ANADARKO - Anadarko increased its winning streak to 21 games Friday night, but it did not come easy in a 28-21 win over Class 4A No.2 Clinton.
The No. 5 Warriors (6-0, 3-0) took over on offense with just under eight minutes to play in the game with the score tied 21-21. Anadarko moved the ball down the field behind the running of R.J. Sink and a 23-yard pass from Brandon Pollard to Josh Parton. The Warriors got down to the Clinton 11-yard line and three plays later, Sink punched it in from two yards out to give Anadarko the lead.
On the ensuing kick-off, Galen Satoe's kick fell just outside the 10-yard line and Clinton's Marquiz Simpkins let the ball roll down to the two where he picked it up. The coverage team for Anadarko got down the field and stopped Simpkins at the nine-yard line.
Clinton quarterback Garrison Mendoza lofted a pass high down the sideline on first down that was caught by Devon Mitchell at the 48-yard line for a 39 yard gain. Mendoza then threw an incomplete pass on the next play followed by a Simpkins one-yard run. Mendoza took off running on third down, but the Red Tornadoes (4-2, 2-1) got called for a personal foul pushing them back 15 yards and a replay of the down.
Mendoza would over threw Mitchell and it went right into the waiting hands of Anadarko's Mykel Shaw who dropped a game ending interception. On the final play, Mendoza scrambled around and threw the ball high into the air where Sink came down with it to effectively end the game.
"You don't care how it happens as long as you win against Clinton," head coach Kent Jackson said. "Up until 2007, they had beaten us every year since 1973, so any time we can pull out a win against them, it's great. The boys hung in there and did a super job."
The Warriors got on the board first. After holding Clinton to a 3-and-out, Anadarko took over and used the ground game to great effectiveness. Sink and Pollard alternated carries before Pollard scored from 4 yards out to give Anadarko the lead with 4:43 left in the first quarter.