Little Axe coach Ted Dorrell showed tremendous faith in his players Friday night.
Trailing Lexington 28-27 in overtime after Jacob Shepard scored on a 10-yard run, Dorrell went for two and Shepard delivered with the game-winning reception.
“I thought we could put one in and get home,” Dorrell said. “A nondistrict game, why not go ahead on the road put it in the kids hands? They did a great job of it.”
Shepard finished with 189 yards on 17 carries.
But that rally wasn't the Indians' lone comeback. They were trailing 21-14 with just more than a minute remaining until Angel Freed caught a 22-yard TD pass from Keith Robertson to tie the game and force overtime.
Little Axe is now off to a 2-0 start, and Dorrell's faith in his players could be huge in the future.
“Facing the facts, we just weren't very good last year,” Dorrell said. “If they want to go win it, I'm going to let them try to go win it. I've got a little more trust in them now based on how hard they worked in the offseason.”
MIDWEST CITY'S SUNDERLAND GETS OSU OFFER
For the second straight Saturday, Midwest City defensive back Will Sunderland got a scholarship offer from a state program.
Oklahoma State offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior on Saturday, a week after OU extended its offer.
Sunderland has played a key role on defense for the Bombers during their 2-0 start, including Friday's 28-22 win over Stillwater.
JOHN MARSHALL OFF TO FAST START
After going winless last season, John Marshall is off to a 2-0 start under new coach and former Oklahoma State star Rashaun Woods after routing Bridge Creek 32-6 on Friday.
The win came despite 20 penalties and seven fumbles.
“It was really all around a sloppy game,” Woods said. “We came out with the victory and that was good, but we still got a lot of work to do.”
Devion Smith had more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Kalen Love caught two TD passes.
Still, Woods wants to see his team continue improving.
“I knew we had some talent coming in, just a lot of young talent,” he said. “I'm going to push the coaches to make sure we correct those mistakes and push the players as well.
“We've got a chance to be a decent football team this year and obviously going 2-0 is a great start, but understand that the first couple of teams we played are in the rebuilding phase as well. To say that we're 2-0 is nothing really to be happy about at this point.”
OVERTON HUGE FOR MINCO
Minco senior Jacob Overton did a little bit of everything Friday, playing quarterback, receiver and running back to account for three touchdowns in a 43-0 win against No. 7 Wayne.
“He's scored about every way you can score the last two weeks,” Minco coach Clint Warren said. “He's a special player. He's been doing that for four years.”
Wayne (1-1) was without standout Louden Johnson, who is expected to miss a few weeks with a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his foot.
“It totally changed our offense,” Wayne coach Brandon Sharp said. “He's the main trigger that makes it go and we had to do some different things, had some pups in there.”
“Minco's a good football team. They knew we were one-dimensional before and then you don't have him back there, they were able to load the box and come after us.”
*Cushing senior running back Gage Stallworth accounted for five touchdowns in a 41-15 win against Perry. Last week, he scored six touchdowns against Mannford.
*Summit Christian junior quarterback Cameron Gilbert completed 15 of 28 passes for 419 yards and five TDs in a 33-12 win against Choteau. Senior receiver Jeremy Pelotte also caught seven passes for 209 yards and three TDs, while senior Haden Farrell had five catches for 178 yards and two TDs.