‘Golden Age’ continues for Choctaw High School with first win over Booker T. Washington
By Ryan Horton
The Yellowjackets are making history on their quest for gold.
Choctaw High School shocked No. 3 Booker T. Washington on their own field Friday night, 26-22.
The win moved Choctaw to 1-0 in district play, and also 1-0 against instate competition after the Jackets made history opening the year against three of the best football teams in northwest Arkansas.
This was the first time Choctaw has defeated the Hornets, and they did it soundly in Tulsa.
This season’s opening is the latest installment of history being made for the CHS football program, but surely won’t be the last as head coach Jake Corbin and company have big plans for the Yellowjackets.
This is Corbin’s fourth season at the helm, and last year he led the Jackets to their first postseason win since 1981. That win setup the school’s first state semifinals appearance since 1965.
After opening his first season with three straight wins, a feat not accomplished by CHS since 1982, Corbin hasn’t taken his eye off the mission of building the entire community around the high school and making Choctaw the “GOLD Standard” in Oklahoma high school football.
The Jackets have been setting a new standard for the program each season, and with the opening of his fourth district schedule Corbin has tied his predecessor Todd Dilbeck as the third most winningest coach in school history.
Dilbeck was credited with breathing new life into the CHS program that had suffered as one of the smallest schools of the state’s large class for decades. Dilbeck led the Jackets to a 20-22 record from 2013-16.
The win over Booker T. put Corbin’s record with the Jackets at 20-16.
Another win will put Corbin securely in the history books just behind Choctaw’s legendary coaches Bill Jensen who went 114-65 (1958-1974) and Bob Brock who finished 40-47 (1977-1984).
Corbin and the Jackets are excited to return home this week after some grueling road games.
Choctaw (1-0, 2-2) hosts Homecoming 2020 Friday night vs. Ponca City (0-1, 1-2) at Bill Jensen Field, 7 p.m.
“We just plan to go 1-0 every week, and hope to be 2-0 after Homecoming,” said Corbin. “We’re excited to be home, and have been logging too many miles down the interstate.”
Photos by Lindsay Tesio