Originally Published: Nov 14, 2009 2:1 AM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
MOORE, Oklahoma – The Southmoore Sabercats entered the playoffs as one of the few west-side teams supposedly capable of challenging for the 6A state title. Their playoff run almost ended before it began against Eisenhower Friday.
Down 31-24, Lawton Ike drove down the field and scored a touchdown with 48 seconds left in the game. Head coach Boone Copeland then elected to go for a two-point conversion, and the Eagles’ converted to take a 32-31 lead.
With their season suddenly in jeopardy, Southmoore responded by driving from deep in its own territory to the Eisenhower 13-yard line with nine seconds left in the game. Kicker Sam York then hit a 30-yard field goal to clinch a Sabercat victory.
Both teams played close for most of the game, but Southmoore began to pull away and had a seemingly comfortable 31-17 lead in the fourth quarter. But Lawton Ike took advantage of a Southmoore fumble to cut the lead to 31-24 and set up the Eagles’ dramatic touchdown and conversion to take the lead.
Eisenhower’s 32 points are the most the Eagles scored in any game this season, and the second-most surrendered by Southmoore in a game this season.
The Sabercats will now move on to face Bartlesville in the second round next week.