Penalties hamper All-State
BIXBY - It was apparent from the early goings that the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game was going to struggle to hold the crowd's attention due to numerous offsides penalties by both teams.
But the East got out of its funk first, made a couple of big plays out of the passing game and played less sloppy football for a 23-14 win over the West to close out All-State week.
It was the East's first win since 2009.
Trying to mount a comeback from 23-7 down, the West finally had its offense going for the first time in the second half. Woodward quarterback Cale Hixon marched the West down the field using mostly his running ability.
On fourth-and-goal from the one, Blanchard running back Braden Stringer was stacked up at the line. He tried to break the plane of the end zone, but the ball was slapped out of his hand and was recovered by the East.
The East marched the ball across midfield before its quarterback, Hilldale's Chandler Puckett, fumbled the ball over to the West. Kingfisher's Gatlin Squires recovered the fumble. Squires also blocked a punt in the second quarter.