Kingston Advances to Second Round of Class 2A State Playoffs

By Michael Haggerty

A cold front moved through Southern Oklahoma last week, bringing with it a freeze warning Friday night. The Royals from Community Christian School in Norman drove down to Kingston, hoping that the temperatures might cool off the red-hot Redskins as the two teams met for the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs. The Redskins had other ideas. Kingston made the playoffs in 2016 and 2017, only to be dismissed in the first round both times. Coming off their first District title since the 1980s, the Redskins sought to advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2015. }

The Redskins were successful Friday night, as Kingston sent the Royals back to Norman, smarting from a 49-13 loss. The Royals started the game with a bang. The Royals’ third play from scrimmage saw senior quarterback, AJ Ward, convert a third-and-twelve by hooking up with senior wide receiver, Evan Young, for an 85-yard touchdown. After Kingston senior Garrett Voyles picked off Ward’s pass for the two-point conversion, the Royals were out to an early 6-0 lead. The Royals also brought their defense to play early. The Redskins started their first drive with great field position at their own 49, but a fourth-down conversion gave the ball back to Community Christian at the Royals’ 41. The teams then traded punts on successive drives. Voyles’ first punt was spectacular, pinning the Royals back at their own 4-yard line. Community Christian picked up a first down, and then disaster struck on third down. Ward’s pass over the middle was picked off by senior Braden McGehee. McGehee’s circus catch put the Redskins back in business at the Community Christian 44.


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