The Edmond Sun
The Deer Creek Antlers moved the pigskin into Lawton MacArthur territory, but the Highlanders picked off a pass to hang on to a wild 34-29 Class 5A first-round playoff game Friday night.
The Antlers, 6-5, garnered a 29-28 lead with 5:33 to play in regulation when Cole Verble made a great sliding catch from 23 yards out from Caden Sander.
Lawton McArthur picked up a key pass interference call on a third-and-12 situation to keep its drive alive before hitting pay dirt with the winning score for the 34-29 final with just over three minutes to play.
“It was a great high school football game,” said Antlers coach Grant Gower. “It was a great atmosphere. Our guys played well and I was really proud of our effort.
“Our coaches put us in position to win the ball game.
“We had 8-9 starters out with injuries and a lot of guys stepped in and made some plays.”
Deer Creek running back Brock Ruminer caught a pass from Sander on a wheel route out of the backfield for a 75-yard touchdown catch and run.
The Antlers scored first and Jackson Smith had an interception in the end zone for a healthy start. Deer Creek led 17-15 at the break.