The Jones Longhorns lost a heartbreaker to the Crossings Christian Knights Friday night in Northwest Oklahoma City. For the second time this season, a short field goal by the opposing team sealed the fate of the Longhorns.
The Longhorns started strong with a three play, 80-yard drive capped off by a 29-yard rush by Senior Quarterback Carson May. The Knights answered right back with a 10 play, 65-yard drive. Knight Quarterback Drew Wood connect with Running Back Silas Ward on a 4-yard score to make it 7-7. The Defenses would settle down after the opening drives and no more points would be scored in the 1st.
The only score of the 2nd Quarter was an 80-yard run by Crossings Running Back Justin Walraven. The Longhorns simply couldn’t find their typical rhythm in the 1st Half. Carson May was sacked 4 times which seemed to get the Offense out of sync. The First half drive chart shows the struggles:
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The Longhorn offense finally found its footing in the 3rd Quarter. Carson May found Cadyn Karl for a 48-yard score early in the third. After the Jones Defense forced a Crossings punt, the Longhorns scored on a 7 play, 64-yard drive. Karl found the end zone again, this time on an 11-yard rush. This put the Longhorns up 21-14 with a little over 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and all of the momentum. This set up the wild 4th Quarter.
Jones had the opportunity to score again, driving the ball down to the Knight 12-yard line early in the 4th. On 3rd and 6, the snap ended up on the ground, and May threw a pass that was intercepted by Silas Ward and returned 90 yards for the Touchdown to tie the game 21-21. It was a key turnover that completely shifted the momentum of the game.
Crossings scored with 1:51 left on a 41-yard pass from Wood to Mason Snyder. On the next drive, Jones faced a 4th and 7 at their own 23 yard line. Emmett Murphy was able to get past his defender and Carson May perfectly caught him in stride for a 77-yard score. The Horns lined up a for an extra point, but the snap was low, Kameron Sweat picked up the ball and dove for the pylon for the two-point conversion. This gave Jones the lead 29-28 with 1:19 left.
The Knights were able to drive down the field to set up a chip shot field goal with 5 seconds left. The Longhorns tried to lateral on the ensuing kickoff, but ended up fumbling the ball in the end zone, which was recovered by the Knights, who won 38-29.
Carson May finished the game 15-30, 243 yards, 2 TD and 2 Interceptions. Emmett Murphy finished with 5 receptions for 166 yards and a score. Cadyn Karl had 6 catches for 74 yards and a TD plus 4 rushes for 43 yards and a score. But in the end, it was the chunk plays and turnovers that doomed the Longhorns.
The Longhorns won’t have to wait long to get back on the field, as they take on Kellyville on Thursday October 14 at 7:00 at Tim Wallace Memorial Stadium.