Oklahoma Class 4A football: Isaac Smith leads Wagoner’s defense in state championship win
EDMOND – There might not have been a more dominant unit across Oklahoma high school football this season than Wagoner’s defense.
Game after game, the Bulldogs dominated. Whether it was the line of scrimmage or defensive backfield, those donning the red helmets with black jerseys always found a way to stifle their opponents.
That was no different Saturday.
Wagoner’s defense dominated yet again in its 42-13 win against Clinton in the Class 4A state championship game at Wantland Stadium. The Bulldogs recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had an interception and didn’t allow any points until the game was in hand. Wagoner (14-0 overall) was the favorite in Class 4A all season, and it didn’t leave any doubt.
“Statistically, it’s the best we’ve had,” Wagoner coach Dale Condict said. “There’s just no weaknesses out there.”
And Condict’s not wrong.
Wagoner’s defense forced 39 turnovers this season and had six shutouts. Its defense nearly scored more points off interception and fumble returns than it allowed opponents to score. The Bulldogs didn’t allow an opponent to score more than 14 points.
It starts with the defensive line and standout Isaac Smith, a Texas Tech commit. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end finished with three tackles and a sack against Clinton (8-4), but he was dominant.
Smith constantly pressured Clinton quarterback Caden Powell and never allowed him to get comfortable. Smith was often double or triple teamed, leading to others making big plays in the backfield, like Logan Cole or Trey Gause, who had the fumble return touchdown.
“We didn’t have any weak links this year,” Smith said. “We’re a senior-heavy team, so all of us had this connection that helped on the field.”
Smith moved to Wagoner from Coweta before his junior year and instantly became a star. He helped hold Clinton to only 192 yards of total offense, 96 of which came on Clinton’s two late scoring plays.
The Bulldogs were a dominant team all season, but its defense helped them win their fifth state title in school history.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I moved over here two years ago,” Smith said. “I came over here and I got a family. It’s more than I could ever ask for. This (championship) just adds icing to the cake. It’s awesome.”
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