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A look at the top 10 plays for area high school football teams in the first six weeks of the season.
10. BRAY-DOYLE TD SETUP (Week 4)
Down two points with just 47 seconds left on the clock, the Bray-Doyle Donkeys faced a fourth-and-7 from Walters’ 9-yard line. Behind a big push from the offensive line, the Donkeys got exactly what they needed, running the ball to the 2-yard line for a first down, setting up the game-winning 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cody Watson as the Donkeys beat Walters, 28-22 for their first victory of the season.
9. HARRIS INT
RETURN (Week 2)
Kevin Harris has reached the end zone 19 times in the first six games of the season, doing it in just about every way imaginable from rushing to receiving to returning kicks and punts. But perhaps his biggest score this season came on defense. Midway through the first quarter, with Oklahoma Christian Academy looking to drive for the lead, Harris went up to defend a pass. Leaning backwards with his hands stretched above his head Harris snagged the ball out of the air with two hands for an interception. He hit the ground running, blowing past OCA players on his way for a 30-yard touchdown to put Central High up 6-0 in a game it won 40-30.
8. TANNER 73-YARD
RUN (Week 3)
The Duncan Demons knew if they were going to have any chance against state power Carl Albert, they had to get off to a fast start. Senior quarterback Tanner Norton made sure they did. On just the second play of the game, Norton took a quick inventory of the defense and saw a hole up the middle during an option play. He faked the handoff and tucked the ball against his chest as he raced through the gap at the line of scrimmage. He was greeted in the secondary by a Carl Albert defender, but with a nifty spin move, Tanner was off to the races, going 73 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
7. COFFMAN 76-YARD RUN (Week 1)
Coming off a 1-9 season, the Marlow Outlaws were looking to make a statement in their first game of the season. Trey Coffman made that statement within the first minute. The bruising junior tailback got free in the open field and raced 76 yards for a touchdown to give Marlow a 6-0 lead over Lone Grove a mere 55 seconds into the game. It was the start of a dominant night for Marlow, which treated its fans to a 31-0 season-opening win.
6. REED 53-YARD
TD RUN (Week 1)
It’s not often that one play can set the tone for the season, but that’s exactly what Kale Reed did for Comanche in its season opener. The Indians came out of halftime trailing rival Velma-Alma 18-8 before Reed ran for a touchdown and threw for another to put his team up 22-18. Then he sealed the win with one run, breaking free and going 53 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to make the lead 28-18. “He got us a big score on a big run and that kind of changed the momentum for us, and not just in that game,” Comanche coach Steve Justus said. “I think that run kind of setup everything that we have done to this point.” Reed tacked on one more touchdown run with 1:09 left, his fourth of the game, as the Indians beat Velma-Alma, 34-26.
5. MASONER 96-YARD KICK RETURN (Week 2)
Allen knew better than to kickoff to Austin Masoner, but even its cautious move backfired. With Waurika clinging to a 12-6 lead coming out of halftime, Mason went across the field to scoop up the opening kickoff of the second half, which was sent to the opposite side of the field as the running back. He turned upfield, broke one tackle and then followed his blockers for a 96-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles an 18-6 lead and helped seal the program’s first-ever win in eight-man football.
4. HARRIS TIGHTROPE RUN (Week 2)
Kevin Harris had already scored three touchdowns for Central High, but with his team clinging to a 20-14 lead over Oklahoma Christian Academy late in the first half, the junior running back came up with one more. The speedster bounced a run to the outside, slipping past defenders until he reached the sideline, where the real magic began. Just inches away from the white line, Harris refused to go out, leaning into defenders as he tiptoed his way 42 yards for a touchdown with 1:20 left in the first half. “He just absorbed the hits and didn’t go out of bounds,” Central High coach Darren Lamar said. “That was pretty impressive to watch.” The score sent the Bronchos into the locker room with a 28-14 lead in a game they went on to win 40-30.
3. DILLON TWIGG 67-YARD TD RUN (Week 6)
Dillon Twigg all but put the game away on Empire’s second play of the third quarter against Healdton, with the Bulldogs clinging to a 15-7 lead. The sophomore running back took a handoff and raced free down the left boundary for 30 yards, then he spun away from one tackler and raced back toward the center of the field. There, he broke another tackle, raced all the way to the other side of the field, avoided several more would-be tacklers and finished his jaunt into the end zone. “Was that a great run or what?” Roberts said.
2. LYNN GAME-WINNING GRAB (Week 3)
Down one and facing fourth-and-15 with little more than 2 minutes remaining in the game, the Velma-Alma Comets sent the ball in Checotah Lynn’s direction and he delivered. The senior wide receiver adjusted mid-rout to and hauled in the slightly off-target throw before turning up field and running it in for a 30-yard touchdown to seal a 30-25 win over Elmore City-Pernell.
1. BRAUGHT FAKE PUNT (Week 6)
Down a touchdown against Ardmore, with the offense sputtering on its first two drives, the Duncan Demons were in need of a big play. On fourth-and-one just inside Tiger territory the Demons lined up to go for it, tried to draw Ardmore offsides and eventually had to call a timeout. During that timeout, head coach Jim Holloway decided to run one of their “specials.” Jack Braught stood ready in punt formation, caught the long snap and stepped forward as if to kick the ball. He paused and then held the ball out in front as Connor Kelly swept around in front of him. Braught faked the handoff, tucked it away and sprinted to his left. He crossed the first-down marker as he made his way to the sideline, looking for much more than a first down. He changed his speed to dodge defenders, slipped through an arm tackle and went all 46 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-all midway through the second quarter in a game Duncan went on to win 28-14.
Evan Grice, Jeff Kaley and Kelly Wray contributed to this story.