Wagoner crushes Clinton, wins 5th state title in ten years

EDMOND — For those who hadn’t watched them play this season, the No.1 Wagoner Bulldogs showed how they got to the Class 4A football final in the first place.

The defense was dominant as usual and the offense was smoothly efficient. In short, the Bulldogs were almost flawless.

Braden Drake rushed for a season-best 247 yards and two TDs, linebacker Trey Gause returned a fumble 59 yards for a score and the Bulldogs rolled to a 42-13 triumph over No. 4 Clinton before an estimated 4,375 Saturday in the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium.

Wagoner capped a 14-0 season with its fifth gold ball under coach Dale Condict, who also has two runner-up finishes and 181 wins over 16 seasons.

Clinton, seeking a 17th gold ball, ended the season 8-4. The Red Tornadoes overachieved with third-year coach John Higbee, winning three consecutive postseason contests after finishing fourth in District 4A-1.

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