Owasso finds focus in time to avoid upset loss
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.”