Over the hump, through the barrier, revenge and redemption — all appropriate terms for Davis’ return to the Class 2A semifinals.

Over the hump, through the barrier, revenge and redemption — all appropriate terms for Davis’ return to the Class 2A semifinals.

The Wolves’ ball-control offense grinded out 232 rushing yards and dominated time of possession in a 21-7 win over Lincoln Christian Friday night. The Bulldogs dropped the Wolves from the playoffs last season in the quarterfinals, but unlike last year’s 24-21 game, Davis’ superiority was rarely questioned in the rematch.

The Wolves (11-1) will play Colcord (11-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bixby High School. Colcord defeated Washington 48-36 in Friday’s other quarterfinal.

“That’s what we wanted to do, we wanted to take up as much time as possible,” Davis quarterback Cole Weber said. “Our goal was to wear them out.”

Last week against Jones, it took an entire half for Davis to assert itself on the offensive and defensive lines and eventually wear down the Longhorns’ front five.

This week, the wait wasn’t as long.

But like Jones, Lincoln Christian (10-3) found success in the air early. The Bulldogs opened the highly-anticipated game with a 72-yard scoring drive, capped with a 48-yard touchdown pass by Chris Turner to Brennen Evans. Aside from two big pass plays (48 and 33 yards) in the first half, however, Lincoln didn’t carve up the Davis defense like Jones did a week prior.

The Wolves learned their lesson, and did their homework.

“Playing against them last year helped,” junior linebacker Zac Maynard said. “A lot of the same things they did last year and we had a better feel for that.

“We felt like we had a good gameplan and we stuck to it.”

Davis needed only four plays to answer. Weber found Matt Burba on a 53-yard pass over the middle and Logan Webb scored from 1 yard out to tie the game.

Weber took over for Jacy Allen on extra points kicks and went 3-for-3 for the Wolves.

On the first play of the second quarter, Burba rushed 37 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. The senior, who had 14 carries for a game-high 115 yards, shed a few tackles on a sweep left and outsprinted his man to the corner. The play that wore down Jones in the second round time after time was key again for Davis against Lincoln Christian.

“The blocking is the best I’ve ever seen them block,” Burba said of Davis’ offensive line. “They’re putting in the work and coming out on top every week.”  

The Wolves caught a break heading into halftime. Trailing 14-7 and driving for the game-tying score, Lincoln Christian had a bad shotgun snap on second-and-goal at the Davis 5, pushing the Bulldogs back 17 yards. Besides the two teams combining for five fumbles — one lost by Davis in the second quarter — the game was clean and quick, with neither team committing a penalty in the first half and two combined for the game.

Davis effectively put the game away with a clock-killing drive to open up the second half. The 13-play possession took nearly 7 minutes off the clock and spanned 71 yards.

On the drive, Alec Hetherington converted a key third-and-9 with a 13-yard reception and Weber scored three plays later on a 4-yard run at 5:12.

With 4:39 to go in the fourth quarter, Burba’s interception at the Davis 1-yard line on a deep pass sealed the game for the Wolves. Burba finished with 168 yards of offense.

Weber was 3-of-4 passing for 67 yards and an interception and rushed for 43, and Maynard had nine carries for 51 yards. Lincoln Christian’s Evans was lethal in the first half (six catches, 96 yards) but was held to two catches for 25 yards after halftime.

Turner led the Bulldogs with 59 yards rushing on 13 carries and was 7-of-15 passing for 121 yards. Only 55 of Lincoln Christian’s 227 total yards came in the second half.

The Bulldogs didn’t see enough of the ball after halftime to mount a legitimate comeback. Two of their three drives in the second half lasted four plays or less.

“To go on the road and get a win is not easy; they deserved it,” Lincoln Christian coach Darren Melton said. “They were a little better and more physical than us and capitalized on our mistakes.”

The win puts Davis in the semifinal for the first time since 2006.

“Our athletes are really tickled about the win, but it’s not our goal.” Davis coach Jody Weber said.

“Our goal’s to win the whole thing.”

Erik K. Horne