Late TD, interception helps Broncos to key District 6A-4 victory, 37-34
MUSTANG On a cold, windy night in Mustang, Lawton High's playoff hopes like the weather just got a lot more bleak.
In an anything-goes shootout typical of LHS-Mustang in recent years, the Broncos pulled out a 37-34 victory to give both teams a 3-3 record in District 6A-4. Southmoore and Edmond Memorial are also 3-3 in the district. Two of those four teams will make the playoffs, joining Edmond Santa Fe and Norman. The Wolverines play at Norman next week.
LHS had several missed opportunities as well as some bad luck, but in the end the Wolverines got beat at their own game.
"Usually we make more big plays, but tonight they out-big-played us," Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. "It doesn't taste nearly as good being on this side of it."
It was a back-and-forth affair all night, with Mustang leading 30-20 in the fourth quarter before the Wolverines scored two straight touchdowns to take a 34-30 lead with 5:36 remaining. The Broncos converted a fourth-and-7, then hit a 26-yard pass down the sideline to set up quarterback Frankie Edwards' 3-yard touchdown run to make it 37-34.
Lawton still had 2:22 and all three timeouts to tie or take the lead, but an offensive pass interference penalty put the Wolverines behind the chains, and Dallas Sealey's fourth-down pass with 20 seconds left was intercepted by Dakota Warrington.
The Wolverines had multiple opportunities to take a big lead in the first half. Instead, LHS trailed 16-14 at intermission. Three times LHS defenders were in position to make game-changing plays but didn't do it. Twice the Wolverines cut in front of swing passes from Edwards to his outside receivers. Both times, an interception would have led to an easy pick-six touchdown. Both times, LHS defenders dropped the ball in the 47-degree weather. On another big play, Edwards lofted a deep pass to Warrington. The Wolverine defender was in perfect position to intercept again, but he miss-timed his jump and the ball landed gently in Warrington's arms for a 38-yard TD to make it 14-14 just before halftime.