Bro­ken Ar­row 28, Jenks 20

CLASS 6A-I

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY BARRY LEWIS Tulsa World

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.

MIKE SI­MONS, TULSA WORLD] [PHOTO BY

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.

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