After posting a 7-3 first-quarter lead and then holding an edge beyond halftime, Class 3A’s second-ranked Seminole watched its title hopes fade as top-ranked Kingfisher went on a 21-7 fourth-quarter tear for a 31-26 state semifinals win Saturday night at Putnam City High School.
After posting a 7-3 first-quarter lead and then holding an edge beyond halftime, Class 3A’s second-ranked Seminole watched its title hopes fade as top-ranked Kingfisher went on a 21-7 fourth-quarter tear for a 31-26 state semifinals win Saturday night at Putnam City High School. The Chieftains, who were previously undefeated entering Saturday’s contest, led 13-10 at halftime and 19-10 after three quarters. Seminole notched 17 first downs to 21 for the Yellowjackets, and came up just 18 yards shorter on the ground with 340 on 41 rushes. With 113 passing yards on Landon Nault’s 12-for-15 effort, Kingfisher finished the night with 471 total yards of offense. Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey was 4-for-7 with one interception for 91 aerial yards, giving the Chieftains a total offensive output of 431 yards. Each team lost two fumbles. Trenton Newson ended his career with the Chieftains with two big rushing touchdowns Saturday — one for 49 yards and the second for 38 yards. Harvey scored on runs of 4 yards and 3 yards. Nault posted scoring runs of 30 yards and 15 yards for the Yellowjackets, and Grant Newton added a late 73-yard scoring sprint. Kingfisher opened the night’s scoring on a 25-yard first-quarter field goal by Jonathon Avila. Seminole, having given up an average of 16.3 points per game through a dozen outings, finishes the year at 12-1. Kingfisher’s 31 points were the second-largest amount surrendered by the Chieftains in 2012 — the largest being 33 points to Chandler in the final regular-season game. Seminole’s postseason included wins over Marlow (59-7), Plainview (52-14) and Metro Christian (34-28). The Chieftains scored an average of 45.4 points per game this season. Kingfisher (14-0) will face Blanchard Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Class 3A state championship at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium. Blanchard dispatched Jones 35-7 in the semifinals. Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.