Woodward, Okla. —
Big plays on special teams helped El Reno upend the Boomers 30-7 in high school football action at Boomer Stadium Friday night.
It was the season opener for both squads.
The Indians only had one offensive touchdown, but scored on a blocked punt, a punt return and pass interception return to pull away from the Boomers. The Indians ended a 2-game losing streak to Woodward.
Kyler Ferguson picked up Woodward’s lone score by taking a short pass from Jake Hughes and working his way 25 yards for a touchdown early in the second period.
That tied the game at 7-7 and El Reno used a 23-yard field goal by Tyler Hughey to take at 10-7 halftime lead.
Woodward nearly took the lead on the final play of the first half as Hughes and Ty Richey connected on a 24-yard pass play to the Indian one-yard-line but time ran out.
It was still 10-7 late in the third period, then momentum turned against the Boomers.
A fumbled punt return gave El Reno possession at midfield and 5 plays later Cal Baker hit Bailey Denny for a 14-yard touchdown to make it 16-7.
The Boomers were forced to punt on their next possession and Justin Brown broke free on the return for a 71-yard touchdown and suddenly the Indians led 23-7.
On Woodward’s next offensive play, El Reno linebacker Hunter Freeman picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-7
Stunned, the Boomers tried to bounce back but couldn’t convert a pair of scoring opportunities.
A 31-yard pass to Kaleb Roach gave the Boomers first down inside the Indian 20, but the drive stalled, then a fumble recovery by Logan Pope gave them another possession inside the 20. Again, the Boomers were unable to get additional points on the board.
Woodward will be home again next week to take on Garden City, Kan. in a 7:30 p.m. start.
Garden City, a Class 6A school, has won 2 straight over the Boomers.
Woodward's 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams all lost their openers at Weatherford on Thursday. They will host Clinton this Thursday for 3 games starting at 4:30 p.m.