EDMOND — Coleman Davis might have made an impression on the Metro Christian coaches with his play.
Davis provided a game-turning play on a punt deep in Oklahoma Christian territory to set up what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown as Metro Christian slipped past defending Class 2A champion Oklahoma Christian 14-13 on Friday night at Saints Field.
Davis, a freshman defensive lineman, came through the line unblocked and smothered OCS punter Jared Goff on a fourth down from the OCS 15-yard line. Metro Christian took over at the OCS 1-yard line with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter.
Metro Christian's Abe Anderson cashed in on a 1-yard TD plunge on fourth down. Metro Christian broke a 7-7 deadlock with 2:36 to go in the third period. OCS' defense had halted Brody Wagner short of the goal line on a screen pass.
Davis stepped in for his hurt teammate, Eyan Graybill, on defense and special teams. Davis wanted to repay Metro Christian assistant Adam Taylor for giving him the chance.
“I tried to stay hydrated all day,” Davis said. “I wasn't expecting to be first string. Coach Taylor put me in. I just tried to do the best I could to impress him.
“I just used my speed as best I could. I saw the ball on the ground (on the punt). Then I saw him (Goff) on the ground with the ball, so I made sure he was down.”
Oklahoma Christian mounted a fourth-quarter rally. The Saints marched from midfield to the Metro Christian 12-yard line.
OCS sophomore Thomas Qualls threw incomplete into the end zone on third down. On fourth down, Qualls connected with Kade VanMeter on a pass into the middle of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown.
After initially deciding to kick the extra point and tie the contest, OCS went for the two-point conversion to win the game. Qualls scrambled around left end, but Metro Christian stuffed Qualls just short of paydirt.
Qualls stepped in at quarterback with a day to prepare. Expected starter Will McKinnis was held out of the game for disciplinary reasons.
“I was proud of Tom,” OCS running back Luke Frankfurt said. “He is a mature sophomore. He was composed. He played an amazing game. He got a lot of good experience.
“Tomorrow we'll be back at work. We'll get better and learn from it. (OCS coach Derek) Turner schedules hard games to get us ready for the playoffs.”
OCS had a penalty wipe out a punt-return touchdown before the half. Cameron James scored the game's first touchdown on a 5-yard run at 7:05 remaining in the second quarter to cap a 74-yard drive. Forty-five yards worth of penalties assisted OCS' march downfield. Qualls zipped a 13-yard strike to Conner Sikes to set up James' score.
Frankfurt finished with 71 yards rushing and 27 receiving, while Qualls completed 15 of 22 passes for 103 yards.
Justin Harrell moved Metro Christian with his arm. Harrell racked up 163 yards passing, completing a 17-yard touchdown aerial to Danny Burke to knot the game at the 4:23 mark of the second quarter.