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We miss football. Actually, we miss sports in general. We hope everybody is staying safe, listening to the professionals and doing what’s best. We also want to give a shoutout to all the workers in the medical field, all of the first responders and all of those essential workers! As we said at the top, we miss football. So every Thursday, we’re going to take a look back at some of the state champions from the previous season with a little Throwback Thursday!
We started by taking a look at 6A-D1 and Owasso capturing their second title in three years. Then we dropped down to 6A-D2 and throw it back to the Bixby Spartans continuing their dynasty with a fifth state title in six years. Then it was on to 5A as Carl Albert continued their dynasty as well with a fourth consecutive gold ball. Last week, we did 4A, which saw Poteau capture their first state title in school history. This week it’s on to Class 3A, where Lincoln Christian captured gold.
Lincoln Christian came into the 2019 season as one of the favorites and had some unfinished business on their mind. With the majority of their starters returning, the Bulldogs felt like 2019 could be their year. Not only was it their year, they were simply perfect. It was one of the more dominant seasons that we saw during 2019. Only one game during their 14-0 season was decided by less than ten points. They beat all four of their playoff opponents by 20+ points. Lincoln was on a mission and they did not stop until they raised the gold ball.
Lincoln squared off with Plainview for the state championship a week after putting down Heritage Hall in the semifinals, effectively ending their dynasty run. The Bulldogs needed to avoid a let down after such a big win and get out to a fast start in the championship game. That’s what happened. In the first quarter, Plainview went three and out in their first two possessions and Lincoln responded with touchdown drives. They led 14-0 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Plainview made it interesting in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns. But Lincoln Christian would never trail in this one. They led 21-14 at halftime. A Chase Ricke touchdown run with three minutes left would be the dagger to give Lincoln the 42-21 victory.
Ricke was nearly perfect in the title game and would end up being a finalist for OKPreps Player Of The Year. Running back Josh Kaste and junior standout Kolbe Kastis both had critical moments in helping the Bulldogs raise the gold ball. Check out all of the highlights from their championship victory and hear from head coach Jerry Ricke following the win.