B.T. Washington's key plays help top Sa­pulpa

Punt pins Chief­tains on goal line, then Hor­nets re­cover fum­ble for a TD

Tulsa World - - Work&money - By Mike Brown

SA­PULPA — If the of­fense can't put points on the board, maybe the de­fense and spe­cial teams can.

The Booker T. Washington Hor­nets needed some­thing Fri­day in a key Dis­trict 6AII-2 foot­ball bat­tle at Sa­pulpa, and punter Drew Wilkie and line­backer Lan­don Clardy made it hap­pen.

Wilkie pinned the Chief­tains within inches of their goal line and Clardy re­cov­ered a fum­ble in the end zone on the next play.

Clardy's touch­down broke a score­less tie early in the sec­ond quar­ter and spurred the No. 3 Hor­nets to a 20-3 tri­umph over the gritty No. 6 Chief­tains be­fore an es­ti­mated 2,500 spec­ta­tors in Ge­orge F. Collins Sta­dium.

“It was a nice punt and we had smart enough play­ers to pick (the ball) up where it needed to be picked up,” Clardy said. “That was a good se­quence of events that hap­pened for us.”

Casey Zand­ber­gen downed Wilkie's 41-yard punt within

inches of the Sa­pulpa goal line, the Hor­nets came charg­ing up the mid­dle on the next play and Clardy re­cov­ered when Sa­pulpa quar­ter­back Eli Wil­liams fum­bled af­ter col­lid­ing with his full­back.

Dax Hill ex­ploded 44 yards with a screen pass from fresh­man quar­ter­back Gen­try Wil­liams to make it 14-3 in the third quar­ter and Welch scored from a yard out with 8:03 left. That fin­ished the Chief­tains, who matched a sen­sa­tional de­fen­sive ef­fort by the Hor­nets but never got their ex­plo­sive of­fense on track.

“It's an ugly win, but we'll take it and move on,” B.T. Washington coach Brad Calip said. “Our de­fense played lights out, but when we get to the tough op­po­nents, we can't de­pend on those guys to win the game. The of­fense will have to be pro­duc­tive if we're gonna have a chance to win (a re­peated Class 6A Di­vi­sion II ti­tle).”

The Hor­nets, who man­aged only 10 first downs and 194 yards, im­proved to 4-3 over­all and 3-1 in the dis­trict. They play at Musko­gee dur­ing fall break next Thurs­day in a game that prob­a­bly will de­cide Dis­trict B.T. Washington 0 7 7 6 — 20 Sa­pulpa 0 3 0 0 — 3

BTW: Lan­don Clardy re­cov­ered fum­ble in end zone (Drew Wilkie kick)

SAP: FG, Kaivon Mor­tazavi 36

BTW: Dax Hill 44 pass from Gen­try Wil­liams (Wilkie kick)

BTW: Aryion Welch 1 run (kick fail)

SAP BTW 6AII-2's sec­ond play­off spot.

In one down note, they lost Ok­la­homa State com­mit DJ Jones to a pos­si­ble shoul­der sep­a­ra­tion. He left the game and was taken by am­bu­lance for ob­ser­va­tion.

Sa­pulpa, which scored 63 and 49 points in its previous two games, fell to 5-2, 2-2 and play at Shawnee next Thurs­day.

The Hor­nets held the Chief­tains to just five first downs and 117 yards of of­fense — and 52 of that came on one play. Fol­low­ing the Hor­nets' first TD, A.J. Che­co­tah broke into the clear from his own 20 and would have scored if Hill, the fleet Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan com­mit, hadn't tack­led him from be­hind at the Hor­nets 28.

But the Chief­tains had to set­tle for Kaivon Mor­tazavi's 36yard field goal on a night when scor­ing chances were not plen­ti­ful.

Early in the third quar­ter, Sa­pulpa line­backer Mar­cus Es­parza re­cov­ered a fum­ble at the Hor­nets 44 and threw a half­back-op­tion pass 15 yards to Ken­don Wil­liams on the next play.

With a per­sonal foul penalty tacked on, the Chief­tains were in busi­ness at the Hor­nets 14, but they went back­ward from there, and a bad snap from cen­ter caused Mor­tazavi's field goal at­tempt to be blocked.

Later in the quar­ter, the Wil­liams-to-Hill touch­down pass gave the Hor­nets breath­ing room and a 14-3 lead.

“That's a great foot­ball team, maybe the best de­fense in the state,” Sa­pulpa coach Robert Borgstadt said about the Hor­nets.

“We made some mis­takes, but over­all I'm proud of our guys for battling. We were 2-18 the last two years and peo­ple won­der if Sa­pulpa is for real, but I think this shows we can at least play with some of the best teams in 6AII,” he said.

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