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AFTER "HEARTBREAK HOTEL" IT'S "ON THE ROAD AGAIN"

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by staff
After having played the #8 team in the nation in the NAIA to a double overtime, the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies are back on the road with an appointment at 2 PM in Waxahachie, Texas, to meet the Lions of Southwest Assemblies of God University.
Though last week’s home opener still ended up in the “L” column, the Aggies proved to themselves and the remainder of their schedule that they are capable of playing with anyone on their schedule, if they will execute their plan on both sides of the football.
“We played right there with a very good team in Langston. We were only about a foot away from winning that game. You have to give Langston the credit. They did what they had to do to win the game. But, I was proud of our players. They never quit and fought right to the end. I thought we grew a lot as a football team in the process.” Stated Aggie head football coach Mike Wyatt.
After playing the Lions to a 7-0 halftime lead, the Aggies tied the game on a pass from Vinnie Gay to Shea Tarbet to open the third quarter. Then, Tarbet and Gay connected again for another touchdown pass and catch to put the Aggies up 14-7 to close the 3rd quarter.
It looked as though the roof may have caved in for the Aggies when a tipped pass interception was returned for a touchdown by the Lions in early going in the 4th quarter. However, with Langston trailing by 1, and looking to tie with the point after kick, the Aggies managed to block the kick. But, as fate would have it the Lions managed to advance the blocked kick across the goal line to go up 15-14.
Gay and company went to work and drove the field with Gay completing his third touchdown pass of the day to Darryl Brister. Hard running by Zacchaeus McCaskill has set up the score. With 43 ticks left on the game clock, Aggie kicker Brian Hollman had added the extra point to give the Aggies a 21-15 lead.
To Langston’s credit, the Lions moved down to the 11 yard line with 3.3 seconds on the clock. The Lion quarterback scrambled around until time expired narrowly eluding a sack twice to find an open receiver about a foot from the boundary. The TD toss moved the Lions into a 21-21 tie. With the ensuing PAT kick, the Lions would depart with a  1 point victory.
“Not so fast,” as ESPN analyst Lee Corso would say.
During a timeout called to “ice” him, the Langston kicker lead the partisan crowd in the “block that kick” cheer. As fate would have it, Aggie defensive tackle Kervin  Delma did just that to send the game into overtime.
The Aggie defense shut down the Lions during their overtime possession with Harrison Harris intercepting the Lions. The Aggie offense recorded one first down and then attempted a field goal which fell just under the bar.
During the second overtime, the Aggies failed to move the football and attempted a field goal that was blocked and the Lions had just the opening they needed. After two plays, moving the ball down to the 3 yard line, the Lions managed  to score a TD to seal the win 27-21 in double overtime.
“Again, there is no column for moral victories, but I was proud of our team and the way they fought and rallied. It was the first time that we have really come together as a team, this season.” Added Wyatt.
Next up for the Aggies is another set of Lions, this one from Southwest Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. Both teams enter the game a 0-3, though the Aggies have faced an overall tougher schedule.
“We have our work cut out for us at SAGU. They are 0-3 just like we are and they have circled our date on the calendar as their opportunity to get in the win column. We will need to play good football to bring a win back to Goodwell.” Wyatt noted.
While the Aggies were battling Langston, earlier in the day, last Saturday, the SAGU Lions lost to Northwestern Oklahoma State 41-16.
“It should be a good matchup between our two teams. Like us, they return most of their starters on defense. Their offense is re-building and seeking an identity.   If this is the weekend they put it together, watch out.” Stated Wyatt.
The Aggies will hope to put the same offense on the field that rolled up 254 yards of total offense vs. a tough Langston defense in just the second half alone. If they can manage that kind of out-put, they should have a chance for success.
Game time is set for 2 PM at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie. Aggie fans can hear the game by going to www.opsu.edu , then clicking on athletics and then “listen live”.

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