King­fisher’s Cross­white out for rest of play­offs with in­jury

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Adam Kemp and Ja­cob Un­ruh, Staff Writ­ers

King­fisher run­ning back

Cole Cross­white’s sea­son ended Fri­day night, even though his team’s sea­son con­tin­ues.

On the fourth play of the game, Cross­white went for a pass and had his legs swept out from un­der him. The ju­nior run­ning back broke his fore­arm when he landed, end­ing his night and his sea­son, ac­cord­ing to King­fisher coach Jeff My­ers.

Cross­white fin­ished his year with more than 1,700 to­tal yards and 15 to­tal touch­downs.

While King­fisher went on to beat Dou­glass 40-14 to ad­vance in the Class 3A play­offs, My­ers said the loss of Cross­white on the first se­ries was a punch to the gut.

“That’s just a huge blow,” My­ers said. “We had some kids that stepped up and filled the void.” King­fisher quar­ter­back

Jett Stern­berger threw for 252 yards on 21 of 30 pass­ing for a touch­down, while run­ning in a sec­ond touch­down.

Kicker Cade Strick­land fin­ished the game 4 for 4 on field goals, in­clud­ing a 41-yarder.

King­fisher will play John Mar­shall at Taft Stadium on Fri­day night.

Cross­white had surgery on Satur­day and is re­cov­er­ing well, My­ers said.

“He texted the coaches that he wouldn’t make it to weights this morn­ing,” My­ers said. “But he said he’d see us on Sun­day. He’s tough enough that I bet he wasn’t jok­ing.”

TULSA, UCO TO HOST CLASS 6A SEMI­FI­NALS

High school football’s top two classes are play­ing a twin bill next Satur­day.

The Ok­la­homa Sec­ondary School Ac­tiv­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced Satur­day that both pairs of Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II state semi­fi­nal games will be played as a dou­ble­header at the Univer­sity of Tulsa and the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Ok­la­homa.

Tulsa will host both Class 6A-I games, with Tulsa Union and Bro­ken Ar­row play­ing at 11 a.m. and Jenks and Owasso play­ing at 5 p.m.

UCO will host both

Class 6A-II matchups. Mid­west City and Bixby play at 1 p.m. and Law­ton and Tulsa Wash­ing­ton play at 7 p.m.

“We were try­ing to get the best site we could get,” OSSAA as­so­ciate di­rec­tor Mike Wha­ley said. “It was a per­fect-storm type deal. The places were avail­able and they wanted to host. The geog­ra­phy of the teams worked out. It just worked out. I know that doesn’t hap­pen all of the time, but the deal worked out good. Those are two good sites.”

WAGONER SUR­VIVES IN OT

Wagoner’s state record nearly came to a stun­ning end.

Class 4A’s No. 1 team strug­gled all night against Poteau, but Victor Or­tiz scored on a 10-yard run to open over­time for the 35-28 vic­tory.

The win ex­tends Wagoner’s win streak to 48 games, a state record for 11-man football.

Poteau had led 21-7 in the first half, but Wagoner ral­lied to force the ex­tra pe­riod.

The Bull­dogs host Blan­chard at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day.

WEST SHUT OUT OF CLASS 6A-1 SEMI­FI­NALS

The West’s Class 6A-I sea­son is over.

All four East powers — Tulsa Union, Owasso, Jenks and Bro­ken Ar­row — beat a team from the Ok­la­homa City metro on Fri­day night, ex­tend­ing the West’s ti­tle drought to 22 sea­sons.

Nor­man North nearly pulled off the up­set at Bro­ken Ar­row, eras­ing a 31-14 lead in the fi­nal quar­ter be­fore fall­ing 31-28. Quar­ter­back Ryan Peo­ples had a big night, com­plet­ing 20 of 31 passes for 379 yards and three touch­downs.

But the Tim­ber­wolves’ des­per­a­tion play from their 25 ended in a fum­ble with time ex­pired.

West­moore lost to Owasso 37-16, while Jenks rolled past Moore 49-16 and Tulsa Union over­whelmed Ed­mond Santa Fe 28-3.

[PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OK­LA­HOMAN AR­CHIVES]

King­fisher’s Cole Cross­white, shown here dur­ing a game in Septem­ber, broke his arm Fri­day night and will miss the rest of the play­offs. The in­jury hap­pened on the fourth play of the Yel­low Jacket’s 40-14 win over Dou­glass.

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