MOORE — Players questioned whether the game was real. Davis coach Jody Weber said he questioned what he witnessed.
The Oklahoma Class 2A state championship game had all the elements of a comeback that usually happens strictly in dreams.
Led by its tireless quarterback, the Davis Wolves scored 22 unanswered points in the second half. Junior quarterback Blake Summers scored three touchdowns — including the game-winner — to help the Wolves rally from a 19-point deficit at half and exit Moore Schools Stadium Thursday night as Oklahoma Class 2A state champions.
Davis 36, Millwood 32.
“Right now, it's just kind of an adrenaline rush,” said senior fullback Braden Ruth, who finished with 141 rushing yards. “I don't know — maybe once my nerves kind of calm down I'll be able to soak it in, but right now I'm just excited. It's a team effort and we just weren't going to take no for an answer tonight. No matter how much they got ahead, we were going to keep fighting for the whole game.
“We're state champs.”
Davis persevered, claiming its first state title since the year Ruth was born: 1995. The Wolves won because they bought into what Weber preached throughout the season. Millwood entered intermission with a 26-7 lead. In the locker room, Weber said he told his team to disregard the scoreboard and continue to play.
“We know that as long as there's minutes on the board, we still have a chance,” said senior tight end Logan Conyers.
Summers rushed for 175 second-half yards and the Wolves' final two touchdowns. He scored the game-winner with 78 seconds remaining because Conyers recovered the onside kick. Conyers downplayed the impact of his play because his team still had work to do.
They got it done, in dramatic fashion.
“I don't know if this is real life or not,” Conyers said. “I'm ready to wake up any time now. Our team has so much heart, it's unbelievable.
“We ended up getting it done and taking state.”
Weber admitted he feared his team scored too quickly. The Wolves' defense “bailed him out yet again,” stuffing Millwood quarterback Cameron Batson on fourth and one with 32 seconds to play.
It was the culmination of a brilliant second -half effort defensively. Ruth, who also starts at linebacker, praised his coaches, saying his team knew what Millwood would run due to the cards the staff held on the sideline.
“Good job to our coaches to know what was coming,” Ruth said.
Weber, in turn, praised his players.
“I made a lot of bad calls, and they get me out of them,” Weber said. “That's a credit to them, as usual.”
Offensively, Ruth said he and Summers form a potent 1-2 punch.
“You really can't stop both of us,” Ruth said. “If I have an off night, he's going to have an amazing one. It's the other way around. It's kind of the best of both worlds with us.”
The senior class finished its high school careers on top. Ruth said the skepticism fueled the Wolves' hunger.
“The doubt that people had at the first of the season, that just motivated us all year to prove everybody wrong. It feels awesome.”