Altus sees season end in Skiatook
It was one of those nights for the few remaining Southwest Oklahoma high school football teams and the manner in which Altus started its game was indicative of how the night went overall.
The Bulldogs were on the road at Skiatook for a Class 5A quarterfinal contest and the Bulldogs took the opening kickoff but were unable to pick up a key first down and were forced to punt.
The punter never got his hands on the football and fumbled it to the ground leaving Skiatook already in the red zone. It took them just one play to score as the Skiatook running back bolted through the heart of the Altus interior and scored standing up.
To their credit the Bulldogs came right back and put together an 18-play drive that moved the ball deep into Skiatook territory but while trying to run the option off the flexbone on a key fourth down play, the cornerback broke through to throw the Altus back for a loss, ending that scoring threat.
There was a point in the second quarter where Altus had run 22 plays to just a couple of Skiatook but the hosts owned the lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
Altus did strike for a touchdown in the fourth quarter by by that time Skiatook was in command, 20-7, and the Bulldogs were only able to watch the clock run down.
Altus wasn't the only team from District 5A-1 to be ousted in the second round as Ardmore was eliminated by Noble, 28-14, in another quarterfinal game last night. Ardmore was playing its second straight game without starting quarterback Tero Roberts who was injured early in the MacArthur game and never was able to return to the lineup.
With the cat-quick Roberts out of the lineup, the Tigers were not nearly as effective as they once were and that opened the door for Noble to strike for the upset.
Now it will be Noble meeting McGuinness and Carl Albert facing Skiatook next week in the semifinals. The site and times for those games will be announced Sunday by the OSSAA.
After a wild night of eight-man action, the lone area team left standing was Tipton, which outscored Regent Prep of Tulsa, 106-58, in the highest scoring game in state football history. The Regent Prep crew pulled out all stops, using onside kicks after just about every scoring play, and throwing the ball all over the field to pierce the Tipton defense.
But the Tigers had their own weapons and answered each touchdown with one of its own. Because of the late starting time of 7:30 p.m. and all the scoring, the game didn't end until right before 11 p.m.
For a report on the game, check out The Sunday Constitution.
Tipton (11-1) will now move into the semifinals where it will face Timberlake (10-2) at a site and time to be determined today or Sunday by the OSSAA. The other semifinal game will pit Tyrone (12-0) against Pond Creek (12-0).