Bixby tops Choctaw in thriller for Spartans’ 3rd straight title

EDMOND — The Bixby Spartans haven’t always been in control from start to finish in these 6A Division II championship games, but they’re almost always celebrating at the end.

Braylin Presley rushed for 206 yards and the No. 1 Spartans’ defense rose up to stop determined, fourth-ranked Choctaw time and time again to preserve a 17-14 victory in the state final, giving the Spartans their sixth gold ball in seven years before an estimated 5,400 spectators in the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium.

Junior linebacker Jack Puckett had two sacks in the waning seconds, halting a Choctaw drive that carried from its 7-yard line into Bixby territory before finally breaking down under relentless Spartans pressure.

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