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Luke Frankfurt said it looked like a wounded duck. A few seconds later, though, all his teammates could see was victory — and a big one, at that.
Frankfurt intercepted a wobbly pass in the final minute, and Oklahoma Christian School held on to down top-ranked and previously unbeaten Millwood, 22-18, Friday night in Edmond. The win improved the Saints to 5-1 on the season and put them in an enviable district position.
“They had their backup quarterback in there, so I knew it wasn’t going to be a perfect pass,” said Frankfurt, a sophomore defensive back. “I just had to go get it.”
OCS trailed for only 1:43 all night, and bounced back every time with big plays. All three of the Saints’ touchdowns were scored from more than 40 yards out.
That was the kind of game Millwood had been accustomed to bringing to opponents, but OCS head coach Derek Turner said preparation was the key to stamping that out.
“We had some really good defensive schemes for them, and our guys really did what they needed to do,” he said. “We kept showing different stuff all night, and did a great job of disguising it to set it up.”
OCS quarterback Austin Brooks finished 8-of-16 for 181 yards and three touchdowns, while the Saints’ running game mustered 58 yards on a night when Millwood ran 18 more plays and controlled the clock.
Millwood took its latest lead with 10:08 to play on a 10-yard touchdown run by 235-pound back Larry Lambeth. OCS, though, came up with what would prove to be the game-winner on the very next offensive play, as Frankfurt took a dump pass, ran through two defenders and scooted 43 yards for a touchdown and a 22-18 Saints advantage.
The Falcons got the ball back four more times, but starting quarterback London Potts went down with an injury and they had to play with backups on their final two possessions.
OCS started with a bang, albeit with a bit of luck. The Saints scored the first touchdown when a deep pass down the left sideline bounced off the hands of a receiver and into the hands of a sprinting Garrett Kilborn for a 53-yard score. A 2-point conversion was good and they led 8-0.
After Millwood pulled to within 8-6 at halftime, the Falcons took their first lead on a 10-yard run by halfback Janari Glover. OCS answered right back on its next drive, as Brooks again found Kilborn, this time for 50 yards, and the Saints regained a 15-12 lead.
Since Millwood was ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by most state polls, the win was a key one for OCS in the district. However, Turner said it was way too soon to look ahead.
“In this game, it’s crazy. You just don’t know what will happen,” Turner said. “Our kids know they’re going to have to keep working.”
OCS travels to Dibble next week.