OWASSO — Wil Amos missed one goal but came up with two that were more important.
“My goal was 40 carries, 400 yards today,” the Eagles’ senior quarterback said.
He “only” carried the ball 38 times, but rushed for 418 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles coasted to a 44-12 win over Crescent in the Class A state championship game here Friday, Dec. 8.
Amos became only the fifth player to rush for more than 400 yards in a playoff game. That came on the heels of a 252-yard performance a week earlier against Thomas.
“These 48 minutes are going to be the most sore minutes of my life, but they’re the best minutes of my life,” Amos said. “This is the best feeling. You guys saw how many people were in the stands. It felt great to see them all come out. This is the best feeling in the world right now”
In five playoff games, Amos has accumulated 20 touchdowns and 1,538 yards. “I knew it was possible because of my line,” Amos said. “They make holes and make it easier for us.”
The Eagles’ offensive line included senior Seth Miller at left tackle, sophomore Braeden Gaines at left guard, senior Travis Lukens at center, senior Tate Maupin at right guard and senior Jacob Barton at right tackle.
Amos became only the fifth player to rush for more than 400 yards in a playoff game. That came on the heels of a 353-yard performance a week earlier against Thomas in the semifinals.
In five playoff games, Amos has accumulated 20 touchdowns and 1,538 yards on 162 carries.
“My line does a great job of getting me open,” Amos said. “They make it easy for me.”
Amos scored five times on what had been a nearly airtight Crescent defense including runs of 90 and 93 yards.
He also had TD runs covering 5, 10 and 15 yards.
Amos also completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for 61 yards with one rare interception.
“It was a bad decision on his part, but I think he might have made up for it,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said.
Amos also had a strip and fumble recovery that blunted a would-be Crescent scoring drive.
“This is the first time in 30-some years that it (a state championship) has been brought back to Ottawa County since Picher,” Amos said. “You could see that everybody wanted to come watch this game tonight and see what we were all about. It was such a great feeling having the crowd here and bringing it back to Ottawa County.”
Amos said Gardner had been low key about a comparison to the Picher-Cardin team.
Gardner had been a water boy for the 1984 Gorillas, which had his father, Randy, on the coaching staff.
“Earlier in the week he kept talking about how he was a part of it and it’s a great feeling being there,” Amos said. “He told us it was going to be a great experience, but as far as today, we were all focused and didn’t talk much about it.”