Shattuck Defeats Regent for Class B State Title – Presented by Jess Wales Chevrolet

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By Michael Kinney

When a team wins back to back state championships, it would be easy to assume they would want a shot at the three-peat.

But for Shattuck High, going for their third straight Class B State Championship was enough. The seniors wanted to go out doing something they had never accomplished before in school history.

“We wanted to be undefeated,” Shattuck High coach Troy Bullard said. “Basically, the seniors have never had an undefeated season. That was our goal going in.”

Despite adversity and a pile of injuries, the Indians won the 2018 OSSAA Class B State Championship when they defeated Regent Prep (13-1) 42-26.

“You know, we shot ourselves in the foot offensively a couple of times, but defensively we played really well,” Bullard said. “Regent Prep, the team we played, had put up big, you know, huge points every week, a lot of points every week. Scoring 50, 60 points, and we were able to hold them to 26. So, we spent a lot of time practicing defense.”

The title victory pushed the Indians record to 15-0. Over the three-year span, Shattuck’s senior class racked up a 41-3 to go along with three state championships.

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Despite outscoring their opponents 733-168, this season may have been one of the most challenging for Bullard.

“It was good. You know, we had injuries pretty much throughout the year,” Bullard said. “We dang sure had some adversity throughout the year, but it ended up being pretty good.”

When Bullard says some adversity, it’s an understatement. However, those moments provided an opportunity for others to step up.

“We had some younger kids step up and play most of the season while we had some guys banged up,” Bullard said. “Had a kid play with a torn ACL all year long. Lost one of our best players to injury in about week nine, but the kid stepped up and did a good job.”

Bullard credits his players for being to battle through the adversity and keep the goal of an undefeated season intact.

“My seniors, Gatlin Goodson, my quarterback. Preston Thomazin is an offensive lineman that started for four years. Bralyn Hill, Korbyn Schick,” Bullard said. “I mean, all of them. I could go on and on. Samuel Long is a sophomore kid that really stepped up to have a very good year. Especially after John Bay went down in week eight. Samuel Long is a sophomore kid that stepped up tremendously for us.”

With that senior class moving on, the Indians will be inexperienced in the 2019 campaign. However, Bullard isn’t close to ruling out a four-peat.

“We lose three kids that started three of the last four years, so we lose a lot of experience,” Bullard said. “A few good kids, but we’ll see what happens. I don’t know.”

 

No. NAME GR.

1 Blake Spencer 12

2 Jadyn Frazier 10

4 Xane Davis 12

5 Gatlin Goodson 12

7 Caden Laverty 9

9 Jaylon Cummings 9

10 John Bay 11

11 Andrew Thomazin 10

12 Colton Hughes  11

14 Chance Godfrey 9

15 Eric Quisenberry 9

17 Brendan Girton 11

21 Clayton Washmon 9

22 Caleb Laverty 11

24 Jordan Fitz 11

25 Samuel Long 10

27 Rocky Hamaker  9

28 Damien Gibson 12

30 Jesse Gibson 9

32 Daniel Long 9

33 Bralyn Hill 12

52 Brex Joslyn 9

54 Jesus Roman 12

56 Adam Shaw 12

62 Chris Jones 9

65 Jesus Hernandez 9

67 Teagan Charmasson 9

72 Ethan Lookingbill 9

83 Camden Budig 9

84 Emitt King 9

88 Preston Thomazin 12

99 Korbyn Schick 12

Head Coach: Troy Bullard

Assistant Coaches: Drew Miller, Tyson Bullard, Tyler Helfenbein, Stan Appel, Travis Oakley