NORMAN — On a cold and windy Saturday, Community Christian faced off against one of its toughest opponents of the year in Sunrise Christian. And, thanks, to a great individual performance by Blake Nelson and a terrific defense, the Royals prevailed 14-0.
Nelson had a hand in all 14 of the Royals’ points, catching a 58-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Haler to put CCS on the board and later running the ball in from a few yards out. He also had a hand in the fourth-quarter sack that caused a safety to provide the game’s final margin.
After taking the early lead, the weather was on the side of the Royals. Forced to throw it in the second half, Sunrise Christian threw four interceptions and lost four fumbles as CCS ran the ball to tick down the clock throughout the half. Sunrise Christian had some success on offense, gaining more than 200 yards in the game, but the turnovers doomed the team.
CCS moved to 6-1 with the win.
Better by half: Both Washington and Lexington, 2A schools that got off to hot starts this season, did not enjoy the same success on Friday.
Lexington (4-2, 2-1) was tied 13-13 with Kingston as the third quarter wound down, but the Bulldogs kicked it into high gear, scoring 23 unanswered points to win 36-23 and strengthen their playoff chances.
Heading into the game, coach Jeff Hall said his team needed to execute better than they have in their losses this year, and his team did just that on Friday.
“We kind of struggle sometimes at playing with emotion, and that’s kind of the mark of a young team,” he said after the game. “But we came out in the second half and executed really well.”
It was much the same for Washington. Playing against undefeated Hinton in an important district game, the Warriors (4-2, 2-1) found themselves down 21-20. But a late effort lifted Washington to a 41-21 win that doesn’t tell the story of how close the game was.