Otis Crane will remember Sept. 20 for a long time.
The long-time Foyil assistant football coach netted his first heading coaching victory Friday night, leading the Panthers past Oklahoma Union, 34-14 at McGregor Field.
After back-to-back losses to Ketchum and Chelsea, the third-time around — second on the home turf — proved to be the lucky charm for Crane and Foyil.
Senior running back Justin Chaisson got the night started off on a good note with 13-yard touchdown run that put Foyil ahead 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Chaisson’s hard-nosed running, thanks to the interior blocking up front by Daltun Pierce and Seth Hedges, helped Foyil establish a solid running game.
Oklahoma Union, however, answered with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 14-6.
Kody Webb, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound bruising running back, galloped 40 yards for his first of two touchdowns in the quarter that tied the game at 6-6.
Moments later, Webb added an 8-yard touchdown run and then tallied the two-point conversion to put Oklahoma Union up 14-6.
Right before halftime, Foyil’s Joseph Schubert followed Pierce’s blocking for a 10-yard touchdown that knotted the game at 14-14.
Foyil’s offense, led by senior quarterback Brett Whitaker, outscored Oklahoma Union, 20-0 in the second half.
Colten Self’s fumble recovery in the end zone put Foyil ahead for good at 21-14 in the third quarter.
Then, in the fourth quarter, Dalton Powers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Whitaker to increased the Panthers’ lead to 28-14.
Whitaker added a 75-yard touchdown moments later to secure his coach’s first win.
The win over Oklahoma Union improved Foyil to 1-2 on the season. The Panthers travel to Warner on Friday in District A-8 competition.