Booker T. Washington Hornets defeated the Midwest City Bombers 27-24 in thrilling fashion Friday night at S.E. Williams Stadium.
The Hornets (2-0) were looking to hand former head coach Darrell Hall, who captured the Class 5A state title with Booker T. Washington back in 2010, his first loss of the season.
“You know, Hall and I are kind of like brothers,” Hornets head coach Marvin Dantzler said. “I told him we would meet somewhere down the line and play each other in the playoffs.”
As of Friday, the Bombers are now 0-4 against the Hornets – losing 17-12 in 2014, 28-16 in 2015 and 21-14 in 2016.
The biggest play of the night for the Hornets came when senior running back Rylan McQuarters returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown.
“We really had to come out and execute against these guys,” McQuarters said. “We had to make plays and we did.”
The Hornets finished the night with 244 total offensive yards.
The Bombers were first to score when quarterback Preston Colbert connected with Declaudio Irvin for a 40-yard touchdown.
Booker T. quarterback Phillip Wheatley connected with wideout Javian Hester for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Wheatley, who finished the night with 197 passing yards, also ran for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
Midwest City then tied the game 21-21 when Colbert, fumbled the ball in the end zone but was recovered by guard Domontrail Hogg.
The Bombers’ Elliot Janish sent the game into overtime when he nailed a field goal as time expired.
It was there in overtime when the Hornets’ defense came through in the clutch. After going three and out, Booker T. regained the lead with a field goal by Josh McSoud to take a 27-24 lead.
After going three-and-out, the Bombers attempted to tie the game with a game-tying field goal, but the Hornets defense had other plans and blocked the kick to seal the win.
The Hornets will face the Claremore Zebras next week.