Her­itage Hall 50, Sul­phur 14

CLASS 3A

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY JAMES POLING For The Ok­la­homan

Con­ner Carey scored five to­tal touch­downs, all in the first half, as Her­itage Hall rolled to a fourth state ti­tle in five sea­sons.

Con­ner Carey was just get­ting started when Mother Na­ture de­layed his team’s early mo­men­tum.

Upon re­sump­tion, he picked right back up where he started.

Carey scored five to­tal touch­downs, all in the first half, as Her­itage Hall rolled to a 50-14 vic­tory over Sul­phur in the Class 3A Cham­pi­onship game at Western Heights High School.

Carey, a se­nior, fin­ished the first half with 148 to­tal yards on 19 touches. He scored the open­ing touch­down on a 43-yard pass from Jack­son Jobe be­fore an­other round of heavy rain and light­ning sent the teams back to the locker room.

When play re­sumed, Carey scored on four of Her­itage Hall’s next five drives.

“He’s a su­per­star,” Her­itage Hall coach Brett Bogert said.

“It’s been awe­some to watch him grow up this year and coach him. He’s been in­cred­i­ble. He showed up in the big­gest mo­ments at the big­gest times and led us to a state cham­pi­onship.”

The win gives Her­itage Hall con­sec­u­tive state ti­tles and four ti­tles in the past five sea­sons. It won the Class 4A ti­tle last sea­son be­fore drop­ping to 3A this sea­son.

“We grad­u­ated 14 se­niors last year and had only five this year,” Bogert said.

“They had big shoes to fill, and all five stepped up and led us to the vic­tory. It’s been a great group.”

Sul­phur’s of­fense was com­pet­i­tive on the first two drives, pick­ing up a first down on each, but a fum­bled snap and a blocked punt ended both drives while also giv­ing Her­itage Hall ex­cel­lent field po­si­tion for its sub­se­quent touch­downs.

The only first-half drive Her­itage Hall was forced to punt still in­di­rectly led to points, for Sul­phur snapped a shot­gun snap over quar­ter­back Cole John­son’s head for a safety three plays af­ter the punt.

Weather de­layed the game twice. An 80-minute de­lay moved kick­off back to 8:20 p.m., and then an­other 38-minute de­layed en­sued af­ter Her­itage Hall’s game-open­ing touch­down drive, which lasted on 2:26 on the game clock.

“When the game got de­layed a sec­ond time, we tried to keep the en­ergy up in the locker room and stay fo­cused,” Carey said. “We had the 0-0 men­tal­ity the en­tire game.”

[PHOTO BY KT KING, FOR THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

Her­itage Hall’s Con­ner Carey cel­e­brates win­ning the Class 3A ti­tle against Sul­phur on Fri­day at Western Heights.

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