Enid News and Eagle
OKLAHOMA CITY —
Grant Newton ran for 183 yards and a touchdown and threw for another 138 as No. 1-ranked Kingfisher erupted in the fourth period to beat No. 2-ranked Seminole 31-26 in a Class 3A semifinal at Putnam City Stadium Saturday.
The win advanced the 14-0 Yellowjackets into the finals against Blanchard, which defeated Jones 35-7 earlier in the day. The game will be played either Friday night or Saturday. It will be announced this morning by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Kingfisher, which lost to Heritage Hall in last year’s finals, is in the championship game for the third time in the past four seasons and the fourth time in the past six. Kingfisher and Blanchard scrimmaged in the preseason.
Landon Nault rushed for 144 yards and scored three touchdowns as well having six catches for 59 yards.
The Yellowjackets rallied back from a 19-10 third-quarter deficit with three unanswered touchdowns in the final period. Kingfisher had lost two fumbles inside the Seminole 10 in the second half. The Yellowjackets lost four fumbles overall.
Nault scored on a 30-yard run on the first play of the final period to cut the lead to 19-17.
Kingfisher lost a fumble at the Seminole one on its next possession, but soon got the ball back on a turnover. The Yellowjackets turned that into a score on a 15-yard run Nault run. Jon Avila’s extra point made it 24-19.
Newton gave Kingfisher an insurance touchdown on a 73-yard run later in the quarter.
Doc Harvey scored on his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run for the final 31-26 margin.
Trenton Newsom scored on runs of 49 and 38 yards for the Chieftians, 12-1.
Avila opened the scoring with a 25-yard field goal in the first period. Nault’s four-yard run gave Kingfisher a 10-7 lead in the second period. Seminole answered back on a 38-yard Newsom run and a four-yard Harvey run.
The 26 points were the most points Kingfisher had given up in a game this season.
Tristan Ransom had 12 tackles, a quarterback and recovered a fumble for Kingfisher. Colt Lack was credited with 10 tackles and caused a fumble.