By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
For the second week in a row, Midwest City faced off against one of the top football teams in Class 5A.
And for the second week in a row, mistakes took them out of the game early.
Del City cashed in on a pair of turnovers early in a 53-14 victory last Thursday night at Robert Kalsu Stadium.
Del City quarterback River Warren threw a pair a touchdowns and ran for another. Rodney Fields ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’re our own worst enemy right now and until we figure that out, we’re going to struggle,” said Midwest City coach Darrell Hall. “When we get it straightened out, we’ll be alright.”
The Eagles led nearly the entire game. On the first play from scrimmage, Del City’s Rodney Fields broke a 71-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.
Midwest City turned the ball over on its first two possessions. Kenneth Colston’s pass was tipped at the line and intercepted by Jashawn McCalister on the 10. The Bombers quickly got the ball back on an interception from Aiden Brown, but then fumbled it away a few plays later.
The turnover led to a 21-yard touchdown run by Rodney Fields to make it a 14-0 game.
The Bombers continued to struggle on special teams. A bad snap on a punt near their own end zone led to a turnover on downs. Del City took over on the 7 and quickly scored on a pass from River Warren to Ladanian Fields.
Warren later hit Ladanian Fields for a 26-yard score in the corner of the end zone, following another punting miscue by the Bombers. That score made it a 27-0 game at the end of the first.
Midwest City found success offensively late in the second quarter. Colston led the Bombers on a 73-yard scoring drive just before halftime. Devin Sissons made a big catch on fourth down. Colston then hit Josiah Johnson across the middle for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds left in the half.
“We played with intensity and a sense of urgency after we came out kind of flat offensively,” Colston said.
Del City led 34-7 at halftime.
The Bombers carried that momentum into the second half. They forced a turnover on downs and scored on their next drive. LaSiera LaViolette broke a 28-yard run to the Del City 20. On fourth-and-six from the 16, Colston found Sissons for an easy catch and run, making it a 34-14 score.
“That gave us confidence that we can score on anyone and can compete with anyone when we’re playing like we should be,” Colston said.
The Eagles scored on their next three possessions, cementing a 52-14 victory.
Coltson was 13 of 28 passing for 204 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Sissons and Johson each had 5 catches for 74 yards and one score.
LaViolette had 10 carries for 41 yards on the ground.
The Bomber defense was led by Brown who had one interception and 7 ½ tackles. Keiwon Landrum and Hakeem Olawuyi each recorded a sack.
Warren was 11 of 18 for 159 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for one score.
Ladanian Fields led the team in receiving with 5 catches for 101 yards and two TDs. Braylan Walker had two catches for 35 yards.
Rodney Fields finished with 200 yards rushing and two scores. Shayden Green, Aaron Cater and Braelon Adamah also had a rushing touchdown.
Midwest City will be on the road again Friday night at Putnam City North (2-1). It will be the final non-district game for the Bombers.