Bad habits returned for the Midwest City football team on Friday night.
After reeling off three straight wins, the Bombers found themselves bogged down by miscues and offensive inconsistency in a 14-7 loss to Choctaw at Rose Field.
The Bombers scored on just one of three trips to the red zone. Astin Anderson found the end zone from 15 yards out early in the third quarter. Midwest City was also flagged 10 times for 85 yards, including several drive killing penalties.
“We just didn’t play very well and that’s what happens when you don’t play well,” said Midwest City coach Darrell Hall. “We’re back to what we did. We were our own worst enemy.”
The Yellowjackets led 7-0 at halftime against regained control follow a blocked punt by Giavoni McClain in the third quarter. The big play gave the visitors the ball on the Bomber 22. Tyrel Bell took it the rest of the way three straight runs – the last a 1-yard dive to the end zone. Liam Jones added the extra point to make it a 14-7 game with 1:16 in the third.
Midwest City drove the ball into the red zone on their next possession. On fourth-and-three from the Choctaw 11, Jacob Reed was stopped just short of the sticks. Midwest City started its next two drives across midfield but punted and turned the ball over on downs.
Choctaw finally slammed the door shut with an interception by Raymond Navarro with under a minute to play. The Yellowjackets, who have lost their last three games by four points of less, kneeled on the ball for the 14-7 win.
The Bombers drop to 3-3 and 2-1 in District 6A-II-1. With the win, Choctaw snaps a three game skid and improves to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in district.
The Yellowjackets were not without their flaws on Friday night. After punting on their first two possessions, Choctaw drove the ball down to the Bomber 1. On the next play, Dylan Weaver handed off to Bell who fumbled in the backfield. Kyle Lindsay scooped up the loose ball and returned to near midfield.
Choctaw forced a punt and scored on their next possession. Weaver hit Collin Armstrong for a 10-yard score and 7-0 lead with 1:13 remaining in the half.
In the second half, Midwest City score on its opening possession, but was held off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Both teams missed one field goal in the game.
Midwest City finished with 272 yards of total offense, while holding Choctaw to 141 yards. Preston Colbert was 8-of-25 passing for 99 yards with one interception.
JD Kolb ran for 54 yards on 17 carries for Choctaw.
Midwest City travels to Putnam City West next Friday. Choctaw is home next week against Stillwater.