MIDWEST CITY – Tre'jon Sherffield found himself as Midwest City's main workhorse, Brandon Bell found the ball at the end and the Bombers found themselves another victory.
Bell grabbed a fumble recovery at midfield on a late-game Stillwater punt return for Midwest City. That allowed the Bombers to melt away the final 1:08 off the clock and secure a 28-22 win Friday night at Rose Field.
Sherffield stepped in for injured teammate Kameron Martin to rush for a team-high 83 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for Midwest City.
“Happy to have the win,” Midwest City coach Darrell Hall said. “Great to be 2-0. By no means have we blown anyone out. We find a way to win, find a way to get the job done and have no quit.”
Midwest City took a 28-6 lead with 10:20 left in the third quarter after Justin Cooper recovered a Stillwater fumble on the kickoff to open the second half. That led to Roscoe Gatewood's 11-yard touchdown run, and KeSean Brown added a 2-point conversion run.
Stillwater (0-2) heated up on offense, though. The Pioneers generated 159 yards and 11 first downs in the second half, outgaining Midwest City 290-191 overall.
Stillwater's Cameron Mayberry bulled 2 yards into the end zone to answer Gatewood's touchdown, cutting the Pioneer's deficit to 28-13 at the 7:19 mark of the third. Then Midwest City's Brendan Brown kicked the ball through the end zone for a safety on a punt try after the snap sailed high over his head. Midwest City led 28-15 with 4:41 showing in the third.
Mayberry then ran for a 3-yard touchdown to put the pressure on, slicing Midwest City's edge to 28-22 with 9:17 remaining. Marlon McDonald's 37-yard tackle-busting run aided Stillwater's nine-play, 78-yard drive.
“We got a little gassed,” Hall said of his defense. “They put the pace on us.”
Midwest City forced Stillwater to punt, then took possession with 3:59 left in the game at the Bomber 3-yard line. Gatewood sped 11 yards for a first down, helping Midwest City take the clock down to 1:57 before punting.
On the punt, Stillwater's King Williams fielded the kick, but let the football slip through his hands.
Bell jumped toward the ball and recovered. With Stillwater out of timeouts, Midwest City lined up in the victory formation.
The Pioneers gave away six fumbles and an interception while committing 10 penalties for 105 yards. Midwest City started four possessions on Stillwater's end of the field.
“I wasn't expecting to get the ball,” Bell said about his recovery. “I just rushed, ran full speed and made it to the ball. It rolled towards me. I dove towards it. I missed, so I dove again, got the ball, then got into a fetal position.”