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Oklahoma high school football: The play that sealed Mustang's overtime win

Wesley Haddox would not let his mistake define him. 

Just a few plays ago, the Mustang defensive back was called for pass interference while trying to cover Norman’s Oklahoma State commit and Super 30 receiver Jaden Bray. 

The interference call in overtime would inevitably lead to a Norman score and give the Tigers a chance to win the game with a 2-point conversion. 

Their target was Haddox’s matchup on a backside fade. 

But Haddox, and Mustang safety Karston Keene, broke up the pass in the endzone. Haddox, who had just made an error that led to a score, redeemed himself with a game-saving stop to seal Mustang’s 34-33 overtime win over Norman on Friday night. 

“That play in the game, really exemplified what our night was all about as a football team and as a program,” Mustang coach Lee Blankenship said. “We were down and we made some mistakes and our kids just continued to stay in the battle and kept playing hard and found a way to win it at the end.” 

Mustang fell behind 13-0 early in the game. But continued to battle to force overtime and win. Blankenship was proud of his team's effort and couldn’t have been happier with Haddox, who didn’t give up after making a crucial error. 

“He just stayed the fight,” Blankenship said about Haddox. “And rather than focus on the mistake that just happened he let what he did right after that mistake define his character and the win for us. So it’s pretty special for him.”





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Mustang coach Lee Blankenship during a football scrimmage at Carl Albert, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Mustang coach Lee Blankenship during a football scrimmage at Carl Albert, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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