Choctaw claims second straight historic win
Choctaw High School pounced all over Westmoore Friday night securing the second straight historic win over a Class 6A-I power.
After a slugfest with Edmond Santa Fe in the home opener, Choctaw had some lingering injuries plaguing the lineup last Friday. Despite adversity, the Yellowjackets proved to be a dominant force in Moore Stadium.
When the Yellowjackets took the field Sept. 9, the offense looked totally different than the previous two weeks with backup players starting in several key skill positions, but the game turned out to be all Choctaw, all night.
“I’m just really proud of the way that they came in and were able to make timely plays, didn’t blink or flinch, and just continued to give great effort and find a way to win,” said head coach Jake Corbin.
Corbin says the roster was missing the usual offensive play makers, but the team showed they have the depth required to compete and win.
“We were going to be happy to win by a point. When you come in here without Steele Wasel and Jax Smith, and kind of have a limited lineup and still get a quality win against a good Class 6A-I opponent it’s kind of crazy. I’m really proud of our guys. Cash Williams came in tonight and played lights out. He did a great job running the offense, ran the ball when the opportunity presented itself and threw some timely touchdown passes,” said Corbin.
“You kind of saw the coming out parties tonight of a few guys that will have a big future at Choctaw. Austin Hubert, Will Smith, and Juju Smith obviously had a huge game, and Nathan Keiffer, So, we kind of had the next wave on the scene. All those guys I named are underclassmen. It’s fun watching those guys come about and show the next wave of GOLD Standard football. With all the injuries we had this week, we were a little bit nervous, you know, because a lot of these guys are unproven in these spots. But they came in and executed and upheld the standard and we’re really, really proud of them.”
Under two minutes into the game Choctaw was celebrating in the Jaguar endzone, and they’d be there many more times before the night’s end as the Jackets would hang nearly half-a-hundred in their first-ever win over Westmoore.
The Jackets would throw up 20 unanswered points in the first quarter, and command a 26-7 lead by halftime.
Choctaw’s offense was rolling across the field one final time before calling it a night from the Westmoore 27-yard line sitting comfortably up 46-20.
Williams connected on 14 of 21 for 207 yards passing and five touchdowns. He rushed for another 98 yards.
Hubert had 99 yards receiving including a TD.
Will Smith had 32 yards and a touchdown, Juju Smith had 27 yards on three catches, Ray had 26 yards on four receptions including a TD, Keiffer had 22 yards and a TD and RJ Jackson finished with one catch good for TD.
Ray ran for 161 yards, Juju Smith had 138, and Keiffer finished with eight yards rushing.
Choctaw’s defense was dominant as ever.
“Defense stepped up, and I thought played lights out. We had some guys make some big plays,” Corbin said. “RJ Jackson, on both sides of ball, did a fantastic job. Austin Hubert was also on both sides of ball. Dasean Hein, Cory Childs, and just so many other came in and made big plays.”
The Jaguars (1-2) only found Choctaw’s endzone three times, and those scores came late and off of CHS errors that coaches say they expect to see from such a young lineup.
History repeated itself as the Jackets claimed a historic win for the second straight week.
First the Jackets beat 6A-I Edmond Santa Fe for the first time ever. CHS was previously 0-8 against the Wolves.
Then Choctaw downed 6A-I Westmoore for the first time. This was another school that previously held an 8-0 series advantage over the Jackets.
“Another big physical team. They’re huge and I’m proud of our defense and O-line for stepping up, when they’re undersized, and making plays,” said Corbin, about toppling back-to-back 6A-I juggernauts.
The Jackets are now 2-1 on the season and remained focused on going 1-0 each week.
The Jackets now have a bye week to recover fully before opening district play against Putnam City North at home, Sept. 23.
“A bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. We need to get healthy, and we should be able to do that before district,” said Corbin.