Broken Arrow's Thomas Set Career Rushing Mark

BROKEN ARROW – At the end of the first quarter Friday night, Devon Thomas had rushed for two yards on three carries and Broken Arrow trailed Owasso 7-3. But the Broken Arrow senior running back was just getting started as he rushed for 175 yards to set the school career rushing record and a touchdown to lead the Tigers to a 37-16 victory.

The 5-11, 210-pound senior carried 25 times for 175 yards, including a 5-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter which sewed it up for the Tigers.

Thomas took a handoff from Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key on the third play of the second quarter from the Tigers' 46-yard line. He swept around the right side before cutting back against the grain, breaking a number of tackles before being brought down 34 yards later at the Owasso 12. It was a record-breaking run for the future Oklahoma State Cowboy.

Thomas entered the game needing just 34 yards to bypass Cameron Wren as the school's career rushing leader. He had 2,485 career rushing yards and easily broke Wren's record of 2,518.

"He's just been so focused throughout the spring and summer, I'm just really proud of him," Broken Arrow head coach Steve Spavital said. "He's just focused and ready to go. It's just something that I wasn't really anticipating. Not that he's not a good kid. That's not what I'm saying. He's just flipped a switch, and I'm just real proud of him."

The Tigers rolled up 409 total yards against the Rams, and Thomas accounted for nearly half of those with 191 yards (175 rushing and he also had two receptions for 16 yards).

"I'm very happy about it. The line blocked great. It's just an incredible feeling," Thomas said during the post-game celebration on the Broken Arrow field. "We were coming out slow because we had a game plan to bounce (outside), but it became an in-between the tackle game. I love that type of game. I like to get everybody sucked inside and then bounce out."

Spavital says it's only one game but Thomas showed what he means to the Tigers.

"If he's healthy, it's going to mean a lot because our o-line is going to continue to get better. That's been our biggest weakness because of inexperience but they're just going to keep getting better," said the Broken Arrow head coach.

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