MOORE - Former Miami High School Wardog Zac Simpson caught three touchdown passes to lead the East squad to a 20-15 victory over the West Friday night in the annual Oklahoma Coaches Association's All-State game at Moore High School.
Simpson (6-1, 200) has signed to play football with the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen this fall.
After falling behind 15-0 in the first quarter, Simpson made a juggling catch from Bixby quarterback Chase Boles over two defenders before rambling 54 yards for a touchdown.
The Boles-to-Simpson duo clicked again midway through the second quarter. With 7:36 left until halftime Boles lobbed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Simpson which sliced the deficit to a 15-13 margin.
“During practice we were hooking up,” Simpson said. “We got used to each other and we're like best friends now.”
Boles, who will attend Tulsa Community College in the fall, found Simpson open on a 36-yard touchdown route with 7:29 left in the game.
After adding the extra point attempts, the East grabbed a 20-15 lead.
The East stopped the West's final drive. Westmoore quarterback Ryan Fightmaster led the West down to the East's 10-yard line late in the game, but penalties kept the West from completing the drive.
“They started running a 4-deep zone on us, so we tried to get tthe post behind them,” Boles said. “He (Simpson) did a great job and you couldn't ask for better blocking.”
Boles was 18-of-27 for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Simpson had five catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 28.4 yards per catch.
During the first quarter, it seemed as though the West might run away with the game as they jumped to a 15-0 lead.
A touchdown run from Okeene quarterback Brady Wardlaw and a 42-yard interception return by Guthrie's Demarcus Davis gave the West a 14-0 margin.
Heritage Hall kicker and Oklahoma signee Jimmy Stevens increased the lead to 15 with his 46-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
“I won two gold medals in track here (at Moore),” Simpson said. “Winning the game was the perfect way to end my high school career. I feel good here, it's like home.”