By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
GARBER, Okla. —
Sometimes a win can also be a loss.
Garber took advantage of an error-prone, injury-laden Ringwood effort Friday at the Wolverines’ homecoming to beat the Red Devils, 28-18, but couldn’t keep a lead that bulged to as much as 28-6 in the fourth quarter, allowing two scores in the final frame to lose a desperately-needed 15-point margin.
The late Ringwood scores likely put the Red Devils in the playoffs, and likewise dashed the Wolverines’ (5-4, 4-4 in district B-1) postseason hopes.
“I’m as disappointed as I’ve been this year,” Garber coach Mark Harmon said. “Our boys played extremely hard, I did a horrible job calling offense. They won a game, and we’re feeling horrible about it. Kudos to Ringwood. they covered the spread.”
Ringwood fell behind thanks to a series of sloppy plays and bad breaks, but rallied to the final, crucial margin with the help of a pair of good ones.
Senior quarterback Triston Morris, the Red Devils’ third starter at the position after injuries to both Braden Moehle and breakout backup Eudaldo Gomez, struggled to catch snaps all game, with seven — some of them unplayable regardless of Morris’ inexperience — sailing into the backfield, totaling negative-71 yards and one lost fumble.
But two completions to senior receiver Rolando Resendiz turned into improbable touchdowns to pull Ringwood within 28-18 in the fourth. The first followed a seemingly drive-killing sack, when Morris found Resendiz on a short throw that went 88 yards through a slew of broken Garber tackles with 4:27 left in the fourth. After a Garber turnover on downs gave Ringwood possession at the Wolverine 43, Resendiz turned another seemingly bleak circumstance into a season-changing score.
On a fourth-and-15 from the Garber 48, Morris underthrew Resendez on a deep route, but the senior caught the ball off a deflection by Garber defensive back Dallas Hunt in full stride, outrunning the rest of Garber’s defense to score again with 1:54 left.
“We knew we had to get (a score), so it was do or die,” said Resendiz, the only Ringwood player to cross the goal line, finishing with seven catches for 185 yards and two scores in addition to an interception for a 40-yard score in the first half. “I thought it was intercepted, and I was just right behind him and I was lucky enough to get it.”
“All of the stuff that we’ve been through, we did enough to hopefully, hopefully get in,” said Ringwood coach Rustin Donaldson. “We’re still in control if we can get a win next week. It’s a good feeling there at the end.”
Hunt completed four of 13 passes for 94 yards including a 62-yard touchdown to Alec Monsees, and rushed for 100 yards and two scores, but couldn’t convert a fourth down on the final drive to push Garber’s margin back above 15.
Trenton Harmon rushed for 69 yards and Monsees finished with 50 yards and a score.
If Ringwood (6-3, 5-3) wins next week against visiting Merritt, the currently fourth-place Red Devils will clinch a playoff berth. If not, wins from both fifth-place Garber and sixth-place Seiling would give Ringwood the advantage in a three-way tie by district margin, which can only move 15 point in either direction in a single game, not enough to challenge the Red Devils’ margin of plus 35.