Kiefer TD passes earn district title
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Saturday, November 03, 2012
11/03/12 at 4:47 AM
KIEFER - Winning has become customary for the Kiefer Trojans, but they secured a district title Friday night by using what are, for them, unconventional means.
Trystin Edwards hauled in two touchdown passes - exactly one more than he totaled in the first nine games - helping the fourth-ranked Trojans over sixth-ranked Morrison 23-8 for the District A-7 championship.
"We're an I-formation running team and Trystin hasn't had a lot of chances," Kiefer coach Josh Calvert said. "He's hung in there and hung in there, and for him to make two big catches tonight is a sign that his hard work is paying off."
Justin Rovang threw a 65-yarder to Edwards in the second quarter to offset an early Morrision score, and delivered the clinching blow, a 31-yard, fourth-down strike in the fourth quarter that put the Trojans up by two scores.
"It feels great, and I'm looking forward to two more years," said Edwards, a sophomore.
Kiefer (10-0, 6-0), which won eight-man district titles the past two years, locked up its first at the 11-man level since 1951 as Ira Rongey, a member of the Trojans' Class C runner-up teams in 1945 and 1947, watched from the first row.
"We've got a 25-game district winning streak going," Calvert said. "We play pretty well at home so we're glad we're getting to host in the first two rounds of the playoffs."
The Trojans will host Summit Christian, District A-8's fourth-place team, in the first round next week. Morrison (8-2, 5-1) plays at home against Fairland, District A-8's third-place team.
Staying mostly on the ground, the visiting Wildcats dominated most of the first two quarters, but had nothing but an 8-8 halftime tie to show for it.
They marched 80 yards to John Sanders' 4-yard score on the opening possession and made it 8-0 on Kyle Collins' conversion run.
Morrison just missed going up two scores in the second quarter when Jordan Quintana was turned away inches from the goal line on fourth down.
Kiefer responded by going 99 yards for the tying score. On Rovang's long pass to Edwards, Morrison's Collins attempted to intercept and got a hand on the ball as he and Edwards leaped for it around the Wildcats 40.
Edwards ripped the ball away and scored untouched. Austin Ford's two-point run tied the score at 8-8, and that's how it stayed until the fourth quarter when Kiefer's Cesar Zamora recovered a Collins fumble at the Morrison 21.
Just 8:33 remained.
Blake Shadowens got 10 yards around left end, and the Trojans received a facemask penalty, moving the ball to the 6.
Trey Sneed twisted left, then right, then bolted through the middle to score on first down and added a conversion run and the Trojans led 16-8.
The second Rovang-to-Edwards TD pass put the game out of reach.KIEFER 23, MORRISON 8
M: Sanders 4 run (Collins run)
K: Edwards 65 pass from Rovang (Ford run)
K: Sneed 6 run (Sneed run)
K: Edwards 31 pass from Rovang (Harwell kick)
Kiefer's Blake Shadowens runs against Morrison on Friday night. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World
Kiefer's Blake Shadowens hangs on to bring down Morrison's Scott Vandorn on Friday in Kiefer. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World