LHS can’t complete comeback
If you are a fan of football, remember the name Jalen Redmond because he's the type of player who makes big plays when the game is on the line, like in the final minutes of another wild Lawton High-Midwest City battle.
This time it was at Cameron Stadium and after the Bombers had blown a huge lead, the Wolverines used the play of their own big star Miles Davis to make things interesting in the final minutes. However, with LHS in striking distance Redmond came up with three straight sacks to thwart any miracle rally and seal a 41-35 victory for the Bombers in the District 6A(II)-1 opener.
The game was billed as the No. 1 game in the state and it was far from that in the first half as the Wolverines struggled on defense and offense and found themselves down by a couple of scores.
Things got even worse in the third quarter as the Bombers jumped out to a 41-13 lead with a couple of touchdowns as the LHS tackling woes continued.
Davis scored on a 3-yard run to cap a short scoring drive after a MWC fumble, then the brilliant junior took a Bombers' punt near his own 25 and exploded up the hash marks for a 75-yard touchdown return with 9:43 remaining.
The Bombers had their chances to ice the game but on a strange fourth-and-two play from their own 12, the quarterback called for the snap and the Wolverines smothered him well short of the first down. And to make matters worse, the Bombers were called for an unsportsmanlike penalty giving LHS the ball just five yards from paydirt.
It took three tries but Davis finally got it across the goal-line and when Teyvon Curry kicked the PAT, the Wolverines were within range at 41-35 and still 6:46 left on the clock.
Motivated by the big plays of Davis, the defense shut down another MWC drive, forcing a punt from 38. The kick was clean but not very long, leaving the Wolverines just 59 yards from could be the winning score.
From there, LHS got a huge break when interference was called on a fourth-and-14 play, giving the Wolverines the ball near midfield. LHS quickly earned to more first downs, the last at the 22 with 2:01 to go.
That's when the 6-4 Redmond, a commit to play at the University of Oklahoma, went to work. He blew past the LHS tackle on first down for a nine-yard loss, then sacked Hopper again on second down for another nine-yard loss.
On a third-and-28 play the Wolverines were unable to get a good snap and the ball sailed high over Hopper's arms and the Bombers recovered.
"That's why OU offered him; he can make the big plays when you need them," LHS coach Randy Breeze said. "He's a former basketball player and he's got amazing agility and now he's added all that strength. We just couldn't slow him down."