It’s been said that revenge is a dished best served cold.

It’s been said that revenge is a dished best served cold.

The No. 6 Ringling Blue Devils made sure Wynnewood got the house special Friday night as they rallied from behind and scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat the Savages 35-21 Friday night in their first-round playoff game at Rick Gandy Field. 

Ringling’s reward for winning its first round game is a second round date with Hooker at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at home.

Wynnewood had a 21-14 lead heading to the final 12 minutes, but the Blue Devils got three touchdown runs by DeWyatt Cox in the fourth to notch the come-from-behind victory.

    “DeWyatt had a great game, and the guys up front did a great job of making things happen to give him the running lanes,” Ringling coach Steve Justus said. 

“It all starts up front with those guys. Our offensive line continued to move their defense around to open up the ground game. The players are all in great shape, and that makes a big difference when you get to the fourth quarter.”

Wynnewood (6-5) got on the board with 7:10 left in the first quarter when Marcus Knowles scored on a 3-yard run for a 6-0 Savage lead. Wynnewood finished the game with 33 rushing attempts for 234 yards. They added 164 passing yards for a total of 398 yards of total offense.

Ringling (9-1), took the lead with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter when Scotty Paul ran it in from six yards out for the touchdown. 

The PAT by Cox had the Blue Devils on top 7-6.

Wynnewood’s Danchez Patterson broke free and sped 67 yards for a touchdown with 4:54 left in the half. 

That lead stood at intermission as the Savages took a 13-7 advantage at the break

“They had a big drive in the first quarter that took up a lot of the time,” Justus said. 

“We managed to get things turned around a bit in the second quarter when we scored that touchdown. But they broke a long one just before half that put us down by six at half.”

“I felt like we had a good offensive game plan, and I still felt that way at halftime,” Justus added. 

“We decided not to make any offensive changes. Coach Headley made some adjustments on defense that helped us shut them down pretty good in the second half.”    Ringling’s Sam VanBuskirk hit Caige Calvert with a 36-yard scoring pass a minute into the third quarter to put the Blue Devils up 14-13. Ringling had 225 rushing yard on 50 carries in their ground game. Through the air the Blue Devils added 111 yards for 336 total offensive yards.

The Savages re-took the lead with two minutes left in the third quarter when T.J. Grove hit Kirsten Mathis with a scoring toss that covered 33 yards. 

That score put the Savages up 21-14 heading to the fourth.

The final eight minutes all belonged to the surging Blue Devils and Cox. Cox scored on a 1-yard run with 7:42 remaining in the game to knot the game at 21-all. 

Cox then scored on a 5-yard run with five minutes left on the game clock. 

With less than a minute remaining, Cox score on a 9-yard touchdown run to cap the scoring for the victorious Blue Devils.

“We went into the game and put a lot of focus on special teams play,” Justus said. 

“We wanted to provide great downfield presence on all kick-off and punts. During the regular season a breakdown here and there in special teams won’t hurt you. Our guys did a great job of focusing on their duties on special teams, and I was proud of the execution in those key situations. This was a great team win for us.”

Cox led the Ringling ground attack with 28 carries for 152 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a pass reception for 56 yards. 

VanBuskirk was 4 of 10 for 111 yards through the air.