The Altus High School Bulldogs have earned the right to play for the State Championship by beating Bishop McGuinness in the semi-finals Monday night, 49-35.
The title game will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yukon’s High School football field. The address for the field is 1777 S. Parkway. The gates at Yukon will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $7 at the stadium in Yukon or they can be purchased early online at OSSAA.com. The Bulldogs will face Collinsville to see who is the best in class 5A. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools, and the first time ever for Collinsville in the title game.
Collinsville survived Bishop Kelley in the first round, followed by MacArthur in the second. They defeated Skiatook 23-3 in their semi-finals last Saturday.
The Bulldogs downed Guthrie in the first round, followed by Coweta in the second, and last night Altus outlasted the Irish of Bishop McGuinness 49-35 to arrive in the title game in style.
The Bulldogs wasted no time scoring early as Jayden Benway scampered 54 yards on the first play of the game to put the Bulldogs on top 7-0. Gabe Barton added the point after.
Altus would never trail in the game. Although McGuinness put forth perhaps the best game plan so far this year to stop the Bulldogs’ rushing attack, Altus still scored a half a hundred in the game.
Jayden Benway shined again in his double-duty role for the 12-1 Bulldogs. Even though Benway did not get an interception for himself, it was clear that McGuinness did all they could to throw the ball in any other direction than Benways.
McGuinness receiver, Matt Chancellor entered the game as the high school Player of the Week after his astounding performance against MacAlester. There would be no such luck for Chancellor last night. Benway’s reputation for interceptions put McGuinness choosing to throw in the directions of Benway’s teammates. The Bulldogs still hauled in three interceptions, and they came at great times in the game. They allowed the Bulldogs to gain much needed momentum including the final interception too seal the victory for the Bulldogs.
Benway’s offensive output again is one for the record books. Benway’s five rushing touchdowns combined with a passing score gave him 36 total points on the night. This breaks James Chandler’s 25-year-old record of 30 total points.
It was a great team effort and a great community effort. Bulldog fans filled the entire visitor section with standing room only on the edges and across the top.
Win or lose this Saturday, it will be the last time these seniors will be in a Bulldog uniform. It’s hard to imagine.
Let’s go Bulldogs. There is gold to get.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext.2076