PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The 2012 edition of Petal versus Oak Grove delivered everything it promised - pregame fireworks, an, in-game fireworks, an electric atmosphere, and a finish that will likely be talked about for a long time. In a game televised regionally by Fox Sports South, the Panthers drove 97 yards over the final four minutes and scored a miraculous touchdown that handed the Warriors a 24-21 loss, their first of the season.
Down 21-17 to their cross town rival, the home-team Panthers faced fourth-and-17 from the Warrior 20 yard line with 1:16 reading on the game clock. What looked like a busted play that would have, in all likelihood, end the game ended up a Sportscenter-esque highlight. Petal's center snapped the ball before Larson Barkurn was ready, but the senior quarterback picked it up, barely avoided a sack, heaved it off his back foot towards two of his teammates just past the goal line.
Senior Jamarcus Revies jumped over his teammate and an Oak Grove defender, snatched the ball out of the air, and came down with it for a Petal touchdown. Petal took took it's first lead of the game after the made extra point. Oak Grove's last-ditch effort, a fourth-down long ball from Warrior back-up quarterback Cam Myers from deep in their own territory, also fell into the hands of the Panthers.
The win gave Petal it's second straight win over Oak Grove. "Came down to one play. They made that one more play than we did," said Oak Grove Head Coach Nevil Barr afterwards.
Even the guys wearing red weren't really able to fully put into words what happened. "Hey what do you do? Crud, it was just a good play," said Barkurn, "That wasn't the designed play, but hey, it happened."
"What can you say?" said Petal Head Coach Marcus Boyles, who coached his first ever game in the Warriors-Panthers rivalry. "Larson threw it up to our best player, he went up and made the play."
Both teams now own a 5-1 record.