Woodward, Okla. —
A game that looked like an easy win for the Boomers turned into a homecoming nailbiter at Boomer Stadium Friday.
Woodward built a 32-7 lead through three quarters, then held on as Piedmont put up 20 points in the fourth period before the Boomers closed out a 32-27 victory in the District 4A-1 football opener for both schools.
Piedmont's final score came with 2:11 left in the game on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Lucas Richert to Steffen Funkhouser.
But an onside kick went out of bounds and the Boomers were able to get a first down and run out the clock.
For most of the game, the Boomers dominated.
Scoring on four of their first six possessions and forcing four consecutive Piedmont turnovers, the Boomers built a 26-7 halftime lead and stretched the margin to 32-7 on Micah Kee's 3-yard run with just under nine minutes left in the third period.
After taking the opening kickoff, it took the Boomers just 3 plays to score. Kale Hixon went for 29 yards, then gained one, then hit Kade Marlatt who turned a short pass into a 51-yard touchdown just 50 seconds into the game. Jason Alexander's extra point made it 7-0.
Alexander then picked off a deflected pass setting up the Boomers at the Piedmont 36.
That drive faltered inside the 20, but the Boomers quickly got the ball back again, recovering a fumble at the Piedmont 47.
Woodward punted but soon had possession again on Kee's interception at the Wildcat 45.
This time, the Boomers converted as Hixon teamed with Marlatt for a 28-yard touchdown pass.
Kaleb Roach intercepted Richert on the next possession and the very next play Kyler Ferguson got free for a 55-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed but it was 20-0 still in the first quarter.
Piedmont avoided the turnover bug on its next possession and went 65 yards in 14 plays to get on the board as Richert and Funkhosuer connected from 9-yards out. Butch Hampton kicked the extra point.
The Boomers had an immediate answer, going 66 yards in 9 plays capped by Kee's 1-yard touchdown run. A 2-point conversion failed, but Woodward took a 26-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The quick score by Kee in the third period was set up by Roach who took a short pass from Hixon slipped a tackler and sprinted 56 yards to the Wildcat 3. The touchdown came two plays later.
Piedmont drove into Boomer territory before Alexander intercepted Richert's long pass attempt.
From their 5, the Boomers moved near midfield and Lane Reazin's punt pinned the Wildcats on their 2-yard-line.
After a short punt, the Boomers took over at the Wildcat 29, but two plays later T.J. Abraham scooped up a fumble and went 74 yards for a touchdown, giving Piedmont some momentum.
The Wildcats forced a punt then drove 56 yards in 8 plays to score on Josh Hampton's quarterback sneak with 7:53 left in the game.
The teams exchanged punts, then the Boomers turned the ball over on downs at the Wildcat 37.
One play later, Richert and Funkhouser hooked up on the scoring play that cut the lead to 32-27.
That was as close as the Wildcats would get.
The Boomers had a big game overall on offense with around 450 yards - 321 coming in the first half alone. Piedmont finished with 320 yards.
The Boomers, 3-1, will travel to Weatherford next week for a key district road test. Weatherford was spanked 46-14 by Clinton on Friday. Elgin and Anadarko were the other 4A-1 winners. Elgin routed Elk City 45-7 and Anadarko beat Cache 63-14.