By Anthony Thomas
NOBLE –Midwest City was determined to bounce back Friday night after a tough loss against Carl Albert last week.
Midwest City’s defense and offense both showed out in a 40-7 win over Noble. The Bombers had a pair of defensive touchdowns and Kristawn Friday ran for three scores in the win.
Coach Darrell Hall said his team’s ball security and consistent effort were big factors in the win.
“One of the main things we did was we didn’t turn the ball over early,” Hall said. “In the first two games we have been our own worst enemy. Tonight, we played more of a complete game. This week we played a full 48 minutes instead of 24, like we did last week.”
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm in the first quarter. A blocked punt late in the quarter helped spark the Bombers offense and set up their first scoring drive that carried over into the second quarter. On fourth down from the Noble 43, quarterback DeAngelo Irvin Jr., who finished the game with 164 passing yards and 16 rushing yards, hit John Adams for an 11-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Running back Davion Franklin later took it in from 7 yards out. A missed extra point made it a 6-0 score.
Despite the Bombers struggling with their run game early, they quickly began to dominate. Later in the quarter, Irvin thew down field to receiver Makale Smith, setting up Midwest City on the Bears 1-yard line. Friday scored the touchdown and 2-point conversion making the score 13-0 with under three minutes left in the quarter.
Friday finished the game with 3 touchdowns and 87 rushing yards.
Midwest City’s defense controlled the rest of the second quarter, starting with defensive back Juwan Dancy who returned a fumble 13 yards for a 20-0 score. Dancy finished Friday night with three tackles, one interception and one defensive touchdown.
The Bombers finished off their second quarter domination with linebacker Quincy Kornegay’s 47-yard interception return with no time left in the half, putting Midwest City up 27-0 at the half. Kornegay finished the night with five tackles, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown.
Opening the third quarter, Friday broke a 33-yard run for another Bomber touchdown, making the score 33-0.
Midwest City’s defense was able to lock down on Noble and keep the Bears scoreless at the end of the third.
In the final quarter of play, Friday scored on a 4-yard run for the final Bomber touchdown, putting the game at 40-0.
Noble was able to score with quarterback Colin Fisher completing a 3-yard pass to receiver Brandon Harper late in the game to make it a 40-7 final score.
Midwest City improved to 2-1 on the season.
Hall said he was thrilled to close out the non-district schedule with a big win on the road.
“Great Bomber victory. We came into a hostile environment. They are a good team. It was 0-0 in the first quarter. We had that 21-point second quarter that really opened it up and we started playing football like were capable of,” Hall said.
Assistant Head Coach Maurice Upshaw Jr. echoed that sentiment.
“We played a total game, the whole team is starting to come together,” he said.
The Bombers (2-1) will next face off against Lawton (2-0) on September 25 at Rose Field. It will be the team’s first game at the newly renovated stadium.
“Next game we get to bring it to Rose Field and we’re ready,” Hall said.