The Woodward News

September 7, 2013

Boomers crush El Reno in season opener

Johnny McMahan
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — EL RENO – Twelve seconds into the season opener at Memorial Stadium Friday night the Boomers found themselves trailing El Reno.

Justin Brown returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to give the Indians an early lead.

Turns out, that was El Reno's highlight.

First the Boomer defense got a big stop, then the offense started rolling, rolling and rolling as Woodward routed the Indians 47-7.

Woodward scored on 7 consecutive possessions, two of them one play after a turnover, in beating the Indians for the third time in 4 years.

Quarterback Kale Hixon completed 13 of 15 passes for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns while also running for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns on 10 carries.

Kyler Ferguson and Dakota Taylor added touchdowns and Xavier Vo had big plays in the running game.

The Boomers had scoring drives of 93, 85 and 68 yards while also taking advantage of Indian miscues to score with a short field.

Defensively, the Boomers gave up some yards here and there, but also didn't allow a touchdown and stopped the Indians inside the 5-yard line in the second period. They also forced 5 turnovers.

Woodward controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

"I was very pleased overall," said Boomer head coach Darris Servis. "Offensively, I was super-pleased, defense very pleased for the most part. We've still got a few things we need to polish up."

Servis was most pleased, however, with the way the Boomers responded after the potential early disaster.

Brown, El Reno's most dangerous player, took the opening kickoff at the 15-yard line, hit a seam and sprinted for the score to put the Indians ahead 7-0.

El Reno then stopped the Boomers and put together a drive that ended at the Boomer 32.

From there, it was all Woodward.

The Boomers covered the 68 yards in 10 plays with Hixon powering over from the 3-yard-line behind a big surge up front. Jason Alexander added the extra point and it was 7-7 with 2:33 left in the quarter.

A short El Reno punt set the Boomers up on the Indian 45 and they scored 8 plays later with Ferguson going in from 10 yards out on the first snap of the second period  to make it 14-7.

That started a series that basically broke things open. Coltin Kline recovered a fumble on El Reno's next play, and on the following snap Hixon lofted a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Roach.

An El Reno fumble on the ensuing kickoff set Woodward in position at the Indian 22 and Hixon promptly connected with Kade Marlatt for a 22-yard score and 27-7 lead at the 11:19 mark of the second period.

El Reno tried to respond with its best offensive drive of the night, going from the 31 to a first down on the Boomer 6, with the help of a pair of pass interference penalties. Cal Baker also had a 13-yard touchdown run called back.

But the Boomer defense stepped up for the stop, tripping up Brown on fourth down at the 3.

Hixon and company then went 93 yards in 10 plays with the quarterback covering the final 52 yards for the score. Vo and Taylor both had clutch runs early in the drive.

Woodward's 34-7 halftime lead grew in the third quarter with a pair of long scoring drives.

First, the Boomers went 85 yards in 10 plays with the touchdown coming on a 10-yard pass from Hixon to Marlatt. Hixon and Roach hooked up for 22-yards and Vo had an 18-yard run.

On their next possession, the Boomers went 68 yards in 7 plays to wrap up the scoring. Taylor got the touchdown on a 2-yard run with 2:33 left in the third quarter.

El Reno had one last scoring chance with its reserves, reaching the Boomer 12 before Jonathon Hernandez stopped it with an interception.

Kline also had interception in the fourth period.

Notes: The 47-point effort was Woodward's largest on opening night since a 35-14 win over Duncan in 1995. It was the second largest output in the 3 years Servis has been head coach as Woodward had 56 points in 2011 against Guymon. The Boomers also had 48 against Guymon in 2010 when Justin Jones was head coach. This was also the Boomers biggest victory margin over the Indians since the 1996 state semifinal team won 41-7 in Memorial Stadium. Ironicallly, that team also trailed 7-0 at one point in the game. Garden City, the Boomers second week opponent opened with a 32-27 loss at Bixby on Friday, a much closer game than a year ago when the Buffaloes lost 42-6 on their home field.