Union gets 6A-1 win over Booker T. Washington
BY ZAK PATTERSON World Sports Writer
Saturday, October 27, 2012
10/27/12 at 6:54 AM
Union spoiled Booker T. Washington's Senior Night on Friday, posting a 48-21 District 6A-1 win over the Hornets.
The Redskins (7-2, 5-1) looked every bit of their No. 3 state ranking thanks to a balanced overall performance.
Union senior quarterback Hunter Atyia had 144 yards passing and two touchdowns, and running back tandem Justin Silmon and Terrel Buchanan accounted for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
Kahlil Barnett had three receptions for 57 yards and a score.
An early punt-block by Union's Jack Alspaugh after an opening three-and-out from Booker T. Washington set the Redskins up with a short field. After two plays, Silmon scampered into the end zone from 8 yards out to put Union up 7-0 a little more than a minute into the game.
Also in the opening quarter, Redskins sophomore Kaylor Pearson took a short punt 30 yards for a touchdown.
"I think special teams was the best part of what we did," Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. "The punt-block team did a great job. When those guys can produce 14 points in the first quarter, that's pretty good."
Atyia now has 1,682 yards passing and 14 touchdowns on the season. Silmon's game was highlighted by a 90-yard touchdown dash on the first play of the second half. Silmon finished with 106 yards on six carries and now has 852 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.
Booker T. Washington backup quarterback Bennett White put together a valiant effort, leading the Hornets to 21 straight points in the second half. White went 10-for-20, passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
The Hornets finally got on the board on a 65-yard White pass to Myles Tease with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter. Tease had 84 yards on two catches, and Ron Goudeau had 75 yards on three catches.
It was the third straight loss for the Hornets (5-4, 2-4), who still have a shot at a playoff berth if they beat Bartlesville next week.
Union's streak of 14 consecutive district championships was snapped Friday when Owasso beat Sand Springs to win the District 6A-1 title.
Union finishes the regular season next week at home against Ponca City.
"I feel really good, we're starting to get healthy, and we were able to give some younger guys some quality playing time in the second half," said Fridrich. "I feel really good about our depth and our health. I'm excited that we came in and executed well so close to the playoffs."
UNION 48, BTW 21
U: Silmon 8 run (Butler kick)
U: Barnett 19 pass from Atyia (Butler kick)
U: Pearson 30 punt return (Butler kick)
U: Buchanan 3 run (Butler kick)
U: Silmon 90 run (Butler kick)
U: Meier 21 pass from Atyia (Butler kick)
B: Tease 65 pass from White (Beasley kick)
B: Brantley 41 pass from White (Beasley kick)
B: Owens 9 run (Beasley kick)
U: Finch 15 run (run failed)
Original Print Headline: Union, Atyia top BTW
Union quarterback Hunter Atyia throws off his back leg during the Redskins' game against Booker T. Washington at S.E. Williams Stadium on Friday. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World