KINGFISHER — McLoud’s upset attempt of sixth-ranked Kingfisher came up agonizingly short , 28-21, in a Class 3A playoff game Friday night.
McLoud, a fourth-place finisher in District 3A-2, had the 3A-1 champion on the ropes when Jaden Mitchel scored on a 21-yard run with eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Tanner Jordan’s point-after boot tied the contest at 21.
On its next possession, Kingfisher scored the game-winning touchdown when Dason Townsend caught a 9-yard pass from Trevor Buckner.
Braxton Hall put McLoud on the board first on a first-quarter 3-yard touchdown run.
Kingfisher scored the next two touchdowns on runs of 16 and 1 yards by Buckner and Cole Crosswhite for a 14-7 advantage entering the final quarter.
A 9-yard scoring run by McLoud’s Damien Dye tied it up at 14 before the hosts again took the lead, 21-14, on Crosswhite’s 15-yard catch.
A huge factor in the outcome was the turnover department. Kingfisher, 10-1, didn’t turn the ball over while McLoud lost one fumble and suffered a pass interception. The pass interception came with 4 ½ minutes to play. The fumble came on a muffed punt at the 1:39 mark of the final quarter.
McLoud had two first-half scoring opportunities but failed to score. After moving the ball inside the 10, the Redskins missed a field goal. Another opportunity came up short when an open receiver slipped and fell in the end zone.
Kingfisher was penalized 88 yards.
McLoud completes the season at 6-5.