Tulsa Union grinds out win

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - HIGH SCHOOLS - BY MIKE BROWN Tulsa World

The Tulsa Union Red­skins have a first-class kicker to go with their seem­ing army of ma­jor col­legelevel foot­ball prospects.

Noah Rauschen­berg booted four field goals Satur­day, help­ing the 6A Di­vi­sion I cham­pion Red­skins grind past archri­val Bro­ken Ar­row 26-15 in both teams’ sea­son open­ers.

An ESPN tele­vi­sion au­di­ence and es­ti­mated 10,000 spec­ta­tors in BA’s Me­mo­rial Sta­dium saw the No. 1 Red­skins ex­tend their mas­tery over the third-ranked Tigers. Union won its 12th straight in the se­ries, which it leads 37-9 over­all, in­clud­ing a 34-1 mark since 1989.

Rauschen­berg, a ju­nior, kicked field goals of 37, 24, 31, and 35 yards, and gave the Red­skins the edge in a game dom­i­nated by both de­fenses. He hit every time the Red­skins bogged down in Tigers ter­ri­tory.

“We had to have him to­day,” Red­skins coach Kirk Fridrich said. “We talk about scor­ing in the red zone and hav­ing a guy who can do that is def­i­nitely a weapon.”

Rauschen­berg also boomed his kick­offs into the end zone for touch­backs, forc­ing the Tigers to start six pos­ses­sions from their 20-yard line. His only field goal miss was a 50-yarder in the fi­nal minute when the issue was de­cided.

University of Ok­la­homa com­mit Jor­dan Kel­ley had two sacks and joined line­backer Braden Spicer in lead­ing a de­fense that held the Tigers to 199 yards of to­tal of­fense.

On each of his sacks, the 6-foot-3, 293-pound Kel­ley needed only one pow­er­ful hand on the jer­sey of Bro­ken Ar­row quar­ter­back Lafayette Wright be­fore sling­ing him to the turf like a rag doll.

“Grab ‘em and throw ‘em down,” Kel­ley said with a grin for the tele­vi­sion cam­eras af­ter­ward.

Bro­ken Ar­row’s de­fense was equally stel­lar. The Tigers held ex­plo­sive CJ Moore in check, but AK Wilson picked up the slack. He caught nine passes for 81 yards and scooted 30 yards with a hand­off from Pey­ton Thomp­son for the game’s first score.

Wilson started left be­fore cut­ting back to the mid­dle and scored down the right side­line off a block by Ke­viyon Cooper, who later scored on a 12-yard run.

Bro­ken Ar­row’s de­fense, led by se­nior line­man Der­rick Shaw, kept the Tigers in the game, even when they trailed 17-0 on Cooper’s run and seemed bent on self-de­struc­tion.

The Tigers were flagged 12 times, mostly on an as­sort­ment of false starts and il­le­gal for­ma­tions. A shanked punt set up Cooper’s TD.

“The good news,” Bro­ken Ar­row coach David Alexander said, “is that we’ve got a re­ally, re­ally good foot­ball team when we stop shoot­ing our­selves in the foot. We looked like a team that had been in pads five days and had two new co­or­di­na­tors (Jay Wilkinsin and Travis Hill).”

[PHOTO BY CORY YOUNG, TULSA WORLD]

Tulsa Union’s AK Wilson (8) is tack­led by Bro­ken Ar­row’s Zach March­eselli (24) and Myk­les Slusher (9), at Bro­ken Ar­row’s Me­mo­rial Sta­dium on Satur­day.

[PHOTO BY CORY YOUNG, TULSA WORLD]

Bro­ken Ar­row run­ning back Noah Cortes

(6) tries to run past a div­ing tackle at­tempt by Union OLB Cade Brown

(2) at Bro­ken Ar­row’s Me­mo­rial Sta­dium on Satur­day.

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