Though being up 38-10 is certainly better than being down 38-10, the big lead may have been the Buffs undoing, as the team looked complacent and far less focused in the second half.
“It’s really, really frustrating right now,” Pratt said. “It’s probably one of the most frustrating times I’ve had in my career.”
A new defensive strategy by the Hornets may also have contributed to the Buffs’ second-half collapse.
“We were not going to blitz,” Booker T. coach Marvin Dantzler said. “We’re going to line up, and we’re just going to play football. Because every time we blitzed, it was either a bust or they hit us on a big play.”
It was the first regular-season game played on McAlester’s new artificial field, now known as First National Field. The Hornets’ win pushed both teams’ records to 1-1.
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