With the game and a postseason playoff berth on the line, a play installed just this week in practice proved to be the difference for the Enid Plainsmen. Dylan Nave caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Clint Chelf on Enid’s first play of overtime, giving the Big Blue a 27-24 victory over Edmond North in a must-win game on Senior Night at D. Bruce Selby Stadium.

“We saw on film that they left the flats fairly vulnerable,’’ said Enid offensive coordinator Jason Murray.

After Edmond North’s Brett Perry booted a 24-yard field goal on the Huskies’ overtime possession, Murray called the game-winning play that allows for an option run by Chelf or a pass toward the sideline. Chelf rolled right, found Nave wide open and hit him in stride. Nave ran uncontested into the corner of the end zone for the winning score.

“This is awesome,’’ said Nave, who recorded his seventh touchdown of the season and the first game-winner of his football career. “That play works. We put it in this week, and every time we ran it in practice it worked.’’

The victory, which improved Enid to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in District 6A-3, kept the Plainsmen in contention for a playoff berth. Enid will need to beat Del City on the road next week and hope for a Stillwater victory over Broken Arrow to finish in sole possession of fourth place in the league.

“We have a shot,’’ said Enid coach Tom Cobble. “We have to win and root for Stillwater.’’

Enid struggled to contain Edmond North sophomore standout Roy Finch, who rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 78 yards and a score. Finch put the Huskies on top 14-0 in the first period with a 23-yard run and a 54-yard reception.

The Plainsmen narrowed the gap early in the second period when Chelf connected with Boe Burleson on a 17-yard scoring strike over the middle.

Enid made a bid to tie the game later in the second period with a 50-yard, 12-play drive that included two fourth-down conversions. But on a third try to convert on fourth down, Chelf overthrew Nave on the same play that would result in the game-winning score.

The Plainsmen tied the game at 14 on their first possession of the third period when Ky’ale Lloyd pulled in a 47-yard touchdown pass from Chelf.

The Plainsmen were marching on their next possession, but Lloyd fumbled at the Edmond North 9 yard line. Finch’s 25-yard dash early in the fourth period put the Huskies up 21-14, but Enid responded with Chelf’s 40-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21 with seven minutes remaining.

Lloyd’s 13-yard run on fourth down with 3:20 remaining helped Enid maintain a drive that would stall at the Edmond North 28. Lloyd finished with 91 yards rushing and caught three passes for 54 yards. Enid free safety Brett Kenaga intercepted a pass with two minutes left, but Enid was unable to capitalize.

In overtime, Finch picked up 4 yards on second down, but that was all for the Huskies, who settled for Perry’s field goal and a 24-21 lead. Enid took possession at the Edmond North 10, and needed just one play to win the game on Chelf’s third touchdown pass of the game.

Chelf finished 15 of 28 for 170 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed for 124 yards and a score.

Seth Sturgeon caught six passes for 62 yards and Nave had five receptions for 37 yards.

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