Booker T. Opens With Upset of Midwest City

The Oklahoma high school football season kicked off with a change on Friday night with the advent of two divisions of Class 6A. The top 16 schools in Class 6A by enrollment are now in Division I and the lower 16 in Division II. The obvious participants like Jenks, Union and Broken Arrow are in Division I. Midwest City entered the season No. 1 in Division II with Tulsa Washington third.

The BTW Hornets came down the turnpike to Rose Stadium and Jim Darnell Field in Midwest City for a showdown of the two teams that are loaded with recruiting prospects.

What developed was a defensive battle as most of those top prospects are standout on the defensive side of the football. Washington quarterback Cordale Grundy had a solid night and the word circulating before the game is that Kansas State is interested in the Hornets leader.

His pass to Tariq Bitson that went for a 25-yard gain late in the second quarter to set up a Luke Beasley 21-yard field goal just before half to make it 3-0 in favor of Washington.

Scoring opened up in the second half as Grundy completed a short pass in the flat to junior running back Justice Hill, who made two moves and then cut it straight up the field for the 48-yard touchdown. Washington led 10-0, but not for long.

On the ensuing kickoff, Dimeco Wright caught the ball on the 1-yard line and took it up the middle first and then cut it to the outside for a 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown. The kicker, Beasley had an angle on Wright, but the 5-7, 132-pounder just turned on the juice and ran right by Beasley as if he were standing still. The two-point conversion was no good and Washington maintained a 10-6 lead.

In the fourth quarter a promising Midwest City drive was killed with a Kendall Sweet interception, the first of two by the Washington player. With close to two minutes left and the Bombers moving again around midfield, Sweet picked off a Brendan Brown pass that went through the hands of top-flight national recruit Will Sunderland, our top-ranked player in Oklahoma. Sweet grabbed the ball with a full head of steam and went 52 yards for the touchdown and a 17-6 lead.

The Bombers scored on the last play when Brown launched a long pass to Michael Colston but it was too little, too late as number-three knocked off number-one 17-12.

Part two of our report will delve into scouting reports on the wide range of prospects from both these teams.

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