VYPE Oklahoma Regions
A Great Day to be a Redskin. Johnson, Hartzler, help Union Hang on for 37-36 win, 6A title
March 10, 2012By VYPE Oklahoma of VYPE MAGAZINE - Oklahoma
Senior Sedrick Johnson knew time was running out on the Redskins’ undefeated season.
“We knew we had to get up and pressure because they were going to stall,” Johnson said. “We got the ball and made plays. Coach (Rudy) Garcia told me I had to attack. That’s what I did.”
“It’s awesome,” Garcia said immediately after the game. “No one’s done it. It’s history. These guys have been a team of destiny all year long. We got behind in some games and always fought back. We had a will to win.”
Edmond Memorial (26-2) went to the stall game in the third period, sporting a 24-17 cushion. But Union continued to chip away, taking the lead for good on Yuri Hager’s free throw with 2:16 remaining.
The Redskin center finished with a team-high 12 points.
A Mabee Center crowd of 7,000 saw Edmond Memorial bolt out to an early lead.
Johnson and J.C. Hartzler finished with nine and seven points, respectively.
Union scored seven quick points before Edmond Memorial got untracked with the game’s next seven points to give the Bulldogs an 8-7 lead late in first period.
The Redskins’ offensive woes continued into the second stanza, falling behind 20-13 midway through the period. Aaron Young came off the bench to spark the Bulldogs with five points.