By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Bryce Stewart scored from 9 yards out with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter and Chisholm held off a second-half rally from visiting crosstown rival Oklahoma Bible Academy on Thursday, opening its season with a 36-22 win.
Chisholm’s machine-efficient ground game stalled after giving the Longhorns a 28-0 lead after a 170-yard first half, 104 from Stewart.
“(Our line) just wasn’t pushing anymore,” said Stewart, who finished with a game-high 177 yards and two scores. “We had to talk them into it, push them into it.”
OBA took over the running role in the third as Chris Walker scored twice in less than three minutes, once on a 33-yard bolt to the outside at the frame’s 6:22 mark, and again with 3:30 in the third on a 78-yard sprint. The Trojans pulled to within 15-0 after a Baylor Boyd two-point conversion, holding Chisholm scoreless and out-rushing the Longhorns 137-53 in the third.
“It was a poor showing in the first half,” said OBA coach Mark Boyd. “We just didn’t play well. A lot of that had to do with them … (In the second half) we just decided to play.We made a couple of adjustments that helped us out a little, but I think the kids, what I really saw, I don’t know how or why, or what happened, but we had no continuity in the first half … We came out in the second half, and it looked like we kind of had a better rhythm.”
Chisholm’s offense was exclusively grounded in the second half after starting quarterback Taggart Brown left the game with an ankle injury in the second.
“We started feeling some pressure once they scored the first touchdown,” Stewart said. “That’s when we knew we had to get it in gear.”
After another stop, and a 24-yard punt from Bailey Cross in the fourth, OBA took possession at midfield and Trojan quarterback Preston Atwood capped a short drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Baylor Boyd in the right corner of the endzone, pulling OBA to within 28-22 and making amends for two costly first-half interceptions to Chisholm’s Austin Swann, one that was returned 65 yards for a touchdown.
OBA’s Brice Snapp recovered a Chisholm fumble on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Trojans possession at the Longhorn 36 and a chance to take their first lead, but Walker, whose long third-quarter runs put OBA back in contention, fumbled on the first play of the drive. Cross recovered the fumble for Chisholm, and a late-hit personal foul penalty — one of six penalties for 65 yards against OBA — started what turned out to be the game-sealing drive.
“I think, ‘Hey, we’ve got a chance right here to go win this,’” Boyd said. “We turned the ball over, and that hurt us, and we had a penalty, a personal foul, and that kind of started their drive … “All we had to do was stop them. Credit them, that was a game-winning drive, and they did it. They just did it. We didn’t stop them.”
“We just put it in hammer,” said Stewart, who had seven carries for 36 yards on the drive, including the 9-yard score to finish it. “It never fails. We just drive it down their throats. We’ve got strong backs and somewhat strong line, so we can push through.”
Chisholm defensive tackle Turner Reed pressured Atwood on fourth down with 2:25 left, and Atwood’s pass to Baylor Boyd fell short to end another OBA rally.
Atwood finished 9-for-16 passing for 101 yards, one score and two interceptions, and Walker finished with 139 yards and two scores on the ground for OBA (0-1), which hosts Crescent Sept. 13.
Chisholm coach Joey Reinart said Brown would be evaluated again today after completing one of three passes, a 23-yard TD to Swann.
“We don’t know,” said Reinart, who otherwise would likely start Cross Sept. 13 at Fairview. “At this point we’re kind of waiting and seeing.”