Two plays later, Mitchell batted a pass away near the goal line to help preserve the win.
“We changed the defense up a little bit, tried to keep them confused,” Mitchell said. “We knew we couldn't let anything get behind us, keep everything in front, wrap up and tackle. We just had to keep fighting back.”
WARRIORS' WINNING STREAK SNAPPED
Anadarko coach Kent Jackson had a tough task addressing his team after a 28-game winning streak came to an end with the loss.
“I didn't want that loss to erase a great season,” Jackson said. “To come back the way we did at the end and give ourselves a chance, I'm very proud of them.”
The Warriors were thin on defense, and Clinton wore them down.
Anadarko linebacker Russell Mithlo was suspended for the game after being ejected in the semifinal win over Wagoner, and a pair of linebackers — Traymayne Wauahdooah and Jared Wheeler were hurt going into the game or during the game.
“It was tough that we were as banged up as we were,” Jackson said. “But those things happen.”