EDMOND – Homecoming was supposed to be Deer Creek’s night to shine.
But Midwest City crashed the party.
The Bombers used ball control offense and relentless defense to blank the Antlers 35-0 for their third straight win. The game marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Midwest City held the Antlers to 78 total yards and forced three turnovers, including one that was returned for a touchdown. Deer Creek came into the game averaging 24 points per contest.
“It usually takes us a while to get going, but we came out strong right away,” said senior Evan Fields, who returned after missing the first four games with an arm injury. “To hold them to zero is a big statement.”
Fields finished with eight tackles including several hard hits in the middle of the field. Jalen Redmond recorded 10 tackles and 2 sacks.
“They (Deer Creek) didn’t have their best receiver but their gameplan is to throw it and they couldn’t,” Fields said. “We got a bunch of coverage sacks and rushes off the defensive line. Coach (Jason) Sexton called some good blitzes.”
The Bombers ran for 280 yards and three scores. Astin Anderson led the charge with 129 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. It was the junior’s second straight 100 yard plus game. Jacob Reed and Juwan Walker each ran for a touchdown, while Tommyon Scott and Kyle Lindsay helped carry the load.
Midwest City opened a 28-0 lead in the first half. The visitors scored twice off turnovers and added another off a misplayed kick return.
With the victory, Midwest City improves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in District 6A-II-1. Deer Creek drops to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.
“I feel like we’re moving in the right direction and improving every week,” Midwest City coach Darrell Hall said. “And this is the first game that’s been very comfortable and we got to play a lot of guys.”
Deer Creek halted Midwest City’s opening drive with a fourth-down stop. But they quickly gave the ball back on an interception by Juwan Walker. Nine plays later, Reed beat defenders to the edge for a 22-yard score on fourth down. The run put Midwest City on top 7-0 with 2:11 left in the first.
Another turnover led to six more points for the Bombers. Deer Creek forced a punt and took over inside their own 10. The Antlers fumbled on the first play of the possession. Defensive lineman Jaidon Hayes-Robinson plucked the loose ball off the turf and returned it for a touchdown.
Things got progressively worse for Deer Creek in a matter of seconds. The Antlers mishandled a short kickoff and the Bombers recovered on the Deer Creek 38. Midwest City marched down field for their third score of the night. Anderson did much of the legwork and got the glory with a two-yard dive to make it 21-0.
The Bombers found the end zone one more time before the break. Quarterback Preston Colbert scrambled for several seconds before rolling right and hitting Lindsay for a 5-yard strike with 1:29 in the half.
Midwest City’s defense continued to pressure quarterback Hunter Freese in the second half and prevent a comeback. The junior was without his favorite target in receiver Zac Kerstetter who missed the game due to injury.
The Bombers rounded out the scoring with a spectacular run by Juwan Walker. The junior took a reverse around the left end and crisscrossed the field for a 47-yard touchdown run.
Colbert finished the game 4-of-8 passing for 45 yards with one touchdown.
Midwest City is home Friday night against Choctaw (2-3, 0-2). The Yellowjackets are coming off a 43-39 loss to the Enid. They have lost their last three games by a combined 11 points.