When two teams combine to score 100 points, every touchdown matters. That’s precisely what makes Carter Hoopingarner’s score so remarkable.
Hoopingarner is a beefy offensive lineman for Tulsa Union, but he will also go down in history as the scorer of his team’s second touchdown in a 57-43 Oklahoma state title game victory against Norman North. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder lined up as a tackle eligible player on a fourth down in the red zone, then slipped out into the flat undetected, took a short pass behind the line of scrimmage and rumbled — truly rumbled — into the end zone to regain the lead for Union.
The scoring play made for one of the most indelible images from a weekend of state championships and semifinals, not to mention from one of the weekend’s more exciting, offensive-minded games.
Hoopingarner had a major part setting the tone for that, both in his traditional role up front and, at least once, catching the ball out of the backfield like an impromptu running back.