Lowe tosses four TDs as Owasso downs Sapulpa
BY ZAK PATTERSON World Sports Writer
Saturday, November 10, 2012
11/10/12 at 6:44 AM
OWASSO - Owasso has reached the semifinals of the Class 6A state playoffs each of the past two seasons, and now it needs one more win to make it three years in a row.
The No. 2 Rams opened the 2012 high school football playoffs with a bang, defeating Sapulpa 49-3 at Owasso Stadium on Friday night.
The win marked the eighth straight for the Rams (8-2). During that streak, the Owasso offense has averaged 48.2 points per game.
The Rams advance to host Norman at 7:30 p.m. next Friday. Norman (9-2) was a 38-13 winner over Yukon on Friday.
"I'm very pleased. We played very well both offensively and defensively," coach Bill Patterson said. "Jaylen (Lowe) had another great night for us, and defensively we only gave up that field goal; overall it was a really good first-round performance."
The first quarter was scoreless until Lowe's 16-yard pass to tight end Colby Lundquist as time expired.
Lowe continued his impressive season for the Rams, throwing for 199 yards and four scores. Lowe has now passed for 1,581 yards and 23 TDs on the year. Lowe also carried the ball seven times for 42 yards.
Sapulpa (6-5) suffered a devastating blow early when starting quarterback Sam Gottsch sustained what a Sapulpa assistant called a separated throwing shoulder after two series, and was unable to return. Gottsch had passed for 1,784 yards and 17 TDs on the season.
Chieftain backup QB Ben Johnson's first pass was an interception. On the next play, Lowe connected with the Rams' leading receiver Cole Neph on a 24-yard score.
Johnson went 7-of-14 passing for 110 yards and two interceptions.
Neph, a junior, had seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. The Rams' leading receiver now has 40 catches for 649 yards and five touchdowns on the season.
Owasso's Scottie Prealow, one of the leading rushers in the state, had 12 carries for 88 yards.
Sapulpa ended with its first winning season and playoff appearance since 2005.
Chieftain receiver Corey Jones was responsible for the only two big plays of the night for Sapulpa, and finished with two catches for 84 yards.
Sapulpa's only score came on a 47-yard field goal from junior kicker Cameron Mortazavi in the third quarter.
The Owasso-Norman game is a rematch of a 45-34 2011 opening round playoff victory for Owasso. The Rams also beat Norman in a five-overtime game in a 2010 playoff matchup, in which Lowe threw six touchdown passes.
"We'll enjoy this for the evening and come back tomorrow and get ready for Norman," said Patterson. "They'll be highly motivated, so it'll be a tough game for us, but that's the way it should be. It's the playoffs."
OWASSO 49, Sapulpa 3
O: Lundquist 16 pass from Lowe (kick good)
O: Neph 24 pass from Lowe (kick good)
O: Burd 5 pass from Lowe (kick good)
O: Bray 1 run (kick good)
O: Fullingham 30 interception return (kick)
O: Lundquist 11 pass from Lowe (kick good)
S: Mortazavi 47 field FG
O: Bray 1 run (kick good)