Owasso beats Midwest City in four overtimes

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: November 18, 2011

After another disappointing end to a season, Midwest City walked off the field stunned following a 48-45 quadruple-overtime loss to Owasso on Friday at Jim Darnell Stadium.

“It's sad,” said running back James Flanders. “It just hurts. That's about all I can say.”

The way the game ended contributed to the disbelief. After Midwest City kicked a field goal to start the fourth overtime, Owasso's Scottie Prealow broke free on second down and seemed destined for a game-winning touchdown before a defender knocked the ball loose into the end zone.

But instead of a Bombers player recovering for a game-winning touchback, tight end Matt Gallagher fell on the ball to send the Rams to the semifinals.

“It's definitely the biggest play of my career,” Gallagher said. “My guy made the would-be tackle and I just found the ball. I just looked down and saw it there but I wasn't going to leave any doubt that I recovered it.”

Owasso's players sprinted onto the field to celebrate while Midwest City's, for the most part, fell in place, shocked their season had come to an end.

While Gallagher celebrated the win, it was a bit subdued. His brother, Jared, works in the Oklahoma State athletic department.

“I know it's been a rough day for him and everybody up there,” Gallagher said. “Oklahoma State people are in my thoughts.”

The Rams (9-3) advance to take on Broken Arrow next week at a neutral site to be announced. Broken Arrow beat the Rams 48-20 to start the season.

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