AP Prep Parade: Opening week provides plenty of thrills
Tuesday, September 5th 2000, 12:00 am
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OKLAHOMA CITY-The opening week of the 2000 high school football season in Oklahoma provided its fair share of exciting games. This week's Prep Parade takes a look at a handful of those:
Stillwater 42, Carl Albert 30
Carl Albert, three-time defending Class 5A champion, held a 3-0 lead at halftime. Then the fun began.
Both teams scored 14 points in the third quarter, giving the Titans a 17-14 lead heading into the final 12 minutes. Carl Albert scored once more on a 34-yard run by Santee Jackson to go ahead by 10 with 10:31 to play.
Then Edward Judie scored on a 27-yard run. Josh Fields, considered one of the top quarterbacks in Oklahoma, hit Leonard Jones on a 28-yard touchdown pass to give Stillwater a 28-24 lead.
Another 28-yard hookup between Fields and Jones made it 35-24, and after Carl Albert scored again, Stillwater closed out the victory with a 29-yard TD run by Jodie.
Fields wound up throwing for 307 yards and three touchdowns, all to Jones. Judie had 113 yards and three TDs on just nine carries.
"Carl Albert is a physical, hard-nosed team that played with a lot of confidence," Stillwater coach Bill Defee said. "This had to be an entertaining game for the fans."
Woodward 17, Weatherford 10, OT
Woodward had won just 11 games in the previous three years, and was opening its season on the road against the defending Class 4A champions.
Weatherford drove 79 yards in the closing minutes of regulation to set up Rusty Voight's tying, 26-yard field goal. In overtime, Chade Woodruff scored on a 4-yard run to give Woodward the lead. Then Beau Sullivan came up with an interception on Weatherford's second play to end the game.
"Our kids were confident and they showed it," Woodward coach Tom Haynes said. "But I guess you could call it a mild upset."
OCS 26, Medford 21
The Saints stopped Medford three times inside the 20-yard line, including the final drive of the game.
After driving from its 16 to the OCS 11-yard line, Medford faced third-and-6 with 24 seconds remaining. But Jason Richards intercepted a pass in the end zone to preserve the victory.
The game featured a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Medford's Kent Mennem, and a 78-yard punt return for a TD by teammate Jacob Kilian.
OCS went long-distance for four of its scores _ a 42-yard fumble return by Clay Lightfoot, a 62-yard run by Ryan Ward, and TD passes of 80 and 53 yards by Coby Moran.
Ardmore 35, Ada 20
Mike Loyd made an impressive debut at Ardmore, beating the Tigers for the second straight time. The last time he did it was in the 1999 playoffs, when his McAlester team upset the Cougars in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Ada entered Friday's game ranked No. 4, with Ardmore No. 5. Ada scored first, but Ardmore answered with 21 straight points to take control.
"When we went up 28-14, I thought that sent a message we were there to play," Loyd said. "Everyone picked us to lose and that fired up our kids."
There were several outstanding performances during Week 1:
_ Guthrie's defense limited Shawnee's Seymore Shaw, considered the state's premier running back, to 74 yards on 16 carries in a 21-15 upset victory.
_ Marshall Chiles of El Reno ran for 300 yards and scored five times in a 42-14 victory over Tecumseh.
_ Zac Taylor of Norman was 21-of-40 for 270 yards in a 33-24 victory over Norman North.
_ Avery Shine of Eufaula ran for 275 yards and scored three times in a 44-0 victory over Checotah.
_ Maud's Ricky Simmons had 220 yards on 29 carries and scored all four touchdowns in a 26-0 victory over Wetumka.
_ Tulsa Union held Clovis, Calif., to 92 total yards, including minus-21 rushing, in a 36-0 victory. The Redskins had seven sacks, four by defensive end Chris Barnes.