Cortes, Tigers move closer to goals

Tulsa World - - Work&money - By Justin Hite For the Tulsa World First Downs Pass­ing Yards Comp-Att-Int Rushes-Yards Punts-Avg Fum­bles-Lost Penal­ties-Yards EDS 13 191 15-26-1 31-102 5-26.2 3-2 7-54 BA 15 100 12-17-0 35-178 4-42 1-0 6-60

ED­MOND — Bro­ken Ar­row run­ning back Noah Cortes has never re­ally used the Tigers' record book as a mo­ti­va­tor. On Fri­day night, lead­ing up to a cross-state drive and a matchup be­tween un­de­feated teams with a dis­trict lead on the line, he had enough mo­ti­va­tion.

Now, that didn't mean af­ter the con­vinc­ing 35-7 vic­tory over Ed­mond Santa Fe was in hand and the Tigers sat alone atop 6AI-1, that Cortes didn't know ex­actly where he stood — alone in sec­ond place and within strik­ing dis­tance of the all-time rush­ing record.

“That's one of my dreams: To beat the record,” Cortes said.

Cortes fin­ished with 119 yards and one touch­down. Sit­ting at 3,511 ca­reer rush­ing yards, Cortes is just 383 yards from the record — with three reg­u­lar sea­son games to play.

Two weeks ago, Cortes set a school record with six touch­downs against Nor­man, and al­ready eclipsed 300 yards in a game this sea­son. Fac­ing a phys­i­cal Ed­mond Santa Fe team, Bro­ken Ar­row (7-0, 4-0 6AI-1) leaned on Cortes and its phys­i­cal iden­tity early to stake it­self to a 35-0 lead.

“We just had to go to the last whis­tle ev­ery play and 100 per­cent to the last whis­tle when the clock ran out,” Cortes said. “… We just had to stay con­sis­tent in Bro­ken Ar­row 7 14 7 7 — 35 Ed­mond Santa Fe 0 0 0 7 — 7 BA: Noah Cortes 5 run (Skyler Se­graves kick)

BA: Bryce Mat­tioda 1 fum­ble re­turn (Se­graves kick)

BA: Quin­tevin Cherry 7 run (Se­graves kick)

BA: Isa­iah Keller 27 pass from Cherry (Se­graves kick)

BA: Zach March­eselli 4 run (Se­graves kick)

EDS: Tyler Travis 16 run (Edgar Ri­vas kick) it and keep do­ing what we were do­ing.”

Bro­ken Ar­row missed out on its first shutout in three years af­ter a late touch­down by No. 4 Ed­mond Santa Fe (6-1, 3-1) but still con­tin­ued its best start in 21 years.

“We stay as a whole,” Bro­ken Ar­row cor­ner­back Aaron “Tricky” Stokes said. “We bend but don't break. All the ad­ver­sity, just stay as one and fin­ish through ev­ery game.”

Stokes, who was given his Run DMC-based nick­name from his late grand­mother, helped lead a de­fen­sive ef­fort that kept Ed­mond Santa Fe from any mo­men­tum and made big plays of its own, in­clud­ing a de­fen­sive touch­down com­ing off his own in­ter­cep­tion.

Top-ranked Bro­ken Ar­row won its sev­enth straight game fol­low­ing the same for­mula that has the Tigers in po­si­tion for their first state cham­pi­onship.

“We want to play phys­i­cal,” coach David Alexan­der said. “We want to play fast. … That's who we are. … We're phys­i­cal, and it kind of wore them out in the sec­ond half.”

Re­ceiver Matt Kaiser also climbed in the record books. With 38 yards Fri­day, he moved into sec­ond place in ca­reer re­ceiv­ing yards, cur­rently 461 yards be­hind the record.

Bro­ken Ar­row hasn't gone un­de­feated since 1954, but with just three games left against teams that had a com­bined one dis­trict win head­ing into Fri­day night, that goal is within reach.

“We're the best in the state,” Cortes said. “We just have to stay hum­ble and not be too high. We just have to keep do­ing what we're do­ing, and we're go­ing to get that Gold Ball, for sure.”

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