Woodward, Okla. — WEATHERFORD - Laverne came into the 2012 football season with state championship dreams.
Those dreams became real at Southwestern Oklahoma State University Saturday night as the Tigers lifted the Class B state championship trophy.
Laverne polished off a 14-0 campaign with a powerful 50-19 victory over Pond Creek-Hunter at Southwestern's Fast Lane Field before a crowd estimated at 4,000.
A 30-point third period by the Tigers broke open a close game and pretty much sealed the outcome.
Ahead 14-7 at halftime, the Tigers exploded in the third quarter as Tucker Rolf broke the first play from scrimmage for a 70-yard touchdown just 17 seconds in the period. Trevor Harris added the conversion for a 22-0 lead.
Two plays later Tucker Hickman picked off a pass and returned it to the Panther 42.
Six plays after that Rolf powered in from the one, Harris added the conversion and suddenly it was 30-7.
On the Tigers' next possession, sophomore fullback Dalton Birch busted free for a 54-yard touchdown to make the score 36-7. Birch had 3 touchdowns and 161 yards for the Tigers.
Trenton Grimes had a 13-yard touchdown run on the Panthers next possession to trim the lead to 36-13, but it did little to break the Tigers momentum.
On Laverne's next play, Trevor Harris broke free for 62 yards to the 2. He scored on the next play for a 44-13 lead.
Each team scored once in the fourth period, the Panthers on a 27-yard pass from Josh Irvin to Brady Krittenbrink and the Tigers on a 4-yard run by Dalton Birch with 5:36 left in the game.
From there it was a matter of playing out the clock as the Tiger faithful began their celebration that continued well after the championship trophy was presented.
Laverne's big-play ability proved key throughout the game, but the Tigers were also able to control the ball with their veteran offensive line.