The Union Redskins’ high-octane offense proved to be too much for the Broken Arrow Tigers in a 21-0 shutout win Saturday at H. A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa.
The No. 1 Redskins (12-0) and No. 4 Tigers (7-5) have met in the playoffs nine previous times, with Union winning eight of those meetings.
This was also Union’s third shutout of the season.
The Redskins will be playing for their second-straight gold ball. Union won state last year by defeating the Norman North Timberwolves 57-43.
“We got the scores that we needed and I am proud of how my guys played today,” Union head coach Kirk Fridrich said. “We love having the opportunity to play for a state championship.”
By the middle of the third quarter, it was all Redskins, who were leading 14-0. Union running back Darius Boone, Jr., scored both touchdowns – 37 yards and 38 yards – in the first and third quarter.
Union’s last score came late in the fourth when Redskins’ Landen Wood intercepted Broken Arrow quarterback Lafayette Wright and took it back for a 60-yard touchdown to make it 21-0.
Boone finished the game with 155 yards rushing for the Redskins. Union ended the night with 242 total yards in the win.
The Redskins defense held the Tigers to 184 total yards.
“Our defense came through in several situations,” Fridrich said. “Our guys pressured their quarterback, got sacked and stopped the run. They played great.”
Last week against Norman North, Broken Arrow running back Noah Cortes ran 307 yards and scored two touchdowns. The Redskins defense held Cortes to just 69 yards Saturday.
The Redskins will face either the Owasso Rams (11-1) for the 6A-I state championship at H. A. Chapman Stadium on December 1 at 7:00.
Union defeated both Jenks and Owasso earlier in the season – winning 59-40 against the Trojans in week 2 and beating Owasso 44-41 in double overtime in week 4.
There’s a saying in high school football: it’s hard to beat a team twice in one season. But Union is living proof that old adages are meant to be broken.
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