Hogan set the Timberwolves up in Bomber territory with a 43-yard kickoff return before Cornwell’s 14-yard scramble out of bounds to the Midwest City 25 left three seconds on the clock and just enough room for Edzards’ boot, which narrowly cleared the cross bar and set off a raucous celebration.
“The wind was funky tonight,” Edzards said of the swirling breeze. “I was aiming a little left but it really didn’t move back much. Luckily it got there.”
Cornwell was spectacular against a Midwest City defense that had allowed only three offensive touchdowns its first three games. He finished 38 of 51 for 347 yards and four touchdown passes, including what appeared might be the game winner midway in the fourth quarter, a 36-yard strike to Payton Prince that had given North a 35-28 lead.
Prince finished with 109 yards on eight catches while the sophomore Hogan had another huge game, catching 13 balls for 90 yards and rushing for another 92.
While the numbers don’t seem much better for the North defense, the Timberwolves did make some gains there for much of the night. Midwest City’s only score in the first half came on a last-minute interception return that was fumbled into the end zone for a touchdown. The T-Wolves also forced two turnovers and sacked Brown four times on the night.
It’s a critical win to start district play for North, now 2-2 and 1-0. And it’s the first defeat for the improved Bombers, who are 3-1, 0-1.
“It was huge for us to come out and start district play like this,” Edzards said. “The first three games are important, but in the end they don’t really mean anything for the playoffs.”
The T-Wolves will head to Yukon next week to face the 3-1 Millers, a 41-28 winner at Lawton Eisenhower Friday.