Bacone Escapes with 28-24 Win Over OPSU
-by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 10-16-06
Goodwell, Okla. — An enthusiastic homecoming crowd was treated to an exciting game on Saturday as the Bacone Warriors edged Oklahoma Panhandle State 28-24. It was a well-played game, with the Aggies holding the edge in the statistics, but the Warriors holding on for the narrow margin of victory. Both teams entered the contest with 0-5 records and each was hungry for their first win.
Quarterback Brandon Warner provided the spark in the Aggie offense with 310 yards in total offense. The sophomore ran for a game high 124 yards on 30 carries that included touchdown runs of one and 20 yards. Warner also completed 10 of 24 passes for 186 yards, including a 21-yard scoring strike to Chad Sauceda.
After a scoreless first quarter, OPSU took a 3-0 lead, thanks to a Ryan Brock 35-yard field goal with 12:40 to go in the first half. Bacone came back with two quick touchdowns to go ahead 14-3, but the Aggies countered with Warner’s one-yard TD and Brock’s extra point to close the first half with the Warriors leading 14-10.
The second half was an old fashioned college football dogfight as the Aggies fought their way to a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter thanks to a crafty 20-yard scoring dash up the middle by Warner. However, the Warriors came right back with a touchdown of their own and the third period ended with Bacone holding a 21-17 advantage.
Midway through the final period, the Warriors scored again and went ahead 28-17. However, with great determination, the Warner-led Aggie offense fought their way back up the field and the Warner to Sauceda scoring pass (with Brock’s point after) cut the Bacone lead to 28-24 with six minutes to play.
After a heroic stand by the OPSU defense led by Ranoaldo Davis, Chase Martin and Larry Thompson, the Aggies had a shot at victory, but the Warriors stopped the effort.
The game was a good one, but there has to be a winner and a loser in college football. At the final gun, the Aggies had given their all, but Bacone had the 28-24 victory, and the Aggies fell to 0-6 on the season.
Hard running Aggie fullback Steven Boone smashed his way for 76 yards on 20 carries and quick teammate Steve Jackson gained 46 yards on seven attempts. Jackson led OPSU receivers with 65 yards on four catches. Desmond Evans caught three Warner passes for a total of 32 yards and Teron Guidry snared one for a big 44-yard OPSU gain.
Both Jackson and Guidry are great athletes who saw action on both offense and defense. Late in the first half, Jackson swiped a Bacone pass and returned it 24 yards. Guidry also played well on defense.
The Aggies held the advantage in total offensive yards, 407-262, and converted an excellent six times in nine fourth down conversions.
As he has in nearly every one of his 28 games as an Aggie, middle linebacker Ranoaldo Davis led OPSU in tackles with 11 (two of them for losses). Martin had five stops and Thompson had an interception to go along with three tackles.
The Aggies will head to Gunnison, Colorado next week to face Western State.