Union Comes Back to Beat Broken Arrow; Plays Jenks for 6A Gold Ball

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:23 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Nov 29, 2009 1:23 AM CDT

Kyle Dierking
Oklahoma Sports Reporter

TULSA, Oklahoma – Union quarterback Chase Boyce could have lost confidence in himself after throwing two interceptions in the first three quarters against Broken Arrow.

Instead, Boyce was the catalyst in a fourth quarter comeback, running for two touchdowns to send the defending 6A champion Redskins back to the state title game with a 24-13 win over the Tigers.

“I got us in a big hole early and I felt like I had to try and do my part to get us out,” Boyce said. “The line and everybody just stepped up great and we rallied.”

Union will face Jenks, who took down Southmoore 44-26, on Friday night at the University of Tulsa’s Chapman Stadium.

It’s the seventh time in 12 years that Union and Jenks have played each other in the 6A title game. Jenks won the annual Backyard Bowl against the Redskins 27-25 back on September 11.

“Obviously there a heck of a football team,” said Union coach Kirk Fridrich upon finding out the Redskins will be playing Jenks. “We’ll have to put the ball down and see what happens.”

The Redskins were kept out of the endzone in the first two quarters against Broken Arrow and was down 10-3 at halftime.

Boyce’s first throw of the second half was an intercepted by Ronnie Price, but the Tigers were unable to score.

Union took its first lead of the game with 4:29 remaining in the fourth quarter off of a quarterback sneak by Boyce.

On the ensuing possession, Bradley’s pass was intercepted by Jon Swanfeld. Boyce scored his second touchdown of the game on a six yard run with 1:35 remaining to seal the win.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the way our kids responded in the second half,” Fridrich said. “Coming out, (Boyce) did a tremendous job, I felt like our offensive line got our running game going. Defense, offense, special teams – in the second half we played our game.”

Broken Arrow’s loss marked the end of Ron Lancaster’s high school coaching career. The Oklahoma coaching legend is retiring.