HARRAH — With 15 seconds remaining, Douglass quarterback Patrick McKaufman converted a one-yard sneak to ice the Trojans' 22-15 victory over Harrah Friday.
Douglass, The Oklahoman's No. 3-ranked team in Class 4A, survived a scare in large part due to running back and defensive end, Deondre Clark.
Clark carried the load for Douglass. The LSU commitment finished the game with 18 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including five rushes for 29 yards before McKafman's game-winning score on the final drive.
Clark's first rushing touchdown came in the first quarter and earned Douglass a 6-0 lead, however, Harrah answered and gained their first lead just before halftime.
Harrah quarterback Zach Hamblin connected with Blake Freeman for a five-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining in the first half. Dak Stephens converted the two-point conversion with a three-yard run and Harrah entered halftime with an 8-6 lead.
The Trojans re-gained the lead late in the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run from Clark, his second of the game. Anthony Jackson converted the two-point conversion with a three-yard run and Douglass held a 14-8 lead.
Harrah followed with an 11-play, 66-yard scoring drive. During the drive, the Panthers converted on third down three times, including two pass connections from Hamblin. Hamblin finished 8-for-16 with 155 yards and a score.
Stephens capped the Panthers' final scoring drive with a 25-yard touchdown run. After a successful PAT, Harrah regained the lead, 15-14.
Douglass' game-winning drive lasted nearly four minutes. McKaufman connected for two of his four completions during the drive, and although he wasn't much of a factor in the run game, his final sneak finished the contest and earned Douglass its eighth victory.
“We settled down in the second half,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said after the game. “It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish. We made the plays when it mattered most, and they just ran out of time. I'm just glad we had the lead at the end of the game.”
With the win, Douglass moves to 8-1 overall and remains undefeated (6-0) in District 4A-2. The Trojans travel to Ada to end the regular season Nov. 8. Harrah, 5-4 (4-2) travels to McCloud for their final 4A-2 matchup.