The Madill Wildcats kept their hopes of a top-two finish in District 3A-2 alive Friday night with a 26-25 come-from-behind win over the Lone Grove Longhorns on Senior Night.


The Madill Wildcats kept their hopes of a top-two finish in District 3A-2 alive Friday night with a 26-25 come-from-behind win over the Lone Grove Longhorns on Senior Night.


Lone Grove (2-6, 1-4 in 3A-2) led until less than 5 minutes left in the game. The Longhorns scored two first-half touchdowns and took a 25-14 lead to the fourth. But the Wildcats (6-2, 3-2) were able to work with good field position in the final 12 minutes.


A 3-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Bond to Daryl Fields pulled the Wildcats to within 25-20 with 9:10 remaining. After the Madill defense made a defensive stop that forced a punt, the Wildcats had the ball at the Longhorn 42 with 6 minutes left. Three plays later, Bond took the ball around right end 6 yards for a touchdown that put the Wildcats up for good at 26-25.


The Longhorns drove to the Madill 25-yard line on their final possession, but on a fourth-and-7, Lone Grove’s Dalton Keeton lost his footing at the line of scrimmage with 1:15 left. Neither team had a timeout.


“Lone Grove came over and played us very tough,” Madill coach Kerry Roberts said. “They battled the entire game. The way the game went didn’t surprise me because I had heard plenty of reports about Lone Grove and how they make you work hard to get a win. But the fact that we got the win is the only important thing. We made the plays we had to make when it counted.”


A 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jonathon Gannon in the first quarter and a 9-yard scoring run by Gannon in the second had the Longhorns up 13-0 at intermission. Lone Grove drove 10 plays and 59 yards with time running out in the half. But a 3-yard Gannon run was halted at the 1 as time ran out.


The Wildcats took the second-half kick-off and drove for their first touchdown with Bond connecting with Kyle Cass on a 10-yard scoring pass 3 minutes into the period. And just as important, perhaps, Madill’s Derek Martinez nailed the PAT to cut the Lone Grove lead to 13-7.
The Longhorns continued to put up points, however. A 16-yard scoring toss from Gannon to Tyler Hicks made it a 19-7 game. But Lone Grove’s PAT failed again.


Moments later Madill moved to within five. Bond tossed the ball to Kevin Roberts on what appeared to be an end-around. But Roberts threw a 50-yard strike to a wide-open Cass, who ran it in with 4 minutes left.


Gannon found D.J. Epley with a 53-yard scoring toss to up the Longhorn lead to 25-14. But again the PAT failed for Lone Grove.


“We left a lot of points out there,” Lone Grove coach Kenny Ridley said. “The difference in tonight’s outcome was the mistake we made, especially on defense. We needed that touchdown just before half as it turned out. We got off-schedule on our extra-point attempts, and that hurt us as well.


Lone Grove finished the game with 23 first downs and 445 total yards to just 13 first downs and 294 yards for Madill. Neither team turned the ball over.


Gannon had 29 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns, and Keeton had 127 yards on 18 carries. Gannon was also 15 of 23 through the air for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Bond carried the football 14 times for 96 yards and one touchdown and was 8 of 17 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.