Collinsville, Oklahoma
December 5 , 2015
5A State Football Finals
Cardinals Make History Just Being In The Finals And Worked Hard For The Title
5A State Runner Ups
Congratulations to the 2015 Collinsville High School Football players and coaches for finishing the season stronger than most of us could believe possible. A 1-win 3-loss start to the season turned out to be just another obstacle this determined team would overcome. to finish second in the district. From there they won their way through three playoff games to reach the state finals in football for the first time in school history. Even in this final game enough things went wrong to discourage a lesser team but the Cardinals kept fighting to the end and had a brief lead and then a tie with their last possession. Altus ran out the clock with the game's final possession and kicked a wind aided 40 yard field goal as time expired to deny a gold ball for the disappointed Cardinals. -- Ted Wright
Collinsville had tied the score at 28-28 with 3:51 left in the game and that score was still on the board as Altus kicked the game winning field goal as time expired for a 28-31 final score and the 5A State Championship.
The Collinsville Band, Cheerleaders and the "Trap" student section, joined thousands of fans on the Collinsville ("Home") side of the impressive Yukon HS football facilities. The visitors side of the Yukon stadium (which Altus was assigned based on bracket position) was tiny in comparison, so the home side was filled with some unknown percentage of both Collinsville and Altus fans inter-mingled. This left fans from both schools upset with the arrangements, but had no effect on the outstanding game on the turf. Hopefully the OSSAA won't repeat this error and will either book a larger neutral facility, or as any Texas-OU-Cotton Bowl fan could tell you, split the stands at the 50 yard line. -- Ted Wright
Altus took the opening kickoff (into the endzone by Cole Hadley) at the 20 and used 10 running plays to drive 80 yards for the game's first score with 8:04 left in the first quarter (below). Brandon Lowe (#2) was trying to get the ball out and stop the Altus running back on this play in that opening drive. [Number33 for Altus is Taven Birdow].

Altus scored from 4 yards out and had a 0-7 lead following the game's opening possession.

Altus had a short field after Collinsville fumbled the kickoff at the 30 yard line after the first Altus TD. With 3rd and 8 from the 16 yard line, numerous Cardinals defenders (including Roc Robbins, Jacob Harrison, and Sheaffer Smith) forced the Altus QB to the sidelines and then rushed this pass attempt down the sideline which Levi Draper intercepted (below).
Levi Draper (#10) intercepted this Altus pass and killed their second scoring threat at Collinsville's 8 yard line at 5:04 in the first quarter. Collinsville then down to the Altus 21 yard line before a sack and a 4th down incompletion turned the back to Altus on the 1st play of the second quarter at the 27.
Levi Draper (#10) stopped this early 2nd quarter Altus running play before it got rolling.
After trading punts early in the 2nd quarter Collinsville recovered an Altus fumble at the Altus 38 with 6:52 remaining in the first half. Seth Boomer passed to Hayden West (#33) in front of the Cardinal bench for the first gain of the drive but it stalled with the Cards turning the ball over on downs at the 20 with 3:12 in the 2nd quarter.
Sheaffer Smith (#25) blocked this Altus punt (despite the block/hold) which Marcus Tillman took on the hop and returned for Collinsville's first score (below). Altus had a 4th and 2 from the 49 when the play started.
Marcus Tillman (#24) took the blocked punt into the endzone with just 45.2 seconds left in the first half for Collinsville's first points. Roc Robbins and Sheaffer Smith celebrate the game changing TD on the field while Bob Pratt, Terry Due and Jackson Due celebrate on the sidelines.
Cole Hadley (#9) kicked the extra point after Tillman's blocked punt return and Collinsville had the score tied at 7-7 (with a giant photo of his face watching from "The Trap").
Altus returned Collinsville kickoff to the Cardinals 39 yard line with 34.1 second remaining in the first half with Brandon Lowe and Hayden West teaming up to finally stop that return.
The Collinsville defense sacked Altus once and got an intentional grounding on another near sack to counter two gains before Altus tried a field goal from the 36 with 10 seconds left in the first half. That (53 yard) field goal attempt was wide left and the score remained 7-7 at the half.
The Collinsville Cheer squad entertained during half time. They have already been working on basketball and wrestling routines but got the opportunity for one more football performance before what was likely their biggest crowd ever.
Altus kicked off to Collinsville to start the 2nd half and the teams traded punts before Altus picked off a tipped Collinsville pass and returned it to Collinsville's 29 with 6:40 left in the 3rd quarter. On the next play (above) the Altus running back broke tackles by about half the Cardinal defense and scored at 6:34. The Altus PAT kick was good and the score was 7-14.
With Altus back ahead at 7-14 Collinsville took the kickoff at the 30 and moved downfield with Smith rushes and passes to Hayden West, Brett Erickson, and Brandon Lowe to the Altus 33. Then Hayden West (#33) caught a Seth Boomer pass (above) at about the 23 yard line and was brought down at the 6 yard line. Roc Robbins gained 2 more yards down to the 4 yard before the play below.
Seth Boomer (#12) tried to reach Levi Draper in the endzone to try and even the score at 14 but pass was intercepted below.
Instead of a 14-14 score if the pass had reached Draper ... Altus intercepted and returned the pass 100 yards for a two touchdown swing and a 7-20 score when their PAT kick was wide with 2:25 left in the 3rd quarter.
Collinsville took the Altus kickoff at the 27 and then gained out to the 39 on a Boomer keep. Seth Boomer (#12) then tossed a TD pass to Brett Erickson (below) covering the remaining 61 yards to the endzone.
Brett Erickson (#11) took Boomer's pass in stride and completed the 61 yard touchdown pass play with 2:08 left in the 3rd quarter. Hadley's extra point kick made the score 14-20.
Collinsville forced an Altus punt (to the Cardinal 46) then started a drive in the closing seconds of the 3rd quarter (with Boomer sacked back to the 33) that spanned into the 4th quarter. A pass to Roc Robbins reached the Collinsvile 41 then Seth Boomer (#12) hit Brandon Lowe (#2) with this pass to the Altus 40.
The Collinsville 4th quarter scoring drive reached the 11 yard line before Seth Boomer was sacked back at the 25 and came up limping but continued play. The next play on 4th and 22 was not completed but an interference call against Altus moved the ball to the 13 but left the down as 4th. Boomer then hit Brandon Lowe (#2) with a pass to the two yard line which was enough for a fresh set of downs. Robbins then got the ball within inches of the goal setting up Smith's TD below.
Sheaffer Smith (#25) dove over the pile and flipped into the endzone for Collinsville touchdown with 7:33 left in the game. Hadley's kick gave Collinsville their first lead of the game at 21-20.
Altus didn't allow Collinsville's lead to stand long and drove quickly down field with the final eight yard running play at 6:34 plus a 2-point running conversion to get back to a 7-point advantage at 21-28. Levi Draper (#10) then took a Boomer pass 23 yards to midfield on the 3rd play of Collinsville's next posssession. On the sideline behind Levi are his dad and grandfather (along with 2 school superintendents).
Sheaffer Smith (#25) capped the Cardinal's final scoring drive with back-to-back tough runs over and through the Altus defense to score at 3:51 in the 4th quarter. Hadley's kick (below) tied the game.
Cole Hadley (out of view) kicked the final Collinsville point of the year and once it was added to the scoreboard the game was even at 28 each and 3:51 remaining in the game. Collinsville never got the ball back after the kickoff (to the Altus 32) and the winning Altus field goal as time expired can be seen in the photo at the top of this page.
The Collinsville Cardinals will hopefully eventually accept that being the 5A State Runner Ups is a major accomplishment and should be cherished ... but the disappointment of losing as the clock expired was too painful for any immediate celebration. No other Collinsville football team in school history has achieved that milestone.
Roc Robbins (center) has celebrated as a member of several Collinsville Wrestling State Championship teams and was at least willing to hold the silver football runner up trophy but still showed the disappointment of not gaining the gold version taken home by Altus.
A fine collection of Cardinals who have played the quarterback position -- L-R: Brandon Lowe (2016), Shawn Koscheski (2015), Zane McElroy (2014), Seth Boomer (2017), and Carson Stout (2018). Reminds me of a stretch in 2013 when consecutive games were won under the direction of Koscheski, Lowe and McElroy.
Collinsville fans turned out in impressive numbers as the Football Cardinals returned to Collinsville and finished their bus ride from Yukon passing through Downtown on Main Street with their impressive 2015 season completed.
The season would end Saturday win, lose or draw ... but the loss added to the somber turning in of uniforms after the players got back to Collinsville ... expecially for the seniors turning their's in for the final time. The coaches still had laundy and sorting duty after the players left Saturday night.
Previous Coverage
Collinsville Has Never Been In State Finals Before

2015 OSSAA 5A Football Playoffs Bracket

5A State Runner Ups ... Great Cardinal Football Effort Spoiled By Altus Field Goal as Time Expired .. more later -- Ted 8:50pm
5A Football State Finals -- No Quit In Football Cardinals ... fought back for lead with 7:33 left in game ... then again to tie at 3:51 ... but lost 28-31 on Altus Field Goal as time expired. -- Check for photos and details -- Ted 9pm Sat. 12/5/2015 -- Great Game ... Disappointing Result
The disappointed Cardinals couldn't celebrate with the runner-up trophy ... but the community and coaches are "Beyond Proud" ... still a great season and finals ... just so close it hurts.
I have made my photos selections now (from about 700) and will start edits after some sleep -- Ted 1:20am Sunday 12/6/2015
Wow! ... what a great game in the 5A State Football Finals ... the final result was disappointing (Altus won on a field goal as time expired) ... but Collinsville is still extremely proud of this history making team and turned out in droves (for the game in Yukon) then to bring the teams back into town. -- Ted Wright - 12/5/2015 - more photos later on cvilleok (Facebook)
Owasso Reporter on CHS Football Momentum --12/1/2015

Norman Van Sickle's Photos -- State Finals Football (Facebook)

Norman Van Sickle's Complete Set of Photos (vancophotography)

Norman Van Sickle's Photos - Fans Line Main St.

Norman Van Sickle's Band Photos (Facebook)

2015 Playoff Round 3 (Skiatook) (23-3 W)

2015 Playoff Round 2 (Lawton Mac) (44-27 W)

2015 Playoff Round 1 (Bishop Kelley) (21-14 W)

2015 East Central (45-14 W)

2015 Pryor (21-14 W)

2015 Edison (13-28 L)

2015 Grove (43-7 W)

2015 Tahlequah (38-7 W)

2015 Coweta (28-35 L)

2015 Skiatook (10-13 L)

2015 Catoosa (42-10 W)

2015 Oologah (24-30 L)

2015 Bartlesville Scrimmage

2015 Team Photos

2015 Meet The Cardinals

CHS Football On School Site

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Congrats 4A Runner Ups Oologah Friday (& Jenks & Bixby in 6A) ... Good Luck 5A Football Cardinals Saturday
Saturday Dec. 5, 2015 -- Collinsville's Historic 5A State Football Finals -vs- Altus (1pm at Yukon)

Daylight Football Typical Before 1940 ...Now Rare
During my Sophomore year we actually played 2 day games in our 1993 season. The first was against Skiatook on a Saturday afternoon (around noon if I remember correctly) during the regular season. I believe because of bad weather the previous night. The other was against Clinton at the state semi-finals in Stillwater.

We now live very close to Yukon in the Edmond area. Nonetheless, my boys are very excited to go see their "Old Man's" team play for a state title. I am too!

Justin Stubblefield
Class of 1996 -- 12/2/2015

Turns out my speculation from earlier today (below) was incorrect ... see Eric Dutton's comment and I've also now seen Brian Paul's Facebook post with a daylight photo of Collinsville -vs- Clinton in the 1993 semi-finals at Stillwater. -- Ted 4:45pm 12/1

I can only speculate (based on only partial information) that the Dec. 1, 2015, (Saturday 1pm) Football State Final game in Yukon, might be the first Collinsville high school day time game since 1940?

Before the light were installed in Collinsville City Park in 1940 (see the story to the left) outdoor sports were played in the afternoon. The field location later changed to the future site of Wilson Elementary before moving across 19th Street to the current Sallee Field location in 1949.

Over those ~75 years there may have been playoff game or weather/electrical exceptions? But at least for the 2015 Football Cardinals ... I'm figuring it has been since 7th grade for full games and maybe some 1st half action as 8th graders since they have played a regulation game in full sunlight.

This is in addition to being the first Collinsville High School state title game ever. And possible the first CHS football game in December?

-- Ted Wright 12/1/2015

I'm not sure because I was only in the 6th grade, but I believe the 92 team that went to the semi-finals played a day game against Clinton in Stillwater. Terry Due was the head coach so I'm sure he would know. -- Eric Dutton 12/1/2015
Here is a link to OSSAA documentation on the broadcast schedule for Saturday’s Football state championship game. Even though we want everyone to go to the game and support the boys. There are those who cannot make the trip.

-- Shawn Hadley (12/2/2015)
Oops. It's pay-per-view: $9.95 single event, $14.95 monthly pass or $119.95 annual pass. Might be an option for those who are not able to attend the game.

On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 1:22 PM, Larry Shafer

FYI. So this on the Tulsa World website today:

-- Larry Shafer (12/2/2015)

Dec. 2, 2015 --
Good Morning Coach Jones and Coach Riley,

I know we haven't had a chance to speak yet but I wanted to reach out to you this morning for two things.

1. I wanted to congratulate you on an outstanding season and making the state championship game.

2. I wanted to pass along the link so you can forward to all of your fans/season ticket holders/students/alumni there at Collinsville so they know where to go to buy their tickets online for Friday night's game.

Also, once this season is over, I'd love the opportunity to speak with you about using our system to sell tickets for events at your high school. We can get into the details later but the two main things I want you to know before hand is that our system is at absolutely NO cost to the school and there are NO contracts to sign.

Good luck on Saturday afternoon and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Kevin Bridges
Director - StateChamps Southwest
844-50CHAMP ext. 814 (toll free)

State Championship Football Game Info

Gates will open at 11:00 on Sat for 1:00 kickoff.

Collinsville is Home team and will sit on the Press Box side of Yukon's field.

Tickets are $7 at the gate. -- Jim Riley 12/1/2015

In light of the boys recently making school history, we are asking that all past and present students/players/teachers, graduates from Collinsville High School, wear their letterman/sport jackets to the State Championship football game in Yukon at 1:00 on Saturday to show their school pride and support this Collinsville Cardinal Football team make history!! -- Taylor Kite 12/1/2015
Oskie wow wow Central High
Our eyes are all on you
Oskie wow wow Central High
To our colors brave and true
When the team comes out before you
Everyone stand up and cheer
That’s the team that goes to our school
Oskie wow wow Central High
Dec. 5, 2015
at Yukon HS
Head Coach Kevin Jones appreciates the historic significance of the runner up trophy. He said "we are beyond proud of our kids" for their efforts. Although they didn't execute every play as well as they could have, they are fighters and played their hearts out. He said he had received several calls and text from his coaching peers in the state complimenting the Collinsville final game effort and season finish.
The day started early for the team with breakfast snacks served by the QB Club at the high school before boarding two charter buses leaving at 8:30am for the 1pm kickoff at Yukon.
Reflective moments in the Yukon locker room before the game.
(L-R) Nathan Schaffner (#59), Connor Cross (#79), and Jackson Wilson (#61). And in case you wondered about an appearance change this week ...many of the players (and even Coach Hass) dyed their hair blonde as part of their state finals preparations. I'm not sure where that originated? ... but am most familar with it as part of Owasso's state baseball champions tradition. -- Ted
The Collinsville Crimson Cadet Band played the National Anthem and had their video image superimposed with the American Flag on the scoreboard.
I suspect University of Oklahoma Defensive Coach Mike Stoops was at the game to check on Levi Draper, who had just switched his 2017 committment from OSU to OU before the game ... but Adam Carney got a photo with the coach on the Collinsville sideline.
Altus took home the "gold ball" as State Champs ... but the Cardinals players should still be proud of their "silver ball" as State Runner Ups. I know the Collinsville fans are proud regardless of the color.
A stop at an OKC Golden Corrall helped raise the spirts of a somber football group on their way back to Collinsville.
Collinsville fans welcomed back the Cardinals late Saturday evening.
The team gathered for a meal, an "I Believe" video, and a bon fire Thursday evening.
One more thought from Saturday ... not football related ... but with just a brief time in Yukon, the sight of broken trees and stacks of brush in front yards from their recent ice storm, brought back memories of the December 2007 Collinsville ice storm.