In the closing seconds of Lawton's game at Edmond North last October, North was threatening, with the ball at the 5 and down 12-0.
Then Maurice Chandler turned what could have been a tight game into a relatively comfortable halftime lead with a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired in the half.
The play wound up being a big one as Edmond North came back in the second half, but Lawton held on for an 18-15 win.
“Without a doubt, that's the play that I remember most from him,” Wolverines coach Randy Breeze said. “That turned the game around for us.”
Now, Chandler is one of the highest-touted recruits in the state, coming in at No. 7 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list.
He has offers from a handful of schools that include Arizona State, Arkansas State, Kansas State, Oregon State and Texas Tech.
He'll visit Texas Tech later in the week.
About the only thing holding Chandler back from even bigger offers is his classroom work.
“He's still a work in progress in that area,” Breeze said.
Breeze has coached plenty of top-flight defensive backs during his career, and two stand out in comparison to Chandler.
Both played big-time Division I football and spent time in the NFL.
“I'd say Antonio Perkins and James Trapp,” Breeze said. “Antonio didn't play much defense for us but did at OU. He's one of those gliders like Antonio, but he's a bit bigger.
“Trapp was the fastest man in the NFL for awhile, and like James, it just looks so easy for Maurice to run.”
Chandler doesn't necessarily look fast when he's running by himself on the field. But if you put a stopwatch on him or another player out there with him, the difference becomes clear.
“You watch him run and it looks like he's just going at 3/4 speed,” Breeze said. “Then you look down and he's running a 4.4. He glides so well. He doesn't really look like he's running fast even though he is.”
That interception return was one of three 90-plus yard plays for Chandler last season. He also opened two Lawton games with kickoffs returned for touchdowns.
That interception was one of seven for Chandler last year.
“On a couple of them, the receiver was open. The quarterback saw a wide open receiver,” Breeze said. “But Maurice has that uncanny ability to have a late second burst. His quickness is really something special, especially for a kid his size.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 7, Maurice Chandler of Lawton. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:
No. 10: Kimmie Carson, Tulsa East Central
No. 9: Darius Graham, Lawton MacArthur
No. 8: Devin Rolan, McAlester
Up next: The No. 6 player on the Super 30 list is soon to be a Wolf in Hogs clothing. Check out the story on this metro-area defensive back in Tuesday's Oklahoman.
No. 7: Maurice Chandler
Recruited by: Offers include Arizona State, Arkansas State, Kansas State, Memphis, Oregon State and Texas Tech.