AGRA, Okla. —
The Agra Bearcats trailed the South Coffeyville Lions 16-8 in the last five minutes of the second quarter Friday. Junior wide receiver Jacob Uptain changed that in the last two minutes of the first half.
Uptain got behind a Lions’ defender and brought down a perfectly placed pass by sophomore quarterback Drake McEntire on fourth and long and sprinted downfield for a 49-yard touchdown that tied the game. With seconds left in the half, McEntire’s pass was tipped by a Lions’ defender but fell right into Uptain’s hands in the end zone to give the Bearcats a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“I was proud of myself,” Uptain said. “It wasn’t all me. Our quarterback (McEntire) is really good and has a great arm. He followed me and my cut was perfect.”
In the fourth quarter, Uptain scored on a 52-yard reception that sealed the game for Agra. At the end of the Bearcats’ 56-34 victory, Uptain caught five passes for 167 yards. Coach Mark Bingham said he knew what Uptain was capable of.
“We are fortunate that (South Coffeyville) didn’t have our film from scrimmages,” Bingham said. “He made a lot of big plays. Our tailback was out throughout all of our scrimmages. Uptain came up with several big plays during that time. I knew he was capable we just hadn’t had to have that yet.”
Uptain said he felt really good about helping his team win.
“This is my first skill position,” Uptain said. “It really helped me gain a lot of confidence.”
Agra enters Friday’s game at Woodland with a 3-0 record, equaling the school record. Uptain said the team is gaining a lot of confidence.
“We have never had more than a few seniors,” Uptain said. “The most we had was three. This year we are loaded with seniors. Our scout team is really able to push us and help us get ready for our opponent.”
Bingham said Uptain has a lot of potential.
“As long as he keeps his head up and keeps learning, he’s going to come along,” Bingham said. “He’s another weapon. We know we got several of them.”
Blake Beard, Agra football
Drake McEntire, Agra football
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