Oklahoma high school football: Midwest City rolls the dice in tough win over Del City
With 56 seconds left on the clock, Midwest City waved goodbye to Del City from midfield.
It was an anticlimactic end for the fourth-ranked Bombers, who churned out a 19-10 win against No. 3 Del City on Friday night. The game was ended due to a disturbance outside the stadium.
“It took a complete 48 minutes to beat a very good team,” head coach Darrell Hall said after the game. “It was the best 0-3 team and probably the best team we’ve seen all year besides [Carl Albert]. The guys stepped up, pulled it all together and we took care of business.”
Up 16-10 with just four minutes remaining in the game, Midwest City quarterback D.J. Irvin Jr. faked the handoff to a man in motion, patiently waited for a gap to appear, and bolted. He would take it 55 yards, but was eventually chased down by two Del City defenders.
The Eagles’ defense didn’t allow much in the second half, but the play was enough to set up kicker Elijah Escobar for a 23-yard field goal to put the game out of reach. He lined it up, and kicked it straight through for a nine-point lead.
But there was a flag on the play.
It was a personal foul on Del City, and instead of taking the points, Hall opted to take the first down and try for a touchdown again.
Jaysom Smith earned a big tackle in the backfield, and the Eagles held on yet again to force what they hoped would be a missed field goal.
With 2:19 left to play, Escobar yet again jogged onto the field. He lined up the 19-yarder, and hit it just as true as the first time to give the Bombers a two possession lead at 19-10.
But again there was a flag on the play: another personal foul on the Eagles.
This time Hall took the points.
“I rolled the dice the first time,” Hall laughed. “I wasn’t gonna roll it the second time. I’ll take my points and we’ll play some defense.”
Del City couldn’t put their final drive together, and finished the game with a fumble.
The fourth quarter spotlighted a penalty ridden, multiple turnover game for the winless Eagles. They finished with an interception and fumble, as well as ten penalties.
Senior running back Kristawn Friday shouldered a majority of the load for the Bombers, carrying the rock 26 times for 131 yards and one touchdown. He averaged just two yards per carry in the second half however as the Eagles’ defense tightened up.
L.J. Brown kept the Eagles in the game with a 60-yard rushing strike midway through the second quarter to make it 16-10. He would finish with eight carries for 130 yards.