It was the kick heard ’round the world ... or the state of Oklahoma at least.

It was the kick heard ’round the world ... or the state of Oklahoma at least.

In 2009, the Class 2A state championship was decided on a frigid night at Davis High School. Lincoln Christian kicker Roman Wilson booted a 26-yard title-winning field goal with one second to go to beat Davis 24-21 at Wolf Field.

Only it wasn’t the championship game. It was the quarterfinals.

Lincoln Christian went on to crush Pawhuska and Kingfisher a combined 82-0 in the semifinal and final en route to the 2A title. Davis gave Lincoln Christian its closest game of the year.

The Wolves (10-1) haven’t forgotten that. They’ll meet the Bulldogs (10-2) again tonight in Tulsa.

“We’re ready, we’ve been ready,” Davis junior quarterback Cole Weber said. “It’s always been in the back of our minds. We want to get back at them.”

Many of the key players from last year’s contest are gone and graduated. Wilson is a wide receiver at Princeton. Davis All-State linebacker Jerico Rogers is a walk-on at Oklahoma. Starting quarterback Grant Hetherington, who scored three touchdowns in that epic game, is a shooting guard at Murray State. What remains are players who know they saw each others’ best game last season.

Philosophies haven’t changed. Though the Bulldogs had more than 220 yards passing in last year’s game, they are a run-first team like Davis. Also graduated is quarterback Cale Grauer, who was near-perfect in the win last season.

“They’re a little more run-heavy this year,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “It’s difficult to put in a game plan against people like this. Their offense is complex for a 2A school.”

In a 26-20 overtime win over Jones last week in the second round, Davis’ defense was stretched at times, but held when necessary against the Longhorns’ spread. Tonight, the Wolves will get another fast game on the Lincoln Christian field turf. The Wolves’ only experience with turf this season was a preseason scrimmage at Newcastle.

In preparation, Davis practiced on an indoor turf field at Ada High School on Wednesday. But nothing will prepare the teams for the drastic change in temperature, with a low of 28 degrees forecast for the Tulsa area.

But to think Davis will be affected by a little cold weather would be underestimating the Wolves. They’ve remained focused throughout a season that’s presented few challenges besides a week 3 loss to Heritage Hall and last week’s rally against Jones.

“The coaches make us stay focused up,” senior defensive back Justin Douglas said. “We definitely tried to focus more this week, but the feeling is the same (every week). It’s just payback from last year.”

Jody Weber jokingly said the Wolves were “giving a lot in the spirit of the holidays” against Jones last week, committing penalties in the first half and conceding chunks of yards in the passing game. But Davis came around in the second half to hold Jones to three points.

Weber imagines the Wolves will be less gracious tonight in Tulsa.

“Being the first tight game we’ve played in a while lent to more plays out of our realm,” Weber said.

If last season’s game is any indication, both teams will be holding on to every point and every yard. The winner will be the favorite in the semifinal against either Washington or Colcord. First, however, is a rematch with an old foe.

“It seems like deja vu,” Davis senior Hunter Fullerton said Wednesday, “It would mean a lot to win.”

Erik K. Horne


Davis at Lincoln Christian

  7:30 tonight at Lincoln Christian High School, Tulsa
  Records: Davis 10-1, Lincoln Christian 10-2
  AP rankings (after regular season): Davis No. 2 in Class 2A, Lincoln Christian tied No. 4
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