Choctaw High School swats Hornets in historic victory
By Ryan Horton
Choctaw High School claimed a historic win over one of Class 6A-II’s elite powers Friday night.
The No.6-ranked Choctaw Yellowjackets blocked two consecutive punts in the fourth quarter, and then reclaimed the lead with a 5-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Steele Wasel to Terrill Davis to shock No. 3 Booker T. Washington, 26-22.
The Friday night slobberknocker opened District 6A-II-2 action at S.E. Williams Stadium, and was historic as the Jackets claimed the school’s first win over the hosting Hornets.
Booker T. started strong, scoring on its first possession when quarterback Lathan Boone connected a 35-yard pass to Jalen Teague for six.
Choctaw answered with a 3-yard run by La’Trell Ray with 2:29 left in the first. A two-point play failed, and Choctaw trailed 7-6.
The Jackets were able to take a 12-7 lead by halftime with a 24-yard pass from Wasel to Ray with 2:55 remaining in the second quarter.
After the break, the Hornets recaptured the lead with 10:07 left in the third, 14-12.
Choctaw’s defense had been playing lights out all year, and they looked even more refined at BTW.
Choctaw’s second blocked punt in the fourth quarter was at the hands of DeSean Brown, who recovered the ball in the end zone to put CHS up, 19-14.
The Hornets had retaken the lead with 4:48 left to play on a 1-yard run by Jaiden Carroll, 22-19.
Choctaw head coach Jake Corbin says a play came to him in a dream Wednesday, and Friday night Choctaw brought it to life setting up a comeback win over Booker T. Washington.
The Hornets were dismayed when the big man, Cade McConnell, moved out to a receiver position for a tackle-eligible play on fourth and 11.
The play resulted in a bomb down the middle from Wasel to R.J. Jackson for the first down. Another pass to Jackson completed a 31-yard advance to the 5-yard-line leaving Hornet defenders stunned. Davis, who had been out so far this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19, scored the game-winner on the next play with 2:11 remaining.
“The play that set up the touchdown, it sounds like I’m making this up but I swear this is true, it came to me in a dream Wednesday night,” Corbin said. “We didn’t have time to practice it. We’ve never ran that play before. I told them about it in the huddle right before that drive.”
The play worked flawlessly.
“It brought tears to my eyes,” said Corbin. “It was unbelievable. God is so good.”
The win was historic as Choctaw’s first victory over Booker T. Washington. The series record is now 1-4, but more importantly the Jackets are now undefeated in district action and look to use that momentum as fierce district play continues.
“I told our kids we don’t have to beat them, but it’s really, really nice if we do. It wasn’t a win at all costs game, but it’s really nice we did,” said Corbin. “I’m so proud of our kids continuing to fight. We feel like we’re getting a little bit better each week, but we still have a long ways to go.”
In total, the Jackets threw for 182 yards and rushed for 140 more.
Wasel went 12-of-17 passing for two TDs.
Jackson had 95 yards receiving, Davis had 63 and Ray had 24.
Wasel rushed for 76 yards, while Ray added 53 including a TD.
Davis had nine yards rushing and Rone had two.
Choctaw (1-0, 2-2) hosts Homecoming 2020 Friday night vs. Ponca City (0-1, 1-2).
“We have a much improved Ponca next week, and you can’t sleep on them,” said Corbin. “We just plan to go 1-0 every week, and hope to be 2-0 after Homecoming. We’re excited to be home, and have been logging too many miles down the interstate.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Bill Jensen Field.
Standings following the first week of district play:
Bixby 1-0, 3-0
CHOCTAW 1-0, 2-2
Sand Springs 1-0, 3-1
Putnam City West 0-0, 0-3
Muskogee 0-0, 0-3
Tulsa Washington 0-1, 2-2
Ponca City 0-1, 1-2
Bartlesville 0-1, 1-3
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
CHOCTAW 26, Tulsa Washington 22
Bixby 74, Bartlesville 7
Putnam West at Muskogee, cancelled
Sand Springs 35, Ponca City 10
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Ponca City at CHOCTAW
Bartlesville at Tulsa Washington
Bixby at Putnam West
Muskogee at Sand Springs