Del City’s offense used big play after big play to keep pace with Lawton Eisenhower last Friday night. But it was a big play from their defense that clinched the win.
The host Eagles pulled in front 41-34 with a touchdown run by Myles Alexander in the fourth quarter. They forced a punt and looked to salt the win away with a couple of first downs. Instead, Del City was put on the defensive after Eisenhower recovered a fumble near midfield with 3:49 remaining.
Eisenhower quarterback RJ Fisher marched his team down to the Del City 7. On fourth down, Fisher lofted the ball into the end zone, but Kelin Gordon knocked it away to seal the win at Robert Kalsu Stadium.
“Our defense just had to shut them down again and that’s what we did,” Gordon said. “We watched film and he (Fisher) did that before, so when I saw him coming I knew not to get off my man and deflect the ball.”
Del City coach Jake Corbin said his team’s ability to make big plays was the difference on Friday night.
“We have a culture of clutch here and when there’s a clutch situation we’re going to make that play,” he said. “And the kids were able to do that. I was really proud of them.”
Del City improves to 2-0 on the season with a home game against rival Midwest City up next. The Eagles and Bombers (0-2) will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday.
Del City led 22-14 at halftime, but trailed again heading into the fourth quarter. Alexander put them back on top with a pair of rushing touchdowns. The senior capped the first drive with a one-yard score. On the second, Alexander bullied his way through the Eisenhower defense for a 12-yard score and a 41-34 lead. Alexander finished the game with 53 yards on 10 carries, along with several tackles on defense.
“Coach told me to get in there and run it and I went in there and did it,” Alexander said.
Quarterback Christian Hoover had a big night in the home opener. The junior completed 11-of-24 passes for 218 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 137 yards on 17 carries.
Hoover’s primary receiver was Isaac Beverly, who had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Sheldon Trotter and Dion Kirk also caught a touchdown.
Eisenhower finished with 451 yards of total offense. Fisher completed 25 of 38 passes for 314 yards with two touchdowns. Ontario Douglas led with eight receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown.
The visitors put the first points on the board with a quick drive. Kenneth Graham capped the drive with a six-yard run to the pylon with 8:27 in the first. Fisher hit Douglas in the middle of the end zone for the two-point conversation and an 8-0 lead.
Del City answered with a drive to the opposite end zone. Hoover connected with a Beverly for a 15-yard gain and later found Dion Kirk for a 25-yard score. The two connected again for the game-tying two-point conversion.
But the stalemate didn’t last long. Graham again put his team on top with a 49-yard sprint at the 4:58 mark in the first.
Del City looked to answer again in their next possession. On third down, Beverly caught a pass across the middle of the field but was hit near the goal line and fumbled. Beverly redeemed himself with a shoestring grab for a touchdown in the second quarter. Trotter added a 51-yard score with 1:35 left to give Del City a 22-14 halftime advantage.
The teams continued to swap scores in the third. Eisenhower twice tied the game on scores from Fisher. He scored on a three-yard run and later hit Kinyon Parker to tie the game at 28-28 with 3:18 in the third. Eisenhower then took the lead on a 98-yard catch and run by Douglas.
Del City’s defense held Eisenhower scoreless in the fourth and Alexander added two touchdowns for the 41-34 win.