POTEAU — A mishap on extra point turned in Poteau’s favor in a stunning 15-14 win over Wagoner in a District 4A-4 showdown on Friday night.
Down 14-7 in the closing minutes, the Pirates scored a touchdown on a keeper from Garrett Klutts. Then on the extra point, the ball fell off the tee but an alert Britt Brown — the holder — scooped it up and raced around the left side for the go-ahead two-point conversion as Poteau improved to 6-0 on the season with a wild 15-14 win.
The Pirates’ comeback spoiled what had been a comeback by Prince McJunkins and the Bulldogs. After Poteau took the second-half kickoff and scored to take a 7-0 lead, McJunkins came into the game for the first time and eventually directed a pair of touchdown drives.
On the final play of the third quarter, McJunkins hooked up with junior receiver Jordan Robinson from 19 yards out. Josh Hewitt booted the extra point to tie it at 7-7.
Then on Wagoner’s next series, sophomore Kevin Peterson took a sweep around the left side and also went in from 19 yards out. Hewitt’s PAT put the Bulldogs in front, 14-7, with just over six minutes remaining.
“Unfortunately, I think that’s what we all thought when we got the lead there, I thought we was going to seal the deal; I really did,” Bulldog coach Dale Condict said. “I felt like Poteau; their kids might panic a little bit and we got the lead and got momentum and were playing good defense. But their quarterback and 12 (Brown) just didn’t feel the same way; I thought their quarterback just did an excellent job; he’s really a fine player and they played great, they came prepared and despite our injury situation, they really just gave a great effort.”
When backup quarterback Taylor Bosco went down in the first quarter, the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-1) turned to senior receiver Paul Golden to play quarterback and used him until McJunkins took the field in the second half.
“I knew he couldn’t run the ball at all, I knew that for sure,” Condict said of McJunkins. “He’s not healthy enough to really be playing but it just got to the point where we knew he could at least catch and throw it and hand off and that was probably going to give us a better chance to win than to try to play a receiver at quarterback against them.”
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