CLINTON – The Oak Forest Yellow Jackets defeated North Delta for the AA State Championship Title, 17-14, Thursday, Nov. 21.
With 11.3 seconds left in the game, Oak Forest kicked a 36-yard field goal to break the 14-14 tie and take the lead and the game before an estimated crowd of 1,700 in Robinson Hale Stadium at Mississippi College in Clinton.
The teams played a classic football game who battled it out to the very end for the title. The weather was perfect for a football game with the temperature at 50 degrees.
North Delta running back Collins Bryant scored both touchdowns in the game for the Green Wave.
Oak Forest got on the boards first as scored on a seven yard run with 4:17 left in the first quarter. The Yellowjackets went 60 yards in seven plays to score. The extra point gave the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead.
With 7:29 left in the first half, Oak forest fumbled and Bryant recovered it on the Yellowjacket 29-yard line.
Dallas Allgood and Jeremy Aldridge brought the ball down the field to the 20 yard line.
Bryant carried the ball five more times before he scored on a two yard run.
The extra point kick by Allgood tied the game 7-7 and it stood at halftime. Offensive linemen Hal West and Brandon Ciaramitaro made some holes for Bryant on that drive.
Oak Forest retook the lead in the third quarter on a one-yard run with 3:26 left in the quarter. Oak Forest drove the ball 61 yards in 13-plays. The extra points gave the Yellowjackets a 14-7 lead.
The Green Wave started its next touchdown drive at the end of the third quarter.
Bryant broke for a 36 yard run and brought the ball to the Yellowjacket 35 yard line. A penalty and loss yardage hindered the Green Wave but the offense bounced back and picked up a first down on the first down of the fourth quarter.
From the 30 yard line, Aldridge completed a 29 yard pass to Brett Lott who was tackled at the one yard. Bryant scored his second touchdown of the evening on a one-yard run with 10:13 left in the game.
Allgood’s PAT tied the game at 14.
On Oak Forest’s final drive of the evening, the Yellowjackets took the ball with 5:11 left in the game.
The Yellowjackets converted one third down and a fourth and inches to maintain possession of the ball and run more time off the clock.
The Green Wave were looking forward to a possible overtime when the Yellowjackets kept racking up penalties and losing yards. With 1:00 left, the Yellowjackets were flagged with an offside. With 51.7 seconds, the Yellowjackets were flagged with illegal motion which brought up first down and 20 on the 26 yard line.
The Yellowjackets drove the ball up the middle for 10 yards to gain back lost yardage with 21.5 seconds left.
On second down and 10, the Yellowjackets drove to the seven yard line and took another timeout with 15.2 seconds left. On third and one from the seven, the Yellowjackets converted the winning field goal.
The Green Wave used the last 11 seconds of the game to try to score, but due to three incomplete passes and a penalty flag, the Green Wave were unable to put any more points on the board.