The Woodward News

November 8, 2013

Clinton defeats Boomers in top 10 battle

Woodward going to Ada for the first round of the playoffs

Johnny McMahan
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward will be on the road for the Class 4A playoffs.

Tenth-ranked Clinton defeated the No. 5 Boomers 19-14 on Senior Night at Boomer Stadium Friday to claim the second place spot in District 4A-1. The loss dropped the Boomers to third in the district and they will go to Ada on Friday. Ada, 7-3, lost 30-18 to Douglass and will finish second in District 4A-2. The Cougars have lost their last 2 games.

Clinton used some big plays early and a clutch scoring drive in the fourth period to edge the Boomers, who scored a late touchdown to make it 19-14.

The game wasn't completely decided until Clinton recovered an onside kick with 18 seconds left in the game.

Woodward played most of 3 periods without starting quarterback Kale Hixon, who left with a bruised back in the second quarter. Hixon attempted to get loose for the second half but was unable to go.

Clinton was led by Marquiz Simpkins who rushed for 201 yards on 22 carries, scoring one touchdown and setting up fullback Wyatt Eaton for a pair of short touchdown runs.

It was Simpkins who stunned the Boomer Stadium crowd with a 79-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game, giving the Tornadoes a 7-0 lead just 48 seconds into the game.

The Boomers got one first down before punting, then turned away a mild Clinton threat late in the first period.

Then, the Boomer offense got going.

Starting from their 32, the Boomers moved the 68 yards to tie the game early in the second quarter. It was an interesting drive as the Boomers got 30 yards in face mask penalties from Clinton, and also had to overcome a holding penalty of their own.

On fourth and 15 from the Clinton 30, Xavier Vo took a screen pass from Hixon and gained 16 yards for a first down.

Hixon, on the next play, then hit Kade Marlatt for a 14-yard touchdown. Jason Alexander added the extra point to tie it up.

The game didn't stay tied long.

The Tornadoes went 67 yards in 6 plays to regain the advantage. A 37-yard run by Simpkins was the big play, then his 12-yard run moved the ball to the one.  Eaton scored on the next play, but the extra point was no good.

The Boomers tried to answer and moved into Clinton territory when Hixon was injured after a run along the sideline.

There was also a holding penalty on the play that eventually forced a punt.

Clinton had one more possession in Boomer territory in the half but Alexander's interception ended the threat.

An early turnover gave Clinton a chance in the third period. The Tornadoes reached the Boomer one, but a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, then a 6-yard loss on a botched pitch forced a field goal attempt that missed.

Clinton had the ball inside Boomer territory on its next possession but fumbled and Devon Comstock recovered.

The Boomers then got a pair of punishing first down runs from Dakota Taylor, but Woodward couldn't covert a fourth down situation in Clinton territory, turning the ball over on downs at the 37.

After an exchange of punts, Clinton put together the drive that clinched the win.

The Boomers forced a pair of third downs early in the possession, but Clinton converted each including an 18-yard run by Javon Jefferson on a third and nine. A penalty against the Boomers moved the ball down to the Woodward 26.

From there, Clinton scored in 6 plays. Simpkins had a 14-yard run to set up the score by Eaton. The Boomers stopped a 2-point conversion but trailed 19-7 with 3:03 left.

Woodward stormed back, covering 66 yards 10 plays with Marlatt hitting Kaleb Roach for a 25-yard touchdown pass with just 22.9 seconds remaining. Roach stretched to make the reception and kept his feet inbounds at the same time. Alexander's extra point made it 19-14.

That was it, though, as Clinton covered the onside kick.

The Boomers will take a 7-3 record into the playoffs as will Clinton. Both teams finished 5-2 in the district.

In other 4A-1 games on Friday, Anadarko beat Elgin, Weatherford beat Piedmont and Cache edged Elk City.