Tut­tle 35, Bethany 28

CLASS 4A

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY RICHARD TORTORELLI For The Ok­la­homan

Carson Ber­ry­hill helped the Tigers salt away the win, an un­beaten sea­son and Tut­tle’s first state ti­tle since 2005.

YUKON — Carson Ber­ry­hill ran right, then busted loose for the end zone.

Ber­ry­hill ran 29 yards for the win­ning touch­down to pro­vide Tut­tle with a 35-28 tri­umph over Bethany in the Class 4A state cham­pi­onship game Fri­day night at Miller Sta­dium.

Ber­ry­hill also came up with the run for the first down to help the Tigers salt away the win, an un­beaten sea­son and Tut­tle’s first state ti­tle since 2005.

Tut­tle took the lead 35-28 with 2:21 re­main­ing. Joseph Yar­brough fol­lowed by snag­ging an in­ter­cep­tion on Bethany’s next play at the 2:13 mark.

“We knew we were ca­pa­ble,” Ber­ry­hill said of his team. “We’ve pre­pared all week and pre­pared our­selves in the off­sea­son. Every­one plays with heart.”

Tut­tle com­pleted the sea­son 14-0. Tris­ton Tru­elove topped the Tigers with 147 yards rush­ing on 30 car­ries. Ber­ry­hill ran for two touch­downs and threw for three.

“Tut­tle is a great place,” Tut­tle coach Brad Bal­lard said. “The kids work hard. The ex­pec­ta­tion of work. Par­ents get their kids to the weight room. It takes a vil­lage, and this is quite a vil­lage.”

The Bron­chos evened the game 28-28 on the first play for the fourth quar­ter. Sam Brandt hurled a 31-yard scor­ing pass to Sky­lar Holzhauser for the touch­down.

Bethany (12-2) was try­ing for its first state ti­tle since 2003. Brandt com­pleted 16 of 27 passes for 199 yards and two touch­downs. On de­fense, Brandt picked up a fum­ble at mid­field and ran for a touch­down to tie the game 21-21 with 9:21 left in the third.

Ber­ry­hill found Coby Trevino open in end zone for a 30-yard touch­down strike to put Tut­tle on top 21-14 with 56 sec­onds re­main­ing be­fore half­time.

The Tigers scored on their first two pos­ses­sions. Parker Ross streaked 64 yards for a touch­down run with 7:02 left in the first quar­ter. Ross had the first down, then cut back and got be­hind Ber­ry­hill and Codie Wall block­ing.

Bode Brooks picked off a Bethany pass to leave Tut­tle 28 yards to go to the end zone. Ber­ry­hill cap­i­tal­ized on the turnover by run­ning for a 1-yard touch­down.

Bethany tied the game 14-14 on Brandt’s 36-yard scor­ing pass to Law­son Stout at the 2:46 mark of the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Bron­chos got on the score­board with 2:23 to go in the first quar­ter. Bethany drove 73 yards in seven plays capped by Brandt’s 1-yard touch­down sneak. Brandt threw a 31-yard pass to Sky­lar Holzhauser be­fore the touch­down.

The game started nearly an 90 min­utes late due to heavy rain and light­ning the area. More rainy weather caused mul­ti­ple de­lays be­fore the game restarted af­ter an­other hour of stop­page.

FOR THE OK­LA­HOMAN] [PHOTO BY JACKIE DOBSON,

Tut­tle quar­ter­back Carson Ber­ry­hill runs into the end zone for a touch­down in 35-28 win against Bethany in the Class 4A sta­tle ti­tle game Fri­day in Yukon.

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