The Boomer football team took to the gridiron on Friday night with a new attitude – that is their play showed a new attitude.

The defense was crisp and tough, forcing six turnovers, three fumbles and three interceptions, one of which was returned 72 yards for a touchdown. The offense was dominating on the ground and the offensive line won the battle of the trenches as the Boomers defeated Southeast 19-12 in the District 5A-2 opener.

The first half of play was a defensive battle as the two teams traded punches.

The Boomers missed an opportunity to take an early lead when a sure touchdown pass from David Nelson was dropped in the end zone. Neither team scored in the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, the Spartans scored on their first possession as they went on a 11-play 45-yard scoring drive that ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass. Woodward blocked the point after attempt and Southeast led 6-0 with 7:57 to play in the opening half.

The Boomers forced two fumbles and one interception in the opening 24 minutes of play and none was bigger than the interception Tyler Thomas pulled down inside the Boomer 10 yard line as the Spartans were trying to add to the lead with just seconds left on the clock. The half ended with Woodward trailing 6-0.

In the second half, the Boomer defense continued to hit the Spartans and started wearing them down.

Woodward got its first score of the game on their first possession of the second half as Josh Melton put the finishing touches on a six-play 30-yard drive with a one-yard bolt to paydirt. The Spartans returned the favor and blocked the Boomers PAT and the game was knotted at six with 7:44 left in the third.

On the Spartans next series, they began on their own 20 and were marching down the field as they picked up four first downs on the drive, but on the eighth play of the drive, the Boomers made them cough up the ball with great pursuit and gang tackling and the Boomers were back in business at their own 44.

Woodward could not get anything going in the remainder of the third and remained tied with the Spartans to start the fourth quarter.

As the quarter began the Boomers were in the middle of a nine-play 47-yard drive which Cooper Harrison capped off with a 19-yard scamper for the touchdown with 10:17 left to play. Trask Eagon provided the extra point and the Boomers had the lead, 13-6.

Southeast’s Tony Anderson returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards giving his team a first and 10 at the Boomers 35 yard line.

Then came the biggest play of the game. On a third and 15, the Spartan quarterback threw the ball down the Boomers sideline and Troy Clark thanked him for the nice pass as he sprinted up the sideline for 72 yards and the score. The PAT was wide left, but the Boomers were up by 13 points, 19-6.

But the Spartans did not quit. With just over three minutes left in the game, the Spartans put together a five play drive which ended one yard score. The PAT failed, but Southeast was back in the game, 19-12.

Woodward sealed the victory with 30 seconds left to play when Nelson made a diving interception after a pass was batted around.

The Boomers will be on the road next Friday night as they travel to Harrah looking for their second district win.

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