EDMOND — With less than nine minutes to play, second-ranked Edmond North was one good punch away from being knocked out.
Trailing Yukon 33-24, and with all the momentum on the opposite sideline, the Huskies managed a turnaround, scoring the game's final 17 points for a 41-33 win Thursday night at Wantland Stadium.
“We just never had a sense of panic,” Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek said. “I told the guys, if we're a great team, we'll find a way to win. And that's what happened.
“Those are questions you always have about your football team. That's a situation we haven't been in, and to see our kids respond in that fashion against a good football team says a lot. Now we've got to build on it.”
Late in the third quarter, Yukon scored on a 94-yard touchdown pass that was tipped, then bounced off another player's shoulder pad before Codey Sanchez grabbed it and ran the final 55 yards to score. Moments later, Chance Leggett came up with a diving interception and the Millers (1-5) appeared on their way to an upset.
But an Edmond North defense that had struggled to make a third-down stop for three quarters suddenly began stuffing plays at the line and creating turnovers. The offense that had been hit-and-miss in the second half found a groove with the power run game.
And suddenly, Edmond North was in total control.
“We had our backs against the wall,” linebacker Brock Byford said. “Once we saw that, we knew we had to play lights out, and that's what we did. We came through.”