The Ringling Blue Devils won their eighth game in a row and finished up an undefeated District A-3 campaign with a 36-26 win over the Redskins at Rush Springs Friday night.

The Ringling Blue Devils won their eighth game in a row and finished up an undefeated District A-3 campaign with a 36-26 win over the Redskins at Rush Springs Friday night. 

The Blue Devils dominated in the stat category with 406 offensive yards to 189 yards for Rush Springs. 

DeWyatt Cox led the way with 17 carries for 150 yards and two touchdown runs. 

Cox also caught two passes for 45 yards, one of which was for a touchdown.

Ringling, ranked No. 6 in Class A improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in District action. 

Rush Springs fell to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in District play. 

The Blue Devils will host the opening two rounds of the Class A playoffs beginning with Wynnewood at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Rick Gandy Field. 

Last year the Savages finished the season strong, defeating Ringling 62-21 in their opening round game and advancing all the way to the Class A championship game.

Ringling took the lead on their opening drive against Rush Springs when Scotty Paul scored on a 2-yard run to give the Blue Devils an 8-0 lead. 

The Redskins struck back quickly on a drive that took less than two minutes to run. 

Chase Bruner scored on a 3-yard run to trim Ringling’s lead to 8-7.

Another Blue Devil drive resulted in another score with Cox taking it in from five yards out for a 14-7 Ringling lead after the opening quarter.

Early in the second quarter Ringling took a two-touchdown lead when Scotty Paul hit Cox with a 34-yard touchdown pass to increase their lead to 22-7. 

The Redskins trimmed the lead to 22-14 when Kyle Foster hit Tanner Burkhart with a scoring toss that covered three yards. 

But the Blue Devils managed to up their advantage again with 1:34 left in the half when Cox broke free and scored on a 45-yard touchdown run. That gave Ringling a 29-14 advantage at intermission.

“It’s always good to get a win,” Ringling coach Steve Justus said. 

“We had good performances from both Scotty Paul and DeWyatt Cox, but we hurts ourselves with three lost fumbles.

“We had some costly penalties that hurt us,” Justus added. “As a coach you can always find areas for improvement, but we must do a better job of hanging onto the football and cut down on the penalties.”Rush Springs scored midway through the third on a 14-yard touchdown run by Brayden Douthit, which   cut the Blue Devil lead to 29-20 heading to the final 12 minutes.

The Blue Devils got their final score on defense when Scotty Paul picked off a Redskin pass and returned it all the way 20 yards for a touchdown and a 36-20 Ringling lead early in the fourth.  

Rush Springs got its final touchdown late in the game when Foster hit Jacob Duke with a scoring toss that covered 43 yards.

“We are looking forward to competing in the post season,” Justus said. “We know that Wynnewood has plenty of talent and they are well-coached. They have had to change the look of their offense over the season due to some changes in personnel.”

 “I know they (Wynnewood) will be ready,” Justus added. 

“We have to get a good game plan ready for them this week. We will definitely need to take care of the football and clean up our penalties. If we focus more on our team and what we do best, we will be in pretty good shape as we move into the playoffs.”

Should the Blue Devils win their opening contest they would play either Hooker or Mangum.