The stop seemed sort of insignificant at the time.
Fifth-ranked Midwest City trailed Putnam City North by eight points with the Panthers facing a fourth-and-1 at the Bombers 32-yard-line with just over a minute left.
The Panthers gave it too tailback Dre Holman, who tried to find a crease but found a wall.
A couple of minutes later, Midwest City rose from the dead. The Bombers scored a pair of touchdowns to yank what looked like a sure win from the Panthers in overtime, 34-28, Friday night at Putnam City Stadium
"The resolve these kids have is amazing," Midwest City coach Steve Huff said. "I mean, that stop didn't look like much, did it? But these kids never quit.
"We don't plan to trail in every game we play this year, it just happens. We seem to play in spurts, and that's got to change, but it was a win and a big win for us."
Just to force overtime, the Bombers needed to move 68 yards in about 77 seconds. They did it in 44 seconds. The big play, when quarterback Greg Austin found Cortrez Colbert from 41 yards out, then again for the 2-point point conversion.
"Greg, Cortez and Cortrael (Colbert) all play basketball together, too," Huff said. "So these guys are all on the same page. They know where to put the ball and how to catch it. We just made some big plays there at the end."
The Bombers won the overtime coin toss but deferred and played defense. Starting from the 10-yard line, the Panthers moved to the 1, and on third down gave it to tailback Holman. The junior leapt over the top and appeared to score, but he was missing one thing — the ball. The football popped free just before he crossed the goal line. The Bombers recovered and earned the touchback.
New life again.
So Huff elected to go with the Austin-Cortrez Colbert combo again, and it paid off. Austin found his receiver open over the middle with a 9-yard bullet, and the celebration for Midwest City began. Midwest City improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in District 6A-1.
"We know we've trailed in every game, but we also know we have a chance to be a good club," Huff said. Our goal is to peak around week eight and nine and go from there."
The unranked Panthers (2-3, 1-1) looked sharp throughout after coming off a big win over then-No. 7 Edmond Memorial last week.
Their spark plug was wide receiver Covin Conrady and a defense that racked up six sacks on the night and kept Bombers' explosive tailback, James Flanders, in check.
Conrady finished with nine catches for 230 yards and touchdown.
Flanders wound up with 158 yards on 30 tough carries and two scores. He went over 100 yards in the first quarter but had to work for the rest.
PC North welcomed back Holman, who had a pair of touchdowns and 64 yards after missing the first four games with a knee injury he suffered on the first day of fall camp.
"This was a good game, and maybe down the line it will help the kids," Huff said.
"I just hope I don't have a heart attack before that."