Oklahoma Class 3A football: Wallace Clark leads Tulsa Holland Hall past Tulsa Lincoln Christian for first state title in school history
EDMOND – Wallace Clark didn’t take much time to find his target.
Tulsa Holland Hall’s senior quarterback, an OU baseball signee, took his drop before quickly firing a bullet to his right. The ball was perfect, between three defenders and into Ethan Roush’s hands. Roush caught the pass in stride and quickly took a couple steps before he was in the end zone.
Clark’s third passing touchdown was the dagger in top-ranked Holland Hall’s 35-7 win against Tulsa Lincoln Christian in the Class 3A state championship game on Friday at Wantland Stadium. Clark had five total touchdowns, three passing and a pair rushing, helping the Dutch win their first Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association football state title in school history.
“I’m just happy for the kids,” Holland Hall coach Tag Gross said. “I’m happy for the community. To finally get a gold ball after five years, seeing the excitement around school is fun”
Clark finished with 268 passing yards and 130 rushing yards.
Holland Hall (12-0 overall) joined the OSSAA five years ago after spending decades in the Southwest Preparatory Conference. The Dutch have made the playoffs in every season since, including the past four in Class 2A, but none were quite as special as 2020.
Clark got the scoring started after hitting Marc Gouldsby on a 17-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. Gouldsby got separation from his defender faking a slant route before turning upfield and catching an easy score.
Then Clark found Brenden Terry on a 32-yard touchdown pass before running in a 3-yard score, as Holland Hall took a 21-point lead.
“It feels great,” Clark said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet that this is my last game. Really excited for my teammates, coaches and myself to be able to get this.”
Lincoln Christian (12-1), which had won 26 straight games before Friday’s loss, got its only score late in the first half. Cooper Lancaster returned a kickoff 85 yards to the 10, then Chase Hudson found Eli Shearrer for a 2-yard passing score.
The Dutch’s defense allowed only 69 points this season. Star defensive end Owen Ostroski, an Army commit, had eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and half a sack. He was in the backfield nearly every play, not allowing Lincoln Christian quarterback Max Brown to get comfortable.
The Dutch held the Bulldogs to 10 passing yards. Holland Hall also forced three turnovers, all interceptions.
For Ostroski, another spectacular defensive performance capped a special senior season.
“I never expected it to be this special, to be in this big of an environment,” Ostroski said. “When I came out on the field, something inside of me switched that’s never happened before a game, and I got fired up like I never have before. It’s freakin’ awesome.”
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