The Savages of Tecumseh jumped out to a 14-0 lead, then held on for dear life for a 20-16 District 4A-2 win over McLoud Friday night.


The Savages of Tecumseh jumped out to a 14-0 lead, then held on for dear life for a 20-16 District 4A-2 win over McLoud Friday night.

Down 20-10 midway through the third quarter, McLoud forged an eight-play 51-yard scoring drive to pull within 20-16 at the 1:21 mark. Klayton Adams had the TD dash on an 11-yarder.

Julian Tramble blocked the extra-point attempt.

McLoud had 14 of the game’s next 17 offensive snaps but one threat fizzled at the Savage 25 and McLoud’s last possession was short-circuited at the 36, thanks primarily to a bad snap that resulted in a 5-yard loss and an 11-yard loss on a quarterback sack by Blaine Atchley.

Defense ruled the county matchup with Tecumseh finishing with 198 yards of offense and McLoud registering 129 yards.

Aaron Osborne of Tecumseh led all rushers with 115 yards on 26 carries.

Will Olds gained 38 yards for McLoud, which fell to 0-9 overall and 0-6 against 4A-2 opposition. McLoud will end its season Friday night at Cushing.

Tecumseh, in breaking a three-game district losing streak, moved to 2-5 in 4A-2 and 3-6 overall. The Savages will end the year Friday at Santa Fe South.

Tecumseh struck paydirt on its first possession of the game, a 55-yard drive concluded on the 10th play, Osborne’s 1-yard dive over the left side. The extra-point boot misfired. Osborne had eight carries in the drive.

On the ensuing kickoff, Adams’ 87-yard touchdown return was nullified by a holding infraction.

Tecumseh scored again on its third possession, Osborne’s 5-yarder terminating a 55-yard, five-play march. Osborne posted runs of 22 and 11 yards in the drive, then added a 2-point conversion run to make it 14-0.

McLoud, held without a first down on its opening three possessions, rebounded with a 55-yard, 10-play offering that ended on Dakota Jordan’s 32-yard field goal 5:09 before halftime for a 14-3 count.

McLoud quickly struck again, fueled by Adams’ 36-yard punt return to the Savage 23. An 18-yard run by Olds set up quarterback Zaylon Mahtapene’s 2-yard scoring sneak for a 14-10 halftime score.

The first and only turnover of the game, an errant McLoud pitchout, was recovered by Tecumseh’s Conner Kent at the Redskin 28. On the next play, Julian Tramble sped untouched 28 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-10 with 5:31 left in the third quarter.