An offsides penalty preserved a 29-28 advantage for McLoud Friday night, allowing the Redskins to defeat Harrah by the one-point margin and claim the fourth and final spot in the District 4A-2 standings.
When it comes to reaching the playoffs, you’ll take any route possible.
An offsides penalty actually preserved a 29-28 advantage for McLoud Friday night, allowing the Redskins to defeat Harrah by the one-point margin and claim the fourth and final spot in the District 4A-2 standings. This puts McLoud in a 7:30 p.m. encounter Friday, Nov. 15, with host and District 4A-1 champion Anadarko.
“I’m proud of our kids,” said McLoud head coach Eric Cardin. “Four weeks ago it looked like we weren’t going to be in the playoffs, but our kids keep fighting.”
McLoud, after trailing much of the contest, held Harrah at the 1-yard line with 4 minutes remaining. The Redskins then marched 99 yards in 10 plays, capping the drive and taking the 29-28 lead with a 32-yard scoring toss from Joseph Wood to Ryan Rogers.
Not going away quietly, Harrah took the ensuing kickoff and crept right back into Redskin territory before notching what would have been a successful and game-winning field goal — had it not been for the McLoud defense jumping offsides. The ruling by the officials was a dead-ball foul, which prompted a retry of the field goal, and the second attempt missed.
The loss didn’t damage Harrah’s chances at the postseason. The Panthers (5-5, 4-3) finished third and will face host and District 4A-1’s Clinton at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
The Redskins trailed 14-10 at halftime, and 28-10 at one third-quarter juncture.
Rogers caught a 5-yard TD pass from Wood late in the third to make it 28-16, and Wood later scored on an 8-yard run that made it 28-23. The two-point conversion attempt following Rogers’ 35-yard scoring reception failed, leaving the score 29-28.
Wood completed 22 of 32 passes on the night for 249 yards and three scores, and the Redskins generated 150 rushing yards on 30 attempts. Harrah accumulated 89 passing yards on Zach Hamblin’s 4-for-7 effort, and the Panthers netted 392 rushing yards on 51 attempts.
McLoud finishes the regular season at 6-4 overall and 4-3 in 4A-2. Anadarko comes into the first round of the playoffs at a perfect 10-0. The Warriors slammed Elgin 54-0 Friday to take a 7-0 mark in District 4A-1.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.