Senior quarterback Kale Kixon is the wildcard of the Woodward bunch. He joined the Boomers after his father, Craig Hixon, joined the Woodward coaching staff this season.
“We’ve been telling our kids, he’s the mini-Manziel of high school football,” Weber said of the 5-8 QB. “He’s really good when the play breaks down. Sometimes he’ll freelance back there and juke kids out and keep his eyes down field and throw one over the top of you. He’s just as scary when he takes off with it.”
Oddly enough, Hixon has a 315-yard rushing game this season (during a 70-21 win over Elk City) and a 309 yards passing game in the loss to Garden City. He’s also the team’s leading rusher on the season.
“He’s the piece of the puzzle that they really needed on that side of the ball. He can throw it and run it,” Weber said.
Hixon’s favorite receivers are 5-10 sophomore Kade Marlatt and 6-5 senior Kaleb Roach. And then there’s playmkaer Micah Kee, a 6-0 senior that is a threat as a runner and receiver. Kee has rushed for 180 yards during a game this season.
“They spread you out and have a 6-5 receiver (Roach) and they play two or three different running backs, and then they’ll get in a doube-tight double wing set and try to mash you. They go from one extreme to the other,” Weber said. “You have to prepare for a lot, but it’s the kids they have executing the plays that makes them so good.”
Woodward returns 10 starters on a defense that is giving up just 14.5 points per game. The Boomers have forced 30 turnovers, 17 of them interceptions. The Ada offense has thrown 14 interceptions this season.
“They’re outstanding on defense. We’re certainly going to have to play our best game to beat them,” Weber said.