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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Davis-OCS matchup a contrast of styles

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  • Two teams at the end of their respective runs have made it to Stillwater two different ways.
    For Davis, it's been by ground. For the Wolves' opponent in the Class 2A state championship game, Oklahoma Christian School, it's been through the air.
    Which offensive method will bring home the gold ball? OCS, based in Edmond, are the high fliers of 2A, having outgunned another pass-heavy team, Frederick, 55-32 in the semifinals last week.
    The Saints (13-1) have a 3,000-yard passer in 6-foot-5 senior Austin Brooks and a big 6-3 target in Blake Barnes. Brooks and Barnes have linked up for 22 touchdowns through the air and more than 1,000 yards. Brooks has 49 touchdown passes on the season to just nine interceptions.
    "They put athletes all over the field," Davis coach Jody Weber said. "They're perfect for the spread. They've got 6-5 receivers and a 6-5 quarterback.
    "Last week, we benefitted from some high balls because we got our hands up and made them (Vian) throw out of a well. He (Brooks) is taller than all of our guys, so he won't have quite the problem with that."
    Regardless of the quarterback's size or stature, Davis has kept big-time passing offenses in check this postseason. The Wolves shut down Millwood in the second half of their second-round game, and completely shut out Vian last week in the semis.
    A key part of the Davis offense and defense should be ready to go on Saturday. Senior running back/defensive back Deaundre Carr re-aggravated his ankle in the 22-0 win against Vian. Carr, who barely played in the semifinal, already has two interceptions this postseason and is the Wolves' leading rusher with 1,112 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
    With Carr off the field last week, the Wolves said "next man up." Alec Hetherington picked off two passes in Carr's place, while Jordan Wilson, Blake Summers and Dedrien Nowden (2) brought the INT tally to six against Vian.
    Davis has picked off 10 passes in four playoff games. Even scarier for OCS, Carr said he's all in for the championship.
    "I hated not being able to play against Vian," Carr said. "But the whole time, the team was like 'we've got you this week, just come back ready,' and I'm ready."
    Weber thinks the chances for turnovers and pressure on the quarterback in the passing game will be there against OCS.
    "He can throw up over the top of the rush, but we feel like we can get rush on him when we're sending people, or when we're not sending people," Weber said. "We respect what they can do, but we're also really confident in what we can do."
    Page 2 of 2 - Unlike some schools which enter the postseason untested in either district or non-district play, OCS had a strong resume this season. The Saints' lone loss came to 3A semifinalist Jones, 26-25 in week 3. OCS has wins against Millwood and 3A quarterfinalist Metro Christian.
    The Wolves won't be intimidated by strength of schedule or another vertical offense. Carr said the way Davis was able to handle Vian last week, even without him on the field, shows the depth and versatility of this year's squad.
    As senior Michael Nowden added, the Wolves have "a lot more confidence out there going to the ball" after their stretch of success against the pass in the postseason.
    "It was great," Carr said of the Davis pass defense's big night. "We had a great gameplan and we were prepared and just executed."
    Erik K. Horne
    221-6522

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