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November 2, 2013

Bombers rush to 6-point win over Huskies

MIDWEST CITY — Playoff implications tend to bring out the best and worst of football teams.

Friday night was no different as the Midwest City Bombers upended Edmond North 19-13 at Rose Field.

With the win, the Bombers kept their playoff chances alive and dampened North’s hopes for a Class 6A-3 district championship.

The Bombers, 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the district, turned in stellar efforts on both sides of the ball. But Midwest City also took advantage of four turnovers, two of which led to points.

“Midwest City is a good football team,” said Scott Burger, Huskies head coach. “You can’t beat good football teams when you give the ball away.”

The Huskies (5-4, 4-2) traded possessions with Midwest City for nearly eight minutes in the first quarter before kicker Trevor Moore gave North a 3-0 lead with a 32-yard field goal.

After an intentional grounding call stalled the Huskies’ offense early in the second quarter, the Bombers turned to senior running back KeSean Brown, who broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown run and a 6-3 lead.

Two and a half minutes later, following a Bomber interception, Brown motored 20 yards for a TD and a 13-3 lead heading into halftime.

The Huskies, only down 10 despite losing a fumble on a punt return early in the third quarter, made some noise when quarterback Steven McClernon found his favorite receiver — Luke Rossi — for a 41-yard gain to the Bombers’ 5-yard line.

But two false-start penalties and a quarterback sack dropped Edmond North back to the 20-yard line. Moore kicked a 37-yard field goal to get within 13-6.

About three minutes later in the third, Paul Lasiter fumbled his second punt of the night. This time, the Bombers pounded the ball on the ground seven times with Brown, who finished the scoring drive with a 12-yard run up the middle. Brown, who also completed a 24-yard halfback pass in the game, finished with 165 yards rushing on 25 carries. Including the 59-yard scoring run, Brown had 110 yards in the first half alone.

“We knew about him,” Burger said. “Anybody who watched this ballgame, it wasn’t defense. They played their rear-ends off. We just left them on the field too long. We played a little better in the second half, but it’s tough to take.”

North added a touchdown late when McClernon hit Rossi for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left.

The Huskies then failed to recover the onside kick.

McClernon finished the night 18-of-32 for 159 yards and two interceptions. Rossi led all receivers with seven catches for 79 yards.

North’s offense managed 228 yards of offense, including only 69 on the ground.

The Huskies end the regular season next week against winless U.S. Grant Thursday night at Wantland Stadium.

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