TRENTON — With a chance to win the game, Jack Turner fumbled the ball. And because he did, the Texoma Christian Eagles opened their season with a victory.
Moments after connecting with Mathias Coleman for the tying TD pass in overtime, Turner bobbled the snap, recovered and then raced to the right side of the end zone with the winning two-point conversion as TCS edged Trenton, 30-28, in non-district action on Friday night.
“Instinct kicked in,” Turner said. “I can’t do the play we were going to. If I scored I scored. If I don’t we go to a second overtime.”
One OT turned out to be enough. Even though the finish wasn’t part of the playbook.
“That definitely was not planned,” Texoma Christian head coach Scott Ritchey said with a laugh. “Sometimes the best plays aren’t planned. We were going to run the other way. Things worked out for us.”
The Eagles (1-0) scored in two plays as Coleman, who also scored twice on the ground, hauled in the 25-yarder as Turner was rolling to the right.
“I just lobbed it on the inside and he was open,” Turner said. “It actually was tipped. I was scared for a second and then it was like ‘we scored!’”
Trenton (0-2) opened the overtime with its own two-play drive. Bryce Parker caught a 15-yard pass from Zachary Fox and then Dakota Risner had the 10-yard touchdown grab on the right side. Fox’s conversion pass missed the mark and TCS could end the game if it scored.
Turner totaled 133 yards and a TD on 15 carries and threw for 187 yards — 95 of that in the direction of Tex Monk, who had four catches for the Eagles.
Tyler Gray had 21 carries for 83 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers while Sadler finished with three receptions for 70 yards.
While turnovers — a combined nine in the game — and penalties persisted for both teams in the second half, there were two lead changes until Trenton scored with 5:40 remaining and forced the extra period.
Texoma Christian had just taken a 22-16 advantage as Coleman scored on a six-yard toss to the left and Turner ran in the conversion with 7:33 left. The drive started near midfield after Christian Verde dropped the snap on a punt.
The Tigers regrouped with a second-down deep pass from Verde to Sadler down the left sideline for 50 yards to the TCS 11. Two plays later Gray punched it in from eight yards out. Verde’s conversion pass failed and the game was tied with 5:40 left.
Both teams had chances from there to win in regulation. Texoma Christian used a Turner scramble plus a personal foul penalty to have first-and-10 at the Trenton 17. A bad snap pushed them way back and the Eagles turned it over on downs back at the original line of scrimmage.
With 1:37 remaining, Trenton went with a deep shot to Sadler but the throw was intercepted by Gabe Estrada at midfield. The Eagles’ second opportunity at the go-ahead scored ended with a 48-yard field goal being blocked with 23 seconds left.
The Tigers took their only lead when it cashed in a Sadler interception at the Trenton 19 and he returned it 14 yards. On the first play from scrimmage, Gray raced down the left sideline 67 yards for a touchdown. A penalty pushed back the two-point try 15 yards and Sadler brought down the throw from Verde over two defenders for the 16-14 advantage at the 4:39 mark of the third quarter.
Texoma Christian’s first two possessions ended with fumbles, including on its first play of the game, and Trenton had a punt lose 12 yards to set up the Eagles at the Tigers 33-yard line before the second turnover.
Trenton’s second drive got to the Texoma Christian 31-yard line before Jerry Dodds fell on a fumble for the Eagles.
That led to the first touchdown when TCS capped a four-play drive on Turner’s six-yard keeper to the right side. He had a 36-yard scramble, coupled with a personal foul, which put Texoma Christian just outside the 10-yard line.
His conversion run was stopped and the Eagles held a 6-0 advantage in the middle of the first quarter.
The Tigers immediately responded to tie the game. It was a six-play drive across 53 yards that ended on Gray’s three-yard run through the right side of the line.
Sadler’s 24-yard catch on a third-and-19 play kept the drive alive. Verde was stopped on the keeper for the conversion to keep the score tied at six with 3:29 left in the first quarter.
After trading turnovers on downs, Turner then guided the best possession of the half. Texoma Christian went 74 yards in 12 plays, all on the ground, in six minutes with Turner picking up three first downs via double-digit runs.
Coleman gained the edge on a toss to the left side and made it just inside the pylon and then ran in the conversion when Turner pitched him the ball as he was being tackled.
Trenton, which managed just seven yards on 17 first-half carries, was able to cut into the 14-6 lead right before the half when the Tigers downed a punt at the one-yard line and a penalty with Turner back to pass in the end zone led to a safety with 40 seconds left until the break.