Originally Published: Dec 12, 2009 4:20 PM CDT
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Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
STILLWATER, Oklahoma – In a game that was overshadowed by a potentially serious injury to Kingfisher quarterback Derek Patterson, the Lincoln Christian Bulldogs came away with a 35-0 victory in the Class 2A finals Saturday to earn the first state championship in school history.
With Lincoln Christian up 21-0 late in the first half, Patterson hit his head on the sideline wall and had to be taken to the hospital. The game was delayed for more than 20 minutes, and Kingfisher was unable to recover physically or emotionally. The Yellowjackets’ offense could not get anything going in the second half, allowing Lincoln Christian to run away with the game.
Lincoln Christian’s defense got on the board first, as Austin Vokoun returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs’ a 7-0 lead. Quarterback Cale Grauer scored on a one-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to build the lead to 14-0.
Roman Wilson failed to extend the lead when he missed a 33-yard field goal, but he made up for it minutes later when he returned a punt for a 70-yard touchdown to make the score 21-0. After Patterson’s injury, neither team scored for the rest of the half.
The Kingfisher offense remained stagnant in the second half, while Lincoln Christian chewed up the clock on long drives led by running back Matt Lawwill. Lawwill scored twice – once from 23 yards out and another from one yard away – to stretch the Bulldogs’ lead to 35-0 and finish the game’s scoring.
The win gives Lincoln Christian its first state championship in school history one year after losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Heritage Hall. The Bulldogs used that loss as motivation this season and decimated all the teams in their path.
Their only loss of the season came to out-of-state foe Shiloh Christian. In their other 14 games, the Bulldogs outscored their opponents 598-83.