Texhoma reaches state semis
Saturday, 24 November 2012 03:08
By JOHN PLESTINA
Guymon Daily Herald
ELMORE CITY-Elated Red Devil fans that made the more than 300 mile trip from Texhoma for the Class A quarterfinal playoff game Friday night went onto the field after the game to congratulate the Red Devils on their 26-14 win, advancing Texhoma to the semifinals.
What was a 32-team field is now just four.
The Texhoma win dashed the championship aspirations of the Elmore City-Pernell Badgers (7-5).
The win over the much larger Badgers was Texhoma's first playoff game on the road after winning the first two at Wheatbowl Stadium.
Texhoma (12-0) remains undefeated. They were ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press Oklahoma High School Football Poll during the season. Vype Magazine ranked the Red Devils No. 3 in Class A before the start of the season. Vype is the magazine for Eastern Oklahoma sports.
The Red Devils finished the regular season 9-0, as District A-1 champions and earned home field advantage for the first two playoff games.
Assuming Texhoma wins the semifinal next Friday, they will play for the state championship the weekend of Dec. 7 and 8 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, the home of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.
The Red Devils will face Ringling at a neutral site next Friday or Saturday.
Texhoma head coach Aaron Witten said Friday night that the day and site would not be announced until today.
The competition has gotten tougher each week for the Red Devils, raising the bar with each game.
"That (Elmore City-Pernell) was by far the best team that we have played. They were big and physical and we had to stand toe-to-toe with them. We out rushed them 311 yards to 189," Witten said.
The Red Devils received the opening kickoff from Elmore City-Pernell and started on the 50-yard-line. With a fourth down and nine to go on the 28-yard-line, quarterback Jack Powers completed a pass to Chance Meyers deep in Badger territory on the 15-yard-line. A penalty pushed the ball all the way back to the 45-yard-line with a fourth down. The Badgers, with their first possession, failed to score and turned the ball over to the Red Devils on downs. Texhoma took over on their own 29-yard-line. Several plays later with the ball on Elmore City-Pernell's 44-yard-line. runs by Beattie and Powers got the ball to the 14-yard-line. The first quarter ended with Texhoma in possession with less than 10 yards to go for a score. With a third down and three to go, Beattie took it up the middle for the Red Devils first touchdown with 11:16 on the clock. Powers passed to Tyler Ferguson for a 2-point conversion.
Elmore City-Pernell answered quickly with tailback Quinton Stueart scoring on a 1-yard run at 8:17. An attempted 2-point conversion failed.
Beattie took the ball nearly 50 yards on a rushing play to the 29-yard-line in Badger territory. A holding penalty put the ball back to the 34-yard-line with a second down and 16 to go. A pass by Powers to Beattie gave the Red Devils their second touchdown with 5:54 remaining in the half. A good kick by Chance Meyers brought the tally to 15-6. An interception by Powers with :10 remaining in the half might have saved an Elmore City-Pernell score.
The halftime score 15-6.
The Badgers running game seemed to be effective in the third quarter.
An interception by Beattie returned the ball to Texhoma on the 15-yard-line, possibly stopping another Elmore City-Pernell scoring opportunity. The ball turned over once again on an interception, this time by the Badgers on their own 34-yard-line. The Red Devils stripped the ball from Stueart and recovered it on their own 9-yard-line late in the third quarter. A long run by Powers on a keeper got the ball down to the Badgers' 20-yard-line. The third quarter ended with the Red Devils in possession on the Badgers' 17-yard-line on a second down. Powers took the ball to the 13-yard-line on the first play of the final period. Beattie took the ball to the 10 on the second play for a first down. Powers picked up a little more yardage with a keeper on the next play. He ran up the middle into the end zone on the fourth play with 9:50 on the clock. Powers took the ball into the end zone again for a 2-point conversion. The Red Devils stopped an Elmore City-Pernell scoring drive inside the 10-yard-line mid way through the fourth quarter. The Red Devils took over on downs. Several runs by Powers and Beattie counted for several first downs and brought the ball deep inside Badger territory. Chance Meyers kicked a 26-yard field goal with 2:22 left on the clock. Collins scored for the Badgers with :41 remaining in the game. A 2-point conversion was good.
Texhoma's offensive attack was a total of 393 yards, 311 of which were from the running game.
Beattie had 21 carries for 146 yards and one catch for 32 yards.
Powers had 16 carries for 145 yards and 81 passing yards.
Meyers kicked a 30-yard field goal.
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