Woodward, Okla. —
Kale Hixon rushed for 315 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Boomers ran away from Elk City 70-21 at Boomer Stadium on Friday.
Hixon had scoring runs of 11, 9, 19, 34 and 65 yards and the Boomers tightened their grip on second place in District 4A-1 and the home playoff game that goes along with it.
Woodward is 5-1 in district play, a game ahead of Clinton and Elgin - an upset winner over Piedmont on Friday - and the Boomers host Clinton next week.
The Boomers are 7-2 overall while Elk City fell to 1-8.
Kade Marlatt scored twice and Micah Kee, Dakota Taylor and Kaleb Roach once as the Boomers rolled up their highest point total since scoring 77 points against Capitol Hill in 1995.
The game was competitive for a while as Elk CIty trailed just 20-14 at one point and 35-21 after the opening drive of the second half.
From there, however, the Boomers broke it open.
After Elk City's score, Roach took the next kickoff back 82 yards for a score and on Elk City's next offensive play, Devon Comstock forced a fumble the Boomers recovered. Three plays later Hixon scored from 19 yards out and suddenly it was 49-21.
The Boomers added 3 more touchdowns late as the offensive continued its dominance and also got a couple of nice goal-line stops by the defense.
The game started with a flurry.
It took the Boomers a minute to score as they went 90 yards in 3 plays with Hixon scoring from the 11. Jason Alexander kicked the extra point.
Elk City responded with a 79 yard touchdown drive in just 6 plays and Austin Maine's 2-yard run tied it up less than 3 minutes into the contest.
After a Boomer punt, the Elks drove to the 30, but Maine was picked off by Logan Pope.
An exchange of punts set the Boomers up on their 48 and they scored in 3 plays to take a 14-7 lead. Xavier Vo had a 41-yard run to spark the drive, then Marlatt scored from 19 yards out after catching a short pass from Hixon.
Elk City missed a field goal on its next possession, then the Boomers went 80 yards in 11 plays to take a 20-6 lead. Hixon hit Kee for a 6-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal.
Maine's 2-yard run cut the Boomer lead to 20-14, but Woodward got touchdowns from Marlatt (5-yard run) and Hixon (9-yard run) to take a 35-14 halftime lead.
The Elks opened the second half with an 80-yard touchdown drive caped by Maine's 8-yard pass to Luke Lewallen, cutting the lead to 35-21.
The 2 quick touchdowns by the Boomers, though, turned the game into a rout.
Up 49-21, the Boomers turned away an Elk City threat at the 5-yard line when a fourth down pass was broken up.
It took the Boomers just 6 plays to go 95 yards. Kyler Ferguson had a 33-yard run and Dakota Taylor went for 32 yards ahead of his 15-yard touchdown.
Caleb Reddin's interception set up the Boomers next score and Hixon broke a 34-yarder to make it 63-21.
Matt Adams nearly scored for Elk City but was stopped at the 3 after a 70 yard kickoff return. The Elks were unable to punch it in against the Boomer defense, then three plays later Hixon ended the scoring with a 65-yard scamper.
The Boomers also had a late touchdown called back by a penalty.
Woodward had an incredible 639 yards in total offense with 535 coming on the ground. Elk City had most of its success throwing the ball with 291 passing yards to go with 99 yards rushing. Maine completed 27 of 51 attempts.
Penalties were an issue on both sides with a combined 25 for 240 yards.
In the other 4A-1 games, Clinton routed Cache 54-6 and Elgin stunned Piedmont 34-24. Also top-ranked Anadarko beat Weatherford 54-7 to wrap up the top seed in the district.