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Longhorn Football: 2014 Oklahoma Class B State Champions

2014 HSFB

2014 Longhorn High School Football Schedule
Date Teams Result
Sept. 5 Caddo at Alex W - 64-20
Sept. 12 Cyril at Alex W - 66-8
Sept. 19 Alex at Allen W - 44-6
Sept. 26 Alex at Macomb W - 45-0
Oct. 3 Bray at Alex W - 66-18
Oct. 10 Alex at Strother W - 52-0
Oct. 16 Waurika at Alex W - 52-2
Oct. 24 Alex at Maud W - 68-0
Oct. 31 Maysville at Alex W - 38-18
Nov. 7 Alex at Geary W - 48-28
Nov. 14 1st round playoffs - Alex v. Turpin at Alex W - 64-14
Nov. 21 Quarterfinals - Alex v. Weleetka at Alex W - 60-14
Nov. 28 Semifinals - Alex v. Dewar at Del City W - 60-28
Dec. 6 State championship - Alex v. Laverne at Weatherford W - 68-64

12-06-14 - Alex v. Laverne at Weatherford - State Championship

Alex wins gold ball in Oklahoma Class B classic

State Champs
The underdog Alex Longhorns defeated the Laverne Tigers, 68-64, in the 2014 Class B state title game on Dec. 6, 2014, at Weatherford!

From the Chickasha Express-Star, story by Adam Troxtell, posted Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:47 pm:

It was perhaps the greatest night in the small-town history of Alex.

The Longhorns went toe-to-toe with the most dominant force in Class B, Laverne, on Saturday, and they ended up with the state title. It was a prize-fight, a 68-64 win to take the gold ball.

Neither team held anything back, throwing punch after proverbial punch to possess the trophy everyone desires. In the end, it is Alex’s first state championship in any sport ever in this, their first state final appearance since 1957.

Kyler Thornburg, especially, put in a performance worthy of erasing those decades of wait. The Alex running back went 478 yards on the ground and scored six of their 10 touchdowns. His longest opened the scoring, a 74-yard sprint as he took the ball from a direct snap and all the way to the house.

His second put Alex up by two scores, but the two-time defending state champion Laverne never blinked. Quarterback Tanner Allen led the way with 500 total yards of offense, 163 of it rushing and 337 through the air.

But it was Hunter Person’s pick six that changed the tone of the game early. Dalton Alcorn, who for Alex threw 8-for-13 for 186 yards and ran for 146 yards, perhaps didn’t see Person through the thick fog as the Tigers deep back took the interception 80 yards to give his team a two point lead.

From then on, they were locked head-to-head in an all-out scrap. Ihzan Castillo was Laverne’s answer to Thornburg, finishing with 9 catches for 306 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Allen found him twice – one for 39 yards and the other for 74 yards – in a third quarter that had six consecutive touchdowns scored by both teams.

Gold Ball

It was clear. A defensive stop was needed for the win. Alex got theirs at the perfect time.

Perhaps again looking for Castillo, Allen stepped back at midfield before attempting to tuck the ball and run. Brant Hines reached a hand out and knocked the ball away, and in the ensuing scrum Kyle Garcia had the ball for Alex with 1:14 to go.

Alcorn lined up one play before the Longhorns kneeled the ball twice in the most victorious of victory formations.

Thornburg State
Longhorn Football players, including #9 Koda Jackson and #11 Dalton Hefner, surround Junior Kyler Thornburg as he runs the ball against Laverne. Thornburg was named overall Most Valuable Player in the State Championship game for his 40 carries, 505 yards and 7 touchdowns!

Otey State
Although shown here making one of his many solo tackles, Senior Jacob Otey earned Offensive MVP honors during the State Championship game for his four catches, 139 yards and one TD!

Garcia State Coach Dunk
Left: Senior Kyle Garcia shows off the State Championship trophy he helped win by recovering a fumble forced by Sophomore Brant Hines late in the game to seal Alex's four-point triumph over Laverne. That and Garcia's five tackles and one sack earned him Defensive MVP honors in the State Championship game! Right: Coach Brand receives the traditional Gatorade bath when Alex won the State Championship!

Alcorn State
Sophomore Tyler Patton blocks for Junior Quarterback Dalton Alcorn in the Championship game.

More Championship season coverage

State Championship ring ceremony held March 7, 2014

Ring Ceremony
Longhorn Football players received their State Championship rings during a ceremony held at Alex's Southern Baptist Church on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

State Championship medals presented to football players at Saturday ceremony

Medals 1

Medals 2
Photos one and two above: Each player on the Longhorn Football team as well as all ball boys and support personnel received a State Championship medal at the Championship Celebration held for the team, families and Alex residents in the gym on Dec. 13, 2014.

Medals 3
The starters and special team players from the 2014 Alex Longhorn State Championship Football team with the medals they received on Dec. 13.

Honors roll in for Longhorn Football after State Championship win!

Class B Awards
Senior Jacob Otey was named Class B Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach Matt Brand was named Class B Coach of the Year!

All Stars
Shown here with their coaches, Assistant Coach Mark Anderson, Head Coach Matt Brand and Assistant Coach Geoffrey Long, four Longhorns Seniors were named to the 8-man All Star team: Lucky Chaplin, alternate, and Jacob Otey, Braydon Tanner and Kyle Garcia, 8-man All Stars.

Senior Football
The Seniors on the 2014 State Championship Alex Longhorn team were recognized on Dec. 13, 2014: DaKota "Lucky" Chaplin, Jacob Otey, Braydon Tanner, Kyle Garcia and Hunter Scifres.

Complete Championship Game stats
Championship Game Box Score
Cumumulative player stats through Championship Game

Read the Oklahoman: Alex wins 68-64 shootout over Laverne for title
Read OklahomaSports.Net: Alex outlasts Laverne in Class B Championship

Sideline highlights

Game film highlights

Alex's State Championship is officially in the history books!

Championship Bracket

11-28-14 - Alex v. Dewar at Del City - Semifinals

Complete game stats
Box Score
Cumumulative player stats through game 13 (Dewar)

OSSAA feature video

Game film highlights

11-21-14 - Weleetka at Alex - Quarterfinals

Complete game stats
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Cumumulative player stats through game 12 (Weleetka)

11-14-14 - Turpin at Alex - First round playoffs

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Cumumulative player stats through game 11 (Turpin)

Game film highlights

11-07-14 - Alex at Geary - End of regular season

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Cumumulative player stats through game 10 (Geary)

Game film highlights

10-31-14 - Maysville at Alex

Complete game stats
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Cumumulative player stats through game 9 (Maysville)

Game film highlights

10-16-14 - Alex at Maud

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Cumumulative player stats through game 8 (Maud)

10-20-14 - Oklahoman continues with Longhorns firm at #4 statewide in Class B

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10-16-14 - Waurika at Alex

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Cumumulative player stats through game 7 (Waurika)

10-10-14 - Alex at Strother

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Cumulative player stats through game 6 (Strother)

10-03-14 - Bray-Doyle at Alex

Schlotter ends Senior season with injury as 'Horns go 5-0

It was big night in many ways for Senior Christian Schlotter, a defensive starter wearing number 45, who participated in Alex's Football Homecoming ceremonies and then served as a Senior captain of the Longhorn team as they took their home field against Bray on Oct. 3, 2014. Schlotter went on to return the Homecoming game's opening kickoff for a touchdown and then managed to snag an interception and a few tackles before being seriously injured just before half. He left the field on a stretcher while flashing the Longhorn victory sign.

The 'Horns went on to mercy-rule the Bray-Doyle Donkeys, 66-18, in the third quarter.Schlotter
Schlotter (#45) stands with his fellow captains as Alex prepares for the coin toss before the 2014 Football Homecoming game.

Complete game stats
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Cumulative player stats through game 5 (Bray-Doyle)

Game film highlights

09-26-14 - Alex at Macomb

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Player stats through game 4 (Macomb)

09-19-14 - Alex at Allen

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Player stats through game 3 (Allen)

09-12-14 - Cyril at Alex

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09-05-14 - Caddo at Alex

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Here we come...

HSFB

Speedster Thornburg and Longhorn "Blackshirt" crew overrun Caddo, 64-20, in season opener

Coach Brand knew back in February 2014 that Longhorn Football would sport new black home field jerseys come game time in the Fall. He kept this secret to surprise the players and spectators and pump them up as the 'Horns opened the 2014 Oklahoma High School Football season against Caddo at home on September 5.

Looking dangerous and dashing in their new flat black uniforms with black numbers outlined in orange, Alex outmanned the Caddo Bruins from the first snap. During Alex's opening possession, speedster Running Back Kyler Thornburg, a Junior, turned on his afterburners and outran the Caddo defense in an old-fashioned foot race to score the first of many Longhorn touchdowns. Thornburg continued this trend, carrying 15 times for 415 yards and an amazing seven touchdowns! Senior Christian Slotter ran in one additional TD.

The 'Horns defense was also eye-catching as veteran starters Jacob Otey and Kyle Garcia, both Seniors, slashed and burned the Bruin offense with more than a little help from Sophomore Tyler Patton. Garcia snared a total of 9.5 tackles, Otey notched 8.5 and Patton racked up 5.5. Both Garcia and Otey earned sack credits as well.

Linebacker Brayden Tanner and Cornerback Christian Schlotter both intercepted the Caddo quarterback and returned the picks for scores.

With Alex on top 44-6 at half, Coach Brand did not go for the 45 point lead that would have put the game in the books. Instead, he took advantage of every minute of playing time to showcase the depth of his bench, allowing fans to have a look at the likes of Freshman Running Back Dalton James, Sophomore Preston Sullivan and Sophomore Wide Receiver Samuel Pearson, who played his first game of football ever for Alex High.

Oklahoman's inaugural 2014 High School Football poll ranks Longhorns #4 statewide in Class B

Sept. 2014 - The top 10:

1. Laverne, 0-0 (1)
2. Pond Creek-Hunter, 1-0 (2)
3. Davenport, 1-0 (3)
4. Alex, 1-0 (4)
5. Dewar, 1-0 (5)
6. Seiling, 1-0 (6)
7. Garber, 1-0 (7)
8. Keota, 1-0 (8)
9. Allen, 1-0 (NR)
10. Maysville, 1-0 (10)

In 92nd year of Alex Football, Oklahoman ranks Longhorns number 1 in District B-2, says Alex learns what it takes to win title

August 2014 - "Alex returns five offensive starters and four defensive starters, including quarterback Dalton Alcorn, running back Kyler Thornburg and tight end Jacob Otey." Read the full story here...