Kingfisher’s Crosswhite out for rest of playoffs with injury
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.
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.