Otis Crane will remember Sept. 20 for a long time.
The long-time Foyil assistant football coach netted his first heading coaching victory Friday night, leading the Panthers past Oklahoma Union, 34-14 at McGregor Field.
After back-to-back losses to Ketchum and Chelsea, the third-time around — second on the home turf — proved to be the lucky charm for Crane and Foyil.
Senior running back Justin Chaisson got the night started off on a good note with 13-yard touchdown run that put Foyil ahead 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Chaisson’s hard-nosed running, thanks to the interior blocking up front by Daltun Pierce and Seth Hedges, helped Foyil establish a solid running game.
Oklahoma Union, however, answered with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 14-6.
Kody Webb, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound bruising running back, galloped 40 yards for his first of two touchdowns in the quarter that tied the game at 6-6.
Moments later, Webb added an 8-yard touchdown run and then tallied the two-point conversion to put Oklahoma Union up 14-6.
Right before halftime, Foyil’s Joseph Schubert followed Pierce’s blocking for a 10-yard touchdown that knotted the game at 14-14.
Foyil’s offense, led by senior quarterback Brett Whitaker, outscored Oklahoma Union, 20-0 in the second half.
Colten Self’s fumble recovery in the end zone put Foyil ahead for good at 21-14 in the third quarter.
Then, in the fourth quarter, Dalton Powers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Whitaker to increased the Panthers’ lead to 28-14.
Whitaker added a 75-yard touchdown moments later to secure his coach’s first win.
The win over Oklahoma Union improved Foyil to 1-2 on the season. The Panthers travel to Warner on Friday in District A-8 competition.
Otis Crane will remember Sept. 20 for a long time.
Patel named RSU men's basketball assistant coach
Rogers State University head men’s basketball coach Justin Barkley named Vinay Patel the new assistant men’s basketball coach on Monday.
“I am very excited about bringing Vinay on board,” Barkley said. “He brings invaluable experience to the program as he is a well-respected recruiter and his NCAA Division II resume is a perfect fit as we continue our transition to become a full-NCAA Division II member.”
Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell capped off a stellar four-year prep basketball career with Tulsa World 2nd-Team All-State recognition.
O’Dell, a 5-foot-5 floor general that will compete for the Lamar University Lady Cardinals in the Southland Conference next season, was one of five girls basketball players from Rogers County to earn All-State accolades.
Claremore senior point guard Kaleigh Cox, Inola senior point guard Lexi Williams, Verdigris senior guard Caitlyn Hanslovan and Verdigris freshman forward Keara Battenfield were named to the honorable mention squad.
SOCCER: Lady Zebras ranked 4th in Class 5A poll
Strong senior leadership and a talented core of underclassmen have kept the Claremore Lady Zebras on a nine-game winning streak since falling in the season opener.
Senior midfielder Katelin Teter and senior defenders Jentry Cruce and Anna McGuire have the Lady Zebras playing their best soccer in the closing week of the regular season.
Behind Teter, Cruce and McGuire, as well as other seniors Bailey Bacon and Emily Parkinson, the Lady Zebras (9-1) are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the Class 5A girls soccer state poll.
BASEBALL: Claremore splits series with Collinsville
The moment Claremore senior catcher Matt Whatley got thrown out at home plate in the top of first inning, it was downhill for the Zebras.
Collinsville took advantage of six Claremore errors and erupted for 17 hits to thump the Zebras, 15-2 Friday afternoon in Metro Lakes Conference play.
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