BROKEN ARROW — Noah Cortes entered Senior Night needing only 79 yards to set Broken Arrow’s career rushing record.
It didn’t long for Cortes to surpass Jamall Shaw in the record book. On Cortes’ fourth carry of the night, he ran 80 yards around right end for a touchdown that started the top-ranked Class 6AI Tigers’ onslaught against Enid.
Broken Arrow scored four TDs in the last five minutes of the first quarter en route to setting its single-game points record in a 76-0 victory on Thursday at Memorial Stadium.
Cortes had six official carries for 109 yards, raising his career total to 3,925. Shaw had 3,894 yards from 2012-15.
“It’s amazing, that was one of my goals,” Cortes said about the record. “Right before that play I said, ‘This one’s to the house,’ and my line said, ‘We’ve got you.’ I had a vision about that two weeks ago, that it would come on an 80-yarder.”
Heralded offensive tackle Andrew Raym helped pave the way for that run and the record.
“It was awesome we were all able to be a part of something like that,” Raym said. “(Thirty-three) games varsity I’ve been blocking for him, but it goes all the way back to blocking for him since we were 9 or 10 years old.”
Tigers coach David Alexander was glad Cortes broke the record before his home fans.
“We might have been able to get him the record last week (at Edmond Memorial), but we wanted him to do it in front of the Pride and the Jungle, we’re all proud for him,” Alexander said. “He’s been our heartbeat for two years. He’s been our emotional guy on offense.
“He’s the guy we lean on in practice to bring some energy. He plays so hard and with such a chip on his shoulder, his teammates love him and so in turn we (coaches) love him. And if you’re going to break the record you might as well do it on a touchdown.”
Another milestone was reached as the victory enabled the Tigers (10-0, 7-0 District 6AI-1) to complete their first perfect regular season. They also were undefeated in 1937, ‘45 and ‘54 — but those seasons included ties.
After Cortes’ TD, Enid lost fumbles on consecutive offensive plays to set up Broken Arrow touchdowns. The first came on Tate Robards’ 23-yard pass to Trevon Kleint. Five plays after Jaylen Moss’ recovery, Robards rolled right and connected with Kaizer Newell for a 9-yard TD.
Enid’s next possession ended with a 10-yard punt. On the next play, Cortes reached the end zone on a 30-yard run, but that was nullified by a penalty. That wasn’t any problem for the Tigers as on the next play, Quintevin Cherry fired a 41-yard TD pass to Kleint for a 28-0 lead with six seconds left in the first quarter.
Enid (1-9, 0-7) opened the second quarter with a 14-play, 74-yard drive that ended up in disaster for the Plainsmen as Aaron “Tricky” Stokes returned an interception 99 yards for a TD.
The Plainsmen’s next possession ended with a Broken Arrow TD as Gavin Potter blocked a punt that was scooped up at the 16 by Zach Marcheselli, who coasted into the end zone.
Raym scored the half’s final TD on a 3-yard run for a 49-0 lead.
Broken Arrow opened and closed the game with eight-yard drives — neither ending with points. In between, they scored 11 TDs while only running 22 offensive plays.
Maurion Horn, a freshman in his varsity debut, scored on his first two carries — both 49-yarders — sandwiched around Keyon Barnett’s 52-yard TD scamper.
“He’s tall and skinny, but he’s fast and has great vision,” Alexander said about Horn. “We were on the sideline after Maurion’s second touchdown, and I told Noah that in about four years from now he might be breaking your record.”