HOLDENVILLE — Prague coach John Graham had several reasons to be really happy Friday night.
First and foremost, his Red Devils launched their district campaign with a 24-20 road victory over Holdenville.
Secondly, his squad prevailed in miserable, windy rain conditions.
“The rain was coming down the whole game it was a swamp,” said Graham. “That was a huge win for us, going on the road in an environment like that. Holdenville is a tough bunch and is well coached.”
Prague trailed 20-16 when it traveled 90-plus yards for the game-winning touchdown, a Brayden McGinnis 17-yard run on a fourth-and-2 situation with four minutes remaining.
McGinnis then ran for the 2-point conversion for the final score.
McGinnis produced 335 yards rushing on 53 attempts. He scored three touchdowns.
“The winning touchdown came on a little off-tackle play behind Dalton Cooper and Isaiah Carmen,” Graham said. “They did a great job. Jake Schultz and Justin Morlan also did a great job blocking.
Graham said the game-winning drive took about five minutes off the clock.
The Red Devils led 8-6 at halftime on a McGinnis 5-yard TD run and 2-point conversion.
Holdenville went up 14-8 in the third quarter before McGinnis uncorked a 23-yard scoring run, followed by a 2-point conversion for a 16-14 lead. Holdenville then went up 20-16 before the winning drive.
“My coaches did a great job of making adjustments on the fly,” Graham said.
Prague, 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the district, didn’t throw a pass in the game.
“It was a rainfest, a mudfest,” Graham said. “It was a grind-it-out, get-it-done fest.”
Prague outrushed Holdenville 341-154.
The Red Devils will continue district action Friday, Sept. 28 at Henryetta.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.