Boomer football

Jonathan Hernandez dives to bring down Kingfisher running back Nick Smith as Tanner Wagner (1) moves in to assist in Friday’s game at Kingfisher. The Boomers lost to the Jackets and will go to El Reno for week two. (Photo by Johnny McMahan)

KINGFISHER - Opening night of the football season didn't go well for the Boomers here Friday.

Top-ranked (3A) Kingfisher got three touchdowns from Nick Smith and another from its defense in a 38-0 win over the Boomers, ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A.

Smith had touchdown runs of 2, 1 and 14 yards and also booted a 53-yard field goal.

Woodward contributed greatly to its own demise, committing six turnovers and a couple of crucial penalties.

One of the turnovers came on the Boomers initial possession, when they were moving the ball.

Nothing came of the miscue, though as both defenses played well throughout the period.

But as the second quarter started, the momentum changed suddenly.

On the first play of the quarter, Kingfisher’s Docker Haub found tight end Jace Sternberger roaming wide open over the middle and the result was a 67-yard touchdown play.

Three plays later Wendell Prim picked off a pass and returned it for an apparent touchdown. A penalty wiped out that score, but Kingfisher needed just three plays to cover 17 yards with Smith going in from the two-yard-line for a 14-0 lead.

The Boomers next possession ended in a punt and Kingfisher went 57 yards in 11 plays to take a 21-0 lead. Woodward had the Yellowjackets in trouble after Devon Comstock, Garrett Hines and Bailey Reeves teamed to sack backup quarterback Tucker Arrington for a 12-yard loss. On third and long, Arrington threw an incomplete pass, but a roughing the passer penalty gave Kingfisher first down at the Boomer 14.

They scored two plays later as Smith got free for a 14-yard touchdown.

Early in the second half, the Boomers had their best chance to regain the momentum and get on the scoreboard.

First, Logan Long dropped Smith for an 8-yard loss at the Yellowjacket 18, then under pressure Haub threw into traffic and Coltin Kline got the pick, returning the ball to the six.

Kade Marlatt picked up two yards on first down but a dead-ball unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the Boomers back to the 19-yard line. Marlatt lost three yards on the next play, then the possession ended with a fumble.

From there it was pretty much all Kingfisher.

Smith scored his third touchdown of the game on a one-yard run to cap a 46-yard, 6-play drive. That score came on the first play of the fourth period.

The Boomers immediately fumbled the ball back and the eventual result was a 53-yard field goal by Smith to make it 31-0.

On the next Boomer possession, Kolton Mueggenborg returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown to complete the scoring.

Smith led the Yellowjackets with 103 yards on 128 carries and Haub threw for another 136 yards.

The Boomers had less than a 100 yards in total offense.

Woodward travels to El Reno next week.

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It was a mixed week as a whole for District 4A-1 teams.

Top-ranked Anadarko rolled as expected 49-0 over Chickasha but top-five ranked Clinton ran into a buzzsaw against 5A Lawton MacArthur and lost 43-6.

Elk City and Newcastle also posted wins, the Elks 50-49 over Pampa, Texas and Newcastle 47-7 over Pauls Valley. Weatherford also won 62-6 over Southeast. Elgin and Cache lost, the Owls 30-7 to  Hennessey and Cache 38-12 to Iowa Park, Texas.

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