Broken Arrow 28, Jenks 20
The top-ranked Tigers wrapped up a perfect season well past midnight after lengthy weather delays.
TULSA — Not even Mother Nature, despite her considerable efforts, could keep Broken Arrow from winning its first state football title.
The top-ranked Tigers, a perennial contender with the reputation of not being able to win the big game, completed a perfect season despite numerous obstacles, including the weather, in the Class 6A Division I final Friday night at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Broken Arrow, in its fourth appearance in the title game, survived a stunning start and finish to the first half, plus a late-game thunderstorm delay of more than two hours that was followed by a late Jenks scoring threat to defeat the No. 2 Trojans 28-20 before 9,875 fans. Myles Slusher’s goalline interception with 20 seconds left saved the night for the Tigers after Jenks had a first down at the Broken Arrow 9.
Senior quarterback Quintevin Cherry had 146 rushing yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns for coach David Alexander’s Tigers (13-0), who are the first team in the state’s largest classification to go undefeated since Jenks in 2013 and third since 2002.
Broken Arrow, which also beat Jenks 28-13 in Week 4, also ended a streak of three consecutive years where the winner of the title game avenged a regular-season loss. That included Jenks’ 35-14 win over Broken Arrow in the 2015 final — the last previous title game appearance for each team. Jenks (112) was looking for its 17th state title. The Tigers, with a dominating offensive line led by Andrew Raym, put together four touchdown drives that covered at least 80 yards and wore down the Trojans’ defense.
But it didn’t look particularly promising at halftime for Broken Arrow, which trailed 20-14 after giving up 305 yards and three TD passes by Ian Corwin. Jenks only had 135 total yards in the first meeting with the Tigers.
The second half, however, was a different story as Broken Arrow outgained Jenks 157-58 before the delay. Broken Arrow opened the second half with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took half of the third quarter. Noah Cortes scored his school-record 35th TD of the season with a 3-yard run on fourthand-1.
Broken Arrow’s Noah Cortes hoists the Class 6A-I state championship trophy after defeating Jenks at the University of Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium on Friday.