Grayson rushes 285 yards to win

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - Ja­cob Un­ruh jun­ruh@ ok­la­homan.com STAFF WRITER SEE YARDS, 5C

TULSA — Thomas Grayson only saw green, and there was plenty for him to en­joy.

Tulsa Wash­ing­ton’s star run­ning back took the slow hand­off, cut, found a crease and raced down the field.

Ninety-nine yards un­touched.

“I just took off,” Grayson said.

“Oh my God,” added Tulsa Wash­ing­ton coach Brad Calip. “He looked like the old Grayson again.”

Del City’s chance to stay in the game against the Class 6A-II de­fend­ing cham­pion was dashed in heart­break­ing fash­ion early in the fourth quar­ter with the long­est play pos­si­ble in a high school foot­ball game.

Grayson’s near field­length run sparked a

sec­ond-half dom­i­nance for No. 4 Tulsa Wash­ing­ton as it beat No. 5 Del City 27-8 to open the play­offs Fri­day night at S.E. Wil­liams Sta­dium.

“That was ob­vi­ously the back­breaker,” Del City coach Mike Dunn said. “They got big there in the sec­ond half. Credit to them for run­ning right at us.”

Grayson, who was once com­mit­ted to Ne­braska and is ranked No. 11 on

The Ok­la­homan’s Su­per 30, fin­ished with 285 yards and one TD.

Tulsa Wash­ing­ton (8-3) ad­vances to play No. 1 un­de­feated Still­wa­ter next week at a neu­tral lo­ca­tion to be de­ter­mined.

Get­ting there wasn’t easy.

Tulsa Wash­ing­ton su­per­star Dax Hill, a Michi­gan com­mit and one of the top re­cruits in the coun­try, caught a 56-yard TD pass on the Hor­nets’ first of­fen­sive play.

Del City star and Ar­kan­sas State com­mit Jeff Fore­man fol­lowed with a 70-yard TD re­cep­tion of his own on blown cov­er­age for an 8-7 lead.

Hill moved to cover Fore­man and that held Fore­man to two more catches and just 6 more yards.

“We just de­cided it’s not go­ing to hap­pen any­more,” Calip said.

Del City (7-4) had to get help else­where, but it fum­bled in Tulsa Wash­ing­ton ter­ri­tory in the sec­ond quar­ter. Later, the Ea­gles turned the ball over on downs on the Hor­nets’ 3.

Tulsa Wash­ing­ton turned to its run game in the sec­ond half, break­ing it open in the fourth.

Grayson had been in­jured ear­lier in the year. But he closed out with two huge runs — the 99-yarder and an­other for 69.

“We just pounded them,” Grayson said. “That’s all we could do. Our quar­ter­back went down, so we had to put it on our of­fen­sive line. We had to pound the rock. That’s what got us the state cham­pi­onship last year, so we just got back to it.”

[PHOTO BY JOEY JOHN­SON, FOR THE TULSA WORLD]

Tulsa Wash­ing­ton’s Javion Markham brings down Del City’s Jack Fore­man dur­ing the first round of the 6A-II play­offs Fri­day at Tulsa. Tulsa Wash­ing­ton won, 27-8.

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