did it all for Heritage Hall on Friday night in the Chargers 37-20 win. He rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown and nabbed three catches for 53 yards. He had multiple pass breakups in the secondary against a relentless air attack, and even blocked a PAT. All while assuming kick and punt return duties.
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Stephens shows versatility
Star linebacker Donovan Stephens will play defense in college but proved against Stillwater he is a viable option at receiver for Del City. In his team’s 48-27 loss, the senior Oklahoma State commit had three catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, all in the second half.
Perkins-Tryon's Shepard electric in loss
Despite the 17-point loss, Perkins-Tryon senior Teegan Shepard was electrifying. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound product finished with four receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. His biggest play came on busted coverage, when he slipped behind the Chargers’ defense for an 89-yard score. He also had a strip sack that would set up a Demon rushing touchdown.
What happened to the run game?
Jones' defense took it to the next level in the second half. In the first half, Chandler's run game was unstoppable. The Lions rushed 20 times for 111 yards. But the second half was a different story. They finished the game with 34 carries and just 114 yards.
Brown hauls in three TDs
Stillwater senior wide receiver Steven Brown had three touchdown catches. Those were his only receptions for the night, and he finished with 71 yards.
Carl Albert struggles to establish running game
Carl Albert's talented running back weren't able to get going against Bixby's defense. Senior Javion Hunt, an Arkansas commit, was held to 21 yards on nine carries. Junior Kentrell "Buddy" Bizzell rushed for 83 yards, but nearly half came on a 39-yard run. The talented duo remain a threat but weren't able to build momentum against the Spartans.
A telling kick
Chandler kicker Konnor Almand legged a 34-yard field goal late in the first half to cut into Jones' lead. Almand's kick sailed through the uprights giving the impression he could have made it from another 10 yards back.
Swindle swims for a safety to add to growing resume
Three-star recruit Melvin Swindle had a big game for the Chargers, playing at both nose tackle and right tackle and coming up big on both ends. Late in the second quarter, Swindle swam through a defender and sacked Perkins-Tryon quarterback Austin Mages in the end zone for a safety to put Heritage Hall ahead 16-6.
Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›
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 ›
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 ›