Any time MICDS and Burroughs meet on the field of combat, the feeling of winning is unparalleled. If one team wins and its snowing, the white stuff stops falling instantly. If its raining, that stops too. If the sun is hiding behind dark clouds, rays of sunlight bathe the field. Winning in this rivalry means everything.
There was no difference last night as the Burroughs Bombers overcame a first quarter 16-9 deficit to win over arch rival MICDS at Washington University, 44-28.
A wild Burroughs cheering section set the tone for the night. They screamed wildly with “we can’t hear you,” “Shanana, hey hey good bye,” and “its all over,” and their all-time favorite “Foye-Ole” like it was a soccer match and their hero Foye Oluokun was pumping goals into the net.
With but 1:13 left in the game, Oluokun the popular wide receiver on the football team intercepted a pass at mid-court and beat feet for the Rams goal. When he slammed dunked the ball with a mighty thunder, the Bomber cheer section became unglued.
“That felt good. I just kind of exploded to the net,” he said in an understatement. “We scored a low of 44 points but that was more than enough to win,” he reasoned. Oluoken and his talented teammates are now eyeing a conference championship.
Earlier this year, their coach Steve Wilcutt said he had a talented bunch, but could finish third in the conference race. That estimate needs to be revised with a 14-3 record. The Bombers, who won the Chaminade Holiday Round Robin have come eons since the opening loss against Ladue the end of November, just two days after most of the players took off their shoulder pads for the final time in the Show Me Bowl over Thanksgiving weekend.
“We kind of got off to a slow start, but we turned it around at the right time,” said Oluokun. By halftime, the Bombers eased into a slim 21-19 games. At times, there were so many missed shots and free throws, it was starting look like neither team was going to prevail.
The Bombers had some golden second half moments. Their offense threaded the needle perfectly to sub James Carney who laid in two points with five minutes left in the game. These were Carney’s only points in the game, and what turned out to be an 11 point lead was insurmountable.
Robin Thompson fouled out with 2:15 left in the game, and for all intents, it was over.
Oluokun led all scorers in the game with 15 points. Running back, turned guard Ezekiel Elliott had 8 points.
Thomas Militello had 11 points for MICDS, the only Ram to break into double figures.
Burroughs improved to 14-3; MICDS dropped to 12-7. More importantly, the two teams split the season series with MICDS winning earlier at home over the Bombers at the Pink Out Coaches vs Cancer night.
There won’t be a third game series tie breaker this year.