With less than four seconds left and the game tied 28-28, Altus' State Championship hopes rested on the right foot of Gabe Barton. The senior kicker answered the bell, nailing a 40-yard field goal that will live in Bulldog lore for years to come. The 31-28 victory gave Altus its first gold ball since 1971.
The game-winning kick capped off an ultra-competitive, back-and-forth second half between the two teams. The Bulldogs seemingly seized control in the 3rd quarter when Jayden Benway intercepted Collinsville's Seth Boomer in the end zone, and ran it 101 yards the other way for a touchdown, giving Altus a 20-7 lead.
Collinsville responded with 14 straight points, taking a one point lead early in the 4th quarter. Altus then turned to star running back Taven Birdow, who delivered his 3rd touchdown of the afternoon and a two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs back in front 28-21. The Cardinals weren't done yet. They answered with a 13-yard touchdown run to even the game at 28 with 3:51 to play.
However, that was enough time for Altus to pick up a few first downs and march all the way to the Collinsville 23-yard line, well within Barton's range for the game-winner.