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Midwest City comes back to beat PC North in OT thriller

BY BOBBY ROCKEL, Special Correspondent Modified: October 2, 2010 at 12:31 am •  Published: October 2, 2010

The stop seemed sort of insignificant at the time.

Fifth-ranked Midwest City trailed Putnam City North by eight points with the Panthers facing a fourth-and-1 at the Bombers 32-yard-line with just over a minute left.

The Panthers gave it too tailback Dre Holman, who tried to find a crease but found a wall.

A couple of minutes later, Midwest City rose from the dead. The Bombers scored a pair of touchdowns to yank what looked like a sure win from the Panthers in overtime, 34-28, Friday night at Putnam City Stadium

"The resolve these kids have is amazing," Midwest City coach Steve Huff said. "I mean, that stop didn't look like much, did it? But these kids never quit.

"We don't plan to trail in every game we play this year, it just happens. We seem to play in spurts, and that's got to change, but it was a win and a big win for us."

Just to force overtime, the Bombers needed to move 68 yards in about 77 seconds. They did it in 44 seconds. The big play, when quarterback Greg Austin found Cortrez Colbert from 41 yards out, then again for the 2-point point conversion.

"Greg, Cortez and Cortrael (Colbert) all play basketball together, too," Huff said. "So these guys are all on the same page. They know where to put the ball and how to catch it. We just made some big plays there at the end."

The Bombers won the overtime coin toss but deferred and played defense. Starting from the 10-yard line, the Panthers moved to the 1, and on third down gave it to tailback Holman. The junior leapt over the top and appeared to score, but he was missing one thing — the ball. The football popped free just before he crossed the goal line. The Bombers recovered and earned the touchback.

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