BA bounces back to beat Owasso
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Saturday, September 01, 2012
9/02/12 at 1:36 AM
OWASSO - What a way for Coleman Key to start his homecoming to Owasso and first game as Broken Arrow's quarterback.
The Tigers' standout junior running back Devon Thomas was out of the game for undisclosed reasons and BA spotted the Rams 10 points to start the game.
Not to worry. The Tigers have not one but two blue-chip runners. Cameron Wrenn put the Tigers on his back, and with a little help from a bruising offensive line, took over the game in the third quarter.
Wrenn rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries, helping the Tigers rally for a 19-17 win in the "Crosstown Showdown" season opener for both teams at Owasso Stadium.
The Tigers beat the Rams for the seventh straight time, extended their series lead to 22-9 and carried off the Bailey Cup, the traveling trophy donated by Bailey Medical Center to commemorate the rivalry.
Owasso led 10-0 after two possessions on Lane Sailing's 41-yard field goal and Jaylen Lowe's 8-yard rushing touchdown following a 52-yard run by Scottie Prealow, who led the Rams with 155 yards on 17 carries.
BA made it 10-6 at halftime on a pair of Ross Moore field goals and really took over in the third quarter with Wrenn doing the work behind a line anchored by senior center Bo Farrow and right tackle Korbyn Easley.
The Tigers drove 83 yards and came up empty when Key couldn't control a high snap from center and the Rams recovered. Then, the Tigers drove 85 yards to Wrenn's go-ahead touchdown from a yard out, then got a huge break.
On the ensuing kickoff, Broken Arrow tried a pooch kick that bounced away from the Rams. The Tigers' Jalen Woodward snared the loose ball and BA was on the move again. Wrenn scored from four yards out and the Tigers led 19-10.
With Wrenn doing most of the work, BA totaled 204 third-quarter yards on 27 plays while Owasso snapped it only seven times.
"You couldn't ask for a better line or running back," Key said.
Owasso cut into the lead with Samory Collier's acrobatic catch of Lowe's 15-yard TD, but couldn't get beyond its own 45 with one final possession and the Tigers ran out the clock.
Broken Arrow head coach Steve Spavital said he challenged his offensive unit at halftime.
"We were getting whipped pretty good and the kids stepped it up in the second half. That was a positive thing (for the offensive line). There's not a lot of experience up there," Spavital said.
Neither the coach nor athletic director Ken Ellett could supply any details on why Thomas, rated the area's No. 1 player overall in the Tulsa World's All-World rankings was out of uniform, only that the Tigers lost him "earlier in the week," Spavital said.
Neither could say whether Thomas, who rushed for 1,840 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore and has scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Clemson and Houston, was injured, sick or otherwise.
"I'm not at liberty to say," Spavital said. "I just know he's not with us, and he'll be back soon."
BROKEN ARROW 19, OWASSO 17
O: FG, Sailing 41
O: Lowe 8 run (Sailing kick)
B: FG, Moore 32
B: FG, Moore 30
B: Wrenn 1 run (snap fumbled)
B: Wrenn 4 run (Moore kick)
O: Collier 15 pass from Lowe (Sailing kick)
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Owasso's Tanner DiMarco trips up Broken Arrow's Cameron Wrenn during the teams' Crosstown Showdown game Friday night in Owasso. BRETT ROJO/ for the Tulsa World
Owasso's Jaylen Lowe scrambles for a gain as Broken Arrow's Alex Bradley stumbles trying to make the tackle. BRETT ROJO/ for the Tulsa World