Bishop Kelley steals wild 5A-4 game, 25-21
TULSA — Claremore had it right in their grasp Friday at Bishop Kelley.
The Zebras answered 10 early points by the Comets with 21 unanswered points, but the home team turned a pair of late turnovers into scores and pulled out a stunning 25-21 win over the boys in stripes.
Bishop Kelley, District 5A-4’s preseason favorite, is now 3-0 and 5-1 overall. Claremore falls to 2-1 and 4-2 overall.
Kelley could have been up big in the first half, but kept shooting itself in the foot.
They recovered a Claremore fumble and returned it to the Zebras 29, but Dalton Staurovsky missed a 32-yard field goal.
On their next drive, they were stopped on downs at the Claremore 7. Finally, in the second quarter, Staurovsky hit a 34-yard field goal and David Bolton broke off a 67-yard touchdown run for a 10-0 lead with 8:46 left in the first half.
Not having much luck with the running game, quarterback Noah Grimett heaved a ball with the wind at his back into the hands of Dylan Kedzior for a 64-yard touchdown.
On Claremore’s next possession, Grimett hit Ben Jones for a 44-yard strike to the 5, where on the next play, Coleman Parsons plowed in for a 14-10 lead.
Kelley looked to take the lead right before halftime, but a Cooper McMurray pass near the goal line was picked off by Claremore’s Jace Hightower at the 1. Claremore then ran out the first half clock.
Claremore picked up right where they left off to start the third. Quentin Skinner intercepted McMurray near midfield and returned it to the Kelley 30. Ninety seconds later, Grimett snuck it in from the 1 and Claremore now led 21-10 with 9:09 left in the third.
That was the last time the Zebras would score.
Kelley threatened to cut into the lead on their next drive, but Skinner once again intercepted McMurray, this time at the 2. But two plays later, the Comets sacked Grimett in the end one for a safety and cut the lead to 21-12 at the 3:44 mark of the third quarter.
Kelley once again drove the ball into Claremore territory, but came up short on a key 4th-and-3 at the 26 with 44.4 left in the third.
With all the mistakes the Comets were making, they were still in it, and then got some luck going their way. A Grimett pass to Jones was bobbled, bounced in the air and into the hands of Jack Griffin for a fluke interception.
Kelley took over at the Claremore 43, and on the next play, McMurray split the Zebra defense and scampered those 43 yards for a touchdown. The point after was no good, and Claremore clung to a 21-18 lead. But things would only get worse.
On Claremore’s next possession, Grimett was in the shotgun position, but wasn’t ready for the snap, which sailed by his head and was picked up by Montrell Cozart, who rambled into the end zone for a touchdown.
And with 10:05 left in the game, the Comets took the lead for good, 25-21.
Claremore still had its chances. Valen Williams recovered a Kelley fumble at the Zebra 34, but they couldn’t get any points.
The Zebras got the ball back at the 11 with 5:37 left and were forced to punt the ball away. They wouldn’t get the ball back again.
Kelley would convert on a 4th-and-1 with 3:20, and were able to run out the clock with a couple of first downs.
Claremore will host Tahlequah at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.