Oklahoma Class 6A-I football: Bixby routs Owasso for state championship

EDMOND — Connor Kirby gave Dylan Hasz a signal.

The senior quarterback from Bixby was looking to exploit the matchup against the Owasso defender with the shifty Bixby receiver on the outside.

“I knew he had it in him to get open and shake that corner,” Kirby said.

He was right.

Kirby faked a handoff, rolled to his right as he watched Hasz get open with one move and flung a pass over the outstretched hand of an Owasso defender to hit Hasz in stride on a slant route.

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“It was just the perfect ball,” Hasz said. “The rest was easy.”

In the clear, Hasz outran the Owasso defense for a 65-yard score in the second quarter. He was greeted by a frenzy of Spartans on he sideline as the scoring margin was only growing.

It took just one half of play for the realization to kick in. The smallest school in Class 6A-I was ready to be crowned.

After scoring 42 points in the first half, Bixby stormed past Owasso 69-6 on Friday night at Chad Richison Stadium for its first Class 6A-I state championship. Although, the title is Bixby’s eighth in nine years with the first seven coming in Class 6A-II.

Bixby’s 63-point win comes just behind Adair’s record-breaking 64-point state championship win over Haskell in 2015. In Bixby’s 12 wins this season, its average margin of victory was 56.8 points.

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Bixby celebrates after defeating Owasso 69-6 in their Class 6A-I state championship football game at Chad Richison Stadium on Friday night in Edmond.
Bixby celebrates after defeating Owasso 69-6 in their Class 6A-I state championship football game at Chad Richison Stadium on Friday night in Edmond.

“It’s always just our goal to play our best and to win,” Bixby coach Loren Montgomery said. “It turned out we put a lot of points on the board and we didn’t let people score a lot this year. Our margin of wins was pretty significant.”

Kirby completed a 36-yard pass to Luke Hasz for the first play of the game and the Spartans were in total control the rest of the way. Bixby's opening drive was six plays for 80 yards and lasted just 48 seconds. Kirby’s one-yard run capped the drive.

Owasso (9-5) answered as Mason Willingham broke for a 54-yard touchdown run to momentarily tie the game. But that was all Owasso was able to muster as Bixby built a 42-6 halftime lead.

Bixby (12-1) finished the game with 518 offensive yards, 428 in the first half, while holding Owasso to just 175. The Spartans never punted. In fact, Bixby faked a punt and Austin Havens threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Luke in the fourth quarter.

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Bixby's Connor Kirby runs for a touchdown against Owasso on Friday night.
Bixby's Connor Kirby runs for a touchdown against Owasso on Friday night.

Dylan Hasz grabbed two interceptions, caught one touchdown and recovered an onside kick in the win. Kirby completed 16-of-25 for 205 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for two more. All of Kirby's scores came in the first half.

Bixby toppled Enid 63-0 in the quarterfinals, avenged its Jenks loss with a two-touchdown win before taking down Owasso, the first team it faced in Class 6A-I, for the crown.

“We just came together as a team and got the job done,” Kirby said. “It feels awesome. That one loss is going to hurt but we’re state champions so it doesn’t really matter.”

Dylan and the rest of the Bixby seniors that have donned the Spartan red and blue for four years, end their high school career with one loss and four championship rings.

“I’m spoiled,” Dylan said. “This community, this staff, the people supporting it, it's unmatched.”

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