OWASSO — After five weeks of easy wins, Afton finally had to work to get one.
After a 15-yard TD reception by Brett Hollon and the conversion run by Wil Amos with 1:51 remaining gave the Eagles a precarious two-point lead, senior Zach Henry blocked what would have been a game-winning field goal to preserve a 22-20 win against Rejoice Christian.
The game was one of those classic “someone’s oh has got to go” pairings with top-ranked Afton (now 6-0 and 3-0 in District A-7) against No. 3 Rejoice (6-1, 2-1).
“We were pretty fortunate to win,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. We didn’t play very well. I give all the credit to them. I think our kids kinda overlooked Rejoice.
“It was a real dogfight and we were fortunate to come out with the “W.’
Amos ran the ball a whopping 33 times, netting 142 yards and two touchdowns, but his arm played a key role in the victory.
He was 8 of 13 for 83 yards and a touchdown to Brett Hollon.
Hollon had four catches for 35 yards and Briar Julian logged three receptions, netting 46 yards.
“He has come a long ways over the last couple of years as far as decision-making with the passing game,” Gardner said of Amos.
In addition to the 152 yards by Amos, Julian had 108 yards on 10 tries.
The Amos-to-Hollon touchdown play came on fourth-and-8 and capped a nine-play drive.
Rejoice took the ensuing kickoff and reached the Afton 33 with nine seconds remaining.
Henry shot up the middle to block the field goal try and smother Rejoice’s chances at an upset.
“They did a good job of blocking us and scheming us,” Gardner said. “We were always just one block away from that big play.”
Afton broke out to a 14-0 advantage on runs of 22- and 8-yards by Amos. He teamed with Hollon on the conversion after his 8-yard scamper.
Rejoice ran off three straight scores, a 4-yard run in the second period and 7-yard run and a 47-yard pass with 4:54 left in the third to grab a 20-14 advantage.