At the time of the loss of power, the game had been very evenly played. Chandler was up 7-0 and had 89 yards of total offense to 67 for Millwood. However, when the game resumed in Chandler, the Lions ripped off 33 unanswered points with Jack Gray throwing for three touchdowns and running for two more. In the end, Chandler outgained Millwood 445 to 165 in total offense.
In retrospect, Bacon says the decision to continue play was an easy one for him.
“When the lights went out we had a lot of momentum and we were moving the ball,” he said. “We didn’t want to try to go back and mess up the rest of the week’s schedule.”
Nevertheless, wishing his final high school game had ended differently, Sanders said the move altered the outcome.
“It did have a big effect on the game because it was a tight game before all that happened,” said Sanders, whose team closed with a record of 10-3. “I’m not saying we would have won, but if we would have played at home the next day I don’t think there’s any way we would give up that many points or not score at all.”
Chandler (13-0) moves into the semifinals and will meet Kingfisher (11-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Moore High School.