CRESTVIEW – It was a game of inches last week for Choctaw, which stuffed Pace at the goal line as time expired in a 34-27 win. On Friday at Crestview, the difference was as small as a blocked extra point.
Choctaw, a team that finished 1-6 in games decided by a possession last year, has learned how to close out games. This is not the 3-7 team of yesteryear.
Garrison Floyd and John Hicks each found the end zone in the first half, Choctaw's 3-4 defense forced four turnovers, and Marcus Penick and Tom Shaw came together to block Tyler Hancock's extra point with 3 minutes and 16 seconds left in the game to lead the Indians to a 14-13 win.
"Every week it's someone knew stepping up," Choctaw head coach Greg Thomas said. "Our defense bent but didn't break and forced some key turnovers. They made the stops when they needed to."