After four quarters of back and forth football, Bixby defeated Stillwater in the 6A-II OSSAA football championship game 40-36.
Bixby was down early as Stillwater scored 17 unanswered points and got off to a 17-3 lead. But this did not phase Bixby wide receiver and OSU commit Brennan Presley.
“When we got down, we didn’t get down on ourselves,” Presley said. “We knew we had each other’s backs.”
Bixby shifted momentum in the second quarter as it scored 16 unanswered points and took a 19-17 lead into halftime.
The Eagles dominated on defense in the third quarter and extended their lead to 26-17.
But this did not phase the Pioneers. Stillwater started the fourth quarter with a 55-yard drive, which ended with a Qwontrel Walker touchdown.
On the following play, Brennan Presley flew down the sideline and took the kickoff 98 yards for the touchdown.
“As soon as I got it, I knew I had to take it back,” Presley said.
Following this kickoff return, Stillwater responded immediately as quarterback Gunnar Gundy was connected with wide receiver Jack Smithton for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
After this touchdown, the Stillwater defense swarmed Bixby and forced them to punt with a little more than four minutes remaining in the game. Gundy and the Stillwater offense had a chance to take the lead.
On the third play of the series, Qwontrel Walker rushed for a 79-yard touchdown, which gave Stillwater the 36-33 lead.
The touchdown ignited the Stillwater crowd and thestudent section waved goodbye to the Bixby sideline. However, Bixby knew the game was nowhere close to being over.
Bixby started the drive at its own 35-yard line. Six plays later, Bixby drove all the way to the Stillwater 12-yard line.
Running back Braylin Presley caught a screen pass and scored untouched in the next play, which gave Bixby a 40-36 lead.
It was ultimately the nail in the coffin and won Bixby the state title.
Brennan and Braylin Presley were the stars of the game as they accounted for 435 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
“I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out in the last game with my brother,” Braylin Presley said. “This is the best moment of my life right now.”
Presley was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year and capped his season off with another state title. Presley will head to OSU next year to further his academic and athletic career.
“He was a producer here and I know he is going to be a producer at Oklahoma State,” Braylin Presley said. “I know he is going to go there and do big things and take his game to the next level.”