MUSTANG — After leading Mustang to victory, Frankie Edwards got a backslap, young fans following him and a bear hug from teammate Jared Chance's father. Edwards' fourth-quarter touchdown run allowed Mustang to squeak past Lawton 37-34 on Friday night at Bronco Stadium.
Edwards completed a 10-play, 80-yard drive against a whipping wind with a 4-yard scoring dive at the 2:22 mark. On the final drive, Lawton got to midfield, but Dakota Warrington picked off a Dallas Sealey pass to finish off the Mustang victory.
Both teams ended the night 6-3 on the year and 3-3 in District 6A-4, boosting Mustang's playoff drive.
“It was a do-or-die win,” Edwards said. “We had to keep our playoff hopes alive. That was a great performance by both sides of the ball. They kept going 212 percent.”
Edwards threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-28 passing while toting for 111 yards on 19 yards and two scores.
The lead changed hands four times in the second half. Lawton overcame a 10-point deficit to go up 34-30. Ivan Thomas — all 265 pounds of him — leapt over a pile at the goal line to score with 5:36 left in the game. To help keep Thomas at bay, Mustang shifted 280-pound Jared Chance to linebacker for this game. Thomas had 36 yards on 12 carries. Mike Warren led Lawton with 122 yards on 17 carries.
Tevin Foster's 33-yard scoring rumble cut Lawton's fourth-quarter deficit to 30-27.
“You better be able to play in this district,” Mustang coach Ty Prestidge said. “Outside of Norman and Edmond Santa Fe, we're scratching and clawing. Our defense on the last drive, they had to suck it up. They got the stop. We had a big play by our defense.”
Mustang had taken a 30-20 advantage as Travis Mitchell snagged an Edwards throw between two Lawton defenders and over one of them at the Lawton 35-yard line. Mitchell completed a 69-yard scoring play. Mitchell had leapt for a 38-yard second-quarter TD strike.
“I haven't seen a Lawton team yet that doesn't scare you to death,” Prestidge said. “It could have gone either way. The biggest play was Travis Mitchell going and scoring to put us back up.”
Dallas Sealey scored on three TD runs. Sealey's third TD put Lawton ahead 20-16 with 8:33 to go in the third. Edwards plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out around a Blake Williams block as Mustang took back the lead 23-20 at the 4:02 mark of the third.
Mustang rallied from a 14-7 deficit to lead 16-14 at halftime. With 23 seconds left, Mustang caught Warren in the end zone for a 9-yard loss and a safety led by Tucker Calmus. Mustang finished a 16-point second quarter with the score.
Edwards heated up after a slow start against the wind. Edwards hit 2 out of 7 passes in the first quarter for 15 yards, but he completed 7 out of 12 tosses for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter with the wind.