OWASSO – Senior linebacker Jaden Thomason painted a clear picture of Owasso’s experience in the first half Friday night, before the Rams staged 27-13 comeback win in Owasso Stadium.
He described coach Bill Blankenship as the disappointed father of the locker room.
It was clear, with the Rams leading by a slim 10-6, that no one on Owasso’s sideline liked what they had seen.
“The focus just wasn’t there like it should have been, the focus needed to be better,” Blankenship said.
Southmoore took a 13-10 lead midway through the third quarter and put the Rams on their heels on homecoming.
But Christian Johnson connected on a chip-shot field goal to tie the game at 13 apiece with 3:22 left in the third, and the Rams climbed back once again.
“Those field goals and extra points, they really were big tonight,” Blankenship said. “Christian had a good game for us tonight, and it was great to see the way the team fought back tonight.”
Owasso reclaimed the lead at the start of the fourth quarter as Trey Goins (three catches, 63 yards, TD) took a screen pass from Will Kuehne and made the Southmoore defense look silly from outside the redzone.
He zoomed down the sideline in front of Owasso’s student section and set the crowd ablaze as Johnson nailed the extra point. Running back Isaiah Jacobs scored the final TD a little later after the Rams executed a thrilling stop on fourth-down and 1 at Southmoore’s 43-yard line.
A few plays after Southmoore’s turnover on downs, Jacobs stiff-armed two would-be tacklers on the run for a remarkable scoring play that put Owasso ahead 27-13, the final margin.
He ran for 111 yards and a TD on 20 carries.
That drive emphasized the importance of Owasso’s defensive evolution. With an all-new cast of players, coordinator Bobbly Klinck has developed a turnover monster that feeds on every new opponent.
Two weeks ago, these Rams posted their first shutout.
Last week in Norman, they held the Timberwolves scoreless for nearly the entire game.
And this week, with momentum behind them, the Rams’ defense held Southmoore to 118 rushing yards on a whopping 43 carries.
Caymon Severs intercepted the SaberCats for a first-half pick-6, and the Rams landed on a fumble recovery in that period as well.
The win improves Owasso’s record to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in District 6AI-2. Southmoore fell to 1-6 and 0-4. This week, district leaders Union and Putnam City North also grabbed big wins.
Owasso returns to action Thursday, Oct. 18 against Mustang. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Owasso Stadium.