MIDWEST CITY — With less than five seconds on the clock, defensive back Khalil Warren stepped in front of Midwest City quarterback Kilby McGuire's pass at the Del City 3-yard line to clinch a 29-28 win over the Bombers in a slugfest that will go down as one of the most exciting ever played between the two old rivals.
“I kind of blacked out,” an emotionally drained Warren said after the Friday night game at Rose Field. “I knew they were going to come my way, but I don't remember much about that last series.”
The game had it all — big special team plays, several goal line stands, a safety and a huge individual effort from Del City quarterback John McBride. The senior used the zone-read play to twist, dive, and crash his way right through the middle of the Bombers' defense for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
McBride was aided by his 5-foot-6 sidekick, Qualan Johnson, at running back. Johnson added another 102 yards on the ground when the Bombers keyed on the Del City quarterback. That duo, along with some timely pass plays, racked up 439 yards of offense. The Del City defense held Midwest City to just 171 yards, 73 of which came on the last drive.
Yet, the Bombers still had a chance to win with a first-and-goal at the Eagle 18 when Warren clutched his interception.
What Midwest City lacked in offensive statistics, it made up for in big plays and a little luck. Bomber KeSean Brown started Friday night's roller coaster with an 87-yard kickoff return. Cornell Neal added a 56-yard kickoff return to set up Kameron Martin's 16-yard TD. Midwest City's Trevonne Rucker stripped the ball from return man Davion Freeman on the next play, returning it 41 yards for a score. Add three goal-line stands, and that was a recipe for staying in the game without an effective offense.
“It would have been heart breaking if we would have lost that game after the way we played,” McBride said. “But we put it in the hands of our defense and trusted them, and they came through for us.”
Del City will enter Class 5A district play on Thursday at Lawton MacArthur with a 1-2 record. Midwest City, which started the season No. 6 in The Oklahoman's Class 6A ratings, fell to 0-3. The Bombers will host Norman North next Friday at Rose Field in Midwest City.