Owasso finds fo­cus in time to avoid up­set loss

Tulsa World - - Work&money - By Shawn Hein Owasso Re­porter First Downs Pass­ing Yards Comp-Att-Int Rushes-Yards Punts-Avg Fum­bles-Lost Penal­ties-Yards OWA 16 176 16-28-1 32-119 3-22.7 2-1 4-40 SM 10 35 3-10-1 44-122 6-27.5 3-1 7-76

OWASSO — For the first three quar­ters, Southmoore looked like it just might spoil Owasso's home­com­ing on Fri­day night.

The SaberCats, be­hind the legs of quar­ter­back Jae­dyn Scott and a stub­born de­fen­sive per­for­mance, found them­selves tied at 13 with the No. 6-ranked Rams go­ing into the fourth quar­ter at Owasso Sta­dium.

But Owasso pulled away with a pair of touch­downs — a 21-yard catch from Trey Goins and a 40-yard scor­ing scam­per by Isa­iah Ja­cobs — to win a closerthan-ex­pected 27-13 ver­dict against a one-win Southmoore team in Dis­trict 6AI-2 play.

“It was a com­plete lack of fo­cus,” Rams coach Bill Blanken­ship said in de­scrib­ing his team's per­for­mance for the first three quar­ters. “We were more con­cerned with the home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties than we were with the game. We've got to play with fo­cus and pas­sion. When we do, we can play pretty good.”

Ja­cobs ran for 109 yards on 20 car­ries for Owasso (4-3, 3-1), which notched its third straight vic­tory. Kuehne com­pleted 16-of28 passes for 176 yards with one touch­down, an in­ter­cep­tion and a fum­ble that was re­turned for a Southmoore score. Cam­dyn Braden re­turned the fum­ble 43 yards to the end zone with 6:46 left in the third quar­ter that gave the SaberCats (1-6, 0-4) a 13-10 lead.

Chris­tian John­son's 22yard field goal tied the game 13-13 later in the quar­ter. On Owasso's next pos­ses­sion, Kuehne threw a pass to Goins in the flat on a first-and-10 from the SaberCat 21.

The Owasso sopho­more made his first re­cep­tion of the night count as he broke free from a de­fender and jet­ted to the end zone to give the Rams the lead for good.

“We just came out and Jae­dyn Scott 15 run (kick failed) FG, Chris­tian John­son 37 Cay­mon Sev­ers 14 in­ter­cep­tion re­turn (John­son kick)

Cam­dyn Braden 43 fum­ble re­turn (Ryan Huerta kick)

FG, John­son 22

Trey Goins 21 pass from Will Kuehne (John­son kick)

Isa­iah Ja­cobs 40 run (John­son kick) were dis­tracted by all of (home­com­ing),” said Goins, who fin­ished with three catches for 63 yards. “And we weren't fo­cused on the main point, which was the game.”

Owasso took over on downs on Southmoore's next se­ries as it stopped the SaberCats at their own 43 with 10 min­utes left. Two plays later, Ja­cobs found pay­dirt with his 40yard jaunt, capped by an im­pres­sive stiff-arm near the goal line.

Ja­cobs topped the 100yard rush­ing mark for the third con­sec­u­tive game.

The Rams strug­gled to find much of­fen­sive rhythm in the first two quar­ters, but held a 10-6 half­time lead due to a key de­fen­sive play early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

A 2-yard punt gave Southmoore pos­ses­sion at the Ram 30 less than three min­utes into the game. Scott, who fin­ished with 98 yards on 26 car­ries, cashed in three plays later with a 15-yard TD run that gave his team a 6-0 lead.

John­son cut the deficit in half with a 37-yard field goal with 2:03 left in the first quar­ter. Southmoore's Khaden Easter­wood ended a Ram drive with an in­ter­cep­tion on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter.

Three plays later, Owasso de­fen­sive end Cay­mon Sev­ers picked off a Scott pass and re­turned it 14 yards un­touched to the end zone with 10:49 re­main­ing.

“I thought the ball was go­ing to go over me but it came right to me,” Sev­ers said. “It was like a gift.”

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